History and church
The name of the village has had several different forms over the centuries and was recorded variously as Gatesterta in 1154, Getestert in 1167, Gateherst in 1177, Gastard in 1428. In 1875 it was referred to in a directory as "Gastard (or Gustard)".
For Church of England purposes, Gastard is an ecclesiastical parish and has its own parish church dedicated to St John the Baptist, although now part of the united benefice of Greater Corsham and Lacock. The church, which dates from 1912, still has a morning service every Sunday.
Most significant local government functions are carried out by the Wiltshire Council unitary authority; until April 2009, Gastard was part of the district of North Wiltshire. At the parliamentary level, the village is part of the Chippenham borough constituency.
- Gastard Church at corshamandlacockchurches.org.uk
- Simon Draper, Landscape, settlement and society in Roman and early medieval Wiltshire (2006), p. 94
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- Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology (1959), p. 278
- Chippenham Deanery at anglican.org
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- Edmund Lodge, The peerage and baronetage of the British empire as at present existing (1890 edition), p. 785
- Bob Hayward, Where the Ladbrook flows: memories of village boyhood in Gastard, Wiltshire (1983, ISBN 978-0-9508625-2-1)
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