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Milton Abbas - historic towns survey

The Dorset Historic Towns Project report on Milton Abbas.

Present-day Milton Abbas is essentially a non-urban environment, the medieval town having been swept away by the creation of a landscaped park in the 18th century, and a new settlement created elsewhere.

The present village has no physical connection with the former town. Its character is one of a planned picturesque village with a regular layout along a single sinuous main street. Most of the original village layout and buildings survive intact. The later developments are not intrusive and the whole retains its original planned coherence and relationship to the surrounding landscape park. The combination of the good survival of the distinctive paired cottages, the intact original plan of the settlement and its relationship to the surrounding landscaped park give Milton Abbas its distinctiveness and make it justly famous as a very good example of a late 18th century model village.

Here is a summary (pdf, 194kb) (opens in a new window) and the full report (February 2011) is below. We would welcome your comments. Please send any feedback to the Senior Archaeologist (Promotion and Liaison).

Part 1 and 2 Introduction and overview (pdf, 600kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 3 and 4 Context and sources (pdf, 533kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 5 Historic development (pdf, 927kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Character appraisal (pdf, 307kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 1 Milton Abbey and Park (pdf, 558kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 2 Milton Abbas village (pdf, 517kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 3 Catherine's Well (pdf, 319kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 7 Research and appendices (pdf, 260kb) (opens in a new window)

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