St Mary Churchyard

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St Mary Churchyard

Church Street
Ashley, East Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, CB8 9EE England
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Ashley is a small picturesque and historical village. Its name means ‘clearing in the meadow’.
Ashley is a village and civil parish in the East Cambridgeshire district of Cambridgeshire, England, about 4 miles east of Newmarket. The modern village consists of the two ancient parishes of Ashley and Silverley.
Ashley and Silverley were both mentioned in the Domesday Book. In the 13th century, the manors of both Ashley and Silverley were owned by the Knights Hospitallers of Chippenham. Silverley was the larger of the two villages and so the villages at that time were known as Silverley cum Ashley. However, since the Hospitaller's manor house was situated in Ashley, by the end of the 13th century the villages became known as Ashley cum Silverley.
Following the dissolution of the monasteries in 1540, the Crown gave the manor at Ashley to Edward North of Kirtling.
The ecclesiastical parishes of St Mary in Ashley and of All Saints in Silverley were united c.1550.
There was a church dedicated to St Mary in the village of Ashley by the 13th century that was abandoned in the late 16th century and was in ruins by 1705. In Silverley there was a church dedicated to All Saints by 1447 that was also abandoned in the 16th century and by 1752 only the tower and some bits of wall remained. The tower remains to the present day.
There was a Hospittaler chapel in the village of Ashley that was dedicated to St. John and from c. 1550, this chapel was used as the parish church for Ashley and Silverley. Following the opening of the new parish church in 1845, the chapel was then used as a school; it was demolished c.1956

It has had a church since the thirteenth century, and its present church dates from 1845. It is a Norman style cruciform building of flint with Bath stone dressings, with a chancel, nave and transepts and a turret with one bell. The benefactor of the church was the Marquis of Bute.
The church is open during daylight hours.


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GPS Coordinates: 52.22704, 0.48764

  • Added: 14 Mar 2016
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2606865