Category Archives: history

Overseers of the Poor – what we have learned

Every month the Overseer paid out the regular payment to the poor, plus “disbursements” – additional payments, goods or services to those in need, and costs of the Overseers. These disbursements are of most interest to the local historian because … Continue reading

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Milton Abbas Street Fair 2017

Despite the dreadful weather plenty of people turned out, and many took an interest in our history group stand. Thanks to the great British public. All the volunteers on our stand were in 18th century costume, which added to the … Continue reading

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Of a once grand abbey, a once thriving village, glorious greenery, and a graveyard

Originally posted on The Dorset Rambler:
I woke to a glorious sunny morning, eager to get out on the trail again.  I had already decided which walk I wanted to do – it started from the picture postcard village of…

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Milton Abbas in Domesday Book

We are very lucky in Milton Abbas because there are entries in both the Great (Exchequer) Domesday and the Exon Domesday. There is rather more information in the latter. both are translated in the Victoria County History for Dorset. The … Continue reading

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Visit of King Edward VII to Milton Abbey

It is rumoured here that King Edward VII brought his mistress to Milton Abbey. Maybe many times. However if he did, it was kept very quiet. Does anyone know which mistress he was with in 1909 when this picture was … Continue reading

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Fanny Burney on Milton Abbey

Fanny Burney on Milton Abbey Frances Burney – Madam D’Arblay visited Milton Abbey and Milton Abbas in 1791. She was not too impressed by Lord Milton’s new “town”. This is one of the very few contemporary comments. It is a … Continue reading

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Promotion Leaflet

The Milton Abbas Local History Group promotion leaflet is now available in our local area. It will be available at our exhibit at the Street Fair.

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Hutchins’ History and Antiquities of the County of Dorset

Hutchins’ ‘History and Antiquities of the County of Dorset’ Author Rev. John Hutchins, curate at Milton Abbey. Published in 3 Editions: 1st Ed, 1774, 2 Vols, Milton Abbas Vol 2, pages 430 – 448. 19 pages 2nd Ed, 1796 – 1815, … Continue reading

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Parish Registers of Milton Abbas

Parish Registers of Milton Abbas Parish registers in England were first kept in 1538, recording details of baptisms (not births) marriages and burials (not deaths). However the earliest surviving examples are those entered into the new books as ordered in … Continue reading

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Rural Life – guide to local records

  Author Peter Edwards. Although out of date – it was published in 1993 – it is a useful summary of the documents that are available which need to be examined to complete a history of a rural parish.

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