Kelly's Post Office Directory of

Kempley 1870


KEMPLEY is a parish, situated on the confines of Herefordshire, and near the turnpike road from Gloucester and Newent through Dymock to Much Marcle, in Herefordshire, 8 miles north-north-east from Ross, 7 south-south-west from Ledbury, 6 north-north-west from Newent, and 16 west-north-west from Gloucester railway station, in the Western division of the county, Botloe hundred, Newent union and county court district, northern division of the rural deanery of The Forest, archdeaconry of Gloucester, and diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. The church of St. Mary has a nave and chancel (the former being separated from the latter by an arch with Saxon mouldings), having a tower containing 3 bells. The living is a vicarage, yearly value £204, with good residence, in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Hereford, and held by the Rev. William Servante, M. A., of Exeter College, Oxford. Here is a Baptist chapel; also a Parochial school, supported chiefly by subscriptions. The school-house was erected by Earl Beauchamp. The charities of the parish are £11 annual value. Stonehouse, formerly the manor house, is large, and appears, from the style of its windows, to have been built in the sixteenth century: it contains some very fine oak carving, with the crown and initials of James I. in the centre: it is now used as a farm house, and occupied by Mr. C. Cadle. Earl Beauchamp is lord of the manor and chief landowner. The soil is a stiff red clay and loam, which is very productive, and applied nearly in equal proportions to arable and pasture, and planted with fruit trees, but at such a distance from each other as not to prevent the cultivation of the various crops. The soil, being deep, is well adapted to the growth of the oak, elm, apple and pear, which are found here in great luxuriance. The orchards are very productive of fruit for cider and perry. The area is 1,564 acres; the population in 1861 was 311; gross estimated rental, £2,137; rateable value, £1,901.

Letters through Gloucester. The nearest money order office is at Ledbury.

Parochial School, Miss Lucy Emily Merrick Ellis, mistress.

Carrier - Mrs. Mary Howell, to Newent & Gloucester, saturday; to Ross, thursday.



STREET Rev. Arthur J., B. A. [curate], Vicarage



BAILEY Thomas, farmer, Brick house

BARNES Samuel Walter, farmer

BLEWETT Ephraim, farmer & brick, tile & draining pipe maker, Lower house

BROOKES John, farmer, Prior's court

BROOKES John, farmer, Cakes farm

BURGHAN Arthur, farmer, Matthews

CADLE Cornelius, farmer, Stonehouse frm

HILL James, farmer, Bridges farm

HOWELL Mary (Mrs.), carrier

JENKINS Samuel, carpenter & joiner

JONES John, farmer, Turner's farm

JONES Samuel, farmer & butcher, Moors

JONES William, shoemaker & shopkeeper

NOTT John, wheelwright & carpenter

PALMER Allan, farmer, Kempley court

PALMER John, farmer, Green farm

PARRACK Harry, painter & glazier

PHELPS James, farmer, Moor house

SIMMONDS Ira, builder

TYLER John, tailor

WINTLE William, shopkeeper & beer retailer, Little Adam