Pigot's Directory of Coleford 1842


COLEFORD is a small market town and chapelry, in the parish of Newland and hundred of St. Briavels; 122 miles w. by n. from London, and 20 w.s.w. from Gloucester (the nearest railway station); pleasantly situated near the border of the county, abutting upon Monmouthshire. The coal and iron mines in this neighbourhood are very considerable; the ore of the latter is particularly rich, yielding, upon the average, about ninety per cent of metal. The town, which is lighted with gas, consists principally of one tolerable spacious street, in which is the market place; the environs are exceedingly pleasant, and some of the views are very picturesque. The land is undulating, and diversified with woods and orchards; and there is a considerable quantity of cider made from the produce of the latter. Coleford is a polling station at the election of members to represent West Gloucestershire. The places of worship are a handsome chapel of ease, and one each for baptists and independents, the later erected in 1842. A national school was opened here in 1835, and a bank for savings has lately been established. The market is held on Friday, and a fair (principally for wool) on the 20th June and following day. The population of Coleford chapelry is about 2,200.

The village of NEWLAND is situated about two miles from Coleford, and four s.e. by s. from Monmouth. The beautiful river Wye bounds the parish, and there are several rapid rivulets. The houses composing the village are erected in the form of an irregular quadrangle, of which the church is the centre; this edifice, which is dedicated to All Saints, is a spacious structure, with a tower at the west end, ornamented with pinnacles and open worked battlements; and the interior possesses some very ancient and interesting monuments. The living of the parish is a vicarage, in the gift of the Bishop of Llandaff; the Rev. George Ridout is the present incumbent. On the west side of the church-yard is the grammar school, founded in 1632 by Edward Bell, with a house and endowment for a master; there is also an almshouse, founded by the same gentleman: opposite are other almshouses, for sixteen Indigent persons, founded by William Jones, Esq., and there is a charity school, now conducted upon the national plan. The parish of Newland contained, by the returns for 1831, 4,046 inhabitants, and, by the late census (that of 1841), the diminished number of 3,940 - including the population of Newland tything (about 700), and that of Coleford, as above stated.

Post Office, Coleford, William Nicholson, Post Master - Letters from London, Gloucester and parts East and North arrive every morning at eight, and are despatched thereto every afternoon at half-past three - Letters from Monmouth and parts West, &c. arrive every forenoon at a quarter before eleven, and are despatched thereto every afternoon at half-past one.


Gentry & Clergy

BATHURST Chas. B., esq, Lydney park

BIRT Miss Margaret, Newland

DAVIES Rev. Richard, Staunton

DUCAREL Philip Jno., esq, Newland hse

FIELD Rev. E, Bicknor

GARNSEY Rev. T. R., Christ Church

GRIFFITHS Mrs -, Coleford

HAWKINS Rev. Edward, Coleford

HEWLING Mrs -, Coleford

HOWELL Mrs. Mary Ann, Coleford

HUGHES Mr. -, Coleford

JAMES Thomas, esq., Coleford

JONES Mrs. Martha, Coleford

MORGAN Rev. Theophilus, Newland

NICHOLS Mr. Henry, Coleford

NISBETT Harry, esq., Newland

PEEL Wm. Hy., Coleford

POOLE Rev. Hny., St. Paul's, Park End

RIDOUT Rev. George, Newland

ROGERS Captain -, Newland

SHEPPARD Rev. H., Newland

STEPHENS Rev. Wm. Henry, Newland

TEAGUE Mr. James, Coleford

TEAGUE Sarah, Coleford

TROTTER Misses Sarah & Eliz., Coleford



GRAMMAR SCHOOL, Newland - Rev. Theophilus Morgan, master

MESENGER R. B., Coleford

NATIONAL SCHOOL (boys & girls) Coleford - John Matthews, master; Sarah Matthews, mistress

NATIONAL SCHOOL, Whitecliff - John Stockham, master


Professional Persons, at Coleford

BATTEN Thomas, surgeon

FRYER Henry Hooper, attorney and clerk to the magistrates

HATTON John, surgeon

JENNINGS John, surgeon, Elmes

LOXLEY Wm. Haydon, surgeon and chemist

MARSH Tom, surgeon

PEACH Benjamin, attorney and agent for the Atlas Assurance Office

ROBERTS William, attorney

WILLIAMS Wm., chemist & druggist


Inns & Public House, at Coleford

Angel Inn, (and posting house), William Batten

Buck, Richard Porter

Jovial Colliers, David Smith

King's Head, Thomas Porter

Nag's Head, Eliz King, Whitecliff

Old White Hart, Thomas Morgan

Ostrich, Diana Hatton, Newland

Plume of Feathers, Nelson Harris

Red Lion, Thomas Grindell


Retailers of Beer


ELEY Richard


NELMES William



RUDGE George



STEEL Thomas






Iron & Coal Masters



JACKSON W., Perrygrove

JAMES John (and tin-plate manufacturer), Lydney

MUSHET David, Coleford

PROTHEROE Edward, Park End

TEAGUE Peter, Coleford

THOMAS John, Coleford

TROTTER Thomas & Co. (and iron founders), Cannop brook


Shopkeepers & Traders (in Coleford unless otherwise stated)

