This is a small town of little trade, but in the parish the clothing manufactory is carried on to a very great extent. At a place called St. Mary’s Mill, in this parish, the famous Roger Bacon is said to have resided. There is a remarkable petrifying spring of clear water at Chalford, part of which village is in this parish. Here is a small market on Tuesday; and fairs on Trinity Monday and 29th of October.
Minchinhampton is distant from Gloucester thirteen miles, from Cirencester ten, from Tetbury six, from Stroud four, from Painswick seven, from Bisley four, and from London ninety.
This parish is pretty large, being bounded on the north by the Stroud, and on the south by the brook Avening, and has twelve hamlets belonging to it, with a common called Amberley. Here is a good large rectory church, built in form of a cross, and worth four hundred pounds a year. In the north aile [sic] are a great many inscriptions of benefactions; and in the south aisle is the statue of a man lying cross-legged, with a sword and shield by him, and his wife lying at his feet. Near it are very large camps, with deep trenches; and near Dunkirk in this parish are fulling-mills.
Post in and out every day except Monday – Coaches from Gloucester to Bath, and from Stroud to London, pass and re-pass three times a week – Carriers to London, Bristol, Hereford, and all parts of Wales, weekly. – The following are the principal inhabitants:
Bowyer William, Esq. (F.)
Clutterbuck Mrs. Ann
Hiatt John, Esq. (F.)
Leversage Peter, Gent. Lypiatt
Niblett William, Gent. Burley-house
Sheppard Edward, Esq. (F.)
Sheppard Philip, Esq. (F.)
Tylor Thomas, Gent.
Walbank Samuel, Esq. (F.)
Witts – , Esq. Bownham-house
Jefferies Rev. Henry Charles, (F.)
Baldwin – , M.D.
Brown and Lees, (F.) Surgeons, &c.
Mill John, (F.) Surgeon and Apothecary
Watkins Samuel, Ditto
Gardiner Christopher, (F.) Attorney
Mason George, Attorney
Walbank Abraham, (F.) Attorney
Appleyard Susannah, Shopkeeper
Batterby John, Crown Inn
Beale Ann, Clothier
Bowyer Mrs. Shopkeeper
Brokenbrow Walter, (F.) Brewer, &c.
Bryant John, (F.) Clothier
Butt Tho. Packer, (F.) Clothier
Caldwell Abraham, Mercer
Chambers Thomas, (F.) Maltster
Chandler John, Hatter
Clift Samuel, (F.) Hosier, &c.
Clissold William, Baker
Clutterbuck Edm. and J. (F.) Clothiers
Cooke Elizabeth, Shopkeeper
Cooper Thomas, Maltster
Cooper Paul, Victualler
Cosburn Ambrose, (F.) Salutation Inn
Cosburn Thomas, (F.) Ironmonger
Dalby William, (F.) Taylor
Dangerfield Thomas, (F.) Victualler
Davis and Son, (F.) Upholsterers, &c.
Drew Robert, (F.) Maltster
Dutton Henry, (F.) Butcher
Earle Thomas, (F.) Maltster
Everett Joseph, White-Hart Inn
Fewster Joseph, (F.) Breeches-maker
Fowler Mary, Shopkeeper
Handcock Joshua, (F.) Shopkeeper
Hawkins Vincent, Victualler
Hiatt Joseph, (F.) Horse-dealer
Hill Thomas, Brazier
Mayer Thomas, (F.) Dealer
Moody William, Horse-dealer
Nelson Thomas, Auctioneer
Perrin John and Richard, Clothiers
Sparrow Sarah, Post-mistress
Stockwell Thomas, Staymaker
Tekell Samuel, Shoemaker
Thomas Joshua, (F.) Maltster
Source: Universal British Directory 1791