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Milborne Port

"MILBORNE-PORT, a parish in the hundred of Horethorne, county Somerset, 3 miles E. of Sherborne, its post town, and 8 S. of Wincanton. It has a station on the London, Yeovil, and Exeter section of the South-Western railway. It is situated on the old London road to Exeter, and on the line of the Salisbury and Yeovil railway. The parish includes the tything of Kingsbury-Regis and the hamlet of Milborne-Wick. Milborne-Port was a place of importance prior to the Conquest. It is a borough, and was formerly a market town by prescription, returning two members to Parliament from the 26th to the 35th of Edward I., when it ceased to exercise the power till 1628, and continued to be represented till disfranchised by the Reform Act. A court-leet is held in October, at which two of the nine capital bailiffs preside, and appoint two sub-bailiffs, all being under the supervision of the chief constable of Somerset. The magistrates hold their meetings every Wednesday and one Monday in the month." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003

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