BLAKENEY,  with the tithings of BLEDISLOE, ETLOE and HAGLOE, is an ecclesiastical parish formed in 1853 from the parish of Awre: it is 3½ miles south from Newnham, 4 miles north from Lydney, 15 south from Gloucester and 120 miles from London, on the Gloucester and Chepstow road, 1½ miles from  the river Severn and 1½ miles from Awre station on the Gloucester and South Wales railway, in the Western division of the county, hundred of Bledisloe, Westbury-on-Severn union, Newnham county court district, rural deanery of the North Forest, Gloucester archdeaconry and Gloucester and Bristol diocese.  


The church of All Saints is a plain modern stone building, and consists of nave and porch with small belfry and 1 bell.  The register dates from the year 1813.  The living is a vicarage, gross yearly value £442, in the gift of the Haberdashers’ Company, and held by the Rev. Alexander David Pringle, M.A. of Caius College Cambridge.  Part of the manor of Ruddle is in this parish. 


There are Baptist and Congregational chapels. 


There is a steam flour mill belonging to Mr. Stephen White, who also carries on a considerable business in the corn trade.


Fairs are held on May 12th and November 12th yearly for cattle, sheep &c. 


The soil is clay and loam ; subsoil red sandstone, shale and limestone.  The chief crops are wheat and roots.

HAGLOE is a tithing and manor, half a mile south-The Queen is lady of the manor.

ETLOE  is a tithing three quarters of a mile west.

BLEDISLOE is a tithing, 1½ miles north-This tithing with Hagloe an Etloe, takes its name from lows, or barrows, which are still to be seen.  J Mathias, esq. is lord of the manor. 

The principal landowners are The Crown, Mrs. Jones, Underdean, and Russell James Kerr, esq.  The area of Blakeney is 430 acres, and of the parish of Blakeney and tithings is 3,856A 1R  14P.;  The rateable value is returned with Awre ; the population in 1871 was 965.

Parish Clerk, William Willets.

POST, MONEY ORDER & TELEGRAPH OFFICE & Savings Bank & Government Annuity& Insurance Office, Blakeney. – Miss Emma Sophia  Minchin, postmistress.  Letters received through Newnham, delivered at 8 a.m. dispatched at 6.30 p.m. ; dispatched on Sundays at 11 a.m.



Clerk, Maurice Frederick Carter

Medical Officer, F.T. Bond, M.D.

Surveyor & Inspector, James Playstead

Collector, Thomas J Foster



British Empire Mutual Life, T.M. Williams

Manchester Fire, Alfred Butler

Stamp Office, Joseph Philpotts, distributor

Police Station, Joseph Williams, sergeant



National, Thomas Foster, master

British,  Walter Feltham, master




Holmes Simeon, Old Court House

James Rev. Thomas [Baptist]

Mark Rev. John [Congregational]

Pringle, Rev. Alex. David, M.A. [Vicar]

Webb John

White Mrs

White Stephen Adolphus, Mill End


Adams John, grocer

Bennett William, miller, Nibley

Butler Alfred, draper & grocer, & agent for W. & A./Gilbey, wine & spirit mers

Charley James, builder & plasterer

Charley Samuel, grocer, draper & newspaper correspondent

Charley Walter, butcher

Clayfield Henry, butcher

Collins Thomas, beer retailer, Ayleford

Creswell Frederick, painter & paperhngr

Davis James, farmer, Hulins farm

Davis Thomas, Cock Nibley

Dyer William & Son, grocers   

Dyer Alfred, baker

Fisher William, plumber & glazier

Ford Samuel, furniture dealer

Gas Light & Coke Co.  (Samuel Charley, sec.)

Godfrey Isaac, Kings Head

Godwin James, boot & shoe maker

Griffiths Eli, Yew Tree

Griffiths John, farmer, Hays farm

Harris Charles Sidney, clothier

Holder William, boot & shoe maker

Hopkins Robert, boot & shoe maker

Hulin Caleb, blacksmith & wheelwright

Hulin Walter John, organist & teacher of music

Inman Martin Roe, carpenter

Jennings William, farmer Nether hall

Kelsey Frances (Miss) fancy repository

Minchin Emma Sophian (Miss) shopkeeper & postmistress

Moore John tailor, boot & shoe wareho

Morse Charles, jun. Fishmonger

Newman David, shopkeeper

Nickoles Jas. Swan Temperance Hotel

Parsons Mary (Mrs.), Bird-in-Hand

Penn Richard Morse, builder, joiner, wheelwright & timber merchant

Phelps Thomas, farmer, Nibley

Philpotts Joseph, chemist & druggist, & stamp office

Powell Jas., wood turner & rake maker

Shipton Thomas, farmer

Smith, Wilkinson & Co., brewers, Steam brewery

Smith James, farmer, Little Box

Taylor Martha (Mrs.), farmr. Viney frm

Thomas Sarah (Mrs.), farmer

Virgo William, farmer

Webb John, Surgeon

Whitaker John, gasfitter

White John Watts,grocer

White Stephen Adolphus, miller & corn merchant, Steam mills

Williams Thomas Major, tailor

Williams Walter, painter & paperhanger




Wood Mrs. Bledisloe cottage

Baber Francis, farmer, The Box

Smith John, farmer, Poulton farm.