Dursley, Gloucestershire Family History Guide

Dursley is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Gloucestershire.

Parish church: St James the Great

Parish registers begin: 1639

Nonconformists include: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Independent/Congregational, Society of Friends/Quaker, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Dursley

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

DURSLEY, a small town, a parish, a sub-district, and a district in Gloucester. The town stands at the base of a steep hill, amid very fine scenery, at the terminus of a short branch of the Bristol and Gloucester railway, 5 ½ miles ESE of Berkeley, and 15 SSW of Gloucester. It is irregularly built, and contains many old houses. It was a borough so early as the time of Edward I., but does not appear to have ever been represented in parliament; and it was governed by a chief officer styled præ-positus, who has been succeeded by a bailiff of little authority. It is a seat of petty sessions, and a polling-place; and it has a head post office, a railway station, two banking offices, a chief inn, a market-house, a church, two dissenting chapels, alms-houses, a workhouse, and charities £179. The market house was built about the year 1738; and has, at its east end, a statue of Queen Anne. The church is later English, beautifully decorated; has a handsome modern Gothic tower at the west end; and includes a chantry-chapel erected, in the time of Henry VI., by Thomas Tanner. Copious springs arise on the south-east side of the churchyard; have a perennial volume of such power as to drive a fulling-mill at about 100 yards distant; and are supposed to have given rise to the name Dursley, as a corruption of dur and ley, signifying "water-meadow." A weekly market is held on Thursday; and fairs are held on 6 May and 4 Dec. A woollen manufacture was formerly carried on, to the extent of employing 115 persons, in 4 mills, in 1838; but has materially declined. The town had Bishop Fox, of Henry VIII. 's time, as a native; and it gives the title of Viscount to the Earl of Berkeley. The parish comprises 1,059 acres. Real property, £8,008; of which £300 are in railways, and £146 in gas-works. Pop., 2,477. Houses, 550. The property is much subdivided. The manor belonged to the Berkeleys, from Domesday till the time of Richard II.; and passed through the Cantelupes, the Chedders, and others, to the Escorts. A baronial castle of the Berkeleys stood at the north-west end of the town; was pulled down about the time of Queen Mary; and is still-commemorated by vestiges of its moat, and by the name of Castle fields borne by the neighbouring fields. A peculiar kind of building material, called puff-stone, very soft when first excavated, but becoming hard and durable on exposure to the air, is worked. The living is a rectory, united with the p. curacy of Woodmancote, and was till Feb. 1865 annexed to the archd. of Gloucester, in the diocese of Gl. and Bristol. Value, £228. The sub-district contains also the parishes of Stinchcombe, Cam, and Slimbridge. Acres, 9,899. Pop., 5,106. Houses, 1,172. The district comprehends also the sub-district of Wotton-under Edge, containing the parishes of Wotton-under-Edge, North Nibley, and Kingswood; and the sub-district of Uley, containing the parishes of Uley, Owlpen, Nymphsfield, and Coaley. Acres, 26, 521. Poor-rates in 1862, £7,424. Pop. in 1851, 14,803; in 1861, 13,331. Houses, 3,234. Marriages in 1860, 75; births, 383, of which 27 were illegitimate; deaths, 299, of which 69 were at ages under 5 years, and 23 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 850; births, 3,805; deaths, 2,977. The places of worship in 1851 were 14 of the Church of England, with 5,618 sittings; 8 of Independents, with 3,128 s.; 4 of Baptists, with 1,173 s.; and 7 of Wesleyan Methodists, with 1,466 s. The schools were 22 public day schools, with 1,615 scholars; 33 private day schools, with 581 s.; and 31 Sunday schools, with 3,217 s.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Dursley, a market-town and parish, in the upper division of the hund. of Berkeley, union of Dursley, county of Gloucester; 108 miles west by north of London, and 15 miles south-west by south of Gloucester. Acres 1,360. Houses 635. A.P. £5,565. Pop., in 1801, 2,379; in 1831, 3,226. The town stands at the foot of a hill, near the source of a small stream, called the Cam. Living, a rectory in the archd. and dio. of Gloucester and Bristol, formerly annexed to the archd. of Gloucester; rated at £10 14s 4½d. Patron, the bishop of the diocese. Here are an Independent church, formed in 1764; a Wesleyan Methodist, in 1801; and also 2 daily and 4. Sunday schools, one of the former of which is National, and is supported by endowment. Only 1 in 20 of the population of Dursley has been educated. Charities, upwards of £70 per annum. Poor rates, in 1837. £1,186. There are many poor in Dursley, and their houses are wretched and destitute. A workhouse has been erected here for the union of Dursley, by the poor-law commissioners, capable of accommodating 280 persons. The Dursley poor-law union comprehends 11 parishes, embracing an area of 36 square miles; with a population returned, in 1831, at 19,518. The average annual expenditure on the poor of this district, during the three years preceding the formation of the union, was £10,931. Expenditure, in 1838, £7,250. in 1839, £7,631 1s. Dursley was one of the boroughs included in the return made by the sheriff of Gloucestershire in the reign of Edward I., but it does not appear that it ever sent members to parliament. If it ever did, it has long since lost the privilege. It is the principal place of election for the members for the western division of the county. The local authorities are a bailiff and 12 aldermen. At a court-leet, in October, the homage jury annually present the names of three inhabitants of the town, of whom the lord of the manor selects one to be bailiff; who, on his office expiring, becomes an alderman, if the number of 12 be incomplete. Nether bailiff nor aldermen have municipal functions or municipal property of any kind. Four woollen mills here, in 1838, employed 115 hands. In the district of Dursley, however, there were, in 1839, 11 cloth mills in use. This is one of the principal woollen districts in the county. In the town itself there were formerly about 150 hand-loom weavers, and it was a very brisk manufacturing town; but, in 1839, there were only about 20: the clothing trade had greatly declined: two or three mills were then vacant, and almost in ruins. Near the centre of the town is a market-house built in 1738. The market was chartered by Edward IV., in 1471. It is held on Thursday, and there are fairs for the sale cattle and pedlery on 6th May, and 4th December. There is here a stratum of tophus or puff stone, so soft as to be worked with facility; but, on exposure to the air, it becomes uncommonly hard and durable. The walls of Berkeley castle were built of the stone, which, though upwards of 700 years old, are in good repair.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.

