STONE is a township, village and chapelry in the parish of Berkeley, 4 miles south-west from Berkeley Road station on the Bristol and Birmingham railway, 5 north-east from Thornbury, 7 south-west from Dursley and 16 north from Bristol, in the Western division of the county, Berkeley hundred, Thornbury union, Dursley county court district, Dursley Rural deanery, Gloucester archdeaconry, and Gloucester and Bristol diocese, situated on the high road from Gloucester to Bristol, and on the Little River Avon.
The church of All Saints was built about 1460: it is in the Decorated style, and the chancel was thoroughly repaired about 1865: it has chancel, nave, north aisle, porch, a square tower with spire and 5 bells, and contains an organ. The register dates from the year 1595. The living is a vicarage, yearly value £85, with residence, in the gift of the vicar of Berkeley, and held by the Rev. Charles Cripps,M.A. of Hertford College, Oxford. There are charities of £30 yearly value.
Lord Fitzhardinge, who is lord of the manor, the Rev Sir Edward Harry Vaughan Colt, bart. Thomas Breadstone Croome, esq. the representatives of the late Rev. Ralph Hopper, and Mr Robert Stephen, are the chief landowners. The soil is clayey and loamy; subsoil, marl.
The land is principally pasturage; the area is 650 acres; rateable value of Stone (without Ham), £1,947 ; the population in 1871 was 260
HAM AND STONE form a township for the relief of the poor in Berkeley parish, under which heading the former will be found.
LOWER STONE 1 mile south-west and Middle Mills half a mile east, are in this chapelry.
Sexton, David Powell.
Letters received through Falfield (Railway Sub-Office), which is the nearest money order office. WALL BOX cleared at 5.40 p.m. week days & at 13.30 a.m. Sundays
National School, Mrs. Agnes Ada Gabb, mistress.
Cox Robert Stephen
Cripps Rev. Charles M.A. Vicarage
Croome Thos. Breadstone, Middle mill
Poole William Thomas
Andrews Henry, New inn, & wheelwrght
Cox John, farmer
Cox Robert Stephen, landowner & farmer
Croome Ann (Miss), shopkeeper
Croome George, shoemaker
Daw Robert, farmer Lower Stone
Fowler George, shopkeeper
Gibbons Samuel, plasterer
Howard George, farmer, Lower Stone
Howard John darpenter, Lower Stone
Pick William, farmer, Lower Stone
Reeves Henry, beer retailer
Shipp John, farmer
Tayler James, miller
Tayler William, farmer
Vowles James, farmer, Lower Stone