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"PYLLE, a parish in the hundred of Whitstone, county Somerset, 4 miles S.W. of Shepton Mallet, its post town, and 7 from Wells. It is a station on the Somerset and Dorset railway. The village, which is of small extent, is situated on the ancient Fosse Way, and is wholly agricultural. The soil is of a clayey nature, with a subsoil of blue lias. The land is chiefly in pasture. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £174, and the glebe comprises 22 acres. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Bath and Wells, value £181. The church, dedicated to St. Thomas-a-Becket, is an ancient stone structure, with a tower containing five bells. The register dates from 1591. There is a day school for both sexes, in which a Sunday-school is also held. The Wesleyans have a place of worship. Lord Portman is lord of the manor." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003
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