Woolastone Kellys Gloucestershire Directory 1856

Woolastone, or Woollastone, a village and parish and railway station, 5 miles north-east from Chepstow, 12 south-east from Monmouth, 11 south-west from Newnham, and three-quarters of a mile north from the station on the Gloucester, Swansea and Carmarthen line, situated on the western bank of the river Severn.  The village, which is very much scattered, partly lies on the high road from Newnham to Chepstow.  It is in the Hundred of Westbury, Union of Chepstow.  The church is an ancient and curiously formed structure, in the Norman style; living, a rectory, worth about £800 yearly, with residence, in the archdeaconry of Gloucester and bishopric of Gloucester and Bristol; patron, the Duke of Beaufort; the Rev. Charles Bryan, M.A. is the incumbent, and the Rev. John Browne, B.A., is curate.  Here are chapels for Independents and Wesleyans, and a daily and Sunday school.  The acreage is 3,169; rateable value, £4,950.  The Duke of Beaufort is lord of the manor, and chief landowner.

Gentry
Blundy Mr
Browne Rev. John, B.A. (curate), Rectory
Purchas Mr. Robert Nathaniel

Traders
Ball Edward, farmer
Brettell Josiah, farmer, Madjett
Butler Charles, blacksmith
Clarke Francis, tanner & currier
Fletcher Joseph, boot & shoe maker, Common
Fletcher William, ‘Old Duke’s Head,’ & butcher
Higgins Henry, farmer, Grange
Higgs James, shopkeeper, Common
Howell Nigel, farmer, Woodside
James John, ‘Swan’
James Thomas, grocer, draper & postmaster
Jones James, beer retailer, Common
Leedham William, shopkeeper
O’Hare John, shopkeeper, Common
Packer William, relieving officer & registrar of births & death for Lydney district
Proctor George, farmer
Proctor John, farmer
Rymer Charles, farmer
Sandford, paper maker
Shillam George Lodge, boot & shoe mkr
Shillam John, shopkeeper & shoemaker, Common
Silcox Thomas, blacksmith
Smith George, parish clerk
Sperrin William, farmer
Stephens James, farmer
Tamplin Richard, ‘Queen’s Head,’ & mason
Wade Thomas, farmer
Willett William, farmer
Williams James, fisherman
Woodroffe John, farmer
Worgan Edward, shopkeeper

Post Office. – Thomas James, receiver.  Letters arrive by foot post from Lydney at 9 a.m.; dispatched 6 p.m.; Lydney is also the nearest money order office.

Insurance Agent. – Star Life, W. B. Robinson

Registrar of Births & Death & Relieving Officer (Lydney district), William Packer

Parish Clerk, George Smith.

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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