Milton Abbas Local History Group, Dorset, UK

Overseers of the Poor Book 1782

Carol Sastradipradja has just transcribed page 104 and come across this interesting piece of information.

It reads:

“Memorandum. Sunday Jan 13 Several Labouring People having complained to the Officers of the Parish that They Wanted Houses. In consequence of their Complaint the Following Inhabitants met in the Vestry after Divine Service and Unanimously agreed not to pay the House Rent for them.”

This is the first evidence of a lack of new houses in the new village. Clearly not enough had yet been built to house the labourers.