Milton Abbas Local History Group


Milton Abbas Street Fair  will have a new website for its next 2019 event.

Milton Abbey Heritage Trust is continuing the huge job of refurbishing the magnificent Milton Abbey which was founded in 934, and rebuilt after the fire of 1309. There will an exhibition of art, and the history of the village and Abbey from 7 Jul to 30 Aug 2017. Many of the members of the Milton Abbas History Group will be stewards so come and have a chat.

Abandoned Communities. Stephen Fisk includes Milton Abbas in his review.

Wiltshire Local History Forum

Milton Abbas Local History Group Facebook page for the latest news and updates.

Dorset History Network for history groups and museums in Dorset.

Dorset Family History Society caters for people in the UK or overseas researching their family history with interests in Dorset, as well as Dorset residents whose families may have lived in other counties or countries.

Online Parish Clerk, Milton Abbas page for Family History Research.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, the full, latest version is available free online if you have a Dorset Library card. Just fill in the “Library Card Login” box with in with “DORSET….” where … is your library card number.

Oxford English Dictionary. The full version online and free of charge if you have a Dorset Library Card.

Libraries West where any book available at a library in the south-west is delivered free to your local library for you to pick up. You will need to log in with your library card number. I have borrowed over 200 books in the last 2 years this way – fantastic.

The National Archives catalogue is essential for searching for those old documents. It includes the doucments which are available at your local history centre and many other archives.

Dorset History Centre catalogue is an essential starting point for searching maps and documents relevant to Milton Abbas. Don’t be put off with the poor search engine, you just have to get used to it.  There are 521 references to “MIlton Abbas”. We have photographed many of these and made them available to members. There are some treasures which must be seen at the Dorset History Centre.

Family and Community Historical Research Society carry out academic research, and publish on topics of interest to local history, for example Almshouses, Swing Riots, Occupations.

One-place Studies local history is often known by this name especially from organisations which started in family history and genealogy. There are several one-place study websites, they all charge to join, and it is difficult to know which is best. Time will tell. This site does not yet include any in Dorset.

Register of One-Place Studies is what it says on the tin – just a listing of groups doing local history. It does not give details of their findings, but it may link to a website that does.

Winterborne Houghton is an adjacent parish with its own website, but without a history group!

Dorset Ancestors gives an interesting story on one of the mysteries of the suicide of Lord Milton’s eldest son and heir, John Damer, who shot himself in 1776, aged 32, and in debt to the tune of £70 000.

Dorset Museums a listing. None of these websites have an online catalogue for you to search (as far as I know). If you wish to search then you will have to arrange a meeting with one of their curators.

British Agricultural History Society is a very useful website. It allows you to search and download as pdf back issues of their journal Agricultural History Review which has been published since 1955, and without a subsrciption. As an example a search for “water meadows” which were early in Dorset and were here in Milton Abbas in 1652 produces about 80 articles from their journal.

Family and Community Historical Research Society (FACHRS for short). Our Chairman is an individual member. Their journal Family and Community History is academic and sent to members.

British History Online. Another essential resource. Especially useful are the volumes of the Royal Commission on Historic Monuments in England, which are available to view and download. Some articles require payment, it’s £35 per year to view “premium content”. Which is a bit steep since we as taxpayers are already paying.

British Association for Local History publish quarterly ‘The Local Historian’. Back issues are available for free download. as pdf files. I have searched the usual Milton Abbas terms.