No 23.

A Grade 2 Listed Building.
C18. Red brick house set back from street with garden in front. Tiled roof with gable ends. Brick dentil eaves 2 storeys. 3 windows. 3-light wood mullion/transom casements with leaded panes, with segmental brick heads. Central door with flush panels and simple hood on shaped brackets and rectangular fanlight.


No 23, with five acres and two cottages on the North Side was up for sale as one lot in October 1827 ‘late the property of Mrs Jane Seward deceased’. Interestingly there is one entire pew and two kneelings, in the Parish Church, belonging to this property.
I had hoped to find an annual rental for private pews in the Parish Book but they were sold outright in about 1819.

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Jane Seward, died on September 11th 1827. As Jane Jones of Kings Caple she had married William Seward in Kings Caple on August 1st 1791.
It is probable that William built the house at this time for his new bride.
Born in Sapey Pritchard near Worcester in April 1766 William first appears in Ledbury in 1783 as an articled clerk for 5 years to Antipas Church, an attorney, of Ledbury. In his will dated September 1st 1796 he leaves ‘my messuage and several tenements in Ledbury in the County of Hereford in trust for my wife for life’. (A Messuage is a mansion and grounds).
In a letter to Anna Seward dated December 10th 1807 Robert Southey writes:
William, the elder brother was an Attorney at Ledbury. After the death of John & Edmund I happened to stop a night at the Hundred House, near Abberley. Mr Severn the Rector of that sweet place married one of the sisters, and I had been their guest with Edmund. I wished to go to the house, but with that sort of forefeeling which nothing but experience of the electric shocks of life can give one I first made enquiry of the Landlord concerning the family. God knows what the shock was which I received on hearing that William Seward had that very week shot himself. He was unhappily married, and the loss of two brothers whom he dearly loved was supposed to have affected his intellects.

The property was not sold in October 1827 and it was offered again in April 1828 in three lots: The House, the land and the cottages. The land was quoted as being most desirably situated for building.
In June 1828 only the house is offered for sale. Presumably bought by the Thackwells it was bequeathed by Anne Thackwell nee Mutlow to her sister Hannah (Mutlow) in 1837, staying in Mutlow hands until William Mutlow, solicitor, retired in 1878 when it was sold.

From Tithe Map Owned by Hannah Mutlow and occupied by James Collins.

1841     William Hall 35 Maltster.

1851     William Mutlow 35 Solicitor.

1861     William Mutlow 45 Solicitor.

1871     William Mutlow 55 Solicitor.

1881     Uninhabited.

1891     James S Parker 44 Duty Registered General Med Practr.

1901     Agnes A Freeman 57 Living on own means.

From 1910 Survey   Mrs Seddon. Owner Trustees of Mrs Mutlow.

1911     Unoccupied.

Ex Tilleys.

1903     Unoccupied.

1904     Mrs Lindsey.

1906     Miss Lindsey.

1908     Mrs Seddon.

1911     Unoccupied.

1912     Carrington R C S.

1921     McKean Dr.

1947     McKean Mrs.

1988     No entry.

1992     1 The Yews, Perks P A. 2 The Yews, Champion M L. 3 The Yews, Moxley M K. No 23 Ryder P C.

2002     As 1992.

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William Hall, born in Oxenhall to Philip and Anne, married Jane Gurney from Upton Bishop in Ledbury in 1837.
They lived uneventful lives in various places in Herefordshire. In No 23, Southend in 1841, William is a malster and then a cottage at Bullen (Parkway) in 1851, described as a working maltster.
By 1861 they are in Parkhold (Yarkhill), William, is a gardener as he is in 1871 in Ross. In the 1871 census William is 65 and Jane 71.
In 1881 in Ross, Jane is a widow occupation given as Formerly Turnpike Toll Collector lodging with Henry Gurney, 44, presumably some relation.


William Mutlow (1816-1882) entered the office of James Collins, solicitor, in 1832, qualifying and becoming a partner in 1837.
This partnership was dissolved in 1843 with the office continuing under the title of W & JV Mutlow. (John Vaughan Mutlow was William's brother).
Married in 1849 to Mary Ann Hallen, they had a daughter, Mary Anne on December 13th 1850. She married John Findlay Buckler, a clerk in Holy Orders, in Weston Super Mare on January 12th 1871.
In 1881 Mary Anne and John are in Chester with her mother and 5 children. The first two children, were baptised in Little Marcle, Mary Gwendoline in January 1872, and Theodora Bracebridge in June 1873, residence shown as Ledbury. Later children were born in Chester.
William lived in No 23 until his retirement in 1878. He died in Birkenhead, where his daughter is, in 1882, Mary Ann also died there in 1906.


James S Parkes, a General Practitioner, born Bridgnorth in 1846 married Amelia Hall Gill in Barton upon Irwell in Lancashire in 1884.
They must have moved to Ledbury shortly after as they had sons James in 1887 and Harold in 1890 whilst living in the Southend. Still in Ledbury in 1893, they moved to Maidenhead by 1901.


Not much of interest to Ledbury here. As Agnes Alice Vallance she married James Freeman a solicitor in Brighton in 1868, no children.
In Sussex in 1871 and 1881, Crickhowell in 1891, Ledbury in 1901. James died in March quarter 1901 in Tewkesbury.
Agnes visited Arthur Doherty, a clerk in Holy Orders, in Newent in 1911, presumably some connection there. In a hotel in Stroud in 1939, she died in Liskeard in 1942 aged 98.


The 1939 census shows Dr George Bartley McKean born March 26th 1876 with his wife Dorothy Emily Fortescue, nee Dunstan, born 9th May 1885. Married in Ormskirk in 1909 they had George b 1911, Carl b 1914 and Elizabeth 1918 in Ledbury.
He died in Ledbury in 1944.