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?
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 6 Feb 2018, This will focus on the history of the Old Town of Milton Abbas, what the Overseers of the Poor and Churchwardens tell us of life then.
BBC will broadcast their programme on Milton Abbas history on
Monday 26thNov 2018 7:30pm BBC One local.
The series of six programmes “Villages” will be broadcast in the New Year
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