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"LANGPORT, (or Langport Eastover) a parish, market town, and municipal borough in the hundred of Pitney, county Somerset, 4½ miles W.S.W. of Somerton, 10 S.E. of Bridgwater, and 130 from London. It is a station on the Yeovil branch railway from Durston. It is situated on the great Western road, and on the river Parret. This town, which is of great antiquity, is called Lanport in Domesday Survey, at which time it was a royal burgh, containing thirty-four resident burgesses, and had a revenue of £79 10s. 7d., a very large sum in those days. It was anciently moated round, and returned members of parliament in the reign of Edward I. In the civil war of Charles I., being considered a commanding station, it was alternately held by the royalists and parliamentary forces. It is now an insignificant town, containing, in 1861, 1,141 inhabitants. The main street is very narrow, but the upper part being on a hill commands extensive views." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003
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