Kemerton Kellys Gloucestershire Directory 1856

Kemerton is a township, village and parish, 5 miles north-east from Tewkesbury, and 1 ½ east from Bredon station, on the Birmingham and Bristol line, in the lower division of Tewkesbury Hundred, Tewkesbury Union, east Gloucestershire, Gloucester archdeaconry, Gloucester and Bristol bishopric.  The village is situated in a delightfully picturesque locality, surrounded by hills commanding extensive views, and near the brook Carrant, which runs into the river Avon, and on the high road from Tewkesbury to Evesham.  The church of St. Nicholas was rebuilt about 1850 (except the tower) with stone.  It is a handsome structure, in the decorated or third pointed style, and consists of a nave, with two aisles, porch, chancel, and square tower containing 6 bells and a clock.  The interior is highly decorated, and has a few modern mural tablets, removed at the time of the restoration of the church, from the chancel to the north aisle.  The living is a rectory, worth £550 yearly, with residence, and about 300 acres of glebe land. The patronage is disputed by the corporation of Gloucester and the bishop; the Ven. Thomas Thorpe, B.D., archdeacon of Bristol, in the incumbent; and Rev. Charles Tebbott Heartley, M.A., is the curate.  The Roman Catholics and Wesleyans have each a place of worship.  There is a National school for 40 boys and 40 girls, built by the present rector, endowed with land to the amount of £6 10s. a year.  Here is likewise a Roman Catholic school.  On the summit of the Bredon Hill is an ancient Roman camp surrounded by a deep trench, also a piece of ground at a somewhat lower level evidently intended for military purposes.  The population, in 1851, was 528; acreage, 1720.  In the neighbourhood are good quarries: 1st stratum (top of hill), oolite limestone; 2nd, upper lias; 3rd, marlstone; 4th (valley), lower lias.  The Rev. John Hopton, of Canon Frome, Herefordshire, whose eldest son, John Hopton, Esq., resides at Kemerton Court adjoining the village, is lord of the manor.  There is another large house near the church, the property of Mr. Hopton, called the Upper Court; it is occupied by the Rev. F. H. Bennett.  The chief landowners are Mr. Hopton, the rector, Mr. Mumford, and Mr. Tidmarsh.  There are 7 acres of land, of £15 yearly value, left for the repair of the church; and one rood fifteen perches of land and a few small charitable gifts for the poor.

Gentry
Bennett Rev. Fredk. Hamilton, Upper court
Grizzell Mr. James
Heartley Rev. Charles Tebbott, M.A.
Hopton John, esq. Kemerton court
Mumford George, esq.
Ridgeway Rev. Peter
Thorp the Ven. Archdeacon, B.D. Rectory
Tidmarsh Charles, esq.
Tidmarsh Richard, esq.

Traders
Baldwyn Bernard, farmer
Baylis Caleb, miller, Kemerton mill
Baylis William, farmer & maltster
Blake Thomas, boot & shoe maker
Buckle William, beer retailer
Butt Henry, farmer
Chew Fanny (Miss), mistress of National school
Franklin Henry, bleacher
Franklin Rebecca (Mrs.), beer retailer
Goodall John, butcher
Grizzell George, boot & shoe maker
Grizzell William, grocer & draper
Hampton Joseph, grocer & postmaster
Harris Caroline (Miss), mistress of the Catholic school
Hawker James, cooper
Hawker Mary Ann (Miss), shopkeeper
Heeks Henry, carrier
Herbert Samuel, miller
Hillman John, master of National school
James John, miller
Martin John, tailor
Martin Robert Spencer, surgeon
Martin William, tailor
Medows Thomas, beer retailer
Mumford William, wheelwright
Powell Samuel, farmer
Rivers James, land surveyor & school mstr
Smith David Charles, stonemsn. & shpkpr
Smith George, farmer
Smith James, carpenter & wheelwright
Tayler John, farmer
Taylor John, carpenter & builder
Webb George, beer retailer
White William, farmer
Williams Richard, blacksmith

Post Office. – Joseph Hampton, receiver.  Letters arrive by foot post from Tewkesbury at 9 a.m.; dispatched 10 min. past 4 p.m.  The nearest money order office is at Tewkesbury.

Public Officers: –
Registrar of Births & Death, John Martin Overbury
Relieving Office, William Brydges Tewkesbury
Parish Clerk, John Hillman

Places of Worship: –
Catholic Chapel, Rev. Peter Ridgeway, priest
St. Nicholas Church, the Ven. Thomas Thorpe, B.D. rector; Rev. Charles Tebbott Heartley, M.A. curate
Wesleyan Chapel. Ministers various

Public Schools: –
National, John Hillman, master; Miss Fanny Chew, mistress
Catholic, Miss Caroline Harris, mistress

Carrier. – Heeks, to Cheltenham, Thursday; to Tewkesbury, Wednesday & Saturday

Source: Post Office Directory of Gloucestershire with Bath and Bristol.  Printed and Published by Kelly and Co., 19, 20 & 21, Old Boswell Court, St. Clement’s, Strand, London. 1856.

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