Abbas Combe, or Abbas and Temple Combe, Somerset
Combe-Abbas or Abbas and Temple-Combe, a parish in Somerset, adjacent to the river Cale and the boundary with Dorsetshire. It has a station at the junction here of the L. & S.W. and Midland joint railways, 112 miles from London, and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Bath. Acreage, 1910; population, 632. A preceptory of the Knights Templars was at Temple-Combe. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells; value, £330. The church, dedicated to St Mary, is in the Perpendicular style, though portions of it date from the 13th century. It consists of chancel, nave, aisle, and side chapel. The tower contains a peal of six bells. There is a Congregational chapel and some large dairies in the parish.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Abbas-Combe St. Mary|
|Poor Law union||Wincanton|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
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Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Abbas Combe, or Abbas and Temple Combe from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Abbas-Combe, or Temple-Combe (St. Mary))
Online maps of Abbas Combe, or Abbas and Temple Combe are available from a number of sites:
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- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
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- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Somerset papers online:
- Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette
- Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser
- Western Gazette
- Wells Journal
- Somerset County Gazette
The Visitation of Somersetshire, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.