Aust is a tithing and village, 10½ miles north-west from Yate station, 28 south from Gloucester, 12 north from Bristol, and 122 from London, in Henbury township, parish and hundred, Thornbury union and county court district, West Gloucestershire, Bristol rural deanery and archdeaconry, and Gloucester and Bristol bishopric. It is situated on the navigable river Severn, and on the high road from Sodbury to the Old Passage ferry, crossing the Severn to Chepstow. The church is an old stone building in the Gothic style, with nave, chancel, porch, square embattled tower with 4 bells, and a curious old font; it is said to be a church in which Wickliffe often officiated. The living is a lectureship and curacy attached to Henbury, together with Northwick and Kedwick, in the gift of the trustees and the vicar of Henbury; the gross value of the lectureship and curacy is £120, with residence and 3 acres of pasture land; the Rev. Richard William Vigors, B.A., of Trinity College, Dublin, is the incumbent.
There is an Infant school at Aust and Redwick, and an Endowed school at Northwick. The old Roman passage of Augustus is in this parish — hence its name. There are traces of the fosse road to Cirencester. The cliff contains a rich bed of fossil bones and gypsum. The population of Aust in 1861 was 187, and the acreage is 933. The soil Is clay and loam; the subsoil is new red sandstone and blue lias. Robert C. Lippincott, Esq. (lord of the manor), and W. O. Maclaine, Esq., arc chief landowners. There are charities of £1 10s. yearly value for bread to be given away on St. John’s-day; also an endowment of £20 yearly towards the expenses of divine service.
Cote Farm is half a mile north.
Parrott William, esq
Vigors Rev. Richd. Wm. B.A. [incumbnt]
Alway John, fanner, Aust farm
Bennett William C. farmer
Collins Amelia (Miss), shopkeeper
Cornock Wm. farmer, Tan House farm
Griffin Enos, butcher
Hicks Thomas, blacksmith
Higgins John, farmer
Parker William, farmer
Parrott Esther (Mrs.), farmer
Parrott Frederick, farmer
Pendock Sarah (Mrs.), farmer
Pendock William, farmer
Price William, beer retailer
Russell Emma (Miss), Old Boar’s Head
Thurston Anselm, carpenter & wheelwrght
Tingle George, sergeant of police
York George, Old Passage hotel, & licensed to let post horses.
Post Office.— Mary Lee, postmistress. Letters arrive from Bristol at 10.30 a.m.; dispatched at 4 p.m. winter (Oct. to Feb.) & 5 p.m. summer (March to Sept.) The nearest money order office is at Thornbury.
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.