Woodcroft

The hamlet of Woodcroft which lies on the road to Coleford from Chepstow grew up in the 19th century. There are a few large houses in the area and many cottages which were occupied by farm labourers and quarrymen.
The Woodcroft Quarry which is on the banks of the Wye was excavated until the mid Twentieth Century with the stone initially being taken by river but later by road.
Among the larger buildings in Woodcroft is the Memorial Hall now the Woodcroft Christian Centre which is owned by a Charitable Trust and is run as an interdenominational residential centre for young people.
The Memorial hall was built as a Temperance Hall by Christiana Morgan (nee Brice) in 1887 in memory of her husband Thomas Henry Morgan. Christiana and her daughters Sophia and Emily were very active in the Temperance Movement and also founded the Mission at Stroat. Among the famous visitors to the two mission halls was Gladys Aylward in the early 1960s.

 

2 thoughts on “Woodcroft”

  1. hello I am trying to find any information on my ancestors William Williams born 1854 then married Caroline Williams , my GG grandmother was born in woocroft in 1886 her name was Mary Ann Williams, siblings William, James, Elizabeth and Edith. In 1891 census they were living at 4 woodcraft.
    Any information would be greatly accepted. regards Martine.

  2. Hello I’m looking for some information on the houses in the area…my great grandfather was born at Woodcroft Herbert Edwards in 07/12/1883 his father was George Edwards 1852 and his mother was Jane Aitken Nov 1855. George was a rural messenger

    I have found Edwards’s living at Lancant Clift? Woodcroft Villa, Broadrock just to name a few
    I’d be thankful for any information if there’s any

    Kind regards
    Jayne

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