Tithe Map Plot No 261.
A Grade 2 Listed Building.
C18. Stuccoed. Tiled hipped roof, with brick dentil eaves. 3 storeys. 1 window.
2nd floor 3-light casement, 1st floor canted bay of sashes. Victorian shop window
with moulded wood cornice on carved console brackets, large window panes with glazing
bars, and 2 adjoining doorways.
Occupied by the ubiquitous Juckes in the 1840s and then by Butlers, gunmakers.
Looks like a shop and was a grocer's shop from at least 1881 to the 1920s run by the Pedlinghams.
In the 1920's a confectioners, later becoming a private house.
1839 Tithe Map
Owner Philip John Miles. Occupier Robert Juckes.
Robert Juckes 48.
Robert Juckes 58, Joiner.
Austin Butler 54, Gunmaker.
Elizabeth Butler 63, Gunmaker.
Charles Pedlingham 28, Grocer, Baker, Confectioner, etc.
John Pedlingham 35, Grocer.
John Pedlingham 44, Grocer, Shopkeeper.
From 1910 Survey
Occupier Pedlingham J. Owner Gardner South Parade.
John Pedlingham 54, Grocer.
Willett A L Confectioner.
Robert Juckes b July 1792 married Mary Wood in Ledbury on Sep 28th 1819, they had:
Nathaniel in February 1820.
Charles in February 1822.
George in 1825.
Thomas in August 1826.
Mark in 1829.
Harriet in January 1831.
Joseph in October 1833.
Hannah in August 1835
All the children were born in the Southend: Robert was there from at least 1820, he is always a Joiner.
Mary died July 1843. In No 7 Almshouses in 1861, Robert died in Dec 1869.
Nathaniel, a joiner in the Southend, married Jane Lewis on Aug 10th 1854.
They are buried in the Cemetery the inscription reads:
In loving memory of Nathaniel Juckes who died Oct 5th 1891 aged 72 years.
Also of Jane his wife
who died February 25th 1907 aged 83 years.
Hannah married John Bishop, a watchmaker, on October 17th 1867.
For more on the Juckes see Potted Biographies page.
Austin Butler 1861
died 1869. His wife Elizabeth, still calling herself a gun maker,
is at No 6 in 1871
with Charles 19, son, gunmakers assistant. Elizabeth died in 1890 an 'Inmate of St Catherine's Hospital'.
Charles Pedlingham, 1881
b 1850 to Samuel and Elizabeth, is grocer, baker, confectioner etc and
is the sole occupant in No 6, his mother, Elizabeth is at No 9. He married Ellen Travess in Ledbury
in June of that year and moved to the High St as a grocer by 1891. He died in Woodleigh Road in 1917.
His brother, John, born in 1855, is in the Southend shop in 1891
until at least 1912.
He seems to have been something of a reprobate!
He married Alice Hunt in Worcester in the March
quarter of 1881. (John, Alice and his mother Elizabeth are in No 9
Southend in 1881 where he is described as a Tailor and Draper).
In the June
quarter of that year
Catherine Alice was born in Ledbury, a shotgun wedding?
Catherine was followed by Arthur Waving b 1883, Emily Gertrude b 1884.
Alice died in Jan 1892. He was soon remarried in Sep 1892 to Gertrude Lilian Palmer 26,
whose father was William Palmer Innkeeper at the Talbot. Clarice Lilian was born to this union
in the Dec quarter 1893 and Vivien Nora Gertrude in 1894.
Gertrude died in 1910, I cannot find what happened to John.
Some idea of his character can be gleaned from reports of his bankruptcy in the Worcester papers of 1895.
At an initial hearing it was said that portions of bacon were thrust into a pit-hole
in the canal and others were employed to stop rat holes. The debtor, who was very excited,
characterised all the allegations as lies. He admitted that after the receiving order was made
he took no interest in his business and went away for a holiday at the expense of his creditors.
The debtor (John Pedlingham) had been in business since 1879. While a travelling draper he saved money
and he began business as a grocer in Ledbury in 1884 buying from his brother one of his branch shops at
Ledbury for £71 with savings of just £30. In January 1894 he acquired an additional business
in the High St. for £895 where he now trades (this is in 1895).
He stated that he did a little gambling in
1879 but the Official Receiver stated that it was more than curious that information had been sent to
him from three different sources about the debtor gambling and drinking.
He added that the landlord of the Talbot was the debtor's own Father in Law, it was perfectly natural that he should
go there to play cards unless his Mother in Law was there. It must be remembered
that there was no theatre in Ledbury and there was no other amusement than the church which was only open
once a week.
The business had been shamefully neglected, that the shop was dirty and everything done that would
frighten customers from the shop.
He left a quantity of butter in his back yard, to which the dogs have easy access from
the street...80 lbs of this butter was subsequently sold for 2d a lb.
In February of 1894 the sweets licence (I didn't know there was such a thing) of Mrs Merrick,
High Street was transferred to Mr John Pedlingham.
Still a grocer in Southend in 1901 and 1911, his brother Charles is in the High Street.
1926 Electoral Register
Willetts Albert Leonard, Willetts Jane Elizabeth.