Ledbury, Herefordshire

Extract from Littlebury's Directory and Gazetteer of Herefordshire, 1876-7
with Private and Commercial Residents

Transcribed by Rosemary Lockie, © Copyright 2005


LEDBURY is a small market town, delightfully situated on the main road leading from Hereford to Tewkesbury, Great Malvern, and Worcester, in the eastern angle of the county, at the southern extremity of the Malvern hills, and on a declivity within a small valley, formed by the Dog hill and other eminences, about one mile west from the river Leddon or Leadon, from which it derives the first syllable of its name. It is distant 14½ miles E. of Hereford, 16 S.W. of Worcester, 16 N.W. of Gloucester, 13 N.E. of Ross, 14 S.S.E. of Bromyard, 8 S.W. of Great Malvern, and 120 N.W. by W. of London.

The west midland section of the Great Western railway connects the town with the cities of Hereford and Worcester; the station being distant about half a mile on the north side. It has been proposed to construct a railway from Gloucester via Newent to Ledbury, and an Act has been obtained for a line from Ross to Ledbury. The Hereford and Gloucester canal passes through the town on the west side.

Ledbury is the head of a union, county court district, polling district, highway district, and petty sessional division, and is locally situate in the hundred of Radlow. The parish is divided into five parts - The Borough, Wall Hills, Wellington Heath, Leadon and Haffield, Mitchell and Netherton; the last four of these form the foreign of the manor, for which courts leet and baron are held. The Right Hon. Earl Somers, of Eastnor castle, John William Miles, Esq., of Bristol, John Martin, Esq., of Upper hall, Ledbury, Michael Biddulph, Esq., M.P., of New house, Ledbury, and the Rev. Edward Woodyatt, of Cheltenham, are lords of the manor and principal land-owners.

Property in this borough is subject to the custom of "Borough English", i.e., in case of intestacy the freehold property descends to the youngest son, to the exclusion of the elder. The area of Ledbury parish is 8,194a. 2r. 16p., and the rateable value £22,495. The population, according to the census returns, in 1801 was 3,058; in 1851, 4,624; in 1861, 5,598; in 1871, 4,473,[1] which are thus divided:-

  Population.   Inhabited
  Families or Separate
Ledbury (civil parish) 4,422   959   1,071
Parkhold (township) 51   10   12
  4,473   969   1,083

The population of the town of Ledbury in 1871 was 2,967, viz., 1,406 males, and 1,561 females. The inhabited houses numbered 638; uninhabited, 46.

The town consists of two principal streets, lying north and south, and intersected by smaller streets at right angles. In many parts are the old-fashioned houses with projecting stories; but there are several excellent modern residences. The rural sanitary authority have now under consideration in what way the water supply and drainage of the town can be beneficially reconstructed. The town is lighted with gas, by the Ledbury Gas-light and Coke Company. The works are situate in New street, and are managed by a committee of seven, elected annually by the shareholders. New works were completed in 1875. The cost per 1,000 feet is about 6s.

The principal commerce depends on the produce of the neighbouring orchards and hop-grounds, the hops from the adjacent district being of excellent quality. The celebrated barland and champagne perry, made in Ledbury and surrounding parishes, is. highly esteemed. Brewing, malting, vinegar-making, and tanning are carried on. Ledbury is also a glove-making district. The clothing trade was at one period very flourishing in this locality.

There are two excellent hotels and posting houses (The Feathers and The Royal Oak), two banks (the Ledbury Old bank, and a branch of the National Provincial Bank of England), and several good shops and respectable inns. There is a Ledbury newspaper (The Free Press), published by Mr. Luke Tilley every Tuesday. The market is held on Tuesday. The whole of the old fairs are now abolished, and a monthly fair substituted on the second Tuesday in each month. The Market-house, in High street, is a quaint structure of the Elizabethan period, built upon sixteen substantial pillars of Spanish or sweet chestnut, obtained from the once extensive Malvern "chace". It was partially restored a few years since. A portion of the Feathers Hotel is now used as the Corn-exchange, and is fitted up with stalls for the numerous dealers who frequent this market.

