They write from Bosbury in Herefordshire, that on Saturday was sev’night Farmer Hodges was attacked by a Highwayman well mounted, in a Place called the Red Field, who demanded a large Sum of Money which he had received for Hops; but the Farmer’s Horse instantly rearing in a surprizing Manner, threw the Highwayman down; by which Means he saved his Cash, though pursued to his very Door.
From the Derby Mercury Friday, 18 October 1751 No. 31 Vol. XX
We hear from Bosbury, in Herefordshire, that last Week as some Men were digging for Gravel, they discovered, within about a Yard of the Surface of the Earth, eleven setts of Human Bones, which are but little decay’d, and lying in a very regular Manner, at about a Yard asunder each Sett, and without the least Appearance of their ever having been inclos’d in Coffins.—Vast Numbers of People daily resort to see these extraordinary Remains, and various are the Conjectures about them.
From the Oxford Journal Saturday, 10 August 1754 p.3 col.2
February 3rd 1766
A COCK-MATCH to be fought, at the Dwelling-House of John Chadd, in Bosbury, between the Gentlemen of Worcestershire and the Gentlemen of Herefordshire; to shew eighteen Cocks on each Side for two Guineas a Battle and twenty Guineas the Main; and to fight on Thursday the 13th Inst.
KING and ELSMORE, Feeders
From the Glocester Journal Monday, 3 February 1766 VOL. XLIV Issue 2280
June 22nd 1766
COUNTRY NEWS. Hereford, June 23. On Monday last William Reese, Clerk, was collated by the Lord Bishop of Hereford to the Vicarage of Bosbury.
From the Oxford Journal Saturday, 22 June 1766 p.3 col.2
June 30th 1785
MRS. SARAH BULLOCK, of Bosbury in that county, begs leave to inform the Public, that all the money left by Mr. Nash has been distributed to the poor of the several parishes mentioned in the said Mr. Nash’s Will; therefore all further applications wil be fruitless.
From the Hereford Journal Thursday, 30 June 1785 p.3 col.1
LIST OF CERTIFICATES
Issued, with respect to the Killing of Game in the County of Hereford, prior to the first of September, 1788. ON TWO-GUINEA
ALLEN William, of the city of Hereford, gent.
Hartland James of Bosbury, gent.
Stedman John, of the Razees, esq.
Weaver John, of Eyton, gent.
B. FALLOWES, Clerk to the Peace for the said county. SEPT.1st, 1788
By order of the Honourable Commissioner of Excise, JOHN BRETTELL, Sec.
From Pugh’s Hereford Journal Thursday, 11 September 1788 p.4 col.2
WANTED,—A proper Person to Farm or Manage and superintend the Workhouse of this parish, as may be agreed on.
Application to be made at the Vestry on Easter Monday, at Eleven o’clock in the Morning, or in the mean time, to
WM. PALMER and JAMES BAGGOTT. Overseers of the Poor.
From the Hereford Journal Wednesday, 9 April 1794 Vol.25 No.1236 p.1 col4
February 25th 1801
Yesterday the Lord Bishop of this dioceses was pleased to collate the Rev. John Lodge B.A. to the Vicarage of Bosbury upon
the resignation of the Rev. F. Otty, LL.B.—And,
Same day, the Rev. F. Otty, LL.B. was collated to the Rectory of Coddington, void by the cession of the Rev. John Lodge, B.A.
From the Hereford Journal Wednesday, 25 February 1801 p.3 col.5
October 26th 1808
WANTED to Borrow, on the Credit the Ledbury Turnpike Tolls, the Sum of FOUR HUNDRED POUNDS, in order to enable the Trustees to complete the Improvements in the Road leading from Ledbury towards Bosbury.—By Order of the Commissioners. T.B.NOTT, Clerk.
Ledbury, Oct. 19, 1808
From the Hereford Journal Wednesday, 26 October 1808 p.3 col.2
October 12th 1810
FIRE AT TEMPLE COURT
A Caution to Planters and Dryers of Hops
Friday se’nnight, between seven and eight o’clock, a fire broke out in the hop-kilns of Mr.R.Hartland, of Temple Court, Bosbury, which destroyed the same with a back kitchen and upwards of a ton of hops. The flames were prevented spreading to the dwelling-house by the exertions of the neighbours, and the engine from Ledbury, which arrived about nine o’clock, was very useful in preventing further communication with the adjoining buildings. This fire was occasioned by the dangerous practice of placing a lighted candle against a wall, which falling down, communicated to a heap of fresh dried hops and immediately spread with great rapidity.
From the Kentish Gazette Friday 12 October 1810 p.4 col.5
Reprinted from the Hereford Journal, 3rd October 1810.
May 3rd 1815
REMOVAL OF BOSBURY CHURCH
Bosbury Spire to be Taken Down, and a Low Roof to be put Over the Tower
WHOEVER is willing to Contract for doing the same, is desired to send in his Proposals immediately, to Mr. Richard Kendrick, one of the Churchwardens of the Parish of Bosbury.
From the Hereford Journal Wednesday 3 May 1815 p.3 col.4
November 10th 1815
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1815.
The Rev. Thomas Lewis, Minister of Egermond, in the Diocese of St. David’s, and Curate of Munsley and Putley, in the Diocese of Hereford, has been licensed by the Lord Bishop of Hereford, to the Mastership of the Free Grammar School of Bosbury, on the nomination of the Feoffees of the said school.
From the Carmarthen Journal Friday 10 November 1815
Reprinted in the Carmarthen Journal, 5 November 1915 p3. col.2
Verdict — Found Drowned. — On the 3d inst. an inquest was taken at Bosbury before Mr. Pateshall [coroner, William Pateshall], on the body of Mrs. Anne Cale, who on the Tuesday evening previous, was returning from Ledbury Market to Bosbury, and in attempting to ride through the water at a part of the road leading from the Turnpike road to the village of Bosbury, where it had become deep and rapid by the overflowing of the Leadon brook, her horse was forced off the road by the current, when she was thrown and carried a considerable distance by the stream before she sunk, in the presence of several persons who made great though fruitless exertions to save her.—On the same day an inquest was held by the same Coroner, on the body of John Ward, whose death was occasioned at the same place and under like circumstances, excepting that the deceased had no occasion to ride through the water, but insisted upon doing so in opposition to the solicitations of persons present, as he said for a frolic, notwithstanding he was apprised of the death of Mrs. Cale, which had happened half an hour previous. Verdict in each case — Accidental Death
From Worcester Journal Thursday 9 December 1824 p.3 col.3
The same report in the Hereford Journal of 8th December added: “It was the opinion of the Coroner and Jurors, that a recurrence of the flooding of the road at the place where the last-mentioned persons lost their lives, at least to any dangerous extent, might hereafter be prevented by the alteration of a bridge maintained at the expense of an individual, whose known humanity and liberality there is reason to beleive will induce him to take measures to effect so desirable an object, as soon as he is apprised of the above unfortunate accidents.”
June 22nd 1825
List of Names of the Men of the Herefordshire Militia, who have not Joined for Training 1st June, 1825
Name | Bal. Sub. or Vol. | For whom a Substitute. | What Parish they serve for. | Size. | Age | Complexion | Eyes. | Hair | Where born, | Trade or Occupation. | Attestation.
. . . . .
James Lewis | Sub. | James Griffiths | Bosbury | 5'4" | 20 | Brown | Hazle | Dark | Hom Lacy | Labourer | Ledbury 8 May 1821
. . . . .
Joseph Jones | Bal. | ------ | Bosbury | 5'4½" | 29 | Fresh | Hazle | Dark | Bosbury | Labourer | Ledbury 22 May 1821
. . . . .
Robert Jauncey | Sub. | Philip Sparkman | Bosbury | 5'6" | 22 | Fair | Hazle | Dark Brown | Colwall | Labourer | Ledbury 18 March 1823
. . . . .
William Colwall | Sub. | John Mutlow | Bosbury | 5'10½" | 19 | Fair | Hazle | Light Brown | Upton-on-Severn | Cooper | Ledbury 20 April 1825
. . . . .
N.B. The Sum of Twenty Shillings will Paid on Apprehension of each the above Deserters, and any Person harbouring or concealing a Deserter, is liable to Fine of Five Pounds.
By Order of Col. Sir GEORGE CORNEWALL, Bart; THOMAS JONES, Captain and Adjutant.
From Hereford Journal Wednesday 22 June 1825 p.1 cols.2-5
Postscript: A total of 100 men failed to report that day.
October 30th 1833
LEDBURY TURNPIKE TOLLS
TO BE LET.
NOTICE is hereby given, that the TOLLS arising at the several Toll Gates upon the Turnpike Roads in this District, will LET BY AUCTION, to the best Bidder, at the Feathers Inn, in Ledbury, on Friday, the 29th day of November next, between the hours of 12 and 3 in the afternoon, for the term of One Year from the 1st day of February next, in the manner directed by the acts passed in the third and fourth years of the reign of his Majesty King George the Fourth, " for regulating Turnpike Roads," which Tolls produced the last year the sum of 1960l. and will be put up at that sum. And the Tolls arising at the several Toll Gates about to be erected on the roads from Bosbury Turn to Ridges Cross Hill, in the parish of Cradley; from Much Marcle Cross to Bromesberrow Heath; and at the foot of Bradlow, in the parish of Ledbury, will, at the time and place above-mentioned, be put in separate lots, at such sums as the Trustees shall think fit.
Whoever happen to be the best bidders must at the same time pay one month in advance (if required) of the rent at which such Tolls may be let, and give security, with sufficient sureties, to the satisfaction of the Trustees, for payment of the rest of the money monthly.
N.B. The Tolls to be demanded and taken at the respective Toll Gates will be according to the Table in the new Ledbury Turnpike Act, excepting that where the gates are beyond the distance of two miles from each other, the Toll will be paid the first and third.
Clerk to the Trustees of the said Turnpike Roads. Ledbury, Oct. 21, 1833.
From Hereford Journal Wednesday 30 October 1833 p.2 col.4
November 22nd 1837
NOTICE is hereby given, that on the
second day of April, next, application will made to her Majesty’s Justices of the Peace assembled at Quarter Sessions
in and for the County of Hereford, at the Shire-Hall, in the City of Hereford, for an Order for DIVERTING, TURNING, and
STOPPING UP a certain portion of the HIGHWAY leading from CODDINGTON to BOSBURY, that to say, beginning at a point called
Broad Oak, and one branch thereof leading thence through the Razees Coppice out into the Worcester and Cradley Turnpike
Road, being in length about 680 yards, and the other branch thereof leading through the Razees Fold into the said Turnpike
Road. And also, for STOPPING UP a ROAD called Queb Lane, leading out of the said Coddington Road into the aforesaid
Worcester Turnpike Road, in length about 450 yards—and also for MAKING a NEW LINE of ROAD, beginning at the said Broad
Oak, and leading across the Razees Estate, through Lands called the Nine Acres, the Grove, Church Croft and the Razees
Hop-yard, into the said Worcester Turnpike Road, about 110 yards above the Razees House, being in length about 582 yards;
and that the Certificate of two Justices having viewed the said Highways, of the same being partly unnecessary and partly
more commodious and shorter, for reasons stated in such Certificate, together with the place of the old and proposed New
Highways, will be lodged with the Clerk of the Peace for the said County, on the first day of January next.
(Signed) JOHN MASON, Surveyor of Bosbury Township. November 18, 1837.
From Hereford Journal Wednesday 22 November 1837 p.1 col.3
Postscript: Explanatory map.
September 30th 1840
HEREFORD AND GLOUCESTER CANAL. —On Thursday a general meeting of the Proprietors of Shares in this undertaking, took place at the Feathers Hotel, Ledbury, the Rev. K.E. Money in the Chair, when the successful progress of the Canal was stated, and that it would be navigable for the Company’s punt boats in the early part of next Spring from Ledbury to the Moorend at Ashperton. The Committee of last year was re-appointed, and a resolution that the Company proceed to raise £35,000 on mortgage of the Canal agreed to. Thanks were moved to the Committee of last year, and to the Chairman for his conduct in the chair.
From the Hereford Journal Wednesday 30 September 1840 p.3 col.4
July 10th 1841
HEREFORD COUNTY SESSIONS.
TRIALS OF PRISONERS before John Barneby, Esq., M.P.
COUNSEL IN COURT:— Messrs. Cooke, Skinner, Barratt, Armitage, and Venables.
Thomas Parsons, aged 20, and Richard Lilly, aged 19, late of the parish of Bosbury, were charged with entering the dwelling-house of John Mayos, and stealing therefrom a quantity of bread, butter, and other articles. Eliabeth Mayos deposed that on Thursday, the 1st. of April, she saw everything safe on her husband’s premises; on rising the following morning, she found that the house had been broken open, and several things stolen therefrom; there were tracks near the house, where part of the stolen property was found. —Simmonds, a gamekeeper, suspecting the prisoners, took them into custody. Samuel Purnell took the shoes from the prisoners, compared them with the tracks, and they were found to correspond exactly. Guilty. The prisoners, before the time of the present charge, had been found guilty of felony at the assizes held in Gloucester. Transported for life.
From the Hereford Times Saturday 10 July 1841 p.1 col.6
Postscript: Mr. Barneby’s name was incorrectly given here as Barnery.
Worcester.—At the Police Court in this city, a few weeks ago, a woman, with an infant in her arms, was committed to prison for cutting a small quantity of birch at Bosbury, the damage which she did being valued at one halfpenny. The child, it seems, died in prison on Sunday, and at the inquest which was held, the mother stated that it was her belief that the child died in consequence of a cold caught in the Ledbury lock-up house.
From The Gardeners’ Chronicle Friday 26 March 1842 p.215 col.2
LAPSUS LINGUÆ.—On the Sunday preceding last Christmas-day, the clergyman of a rural parish, not one hundred miles from Ledbury, says the Hereford Times, made the following singular announcement to his congregation:—“ I hereby give notice, that on Saturday next, being Good Friday, the service will commence at half-past two o’clock.” The Rev. Gentleman did not perceive his mistake till he read it in the countenances of his congregation, when he corrected himself by saying that “Saturday, being the anniversary of our Saviour’s nativity, service would commence at the time he had stated.”
The Rev. Robert Coleman, Wesleyan Minister, of Ledbury, summoned Richard Skinner, of Torrington, for interrupting him at a chapel in Bosbury. After the rev. gentleman had finished his discourse, defendant told him that “he was much obliged to him for his tale,” and offered to give him some beer and tobacco. The only object of the rev. gentleman in coming before the magistrates was to prevent future interruption, and, at his request the defendant was dealt very leniently with, being let off on paying the expenses, which amounted to 9s. 6d.
From The Welshman, Carmarthen Friday 27 May 1842 p.2 col.4
Postscript: There appear to be two reverend gentlemen referred to in the separate paragraphs.
April 22nd 1843
ATTACK OF A SAVAGE BULL AND RESCUE BY A FEMALE. —On Sunday evening Mr. Hancocks, of Bosbury, in this county, directed one of his men, Herbert Price, to take a bull to water, which was accordingly done. As Price was driving the animal back to the stall, it attacked and threw him several times up in the air, continuing to move the unfortunate man forwards for twenty yards, where further progress was stopped by a pale-fence. Here the servant girl came to the rescue of Price, and Mr. Hancocks also proceeded to the spot and struck the bull a blow with a pike. Not at all liking the appearance of the animal, Mr. H. thought that the gun would be a better weapon to use, but unfortunately it was not loaded, The servant girl did not leave Price for a moment, but most resolutely struck the infuriated animal with a stick over the pales, the fence between the heroine and her four-footed antagonist not being more than four feet high. Her situation may be more easily imagined than described. More than once the animal made an attempt to get at her, but her undaunted spirit kept her to the post of action. At length the bull flung Price further by the side of the pales, opposite where the house-dog (a mastiff) was chained, and again lifted him from the ground, when he fell across the fence. The girl had the presence of mind to loosen the dog, which seized the bull by the nose, and held it tightly till the heroine had nearly got the poor man to Mr. Hancocks’ own door before he returned from looking for the gun. Price was immediately put to bed in an almost exhausted condition, and medical aid procured. We are sorry to add that four of his ribs are broken, and that he has sustained very severe injuries both internally and externally; hopes are, however, given that he will recover. The spirited and judicious conduct of the servant girl is deserving of the highest commendation.
From The Bristol Mercury Saturday 22 April 1843 p.3 col.4
Postscript: Herbert Price, farm labourer, and his family appear in the 1851 census so he did survive.
August 30th 1843
ACCIDENT FROM FIRE—Mr. Jones, of Catley Cross, in the parish of Bosbury, having occasion a few days ago to send a man with a horse and cart to Gloucester, a boy, an out-door servant to Mr. J. named Dewson, was desirous of going likewise, but his master considering that his services were not wanted refused to allow him to do so, and said if he did, he should have nothing for his day’s work. Ultimately, however, the boy went, and got Mr. J. to give him a shilling of his wages. When the boy returned to Catley Cross from Gloucester, he was told that his father intended to flog him, and the poor lad was, in consequence, afraid to go home; after Mr. Jones and his family had retired to rest, Dewson contrived to get into the back-kitchen, unknown to Mr. J. and laid himself down before the hearth, where a fire had been lighted during the day. Being wearied with his journey he soon fell into a souud sleep, when by some means his clothes ignited and were completely burnt off one side before he awoke; finding himself to be on fire, he used his vocal powers to awaken some one in the house, but failing in this, he be-thought himself of the pool in tbe fold; thither he went, and immersed himself in water, which luckily subdued the flame, but not till he was dreadfully burnt. The boy is in Worcester infirmary, and it is supposed that he will recover. Dewson about two years ago had a younger brother burnt to death.
