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Local and Trade Directories


Original document


Kelly’s Directory of Shropshire and Herefordshire

Place name:

Michaelchurch Escley




Trades and professions named in Michaelchurch Escley include:

Blacksmith: Mary Ann Hughes

Carpenter: George Watkins

Grocer: Thomas Realey

Innkeeper: John Smith [Kings Arms], Isaac Pugh [Bridge Inn], Thomas Harris [New Inn]

Mason: William Howells

Miller: Thomas Realey

Parish clerk: Thomas Watkins

Post office [Receiver]: Mrs Mary Ann Hughes

Schoolmaster: William H Thompson

Shopkeeper: John Watkins

Tailor: William Howard

Vicar: Reverend Fred Trefusis Wybrow

Mentions property called:  

Bank farm [Thomas Dale]

Birches [Aaron Jenkins; Aaron Williams]

Blaenan [Edward Whistance]

Bridge farm [William Mapp]

Brighton Camp [William Pearce]

Cairon [Jonathan Howalls]

Cefnkest [Noah Jones]

Coed Robin [James Watkins]

Gigfran [Thomas Williams]

Great Cefn [Benjamin Maddy]

Greyland [William Price]

Groves farm William Lewis]

Lane Head [Stephen Maddy]

Little Cefn [John Morris]

Llanbadon [William Dale]

Llwyn rosser [John Price; Alfred Meredith]

Lower House [George Lewis]

Lower House [William Howard]

Maerdy [Thomas Gwillim]

Michaelchurch Court [Mrs Trafford; Henry Randolph Trafford]

New House [Isaac Phillips]

New House [John Munkley]

New House [John Watkins]

Old Hay [Richard Howells]

Old house [John Watkins]

Old House [William Howard]

Pentwyn [Thomas Jones]

Pucha [William Lewis]

Quakers [John Price]

Rhyd y back [William Shaw]

Rhydynog [Phillip Powell]

Rocky fold [Joseph Roberts]

Spring Castle [Andrew Phillips]

Talavaria [Charles Phillips]

Tan house [William Howells]

The Firs [Richard James]

The Glebe [Frederick Meredith]

The Wern [David Watkins]

Ty Craddock [John Watkins]

Ty Mawr [James Munkley]

Tynog quint [?tyn y gwynt] [John Howard]

Tyucha [Sophia Phillips]

Upper house [Thomas Jones]

Upper pen y park [Samuel Jones]

Vicarage [John Jenkins]

Wilderness [William Morton]

An image of the full 1885 Kelly’s Directory entry for Michaelchurch Escley is given below.



Local farmers are named. The area, population, rateable value, main crops, geology, county court arrangements and other details of the Parish are given. Miss Rawson of Nidd Hall, Leeds is [Lady] Lord of the Manor; she and the Marquis of Abergavenny are the principal landowners. There is a Board school [with master’s house] for 100 children; average attendance 35.
This directory is not comprehensive in its coverage of all farms and commercial premises in the parish at the time. Also, in the transcribed lists of properties that are named, spellings in the original have sometimes been amended to reflect more common usage. In case of doubt please refer to the image of the original entry.

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