ADAMS Elizabeth, shopkeeper

ADAMS John, plumber & glazier, &c

ANTHONY Esaias, carpenter & builder

ASTEN William, butcher

ATKINSON John, gaveller of mines & mining surveyor for Dean Forest

ATWOOD Thomas, hosier

BEACH Elijah, boot & shoe maker

BEECH Humphrey, boot & shoe maker, Newland

BENFIELD Henry, boot & shoe maker

BENFIELD Jos., stone carver & painter

BLANCH William, grocer & toy dealr

BRADLEY Ebenezer, tailor

BROWN Henry, shopkeeper

BULLOCK James, saddler

CARPENTER John, boot & shoe maker

CLARK Thomas, boot & shoemaker

COLLINGS Harris, clock & watch mkr

COLLINGS Mary, dressmaker

COOPER George, nail maker

COURT James, painter, plumber &c.

COURT William, spirit dealer, auctioneer, upholsterer, and inspector of weights and measures

DORRINGTON George, tallow chandler

EVANS John, carpenter

FARMER & STAFFORD, ironmongers

FOXWELL John, tailor

FURBER William, boot & shoe maker

GAS WORKS - John Philpot, engineer

GRINDELL Thomas, stone merchant

HARPER Sarah, shopkeeper & butcher

HARRIS Keziah, straw hat maker

HARRIS Milson, butcher

HARRIS William, skinner and beer retailer

HART Charles, dyer

HATTON Thos. and Son, tailors & drapers

HAWKINS John, boot & shoe maker

HAWKINS Wm., baker & shopkeeper

HERBERT James, grocer & draper

HOLFORD John, shopkeeper

HOUGH Charles Cooper, printer &c.

JAMES Philip, stone cutter

JAMES William, stone cutter

JENKINS Henry, confectioner

JENKINS Henry, boot & shoe maker

JENKINS Thomas, stone cutter and grocer, and tea dealer

JONES Joseph, watch maker

JOYNES Stephen, tailor

KEARNS Elizabeth, straw hat maker

KEARSEY Richard, stone cutter

KEMEYS Joseph, cooper

KERBY Isaac Blanch, clock & watch maker

KING William, shopkeeper

LEWIS Thomas, tailor

LLOYD Lewis, tin-plate worker

LLOYD Thomas, stone mason

MARLIN James, stone mason

MORGAN Thomas, malster

MORRIS William, blacksmith

MOXHAM James, malster

NASH Ann & Emily, shopkeepers

NASH Maria, straw hat maker

NELMES William, shopkeeper

NEWMARCH James, carpenter and shopkeeper

NICHOLSON William, grocer, draper, and china and glass dealer

PARTRIDGE John, tailor, Newland

PHILLIPS Elizabeth Evans, linen and woollen draper

PHILLIPS Thomas, clothes dealer

PORTER John, shopkeeper

PRESTON John, eating house

PRICE William, tailor

ROBERTS John, nail maker

ROBERTS William Tewkes, auctioneer and mining surveyor

ROSSER Thomas, stone cutter

RUDGE George, mason

SALTER Richard T., tailor

SAVING'S BANK, Coleford - (open on Friday), James Teague, actuary

SMART Sarah & Amelia, shopkeepers

SMITH David, cabinet maker and upholsterer

SPEAR James, saddler

STEEL Thomas, blacksmith

STEPHENS James, boot & shoe maker

TAYLOR William, butcher, Newland

TEAGUE James, actuary to saving's bank

TEAGUE Thomas, currier & hair dresser

TERRETT John, ironmonger & builder

TERRETT Thomas, carpenter

THOMAS Hugh, shopkeeper

THOMAS John, tailor

THOMAS John, registrar of marriages

TOMLINS Emma, grocer and draper

TROTTER Isaiah, malster and dealer in hops

TROTTER John & Co., brewers and malsters

TROTTER Thomas Birt, draper & grocer

TUDOR Henry, butcher

TURNER Jane, draper and grocer

WARD Christr., blacksmith, Newland

WARDER Joseph, baker & flour dealer

WATTS John, baker

WATTS John, potter, Whitecliff

WATTS S & H., booksellers, stationers, and news agents

WATTS William, plumber, glazier & painter

WHITE Mary & Ann, stamp distributors

WHITE Richard & Son, land agents

WHITE Richard, jun., malster and auctioneer

WILCOX Edward, tailor

WILLIAMS Mary, shopkeeper

WILLIAMS Thomas, boot & shoe maker

WINTLE Sarah, beer retailer

YARNELL William, shopkeeper

YOUNG William, wheelwright


To Gloucester, Haines & Bland's Waggons pass through occasionally & James Holford, from the Old White Hart, twice a week.

To Monmouth, Haines and Bland's Waggons, pass through occasionally.