Bankrupts

Below is a list of people that were declared bankrupt between 1820 and 1843 extracted from The Bankrupt Directory; George Elwick; London; Simpkin, Marshall and Co.; 1843.

Beard Thos., sen., Dursley's Cross inn, Gloucestersh., victualler, Aug. 7, 1835.

Buchanan William Cox, Dursley, Gloucestershire, scrivener, May 13, 1842.

Denley Cornelius, Dursley, & St. Catherine mill, paper maker, March 21, 1826.

Gough John, Dursley, Gloucestershire, linen draper, April 30, 1825.

Gough John Wood, Dursley, Gloucestershire, stationer, Nov. 17, 1835.

Gough John Wood, Dursley, Gloucestershire, stationer, July 18, 1837.

Harris Alpheus, Dursley, Gloucestershire, wool broker, April 2, 1841.

Moore Thomas, Dursley, Gloucestershire, ironmonger, Sept. 17, 1838.

Trotman Thomas, Dursley, Gloucestershire, mealman, Feb. 14, 1824.

Whittard Thomas, Dursley, Gloucestershire, shopkeeper, Feb. 17, 1832.

Young Henry, Dursley, Gloucestershire, common brewer, Dec. 9, 1831.

Marriages

Marriages at Dursley 1639-1812

Marriages at Dursley 1639-1812 - UK Genealogy Archives

Transcriptions

Marriages at Dursley 1810 to 1812

William Parker, b., & Harriet Dauncey, s., 1 Jan. 1810

John Millard, b., & Elizabeth Gibbons, s., 2 Jan. 1810

James Tayler, b., & Charlotte Elizabeth Smith, s., lic., 2 Jan. 1810

Samuel Hancock, b., & Mary Russell, s., 25 Feb. 1810

John Jervis, p. St. Cuthbert, in the city and dio. of Wells, b., & Jane Honiball, this p., lic., 24 Mar. 1810

John Penly, b., p. Uley, & Alice Harris, s., this p., lic., 28 Mar. 1810

Thomas Thurston, b., & Frances Davis, s., 2 Apr. 1810

John Perrott, b., & Elizabeth French, s., 2 Apr. 1810

Thomas White, b., & Charlotte Francis, s., 4 Apr. 1810

Thomas Tippetts, w., & Susannah Augusta Rowland, s., lic., 24 Apr. 1810

Richard Jones, b., & Mary Davis, s., lic., 27 May 1810

John Hill, b., & Mary Porter, s., 12 June 1810

Thomas Turner, b., p. Stinchcombe, & Sarah Stockwell, s., this p., lic., 16 June 1810

Daniel Walkly, w., p. Horseley, & Sarah Bruton, this p. lic., 1 Aug. 1810

William Wood, b., & Rachael Hall, s., 2 Oct. 1810

John Hunt, b., p. St. Leonard, Colchester, & Edith Morgan, this p., lic., 2 Nov. 1810

John Jones, b., p. Painswick, & Mary Hill, s., this p., 3 Dec. 1810

Frederick Harman, b., & Sarah Wood, s., 25 Dec. 1810

Thomas Elliotts, b., & Mary Heath, s., 20 Jan. 1811

Samuel Pearce, w., p. Stroud, & Ann Wild, this p., lic., 5 Mar. 1811

John Griffiths, w., p. Cam, & Ann Cox, s., this p., 12 Mar. 1811

Thomas Gibbs, w., & Ann Jones, s., 18 Mar. 1811

John Cox, b., & Mary Talboys, s., 25 May 1811

James Alpass, b., p. Berkeley, & Susanah Lewton, s., lic., 15 June 1811

Benjamin Lusty, b., & Hester Hathway, s., 8 Oct. 1811

Samuel Marsh, b., & Hannah Organ, s., lic., 29 Oct. 1811

John Nicholls, w., p. Cam, & Ann Hodges, s., this p., 4 Nov. 1811

Thomas Baglin, b., & Ann Trotman, s., 19 Nov. 1811

Charles Maidstone, w., & Ann Heath, s., 2 Dec. 1811

Samuel Heath & Elizabeth Woodward, 15 Jan. 1812

George Elliotts & Elizabeth Daniels, 22 Jan. 1812

David Harman & Betty Grigg, 26 Jan. 1812

Nehemiah Hall, b., & Elizabeth Vizard, s., 28 Jan. 1812

Richard Matthews, w., p. Sherston, co. Wilts, & Hester Wyett, s., this p., lic., 30 Jan. 1812.  [Note: So in the paper volume of printed forms.  The entry in the duplicate parchment Register on 30 Jan. 1812 is “Francis Hathurst and Elizabeth Whyett.”

