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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 … Continue reading

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Richard Ham, clock maker of Milton Abbas

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. … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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Victorian Paper Cutter

This paper cutter has a handle of part of of a deer’s leg and is inscribed”Shot at Milton Abbas 1884″. We have never seen anything like it before. Rather a long blade for a practical letter opener, so probably a … Continue reading

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Lord Milton’s Ad quod Damnum 1763

This is a small part of this document which is the first in Quarter Sessions Order Book in the Dorset History Centre to show Lord Milton closing some of the roads. Some of the places named are well known to … Continue reading

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Stopford Sackville Family

This is a real long-shot: in an article by Alan J Miller in Dorset Life, Apr 2003 “Heartless Landlord and Devoted Husband”, there is an image of a young Joseph Damer, by permission of LG Stopford Sackville. I understand that … Continue reading

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Milton Abbas Local History Group Meeting

Our first meeting of the new season was well attended and 34 of us enjoyed a talk by Chris Fookes on the old roads and tracks of Milton Abbas, illustrated with maps from 1652 to today. We had two visitors … Continue reading

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Overseers of the Poor Book 1782

Carol Sastradipradja has just transcribed page 104 and come across this interesting piece of information. It reads: “Memorandum. Sunday Jan 13 Several Labouring People having complained to the Officers of the Parish that They Wanted Houses. In consequence of their … Continue reading

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The Liberty and Manor of Milton Abbas

An original document in Dorset History Centre was brought to our attention by Debbie Winter. Catalogue reference D-1168/1. This is the only manorial court record which is in existence, and is of great interest. This one was held 13 May … Continue reading

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Exhibition 16 – 17 Sep 2017

Phew! Well we met so many people. Over 100 visitors came along. Thank you to all those who were stewards, those who supplied the cakes, and especially those visitors who came along and shared their family history research with us. … Continue reading

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