The Alms Houses at Milton Abbas

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The Alms Houses at Milton Abbas

Milton Abbas was originally called Middleton, that is middle tun the middle farm or hamlet. In about 933 a Saxon king, Aethelstan founded a monastery there. In 964 King Edgar replaced the monks with Benedictines.

In 1752 the manor was sold to Joseph Damer (1718-1798), who later became Earl of Dorchester. In 1771 he decided to build a new mansion and he employed Sir William Chambers (1723-1796) to build it but the two men fell out and Chambers resigned in 1774. The new house was completed by James Wyatt (1746-1813). Damer also employed the famous landscape gardener Capability Brown (1716-1783).

Damer decided to remove the existing houses in the town because they spoilt his view. He waited till leases ran out and in the 1780s he demolished the existing cottages and replaced them with new ones further away. He also moved the almshouses. The new settlement was renamed Milton Abbas.

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