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The Tragic Tale of Ann Seager

We are transcribing the Overseers of the Poor Book  1771 – 1798. Thanks to John Quinn who transcribed these entries for 1777: 12 October Paid for one Pint of gine for Ann Seager 9 Nov Pd. Dockter Mock help taping Ann Seager … Continue reading

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18th Century weather

In order to understand our Overseers of the Poor records we would like to know what the weather was like in Dorset say 1770 – 1830. In particular winter temperatures because these may be the cause of the expenditure on … Continue reading

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Gail Money

In the Overseers of the Poor books, once again we find the term “Paid the Gail money” £7 5s 0d, this time on 20 Jun 1779. Sometimes it is spelled “Gale”. Since one entry said “Paid the Gale money to … Continue reading

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Robert Fiander sent to prison for poaching

Thanks to one of our correspondents we have found the Prison Admission Register which shows that Robert Fiander was committed for 3 months at the age of 15 from April to July 1819, for poaching. He was jailed the following … Continue reading

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Overseers of the Poor 1778

This entry is mystifying us. It seems to say “Paid the Expences of Crovining and Buring Burgundeys Child she had by John Hobbes £0 16s 7d” There is no such word as “Crovining” in the full Oxford English Dictionary. If … Continue reading

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Excavations in the north aisle of Milton Abbey

The Milton Abbas Local History Group were extremely fortunate in being able to view the excavations. These will shortly be covered over again probably for another one hundred years. We await the full archaeological report with interest. This gravestone is … Continue reading

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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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