Kelly's Directory of

Ruardean 1914



RUARDEAN is a village and parish, on the Herefordshire border, and bounded on the west by the river Wye, 2 and a half miles south-east from Kerne Bridge station on the Hereford, Ross and Newport section of the Great Western Railway, 5 south from Ross, 7 and a half north-east from Newnham, 9 north-east from Monmouth and 6 north-east from Coleford, in the Forest of Dean division of the county, hundred of St. Briavels, petty sessional division of Newnham, county court district and union of Ross, rural deanery of South Forest and archdeaconry and diocese of Gloucester.

Col. Francis Baynham Vaughan, of Courtfield, Ross, Herefordshire, is lord of the manor, and Robert Holme Storey esq. M. A., J. P. of Bishopswood House, Walford, is the principal land owner. The soil is sandy ; subsoil, red limestone. The chief crops are wheat and oats. The area is 1,619 acres of land and 11 of water: rateable value, £4,700; the population in 1911 was 1,273 in the civil and 1,091 in the ecclesiastical parish.

By Local Government Board Order 14,628, Mar. 24. 1884, a detached part of Newland was transferred to Ruardean for civil purposes.

Parish Clerk - John Harper

Post. M. O. & T. Office - Thomas William Lewis, sub-postmaster. Letters from Mitcheldean, Glos. are delivered at 7.10 a.m. & 12.45 pm : dispatched, 8.45 a.m. & 4.50 & 6.35 p.m. : no delivery on Sundays.

Public Elementary School (mixed), built in 1872, for 247 children; average attendance, 155 boys & girls & 66 infants; Lawrence William High, master; Miss E. A. Moss, infants' mistress.

Territorial Force:- 1st Battalion Herefordshire Regiment (E Co.), Capt. Llewellyn B. Green; William Jones, sergt-instructor.


(Marked thus * letters through Lydbroo, Ross, Herefordshire)


BALDWIN Ivo William, J. P., Oakleigh

BRYANT George Herbert, Drybrook

*CLAYTON Admiral Francis Starkie, Wyelands

EVANS Joseph Penn, The Laurels

MILES Thomas George, Melvill house

PARNELL Rev. Edward L. L. B. Lond., Rectory

ROBINS Mrs., The Cottage

THOMPSON Edward, Hillside

THOMPSON Joseph Evans



BALDWIN Ivo William J. P. assistant overseer, Oaleigh

BASERVILLE Edward, Bell inn

BENNETT Aubrey, butcher

BENNETT Edwin Cornelius M. Angel P. H.

BRAIN Tom, farmer, Drybrook

CHIVERS Albert, farmer, Hill farm

CHIVERS Joseph, grocer

DAWE William & John Richards, farmers, Park farm

DREW Charles Gilbert, Malt Shovel inn

FISHER Mary (Mrs.), shopkeeper

GIBBS John, beer retailer

GRIFFITHS James, farmer, Barrel hill

HARPER Leonard, boot & shoe maer

HOLMES Thomas, painter

*JONES Richard, farmer, timber merchant & wood turner

JONES William, sergeant instructor to E Co. 1st Territorial Force Batt. Herefordshire Regiment.

KNIGHT Frederick, shopkeeper

LEWIS Albert, blacksmith

LEWIS <unreadable>

LINLEY Walter John, carpenter

MATTHEWS Arthur, farmer

MATTHEWS Ernest, butcher

MILES Thomas George L. S. A. physician & surgeon & medical officer & public vaccinator, Ruardean & Hope Mansell, Ross Union.

MOORE Tom, quarry owner

NELMES Alfred, farmer

PALFREY Frederick, Rose-in-Hand P. H.

PREECE Solomon, butcher

RAWLINGS Ellen (Mrs.), shopkeeper

*SHELDON William, gardener to Admiral F. S. Clayton

THOMPSON Lydia, shopkeeper

WEBB Richard, shopkeeper

WILCE Ernest, butcher