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Court Roll of a manor of Milton Abbey

This is a snippet from a court roll for the manor of Sydling St Nicholas which was then held by Milton Abbey. This one is dated 11 Jul in the 8th year of the reign of Richard II which can … Continue reading

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Milton Abbas First School 1985 – 1991

Former headmaster Ron Karley has written up the school diary. He has very kindly donated a copy of this 280 A4 page, lavishly colour illustrated tome to the Milton Abbas Local History Group. This has been added to our Records … Continue reading

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BALH The British Association for Local History

The Milton Abbas Local History Group has been a member of BALH since January 2022. The link to their website together with the member’s discount code has been at the head of all 10 issues of the member Newsletter this … Continue reading

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Found in Milton Abbas

This stunning object was found by a metal detectorist somewhere in Milton Abbas. It is of unique design according the the British Museum. The image is from the Portable Antiquities Scheme where you will find more information.

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The Reredos of Milton Abbey Church

A dissertation by James Bowler at the University of St Andrews has recently come to our notice which is titled ‘The Life and Afterlife of an English Reredos: A Contextual, Restorative and Aesthetic Analysis of the Great Screen of Milton … Continue reading

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James Jacob  of Waterloo

(1790-1856)   Research by Clive Barnes Veteran of Waterloo  The returning soldier was a common theme in  early 19C literature. This illustration is taken  from an 1803 collection by Whatcombe-born  poet William Holloway. James Jacob was the third son of  carpenter … Continue reading

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St Catherine’s Chapel – medieval tiles

The Milton Abbas Local History Group have been recording all the medieval tiles in the Chapel. We have photographed them at high resolution. The tiles were moved from the Abbey Church during its Victorian restoration. They show the results of … Continue reading

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Milton Abbas Lake

Our member Clive Barnes gave a presentation summarising his excellent research on the design and building of the dam and lake by Lord Milton to our history group on 1 June. This presentation with maps ‘Lord Milton and the Lake’ … Continue reading

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St Catherine’s Chapel

New LIDAR Digital Terrain Model data is now available at Archi Maps. This is a revelation for the area around St Catherine’s Chapel. Compare the map on our website showing the entrenchment with the latest DTM The Chapel itself is … Continue reading

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Abbot’s Hall, Milton Abbey, 

Part 1 development of medieval halls The Abbot’s Hall is securely dated 1498 and was part of Abbot William of Middleton’s refurbishment of the buildings destroyed in the fire of 1309 (yes it took nearly 200 years!). His rebus is … Continue reading

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