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History: General

Brief History of Thorncombe

From the 12th century to the present day.

by Eve Higgs

Thorncombe Changing Boundaries

In 1844 the parish of Thorncombe was transferred from Devon to Dorset but retained some of its links with Devon for administrative purposes until 1896 when it became part of Beaminster Rural District. Further changes to Thorncombe’s Somerset  boundary took place in 1966. This introduction draws from Jim Hart’s detailed account of the legislation which drove these complex changes. His booklet Thorncombe – a tale of Three Counties is available as a download via this article.

by Jim Hart

First World War Thorncombe Men

Compiled by Heather Roughton, November 2018, to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice.

Heather has compiled a moving account of the 21 young men from the Thorncombe are who gave up their lives in the First World War.

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