Ashmansworth, a parish in Hants, 8 miles NNW of Whitchurch railway station, and 8½ SSW of Newbury. Post town, East Woodhay under Newbury. Acreage, 1821; population, 199. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the rectory of East Woodhay, in the diocese of Winchester; value, £371. The church is Early English. A Primitive Methodist chapel was built in 1888.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Ashmansworth St. James|
|Poor Law union||Kingsclere|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The register dates only from the year 1811, the earlier register having been destroyed by fire.
Church of England
St. James (parish church)
The church of St. James is an ancient fabric in the Norman style, dating from the 12th century, built on the site of a former Saxon church, of which the chancel is alleged to have formed part, and consists of chancel, nave, south porch and a wooden bellcote on the western gable, containing 3 bells: there are 60 sittings. The church was restored in 1900, at a cost of about £500, and during the restoration some fragments of Roman urns and pottery were discovered: some mural paintings of the 12th century were also brought to light.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Ashmansworth from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Ashmansworth (St. James))
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Hampshire (County Southampton) is available to browse.
Online maps of Ashmansworth are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Hampshire newspapers online:
- Portsmouth Evening News
- Hampshire Telegraph
- Hampshire Advertiser
- Hampshire Chronicle
- Aldershot Military Gazette
The Visitations of Hampshire, 1530, 1575, & 1622-34 is available to view on the Heraldry page.