Viney Hill and Yorkley
VINEY HILL, but scantily populated, is 3 miles north-east from Park End and 1 mile from Blakeney. Viney Hill was, with Yorkley, formed into an ecclesiastical parish in 1866 from the townships of East & West Dean, in the Western division of the county, Monmouth union and county court district, South Forest deanery, Gloucester archdeaconry and Gloucester and Bristol diocese.
All Saints’ church is of stone, consisting af chancel, nave and aisles, with bell cot and 2 bells and was consecrated in 1867. The register dates from the year 1867. The living is a vicarage, yearly value £150, with residence, in the gift of Charles Bathurst, esq. of Lydney Park, and held by the Rev. Edward Samuel Smith, of St. Aidans.
Much of the land belongs to the Crown. The population in 1871 was 1,767.
POST OFFICE.—Mrs. Sarah Morse, receiver. Letters through Newnham arrive at 8.30 a.m. Blakeney is the nearest money order office.
There are two mixed schools for boys and girls in this district, with residences for teachers, one situated at Viney Hill and the other at Blakeney Woodside. These schools are supported by an annual grant from the Office of Woods and Forests, and also by voluntary subscriptions.
National (All Saints), Arthur J Wood, schoolmaster
Infants’ (Woodside), Miss Phoebe Bailey, mistress
Smith Rev. Edward Samuel [vicar]. Vicarage
Davis Thomas, farmer
Morse Sarah (Mrs.), grocer
Shipton Thomas, farmer
Warren John, nailer
Wilce George, Albion
Willetts Isaac, beer retailer & shoe maker
YORKLEY, 4 miles north from Lydney station, and 5 south-east from Coleford, is a large hamlet, the swellings in which are scattered over rising ground, in some parts being very steep; all the houses are detached and built in positions of grotesque irregularity; the inhabitants are chiefly employed at the coal works in the neighbourhood. There are places of worship here for Primitive Methodists, Wesleyans, Baptists, and Bible Christian.
POST OFFICE.—Thomas Brown, receiver. Letters arrive from Lydney at 8.30 a.m.; dispatched at 5.45 p.m. Whitecroft is the nearest money order office.
Beddington James, mason
Brain William, shopkeeper
Brown Thomas, tailor
Edwards William, haulier
Hatton John, Stag
James Alvin, shoe maker
James Ann (Mrs.), beer retailer
James James, carpenter & contractor
James John, farmer
Johnson Brothers, grocers & drapers
Johnson John, mason
Johnson William, wood cutter
Kear Emma (Mrs.), shopkeeper
Morgan Thomas, jun. Grocer & baker
Morse Arthur, carpenter & shopkeeper
Morse Isaac, haulier
Morse William, Nag’s Head
Parry Joseph, beer retailer
Phillips William, butcher
Phipps Samuel, mason & shopkeeper
Price Henry, shopkeeper
Price Josiah, baker & grocer
Powell George Prout, butcher
Sterry Jane (Mrs.), grocer & draper
Thomas Eliza (Mrs.), shopkeeper
Thorne George, shoe maker
Vicary William, beer retailer
Vimpany Edwd. Farmer, Yorkley court
Watkins William, shoe maker
Worgan Thomas, grocer & baker