Kelly's Directory of Coleford - 1870



COLEFORD is a market town and tithing in the parish of Newland, 8 miles from Lydney station on the South Wales Railway, 9 from Newnham, and 5 from Monmouth; it is a polling place for the Western division of the county; in Saint Briavels hundred, Monmouth union and county court district, rural deanery of The Forest, archdeaconry of Gloucester, and diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. It derives its support from the extensive mining districts of the Forest of Dean, by which it is surrounded. The church of St. John is an octagonal stone building, having a tower, organ, galleries, and 1 bell. The living is a perpetual curacy, yearly value 150 pound, with residence, in the gift of the bishop of the diocese, and held by the Rev. Thomas Holbrow, B.A., of Pembroke College, Cambridge. There is a mixed school, and also an infant school, each having a certificated teacher. The Baptist chapel, in Newland street, is a large structure, designed by C. G. Searle, esq., of London, and erected at a cost of £3,000; it will seat 800 persons, and there is a fine organ, built by Nicholson, of Worcester. The Independents have a chapel, and the Wesleyans also a small place of worship. The British schools in Newland street, held in the old Baptist chapel, are managed by a local committee, and have a certified master, with an average attendance of 160 pupils. The market is held on Friday; and there are fairs for the sale of wool, cattle, and cheese, on the 20th of June, and the last Friday in August. The charter for holding the market was granted on the 13th day of April, in the 13th year of the reign of Charles 11., the King of his own will contributing £40 towards the former building. The Town Hall is situated in the centre of the Market place: the basement forms the market house: it was built in the year 1662 and was enlarged and restored to its present state in the year 1866, and opened February 12th, 1867. The cemetery, which is situated at the edge of the town, upon a large and elevated piece of ground, was consecrated on the 18th of January, 1868. The Crown is lord of the manor. The charities are of £6 12s 2d annual value, distributed in kind. The area is included with Newland: the population in 1861 was 2,000.


Official Establishments, Local Institutions, & c

POST & MONEY ORDER OFFICE, Post Office Savings Bank & Govenment Annunity & Insurance Office & Telegraph Office - Henry Watts, postmaster. Letters are delivered from all parts at 7 a.m. & from the North at 2.15 p.m., dispatched to London at 9.30 a.m.; to the North at 2.40 p.m., & to the South at 8.35 p.m.

MAGISTRATES - Sir James Campbell, bart. General Woosnam, Col. Rooke, Capt. Dighton, Capt. Davies, Capt. Galway, A. gibbons, esq., C. T. Palmer, esq., R. Coke, esq., Isiah Trotter, esq., T. Batten, esq.

Clerk to the Magistrates, Henry Hooper Fryer, esq.


General Fire & Life, J. T. Thomas, Winnalls hill

Lancashire Life & Fire, William Lock, jun. The Gorse

Liverpool & London & Globe Fire & Life, John Coleman

London Assurance, B. W. W. Provis

London & Lancashire, E. J. Herbert

Manchester Fire, Caleb Adams, High Street

Norwich & London Accident, Henry Watts

Norwich Union Fire, Thomas B. Trotter

Phoenix Fire, Charles Taylor, Newland street

Provincial, H. W. Whitlock

Railway Passengers, John Coleman & O. Adams

Royal, H. W. Fryer & T. W. Glover

Royal Farmer's & General Fire, Life & Hail, James Dale, Lindors

Scottish Equitable Life, H. W. whitlock

Standard Life, C. C. Hough

Whittington Life, J. T. Williams, Market place



Town Hall & Market Hall, Mr W. H. Fryer, sec.; Alfred Jones, hall keeper & collector

Police Station, James White, superintendent

Stamp Office, H. Watts, distributor

Fire brigade, J. Coleman, manager; Thomas Pritchard, engineer

Cemetery, John Rees, curator

Parochial Burial Board, Mr H. H. Fryer, clerk

Gas Works, Isiah Trotter, esq., J. P. chairman; John Philpot, manager

Crown Receiver & Registrar's Office, G. E. Francis, receiver & registrar

Gaveller's Office, Hon. James kenneth Howard, gaveller; T. R. Brown, deputy gaveller; G. Langham, assistant



