Social and Family History

The problems around the quality of housing for working people are sadly nothing new. To read about the poor state of housing in Milborne Port in 1864, click here.

Plague and Pestilence in the 16th Century

St John the Evangelist Parish Registers Milborne Port

17/5/1573 Thomas Hallett
killing himself with a knife buried on Crackmore Hill

19/8/1579 burial Agnes dau of Thomas Webber
dyed wyth plague

21/8/1579 burial Thomas Callow
died of the plague

25/8/1579 burial John Rabbetes
died of the plague

27/8/1579 burial Thomas Seymour
died of the plague

2/9/1579 burial John Warman
the plague being at Milborne Port was buried at Stowell

15/9/1570 burial John Sampson
dyed with plague, ye older, buried the same day as his aunt, Joan Hallett

15/9/1579 burial John Sampson
dyed with plague, ye younger, buried the same day as Joan, his aunt

15/9/1579 burial Joan Hallett
dyed with plague, buried the same day as her hephews John Sampson ye older and ye younger 

22/8/1579 burial Robert Talbote
died of the plague

13/12/1579 burial Wm Riol age 14
borne deaf therefore nev’ coulde speake 

5/12/1604 burial John son of Wilm Champ
a nursing child, died of a pestilence in the town from 6 Dec to 25 Feb

7/12/1604 burial Johane wife of Wm Champ
mother of John who was buried 512/1604 died of a pestilence in the town from 6 Dec to 25 Feb

25/12/1604 burial Johane dau of John Woller
died of a pestilence in the town from 6 Dec to 25 Feb

29/12/1604 burial Johan Hallet
widow, grandmother of Johan Woller who was buried 25/12/1604 died of a pestilence in the town from 6 Dec to 25 Feb

5/1/1604/5 burial Dorothie dau of Augustine Hallat 
died of a pestilence in the town from 6 Dec to 25 Feb buried in the same grave as Edeth Holloway

8/1/1604/5 burial Elenor dau of Augustine Hallat 
died of a pestilence in the town from 6 Dec to 25 Feb buried in the same grave as John Woller

8/1/1604 burial John son of John Woller
died of a pestilence in the town from 6 Dec to 25 Feb buried in the same grave as Elenor Hallat

9/1/1604/5 burial Ursola wife of John Woller 
died of a pestilence in the town from 6 Dec to 25 Feb

28/1/1604 burial John Lacie
died of a pestilence in the town from 6 Dec to 25 Feb

25/2/1604/5 burial John Rioll
father of Em Rioll died of a pestilence in the town from 6 Dec to 25 Feb

Dying Matters ……

Snippets From 17th Century Wills

2 bushells of wheate to be made and baked into 16 loaves of good bread and distributed at my funeral to 16 of the annuitant poore people of Milborne Port and for the like quantity of wheat and like manner to be bestowed upon Candlemas day (being the day of my birth for seven years next after my decease)

(Candlemas day 2nd February)


my old age and the infirmities that accompany the same

lands known by the name of Burkeslade lying and being in the manor of Kingsbury Regis

yearly rent of a pepper corne

one bedde with the furniture thereunto belonging, one large brasse kettle, one middling kettle, one brasse pott, a brasse candlestick, a chest and a coffer

unto my brother in law Christian Perry my wife’s wedding ring

unto the poore of Milborne Port ten pounds to be distributed at the discretion of the church wardens and overseers amongst such as have most need

unto William ? my now servant six shillings and eight pence, and to Richard Harvey and William ? of Weeke aforesaid

my loving neighbours five shillings a piece 

my sons John Popley and Bat Popley

my daughter Elizabeth all that household goods that was her grandmothers

my daughter Mary £100 and the little chest over the kitchen chamber

I bequeath one piece of black cloth to be used at funeral _ so long as the cloth endureth 

the house and bark side called Hicks greene and also the house and bark side now in the possession of John Clarke called Pud brooke

to be buried in the churchyard of Milborne Port on the right hand of Elinor my first wife there interred and an upright stone to be sett at my head

situate near the Mill at Kingsbury Regis

my wife and daughter shall inhabit together in my house and neither of them to lett or sell out the same to any other person or persons without the consent of the other

halfe the garden, halfe the orchard and halfe the fruits 

an orchard called Gaynsbury

unto the childe that my wief now goeth with all three hundred pounds be it boye or mayde

to my sonne Thomas the sum of £40 per annum to bee paid out of Kingsbury farm

all the implements belonging to my trade

all my best wearing apparel and my best sword, a paire of pistolls and a saddle

my well beloved father in law

if my wife happen to marrie then I give unto my two sonnes half my bedding and linnen and half my household stuff