No 9.
The Bush Tavern

A Grade 2 Listed Building
C18 red brick front. Timber framing exposed at rear. Tiled roof with gable ends. Moulded eaves cornice. 3 storeys. 1 window. 16-pane sashes with moulded cases and flat brick arches. Ground floor 2 modern bowed windows and door with continuous tiled pentice hood over.


We shall never know what this was like before the modern bow windows were installed but it probably had a shop front like most of the others.

In the early part 19th century Henry Chadd tried to make a living as a bootmaker and publican without much success causing his wife to committ suicide in 1853.

John Brown ran a draper's shop here for the next twenty years but after a brief spell around 1911 when it was a greengrocers it seems to become a private house.

From 1839 Tithe Map Owner Henry Chadd. Occupiers Himself, Thomas Clarke and Charles Hill.

1841     Henry Chadd 37.

1851     Henry Chadd 47, Master Cordwainer.

1861     John Brown 33 Woollen Draper and Tailor.

1871     John Brown 33 Woollen Draper and Tailor.

1881     Mrs S Pedlingham 63 No Occupation.

1891    Uninhabited.

1901    Uninhabited.

From 1910 Survey   Occupier John Godwin. Owner Henry Garrood Solicitor.

1911 4 rooms    John Godwin 39 Traveller and Agent with wife Mary Ann Greengrocer and seed Merchant.

Godwin Advert
Ex Tilley's Almanack 1910
Ex Tilleys.

1903    Preece W Builder and Plumber.

1910    Godwin J.

1921    Godwin Mrs.

1937    Richards H.

1938    Not Listed.

1939    Price Mrs.

1954    Price D S.

1961    Not Listed.

1962    Allan G B.

1963    Judge P.

1966    Mrs Cummings.

1967    Bennett M.

1982    Not Listed.

1983    Jones J G.

1987    Jones J G.

not listed until 2002

2002    Jones J.

More Info.

1841 Henry Chadd
Henry Chadd born in Ledbury in 1804 married Elizabeth Hatton of Ledbury in April 1831 in Gloucester, she was just 18. Established in No 9 Southend before 1832 when their first child, Mary Ann, was born, he survived bankruptcy as a Boot and Shoe Maker in January 1841.

They had:
Mary Ann baptised Jan 16 1832 in Southend.
Henry in 1836 in Southend.
Elizabeth in 1843 in Southend.
Thomas in 1848 in Southend.

Henry's and Elizabeth's lives ended sadly: In May 1843 one James Gummery was charged with having feloniously shot at Henry Chadd and Elizabeth Chadd, with intent to commit murder.

From the Hereford Times May 13th 1843:
'the prisoner was formerly at my house and was apprenticed to me, he left me last Whitsuntide. About a fortnight before last Christmas he returned, and was had up before the magistrates who dealt leniently with him on his promising to return to work and behave properly. He continued at his work about two months, and the he wanted to buy his time out. I said I would buy him out for £ 3 he said he would give me the money when he could get some I refused to let him go without the money, he was very angry.' At the trial a witness described Mrs Chadd as 'sitting up in bed in an agitated state, her face being blackened,and also her cap, by gunpowder...I was present when the bed was searched, a bullet was found in the bed, and two slugs upon the ground'. Found Guilty, James was sentenced 'to be transported beyond the seas for as short a period as the law will allow, namely, for fifteen years'

Still at No 9 in 1851 tragedy struck in 1853 when Elizabeth committed suicide.

From the Hereford Journal November 9th 1853. At the inquest Henry said
he got up at seven o'clock in the morning leaving his wife in bed. He went to the yard and on returning did not find his wife in bed and searching for her found her in the cellar hanging by her neck her feet just touching the ground. She was 42 years of age and the mother of nearly twenty children. Her husband's pecuniary embarrassment was said to be behind this. Chadd, in addition to his business as a shoemaker carries on that of a beer house keeper and on Friday last the licence money ought to have been paid. This, however, was not done and a visit from an Inland Revenue officer was the consequence who threatened a levy....

Henry died in November 1855 at Union House. (The Workhouse?)

In 1861 and 1871 John Brown, born in Ledbury in 1828 married Ann Butt in 1854. They had:
Mary in 1855 in Southend
Ann in 1861 in Southend
Frank Henry in 1863 in Southend.

In 1881 Mrs S Pedlingham, 63, is with her son John 25 a Tailor and Draper, and his wife Jane, 20.
Samuel Pedlingham, Shoemaker of New Street married Elizabeth Taylor in Ledbury on Dec 17th 1838. They had:

William in 1840 in New Street
Catherine in 1843 in Church Lane
Elizabeth in 1844 in Church Lane
Samuel in 1848 in Church Lane
Charles in 1850 in Church Lane
Henry in 1853 in Church Lane
John in 1855 in Church Lane
Willie in 1860 in Church Lane.

Samuel senior died in 1900 and Elizabeth in 1903.

Taking over an existing tailor's shop with her son John and with son Charles in No 6 it looks as if Elizabeth is setting up her sons in business.
More on Charles and John in No 6.

1911 From Lugwardine John Godwin b 1872, married Mary Ann E Stephens in Ledbury in 1899. They had Florence Mary and Stephen John William in 1904, both born in Ledbury. The details on their baptism shows John was a ropemaker living in Happy Land at that time.
John is a traveller in 1911, Mary is a greengrocer and seed merchant. John died in 1965, Mary Ann and Stephen are still in No 9 in 1930. Mary Ann died in 1937, Stephen died in 1962.
John seems to disappear from records after 1911.

1926 Electoral Register    Godwin Mary Ann Elizabeth, Godwin Stephen John William.

In the 1939 Register Donald S Price, Salesman 29, is living with his wife Annie J 37 a cake maker and his mother Edith 67. Donald married Annie J Hunt in 1932, she was born in 1902 the daughter of Samuel Capper Hunt, Tailor, of Newbury Park, Ledbury.

HT 1847 Advert
From Hereford Times November 27 1847.
Behind No 9 there were a number of small tenements throughout the nineteenth century and long before no doubt.
These are shown as Plot 265 on the Tithe Map, owner George Hatton and 5 tenants. Approached down an alley between No 9 and No 10 they appear in the census listings from 1841 to 1881,
This advert goes some way to confirming this.

Following the enumerator down the street he records each property in the same order as today until he gets to No 10. (The George). Just before this he lists some 8 names. The 1841,1851,1861,1871 and 1881 all show these, ‘extra’ listings.
The 1891 census has 4 empty properties there and by the 1901 census they do not exist.