Kelly's Directory of Little Dean 1894


LITTLE DEAN is a parish and large village, on the borders of the Forest of Dean, and on the road from Newnham to Ross, 2 miles north-west from Newnham station on the South Wales section of the Great Western railway, and 2 miles east from Cinderford station on the Severn and Wye and Severn Bridge railway, and 12 south-west from Gloucester, in the Forest of Dean division of the county, Saint Briavels hundred, Newnham petty sessional division and county court district, Westbury-on-Severn union, rural deanery of South Forest, archdeaconry of Gloucester and diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. The church of St. Ethelbert is an ancient building of stone, chiefly in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave of four bays, north aisle, south porch and an embattled western tower with spire containing a clock and 6 bells; the chancel arch is Norman; there are tablets to the Pyrke family: the church has sittings for 360 persons. The register dates from the year 1684. The living is a rectory, average tithe rent charge £87, net yearly value £146, with glebe (£5) and residence, in the gift of the trustees of the Church Patronage Society, and held since 1890 by the Rev. George Alexander Papendick Arbuhnot. Here is a Congregational chapel. A cemetery of one-third of an acre was formed in 1881, at a cost of £106 15s. 6d. and is under the control of a burial board of 9 members. The charities are of about £25 yearly value, derived from land and houses, and distributed to the poor in bread and cloth. Fairs are held on Whit Sunday and the 26th November yearly, for cattle, sheep, and pigs. On a hill near the church, called Camp Hill, is a circular encampment, and several Roman roads still remain. Dean Hall is the residence of Mrs. Guise Maynard Willoughby Colchester-Wemyss esq. J. P. of Westbury Court, Westbury-on-Severn, who is lord of the manor, Thomas Wintle esq, Sir Thomas Hyde Crawley-Boevey, bart. J. P. of Flaxley Abbey, Duncombe Pyrje esq. of St. Leonard's-on-Sea, and Mrs. Goold are the chief landowners. The soil is chiefly loam; the subsoil is sand and dunstone. Coal and iron ore are procured in the neighbourhood. The chief crops are wheat and roots and some land in pasture. The area is 700 acres; rateable value, £2,050; the population in 1891 was 843.

Sexton, William Nash.

Post & M. O. O., S. B. & Annuity & Insurance Office:- Mrs. Maria Baghurst, sub-postmistres. Letters received through Newnham at 7.10 a.m. & 3.20 p.m. ; dispatched at 9.30 a.m. & 6.5 & 8.15 p.m. The nearest telegraph office is at Cinderford.

Here is Newnham Petty Sessional court & house of remand for prisoners; Gilbert White, sergeant, & 1 constable.

National School (mixed), built in 1848, for 220 children: average attendance, 131 boys & girls & 60 infants; William R. T. Cullis, master; Miss Dorcas Burgam, infant's mistress.

Carriers to Gloucester:- Joseph Phelps, sat.; Jacob Brown, from Cinderford, mon. wed. & sat.


ARBUTHNOT Rev. George Alexander Papendick, Rectory

FORD Athur John Randle, Hill house

GOOLD Frederick Forester


GUISE Mrs., Dean hall

RESKELLY Rev. Chas. Jolly (Congreg)

WALYEN William A

WILSON Miss, Frogmore cottage



BATHE Frank, grocer

BENSON Elizabeth (Miss), draper

BLUETT Edward, fish dealer

BOUGHTON Edmund, farmer

BOUGHTON Oliver, farmer, The Temple

BRAIN Albert Esau, farmer & clerk to the burial board

BRAIN Esau, carpenter

BRYANT John, shoe maker

CEMETERY (Albert Brain, clerk to the burial board)

DEE Tom, Bell P. H.

DREW William, farmer

EMBLING Mary (Mrs.), farmer

GEORGE William, nail maker

GOOLD Frederick Forester, barrister

GWILLIAM Henry, nail ma. & naturalist

HAINES James, blacksmith

HELT Henry, shoe maker

HEAVEN James, surveyor to the Kent, Surrey & General Land Society

HORWOOD Hy., farmer, Greenway farm

KNIGHT Aaron, bailiff to Newnham county court

LONG Edwin, lodging ho. (registered)

MORGAN Sidney James, wheelwright & carpenter

NELMES James, shopkeeper

PARRY Emma (Mrs.) shopkeeper

PARRY John, market gardener

PHELPS Joseph, carrier & haulier

QUICK James Stone, George P. H.

ROBINS Sarah & Edith (Misses), frmrs.

SMITH Hester (Mrs.), poulterer

SMITH Sarah Ann (Mrs.), farmer, Court farm

SMITH William, carpenter

STUBBS William, farmer, Dean cottage

WESTBROOK Alfred, farmer & collector of rates, King's Head P. H.

WILKES Henry, beer retailer

WYNN George, chimney sweep