Extract from Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England, 1831.
Transcribed by Mel Lockie, © Copyright 2010
Lewis Topographical Dictionaries

CHALFORD, a chapelry in the parish of LITTLE BARRINGTON, lower division of the hundred of SLAUGHTER, county of GLOUCESTER, If mile (N.E.) from Minchin-Hampton. The population is returned with the parish. There are places of worship for Baptists and Wesleyan Methodists. The village is scattered along the banks of the river Frome, in a romantic valley, through which passes the Stroudwater canal. Broad cloth is manufactured to a great extent, and among the numerous clothing-mills on the river is one said to have been erected about 1560, when the introduction of the trade into Gloucestershire took place. A petrifying spring flows from the side of the hill to the south of the river.

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