Category Archives: Milton Abbey

Charter of bounds between Middelton and Helton, 1319

The Milton Abbey Priory Archive is a roll of parchment in the Dorset History Centre which contains twenty separate documents all written in Medieval Latin. The first document is the Metes and Bounds of Milton Abbas with Woolland, dated 1384/5. … Continue reading

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Milton Abbey Customary 1317 – update

How wrong I was! Now we have had an expert Latinist look at this document – the first line reads “David le Beau holds one messuage and……” Translating the names is the trickiest part, and it seems some initial capitals … Continue reading

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Milton Abbey Customary 1317

Here is the first page of the customary: The first line reads (I think): David Le Oean holds one messuage and one furlong of land paying per annum 3s 8d. The document, which is in the British Library, tells us … Continue reading

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Tudor Cartoons

We have just found these images in a Customary of Milton Abbas of 1320. They have been added later by an unknown author. Can anyone help interpret them? There are several more like this.

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Winchester College Muniments

The archives at Winchester College are very important for the history of Milton Abbey prior to the surrender in 1539. We were fortunate to contact the archivist who gave us access to photograph some of the key documents in this … Continue reading

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Milton Abbey Priory Archive

This roll of parchment contains 20 documents written in a very clear Medieval Latin. Considering it was written over 600 years ago it is in remarkable condition. Our history group has bought a digital copy which can be studied in … Continue reading

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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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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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Location, location, location

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 … Continue reading

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The Retreat, James Downs, Exeter University

James Downs has shared his research on Aelred Carlyle at The Retreat, Milton Abbas around 1900. We are hoping that this excellent research will be published in due course. Father Aelred was born Benjamin Fearnley Carlyle (1874–1955), and was a Benedictine … Continue reading

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