Birdlip is a hamlet, forming a portion of the parishes of Cowley, Brimpsfield and Witcomb, 5 miles from Painswick, 7 from Gloucester, and 6 south-west from Cheltenham, in Cheltenham county court district and Cirencester union. Fairs are held here for sheep and cattle the last Tuesday in April, and the Tuesday before the last Thursday in September. A Baptist chapel was erected in 1841.
Blacklanes is a farm.
Beman James, esq
Baylis James, saddler & harness maker
Caperton Henry, yeoman
Dancer Thomas, cattle dealer
Fewings John, George inn, & brewer & farmer
Finch John, yeoman, Birdlip hill
Franklyn William, mason
Hannis Charles, grocer & wheelwright
Hulbert William, stonemason
Lane Charles, turner
Lane Joseph, bowl turner
Merratt Joseph, blacksmith
Merratt Raymond, blacksmith
Newman William, King’s Head
Pinching William, Black Horse
Sadler Isaac, farmer
Sidgwick William, farmer
Tuffly Richard, Air Balloon, & brewer & farmer
Letters through Painswick, which is the nearest money order office.
Henry Merchant, every Saturday, from Brimpsfleld, calling at the ‘George,’ to the Lamb inn, Cheltenham, returning same day
Joseph Wood, every tuesday & thursday, to the Crown inn, Cheltenham, returning same days; & every Saturday to ‘Spread Eagle,’ Gloucester, returning same day
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.