Alderton is a village and parish, 7 miles east from Tewkesbury, 5 east from Ashchurch station on the Bristol and Birmingham railway, 8 north-east from Cheltenham, and 4 north-west from Winchcomb, in the upper division of the hundred of Tewkesbury, union and county court district of Winchcomb, East Gloucestershire, rural deanery of Campden, archdeaconry of Gloucester, and bishopric of Gloucester and Bristol, situated near the Vale of Evesham, surrounded by picturesque hills, from one of which, Alderton Hill, there are most extensive views. The church of St. Margaret is an ancient building in the Gothic style, consisting of a nave, south aisle, porch, and tower with 6 bells; it is in good repair, and has a newly-erected organ, the gift of the rector. The register dates from 1596. The living is a rectory, value about £500 per annum, with handsome residence, in the gift of and held by the Rev. Charles Covey, M.A., of St. John’s College, Cambridge. Here are day and Sunday schools for boys and girls, supported by the rector.
On Alderton Hill, adjoining the parish, are found numerous specimens of fossils; the stone is hard, and makes excellent roads; it is of the inferior oolite class. The population, including Dixton, in 1861 was 487; the acreage is 1,750. The soil is good, chiefly arable; the subsoil is a stiff clay. Samuel Gist, Esq. (who is lord of the manor), the Earl of Wemyss and March, and the rector are chief landowners.
There are several charities of small yearly value. The Wesleyans have a small chapel here. Dixton, distant 2 miles south-south-west, is a hamlet in the parish of Alderton, and contains a large manor house, formerly the residence of the ancient family of Higford, now occupied by William Gist, Esq. Upon a hill near the house are the remains of a Saxon encampment.
Parish Clerk, Charles Agg.
Covey Rev. Charles, M.A
Covey Edward Rogers, esq
Agg Charles, shoemaker
Berwick Geo. blacksmith & shopkeeper
Cole Richard, farmer
Courter Isaac, carpenter
Day Thomas, shopkeeper
Day William, bailiff
Fluck George, shopkeeper
Grimmett Emanuel, builder
Mansell Leigh, blacksmith
Partington Frederick, beer retailer
Rawlings Michael Corbett, veterinary surgeon
Sharp Stephen, shopkeeper & baker
Stephens William, beer retailer
Taylor John, farmer
Teale Charles, farmer
Post Office. — Charles Agg, receiver. Letters arrive from Winchcomb at 10 a.m.; dispatched at 3.30 p.m. The nearest money order office is at Winchcomb. Registrar of Births & Deaths & Relieving Officer, Daniel Edlington, Cleeve.
School, Miss Eliza Harrison, mistress
Carriers : —
Sutton, to Evesham, monday; to Cheltenham, thursday & saturday
Peart, to Tewkesbury, Wednesday; to Cheltenham, thurs day & saturday.
Gist William, esq. Dixton house
Roberts James, farmer
Source: Post Office Directory of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and the City of Bristol, Printed and Published by Kelly and Co., Old Boswell Court, St. Clement’s, Strand, London. 1863.