From The Hereford Journal Wednesday 30 August 1843 p.3 col.5
August 3rd 1843
FAMILY CIDER FOR THE HARVEST. TO BE SOLD, in quantities of not less than Three Hogsheads. For particulars, &c., apply to James Rudge, at the Farm, Bosbury, near Ledbury, and within half a mile of Staplow Wharf, on the Hereford and Gloucester Canal. Purchasers to find Casks.
From the Worcester Journal Thursday 3 August 1843 p.2 col.7
January 3rd 1844
BOSBURY PLOUGHING MATCH.
The Castle Froome, Canon Froome, and Bosbury ploughing match, took place on Friday last, in a field at the farm, Bosbury, occupied by Mr. T. Godsall, where twelve four-horse teams started to plough half acre each in four hours. Most of the teams had performed their task half an hour before the allotted time. The judges were Mr. Winnall, of Leigh, and Mr. Racster, of Thingehill. The prizes were awarded as under :—
Waggoner. - Master.
1l. 10s. to T. Sandford - Mr. Smith.
Five shillings to the boy.
1l. ls. to W. Child - Mr. Acton.
Four shillings to the boy.
15s. to T. Godsall - Mr. Brydges.
Three shillings to the boy.
12s. to — Turberville - Mr. Homes.
Two shillings to the boy.
To encourage the unsuccessful candidates 2s. 6d. to each man and ls. to each boy, was given. A large party afterwards dined at the Bell Inn, Bosbury.
From the Hereford Journal Wednesday 3 January 1844 p.3 col.6
March 23rd 1844
THE MARKET BOAT
WILL leave the undermentioned Places on TUESDAYS and on FAIR DAYS, as follows :—
Withington Wharf... Quarter before Seven o'clock.
Kymin Wharf............ Half-past Seven o'clock.
Crews Pitch................ Quarter-past Eight o'clock.
Canon Frome............ Quarter before Nine o'clock.
Staplow........................ Half-past Nine o'clock.
And will return from Ledbury at Three o'clock in the Afternoon.
The Market Boat will commence Plying on Tuesday next, 26th inst.
FARES: Best Second Cabin. Cabin. Withington Wharf (to or from Ledbury ... 9d. 6d. Kymin Ditto " " ... 8d. 6d. Crews Pitch " " ... 7d. 4d. Canon Frome " " ... 6d. 4d. Staplow " " ... 4d. 3d. No charge for Passengers’ Luggage if under One Cwt.
From the Hereford Times Saturday 23 March 1844 p.2 col.8
May 4th 1844
ACCIDENT.—On Thursday last, as William Hill was employed raising stone at the Broad Oak quarry, in the parish of Bosbury, he met with a lamentable and serious accident,which might have proved fatal. Hill had made a deep hole in the bed of the stone, in which he depositcd a charge of gunpowder ; in ramming it down firmly in the hole, the steel ramrod broke in two, the one part remaining in the concavity. In extricating it, the percussion produced a spark of fire, and the powder deposited immediately ignited ; a fearful explosion ensued, and Hill was blown several yards ; one of his arms was broken, and his face frightfully lacerated. What makes the circumstance more distressing is, that his wife witnessed the disaster.
From the Hereford Times Saturday 4 May 1844 p.3 col.4
May 30th 1844
The church at Bosbury, Herefordshire, was reopened on Thursday last. The liberality of the landed proprietors and other influential neighbours, seconding the efforts of the parishioners, has enabled them to undertake very extensive alterations and improvements, and to restore the interior of the church to its pristine proportions. A fine organ (by Bates) has been erected at the west end, and a curious old font and lecturn (which had been defaced and injured) have been carefully cleaned and restored.
From the Worcester Journal Thursday 30 May 1844 p.3 col.5
December 12th 1844
Ledbury Magistrates’ Office.—Richard Palmer, labourer, of Bosbury, charged Walter Lucas, of the same parish, with violently assaulting him, between nine and ten o’clock on the evening of the of the 16th of November. The Magistrates observed that this was the most cruel and aggravated case assault which had come under their notice for some time, and fined the defendant £2., and 10s. 6d. expenses. The money not being forthcoming, defendant was locked up, and his mittimus was made out; but it was agreed that he should remain in durance vile, at Ledbury, and partake of the good cheer of Superintendent Shead till the morrow, to see whether his friends at Bosbury would liberate him; if not, he was then to be transplanted to Hereford for a season. —William Jones, of Bosbury, summoned James Parsons, of the same parish, for £1. 12s. 1d., which complainant stated to be due to him for wages. Defendant was ordered to pay the amount, and 8s. 6d. expenses.
From the Worcester Journal Thursday 12 December 1844 p.4 col.2
January 10th 1845
On Friday last a child, belonging to a labouring man named Molvern, living at Catley Suffield, in the parish of Bosbury, who was playing in front of the door, accidentally fell into the draw-well, which was unguarded, eighteen feet deep, and three parts filled with water. The mother of the child seeing the accident, and incautious of her own life, leaped into the well. Her screams immediately drew several neighbours to the spot, who quickly extricated the mother and the child from their perilous situation. It is astonishing to relate that neither of them sustained any injury beyond a thorough immersion.
From The Welshman Friday 10 January 1845 p.1 col.7
June 7th 1845
LEDBURY. CURIOUS CASE.
At the Ledbury Petty Sessions, last week before Rd. Webb, Esq. Chairman, the Rev. Canon Morgan, and the Rev. J. H. Underwood, William Kendrick of Bosbury, butcher, complained against Henry Russell, Robert Cale, Rchd. Jones and Samuel Cope (the two former of Ledbury and two latter of Bosbury), for having, on Thursday, the 22nd ult., being at Bosbury wake, placed the said William Kendrick in the parish stocks without his consent or any authority to do so. It appeared that Kendrick had inpounded a horse belonging to the defendant Jones, in consequence of it having strayed into Cutley [typo. error for Catley] Rye Meadow, and for which grave offence the defedants arraigned him before themselves at the bar at the Bell Inn, Bosbury, Cale acting as judge, and condemned him to the stocks for six hours! He was accordingly placed in the stocks, but liberated before the time allotted had expired. All the cases were heard separately in consequence of only one name being in each summons. Jones was fined £1 0s. 6d.; Russell £1 10s.; Cale and Cope pleaded guilty, and were fined £1 8s. each, costs included.
From the Hereford Journal Wednesday 11 June 1845 p.3 col.7
September 20th 1845
On Wednesday, the 17th instant, John Farmer, of the parish of of Coddington, in this county, was summoned before the sitting
magistrates (Robert Biddulph, Esq., Captain Jones, and the Rev. Edward Higgins of Bosbury) to answer information laid against
him for having drawn drink in his house at 25 minutes past three o’clock, on the afternoon of Sunday, the 31st ult. . . .
ANOTHER BEER-HOUSE CASE.—Richard Gardiner, of the parish of Bosbury, appeared to answer information laid against him for
having kept his house open for the sale of drink, during Divine Service at the parish church of Bosbury, on Sunday, the 31st
instant.—Superintendent Shead said that went to Gardiner’s house at five minutes past four o’clock in the
afternoon of the day in question, and saw a man there who was, seemingly, in a state of intoxication, and that there was some
cider in a quart before him.- Gardiner attempted to excuse himself, by saying that the girl had drawn the drink while he was
from home, without his knowledge. — Fined 10s.,and 9s. 6d. expenses.
BEER-HOUSE CASE, No. 3.—James Phillips, of Catley Cross, in the parish of Bosbury. beer-house keeper, was summoned to appear before the Magistrates, for allowing drink to be consumed on his premises, during divine service at Bosbnry Church, on Sunday the 31st ult.— Superintendent Shead appeared to offer evidence in support of the information, but the defendant did not then appear, and it also came out that he had not been served with the summons personally. A fresh summons was ordered to be made out to summon Phillips to attend to answer the above information on that day (Wednesday) fortnight. Shead made a second complaint against Phillips, Shead said that he looked through defendant’s window, and saw fourteen or fifteen persons there, some of whom were playing at cards. A second summons was ordered to made out against Phillips, to require him to appear to answer this charge also. Phillips afterwards made his appearance, but was told that he was too late, and to attend that day fortnight.
From the Hereford Times Saturday 20 September 1845 p.3 col.7
December 4th 1845
LEDBURY PETTY SESSIONS, Nov. 26.—Magistrates present—Captain Jones, and the Revds. J. Underwood and Edward Higgins. ······ —Samuel Caswell, of Knightwick, Worcestershire, was charged by Hannah Bennett, an old woman of Bosbury, with riding furiously through the village of Bosbury, on the 29th October last, whereby he knocked her down, and seriously injured her. Edward Francis Grey, Ledbury, said he was at Bosbury on the 29th October last, and saw defendant ride against complainant, thereby knocking her down; and said defendant was going at the rate of twelve miles an hour. When she was taken up she was quite senseless, and her head was bleeding profusely. The defendant said he could not stop the horse, as it was a spirited one. Fined 1l. [£1] including costs, and in default of payment, was committed to Hereford gaol for fourteen days. ······ —On Monday last, Harriett Bowkett, a young female of Ledbury, was brought in the custody of Superintendent Shead, before the Revds. W. Money Kyrle and Edward Higgins, charged with having attempted to murder her male illegitimate child, aged about three weeks, by leaving it exposed in a field in the parish of Bosbury, on the evening of Saturday last. It appears that the prisoner left the workhouse of Ledbury between two and three o’clock Saturday afternoon with her child, which had no clothing of its own, but was wrapped in a flannel petticoat belonging to the mother. The prisoner carried the child as far as Bosbury, she being about to visit her mother at Hollings Hill Gate, and left it under a hedge near the residence the Rev. Edward Higgins. The child was found about half-past five in the evening by a man and his wife named Stallard, who carried it to Mr. Higgins’s house, where it was put in a warm bath and recovered. The nurse at the Union recognized the child by certain marks; and the prisoner confessed to Superintendent Shead that she had placed it there. It was quite dark and raining heavily when the child was found. Had it remained there much longer, it must have perished. The prisoner was remanded till yesterday, to secure the attendance of a witness, who saw her with the child in her arms on Saturday afternoon between three and four o’clock, when she was fully committed to Hereford gaol for trial at the Assizes. ······
From the Worcester Journal Thursday 4 December 1845 p.2 col.3
June 13th 1846
DAMAGES— Elizabeth Hill, of the parish of Bosbury summoned Thos. Treherne, of the same place, for damages done to her garden by the defendant’s geese.—The complainant, who is a poor widow woman, had planted her garden with potatoes, which were in a flourishing state, when the defendant’s geese got in and tore greatest part of them up.—Mr. T. Pitt, of Bosbury stated that the amount of damage done to the garden was 2s.6d. which the defendant was ordered to pay together with 9s. expenses.
From the Hereford Times Saturday 13 June 1846 p.5 col.3
November 7th 1846
BURGLARY.— Late on Tuesday night or early on Wednesday morning last, the Endowed Grammar-school, at Bosbury, was burglariously entered. The thieves obtained an entrance by unfastening the casement of one of the school-room windows. The articles missing, so far as we are able to ascertain, are histories of England by the Earl of Chesterfield, Pinnock’s Goldsmith, Improved History of England, a large English Dictionary by Barclay, Eton Latin Grammar, English ditto by Fenning, several English Bibles, Pinnock’'s Geography, Walkingame’s Tutor’s Assistant, copy-books ready ruled, four boxes of steel pens, two pen knives, and a pocket ditto. Nothing up to the present time has transpired to lead to the discovery of the depredators.
From the Hereford Times Saturday 7 November 1846 p.5 col.2
June 12th 1847
STAPLOW WHARF, BOSBURY.—On Friday last a serious accident happened to a boy named Thomas Chambers, who was at a crane assisting to load a boat with timber. A stick, supposed to be two tons weight, was raised by the crane some feet off the ground, and the holdfast was put in the nick of the wheel, to prevent its lowering, just as Chambers was going to hold one of the handles to steady the crane, when the holdfast slipped out of the nick and the weight of the stick causing the handles to revolve as swift as the wind, the one struuck the boy on the head and knocked in his skull. For several minutes it was thought he was dead, but in a short time he recovered so much as to be able to be conveyed home (which was very near the wharf), supporting himself between two men where he lies in a very precarious state.
From the Hereford Times Saturday, 12 June 1847 p.5 col.3
October 30th 1847
The second anniversary of the parochial meeting, in aid of the funds of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, was held in the school room, at seven o’clock last Thursday evening. The interest, which was so strongly manifested last year on the first formation of the committee, seemed to have suffered no diminution. Long before the clergy and influential laity of the parish entered the school room, the seats were fully occupied by an attentive auditory, composed of the farmers, tradesmen, and labourers of the parish, with the junior members of their families. On the motion of the Rev. J. H. Underwood, seconded by Sydney Gregg, Esq., the senior churchwarden (Mr. Thomas Pitt) was requested to take the chair. The proceedings of the evening were opened by the Vicar of the parish, who read the prayers used by the officers of the parent society at their metropolitan association. The resolutions, five in number, which set forth the aims and objects of the society, and the continuous desires which are everywhere arising for the extension of its operations, were moved and seconded by the clergymen present, and the influential residents of the parish.
[Summary: the Society was incorporated in 1701 by King William III to support missionary work. All the local clergymen were strong advocates for this work and a parochial committee was established in Bosbury. During the meeting it was proposed that that “the best thanks of the meeting be given to those who had acted during the year past as collectors”.]
The evening’s proceedings were then concluded with the customary prayer and benediction.—The decorous conduct and marked attention of the crowded assemblage to the observations and addresses of the speakers were very striking and commendable. Success is certain in objects so high and holy, where the feelings of the people are so generally and deeply interested, and where all classes (as in the instance now recorded) seem to combine so earnestly in one great and absorbing undertaking. Among those who either attended or took part in the business of the day, we noticed—Rev. W. Evans and Mrs. Evans, Burton Court; Rev. W. Hopton, Mrs. and Miss Hopton, Bishop’s Froome Rectory; Miss Higgins and Miss Schmeeke, Bosbury House; Rev. W. Lyall, rector of Castle Froome; Rev. C. Dowding, Ashperton; Rev. Thos. Dowell, Christchurch Parsonage; Rev. J. Hanmer Underwood, vicar of Bosbury; Mrs. Hanmer Underwood; Mr. Thomas Pitt, churchwarden, Temple Court; Mr., Mrs. and Miss Acton, the Grainge; Mr. and Mrs. Sydney Gregg, Peg’s farm; Mr. Inett, Old Court; Mr., Mrs. and Miss Mutlow, Cold Green; Misses Parkers, the Orchards; Miss Hickman and Miss Bydawell, the Farm; Mrs. Jordan, Old Court; Mrs. and Miss Bishop, Bosbury; Miss Turner, Lower House; Mr. and Mrs. John Palmer; Mr. Bosley and Miss Hall, Bentleys; Mr. W. Lewis, Noverings; Miss Osborne, schoolmistress; Mr. and Mrs. Bryan; Mr. Treherne, master of the Grammar School; Mr. and Mrs. Jennings; Mr. and Miss Jenkins, Lower Mills; Mr. R. Chadd; Mrs. Hooper; Mr. James Chadd; Mr. T. Jones; Mr. W. Allen and family; Mr. J. Shaw; Mr. Jos. Gardiner, junior; Mrs. Stewart and son, Catley Cross; Mrs. David Thomas and family; Miss Hill; Mr. Jos. Chadd and family; Mr. Graty and family &c., &c.
From the Hereford Times Saturday 30 October 1847 p.8 cols.2&3
February 28th 1849
GIRLS’ SCHOOL.—ln our advertising columns we have inserted an account of the receipts and expenditure incurred in the erection of this school-room. The liberal contributions of the owners of property, in addition to the munificent grant of the “Committee of Council on Education,”" have enabled the promoters of the school to erect a very commodious and handsome room 30ft. by 20ft.; 18ft. high. The building fronts the porch of tbe church and lytchgate, and forms a very striking object in the centre of a group of old gabled buildings of the Tudor æra. The north window constructed of Bath stone, with handsome mullions; the baye-board, ornamented with the trefoil and acorn alternately, gives a handsome finish to the village front. Much credit is due to Mr. Jukes, the architect, for finishing the building within the stipulated tim, and also for not exceeding the terms of his contract. The property of the school is vested the Vicar and Churchwardens of the parish, who are also the “Committee of Management.” The tenant-farmers of the parish, with their accustomed liberality, hauled the building-materials; and this favour was much enhanced by the fact that their teams and waggons were cheerfully offered during the harvest months, to “their own hindrance.” A deficit of £12 4s. 0d. in the receipts will (we have every reason to hope) be made up by proprietors of land who have not yet contributed towards the good work. The school has been visited by her Majesty’s School Inspector, and the Committee of Council have made grants for apprenticing pupil-teachers in the boys’ and girls&rsqquo; school. The average attendance at the two schools is 130.
