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Overseers of the Poor

We are finding many entries which are baffling. For example in 1781 To Barbara Wife of Saml Fiander (Elop’d) – 6 – Mary Ridout Wife of Thos. (Elop’d) – 2 – Martha Vacher Spinster – 4 – Mary Lillington Wd … Continue reading

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The Tragic Tale of Ann Seager

We are transcribing the Overseers of the Poor Book  1771 – 1798. Thanks to John Quinn who transcribed these entries for 1777: 12 October Paid for one Pint of gine for Ann Seager 9 Nov Pd. Dockter Mock help taping Ann Seager … Continue reading

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18th Century weather

In order to understand our Overseers of the Poor records we would like to know what the weather was like in Dorset say 1770 – 1830. In particular winter temperatures because these may be the cause of the expenditure on … Continue reading

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Gail Money

In the Overseers of the Poor books, once again we find the term “Paid the Gail money” £7 5s 0d, this time on 20 Jun 1779. Sometimes it is spelled “Gale”. Since one entry said “Paid the Gale money to … Continue reading

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Robert Fiander sent to prison for poaching

Thanks to one of our correspondents we have found the Prison Admission Register which shows that Robert Fiander was committed for 3 months at the age of 15 from April to July 1819, for poaching. He was jailed the following … Continue reading

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Overseers of the Poor 1778

This entry is mystifying us. It seems to say “Paid the Expences of Crovining and Buring Burgundeys Child she had by John Hobbes £0 16s 7d” There is no such word as “Crovining” in the full Oxford English Dictionary. If … Continue reading

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Excavations in the north aisle of Milton Abbey

The Milton Abbas Local History Group were extremely fortunate in being able to view the excavations. These will shortly be covered over again probably for another one hundred years. We await the full archaeological report with interest. This gravestone is … Continue reading

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The Rise and Fall of Merry England

This excellent book by Ronald Hutton is a great background to the events in Milton Abbas in the 16th and 17th centuries. It explains a lot of the information in our Churchwardens Books for the 17th century. For example there … Continue reading

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Kelly’s Directory of 1848

TRADERS Bertie, David, ‘Portarlington Arms‘, & farmer Cadie, Thomas, carpenter & wheelwrgt Calnes Christopher, farmer Eaton, Henry, tailor Frizle, Thomas, carrier Formidge John, farmer Guy, James, blacksmith Ham, John, farmer Hawkins, Mill Maria, shopkeeper |Hopkins Samuel, tailor Ingram Robert, farmer … Continue reading

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Land Tax Assessments

We now have a good run of Land Tax records for the years 1780 – 1832, and we are beginning to transcribe them. They show the “proprietors” and “occupiers” of each property. There were 25 names in 1780, 20 in … Continue reading

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