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Minsterworth, anciently called Mortune, is a township, parish and straggling village, 4 miles south-west from Gloucester, being intersected by the turnpike road leading to Newnham and Chepstow, and is in the Westbury Union, in the Duchy of Lancaster, West Gloucestershire, in the archdeaconry of Gloucester and Bristol, and in the deanery of the Forest and bishopric of Gloucester and Bristol. The living is a vicarage, value £125; patron, Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol. The church of St. Peter consists of a nave and aisle of equal length, with a chancel to each. The tower is low and unembattled; and it is said that a steeple which stood upon it was destroyed by lightening about the year 1702. The Rev. Arthur Nettleship, B.A., is the incumbent. The acreage of this parish is 1,819, which is equally applied to pasture, arable, and meadow. The population, in 1851, was 494; and the number of acres 1,938. The soil, in general, is deep, and very productive, well adapted to the growth of apples for making cider, to which the residents appear to give their particular attention. The rateable value of this parish is £4,054.
Dinney House is the seat of William Viner Ellis, Esq.; Hygrove, of Charles Barrow Evans, Esq., a minor; Severn Bank, of A. H. Phillpotts, Esq. Murcott and Tillup are farms.
Ellis William Viner, esq. Dinney House
Evans Rev. Hy. Barrow, M.A. Hygrove
Nettleship Rev. Arthur, B.A.
Phillpotts Abraham Hodgson, esq. Severn bank
Artus Reuben, butcher & sub-postmaster
Barrett Charles, carpenter
Barrett Ralph, butcher
Binnes James, blacksmith
Bridges Thomas, farmer
Brown Joseph, farmer
Butt George, farmer
Coles Richard, farmer, Murcott farm
Coles Richard, jun. farmer
Hampton John, farmer
Hampton Edmund, farmer
Jennings Charles, tailor
Jones James, farmer
Jones John, carpenter
Jones Mary (Mrs), farmer
Littleton William, farmer
Morgan Elizabeth (Mrs.), farmer
Poole John, tailor
Pugh John, farmer
Racster Thomas, farmer
Stephens John, farmer
Stephens William, stonemason
Syms Richard, former, Tillup
Post Office. – Reuben Artus, sub-postmaster. Letters arrive from Gloucester at 9 a.m. & are dispatched thereto at 6 p.m. The nearest money order office is at Gloucester.
Peter Nash & Henry Hodges, from Littledean to Gloucester, Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, returning same days.
Isaac Roberts, from Westbury to Gloucester, Monday, Wednesday & Saturday, returning same days.
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.