The union workhouse is a substantial brick structure opened in 1837. It has, since its erection, undergone considerable improvement, and is now capable of accommodating about 170 inmates. The average number at present is 90. The guardians meet at the board-room every alternate Tuesday. The Ledbury union district comprises an area of 48,824a. 1r. 12p., and a population in 1871 of 13,102, being the total contained in 22 parishes. The magistrates for Ledbury petty sessional division meet every alternate Wednesday at the Police court in Church street. The highway board also meets here on the first Tuesday in each month. The county court sittings are held every alternate month at the Court house, Southend street. Ledbury is included in the 23rd circuit of the county courts. The dispensary in New street was established in 1824.

The Ledbury cottage hospital, in Homend street, was opened in February 1873. It is designed for the reception of accidents and diseases requiring active medical and surgical treatment, from Ledbury and the neighbouring parishes. The funds for the support of the hospital are raised by donations and annual subscriptions. The post and telegraph office is at Mr. William G. Taylor's, High street; the stamp office at Mr. Robert Edy's, Market place, and the inland revenue office at the Feathers Hotel. The reading-room, in Worcester road, is well supplied with papers, periodicals, &c., and is open from 9 a.m. till 10 p.m. There is a library in connection, with upwards of 400 volumes. Members are admitted upon payment of an annual subscription of 5s. There are also clubs, benevolent institutions, a burial board, a good rifle corps, &c.

HISTORY, PLACES OF WORSHIP, ETC.- Ledbury was anciently a borough, and had once the privilege of sending two members to Parliament; but afterwards surrendered its right on the plea of inability to support them. In Domesday this town was called Liedeberge. The bishops of Hereford had a palace here. Ledbury formerly belonged to the see of Hereford, to which it was given by a Saxon named Edwin, who imagined himself cured of the palsy through the intercession of St. Ethelbert. Bishop Bohun procured the charter of a market for this manor from King Stephen, to be held on Saturdays; but this falling into disuse, Queen Elizabeth, A.D. 1584, granted a new charter for a Tuesday market, and two annual fairs, and directed tolls to be collected.

Bishop Trevenant, or Treffnant, is said to have founded a college about the year 1401, for a master, or deacon, and eight secular priests, besides clerks and other servants; and the fact of the existence of this college formed an important feature in a legal dispute (about twenty years ago) between the Ecclesiastical Commissioners and the then vicar as to the title to the Nether Hall estate; but the dispute was settled by the annexation of a considerable portion of the property to the living, and the conversion of the living from a vicarage to a rectory.

The church, dedicated to St. Michael and all Angels, is a spacious and handsome edifice partially covered with ivy. It was founded previously to the 20th William I., 1086 (for mention is made in a return of the manor of Ledbury in Domesday book of a priest being established there), and is partly in the Norman, partly in the Early English, and partly in the later styles of architecture. The west front has a curious Norman doorway, having semicircular mouldings ornamented with zigzag, and resting on three pillars on each side, having capitals ornamented with masks and foliage: the north porch is a fine specimen of Early English work. The building consists of a nave, chancel, two aisles, with chapels dedicated to St. Catherine and St. Anne, two galleries, and an organ. It will seat about 900 persons.

The church is now undergoing restoration. The tower, which is detached from the church, is in the Early English style, and is surmounted by a finely-proportioned spire, which has been twice struck by lightning, but without any serious effect. The tower and spire are about 210 feet high. There are eight bells and clock (without dial); the clock chimes at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock. Numerous sepulchral memorials are contained in this church; among them are several ancient and curious tombs, but greatly mutilated. There are also a few brasses. Over the altar is a painting of "The Lord's Supper", after Leonardo da Vinci, painted by the late Thomas Ballard, of Ledbury: at the east end of the north aisle is a stained glass window, representing, in large figures, Faith, Hope, and Charity; there are three other stained glass windows.

St. Catherine's chapel, adjoining the church on the north side, is in the Decorated style of architecture, and is now used as a baptistery. A female of the name of Catherine Audley, a religious woman, in the reign of Edward II., who had a maid called Mabel, but not being fixed in any settled place, had a revelation that she should not set up her rest till she came to a town where the bells should ring of themselves. She and her maid coming near Ledbury, heard the bells ring, though the church doors were shut and no ringers there. Here then she determined to spend the remainder of her days, and built an hermitage, living on herbs and milk. The king, in consideration of her birth or piety, or both, granted her an annuity of £30.

