In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Ilchester like this:
Ilchester, par. and vil., mid. Somerset, on river Yeo, 5 miles NW. of Yeovil, 653 ac., pop. 683; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank. Market-day, Wednesday. Ilchester is of ancient origin, and was at one time the chief town in Somerset. It was the birthplace of Roger Bacon (1214-1292), Franciscan monk and philosopher, and gives the title of earl to family of Fox Strangways.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Ilchester has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of South Somerset. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Ilchester and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Ilchester in South Somerset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 07th December 2013
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