Place:Ashley, Wiltshire, England

TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.65°N 2.1°W
Located inWiltshire, England     ( - 1930)
Also located inGloucestershire, England     (1930 - )
See alsoMalmesbury Hundred, Wiltshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Tetbury Rural, Wiltshire, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1930
Tetbury Rural, Gloucestershire, Englandrural district of which it was part 1930-1974
Cotswold District, Gloucestershire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974

NOTE: Until 1930 there were two places named Ashley on the western side of Wiltshire, England. The place under discussion here was an ancient parish in the Malmesbury Hundred and, from 1894 until 1930, a civil parish in the portion of Tetbury Rural District which was in Wiltshire. In 1930 the county border was moved eastward allowing Ashley parish to join the rest of the Tetbury Rural District in Gloucestershire.

The other Ashley was a moderately sized village in the parish of Box to the southwest, but still on the Wiltshire-Gloucester border. This Ashley is redirected to the parish of Box as Ashley (Box).

Ashley was transferred from Wiltshire to Gloucestershire in 1930 along with the neighbouring parish of Long Newnton.

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

"ASHLEY, a parish in the [registration] district of Tetbury and county of Wilts; near Akeman-street, 3 miles NE of Tetbury, and 4½ SSW of Tetbury Road [railway] station. Post Town: Tetbury. Acres: 946. Real property, with Newnton: £4,581. Population: 90. Houses: 17. The property is all in one estate; belonged formerly to the Georges and the Hungerfords, and belongs now to the Estcorts. There is a large mansion, and there was formerly a market. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value: £220. Patron: the Duchy of Lancaster. The church is ancient, with some arches round, others pointed, and a square embattled tower; contains a large rude font, and tomb of the Georges; and was repaired in 1858."

Ferdinando Gorges, an entry in the WeRelate database, was probably a member of this George family.

the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Ashley is a village and civil parish now in the Cotswold District of Gloucestershire, England, about 8 miles southwest of Cirencester. According to the 2001 UK census it had a population of 142, decreasing to 131 at the 2011 census. To the north, across the A433 road, is Trull House.

The Fosse Way forms part of the parish boundary and also the county boundary with Wiltshire.

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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