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.

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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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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 BBC. One of the six episodes features Milton Abbas history.

Ben Robinson outside Milton Abbey

It is presented by Ben Robinson.

The programme has been broadcast nationally five times since its first showing in January, 2019.

It will be showing continuously at our exhibition at the Milton Abbas Street Fair Sat 27 July 2019. We have much more information than was shown on this programme, so if you want to know what went on the cutting room floor come and talk to us there.

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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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