Ansty, Wiltshire Family History Guide

Ansty is an Ancient Parish in the county of Wiltshire.

Alternative names: Anstey

Parish church: St. James

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1654
  • Bishop's Transcripts: 1831

Nonconformists include:

Schools: The National school was in Swallowcliff. There was a Roman Catholic school supported by Lord Arundel 

Parishes adjacent to Ansty

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ANSTEY, a parish in Tisbury district, Wilts; under Whitesheet hill, 2 miles S by E of Tisbury r. station, and 5 SSE of Hindon. Post Town, Tisbury under Salisbury. Acres, 840. Real property, with Swallowclift, £3,778. Pop., 298. Houses, 59. The property is divided among a few. A preceptory of the Hospitallers was founded here in 1210; and a barn belonging to it still remains. The living is a donative in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £22. Patron, Lord Arundell. The church is the oldest in the diocese; has an ancient font; and is in tolerable condition. Dr. Richard Zouch, judge of the court of admiralty in the reign of Charles I., was a native.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Anstey, or Ansty, a parish in the hund. of Hindon, union of Tisbury, Wiltshire; 5 miles south east from Hindon. Living, a donative curacy, not in charge, in the archd. and dio. of Salisbury; gross income £22. Patron, in 1835, Lord Arundell. The chapel is supposed to be the oldest in the diocese. The hospitallers had a preceptory here, founded in the reign of King John. At the dissolution, its revenues were £81 8s. 5d. Dr Richard Zouch, judge of the court of admiralty in the reign of Charles I., was a native of Anstey. Pop., in 1801, 242 ; in 1831, 348. Houses 67. Acres 840. A. P. £1,840. Poor rates, in 1837, £134.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.

Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Anstey, 5 m. S.E. Hindon. P. 129

Source: Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

ANSTEY (St. James), a parish, in the union of Tisbury, hundred of Dunworth, Hindon and S. divisions of Wilts, 5¼ miles (S. E. by S.) from Hindon; containing 329 inhabitants. It comprises 1000 acres; the surface is hilly in some parts, and the soil chalky and sandy. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of Lord Arundel; net income, £22. Here was a commandery of the Knights Hospitallers, founded by Walter de Tuberville in the reign of John, and the revenue of which at the Dissolution was £81. 8. 5.; its remains have been coverted into a farmhouse. Dr. Richard Zouch, an eminent civilian, and judge of the court of admiralty, in the reign of Charles I., was a native of the place.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

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Census

Census returns for Anstey, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop's transcripts for Anstey, 1831-1880 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Anstey (Wiltshire)

Parish registers for Anstey, 1654-1838 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Anstey (Wiltshire)

Parish registers for Mere, 1650-1743 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Mere (Wiltshire)

Parish register printouts of Anstey, Wiltshire, England ; christenings, 1752-1856 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Taxation

Land tax assessments in Anstey, Wiltshire, 1780-1876 Author: Great Britain. Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Wiltshire)

Directories

Kelly's Directory of Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorsetshire and the Isle of Wight 1889

Residents 1855

Bowles John dairyman

Coombes John farmer

Foster Charles Read farmer

Green Henry farmer

Holloway John carrier

Jeffery Thomas farmer

King Samuel beer retailer & farmer 

Lever Eliza Mrs beer retailer

Lever Henry parish clerk

Lever William carpenter

Parsons Henry baker & shopkeeper

Parsons Henry Foyle carrier

Roberts Martha Miss mistress National school 

Taylor Moses shoemaker

Viney James gunsmith

While William smith

Wood John mason 

Source: Kelly's directory of Hampshire, Dorsetshire, Wiltshire (the Isle of Wight, and the Channel Islands) 1855

Administration

  • County: Wiltshire
  • Civil Registration District: Tisbury
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Salisbury
  • Diocese: Salisbury
  • Rural Deanery: Chalke
  • Poor Law Union: Tisbury
  • Hundred: Dunworth
  • Province: Canterbury