The village context

Historical Background

Key events

  • 705 King Ine divided Wessex and appointed Aldhelm Bishop of Sherborne including Bradford Abbas
  • 839-58 King Athelstan grants land in BA to monastery at Sherborne
  • 1075 Bishop of Salisbury becomes owner of parish
  • 1145 parish returns to Bishop of Sherborne
  • 1540 manor of BA sold by Henry VIII to Sir John Horsey of Clifton Maybank
  • 1642 September 7th, Battle of Babylon Hill (English Civil War)
  • 1814-1884 Professor James Buckman geologist bred the first straight parsnips; correspondent of Charles Darwin
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