Alveston Kellys Gloucestershire Directory 1863

Alveston is a parish and village, with the hamlet of Earthcott and part of the hamlet of Rudgway, 7 miles west-south-west from Wickwar, 6 north-west from Yate station, 8 north-west from Chipping Sodbury, 1 south east from Thornbury, 10 north from Bristol, 24 south from Gloucester, and 117 from London, in Lower Langley and Swineshead hundred, Thornbury uuion and county court district, West Gloucestershire, Bristol deanery and arch deaconry, and Gloucester and Bristol bishopric. It is situated on the Gloucester and Bristol road. The church of St. Andrew is an ancient stone building in the Gothic style ; it has a nave, chancel, south porch, and square embattled tower with 3 bells. The living is a perpetual curacy, tithe rent-charge £322 yearly, with 24 acres of glebe land, in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of Bristol; the Rev. John Rawes, B.A., of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, is the incumbent. The Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists have each a chapel here. There is a National school for boys and girls, supported by weekly payments and voluntary subscriptions. Coral limestone abounds in the neighbourhood, and supplies the lower level with large quantities of lime, which is much prized. The soil is light loamy; the subsoil is in some parts limestone; in others, clay. The Rev. James Jarvis Peach is lord of the manor, and Alexander George Fullerton, Esq., is chief landowner. There are charities of £5 19s. yearly value. The population in 1801 was 841, and the number of acres 2,518.

Dodgmoor and Shillars Lane are places here.

Parish Clerk, Mark Ann.


Brown William, esq. Grovesend house

Bush Edward, esq

Bush Thomas, esq. The Loans

Cullimer William, esq. The Rookery

Honnywill William Henry, esq

Rawes Rev. John, B.A. [incumbent], Alveston green

Ann Mark & Joseph, tilers, plasterers, painters & paperhangers

Ann Mary (Miss), shopkeeper

Ann Robert, stonemason

Biddle Daniel, carpenter & wheelwright

Biddle Robert, farmer

Doward Esther (Mrs.), Ship inn

Gunter Chas. carpenter & wheelwright

Gunter John, farmer

Gunter William, farmer, Street farm

Hayward Richard, farmer, Shillars lane

Hopkins Edward, coach builder, carpenter, wheelwright & undertaker

Jones William, farmer, Conygre farm

Keedwell Thomas, farmer

Libert William, classical, mathematical & commercial academy, Alveston ho

Luce Elizabeth (Mrs.), farmer, Grovesend

Martin Hugh, farmer & timber dealer

Matthews William, shoemaker

Pearce Charles, farmer

Stephens William, beer retailer

Stevens William, blacksmith

Williams John, carpenter & wheelwright

Young Henry, farmer, Church farm


Eacott John & Philip, farmers

Gunter Edwin, farmer

Matthews Robert, farmer

Meredith Edward, farmer

Savery William, John & Mark, agricultural implement manufacturers

Stinchcomb Wm. carpenter & wheelwrght

Young Mary (Mrs.), farmer

Post Office.— Mark Ann, postmaster. Mails arrive at 9.30 a.m.; dispatched 4.30 p.m. Second arrival 7 p.m.; dispatched 8.30 next morning. The nearest money order office is at Thornbury

National School, Miss Mary Anne Gray, mistress


Angel George, beer retailer

Biddle Edwrd. timber mercht. & postmastr

Martin George, blacksmith

Milliner James, shopkeeper

Smith George, shopkeeper

Post Office. — Edward Biddle, postmaster. Mails arrive at 8.30 a.m.; dispatched at 4.45 p.m. Second arrival at 6.45 p.m.; dispatched at 9 next morning.

Carriers (from Thornbury through Alveston to Bristol) : —

Baylis, tuesday, thursday & Saturday ; Wilson, monday, Wednesday & friday

Conveyance. — Putley’s & White’s omnibuses from Thornbury to Bristol, daily.

Source: Post Office Directory of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and the City of Bristol, Printed and Published by Kelly and Co., Old Boswell Court, St. Clement’s, Strand, London. 1863.

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