West Ashton

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West Ashton
West Ashton St John.jpg
Parish church of St John the Evangelist
West Ashton is located in Wiltshire
West Ashton
West Ashton
 West Ashton shown within Wiltshire
Population 737 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid reference ST879557
Civil parish West Ashton
Unitary authority Wiltshire
Ceremonial county Wiltshire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Trowbridge
Postcode district BA14
Dialling code 01225
Police Wiltshire
Fire Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament South West Wiltshire
Website Village site
List of places

Coordinates: 51°18′00″N 2°10′30″W / 51.300°N 02.175°W / 51.300; -02.175

West Ashton is a village and civil parish in Wiltshire, England. It is about 2 miles (3.2 km) southeast of Trowbridge, near the A350 between Melksham and Yarnbrook which bypasses Trowbridge. The parish includes the hamlets of Dunge (grid reference ST 892 544), East Town (ST 893 557) and Rood Ashton (ST 886 560).[2]

Before the late 19th century, West Ashton was part of Steeple Ashton parish. Both were within the hundred of Whorwellsdown.[3]

The Anglican Church of St John the Evangelist was built in 1846 to designs of T.H. Wyatt with funding from Walter Long.[3] Its east window is a 1920 war memorial. In 1988 the church was designated as Grade II listed.[4]

The village has a primary school, West Ashton Church of England (Aided) Primary School,[5] and a village hall.[6]

Rood Ashton House was a country house that was destroyed in stages during the 20th century. The parish church includes the family crypt of the Long family, formerly the owners of Rood Ashton House.

Long's Park Castle

To the north of the village on the A350 is the folly known as Long's Park Castle, originally a lodge for Rood Ashton House. It is now used for holiday accommodation.

East Town Farm is home to a working windpump,[7] one of the last in the area.


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "West Ashton, with 1890s map of parish". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 13 June 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Victoria County History - Wiltshire - Vol 8 pp198-218 - Steeple Ashton". British History Online. University of London. Retrieved 13 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Historic England. "Church of St John the Evangelist, West Ashton (1262135)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "West Ashton Primary School". Retrieved 13 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "West Ashton Village Hall". Charity Commission. Retrieved 13 June 2015. 
  7. ^ http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3565396

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