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Lord Milton’s Ad quod Damnum, 1769

I have just finished transcribing this document which is in the Dorset History Centre catalogue reference Q/S/M/1/9 page 414. It describes the roads which Joseph, Lord Milton had a writ issued by Chancery, to move. These road closures spelled the … Continue reading

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Overseers of the Poor Book 1781

This is new to us, a unique entry in our Overseers of the Poor Book. It reads “At a Vestry held this Sixteenth day of April the following Poor People appeared & Complained; they Wanted as follows John Piper of … Continue reading

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Milton Abbas village transport

This very handsome Victorian semi-detached property replaced one of the original 1780 cob and thatch cottages, probably when the latter burnt down or fell down. The right hand house was once the location of the village bus service to Blandford … Continue reading

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Milton Abbas Local History Group visit Cerne Abbas

Our history group were given a presentation and a guided tour by the Cerne Abbas Historical Society. This was followed by dinner in the Giant Inn.

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A History of the Tregonwell Family

We were lucky to be given this 120 foolscap page typescript by the author himself, Sir Mervyn Medlycott. It is his last remaining sixth copy. If anyone remembers carbon copies they will be aware that the quality of the copies … Continue reading

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Chris and Debra Wood from British Columbia

What a great day we had – thanks to the Dorset weather it was a beautiful sunny day; thanks to Debra and Chris Wood for coming all the way from British Columbia to visit Milton Abbas; thanks to Helier Exon … 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 Street Fair

THE ORIGINS OF THE MILTON ABBAS STREET FAIR The ancient town of Middleton clustered around the Benedictine Abbey nestling in the Delcombe Valley. King Athelstan, grandson of King Alfred the Great, granted the town a market and a fair. The fair took place on … 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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