Wootton Fitzpaine

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This engraving from John Hutchins History of Dorset (1764) shows what is today Abbott's Wootton Farm, Abbott's Wootton Lane, Wootton Fitzpaine, Bridport, Dorset. The Dorset record Office still has the " Plans of farms and tenements in the manor and liberty of Abbott's Wootton, Hawkchurch, Berne, Moorcombes Blake [Morecombelake], being an estate belonging to the Rt Hon Lord Milton Surveyor: William Woodward" dated 1769.
A previous owner was John Henley, who inherited Wootton Abbots from his mother's family, was the grandson of Sir Robert Henley, master of the King's bench, and kinsman to the Henleys of Lyme Regis. 1 His elder brother, the well known Anthony Henley, M.P., was father of another Anthony and of Robert Henley , 1st Earl of Northington. After unsuccessfully contesting Milborne Port in 1702, he was returned unopposed as a Whig on his family's interest at Lyme Regis in 1715. He voted for the Administration in all recorded divisions but did not stand again. On his death on 25 Apr. 1732 he left Wootton Abbots away from his wife and sons to his ‘dear and only friend and brother Robert Henley of Glanville Wootton ... begging him for God's sake not to refuse the care of his unfortunate brother's children.'
The Record Office also has the "Sale Particulars for the Wootton Fitzpaine Estate, comprising Lower and Higher Abbotts Wootton Farms and Northay Farm To be sold by Humbert, Flint, Rawlence and Squarey, auctioneers, on 24 May 1973". 

This engraving of the Village Hall at Wootton Fitzpaine appeared in "The Building News" on November 27th, 1908
Click here or image above to go to Samuel Hansford`s photos of Wootton Fitzpaine c.1910
Click here or on image to go to Pass Family Album of Photographs at the turn of the 20th Century.