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2009 TRIP TO ENGLAND, by Colin L. Miller

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Sunday, June 7, 2009

I awoke at 7:00 AM. Ninety minutes later, I went downstairs and got the English Breakfast at the hotel restaurant. At 11:20 AM, I went out, finally ready to brave the English roads for a trip to Sherborne. Along the way I stopped at the roadside viewing area of Cerne Abbas, with a view of the naked outline figure of, presumably, Hercules. The GPS accurately guided me to Sherborne's Acreman Street car park. It was cool, cloudy and very humid. At the parking meter machine, I put in 0.40 for an all-day Sunday permit. I walked a couple of blocks by Sherborne Abbey (where George Miller & sisters were baptized, William Miller was buried in 1790, daughters Lucy & Charlotte buried in 1805, and Leonora in 1830). Since Sherborne Old Castle ruins was one of the few place open today, I walked over to it. In the ditch surrounding the castle area I found a few different kinds of butterflies and a number of other bugs.


Cerne Abbas, Sherborne Abbey, Somerset-Dorset FHS, Almshouse, Abbey Interior

After the castle ruins tour, I walked back past the abbey and on to the cemetery. This one was in much better condition. With my hiking GPS on, I did a grid search through each section. Along the way I found a few graves with the surname Miller. One I recognized: Emily Hyde Miller (d. 9 JAN 1951 aged 86), the daughter of William, who was son of George & Harriet (and so was first cousin to great-grandfather Francis Miller). The grave was at GPS coordinates N50.94228 / W2.52656. I find two others: Frank Miller (d. 13 JUN 2006 aged 92, 50.94272, 2.52588) and William & Amy E. Miller. I'll have to research those later. When I'd finished, I returned to the car and drove back to Dorchester.

At the hotel, I got the encryption key for Wi-Fi access to the hotel's Internet connection. I had dinner in the hotel restaurant: boneless chicken with chocolate syrup dribbled on, potatoes, glass of wine. 23.00. My room was too far away for a reliable wireless connection. After retrieving my netbook, I found a nice, quiet public lounge with soft couches & chairs on the floor below with good Wi-Fi reception and so I emailed notes and photos. Tomorrow I would get to work at the the Somerset-Dorset Family History Center in Sherborne to search their records.


Sherborne Old Castle, Sherborne Cemetery: Gravestone of Emily Hyde Miller, Grave of William & Amy E. Miller


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