The parish registers commence with the year 1533. The living is a rectory, in the diocese and archdeaconry of Hereford and rural deanery of South Froome; value, £710 2s., with residence and 4 acres of glebe; patron, the Lord Bishop of Hereford; rector, Rev. John Jackson. M.A., of St. John's College, Cambridge, who was instituted in 1860, and is also a surrogate for the diocese of Hereford.

The hospital of St. Catherine, situated in High street, was founded by Bishop Ffolliott, about the year 1232, for six single men, two men and their wives, and two widows. At the Dissolution, the revenues of this establishment were valued at £32 7s. 11d. annually. Queen Elizabeth refounded it in 1580 for a master, seven poor widowers, and three poor women, each to be allowed £6 13s. 4d. annually, besides clothes and firing. The Dean and Chapter of Hereford are the trustees and patrons. An Act of Parliament was obtained in 1819 to enable the Dean and Chapter to rebuild the almshouses, and for the better regulation of the charity.

The hospital is now, and must be hereafter, governed in strict conformity with the enactments of this statute, which, after giving powers for raising money on mortgage of the estates to erect the new almshouses, directs that the number of almsfolk shall be 24 at the least, as soon as the mortgage to be then created shall have been discharged. In 1822 the present hospital was designed by Mr. Smirke, but only one wing, containing twelve residences, was erected. Under the management of the late Dean of Hereford (Very Rev. Richard Dawes, M.A.) the mortgage debt was largely reduced by regular instalments, and a new wing, containing 12 residences, was added in 1867 to complete the original design of the building. There are now 12 male and 12 female inmates; each of whom receives 7s. 6d. per week, a ton of coal at Christmas, and clothes every second year.

The Venerable William Waring, M.A., archdeacon of Ludlow, and canon of Hereford cathedral, the present master, has a large dwelling-house and garden attached, near the hospital, where he resides during nine months in the year; to his annual income is added 70 acres of land and 40 acres of coppice-wood, and he has the appointment of the brethren and sisters. The chapel attached to the hospital is a remarkably plain building. Service is performed by the chaplain (Rev. John Jackson, M.A., rector of Ledbury) on Wednesdays and Fridays, and daily prayer by the master when in residence.

No service is performed in the chapel on the day in which there is service in the parish church. A small marble tablet was erected by the inmates, in 1870, to perpetuate the memory of the late Very Rev. Richard Dawes, M.A., dean of Hereford and former master of the hospital. P.J. Miles, Esq., of Bristol, left about £24 per annum to the deserving poor of Ledbury. This with other charities amounting in the whole to about £65 annually ate distributed on St. Thomas' day by the rector and churchwardens for the time being. Orlam farm, in this parish, contributes nine bushels of wheat to the poor yearly; this dole is of unknown origin.

An iron church has been recently erected in New street, at the sole expense of John Martin, Esq., J.P., of the Upper hall, for the use of the congregation of the Ledbury Free church, of which the Rev. Gordon J.H. Llewellyn is the minister. The Congregational chapel was rebuilt in 1852, at a cost of about £800. It is a plain structure of brick with Bath stone facings, and is situate in High street, nearly opposite the Market-house. The Baptist chapel, in Homend street, was erected in 1831, at a cost of £1,150. It has since been enlarged, and will now seat about 450 persons. The Wesleyan chapel, also in Homend street, was built in 1849. It was repewed a few years since, and will seat about 500 persons.

The boys' Church of England school was erected in 1868 on a site in Homend street, given by John Martin, Esq., of Upper hall. It was opened in May of that year, and is a commodious structure of red brick. The average attendance is about 112. The ancient grammar school is incorporated with the boys' school as a permanent endowment, under the title of "King Edward VI.'s Grammar School", to be free to four boys. The girls' and infants' national schools are situate in Back lane, and are under government inspection; average attendance, girls, 60, and infants, 76. The girls' school, in Southend street, supported by Skynner's charity, educates 30 girls.

There is a cemetery about half a mile from the town, on the Ross road, with stone mortuary chapels. It was opened in 1860. The members of the burial board are elected annually by the vestry.

