Emergency Purchase Fund

The Emergency Purchase Fund was established in 2013 with the specific purpose of helping the History Centre to acquire archives at auction or by private treaty. Archives have increasingly become a commodity and in order to save these items for public benefit, DAT trustees agreed to set up the Fund in order to allow purchases to be made. Decisions often have to be made quickly due to the nature of auctions so having a resource to draw upon is hugely helpful to the History Centre. All the documents listed here are freely available to view at History Centre.

We are very grateful to all those who have supported the Emergency Purchase Fund to date. If you would like to support the Fund, please click here.

Latest Archives purchased with support from the Emergency Purchase Fund

Our Emergency Purchase Fund has been busy again with some more documents saved including:

2 Manuscript Insurance Policy Books 1853-1866 relating to the Sherborne area

The books contain details of names, occupations and addresses, as well as the contents of homes, farms and shops. The volumes include information relating to Sherborne Castle estate and Sherborne Abbey, as well as various properties within the town and other villages in Dorset and South Somerset.  A really interesting source for family, buildings and local historians.







A 1920 Tithe map of Portland – D-2862/1

Details of Sturminster Friendly Society from 1854 – D-2863

Articles selling land near Two Bridges Ford  1705 – D-2864/1




Other Purchases

D-2851, Account book of William Young.

D-2851/1 An account book detailing various sales, purchases and payments 1894-1922. The entries show a variety of work, including thatching, agricultural sales and the use of the parish bier. All entries contain the individual’s name, and some include the names of local farms. The cover reads “1895, William Young Smith. Jno / Mr [?] Davis’s”. Many of the entries are for thatching work. These include the sales of long and short spars; hay reeks; and straw, as well as repairs or work done to local buildings. Other agricultural interests are represented, such as the purchase of pigs and cider at Bridport, and payment for slaughtering livestock. Entries titled as “Self” show monies received from and paid to others.

Document relating to the will of Shadrach Rose of Poole, September 1687.  Ref: D-2836/1, purchase with a grant of £65 from DAT

Description: This signed and sealed letter appoints the friends of Shadrach Rose of Poole to carry out his wishes according to his last will. He had appointed his son, John Rose, as his executor, but as “his living lies abroad most of the time” he is unlikely to be available to perform his duties. The instructions centre around a bequest of thirty pounds to his daughter, Elizabeth Linthron, and her five children: Marty, Ann, Debrie (sic.), Timothy and John.

A farming account book dating 1845-47 (D-2655/1) from Radipole and a significant collection relating to the Johnstone Estate of Weymouth, with maps, title deeds and leases (1729-1935) (D-2656)

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