From the Hereford Journal Wednesday 28 February 1849 p.3 col.7
October 17th 1849
The friends of Mr J.Baskerville, of the Bell Inn, Bosbury dined together on Thursday last, the 11th inst., under the able presidency of James Gregg, Esq., solicitor, Ledbury. The vice-chair was ably filled by Mr. Hickman of the Farm, in the absence of C. M.R.Chamberlain, Esq., solicitor, Ledbury, who was prevented attending owing to the indisposition of his good lady. The following gentlemen formed the committee of management: — Mr.Thos.Inett,; Mr.R.Hickman; Mr John Acton; Mr.Thos.Pitt; Mr.S.Gregg, and Mr.James Willan. The dinner, which was served up in excellent style, gave general satisfaction to those who partook of it, and reflected the greatest credit on Mr. and Mrs.Baskerville. — We observed amonst the company present, the Rev.J.H.Underwood; Rev.Thos.Dowell; J.Gregg, Esq.; W.Reece, Esq.; R.Reece, Esq.; R.Homes, Esq.; Mr.Piper; Mr.Williams; Mr.Dunn; Mr.Bird; Mr.H.Pitt; Mr.Inett; Mr.Thomas Lane; Mr.Willan; Mr.Thos.Pitt; Capt.C.King; Mr.Hickman; Mr.Smith; Mr.Trehern; Mr.R.Mutlow; Mr.Bishop; Mr.Winnall; Mr.H.King, &c. After the removal of the cloth, the chairman gave the usual loyal toasts, which was followed by the Bishop and Clergy, the Rev.J.H.Underwood acknowleding the toast in a flattering and pleasing manner. The chairman next gave the Army and Navy, which was responded to by Capt.C.King, of Colwall. The Rev.J.H.Underwood proposed the health of the chairman. Mr.Gregg returned thanks for the very cordial manner in which they had drunk his health, and said that when he was at Bosbury he considered himself at home. There were many other toasts proposed and acknowledged, after which the company separated, highly delighted with the evening’s enjoyment.
From the Hereford Journal Wednesday 17 October 1849 p.3 col.6
January 9th 1850
From a Correspondent.
On Thursday last the friends of Mr. Thomas Jones, proprietor of the Crown Inn, dined together in his spacious and antique room ... On the present occasion the room was very cheerfully embellished with evergreens, and a large crown decorated with laurel branches and leaves was suspended against the wall at the top of the room, festoons on either side adding much to its grandeur. Mr. Jones rose to his present respectable sphere in life by his industry, sobriety and integrity; his friends, therefore, to manifest their good opinion and respect towards him, dined together at his ancient inn. The dinner, which reflected great credit on the landlord, consisted of the old English fare of roast and boiled beef and mutton, plum puddings, and pies; and a good supply of “John Barleycorn” also decked our host’s tables. The tickets being very low, enabled the arduous artisans, at this Christmas time, to join with their employers and friends in that cordial, social and brotherly friendship which we ought to demonstrate to each other. The company far exceeded the expectation of mine host’s friends, as 50 guests sat down to this good old English repast, under the able presidency of the Rev. E. Higgins, Bosbury House; the vice-chair being taken by Mr. J. Sparkman, Castle Froome, in the unavoidable absence of the Rev. J. H. Underwood, Vicar, who with his usual generosity handsomely supported the good cause. The Chairman gave the formal and customary toasts, which were responded to by the company in the most feeling and courteous manner. The excellent president also gave many apposite and appropriate sentiments, which I am sorry I cannot report, causing this large assembly to rise repeatedly and exercise their vocal powers in huzzas and the Manchester volley, which were as astounding as the Falls of Niagara .... previously to his vacating the chair, the excellent chairman assured the company that if he were in the country next year he would certainly again take the chair, to which he was unanimously elected amidst loud and long-continued cheering. This sympathising and social party separated at an early hour, manifestly delighted and satisfied with their evening’s amusement.
From the Hereford Journal Wednesday, 9 January 1850 p.3 col.6
December 25th 1850
CITY OF HEREFORD
ALTERATION OF THE WEEKLY CORN
A REQUISITION numerously and respectably signed having been presented to tbe late Mayor, calling upon him to convene a Public Meeting, for the purpose of taking into consideration the propriety of altering the Corn Market in this City from Saturday to Wednesday; and the Town Council having intimated that it would be an infringement of their Charterto interfere in the matter;- We, the undersigned, do hereby engage that, on and after WEDNESDAY, the First Day of JANUARY, 1851, we will attend at HEREFORD on WEDNESDAYS for the Sale of our CORN, and not on SATURDAYS as heretofore,when the attendance of Merchants, Millers, Corn Dealers, and others frequenting Hereford Markets, is respectfully requested.
N.B. The Corn Market will commence punctually at Two o’Clock.
name, village, acreage
John Acton. Bosbury 200
J. Jinkins, Bosbury 30
R. Hickman. Bosbury 300
James Mutlow, Bosbury 260
John Mutlow, Bosbury 300
H. Treherne, Bosbury 150
James Wellin, Bosbury 250
J. Gardener, Bosbury 80
Thos. Bosley, Bosbury 70
Edward Brown, Bosbury .. 50
Thos. Inett, Bosbury 287
Edward Smith, Bosbury 80
N.Welsh. Bosbury 140
Edward Bury. Bosbury 160
F. Edwards, Bosbury 160
T. Hartford, Bosbury 70
John Homes, Castle Froom.. 645
John Homes, Coddington..260
From the Hereford Journal Wednesday 25 December 1850 p.2 col.3
November 15th 1851
DREADFUL ACCIDEN—A shocking accident occurred to Mr. John Acton, of the Grange, Bosbury, the evening of Tuesday se’nnight, as he was returning from Ledbury market with Mr. Holmes, of tbe Birchard, and another person. The parties were in a phæton and Mr. Acton was riding in the back seat, when, by some means, he fell on one of the hiudermost wheels. The night being dark, he was not perceived by his friends until they met Mr. Mutlow, of Goldhill, near Bosbury turnpike, when they perceived the unfortunate man being ground with the wheel, by which means he received such severe injuries that no hopes are entertained of his recovery.
From the Hereford Times Wednesday 15 November 1851 p.8 col.3
August 25th 1852
PERSUANT to a Decree of the High Court of Chancery made in a Cause “SPARKMAN against HOLBROOK,” the Creditors of PHILIP STEDMAN, late of the RAZEES, in the Parish of BOSBURY, in the County of Hereford, Esquire,deceased, (who died in or about the month of November, 1820,) are, on or before the Sixteenth day of November, 1852, to come and prove their Debts before RICHARD RICHARDS, Esquire, one of the Masters of the said Court, at his Chambers in Southampton Buildings, Chancery-lane, London, or in default thereof they will be peremptorily excluded the benefit of the said Decree.
From the Hereford Journal Wednesday, 25 August 1852 p.3 col.1
March 8th 1851
LEDBURY PETTY SESSIONS.
—Before Richard Webb Esq., (Chairman), Captain Jones, and Mr. J. A. Higgins, Esq.,
EVADING TOLL.—Mr. William Matthews, of the Merrings, Bosbury, was summoned for evading toll at the Bosbury turnpike. It appeared that on the 18th February the defendant was at Ledbury, and was asked by a gentleman to take some boards in his cart to Bosbury, which the defendant consented to do. At the Bosbury turnpike there are two gates, one called the “Bromyard” andf the other the “Bosbury” gate. The defendant took a ticket from the Homend-gate at Ledbury, which would clear him through the Bromyard-gate, the way to his own home; but it was necessary, in taking the boards to Bosbury, that he should pass through the Bosbury gate, and pay the toll, which for two horses amounted to 8d. Instead of this the defendant passed through the Bromyard-gate, and instead also of keeping upon the road and the parish highway for a mile, or more, he turned off the turnpike-road within a quarter of a mile from the turnpike and went through some land belonging to the Temple Court estate, which was kept as a private road, and for the offence he was summoned by Mrs. Morris, the gatekeeper.—In defence the defendant said that having come to live at Bosbury so recently, he was not aware that the road he went along was a private road.— Fined 10s. 6d. including costs.
From the Hereford Times Saturday, 8 March 1851 p.7 col.5
November 19th 1853
APPLES. APPLES WANTED.—POT FRUIT, and FRUIT for making CIDER, for Cash on Delivery at Canon Froome, Staplow, Ledbury, or Dymock Canal Wharfs, on the line of the Gloucestershire and Herefordshire Canal.—Apply, with or without Samples, to the Advertiser, at the Royal Oak Inn, Ledbury, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Tuesday next, 22nd instant.
From the Hereford Times Saturday, 19 November 1853 p.5 col.1
January 28th 1854
BOSBURY,—THE SCHOOLS—These schools are under Government Inspection. Mr. Burgess has recently been appointed to the boys’ school, vacant by the resignation of the late able master, Mr. Burrows. The Senior Pupil Teacher Richard Allen, of Bosbury, has been selected to fill the situation of Assistant-Master in the Scudamore Schools. In the girls’ school, Sarah Hooper, has just been appointed Queen’s Scholar, with certificate of the highest class, at the Training College, Cheltenham.
From the Hereford Times Saturday, 28 January 1854 p.8 col.3
SCHOOLMASTER, ORGANIST AND CHOIRMASTER
A MASTER, Trained seeks a RE-ENGAGEMENT in a Grammar or Preparatory School. Is a Certified Teacher of Hullah’s System; an efficient Choirmaster; much success in School-management; can teach Drawing,. Testimonials and References satisfactory.
Address, W. B., Bosbury Grammar School, Ledbury.
A classified advertisement from the Monthly Paper
for the National Society for promoting the
Education of the Poor etc. June 1854 issue.
Page 35 of 40 (marked p. 215), col.1
It is reported in the August 1854 issue under Appointments that Mr W. Burgess from Bosbury has been appointed to Fishlake Grammar School, Doncaster.
April 11th 1857
CHARGE OF CHILD MURDER.—On Monday last, Harriet Rudge, Bosbury, was brought before J. H. Higgins, Esq, R. Webb, Esq, and Capt. Hayward (on remand), charged with the wilful murder of her male child, supposed to be about a month old. The child was found drowned in the Hereford and Gloucester canal near Ledbury. and was supposed to have been in the water three weeks. An inquest was held on Saturday last, and a verdict of “Wilful murder against some person or persons unknown” returned. Before the magistrates a number of witnesses were examined, and such strong circumstantial evidence given, that the prisoner was committed for trial at the next assizes at Hereford. Mr. G. H. Piper, solicitor, appeared for the prisoner, who reserved her defence till her trial. She declined making any admission, but fainted on hearing the magistrates’ decision.
From the Worcester Herald Saturday, 11 April 1857 p.2 col.8
Postscript: The full story of the proceedings at the Magistrates Court at Ledbury is given in the Hereford Times on the same date. It makes grim reading but if you want the facts here they are. The Hereford Journal caught up with the news and provided more detail the following Wednesday (see next snippet). The verdict of the trial at the Herefordshire Assizes was reported in August (see next but one snippet).
April 15th 1857
CHILD MURDER. —A painful sensation was created in this town on Wednesday se’nnight, by the discovery of the dead body of an infant in the canal. It was got out and convoyed to the Horse Shoe Inn, where post mortem examination took place on Saturday. The body had been in the water nine days. It proved to be the illegitimate offspring of a girl named Rudge, from Bosbury, who had been living in this town for some years past. She was brought before the magistrates on Monday, and fully committed for trial on the charge of wilful murder. A woman who had dressed the child up to the day before it was missing, swore to the identity of the body, from a peculiar mark upon it, and a road-man proved seeing the prisoner with the child on the latter day; he also saw her coming back again without the child, and in answer to his questions as to where the child was, she said she had left it where it would well taken care of. The prisoner could not have been driven by poverty to commit such an act, as it seems she had money in the bank, and about £20 in her pocket. Mr. Reece was employed by the prisoner. When asked if she had anything to say, the prisoner replied in the negative, and was fully committed for trial. Her mother, who was present, fainted twice during the inquiry.
From the Hereford Journal Wednesday, 15 April 1857 p.6 col.4
August 5th 1857
CHARGE OF MURDER.—Harriet Rudge, single woman, aged 22, was indicted at the Herefordshire assizes, on Thursday, for the wilful murder of her male child, named James Rudge, by casting the child into water, by means of which it was drowned, on the 12th of March, 1857. Mr. Partridge conducted the case for the prosecution; Mr. Powell defended the prisoner. The prisoner, who was a young woman residing at Bosbury, and was subject to fits, was confined of a child February last. On the day named she was seen in a lane leading from Bosbury to Ledbury, carrying the child, and soon afterwards was seen returning without it. On the lst of April the body of a child was found in the canal, near that road, in a state of decomposition. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty, on the ground that the identification of the body was not satisfactory.
From the Worcestershire Chronicle Wednesday, 5 August 1857 p.3 col.2
August 8th 1857
The first anniversary dinner of the new landlord, Mr.Henry Rowberry, was held on Wednesday last, under the able presidency of Mr.Bird, of Ledbury. Owing to the activity of harvest operations the attendance was not so large as it otherwise would have been, but those who were present enjoyed the good things so bountifully provided by Mr. Rowberry.
From the Worcester Herald Saturday, 8 August 1857 p.3 col.2
August 21st 1858
DEFICIENT WEIGHTS AND MEASURES.
—The following persons were brought up on (Friday) yesterday se’nnight, at the Police Court, before Richard Webb, Esq., (chairman,) Osman Ricardo, Esq., M.P., Thomas Haywood, Esq., Jas. Martin, Esq., Robert Biddulph, Esq., and the Rev. Edward Higgins, and fined in the undermentioned sums :—
Ann Brazier, beerhouse-keeper, Ashperton, 5 unjust measures; 6d. and costs.
Thomas Taylor, grocer, Ashperton, 10 unjust weights; 6d. and costs.
George Brookes, beerhouse-keeper, Bosbury, 5 unjust weights and 2 measures; 6d. and costs.
James Carwardine, ciderhouse-keeper, Bosbury, 2 unjust measures; 6d. and costs.
Richard Harford, ciderhouse-keeper, Bosbury, 4 unjust measures; 6d. and costs.
Hannah Harding, Bosbury, 4 unjust measures; 6d. and costs.
Thomas Jones, innkeeper, Bosbury, 8 unjust measures; 6d. and costs.
John Shaw, beerhouse-keeper, Bosbury, 5 unjust measures; 6d. and costs.
David Thomas, flour-dealer, Bosbury, 5 unjust weights; 6d. and costs.
From the Hereford Times Saturday, 21 August 1858 p.16 col.3
February 28th 1863
Wholesale Fowl Stealers.—We much regret to learn that this parish and neighbourhood has for the last three months been infested by gang of thieves, who have made great depredations among the geese, ducks, and fowls of the wives of many of the principal farmers. Unfortunately for these good and peaceably conducted folks the rascals have to this time escaped detection, though it is sincerely hoped that a clue has been obtained that will ultimately lead to the apprehension and conviction of these pests of society. Mr. Gardiner, of the Paddels, lost a quantity of fowls a few nights since, and an investigation resulted in tracing the course of the thieves to Defford station, near Pershore, Worcestershire, from whence there can be little if any doubt they took train to Birmingham. Among the other farmers upon whose stock poultry great inroads have been made, are Mr. Vobe, of Old Country, Bosbury; Mr. Willan, of Nashend; Mr. John Allcott, &c. Early Friday morning last Mr. John Andrews, of Catley Cross, lost between twenty and thirty very fine fowls. Footmarks were distinctly traced to cottage in the parish of Cradley, the occupants which are regarded with much suspicion. On entering, however, nothing was found to connect the inmates with the affair, except the peculiarly striking circumstance that the principal occupier was wearing a pair of slippers; that his boots could not be found; and that he refused to give the police any information as to why he had not them on or as to what had become of them. It was afterwards discovered that a certain cart and horse passed through Cradley Gate about five o’clock the morning of the robbery, and proceeded in the direction of Worcester. It would seem that some persons, acquainted with the neighbourhood, have put themselves in communication with some dishonest poulterers of Birmingham, and a sharp and systematic look out should be made by all the farmers in the neighbourhood, in order to trap them, and thus prevent this pilfering of the poultry cots.
From the Hereford Journal Saturday, 28 February 1863 p.5 col.4
March 7th 1863
Sir, —Some of our friends in were somewhat startled by the purport of a paragraph in your last. I refer to the “Wholesale Fowl-Stealing. ” The writer of that paragraph says that several robberies of poultry have occurred within the last few days. Now it appears that only one has been committed within the last few days, namely, that at the farm of Mr. Andrews, Catley Cross. If all the others had been committed so recently, we may have some apprehension that fowls will be scarce, and that the garotters of those inoffensive animals may turn their attention to higher game. On enquiry it appears that, among those mentioned as having been robbed, there is one(Mr. Allcott) who was not robbed at all; and that the other robberies extend over a period of at least 12 months. The latest (prior to that at Catley Cross) having occurred three months ago.
Trusting that, for the sake of truth, you will insert this in your widely circulated paper,
I remain, &c.,
Bosbury, March 4, 1862. VERITAS.
[We readily comply with the request of Veritas; but he will perceive that, after all, there is very little difference in his own statement and that of our correspondent, whose copy might have been altered even after it came into the office. Nevertheless, trivial as the correction is we are happy to make it.—E.H.I.]