Registrar of Births & Deaths, Albert Stephens

Registrar of Marriages, James Herbert

Assistant Overseer for the Parish of Newland, John Prentice

Assistant Deputy Crown Surveyor of Woods & Forests, James Ward

Officer of Inland Revenue, William Butler

Town Crier, John Pope



National, Coalway road, Francis William Johns, master; Miss Mary Barron, mistress

National, Whitecliff, John Holloway, master; Miss E. H. Payne, mistress

British, Newland street, Alfred Noake, master; Mrs. Hughes, sewing mistress


COACH TO LYDNEY STATION, leaves Coleford every day (except sunday) from the King's Head at 9.30 a.m., & 2.40 p.m. & leaves Lydney for Coleford at 12 noon & 4.20 p.m.



ASTON Mr William, Bellvue cottage, Stanton road

ATKINSON George, esq., Perry grove

BATTEN Thomas, esq., J.P. The Marshes

FRANCIS George Edward, esq.

FRYER henry Hooper, esq. Newland street

HATTON John, esq. Bank house, Gloucester road

HOLBROW Rev. Thomas, B.A. [incumbent], Parsonage

HULLETT John, esq, Gloucester road

JENNINGS John Elmes, esq. High street

JONES Mrs. Newland street

LUCKES Henry Richards, esq. Bank

NASH Francis, esq. Bank

ROBERTS William, esq. Lawstone house

ROBERTS William, jun. esq. Perry grove

ROBERTSON Alexander, esq. Boxbush road

STEVENS Rev. Robert, M.A. [Independent], Rose cottage, Coalway lane

TETLEY Rev. William Henry [Baptist], Cinderhill

THOMAS John Trotter, esq. Winnalls Hill house

TROTTER Isiah, esq. J.P., The Coombs

WARDER Mr. Joseph, Mont View villa

WILLIAMS Thomas Joseph Adams, esq. Newland Street



ADAMS John & Son, plumbers, glaziers & painters, High st

ADAMS Emily (Mrs.), milliner, High street

ADDIS James, butcher, Market place

ANTHONY Essias, builder, Cinder hill

AYTON William, cabinet maker, Cinder hill

BARNARD James, Royal Oak, Gloucester road

BARRY George, provision & general dealer, Gloucester road

BATTEN Thomas, surgeon, Coalway lane

BAYTON Anne (Mrs.), beer retailer & provision dealer, Sparrow hill

BEACH James, photographer, Gloucester road

BENFIELD Henry, shoe maker, Gloucester road

BIRD Charles Edwin, printer & publisher, St. John street

BIRD Joseph, farmer, Edenwall farm

BISHOP James, general dealer, Market place

BOWEN Henry, confectioner, Newland street

BREMNER James, surveyor of roads, Gloucester road

BROWN Henry, farmer, Poolway farm

BROWN Thomas Forster, deputy gaveller of Dean Forest, Gaveller's office

BULL Matthew, tailor & hatter, High street

BULLOCK George, butcher, St. John street

BULLOCK James, saddler, St. John street

BUTLER William, officer of inland revenue, Sparrow Hill

CHEESE Henry, chemist & druggist, Market place

CLARK Thomas, shoe maker, Gloucester road

Coleford Corn Company (J. T. Adams, manager)

COLEMAN John, Speech House & auctioneer, valuer & agent to the Liverpool & London Fire & Life & Railway Passengers' Insurance Companies

COLLIMORE thomas, shoe maker & leather seller, Gloucester road

CULLIS James, beer retailer & shopkeeper, Coalway lane

DAVENPORT James, beer retailer & shopkeeper, Coalway lane

DAY John, farmer, Owen farm, Stanton road

DENNIS James, wine & spirit merchant, & agent for Allsopp's & Bass's ales, & Guinness's extra stout, St. John Street

