We 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.
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
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.
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.
In order to locate the key points on the Woodward 1770 survey and map, the Milton Abbas Local History Group have purchased a hand held sat nav –
We can now find on the ground, on the site of the Old Town, such places as the pound, the grammar school, Mr Harrison’s houses, the George Inn, the Red Lion, the bridge, Painters Lane, Johnsons Lane, Lord Milton’s dog kennels, and much, much more…
Are you interested in exploring old documents?
You can help us by transcribing documents and audio recordings. We already have transcribers around the world who are working on Churchwardens Books and Overseers of the Poor Books. The pages are shared using Google docs, although MyAirBridge, One Drive or Dropbox is also possible.
Although we are a local history group, we are carrying out family and social history research to see how the ordinary people lived, how they were treated, their economic fortunes, religious beliefs, health, demographics, etc. We are particularly interested in the mobility of families in the 18th century.