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Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England



 


Notes: Abbotsbury is a large village and civil parish in the West Dorset district of Dorset, England; situated 10 miles north-west of Weymouth. The local travel links are located 6 miles from the village to Upwey railway station and 35 miles to Bournemouth International Airport. Also, the main road running through the village is the B3157, connecting Abbotsbury to Bridport and Weymouth.

One and a half miles outside the village, at the top of the limestone hill, is a triangular hill fort, Abbotsbury Castle. In the 11th century, King Canute rewarded the services of Orca, his steward, with land in Abbotsbury, Portesham and Hilton. It's believed there was already a religious community in Abbotsbury, and Orca and his wealthy wife Tola built an Abbey here. The Abbey dominated life in Abbotsbury for 500 years, but was destroyed in the dissolution. The barn survived and is the largest thatched building in the world.

Until the dissolution, Abbotsbury would have been one of the most important villages in the county, and the settlement is laid out around a wide market area. After the decline of its monastery, Abbotsbury became the quiet village it is today.

In 1664, during the English Civil War, Roundheads and Cavaliers clashed at Abbotsbury. Cavaliers besieged the Roundheads in the church tower of St. Nicholas' church, which still bears the scars of musket fire.

During the Second World War, the coastal front was fortified and defended as a part of British anti-invasion preparations of World War II. Later, the Fleet was used as a machine gun training range, and Bouncing bombs were tested there, for the Dambuster sortie (Operation Chastise).

Latitude: 50.6655598 N, Longitude: 2.5995788 W


Birth

Matches 1 to 24 of 24

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Birth    Person ID 
1 FEAVER, Mary  Dec 1615Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I1013
2 MOATYARD, Robert  Mar 1715Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I5355
3 MOTYER, Alice  11 Apr 1613Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I5362
4 MOTYER, John  Abt 1562Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I1000
5 MOTYER, Joseph  Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I258
6 MOTYER, Mary  1590Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I41
7 THISTLE, Agnes  Apr 1633Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I1005
8 THISTLE, Elizabeth  Jan 1576Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I30
9 THISTLE, Grace  Nov 1640Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I1010
10 THISTLE, Hugh  Dec 1614Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I1011
11 THISTLE, Jane  1644Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I1014
12 THISTLE, Jeffrey  May 1621Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I1006
13 THISTLE, Jeffrey  1646Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I1015
14 THISTLE, Joane  Nov 1635Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I1009
15 THISTLE, Margaret  Mar 1581Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I27
16 THISTLE, Mary  Apr 1627Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I1004
17 THISTLE, Mary  1648Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I1016
18 THISTLE, Rebecca  May 1638Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I1007
19 THISTLE, Richard  1588Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I42
20 THISTLE, Richard  Feb 1629/30Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I1003
21 THISTLE, Richard  1642Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I1017
22 THISTLE, Robert  Nov 1619Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I1008
23 THISTLE, Ruth  Dec 1614Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I1012
24 THYSTLE, Joane  1566Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I1002

Christened

Matches 1 to 10 of 10

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Christened    Person ID 
1 MOATYARD, Andrew  16 May 1709Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I5352
2 MOATYARD, Andrew  22 Jan 1710/11Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I5353
3 MOATYARD, John  8 Mar 1711/12Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I5354
4 MOTYER, Francis  11 Oct 1576Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I5344
5 MOTYER, Grace  17 Dec 1586Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I5346
6 MOTYER, Hugh  27 Dec 1646Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I5371
7 MOTYER, John  24 Jul 1596Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I5349
8 MOTYER, Joseph  26 Jun 1642Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I5374
9 MOTYER, Joseph  14 Jan 1643/44Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I5377
10 THISTLE, Jeffrey  1621Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I1006

Died

Matches 1 to 11 of 11

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Died    Person ID 
1 MOTYER, Elizabeth  Nov 1614Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I2098
2 MOTYER, Elizabeth  Feb 1620/21Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I2097
3 MOTYER, Joan  10 Aug 1625Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I2095
4 MOTYER, John  19 Jan 1586/87Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I1000
5 MOTYER, Mary  Jan 1623/24Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I2099
6 MOTYER, Mary  1640Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I41
7 MOTYER, Robert  May 1613Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I2101
8 MOTYER, Robert  Dec 1613Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I2102
9 MOTYER, Robert  Apr 1625Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I2100
10 MOTYER, William  Jul 1613Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I2105
11 THISTLE, Richard  1640Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I42

Buried

Matches 1 to 12 of 12

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Buried    Person ID 
1 MOTYARD, Margaret  30 Dec 1717Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I5358
2 MOTYARD, Robert  25 Sep 1716Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I5359
3 MOTYER, Constance  25 Feb 1620/21Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I2091
4 MOTYER, Elizabeth  17 Nov 1614Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I2098
5 MOTYER, Elizabeth  21 Feb 1620/21Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I2097
6 MOTYER, Jane  28 Mar 1606Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I2096
7 MOTYER, Joan  10 Aug 1625Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I2095
8 MOTYER, Mary  29 Jan 1623/24Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I2099
9 MOTYER, Robert  31 May 1613Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I2101
10 MOTYER, Robert  10 Dec 1613Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I2102
11 MOTYER, Robert  13 Apr 1625Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I2100
12 MOTYER, William  6 Jul 1613Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I2105

Alt. Christening

Matches 1 to 1 of 1

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Alt. Christening    Person ID 
1 MOATYARD, Andrew  22 Jan 1709/10Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I5353

Burial Index

Matches 1 to 10 of 10

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Burial Index    Person ID 
1 MOTYER, Constance  25 Feb 1620/21Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I2091
2 MOTYER, Elizabeth  17 Nov 1614Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I2098
3 MOTYER, Elizabeth  21 Feb 1620/21Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I2097
4 MOTYER, Jane  28 Mar 1606Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I2096
5 MOTYER, Joan  10 Aug 1625Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I2095
6 MOTYER, Mary  29 Jan 1623/24Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I2099
7 MOTYER, Robert  31 May 1613Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I2101
8 MOTYER, Robert  10 Dec 1613Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I2102
9 MOTYER, Robert  13 Apr 1625Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I2100
10 MOTYER, William  6 Jul 1613Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England I2105

Married

Matches 1 to 10 of 10

   Family    Married    Family ID 
1 BOTESWAINE / MOTYER  27 Nov 1630Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England F961
2 GANNEY / MOTYER  23 Nov 1643Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England F1807
3 MOTYER / CURTIS  26 Nov 1576Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England F1799
4 MOTYER / DAMMON  23 Jun 1641Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England F1806
5 MOTYER / DURDANT  29 Jul 1622Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England F1805
6 MOTYER / HILL  12 Sep 1629Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England F1810
7 MOTYER / THISTLE  19 Jan 1586/87Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England F1800
8 MOTYER / THYSTLE  19 Jan 1586/87Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England F307
9 THISTLE / FEAVER  16 Nov 1641Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England F309
10 THISTLE / MOTYER  17 Jan 1611/12Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire County (now Dorset County), England F18