|Part of Taunton Dean today. Cant help thinking we have gone a bit wrong here! - image by Jonathan Billinger [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons|
"Ch' was born at Taunton Dean, where should I be bore else?
This is a parcel of ground around Taunton very pleasant and populous (containing many parishes), and so fruitful, to use their own phrase, with the zun and zoil alone it needs no manuring. The peasantry theirin are as rude as rich, and so conceited of their own country, that they conceive it a disparagement to me born anywhere else."
[A bit ironic now as most people know Taunton Dean as a rather grotty service station on a motorway!]