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St James, Ashley St James, Gloucestershire

(51°39′3″N, 2°5′58″W)
Ashley St James
ST 932 947
formerly Wiltshire
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Gloucestershire
now Gloucestershire
medieval Salisbury
now Bristol
medieval St James
now St James
  • John Wand
10 Aug 2017

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The village of Ashley lies some 8 miles SW of Cirencester. The Fosse Way forms part of the parish boundary and also the county boundary with Wiltshire. Ashley was one of several parishes that were transferred from Wiltshire to Gloucestershire in 1930. The church is built of coursed rubble and consists of a W tower, nave with narrow S aisle, S porch and chancel that was rebuilt in 1848. The S doorway and chancel arch are Romanesque.


Ashley is recorded in the Wiltshire section of Domesday Book. In 1066 it was held by Ealdread, and in 1086 by Durand of Gloucester.


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F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications: or, England’s Patron Saints, Vol. 3, London 1899, 35.

Historic England, The National Heritage List for England, No. 1341134.

M. Salter, The Old Parish Churches of Gloucestershire, Malvern 2008, 24.

D. Verey and A. Brooks. The Buildings of England, Gloucestershire I: the Cotswolds, (3rd edition) London 1999, 90.

A. Williams and G. H. Martin (eds), Domesday Book. A Complete Translation, London 2003, 184.