Steeple Ashton, Wiltshire Family History Guide

Status: Ancient Parish

Alternative names: Steeple Ashton, Steeple Ashton with Semington, Steple Ashton

Other places in the parish include: the tythings of Great Hinton, West Ashton, and Littleton, and the chapelry of Semington

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1538
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1584

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Steeple Ashton

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ASHTON (Steeple), a village and a tything in Westbury district, and a parish in Westbury and Melksham districts, Wilts. The village stands 2½ miles S of the Kennet and Avon canal, and 3¾ E of the Great Western railway at Trowbridge. It takes its distinctive name from a tall steeple which was destroyed by lightning in 1670. It formerly was a market-town, and still has a fair on 19 Sept.; and it is a seat of petty sessions, and has a post office under Trowbridge. The tything comprises 2,808 acres. Real property, £5,846. Pop., 776. Houses, 177. The parish includes also the tythings of Great Hinton, West Ashton, and Littleton, and the chapelry of Semington. Acres, 6,789. Real property, £14,474. Pop., 1,767. Houses, 359. A considerable extent of the land was formerly common and recently enclosed. Rood-Ashton House, the seat of the Long family, is about a mile SW of the village. Very numerous fossils have been found; and an ancient pavement, thought to have been Roman, but of different character from other Roman pavements, has been dug up. The living is a vicarage, united with the curacy of Semington, in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £852. Patron, the Master of Magdalene college, Cambridge. The church is large and later English, with a four-spired tower; and was built, toward the end of the 15th century, chiefly by Robert Long, a clothier. The vicarage of West Ashton is a separate charge.

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

Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Ashton-Steeple, 4 miles N.N.E. Westbury. P. 1941.

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

Bankrupts

Below is a list of people that were declared bankrupt between 1820 and 1843 extracted from The Bankrupt Directory; George Elwick; London; Simpkin, Marshall and Co.; 1843.

Taylor Thomas, Steeple Ashton, Wiltshire, dealer and Chapman, Oct. 6, 1835.

Parish Records

FamilySearch Historical Records

Steeple Ashton - Wiltshire OPC

Directories

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

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

Wiltshire OPC

Post Office 1855

Kellys 1867

Gillmans 1899

Kellys 1915

Maps

Vision of Britain historical maps

Administration

County: Wiltshire
Civil Registration District: Westbury
Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Salisbury
Diocese: Salisbury
Rural Deanery: Potterne
Poor Law Union: Westbury and Whorwellsdown
Hundred: Whorwellsdown
Province: Canterbury