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Templecombe Village


Temple Coombe (or Abbas Coombe) is a parish, situated on the River Kale, a tributary of the Stour, with a station at the junction here of the London and South Western and Somerset and Dorset joint railways, 112 miles from london and 5 south from Wincanton, in the Eastern Division of the County, Horethorne Hundred, Wincanton Union, County Court District and Petty Sessional division, Milborne Port of the rural deanery of Merston, archdeaconery of Wells and diocese of Bath and Wells. The church of St Mary is an edifice of stone in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave of three bays, north aisle, south transept, south porch and a tower, with embattled parapet, containing a clock and 5 bells - there are sittings for 450 persons. The register dates from the year 1563...... ........Here is a congregational chapel...............There are large dairies in the parish.

Here was anciently a preceptory of the Knights Templars, founded before 1185 by Serlo Fitz-Odo, and with revenues at its dis-solution of £107 ; the remains, situated to the south of the village, now form part of a farm house and the tithe free land in the parish is supposed to have been a portion of the possessions of this order........................

The soil is loamy, the subsoil in the upper part of the parish is stone and in the lower part clay. The chief crops are hay , but corn, beans and root crops are also grown. The area is 1,842 acres, the population in 1881 was 590............1889 Kelly's Directory.


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