Northleach 1791

Is a small ill-built town, situate upon the great road from Gloucester to London; and though of considerable antiquity, and formerly one of the principal clothing-towns in the county, has now neither trade nor any thing deserving notice except the church, which is a noble old Gothic structure, and a well-endowed grammar-school, in good reputation.  The town is governed by a bailiff and two constables, chosen annually.  Here is a large grain-market on Wednesdays, and three annual fairs, viz. Wednesday before the 23rd of April, the third Wednesday in May, and the Wednesday before the 29th of September.  One of the county penitentiary bridewells is built contiguous to this town, and at Quinington, in this neighbourhood, are paper mills.
Northleach is distant from Gloucester twenty miles, from Cheltenham eleven, from Cirencester eleven, from Burford nine, from Stow nine, and from London eighty-one. – The principal inns are the King’s Head and the Crown.
The London post comes in and goes out daily: Thomas Butler, post-master. – Coaches and wagons pass and repass daily.

The following is a list of the principal inhabitants:


Chedworth Rt. Hon. Lord, Stowell
Dinevor Rt. Hon. Lady, Barington
Greenaway Giles, Esq. Barington
Guise Sir John, Bart. Withington
Hickes William, Esq. Salperton
Sherborn Rt. Hon. Lord, Sherborn
Tracy Mrs. Sandiwell-park
Waller Edmund, Esq. Farmington


Allen Rev. John, Usher of the Grammar-school
Grisdale Rev. Mr. Withington
Jones Rev. Mr.
Page Rev. Charles, Withington
Rice Rev. Charles, Quinington
Sanderson Rev. Mr. (F.) Master of the Grammar-school
Twining Rev. Mr.
Waller Rev. Harry, Farmington
Wilkinson Rev. Mr. (F.) Vicar


Child Thomas, Surgeon and Apothecary
Henderson John, Ditto

Traders, &c.

Acock Joseph, Ironmonger
Ashwin Thomas, (F.) Mercer
Cooke Thomas, (F.) Salesman
Harding William, Fellmonger
Miles John, (F.) King’s Head Inn
Morse Thomas, Baker
Pacey William, (F.) Grazier
Powell William, Butcher
Rickets William, (F.) Mercer
Russell Henry, Butcher
Sheppard Thomas, (F.) Soap-boiler
Simmonds Thomas, Schoolmaster
Smith Jane, Boarding-school for Young Ladies
Wyley John, Linen-draper

Source: Universal British Directory


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