Wellington Heath, distant 3 miles N. of Ledbury, is now a separate ecclesiastical parish, comprising an area of 955 acres. The church (Christ Church) was built in 1840-41, at a cost of £1,150, chiefly defrayed by the late Thomas Heywood, Esq. It is a very plain building of stone, consisting of a nave with bell-cot and one bell. It stands on the summit of a hill, and may be seen from a great distance. A subscription list is now opened for the purpose of raising funds for an entirely new edifice. A beautiful reredos has already been promised. The living is a vicarage; gross value, £301, derived from the following sources:- Ecclesiastical Commissioners, £238; rectory of Ledbury, £30; interest of £800, £24; tithes, £9; patron, the Lord Bishop of Hereford; vicar, Rev. Frederick Salter Stooke-Vaughan, M.A., of St. John's College, Cambridge, who was instituted in 1871. A new school, to accommodate 81 children; was erected in 1874 at the sole expense of C.A. Hewitt, Esq., of Hope end, by whom it is also supported. There is a residence for the master attached. The population of Wellington Heath ecclesiastical parish in 1871 was 504, and the number of inhabited houses 121. The cottages are mostly freehold; the ground was formerly held by squatters, until the Ledbury Enclosure Act of 54th George III., in 1814, secured them their freehold. Parkhold is a township in the parish of Ledbury, but distant about 4 miles W.N.W. from the town. It is in Tarrington polling district, and comprises an area of 353 acres.

SEATS IN THE VICINITY.- Ledbury is surrounded by many beautiful seats: Eastnor Castle, the princely mansion of the Right Hon. Earl Somers, occupies a fine commanding situation, and has a most imposing appearance (see Eastnor, page 170); Hope End, the magnificent mansion of Charles Archibald Hewitt, Esq., J.P., D.L., is entirely new, and stands near the site of the former structure; the park is extensive and is partly in Colwall parish (see Colwall, page 134); Upper Hall, the seat of John Martin, Esq., J.P., is a spacious red brick mansion, situated on an eminence, with a park of oak trees; New House, the residence of Mrs. Biddulpb, is built in the Elizabethan style of architecture; Underdown House is the residence of Mrs. Murray Aynsley; Haffield is the seat of William Charles Henry, Esq., M.D., J.P.; Bosbury House, the seat of the Rev. Edward Higgins, M.A., J.P., D.L. (see Bosbury, page 78); Donnington Hall, occupied by James Wickens, Esq., J.P. (see Donnington, page 159); Canon-ffroome Court, John Hopton, Esq., J.P., D.L. (see Canon Froome, page 122); Putley Court, John Riley, Esq., J.P. (see Putley); Homme House, Lieut.-Col. John Ernle Money-Kyrle, J.P., D.L. (see Marcle Much); Old Colwall, William Edmund East, Esq.; Barton Court, Major Thomas Griffith Peyton, J.P., D.L. (see Colwall, page 134); Birchwood House, Thomas Henry Little, Esq. (see Cradley, page 141.)

NOTABILIA.- About 12 miles N.W. from Ledbury is a conical eminence called Wallhills, the lower part of which is surrounded by large trees, and the summit crowned by a spacious camp. The area comprehends between 30 and 40 acres, now appropriated to the growth of corn and hops. The single rampart which enclosed this camp is half-levelled; it had three entrances, one of them called the "King's Gate". In ploughing the area, spear and arrow heads have been found, together with brass coins, horse-shoes of antique form, and human bones. About 2 miles S. from Ledbury is the Vineyard camp, the works of which have been almost defaced by the plough. The Dog Hill and other quarries furnish limestone and grey marble.

[1]The decrease of population is attributed to the removal of a number of labourers. (with their families), who in 1861 were employed in constructing a line of railway.


Post and Telegraph Office, High Street.
Mr. William Giles Taylor, Postmaster.

Despatch of Letters.
Day Mail, Gloucester (by coach on week-days only) 7.30 a.m. 7.50 a.m.
North Mail, Malvern, Worcester,
Birmingham, Stafford (by cart)
6.0 p.m. 6.30 p.m.
London, Gloucester, West of England (by cart) 7.30 p.m. 7.50 p.m.
Ledbury Postal District 10.0 p.m.  

Delivery of Letters.
London, Gloucester, and North of England (arrive by cart) 7.0 a.m.
Day Mail, London, Gloucester, &c. (by coach) 6.30 p.m.

