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Changing views of ‘Justice’

Our Old Town Project group have been busy researching our rural Dorset village over the past few years. We have found out the things that you won’t find in the history books – forget mad King George and his profligate … Continue reading

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More News!

Do you know how people lived in Georgian Britain? Most of them didn’t go to Bath to take the waters, nor live in towns. Most of them, 80%, worked on the land, were very poorly paid and lived in crowded … Continue reading

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New information revealed

We are working our way through transcribing the Surveyors of the Highways records that we have in our possession. They show both the people paying the poor rates and their assessment, and the accounts which give the names of the … Continue reading

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St Samson of Dol

Also spelled St Sampson. In a recent article in Current Archaeology (373, April 2021), Chris Catling has written an article on the evidence of early Christianity in western Britain. St Samson was extremely important for Milton Abbey, or at least … Continue reading

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Christmas Tree Festival 2019

St James Church holds a Christmas Tree Festival every year to raise money for children’s charities. June McAvoy very kindly donated and decorated this tree on behalf of our history group. Merry Christmas to all our readers!

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Who Do You Think You Are – Magazine

Starting on page 81 of the June issue is a piece about Dorset. Milton Abbas Local History Group is mentioned with the website address. This magazine has a wide circulation so we are hoping that our website will see many … Continue reading

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2018 Christmas Tree Festival

Many thanks to June McAvoy for this beautiful tree as the entry of the Milton Abbas Local History Group in the 2018 Christmas Tree Festival in St James Church, Milton Abbas.

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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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