Birdlip is a hamlet, forming a portion of the parishes of Cowley, Brimpsfield and Witcomb, 5 miles from Painswick, 7 from Gloucester, and 6 south-west from Cheltenham, in Cheltenham county court district and Cirencester union. Fairs are held here for sheep and cattle the last Tuesday in April, and the Tuesday before the last Thursday in September. A Baptist chapel was erected in 1841.

Blacklanes is a farm.

Beman James, esq


Baylis James, saddler & harness maker

Caperton Henry, yeoman

Dancer Thomas, cattle dealer

Fewings John, George inn, & brewer & farmer

Finch John, yeoman, Birdlip hill

Franklyn William, mason

Hannis Charles, grocer & wheelwright

Hulbert William, stonemason

Lane Charles, turner

Lane Joseph, bowl turner

Merratt Joseph, blacksmith

Merratt Raymond, blacksmith

Newman William, King’s Head

Pinching William, Black Horse

Sadler Isaac, farmer

Sidgwick William, farmer

Tuffly Richard, Air Balloon, & brewer & farmer

Letters through Painswick, which is the nearest money order office.

Carriers :—

Henry Merchant, every Saturday, from Brimpsfleld, calling at the ‘George,’ to the Lamb inn, Cheltenham, returning same day

Joseph Wood, every tuesday & thursday, to the Crown inn, Cheltenham, returning same days; & every Saturday to ‘Spread Eagle,’ Gloucester, returning same day

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.