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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2018 Christmas Tree Festival

Many thanks to June McAvoy for this beautiful tree as the entry of the Milton Abbas Local History Group in the 2018 Christmas Tree Festival in St James Church, Milton Abbas.

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Pubs, Ponds and Power

This is a series of programmes from the BBC4. One of the episodes feature Milton Abbas history.

It is presented by Ben Robinson.

It will be broadcast nationally BBC4 Wednesday, 30th January, 2019.

It should be available on BBC iPlayer after.

Pamela Phillips was interviewed twice on local radio the morning of Monday 26 Nov.

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Tea Clipper Tea Rooms reopening

The-Tea-Clipper-3-1024x683We were delighted to have lunch today at the newly opened and refurbished Tea Clipper. Alastair and Kathy Beaven with their daughters supplied us with a warm welcome, good coffee and a savoury cream tea.

This is a great facility for Milton Abbas and we wish them every success.

For opening times and details of their holiday cottage lets go to their website.

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HMS Victory and the Battle of Trafalgar

We have just found some exciting news –

John Welstead, aged 38, from Milton Abbas was on-board the Victory at Trafalgar on 21 Oct 1805. He was bosun’s mate.


We now need to carry out more research on this man to find out about his background, his life in Milton Abbas and his family.


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1787 Payments for labourers

In the Dorset History Centre there are some bills from 1787 for Milton Abbas estate. These scraps of paper give an insight into the work that was going on, as well as the names of the labourers, and the amount earned.

This is from May 1787

pay for work May 1787, DSC_2035

it gives the dates of the work, the number of days worked and the amounts paid per day.

We now know how much a hedge layer, ploughboy, cowboy.

There are about 40 such documents. It would enhance our understanding if one of our readers would transcribe them.

Please contact us here, if you would like to help.

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Richard Ham, clock maker of Milton Abbas

richard ham dial

This is the dial of an eight day clock showing that Richard Ham was a clock maker of Milton Abbas. This image was kindly given to us by Tim Marshall author, and he has dated the clock to around 1720.

We are researching the Ham family. They were here from our earliest records 1634 through to the 19th century, and were important to the history of Milton Abbas.

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Scutt Family

Scutt family

This photo was given to us by Sybil Brown.

She is compiling a biography of her aunt, Margaret Alice Scutt, whose third novel has recently been published posthumously. She was born in October 1905 and baptised that December in Weymouth, where her father, Tom Albert Scutt, was Schoolmaster at St. John’s.

His next post was at Milton Abbas Village School, which Margaret attended in due course.

Geoffrey Tom Scutt, and the younger sister, Lorna May, were born at Milton.

At the moment, we cannot be sure when the family moved to Milton.  Kelly’s Directory of  1911 gives: “Elementary School (mixed). with teacher’s residence attached, built in 1840, for 150 children; average attendance 83 ; Tom A. Scutt, master”. The previous edition of 1907 gives the head mistress as Sarah Annie Clark.

There are no Scutt’s in Milton Abbas in the previous edition of 1907, the head mistress is given as Sarah Annie Clark.

The photo shows Margaret Minnie, with baby Lorna in her arms and the other two children standing outside Milton Abbas School House, 1912.

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