Place:Cold Ashton, Gloucestershire, England

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NameCold Ashton
Alt namesEcestonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 112
TypeInhabited place
Coordinates51.45°N 2.367°W
Located inGloucestershire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inAvon, England     (1974 - 1996)
Gloucestershire, England     (1996 - )
See alsoPucklechurch (hundred), Gloucestershire, Englandhundred in which the parish was located
Chipping Sodbury Rural, Gloucestershire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1935
Sodbury Rural, Gloucestershire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1835-1974
South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, Englandunitary authority of which it has been a part since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: Cold Ashton should not be confused with Cold Aston (also known as Aston Blank), further north in the county.

Cold Ashton is a village now in South Gloucestershire, England with a population of 248 in the 2001 UK census.

A 19th century description

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Cold Ashton from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"ASHTON (Cold), a parish in Chipping-Sodbury [registration] district, Gloucester; on the verge of the county, under the Cotswolds, 5¾ miles N of Bath [railway] station. It includes the village of Pensylvania; and its Post Town is Marshfield under Chippenham. Acres: 2,300. Real property: £4,284. Population: 503. Houses: 99. The property is sub divided. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value: £492. Patron:, the Rev. E. Sayres. The church has a stone pulpit, and is very good. Charities, £10. Bishop Latimer was for some time rector."

Research Tips

  • Bristol Archives is where paper and microfilm copies of all records for Bristol and its environs are stored.

Online sources which may also be helpful:

  • GENUKI gives pointers to other archive sources as well as providing some details on each parish in the county. The emphasis here is on ecclesiastical parishes (useful before 1837). The GENUKI page for the parish will confirm which archive provider has its records.
  • A listing of all the Registration Districts in England and Wales since their introduction in 1837 and tables of the parishes that were part of each district and the time period covered with detailed notes on changes of parish name, mergers, etc. Do respect the copyright on this material.
  • The FamilySearch Wiki for Gloucestershire provides a similar but not identical series of webpages to that provided by GENUKI
  • A Vision of Britain through Time has a group of pages of statistical facts for almost every parish in the county
  • MAPS. Most Wikipedia maps for places in the Bristol area have outline maps indicating the location of the suburb under discussion. Another online map that may be useful is this Ordnance Survey map originally made in 1930 and with revisions to 1946.
  • Unfortunately, A History of the County of Gloucester in the Victoria County History series provided by the website British History Online does not cover all of Bristol--and the area that was originally in Gloucestershire is sadly omitted, save for the information on the churches in A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 2
  • Ancestry.co.uk has recently added Gloucestershire Burials, 1813-1988; Confirmations, 1834-1913; Baptisms, 1813-1913; Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1813; and Marriages and Banns, 1754-1938. (entry dated 1 Aug 2015)