The Unicorn Inn. A Grade 2 Listed Building.
Early C19. Red brick. Slate roof with gable ends and wide bracketed eaves. 2 storeys. 2 windows 16-pane sashes with voussoired lintels with keyblocks. Carriageway to side with elliptical arch of voussoirs.
Unicorn Inn Ledbury.
To be sold by auction by W Handy & Co (of Worcester) on the premises.
The valuable and long established Freehold Inn and Market House called the Unicorn Inn situated at Ledbury in the County of Hereford and the warehouse, stables, outbuildings, yards, garden and orchard to the same belonging, now in the occupation of Thomas Greenway.
To be sold by Auction
by Robert Jones.
At the Feathers Inn, in the town of Ledbury, in the county of Hereford, on Thursday the 13th day of April, instant, between the hours of Five and Seven o'clock in the afternoon by Order of the Assignee of Robert King, a Bankrupt, and subject to such conditions of sale as will be then produced. ALL that capital and well accustomed INN or PUBLIC HOUSE called the UNICORN INN, situate in the Southend street, in the town of Ledbury aforesaid, together with a large garden and an orchard adjoining, containing in estimation One Acre more or less, capable of producing from 10 to 20 hogsheads of cider in a season. The premises comprise a good Dwelling House, with capital stabling, Brewhouse, Granaries, and Cellaring, and the same will be sold subject to an annuity of £ 40 for the life of a person aged about 66 years. For a view of the same apply on the Premises, and for further Particulars to Mr J.A. Higgins, Solicitor, Ledbury, Herefordshire.
Deed of Further Charge
Of a Messuage Tenement or Dwellinghouse
Used as a Public House called The Unicorn Inn
Situate in Ledbury Herefordshire
For securing £ 300 and Interest making £ 1,100 and Interest
Mr Robert Kings and another To The Reverend Joseph Higgins
This Indenture made the sixteenth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty five Between Robert Kings late of the Hill in the parish of Eastnor but now of the town of Ledbury in the county of Hereford publican of the one part Sarah Kings of the parish of Ledbury aforesaid widow of the second part and the Reverend Joseph Higgins of Eastnor Parsonage in the said parish of Eastnor clerk of the third part.
Whereas by Indentures of Lease and Release bearing date respectively on or about the twenty ninth and thirtieth days of September in the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty three the release being expressed to be made between the said Robert Kings of the one part and the said Joseph Higgins of the other part.
All that messuage, tenement or dwellinghouse for many years past used as an Inn or Public House and commonly called or known by the name of the Unicorn Inn together with the stables, buildings, granaries, garden, yards and appurtenances thereto belonging situate lying and being in the town and Borough of Ledbury aforesaid in a Street called the Southend having the said Street on the East part a Charity School in the occupation of Mrs Price on the North part, part of an Orchard next thereinafter described on the West part and a messuage or tenement and premises formerly belonging to John Jenkins but then belonging to Thomas Greenday on the South part.
And also all that Orchard containing by estimation one acre or thereabouts be the same more or less partly lying behind the said messuage or tenement and premises having a Cider Warehouse and garden then belonging to Richard Hodges Gwynne Esquire and a Meadow called the Pound Meadow belonging to John Biddulph Esquire on the West part part of the said Meadow called the Pound Meadow and a garden belonging to Hannah Russell and a warehouse in the occupation of Mr Webb on the South part of the premises hereinbefore mentioned and a garden belonging to premises formerly called the George Inn on the East part thereof with the appurtenances were duly conveyed and assured unto and to the use of the said Joseph Higgins his heirs and assigns by way of Mortgage for securing to the said Joseph Higgins his executors administrators and assigns the sum of eight hundred pounds together with interest for the same after the rate and on or at the day or time therein mentioned.
And whereas by Indenture bearing date on or about the second day of October in the said year one thousand eight hundred and twenty three and expressed to be made between the said Robert Kings of the first .....
