Many of the Society’s Archives are held in the Dorset History Centre, Dorchester, under climate controlled conditions.
These include books and articles, documents, films, videos and recordings. More detailed information may be obtained by using the Contact Us page.
BOOKS IN CUSTODY OF HISTORICAL SOCIETY
- ‘Cerne Abbas’ by AO Gibbons 1962 (2 copies)
- ‘Cerne Abbas’ by Mary D. Jones 1952 (2 copies)
- ‘In the Open Air’ by J Eaton Feasey, identified as Cerne Abbas School 1910. A series of out-door lessons in arithmetic, etc. for primary and secondary schools.
- Two exercise books belonging to Viola Trim dated 1918. Books supplied by DCC Education Committee, one used for arithmetic, the other English.
- ‘The Houses of Yetminster’ by R Machin 1978.
- Notebook containing Services and notes by Incumbents of St Mary’s Church, Cerne Abbas, starting in October 1958 with CV Taylor and ending at beginning of 1969 with Hugh Mumford. Covers period of church restoration and includes events at Godmanstone and Minterne.
- ‘Reflections of RAF Warmwell’, by local enthusiasts
- ‘Cerne of Dorset’, by WE Lake (2 copies)
- Millennium Book of Cerne Abbas
- Millennium Book of Godmanstone
- Millennium Book of Sydling St Nicholas
- Cerne Abbas & Villages by Leslie W Coffin (1987)
- ‘Photographs of Some Activities of Cerne Abbas School’- covering a period in the 1930s
- Two copies of ‘Concerning Cerne’ by Eleanor Frances Hall and JB Clark
- Milton Abbey: A Dorset Monastery in the Middle Ages by JP Traskey
- Dorset by John Hutchins (Volume IV) 1873 Edition republished 1973
- The Parish Book of Cerne ‘Abbey & After’ (2000) by Vivian and Patricia Vale (no copies held). (There are plenty of copies in private hands)
- Systematic Procedure for recording English Vernacular Buildings
- The Book of Cerne by Michelle P. Brown (1996)
- Annual Report of Portable Antiques Scheme with description of Cloth Seals found in Cerne Abbas by Robert Lovett
- St Mary’s Church brochure: ‘The Building and its Meaning’.
- Companion into Dorset by Dorothy Gardiner (1939)
- Notes on the History of Cerne Abbas by T Wainwright (1911)
- Dorset Clocks and Clockmakers (1981)
- The Bells and Belfries of Dorset Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 (2000)
- Cerne Giant: An Antiquity on Trial – the 1996 enquiry
- A Landscape Revealed: 10,000 years on a Chalkland Farm (2000)
- Highways and Byways of Dorset (1906) by Sir Frederick Treeves
- Poole Pottery (1995) by Leslie Hayward.
- The King’s England ‘Dorset’ by Arthur Mee.
- Domesday Book. A Complete Translation (Penguin Book) 2003
- ‘Do Not Lie!’ by Eustace H Pearson (1991). A family history of the Notleys of Somerset and Dorset, including links with the USA.
- Book of ‘The Morris and Sword Dancers of England’ (1978)
- ‘The Village Guide Around Cerne Abbas’ by the children at Cerne Abbas School in 1987.
- ‘Hodge And His Masters’ by Richard Jefferies (1949)
- ‘A Book of Drawings’ by Elizabeth Bairstow, a local artist.
- ‘A Shepherd from Dorsetshire’, by George Homer. This is a family history of Homer family which emigrated to Australia in 1839.
- ‘Village Buildings of Britain’ by Matthew Rice. Cerne Abbas gets a mention.
- ‘The Manor Houses of Dorset’ by Una Russell and Audrey Grindrod. There are a number of references to Cerne Abbey.
