ANSTEY (about 4 1/2 miles N.E. from Buntingford Station, G.E.R.) has a cruciform church of mixed styles: the nave is Dec., the transepts E.E., the S. porch. Perp. The tower rests upon four Norman arches ; the font also is Norman. The church was restored in 1871 ; many features of architectural interest being wisely retained. The recumbent effigy in the recess in S: transept is thought to be that of Richard de Anestie, who founded the church in the fourteenth century. We learn from Domesday Book that at the time of the Great Survey there was "pannage" (i.e. acorn woods) at Anestie sufficient to feed fifty hogs, and that the manor was worth fourteen pounds a year, There was once a castle here, built soon after the Conquest, the site of which is supposed to be marked by the remains of a moat still to be traced in the grounds of Anstey Hall. The churchyard is entered by a covered lich-gate. [From Hertfordshire - Little Guide 1903, Methuen & Co., London, 1903]


Church Records

The Parish Registers for the periods: -

  • Baptisms - 1543-1857
  • Marriages - 1541-1836
  • Burials - 1540-1923
  • Bishop's Transcripts - 1800-1840

are deposited at Hertfordshire Record Office, County Hall, Hertford, SG13 8DE. [D/P5]

Entries from the Marriage Registers for the period 1541-1837 are included in The Allen Index at Hertfordshire Record Office.

The period 1541-1857 is covered by the IGI.

There is a full transcipt in alphabetical order from the earliest date to about 1837 held at HALS.

Transcripts of the parish registers for the period 1540-1923 are deposited at the Society of Genealogists, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, LONDON, EC1M 7BA.


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