Abbenhall Kellys Gloucestershire Directory 1856

Abbenhall, or Abinghall, is a small parish 2 miles south from Micheldean road station, and 5 north-west from Newnham, in St. Briavel’s Hundred, Union of Westbury-on-Severn, from which it is 3 miles north-west. It is in the archdeaconry of Gloucester and bishopric of Gloucester and Bristol, situated on the high road from Newnham to Micheldean. The church of St. Michael is a stone building in the mediaeval style of architecture, and has a tower with 3 bells, nave, and south aisle, two brasses, and a font. The living is a rectory, worth £140 yearly with residence and 25 acres of glebe land; the Rev. James Davies, M.A., is incumbent. There is a day school for boys and girls. The population, in 1851, was 230, and the acreage is 1,000. John Probyn, Esq., is lord of the manor.

GUNN’S MILLS, 1 mile from the church, is a hamlet in the parish.


Colchester Maynard, esq. the Wilderness

Davies Rev. James, M.A. Rectory

Gould Aaron, esq.

Robinson Mr. John


Barnard James, shopkeeper & beer retlr

Farr George, blacksmith

Haile Joseph, ‘Lamb’

Joiner John, farmer

Millington John, grocer & draper

Scudamore John, farmer, Church farm

Smith George, boot & shoe maker

Smith Thomas, wheelwright

Vizard Thomas, farmer, Shapridge

Letters received through Micheldean, which is the nearest money order office.

St. Michael’s Church, Rev. James Davies, M.A. rector

School, Miss Julia Clapham, mistress

Source: Post Office Directory of Gloucestershire with Bath and Bristol. Printed and Published by Kelly and Co., 19, 20 & 21, Old Boswell Court, St. Clement’s, Strand, London. 1856.

Note: Micheldean is not a spelling mistake but is how it is spelt in the directory.