The Hampreston Ansteys

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

The Hampreston Ansteys are the root and principal sub-branch of the Dorset (III) Ansteys. This sub-branch began in c1550 with Thomas Anstey, who became Rector of Witchampton and later Parson of Hampreston, where the family settled. Thomas had a son, Nicholas, who married Dorothy Dugdale in Hampreston in 1620; their sons spawned the various Dorset (III) Anstey sub-branches in existence today.

Nicholas appears in the 1641 Protestation Returns in Hampreston, by which time he was Churchwarden. Indeed, so important was Nicholas Anstey in Hampreston, that he was buried in Hampreston Church. A rather large floor slab in the centre of the church, which can still be seen today, commemorates the spot where he lies, reading

[h]ere lieth the body of Nicholas Anstey, buried November the second 1676

In the 1600s and early 1700s, certain members of the Hampreston Ansteys were also resident in Wimborne Minster, three miles away, however this seemed to consist of a single family (headed by John Anstey, an issuer of trade tokens) which went Anstey-extinct quickly. Anstey descendants of Nicholas remained in Hampreston until c1750, after which they had all departed.

There are numerous sub-branches of Ansteys in existence today which probably descend from the Hampreston Ansteys. Thus far we have started uploading information on:

We are actively on the lookout for Hampreston experts alive today who are willing to add their findings and knowledge to this project. We are particularly interested in research regarding Hampreston 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 Hampreston 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 ‘Hampreston’ 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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