Dennis Angel, b., & Ann Elliotts, s., lic., 21 Mar. 1812

John Heath, b., & Susanna Fords, s., 14 Apr. 1812

Daniel Webb, b., & Sarah Gwinel, s., 6 May 1812

George Sinigar, b., & Harriet Wintle, s., 18 May 1812

John Minifie, w., p. St. Peter and Paul, in the city of Bath, & Sarah Bendall, s., this p., lic., 24 May 1812

Charles Jobbins, b., & Elizabeth Trotman, s., 21 June 1812

William Atkins, b., & Elizabeth Elliotts, s., 12 July 1812

Moses Knight, w., & Hannah Werlock, s., 21 July 1812

Isaac Heath, w., & Elizabeth Ball, s., 21 July 1812

Joseph Watts, w., Ann Newth, s., 26 July 1812

George French, b., & Lucy Longstreeth, s., 27 Sept. 1812

Elias Smith, b., & Betty May, s., 25 Dec. 1812

Source: Gloucestershire Parish Register. Marriages. Edited by W. P. W. Phillimore, M.A., B.C.L., Vol V. Issued to the Subscribers by Phillimore & Co., 36, Essex Street, Strand, London. 1899

Marriages at Dursley 1805 to 1809

John Howard & Ann Ball, 19 Feb. 1805

John Baken & Elizabeth Yewen, 8 Apr. 1805

Thomas Collis & Mary Coopey, 5 June 1805

Edward Millard & Rachel Doddrel [sig. Doddrell], 22 July 1805

Samuel Nichols & Hannah Ellison, 17 Oct. 1805

Thomas Hancock, w., & Elizabeth Miles, s., 22 Oct. 1805

Timothy Player & Charity Edwards, 10 Nov. 1805

Charles Hurlstone, b., & Elizabeth Herman, s., 8 Jan. 1806

John Bennett, b., p. Cam, & Sarah Newth, s., this p., 31 Jan. 1806

Daniel White, w., p. Cam., & Sarah Hall, w., this p., lic., 3 Feb. 1806

Elias Organ, b., & Betty Fisher, s., 10 Feb. 1806

Enoch Smith, b., & Ann Dainton, s., 9 Mar. 1806

John Morgan, b., & Elizabeth Brothers, s., 31 Mar. 1806

John Lewton, b., & Elizabeth Hurlstone, s., 15 Apr. 1806

Daniel Hancock, b., & Mary Harvey, 19 Apr. 1806

John Smith, b., & Ann Summers, s., 24 June 1806

John Wood, b., & Sarah Adley [this entry is inserted on a slip of paper], 14 Sept. 1806

James Morgan, b., & Ann Heath, 25 Dec. [sic]* [* The first entry of James Morgan and Ann Heath was an error, and takes the place which should have been filled by John Wood, by whom and whose witnesses the entry was signed, but evidently in blank, thus leading to the subsequent mistake by the curate, in filling it up with the wedding of Morgan and Heath.  He subsequently rectified this blunder by the insertion of a slip to certify the wedding of Wood and Adley.]

Thomas Williams, b., & Hannah Webb, s., 28 Sept. 1806

James Tyley, w., & Jane Sparks, w., [sig. Sparkes], lic., 21 Oct. 1806

John Long, b., & Elizabeth Williams, s., 15 Dec. 1806

James Morgan, b., & Ann Heath, s., 25 Dec. 1806 *

Gabriel Grig, b., & Betty Heath, s., 12 Jan. 1807

Samuel Bennett, b., & Ann Thurston, s., 20 Jan. 1807

Richard Boddy, b., & Maria Meridith, s., 22 Feb. 1807

Thomas Morgan, b., & Rebecka Longstreth, s., 24 Feb. 1807

Joseph Porter & Sarah Summers, 26 Mar. 1807

William Hampton, b., & Ann Savage, w., 10 May 1807

Joseph Williams, w., & Hester Jobbins, s., 1 June 1807

Daniel Birt, b., & Ann Wyman, s., 11 June 1807

Robert Collier, b., & Margaret Hill, s., 20 June 1807

William Mallett, b., p. Stinchcombe, & Ann Avery, s., inhabitant, 22 June 1807

Samuel Bendall, b., & Martha Somers, 28 June 1807

William Knight, b., & Rebecca Harding, s., 29 July 1807

William Neate, b., & Lois Summers, s., 6 Dec. 1807

William Fisher, b., & Sarah Heath, s., 7 Dec. 1807

Thomas Chapman, b., & Catherine Beal, s., 17 Dec. 1807

James Grove, b., & Elizabeth Hancock, s., 23 Dec. 1807

James Woodward, b., p. Stinchcombe, & Hannah Smith, s., p. Stinchcombe, lic., 25 Dec. 1807

