MICHELDEAN or MITCHELDEAN, sometimes called DEAN MAGNA, is a parish and town 2 miles south from Mitcheldean Road station on the Hereford, Ross and Gloucester railway, 6 miles north-west from Newnham, 6¼ south-east from Ross, 11 west from Gloucester and 116 from London, in the Western division of the county, hundred of St. Briavels, Westbury-on-Severn union, Newnham county court district, rural deaneary of South Forest, Gloucester archdeaconry and Gloucester and Bristol diocese, situated on the Dean Forest road from Monmouth to Gloucester, on the Herefordshire border. 


The church of St. Michael is an old stone building in several styles of architecture, and has been restored: it has a chancel, nave, one south and two north aisles, porch, tower with lofty handsome spire, a peal of 8 bells, and contains a clock, an organ, five stained windows and several old monuments.  The register dates from the year 1680. 


The living is a rectory, yearly value £176, with residence and 4 acres of glebe, in the gift of Maynard Willoughby Wemyss-Colchester, esq. J.P. and held by the Rev. Henry Haistwell Hardy, M.A. of University College, Oxford. 


Here are Congregational and Bible Christian chapels. 


The charities amount to upwards of £200 a year. 


Coal and iron ore are worked in the neighbourhood. 


On the Micheldean and Newent road, and about one mile east from the town, is the residence of Osman Barrett, esq.;  this mansion is built of red sandstone with Bath dressings, in the Gothic ctyle, and commands an extensive view of Herefordshire and the Welsh mountains from the front, which is of considerable extent;  at a short distance may be see great part of the Vale of Gloucestershire, the river Severn, with Cheltenham and other towns making this a very picturesque and delightful residence. 


Maynard Willoughby Wemss- Colchester, J.P. lord of the manor, and Osman Barrett, esq. are the principal landowners.


The soil is sandy and loamy; subsoil, sandstone rock.  The chief crops are wheat, roots and oats. 


The area is 680 acres; rateable value, £2780.12s.; the population in 1871 was 742.


Parish Clerk,  Thomas Powell.


POST, MONEY ORDER & TELEGRAPH OFFICE, Savings Bank & Government Annuity & Insurance office (Railway sub-office).   – John Lyne Essen, Postmaster.  Letters through Ross arrive  at 5 a.m.; north mail at 10 a.m.; dispatched to all parts at 8.40 p.m.



British Empire, Mutual Life & Phoenix Fire, J. Silley

Norwich Union Fire, H James & J Kathro

Norwich Union Life, J Kathro

Sun Fire & Life,  Borlase & Yearsley



Stamp Office, John Dighton, distributor

Inland Revenue Office, Red Lion inn

Gas Co. James J.B. Meek, sec

Police Station, William Mallett, sergeant



Perpetual Commissioners, James John Grenfel Borlase, Thomas Whatley & John Robinson

Commissioners to Administer Oaths in Supreme Court of Judicature, John Dighton & James John Grenfel Borlase

Town Crier, Joseph Mallett

Free School, Arthur Biggs, master; Mrs Maria Biggs, mistress



COLEFORD-Alfred Hodges, Thursday

GLOUCESTER- Alfred Hodges & Edward Stonard, wed & sat



Abell John Robert William

Barrett Osman

Borlase James John Grenfell, Woodville

Chate George Egbert

Fraser Capt. James, Dean House

Fryer Joseph

Hardy Rev. Henry Haistwell M.A.

Holder Mrs

Jones Herbert Fitzherbert

Marfell Timothy

Robinson John, Abbenhall house

Wemyss-Colchester Maynard Willoughby, J.P. The Wilderness

Whatley Thomas

Willis Mrs

Wintle Mrs



Abell John Robert William, surgeon

Adams John, plumber & glazier

Ambury Joseph, farmer, Court farm

Barrett Osman, coal proprietor

Barry Edward, watchmaker & printer

Borlase & Yearsley, solicitors & agents for the Sun Fire & Life Office

Bossom Lucy Julia (Miss), fancy repostry

Boughton John, seedsman

Burgum James, builder & shopkeeper

Coleman George Isaiah, farmer

Cook Thomas, blacksmith

Cooper Enoch, Jovial Colliers 

Coopey Eliza (Miss), preparatory school

Dawson Joseph Richard, grocer & draper

Dighton John, solicitor

Essen John Lyne, stationer & postmaster

Evans Elizabeth (Mrs.), baker

Fuggle William Marchant, Red Lion

Green Louisa Jane (Mrs.), dress maker

Griffiths John, nail manufacturer

Hatton Phineas, grocer & draper

Hodges Alfred, shopkeeper & carrier

Humphries Henry, plumber & glazier

Hyett Richard, shopkeeper

James Henry, chemist & stationer

Jones Herbert Fitzherbert, surgeon

Kearsley [not stated], farmer Nichol’s farm

Legge George, shopkeeper

Little Henry Marsh, grocer & draper

Manning John, poulterer

Meek James John Breeze, coal, brick,lime & stone merchant

& agent to the Gloucestershire Banking Co

Mansell Joseph, butcher

Palfrey Frederick, butcher

Parkes Samuel, hair dresser

Parry Maria (Mrs.), White Horse

Pask Isaac, boot & shoe maker

Powell Thomas, mason & parish clerk

Preece Maria (Mrs.), shopkeeper & dress maker

Price Joseph, shopkeeper

Robinson John, solicitor, perpetual commissioner & commissioner to administer oaths

Rudge John George Hotel

Rudge Thomas, grocer & draper, & agent for W.A.Gilbey, wine & spirit mers.

Silley John, farmer

Smith George, saddle & harness maker

Smith Matilda (Miss), baker

Sparrow Alfred, baker

Trotter John Birt,grocer & draper

Tyler Wallace, tailor & draper

Virgo Joseph, boot & shoe maker

Virgo William, Greyhound

Whatley Thomas, solicitor

Wintle Thos. Maltster, miller & brewer

Yearsley Edwin Evans, solicitor (firm, Borlase & Yearsley)