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"QUEEN CAMEL, a parish in the hundred of Catsash, in the county of Somerset, 5 miles to the E. of Ilchester, its post town. It is situated on the small river Camel, a branch of the Yee, and is crossed by the Somerset and Weymouth section of the Great Western railway. It was formerly a market town, and a place of some importance. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Bath and Wells, value £222, in the patronage of P. St. J. Mildmay, Esq. The church is dedicated to St. Barnabas. The Wesleyans have a chapel in the village. The parochial charities are worth about £10 a year. Near the village is a hill commanding a fine view over the rich surrounding country, including about 40 towns and villages. Close to the river is a sulphureous spring. Two annual fairs are held on Trinity Tuesday and the 25th October." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003
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