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|Elevation||4,365 ft (1,330 m)|
|Population||74,642 (Ranked 9th)|
|City of Shepton|
Coat of Arms of Shepton, Centralia
|Type||City by Royal Charter|
|Incorporated||20 March 1876|
|Navigation and map|
List of settlements in New Ingerland|
List of places in New Ingerland by population
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Shepton is a city and market centre located in central New Ingerland. As of the 2010 census, Shepton had 74,642 inhabitants, making it the 9th largest city in New Ingerland. A major rural service hub and former county centre, Shepton served as the seat of the Middle Riding of Centralia until 1907, and has been a municipal borough (and later city) since 1876.
The name of Shepton is drawn from traditional Anglo-Saxon toponomy. The prefix shep refers to the domestic sheep (ovis aries), and an important animal in agriculture for thousands of years. The suffix of ton was used to describe an enclosed place, and forms the basis of the modern word town. Therefore, Shepton can be seen to literally mean sheep-town.
References and notes
- ↑ By Letters Patent issued by the King on 2 November 1970, Shepton is entitled to the status and privilege of the title of city.
- ↑ Mills, Anthony David (2003). Oxford Dictionary of Ingerish Place Names. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0198527586.