Cerne Abbas sale —1919



At 1.30pm on 24th September 1919, most of the village of Cerne Abbas was put up for sale at auction in Dorchester Town Hall by the Pitt-Rivers family who had owned it since 1705. With the assistance of a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Cerne Historical Society is organising a major exhibition to mark this pivotal moment in the history of the village.

This will take place in Cerne Abbas Church, situated on Abbey Street, between the 25th September and 4th October, daily between 10am and 5pm, except for the 28th September. Admission is free.

The Sale included houses, shops, farms, pubs and plots of land. Sold in 73 lots, the Sale raised £67,402 for the family. Using original sale particulars and plans, maps, newspaper articles and photos, the exhibition will take visitors back in time to explore what the village was like in 1919.

More information is on the Historical Society website:

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