From the Hereford Journal Saturday, 7 March 1863 p.7 col.3
March 14th 1863
LOCAL FESTIVITIES HONOUR ROYAL MARRIAGE
BOSBURY.—At an early hour the natives were somewhat astonished the appearance of a drum and fife band, got up and conducted by Mr. Peacock. This band has only begun practising within the last month, but by great exertions two or three tunes were turned out pretty creditably on this most exciting day. Flags were displayed at tho Bell, by host Caundel, and the houses of Mr. Bishop and Mr. Gardiner presented a gay appearance, being prettiiy decorated with evergreens, mottoes, &c. Of course our venerable custom of ringing was “gone into,” and maintained during the day. The poor were not forgotten either. A subscription was raised which furnished each widow and old person with 2lbs of beef and a loaf. The school children were provided with a most substantial tea by the Revs. B. L. Stanhope and E. Higgins. Each child was also presented with a medal in commemoration of the royal marriage. Mr. Hickman, of the Old Court, kindly gave a fine young oak to be planted close to the school by the boys. After competing for prizes in a meadow belonging Mr. Pitt, of Temple Court, the children (about 180) were again regaled with cake and wine, to drink the healths of the royal pair. The extempore band then proceeded to the several farms in the neighbourhood to tell them of their existence. As this was the first public appearance of this band, let me say that great credit due to them for the exertions they must have made to come out in so short time. The proceedings of tho day were terminated by a ball at the girls’ school, which was kept up to a very early hour.
From ‘A gentleman living an adjoining parish’: A very high meed [sic] of praise is due to the intelligent young schoolmaster, Mr. Peacock, who has within a very short time trained a band of performers from among the farmers sons, respectable tradesmen, and well-conducted labourers of the place, into a state of great efficiency. On this day, when they first turned out, they gave unqualified satisfaction.
From the Hereford Journal Saturday, 14 March 1863 p.3 cols.1 & 2
Postscript: The Hereford Times devoted most of this issue to reports on the events surrounding the marriage of the Edward, Prince of Wales and Princess Alexandra of Denmark.
March 15th 1863
MR EDITOR: Herefordshire and the two adjoining counties of Worcestershire and Gloucestershire have for centuries past been distinguished for the sporting spirit of fox hunting, and although the surrounding hills advantageously offer persons on foot, and particularly the Malvern Hills, opportunity of admiring that lovely sport to the utmost advantage, still they are frequently the cause of saving Renard’s life. Considering, however, the bad-scented season, I am glad to inform you that these hounds have had upon the whole some very excellent sport, having killed to the present time 18½ brace; and not having seen in the columns of your valuable paper this season an account of some of their capital sport. I take the opportunity of giving you an account of two runs we had last week
The meet on Friday was at Stanley Hill: trotted on to the Fishpool Coppice, the property of that well-known old English sportsman, Mr John Freeman, of Lugwardine, when the moment the hounds were turned in a fox was halloed away, and after running him at a rattling pace through the Cannonfroom Covers to Mr Shayle’s of Upleadon, he went to ground. We then cantered on to Beacon Hill, and after drawing the one side blank, immediately upon crossing to the opposite a fine old fox was viewed away, and the hounds, as usual, at once settled to him, forcing him at a slashing pace through the covers of another distinguished sportsman and staunch preserver of foxes, the Rev Edward Higgins, of Bosbury House; thence to Peor’s Wood; [?Prior’s Wood] turning to the left, he was making the best of his way to Roughberrow, but, finding the pursuit too warm, he turned short through the covers at Holling’s Hill. and back to Matton [?Mathon} Church. Here he went to ground, but from whence he was captured and once more given the chance of his life, with plenty of grace, but, being dead beat, gave up the ghost after two rings around the cover. The huntsman Drayton, being disabled from a severe fall, was not at his post, but, from the able handling of the worthy Master of the hounds, a better run has not been known this season, the time being 1h 20min, with only a slight check or two.
MONDAY the meet was eight miles on the Tewksbury-road ....
AN OLD SPORTSMANLedbury, Feb 28, 1863.
From Bell’s Life in London Saturday, 15 March 1863 p.6 col.2
May 16th 1863
BOSBURY RETURNING FROM LEDBURY FAIR, AND ITS CONSEQUENCES.—As Mr. Fincher, farmer, of Little Catley, Bosbury, was returning from Ledbury fair on Tuesday evening with his horse and trap, in company with some friends, when they reached the foot of Stanley Hill Mr Fincher and two of his friends alighted from the trap to assist the horse going up the hill, leaving Mr. George Cole, of Froome’s Hill and Eliza Jones, of the same locality, in the trap, the female holding the reins. Mr. Cole was somewhat “elevated” and when they came to the top of the hill he would take the reins and not waiting for his companions, drove along the Bromyard road, for Catley, which is narrow, having several turns. While driving rather swiftly round one of these, at a short bend of the road, he upset the trap, throwing it completely topsy-turvy, the girl and Cole being underneath. In this state they remained for some time, the female hallooing for help. A cottager and her daughter of the name of Chad, reinforced by Mr. Fincher and companions, came to the rescue of the fallen and the trap was thrown off them as speedily as possible, Jones being sadly bruised, and the bystanders extracted four or five pebbles out of the girl’s forehead, so severe had been the pressure of her head against the ground. She was taken to a cottage where he wounds were washed, and she was eventually taken home in a donkey cart. Cole was badly cut in the head and his face covered with blood. He was insensible when picked up, and he was taken to Mr. Fincher’s of Little Catley. He was, when we last head [sic] from him, lying very ill. The horse was not injured but the trap received some damage.
From the Hereford Journal Saturday, 16 May 1863 p.7 col.6
August 1st 1863
BOSBURY LAYING THE FOUNDATION STONE OF A WESLEYAN CHAPEL,—The foundation stone of this new edifice, to promote the erection of which a tea-meeting was held in this town some time since, took place last Friday, when Frederick Orme., Esquire of Manchester, performed the ceremony, after which a sermon was preached by the Rev. John Saunders of Worcester. A public tea, to which about 150 sat down, took place in a tent, after which several spirited addresses were delivered by Mr. Orme and the Revs. J. Saunders, C. Ridley, J. Kirtian, and other friends of the cause. A collection made at the close amounted to £7 of which Mr. Orme very liberally subscribed £5. This, with the receipts from other sources, is only a small portion of the sum required.
From the Hereford Journal Saturday, 1 August 1863 p.3 col.4
November 14th 1863
BOSBURY NEW CHAPEL AT BOSBURY,—On Thursday last, Bosbury Wesleyan Chapel, a very recent erection, was formally opened for Divine service. The chapel, which is capable of seating 150, was built by Mr. Moss, of Gloucester, from a design furnished gratuitously by Mr. Pocock, an architect of London. It is in Gothic style, and is allowed to be, both as regards its general appearance and workmanship, the handsomest chapel in the Ledbury Circuit, and as a necessary consequence the Bosbury friends are in an excellent mood. In the afternoon and evening of the above day, the Revds. J.B.Blanche, of Malvern, and J.Anderson, Ledbury, respectively preached in the chapel. At 5 o’clock tea was served in the chapel, and notwithstanding a heavy rain fell during the whole of the day about 100 were present, whose presence under such adverse circumstances testified their attachment to the cause of methodism. On the following Sunday sermons were preached in the same chapel on behalf of the same fund; in the morning and afternoon by the Rev.J.Rattenbury, of Swindon, and in the evening by Mr.D.Staniforth, of North Malvern, and at the Ledbury chapel the same evening by Mr.Rattenbury. The total proceeds of the tea and collections amounted to between £11 and £12. The cost of the chapel, inclusive of the purchase of the land, is about £150.
From the Hereford Times Saturday, 14 November 1863 p.3 col.6
January 26th 1867
PETTY SESSIONS, Wednesday.—
Before Osman Ricardo, Esq., the Rev. Edward Higgins, Dr. Henry, and Major Peyton.
TURNPIKE CASE.—Elizabeth Baldwin, the keeper of the Stanley-hill turnpike gate, on the Bromyard turnpike trust, was summoned by Mr. John Pitt, of Bosbury, for taking toll when exempt, on the 22nd inst.—The complainant’s waggoner stated that was sent by Mr. Pitt, on the 22nd inst., with a load of clover bosses to Chinacourt Mill, to be dressed or shelled, when the defendant asked for the toll, 3s., which the waggoner paid, at the same time stating to the defendant that his master had told him before leaving home he was not liable to toll for clover. The clover, it was stated, was grown by Mr. Pitt, and there was nothing else in the waggon.—The Bench fined the defendant 6s., toll 3s., and costs 13s.
From the Hereford Times Saturday, 26 January 1867 p.3 col.4
February 2nd 1867
BOSBURY. On Monday evening, about seven o’clock, a disastrous fire occurred on the premises of Mr. Shayle, Upleadon Court. The fire broke out on a part of the farm situate about 300 yards from the house where there is a large barn, sheds, and stalls, and an inclosed fold, in which, at the time of the fire, about 30 head of stock were kept. On the same evening a pony had been put into the stalls, and the doors of the stable closed, but the latter were afterwards found open by Mrs. Shayle. It appears that the servant boy at the house told his mistress that he saw a light at the barn, but on looking out Mrs. Shayle saw that the barn was on fire. She and the boy instantly ran to the spot and found a straw rick, which had been threshed only three days previously, on fire. Mrs. Shayle, fortunately, had the presence of mind to let the pony out of the stall, and also to open the fold gates and turn out the stock, so that they might be free from danger. On going to the farm she found the doors open, although the man was positive that they were closed when he left a short time before. The boy was instantly despatched to Ledbury for the fire-engines, whilst Mrs. Shayle went to her neighbours for assistance. The straw-rick being on the south-east of the buildings, and the wind blowing from that quarter, the flames reached the barn, which soon ignited, and a bay of barley and also of hay were consumed. A bean rick also took fire, but a hay rick which stood within two yards of it was fortunately preserved, mainly through the praiseworthy exertions of one of the workmen, named Daniells, who assisted to cover it with kiln hairs and cider hairs, and who, in holding them down to keep the flames from reaching the hay, had portions of his own clothes burnt. Owing to the alacrity of the Ledbury fire brigade, the engines were soon on the spot, and there being a bountiful supply of water, which was specially directed to the bean rick, the flames were soon subdued. The sheds were saved, but we believe that Mr. Shayle’s loss may be estimated at between £200 and £300, as he, unfortunately, was not insured. A great number of people from miles round came to the scene of the conflagration, and rendered much assistance, as Mr. Shayle is highly respected in the parish, and his loss is much regretted. Every means have been taken to ascertain the cause of the fire, but as yet, we understand, nothing has been discovered, although there is little doubt as to its being the work of an incendiary.
From the Hereford Journal Saturday 2 February 1867 p.8 col.4
Postscript: The Hereford Times of the same day noted that:
“Mr. Shayle despatched a messenger on horseback for the fire engine, but the horse becoming exhausted much delay was occasioned, and we thought some valuable time was lost in harnessing the horses, and attaching them to the engine. At length the engine and brigade, accompanied by Superintendent Tanner, arrived at the scene of the fire about half-past nine o’clock, by which time the fire had made great havoc ...”
March 30th 1867
THE LATE FLOODS
BOSBURY.—This village was completely inundated with the flood, and such a large quantity of water has not been known for years; indeed, no-one in the parish ever remembers such an overflow. In the village the water ran through the houses, and it is almost impossible to describe the amount of inconvenience and unpleasantness occasioned thereby. We hear that Mr. William Fincher, of Little Catley, has a narrow escape from drowning. It appears that he was returning home from Worcester, on Saturday, but he could not go along Catley-cross-road, in consequence of the water. He proceeded to Bosbury turnpike, and on passing through the second gate came to a part of the road where the bridge crosses, at which point the water was several feet deep, and ran so furiously that, on Mr. Fincher attempting to cross, he and his horse were washed completely over the hedge into an adjoining field. The force of the current rolled the horse over once or twice, but Mr. Fincher luckily got disentangled from it, and was carried to a part of the field where the water was not deep. The horse, after struggling for some time, managed to get clear.
From the Hereford Journal Saturday 30 March 1867 p.5 col.
November 2nd 1867
THE LATE HURRICANE
—On Sunday morning, from about 7 to 9 o’clock, this parish was visited by a most violent storm of wind and rain. The wind appears to have entered the parish from the east, and on arriving near the village to have turned N.N.W., as the damage done too plainly indicates, Trees were blown down and roofs damaged all along its track. At Catley Cross the roof of the house was seriously damaged, and the thatch, more or less, blown away off every rick on the farm. Further on, at Gold Hill, Mr. Mutlow has lost 4 or 5 sheep; two were killed by the falling of a tree, and several so much hurt as to render it necessary to kill them. At Mr. Hickman’s, the Old Court, chimney was blown down, destroying that part of the roof on which it fell, but luckily not hurting any one. It is remarkable that in the north and north eastern part of the parish the inhabitants were quite ignorant of the visit of this storm, so that they fortunately escaped the results of it.
From the Hereford Times Saturday 2 November 1867 p.3col.
April 3rd 1869
OPENING OF AN ODDFELLOWS’ LODGE.—On Monday, this little village was all excitement, owing to the above event taking place. After the enrolment of members a procession was formed and proceeded to the church where divine service was held, and an excellent sermon was preached by the Rev. Mr. Cheese. A public dinner took place at the Crown, at three o'clock (the Rev. Edward Higgins in the chair), and Messrs. Hickman and Burrows in the vice-chairs. There were upwards of 90 present. A capital repast was served up by the host, and on the removal of the cloth the usual loyal toasts were given, together with numerous others appropriate to the occasion, and some good songs were sung by Messrs. Gardner, Palmer, Morrison, Wigley, and others.
From the Worcester Journal Saturday 3 April 1869 p.3 col.4
August 14th 1869
HORTICULTURAL SHOW.—The show for this season was held at Bosbury (near Ledbury) on Thursday, in a field lent by Mr. Pitt, of Temple Court. The day was unusually fine, and the show a very successful one. Mr. Smith, of old Colwall; Mr. Gilham, of Hope End; Mr. Wilcox, of Underdown, and Mr. Haywood, of Worcester, were the judges, and the Rev. A. C. Custance acted as secretary. There was a good attendance of visitors, and everything passed off very pleasantly.
From the Western Mail Saturday 14 August 1869 p.8 col.3
June 22nd 1870
DISASTER BY FIRE
About three o’clock on Thursday morning, a fire was discovered on the premises of Mr. John Shaw, the Bells public-house. It appears to have broken out at the outbuildings, which comprised a shed, drinkhouse, stable and brewhouse; and as these buildings were all thatched and old, they were soon destroyed, the fire spreading rapidly.The Bells House (an old building) was soon under the influence of the fire, which made such progress that the inmates were in much danger of being burnt. The whole house and its contents were completely destroyed, and the sum of 50l. [£] or 60 l. is said to be missing. On either side of the Bells House is a cottage, the one belonging to the poor of Bosbury and the other to Mr. John Wentlow, of Alder End, who is also the owner of the Bells House. Both these houses have been very considerably damaged, and would, with other houses adjoining, have been entirely destroyed, but for the arrival of the engines from Ledbury in time to save them. There were plenty of hands to work them, and as a brook runs by the premises there was no lack of water. The whole contents of the Bells House were entirely destroyed, together with a horse in the stable, several small pigs, and a quantity of beer, cider and casks. The fire is suppposed to have been caused by some hot ashes having been thrown out on the heap, near which was some dry wood. Neither the houses nor the effects were insured.
From the Worcestershire Chronicle Wednesday 22 June 1870 p.4 col.5
September 23rd 1871
COLWALL, BOSBURY, MATHON, CODDINGTON, AND STORRIDGE HORTICULTURAL SHOW.
The annual horticultural exhibition, in connection with the above parishes, was held at Colwall, in the grounds of Mr. Herring, on Wednesday. The day was beautifully fine, and the proceedings throughout were marked with gratifying success. In addition to the exhibition of produce, which may be described as exceptionally good, there was small but excellent show of poultry, for which liberal prizes were given. A large and handsome tent, 100 feet in length by 30 in width, supplied by Mr. Horton, of Colwall, was set apart for the exhibition of fruit and vegetables, and was decorated with appropriate mottoes. Prizes were given to the gardeners of the neighbouring gentry, but with this exception, the competition was confined to persons farming not more thanso acres of land, and cottagers, (denominated in the schedule as classes 11. and III.) In the former class three first and second prizes were given for the best cultivated garden, and in the latter for a well cultivated garden the same arrangement was adhered to.
Without instituting invidious comparisons, we may be permitted to say that the professional gardeners bore the palm with their show of apricots, grapes, and other fruit, which for general excellence we have not seen greatly excelled.
A large and fashionable company visited the grounds during the day, amongst whom we observed Rev. G. M. Custance, Rev. R. O. and Mrs. Carter and party, Rev. E. Hampden, Rev. A. and Mrs. Douglas (Mathon), Rev. C. and Mrs. Curtis (Coddington), Rev. H. and Mrs. Limpus and family, Rev. Mr. Riley, Rev. J. E. Cheese (Bosbury), Major Peyton and the Misses Peyton, Col. and Lady Biggs, Mr. and Mrs. Gee (Hanley Castle), Captainu Vale (Mathon), Mr. S. Ballard, Mrs. and the Misses Ballard, Mr. H. and Mrs. Tippetts and party (Mathon), Mrs. Little and family (Birchwood), Mr. Whateley (West Bank, Ledbury), Mrs. King-King and Mr. T. H. King-King, jun. (Malvern), Mrs. Matthews, the Misses Rapier (Oak Court), the Misses Martin (Ledbury), Mrs. Masefield and Mr. Maseheld, jun. (Ledbury), Mrs. and the Misses Higgs, Mr. and Mrs. De la Pryme and party, Mr. Peers Warburton, R.N., Capt. Grove, Mr. Pearson, M. Lerrot, &c. The Rhine band from Malvern was in attendance during the afternoon, and performed a select musical programme.
