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Anstey, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Anstey, a parish in Wilts, under Whitesheet Hill, 2 miles S by E of Tisbury station on the L. & S.W.R., and 5 SSE of Hindon. Post town, Tisbury, under Salisbury, which is the money order and telegraph office. Acreage, 1382; population of the civil parish, 247; of the ecclesiastical, 262. 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. The church is the oldest in the diocese, has an ancient font, and is in good condition, having been completely restored in 1878. Dr Richard Zouch, judge of the Court of Admiralty in the reign of Charles I., was a native.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyWiltshire 
Ecclesiastical parishAnstey St. James 
Poor Law unionTisbury 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.


Church of England

St. James (parish church)

The parish church of St. James is a cruciform edifice of stone, in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, transepts, north porch and a small western belfry containing one bell: the church was restored in 1842, and more completely in 1878 and a vestry added, at a cost of about £500: there is a stained east window in memory of the late Rev. J.H. Samler: the church will seat 150 persons.

The register dates from the year 1654.

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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