John Watts, b., & Elizabeth Smith, b. [sic], 25 Dec. 1807

Charles Thornhill, b., & Elizabeth Newth, 25 Dec. 1807

Samuel Williams, b., & Sarah Clutterbuck, w., 13 Jan. 1808

James Watts & Rhoda Virgo, 13 Jan. 1808

Samuel Exell, b., & Sarah Naish, s., lic., 19 Jan. 1808

William Hale & Betty Nutley, s., 2 Feb. 1808

William Tilley, b., & Mary Morgan, s., 6 Mar. 1808

William Summers, p. Cam., & Sarah Stratford, s., this p., 10 Mar. 1808

Thomas Driver, b., & Lois Watts, s., 4 Apr. 1808

Job Philpot, b., & Mary Turner, s., 17 Apr. 1808

Thomas Webb, b., & Sarah Pitt, s., lic., 8 May 1808

John Baker, b., p. Cam, & Mary Creed, s., this p., 24 June 1808

Thomas Hunt, b., & Sarah Parker, s., 26 June 1808

Edward Townsend, b., & Elizabeth Stockwell, s., 24 July 1808

Joseph Brothers, w., & Ann Poulton, w., 7 Aug. 1808

James Hill, b., & Hester Wintle, s., 7 Aug. 1808

Thomas Aiden, b., & Elizabeth Dainton, s., 14 Aug. 1808

Israel Poulton, b., & Mary Smith, s., 21 Aug. 1808

William Exell, p. North Nibley, & Sarah Summers, s., this p., lic., 22 Aug. 1808

William Summers, b., & Ann Averis, s., [sig. the mark x Ann Avery], 22 Aug. 1808

Thomas Knigh, [sic for Knight], b., & Maria Sparks, s., 29 Aug. 1808

Amariah King, w., & Mary Dyer, s., 13 Sept. 1808

James Morgan, b., & Ann Lewton, s., lic., 20 Sept. 1808

James Grigg & Ann Hanks, 26 Sept. 1808

William Higgins, b., & Susannah Stevens, s., 26 Sept. 1808

Samuel Powell, b., p. Cam, & Elizabeth Bendall, s., this p. 9 Oct. 1808

George Bloodworth, b., & Betty Stockwell, s., 9 Oct. 1808

William Avery, p. Stinchcombe, & Ann Somers, this p., 31 Oct. 1808

John King, w., & Mary Smith, s., 6 Nov. 1808

Richard Geal or Gale, b., p. Kingstanley, & Mary Adams, s., this p., 20 Nov. 1808

George Bennett, b., p. Cam., & Hannah Perry, this p., 14 Dec. 1808

Richard Clark, b., & Alice Hill, s., 16 Dec. 1808

George Hancock, b., & Mary Carpenter, s., lic., 15 Jan. 1809

John Williams, b., & Jane Watkins, s., 13 Feb. 1809

John Hurcomb, b., & Hannah Jenkins, s., 20 Feb. 1809

Robert Jenkins, b., & Elizabeth Hitchins, s., 1 Mar. 1809

John Adams, b., & Sarah Harard, s., 3 Apr. 1809

Charles Smith, b., & Anna Maria Nibbs, s., 4 June 1808 [sic for 1809]

Orlando Harris, b., & Maria Williams, s., lic., 4 Aug. 1809

John Howlett, w., & Elizabeth Gower, s., lic., 8 Aug. 1809

William Denley, b., & Rebecca Longshaw, s., 9 Aug. 1809

John Haywood, p. Newark, co. Nottingham, & Hannah Morgan, this p., lic., 12 Oct. 1809

William Mills, w., & Mary Morgan, s., 17 Dec. 1809

John Grigg, w., & Sarah Curtis, s., 25 Dec. 1809

Source: Gloucestershire Parish Register. Marriages. Edited by W. P. W. Phillimore, M.A., B.C.L., Vol V. Issued to the Subscribers by Phillimore & Co., 36, Essex Street, Strand, London. 1899

Marriages at Dursley 1801 to 1804

William Parker, b., & Harriet Dauncey, s., 1 Jan. 1810

John Millard, b., & Elizabeth Gibbons, s., 2 Jan. 1810

James Tayler, b., & Charlotte Elizabeth Smith, s., lic., 2 Jan. 1810

Samuel Hancock, b., & Mary Russell, s., 25 Feb. 1810

John Jervis, p. St. Cuthbert, in the city and dio. of Wells, b., & Jane Honiball, this p., lic., 24 Mar. 1810

John Penly, b., p. Uley, & Alice Harris, s., this p., lic., 28 Mar. 1810

Thomas Thurston, b., & Frances Davis, s., 2 Apr. 1810

John Perrott, b., & Elizabeth French, s., 2 Apr. 1810

Thomas White, b., & Charlotte Francis, s., 4 Apr. 1810

Thomas Tippetts, w., & Susannah Augusta Rowland, s., lic., 24 Apr. 1810

Richard Jones, b., & Mary Davis, s., lic., 27 May 1810

John Hill, b., & Mary Porter, s., 12 June 1810

Thomas Turner, b., p. Stinchcombe, & Sarah Stockwell, s., this p., lic., 16 June 1810

