Siston is a small village in
South Gloucestershire, England.
As with placenames of great antiquity it has been recorded variously over the years as Siston, Sistone, Syton, Sytone and Systun.
The village consists of a number of cottages and farms centered around St Anne's Church, and the grand Elizabethan
manor houseof Siston Court. Historically the village was surrounded by Siston Commonbut this has recently been eroded by the construction of the Avon Ring Roadand housing developments.
The settlement is thought to have early origins, and Roman remains have been found in the area. The
Domesday Bookof 1085 records the parish of Siston among the lands of the Norman warlord Roger de Berkeley.
St Anne's Church has an 11th century Norman south porch with rounded notched arch and tympanum, and 13th or 14th century tower. The
baptismal fontis made of lead, unusual in England, and dates from reign of William II, 1087 to 1100. During the English Civil Warthe Roundheads stabled their horses in the Church.
Grade one-listed Siston Court was built by the Dennys family in the late 16th century. The later lodge, gatehouse and pair of ogee-roofed octagons were designed by
Little remains of the original formal gardens, which are now chiefly lawns and parkland, with a substantial
ha-haand pond, and a lime treeavenue from the lodge.
* [http://www.parksandgardens.ac.uk/index.php?option=com_parksandgardens&task=site&id=2991&tab=description&Itemid=292 Siston Court] , Parks & Gardens UK
* [http://www.rootsweb.com/~engcots/SistonPhotos.html St. Anne's Church] , Rootsweb
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