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]

Terrett Mrs

Winnall John



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