The Jones name is linked to the New Town Sub Post Office from its establishment in about 1908 to its closure in about 1997. Note that the property was called Enidville.
I can find no connection between the first Jones and the Jones family that followed so I am assuming that the continuity is pure coincidence.
In any case the first was not there long.
What follows is all I can find out about the Jones family at this time.
I am hoping it will trigger a
lot of memories and information or corrections which can be added as and when.
Although 20th century research of Ledbury would be very difficult without Tilley's Almanacks it only gives the
initials and surname of a property's main resident and other sources have to be
consulted to fill in the details.
In 1911 Tilley's shows that C. E. Jones is in Enidville and then:
From the 1911 census:
Charles Edward Jones, 24, born Eastnor. Sorting Clerk and Telegraphist for the General Post Office.
Emily Jones born Bisley, 25, housewife.
Charles and Emily were married in Gloucester in 1910 and they had a daughter in Coventry in 1913 so
must have moved away from Ledbury shortly after the 1911 census but they had established the PO.
The next available Tilley's in 1920 shows A. Jones is in Enidville and this remans the entry until 1947.
The 1939 Register gives:
Name Date of Birth Occupation
Jones Arthur 6 Jan 1877 Bricklayer
Jones Elizabeth 16 Mar 1874 Postmaster and Shopkeeper
Jones Herbert 24 Feb 1912 Bricklayer
living in ' The Stores ' Victoria Road:
So, from the above, we have Arthur Jones, born 1877, living in the PO from at least 1920.
Arthur John Jones was born in Fownhope on January 6th 1877. A stonemason and bricklayer he married Elizabeth
Thomas from Powick in 1899. They settled in Withington where they had:
Lilian Margaret in 1899
Elsie May in 1901
William Thomas in 1902
Robert Ernest in 1904
James Edward in 1910
And the family are in 39 Bulmers Avenue in 1911 where (2)
Herbert Daniel was born in 1912.
They must have moved to Ledbury shortly after this as they had a son, Charles, there in 1914.
This Jones family are in Enidville from 1914 and were to remain there until 2016.
I am only following Ledbury events and:
James Edward Jones married Rose Eleanor Hyde, whose father was Henry John (Hyde), a bricklayer, in Little Marcle on Sep 30th 1933, and settled in No 30 Oatleys Crescent.
Arthur J in 1935
James Edward in 1938
William T in 1942
William T married Jean D Jones in Ledbury in 1976 and I understand that William, Jean and Miss Jones (see later) ran the Post Office in later years.
Arthur died in 1949
leaving Elizabeth as Head of Household and this is reflected in Tilley's entry for 1950 which lists:
Jones Mrs. Newtown Sub P.O.
Elizabeth died in 1953
but the Jones name continues as Tilley's tells us that in 1954 a Miss Jones is in the PO.
Miss Jones, the only name by which she was known locally, was Elsie May b 1901, daughter of Arthur and Elizabeth, and sister to James Edward, see later.
She never married and later lived a few doors up Victoria Road from the PO in a bungalow
She disappears from Tilley's in 1982 and from that date no occupant is shown in the PO athough James Jones is still in Enidville.
and 1989 is the last time it is referred to as the Sub P.O.
James Edward Jones, senior, must have set up as a builder in 1946 with his son, also James Edward popularly known as Jimmie.
J E Jones is listed by Tilley's as head of household from 1955 to 1981 and he doubtless lived there
using the workshops at the back for his building business but it seems it was probably still his sister Elsie who was running the PO.
He died in June 1997.
In 1963 James Edward junior moved to Tillers's Green, Dymock and from 1997 the building business was run from there.
An advert dated 2013
Herbert also married locally:
Herbert Daniel Jones, address given as New Town PO married Dorothy Rose Fletcher of 6 Oatley's Terrace on June 1st 1940.
Ronald Herbert in 1941
Diane E M in 1943
Kathleen V in 1946
Kenneth E P in 1947
Roy A in 1948
Thelma M in 1949
Herbert Daniel died in 1972 in Ledbury at 30 Oatleys Crescent.
Dorothy Rose disappears from Oatleys Crescent according to Tilley's between 1999 and 2002