In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Ansty like this:
ANSTEY, a parish in Tisbury district, Wilts; under Whitesheet hill, 2 miles S by E of Tisbury r. station, and 5 SSE of Hindon. Post Town, Tisbury under Salisbury. Acres, 840. Real property, with Swallowclift, £3,778. Pop., 298. Houses, 59. The property is divided among a few. A preceptory of the Hospitallers was founded here in 1210; and a barn belonging to it still remains. The living is a donative in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £22. Patron, Lord Arundell. The church is the oldest in the diocese; has an ancient font; and is in tolerable condition. Dr. Richard Zouch, judge of the court of admiralty in the reign of Charles I., was a native.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Ansty has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Salisbury. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Ansty and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Ansty, in Salisbury and Wiltshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 21st May 2013
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