NEWENT is a small irregularly built borough and market town, in the hundred of Botloe, and county of Gloucester and immediately on the verge of the counties of Worcester and Hereford; distant 112 miles from London, and eight from Gloucester, Ledbury, and Ross. Its communications with the metropolis are regular, owing to coaches running from the place, lately established on this road, which communication is likely to be the means of bringing the place into notice, and ultimately tend greatly to its advantage. Indeed, from the spirit of improvement which has begun to pervade, it is probable ere long that it will rank very respectably in the scale of towns. The principle ornaments of the town are the spas and gardens. It appears that the component parts of these springs (which have been fully explained by Dr. Reece, in a treatise on the nature and properties of medicinal waters) are similar to those at Cheltenham, and equally beneficial in similar cases. The Well Cottage, surrounded by enlivening and interesting scenery, is within an easy walk of the town; to which the approach is through Mr. De Visme's delightful pleasure grounds, accompanied part of the way by the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire canal, and two large sheets of water form in the spring and summer a most enchanting promenade. The church is a handsome and venerable pile; is very clean and neat, and contains many singular monuments, particularly one of great antiquity to the memory of Baron Grandison. The present vicar is the Rev. R. F. Onslow, archdeacon of Worcestor, and the curate is the Rev. Wm. Beale, vicar of Dymock. The present magistrates acting for the hundred of Botloe, and residing in the town, within the said hundred, are the Rev. R. F. Onslow and Thomas Richardson, Esq., Osman Richards, Esq., of Bromsbrow-place, near Newent, is also a magistrate acting for the said hundred, and William Munroe, Esq., of Newcourt, is also in the commission of the peace for the county of Gloucester. On the 29th January, 1673, the steeple of the church fell down with a tremendous crash, immediately after evening service, just as the clerk had locked the door, and not a single person was injured. To commemorate the providential escape, Eleanor Green, spinster, bequeather a sum of money, say 10s. to be paid to the officiating clergyman, for the time being, for a sermon to be preached on the 29th January annually. The parish is divided into the following tythings, viz. Compton, Eugley, Malswrit, Boulsdon, Kilcote, and the town liberty; and contains inhabited houses 531, occupied 556 families; uninhabited houses 15. The families employed in agriculture are 310; in trade and manufacture 148. Families not comprised in the above are 98; amounting in the whole, according to the last census in 1821, males 1,330, females 1,330 - total 2660, which is an increase since 1811 of 122. 'Tis astonishingly singular and worthy of remark, that the sexes are equal in number. Fairs are Wednesday before Easter, Wednesday before Whitsuntide, August 12th, and the Friday after the 19th of September, Market day is on Friday. A court leet is held here in the month of November annually.
Thomas Hartle, Post Master - The Horse Mail departs every morning at eight for Gloucester, from whence Letters are forwarded to all parts of the kingdom, and returns every afternoon at four.
BEALE F., Newent Old Academy
COWLES Mary, (for ladies)
CUMMINS Joseph, (commercial)
HILL Amy, (for ladies)
AINSWORTH AND CADLE, (and clerks to the magistrates, and commissioners of land and assessed taxes for the hundred of Botloe, and to the trustees of the turnpike roads in Newent and Aston districts, in the counties of Gloucester and Hereford)
HARTLAND John, C.C.A.
Bakers and Flour Dealers
Blacksmiths and Farriers
Boot and Shoe Makers
Braziers and Tin-Plate Workers
Carpenters and Joiners
Carver, Guilder & Upholsterer
PENNER Thomas E.
Drapers, Mercers and Grocers
CUE Richard, (and tallow chandler)
HARTLE Thomas, (and post master)
CROMWELL Richard, (and glass)
POINER John, (and carrier)
Fire and Life Office
BIRMINGHAM, Richard Sier
Grocers and Flour Dealers
Inns and Post Houses
George, John Ellis
Red Lion and Commercial Hotel, George Warder
Millers and Flour Dealers
Plumbers, Glaziers & Painters
BENNETT George, (and rope maker)
THURSTON Henry, (& pattern maker)
Stone Masons, &c
WILKS George, sen.
WILKS George, jun.
WOOD Samuel, (and habit maker)
Tallow Chandler and Soap Boiler
CUE Richard, (and grocer)
Taverns and Public Houses
Bull, Lawrence Brown
Crown, William Loggins
King's Arms, Richard Allen
Royal Oak, William Powell
BISCO James, linen manufacturer
BRADLEY Thomas, watch maker
CRAVEN Jonathan, toy dealer
DEYKES William, steward to Thomas Foley, Esq., Oxenhall
HAYWARD Henry, teacher of music
LEWIS Benjamin, clerk to the canal company
MOODY John, governor of the workhouse
PICKERING Lewis, breeches maker
PUGH William, excise officer
TANNER Joseph, veterinary surgeon
Carriers by Land
GLOUCESTER, James Gatfield, Saml. Watts and John Poiner, every Wednesday and Saturday.
ROSS, James Gatfield, every Thursday.
GLOUCESTER, the Rising Sun, Champion and Veteran, from the George Inn, every morning (Sunday excepted) at half-past seven.
HEREFORD, Ross, &c, the Rising Sun, from the George Inn, at half-past four in the afternoon; and the Champion and Veteran, at five in the morning.