Bradford Abbas

including Clifton Maybank

Rose & Crown Inn, Bradford Abbas

Bradford Abbas is a village and a parish on the Somerset border and to the west of the parish and market town of Sherborne. The parish of Over Compton lies to the north and Clifton Maybank to the south. The church of St Mary is an ancient structure in the Perpendicular style with a chancel, nave of four bays, aisles and south porch. The embattled west tower has pinnacles and a peal of 6 bells. The entire roof of the church was renewed in 1890. In 1906 the tower and floor of the church were restored and in 1913 the north chantry was added. 

The church registers date from 1579. In the 19th century there used to be two foundation schools which were built in 1856. Wyke is a small village in the parish 1 mile east. The land area of the parish is 1216 acres and the chief crops were oats, wheat and barley. The population in 1861 was 585, 1871 -  578, 1891 -  523 and in 1931 the population was 308 in the civil parish and 534 in the ecclesiastical parish, having absorbed Clifton Maybank at the end of the 19th century.

Clifton Maybank (sometimes named Clifton Maubank or Clifton House) is recorded in the Domesday Book as Clistone, held by William Malbank, a tenant of Hugh, Earl of Chester in 1086, and it is from Malbank that the 'Maybank' suffix derives. Clifton Maybank is also mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle of 1001. Writing in 1811, Samuel Lewis stated that the village had 60 inhabitants and that the church at Clifton Maybank had "been in ruins for a century".

Church of St Mary on a stormy day. Photographs  ©
Caryl Parsons

The Online Parish Clerk (OPC) for Bradford Abbas is Zoe Martin
Please place the words 'OPC Bradford Abbas' as your subject for e-mails.

Sadly on 5th July 2015 Caryl Parsons, formerly the OPC for Bradford Abbas passed away. Much of the material on this page has been donated to the OPC Project by Caryl, and we are deeply indebted to her for her support and contributions. Zoe has kindly confirmed that she will continue to act as OPC for the Parish.

Resources are available for look-up by contacting me. There are also some transcriptions on this site and more will be added.  The list below represents the main transcriptions I have, there may well be other smaller items not listed, so it is always worth contacting me. I am familiar with the village and surrounding area.

Census 1841 , 18511861, 1871, & 1901 are on line, I can also provide details from the 1881 & 1891 census
Clifton Maybank 1841, 1851 [John Ridout]
Parish Registers Baptisms
1760-17991800-18501851-1900, 1901-1920
1754-1799, 1901-1920
Marriages & Banns

, 1800-1836  & 1837-1900
1653-1675 & 1710 - 1759
1760-17991800-1849, 1850-1900, 1901-1930
Baptisms Marriages & Burials
1572-1576, 1579-1629, 1630-1652

Quaker Marriages
Parish Registers - Clifton Maybank 1713-1779
Marriages & Banns 1755-1789
Postal Directories 1859, 1923, 1931, 1935 and 1939 Directories are available.
Monumental Inscriptions A list of the MIs for St Mary's Bradford Abbas available for look-up.
Estate Sales Names from the Estate Sales of  1849 & 1954
Militia Bradford Abbas & Clifton Maybank Militia List 1798
Some late 18th century Militia Lists available for look-up.
War Memorial A list of those commemorated on the War Memorial
School Registers  Admission Register for Preston's School, Bradford Abbas
Bradford Abbas Men's Club Extracts from records of the Men's Club from 1911
Bradford Abbas Scrapbook Scrapbook Page 1, Page 2 of various extracts from registers, newspaper cuttings, diaries, prize lists, etc. Vestry MinutesConstsble's papers , Overseers accounts 1809-1833, Bradford Abbas Church Book extracts
Dorchester Record Office Resources Bradford Abbas Resources available at the DRO
Electoral Rolls A list of those entitled to vote in 1914 & 1920
Absent Voters 1918 The Absent Voters list  provides some service details to enable further tracing of military records
Some Village Resources A list of the various articles, photographs and items on display in the Rose & Crown Inn.
Miscellaneous Records Electoral Register 1843
Highway Rate Book 1863
Bradford Abbas Wills 1748 - 1819
Accounts & notes of Thomas Gollop
Extracts from Quaker/Society of Friends original material
Rental Details 1784 Anglesey Estates
Bradford Abbas Families by Frederick Wickam, Rector
Bradford Abbas War Book 1941
15th and 16th century Court Roll extracts
Blacksmith's Accounts Ledger April 1896 - December 1897, T.W. POMEROY
Instructions for Indictments
Parish Council Minutes 1894-1896
Clifton Maybank Inhabitants from Court Leet records 1683 & 1688
Settlement Certificate for William Mitchell 1710 [Linda Schmitt]
Photographs Seven more Photographs of the parish on site
Maps The 1891 Ordnance Survey maps of the parish can be seen at the old-maps site, just enter 'Bradford Abbas' under place search.
For modern location maps visit:- or click on the thumb nail opposite for a larger version.

Records held at the Dorset History Centre [PE-BRA]
Christenings 1579-1583, 1588-1982. Marriages 1580-1583, 1588-1728, 1754-1989. Burials 1579-1583, 1588-1992.
Registration District (for the purpose of civil registration births, marriages, deaths and civil partnerships 1 Jul 1837-31 Mar 1937: Sherborne
1 Apr 1937-31 Mar 1974: Sturminster
1 Apr 1974-17 Oct 2005: North Dorset


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