Cerne Abbas Historical Society

Welcome to the Cerne Historical Society.

The Society was formed in 1988 following the Abbey Millennium celebrations in 1987. It now has over 100 members and produces a lively programme of talks and visits on a wide range of local history topics.

The Society has built up an archive of material of local historical interest, which includes over 400 photographs of Cerne Abbas and its people over the last 100 years or more. It continues to add to the archive by conducting research into various aspects of the history of the village over the centuries. Parts of this growing archive will be relevant to those researching their family connections with Cerne Abbas and are published on this website. Much of the original material is deposited in the Dorset History Centre, but the aim of the Society’s research is to give it a local historical focus, to be shared with others.

The Society is keen to add to its collection of photographs, other historical information, or even just memories, to share with all who are interested in the history of this ancient village. If you have any material of this kind that you feel would enhance our collection, please let us know. We can arrange for any original material to be copied and returned.

 Next Meeting: The Monmouth Uprising and Bloody Assizes.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 28th May at 7.30pm at Cerne Abbas Village Hall.
John Lello will be talking about the Monmouth Uprising of 1685. The Duke of Monmouth landed at Lyme Regis and made his way towards London. He was supported by some Whig landowners who encouraged farm hands and others to join his ill-fated army. Unlike the Glorious Revolution which overthrew King James II barely 4 years later, Monmouth’s attempted coup failed leading to the infamous Bloody Assizes under Judge Jeffreys in Dorchester.

The Society has been trying for 3 years to persuade the ever popular John Lello to address a CHS meeting. He is a retired Historian who has lectured at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
This should be a very popular talk - non members are welcome (£3).
HELP! The Society is looking for old aerial photographs and maps of Cerne Abbas which will be scanned and safely returned to their owners. Please call John Paterson on 01300 341964