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The Church of St James, Ansty.
The Church of St James, Ansty. Ansty has been inhabited from very early days. The name ‘Ansty’, originally ‘Anestige’, means ‘the way up’. From the year 1211 the Knights Hospitaller settled in Ansty forming a small Commandery. The Ansty property of the Knights Hospitaller, with its church, hospice and manor house, group by the pond, is considered to be a fine example of the layout of a Commandery of the Order of St. John. The copyright on this image is owned by Trish Steel and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church: St. James

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1654
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1831

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Ansty

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ANSTEY, a parish in Tisbury district, Wilts; under Whitesheet hill, 2 miles S by E of Tisbury r. station, and 5 SSE of Hindon. Post Town, Tisbury under Salisbury. Acres, 840. Real property, with Swallowclift, £3,778. Pop., 298. Houses, 59. The property is divided among a few. 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. Value, £22. Patron, Lord Arundell. The church is the oldest in the diocese; has an ancient font; and is in tolerable condition. Dr. Richard Zouch, judge of the court of admiralty in the reign of Charles I., was a native.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Anstey, or Ansty, a parish in the hund. of Hindon, union of Tisbury, Wiltshire; 5 miles south east from Hindon. Living, a donative curacy, not in charge, in the archd. and dio. of Salisbury; gross income £22. Patron, in 1835, Lord Arundell. The chapel is supposed to be the oldest in the diocese. The hospitallers had a preceptory here, founded in the reign of King John. At the dissolution, its revenues were £81 8s. 5d. Dr Richard Zouch, judge of the court of admiralty in the reign of Charles I., was a native of Anstey. Pop., in 1801, 242 ; in 1831, 348. Houses 67. Acres 840. A. P. £1,840. Poor rates, in 1837, £134.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Anstey, 5 m. S.E. Hindon. P. 129

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.

Directories

Kelly’s Directory of Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorsetshire and the Isle of Wight 1889

Administration

  • County: Wiltshire
  • Civil Registration District: Tisbury
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Salisbury
  • Diocese: Salisbury
  • Rural Deanery: Chalke
  • Poor Law Union: Tisbury
  • Hundred: Dunworth
  • Province: Canterbury