Place:Amesbury, Wiltshire, England

Alt namesAmesburysource: from redirect
Ratfynsource: hamlet in parish
West Amesburysource: hamlet in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.167°N 1.783°W
Located inWiltshire, England
See alsoAmesbury Hundred, Wiltshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Amesbury Rural, Wiltshire, Englandrural district, 1894 - 1974
Salisbury District, Wiltshire, Englanddistrict municipality 1974-2009
Wiltshire District, Wiltshire, Englandunitary authority since 2009
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Amesbury is a town and civil parish in Wiltshire, England. The prehistoric monument of Stonehenge is in the parish. It has been confirmed by archaeologists that it is the oldest continuously occupied settlement in the United Kingdom, having been first settled around 8820 BC.

King Alfred the Great left the parish to his youngest son Aethelweard (c.880-922). This is confirmed in his will, a copy of which is in the British Library.

Eleanor of Provence, Queen consort of Henry III of England, died in Amesbury on 24 or 25 June 1291, and was buried in Amesbury Priory.

The parish includes the hamlets of Ratfyn and West Amesbury, and most of Boscombe Down military airfield. At the 2011 UK census the population of the civil parish was 10,724.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Amesbury.

Research Tips

  • From this Ancestry page you can browse the Wiltshire parishes which have parish register transcripts online, quite often from very early dates. However, reading the early ones requires skill and patience. Transcriptions should also be in FamilySearch.
  • A further collection of online source references will be found on the county page for Wiltshire.

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