Alderton is a township, village, and parish, 7 miles east from Tewkesbury, 5 east from Ashchurch station, on the Bristol and Birmingham railway, 8 north-east from Cheltenham, and 4 north-west from Winchcomb, in the upper division of the hundred of Tewkesbury, Union of Winchcomb, East Gloucestershire, archdeaconry of Gloucester, and bishopric of Gloucester and Bristol, situated near the Vale of Evesham, surrounded by picturesque hills, from one of which, Alderton Hill, there are most extensive views. The church of St. Margaret is an ancient building in the Gothic style, consisting of a nave, south aisle, porch, and tower with 6 bells; it is in good repair, and has a newly-erected organ, the gift of the rector. The living is a rectory, worth about £500 per annum, with handsome residence, in the gift and incumbency of the Rev. Charles Covey, M.A. there is a small chapel for Wesleyans, and a day and Sunday school for boys and girls, supported by the rector. On Alderton Hill, adjoining the parish, are found numerous specimens of fossils; the stone is hard and makes excellent roads; it is of the inferior oolite class. The population, in 1851, was 486, acreage, 1,750. The soil is good, chiefly arable; the subsoil is a stiff clay. Samuel Gist, Esq., is lord of the manor; and S. Gist, Esq., the Earl of Wemyss and March, and the rector, are chief landowners. There are several charities of small yearly value.
Dixton, distant 2 miles south-south-west, is a hamlet in the parish of Alderton, and contains a large manor house, formerly the residence of the ancient family of Higford, and is now occupied by William Gist, Esq. Upon the hill near the house are the remains of a Saxon encampment.
Covey Rev. Charles, M.A.
Covey Charles Rogers, esq.
Agg Charles, shoemaker & postmaster
Bennett Abraham, carrier
Cole Richard, farmer
Courter Isaac, carpenter
Cresswell Thos. beer retailer & butcher
Day Thomas, shopkeeper
Day William, bailiff
Fluck George, shopkeeper
Mansell William, blacksmith & carrier
Martin Paul, farmer
Sharp Stephen, shopkeeper & baker
Stephens William, beer retailer
Taylor John, farmer
Teale Charles, farmer
Gist William, esq. Dixton house
Wight John, farmer
Post Office. – Charles Agg, receiver. Letters arrive from Winchcomb at 9 a.m.; dispatched at ½ past 4 p.m. The nearest money order office is at Winchcomb.
Registrar of Births & Deaths, & Relieving Officer, George Hemming Jackson, Winchcomb
Parish Clerk, Charles Agg
St. Margaret’s Church, Rev. Charles Covey, M.A. rector
Carriers:- Mansell, to Evesham, Monday; Tewkesbury, Wednesday; & Cheltenham, Thursday; Bennett, to Cheltenham, 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.