In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Thorncombe like this:
THORNCOMBE, a village and a parish in the district of Axminster and county of Dorset. The village stands 2½ miles ESE of Chard-Road r. station, and 5¾ NE of Axminster; was once a market-town; and has a post-office under Chard, and a fair on Easter Tuesday. The parish includes Ford Abbey, and comprises 4,896 acres. ...
Real property, £6,695. Pop., 1,277. Houses, 267. Sadborough House is the seat of J. Bragge, Esq. There are woollen mills. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £457.* Patron, J. Bragge, Esq. The church is good. Admiral Hood was a native.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Thorncombe in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
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