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"NETTLECOMBE, a parish in the hundred of Williton, county Somerset, 3 miles S.W. of Williton railway station, 7 N. by W. of Wiveliscombe, and 15 W. of Taunton, its post town. The village, which is small and straggling, is wholly agricultural. The soil consists of a rich loam, with a mixture of clay on a subsoil of marl. The surface is undulating and well-wooded with oak, elm, and Spanish chesnut of luxuriant growth. About half the land is arable, and the remainder meadow and common. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £468, and the glebe comprises 60 acres. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Bath and Wells, value £445. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is a small edifice, with a square tower containing three bells. The parochial charities produce about £2 per annum. There is a National school for both sexes. Nettlecombe Court is situated in the midst of an extensive park abounding with deer. Sir Walter Trevelyan, Bart., is lord of the manor." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003
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