PAUNTLEY is a parish and village on the banks of the Leadon, in Newent union, containing, by the census of 1861, 233, and in 1871, 205 inhabitants, and 1967 acres; in the northern division of the deanery of the Forest, archdeaconry of Gloucester, diocese of Gloucester and Bristol, hundred of Botloe, West Gloucestershire; 2 miles north-east from Newent, 10 north-west from Gloucester, and 111 from London. The vicarage, in the incumbency of the Rev. Thomas Palling Little, M.A., is valued at £80 per annum, and is in the patronage of the Bishop of the diocese. The church is an ancient edifice in the Norman style, dedicated to St. John the Evangelist, consisting of nave and chancel, which has a fine Norman arch, an ancient chapel on the south side of the chancel, and porch on the north side of the nave, with tower and three bells. The Wesleyans have a place of worship here. There are some saline springs on the banks of the Leadon. Asman Ricardo, Esq., J.P., is the chief landowner. The rateable value of this parish is £2674.
POOL HILL is a hamlet of this parish, in which a school was erected in 1870, which is also used as a place of divine worship; it is supported by voluntary contributions. This is supposed to have been the birthplace of the celebrated Richard Whittington, thrice Lord Mayor of London, it having been in possession of his ancestors from the time of Edward I.
Trades and Professions
BUTLER John, farmer, Pauntley court
CHEW Thomas R., farmer, Pant house
FARMER Thomas, miller, Payford mill
FOWLER William, farmer, Ryle house
HILL Joseph J., farmer, Crookes farm
IMMINS James, shopkeeper
LEIGHTON Thomas, carrier
LEIGHTON Thomas, Jun., shopkeeper
MORRIS John, blacksmith
RANDALL Joshua, farmer, Kew's farm
SMITH George, timber dealer, Walden villa
SMITH Henry, farmer, Aylsmoor farm
WIGLEY William Henry, assistant overseer and collector of poor rates for the parishes of Aston-Ingham (Herefordshire), Newent, Pauntley, and Upleadon, Whitehouse
Letters from Newent, which is also the nearest money order office.
National School, Pool Hill - Miss Elizabeth Smith, mistress.
Assistant Overseer and Collector of Poor Rates - William Henry Wigley
Carrier - Thomas Leighton, to Gloucester, on Saturday.