‘Iron Age fort and Cardinal Morton put village on the map’

November 2, 2016


HEART BEAT: Milborne St Andrew Village Hall is described as the “social heart” of the village on its website. Many of the clubs and societies host their activities there and there is a children’s playground and recreation field attached to the hall.


WARM WELCOME: Sarah and Andy Fox of the Royal Oak, Milborne St Andrew, have been there since 2009. I was given a nice cup of coffee before proceeding to go for a walk around the village. I noticed there is another Royal Oak in neighbouring Bere Regis.


ELECTORAL GIFT: The stag seen at the top of the house along the main street was a gift to a Mr Cole from the Drax family for his support in an election campaign.


TUDOR LINKS: Relatives of the Cardinal Morton, the Chancellor to King Henry VII, are buried in the vault of St Andrew’s Church. The parish joined up with Milborne Stileham at then of the 19th Century.


VITAL SERVICE: The Post Office and Stores in the Square. As well as serving local food and drink, the shop is also a dry cleaning agency. They are open Monday to Saturday, 9am-1pm, mornings and 2am-5pm afternoons (except for Thursdays and Saturdays). They are closed all day Sunday. The post office bears a very delightful thatched roof.



REFERENCES to the North Dorset village of Milton St Andrew date Norman and Saxon times – that’s according to local historians.

King Alfred the Great bequeathed the village to his son. Later his grandson King Athelstan gave to the Abbey in neighbouring Milton Abbas, from where I did a despatch on this website a year ago.

Melborne is mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book and named via the stream which runs through it and “mill stream” is derived from the old English words myln and burna. St Andrew was dedicated to the parish church to distinguish it from Milborne Stileham.

The most ancient site in the parish is a 17.5 acre iron age fort called Wetherby Castle that once boasted multiple defences.

The most famous son of Milton St Andrew was Cardinal Morton, the Chancellor to King Henry VII, and the family patronized this village and neighbouring Bere Regis. Many of the family’s ancestors are buried in a family vault within the church.
The parish of St Andrew was amalgamated with Milborne Stileham at the end of the 19th century (formerly part of the parish of Bere Regis) although the civil parishes remained separate until 1933.

The weather was very autumnal and mild and having taken a coffee at the Royal Oak, I took the time to go and walk around the village with some advice to go and see St Andrew’s Church as mentioned above. One of the local dignitaries saw me with a mobile and thought I was looking for clues to Pokemon Go, but I tried to assure the lady concerned that someone of my age in walking around in a flat cap would look a bit out-of-place doing something like that.

Nowadays the village is home to 1,100 people living in 400 homes that occupy both the north and south side of the main roads. Walking along the pavement is an interesting experience when a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) rumbles through the village.

As well as the Royal Oak, the village also hosts a post office and stores in the Square and a branch of Londis called Gray Store’s in Milton Road.

The village website also shows this community has a lot of activity going on listing at least 14 groups including the youth club, the WI, sports clubs and amateur dramatics groups.

The village hall had extensive refurbishment last year and is fully licenced for all entertainment and also has a committee room for smaller groups that can accommodate up to 25 people.

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