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.



Arnold Mrs

Birt Miss

Bond Thomas, Bromsberrow heath

Brooks Charles, Greenway

Dark Mrs. Leadington Greenway

Deane Geo. Onslow, J.P. Boyce court

Grant Charles

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