DEAN (LITTLE) or LITTLEDEAN is a parish and village in Westbury-on-Severn union, containing, by the census of 1861, 887, and in 1871, 884 inhabitants, and 437 acres; in the southern division of the deanery of the Forest, archdeaconry of Gloucester, diocese of Gloucester and Bristol, hundred of St. Briavels, West Gloucestershire; 2 miles north-west from Newnham, 3 south-west from Westbury-on-Severn, 12 south-west from Gloucester, and 116 from London, on the borders of Dean Forest. This place is very much ancient, being mentioned in the Doomsday Book. It has been considerable noted for its manufacture of nails, but which has greatly fallen off. There is a large prison, which was formerly used as a House of Correction, but since 1854 if has only been used as a house of remand and police station. This place having been found more central and convenient for the magistrates of the Newnham division to hold their meetings, an unused wing of this building was converted into a Petty Sessional Court, and fitted up with all the requirements necessary, with retiring rooms for the magistrates and stabling for their horses, and since October, 1874, the Petty Sessions have been held here every Monday. The rectory in the incumbency of the Rec. William Lockett, B. A., is valued at £190 per annun, with residence, and is in the gist of the Church Patronage Society. The church is an ancient edifice, dedicated to St. Ethelbert, consisting of nave, chancel, and north aisle, with tower surmounted by a spire and containing six bells. The foundation of the church is supposed to be Saxon, but there are two Norman pillars dividing the nave from the chancel. The chantry formerly belonged to the monks of Llanthony Abbey. The Independents have a place of worship here, and there is a National School for children of both sexes. The poor have charitable bequests producing about £25 per annum. Mrs. Davies, of the Wilderness, is lady of the manor. A cattle fair is held annually on the 26th November. The rateable value of this parish is £2,328.
CLERGY, GENTRY, & PRIVATE RESIDENTS
BAMFORD Mr. Joseph
BENNETT Mr. Joseph
BRADSTOCK John Samuel, Esq., Hill house
COWMEADOW Mr. Thomas, Dean cottage
GOOLD Mrs. Susan
GRIFFITHS Rev. David (Congregational), The Manse
LOCKETT Rev. William, B. A., The Rectory
PALMER Mrs. Ann, The Temple
ROBERTS Mr. Thomas
WILSON The Misses
TRADE AND PROFESSIONS
ADAMS WILLIAM PITT, "George" Hotel and posting house
BRAIN Anthony, nailmaker
BRAIN Esau, carpenter
BRETHERTON Henry, marine store dealer
BRYANT John, shoemaker
BUCKLEY Frederick, farmer
CHOULS Young, beer retailer and shopkeeper, Littledean hill
CLARK John, carpenter and wheelwright
CLUTTERBUCK William, blacksmith
CRITCHLEY William, shoemaker
CROWDY Thos., carpenter and wheelwright
DAVIS Peter, carpenter and wheelwright
GLASTONBURY Henry, plasterer
GLASTONBURY Philip, sub-postmaster
GWILLIAM Mrs. Elizabeth, shopkeeper
GWILLIAM Henry, nailmaker
GWILLIAM John, nailmaker
GWILLIAM Thomas, nailmaker
GWILLIAM Zachariah, nailmaker
HALL Samuel, carpenter
HELT Henry, shoemaker
HODGES Henry Jabez, iron works manager, Springfield cottage
HODGES Wm. Henry, iron works manager
HURCOMB Samuel, grocer, draper, and fruit dealer
JOLLY Zachariah, gentlemen's boadring and day school
MARSHALL Edwin, farmer, Prospect road
MORSE William, "King's Head" inn, and farmer
PALMER Joseph, farmer
PARRY Thomas, mason
PURNELL Onesiphorus, land surveyor, accountant, and grocer
ROBERTS Miss Mary, shopkeeper
ROBINS Mrs. Mary, farmer
ROE Charles, tailor
SCOTT James, buildrer, Collafield
TANNER Robt., keeper of House of Remand, and police sergeant
TRIGG Benjn. Thos., baker and confectioner
TRIGG Timothy, "Bell" Inn
WESTBROOK Alfred, grocer and draper
WILKS Henry, "Swan" inn
WYNN George, chimneysweeper
POST OFFICE - Philip Glastonbury, sub-postmaster. Letters through Newnham delivered at 8 a.m.; dispatched, North Mail at 6 p.m., and London and General Mail at 7.30 p.m. Cinderford is the nearest money order and telegraph office.
Magistrates for the Northern Division, usually attending Petty Sessions
Sir Thomas Hyde Crawley, Bart.
Henry Crawshay, Esq.
Edwin Crawshay, Esq.
Rev. Charles Edward Dighton
Alfred Goold, Esq.
Henry Montagu James, Esq.
John Jones, Esq.
Edmund Probyn, Esq.
Maynard Willoughby Wemyss, Esq.
Petty Sessions are held at the House of Detention every Monday.
House of Remand and Police Station - Robt. Tanner, police sergeant and keeper; Mrs Emma Tanner, matron.
National School - Joseph A. Keith, master; Mrs. Ellen S. Keith, mistress