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Ashton Keynes

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"ASHTON KEYNES, a parish and township in the hundred of Highworth, in the county of Wilts, 4 miles to the W. of Cricklade, its post town, 3 N. of Minety station on the Cheltenham railway, and 88 from London. It is pleasantly situated on the river Isis, or Thames, not far from the borders of Gloucestershire, and includes the chapelry of Leigh. The river, which flows on one side of the street, is crossed by numerous bridges leading to the several houses, which give the place a picturesque appearance. There are remains of four ancient stone crosses, and part of the monastery surrounded by a moat, and now converted into a farmhouse. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol, value £325, in the patronage of J. Pitt, Esq. The church, an ancient edifice, is dedicated to the Holy Cross. There are also two dissenting chapels. The parochial charities amount to £119, including the endowment of a free school for boys and girls. Ashton Keynes House is the principal residence."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]



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  • Lesley Haigh's family history website (Ashton Keynes section) has information on CUSS, MILLARD, SELBY, TELLING, TOWNSEND and WEAVER families as well as some general information on Ashton Keynes and Leigh.


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