Daniel Walkly, w., p. Horseley, & Sarah Bruton, this p. lic., 1 Aug. 1810

William Wood, b., & Rachael Hall, s., 2 Oct. 1810

John Hunt, b., p. St. Leonard, Colchester, & Edith Morgan, this p., lic., 2 Nov. 1810

John Jones, b., p. Painswick, & Mary Hill, s., this p., 3 Dec. 1810

Frederick Harman, b., & Sarah Wood, s., 25 Dec. 1810

Thomas Elliotts, b., & Mary Heath, s., 20 Jan. 1811

Samuel Pearce, w., p. Stroud, & Ann Wild, this p., lic., 5 Mar. 1811

John Griffiths, w., p. Cam, & Ann Cox, s., this p., 12 Mar. 1811

Thomas Gibbs, w., & Ann Jones, s., 18 Mar. 1811

John Cox, b., & Mary Talboys, s., 25 May 1811

James Alpass, b., p. Berkeley, & Susanah Lewton, s., lic., 15 June 1811

Benjamin Lusty, b., & Hester Hathway, s., 8 Oct. 1811

Samuel Marsh, b., & Hannah Organ, s., lic., 29 Oct. 1811

John Nicholls, w., p. Cam, & Ann Hodges, s., this p., 4 Nov. 1811

Thomas Baglin, b., & Ann Trotman, s., 19 Nov. 1811

Charles Maidstone, w., & Ann Heath, s., 2 Dec. 1811

Samuel Heath & Elizabeth Woodward, 15 Jan. 1812

George Elliotts & Elizabeth Daniels, 22 Jan. 1812

David Harman & Betty Grigg, 26 Jan. 1812

Nehemiah Hall, b., & Elizabeth Vizard, s., 28 Jan. 1812

Richard Matthews, w., p. Sherston, co. Wilts, & Hester Wyett, s., this p., lic., 30 Jan. 1812.  [Note: So in the paper volume of printed forms.  The entry in the duplicate parchment Register on 30 Jan. 1812 is “Francis Hathurst and Elizabeth Whyett.”

Dennis Angel, b., & Ann Elliotts, s., lic., 21 Mar. 1812

John Heath, b., & Susanna Fords, s., 14 Apr. 1812

Daniel Webb, b., & Sarah Gwinel, s., 6 May 1812

George Sinigar, b., & Harriet Wintle, s., 18 May 1812

John Minifie, w., p. St. Peter and Paul, in the city of Bath, & Sarah Bendall, s., this p., lic., 24 May 1812

Charles Jobbins, b., & Elizabeth Trotman, s., 21 June 1812

William Atkins, b., & Elizabeth Elliotts, s., 12 July 1812

Moses Knight, w., & Hannah Werlock, s., 21 July 1812

Isaac Heath, w., & Elizabeth Ball, s., 21 July 1812

Joseph Watts, w., Ann Newth, s., 26 July 1812

George French, b., & Lucy Longstreeth, s., 27 Sept. 1812

Elias Smith, b., & Betty May, s., 25 Dec. 1812

Source: Gloucestershire Parish Register. Marriages. Edited by W. P. W. Phillimore, M.A., B.C.L., Vol V. Issued to the Subscribers by Phillimore & Co., 36, Essex Street, Strand, London. 1899

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Chapters of parochial history: Dursley and its neighbourhood; being historical memorials of Dursley, Beverston, Cam, and Uley Author:
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Directories

Dursley Gell and Bradshaw Gloucestershire Directory 1820

Dursley is delightfully situated on the Cam, from which a village, four miles further down the river, derives its name.  It is 15 miles S.W. of Gloucester, 107 W. of London, and 25 N. of Bristol; from the Severn it is distant about seven miles.  It returns no members to Parliament, though it is a corporate town.  The government is in the hands of a Bailiff and four Constables.  This town carries on a considerable trade in the clothing line, and supplies to a wide extent the manufacturers with wire cards.  Its neighbourhood, and indeed the whole of the clothing district, including Painswick, Stroud, Minchinhampton, Rodborough, Uley, Nailsworth, Wotton-under-Edge, and Frocester, perhaps is not surpassed in rich and varied scenery by any county in the kingdom.  It appears to have been at some period capable of defence, (though neither history nor tradition supplies anything satisfactory as to its military importance) for there is at present extant the remains of a fortification, and the field contiguous still continues to bear the name of Castle-field.

The Manor and Castle of this town were given to Roger de Berkeley, in the reign of William the Conqueror, and continued without intermission in that family till the reign of King Edward the fourth, when it decended to the Weeks’s from an heiress of the Berkeley’s.  Robert Weeks sold it to the Estcourts, of Lashborough, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth: and Thomas Estcourt, Esq. of Shipton, is the present Lord of the manor, but it gives the title of Viscount to the Earl of Berkeley, whose eldest son is always called Lord Dursley.  Near this town is a rock of stone, extremely soft to cut, but after being exposed some time to the action of the air, it becomes incredibly hard.  It is called by the inhabitants puff-stone; the walls of Berkeley Castle have been built with it for nearly seven hundred years, and no decay is found in them.  The churches and public buildings in the neighbourhood are mostly built with the same stone.  We are informed by a friend that the vaulting of Gloucester Cathedral, between the ribs and the arches, is also made of the same kind of stone, and no doubt it came from Dursley, as the Rectory of Dursley formerly belonged to Gloucester Abbey, until it was annexed to the Archdeaconry, in 1447.

