Ansford or Almsford, a parish in Somerset, ½ a mile from Castle Cary station on the G.W.R. Post town, Castle Gary, which is the money order and telegraph office. Acreage, 841; population, 309. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells; gross value, £320. The church was restored in 1861, at a cost of about £1000, and in 1889 an organ was presented by the rector.
The register dates from the year 1554.
Ancestry.co.uk, in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.
Church of England
St. Andrew (parish church)
The church of St. Andrew is an ancient building of stone in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave of three bays, north aisle, south porch and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing 4 bells: in 1889 an organ was presented by the present rector; the church, with the exception of the tower, was restored and enlarged in 1861, when a memorial window to the Woodforde family was erected in the chancel: in 1895 another memorial window was erected to the Right Rev. Lord Arthur Charles Hervey D.D. bishop of Bath and Wells 1869-94, and one in 1896 by the rector as a memorial to his sister; there are others to Mrs. McKerrow (1899) and Mr. Woodforde (1900), and one presented in 1909 by Mrs. Newport: an organ chamber was built in 1898: the church contains a list of rectors from the year 1328: the church affords 150 sittings. The churchyard was renovated and new gates and walls erected in 1893. The ancient churchyard cross was restored by the then rector in 1904.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Online maps of Ansford 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 Somerset papers online:
- Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette
- Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser
- Western Gazette
- Wells Journal
- Somerset County Gazette
The Visitation of Somersetshire, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.