Elkstone is a township, parish and village of the Cotswold district, about 1 mile from the high road between Cirencester and Gloucester, 8 north-west from Cirencester, and 7 south from Cheltenham. It is in the Hundred of Rapsgate, Cirencester Union, East Gloucestershire, and bishopric of Gloucester and Bristol. The church of St. John the Evangelist, said to be one of the most ancient in the county, has a high square tower with 4 bells; the chancel and doorcase are supposed to have been built soon after the Norman accession. The living is a rectory, value £420 per annum, in the gift of Earl Craven. The Rev. Edward Ness is the present incumbent. The population of the parish, in 1851, was 336, and the acreage 2,658. Earl Craven is lord of the manor, and, with Thomas Dunn, Esq., is the chief landowner in the parish. The soil is clayey, and the subsoil, rock.
Cockleford and Combend are hamlets, distant from the church 1 mile; Manor Farm and Highgate are farms.
Ness Rev. Edward (rector)
Draper Edwin, ‘Cockleford,’ & blacksmith, Cockleford
Cripps – , farmer, Butler’s farm
Howell Thomas, farmer, Combend
Reed James Marsh, farmer, Manor farm
Sadler Henry, farmer, Highgate
Letters through Cirencester. The nearest money order office is at Cheltenham.
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.