Directory.

Addey Mrs. Jane, Long street
Alpass James, saddler and harness maker, Parsonage street
Ardrey John, cooper, ditto
Austin John and Co., woollen manufacturer, Townend
Baker John, shoe maker, Long street
Baldwin Thomas, post-master, Long street
Ball John, gent. Parsonage
Bayley William, card board maker
Bendall George, hat maker, Parsonage street
Bennett Rev. Wm., master of the commercial school, Parsonage
Blackwell Mrs. Martha, Long street
Bloxsome and Player, bankers
Bloxsome and Wells, attornies, and agents to the Hope Fire Office
Bloxsome Edward, Esq., deputy clerk of the peace
Box Henry, sen. leather cutter and grocer, Silver street
Box Henry, boot and shoe maker, Market place
Brothers Henry, jun. Long street
Brown Tryphena, school for ladies, Long street
Bryant James, clothier, Parsonage street
Champion George, shopkeeper, Long street
Champion Samuel, twine manufacturer, saddler, and harness maker, Parsonage street
Chinnock Joseph, boot and shoe maker, Woodmancote
Clark Mary Ann, ironmonger, Silver street
Clark Elizabeth, dress-maker
Cock John, White Lion Inn, Market street
Cook John, glover and breeches maker, Parsonage street
Creed Samuel, hair dresser, Silver street
Danford Isaac, agent, Woodmancote
Dauncey James, clothier, Coaley
Dauncey Thomas, draper, hosier, and haberdasher
Dimery Harry, gardener, seedsman, and maltster, Parsonage street
Dubberley Elizabeth, Hunters’ Hall Inn, King’s Court
Edmunds Charles, shopkeeper, licensed to let horses and gigs, Long street
Edwards Mr., blacksmith, Parsonage
Elliott Mr., shopkeeper, Woodmancote
Exell Samuel, draper and grocer, Parsonage street
Fisher Giles, card-maker, wire drawer and worker, Woodmancote
Ford Aaron, tailor, Long street
Francis J. O., accountant, Parsonage street
Frape Elizabeth, straw hat manufacturer
Frape Joseph, stone-mason, Long street
Frape William, stone-mason, ditto
French George, plumber, glazier, painter, sign writer, and gilder, Long street
Fry William, surgeon
Gainer Isaac, governor of the House of Industry, Silver st
Giddings Wm., basket-maker, Parsonage street
Godwin Edward, cooper, Market-place
Godwin Richard, carpenter and joiner, Market-place
Goodrich Edmund, salesman, Parsonage street
Granger John, Officer of Excise, Water street
Gregory Thomas, druggist, Parsonage street
Halliday John, cabinet maker and upholsterer, Parsonage street
Handcock James, painter and glazier, Silver street
Handcock George, shopkeeper, Market-place
Harding Mark, watch and clock maker, and agent to the County Fire Office, Silver street
Harding William, wire drawer, Long street
Harding James, rope and twine manufacturer, Parsonage st
Harding John, grocer, Long street
Harding Charles, tailor, Long street
Harris George and Sons, woollen manufacturers, Lower mills
Harris George, sen. Ten Acres
Harris Adonagah, ditto
Harris Wm. plumber and glazier, Parsonage street
Harris Ann, grocer, Market-place
Holder Thomas, Star Inn, Silver street
Howard John, gent. Townsend
Hurlstone Peter, pork-butcher, Long street
Jackson Mr., shopkeeper, ditto
Jakeway Samuel, millwright, Woodmancote
Jenkins John, carrier, ditto
Jobbons Peter, pork butcher, ditto
Joyner – , pastry cook, Parsonage
Joyner Sarah, shopkeeper, Silver street
Lawton John, plasterer, ditto
Longstress John, shopkeeper, ditto
Lyon John, staymaker, Parsonage street
Marsh Ann, grocer, Silver street
Mear Thomas, watch and clock maker, and agent to the Bristol Fire Office, Silver street
Merrett Thomas, builder
Millard Mrs. carrier, maltster, and shopkeeper, Woodmancote
Moore John, druggist, Silver street
Moore Tho. and Son, grocers, ironmongers, tallow chandlers, and agents to Sun Fire Office, Market-place
Morris Ursula, Market-place
Naish Mrs. Long street
Neale Misses, ditto
Packer John, brass founder and smith, Parsonage street
Payne Ann, victualler, Bell and Castle Inn, ditto
Pearce Joseph, brightsmith and bell hanger
Piff John, Old Bell Inn, Long street
Player James, mercer, ditto
Player Timothy, upholsterer, Woodmancote
Pruen Rev. Thomas, Parsonage
Randall James, blacksmith, Woodmancote
Richards Thomas, hop and seed merchant, parsonage street
Rickards Wm., printer, stationer, auctioneer, and agent to the Norwich Fire Office, Long street
Rickards Jonathan, Silver street
Rickards Miss, dress maker
Riddiford Aaron, Lamb Inn, and Sheriff’s Officer, Parsonage street
Roberts Thomas, boot and shoe maker, ditto
Roberts Mary, King’s Head Inn, ditto
Roberts Thomas, basket-maker, Silver street
Roberts Wm., victualler, Boot, brazier and tinplate worker, Silver street
Robinson Wm., baker, maltster, and confectioner, Woodmancote
Roe James, baker, Long street
Roe Thomas, victualler, Golden Hart, Long street
Roe Richard, tailor, draper, and man’s mercer, Long street
Rudder Wm., card maker, Woodmancote
Rudder Nathaniel, tailor, draper, china and glass warehouse, Silver street
Smith Robert, surgeon
Smith John, salesman, Long street
Smith Mrs., ditto, Woodmancote
Smith Jonathan, Silver street
Smith Robert, gardener, Woodmancote
Smith John, gardener, ditto
Smith Miss, milliner, ditto
Stagg James, grocer and millwright, Silver street
Steel Samuel, shoe-maker, ditto
Stiff Nehemiah, butcher, Long street
Stiff Wm., tailor, Parsonage street
Summers Mary, dress maker, Long street
Summers Edward, pressman, Parsonage street
Tallboys James, rope manufacturer, Long street
Taylor James, victualler, Bull Inn, maltster and baker, Woodmancote
Tilton John, brazier and tin-plate worker, plumber and glazier, Parsonage street
Tippetts Thomas, gent. Woodmancote house
Trotman Samuel, victualler, New Bull Inn, Long street
Trotman Thomas, hosier, Parsonage street
Trotman John, mercer and draper, ditto
Troughton and Clarks, mercers, drapers, and stamp office
Turman Thomas, miller
Turpin Wm., house and sign painter, Silver street
Tyndall Thomas, cheese and bacon factor, Woodmancote
Vizard and Buchanan, attornies, Long street
Vizard C. and G. woollen manufacturers, Long street
Vizard Charles, gent. Ferney hill
Vizard George, gent., ditto
Vizard Wm., hair dresser, Silver street
Wall Thomas, joiner and carpenter, Woodmancote
Wall Wm., banker’s clerk, Parsonage street
Wallington A. and J., woollen manufacturers
Wallington Edward, gent. Long street
Warner Mrs. school for young ladies, New Mills house
Webb John, millwright, Woodmancote
Weight Wm., card maker, ditto
Weight Edmund, watch and clock maker, Market-place
Wells W. B., attorney, Woodmancote
West Edward, builder, Parsonage
White Thomas, confectioner, Silver street
White R. R., chemist and druggist, Parsonage street
Whiting Mrs. straw hat maker
Williams Thomas, gent. Long street
Williams Samuel, currier, ditto
Williams Richard, card maker and maltster, ditto
Williams Elizabeth, baker and maltster, ditto
Williams Rice, baker, Silver street
Williams Mrs. Elizabeth, Parsonage
Williams W. H. grocer, Market-place
Williams Edmund, baker and maltster, Long street
Wood John, engine and hand card maker, Parsonage street
Woodruffe Mr. mason, Woodmancote
Young J. and Son, attornies, and agents to the Norwich Fire Office, Woodmancote

