No 28. Park View
Tithe Map Plot No 278
A Grade 2 Listed Building
Late C18. Red brick. Parapet with stone coping and very heavy moulded wood cornice.
2 storeys. 1 window. Canted bay of sashes with glazing bay on 2 storeys, moulded
wood cornice over ground floor bay also. Door with 8 fielded panels and bolection
moulding, with arched fanlight with radial glazing bars, keyblock and impost.
Occupied by the Merrick family for most of the nineteenth century, the Electoral Register for 1843 says
it is owned by Thomas Thackwell of Church Street Monmouth with S. Merrick in occupation.
Thomas Woodward offered music lessons here in the early 1900's.
Although the name on the keystone above
the door looks original I cannot find a printed reference to the name Park View until Tilley's 1908 Edition.
From Tithe Map
Owned by James Collins. Occupied by Simon Merricks.
Simon Merrick 45 Cider Merchant.
Simon Merrick 60 Maltster.
Sophia Thackwell 67 Proprietor of Houses.
Thomas Whiting 55.
Robert S Searle 22 Bankers Clerk
Sophia Edwards 80 Living on own means.
From 1910 Survey
Occupier Tom Woodward. Owner Thomas T Edwards Fordingbridge Hants.
Tom Woodward 39 Professor of Music.
Ex Tilleys: Park View.
Woodward T Park View organist and music teacher.
Tillett E Park View.
Davies Mrs Park View.
Baker C E Park View.
Baker Mrs H M.
Sandison R A.
Sandison R A.
Ex 1938 Register
Baker Charles E. born Feb 5th 1883, Certif. Teacher, Hilda M born April 2nd 1906, Elizabeth J. born May 24th 1929.
1841,1851 and 1861
The Merrick name occurs frequently in Ledbury history.
The branch linked to No 28 follows from Simon Merrick
(1759-1837) a saddler in the High St. who
married Ann in about 1788.
They had Simon in 1789, William in 1791, John in 1792, Samuel in 1793 and Thomas in 1796 all in Ledbury.
Ann died in 1836 and Simon (senior) in 1837 both in the High Street Ledbury.
In No 28 from at least 1839 is their first son Simon Merrick, a cider merchant (1789-1854).
He married Martha Jew (1793-1859) in 1823 in Ross on Wye. No children found. He died in 1854, Martha died in 1859 both in the Southend.
Simon senior's third son, John, married Sophia Jew, Marth's sister (1794-1864) in Gloucester in 1817. They had Martha Ann in 1818,
Sophia in 1820 and John in 1824, John died in 1825.
Sophia remarried Thomas Thackwell (1778-1847) in Hereford in 1837
and they are in Monmouth in 1841 where Thomas is a watchmaker. He died in 1847 leaving Sophia a widow for the second time.
Sophia would have taken her family with her to Monmouth and it was from here that her daughter Sophia married
Charles Edwards, already a grocer in Ledbury in premises now occupied by Sitara, on April 15th 1841. They had Sophia in 1842, Charles Merrick in 1843, John Cuthbert in 1845,
William Henry in 1846 (died 1864), Thomas Thackwell in 1848 and Annie Martha in 1851 (died 1931).
It was a nice touch to include the name Thackwell in the children's names.
When Simon died in 1854 it is highly likely that Sophia (Thackwell) moved in to
her sister's house, two widowed sisters supporting each other.
In the 1861 census Sophia is described as Proprietor of houses suggesting she owns this house and perhaps
one in Monmouth left her by Thomas Thackwell.
Sophia died on March 16th 1864.
But this is not the end of the family's association with No 28 see 1901 below.
Thomas Whiting, a linen draper, was born in Weobley in 1816.
He married Mary Ann Florence in Islington in 1849 and they had a daughter Mary Ann Francis in 1851.
Retired to No 28 Southend by 1871, he died there in 1875.
His wife moved out and is in the Homend Terrace in 1881
and Leigh in Worcestershire in 1891.1881
Robert Stanley Searle, a banker's clerk in 1881, was born in South Autralia in 1859, his story is rather sad.
He married Ella Constance Vipan first in Kensington in Dec 1879 and secondly in Brighton in June 1880, suggesting they were of different faiths.
From London Evening Standard June 11th 1880
Robert was in Ledbury before June 1880 and here they had John Maylin Vipan (Searle) in December (quarter) 1881.
Ella died in December (quarter) 1882 in Ledbury.
In partnership with the Smith Brothers as wine and liquor merchants of Southend House, qv
, this was dissolved in Sep 1886 when he retires.
