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"THURLBEAR, a parish in the hundred of North Curry, county Somerset, 3 miles S.E. of Taunton, its post town, and 3 from the Taunton railway station. The living is a rectory and donative* in the diocese of Bath and Wells, value 136. The church, dedicated to St. Thomas, is an ancient edifice, with a tower containing four bells. The register dates from the commencement of the 17th century. There is a school for both sexes. Lord Portman is lord of the manor and owner of the soil." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson  2003

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