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Northleach, Gloucestershire

Extract from Slater's Directory of Gloucestershire, 1850

Transcription by Paul A. Best © 2006


Is a parish in the hundred of Bradley -- the market town is 80 miles w.n.w from London, 22 E from Gloucester, 13 E.S.E from Cheltenham, and 11 N. by E. from Cirencester (the last named town at present the nearest railway station) ; seated in a bottom, amongst the Cotswold Hills, about half a mile from seven springs, or source, of the river Leach. About three centuries ago, Northleach was of considerable importance as a clothing town, and here was also a public mart for wool and cloth ; but both the manufacture and the market have long since declined. And since the opening of the railways in the district its advantages of thoroughfare have been seriously diminished. An act of Parliament has been obtained for the formation of a railway between Oxford and Cheltenham, which, if ever completed, will pass through Northleach. The town is governed by a bailiff and two constables, elected at the court - leat, held annually in October by Richard Rice of Faringdon, Berkshire, Esq. The magistrates hold petty sessions at the house of corrections once a fortnight, and a county court is held at the Kings Head monthly, under the County Court Act of 1846, for the recovery of debts to any amount not exceeding £20.

The parish church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul; is a handsome and spacious embattled structure, with a fine tower ; and the interior contains some curios monuments and sepulchral brasses : the living is a vicarage in the patronage of the Bishop of Gloucester ; the Rev Frederick Aston is the present incumbent. The independents and Wesleyan Methodists have each a chapel. The charities are, an endowed grammar school, with a liberal provision for a head master and an assistant, founded by Hugh Westwood, with an exhibition to Oxford ; also a charity school, founded by George Townsend Esq., for twenty four poor children, endowed with £20 per annum. There are besides almhouses for six poor women, and others for the like number of decrepit men ; the former founded by Mrs Dutton -- the latter by Mrs Allen. The market, which is but indifferently attended, is held on Wednesday. Fairs -- the Wednesday before the 4th of May, the last Wednesday in May, August 3rd, the first Wednesday in September, and the Wednesday before and after the 10th October, for cattle, pleasure and pedlery. By the returns for 1831, the parish contained 795 inhabitants ; and, in 1841 {including the parish of Eastington} 1,229.

POST OFFICE, Thomas Wilkinson, Post Master, -- Letters from London and all parts arrive every morning at seven, and are despatched at half past seven in the evening.



Askew Rev Joseph, Northleach.
Aston Rev Frederick, Northleach.
Beynon Miss Matilda, Northleach.
Biscoe Rev Frederick, Turk Dean.
Bouldier Rev John, Farmington.
Hewer Mirs Ann, Northleach.
Larkington Miss -- Farmington.
Rice Rev Richard, Hamnet.
Sherborne the Right Hoble. Lord, Sherborne Park.
Southall Mr Charles, Northleach.
Thorp Rev Charles, Northleach.
Turner Mr Joseph, Northleach.
Waller Harry Edmund, Esq, Farmington Lodge.


Blanch Jane (day)
De Coudre Ann (day)
Dyer Joyce (Day)
Charity School Susannah Dyer and Elizabeth Peacy, mistresses.
Free Grammar School Rev Joseph Askew, head master ; Rev Richard Rice and John Peacey, assistants
Infants School Mary Febry, mistress


Bedwell John R surgeon.
Boulton Thomas, surgeon.
Higham John, surgeon.
Newmarch George Frederick, clerk to the commissioners of Crickley Hill and Campsfielf turnpike roads, Office, Dollar Street, Cirencester.
Ristle Joseph, surgeon.
Stiles Henry, attorney and superintendent registrar.


County Of Gloucester Bank, Henry Stiles agent.
Gloucestershire Banking Company, John Craddock agent.


Farmers And General, Richard Goodman.
London Mutual (life and guarantee) Habgood & Wane.
Norwich Union, Thos. Wilkinson.


Farriers Arms, John Wheeler.
Kings Head Inn (and posting house) Isaac Day.
Red Lion, John Window.
Rose and Crown, William Clifford.
Sherborne Arms, William Sparshott.
Union, Elizabeth Ball.
Wheatsheath, Martha Powell.


Acock Amy, toy dealer.
Acock John, chair maker.
Barnard Thomas, stone mason and beer retailer.
Bee John, carpenter.
Bee William, carpenter.
Blanch John, plumber and glazier.
Brindle William, cooper.
Burge Robert, saddler.
Clarck George, druggist and stationer.
Clary Benjamin, tailor.
Curtis Nathan, baker.
Duckett Wm. N. grocer and draper.
Dyer Robert, maltster and carpenter.
Earle John, carpenter.
Evans James, tailor.
Field Thomas, tailor.
Gardener Thomas, butcher.
Green John, beer retailer.
Habgood & Wane, drapers and grocers.
Halford William, watch maker and shopkeeper.
Harding Richard, tailor.
Harding Wm, maltster and butcher.
Hathaway Charlotte, milliner.
Haynes Charles, haberdasher.
Hemmings Richard, plasterer.
Ireland Ephraim, police inspector.
Jefferies Wm, chair and basket maker.
Jones James, tailor.
Joynes Priscilla, shopkeeper.
Margets Cornelius, shoe maker.
Midwinter Benjamin, stone mason.
Midwinter George, miller.
Midwinter Jonathan, pork butcher and chine dealer.
Midwinter William, wheelwright.
Organ Elizabeth, dress maker.
Parker John, fellmonger.
Peacey John, Stationer.
Powell Charles, butcher.
Price William, shoeing smith.
Roberts Isaac, shoe maker.
Roberts John, gardener and seedsman.
Roffe Edmund, stone mason.
Sheppard John, slater and plasterer.
Simpson Frederick, hair dresser.
Smith Betsy, straw bonnet maker.
Soul Avies, milliner & dress maker.
Soul Joseph, farrier.
Taylor Richard, beer retailer.
Teal Thomas, brazier and tinman.
Thorndell John, shopkeeper.
Walker James, corn, seed and coal merchant.
Watts George, shopkeeper.
Wenman John, baker.
Westmacott Amy, shopkeeper.
Westmacott John, shoe maker and ironmonger.
Wheeler John, blacksmith.
Wheeler John, beer retailer.
Wilkinson Thomas, grocer and draper.
Window John, baker.
Wood William, shopkeeper.


Master John Davis.
Matron Eliza Hine.
Schoolmaster Henry Wison.
Schoolmistress Eliza Councer.
Chaplain Rev. Joseph Askew.
Clerk to the board of Guardians Henry Stiles
Relieving Officers Charles Hathaway and Richard Kendrick.


To Cheltenham, the Rival (from Oxford), calls at the Kings Head, every evening (Sundays excepted) at half past six.

To Oxford, the Rival (from Cheltenham) calls at the Kings Head, every morning (Sundays excepted) at twenty minutes past eleven.


The nearest Station is Cirencester, about elevan miles distant on the Western Union Railway. Cheltenham, thirteen miles distant, is a Station on the Birmingham Gloucester line.
There is a Coach daily to Cheltenham, as stated above.


To Cheltenham, Thomas Haines and Co from their warehose, Wednesday and Saturday.
To Cirencester, Charles Restell, from his house, Monday and Friday and Richard Taylor, on Monday.
To Gloucester, James Hawker and Richard Taylor, from their respective houses, Thursday.
To Oxford, Thomas Haines & Co, Tuesday and Friday.



[Transcribed by Paul A. Best in March 2006 from a personal copy of the Directory]