RUARDEAN is a village and parish, 6 miles south from Ross, 9 north-east from Monmouth, 6 north-east from Coleford station on the Hereford, Ross and Gloucester railway, 2½ from Kerne Bridge and 119 from London, in the Western division of the county, hundred of Saint Briavels, county court district and union of Ross, rural deanery of South Forest, archdeaconry of Gloucester and diocese of Gloucester and Bristol, situated on the Herefordshire border and bounded on the west by the river Wye.
The church of St. John, built 1111, is a stone structure, having nave, south aisle, tower and spire and 6 bells. The register dates from the year 1540. The living is a rectory, yearly value £235 and 3 acres of glebe, in the gift of the Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol and held by the Rev. William Penfold, M.A. of Lincoln College, Oxford. There is a Congregational chapel here, also one for Bible Christians. There are charities of £14 in this parish. Colonel John Vaughan is lord of the manor.
The principal landowners are Captain K.M. Power, Mr. Thomas Terrett, Mrs. Robins and Mr. Thomas Thompson.
The soil is sandy; subsoil red sandstone. The chief crops are wheat and barley.
The acreage is 1,500; rateable value £3,750 10s.; the population in 1871 was 1,090
Parish Clerk John Harper
POST & MONEY ORDER OFFICE & Savings Bank.—John Charles Lewis, receiver. Letters from Micheldean (Railway sub-office) are delivered at 7 a.m.; dispatched at 6.35 p.m.
National School, Allen Ballinger, master; Miss Sarah Ann Dutheridge, mistress
Penfold Rev. William, M.A. [rector]
Bennett Joseph & Richard, builders, joiners & undertakers
Bennett Hester (Mrs.), Malt Shovel
Bennett Joseph, grocer & provision factor
Evans James, Bell
Gagg John Graham, farmer
George John farmer & butcher
Horlick Peter, saddler
Houdley Francis, blacksmith
Ireland John, shoe maker
Lewis James, farmer
Lewis John Charles, grocer & draper
Little William, New inn
Mason John, mason
Matthews James, butcher
Pewtner William, shoe maker
Philpots John, farmer
Philpots Richard, farmer
Pike John, grocer & draper
Robins Elizabeth (Mrs.), maltster & landowner
Smith Geo. Hawker, Angel, & cattle dealer
Terrett Thomas, farmer & landowner
Thompson Thomas, farmer & landowner
Vaughan Edwin, farmer
Vaughan Milsom, farmer
Wilce George, haulier