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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 3½ 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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