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"SOMERTON, a parish, post and market town in the hundred of Somerton, county Somerset, 5 miles N.E. of Longport railway station, and 7 S. of Glastonbury. It is situated at the bridge over the river Carey, and on the high road from Wells to Taunton. The parish contains the townships of Somerton Borough, Somerton Earl, and Somerton Door, with the hamlets of Catsgrove, Highbrooks, and Midney. There was a castle here in the Saxon times, in which, subsequently, King John of France was confined by Edward III. In 877 the town was destroyed by the Danes, but being rebuilt, became the principal town of Somersetshire." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003
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