DYMOCK or DIMOCK, is a parish and straggling village, 4 miles north-north-west from Newent, 4 south-south-east from Ledbury and 12 north-west from Gloucester, in the Western division of the county, Botloe hundred, Newent union and county court district, deanery of North Forest, archdeaconry of Gloucester and diocese of Gloucester and Bristol, situated on the turnpike road leading from Gloucester and Newent to Ledbury, Ross and Hereford, which intersects the parish, as does also the canal leading from Gloucester and Hereford.
The church of St. Mary consists of a chancel and large nave, with a transept unequal in height; one of the windows on the south side is in the Early Norman style; modern alterations have effaced many marks of antiquity; the oak spire is supported by a massive tower of stone containing a peal of 6 bells; an image of the patron saint formerly stood in a recess of the north transept: the church has been partially restored after plans prepared by J Middleton esq. The register, in a very perfect state, dates from the year 1538. The living is a vicarage, yearly value £104, in the gift of Earl Beauchamp and held by the Hon. And Rev. Alfred Francis Algernon Hanbury-Tracey, M.A. of Christ Church, Oxford.
At Bromsberrow Heath is a school chapel, a modern stone structure, the chancel of which has three small stained windows. The Bible Christians’ sect have a chapel at Broom’s Green. There are charities connected with this parish amounting to £30 yearly.
The celebrated John Kyrle, the “Man of Ross,” was born at the White House, in this parish.
On the south side of this parish, near the high road, is an elevation called Castle Tump, which is evidently artificial, and is variously reported to have been thrown up by Cromwell in the time of the civil war, as a place of observation, to have been of Roman origin, or the site of a castle erected by one of the Earls of Hereford.
Old Grange, the seat of Reginald Wynniatt, esq. J.P. formerly belonged to the Abbey of Flazley, at the dissolution of which it was granted to Sir Anthony Kingston, bart. From whom it descended to the Wynniatt family. Wilton Place and Hill Ash, the residences of John Cam Thackwell, esq. D.L. and Major Raikes, J.P. are pleasantly situated here. Boyce Court, the residence of George Onslow Deane, esq. J.P. is situated in this parish; the ceiling of the dining-room bears date 1634.
Earl Beauchamp and Reginald Wynniatt, esq. D.L. are lords of the manor and John Cam Thackwell, and Reginald Wynniatt, esqs. are the chief landowners. The soil is of a sandy nature in some places, but is generally loam, and is applied to pasture, arable and wood land; a fair proportion of wheat, barley and peas are grown here, and the parish is famous for the breed of small Ryeland sheep. Apple and pear trees are planted in the open grounds and the elm and oak grow in great luxuriance.
The area is 6,743 acres; rateable value, £11,162; and the population in 1871 was 1,778.
Assistant Overseer, George Averill
POST & MONEY ORDER OFFICE & Savings Bank.—John Millard, postmaster. Letters arrive from Gloucester at 4.30 a.m. and 5.20 p.m. & are dispatched at 8.30 a.m. and 8.30 p.m.
POST OFFICE (Greenway)—Thomas Sadler, receiver. Letters from Ledbury arrive at 8.30 a.m. & are dispatched at 4.30 p.m.
Letters for Ryton & Bromsberrow Heath are received by foot post from Dymock. WALL LETTER BOX at Bromsberrow Heath cleated at 4.30 p.m.
Endowed National school for 50 boys & the same number of girls, who are educated under a scheme approved by the Court of Chancery, out of an income arising from funds belonging to the late Mrs. Ann Cam, who possessed large property in this parish; the income is £90
Edwin H Blackburn, master; Mrs. Sarah Jane Blackburn, mistress.
National (Greenway, for boys & girls), Miss Field, mistress.
MAIL COACH passes through from Ledbury to Gloucester daily, calling at the ‘Plough’ each way.
John Fencott & Francis Skipp, to Gloucester every Saturday,& return. & to Ledbury, every Tuesday & return.