The Rev. G. M. Custance, prior to the distribution of prizes, deprecated the custom of speechmaking at these shows, but thought that a few words on the present occasion would not be out of place. In the first instance he had to congratulate the people of Colwall upon the holding of the show once more upon their own ground. For the last four years it had taken what he might term a provincial trip, having been held during four consecutive years at Mathon, Bosbury, Coddington, and Cradley, but now it had come back to the mother parish, a place where, for more than 20 years, the exhibition had been regularly held. He hoped, now that it had come back —he did not go so far as to say they should always keep it there— they would do their best to encourage and promote its interest.
Bosbury prizewinners included: Redcurrants – Mr. R Edwards, Lettuces –J. Voyce, Potato onions – J. Young, Gourd – W.Dance, Plums – J.Powell, Pears – Sarah Morris, Apricots – J. Layton.
From the Worcester Herald Saturday 23 September 1871 p.6 cols.5 & 6
June 20th 1873
A YOUNG LADY, experienced in tuition, requires a RE-ENGAGEMENT as GOVERNESS to young children. She teaches English, Music, and Drawing, and would attend to her pupils’ wardrobe. Address BETA, W.M., Old Court, Bosbury, Herefordshire.
From The Cambrian, Swansea Friday 20 June 1873 p.4 col.6
July 25th 1874
FETE.—the Bosbury fete and races in connection with the Bishop Swinfield Order of Oddfellows, took place at Bosbury to-day (Friday), and was largely attended, although storms occasionally occurred during the day.
From the Worcestershire Chronicle Saturday 25 July 1874 p.8 col.1
January 15th 1876
FIRE AT BOSBURY CHURCH
At about half-past five on Sunday evening Ledbury was alarmed by a horseman riding into the town with the intelligence that Bosbury Church was on fire. It took very little time to horse the two engines, and within a few minutes both had started for the four-mile drive. It appears that the fire originated in the roof of the church, the flames from which were first seen at about five o’clock by a man in the employ of Mr. Homes. An alarm was immediately given, and assistance was soon at hand, when, by the help of ladders, Mr. Townsend, Mr. James Townsend, with P.C. Macdonald and a few others, ascended to the roof of the church and commenced removing the tiles in the immediate vicinity of the flames. In the meantime others had procured a capital supply of water, which had been placed in large tubs around the church, and from these a constant supply of buckets was conveyed to the roof and thrown upon the woodwork, which was burning over a considerable space. To the courageous conduct of those who ascended the roof in its dangerous state, as well as to the capital organisation of the water supply, the preservation of the church may be undoubtedly attributed, as, after the arrival of the engines, and when danger was at an end, it was evident that the engines could not have been much service owing to the height of the roof. The damage was confined to about ten yards of the western part of the roof, and owing to the precautions which were taken in keeping doors closed, there is very little damage internally. The fire originated from the flue connected wwith the stove, which goes through the roof, and it is supposed that, owing to the upper portion of the piping being out of order, a spark escaped and ignited the woodwork of the roof.
From Berrow’s Worcester Journal Saturday 15 January 1876 p.5 col.2
January 27th 1877
PETTY SESSIONS, WEDNESDAY —[Before the Rev. E. Higgins, chairman, Mr. Jno. Hopton, Col. Webb, Dr Henry, Mr. Jno. Martin, Rev. Jno. Buckle, Col. Kyrle, and Messrs. C. A. Hewitt, Jno. Riley, and Jas. Wickens] ······ —Jno. Smith, of Bosbury, beershop keeper, was summoned by Supt. Blunsdon for permitting drunkenness on his premises, on the 9th inst. Mr. G. H. Piper appeared for the defendant. P.C. Macdonald proved the case. It was contended on defendant’s behalf that the men, who had been to a neighbour’s killing a pig, had only been supplied with one pint of beer, and were not drunk. Defendant’s wife was called, and most positively affirmed this. Fined £1, including costs. —James Henry Brazier, of the Crown, Bosbury, was summoned for a similar offence on the 9th inst. Dismissed. —William Bettington, of Bosbury, was summoned for being drunk on the licensed premises of James Henry Brazier on the 9th inst. Dismissed. —Thomas Mayall, James Hickox, and Philip Bettington, all of Bosbury, were summoned for being drunk on the licensed premises of John Smith, of Bosbury, on the 9th inst. Defendants denied being drunk, and said they had only one pint of beer. Fined 6s. each, including costs. ······ —William Smith, of Bosbury, roadman, was summoned for obstructing a highway at Bosbury on the 18th January. Dismissed. ······
December 25th 1880
BOSBURY CHURCH.—The large four-light east window of this church has been filled with the richest stained glass by the Rev. E. Higgins, of Bosbury House. It is designed as a joint memorial to two of his grandsons—Charles Baskerville Mynors, who died at the age of four years, and Arthur Clinton Baskerville Mynors, Lieutenant 60th Rifles, who died at Natal in April of last year. The latter was present at the battle of Ginghilovo, at the relief of Ekowe and died of dysentery at Fort Pearson, age 22. The subjects of the window are large figures of the four Evangelists under elaborate perpendicular canopies, and an illustration of Our Lord’s Presentation in the Temple. In niches at the base of the lateral lights are two groups having special reference to the deceased, and into which portraits have been introduced, viz., Our Lord blessing little children, and a view of tho death-bed scene under canvas at Fort Pearson. The tracery is filled with monograms of the deceased, surrounded by angelic figures and richly-coloured foliage. In connection with the window two memorial brasses have been placed with appropriate inscriptions. One of tho four side lancet windows in the chancel has also just been filled with richly-stained glass, representing a full length figure of the Evangelist St. Mark, by the Rev. F. Poynder, and two grisaille lancets at the west end have been presented to the church by Messrs. Wailles and Strang, of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, by whom the whole of the work has been executed.
From Berrow’s Worcester Journal Saturday, 25 December 1880 p.4 col.6
August 27th 1881
NEW HOPS AT WORCESTER MARKET
The first pocket of new Worcester hops, grown by W.S.Lane, Bosbury, arrived here on Saturday, and was purchased by J.W.Buckland and Co., at £10. 10s. per cwt., for Mr. D.Bevan, Vale of Neath Brewery, Neath, Glamorganshire. The quality is very good and unusually stout for first picking.
From The Worcestershire Chronicle Saturday, 27 August 1881 p.4 col.6
March 29th 1884
PETTY SESSIONS.— WEDNESDAY.
Before the Rev. E. Higgins, Colonel Money-Kyrle, the Rev. J. Buckle, Mr. C. A. Hewitt, and Mr. Hamilton Baillie.
ALLEGED EXCISE OFFENCES. — The Rev. Samuel Bentley, of Bosbury, was summoned for keeping a dog withont a licence. Defendant appeared, and stated he had no intention of evading paying the duty. He took out a licence on the 3rd March last year, and he was under the impression the licence would last for twelve months. Defendant was ordered to pay the expenses, 7s., and the case was dismissed. — Mrs. Mary Ann Palmer, of Bosbury, was also summoned for a similar offence. Defendant had since taken out a licence. Dismissed on payment of expenses, 7s.
From Berrow’s Worcester Journal Saturday, 29 March 1884 p.3 col.1
September 13th 1884
A WAGGONER’S LAD KILLED. —On Wednesday an inquest was held at the Union House, Ledbury, before Mr. T. Llanwarne, coroner, and a jury, of whom Mr. T. Badsey was foreman, touching the death of Thomas Weaver, a waggoner’s lad, of Bosbury, who died from injuries received from a waggon passing over his body on Friday last, at Aylton. Henry Rudge said he was waggoner for Mr. Mutlow, of Cold Green, Bosbury. On Friday he started with an empty waggon and four horses from Bosbury to Nailbridge, in the Forest of Dean, to fetch some coke for hop-drying. John Fawke and deceased were with him. He was abont 14 years old, and was also in Mr. Mutlow’s employ. When near Mrs. Howard’s, at Aylton, deceased, who was walking alongside the wheeler horse, tried to get on the shaft, when he fell backwards and the waggon wheels passed over him. Witness was in the fore end of the waggon and saw the deceased attempt to get on. Deceased could not stand, and witness stopped with him whilst Fawke went to Mrs. Howard’s to try and get a conveyance to take him to Ledbury. Deceased complained of being hurt in the body, but said he was not in much pain. They could not get a trap at Mrs. Howard’s, and they put deceased in the waggon and took him on to the Oak at Much Marcle. They only had the fodder in the waggon. P.C. Baynham advised them to take deceased on to the Walwyn Arms, where they saw Mrs. Mailes, who gave him a drop of brandy while the trap was got ready. The policeman and Mr. Mailes’ man brought him to Ledbury. They were all quite sober. They had made no calls anywhere. They expected to be out the whole of the Friday evening and night and next day. They had with them some food and three gallons of drink, besides what they took for the men at the pit. They had not tasted drink at the time the accident occurred. Deceased asked to be allowed to drive the team while it was daylight. He did not complain of being tired. He did not know deceased intended getting on to the shafts until he saw him do so. He had not cautioned him that day, but had at other times. Deceased was accustomed to horses. P.C. Baynham Baid they went to the Cottage Hospital with the deceased, but found it closed in consequence of the absence of the matron through illness. He then went to Dr. Wood, who advised him to take deceased to Dr. Hill, the medical office for the Bosbury district of the Union. He saw Dr. Hill, who advised him to take the lad to the Workhouse at once. He did so and Dr. Wood was sent for. Dr. Miles Wood said he found it was a Bosbury case in Dr. Hill’s district, and advised that deceased be taken to Dr. Hill. Afterwards, at the workhouse, he found the lad in a state of collapse and shock, and on examination found injuries which showed the wheel must have passed over the lower part of the body. No bones appeared to have been broken. Deceased remained in an extreme state of exhaustion, and expired on Monday midday from the effects of the injuries received. Deceased was perfectly conscious and never made any complaint against the men. The coroner having summoned up the evidence, a verdict of “accidental death” was returned.
From Berrow’s Worcester Journal Saturday, 13 September 1884 p.3 col.1
January 22nd 1890
ATTEMPTED MURDER NEAR LEDBURY.
Early yesterday morning James Williams, a farmer, of Bosbury was attacked by two strange men, who after robbing him, cut his throat. Though still alive he is not expected to recover. Suprintendent Cope and staff are on the spot, but at present have no trace of the men.
From Gloucester Citizen Wednesday, 22 January 1890 p.4 col.6
April 18th 1891
Before the Rev. J. Buckle, Messrs. W. S. Broadwood, W. A. H. Martin, C. A. Hewitt, and E. J. Webb.
THEFT OF MARKET PARCELS.—Priscilla Davis, of Bosbury, pleaded guilty to stealing a parcel of grooery and a broom, the property of Mr. S. Merrick. From the evidence of Mark Rogers, George Jones, William Banks, and Supt. Phillips, it appeared that the parcels of grooery was purchased at prosecutor’s shop aad sent to the Seven Stars Inn, where the goods were placed in Mr. Hawkins’s conveyance, addressed to Mrs. Hooper, of Bosbury, the purchaser. They were shortly afterwards missed, and Supt. Phillips traced prisoner to the White Horse Inn, where she deposited the goods under a table and left them. She was apprehended at Bosbury. Prisoner was fined £1.
From Worcester Journal Saturday, 18 April 1891 p.7 col.4
March 26th 1892
SAD DEATH of a BOSBURY
The Hereford County Coroner (Mr. Llanwarne) held an inquest at the Old Country Inn, Bosbury on Wednesday [23rd March 1892], to inquire into the circumstances attending the death of Augusta Louisa Orgee, fifty years of age. ALFRED ORGEE, farmer and innkeeper, son of the deceased, stated that he and his brother left home about nine o’clock to attend the Worcester market. They kept a grocery shop, and deceased made out a list of the things required. She had breakfasted with them, and before laying the breakfast things had been reading her Bible. On their return home about four o’clock in the afternoon they found her hanging by a cord which was attached a beam in the back kitchen. It was evident she had got on a chair. Assistance was procured and the body taken down but life was extinct. Her husband died suddenly about 14 months ago, and it had been on her mind of late. She had the management of the property, and kept on fancying that something was wrong over the duties and the division of the property, and over having paid off a small mortgage, but in reality it was all right. He explained that there had been no dispute as to the property, and matters had been left to the deceased. She had been more or less depressed since concluding the business and taking out administration. She had suffered from neuralgia, and had been in a depressed state. A letter found in her pocket referred to the property, and concluding were the words “I feel quite distracted. Goodbye! God bless you both. Don’t vex.” A verdict of “Suicide whilst temporarily insane” was returned.
From the Worcestershire Chronicle Saturday 26 March 1892 p.8 col.4
Postscript: The Parish Registers record that Kenelm Orgee was buried in Bosbury churchyard on 23rd January 1891 aged 66 and that Augusta Louisa Orgee was buried on 25th March 1892 aged 50.
October 1st 1892
County Petty Sessions.
Before Messrs. C. A. Hewitt, W. A. H. Martin, E J. Webb, and Major Palairet.
LOCOMOTIVE OFFENCES.—George Gibbs was summoned for driving a locomotive at a greater speed than four miles an hour on the 12th inst. P.C. Jones saw defendant driving down Staplow Pitch at the rate of eight miles an hour. Fined 10s.—Mr. J. C. Defendant, the owner of the engine, was summoned for having no man in front of the engine with a flag on the occasion, and was fined 15s.—G. F. Belcher, of Gloucester, was fined 10s. for stopping a locomotive within 30 feet of the abutment of Filling Bridge, in the parish of Yarkhill, on the 13th inst.
From the Worcester Journal Saturday 1 October 1892 p.7 col.4
June 30th 1894
BOSBURY HORSE SHOW
Jumping and Driving Competitions and Races.
MONDAY, AUGUST 13th, 1894.
UPWARDS OF £100 OFFERED IN PRIZES. Programmes may be obtained from the SECRETARY, Bosbury, Ledbury.
From the Gloucester Journal Saturday 30 June 1894 p.4 col.4
September 1st 1894
Before Mr. C.A.Hewitt (chairman), Messrs. C.W.R.Cooke, M.P., J.Riley, W.A.H.Martin, E.J.Webb, S.H.Bickham, C. Bell, and Captain Mynors.
WITHDRAWN.— William Townsend, landlord of the Oak Inn, Staplow, was summoned by James Barrett, Staplow, and George James, Staplow, for assaulting them on the 18th inst., and Barrett was summoned by Townsend for refusing to quit his licensed premises. Mr. J. Corner (instructed by Mr. J. Lucy) appeared for Townsend, and after a consultation between the parties, he asked the Bench to allow all the cases to be withdrawn, the matter having been settled. This the magistrates consented to.
From the Worcester Journal Saturday 1 September 1894 p.7 col.6
December 22nd 1894
The first meeting of the Rural Parish Council was held on Tuesday evening ; present—Messrs. J. Banner. G. Cotton, J. C. Davies, E. S. Dawe, J. S. Dawe, T. S. Fowler, T. Hodges, J. Parry, R. South, and F. Wetson. It was proposed by Mr. T. Hodges, seconded by Mr. J. S. Dawe, and carried, that Mr. W. S. Lane, Bosbury, be appointed chairman. On the proposition of Mr. South, seconded by Mr. Wetson, Mr. J. S. Dawe was unanimously appointed vice-chairman. Mr. A Brown, Capital and Counties Bank, was elected treasurer, and Mills, assistant overseer, was appointed clerk to the Council until 25th Maroh next.
From the Worcester Journal Saturday 22 SDecember 1894 p.2 col.6
July 6th 1895
SEQUEL TO DRINKING
A Bosbury Man’s Death.
An inquest was held the Infirmary, on Wednesday afternoon, by Mr. W. B. Hulme, City Coroner, on the body of William Henry Vobe (54), farmer, of Bosbury, who died on Tuesday evening from injuries received some time ago.
Mrs. Eliza Vobe, widow of the deceased, residing at Old Country, Bosbury, said on March 13th deceased went to pay a bill at Mr. Rann’s, Mathon, about three miles away. About seven o’clock her husband was brought home in a cart by two men, but she was away when he arrived. Witness, on arriving home, asked him what was the matter, to which he replied that he thought his leg was broken. Deceased also said to one of the men named Powell, "You did it, and if I am laid up I will make you pay for it." Witness did not remember hearing Powell make any reply. Four days afterwards, with her help, deceased came downstairs and went into the garden. On the Tuesday deceased again went into the garden and had a fall, and he was oonveyed the next morning to Dr. Murphy, of West Malvern. On returning ber husband went to bed, and on the succeeding Saturday Dr. Murphy came and saw the deceased, saying that it was a serious case, and ordered his removal to Worcester Infirmary. The next day he was taken to tbe Infirmary. Before the deceased went into the hospital she had a conversation with him, in the course of which deceased said that Powell and be were at a Mr. Preece’s, and whilst there they both had some rhubarb wine. He further said Powell caught hold of his wrist, causing him to fall, and when falling thought his leg broke.
The Coroner informed the jury that, owing to want of time, he was prevented from adducing any more evidence. As there had been an allegation of pushing, he thought tbe inquiry should be adjourned for a week, to enable further inquiries to be made. The inquest was adjourned until Wednesday next.
From Berrow’s Worcester Journal Saturday 6 July 1895 p.3 col.7
July 13th 1895
THE DEATH OF A BOSBURY MAN.
