Robson's Commercial Directory of

Mitchel-Dean 1837

(including Little-Dean)


A market town and parish in the hundred of St. Briavells, county of Gloucester, 11 miles W. from Gloucester, and 113 W. from London, containing 556 inhabitants.

This place was the principal town in the Forest of Dean, and consists of three streets diverging obliquely from the common centre, and was formerly a staple town for the wool trade; at present the manufacture of leather is carried on to a small extent. The market is on Monday; the fairs are on Easter Monday, and Oct. 10, for horses, cattle and sheep. The living is a discharged vicarage in the archdeaconry of Hereford and diocese of Gloucester, rated in the King's book at 10l. 16s. 01/2d., endowed with 200l royal bounty, and in the patronage of M. Colchester, Esq. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, is a spacious structure , built at different periods, and exhibiting various styles of English architecture, with a tower surmounted by an octagonal spire. A subterreaneous passage leads from the church to a wood, about half a mile from the town. A charity school was founded by means of a request of 1000l by William Lane, Esq., of Gloucester, in 1789, and one of 300l by his widow, in 1806; these sums being vested by the trustees in the funds, together, with other benefactions, produce an annual income of 62l., of which the master receives 15l. per annum. There are about thirty boys who are supplied with books; the sum of 5l. 5s. is paid to the minister for catechising them, and the overplus is bestowed, at the discretion of the trustees, in rewards to the scholars and their teachers. Mr. Jonathan Parker, in 1718, bequeathed 200l., the interest of which is applied to the clothing and apprenticing of one poor child; there are also other charitable bequests.

Name, Residence, & Profession

BANNISTER Ann, Leather Seller

BARNARD Richard, Carpenter

BEADLES C. F., Surgeon

BENNETT John, Cornfactor and Malster

BENNETT Timothy, Cornfactor and Malster

BORLASE Jas. J.G., Attorney

BOUGHTON John, Butcher

BOWREY John, Blacksmith

BRAIN Cornelius, George Inn and Posting House

CHURCH John, Butcher

CLOUDLEY John, Carpenter

COLEMAN H. E., Surgeon and Apothecary

COOK James, Blacksmith

COX Rev. Geo., Curate

DAVIS John, Cooper

DAWSON Joseph, Clothes Salesman

EVANS John, Confectioner

FREE SCHOOL, John Savory, Master

FRYER Thomas, Stonemason

GARDNER Giles, White Horse and Excise Office

GIBBS George, Stonemason

GIBBS W., Beer Retailer and Stonemason

GORE Edmund, Boarding School

GRIFFITHS John, Nailmaker

GRIFFITHS Thos., Stonemason and Beer Retailer

GRIFFITHS Wm., Boot and Shoemaker

HUMPHREYS Henry, Plumber, Painter & Glazier

JENKINS John, Saddler and Malster

JONES Rev. Wm., Rector

LLOYD Joseph, Guns Mills, Paper Maker

LLOYD Thomas, Seven Stars

MARKEY Thomas, Stonemason

MATTHEWS Danl., Blacksmith

MATTHEWS James, Nailmaker

MEEK Charles, Blacksmith

MERRIMAN James, Baker and Beer Retailer

MILLS James, Nailmaker

MUIR Andrew, Grocer

MUTLOE John, Shopkeeper and Beer Retailer

NELME J. B., Tailor

NELMES Wm., Draper and Grocer

PALMER John, Boot and Shoemaker

PARSONS Wm., Boot and Shoemaker

PEARCE Rich., Plumber, Painter, and Glazier

PEARCE Thos., Plumber, Painter and Glazier

POWELL William, Builder

PREECE Jonathan, Baker and Malster

PREECE Wm., Carpenter

PYRKE Chas., Draper

PYRKE D., Surveyor of Roads

ROSSER Henry, Attorney and Solicitor

RUDGE John, Draper and Grocer

SILLEY Richard, Butcher

SMITH Absalom, Baker and Mealman

TRIGG James, Wheelwright

TROTTER Elizabeth, Grocer and Draper

WHATLEY Geo. L., Attorney

WINTLE John, Boot and Shoemaker

WINTLE Thomas, Red Lion

Post Office - Thomas Bossom, Postmaster. Letters from London and all parts arrive daily, at half-past ten in the morning, and are despatched at half-past four in the afternoon.

Coach to - Gloucester, Victoria, from George Inn, Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, at half-past 8 a.m., returns in the evening.



BAMFORD Thomas, Tailor and Shopkeeper

BAYLIS William, Blacksmith

BENNETT Joseph, Draper and Grocer

BLETHIN James, Beer Retailer

BOOTH E., Tailor

BRAIN Samuel, Draper and Grocer

CURRAN James, Plumber, Painter, & Glazier

EDGE William, Cross Keys

EVANS Isaac, Beer Retailer

EVANS James, Carpenter

GIBBONS John, Plumber, Painter and Glazier

HODGES Henry, Beer Retailer

HUGHES Frances, The Bell


MERRICK Thomas, Saddler

PARSONS Rev. James, Vicar

PRITCHARD James, Shopkeeper and Beer Retailer

ROBERTS Thomas, Blacksmith

SAUNDERS John, Carpenter

SMALLWOOD John, Beer Retailer

SMITH Geo., Malster

SMITH Thomas, Beer Retailer

STEPHENS David, Beer Retailer

THOMPSON Susan, Kings Head

WALTON Robert, Shopkeeper and Beer Retailer

WILSON Samuel, Malster

WOOD William, The George

WORKMAN John, Shopkeeper