Morris & Co. Commercial Directory & Gazetteer of

Lea 1876


LEA is a parish and village in Ross Union, containing, by the census of 1861, 226, and in 1871, 199 inhabitants, and 702 acres of land, formerly partly in Gloucestershire and partly in Herefordshire, but in 1844 it was added for all civil purposes to the latter county, by virtue of the Acts of 2nd and 3rd William 4th, cap. 64, and 7 and 8 Victoria, cap. 61; it is in the hundred of Greytree, Herefordshire; in the northern division of the deanery of the Forest, archdeaconry of Gloucester, diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; 4 miles south-east from Ross, 11 and a half north-west from Gloucester, 18 and a half south-east from Hereford, and 126 from London. The vicarage, in the incumbency of the Rev. William David Hall, M.A., is valued at £85 per annum, with residence and 2 acres of glebe land, and is in the patronage of the Vicar of Linton. The church is an Anglo-Norman edifice, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, consisting of nave, chancel, north aisles, and porch, with tower surmounted by a spire and containing three bells; it was restored in 1854, and is seated with open benches. There is a National School for children of both sexes. Mrs. Davies is lady of the manor.


Clergy, Gentry and Private Residents

BENNETT Mr. Benjamin, New House

CADLE Mr. Cornelius, Lea cottage

HALL Rev. William David, M.A., vicar, The Vicarage

LANE Mr. Richard

PALMER Mr. Thomas, New house, and Noakes

POWELL Mrs. Mary

PRITCHARD, Mr. Thomas, Lea Hall

ROOTES Mrs. Elizabeth, Castle End house


Trades and Professions

AMBURY Joseph, farmer, Castle End farm

BENNETT John, farmer, Moors farm

BENNETT Robert, farmer, Rock farm

BENNETT William, farmer, Norton farm

CHINN Mrs. Eliza, grocer, Brook house

CHINN William, stationmaster

CHRISTOPHER George, blacksmith

GRIFFITHS William, builder

JAMES Henry, carpenter, wheelwright, and parish clerk

JAMES John, carpenter and wheelwright

LAMBETH Miss Mary Ann, National schoolmistress

LITTLE Mrs. Eliza, shopkeeper

LITTLE George, shoemaker

LITTLE Thomas, grocer and sub-postmaster

LODGE James, farmer, "Crown" inn

MORGAN Thomas, farmer

MORRIS Joseph, corn merchant

SKINNER Mrs Susannah, beer retailer

YEMM Charles, farmer, New house

Post Office - Thomas Little, sub-postmaster. Letters through Ross delivered at 7.45 a.m.; dispatched at 6.15 p.m. Weston-under-Penyard is the nearest money order office, and Mitcheldean is the nearest telegraph office.

Assistant Overseer and Collector of Poor Rates - Thomas Palmer

National School - Miss Mary Ann Lambeth, mistress

Great Western Railway Station - (Ross and Hereford Branch), Mitcheldean road - William Chinn, stationmaster