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Milton Abbas, Dorset

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Milton Abbas, Dorset

Milton Abbas is a village in Dorset in the south-west of England, approximately seven miles south-west of the market town of Blandford Forum and 11 miles north-east of Dorchester. The village has a population of 766 (2001). The village is sometimes considered the first planned settlement in England. In 1780, Joseph Damer, Lord Milton, the first Earl of Dorchester and owner of Milton Abbey, decided that the adjacent market town, Middleton, was disturbing his vision of rural peace.
Administrative CountyDorset
Traditional CountyDorset
OS GridST8001
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityDorset

Other names by which Milton Abbas, Dorset has been known in the past

Middleton ~ Middleton Abbay

Milton Abbas, Dorset in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Milton Abbas, par., eccl. dist., and vil., Dorset - par., 1392 ac., pop. 873; eccl. dist. (comprising parts of Chesilborne and Owermoigne pars.), pop. 956; vil., 6 miles SW. of Blandford; P.O., T.O.; Milton Abbey (1771), seat of Baron Hambro, succeeded an old monastic institution founded (10th century) by King Athelstan, and includes the refectory (1498) of the old abbey; the abbey church, now used as a private chapel, dates from the reign of Edward II.

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