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Milborne-Port (St. John the Evangelist)

MILBORNE-PORT (St. John the Evangelist), a parish, and formerly a representative borough and a market-town, in the union of Wincanton, hundred of Horethorne, E. division of Somerset, 2¾ miles (N. E. by E.) from Sherborne, and 115 (W.) from London; containing 1740 inhabitants. This town, which is irregularly built, and consists chiefly of detached houses, is situated at the bottom of a hill, adjoining the river Ivel, on the road from Yeovil to Shaftesbury. The manufacture of sail-cloth, dowlas, linsey-woolsey, and stockings, has been superseded by glove-making and leather-dressing: some quarries of stone are worked for rough buildings and for the roads. Fairs are held on June 5th and October 28th, for cattle and pedlery. There are nine capital bailiffs, two of whom in rotation preside annually, and, at a court leet held in October, appoint two deputies. Milborne-Port is a borough by prescription, and returned members to parliament from the 26th to the 35th of Edward I., from which time, until the early part of the reign of Charles I., it ceased to exercise the power; the privilege was restored in 1628, and continued in force till the passing of the act of the 2nd of William IV., cap. 45. The townhall is an old building with a handsome Norman doorway, and there are some remains of an ancient marketcross. The parish comprises by computation 3277 acres. The living is a vicarage, valued in the king's books at £14. 1. 3., and in the gift of Sir W. Medlycott, Bart.; the impropriate tithes have been commuted for £585, and the vicarial for £210; there is a glebe-house, with a small garden. The church is a cruciform structure in the Norman style, with later insertions, and has a large quadrangular tower. Here are places of worship for Independents.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858.