From Worcestershire Chronicle Sep 11th 1886
Robert, now a widower, never settles, and with son John, moves about in lodgings. In Bedford in 1891 and Kings Norton (Worcs) in 1901, always Living on own means.
Son John, now a Philatelic Dealer and Expert is on his own in Leicester in 1911 but sadly dies on March 1st 1913 aged just 32.
Robert Stanley, perhaps with little to keep him in England, appears on the 1930 US Census in Santa Cruz, California.
1901 Sophia Edwards.
As shown in the 1841 etc. notes, Sophia Merrick (1820-1904) married Charles Edwards ( 1812-1885) on April 15th 1841.
He died in 1885 and although the 1891 census says No 28 is uninhabited, the Electoral Register for 1891 shows Sophia
in the Southend. The fact that she could easily move from High Street to the Southend when Charles died suggests to me
that the house was in Merrick/Edwards ownership for most of the 19C. She died in 1904 and they are buried together in the cemetery with the following epitaph:
In loving memory of Charles Edwards who departed to be with Christ June 2nd 1885 aged 74 years.
Also of Sophia his wife who fell asleep Feb 26th 1904 in her 84th year.
And of beloved son William Henry who also fell asleep Oct 31st 1864 aged 18 years.
From 1910 Survey
Owner Thomas T Edwards.
Thomas Edwards was the son of Charles and Sophia Edwards (see above).
He married Elizabeth Eunice Lear in Upton in 1875 and they had a
daughter, Elizabeth Catherine Grace in Ledbury in 1876. Sadly Elizabeth Eunice died in the same year in Ledbury.
1911 Tom Woodward.
There is no connection between this Tom Woodward, and Tom Woodward (1793-1872) who was organist at the church until 1863.
This Tom Woodward was born in 1872 in West Bromwich to Thomas and Elizabeth.
The 1881 census records show Thomas senior in Gloucester as a 'Teacher of Singing', Tom junior is of course a scholar.
In 1883 Tom was elected to a choristership at Magdalen College, Oxford and by
1891 both he and his father are Professors of Music. Note he is always listed as Tom.
Having been appointed to be the Ledbury church organist and choirmaster,
he marries Bessie Dallimore in Ledbury in 1896, his address given as Horse Lane, father given as Tom Woodward, Professor of Music.
A daughter Phyllis was born in Horse Lane in 1898 and another, Elfrida, in Oct 1901 in the High Street.
Sadly Bessie died in Ledbury in 1906, Tom remarried Clara Emily Smith in Paddington in 1909.
In 1911 he is in No 28 with Clara, Phyllis and Elfrida.
He left Ledbury later in 1911 to take up a similar position in Bournemouth ,
his successor being F A Hobro from St Matthias' church Malvern Link.
He died in Brighton in 1937, Clara Emily died in London in 1938. Neither Phyllis or Elfrida married.
From the Gloucestershire Chronicle Jan 11th 1908:
MR. THOMAS WOODWARD. It is with much regret we record the death Mr Thos Woodward,
Clarence House, Clarence street, Gloucester, which took place on Tuesday night. For some months past
deceased had been unwell, but not sufficiently prevent him continuing his duties, and he occupied bis place
in the Cathedral choir until the last Sunday in the old year. The deceased gentleman, however, practically took
to his bed on the Monday following December 29th, the anniversary of his appointment as lay clerk. On Tuesday
alarming symptoms manifested themselves, and his doctor decided that an operation was immediately necessary,
but Mr Woodward never recovered consciousness after it, and passed away about ten o'clock the same evening.
Deceased was a native of West Bromwich, and in his early days was appointed to a lay-clerkship York Minster,
which he relinquished in 1871 to come to Gloucester Cathedral. He was one of the best-known and respected musical
men in the city, and. indeed, in musical circles all over the county, and since the death Mr. Abraham Thomas
had been the oldest lay-clerk in the Cathedral choir. During his tenure of office he saw many changes in the
personnel of the choir and the officials and dignitaries of the Mother Church. Deceased was a member of the Zetland Lodge
of Freemasons, filling the office of organist of the Lodge for number of years.
Mr. Woodward, whose wife died in August last,
leaves three sons, all well-known musicians: Mr. Tom Woodward, organist and choirmaster at Ledbury Parish Church ;
Mr. Charles Woodward, lay clerk Lincoln Cathedral; and Mr. Josef Woodward, accomplished violinist, and also one daughter.