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Ashton Keynes
Cotswolds village in North Wiltshire

Ashton Keynes a North Wiltshire Cotswolds village, local information on accommodation, village pubs, the history of Ashton Keynes, roads, bus and rail links, estate agents, health sport and leisure guide, attractions near Ashton Keynes

Ashton Keynes Village

 Ashton Keynes and the River Thames 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.

Getting To Ashton Keynes

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The village is on the B4696 just 13 miles from Swindon and 9 miles from Cirencester.
Bus services connecting to Ashton Keynes are:

Village Parking

There is free on street parking but please be considerate where you are parking.

Old Village Photographs Of Ashton Keynes A Cotswolds Village In North Wiltshire

All images are reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection. All photographs can be purchased by clicking on the image

Ashton Keynes, Holy Cross Church c1955.  (Neg. A144303)   Copyright The Francis Frith Collection 2006. Ashton Keynes, the Horse and Jockey Inn c1955.  (Neg. a144304)   Copyright The Francis Frith Collection 2006. Ashton Keynes, Church Walk and Mill House c1955.  (Neg. a144305)   Copyright The Francis Frith Collection 2006.

More old photographs of Ashton Keynes can be seen at the here.

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Ashton Keynes Accommodation

Hotel accommodation for Ashton Keynes can be found in Cirencester or Swindon.

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Cricklade Hotel, Swindon, Wiltshire

Cricklade Hotel, Swindon Wiltshire Cotswolds, UK Hotels

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.

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Ashton Keynes Holiday Cottages

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