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Movie Clip in Milton Abbas

This 5 second video clip occurred in the middle of the BBC Countryfile program broadcast 1 Sep 2019. It had nothing whatsoever to do with the rest of the program which concerned evacuees of Word War 2. We would love … Continue reading

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The Will of Sir John Tregonwell 1563

This is the longest, oldest, and certainly the most tedious will that we have ever transcribed. One of our transcribers has single-handedly completed the mammoth task of transcribing the 19 pages of tightly spaced, 16th century legal writing. We owe … Continue reading

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Wills, Inventories and Administrations

These documents are of vital importance for the history of people who lived in Milton Abbas. Not only do they give us family relations: brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, nephews, nieces and cousins but also what people possessed in the way … Continue reading

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Exhibition at the Street Fair 27 Jul 2019

It was a sizzler in every meaning of the word! With clear blue skies and thousands of visitors, The Street Fair was busy all day long. We had over 1000 visitors to our exhibition which was tucked away in the … Continue reading

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Where would we be without our transcribers? Answer – a very long way to go. Thanks to everyone who has helped us. We have had help from people in New Zealand, Australia, England, Canada and the USA. A worldwide effort … Continue reading

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Old Taxation Records

Just found that Discovery now has a database of early taxation records at E 179, which can be searched for places. It is not easy to search, but from 1333 to 1678 there are 126 records covering Milton Abbas. These … Continue reading

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Milton Abbey Priory Archive

This roll of parchment contains 20 documents written in a very clear Medieval Latin. Considering it was written over 600 years ago it is in remarkable condition. Our history group has bought a digital copy which can be studied in … Continue reading

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Churchwarden’s Accounts books

A huge thank you to one of our new transcribers who has completed the Churchwardens Accounts of Milton Abbas 1673 – 1689, in double-quick time. Not an easy task as some of the writing is very difficult to read. We now … Continue reading

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The Dress of the People

This excellent book by John Styles is just what we wanted to understand more of the social history of the 18th century. In particular, did the people in Milton Abbas have disposable income to buy new clothes? How much social … Continue reading

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Overseers of the Poor, Book 2, 1798 – 1818

I have just finished putting together the spreadsheets from the four transcribers, and editing it. We now have 13 879 records transcribed and into one spreadsheet. A huge thank you to the dedication of our transcribers without whom this would … Continue reading

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