Letters can be registered up till half an hour before the despatch of any mail.
Money Orders are granted and paid, Post Office Savings Bank, Insurance, Annuity, and Licence business transacted from 9 a.m. till 6 p.m. daily, except on Sunday, Good Friday, and Christmas Day; on Saturdays till 8 p.m.
For Postal Telegraph and ordinary business this office is open from 7 a.m. till 8 p.m. on week-days, and from 7 a.m. till 10 a.m. on Sundays.
The Wall Letter-Box, Homend terrace, is cleared at 5.45 p.m. and 6.45 p.m. on week-days only.
Sub-Post Office, Wellington Heath; James Price, Sub-Postmaster.- Letters arrive by messenger from Ledbury at 7.30 a.m.; despatched thereto at 5.20 p.m. Letters can be registered here. Ledbury is the nearest money order and telegraph office and post town.
Sub-Post Office, The Trumpet, Parkhold; Thomas Jones, Sub-Postmaster.- Letters arrive by mail-cart from Ledbury at 7.25 a.m.; despatched thereto at 5.10 p.m. Letters can be registered here. Tarrington is the nearest money order office. Ledbury is the nearest telegraph office and post town.

Rural Letter Carriers.
  Depart at Return at
To Trumpet, Eastwood, Tarrington, Pixley,
Putley, Woolhope, Eggleton, &c.
6.40 a.m. 5.50 p.m.
Wellington Heath and Coddington 6.40 a.m. 6.0 p.m.
Bosbury, Staplow, Swinmore, &c. 6.40 a.m. 1.0 p.m.
Haffield, Donnington, Greenway, Leadington,
Preston, and Little Marcle
6.40 a.m. 6.0 p.m.
Eastnor, Bromsberrow, and Berrow 6.40 a.m. 6.0 p.m.
Ludstock, Hambrook, Falcon Lane, Plaistow,
Marley Hall, and Wallhills
6.40 a.m. 12.30 p.m.
Bradlow, Chance's Pitch, and Massington 6.40 a.m. 11.0 a.m.

