Ansty, Warwickshire

Ansty, Warwickshire

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Ansty is a village and civil parish just outside the outskirts of Coventry, about northeast of the city centre. Ansty was part of the County of the City of Coventry until that county was dissolved in 1842.

Ansty is on the Oxford Canal and the B4065 road, which used to be the main road between Coventry and Hinckley. The junction between the M6 and M69 motorways and A46 road is southwest of the village.


The Domesday Book of 1086 mentions Ansty as part of the hundred of Brinklow. The main landowner was Lady Godiva. Its toponym comes from Old English Ānstīg meaning "one-path", i.e. "lonely or narrow path" or "path linking other paths".

The Church of England parish church of Saint James has a 13th century chancel. The arcade between the nave and north aisle is 14th century. Sir George Gilbert Scott rebuilt the rest of the church in 1856.

Ansty Hall, just outside the village, was built in 1678 for Richard Taylor, who had been on the Parliamentarian side in the English Civil War. The house is arranged in seven bays and built of brick with stone quoins and pediment.

A cottage industry of weaving developed in the parish from early...
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