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Ashley, Wiltshire

Historical Description

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.

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 parishAshley St. James 
Poor Law unionTetbury 

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

Church Records

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:

1607-1853 1607-18521607-1881


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.

Civil Registration

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:


Online maps of Ashley are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Wiltshire papers online:

RegionSouth West
Postal districtSN13
Post TownCorsham