Slater's 1852 Directory of Newent,

including the Parishes of

Oxenhall, Dymock & Taynton


NEWENT a market town and liberty, in the parish of Newent, 9 miles n.w. from Gloucester, its post town and nearest railway station, hundred of Botloe, is 111 miles n.n.w. from London, and about the same distance from Ledbury and Ross (in Herefordshire); situated near the confines of the counties of Worcester and Hereford. There are several springs in the vicinity of Newent possessing properties similar to the Cheltenham waters, and were formerly in great repute, and resorted to by many. The principal spring is situated a short distance from Newent, surrounded by some charming scenery. The 'Well Cottage' - a neat little building, is now untenanted, and will soon present nothing but a ruin. The trade of the town in very inconsiderable - there are some maltings, two tanneries, and several flour mills in the neighbourhood. Newent is included in the fifty-fifth circuit of towns under the County Court Act of 1846, for the recovery of debts to any amount not exceeding £20 - this court sits at the George Inn monthly.

The parish church of St. Mary, is a handsome and venerable pile, and contains many singular monuments - especially one of great antiquity (supposed to have been erected to the memory of Baron Grandison), and others to the Foley family; the living is a discharged vicarage, in the patronage of the last mentioned family; the Rev. Arthur Onslow is the present incumbent. In the parish church are two chapels for dissenters, alms-houses for six poor men, and the like number of females, and a national school. The market, now but indifferently attended - is held on Friday; and the fairs (likewise but of little note) are on the Wednesdays before Easter and Whit-Sunday, and August 12th; also statute meetings on the succeeding Friday to the 19th September, and the two following Fridays. The parish of Newent contained in 1831, 2,859 inhabitants, and in 1841, 3,099 - of which last number about 1,400 belonged to the liberty of Newent.

OXENHALL is a village in the same hundred as Newent - the village, an inconsiderable one, is about a mile n.w. from that town, situated near the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal, which passes through a tunnel here, 2,192 yards in length. The Parish church of St. Anne offers nothing remarkable for observation: the living is a discharged vicarage, in the patronage of the Bishop of Gloucester. The population of the parish in 1841 was under 300.

DYMOCK parish is in the same hundred as those above described - the village is three-and-a-quarter miles N. N. W. from Newent; situated on the banks of the same canal as Oxenhall, about two-and-a-half miles from that village. This place, supposed to derive its name from the Saxon dim, i.e. dark, and ae, oak, was formerly of considerable size and importance - for in the reign of Henry III, a large market was held in it, and three fairs within the year, all which have long since fallen into disuse. In some seasons cider and perry are made here in large quantities. The church is dedicated to Saint Mary: the living is a vicarage in the gift of a private family. This was the birth-place of John Kyrle - Pope's 'Man of Ross.' The population of the parish in 1841, was 1,776.

TAYNTON is a parish in the same hundred as the preceding places - the village is three-and-a-quarter miles s. e. e. from Newent, on the road to Mitchell-Dean. The parish church of St. Lawrence, a neat building, was enlarged some years since, and received an additional number of sittings, principally by means furnished from the incorporated society for the improvement of churches and chapels: the living is a rectory in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Gloucester. Population of the parish in 1841, 634.

POST OFFICE:- Newent, Thomas Hartle, Post Master. Letters from all parts arrive (from Gloucester) every morning at a quarter past six and afternoon at five, and are despatched thereto at nine in the morning and ten minutes past six in the evening.

Gentry and Clergy:-

AINSWORTH Mrs. Mary, Newent

BELE Mrs. Isabella, Bury Hill House

BISCO Mr. James, Newent

BRUTON Mrs. Esther, Newent

CADLE Mr. John, Newtown

CANNING Gordon, Esq., Tibberton crt.

COTHER Mrs. Ann, Newent

DOWELL Mr. James, Newent

DOWELL Miss Mary, Newent

DRINKWATER Mrs. Mary, Newent

DRUMMOND John, Esq., Boyce court

GOODE Miss Mary, Newent

GREEN Mrs. Mary, Newent

GREEN Mr. William, Newent

HARTLAND Mr. Thomas, Newent

HAWKINS Mr. Thomas, the Scar

HAYWARD Mrs. Elizabeth, Newent

JONES Rev. George, Newent

LITTLE Rev. John, Oxenhall

LOVETT Mrs. Mary, Newent

MATTHEWS Mrs. Elizabeth, Newent

MATTHEWS Mr. John, Compton House

ONSLOW Rev. Arthur, Newent vicarage

ONSLOW Richard Foley, Esq., Oxenhall

PARRY Captain John, Newent

PARRY Rev. Howard Lewis, Newent

PETERS Mrs. Mary, Newent

RICARDO Osman, Esq., Bromsberrow pl

ROPER Rev. Charles Ward, Taynton

SEVERN Mr. Thomas, Stardans

STEPHENS Miss Ann, Newent

STOKES Charles, Esq., Murrels' end

SYMONS Rev. John, Dymock

THACKWELL John, Esq., Milton place

TIPTON Mr. Lancelot, Newent

WOOD Mr. John, Ford House


Academies and Schools:-

BIRT Elizabeth (day)

COOK William (boarding and day)

HOOPER Caroline (day)

INFANT'S SCHOOL - Caroline Cromwell, mistress.

LANDER Abraham (day)

NATIONAL SCHOOL - John Garner, master; __ Garner, mistress.

STONE Sarah (day)



CADLE & EDMONDS (and clerks to the magistrates, to the commissioners of property and assessed taxes, and to the trustees of the Newent and Aston-Ingham turnpike roads).

CANNOCK Joseph (and assistant clerk to the County Court, and treasurer of Newent and Aston-Ingham turnpike trusts).

HANKINS John (Wm. Cannon, agent)



HARTLE Charles, Mantle House



Bakers & Flour Dealers:-

COOKE Peter (and confectioner)

QUARRELL Thomas, Compton - Emanuel Burrup, agent.

RUDGE Charles








MAYO George

MAYO Thomas, Three Ashes


Boot and Shoe Makers:-





MAYO James


PRICE Jeremiah

STONE Charles





BISCO William

FARLEY Richard

GAZE Isaac





PETERS Richard

WOOD Leonard


China & Earthenware Dealers:-





Coal and Timber Merchants:-


COOKE William

DOBBS William



BARNES James, Ploddy house

CADLE Cornelius, Liners

CADLE Samuel, Taynton

CROOK George, Blackhouse

CUMMINS John, Poydresses farm

CUMMINS Joseph, Nelfields

CUMMINS William, Hilter farm

HARTLAND John, Carwents

HILL John, Baldwin's farm

HILL Joseph, Pithouse farm

LOVERIDGE William, Winters' farm

MORSE Edward, Newent

MORSE Thomas, Newent

PROBYN Thomas, Southends

QUARRELL Thomas, Compton

SMITH James, Taynton

SMITH Thomas, Cueley

THOMSON Henry, the Moat

THURSTON John, Mantley house

THURSTON Robert, Holders


Fire, &c., Office Agents:-

LONDON AND LIVERPOOL, Arthur Wellington, Newent

MANCHESTER, Abraham Lauder, Newent

NORWICH UNION, Edward Pocock, Newent


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