The Society has, to date, collected several hundred photographs showing moments in the life of the village and its people. The earliest photographs date from the late 19th Century, when Cerne Abbas was still showing the debilitating effects of the local economic depression.

The photographs continue into the 21st Century, and show the improving fortunes of the village following its Sale at auction in 1919. Many local events and people are recorded, from school class photographs to Coronation celebrations.

This collection will continue to be added to in the future, to maintain an enduring history of Cerne Abbas. The collection has been categorized by the Society for convenience – click on the relevent gallery to view these images: 

Abbey and St Mary’s Church 

Cerne Abbas Schools 

Village Streets 

Trades and Tradesmen  [coming soon]

Village Views [coming soon]

Village Events [coming soon]

To this unique collection of photographs has been added the Hartley-Sharpe Portrait Collection. 

The collection, commissioned by the Society, contains photographs of a cross-section of the people who make up the modern village of Cerne Abbas.

If you would like to buy any of these photographs, please complete the Order Form.