A History of the County of Cambridge and the Isle of Ely: Volume 10, Cheveley, Flendish, Staine and Staploe Hundreds (North-Eastern Cambridgeshire). Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 2002.
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The Hospitallers had view of frankpledge and the assize of bread and of ale in Ashley and Silverley in 1275. (fn. 1) Courts held in the 16th century enforced the assize and agricultural bylaws, regulated copyhold land transfers, and elected one or two constables and a hayward; records survive for 1513, 1522, and 1547-1601. (fn. 2) Records also survive for 1683-90 and 1798-1894, dealing mainly with tenurial matters. (fn. 3)
Silverley rectory manor was said in 1543 to include leets and views of frankpledge. (fn. 4)
The parish owned a house by 1560, probably Dip Cottage on Mill Road, which was used as a poorhouse in 1814. It was presumably sold after the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1835 and was in private hands by 1856. (fn. 5)
Ashley was part of Newmarket poor-law union 1835-94, Newmarket rural district 1894- 1974, and East Cambridgeshire district from 1974. (fn. 6)