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 not have been possible. At times the writing of the Overseers has been difficult to read.

A huge thank you too to the member of our history group who kept these books safe for so long and allowed me to photograph every page. His family have kept them for 200 years – quite an achievement!

We now have a resource for Milton Abbas history which is not available anywhere else in the world.

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Who Do You Think You Are – Magazine

Starting on page 81 of the June issue is a piece about Dorset. Milton Abbas Local History Group is mentioned with the website address.

This magazine has a wide circulation so we are hoping that our website will see many more visitors once the magazine is published.

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Lloyd George Domesday Survey 1910

We have the complete Assessment IR58 for Milton Abbas as 120 digital images.

We are about to start transcribing these into a database. Does anyone have any experience of the easiest to set up and free database apps?

There about 100 fields and 120 records.

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Manors and estates of MIlton Abbey at Domesday

We have started to research these places using Place Names of Dorset, A D Mills; An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset, by the Royal Commission, and History and Antiquities of the County of Dorset by John Hutchins, 3rd edition.

We would love to hear from anyone who has information on the history of these manors. Contact us here.

Little Puddle2
Twynham12 acres
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Sunday School Usher in 1789

In our transcription of the Sunday School records of 1789, one boy is given the job of “Usher” and receives more money than the other attendees. We have not been able to find out what the role of usher at Sunday School was this soon after their foundation. We would be grateful if any of our readers would care to research this. It is no use typing “usher” into Google as it brings up thousands of results for modern day America!

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Overseers of the Poor Book 2 1798 – 1818

Thanks to a team of transcribers we have now completed entering all records into a spreadsheet. There are 13 800 records. Together with the Filter and Search Functions in Google sheets we now have a vital resource for further analysis.

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Duel between Vere Earl Poulett and Lord Milton 1771

Thanks to one of our members who has researched this almost unknown story from newspaper articles and the court documents and letters held in the Dorset History Centre. A presentation was given to the Milton Abbas History Group on 3 April and will be available on the Member’s Section of this website soon.

Dorset History Centre Catalogue D-WCH/L/5

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Hutchins’ History and Antiquities of the County of Dorset

At the Dorset History Centre there is the 2nd Edition which has been added to by A. M. Broadley of the Knapp, Bradpole. In 1904 he took a copy of Hutchin’s book and added to it drawings, notes, maps and even original letters and documents. This is known as the Hutchins’ Extra Illustrated Edition and consists of 12 volumes.

See the DHC blog post here.

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Overseers of the Poor Book 1

Many transcribers have helped us with this mammoth task. We have now completed 18374 records, and put these into one searchable spreadsheet.

Here is just one of the 275 pages we have transcribed.

If you think you have ancestors in Milton Abbas from 1771 to 1798 we can search the spreadsheet for you.

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Athelstan’s Dream published

Thanks to the Milton Abbey Heritage Trust, Bryan Phillips is now a published author, Amazon page here 
and you can buy the Kindle book or the paperback on Athelstan’s Dream here 

All proceeds to Milton Abbey Heritage Trust.

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