Abbotsbury Removals

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    Family Owned
Established 1973

    Family Owned
    Established 1973

    British Association
of Removers

    British Association
    of Removers

    Eco Friendly

    Eco Friendly

    Moves Made Easy  

    No two house moves are the same, that’s why we’ll work with you to create a bespoke package to fit your needs.

    All our removals include…

    • Removal Coordinator
      Removal Coordinator
      A dedicated Removal Coordinator will be assigned to your move.
    • Mileage
      Your quote will include mileage to ensure there are no hidden costs.
    • Cover for Goods in Transit
      Cover for Goods in Transit
      We offer restricted liability as standard, further options are available.
    • Carbon Footprint Offsetting
      Carbon Footprint Offsetting
      We’re planting over 2,000 trees to offset our carbon emissions.
    •  Trained, Uniformed Staff
      Trained, Uniformed Staff
      All Armishaws’ crew members are background checked and carry photo ID.
    • Recycled Materials
      Recycled Materials
      Our crews use recycled and recyclable materials wherever possible.
    • Covers & Blankets
      Covers & Blankets
      White goods and furniture are protected with slot-on, padded covers.
    • Carpet Runners
      Carpet Runners
      Full floor protection is also available at both locations (fees may apply).
    • Used Box Recycling Service
      Used Box Recycling Service
      Flat, used boxes can be collected (location dependent, fees may apply).
    • Robe Cartons
      Robe Cartons
      Your clothes will travel in style with specialist boxes for hanging garments.
    • Storage Options
      Storage Options
      Short and long term storage, with collection and delivery also available (fees may apply).
    • Biodegradable Mattress Bags
      Biodegradable Mattress Bags
      These sealable bags are only used once, then recycled.

    What our customers say...

    Armishaws Removals

    Why choose Armishaws for your move...

    Established in 1973, Armishaws are a family run company based here in the South West. We believe in greener removals, we’re planting 2,000 trees in the region to offset the carbon emissions of your move. We’re members of the British Association of Removers and operate to the highest standards of customer care and financial security. All our crews are trained to ensure you receive the best customer service, so you can rest assured that your possessions are well cared for in transit and in storage. With our high Trustpilot rating and reviews from so many happy customers, you can be sure that with Armishaws your move is in good hands.

    Greener Moves

    As part of our commitment to reducing the impact of our removals on the environment…

    2,000 Trees

    We’re planting 2,000 trees to help offset carbon emissions and create vital habitat for wildlife.

    Box Recycling Service

    We collect your boxes to re-use or recycle, giving you one less thing to worry about (dependent on location, fees may apply).

    Recycled Boxes

    All our boxes and soft packaging are made from recycled and recyclable materials to protect your belongs and the environment.

    Greener Vehicles

    Our teams drive greener vehicles and all our drivers go through driver efficiency training to reduce the amount of fuel used.

    Acid Free Wrapping

    We use acid free tissue paper which is not only better for the environment, acid free paper is also far better for your items.

    Biodegradable Mattress Bags

    We use sealable bags to help protect your mattresses while in transit, each bag is used only once before being recycled.

    Make your move greener
    with Armishaws.

    See our Eco Pledge here...

    Abbotsbury Removals

    Staying Local

    We cover the area;

    • Portesham
    • Langton Herring
    • Chickerell
    • Winterbourne Steepleton
    • Friar Waddon
    • West Bexington
    • Swyre
    • Burton Bradstock
    • West Bay
    • Litton Cheney

    Ask our friendly team for a free, no hassle quote today.

