HARTPURY (HARDEPER, HARDEPERY), anciently MEREMENT, is a parish, and polling place for the Eastern Division of the County, 5 miles north-west from Gloucester, 6 east from Newent, 11 south-east from Ledbury, bounded on the west by the Leadon, in the hundred of Dudstone and King's Barton, Newent union and county court district, archdeaconry and rural deanery of Gloucester and diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; the turnpike road from Gloucester to Hereford and Worcester intersects the parish.
The church of St. Mary consists of chancel and nave, with a tower at the west end containing 5 bells; the south door presents appearances of the Saxon Style, but the building generally exhibits that of the middle ages; in the window on the north side are some remains of stained glass; two stained windows have been place in the chancel, one to the memory of the Rev. Charles Crawley, the late vicar, and the other to Mr Joseph Hooper, late of Gloucester. The register dates from the year 1751. The living is a vicarage, yearly value £235, with good residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol, and held by the Rev. William George Sinclair Addison, M.A. of Hertford College, Oxford.
Here is a Catholic chapel, erected at the expense of the Canning family; there is also a Wesleyan chapel.
The charities are of about £55 yearly value, distributed in kind and money.
Colonel Myn, a Royalist, suffered great loss in a skirmish which was fought here in the time of the Civil Wars.
Hartpury House, the residence of Patrick Gordon Canning esq. is pleasantly situated here; it is approached by a carriage road, nearly a quarter of a mile in length; the estates appurtenant to this mansion are of considerable extent. Patrick Robert Gordon Canning, esq. is lord of the manor of one portion of the parish, and Miss Canning lady of the other; they are also the chief landowners. The parish contains 3,616 acres of loamy clay land, of which about 1,185 are in pasture, 395 applied to meadow, and the residue is arable, with a small portion of woodland; the whole being productive of excellent crops, especially the meadows that lie on the banks of the Leadon,, which are very fertile, and subject to frequent inundations during certain periods of the year; a commission has been granted, called the Leadon Valley Commission, for the purpose of making improvements in respect to the floods, which commission empowers them to raise £8,000 for that purpose; the subsoil is marl and clay. The apple and pear trees produce much fruit of very excellent quality, from which cider and perry are made.
The area is 3,500 acres; rateable value, £6,148; the population in 1871 was 830.
BUTTERSEND, BLACKWELLS GREEN END, AND CORSE END are places here.
Parish Clerk Henry Harris
POST OFFICE.- Miss Fanny Stephens, sub-postmistress. Letters arrive from Gloucester at 9 a.m.: dispatched thereto at 4.30 p.m.; no post on sunday. Gloucester is the nearest money order office.
Here is a National school for boys and girls; it is a handsome and commodious stone building; John Fisher, master.
CARRIERS TO GLOUCESTER (passing through and returning same days:-
Davis, from Ashleworth, mon. wed. & sat.
Davis, from Hasfield, mon. wed. & sat
Phillips, from Staunton, sat
Vaughan & Bailey, from Redmarley, mon. wed. & sat.
Allen William, farmer & horse dealer, Murrells end
Baker William, farmer & shopkeeper
Baldwin John, farmer, Blackwells Green end
Banks Joseph, thatcher
Barnett Catherine (Miss), day school
Burford Ann (Mrs.), farmer
Burford Dennis, horse dealer
Burford Henry, butcher
Chandler Geo. Farmer, Brickhouse farm
Coleman James, farmer, Coopey farm
Colwell Martha (Mrs.), cooper
Dance William, cooper
Dent Arthur, farmer
Edwards Edmund, tailor
Evans Charles, carpenter & wheelwright
Evans Wm. Jun. Beer retailer & shopkeeper
Ferris James, hay trusser
Fowler William, farmer, Corse End farm
Fowles Frederic, stone mason & builder & contractor
Fryer Robert, shopkeeper
Golding William, farmer, Blackwells Green end
Higham Charles, bricklayer
Higham George, bricklayer
Higham Henry, horse dealer
Higham Robert William, horse dealer
Hooper William, farmer, Grove farm
Houldey John, blacksmith
Jackman James, land agent, Hill house
Jaynes Nehemiah, Tailor
Lane Thomas, baker & boat owner
Mantell Jane (Miss), ladies boarding school
Marmon Thomas, poultry dealer
Millard Francis, shopkeeper
Millard John, farmer, Slopers farm
Parker John, farmer, Blackwells Green end
Phelps Thomas, farmer
Phillips James, miller
Poole George, blacksmith & beer retailer
Ravenhill Charles, shoe maker
Sawyer William, farmer, Drews
Sivill Charles, Canning Arms
Sutton John, shoe maker
Vallender James, farmer, Laughtons