After transcribing the Churchwardens, and Overseers of the Poor books the spelling and language are of interest – there was no dictionary to standardise spelling – so people just wrote as they heard and spoke; there are words which the meanings have been lost, for example ‘reddinge’, a ‘gannett’ for the great bell, ‘tweske’, ‘fellet’ and ‘fetchet’. We are guessing that the fetchet is a polecat or ferret, but we have no idea what the others may mean. Can any of our readers shed light on these words?
Exhibition and Meetings
We will be holding an exhibition of some of the stories of Milton Abbas in the 18th century in the south aisle of St James’ Church, during the famous Street Fair, Saturday 27 July 2019. We hope to meet you there.
The Milton Abbas Local History Group meet on the first Wed of the month Oct – June at 19:00 in the Reading Rooms Milton Abbas. Membership is £10pa.
Our next meeting is on Wed 2 October 2019. This is our AGM.
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