Mr. W. B. Hulme, City Coroner, continued on Wednesday the inquiry which had been adjourned for a week, on the body of William Henry Vobe (54), a small farmer, of Old Country, Bosbury, near Ledbury, who died in the Worcester Infirmary from the effects of falls. Before deceased was removed from his home to the infirmary he stated that be and a man named Powell had been drinking rhubarb wine, and that Powell caught bold of his wrist, causing him to fall and hurt his leg. Subsequently he fell whilst in his garden and again hurt tbe same leg. At the adjourned inquest there was no evidence substantiating his allegation, and the jury returned a verdict of “Death from injuries caused by accidental falls.”
From Berrow’s Worcester Journal Saturday 13 July 1895 p.3 col.7
Postscript:The Worcestershire Chronicle gave a full inquest report also on 13th July.
September 12th 1896
SAVAGE ASSAULT BY GIPSIES AT BOSBURY.
At Ledbury Petty Sessions on Wednesday, William Hyde, aged 20, was charged with assaulting and beating Henry Edwin Bramley, at Bosbury. Mr. Garrood, Ledbury, prosecuted, and Mr. Jackson, Gloucester, defended.—Bramley lived at the Bell Inn, Bosbury, with Mr. and Mrs. Lewis, the landlord and landlady. On August 27, Mr. Lewis was away from home, and witness and Mrs. Lewis were at the inn. The prisoner, with five other men, drove into the village in a gipsy’s cart. Some of them appeared to be drunk, and when they entered the Bell Inn and asked to be supplied with beer witness, who assisted in the bar, refused to draw them any drink. They left and went to another inn, but only stopped there for a minute or so. They returned to the Bell, and asked to be supplied with beer. As they were refused, some of the gipsies became abusive and burst one of the panels out of the bar door, which was shut, and effected an entrance. They then began to use witness and Mrs. Lewis in a savage manner, the defendant striking him in the face several times, and also about the body. They upset the tables, breaking two glass decanters, and also beat Mrs. Lewis. The other participators in the assault had absconded.—Mrs. Lewis corroborated, and stated that seeing the condition of several of the gipsies she refused to draw any drink whatever. The defendant, when he got into the bar, said, “Let me get at him,” meaning Bramley. The conduct of the men for about 20 minutes was disgraceful. The prisoner was sent to gaol for a month’s hard labour.
From the Gloucester Journal Saturday 12 September 1896 p.3 col.4
Postscript: The previous week the Journal reported that Henry Bramley was the brother-in-law of the landlord. More details are given in the next report.
September 12th 1896
LEDBURY PETTY SESSIONS—WEDNESDAY.
Before Messrs. C. W. R Cooke M.P. (Chairman) S. H. Bickham, J, Riley, and W. A. C. Gabb.
THE SAVAGE ASSAULT BY GIPSIES AT BOSBURY.
William Hyde was charged with assualting Henry Edward Bramley at the Bell Inn, Bosbury. Mr. Garrood (Ledbury) prosecuted, and Mr. R. Jackson appeared for the defence.
Complainant deposed: I reside with John Lewis at the Bell Inn. About five o’clock on August 27th a party of men arrived in a cart and asked for a drink, which I refused, and they went away to the New Inn, but did not stay there, and went on further. They came back to the Bell about an hour afterwards, and again asked for drink, but Mrs. Lewis refused it. They enquired what right she had to refuse them and became abusive, and they came into the bar and attacked Mrs. Lewis and myself. Defendant struck me several times on the nose and blackened both my eyes. He also broke two decanters and damaged the tables and my finger was seriously injured. I lost a lot of blood, and I was obliged to see Dr. Wood, who attended me. I have been suffering from the injuries ever since.
Sarah Lewis corroborated, and said the men came to the Bell and broke the bar door and the window. Hyde was the first in, and he and beat Bramley shamefully. Hyde said: “Let me have a go at him” and struck Bramley six or seven times. He also witness a black eye and bruised her arm.
Mr. Edward Thomas Lane, farmer, Bosbury, was passing the Bell at the time stated, when he heard the smashing of glass, and a lad cried out “They are killing Mr. Bramley.” He looked in and saw defendant beating Bramley most unmercifully, and he separated them.
The Bench said the assault was a very serioues one, and ordered defendant to pay the costs, 11s. 6d., and to go to hard labour for month.
From the Worcestershire Chroniclebsp; Saturday 12 September 1896 p.5 col.2
September 2nd 1897
The Rev. Robert Burges Bayly, curate of St.Paul’s, Knightsbridge, has been made vicar of Bosbury, Ledbury—patron, the Bishop of Hereford.
From the Gloucester Citizen Thursday 2 September 1897 p.3 col.7
September 14th 1897
HOP-PICKERS IN TROUBLE. —At the Police-court, on Monday, John Roylds, a gipsy, was charged with being drunk and disorderly. From the evidence it appeared that prisoner could boast of pugilistic propensities. When seen by the police he was surrounded by a crowd of gipsies, who had been hop-picking. He was standing over another man, who was kneeling on the ground with his face covered with blood. Ths police sent Roylds out of the town, but soon afterwards there were cries of murder on the Bosbury-road, and the police found that the prisoner and some companions had gone on after beating and knocking a woman about, and upsetting her perambulator, containing a baby. Sentenced to one month’s imprisonment. ——Lavinia Molloy, Irishwoman, was charged with threatening her husband, at The Slatch, Bosbury. The parties had been hop-picking at Bosbury for Captain Wood-Roe, and the police declared that prisoner was jealous of her husband. The Bench sentenced her to seven days’ imprisonment without hard labour, so that the prison doctor could examine her as to the state her mind.
From Gloucester Citizen Tuesday, 14 September 1897 p.3 col.6
July 15th 1899
BOSBURY HORSE SHOW,
JUMPING AND DRIVING COMPETITIONS AND RACES,
(Under the Rules of the British Pony and Galloway Racing Association)
MONDAY, AUGUST 14th, 1899.
Programmes and Entry Forms may be obtained from the SECRETARY, Bosbury, Ledbury, or Mr. A. B. SMITH, 68 Newmarket-street, Hereford.
From the Gloucestershire Echo Saturday 15 July 1899 p.2 col.2
Postscript: The true ‘Galloway’ was a small stout horse originally bred in the district of Galloway in Scotland. They were about fourteen hands in height, bay or brown, with a small head and neck and black legs. In the mid-nineteenth century the breed was lost through cross breeding with the similar Fell Pony and Dales Pony. From this time, the term ‘galloway’ is used to describe horses of any breed with a mature height between 14 and 15 hands which is 142 to 152 cm.
AT the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, on Thursday evening Mr. Ben Greet successfully produced a new play, entitled In Spite of All, a four-act romance-drama, by Edna Lyall, arranged for the stage by Mr A.S.Homewood. It is Miss Lyall’s first attempt as a playwright. The story is based on incidents in the Civil War, and the scene is laid at Bosbury, Herefordshire, where Miss Lyall’s brother is incumbent. The chief scene depicts Bosbury Cross, said to owe its preservation to the Rev. William Coke, son of the Bishop of Hereford, who was vicar there from 1641 to 1690. Leading parts in the play were undertaken by Mr W.R.Staveley, Mr Jerrold Robertshaw, Mr A.S.Homewood, Mr H.Brooke, Mr A.H.Pearce, Mr Percy Warden, Miss Edith Wynne Mattheson, Miss Joan Blair, and Miss Alice Arden.
From The Era Saturday 6 January 1900 p.12 col.3
Postscript: Incumbent means holding an office, in this case Robert Burges Bayly was Vicar of Bosbury (and Edna Lyall’s real name was of course Ada Ellen Bayly).
July 14th 1900
BLACKSMITH.— Wanted, a steady, good all-round Man.— Apply Alan Cotton, Wheelwright, Bosbury, Ledbury.
From the Gloucester Citizen Saturday 14 July 1900 p.2 col.4
July 14th 1900
BROMYARD v. BOSBURY. —Played at Bosbury, on Saturday last. Score:
Bosbury.—F. P. Norbury c Ware b Cuff 24, J. R. Jackson lbw Farley 0, S. Lane b Cuff 1, G. Firkins b Farley 3, S. Field b Farley 0, R. Firkins b Farley 4, Parslow b Farley 0, W. L. Pritchard b Farley 6, E. G. Shew b Cuff 1, P. Taylor b Farley 1, W. Ockey not out 0, extras 9, total 49.
Bromyard.—C. H. Ware c Pritchard b Parslow 2, J. E. Cuff b Lane 11, J. D. Barrs c Lane b Parslow 3, P. K. Lewis lbw b Lane 7, Farley b Lane 6, D. B. Cross run out 13, J. Woodyatt b Parslow 0, G. W. Rouse b Parslow 1, W. Jones run out 4, M. T. Icke b Field 2, F. G. Mcintosh not out 0, extras 6, total 55.
From the Worcestershire Chronicle Saturday 14 July 1900 p.2 col.5
Postscript: The Lane who took 3 wickets with his bowling is Sivell Lane who went on to play county cricket for Gloucestershire the following year when he took 5 wickets in the first innings against Surrey.
August 18th 1900
In delightful weather, on Monday, these events were got through at Bosbury. There is a great improvement in the course, which has been moved across the road. Details:
The LEDBURY STAKES, of 10 sovs; winner eight, second two. One mile.
Mr. J. James’ White Heather, 6 yrs, 13 st, J. James 1
Mr. J. Sumner’s Little Ada, 4 yrs, 12st 6lb, Mr. J. P. Evans 2
Betting: 3 to 1 on White Heather, who made all the running, and won by a length and a half.
The TEMPLE COURT HURDLE RACE of 15 sovs; winner 12, second three. One mile and a half.
Mr. J. James’ White Heather, 6 yrs, 13 st, J. James 1
Mr. Carr’s Gambler, aged, 10st 13lb. G. Taylor 2
Mr. W. Pitt’s Bread Sauce (late Ireland), 4 yrs, 11st 7lb ............ Owner 3
Betting: 2 to 1 on White Heather, 2 to 1 agst Gambler, 6 to 1 Bread Sauce. Won by a length and a half; bad third.
The BOSBURY PONY RACE of 15 sovs; winner 12, second three. One mile.
Mr. J. Edge’s Little Sarah, aged, 10st, Mr. C. R. Whitton 1
Mr. B. E. Wedge’s Florence, aged, 9st 6lb, Owner 2
Mr. H. Wiseman’s Carmen, aged, 9st 7lb, J. Major 3
Mr. J. F. Sander’s Parched Pea, 5yrs, 9st 2lb, Owner 0
Mr J. Lawrence’s Fair Amy, 4yrs, 9st 6lb, F. Leyland 0
From the Worcestershire Chronicle Saturday 18 August 1900 p.2 col.3
February 16th 1903
THE ASHES OF
INTERRED AT BOSBURY CHURCHYARD. After the cremation at Woking the ashes of “Edna Lyall” (Miss Ellen Ada Burges-Bayly, sister to the Rev. R. Burges-Bayly, Vicar of Bosbury, near Ledbury) were removed to Bosbury on Friday night, and very early on Saturday morning they were quietly laid to rest in the spot expressly chosen by herself beneath the old churchyard Cross, the Vicar and members of the family alone being present. The spot is close to Bosbury Cross, which figures in deceased’s book, “In Spite of All.”
From The Gloucester Citizen Monday 16 February 1903 p.3 col.4
April 11th 1903
NOTES BY “OBSERVER.”
The will of Miss A. E. Bayly (“Edna Lyall”), who died on February 8 at Eastbourne, and whose ashes were deposited in the churchyard of Bosbury, Herefordshire, has been proved by her brother-in-law, the Rev. H. J. Jameson, of Eastbourne, and Mr. S. C. Slowan, surgeon, Farnham. The testatrix leaves the copyright of her works for the benefit of the children of her sister, Mrs. Jameson. The estate is sworn at £25,966 10s. 2d.
From the Worcestershire Chronicle Saturday 11 April 1903 p.4 col.6
September 7th 1903
The grave of Edna Lyall,in the old-world Herefordshire village of Bosbury, is described by Evelyn Burges Bayly in the “Christian World” as simplicity itself. No hideous iron railing, no ponderous marble slab with fulsome inscription, mars the beauty of the spot, nothing but a plot of grasss bordered by her favourite rose trees, on which will soon be placed an Iona cross bearing the following words:—
ADA ELLEN BAYLY
February 8th. 1903
“My trust is in the tender mercy of God for ever and ever.”
During the last few months hundreds of visitors have gone to see the last resting-place of the novelist.
From the Aberdeen Daily Journal Monday 7 September 1903 p.6 col.4
June 13th 1905
On Monday afternoon a fire was found to have broken out in the farmyard of Temple Court, Bosbury, about four miles from Ledbury. The Ledbury Fire Brigade were telegraphed for, and at once started, but by the time of their arrival the whole of the farm buildings, some of which were thatched, and their contents were in flames, and nearly the whoile were destroyed. The buildings comprised a large barn, three cowhouses, a chaffhouse, and sheds, and the stock burnt consisted of several tons of straw, part of a rick of hay, a corn mill, two wagons and some implements. The live stock was fortunately removed in time, and the dwelling-house, which was adjoining, was also saved. The tenant (Mr. J. Davis) is insured, as are also the buildings. There is good reason to believe that the fire was the work of an incendiary. The damage is estimated at over £600
From The Gloucester Citizen Tuesday 13 June 1905 p.3 col.6
HOTEL SERVANTS, &c.
YOUNG Lady Requires Re-engagement in Hotel as Relief and Useful Help.—Apply E. K. Crown Hotel, Bosbury, near Ledbury.
From the Evening Express (Cardiff) Wednesday 17 October 1906 p.1 col.2
April 16th 1907
The Bosbury Amateur Dramatic Society, which was initiated recently by Mr Henry Collett, gave two most successful entertainments at Bosbury Parish Hall on Tursday and Friday evening. Praise is due to Mr Collett and others. The programme included the farcical comedy Turn Him Out.
From the Ledbury Free Press Tuesday 16 April 1907
P.S.SPARKMAN MURDERED AT
While standing alone in the yard of his isolated home at Rincon, near Valley Center, P. S. Sparkman, a well known merchant, was shot in the back of the head by an unidentified assassin and instantly killed, Sunday night or early Monday morning. The conditions under which he met his death preclude suicide or any other theory but deliberate and pre-meditated murder, as the bullet entered at the base of the brain in the rear and penetrated the skull, emerging from the throat. A deep mystery surrounds the murder, as close investigation by the officers has failed to disclose any person who might have had a malicious motive.
The circumstances attending the tragedy are suspicious in the extreme. Sparkman was an Englishman who had lived in Rincon, a village five miles from Valley Centre, and seventeen miles from Escondido, for the last eighteen years. During that time he bore a notable reputation for peacefulness, and was never known to have a violent quarrel with anyone. None of his relatives live in this country but it is reported he has numerous connections in England.
The body of the murdered man was discovered at 9 o’clock yesterday morning by Magil Clapp , an Indian who says he happened to be passing the Sparkman home. Clapp immediately notified Constable Dinwiddie of Valley centre, who communicated with Coroner Morgan of San Diego. Sheriff Jennings and District Attorney Kirby started, on receipt of the news, for Rincon but no further developments had been learned from them up to a late hour last night.
Two salient points stand out in connection with the mysterious murder of Sparkman. In the first place he was well known in the country around Rincon for his generosity, and it is believed by many of his friends that some one who had profited by his benificence deliberately laid in wait for him, determining on murdering Sparkman outright and then looting his home, in the hope and expectation of finding a large sum of cash, which it was generally thought the dead man had concealed about the house
A strange feature of the murder which intensifies its gruesome horror is the fact that, although the corpse was not found until 9 o’clock yesterday morning, the light in Sparkman’s ...... [end of the newspaper cutting]
From the San Diego Union and Daily Bee Tuesday 21 May 1907
Postscript: This Philip Stedman Sparkman (1856-1907) is the grandson of Philip Stedman Sparkman who was born in Detroit in 1794 but came to live at The Razees in Bosbury with his great-uncle. Two years after our Philip’s father, John James Sparkman, died in 1873, Philip aged 19 left England and travelled widely in America before opening a store in Rincón, California, north of San Diego in 1884. As a hobby, he began recording the language and customs of the local Luiseño Indians. His “The Culture of the Luiseño Indians” was published posthumously by the University of California and, many years later, his “Grammar and Dictionary of the Luiseño Language”, both classics of anthropology. Philip Stedman Sparkman is buried in Oak Hill Memorial Park, Escondido, San Diego County, California, USA
July 20th 1907
Mr. P. BAYLIS, WHITEMEAD PARK.
INTERESTING PUBLIC AND PRIVATE BEQUESTS.
Mr. Philip Baylis, J.P., barrister-at-law, Deputy Surveyor of the Royal Forest of Dean, who died suddenly near his residence, Whitemead Park, on June 7th last, aged 58 years, by his will, which was made on Sept. 6th, 1902 appointed his cousin Mr. Thomas Ballard, of Ledbury, and his friends Mr. J. T. Chappell, solicitor , and Mr. C. L/ Smith, barrister-at-law, executors and trustees, giving each twenty guineas. .........
He bequeathed the Harford table, 1571, from the old manor of Bosbury, and now in his house in Ledbury, to the county of Hereford, to be placed with a brass tablet on it in some part of the Shire-hall, but if the authorities of the said county decline the bequest, then he gave it to the city of Hereford to be placed in some part of the Public Library; his books, pictures, engravings, and curiosities, except furniture to the Woolhope Club ....
From the Gloucestershire Echo Saturday 20 July 1907 p.3 col.2
July 30th 1907
BOSBURY HORSE & HORTICULTURAL SHOW
Jumping and Driving Competitions and Races.
MONDAY, AUGUST 12th, 1907.
