Ashley, a parish in Wiltshire, near Akeman Street, 3 miles NE of Tetbury, and 4 from Kemble Junction on the G.W.R. Post town, Tetbury. Acres, 962; population, 80. The property is all in one estate; belonged formerly to the Gorges and the Hungerfords, and belongs now to the Estcourts. Part of the old mansion is standing, and is now used as a farmhouse. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; value, £210. Patron, the Duchy of Lancaster. The church is ancient; the chancel arch and porch are Early Norman, and the arches and pillars dividing the nave from the south aisle Early English; there is a square embattled tower in the Perpendicular style; it contains a rude font, and a monument to the Gorges family; it was restored in 1858.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Ashley St. James|
|Poor Law union||Tetbury|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Ashley 1658-1812, Wiltshire is available to browse online.
Findmypast, in association with the Wiltshire Record Office, have the following parish records online for Ashley:
Church of England
St. James (parish church)
The parish church of St. James is a small Norman building of stone, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a western tower containing 3 bells, and has some ancient memorials to the Gorges family, and several stained windows: there are 100 sittings.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Ashley from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Ashley (St. James))
Online maps of Ashley are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
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- 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
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