At the Plume of Feathers Inn Ledbury 9th day of March 1826 Exhibited to us under a Commission of bankrupt issued against Robert Kings
Unicorn Inn Ledbury
(Late Mrs King's)
Arthur Stewart, (late of the Pound's Inn Ross) having taken to the above business, begs leave respectfully to acknowledge the kind favours and support he has received from his numerous friends, and at the same time solicits a continuance of the same in his NEW UNDERTAKING, assuring them that it will be his constant endeavour to make them comfortable with well aired beds, the choicest wines,best of spirits and primest ale and cider as well as convenient and extensive stabling.He lasted about 10 years as this advert from the Hereford Journal of February 21st 1844 shows:
To be let with immediate possession all that well accustomed Inn and Premises known as The Unicorn Inn Southern Street Ledbury. Together with extensive stabling capable of containing thirty horses; also a large garden and an orchard adjoining planted with choice fruit trees. A club of Odd Fellows, consisting of one hundred members, hold their meetings at the house.
Present to an Odd Fellow. The members of the Loyal Ferry Lodge of Odd Fellows, M.U., at Ashleworth Gloucestershire, have lately presented a handsome silver watch, of the value of six guineas, to Mr William Roberts junr., son of Mr W Roberts the respected landlord of the Unicorn Inn Southend Street Ledbury.
Ancient Order of Druids.
A new lodge, No 371, of this ancient, honourable, and philanthropic order was opened on Friday the 2nd instant at the Nelson Inn Southgate Street Gloucester of which house Mr John Roberts, late of the Unicorn Inn Ledbury, is the respected host...
Offence against Licence.
Mr George Truman, landlord of the Unicorn Inn, Ledbury was summoned for allowing persons of notoriously bad characters to assemble and also permitting drunkeness and other disorderly conduct in his house, against the tenor of his licence. Superintendent Shead deposed: On Saturday the 2nd October inst., between eight and nine o'clock he observed people fighting in the street opposite the Unicorn Inn and in the passage of the house; between eleven and twelve o'clock the same night there was fighting again; he then went into the house and observed several drunken people and prostitutes present.......Fined £ 5 and 9s costs.
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION
BY ROBERT JONES
On the premises, on Tuesday the 26th October, 1847, at four o'clock in the afternoon, subject to conditions to be then produced:
THE UNICORN INN and PREMISES, situate in SOUTHEND STREET, in the occupation of Mr George Trueman, consisting of a substantial brick built house, containing bar, parlour, long dining room, kitchen, scullery, larder and pantry on the first floor, with appropriate bedrooms over; convenient brewhouse, communicating with excellent cellaring; four stables and boxes for 40 horses, one of which is a very superior building, having a capital room over, in which the Commissioners of the Queen's Taxes hold their meetings; spacious yard, gardens, and a pasture orchard well stocked with apple trees of the choicest sorts, containing together about an acre; is well supplied with otherwise.
A portion of the purchase money may remain on mortgage if required. For a view apply to the occupier and for particulars at the offices of Messrs Higgins and Chamberlain Solicitors, or the Auctioneer, Ledbury.
In memory of Susan the beloved wife of William Bruton of this town who died Novr 27th 1873 aged 73 years. Also of the above named William Bruton who died 24th Febr 1886 aged 84 years.For more on William Bruton see No 5.
I lived at Number 15 for 10 years from 1949. Mr. and Mrs Short and their daughter Dianne lived at no 16.
Down an alley to the side of their house was The Grace Dovey School of Dancing, which I also attended. It was later run by Liz Baker. The dance studio was situated over a barn which was in our garden.
Beyond the double gates there was a cobbled path wide enough for my dad to drive a van down. We had a very big walled garden with a tennis court in the middle of it. At the bottom of the path about 50 yards to the left, was the barn with the dance school overhead.
Ahead was the Dovecote and beyond that the tennis court surrounded by borders then a hedge. Beyond the hedge dozens of varieties of Apples, Pears, Plum trees, Walnuts and Cobnuts, Soft Fruit, and fig trees. We kept a Large White pig, and a dozen saddleback pigs. To the right at the bottom of the path we had a large veg garden.
Further down our cobbled access, past our front door and past the kitchen door, there was another entrance into the building with 2 rooms on the ground floor and 2 above. There were interconnecting doors, both narrow, on the ground and 1st floor. My father used the rooms as offices and workshops, the rooms had large sash windows, so they must have been living accommodation.