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Flaxley, Gloucestershire

Several generations of Burgums of the "AA" family tree lived at Flaxley, in the Forest of Dean.

FLAXLEY is an amazingly beautiful place, set in the stunningly beautiful Vale of Castiard. When I first stood there in about 1986, pursuing my roots, I just knew I was home! However, it wasn’t always so. Once Flaxley was a place of iron furnaces, forges and water mills. Smoke would have been filled the valley as charcoal was produced to supply fuel to the local industries. In the census of 1861 there were 272 living there. By the 1871 census it had increased to 1090 inhabitants. The village is 4 miles north of Newnham and eleven miles south-west of Gloucester. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, was erected in 1856, and consists of nave, chancel, north aisle, and porch, with a tower surmounted by a spire.

FLAXLEY ABBEY was founded in the mid twelth century by Roger Fitz-Milo, Earl of Hereford, in the reign of King Stephen. The abbey was inhabited by the white monks of the Cistercian order, leading to the names St. White's and Whitecross. The abbey suffered, of course, under Henry VIII and was granted to Sir William Kingston, the Constable of the Tower of London who supervised the execution of Ann Boleyn! Later the Abbey was owned by the Boevey family.
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The following were listed in the Morris & Co. Commercial Directory & Gazetteer of Flaxley 1876 -
Boevey, The Dowager Lady Crawley - Flaxley Cottage
Boevey, Sir Thomas Hyde Crawley, Bart., J.P. - Flaxley Abbey
Brain, William Blanch, Esq. - St. Annals
Hamilton, Mrs. Colonel - Walrond Cottage

Trades & Professions
Brice, Charles Tucker - farmer, Monk Hill Farm
Cooper, Timothy, -farmer, Mouseall Farm
Dowding, John - farmer, Gawlett Farm
Guest, William - farmer, Malden Elm Farm
Hague, Joseph - farmer, St. White's Farm
Hobbs, Miss Ellen - National schoolmistress
Mayo, Albert - blacksmith, parish clerk, and sexton
Newman, John - farmer, Sutton Farm
Nicholls, Hartley - farmer, Wintle's Farm
Palmer, Thomas - miller and farmer, Flaxley Mill
Smith, Joseph - butcher and farmer, Tibbs Cross
Smith, William - farmer, The Moors
Thomas, James - carpenter, Oak Tree Cottages

Trades & Professions

Banks, Robert - carpenter and beer retailer
Beardmore, William - carpenter, builder, and undertaker, 1 Providence Place
Brain, Ambrose - builder, and agent for the Manchester Fire Insurance Co., 1 Manchester villas
Cadle, James – clerk
Carrier, John - clerk
Chivers, Joseph – lodging house-keeper
Church, William - butcher
Clark, William - blacksmith
Clements, Samuel – chimney sweeper
Coleman, Ezra - painter
Cook, Leonard - baker and grocer
Cornish, John G. - coal agent, 8 Manchester Villas
Daawson, William - builder
Drew, Ambrose - grocer and provision dealer, and Royal Union Stores, Cinderford
Evans, Charles - monumental mason
Gardiner, William - shopkeeper
Gwinnell, George - tailor, outfitter, bookseller, stationer, and Emigration & Insurance agent, Flaxley Cottage
Harris, Joseph George - beer retailer and shopkeeper
Hayward, Charles - grocer
Heane, William - surgeon, High View
Heaven, James - builder
Hobbs, Joseph - haulier
Hook, Timothy - tailor
Jenkins, Henry - coal agent
Knight, Thomas -cabinet maker and French polisher
Letcher, John - bookkeeper, 4 Manchester Villas
Lucas, James George - boot and shoemaker
Lucas, Mrs. Sarah Ann - dressmaker
Martin, Charles - grocer and butcher
Meredith, Thomas - beer retailer
Millwaters, John - beer retailer
Morgan, Benjamin - shoemaker
Morgam, William - glass, china, and earthenware dealer and carrier
Nash, Peter - cowkeeper
Parry, John - haulier
Price, Thomas - carpenter
Ridsler, Alfred - colliery manager, Brogden House
Roberts Henry, coal factor, Chertsey villa
Ryder Thomas, haulier
Saysell John, shopkeeper
Saysell Samuel, greengrocer
Smith Edmund, shoemaker
Smith Edwin, carpenter and joiner
Smith Mrs. Sarah, lodginghouse-keeper
Stargott Adam, tailor
Taylor John, newsagent and shopkeeper
Underwood Arthur, shoemaker
Underwood Henry, furniture broker, Littledean Woodside
Walker Edward P., agent to the Scottish Equitable Life Assurance Society, Ross villa
Woodman George, master of Church of England Schools

The map below shows the principle areas in the Forest of Dean where Burgums and Burghams lived.
1. Abenhall               2. Flaxley             3. Littledean           4. Lydbrook           5. Lydney          
6. Mitcheldean         7. Newland           8. Redbrook           9. Ruardean

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