Ansty is a village and civil parish in Warwickshire, about 5 miles northeast of Coventry city centre and 8 miles south of Hinckley.  Ansty was part of the County of the City of Coventry until that county was dissolved in 1842. The population in 2011 was 324.

The northern part of the Oxford Canal, once a major coal-carrying system and now a popular leisure resource, passes through the village. Ansty has been cited as “the most boater-hostile” village on the canals because of the large number of “no mooring” signs. James Brindley completed the section of the canal through Ansty in 1771.

In the 1940`s,1950`s and 1960`s Armstrong Siddeley Motors had its development plant for gas turbines and aircraft rocket motors we well as the Gamma rocket motors used in the Black Knight and Black Arrow launchers. The plant is now the Ansty engineering works of Rolls-Royce.

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In 2012, Ansty erected its first War Memorial due to the hard work of local villagers headed by Chief Petty Officer Dean Bateman.

The Doomsday Book of 1086 mentions Ansty as part of the hundred of Brinklow. The main landowner was Lady Godiva. The name comes from Old English Anstig meaning “one –path”.

The Church of England parish church of St James has a 13th century chancel. The arcade between the nave and north aisle is 14th century.  Sir George Gilbert Scott rebuilt the rest of the church in 1856.

Ansty Hall just outside the village was built in 1678 for Richard Taylor, who had been on the Parliamentarian side in the English Civil War.  It is now the Ansty Hall Hotel.

A Cottage industry of weaving developed in the parish from early in the 18th century.  This grew into a substantial ribbon weaving trade early in the 19th century, but declined in the 1830`s

For more indepth information please see the Ansty entry on London University's website British History Online

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