ACTING MAGISTRATES FOR LEDBURY PETTY SESSIONAL DIVISION.- (The justices meet in petty sessions every alternate Wednesday at 11 a.m., at the Police Court, Church street.) Osman Ricardo, Esq., Bromsberrow Place (Chairman); Right Hon. Earl Somers, Eastnor Castle; Rev. Edward Higgins, M.A., Bosbury House; John Hopton, Esq., Canon Ffroome Court; Colonel Thomas Webb, The Berrow; William Charles Henry, Esq., M.D., Haffield; Major Thomas Griffith Peyton, Barton Court, Colwall; Captain Richard Frederick Webb, London; John Martin, Esq., Upper Hall; Michael Biddulph, Esq., M.P., New House; Lieut.-Colonel John Ernle Money-Kyrle, Homme House; Rev. John Buckle, M.A., Ashperton Parsonage; Charles Archibald Hewitt, Esq., Hope End; John Riley, Esq., Putley Court; and James Wickens, Esq., Donnington Hall. Clerk to the Magistrates, George Masefield, Esq. The following is a List of Parishes and Places comprised in the Petty Sessional Division:- Ashperton, Aylton, Bosbury with Upleadon, Canon Froome, Castle Froome, Coddington, Colwall, Donnington, Eastnor, Eggleton, Ledbury, Marcle (Little), Marcle (Much), Munsley, Parkhold, Pixley, Patley, Stretton Grandison, Tarrington, Woolhope, and Yarkhill.
BANKS. Ledbury Old Bank (Webb & Co.), High street; draw on Cocks, Biddulph, & Co., Charing cross, London, W.C.; bank hours 9 till 2, on Tuesdays 9 till 5.
National Provincial Bank of England (branch of), draw on the head office, Bishopsgate street, corner of Threadneedle street, London, E.C.; bank hours 10 till 3, on Tuesdays 10 till 5, and on Saturdays 10 till 2; Richard Lewis, Esq., Manager, Homend street.
NEWSPAPER. Ledbury Free Press and Herefordshire Advertiser, published every Tuesday by Mr. Luke Tilley; price one penny; established 1869; office, High street (see advertisement page 4).
PLACES OF WORSHIP. Parish Church (St. Michael and all Angels).- Rev. John Jackson,, M.A., Rector; Messrs. Alfred Stringer and Francis Ward, Churchwardens; Mr. Thomas Frederick Davis, Organist and Choir Master; Philip Preece, Parish Clerk.
Christ Church, Wellington Heath.- Rev. F. Salter Stooke-Vaughan, M.A., Vicar; Charles Archibald Hewitt, Esq., and Mr. William Palmer, Churchwardens; James Dallow, Parish Clerk.
Free Church, New street.- Rev. Gordon J.H. Llewellyn, Minister.
Baptist Chapel, Homend street.- Rev. T. Field, Minister.
Congregational Chapel, High st.- Rev. Cuthbert Y. Potts, Minister.
Wesleyan Chapel, Homend st.- Rev. Robert Terrill Rundle, Minister.
SCHOOLS. Boys' Church of England, Homend street.- Mr. William Henry Caldwell, Master.
Girls' National, Back lane.- Mrs. Sarah Jane Caldwell, Mistress.
Hall's Endowed, Back lane.- Miss Mary Ann Padmore, Mistress.
Girls' Charity, Southend street.- Miss Sandford, Mistress.
Hope End Church Schools (boys, girls, and infants), Wellington Heath. -Mr. John Way, Master; Mrs. Ray Drew, Mistress.
PUBLIC BUILDINGS, INSTITUTIONS, OFFICES, SOCIETIES, ETC. Ancient Order of Foresters.- (Court "Good Samaritan", No. 3730, held at the Royal Oak Hotel every alternate Wednesday.) Mr. J. Kings, Secretary.
Assembly Room at Feathers Hotel (used for public meetings, &c.)
Cemetery, New street.- George Edward and William Masefield, Esqs., Clerks to Burial Board; John Elsmore, Superintendent at Cemetery.
Corn Exchange (held in a commodious room attached to the Feathers Hotel), High street.
County Court (held every alternate month at the Court house, Southend street).- Rupert Alfred Kettle, Esq., Merridale, Wolverhampton, Judge (Circuit 23); Martin Curtler, Esq., Worcester, Treasurer; George Harry Piper, Esq., Ledbury, Registrar; Francis Wyatt Dyer, Esq., Worcester, High Bailiff; Benjamin and William Hodges, Sub-Bailiffs. The following is a List of Places in the Jurisdiction of the Ledbury County Court.- Ashperton, Aylton, Bosbury village, Suffield, Upleadon and Catley divisions, Canon Froome, Castle Froome, Coddington, Colwall, Donnington, Eastnor, Eggleton, Ledbury, Mitchell and Netherton division, Leadon and Haffield division, Wallhills and Wellington Heath division, Marcle (Little), Marcle (Much), Munsley, Parkhold, Pixley, Putley, Stretton Grandison, Tarrington, Woolhope, and Yarkhill.
Depot of the Christian Knowledge Society at Mr. Luke Tilley's, Free Press office, High street.