DORRINGTON George, carpenter & builder, St. John street

ELLIS Edward, plasterer, Victoria place

EVANS George, butcher, Market place

Forester Newspaper (Charles Taylor, printer & publisher), Newland street

FRANCIS George Edward., receiver of crown rents, registrar of Dean forest, & steward of the manors of Saint Briavels, Staunton & English Bicknor

FRYER Henry Hooper, solicitor & clerk to the magistrates for Lydney & Coleford, Newland street

Gas Works (Isaiah Trotter, esq. chairman; John Philpot, manager), Newland street

Gloucestershire Banking Co. (Henry Richards Luckes, manager); draw on Union Bank of London

GWILLAM Hubert, shopkeeper, Gloucester road

HARPER James, butcher, St. John street

HARRIS Elizabeth (Mrs.), Nag's Head, Whitecliff

HARRIS Milson, Red Lion, Cinder hill

HATTON John, tailor & woollen draper, Market place

HATTON John, surgeon, Gloucester road

HAWKINS John, shoe maker, Back lane

HERBERT James, grocer & linen draper, Market street

HIGHLEY, Edward James, Old White Hart, St. John Street

HOCK, Raimund, watch maker, Market place

HOUGH Charles Cooper, Crown printing & stationery offices, Market pl.; residence Braceland lodge, English Bicknor

HOWELL Philip James, shopkeeper, Coalway Lane end

HULLETT John, solicitor & commissioner for taking affadavits, Gloucester road

JENNINGS John Elmes, surgeon, High street

JONES Amos, farmer, Scowles farm

JONES Edmund, Feathers, Market place

JONES Matthew, watch & clock ma. & jeweller, Newland st

KEARSEY James, shopkeeper, Coalway lane

KING Mrs., Angels hotel commercial & posting ho., Market pl

KIRK Francis, Unicorn inn, Market place

LOCKLEY Abraham, brewery agent, Newland street

MAISEY John, saddle & harness maker, Newland street

MATTHEWS Thomas, blacksmith, Whitecliff

MAYO Charlotte Augusta (Miss), music seller, Newland st

MILES John, farmer, Perry grove

MILES William Morgan, butcher, Market place

MILLER Henry, confectioner, Market place

MORGAN Henry, farmer, Breckness court

MORGAN Richard, butcher, Sparrow hill

MORGAN William, shoe maker, Stanton road

MORRIS James & Joseph, blacksmiths, Market place

MUSHET Robert, iron mines proprietor, Cinder hill

NASH Joseph, malster, Market place

Park Hill Mining Co. Lomited (W. H. Fryer. gen. man)

PITTWAY Charles, hair dresser, St. John street

POPE John, shoe maker & town crier, Sparrow Hill

POWELL Thomas, butcher, Gloucester road

POWELL William, tin plate worker, Coalway lane

PREMIER COLOUR WORKS Albert road: offices, Town hall

PRENTICE John, assistant overseer, Sparrow hill

PRICE William, tailor, Sparrow hill

PRITCHARD Thomas, agricultural implement ma. Boxbush rd

PROVIS Brothers, grocers & linen drapers, Market place

PULLIN William, Jovial Colliers' inn, & butcher, Gloucester rd

RAWLINGS John Mansel, painter & glazier, Market place

ROBERTS George & Louis, stone merchants, Boxbush rd

ROBERTS John, nail maker, Newland street

ROBERTS Samuel, builder

ROBERTS William, solicitor & registrar of county courts of newport and Chepstow, Cinder hill

ROBERTS William, jun., solicitor & deputy coroner for the Forest district, High street

