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Abbey Update

The Great Stare project update (Nov 2016)

Capability Brown in Dorset (CB 300 Festival Background)

The Great Stare and CB 300 -12 Jan 2015 Meeting

Milton Abbey Church and Landscape

Milton Abbey Church & Landscape – Questionnaire

Milton Abbey from Monks Path

Milton Abbey was founded by King Athelstan (925-39) to commemorate the death at sea of his brother Edwin. All the early buildings, as well as documents, books and relics were destroyed in a fire in 1309 caused by lightning. The present huge 14th and 15th Century church comprises only the chancel, tower and transepts, as the eastern chapels were demolished, and the church nave was never built.


.Milton Abbey from St Catherines Chapel
Photo by Unity-Joy Dale    

Milton Abbey's New ' Experience' 2017

Following the popular Capability Brown exhibition last year, a new exhibition will be presented from 7th July until 31st August, entitled ' History, Heritage and Landscape'. The main element of the exhibition will be the Landscape, with work by prize winning artists and photographers, as well as artists from Dorset Visual Arts and Tim Scott- Bolton, very popular last year. In addition there will be films, as well as recommended walks and children's games. All of these will feature Dorset's most remarkable landscapes, including the most special one-Milton Abbey, which is rated by John Phibbs, the leading expert on Capability Brown, as one of the top five Brown landscapes in the whole of England A new feature will be displays recording the History and Heritage associated with the Abbey. ranging from the foundation by King Athelstan, the first king of all England, to the monastic period, the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry V111, to the dramatic tenure of Lord Milton, who destroyed the old town of Middleton, created the village of Milton Abbas, and hired Capability Brown to create the glorious landscape that we all enjoy today. With all these elements to enjoy, no wonder it has been described as 'The Milton Abbey Experience'.





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