- ‘This Was England’ by Alan Bott. (Donated by John Astle)
- Royal Commission on Monuments (West Dorset) dated 1952 (2 copies)
- Dorset Country Pottery (Kilns of the Verwood district) by Jo Draper with Penny Copland-Griffiths dated 2002
- ‘Ciderland’ by James Crowdon dated 2008
- ‘Great Trees of Dorset’ by Andrew Pollard and Emma Brawn dated 2009
- ‘‘Fire from Heaven’ by David Underdown dated 1992, a history of Dorchester in the 17th
- ‘Divorced, Beheaded, Died…’ a history of Britain’s Kings and Queens by Kevin Flude dated 2009
- Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History & Antiquarians Field Club Volumes X (1889) and XX11 (1890)
- Proceedings of the Somersetshire Archaeological & Natural Society for 1896 which includes references to Cerne Abbas
- Newman and Pevsner’s ‘The Buildings of Dorset’ dated 1972.
- ‘The Monasteries of Dorset’ by Alan Miller dated 1999.
- Copy of Cerne Abbas Home Guard and ARP Notebook with photographs of members
- Dorset Folk Tales by Tim Laycock (2012)
- Lyme Regis Past by John Lello (1999)
- Dorset Place Names by Anthony Poulton- Smith (2010)
- ‘Lest We Forget’: a booklet by the CHS following a talk on 23 October 2014 about the lives and deaths of the men on the war memorials for the Great War at Cerne Abbas and UpCerne. (Copies held by Treasurer)
- Sherborne Abbey booklet
- Women of Dorset by Diana Trenchard (1994)
- The History Quiz Book Part 1 by Judy Lloyd (1995)
- Haunted Dorset by Chris Ellis & Andy Owens (2004)
- The Cerne Giant by Peter Knight (2013)
- Muchelney Abbey booklet
- English Village by John Burke (1975)
- Dorsetshire Folklore by John Symonds Udal (1922, Second Edition 1970)
- A Dorset Utopia by Judith Stinton (2005)
- ‘Before Endeavours Fade’ by Rose Coombs (1976). A Guide to the Battlefields of The First World War in France and Belgium.
- Memories of Wessex by Raymond Forcey (1992) who lived in Bushes Barn, Godmanstone, pre WW1.
- Joseph Clark. ‘A Popular Victorian Artist and his World’ by Eric Galvin (2016).
- Copy of Gentleman’s Magazine dated July 1764.
- The Marn’ll Book 1952.
- Booklet ‘Reading Tudor and Stuart Handwriting’.
- Booklet ‘Traditional Corn Milling Watermills’.
- A Photographic Record of the 6 Months of Lockdown from March 2010 in and around Cerne Abbas by Jane Tearle.
- Villains, Victims and Tragedies. Stories from the Dorset Assizes, by Brian Bates, 2021.
AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIAL IN CUSTODY OF HISTORICAL SOCIETY
1. BBC programme ‘Away in a Village’ 22 December 1974, CD and video
2. Video of Channel 5 programme: ‘Britain’s Finest Ancient Monuments’, featuring the Giant
3. Close Up West –‘The Giant’. A video of the 1996 debate into its provenance
4. A DVD including an animation of the Cerne Giant 1996 and ‘Stranger than Fiction’ for West Country Television 1999
5. DVD of ‘A Tale of Cerne’, broadcast by TVS January 1988, of a pageant put on to celebrate the Abbey Millennium of 1987
6. DVD of ‘A year in Dorset with Steps in Time’ (2008)
7. CD of ‘A Day in Cerne’ by Toby Williams-Ellis (2008)
8. DVD ‘Dorset at War’
9. BBC Countryfile September 2008 on occasion of re-whiting the Giant
10. CD of ‘Echoes of Combat’, concert put on to raise funds for Combat Stress 2008
11. Giant Talk put on by CHS and National Trust March 2011
12. DVD of ‘My Dorset’ by David Allen dated 2009
13. CHS visit to Wolfeton House July 2010, photographs by Jane Tearle
14. CD of Photographs of 090909
MEMORIES OF CERNE ABBAS BY RESIDENTS
1. Dave Fox’s memories of Cerne Abbas on DVD Session 1
