MEASHAM, Derbyshire - Extract from National Gazetteer, 1868


The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer (1868)]
"MEASHAM, a parish in the hundred of Repton, county Derby, 3½ miles S. W. of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, its nearest money-order office, and 9½ N. of Atherstone. It is situated on the Ashby-de-la-Zouch canal and small river Mease, from which it derives its name. This latter rises at Ashby, and runs 16 miles S. and W. to the river Trent, below Croxall, bounding the parish of Measham. The parish includes, on the S. and E., the hamlets of Donisthorpe and Oakthorpe. The chief trade of the town is in the manufacture of silk, tape, and small ware.

There is also a steam boiler and chain manufactory, giving employment to a large number of hands. A brisk trade is carried on in malting and brewing. Coal is found, but not worked, and there are quarries of good building-stone. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Lichfield, value £97.

The church, dedicated to St. Lawrence, has a tower containing a clock and four bells. The parochial charities produce about £325 per annum, of which £268 goes to Monk's school. There are National, British, and infant schools. The Wesleyans and Baptists have each a chapel, and the latter have a Sunday-school in connection. Measham Hall is a brick-built mansion, situated in the midst of an extensive park."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin HINSON ©2003]