AWRE, with the tithings of BLAKENEY, BLEDISLOE, ETLOE, ETLOE DUCHY, and HAGLOE, is a large parish and village and station on the Great Western (South Wales) Railway, 3 miles south-east from Newnham, 6 south from Westbury, 15 south from Gloucester, and 120 from London, in the Western division of the county, hundred of Bledisloe, Westbury-in-Severn union, Newnham county court district, rural deanery of The Forest, Gloucester archdeaconry, and Gloucester and Bristol diocese, situated on the right bank of the navigable river Severn. The Great Western Railway has a line for goods and mineral traffic from Awre to the Forest of Dean. The church of St. Andrew is an old stone building in the Saxon style, in good repair, with square tower containing 6 bells; it has nave, north aisle, porch, and chancel: it contains an organ and several monuments. The register dates from the year 1538. The living is a vicarage, yearly value £500, with residence, in the gift of the Haberdashers' Company, who are likewise the owners of the great tithes, and held by the Rev. Joseph Henry Malpas, M. A., of Exeter College, Oxford. There is a Church of England school. The charities are of £16 10s. yearly value. Oaklands Park is the seat of H. Crawshay, esq., J. P. The trustees of Sir Thomas Rich's charities are lords of the manor of Awre; the manors of Hagloe and Blakeney, with about 700 acres of land, belong to the Crown. The chief landowners are the Crown, Mrs. Wait, and the trustees of Sir Thomas Rich's charities. The soil is sandy and loamy; subsoil, brick earth and limestone. The chief crops are wheat and roots. The area is 4,088a.0r.30p., divided as follows, viz:- Blakeney, 430a.3r.4r.; Hagloe, 752a.3r.20p,; Etloe, 412a.1r.5p,; Etloe Duchy, 202a.1r.4p.; Bledisloe, 968a.0r.19p., and Awre, 1,231a.3r.18p,; gross estimated rental, £12,232; rateable value, £10,911. The population in 1861 was 1,526.
HAGLOE is a tithing and manor, with 732 acres of land. The Queen is lady of the manor.
ETLOE and ETLOE DUCHY are tithings, the former with 412 and the latter with 292 acres.
BLEDISLOE is a tithing, with 268 acres. This tithing, with Hagloe and Etloe, takes its name from lows, or barrows, that are still to be seen.
Parish Clerk, Thomas Cadogan.
Post Office - Thomas Cadogan, receiver. Letters through Newnham, arrive at 7 a.m.; dispatched at 6.30 p.m. Blakeney is the nearest money order office.
Insurance Agent - Imperial Life, Samuel Charley.
Church of England School, Miss Symons, mistress.
Railway Station, John Thomas Bowen, station master.
Carrier to Gloucester, Robert Trotman.
BLAKENEY is a tithing of Awre and large village, three-and-a-half miles south from Newnham railway station, six-and-a-half miles south from Westbury, and 120 from London, situated on the Gloucester and Chepstow road, on the river Severn, and Gloucester and Swansea Railway; the nearest station is at Awre. The church of All Saints is a plain modern stone building; it has nave, porch, and small belfry with 1 bell. The register dates from the year 1813. The living is a vicarage, yearly value £250, in the gift of the Haberdashers' Company, and held by the Rev. Charles Brooksbank, M. A., of Christ Church, Oxford. There are National and British schools for boys and girls. There are chapels for Baptists and Independents. There is a steam flour mill belonging to Mr. Stephen White, who also carries on a considerable business in the corn trade. Fairs are held on May 12th and November 12th yearly for cattle, sheep, &c. The Queen is lady of the manor. The principal landowners are the Gloucester Corporation, H. Crawshay, esq., and Mrs. Wait. The area is 430 acres; the population in returned with Awre.
Parish Clerk, William Willets.
Post & Money Order Office - Post Office, Savings Bank & Government Annuity & Insurance Office, Blakeney. Miss Emma Sophia Minchin, postmistress. Letters received through Newnham, delivered at 7.30 a.m.; dispatched at 6.30 p.m.
Insurance Agents - Imperial Life, Samuel Charley. Manchester Fire, Alfred Butler.
Police Station - Robert Cresswell, sergeant.
National School, Frederick Frost, master; Mrs. Frost, mistress.
