Category Archives: social history

The National Archives free downloads

TNA are providing free downloads of some of their digitised documents. These are mostly probates of wills. These were previously £3.50. Go to their website to find out more. The downloads are pdf. We have taken advantage of this to … Continue reading

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Overseers of the Poor Accounts Books

There are four books in all which cover the period 1771 – 1836. No others exist. One of our transcribers has single handedly just completed the transcription of all 229 pages of the third book in this series which covers … Continue reading

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During the coronavirus outbreak our research is continuing:

Although our meetings and exhibition have been postponed, monthly updates will continue to be emailed to members, and research is continuing as follows: Ham family of Milton Abbas research – all wills and other documents have been transcribed and searched. … Continue reading

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Overseers of the Poor Accounts Book 1830 – 1836

These are the final entries in the final book: After this date there are no more payments by the Overseers of the Poor of Milton Abbas. Poor people then had to use the Workhouse which had been set up in … Continue reading

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Is there history in your attic, garden or fields, sheds or barns?

On 23-25 May 2020, Milton Abbas Local History Group will be holding a free entry exhibition in St James Church and the Reading Rooms, Milton Abbas, featuring village life before the 20th century. We are looking for any objects or … Continue reading

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Exhibition 2020 – ‘The Times They Wuz A’Changin’: Life in a Georgian Dorset Village

We are planning a three day exhibition May 23 – 25 2020. We are busy researching the Old Town of Milton Abbas, and now have most of the relevant records transcribed. However there are a few wills, removal orders, settlement … Continue reading

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Labourer’s Pay 1775

We are just transcribing some bills, vouchers or receipts for Milton Abbey Estate for labouring work. These are answering some questions such as the names of the labourers and how much they were paid, but raising more – the list … Continue reading

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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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The People who were paid for catching vermin

From an analysis of the names occurring in the Churchwarden’s Accounts 1750 – 1752, it seems clear that it was mostly children and a couple of housemaids who were being paid for catching vermin. These came from many of the … Continue reading

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The People of the Parish, Katherine French, 2001

This excellent book uses pre-Reformation Churchwardens Accounts to show what life was like for the people of the parish, including rural parishes in the 14th, 15th and early 16th centuries. How the parish worked as a community, including of course … Continue reading

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