Extract from Kelly's Directory of Gloucestershire, 1861
Transcribed by Brian Kings in Geraldton, West Australia © 1996
"MAISEMORE is a township, village, and parish, distant 2 miles north-west from the Gloucester railway station, 3 miles south-east from Hartpury, bounded on the east by the navigable river Severn, and on the west by the Hereford and Gloucester canal, in the Dudstone and King's Barton hundred, Gloucester union, county court district, archdeaconry and deanery, and diocese of Gloucester and Bristol, East Gloucestershire.
A branch of the river Severn is here crossed by a bridge, which was rebuilt on the restoration of peace after the siege of Gloucester. The church of St. Giles is a stone building, and consists of a nave and chancel, with a handsome embattled tower at the west end containing 6 bells; the chancel was restored in 1844 by the then Bisop of Gloucester. The living is a perpetual curacy, valued at 89 Pounds, with the residence and 3 acres of glebe land, in the patronage of the Bishop of Gloucester, and held by the Rev. George Harmer, M.A.. Maisemore lodge, the seat of J, Ford Sevier, Esq., stands on an elevation, commanding a fine prospect over the Severn.
The population in 1861 was 516. The parish contains 1,758 acres of rich meadow pasture, and arable land; rateable value 3,600 Pounds. The soil varies with the situation; on the banks of the Severn it is a red loamy clay, but on the higher parts, gravel."
"SPRING HILL, Persh, Saltbox, Court Farm, Watersend, Bridgend, and Northend are places here. Overton was a Roman settlement."
NAMES OCCUPATIONS ADDRESSES CRAWLEY Misses Spring Hill HARMER Rev. George, M.A. Parsonage house CHANDLER Thomas Ship (Innkpr) Maisemore CLARK John blacksmith Maisemore ETHERIDGE Henry builder Maisemore HAVILAND George tailer Maisemore HIAM George builder Saltbox HOOPER George shopkeeper & postmstr Maisemore MORRIS Thomas farmer Court farm OAKEY Joseph Bell (Innkpr) Maisemore POOLE Jesse blacksmith Maisemore PRICE John Rice shoemaker Maisemore PROSSER Richard wheelwright & crpntr Maisemore STEPHENS Charles farmer Bridge End farm STEPHENS Joseph coal merchant Maisemore SURMAN William farmer Rectory farm VALLENDER George farmer North End farm VALLENDER William butcher Maisemore VALLENDER William White Hart (Innkpr) Maisemore WADLEY Thomas farmer Overton farm WADLEY William farmer WHITE Edwin farmer Overton farm WILLIAMS Amos yoeman Maisemore
POST OFFICE.- George Hooper, sub postmaster. Letters arrive from - Gloucester at 7:30 a.m.; dispatched at 6:20 p.m.. The nearest money order office is at Gloucester.
BROOKS, from Bromsberrow & Redmarley, to Gloucester, monday, wednesday & saturday, returning same days.
WATTS, from Ashelworth & Hartpury, to Gloucester, monday, wednesday & saturday, returning same days.
BEALE, from Eldersfield, to Gloucester, every saturday, returning same day.
[Transcribed by Brian Kings in Geraldton, West Australia on 1st October 1996]