"ASCOT, a parish, joined to Winkfield, in the hundred of Ripplesmere, in the county of Berks, 4 miles to the S.E. of Windsor. It is a station on the South Western railway, and is principally known as the site of a racecourse. This course was formed by William Duke of Cumberland; it is nearly 2 miles in circuit, and has a grandstand, extensive range of stables and coach-houses, a weighing-house, and other accommodations. The races take place in the month of July, and are especially patronised by the sovereign and the nobility."
From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland(1868). Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003.
Other descriptions can be found from other periods in various trade directories covering Berkshire from the early 19th century onwards from Berkshire FHS (members only) and from A Vision of Britain Through Time.
Descriptions of some of the churches can be found at:
- Ascot Baptist Church records are available from the BRO
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Ascot to another place.
You can see the administrative areas in which Ascot has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SU921683 (Lat/Lon: 51.406258, -0.677271), Ascot which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- OldMaps (Old Ordnance Survey maps.)
- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
Ascot was in the Easthampstead Union. For more information, see Poorhouses.