LITTLE DEAN is a parish and large village, 2 miles north-west from Newnham station on the South Wales railway, 12 south-west from Gloucester and 116 from London, in the western division of the county, Saint Briavels hundred, Newnham petty sessional division and county court district, Westbury-on-Severn union, rural deanery of South Forest, Gloucester archdeaconry, and Gloucester and Bristol diocese, situated on the borders of the Forest of Dean, on the road from Newnham to Ross.
The church of St. Ethelbert is an old stone building in the Perpendicular style, and has chancel, nave, north aisle, south porch, tower and spire with 6 bells, and contains two monuments to the Pyrke family, and fine arch resting on two Norman pillars which divides the nave from the chancel. The register dates from [not stated ]. The living is a rectory, yearly value £190, with residence, in the gift of the trustees of the Church Patronage Society, and held by the Rev. William Lockett, B.A. of Queens College, Cambridge.
Here is a Congregational chapel.
The charities are of £25 yearly value.
A fair is held on the 26th November yearly, for cattle, sheep and pigs.
On a hill near the church is a circular encampment called Camp Hill, and several Roman roads still remain.
Dean Hall is the seat of Francis Edward Guise esq., M.W.Wemyss-Colchester is lord of the manor, and H.Crawshay esq. Joseph Bennett and D. Pyrke, esqrs. are chief landowners.
The soil is chiefly limey; the subsoil is brick earth and limestone. Coal and iron ore are procured in the neighbourhood. The chief crops are wheat and roots.
The area is 510 acres; rateable Value, £2,419; the population in 1871 was 884.
POST OFFICE:- Philip Glastonbury, receiver. Letters received through Newnham at 8 p.m.; dispatched at 6 & 7.30 p.m. The nearest money order offices are at Newnham and Cinderford.
Police Station, Gaol, Herbert Cresswell, sergeant.
There is a national school for boys & girls; average attendance 130; William Hobbs, master; Miss Dorcas Burgan, infants mistress.
CARRIER TO GLOUCESTER.- James Harris, Monday Wednesday & Saturday
Cowmeadow Thomas, Dean cottage
Griffiths Rev. David [Congregational]
Guise Francis Edward, Dean hall
Lockett Rev. William B.A. Rectory
Adams William Pitt, George inn
Boughton Amelia (Mrs.), farmer
Brain Esau, carpenter
Brain Samuel, farmer
Bryant, shoe maker
Cooper John, farmer
Davis Peter, carpenter & wheelwright
Drew William, farmer
Embling John, farmer, The Temple
Glastonbury Henry, plasterer
Guest William, farmer
Gwilliam Elizabeth (Mrs.), shopkeeper
Gwilliam Henry, nail maker
Gwilliam John, nail maker
Gwilliam Thomas, shopkeeper
Gwilliam Zachariah, nail maker
Hall Samuel, carpenter
Helt Henry, shoe maker
Hodges Hy. Jabez, iron works manager
Hurcomb Samuel, shopkeeper
Jolly Zachariah, boarding & day school
Meredith Daniel, beer retailer
Parker Richard, builder
Parsons Hannah (Mrs.), Cross Keys
Pritchard John, farmer
Purnell, Mary Ann (Mrs.), shopkeeper
Roberts Mary (Mrs.), shopkeeper
Robins Mary (Mrs.), farmer
Trigg Timothy, Bell
Westbrook Alfred, grocer & draper
Wilks Henry, Swan
Wynn George, chimney sweeper