Ashchurch Kellys Gloucestershire Directory 1856

Ashchurch is a township, village, large parish, and railway station, comprising the hamlets of Pamington, Aston-upon-Carrant, Fiddington, Northway, Newton, and Natton.  Ashchurch is pleasantly situated on the high road from Tewkesbury to Winchcomb and Stow, is a station on the Birmingham and Bristol railway and junction of the Tewkesbury branch, distant 2 miles east-north-east from Tewkesbury, 9 south-west from Evesham, and 8 north-west from Winchcomb, in the lower division of the Hundred and Union of Tewkesbury, East Gloucestershire, archdeaconry of Gloucester, and bishopric of Gloucester and Bristol.  The church is a large and ancient building of various architecture, and consists of nave, porch, chancel, north aisle, and square tower surmounted by 4 pinnacles and containing 6 bells.  The interior has a handsome carved oak screen, also an organ.  The living is a perpetual curacy worth £270 yearly, in the gift and incumbency of the Rev. John Askew, M.A.  There is a national school for children of both sexes, erected in 1842.  Walton House, the neat residence of George Ruddle, Esq., stands 1 mile west-by-south of Ashchurch.  The population in 1851 was 786, and the acreage is 4,201.  The soil is principally clay.  Thomas Wakeman, Esq., is lord of the manor.  Simpson Anderson, Esq., Rev. Charles Martin, and William Woodward, Esq., are the chief landowners.  There are charities of £25 yearly value.

Pamington is a tithing, village, and hamlet in the parish, and half a mile south-east from Ashchurch, and 2 ½ east from Tewkesbury, with a population of 122.

Aston-upon-Carrant is a tithing hamlet in the parish, and about a mile east-north-east from Ashchurch, and 3 north-east from Tewkesbury, with a population of 206.

Fiddington is a tithing hamlet in the parish, and 1 ½ miles south from Ashchurch, and 2 south-east from Tewkesbury, with a population of 244.

Northway is a tithing hamlet in the parish, and half a mile north from Ashchurch, and 2 north-east from Tewkesbury, with a population of 214.

Newton is a hamlet adjoining Ashchurch, in Northway tithing.

Natton is a hamlet in the parish, and half a mile south-by-east from Ashchurch, in Fiddington tithing.


Askew Rev. John, M.A.

Ruddle George, esq. Walton house


Barnes William, beer retailer

Beck Thomas, station master

Greening William, farmer

Jones Edwin, farmer

Smart James, master of National school

Smart Mary Ann (Mrs.), mistress of National school

Smith Joseph, miller, Cowfield mill

Wasley James, parish clerk



Jackson William, farmer

Osborne Thomas, farmer

Trinder William, farmer



Barnett William, farmer

Booth Frederick, shopkeeper, beer retailer, carpenter & wheelwright

Cox John Lucus, land surveyor, schoolmaster & postmaster

Drinkwater Thomas, beer retailer

Rimel Richard, farmer

Smith Thomas, blacksmith

Spiers William, miller, Aston mill

Tombs John, farmer

Walker Job, carpenter & wheelwright

Walker William, blacksmith

Witts John, corn dealer

Witts William, farmer

Yeend Charles, farmer

Tiddington [sic].

Brotheridge Ambrose, farmer

Brotheridge John, farmer

Day William, farmer

Grubb Oliver, farmer

Hobbs Emma (Mrs.), farmer

Nind Martin, farmer

Peart Henry Long, farmer


Woodward William, esq. Northway house


Greening John, farmer

Hopton William, farmer, Cowfield farm

Morris George, miller, Northway mill

Woodward William, land agent & valuer


Davison Charles, farmer

Purcer Benjamin, farmer

Post Office, Aston-upon-Carrant. – John Lucus Cox, receiver.  Letters arrive by foot from Tewkesbury at 9 a.m.; dispatched at 5 p.m.  The nearest money order office is at Tewkesbury.

Registrar of Births & Death, & Relieving Officer, Wm. Brydges, Tewkesbury.

Parish Clerk, James Wasley

Church, Rev. John Askew, M.A. incumbent

National School, James Smart, master; Mrs. Mary Ann Smart, mistress

Railway Station, Thomas Beck, station master

Source: Post Office Directory of Gloucestershire with Bath and Bristol.  Printed and Published by Kelly and Co., 19, 20 & 21, Old Boswell Court, St. Clement’s, Strand, London. 1856.

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