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Kelly’s Directory of 1848

TRADERS Bertie, David, ‘Portarlington Arms‘, & farmer Cadie, Thomas, carpenter & wheelwrgt Calnes Christopher, farmer Eaton, Henry, tailor Frizle, Thomas, carrier Formidge John, farmer Guy, James, blacksmith Ham, John, farmer Hawkins, Mill Maria, shopkeeper |Hopkins Samuel, tailor Ingram Robert, farmer … Continue reading

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Land Tax Assessments

We now have a good run of Land Tax records for the years 1780 – 1832, and we are beginning to transcribe them. They show the “proprietors” and “occupiers” of each property. There were 25 names in 1780, 20 in … Continue reading

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Overseers of the Poor Book 1782

Carol Sastradipradja has just transcribed page 104 and come across this interesting piece of information. It reads: “Memorandum. Sunday Jan 13 Several Labouring People having complained to the Officers of the Parish that They Wanted Houses. In consequence of their … Continue reading

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The Liberty and Manor of Milton Abbas

An original document in Dorset History Centre was brought to our attention by Debbie Winter. Catalogue reference D-1168/1. This is the only manorial court record which is in existence, and is of great interest. This one was held 13 May … Continue reading

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Place Names of Dorset, Part 3

This marvellous book has an amazing amount of information. Part 3 covers Whiteway Hundred which includes Milton Abbas and the adjoining parishes of Woolland, Stoke Wake, Hilton and Ibberton. It details the origins of place names, road and track names … Continue reading

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Overseers of the Poor – what we have learned

Every month the Overseer paid out the regular payment to the poor, plus “disbursements” – additional payments, goods or services to those in need, and costs of the Overseers. These disbursements are of most interest to the local historian because … Continue reading

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Overseers of the Poor – Paupers House

This is the first piece of evidence for a Pauper’s House in the new village of Milton Abbas. From the Overseers of the Poor book page dated April 1786. This is in addition of course to the Almshouses for “6 … Continue reading

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Milton Abbas Street Fair 2017

Despite the dreadful weather plenty of people turned out, and many took an interest in our history group stand. Thanks to the great British public. All the volunteers on our stand were in 18th century costume, which added to the … Continue reading

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Holloways and Sunken Paths, the Mysterious Ancient Highways

Originally posted on The Dorset Rambler:
There are thousands of ancient paths criss crossing Dorset’s wonderful countryside but none more fascinating than these labyrinthine paths like the one in the picture above which goes by the interesting name of Hell Lane! These…

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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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