Place:Cold Aston, Gloucestershire, England

NameCold Aston
Alt namesAshton-Blanksource: Family History Library Catalog
Aston Blanksource: Domesday Book (1985) p 111, A Vision of Britain through Time
Aston-Blanksource: Family History Library Catalog
Estonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 111
Great Astonsource: Wikipedia
TypeInhabited place
Coordinates51.867°N 1.817°W
Located inGloucestershire, England
See alsoBradley (hundred), Gloucestershire, Englandhundred in which the parish was located
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: There is also a place named Cold Ashton (note spelling) located further west in Gloucestershire.

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Cold Aston (also known as Aston Blank) is a village and civil parish in Gloucestershire, England, approximately 30 km (19 mi) to the east of Gloucester. It lies in the Cotswolds, an "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty".

The village was recorded as Eastunæ between 716–43. It was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Estone, the name coming from the Old English ēast + tūn meaning "eastern farmstead or estate". By the mid 13th century, the village was known as Cold Aston. It was occasionally called Great Aston, to distinguish it from the nearby hamlet of Little Aston. From the 16th century, the name Aston Blank (redirected here) took hold, the suffix "Blank" possibly deriving from the Old French word blanc, meaning "white" or "bare". In 1972, the parish officially became known as Cold Aston again. Some think that the name "cold" is derived from the Saxon word which refers to a former settlement - in this case probably referring to a disused Roman camp or rest place for use when travelling the Fosse Way. It is fairly certain, contrary to common modern thinking, that the word "Cold" has no link to a meteorological reference.

Cold Aston is part of the Bourton-on-the-Water ward of the district of Cotswold. The village is approximately 21 km (13 mi) east of its post town Cheltenham and about 4.5 km (2.8 mi) west of Bourton-on-the-Water. Nearby villages include Turkdean, Notgrove, Clapton, Naunton and Lower Slaughter.

Research Tips

Online sources which may also be helpful:

  • Cold Aston from A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 9/Bradley hundred in the Victoria County History series provided by the website British History Online
  • 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)
  • 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. 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
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