In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Chiselborough like this:
CHISELBOROUGH, a village and a parish in Yeovil district. Somerset. The village stands in a narrow valley, closed on three sides by lofty hills, at the river Parret, 3½ miles S of Martock railway station, and 4 NNE of Crewkerne; and has a fair on the last Thursday of Oct. The parish comprises 790 acres; and its post town is West Chinnock, under Ilminster. ...
Real property, £1, 950. Pop., 419. Houses, 100. Many of the inhabitants are afflicted with goître and cretinism; and were described, in 1851, by Dr. Guggenbühl, as " three German feet high, corpulent and bloated, with mis-shapen heads, turgid lips, and noses flattened like the negro's." The living is a rectory, united with the p. curacy of West Chinnock, in the diocese of Bath and Wells. Value, £449.* Patron, the Earl of Egremont. The church is good; and there is a Wesleyan chapel.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Chiselborough in South Somerset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 27th April 2017
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