BLAKENEY, with the tithings of BLEDISLOE, ETLOE and HAGLOE, is an ecclesiastical parish formed in 1853 from the parish of Awre: it is 3½ miles south from Newnham, 4 miles north from Lydney, 15 south from Gloucester and 120 miles from London, on the Gloucester and Chepstow road, 1½ miles from the river Severn and 1½ miles from Awre station on the Gloucester and South Wales railway, in the Western division of the county, hundred of Bledisloe, Westbury-on-Severn union, Newnham county court district, rural deanery of the North Forest, Gloucester archdeaconry and Gloucester and Bristol diocese.
The church of All Saints is a plain modern stone building, and consists of nave and porch with small belfry and 1 bell. The register dates from the year 1813. The living is a vicarage, gross yearly value £442, in the gift of the HaberdashersÕ Company, and held by the Rev. Alexander David Pringle, M.A. of Caius College Cambridge. Part of the manor of Ruddle is in this parish.
There are Baptist and Congregational chapels.
There is a steam flour mill belonging to Mr. Stephen White, who also carries on a considerable business in the corn trade.
Fairs are held on May 12th and November 12th yearly for cattle, sheep &c.
The soil is clay and loam ; subsoil red sandstone, shale and limestone. The chief crops are wheat and roots.
HAGLOE is a tithing and manor, half a mile south-east. The Queen is lady of the manor.
ETLOE is a tithing three quarters of a mile west.
BLEDISLOE is a tithing, 1½ miles north-east. This tithing with Hagloe an Etloe, takes its name from lows, or barrows, which are still to be seen. J Mathias, esq. is lord of the manor.
The principal landowners are The Crown, Mrs. Jones, Underdean, and Russell James Kerr, esq. The area of Blakeney is 430 acres, and of the parish of Blakeney and tithings is 3,856A 1R 14P.; The rateable value is returned with Awre ; the population in 1871 was 965.
Parish Clerk, William Willets.
POST, MONEY ORDER & TELEGRAPH OFFICE & Savings Bank & Government Annuity& Insurance Office, Blakeney. – Miss Emma Sophia Minchin, postmistress. Letters received through Newnham, delivered at 8 a.m. dispatched at 6.30 p.m. ; dispatched on Sundays at 11 a.m.
URBAN SANITARY AUTHORITY
Clerk, Maurice Frederick Carter
Medical Officer, F.T. Bond, M.D.
Surveyor & Inspector, James Playstead
Collector, Thomas J Foster
British Empire Mutual Life, T.M. Williams
Manchester Fire, Alfred Butler
Stamp Office, Joseph Philpotts, distributor
Police Station, Joseph Williams, sergeant
National, Thomas Foster, master
British, Walter Feltham, master
Holmes Simeon, Old Court House
James Rev. Thomas [Baptist]
Mark Rev. John [Congregational]
Pringle, Rev. Alex. David, M.A. [Vicar]
White Stephen Adolphus, Mill End
Adams John, grocer
Bennett William, miller, Nibley
Butler Alfred, draper & grocer, & agent for W. & A./Gilbey, wine & spirit mers
Charley James, builder & plasterer
Charley Samuel, grocer, draper & newspaper correspondent
Charley Walter, butcher
Clayfield Henry, butcher
Collins Thomas, beer retailer, Ayleford
Creswell Frederick, painter & paperhngr
Davis James, farmer, Hulins farm
Davis Thomas, Cock Nibley
Dyer William & Son, grocers
Dyer Alfred, baker
Fisher William, plumber & glazier
Ford Samuel, furniture dealer
Gas Light & Coke Co. (Samuel Charley, sec.)
Godfrey Isaac, Kings Head
Godwin James, boot & shoe maker
Griffiths Eli, Yew Tree
Griffiths John, farmer, Hays farm
Harris Charles Sidney, clothier
Holder William, boot & shoe maker
Hopkins Robert, boot & shoe maker
Hulin Caleb, blacksmith & wheelwright
Hulin Walter John, organist & teacher of music
Inman Martin Roe, carpenter
Jennings William, farmer Nether hall
Kelsey Frances (Miss) fancy repository
Minchin Emma Sophian (Miss) shopkeeper & postmistress
Moore John tailor, boot & shoe wareho
Morse Charles, jun. Fishmonger
Newman David, shopkeeper
Nickoles Jas. Swan Temperance Hotel
Parsons Mary (Mrs.), Bird-in-Hand
Penn Richard Morse, builder, joiner, wheelwright & timber merchant
Phelps Thomas, farmer, Nibley
Philpotts Joseph, chemist & druggist, & stamp office
Powell Jas., wood turner & rake maker
Shipton Thomas, farmer
Smith, Wilkinson & Co., brewers, Steam brewery
Smith James, farmer, Little Box
Taylor Martha (Mrs.), farmr. Viney frm
Thomas Sarah (Mrs.), farmer
Virgo William, farmer
Webb John, Surgeon
Whitaker John, gasfitter
White John Watts,grocer
White Stephen Adolphus, miller & corn merchant, Steam mills
Williams Thomas Major, tailor
Williams Walter, painter & paperhanger
Wood Mrs. Bledisloe cottage
Baber Francis, farmer, The Box
Smith John, farmer, Poulton farm.