The South West Peninsula Ansteys of Devon and Somerset are a sub-branch of the Cambridgeshire Ansteys of the 1400s and early 1500s. The sub-branch commenced in around 1520 in Dulverton, so the Dulverton Ansteys are the root and principal sub-branch of the South West Peninsula Ansteys.
It is likely that today the South West Peninsula Ansteys form the largest sub-branch of Ansteys in existence. Their position in the Anstey pedigree is illustrated nicely in the below schematic.
Sub-branches of the South West Peninsula Ansteys where we have commenced uploading to this website project include:
- the Dulverton Ansteys;
- the South Gloucestershire Ansteys (which includes the Dyrham, Stoke Gifford and Doynton Ansteys);
- the Bampton Ansteys;
- the Tiverton Ansteys;
- the Witheridge Ansteys;
- the Bradninch Ansteys.
The South West Peninsula Ansteys have been extensively researched and thoroughly documented by G. M. Anstey (Gary) and T. J. Anstey (Tom), the overseers and chief researchers of this ‘Anstey Story‘, in their third co-authored book:
‘Anstey: The Devon and Somerset Branch‘
The first edition of this book was privately printed in July 2018. Further research for the second edition is currently under way, for eventual sale, subject to there being enough demand to cover the costs of publication (anybody interested in being contacted when this second edition is available for purchase, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org).
It is intended that much of the contents of this book will be uploaded to this Anstey project website over time for all to enjoy. We have already uploaded bits of information and documentation about the South West Peninsula 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 ‘South West Peninsula’ in the search box at the bottom of this page and a list of relevant pages will appear.