ROBERTSON, Alexander, surgeon, Boxbush road

ROBINS George Tingle, Malster, High street

ROBINSON William, beer retailer & dining rooms, Market pl

ROSSER Hubert, shopkeeper, Stanton road

ROSSER Thomas, farmer, Whitecliff

RUDGE George, boot & shoe maker & leather seller, Lane end

RUDGE Thomas, butcher, Market place

SALMON Henry, brewer, Sparrow hill

SALTER Charles, tailor, St. John street

SALTER Richard, Tipping, tailor, Gloucester road

SMITH Joseph, watch maker & jeweller, Market place

STAUNTON IRON ORE CO.: offices, Town hall

STEED Edward, mealman & baker, Market place

STEEL Thomas, shopkeeper, Gloucester road

STEEL Thomas Rees, saddler & harness maker, Market place

STEPHENS Edwin, King's Head, Market place

SUTTON George, tin plate worker, Whitecliff

TAYLOR Charles, printer, publisher & editor of the "Forester" newspaper, Newland street

TAYLOR Hannah (Mrs.), straw bonnet maker, Gloucester rd

TAYLOR James, beer retailer & shopkeeper, Gloucester road

TAYLOR Jane (Mrs.), farmer, Beach's farm

TAYLOR John, beer retailer & shopkeeper, Whitecliff

TAYLOR Thomas, farmer, Whitecliff

TERRETT Hannah, (Mrs.), ironmonger & builder, High street

THOMAS Charles, shoe maker, High street

THOMAS James, builder, Boxbush road

THOMAS James, farmer, Whitecliff

TILLING & SMITH, grocers, Coalway lane

TILLING Maurice, coach builder, Coalway lane

TIPPINS Charles porter, wholesale & retail wine & spirit merchant, & agent for burton ales & dublin stout, Market place

TITANIC STEEL & IRON CO. LIMITED manufacturere of cast steel & "R Mushet's special steel", which required no hardening, single & double shear steel, spring steel, solid cast steel hammers, files &c. (J. W. Pease, M.P. chairman; Robert Mushet, manager; Robert Woodward, secretary), Forest steel works

TROTTER Thomas & Co. coal masters, iron foundry & stone works, Winnalls hill

TROTTER Edward Austin, grocer & draper, Market place

TROTTER Isaiah, manufacturing chemist, Oakwood chemical wks

TROTTER Thomas Birt (Mrs.), grocer, linen draper & corn factor, Market place

TYLER William, wheelwright, Boxbush road

VOYCE Noah, farmer, Broadwell, Lane end

VOYCE Edward, farmer, Whitehall farm

WARD James, assistant deputy crown surveyor of woods & forests, Sparrow hill

WATKINS George, shopkeeper, Gloucester rd

WATTS Henry, stationer, bookseller, & stamp office, & postmaster, Newland street

WATTS John, manufacturer of red & black ware, chimney, garden, rhubard & sea kelp pots, tobacco pipes & yellow ware, & wholesale & retail dealer in Staffordshire ware, Whitecliff potteries

WATTS William Henry, plumber & glazier, Market place

WEBB Thomas, beer retailer, Stanton road

WESTERN COUNTIES COLLIERY CO.: offices, Town hall; collieries, Hopewell & Mapleford; engine at the Futterill

WHERRETT William, farmer, Five Acres farm

WHITE Ann (Miss), milliner, High street

WHITE Anne (Mrs.), malster, St. John street

WHITE Charles, greengrocer, St. John street

WHITE William, beer retailer, St. John street

WILCOX Edward, Plough, Lane end

WILLIAMS Josiah Thomas, chemist & druggist, Market place

WILLIAMS Thomas, boot & shoe maker, High street

WILLIAMS Thomas Joseph Adams, solicitor, Newland street

WILLIAMS William Arthur, saddler, High street

WORGAN Thomas, farmer, Hawthorns farm

WYATT Susanna (Mrs.), china & furniture dealer

YARWORTH George, haulier & farmer, Lane end

YARWORTH Mary, shopkeeper, Market place

YOUNG Ann (Mrs.), greengrocer, St. John street

YOUNG Elizabeth (Mrs.), beer retailer, Back lane