Westbury on Severn

WESTBURY-ON-SEVERN is an extensive parish and large village, comprising the tithings of ADSETT, BOLLOW,   BOSELEY,  CHAXHILL,  CLEEVE,  ELTON,  LEY,  NORTHWOOD, STANTWAY;  RODLEY and WESTBURY.  The manor of Rodley, comprising the tithings of Adsett, Chaxhill, Bollow, Cleeve, Stantway, Elton and Rodley is situated in the hundred of the Duchy of Lancaster, and the tithing of Northwood in the hundred of St. Briavels.  Westbury-is-Severn is 3 miles north-east from Newnham, 9 south-west from Gloucester, 1½ south-west from Grange Court station, on the Hereford, Ross and Gloucester and South Wales railway, and 116 from London, in Newnham Counry court district, deanery of North Forest, Gloucester archdeaconry and Gloucester and Bristol diocese. 


The river Severn forms the boundary of the parish on the south-east, extending from Denny Bridge to Broad Oak, a distance of 8 miles.  The church of the Virgin Mary, consisting of chancel, nave and aisles, with a detached tower surmounted by a spire, is an old stone building, faced in the Decorated and Perpendicular styles: the whole church has been thoroughly restored at a cost of upwards of £3,000; and an organ placed in an organ chamber on the south side: in 1878 a handsomes erected, and the floor of the chancel laid with encaustic tiles:  there are five stained memorial windows: the chancel contains five marble monuments to the Colchester family, three to the Boughton family, and five others; also a brass, dated 1642.  The register dates from the year 1538.  The living is a vicarage, yearly value £292, in the gift of the Custos and Vicars Choral in the cathedral church of Hereford, and held by the Rev. Christopher Jay Jones, M.A. of Brasenose College, Oxford, who is also rural dean of the northern division of the Forest of Dean.  There are Congregational and Wesleyan chapels.  The charities and endowments are of £36 yearly value. 


Here are very peculiar gardens, called Court Gardens, which belong to the Colchester family, and originally there was a court house here; they are in the Dutch style, and were laid out in the reign of William and Mary; there is a beautiful summerhouse, and some remains of other buildings exist; these are supposed to be a specimen of the best Dutch gardens.


In the neighbourhood is Garden Cliff, celebrated for its fossil remains; it is a favourite resort of geologists. 


Sir William Vernon Guise, bart. Is lord of the manor of Rodley, and Charles Stephen Leslie, esq. is lord of the manor of Northwood. 


The principal landowners are Sir Thomas Hyde Crawley-Boevey, bart.; Charles Stephen Leslie esq. J.P.;  Surman-Surman, esq, ;M.W. Wemyss-Colchester, esq. J.P.  and Edmund Probyn esq. D.L., J.P.   The soil is various, being marl, clay, sand and gravel; subsoil chiefly clay and marl.  The chief crops are wheat, roots, beans and pasture.  The area is 8,025 acres of land, and 670 of water;  rateable value, £21,198; the population in 1871 was 2,495.


Parish Clerk Joseph Grindon


POST & MONEY ORDER OFFICE & Savings Bank.—James Wilce, receiver.  Letters arrive by foot post from Gloucester at 8 a.m.; despatched at 4.50 p.m. 

Letters for Broad Oak, Cleeve & Elton are received through Newnham.



General, S.L. Matthews

Staffordshire Fire, E.T. Roberts



The union comprises thirteen parishes & one township, viz.—Abinghall, Awre, Blaisdon, Bulley, Churcham, East Dean, Flaxley, Huntley, Littledean, Longhope, Minsterworth, Micheldean, Newnham & Westbury on Severn:  gross estimated rental, £176,402 ; rateable value, £141,760

Board day every alternate Tuesday


Clerk Maurice Frederic Carter

Assistant Overseers, Edward Barry, Abinghall;  James Philps, Awre;  Joseph Grindon, Blaisdon; Thomas W. Giles, Bulley;  Joseph Cadle, Churcham;  John Addis, East Dean;  William Beardmore, Flaxley & Hinders Lane & Dockham;  Alfred Westbrook, Littledean;  Charles Sterrey, Longhope; Thomas Powell, Micheldean;  John G. Carefield, Newnham;  Henry Grindon, Westbury-on-Severn.

Collectors, Henry Gordon & George Thorne

Relieving Officers, Frederick Wherrett & Edward Teague

Medical Officers & Vaccinators, H.S. Grant, Westbury;  J.S. Collins, Newnham;  H.F. Jones, Micheldean, &  C. Whatmough, Cinderford.

Superintendent Registrar, Maurice F. Carter

Registrar of Births & Deaths, Frederick Wherrett & Edward Teague

Registrar of Marriages,  Frederic Asgill Carter

Workhouse, John James, master; Rev. Christopher Jay Jones, M.A. chaplain; Henry Sanders Grant, surgeon;  Mrs Jane Goyen, matron



Clerk, Maurice F. Carter  

Medical Officer, Francis T. Bond

Inspectors, William Spence & Joseph Vallender



Clerk, Maurice Frederic Carter

Medical Officer,  Francis Thomas Bond, M.D.

Surveyor, John Cornelius Cadle

Inspector, John Cornelius Cadle

Collector, Henry Grindon



National,  William Alfred Turner, master;  Mrs. Hannah Turner, mistress

British,  William George Taylor, master

Railway station (Grange Court), Charles W. Noble, station master


CARRIERS (passing through to Gloucester).—Giles Cox, from Westbury, mon.wed. & sat.

