No 4.

Tithe Map Plot No 259.

A Grade 2 Listed Building (listed together with No3).
C18. Stuccoed. Bands between floors. 3 storeys. let and 2nd floors, 6 sash windows with glazing bars. No 4 has a good early Cl9 shop front with pilasters, frieze and wide cornice, and large windows with glazing curving inwards to central glazed and panelled door with rectangular fanlight.


Ledbury is lucky this shop still has its front from the early 1800's.

Probably installed by Alfred Allgood, watchmaker, he and his family were here from 1841 to 1909.

Enjoying a brief few years as a Tea Shop it later became a China Shop and latterly remembered as Top Brass, ironmongers who ceased trading in 2018.

1839 Tithe Map Owner Philip John Miles Occupant Alfred Allgood.

1841     Alfred Allgood 37, Watchmaker.

1851     Alfred Allgood 46, Watchmaker.

1861     Alfred Allgood 56, Watchmaker.

1871     Alfred Allgood 66 Watchmaker.

1881     Emmeline Allgood 42, Jeweller.

1891     Emmeline Allgood 47? Jeweller.

1901     Emmeline Allgood 63, Jeweller and Watch....

From 1910 Survey   Occupier Miss Allgood. Owner J H Miles.

1911     Not listed.

Vaughan Advert
Ex Tilley's Almanack 1982
Ex Tilley's

1903    Allgood Miss E Watchmaker etc.

1906    Allgood Miss.

1910    Miss Allgood.

1921    Bruton P W.

1935    Bruton Mrs.

1945    Bruton Mrs.

1950    Bruton Mrs Southend Tea Room.

1959    Miss Bruton.

1960    Mrs Humphreys.

1963    Seccombe-Hett G V A.

1976    Vaughan of Ledbury Chinaware.

1984    Desinglas.

1987    Top Brass Nudds-Hunter A J.

More Info.

On 29th August 1829 Mr Alfred Allgood, born in Gloucester a jeweller, married Miss Ann Miles, both of Ledbury.
They had daughters Emmeline 10 and Selina 8 both born in Ledbury. When Emmeline was baptised in 1830 her father is given as a Watchmaker in the Homend.

When Ann died in 1839, at the age of 34, address given as Southend, Alfred's brother Edmund stepped in to support his brother and nieces, also a watchmaker he is in the household in 1841.

Emmeline and Selina never married. Edmund died in 1865 and Alfred in 1877 after which Emmeline (actually Emmeline Charlotte) and Selina carried on as Jewellers.
Selina died in 1903 and Emmeline, who had moved to No 17 by 1911, in 1913.

Peter W Bruton b 1865 was a grocer's assistant in 1911 in New Street with wife Marion, a son Horace and two daughters. Peter died in 1938 in Ledbury. In 1939 the household consisted of Marion b 1873, Winifred b 1906 and Olive b 1909 plus two lodgers. Marion died in 1952.

1926 Electoral Register    Bruton Peter William, Bruton Marian. Rooms No 4 ; Jones Reginald St. John, Abode Widemarsh St Hereford.

1939 Register Maria Bruton 66.