The Tarrant Crawford Ansteys

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

The Tarrant Crawford Ansteys are the root and principal sub-branch of the Dorset (II) Ansteys. The sub-branch began in 1514 when “James Anstey husbandman” appeared in Tarrant Crawford. James Anstey was still living in Tarrant Crawford (Preston cum Crayford) in 1545 where he appears in the Tudor Subsidy Roll.

[Note: Tarrant Crawford (as ‘Craford Parva’) united with Tarrant Keynston (as ‘Kynston’) between 1650 and 1660]

James Anstey had a son Richard Anstey who married the unusually named ‘Warborough’ in Tarrant Crawford, and their male Anstey descendants spawned various Dorset (II) Anstey sub-branches. Ansteys resided in Tarrant Crawford for a few decades in the late 1500s and early to mid-1600s. By the time of the 1641 Protestation Returns however, only Nicholas (grandson of Richard and Warborough) was still residing in Tarrant Crawford, and there was little to no Anstey presence in the parish after that.

Having said that, there are numerous sub-branches of Ansteys in existence today which descend from the Tarrant Crawford Ansteys. Thus far we have started uploading information on:

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

%d bloggers like this: