In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Long Ashton like this:
ASHTON (Long), a parish and a subdistrict in Bedminster district, Somerset. The parish lies on the Bristol and Exeter railway, near Wans Dyke and Dundry Beacon, 3 miles SW of Bristol. It contains Bedminster workhouse, and Bower-Ashton, Kingcott, Providence, Yanley, and Rownham hamlets; and has a post office under Bristol. Acres, 4,237. Real property, £10,535. Pop., 2,000. Houses, 297. The centre is a fertile wooded vale; partly disposed in market gardens and orchards, for sending vegetables and fruit to Bristol. ...
The N rises into a range of bleak but picturesque hills, which command a grand view of the surrounding country. The S goes up to Barrow Common, which is sometimes deemed extra-parochial, and has remains of Roman camps at Stokeleigh and Burwalls. The chief residence is Ashton Court: which see. Many Roman coins have been found. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells. Value, £450.* Patrons, Sir J. Smyth, Bart., and W. G. Langton, Esq. The church dates from 1390; has a carved Gothic screen, dividing the chancel from the nave and aisles; contains figured stained windows and some handsome monuments; and is surmounted by a tower, with the arms of the Lyons family in stone. There are an Independent chapel, an endowed school with £14, and other charities with £142 Collinson, the county historian, was vicar.-The subdistrict comprises seven parishes. Acres, 19,349. Pop., 5,864. Houses, 1,073.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Long Ashton in North Somerset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 26th January 2015
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