Bibury Kellys Gloucestershire Directory 1863

Bibury is a large scattered parish and village, of a picturesque appearance, surrounded by the Cotswold Hills, and intersected by the river Colne; it includes the hamlets of Ablington and Arlington, with the chapelry of Winson; it is 6 miles north-west from Fairford, in the hundred of Brightwells Barrow, Northleach union and county court district, rural deanery of Fairford, archdeaconry of Bristol, Gloucester and Bristol bishopric, East Gloucestershire. The church is an ancient structure, with a fine tower, spacious chancel, nave, and aisles; it comprises specimens of the Saxon, good Norman, Perpendicular, Decorated, and Early English styles of architecture. The living is a vicarage, of about £1,300 annual value, with residence, in the patronage of Lord Sherborne; the Rev. Henry Snow, M.A., is the incumbent. Here is a Baptist chapel; also National and British schools, and a police station. The population in 1861 was 899; the area is 4,975a. 1r. 14p. Lord Sherborne, Coxwell Rogers, Esq., and the Rev. Sir William Augustus Musgrave, bart, M.A., are lords of the manor. Hugh Weston left by will, for four bachelors, £18; the interest of £200 is given away in clothing to the poor annually. Bibury tithing had a population in 1861 of 371; Ablington tithing, 113; Arlington tithing, 415; Winson tithing, 181. The tithings of Ablington, Arlington and Winson are not distinctly rated to the poor. Bibury House is the residence of Lord Sherborne.

Shagborough, the seat of a Roman settlement, is three-quarters of a mile south; Coneygar, or Coneygore, another Roman site, is 1 mile and a half south-east.


Sherborne Lord, Bibury house

Snow Rev. Henry, M.A.[vicar],Vicarage

Arkell Martha (Mrs.), shopkeeper

Bowly William, miller

Brindle Robert, plasterer

Brownnett John, tailor

Burge Josph. plumber, painter & glazier

Burge Natbnl. saddler & harness maker

Garne William, farmer, Kilkenny farm

Jenkins Thomas, stonemason

Lees Ralph, butcher

Martin Mary (Mrs.), Swan

Saunders Charles, boot & shoe maker

Smith Wm. farmer, Bibury Hill farm

Trinder William, farmer, maltster & grocer

Trinder William, jun. miller

Post Office. — William Belcher, sub-postmaster. Letters arrive at 9 a.m.; dispatched at 4.30 p.m. The nearest money order office is at Fairford.

British School, Miss Sarah Barrett, mistress

National School, Henry Harrison, master

Carrier to Cirencester. — John Pritchett, on monday, wednesday & friday


Bartlett George, miller

Craddock Thomas, farmer

Hinks Wm. carpenter & wheelwright

Mills James, farmer

Mills William, farmer


Davis Rev. John [Baptist]

Norman Rev. George, M.A. [curate]

Reynolds Francis, esq

Adams James, blacksmith

Arkell Thos. carpenter & wheelwright

Belcher William, grocer & draper

Bridgman Thomas, tailor

Cook Edward, farmer, Arlington farm

Cooper John, cattle dealer

Embury William, boot & shoe maker

Goodrich Samuel, farmer

Groves John Phillips, farmer

Hathaway John, cooper & beer retailer

Iles Robert, blacksmith

Lea Albert, tailor & draper

Purnell William, baker & grocer

Reynolds Francis, surgeon

Richards Benj. saddler & harness maker

Spencer Joseph, butcher

Wilton John, shopkeeper


Baker Edward, farmer

Cook Michael, farmer

Harris Thomas, carpenter

Hopkins Thomas, baker

Yells Elizabeth (Mrs.), farmer

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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