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Measham, Derbyshire
19th Century Derbyshire Directory Transcripts
From: Kelly's Directory of the Counties of Derby, Notts, Leicester and Rutland
pub. London (May, 1891) - pp.259-260
Kelly's Directory, 1891
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MEASHAM is a township, village and parish, on the road from Ashby-de-la-Zouch to Tamworth, with a station on the Ashby and Nuneaton joint line of the Midland and London and North Western railways, 3 miles south-south-west from Ashby-de-Ia-Zouch, 112 from London and 10 south-east from Burton-upon-Trent, in a detached part of the Southern division of the county, hundred of Repton and Gresley, Swadlincote petty sessional division, Ashby-de-la-Zouch union and county court district, rural deanery of Repton, archdeaconry of Derby and diocese of Southwell. The Ashby-de-la-Zouch canal passes through the village and the parish is bounded on the east and south by the river Mease. The church of St. Lawrence is a building of stone, consisting of clerestoried nave of five bays, aisles, south porch and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing a clock and 4 bells, the first three dated respectively 1606, 1618 and 174, the fourth bearing an invocation in Lombardic capitals, the church was evidently rebuilt throughout during the Decorated period, c. 1300, and has a remarkable porch with semicircular stone ribs, and in the north aisle a small circular window of exceptional character: in the Perpendicular period the nave was new-roofed, the arcade wall raised and a clerestory formed: the church was renovated about the year 1843, when all that was left of the ancient glass was worked up into new and glaring designs : the font is an octagon, panelled and carved with quatrefoils : there are 606 sittings, 300 being free. The register dates from the year 1681 for all entries and is in good condition. The living is a vicarage, yearly value £80, including 22 acres of glebe, with residence, in the gift of Lord Donington, and held since 1852 by the Rev. John Hewetson H.A. of Corpus Christi college, Cambridge. The Catholic chapel, dedicated to St. Charles, was built in 1881 and has a school attached. There are also Baptist and Wesleyan chapels. A cemetery of two acres was formed in 1880 at a cost of £1,900, and is under the control of a burial board of nine members ; there is a keeper's lodge with board room attached. There is a village library of 600 volumes. The charities left by Susannah and Deborah Hall and James Abney, of Willesley, for distribution amount to about £60 yearly. The manufacture of small ware is the staple trade, which, with the adjacent collieries, gives employment to many of the inhabitants: there is also a brewery. Measham Hall, the seat of Mrs. Abney, a noble brick-built mansion, surrounded by a spacious park of 33 acres, stands at a short distance from the village. The chief landowners are Lord Donington, who is lord of the manor, George John Moore esq. and Mrs. Yeomans. The soil is medium; subsoil, sand and clay. The land is mostly in pasture. The acreage is 1,490 acres ; rateable value, £6,173; the population of the township in 1881 was 1,677 and in the parish 1,769.

Parish Clerk. William Pickering.

POST, M. O. & T. O., S. B. & Annuity & Insurance Office.- Thomas Adey, receiver. Letters arrive by mail cart from Atherstone at 5.55 a.m. ; dispatched at 7.45 p.m. including sunday

National (mixed), erected in 1829 & enlarged in 1837, for 240 children; average attendance, 132 ; George Reddish master
Infants', erected in 1829 & enlarged in 1883, for 120 infants ; average attendance, 85; Miss R. Hayden mistress Catholic (mixed & infants), to hold 130; average attendance, 100 ; Mrs. Bamber, mistress

Police Station, Sergeant James Lester & one constable

Railway Station, George Sears, station master

CARRIER to Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Thomas Queney, daily

Abney Mrs. Measham hall
Adamson Mrs
Fagan Rev. Joseph [Catholic]
Freeman Capt. George Badkin
Hewetson Rev. John M.A. Vicarage
Kyle William Thomas M.D
Spencer Mrs
Thompson Edmund John
Yeomans Mrs
Yeomans Mrs. Thomas

Adey Thomas, shoe maker & news agent, Post office
Armston Harry, pork butcher
Atkins James, shoe maker
Ball Thomas, brewers' agent
Ball William, butcher & grazier
Bell John, farmer
Blake Thomas G. registrar of births & deaths
Bonas John, general dealer
Bonas Thomas, general dealer
Bonas Wright, shoe dlr. & assistant oversr
Boss Michael, boiler maker
Bradford Joseph, wheelwright
Bryer Benjamin,farmr. Measham house
Bywater Thomas, chimney sweeper Cemetery (Philip Ball, Measham, clerk to the burial board; Thos. G. Blake, registrar; Edward Hoult, lodge kpr)
Chamberlain Rebecca (Mrs.), burnishing stone manufacturer
Clamp Elizabeth (Mrs.), beer retailer
Clarke Henry, builder
Cooper William Hutchinson, Queen's Head P.H
Dennis Joseph, shopkeeper
Dumelow William, hair dresser
Ensor Richard, shopkeeper
Hart William Cooper, harness maker
Hinks Joshua, butcher
Ison Thomas, builder & shopkeeper
Jackson Walter, watch maker
Johnson George, stationer
Kinson John, Swan inn
Kyle Thomas William M.D., surgeon & medical officer of health, Ashby Woulds urban district & Ashby-de-la-Zouch rural district, & certifying factory surgeon
Latham John & Charles, builders
Latham Joseph, grocer & general dealr
Laundon Thos. H. Union hotel, & saddlr
Lewin & Son, drapers
Liggins Luke, grocer
Lilley John, builder
Lunn Henry, general dealer
Malcolm Oliver, ironmonger & tinplate worker
Moore Alfred John, coach builder
Moore George, hay & straw dealer
Orgill Daniel, painter & farmer
Orgill Mary (Mrs.), shopkeeper
Orgill Matthew, coal merchant
Parritt Thomas, farmer
Parrott James, beer retailer
Pattrick Norman, grocer
Pattrick William, chemist
Pickering Thomas, market gardener
Pickering William, market gardener
Pointon Joseph, Navigation inn, & joiner & builder
Ratcliff John, farmer
Read Philip, White Hart P.H
Rice John, blacksmith
Ridgway John, shopkeeper
Ridgway Joseph, farmer
Robinson H. Pennington & Co. smallware manufacturers
Saddington Edwin, farmer & dealer
Sears George, station master
Sharpe Lewis, baker
Shields John Gilles, brewer
Smith Henry, bricklayer
Smith Thomas, carpenter
Spencer John, butcher
Stanfield John, general draper
Starbuck John, butcher
Statham John, tailor
Stevenson Alice (Mrs.), Bird-in-Hand P.H
Thirlby Arthur Harry, painter
Thompson Edmund John, surgeon, & medical officer & public vaccinator 6th district, Ashby-de-la-Zouch union & Twycross district, Market Bosworth union
Wade John, linen draper
Whitworth Thomas, grocer, provision & corn dealer
Wileman Martha (Mrs.), beer retailer
Wileman William, stone letter cutter
Wilkins Thomas, tailor
Wright Benjamin, shoe maker
Yeomans Samuel, baker &c

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