CRAWSHAY Hen. esq., J. P., Oaklands park
JAMES Mrs., Kingsland house
MALPASS Rev. Joseph Hen. M. A., Vicarage
WAIT Mrs., New house
WHITE Richard Watts, esq., Underdean larches
AWRE Charles, Red Heart
AWRE Henry, farmer, Upper House farm
COUCHER Frank, farmer, The Box
DAVIS James, farmer & timber merchant, Bledisloe cottage
HATTON Lewis, farmer
HEWLETT Henry, farmer, Brays court
HOOPER Robert Presbury, farmer, Field house
PHELPS James, farmer
PRICE William, shopkeeper
ROBINSON Edward, miller
SMITH John, master mariner
TURLEY William, smith
WETMORE Wm. Cox, farmer, Hall farm
BENNETTS Rev. John (Independent)
BROOKSBANK Rev. Charles, M. A. [Vicar]
SMITH Mr. George Thomas Friar, Nibley
VAUGHAN Lieut-Col. Edward, Royal North Gloucester Militia, Old Court house
VAUGHAN Capt. Thomas, D. L., Old Court house
WEBB John, esq.
WHITE Stephen Adolphus, esq., Nibley house
WILLIAMS William, esq.
BUTLER Alfred, draper & grocer
CHARLEY James, builder & plasterer
CHARLEY Samuel, grocer, draper & newspaper correspondent
CHARLEY Walter, butcher
CLARK John, butcher
CLAYFIELD Henry, grocer & draper
COLLINS Thomas, beer retailer, Ayleford
DAVIS Thomas, Cock, Nibley
DAVIS Thomas, farmer, Viney farm
EVANS Edward, King's Head
EVANS Joseph, boot & shoe maker
FISHER William, plumber & glazier
FORD Samuel, draper & grocer
FROST Frederick, photographer
GODWIN James, boot & shoe maker
GRIFFITHS John, farmer, Hays farm
HOLDER Thomas, cooper & farmer
HOLDER William, boot & shoe maker
HOPKINS Robert, boot & shoe maker
HULIN Caleb, blacksmith
HULIN Walter John, organist & teacher of music, Cluster cottage
JENNINGS William, farmer, Nether hall
JONES Eliza (Mrs.), straw bonnet maker
JONES George, farmer, Poulton court
JONES William, carpenter & wheelwright
KNIGHT Mary, (Mrs.)
MAYO George Frederick, baker
MINCHIN Emma (Miss), shopkeeper & postmistress
MOORE John, tailor
MORSE Charles, jun., lime burner
NEWMAN David, greengrocer
PARSONS Mary (Mrs.), Bird-in-Hand
PENN Richard, carpenter
PHILPOTTS Joseph, chemist & druggist
POWELL James, Yew Tree
POWELL James, farmer, wood turner, rake maker & miller
SHAW William, farmer
SHAW William, shipwright
SHIPTON Thomas, farmer, Viney farm
SIMS Ann (Miss), dress maker
SMALLWOOD Elizabeth (Mrs.), boot & shoe maker
SMITH & ALLEN, brewers, Steam brewery
SMITH James, farmer, Little Box
TAYLOR John, haulier
THOMAS Henry, farmer
THOMAS Sarah (Mrs.), farmer & grocer
TURNER Henry, saddle & harness maker
VIRGO Charles, butcher
VIRGO William, farmer
WEBB John, surgeon
WHITAKER John, gas fitter
WHITE Stephen Adolphus, miller & corn merchant, Steam mills
WHITE Richard Watts, malster
WICKENDEN William John, butcher
WILLIAMS William, surgeon
WOOD William, farmer
YOUNG Daniel, builder
BEAMAN Joseph, farmer
COWCHER Elizabeth (Mrs.), farmer
DAVIS David, farmer, Daniels farm
SMITH John, farmer, Poulton farm
BARBER James, farmer
INMAN Richard, fisherman
POWELL Thomas, carpenter, wheelwright & undertaker
WARNER Henry, farmer
CLARK Thomas, farmer, Lodge farm
HEWLETT Hannah (Mrs.), frmr., Oatfield ho.
JENNINGS Wm., farmer, Upper Hagloe
JONES George, farmer, Poulton court
MARSH Charles, beer retailer
SMITH John, farmer, Little Poulton
WIGGELL Maria (Mrs.), Sloop