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Parish 34

Date of Agreement / Award

Date of Confirmation of Apportionment




Date on Map

Scale of Map



9 chains

John Martin Valuer

Manston is the parish neighbouring to Child Okeford and was probably surveyed at the same time. It is one of the smallest scale maps that he did and has no particular features of note. The original and copy maps are similar although there may have been a problem with the original map as it bears three “received in tithe commission” stamps bearing the dates, November and December 1840 and 3rd June 1841. The copy map bears a single stamp for June 3rd 1841. Aneurin Owen made the award for the usual reason – the seven years average composition did not represent a fair assessment. Unusually he mentions that “all the lands of the said parish are subject to the payment of all manner of tithes in kind.” The map is of interest to the inhabitants of Child Okeford as there is, as yet, no direct road connection between the two parishes. The Plough Inn still survives [currently being rebuilt] and it is good to see it has not changed its name in the intervening one hundred and eighty one years.

There are two entries relating to Manston in the diaries but they may have nothing to do with the commutation. It is possible they relate to poor law work. Both appear in the 1845 diary

Accounts August 1845

Received of Mr Dashwood on a/ of Manston Rate £29 4 9d

Accounts September 1845

Received of Mr Evans Boveridge Almshouse Manston Rate £2 19s

Mr Dashwood has not been found as he does not appear in the commutation or the 1841 or 1851 censuses.

In 1660 Thomas Hooper endowed and built 3 almshouses in the hamlet of Boveridge just outside of Cranborne “by which three single persons, particularly old servants and tenants of the family have been paid £6 1s 4d a yearly.”[1]. How he came to acquire the land at Manston which in 1660 was known as Over Thatcher’s Lease is not known; the land itself amounted to 30 acres and was apparently sufficient to keep the almshouses going over several centuries.

List of Commutations under the Tithe Commutation Act

1 Boswell E The Civil Division of the County of Dorset 1833.