Many of the Society’s Assets 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
1. ‘Cerne Abbas’ by AO Gibbons 1962 (2 copies)
2. ‘Cerne Abbas’ by Mary D. Jones 1952 (2 copies)
3. ‘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.
4. Two exercise books belonging to Viola Trim dated 1918. Books supplied by DCC Education Committee, one used for arithmetic, the other English.
5. ‘The Houses of Yetminster’ by R Machin 1978.
6. 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 Magna.
7. ‘Reflections of RAF Warmwell’, by local enthusiasts
8. ‘Cerne of Dorset’, by WE Lake
9. Millennium Book of Cerne Abbas
10. Millennium Book of Godmanstone
11. Millennium Book of Sydling St Nicholas
12. Cerne Abbas & Villages by Leslie W Coffin (1987)
13. ‘Photographs of Some Activities of Cerne Abbas School’- covering a period in the 1930s
14. Copy of ‘Concerning Cerne’ by Eleanor Frances Hall
15. Milton Abbey: A Dorset Monastery in the Middle Ages by JP Traskey
16. Dorset by John Hutchins (Volume IV) 1873 Edition republished 1973
17. The Parish Book of Cerne ‘Abbey & After’ (2000) by Vivian and Patricia Vale
18. House Histories for Beginners by Colin & O-Lan Style (2006)
19. Systematic Procedure for recording English Vernacular Buildings
20. The Book of Cerne by Michelle P. Brown (1996)
21. Annual Report of Portable Antiques Scheme with description of Cloth Seals found in Cerne Abbas by Robert Lovett
22. St Mary’s Church brochure: ‘The Building and its Meaning’.
23. Companion into Dorset by Dorothy Gardiner (1939)
24. Notes on the History of Cerne Abbas by T Wainwright (1911)
25. Dorset Clocks and Clockmakers (1981)
26. The Bells and Belfries of Dorset Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 (2000)
27. Cerne Giant: An Antiquity on Trial – the 1996 enquiry
28. A Landscape Revealed: 10,000 years on a Chalkland Farm (2000)
29. Highways and Byways of Dorset (1906) by Sir Frederick Treeves
30. Poole Pottery (1995) by Leslie Hayward.
31. A Short History of Cerne Abbas, compiled by the WI c1930s.
32. The King’s England ‘Dorset’ by Arthur Mee.
33. Domesday Book. A Complete Translation (Penguin Book) 2003
34. ‘Do Not Lie!’ by Eustace H Pearson (1991). A family history of the Notleys of Somerset and Dorset, including links with the USA.
35. Book of ‘The Morris and Sword Dancers of England’ (1978)
36. ‘The Village Guide Around Cerne Abbas’ by the children at Cerne Abbas School in 1987.
37. ‘Hodge And His Masters’ by Richard Jefferies (1949)
38. Three volumes of photographs of the Cerne pre-school of recent date
39. ‘A Book of Drawings’ by Elizabeth Bairstow, a local artist.
40. ‘A Shepherd from Dorsetshire’, by George Homer. This is a family history of Homer family which emigrated to Australia in 1839.
41. ‘Village Buildings of Britain’ by Matthew Rice. Cerne Abbas gets a mention.
42. ‘The Manor Houses of Dorset’ by Una Russell and Audrey Grindrod. There are a number of references to Cerne Abbey.
43. ‘This Was England’ by Alan Bott. (Donated by John Astle)
44. Royal Commission on Monuments (West Dorset) dated 1952 (2 copies)
45. Dorset Country Pottery (Kilns of the Verwood district) by Jo Draper with Penny Copland-Griffiths dated 2002
46. ‘Ciderland’ by James Crowdon dated 2008
47. ‘Great Trees of Dorset’ by Andrew Pollard and Emma Brawn dated 2009
48. ‘We Would Sit Down –A Dorset Idyll’ verses by Michael Norman 1994
49. ‘Fire from Heaven’ by David Underdown dated 1992, a history of Dorchester in the 17th century.
50. ‘Divorced, Beheaded, Died…’ a history of Britain’s Kings and Queens by Kevin Flude dated 2009
51. Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History & Antiquarians Field Club Volumes X (1889) and XX11 (1890)
52. Proceedings of the Somersetshire Archaeological & Natural Society for 1896 which includes references to Cerne Abbas
53. Newman and Pevsner’s ‘The Buildings of Dorset’ dated 1972.
54. ‘The Monasteries of Dorset’ by Alan Miller dated 1999.[break]
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[break]
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[break]
MAPS HELD BY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
1. Copy of part of 1768 survey map of the Manor of Cerne Abbas by B.Pryce
2. Enlargement of 1768 survey map by B. Pryce, showing only the village of Cerne Abbas
3. Copies of 1798 survey map of ‘The Manor of Cerne Abbas’, based on 1768 survey by B. Pryce.
4. Enlargement of 1798 survey map by B. Pryce, showing only the village of Cerne Abbas
5. Copies of 1826 OS maps of Dorset
6. Copy of 1824 map of Cerne Turnpike
7. Copy of 1902 OS for Cerne Abbas, Second Edition, Sheet XXX1.2
8. Copy of 1902 OS for Cerne Abbas, Second Edition, Sheet XXX1.1
9. Copy of 1902 OS for Cerne Abbas, Second Edition, Sheet XXX1.5
10. Copy of OS for Yeovil & Blandford Popular Edition Sheet 130) One-Inch Map
11. Copy of OS for Wimborne & Ringwood (Sheet 131) Popular Edition One-Inch Map
12. Copies of 1919 OS for Cerne Abbas
13. Copy of Plan of Properties for Pitt-Rivers Sale of Cerne Abbas in 1919
14. Copy of Plan of the Abbey Estate for sale at auction in 1937
15. Copies of street maps used for Town Trails c.1990
16. Copies of three maps, origins and dates unknown, but post 1840 (because they show the workhouse).
17. Facsimile of 1897 map of South West Area of England and Wales
18. Facsimile of 1897 map of Central South Area of England and Wales
19. Copy of 1842 map of Cerne Abbas, including drawing of west end of church
20. Cerne Abbas Development 1940 to 2010
21. 1845 Cerne Tithe Map on DVD
22. 1845 Cerne Tithe Map with Apportionments on DVD