Dispensary, New street.- Miles Astman Wood, Esq., Surgeon.
Gas Works, New street.- The Ledbury Gas-Light and Coke Company, Proprietors; Mr. James Owen, Secretary; Stephen Edwards, Manager.
Good Templars (St. Catherine's Lodge, No.1,501).- Meetings held at Mr. C. Duxbury's every Tuesday at 7.30 p.m.
Inland Revenue Office Office at Feathers Hotel.- Mr. J.C. Carter, Officer.
Ledbury Agricultural Society.- Rev. Reginald P. Hill, Bromsberrow Rectory, President; George Masefield, Esq., Ledbury, Hon. Secretary.
Ledbury Cottage Hospital, Homend street.- The Right Hon. Earl Somers, Patron; Dr. Henry, President; Edward John Webb, Esq., Hon. Treasurer; George Edward Masefield, Esq., Hon. Secretary; M.A. Wood, Esq., and Dr. Tanner, Hon. Physicians; Wm. Griffin, Esq., Miles Wood, Esq., and Dr. Wood, Hon. Surgeons; Miss Mary Ann Tolley, Matron.
Ledbury Choral Society (meetings held in the boys' schoolroom, Homend street, every Thursday at 8 p.m.)-Mr. E.W. Jones, Eastnor, Conductor; Mr. T.F. Davis, Accompanist.
Ledbury Cricket Club.- W. Masefield, Esq., Hon. Sec.; M.A. Wood, jun., Esq., Treasurer.
Ledbury Horticultural Society (established 1875).- John Basil Masefield, Esq., Hon. Secretary.
Ledbury Hounds (the kennels are near the Railway station; the hounds number 35 couple).- A. Knowles, Esq., New court, Newent, Master.
Ledbury Hunt Steeple Chases (established 1871).- Messrs. John Lane and John Cox, Hon. Secretaries. Annual meeting in April.
Ledbury News Room, Worcester rd.- Edwd. John Webb, Esq., Hon. Sec.
Ledbury Temperance Society (established 1837).- Mr. J.D. Treherne, Treasurer; Mr. R. Dew, Secretary.
Masonic Lodge (Eastnor, No. 751), held at the Feathers Hotel.
Police Station and Magistrates' Rooms (Hereford County Constabulary), Church street.- Mr. William S. Blunsdon, Superintendent for Ledbury division; with one sergeant and five men.
Reading Room and Library, Worcester road.- Vaughan Barber, Esq., President; Mr. Richard Dew, Hon. Secretary.
Stamp Office, Market place.- Mr. Robert Edy, Sub-Distributor.
St. Catherine's Hospital, High street.- The Venerable Archdeacon Waring, M.A. (Canon of Hereford), Master; Rev. John Jackson, M.A. (Rector of Ledbury), Chaplain.
Town Hall or Market House (available for concerts, entertainments, balls, &c.)-Mr. Luke Tilley, Lessee.
UNION WORKHOUSE.- (The guardians meet at the Board-room every alternate Tuesday at 11 a.m.) Rev. John Buckle, M.A., J.P., Ashperton Parsonage, Chairman; Mr. Henry Izard, Brockbury, Colwall, near Malvern, Vice-Chairman; Edward John Webb, Esq., Ledbury, Treasurer; Alfred W. Roberts, Esq., Hereford, Auditor; Rev. William John Morrish, M.A., Chaplain; Richard Homes, Esq., The Castle, Munsley, Clerk to the Guardians and to the Rural Sanitary Authority; Robert Tanner, Esq., M.D., M.R.C.S., Gloucester House, Ledbury, Medical Officer to Ledbury District and to the Union House; William Griffin, Esq., South Parade, Ledbury, Medical Officer to Bosbury District; John Henry Wood,. Esq., ALB., M.R.C.S., Tarrington, Medical Officer to Yarkhill District; Mr. Edwin Allgood, Dispenser; Mr. Henry Morgan, Master; Mrs. Fanny Morgan, Matron; Mr. Edwin Smith, Ledbury, Relieving Officer and Vaccination Officer for No. 1 District; Mr. John Stratton Stevens, Hazle, Tarrington, Relieving Officer and Vaccination Officer for No. 2 District; Edward Osborn, Superintendent of Vagrants. The Union comprises the following Parishes:- Ledbury, Ashperton, Aylton, Bosbury, Canon Froome, Castle Froome, Coddington, Colwall, Donnington, Eastnor, Eggleton, Marcle (Little), Marcle (Much), Munsley, Parkhold, Pixley, Putley, Stretton Grandison, Tarrington, Woolhope, Yarkhill, and Mathon in Worcestershire.
REGISTRATION OF BIRTHS, DEATHS, AND MARRIAGES.- Superintendent Registrar, Richard Homes, Esq., office, Union workhouse; Registrar of Marriages, Mr. James Owen, Worcester road; Registrars of Births and Deaths, Mr. Edwin Smith, Southend street, Ledbury (for No. 1 District), and Mr. John S. Stevens, Hazle, Tarrington (for No. 2 District). No. 1 (or Ledbury) district comprises the parishes of Ledbury, Bosbury, Canon Froome, Castle Froome, Coddington, Colwall, Donnington, Eastnor, and Mathon (Worcestershire); No. 2 (or Yarkhill) district comprises the parishes of Ashperton, Aylton, Eggleton, Marcle (Little), Marcle (Much), Munsley, Parkhold, Pixley, Putley, Stretton Grandison, Tarrington, Woolhope, and Yarkhill.
