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"MILVERTON, a parish in the hundred of Milverton, county Somerset, 3½ miles N. of Wellington, its railway and post town, and 7 W. of Taunton. The parish, which is extensive, is situated on the Taunton road to Wiveliscombe, and contains the hamlets of Preston-Bowyer and Screedhay. The village, which is of great antiquity, is a petty sessions town, and was formerly a market town. In ancient times it ranked as a royal borough, and is still nominally governed by a portreeve, &c. The town consists chiefly of three irregularly built streets. The magistrates' meetings are held at Wiveliscombe, and the county court at Wellington. A portion of the inhabitants are employed in the flannel and silk factories, and some of the cottagers in weaving baize by handlooms. The soil is loamy with a subsoil of various kinds. There are some quarries of conglomerate limestone, and also of sandstone." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003
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