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.
The next talk is “Edmund Peachum: Puritan and Traitor”. Charles Bird , a retired barrister will be reviewing the evidence in this “cold case” against a former Rector (1587-1614) of his home village of Hinton St. George. Edmund Peachum fell foul of the regime of James I. He was arraigned, tortured in the Tower and convicted of High Treason. He was deprived of his living and sentenced to death.