Thomas Butler, from Rodley, mon. wed. & sat. Thomas James, from Cinderford, mon. wed. & sat


Westbury on Severn


Browning Samuel

Cadle Cornelius

Hall James

Jones Rev. Christopher Jay, M.A.  The Vicarage

Lord Cecil Gaisford, The Poplars

Lord Herbert Owen, The Poplars

Ludgater Rev. Alfred [curate]

Ricketts James



Cadle Thomas, farmer

Colwell Samuel, cooper

Grindon Henry, boot & shoe maker & assistant overseer

Grindon John, miller

Grindon Joseph, boot & Shoe maker

Hall James, farmer

Hart John, mason

Hook Henry, blacksmith,

Hook James wheelwright

Hunt John, mason, Gadwick

Jenkins George farmer

Land John, shopkeeper

Limbrick John, stone cutter & sexton

Packer Martha Ann (Mrs.), Red Lion

Ricketts James, farmer, Stantway farm

Roberts Edmund Thomas, draper, grocer, stationer & ironmonger

Wilce James, blacksmith

Wintle Richard, farmer



Farmer Mrs

Mott Albert Julius, Adsett court

Cadle John Cornelius, farmer, Adsett House farm

Cadle John Cornelius, jun., farmer

Colwell William, cooper

Cox Giles, carrier

Gardner William, farmer, Pinnocks pl

Hart Tom, haulier

Trigg William, farmer



Burroughs William, fruiterer

Dent Walter, farmer

Greening William, Sloop

Hart Benjamin, farmer

Humphreys Charles, fruiterer

Jennings Thomas, shopkeeper

Mayo Benj. Pleydell, farmer, Bays court

Roan Georgiana (Mrs.), shopkeeper

Smith George Still, blacksmith



Bailey Susannah & Son, millers & farmers

Martin Charles, miller & farmer

Smith Thomas, farmer


Broad Oak

Barnard Edward

Barnard The Misses, Oakfield cottage

Mayo Joseph

Brown Thomas, inland revenue officer

Crew James, tailor

Edwards Wm. Clerk to Joseph Mayo

Jackson Joseph, farmer

Jackson Richard, carpenter

Knight Hannah (Mrs.), White Hart

Miller & Co. Fish merchants & proprietors of fisheries

Perks John, Broad Oak inn




Bennett Joseph Richd. Chaxhill house

Grant Henry Sanders, Ninnage lodge

Thompson Rev. John [Wesleyan]



Barrett Sarah, (Mrs.), shopkeeper

Bennett Joseph Richard, farmer, Chaxhill house

Brook Wm. John, farmer & cattle dlr

Coleman Brothers, builders & agricultural implement makers

Coleman Jas., timber merchant & farmer

Ellis Daniel, jun., butcher

Ellis Daniel, sen., butcher

Ellis George, shoe maker

Cardiner Miles, cattle dealer

Grant Hy. Sanders, surgeon, Ninnage ldg

Helbron Daniel, King’s Head

Long Ann (Mrs.), farmer

Long James, butcher & farmer

Moore George, shopkeeper

Ricketts William, fruiterer

Sargent William, cattle dealer

Selwyn James, haulier

Vaile Cornelius, Bird in Hand  cattle dealer

Wilkins Henry, farmer, Stantway house



Hart Joseph, farmer, Cleeve farm

Hart William,farmer, Mays Hill farm




Hall Rev. Robert M.A. [vicar of Flaxley]



Bellamy Eliza (Mrs.), farmer

Boughton Henry, farmer

Bullock Samuel, farmer

Davis John, butcher

Dowding Henry, farmer, Coles farm

Gardiner Henry, shopkeeper & castratr

Grassing Thomas, farmer

Hart Miles, farmer, Elton court

Hart Theophilus, farmer, Pound farm

Mitchell Charles, beer retailer

Morgan Joseph, farmer, Elton hay

Packer Daniel, mason

Payne Alfred, Plough inn

Rider Thomas, farmer, Grove farm

Roberts Isaac, shopkeeper & carrier

Ryder Reuben, farmer

Stratford Samuel, shoe maker

Teague Edward, haulier

Withers Henry, farmer, Wincolls farm




Butler Edward

Butler William

Gough James, sen. Dove house

Hartland Mrs

Hobbs John

Wintle James



Butler John, jun. Sloop owner

Butler Robert, farmer

Butler Sophia (Mrs.), farmer

Butler Thomas Albert, Blue Boys

Butler Walter, farmer

Gough James, jun. Farmer

Gough William, farmer, Lower farm

Harding Daniel, farmer, Heald

Hiett Emma (Mrs.), shopkeeper

Hiett Joseph, fruit dealer

Hobbs John, builder

Pitt Richard, farmer, Haydon farm

Weyman George, fruiterer

Weyman Joseph, sloop owner

Weyman William, sloop owner

Wintle Elizabeth (Mrs.), farmer, Heald farm

Wintle James, farmer

Wintle John, farmer, Yew Tree farm

Wintle William, farmer, Cowle’s farm



Alyand William, farm bailiff to W Symes esq.

Baldwin Matthew, farmer

Bennett James, farmer

Carter William, shopkeeper

Clark Charlotte (Mrs.), baker

Coleman William, sen., farmer

Coleman William, jun., miller

Dobbs Samuel, farmer, Lacy Mill farm

Fowler John, farmer, Frewings farm

Foxwell Charles Miles, farmer Broken Cross

Harvey Sidney John, farmer & horse dlr

Lane David, farmer

Organ Edward, farmer, Union farm

Parry James, farmer, Charlotts farm

Selwyn Selwyn, cattle dealer

Stephens Anne (Mrs.), farmer



Alston John Anderton, Northwood ho

Clifford Elizabeth (Mrs.), shopkeeper

Clutterbuck Cartwright, haulier

Clutterbuck William, blacksmith

Hooper Joseph, farmer

Watkins James, farmer

Woodhouse Joseph, farmer

Woodman Philip,  Junction inn & farmer.