Wollastone or Woolaston

WOLLASTONEis a village, parish and station on the South Wales railway, 5 miles north-east from Chepstow, 12 south-east from Monmouth, 11 south-west from Newnham and 134 from London, situated on the western bank of the River Severn.  The village, which is very much scattered, partly lies on the high road from Newnham to Chepstow, in the Western division of the county, hundred of Westbury, union and county court district of Chepstow, rural deanery of South Forest, archdeaconry of Gloucester and diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. 


The church of St. Andrew is an ancient and curiously formed structure in the Norman style, beautifully restored in 1859:  it consists of chancel, nave, south aisle, organ chamber and a massive western tower;  the church is entered on the south side through an old porch, and the interior is rendered exceedingly noble by the length and height of the nave, combined with its fine timbered roof;  the arcade which divides the aisle from the nave consists of double shafts of polished marble, with richly foliated capitals;  the large east window of the chancel is stained.  The register dates from the year 1688.  The living is a rectory, gross yearly value, with the chapelries of Alvington and Lancaut annexed, about £640, with residence, in the gift of S.S. Marling, esq. M.P. and held by the Rev. William Somerset, LL.D. of Magdalene College, Cambridge.  The charities are about £7. 10s. Yearly. 


Samuel Stephens Marling, esq. M.P. is lord of the manor and chief landowner.  The soil is mostly gravel;  subsoil limestone and sandstone.  The chief crops are wheat, barley and fruit.   The area is 4,376 acres of land and 1,040 or water.  Rateable value, £8.084 ; the population in 1871 was 998


Parish Clerk, Samuel Smith


POST OFFICE.—Mrs. Sarah James, receiver.  Letters arrive by foot post from Lydney at 8.30 a.m.; dispatched at 6 p.m.  Lydney is the nearest money order office


INSURANCE AGENT.—Staffordshire Fire, W Shillam

Assistant Overseer, William Morgan

Registrar of Births & Deaths, Thomas Richard Steel


There is a National School for boys & girls which was erected in 1862, at a cost of upwards of £1000 ; W.P.Thomas, master ; Mrs. Thomas, mistress.



Bubb Henry, The Grange

Bullock Thomas, Platts house

Davis Henry, Brooklyn cottage

Maskell George, The Common

Smith Mrs. The Platts

Somerset Rev. William, LL.D. Rectory



Adams Thomas, farmer Sheepcot farm

Ball George, farmer, Plusterwine

Ball James, farmer, Woodside

Ball John, farmer, Park Hill

Ball Richard, farmer, Whitewalls

Ball Samuel, farmer, Woodside

Battershill Charles John, farmer

Biddle Hugh, farmer, Plusterwine

Blanch William, Woolastone inn

Butler Charles, blacksmith, Brookend

Dance William, farmer, Ferry farm

Davis John, beer retailer, Common

Edwards Charles, butcher, Park Hill

Fletcher Edward & Thomas, farmers, Woodside

Fletcher Joseph, boot & shoe maker, Netherend

Fletcher William, Old Duke’s Head  butcher, Brookend

Fussell Isaac, beer retailer

Higgs James, shopkeeper, Netherend

Hillier Orchard, farmer, Green pool

Howell James, carpenter, Cone

James Sarah (Mrs.), grocer & draper, & postmistress, Brookend

Lee Frederick, Netherend inn

Lewis James, grocer, The Common

Martin George, shoe maker, Netherend

Morgan Charles, farmer, Brockweir

Morgan Edwd. Farmer, Ashwell grange

Morgan William, assistant overseer

O’Hare Mary (Mrs.),shopkpr, Common

Peters William, farmer, The Knights

Phillips John, gardener, Woodside

Prewett Hugh, blacksmith

Price William, farmer, Slade

Pritchard John gardener, Park hill

Proctor George, farmer, Caynsham

Prosser George, farmer, Common

Prosser John, farmer, Common

Reeves William, farmer, Woodside

Shillam John, shopkeeper &  shoe maker, Common

Smith Mary (Mrs.), corn dlr. Netherend

Smith Samuel, parish clerk & sexton

Stockham James, farmer

Steel Thomas Richard, registrar of births & deaths

Tamplin Richard, grocer, Netherend

Taylor & Co. Beer dealers, Sandford ho

Tudor William, Carpenters’ Arms

Watts James, farmer, Woodside

White Charles, grocer, Park hill

Williams Henry, farmer, Netherend

Williams Jas. farmer, Burnthouse farm

Williams Jas. sen. Farmer, Burnthouse

Woodroffe William Henry, farmer, Plusterwine House.