No 27

Tithe Map Plot No 277

A Grade 2 Listed Building
C18. Red brick. Slate roof with gable ends. Brick dentil eaves. 2 storeys and attic. 1 window wide. 12-pane sashes with segmental brick arches. Round-headed passageway with door on left. Dormer with curved roof with casement.

From Tithe Map owned by James Ward from the Tithe map and occupied by Reverend Baker.

James Ward was probably the owner of Flight's Farm, I have no idea who the Rev. Baker is.

Occupied by the Bosley family from at least 1871 through to 1922.
A sales advert from 1938 describes the house thus:
The Accommodation of No 27 comprises:
Living Room, Kitchen with range, Two Bedrooms on the first floor (with fireplaces) and One Bedroom and Box Room on the second floor, Cellar, Good Garden, Washhouse and shed, W.C. Town Water and Gas.
This house is let to Miss Heath on a monthly tenancy at £20 per annum.

Note no electricity (No 26 did have) and no bathroom!

Presumably bought by Edward Hodgetts who was here from 1939 to 1988.

1841     Mary Gregg 77 Independent.

1851     William Bower 31 Writing Clerk.

1861     Andrew Hill 30 Boot and Shoe Maker.

1871     Benjamin Bosley 61 Draper's Assistant.

1881     Benjamin Bosley 71 Draper's Assistant.

1891     Benjamin Bosley 91 Living on own means.

1901     Sarah A Bosley 58 Living on own means.

From the 1910 Survey   Occupier by S A Bosley. Owner Mr George Mutlow Staplow Ledbury.

1911     Sarah Anne Bosley 68 Private Means.

Ex Tilleys:

1903     Bosley Miss.

1921     Bosley Miss.

1923     Lewis G H.

1926     Doorbar Mrs.

1930     Heath Mrs.

1940     Hodgetts E.

1989    Randolph J.

1999     Betts I.

2002     Betts I.

Ex 1939 register     Hodgetts Edward J. ROF Munitions Maker, born Feb 18th 1895 and Elsie L born Dec 31st 1904.

More Info.


Mary (Bosworth) married James Gregg in Ledbury on June 23rd 1796.
They had James in 1797, Sydney in 1800, Mary in 1802 and Edwin in 1804, probably at Peg's Farm Staplow. James senior died on March 11th 1839 in Bishop Street. (now Bye Street).
Both Peg's Farm and property in Bye Street were up for sale in 1840 (for more see Potted Biographies page) and Mary had to move out to No 27.
She is here with Elizabeth, her Daughter in Law who had married son James a solicitor, daughter Mary and granddaughter, Elizabeth.
In 1851 the same household is in No 15 Southend, Mary is reported as blind. She died in 1853.


William Bower was born in Colwall in 1820.
In New Street when he married Eliza King of South Parade on May 1st 1843 in Ledbury. Variously described as a Writer and Attorney's Clerk he became Relieving Officer of the Ledbury Union before 1861, the main duties of a Relieving Officer being to assess applications for relief.
They had:
Fanny Elizabeth in 1844 in Ledbury, Thomas in 1846 in Colwall, Alice Ann in Ledbury in 1848 and William in Ledbury in 1852. William died in 1853.
In 1861 William is the Master of the Chipping Norton Union Workhouse, Eliza being the Matron, Alice is with them but I have been unable to find out what happened to Fanny and Thomas.
A typical Master's salary at the time was £40 and the Matron's £20 together with rations, coals candles, washing and unfurnished apartments.


Andrew Hill was born in Ledbury in 1831.
He married Maria Selwyn, b 1830 in Tarrington, in Ledbury on Feb 16th 1851 and they are together in Back Lane in 1851, he is a boot and shoe maker. She died, in Back Lane, in Feb 1853.
Andrew remarried Mary Hill (1834-) (presumably no relative) in Gloucester (District) early in 1855 and they are together in No 27 in 1861. They had Clara in late 1861.
In 1871 Andrew, now a widower for the second time, and Clara are in Dymock. I cannot find out what happened to Clara.
On his own in the Homend, as a shoe maker in all later censuses, he died in the Ledbury Workhouse in May 1905.


For the early story of the Bosleys See No 18.
In 1871 Benjamin is still listed as a Draper's Assistant.
Henrietta died in 1874 in the Southend leaving just Benjamin and Sarah Ann here in 1881 and 1891. By 1891 he is fully retired, ‘living off own means’.
He died in 1892 leaving just Sarah Ann on her own in No 27 in 1901 and 1911 and indeed through to 1922 when she died in January of that year.