    Abbotsbury – 6 Quirky Facts

    1. Swansong
      The UK’s oldest herd/flock is based in Abbotsbury and it’s not sheep or cows… It’s swans! The swannery was first set up by a group of Benedictine monks in 1042 as a source of food. While most people believe that all the swans in the UK are owned by the Queen, in fact the exception is found at Abbotsbury where the swannery is part of the Ilchester Estate. It’s said to be the only place in the world you can walk through a flock of nesting swans (as normally swans have a tendency to be quite aggressive).
    2. How Rude!
      In 1905 Sir Frederick Treves described Abbotsbury as “very pleasantly situated among the downs”. The writer Ralph Wightman said the village was “possibly the most interesting in Dorset”. While in 1752 the London Journal printed “all the people of Abbotsbury, including the Vicar, are thieves, smugglers and plunderers of wrecks”.
    3. Wreckers
      The Journal’s accusations were in part true, Abbotsbury was a hive for smugglers as well as wreckers, who would attract ships into the shallows where they would be grounded. In January 1748 a Dutch ship that was stranded on Chesil Beach attracted thousands of people from nearby villages, all eager for plunder. £25,000 (the equivalent of £millions today) was whisked away and the crew said they were lucky to escape with their lives.
    4. Gypsies
      The case that caused the London Journal to tarnish the village was that of Elizabeth Canning from Miiddlesex. Canning had gone missing and reappeared “battered, pale and thin” and said she had been robbed and imprisoned by gypsies. At the trial ‘Gypsy Mary Squires’ was sentenced to hang and ‘Mother Wells’ to be branded. But the Mayor of London intervened and investigated the gypsies’ claim to have been in Abbotsbury on the night in question. The people of the village vouched for the gypsies, they were released and Canning’s tall tale saw her stand trial for perjury and transported to Australia.
    5. Big Bang Theory
      The Lord of the Manor was unsurprisingly a supporter of King Charles II during the English Civil War. Lord Strangways manor house became the focus of an attack by Parliamentarian troops, the parish church was fired at (two holes from musket balls can still be seen above the pulpit), before Colonel James Strangways (the Lord’s son), who led the local garrison was beaten, the family’s grand manor house was blown to pieces. Some reports of the time stated it had been blown up accidentally while the roundhead troops plundered the house by candlelight and managed to accidentally set light to a gunpowder store.
    6. Dambusters
      During WWII Chesil Beach was closed to the public and covered in defences in the event of a German Invasion, it was also used as a machine gun training range. However, the beach’s most vital role was as a testing ground for the now infamous bouncing bombs. At the time many at Whitehall considered the idea a folly, but the ‘Dambusters’ were used to devastating effect and seriously hampered the German ability to produce munitions. The raid also proved inspirational of for one of the greatest movie theme tunes of all time!

    Local Info

    Schools – Parents can view reports on schools in the Abbotsbury area here.

    Population – In 2011 the population of the village was just 461.

    Transport – 20 minutes from Dorchester and a short distance from the A35 that connects Honiton in the West to Bournemouth in the East, Abbotsbury lies close to the Isle of Portland, and is approximately 20 minutes from Weymouth. There are regular buses through the village. The nearest train station is Upwey (Weymouth).

    News – The village has its own dedicated website,

    Best of Abbotsbury

    Small but perfectly formed, it has some amazing shops and businesses to discover;

    Bride Valley Farm Shop

    One of our favourite places to pick up something special, the award-winning Bride Valley Farm Shop specialises in meat from Dorset longhorn cattle. And their pies are unbelievably good!!

    Bride Valley Farm Shop, Market Street, DT3 4JR

    Abbotsbury Tackle

    With seventeen miles of beach to cast from, the friendly team at Abbotsbury Tackle have local knowledge, tips and a huge range of kit.

    10 Rodden Row, DT3 4JL

    Dansel Gallery

    Furniture, gifts, homeware, toys, this wonderful gallery is packed with unique and bespoke pieces. There’s also a tasty coffee shop so it’s always worth popping in.

    Rodden Row, DT3 4JL

    Hellen Millard Cameo Glass

    Amazing pieces to add colour to any new room, the incredible work by world-renowned Helen Millard is simply exquisite.

    The Old Chapel Gallery, Back Street, DT3 4JP

    Old Schoolhouse Tea Rooms

    This fantastic café is an absolute must, delicious food, friendly service, wonderful atmosphere, treats to takeaway… What’s not to love?!?

    1 Back Street, DT3 4JP


    Although it might only have a small population, the village has a big reputation. It sits proudly overlooking 17 miles of Chesil Beach. It played a vital role in the Second World War, was once a haven for smugglers and wreckers. It also once upset London’s high society with its scandalous behaviour, just another reason to love this charming village.


    The area is home to a nature reserve and swannery, as well as a sub-tropical garden that is well-worth a visit all year round as the different seasons bring new plants to life. There is a play area, several tea rooms and a great farm shop where you can see Dorset longhorn cattle, a remarkable looking breed that are largely unique to the area.


    Just 20 minutes from both Dorchester and Weymouth, the main local route is the A35 connecting Honiton, Devon to Bournemouth, Dorset. There is a regular bus service, while the nearest trains stop is Upwey to the north of Weymouth.

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