On this page you will find a series of Archives that contain documents, photos, images and artifacts concerning Ashbury and its environs. Please note that all of the items included here have been kindly donated by local residents for your interest; under no circumstance may they be reproduced without permission or used for commercial purposes.

Anyone willing to contribute additional historical text or photographs to these archives should please contact:

The Peter and Leonie Knott Collection

This comprises a variety of Ashbury-related materials from maps, transcripts of old accounts of the village and its inhabitants and dwellings to prehistory and Peter Knott’s particular interest, the medieval settlement and its field names, on which he did considerable research. There is also a small number of local history books.

After Peter’s death Leonie deposited much of his collection with the Berkshire Record Office but the remainder, some of which is now superseded by on-line access, is stored with me at Claremont, awaiting a more suitable home.

The intention is to get some of this uploaded to the Ashbury history pages of the website but this is not imminent. Much of Peter’s work on the field names, especially his maps, is in pencil and will not upload successfully. In the meantime I am very happy to receive enquiries from those who are interested in looking at these materials in researching the history of the parish.  Marion Turner  (email:


Select Archive in the table below to be taken to your topic of interest:

1. Documents, Newspaper Snippets, Folk-law and Maps 8. Ashbury Post Office, Shop & Pub
2. Ashbury Churches 9. Events
3. Ashbury School & Village Hall 10. Ashbury May Fayre 2008
4. Ashbury Manor House 11. Antiquities
5. People 12. Archaeology
6. Streets 13. Machinery and Equipment
7. Dwellings 14. Diamond Jubilee Celebrations 2012 2nd June – Jubilympics3rd June – Hog Roast & Big Lunch4th June – Mountain Biking and Jubilee Beacon

Archive 1: Documents, Newspaper Snippets & Maps

Reproduced with permission from Ann Disbury

History of Ashbury
Interesting facts concerning the Church and Parish of Ashbury (approx 1930)
The History of Ashbury by David & Edna Disbury 1968 (selected tracts)
Ashbury cum Chapelwick – A Guide Book (dated 1983)
Ashbury 1988: St Dunstan 909-988; Manor House 1488-1988
Ashbury Churches
Ashbury Churches – A Leaflet of Welcome(revised2011)
A Pilgrim’s Guide to The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin(revised 2011)
Vicars & Rectors appointed to St Mary’s Church Ashbury from 1317 to 2000 (courtesy Leonie Knott & Margaret Smith)
 Ashbury Primitive Methodist Chapple (The start of methodism in Ashbury click:  (METHODIST CHAPPLE) Courtesy Sue Reade.Specification for Ashbury Mission Hall
Ashbury Evangelical Free Church Centenary Celebration Booklet – 2009
Ashbury Evangelical Free Church Centenary Celebration Photos – 2009
Ashbury Evangelical Free Church Centenary Celebration – 2009. Notes.
Ashbury Festival Programme 1980
Ashbury School
Bicentennnial Celebrations 1777-1977. Thomas Stock – Pioneer
Ashbury Festival Programme 1974
Ashbury Industry
Ashbury Saw-yard and tree cutting in Ashdown woods
Bunce’s – From Small Beginnings 1976
Bunce’s Work Force (Courtesy David Bunce)
Bunce’s Snow Ploughs being tested In Ashbury (Courtesy David Bunce)
Bunce’s role during WW1 (courtesy David Bunce)
Photo of part of a consignment of Schmidt VP1 snow cutters supplied by Bunce’s to the Ministry of Transport (courtesy David Bunce)
Cottage Industries in Ashbury 1883-1893 (courtesy David Bunce)
Kelly’s Business Directory for Ashbury (dated 1891)
Ashbury Recollections
William Phillips Tombstone – 1684: photo (click) and inscription (click)
Memories of Cyril Gulland – an Evacuee to Ashbury at the time of WW2
The Water Cress Beds or Lyde at Ashbury (dated 1973)
Memories of Ernest Pound about The Lyde Whirly ‘Ole (dated 1974)
Poem about Billy Bunce by John Kelly – 1976 (courtesy David Bunce)
Ashbury Surnames
Surnames recorded in the Parish of Ashbury from 1841 to 1911 (A to Z)
Ashbury Postmarks
Early Ashbury postmarks (1849 & 1908)
Newspaper Snippets
Newspaper Snippets relevant to Ashbury dating back to 1881 (new entry)
Local Folk-Lore
Percy Toplus Highwayman; Snivellings Corner (new photo)
Map showing Ashbury “Lots” (courtesy David Bunce)
Map of Idstone (dated 1886)


Archive 2: Ashbury Churches

Images of Ashbury Churches may be viewed here

Reproduced with permission from P.A.W.




Archive 3: Ashbury School & Village Hall

Reproduced with permission from Gordon ReadeClick here for a selection of Ashbury School images across the years. Do you recognise any of your relatives?

Click here for a history of the Village Hall and some of the events that have been held there.

Archive 4: Ashbury Manor House

Reproduced with permission from David Hockley

Archive 1 contains a selection of photographs that track the history of Ashbury Manor House; click here to view images of this historic building.

Archive 5: People

Reproduced with permission from Gordon Reade

Images of people who have lived and worked in Ashbury are recorded here.

Archive 6: Streets

Reproduced with permission from David Hockley

Click here for street views in and around Ashbury.

Archive 7: Dwellings Reproduced with permission from Gordon Reade

Images showing dwellings in Ashbury, Kingstone Winslow and Idstone may be viewed here.

Archive 8: Post Office, Shop & Pub

Reproduced with permission from P.A.W.

Click here to see how these key amenities have changed over the years.


Archive 9: Events

Recorded here are pictures of events, celebrations and outings. Reproduced with permission from Margaret Smith Click on one of the headings below to see the images in a new page.

Ashbury Royal Wedding Celebration Street Party 2011
Ashbury Flower Festival (click) & Display of Wedding Dresses across the Decades (click) 2010, and some related historical photos (click)
Ashbury PCC All Age Parties – 2010 & 2011
Bishopstone and District Gardening Society visit to Eastleach House – 2009
Rememberance Day in Ashbury 1964
Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II – 1953 new photos

Archive 10: Ashbury May Fayre 2008

Images from the 2008 May Fayre may be viewed here.

Archive 11: Antiquities

Reproduced with permission from Richard Green

Click here to view some of the coins, jewelery, buckles, badges and pistol shot found by metal detectorists in local fields.

Archive 12: Archaeology

Click here to see photos of the 1963 restoration of Waylands Smithy



Archive 13: Machinery & Equipment

Reproduced with permission from James Reade

On this page you can view images of old and new machinery, equipment and other kit made or used in Ashbury.


Copyright:Most of the images on this page and its linked pages, are used with the express permission of the copyright holders. For other images we have endeavoured to find the copyright holders without success. If such persons come forward they will either be duly credited, or if preferred, we will remove the images in question from the web site.

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