Source: The Gloucestershire Directory; R. Gell & T. Bradshaw; Printed by J. Roberts, Gloucester 1820

Dursley (inc Uley) Universal British Directory 1791

This town was formerly remarkable for its extensive broad-cloth manufactory; and still carries on a considerable trade in that branch of business; as also in card-making.  It is a borough of very great antiquity, being one of the five boroughs returned by the sheriff of the county in the reign of Edward I but it has long lost the privilege of sending members to parliament.  It is now governed by a bailiff chosen annually.  The town gives the title of Viscount to Earl Berkeley.  Here is a handsome market-house, built in 1738, of freestone; market on Thursday; and fairs on the 6th of May, and 4th of December.  The town consists of two narrow streets, forming something like the letter T, with a hamlet without the borough, containing more houses than either of them.  On the S. side of the church-yard rises perpendicularly a copious spring, which drives a fulling-mill within a hundred yards of it.  The church is large with two aisles and a tower.

Dursley, it is said, has been formerly noted for a sharp over-reaching people; whence arose a proverbial saying of a tricking man, “He is a man of Dursley.”  Contiguous to the town are the remains of a rock of towfe stone, remarkable for its extreme durability: the exterior walls of the noble castle of Berkeley were built with this stone; and although upwards of six centuries have passed since their erection, they do not shew the least appearance of decay.  Adjoining to the town, an excellent and extensive paper-manufactory has been recently established by Mr. Joseph Smith.  At Cambridge, (on the Bristol road,) four miles from Dursley, is a very extensive manufactory of edge-tools; the proprietor of which is Mr. William Underwood.  Stinchcomb Hill, near Dursley, commands prospects of as great extent and beauty as any eminence in the kingdom.
Banker – Richard Williams draws on Vere, Lucadou, Troughton, Lucadou, and Smart, No. 77, Lombard-street, London.
Postmaster, Matthew Church; post in and out daily. – Distributor of stamps, Richard Williams.
Waggons to London, Bristol, Gloucester, and Tetbury, weekly.  In Dursley is but one good inn, the Old Bell. – Dursley is distant from Gloucester 15 miles; Stroud 10; Tetbury 10; Cirencester 20; Berkeley 5; Wotton 4; and from London 107.

