Category Archives: local history

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. It is presented by Ben Robinson. The programme has been broadcast nationally five times since its first showing in January, 2019. It … Continue reading

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Tea Clipper Tea Rooms reopening

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 … Continue reading

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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 … 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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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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