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Horsley is a parish and village, 5 miles south from Stroud railway station, 5 north-west from Tetbury, 23 north from Bath, and 101 from London, in Longtree hundred, Stroud union and county court district, East Gloucestershire, rural deanery of Stonehouse, Gloucester archdeaconry, and Gloucester and Bristol bishopric. It is situated on the Stroud road to Dursley and Wotton-under-Edge. The church of St. Martin is in the Perpendicular style, and has nave, chancel, transept, font, and tower with clock and 5 bells. The earliest date of register is 1585. The living is a vicarage, worth £187 yearly, with residence and 25 acres of glebe land, in the gift of the bishop of the diocese; the Rev. Vaughan Fox, of Balliol college, Oxford, is the incumbent. The Baptists and Wesleyans have places of worship here. There is a National school, with an endowment of £50 per annum; also an Infant school. The population in 1861 was 2,558; the acreage is 4,082. The soil is sandy and loamy; the subsoil is oolite. Townsend Stephens, Esq., is lord of the manor; and Colonel Kingscote, C.B., M.P., and E. Wilbraham, Esq., are chief landowners. There are charities of £100 yearly value.

Chavenage is 3 miles from Horsley; it is a chapelry, annual value £30, in the gift of the lord of the manor, and held by the Rev. Vaughan Fox. The old manor house at Chavenage is a venerable mansion, with chapel attached, erected in the reign of Queen Elizabeth by Richard Stephens, Esq.

Barton End, Nupp End, and Tickmore End, are hamlets in this parish.

Parish Clerk, Daniel Baglen.

Bathurst Miss, Barton end

Coles Edward, esq. Nupp end

Drouth Capt. W. Court house

Ford Samuel, esq. Nupp end cottage

Fox Rev. Vaughan [vicar]

Smith Mrs. Rockness hill

Wood Mrs. Barton end


Axen William, shopkeeper

Bird Thomas, tailor

Bishop Samuel, farmer, Upper Lutherege

Clayfield George, shoemaker

Clinch Alexndr., carpenter, Tickmore end

Ford Henry , farmer, Nupp end

Fowler John, farmer, Cranmore

Gillman John, shoemaker

Harvey Elizabeth (Mrs.), farmer, Tick more end

Heaven Wm.farmer, Barton end

Hillier Wm. grocer & linendraper

Hopkins Robert, blacksmith

Howell William, haulier

Jenner Nathaniel, farmer, Lower Lutherege

Lord William, beer retailer & shop keeper, Nupp end

Marsh Charles, farmer

Palmer Thomas, cattle dealer

Peake George, beer retailer

Price Stephen, farmer, Chavenage

Reynolds Daniel, Boot

Robins Soloman, farmer

Sansom Thomas, shoemaker

Sawyer John, White Hart, Downend

Tanner Robert, farmer, Chavenage

Tuffley William, Slack Horse

Underwood Thomas & Nicholas, farmers & ironmongers

Webb Thomas, carpenter, Nupp end

Post Office. — William Hillier, receiver. Letters arrive through Stroud at 9 a.m.; dispatched at 5 p.m. The nearest money order office is at Nailsworth

Horsley Prison & Sessions House (for remand), Mr. R. Muggridge, governor

National School, Geo. Smith, master  Mrs.H. Smith, mistress

Infant School, Miss Elizabeth Gillman, 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.