The following is a list of the principal inhabitants:

Gentry, &c.
Adey Samuel, Esq.
Blackwell Nathaniel, Gent. (F.)
Cooper Richard Bransby, Esq.
Cam John, Gent. (F.)
Compton Robert, Gent. (F.)
Jones Mrs. Mary
King John, Esq. (F.)
Morse Thomas, Esq. (F.)
Morse Mrs. A.
Purnell Thomas Purnell, Esq. (F.)
Purnell William, Esq. (F.)
Phelps John de la F. Esq. (F.)
Phelps James, Esq.
Phillimore Samuel, Esq. (F.)
Wallington John, Esq. (F.)
Wallington Mrs. Arabella
Wiltshire William, Esq. (F.)

Clergy.
Webster Rev. James, L.L.B. (F.) Rector and Archdeacon of Gloucester

Physic.
Gregory Thomas, Apothecary
Shrapnell William Fisher, Surgeon
Williams Isaac, (F.) Surgeon and Apothecary

Law.
Hill John, Attorney
Holbrow William, Attorney
Vizard William, (F.) Attorney
Whithorne Conway, (F.) Attorney and Deputy Clerk of the Peace

Traders, &c.
Ball John, (F.) Card-maker
Bendall John, Baker
Blackwell Isaac, Millwright
Brown John, (F.) Grocer & Chandler
Browning John, (F.) Yeoman
Church Matthew, Victualler (Old Bell)
Champion Samuel, Sadler
Dando Stephen, Hatter
Danford Rachel, Mealwoman
Dawe William, (F.) Mason
Dimery Daniel, Maltster
Drew William, (F.) Yeoman
Elliotts Samuel, Shopkeeper
Gethen John, (F.) Maltster
Hitchins Jonathan, (F.) Plaisterer
Hitchins Thomas, (F.) Plaisterer
Hitchins William, (F.) Plaisterer
Hopkins Richard, (F.) Victualler
Jones Isaac, (F.) Glazier
Lewton Joseph, (F.) Sadler
Lewton Thomas, Card-maker
Lewton Ann, Milliner
Longstreeth Daniel, (F.) Shopkeeper
Mear Thomas, Watch-maker
Moore Thomas, Grocer and Chandler
Millard Edward, Carrier
Neale Eliza and Co. Milliners
Neale Thomas, Victualler
Nicholas James, (F.) Card-maker
Phelps William, Clothier
Roach William, (F.) Roper
Richards William, (F.) Gloucester and Tetbury Carrier
Richards Thomas, Cornfactor
Robbins William, Carpenter
Sanegar Abraham, (F.) Card-maker
Sanegar Samuel, (F.) Card-maker
Smith Joseph, Paper-maker
Sims Edward, Victualler
Taylor William, (F.) Baker & Maltster
Tippitts Thomas, Clothier
Tilton John, Brazier
Trottman Richard, Baker
Wallington Edward, Clothier
Williams Richard, (F.) Mercer
Williams Rice, Mealman
Williams Edmund, Baker

The following gentlemen have seats in the neighbourhood of Dursley: Robert Kingscote, Esq. (F.) Kingscote. – Thomas Daunt, Esq. (F.) Owlpen. – Nicholas O. S. Owen, Esq. (F.) and John Hall, Gent. (F.) North  Nibley. – Daniel Weight, Esq. (F.) Clingre. – William Henry Field, Esq. Peers Court. – John Mabbett, Esq. (F.) Stinchcombe. – Richard Bigland, Esq. (F.) Frocester. – Rev. George Hayward, (F.) Frocester. – Robert Phillimore, Esq. (F.) Cam. – Rev Richard Lockey, (F.) and Rev. John Thomas, Cam.

Adjoining parish to Dursley is the populous village of Uley, in which the clothing business is carried on to a very considerable extent.

The following are the principal inhabitants of Uley:

Clergy.
Baker Rev. William Floyd, (F.)
Gregory Rev. John, (F.) Rector

Traders &c.
Blagden Richard, (F.) Clothier
Cole John, (F.) Hatter
Harris George & James, (F.) Clothiers
Hawker Thomas, (F.) Clothier
Jackson Edward, (F.) Clothier
Knight Thomas, (F.) Soapboiler
Lloyd Nath. and Daniel, (F.) Clothiers
Manning Francis, (F.) Maltster
Price John, (F.) Maltster
Sheppard and Hickes, Clothiers
Souls Samuel, (F.) Innkeeper
Went Thomas, (F.) Clothier
Went Samuel, (F.) Maltster
Williams Rice, Baker

Source: Universal British Directory 1791

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  • County: Gloucestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Dursley
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Gloucester (Episcopal Consistory)
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  • Rural Deanery: Dursley
  • Poor Law Union: Dursley
  • Hundred: Berkeley (Gloucestershire)
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