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.
Henry Chadd 37.
Henry Chadd 47, Master Cordwainer.
John Brown 33 Woollen Draper and Tailor.
John Brown 33 Woollen Draper and Tailor.
Mrs S Pedlingham 63 No Occupation.
From 1910 Survey
Occupier John Godwin. Owner Henry Garrood Solicitor.
4 rooms    John Godwin 39 Traveller and Agent with wife Mary Ann Greengrocer and seed Merchant.
Ex Tilley's Almanack 1910
Preece W Builder and Plumber.
Price D S.
Allan G B.
Jones J G.
Jones J G.
not listed until 2002
2002    Jones J.
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
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.
Behind No 9 there were a number of small tenements throughout the nineteenth century and long before no doubt. From Hereford Times November 27 1847.
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.