Post Office Directory 1851

Ashwell Entry

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1851 Post Office Directory


Ashwell is a town in Odsey Hundred, in the extreme north of the county, 4.1/2 miles north-north-east of Baldock, and 7 miles south-west of Royston.  I consists of several streets of scattered houses, on the slope of the Chalk hills, and at the source of the river Rhee, which is a feeder of the Cam.  Roman coins have been found here.  A small market is held every Thursday for corn and cattle, and fairs on the second Thursday in July, for wool and stock, and the first Thursday in November, for stock only.  The area of the parish is 3,852 acres, and the population, in 1841, was 1,235.  The assessment to the Income Tax was £6,251, in 1842.  The living is a vicarage, value £513, in the gift of the Bishop of London, and incumbency of Rev. Henry Morice.  The vicar’s tithes have been commuted at £690.18s.2d., and the lay impropriator’s at £750.  Harborough Banks are intrenchments on the hills .1/2 mile south.  The nearest railway is the Royston and Hitchin.

Morice Rev. Henry (vicar)
Bacon Edward, saddler
Bailey John, bricklayer & beer retailer
Bailey Peter, jun. bricklayer
Bailey Peter, sen. Bricklayer
Bailey William, coach builder
Bird George, ‘Bull’s Head’
Bonfield George, ‘Three Tuns’
Bonnett Charles, tailor
Brockett William, beer retailer
Bryant William, blacksmith
Burr Thomas, farmer
Carter John, beer retailer & clock maker
Chapman John, farmer & brickmaker
Chapman Thomas, jun. farmer
Chapman Thomas, sen. farmer
Christy & Sale, brewers & farmers
Christy George William, grocer & draper
Day William, baker
Dunham William, tailor
Edwards Benjamin, Blacksmith
Edwards Charles, tailor
Edwards Thomas, tailor
Edwards William, shopkpr. & beer retailer
Fordham Edward King & Oswald, brewers
Fordham Edward, farmer
Gilby Thomas, carrier
Hart Abraham, farmer
Hoye Arundle, plumber & painter
Huffer James, beer retailer
Kirbyshire Benjamin, baker & farmer
Kirbyshire Joseph, farmer
Kitchener John, butcher
Kitchener William, miller
Langley Thomas, cooper & brewer
Lees John, farmer
Mansfield William, beer retailer
Moss John, ‘Rose & Crown’
Pack James, blacksmith
Payne Edward, farmer
Picking Frederick, carpenter
Picking Gabriel, beer retailer
Picking Issac, carpenter & builder
Picking Thomas, carpenter & builder
Pittey James, wheelwright
Strickland Mrs. Ann, baker
Stickland William, baker
Thorn Abraham, wheelwright
Thorn Samuel, wheelwright
Thomas John, schoolmaster
Tindale Edward, surgeon
Trundle Syder, shopkeeper
Warboys Mrs. Eliza, beer retailer
Warboys Thomas, beer retailer
Webb Chester, beer retailer
Westrope Charles, farmer
Westrope John, grocer & draper
Westrope Richard, farmer
Wilson Mrs. Sarah, schoolmistress

Post Office – Geo. Wm. Christy, postmaster.  Letters from Baldock arrive .1/2 past 8 a.m.; dispatched .1/2 past 5 pm.  Box closes .1/4 past 5, but letters may be posted up to .1/2 past 5, on paying a fee of 1d.

Public Schools:-
Boys (endowed by the Merchant Tailers’ Company), John Thomas, master.

Girls (not endowed), Mrs Sarah Wilson, mistress

Carrier – Thomas Gilby, to Hitchin, Tues.; and to Royston, wed.





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