Entries close August 3rd. Schedules may be obtained from the Secretary —J. K. JOB, Bosbury, Ledbury.
From the Gloucester Citizen Tuesday 30 July 1907 p.2 col.3
January 11th 1908
REV. SAMUEL BENTLEY
The Rev. Samuel Bentley, M. A. late rector of Newent, Gloucestershire, has died at Woodland Grove, Torquay, in his 85th year. A scholar of St. Catherine’s College, Cambridge, he graduated in 1849 and was ordained the same year. He was curate of Ashton Keynes, Wilts, from 1853 to 1860, and rector of St. Mary Magdalen, Bridgnorth, from 1860 to 1869, being then presented to the vicarage of Bosbury, Herefordshire, which he held till 1897. He was also from 1883 till 1892 rural dean of Frome, Southern Division. In 1897 he was nominated to his college living in Newent, which he resigned in 1905.
From the Gloucestershire Chronicle Saturday 11 January 1908 p.4 col.4
January 16th 1909
The Herefordshire and Worcestershire Hopgrowers’ Association on Wednesday elected as president Mr. E. G. Shew, of Bosbury, who was a resident in Gloucester for a number of years.
From the Gloucester Journal Saturday 16 January 1909 p.7 col.1
February 6th 1909
FARMER KILLED AT LEDBURY
Mr. Thomas Lawrence, an elderly farmer, of the Lower Mill, Bosbury, near Ledbury, was riding home from Ledbury market on Tuesday when his horse threw him heavily to the ground. He was picked up and taken in a trap to Ledbury Cottage Hospital, but was there pronounced by a doctor to be dead.
From the Gloucestershire Chronicle Saturday 6 February 1909 p.6 col.1
CLUB AND EAST KENT CHAMBER OF AGRICULTURE
There was a crowded attendance at the monthly meeting of the Canterbury Farmers’ Club held at the Royal Fountain Hotel on Saturday evening. Mr. Lister Kay, chairman, presided. Among others present were Mr. Hetherington, in the vice-chair, Mr. Egerton Quested, ex-chairman, Mr. Laurence Hardy, M.P., Professor Salmon, and Messrs. W. W. Berry, Allington Collard, J. D. Maxted, S. Le May, Alfred Amos, E. Colthup, W. Colthup, J. E. Elgar, Walter R. Elgar (Sittngbourne). R. W. Wood, T. Wacher, Blake Wacher, J. Harvey, D. D. Crawford, H. Marsh. Arthur Amos, R. Tanner, H. H. Spanton. Maxted, junr., Frank Amos, George Mount, G.W. Finn, Fred Finn, John Maxted, Edwin Fowler, Herbert Neame, and E. L. Gardener (Secretary).
METHODS OF HOP DRYING [Item 3]
In response to the offer by the Royal Agricultural Society of a prize of £100 for the best hop-drying apparatus, four competitors entered—Mr. A. F. Partridge, Leominster, Mr. G. Shew, Ledbury, Messrs. Whiting Bros., Faversham, and Messrs. Williamson and Allen, Gloucester. The features which were to be considered of special importance were efficiency of work; adaptability to different binds of existing oasts (unless tbe plant was self-contained); quality for regulating heat and draught, and for cooling; economy of working; time required for drying; construction; and prime cost. The other judge was Mr. John Powell, of Lower Wick, Worcester.
There was a preliminary trial by the judges and the consulting engineer to make sure everything was in readiness.
Messrs. Williamson and Allen’s machine, under Joyce’s patent, was the first inspected. ... owing to an objection raised by the owner of the oasts as to the conduct of the trials the makers had to withdraw their machine. This was much regretted.
On August 9th. Mr. Shew’s plant at Bosbury, Ledbury, was the first to be examined. There were three kilns, each fitted with (its own gill furnace and radiating pipes. The arrangement of these is the special feature. They consist of a battery of V pipes. The object of this arrangement is to secure the uniform distribution of the heated air under the hair. It is blown into the kilns through by two fans; one, capable of delivering 9,000 cubic feet per minute, delivering into one kiln 16 square, the other larger fan, with a capability of 25,000 cubic feet, delivering into the two other kilns, each 15 feet square. The fans were driven by a portable steam engine and maintained, when running, an air pressure to lower part of kiln equal to about one-tenth of an inch of water. For the purposes of trial the three kilns were treated together as one. It was claimed that the system would work without fans by natural draught, though the output would be less than with forced draught. Two oastings were made in one of the kilns. The air inlets were not arranged for efficient working with natural draught, but the results proved that the plant would work efficiently without forced draught. The price of the plant hair fixed complete, but exclusive of engine and builder’s work was £252.
In considering the quantity of fuel per cwt. of output it had to be borne in mind that the fuel varied. In the case of Messrs. Whiting’s plant coal and coke in approximately equal quantities were used for six days, as he had said, then coke alone for five days, and lastly wood and coke for two. With Mr. Shew’s plant coke only was used throughout, and with Mr.Partridge’s coal only.
Comparing the power required, Mr. Elgar remarked that in Mr. Shew’s case there was a portable steam engine. This was unnecessarily large for the work required in the business, but was available for other work during the rest of the year.
Mr. Shew began his trials on the 13th [September] and completed them on the 22nd.
Mr. Shew’s plant and Mr. Partridge’s used forced draught, and by this means the quantity of hops that could be dealt with in a limited kiln space was much more than with a natural draught as in Mr. Neame’s system, but in their official report Mr. Powell and he pointed out that where there was plenty of kiln room they did not think there was any advantage in this matter.
After various personal inspections and going carefully into the figures and details, and weighing up the reports, they came to the conclusion that Mr. Shew’s plant was the best.
From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald Saturday 26 March 1910 p.7 cols.1-3
Postscript: This is only the highlights featuring Mr Shew. Details of the trials will only make sense to hop growers.
June 30th 1913
HEREFORDSHIRE FARMER KILLED.
VERDICT OF ACCIDENTAL DEATH.
At Bosbury Boys’ School, near Ledbury, on Saturday, Mr. T. Hutchinson, coroner for South Herefordshire, held the adjourned inquest on William Howes, farmer and hop grower, of Gold Hill, Bcsbury, whose death occurred as the result of the overturning of a trap in which he was being driven from Ledbury market by Mr. John T. Rogers, farmer, of the Hill Farm, Castle Froome.
At the first enquiry the evidence of William J. Howes, son of deceased, was to the effect that he received a message on the night of June 17 that his father and Mr. Rogers had been thrown out of a trap at Gospel Yew Corner, near Bosbury. Witness went and found his father lying at the side the road. Mr. Regers close by. Deceased recovered consciousness, and said he believed his back was broken. Dr. Harrison, of Ledbury, had previously been telephoned for, and on his arrival deceased said he was going to die. He was in great pain, having a fractured spine, and was paralysed. He got worse and died as the result of the accident. Upon this evidence the coroner adjourned the inquest for the attendance of Mr. Rogers.
The latter was able to attend on Saturday, but he appeared to be very ill, and had his left arm in thick bandages. He was suffering from injuries to his neck and back. Two eye-witnesses of the accident stated that Mr. Rogers was driving slowly at the time, and when near the dangerous corner at Gospel Yew the wheel of the trap struck the bank, and the hub of the wheel catching in the turf caused the vehicle to turn over, with the result that deceased and Mr. Rogers were thrown to the ground. Both witnesses were of the opinion that Mr. Rogers and deceased were sober.
Mr. Rogers now gave evidence. He said he took deceased to Ledbury market, but he was delayed some time in starting to return home as he was negotiating with a gentleman to buy the pony he was then driving. On returning they did not go straight to Gold Hill, but went through Bosbury Village becanse he wanted see the landlord of the Crown Hotel at Bosbury about a sitting of eggs All witness and deceased had to drink at Bosbury was a glass of lemonade each. On continuing the journey he called upon Mr. Price, Catley, to see about some wool, and then went to see some of his sheep, which were in a field just beyond Gospel Oak. When they got to the corner at Gospel Oak the pony must have taken fright—witness believed at a heap of stones—and before witness knew what had occurred deceased and himself were thrown out of the trap. He could not remember anything else until after deceased had been taken home. All the witnesses were questioned by Superintendent Williams, of the Ledbury police, and Mr H. W. Orme, solicitor, who appeared for Mr. Rogers as to whether the occupants of the trap were sober, and each witness expressed the opinion that they were.
The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death,”” attaching no blame anyone.
From the Gloucestershire Echo Monday 30 June 1913 p.2 col.7
January 10th 1914
CONCERTS AT BOSBURY.
In Aid of the Boy Scouts.
A series of three most successful concerts were held in the Parish Hall, Bosbury, on Friday and Saturday in last week. The three performances were largely attended and on Saturday afternoon the newly formed troop of Boy Scouts from Putley, in charge of their Scout-Master, were invited. The entertainments were in aid of the Bosbury troop of boy scouts and towards which Mrs Buck (Noverings) and Miss Beith contributed equal shares in the arrangement of the concerts. Amongst those who attended the performance were :—Rev T W Harvey (Vicar), and Mrs Harvey, Rev Parmenter (Curate) and Mrs Parmenter, Mrs Fenwick-Fenwick (the Verzons) and party, Mrs Emberson and Miss Ballard (the Grange), Mrs and the Misses Manning, Mr and Miss Richardson (the Frith), Miss Passingham (Berrow), the Misses Harrington and Miss Holloway (Millend), Mrs Lane and the Misses Lane (Old Court), Mr and Mrs Lane (the Farm), Mr and Mrs Sivell Lane (Staplow), Mr and Mrs and the Misses Bosley (Catley Cross), Mr E G Shew, Mr J K Job, Mr T Green, Mr Collett, etc. The accompaniments were shared by Miss Cureton and Miss Beith.
The performance on Saturday evening opened with an amusing duologue entitled “The Collaborators,” in which Mr and Miss Brander kept the audience continually in ecstacies. Mr Lilley was undoubtedly the star of the evening, and contributed six songs and a monologue entitled “Herr Cohen’s first telephone call.”" Mr Brander and the Noverings songsters gave a costume song, For “Months and Months and Months,&rldquo; in which Mr Brander took the principal part dressed up as a yokel at a minutes notice, owing to Mr Foster being unfortunately taken ill, who would otherwise have taken the part. A piano and violin selection “Patriotic Airs,” elicited much applause. The Bosbury Troop of Boy Scouts gave an ambulance display
The evening concluded with an amusing comedietta, “Packing up ” by Mr and Miss Brander.
From the Abergavenny Mail Saturday 10 January 1914 p.5 cols.1-2
February 7th 1914
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14.
WAS IT A PRACTICAL JOKE?
William Daniel, roadman, of Ashperton, was charged with stealing a bicycle lamp value 7s 6d, the property of Frederick Parsons, Bosbury, on December 25th.
Mr H W Orme (Messrs Russell and Co.) was for the defence.
Prosecutor said he was a gardener and lived at Staplow. On the night of Christmas Day he went to the Crown Hotel, Bosbury, and left his bicycle outside the hotel with a lamp on it. At 9.15 p.m. the lamp was gone, and he gave information to the police, who later brought the lamp back to him. He identified the lamp produced as his. Alfred G Parmee, of the Crown Hotel, Bosbury, said prosecutor came to the house about 9 p.m. on Christmas Day. He had some refreshments and left at 9.15. When prosecutor came he saw he had a bicycle with a lamp on it.
P.C. Evans said on December 25 at 9.30 p.m. prosecutor reported the loss of the lamp. On December 26 witness went to Ashperton and later saw defendant at Newtown, Yarkhill. He taxed defendant with the theft of the lamp, and he at first denied it. He told defendant he was confident he knew something about it and that he was going to apprehend him, and defendant said, “I have a lamp, but someone must have put it on my bike.” He went with defendant to his home at Ashperton and there received the lamp produced.
By Mr Orme: He knew that Daniels, and other men named Whiting and Alford had been to Bosbury playing football on that day, and that they had been at the Brook Inn for some time.
Mr Orme pleaded not guilty, and that in this case a practical joke was played on defendant and on Parsons as well. A football match took place at Bosbury between Ashperton and Bosbury on the afternoon of Christmas day, and later had a convivial evening at the Brook Inn. Daniels walked with others to the Crown, where they had some refreshments, leaving the bicycles outside the Crown. When Daniels went into the Crown he was never out of the company of Whiting. It was not until Daniels was riding home without a light that he found the lamp was on the machine.
Defendant then went into the box, and said he was in the employ of the Ledbury Rural District Council as a roadman, and had been in the employ of the Council for 12 or 13 years. On Christmas Day he went with a football team from Ashperton to the Brook, Bosbury, where they played a football match, and after the match they stayed at the Brook Inn until after 8 p.m. Four of them, including Whiting, Alford and witness, then went to the Crown at Bosbury, all of them walking except Alford. At the Crown they had some drink. He was never out of the company of Whiting while they were at the Crown. About 9.30 Whiting, Alford and witness set off home, the two former lighting their lamps, and Alford going first. When he rode up opposite Whiting he saw by the light of Whiting‘s lamp and there was a lamp on his machine, and he said “Hullo, somebody has put a lamp on my machine.” He tried to borrow a lamp at the Brook Inn, but could not. When he saw the lamp on his machine he took it off, and then tried to put it back on the bracket but could not and so put it in his pocket. When he got home he put the lamp on the bicycle again.
By Supt Williams: He admitted it was to his advantage to have a lamp when he left the Crown, but he never lighted the one he found on his bicycle. He was fairly sober and could ride his bicycle.
By Mr Orme: Someone had played a practical joke on him, for which he believed Bosbury was known.
Harry Whiting, labourer, of Woodsend, Ashperton, bore out defendant’s version, and said defendant was never out of his company from the time they left the Brook until they left the Crown. Daniels never touched another bicycle or any lamp while at the Crown.
Ronald George Gurney, surveyor to the Ledbury Rural District Council, said he had always found Daniels very trustworthy and reliable during the 11 years he had known him. The Chairman said there was so much doubt the case that it would be dismissed.
Defendant thanked the Bench.
From the Abergavenny Mail Saturday 14 January 1914 p.8 col.1
February 7th 1914
Views of the
Vicar of Bosbury.
We have received the following letter from the Vicar of Bosbury:—
Sir,— With the offer by the Local Education Authority of increases in salaries and their annual revision, many friends of the teachers feel that for them now to hold out on strike, merely for a scale, is to create unnecessary strife, and thereby alienate the sympathy hitherto felt for them. Surely they may now leave themselves with confidence in the hands of the Committee, secure of justice, if not of generosity. The case of the Head Mistress of our Girls’ School, if it represents a common experience, may explain and justify the action of the strikers.
She came here direct from college, and has spent over 36 years of devoted service in the work of the school, raising it to a high state of efficiency. Her reports have been uniformly excellent. It is one of the schools selected for the training of young teachers.
When it passed to the Local Education Authority some 12 years ago, she was receiving a salary of £91 10s, and has continued at the same rate till this month, when it has been raised to £105.
According to the statement of salaries now being advertised by the Local Education Authority the minimum for this school is £90, rising to a maximum of £115. It appears, therefore, that, at the rate of increment the Committee have adopted in this case, this teacher can never hope to reach the maximum before age compels her to retire altogether from her work, since after 36 years she is still little more than half way to the goal.
If such a teacher, who, although a member of the N.U.T., [National Union of Teachers] has not gone out on strike, through devotion to a school in which she has spent her life, is thus treated by the Education Committee, can we expect those teachers who have struck to be content with the bare assurance that worth and service will always be carefully considered and adequately rewarded? Is it surprising that they should require a definite statement, not only of the minimum and maximum salary attached to a school, but also of the increment, so that they may judge the possibility of their life being long enough to secure it?
Yours truly THOS W HARVEY.
Manager Girls’ School.
February 4th, 1914.
From the Abergavenny Mail Saturday 7 February 1914 p.8 col.6
February 7th 1914
PLEASING PRESENTATION BY BOSBURY SCHOOLGIRLS.
On Wednesday the girls of standard V attending Bosbury Girls’ School gave an entertainment, entirely got up by themselves, in, the school at 3.30 p.m. The two girls responsible for the management were Rose Reynolds (who took the combined offices of stage manager, treasurer and Chairman in a very businesslike manner), and Violet Jones, who gave valuable assistance in other ways. They had requisitioned the services of a few lower standard girls, and the whole number of performers was ten. There was a good audience present, both of adults and children, and all seemed to really appreciate the different items set before them by the youthful performers. These consisted of several sketches in costume, two dances and various songs and recitations. The last sketch was made up by Rose Reynold and it was arranged so that the end of the sketch should include a tea scene, to which their schoolmistress, Miss Arrowsmith (who was one of the audience), should be invited. She acceded to their request, greatly wondering as to what part she was to take. On seating herself at the table a covered saucer was placed before her, with the intimation that the contents were a present to her from the school girls, being the proceeds of the emtertainment, [sic] and that the performers wished her to buy a present for herself with the money (which amounted to £1.
The mistress expressed her thanks to them for their kind thoughts, and, said how very pleased she had been with the entertainment.
The vicar (Rev T W Harvey) then made a speech, and said how thoroughly pleased he was with the performance and that he had been specially struck by the very good tone of the various sketches and recitations, and he gave a special word of commendation to the very capable stage-manager, Rose Reynolds, who although only a schoolgirl of 12 years old, showed wonderful ability in acting and managing, and who also undertook the arduous duties of “Chairman.”
