MINSTERWORTH anciently called MORTUNE, is a parish and straggling village, 4½ milrd west from Gloucester, intersected by the turnpike road from Gloucester to Chepstow, in the Western division of the county. Westbury-on-Severn union, Duchy of Lancaster, Gloucester county court district, rural deanery of North Forest, archdeaconry of Gloucester and diocese of Gloucester & Bristol.
The church of St. Peter was rebuilt in the Decorated style in 1870, and consists of chancel and nave, with north aisle, and tower with 6 bells; the chancel east window is stained and very handsome, and there are other stained windows; the former church having been liable to be flooded by the Severn, the new building is raised four feet. The register dates from the year 1633.
The living is a vicarage, yearly value £250, with residence and 2½ acres glebe, in the gift of the Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol and held by the Rev.William Balfour, M.A. of Magdalene College, Oxford, and Rural Dean of Gloucester.
There is a mixed National school under Government inspection.
The charities are of about £40 yearly value.
Duni House is the seat of William Viner Ellis, esq. and Hygrove is the property of Charles Barrow-Evans, esq. the lord of the manor: these gentlemen are the principal landowners.
Here is a Wesleyan chapel.
The soil is alluvial, and very productive, well adapted to the growth of apples for cider. The chief crops are wheat, apples and pasture. The area is 1.938 acres; rateable value, £5,840; the population in 1871 was 459.
Parish Clerk, Samuel Meadows.
Letters arrive from Gloucester at 8.45. PILLAR LETTER BOX is cleared at 5.30 p.m. The nearest money order office is at Gloucester.
National School Mrs. Eliza Mays, mistress
CARRIERS TO GLOUCESTER (returning same days):- Thomas Butler & William Morgan, from Littledean, mon.wed. & sat. Giles Cox, from Westbury, mon. wed. & sat.
Balfour Rev. William M.A. Vicarage
Ellis George, Severn Bank house
Ellis The Misses, Severn Bank House
Ellis William Viner, Duni house
Hawkins Mrs. Minsterworth court
Stephens James, Severn side
Syms William, Hygrove house
Amphlett Eliza (Mrs.), shopkeeper
Amphlett Henry, cooper
Barrett James, butcher
Barrett Ralph, farmer
Bennett John, farmer & overseer
Bick Henry, tailor
Binns James, blacksmith & shopkeeper
Bridges Thomas, farmer
Cole Richard, jun. Farmer Highcross farm
Fletcher Harriet (Mrs.), shopkeeper
Hampton Edmund, farm bailiff to Frederick Harvey, esq. of Churcham, Morecroft farm
Hooper Joseph, baker
James William, farmer
Jones Charles, farmer
Jones Mary (Mrs.), farmer
Littleton William, farmer
Luker Henry, farmer
Mayo James, fruiterer
Mayo Joseph, coal merchant
Pugh John, farmer, Morecroft farm
Stevens Richard, commercial traveller
Stevens William, farmer
Wells Chas. Edwd. Farmer & overseer.