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An online collection of old postcards of Ilminster in Somerset


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"Ilminster, a parish, post and market town, in the county of Somerset, 20 miles south east of Bridgwater, 15 miles west of Yeovil, 11 miles south of Taunton, 9 miles south east of Martock, 5 miles west of South Petherton, and 5 miles North of Chard. Ilminster was a place of considerable importance in the Saxon times, and was formerly more extensive than at present, having been repeatedly damaged by conflagrations. It is situated on the Chard canal and the river Isle, which is crossed by a four-arched bridge. The parish contains the hamlets and villages of Ashill, Dowlish, Crock Street, Sea, Peasmarsh, Donyatt, Horton, Whitelackington, Winterhay, Horton, Ashwell, Stocklinch, and Dillington. A railway is in course of construction, between Ilminster, Chard, and Taunton, thereby connecting, in the most direct way, the two channels from Watchet, through Taunton, Ilminster, and Chard, to Seaton and Axmouth. The inhabitants are mostly employed in the cloth, flax, silk mills, malting, and tanning industries. The agricultural land is divided between arable and pasture with some orchards. The soil is a sandy loam, alternating with clay. The town of Ilminster is well paved and lighted with gas. It contains two banks, police station, and a market-house. It is under the jurisdiction of the county magistrates, and constables or tything men are annually appointed at the court of the lord of the manor. It is a polling place for the western division of the county of Somerset." Adapted from the entry for Ilminster in The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)

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