PUBLIC OFFICERS. Ledbury Highway Beard.- (The members meet on the first Tuesday in each month.) Rev. Edward Higgins, M.A., J.P., Bosbury house, Chairman; George Masefield, Esq., and William Masefield, Esq., Clerks; Mr. Charles Edward Audley Lloyd, The Grange, Bosbury, Surveyor.
Ledbury Lighting Inspectors (meet on the first Monday in each month at Mrs. T. Smith's, Church street).- G.H. Piper, Esq., W. Matthews,. Esq., Messrs. J.D. Treherne, Josiah Harding, G.A. Suter, T. Stephens, J. Buzaglo, C.W. Stephens, W. Maddox, jun., John Lane, and John S. Webb, Inspectors.
Ledbury Rural Sanitary Authority.- (meets at the Board-room, Union workhouse, every alternate Tuesday at twelve o'clock. The poor law guardians constitute the sanitary authority):-Rev. John Buckle, M.A., Chairman; Mr. Henry Izard, Vice-Chairman; H.Y. Sandford, Esq., M.D., Hereford, Medical Officer of Health; Richard Homes, Esq., Clerk, Mr. William Dingley, Inspector of Nuisances.
Ledbury Volunteer Fire Brigade.- Mr. Alfred Stringer, Treasurer; Mr. John Burden, Hon. Secretary. There are three engines. In case of fire, alarm to be made to Mr. Thomas Gurney, High street.
Clerks to the Burial Board.- George Edward and William Masefield, Esqs.
Cleric to the Commissioners of Taxes.- Mr. Richard Matthews, High st.;. Surveyor of Taxes, W. Holroyd Price, Esq., Inland Revenue office, Hereford.
Cleric to the Guardians of Ledbury Union.- Richard Homes, Esq., offices, The Workhouse; and at The Castle, Munsley, near Ledbury.
Clerk to the Magistrates for Ledbury Division.- George Masefield, Esq.
Collector of Poor Rates.- Mr. Edward Butt, New street.
Conservative Registration Agent for Ledbury District.- George Harry Piper, Esq., Court house, Southend street.
Inspector of Weights and Measures and Common Lodging Houses.- Superintendent Blunsdon, Police office, Church street.
Liberal Registration Agent.- James Crispin Gregg, Esq.
Registrar of the County Court.- Geo. Harry Piper, Esq., Court house.
Steward of the Manor of Ledbury.- George Masefield, Esq.
Sub-Distributor of Stamps and Distributor of Excise Licences.- Mr. Robert Edy, Market place.
Third Herefordshire Volunteer Rifle Corps, armoury, Back lane.- John Stuart Mason, Esq., Lieutenant; John Richard Smith, Esq., 2nd Lieutenant; Mr. John Burden, Quartermaster-Sergeant; W. Jones, Colour-Sergeant; Sergeant Teatam, Drill Instructor.
CONVEYANCES. Railway Station (Great Western and Midland Railway Companies).- Mr. Charles Cox, Station Master and Goods Agent.
Omnibuses from the Feathers and, the Royal Oak Hotels attend the arrival and departure of all trains.
Great Western and Midland Parcels Receiving Office at Royal Oak Hotel, Southend street.- Mrs. Maria Matthews, Agent.
Carriers by Rail to all Parts.- R.T. Smith & Co., agents for the G.W.R. Co.; office, Railway station (see Hereford advertisements).
Carriers to London (Parcels).- Sutton & Co., Parcel Delivery office, High street; William Williams, Agent.
Carriers by Canal to London, Gloucester, Hereford, Bristol, Staffordshire, and all Parts.- The Severn and Canal Carrying, Shipping, and Steam Towing Company, Limited (Joseph Calder Fawke, Agent), office, Canal wharf.
Carriers by Canal to Hereford, Gloucester, &c.- The Hereford and Gloucester Canal (Richard Poytherus, Clerk), office, Canal wharf. The Gloucester Mail Coach starts from the Feathers Hotel at 8 a.m., and leaves the Greyhound Hotel, Gloucester, at 3.20 p.m. daily (Sundays excepted), arriving in Ledbury about 6 p.m.; Wm. Williams, Proprietor.
Carriers by Road to Ashperton.- John Hill, from the New Inn, Homend street, every Tuesday.
Bosbury.- James Fidoe and S. Wilkes, from the Seven Stars Inn, Homend street, every Tuesday.
Dymock, Much Marcle, and Ross.- Reuben Passey, from the Crown and Sceptre, New street, every Tuesday.
Kempley, Preston, and Much Marcle.- Henry Brooks, from the Crown and Sceptre Inn, New street, every Tuesday.
Pendock and Redmarley.- J. Bailey, from the Seven Stars Inn, every Tuesday.

OCR/Transcription by Rosemary Lockie in January 2005.

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