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