Bond Thomas, Bromsberrow heath
Brooks Charles, Greenway
Dark Mrs. Leadington Greenway
Deane Geo. Onslow, J.P. Boyce court
Hanbury-Tracey The Hon & Rev. Alfred Francis Algernon, M.A. Vicarage
Hill Joseph, Green’s Villa
James Thomas, The Henberrows
Marsh T.P. Upham, Greenway
Pennell Miss, Broom’s green, Greenway
Raikes Major Stanley Napier, J.P. Hill Ash house
Sale Rev. John Edward, M.A. [curate]
Sanderson Rev. Hy Coates, M.A. [curate]
Thackwell John Cam, D.L.,J.P., Wilton pl
Wynniatt Reginald, J.P. Old Grange
Adams John, Tailor
Averill Geo. Farmer & assistant overseer
Bailey Thos. Farmer, Newhouse, Greenwy
Barnes Joseph, farmer, Mooroak
Bartlett John, farmer, Windcross
Bayley William, carpenter
Birchley Wm. Builder, Bromsberrow heath
Birt John, farmer, Heath farm
Blandford Charles, farmer, Mirables
Bourne Frederick, farmer, Drews
Bourne Richard, farmer, Bellamys
Bullock Fillayson, farmer Lime tree
Bullock William, farmer, Hill farm
Clark Jas. William, farmer, The Castle
Cox Alfred & Sons, farmers, Allums
Cummins James, George & farmer
Dark Richard, farmer, Leadington grn
Davis Thomas, farmer, Ryton
Dodd Edward, blacksmith & machinist & implement maker, Knight’s green
East James Henry, farmer, Greenhouse
East Matilda (Mrs.), ladies’ boarding school, Greenway
Evans Thomas, bricklayer
Farmer Frederick, coal dealer
Gawke William & Thomas, farmers, Little Netherton
Fencott John, cider merchant
Good Joseph, farmer, New Rock
Griffiths Richard, grocer & baker
Haine John, farmer, Haytraps
Hancox Henry, blacksmith, Bromsberrow heath
Hancox Thomas, wheelwright, Ryton
Handman John farmer, Tawneys
Hart William, farmer, Upham
Hawkins Charles Henry, farmer, Callow
Higdon Thomas, carpenter, Greenway
Hill Charles, castrator, Bromsberrow heath
Hill Guy, farmer, Old rock
Hoddinott John, farmer, Timber hill
Hodges Henry, blacksmith, Leadingron, Greenway
Hodgetts Samuel, shopkeeper & coal dealer, Castle Tump
Holder Joseph, farmer, Gt. Netherton
Hooper Robt. Carpenter & shpkpr. Ryton
Hooper Thomas, shoe maker
Hyde Rbt. Cooper, Broom’s grn. Greenwy
Jackson Wm. Shopkpr. Bromsberrow hth
Jones Ann (Mrs.), dress maker, Bromsberrow heath
Jones Charles, farmer, Norman’s land
Jones Charles, shopkeeper & carpenter
Jones John, blacksmith
Jones Wm. Farmer & coal dealer, Tilley grn
Loveridge Richard, farmer, Ven Mill
Lowe John, stone mason
Mayo John, Crown butcher & farmer
Mills Henry, grocer & linen draper
Morgan William builder
Morris John, blacksmith
Newman Charles, miller & farmer, farm mill
Nicholls Jas. shoe ma. Bromsberrow hth
Onions John, shoe maker, Broom’s green, Greenway
Onions Robert, shopkeeper, Broom’s green, Greenway
Palmer John Damiel, farmer, Gt. Ketfrd
Passey Reuben, shopkeeper
Payne John, farmer, Ryton
Pitt Sarah (Miss), boy’s boarding school, Stoneberrow house
Pope Mary (Mrs.), farmer, Pounds
Rowles Robert, grocer, Bromsberrow heath
Saddler John, nailer
Saddler Thomas, mailer, Greenway
Sallas Richard, shopr. Holwood green
Sandford William, carpenter, Broom’s green, Greenway
Sayce William, blacksmith & beer retailer, Broom’s greem, Greenway
Sayce Elizabeth (Mrs.), frmr, Wood end
Smith William, farmer, Iddens
Stallard William, farmer, Rose hill
Stock John, farmer, Lintridge
Strange Henry, painter
Thurston Sarah (Mrs.), Plough
Thurston William, farmer, White house
Townsend Matthew, blacksmith, Ryton
Turner William, farmer & carpenter, Holwood green
Underwood James, carrier, Bromsberrow heath
Walton Wm. Tailor, Bromsberrow heath
Welch John White Walter, beer retailer
Williams James, carpenter, Broom’s green, Greenway
Williams Thos. Butcher & farmer, Grove hl
Woodward John, farmer & beer retailer, Bromsberrow heath