Anstey, Hertfordshire

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Anstey is a village and civil parish in the East Hertfordshire district of Hertfordshire, England, about fifteen miles north-east of Stevenage. According to the 2001 census the population of the parish was 338, reducing to 299 at the 2011 Census.[1] There are at least two books on the history of this village; the first is entitled "Anstey, a Hertfordshire Parish" written in 1929 by Rev Frank Ricardo Williams, M.A. He was the rector from 1907–28,( died 19 May 1937). The second is entitled "ANSTEY: Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval Ancestry" by G.M. Anstey and T.J. Anstey in which it is shown that all bearers of the surname 'Anstey' worldwide can trace their surname origin to Anstey in Hertfordshire.

The parish church dates from the 12th Century and is dedicated to St George [2]

A folk tale tells of a fiddler from Anstey named Blind George, who disappeared while exploring an underground passage. He is said to have entered the tunnel playing his fiddle, which could be heard above ground. He stopped suddenly, and screams were heard, and he was not seen again.[3]


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  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
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  3. ^ Thomas, Llinos (21 May 2009). "Medieval graffiti and mermen - Anstey - Towns and Villages - Herts Memories". Herts Memories. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 

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Coordinates: 51°58′35″N 00°02′37″E / 51.97639°N 0.04361°E / 51.97639; 0.04361