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A History of Milton Abbas
A BRIEF HISTORY OF MILTON ABBAS, DORSET By Tim Lambert 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 there with Benedictines. The settlement of Middleton thrived during the Middle Ages and eventually it grew into a market town. (In the Middle Ages towns sometimes grew up by abbeys as the monks provided a market for the townspeoples goods).
Milton Abbas Street Fayre
The charter for the market and fair in the old town of Middleton had been granted by King Athelstan. The fair was held on the feast of St Sampson, the patron saint of the town. When present day residents wanted to celebrate the bi-centennial of the founding of the new village they decided to revive the fair. The organisation of such an event involves a great deal of time and effort so it is only held every other year. St Sampson's day is on the 28 July and the fair is held on a Saturday near to that.
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