Kelly's Post Office Directory of

Clearwell 1870



CLEARWELL is a village and tithing, in the parish of Newland, 2 and a half miles from Coleford, 7 from Lydney station on the South Wales Railway, 13 from Ross, and 6 from Monmouth, in the Western division of the county, hundred of Saint Briavels, county court district of Monmouth, rural deanery of Forest South, archdeaconry of Gloucester, and diocese of Gloucester and Bristol.


The register dates from the year 1830. Clearwell, together with a portion of the Forest of Dean, constitutes the new parish or ecclesiastical district of St. Peter, which is a vicarage, yearly value £195 with residence, held by the Rev. Howard Lewis Parry, M. A., of St. Peter's College Cambridge. The National schools (Mixed and Infant) built chiefly by the late Dowager Countess of Dunraven, are handsome buildings, and will accomodate 150 children.

The soil is loamy and gravelly ; subsoil, clayey, sandstone and limestone. The chief crops are wheat, barley, oats and roots. The area is returned with Newland ; the population of the tithing in 1861 was 816.


POST OFFICE - Henry Williams, receiver. Letters through Coleford are delivered at 7 a.m. ; despatched at 6.50 pm. The nearest money order office is at Coleford.

National School - Edward S. Johnson, master; Mrs Mary Roberts, infant mistress.



GALLWEY Capt. H. P., R. N., J. P., Clearwell court

LANGHAM Mrs., Mill end


PARRY Rev. Howard Lewis, M. A. [vicar], Vicarage



BEACH William, carpenter

CLARKE John, farmer & miller, Stow

CONSTANT Elizabeth (Mrs.), farmer, Noxon farm

DAVIS Richard, cooper

GILBERT John, beer retailer, Stow green

HOLDER Ann (Mrs.), farmer, Platwell

HUNT Jonathan, farmer

JONES Clemima (Mrs.), nail maker & beer retailer

JONES Edmund, wheelwright

JONES John, farmer, Scatterford farm

MATTHEWS Mathew, farmer, Stow green

MANTLE Sophia, (Mrs.), grocer

MILES Henry, farmer, Court farm

MILES James, farmer, Longney farm

MILES William, farmer

MORGAN Thomas, farmer, Cawdwell farm

MUSGROVE John, Ore Pool Inn

NICHOLAS Mrs., farmer, Hill House

PACKER Thos., plumber, painter & glazier

PAYNE Edwin, stone merchant

PRICHARD Jonathan, shoe maker

REES Alfred, grocer & stone cutter

RICHARDS Thomas, shoe maker

SMITH William, beer retailer

STEEL Thomas Rees, saddler & grocer

TAYLOR Thomas, saddler & harness maker

TEAGUE George, farmer, Trowgreen farm

TOWNSEND Richard, stone merchant & farmer

WHERRETT Daniel, farmer, Lamb's Quay farm

WILLIAMS Alice (Mrs.), Wyndham Arms, & stone merchant

WILLIAMS Hen., grocer & stone merchant, & post office

YARWORTH Thomas, stone merchant & farmer, Dean pool

YARWORTH William, butcher

YORK Thomas, blacksmith