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Ruardean is a village and parish, 6 miles from Ross, 9 from Monmouth, 6 from Coleford, and 4½ from Mitcheldean road station on the South Wales railway, in the hundred of St. Briavels, rural deanery of the Forest, archdeaconry of Gloucester, county court district and union of Ross, and diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. The church of St. John is a stone building, having a spire, one aisle, chancel, nave, gallery, and 6 bells. Earliest date of register, 1540. The living is a perpetual curacy, gross rental £100 per annum, in the gift of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners; the Rev. William Penfold, M.A., of Lincoln College, Oxford, is the incumbent. The population in 1861 was 1,054; the acreage of the parish is 1,590; the rateable value, £3,300. Colonel John Vaughan is lord of the manor.

Jackson Frederic John, esq. Ruardean villa

Penfold Rev. William, M.A


Bennett Richard, carpenter

Brain John, shoemaker

Bratten Charles, shopkeeper

Cannock John, saddler

Constance Thomas, druggist

Cox James, blacksmith

Evans Jane (Miss), Bell

Evans John, Malt Shovel

Evans John, New inn

Harper James, farmer

Horlick James, saddler

Ireland John, shoemaker

Jackson Frederic John, coal proprietor, Eastslade colliery

Jones Edmund, shopkeeper

Jordan Jane (Mrs.), beer retailer

Lewis James, farmer

Lewis William, grocer

Pewtner William, shoemaker

Philpots Richard, farmer

Philpots William, farmer

Robins George, farmer

Ruardean Collieries (Henry Bowring, proprietor; Richard Ready, manager)

Smith George Hawker, Angel, & cattle dealer

Terrett Joseph, butcher

Terrett Thomas, farmer

Thompson Thomas, farmer

Vaughan John, farmer

Wadley Charles, farmer

Watkins George, farmer

Williams John, shopkeeper

Yemm Edmund, nailmaker

Post Office. — John Charles Lewis, receiver. Letters arc delivered at 9 a.m.; dispatched at 4.14 p.m. The nearest money order office is at Micheldean

National School, Miss Mary Webb, mistress

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.