The Blewbury Ansteys

by Gary. M. Ansteychief researcher of the Anstey story project.

The Blewbury Ansteys are the root and principal sub-branch of the Berkshire Ansteys. The sub-branch began when Richard Anstey, his wife Ann and their two children William Anstey and Margaret Anstey moved to Blewbury in the early 1600s. Ann was buried in Blewbury in 1634, their daughter Margaret was buried there in 1635 and Richard Anstey followed them in 1638. This left William Anstey, who married Joanne Casbert in Blewbury in 1636 and whose sons head the various Blewbury Anstey descendent sub-branches, some of which are still in existence today.

By far the most well known of the Blewbury Anstey descendants is Christopher Anstey the famous 18th century poet, who has a white marble memorial tablet commemorating him in no lesser a place than Poets Corner in Westminster Abbey.

We are currently uploading information on various sub-branches of the Blewbury Ansteys. Those that we have commenced uploading include the:

We are actively on the lookout for Blewbury Anstey experts alive today who are willing to add their findings and knowledge to this project. We are particularly interested in research regarding Blewbury Ansteys who fought in World War One, preferably with personal souvenirs such as letters sent by the soldiers or military photos etc. Anybody who has such expertise and inclination, please contact us at

We have already uploaded bits of information and documentation about the Blewbury Ansteys, and continue to upload more all the time (see Project Updates), however it is spread over various segments of the website.

The best way to find said information is to enter ‘Blewbury’ in the search box at the bottom of this page and a list of relevant pages will appear.

Anybody who finds any mistakes on this page, please contact us at and we will correct it.

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