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"WINCANTON, a parish, market town, and nominal borough in the hundred of Norton-Ferris, county Somerset, 34 miles E. of Taunton, and 108 S.W. of London. It has a station on the Dorset Central railway, and is only 5 miles from the Bruton station on the Wilts, Somerset, and Weymouth, and 5 from the Temple Combe station of the London and South-Western railway. This place was called by the Saxons Wyndcaleton, from its situation amongst the windings of the river Cale, by which the parish is bounded on the W. During the parliamentary war in the reign of Charles I., some of the earliest skirmishes are said to have taken place in the immediate vicinity of the town, and Burnet in his "History of his Own Times" states that the first blood shed in the revolution of 1688 by the Prince of Orange was spilt here, though others refer this to Cirencester." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003

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