Cheers were then given for the head-mistress (Miss Arrowsmith), the Vicar, the performers, the visitors, etc. When the audience had dispersed the mistress and the two assistant teachers (Miss Griffin and Miss Gibbs) were invited to tea with the performers, and a very pleasant evening was spent afterwards. The girls indulged in games, dances, etc., till 8 30 when light refreshments were handed round, and after singing the National Anthem, the pleased and happy company dispersed.
The programme of the entertainment was as follows:—
Piano solo, Miss E M Griffin.
Song, “Poor little Joe,” Six Girls.
Sketch, “Ivy’s Visit,” Violet Jones, Beatrice Chadd, Lily Goodchap.
Sketch, “The Lost Pencil,” Annie Nutt and Nellie Russell.
Recitation, “Lucy Gray,” Phyllis Box.
Sketch, “Disobedient Dolly,” Rose Reynolds, Violet Jones, Gertrude Hill.
Recitation, “Who are we?” Nellie Russell, Rose Jones, Annie Nutt, Rose Reynolds.
Recitation, “John Maynard,” Beatrice Chadd.
Play, “Forgive and Forget,” Six Girls.
Dance, Eight Girls.
Game, “Fairy Ring,” Five Girls.
Recitation, “The Cripple Boy,” Violet Jones.
Dance, Violet Jones and B Chadd.
Song, “Trouble,” Mabel Hill.
Pianoforte solo, Miss Griffin.
Sketch, “The Gipsy Girl,” 10 girls.
Presentation. “God Save the King.”
From the Abergavenny Mail Saturday 7 February 1914 p.8 col.7
February 14th 1914
— For many years past there has been a Christmas treat given to the school children of the above parish by Mrs Buck (Noverings) and Mrs Emberson (The Grange). Owing, however, to illness amongst the children the treat could not be given early in the new year, as was at first arranged, but on Monday afternoon Mrs Buck and Mrs Emberson visited the Boys’ and Girls’ Schools and distributed the presents, which under more fortunate circumstances would have been the fruit of a Christmas tree. The gifts gave great pleasure to each recipient and much care and thought had been expended on the choice of each present. Many exclamations of satisfaction were heard, proving that the gift was a suitable and coveted possession. Each infant girl had a beautifully dressed doll, whilst the infant boys had mechanical toys, drums, trumpets, balls, and various other things delightful to the heart of small boys. Each teacher, too, received a present. Cake and sweets were handed round afterwards, and Mrs Buck promised the children that they should have the postponed tea-party later on at the Noverings. Hearty cheers were given for the two ladies by excited children, who then hurried home to show their treasures to their parents.
From the Abergavenny Mail Saturday 14 February 1914 p.8 col.2
February 14th 1914
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11.
William Wheeler, of Bosbury, was charged with stealing an iron furnace value 5s, the property of Robert Buchanan of Bosbury House, Bosbury, on July 19, 1913. William James Link, bailiff for Mr R Buchanan, of Bosbury House, said in May last year they were engaged in whitewashing the outside of cottages on the Bosbury estate. A man named Richard Hill had an order from witness to take out an old furnace at Winserdine Cottages to mix whitewash in. He fetched the furnace early one morning, and used it for the purpose of mixing whitewash at Broad Oak, and went from there to Yew Tree Cottage, where witness last saw the furnace in June. About six weeks ago he wanted the furnace for Winserdine Cottages, but could not find it. On February 1st he saw part of a furnace hid under some rubbish at Stoneyard Green, where defendant lived. Defendant had been engaged on the estate whitewashing. He identified the furnace produced as the one lost. The hole in the bottom was only a small one when they used it. In company with a policeman he went to defendant, who admitted taking the furnace from Yew Tree Cottage, and that he knew it was Mr Buchanan’s property.
P.C. Campion, of Bosbury, bore out the latter part of the previous witness’s evidence as to seeing defendant and recovering the furnace. He saw defendant, who was working on the Grange Farm, and asked him to account for the possession of the furnace in his garden. Defendant said “It is only an old one,” and later admitted taking it from Yew Tree Cottage on the Bosbury House Estate, that he had no permission or order to take it, and that he knew it was Mr Buchanan’s property.
Defendant was charged and elected to be dealt with summarily, and pleaded not guilty.
Giving evidence on oath, defendant, who is a young man of very respectable appearance, said he was a general labourer. He took the furnace from the Yew Tree Cottage because the woman living there said the children got in such a mess from the whitewash. He had to mix whitewash overnight to use at the cottages where no one was living, and he mixed it at home in the furnace up to about four months back. He worked on the Bosbury House estate up to a month ago, and when he left gave up all the implements and utensils he had belonging to Mr Buchanan, but forgot about the furnace. In reply to the Bench the witness Link said he discharged defendant because he found tools belonging to Mr Buchanan on defendant’s premises.
By Mr Ballard: When he first missed the furnace he did not raise a “hue and cry” nor did he ask defendant, as the man who last used the furnace, where it was. He would do so under ordinary circumstances, but he had his reasons for not doing so in this particular instance. The Bench said there was no doubt defendant did steal the furnace, but as it was his first offence, he would be bound over in the sum of £5 to be of good behaviour for six months, and would have to pay the coats £1 3s.
Mr Buchanan did not adjudicate in this case.
From the Abergavenny Mail Saturday 14 February 1914 p.8 col.3
April 4th 1914
LEDBURY COUNTY COURT.
Before His Honour Judge Harris Lea. At this bi-monntly court the cause list was the smallest for many years. There wese 30 ordinary summonses and 20 judgement summonses. In the past there had been as many as 90 and 70 respectively.
ADJOURNED. William Sivel Lane, The Farm, Bosbury, was sued by Elizabeth Penelope Lawrence, Stanhope Street, Hereford, to recover £6 12s 0d, and Edward T Lane, Old Court, Bosbury, was also sued for £23 8s 0d, In each case the claim was for the work of a steam cultivator in the spring of last year at the respective farms.
Mr H W Orme, for plaintiff, applied to His Honour to adjourn the hearing of the actions till the next court. Defendants disputed as to who the plaintiff was, and it was in order that he (Mr Orme) could satisfy defendants how the plaintiff came to make the claim that he asked for an adjournment.
Mr H V Smith (for defendants) said that neither of them knew anything of the plaintiff.
Mr Orme said he understood that the amounts mentioned were not disputed, but it seemed that defendants had no reason to believe that Miss Lawrence was the right plaintiff. They believed they had contracted with a Mr Wood, who had been a proprietor of a steam cultivator. He (Mr Orme) would undertake to pay the costs of the day on the adjournment.
His Honour asked the defendants and Mr Smith if they agreed ? Under the circumstances it was a reasonable request, because, of course, defendants did not want to pay twice over. (Laughter.)
Mr Smith said his clients would agree to the adjournment, as they only wanted done that which was right.
His Honour: Then the case is adjourned, plaintiff undertaking to pay the costs of the day.
From the Abergavenny Mail Saturday 4 April 1914 p.5 col.5
Postscript: There was a follow up report in the Mail on 13 June:
In court Mr Orme stated that defendants had paid the amounts due, and he asked for the Court fees. The excuse defendants made for not paying was that Mr Wood had been made a bankrupt, which was a fact, and that they might be called upon to pay again. As Mr Wood was made a bankrupt in August, 1913, and neither of defendants had heard anything from the Official Receiver the idea was rather far-fetched. Defendants were written to several times by Miss Lawrence, but they never replied, and she took out the summonses. When Mr Wood was made a bankrupt Miss Lawrence took over the business and her name was on the engines. Defendants both said they had no idea but that Wood was the man they had to pay, but they had no account from him, and when they heard from Miss Lawrence that was the first time they knew anything about her. They admitted receiving letters from Miss Lawrence, and it was a lack of courtesy on their part not to reply. His Honour made an order for the payment by defendants of the Court fees, £1 1s by Mr E T Lane and 9s by Mr W S Lane.
April 11th 1914
CINDERELLA DANCE.—Another of those popular Cinderella dances promoted by a committee of Bosbury ladies, is fixed for Tuesday, April 21, from 7.30 to 12 midnight. Miss Fardon will provide music for dancing, and tickets, which include refreshments, may be obtained from Mrs Buck, Mrs G Collett, Mrs Harvey, Mrs E T Lane, Miss Beith, Miss E Bosley, Miss Kendrick (Bosbury Post Office), Miss Manning, Miss G Payne, Miss J Preece, and Miss S Thomas.
From The Abergavenny Mail Saturday 11 April 1914 p.3 col.1
April 11th 1914
PRESENTATION AT BOSBURY.
Mr William Green’s 30 Years Secretaryship.
On Tuesday evening last the members of the “Bishop Swinfield” Lodge of Oddfellows, M. U., gathered in strong force at their lodge room, the old oak room at the Crown Hotel, Bosbury, for the purpose of doing honour to their permanent secretary, Mr Wm Green, who has held the office for about 30 years. To mark the completion of such a lengthy period of faithful service, the brethren presented him with a handsome oil-painting of himself, suitably framed, to be hung in the lodge-room, a roll-top desk and a purse of gold. Attached to the frame of the oil-painting was the following inscription :— “ William Green, presented by the brothers of the Bishop Swinfield Lodge of Oddfellows, M. U., March, 1914.” Major Mynors, formerly of Bosbury House, came over from his Radnorshire residence to preside over a very good gathering, which included Mrs Buck and Miss Beith, Bros W S Lane, A Cotton, E W Turner, R Drew, J Miller, Matthews, J Turner, J Millington, W Shuck, A G Parmee, J Clissett, F Farmer, F Foster, W Clissett, W Green, W Baskerville, J Hill, Mr J K Job, and many others.
The Chairman, in opening the proceedings, said they had assembled on a very pleasant and agreeable occasion, namely to make a presentation to a gentleman who had been the secretary of the Bishop Swinfield Lodge for many years. He had just received a telegram from Bro Portlock, P.P.G. M., who was one of the head district officers for Herefordshire, to the effect that he was sorry he unable to attend, and wished health and happiness to P.P.G.M. Green and coupled it in friendship, love and truth. (Applause.) He also announced that P.P.G.M. E. H Hopkins, Prov C.S. was unable to attend. Continuing, Major Mynors said it was now his privilege on behalf of the subscribers to present Mr Green with the purse of gold and a roll-top desk and to unveil the portrait, which he hoped would be permanently hung in that room. He might say that they had recognised the abilities of Mr Green, and the great care and interest which he had taken in the work of that lodge. (Applause.) He took on the duties over 30 years ago and he was glad to see so many gentlemen present there that night who were members at the time the lodge started. Every year a few members dropped out and joined the great majority. He hoped that when an old member dropped out the younger ones in that pariah would step in. (Hear, hear.} It was his privilege about 1888 to present and unveil the portrait of the late Mr Gardiner, the former secretary of the lodge, which hung at the end of that room. Since then, he was sorry to say, with the exception of Mr Green and himself, all the other officers of the lodge had passed away. He hoped the successor would carry out the duties of the lodge as the old secretary had done. They had accumulated a large amount of funds, and he felt sure that that lodge was one of the wealthiest in the district or perhaps in the County. (Applause.) That was due to the way in which the funds had been managed and from the small beginnings it was no small matter to have accumulated £6,000. He hoped the lodge would continue in the future as it had done in the past. (Applause.) The benefits of the lodge were many men in their declining years were able to live in apparent comfort, and he doubted whether any lodge had done as much for its members as their lodge had. He hoped that Mr Green would live many more years longer to do the duties of that lodge. Mr Green had the details of the lodge so much at his fingers end that it would be indeed difficult to find a better man. (Loud applause.)
Major Mynors then unveiled the portrait and presented Mr Green with the purse of gold and the roll top desk, amidst the cheers of his brother Oddfellows. Major Mynors added that he felt sure the presents would be useful to Mr Green in his capacity as secretary of that lodge. He asked them to drink to his health, and wished him success as secretary of that lodge. (Cheers and applause.)
Mr Green, in response, said he was very much obliged to the Chairman for coming all the miles he had to make the presentation, and he also thanked the ladies and the whole of his brother Oddfellows. He hoped they would go on with the lodge in the way they had, though it was a very trying time for him, as the duties of secretary were no light task. They had accumulated a lot of money and met all their demands in a straightforward manner, and they, as old members, were proud of doing so, but they did not want State interference. (Hear, hear.) He thanked them again for the handsome presents they had given him — the desk would soon be full of literature and documents from the insurance committee. (Laughter.) He was very pleased that his portrait should be hung in that fine old oak room. (Applause.) He did not expect to see it there when he joined the lodge, when he was just turned 18. He went on to speak of the advantages of Oddfellowship and said that it improved the public made better husbands of the members, and better farmers. He referred to the Boy Scout movement in Bosbury, and said they would make good Oddfellows, because they were taught to look after themselves and to help their fellow men. Years ago they had to pay 15s to be initiated into the lodge, but Bro. Gardiner got among his fellow farmers, who contributed over £200 so that members could join free. Old members of 65 had their contributions paid. Now their funds were being exhausted instead of being pulled up owing to the State work; and they could not ask gentlemen who themselves had to pay contributions to contribute to their funds. He thanked the Committee who had worked hard in bringing these presentations about, and he also thanked Mr Parmee (treasurer) and Mr E W Turner (secretary of the committee.) (Cheers and loud applause.) Mr Wm Lane, who was greeted with applause, said that he was an old Oddfellow, and was treasurer of the Lodge for over 25 years. A very great responsibility rested upon the shoulders of Mr Green and to a certain extent on himself. He hoped that Mr Green would continue to be amongst them for many years to come. (Hear, hear). Everyone of them owed Mr Green a debt of gratitude for carrying out the duties of the lodge in such a straightforward manner. Mr Green had helped many of them present financially. (Hear, hear). He hoped they would all persevere like Mr Green had. Of course they could not all get to the top of the tree, but it would improve the tree immensely. Major Mynors had told them that Wm Green had been secretary of the lodge for 30 years, and it was also a great thing to say that he had only missed one lodge night. Mr Green and the late Mr Gardiner had built up that lodge to the position it was in now. As time went on many left the lodge, and it was his time now, but he hoped that it would be a long time before anyone followed him. (Applause). He proposed the health of the worthy Chairman, and said that it was not the first time he had performed a similar ceremony. (Laughter). Major Mynors was always ready to do anything for the people of Bosbury, and he also put himself to the inconvenience of coming there that night. They had a great many troubles at times, but Major Mynors was always ready to smooth matters over; indeed he was a peacemaker. (Applause). The Chairman’s health was drunk with musical honours. In response, the Chairman thanked them for drinking his health, for not by any means the first time. If that room could only speak it would tell them of the many interesting meetings that had taken place in that old historic room. He did not think that it had been put to a better use than on that occasion. (Hear, hear). He considered that presentation and the one to Mr Gardiner as the most important meetings of that lodge that he had ever been present at (Applause). He suggested that various plates should be put in the church, bearing the names of the officers of the church. It would be a very interesting memorial. He would be very glad to assist in the matter. He hoped the officers of the lodge would go on in the same way as they had in the past. They would see to the distribution of the funds in the same manner as had been done in the past. He felt sure that their present officers would be able to hold their own. (Applause). He thanked them very much for the cordial manner in which they had welcomed him. (Loud applause). Bro Parmee said the main part of the work had ben done by Bro W Turner, but he (the speaker) had been able to assist and the Committee had also done their share in the matter. (Hear, hear.) He thought the room would not be complete without the portrait of Major Mynors. He would also want Mr Lane’s, and if he started to want he was sure to get it. (Laughter.) The lodge had subscribed wonderfully well and they got well over £20, and he wished them to understand he was very glad of the result of it. He thanked the subscribers very heartily.
Bro Turner (secretary) said there had been some rather hard work in the thing which he undertook, but he had been greatly helped by Bro Clissett and the Committee very willingly. There were 244 brethren who had subscribed towards that presentation out of 300. He had received a letter from a Bro. Oddfellow at Bradford who sent his best wishes to them.
The health of the visitors was proposed by Bro Parmee, who coupled with it the name of Mr J K Job, who briefly responded. Bro A Cotton proposed the health of the Vice-Chairman (Bro W S Lane), which was drunk with musical honours, and Mr Lane responded, mentioning the efficiency produced by boys joining the boy scouts. A good programme of harmony was contributed by the following members:— Bros J J Clissett, F Farmer, W Shuck, F Foster, W Clissett, W Green, W Baskerville, J Hill, W Wood, and Mr J K Job. The singing of the National Anthem concluded a most enjoyable evening.
From The Abergavenny Mail Saturday 11 April 1914 p.8 col.6
May 28th 1914
Competition for the Kidston challenge shield took place at the Priory Church, Leominster, on Saturday last. This year there were two classes: Class A, for the best of the towers, to ring a touch of 240 bob minor; and Class B, 240 changes, consisting of 120 grandsire and 120 plain bob doubles. The results in Class A were: 1, Bridgnorth St. Leonard, who won the shield; 2, Bridgnorth St. Mary; 3, Mathon 4, Brecon; 5, Leintwardine; 6, Welshpool; 7, Bredenbury. Class B: 1, Bosbury; 2 and 3, divided between Cloverley and Whitboume; 4, Llanelly; 5, Llangattock; 6, Kingsland; 7, Bodenham. The adjudicator was Mr Harry Withers, Bourneville.
St. Mary’s team (Brecon) was represented by W. Hargest (treble), G. Giblin (second), Albert Mathews (third), W. A. Fletcher (fourth), G. Hardwicke (fifth), and W. Evans (tenor). The arrangements were carried out by the Rev. H. H. Gibbon, Mr E. Butler, Mr Edgar R. Jones, and Mr J. P. