From gallery Cromhall Archive
Memoranda Rectorial and Parochial 1839: Page 3, 1839-1843
1839 January 1st. I, William James Copleston, was instituted to this Living of Cromhall by the Bishop at His Palace Gloucester.
This year the “Old Parsonage” Building was repaired and divided into two dwelling houses.
1841. This year The Knife & Shoe house projected from the back kitchen wall of the Rectory House was built & an approach formed to the outer Servants Room. Also a Tool House was built on to the North Wall of the Garden & a large cess pool for water closet formed under the entrance road about 12 paces from the yard doors. Also a third Privy was attached to the NW corner of the House. NB this last & the cess pool was made in 1839.
Five acres of the Field call “Ryleaze” were dug up and fenced off from the lower part, which remains pasture, by a Quick set hedge. Two stone Gate Posts & Iron Gate were put up at the entrance of the outer field from the Turnpike Road.
1842 I put the two other Iron Gates in place of wooden & stone posts in place of wooden. I added to the kitchen garden the three corner piece on the further side of the Privet Hedge & against the Orchard of Heath-End House. I formed the shrubbery plantation against the same orchard bounds lower down. Also the Holly Plantation against the wall which bounds “Pond Leaze” on the south. The boundary wall of “Old House Leaze” ie or the outer great field against the T-pike road was taken down & rebuilt.
1842 I put up the Organ in the Church at my own Cost of £145 and also gave £23 towards the new Gallery extended from the old one this year.
1843 This year was erected on the site of the old “Church House” a School House with Dwelling for Master, at a cost of £358..9..10+ [side note: +Besides Materials of old House valued at £60] of which sum £31..10 was given by Oriel College £20 by Samuel Dyer Esq., £10 by Mrs Cobb