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Pylle

Summary
Pylle is a village and civil parish south west of Shepton Mallet, and from Wells, in the Mendip district of Somerset, England. It has a population of 160. The parish includes the hamlet of Street on the Fosse. The village is very close to the site of the Glastonbury Festival. History At the time of the Domesday Book in 1086 the tenant was Serlo de Burci from whom the manor passed by 1303 to William FitzMartin. Pylle subsequently became a possession of the Berkeley family of Bruton Abbey in Somerset, a junior branch of Berkeley of Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire. It was the paternal inheritance received by Sir Edward Berkeley (1580-1654), the third son of Sir Henry Berkeley (1541-1601) of Bruton. His grandson Edward Berkeley (c.1644-1707), of Pylle, served three times as a Member of Parliament for Wells in Somerset. William Berkeley (d.1737) of Pylle changed his surname to Portman on becoming heir to his distant cousin Sir William Portman, 6th Baronet
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