2. Dave Fox’s memories of Cerne Abbas on DVD Session 2
3. Cerne Group of old men memories on CD
4. Mrs Elliot memories on CD
5. Memories of Cerne Abbas 1984 to the 21st Century by Claire Baker
6. Memories of Cerne Abbas January to September 2010 Claire Baker
7. Biographical notes about Margaret Bown 1916 to 2009
8. Lord Digby’s Memories in interview with Kate Adie 2012 on CD
9. Cerne Abbas Tithe Barn, a short written history on CD
10. Mick Collin’s memories of Cerne Abbas on DVD
11. Tommy Dunn’s memories of Cerne Abbas on DVD
- CHS visit to Wolfeton House July 2010, photographs by Jane Tearle
- CD of Photographs of 090909
- Cerne Abbas Photo Archive Book A and Book B
- Cornick Family of Cerne -55 Photographs
- Clark Family of Cerne: Probate records of Wm Clark
- Clark Family of Cerne: Probate records of Emily Coombs
- Clark Family of Cerne: Probate records of James Coomb
MAPS HELD BY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
- Copy of part of 1768 survey map of the Manor of Cerne Abbas by B.Pryce
- Enlargement of 1768 survey map by B. Pryce, showing only the village of Cerne Abbas
- Copies of 1798 survey map of ‘The Manor of Cerne Abbas’, based on 1768 survey by B. Pryce.
- Enlargement of 1798 survey map by B. Pryce, showing only the village of Cerne Abbas
- Copies of 1826 OS maps of Dorset
- Copy of 1824 map of Cerne Turnpike
- Copy of Plan of the Abbey Estate for sale at auction in 1937
- Copies of street maps used for Town Trails c.1990
- Copies of three maps, origins and dates unknown, but post 1840 (because they show the workhouse).
- Facsimile of 1897 map of South West Area of England and Wales
- Facsimile of 1897 map of Central South Area of England and Wales
- Copy of 1842 map of Cerne Abbas, including drawing of west end of church
- Cerne Abbas Development 1940 to 2010
- 1845 Cerne Tithe Map on DVD
- 1845 Cerne Tithe Map with Apportionments on DVD
- Spare map of 1994 survey of Burial Ground
- Street map of village showing where some tradesman lived and worked from
- OS map of Cerne Sheet ST 60 SE dated 1982
- Copy of OS for Yeovil & Blandford Popular Edition Sheet 130) One-Inch Map
- Copy of 1902 OS for Cerne Abbas, Second Edition, Sheet XXX1.1
- Copy of 1902 OS for Cerne Abbas, Second Edition, Sheet XXX1.2
- Copy of 1902 OS for Cerne Abbas, Second Edition, Sheet XXX1.5
- Copy of 1902 OS for Cerne Abbas, Second Edition, Sheet XXX1.6
- Copy of projected route of the Bath to Weymouth railway through the Cerne Valley.
- 1845 tithe map of Cerne Abbas.
- B&W Copy of Plan of Properties for Pitt-Rivers Sale of Cerne Abbas in 1919
St Mary’s Church, Cerne Abbas
Cerne Abbas and its History
Non- Conformism in Cerne Abbas (Misc)
Petty Sessions and Quarter Sessions. Police in Cerne
Public Houses and Taverns in Cerne Abbas
Material Deposited with Dorset History Centre
1919 Sale of Village
Cerne Abbas Societies
Trades and Professions in Cerne Abbas
Welfare, Transport and Friendly Societies
Cerne Union Workhouse
Miss Granville Diary & Revd Ray Diaries
World Wars I & II
Records of Discussion Club
Extract from 1617 Survey of Cerne Abbas, held in UK Public Records Office
Up Cerne Church
Correspondence concerning Up Cerne Church, being declared Redundant and its subsequent use
Minterne House and the Digby Family
Proposed Bath to Weymouth Union Railway
2000 Hedge Survey
Mills of Cerne Abbas
Cerne Valley Trail Project and Tree Survey
Cerne Abbas Family History Enquiries
Clark Family of Cerne Abbas
Geophysics Surveys of Cerne Abbas
Memories of Claire Baker