Ashton Keynes was described by William Cobbett in his book "Rural Rides" has "a very curious place". Cobbett made the
observations about Ashton Keynes whilst riding around the Cotswolds countryside on horseback seeing what was happening in the towns
and villages of the United Kingdom.
Ashton Keynes is a village in The Cotswolds in the North of Wiltshire, bordering the county of Gloucestershire. Ashton Keynes is located about 9 miles south of Cirencester situated in the Cotswolds Water Park, and seen on maps to be an island surrounded by lakes and split by the River Thames.
The infant Thames is nothing more than a stream but several small unobtrusive bridges span the flowing waters allowing residents to reach their houses. Ashton Keynes also has its own large 12th century castle albeit just an earth mound. The castle was built by the local Keynes family, wealthy Lords of the Manor and using the castle as the family home into the 13th century.
History and archeological evidence has been discovered throughout the Ashton Keynes area showing that village has been populated
since the Iron Age. A romano-british settlement was excavated on the edge of the village prior to gravel extraction, the
primary industry in the village.
The present village is a mixture of old and new, private and local authority homes. The average house prices in the village is £258,000 although prices are generally above the national average. The village is popular for commuters, positioned conveniently for Swindon and Bristol with good road links to the M4 and M5 motorways and the mainline railway stations at Swindon and Kemble.
The village is on the B4696 just 13 miles from Swindon and 9 miles from Cirencester.
Bus services connecting to Ashton Keynes are:
There is free on street parking but please be considerate where you are parking.
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More old photographs of Ashton Keynes can be seen at the here.
Standing in over 30 acres of peaceful, secluded grounds on the edge of the Cotswolds, the privately-owned Cricklade Hotel & Country Club offers a traditional, warm and friendly welcome.