Kelly's Directory of Bream - 1870

Bream is a village, tithing, and chapelry in the parish of Newland, 4 miles from Lydney station on the South Wales Railway, 4 1/2 miles from Lydney station on the South Wales Railway, 4 1/2 miles from Coleford, 8 from Monmouth, and 15 from Ross, in the Western division of the country, hundred of St. Briavels, and union and county court district of Monmouth, rural deanery of Forest north, archdeanconry of Gloucester, and diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. The church of St. James was partially rebuilt in 1861, and consists of nave, north aisle, and chancel, with organ and 1 bell. The register dates from the year 1680. The living is a vicarage, yearly value £200, with residence, in the gift of the bishop of the diocese, and held by the Rev. John Frederick Gosling, M.A., of Balliol College, Oxford. Here are National schools for boys and girls, built in 1862, for 180 children. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists. South of the village are some very interesting ancient Roman mines, called Scowles, one part being known as the Devil's Chapel. The Crown is lord of the manor. The soil is light gravelly; subsoil, sandstone, limestone and iron ore. The chief crops are wheat, barley and oats. The population of the tithing in 1861 was 824.


POST OFFICE - Richard Tilsley Heighway, postmaster. Letters are received through Lydney, arrive at 7.10am & 1 p.m.; dispatched at 3.30pm & 6.16pm. Parkend is the nearest money order office.

National Schools (boys & girls), Albert Carey, master; Mrs. Marrian Carey, mistress


 Gentry & Clergy

ADDISON Mrs. Woodlands

GEM George, esp. The Warren

GOSLING Rev. John Frederick, M.A. [vicar], Vicarage

HILL Mr. Thomas, Rylands terrace

WILLIAMS Rev. Henry [curate]



AMES James, blacksmith

AMES Thomas, grocer

BATTEN Thomas, beer retailer

BILLY Thomas, beer retailer

BOWES William, mine agent, Old Park iron mines

Ebbw Vale Coal Company, Oakwood valley

Flour Mill Colliery (Arthur James Price, proprietor; George Atkinson, manager), Oakwood valley

HEIGHWAY Richard Tilsey, grocer, linen draper & postmaster

HEWLETT George, grocer & linen draper

HEWLETT Jane, New Inn

HEWLETT Richard, farmer

HEWLETT Thomas, farmer

HOPKINS Charles, beer retailer

JACKSON John, farmer, Bream court

JAMES William, miller

JAMES William, mine agent, Bream Woodside

JENKINS Samuel, coal master. Princess Royal colliery

JONES Charles, wheelwright

KEAR Thomas, butcher

LUCAS Emanuel, farmer

MORSE James, farmer & grocer

PHILLIPS Richard, farmer

POTTER James, farmer, The Blister house

PRIEST William, butcher

SHINGLES John, King's Head, & iron ore merchant

SMITH George, stone mer. Woodlands

SMITH William, grocer & butcher

WATKINS Alfred, grocer & mason

WILLIAMS Joseph, stone merchant, Knockley quarries

WILDIN Richard, Rising Sun

WINTOUR George, Cross Keys