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Overseers of the Poor – What we don’t know

During the 1780’s the monthly pay out is totalling £12. Yet the rates which were collected annually are only amounting to £3. Where is the rest of the money coming from? The church collections?

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Place Names of Dorset, Part 3

This marvellous book has an amazing amount of information. Part 3 covers Whiteway Hundred which includes Milton Abbas and the adjoining parishes of Woolland, Stoke Wake, Hilton and Ibberton. It details the origins of place names, road and track names … Continue reading

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Overseers of the Poor – what we have learned

Every month the Overseer paid out the regular payment to the poor, plus “disbursements” – additional payments, goods or services to those in need, and costs of the Overseers. These disbursements are of most interest to the local historian because … Continue reading

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Overseers of the Poor Book 1781

This is new to us, a unique entry in our Overseers of the Poor Book. It reads “At a Vestry held this Sixteenth day of April the following Poor People appeared & Complained; they Wanted as follows John Piper of … Continue reading

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Milton Abbas village transport

This very handsome Victorian semi-detached property replaced one of the original 1780 cob and thatch cottages, probably when the latter burnt down or fell down. The right hand house was once the location of the village bus service to Blandford … Continue reading

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Milton Abbas Local History Group visit Cerne Abbas

Our history group were given a presentation and a guided tour by the Cerne Abbas Historical Society. This was followed by dinner in the Giant Inn.

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A History of the Tregonwell Family

We were lucky to be given this 120 foolscap page typescript by the author himself, Sir Mervyn Medlycott. It is his last remaining sixth copy. If anyone remembers carbon copies they will be aware that the quality of the copies … Continue reading

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Chris and Debra Wood from British Columbia

What a great day we had – thanks to the Dorset weather it was a beautiful sunny day; thanks to Debra and Chris Wood for coming all the way from British Columbia to visit Milton Abbas; thanks to Helier Exon … Continue reading

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Overseers of the Poor – Paupers House

This is the first piece of evidence for a Pauper’s House in the new village of Milton Abbas. From the Overseers of the Poor book page dated April 1786. This is in addition of course to the Almshouses for “6 … Continue reading

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Milton Abbas Street Fair 2017

Despite the dreadful weather plenty of people turned out, and many took an interest in our history group stand. Thanks to the great British public. All the volunteers on our stand were in 18th century costume, which added to the … Continue reading

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