Coleford is an Ecclesiastical Parish and a market town in the county of Gloucestershire, created in 1782 from chapelry in Newland Ancient Parish.
Parish registers begin: 1768
Nonconformists include: Baptist, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Independent/Congregational, Roman Catholic, Society of Friends/Quaker, and Wesleyan Methodist.
Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850
Coleford, 8 m. S.W. Mitchel-Dean, and 21 miles W. Gloucester. Mrkt. Fri. P. 2208
Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.
A small town on the borders of Monmouthshire, is in the parish of Newland. It has a tolerable market on Friday, and two annual fairs, viz. June 20 for wool, and December 5 for cheese.
At Lidbrook and Redbrook, 3 miles from this town, are very extensive iron forges and a furnace, the property of Messrs. Harford, Partridge, and co. of Bristol. At Redbrook is also an iron rolling-mill and forge, belonging to Mr. David Tanner, of Monmouth.
Coleford is distant form London 127 miles, Monmouth 6, Newnham 8, Ross 10, and Dean 9. The London post comes in and goes out on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday. The Monmouth and Brecon wagons pass through weekly. The post-office is kept by Mr. William Roberts, at the Angel Inn, where the excise-office is also kept. The principal inhabitants are:
Bennett William, Gent. (F.)
Dew John, sen. Gent. (F.)
Dew John, jun. Gent. (F.)
Edwin Charles, Esq. (F.)
Evans Thomas, Gent.
Fryer Wm. Gent. (F.)
Gage Right Hon. Lord Viscount
Hoskins Hedgwin, Gent. (F.)
Keare John, Gent. (F.)
Mudway Richard, Gent. (F.)
Probyn Edmund, sen. Esq. (F.)
Probyn Edmund, jun. Esq. (F.)
Slaiden Richard, Gent. (F.)
Teague James, Gent.
Watkins John, Gent. (F.)
Yarworth Robert, Gent. (F.)
Ball Rev. Peregrine, (F.) Rector of Newland
Birt Rev. Tho. (F.) Curate of Breeme
Probyn Rev. J. (F.) Vicar of Abinghall
Thomas Rev. John, (F.) Master of the Free School
Elmes Steele, (F.) Surgeon
James Thomas, (F.) Attorney
Court John, (F.) Glazier
Davis John, (F.) Smith
Jones John, Mercer
Roberts William, (F.) Innkeeper
Simmons William, (F.) Tanner
Source: Universal British Directory 1791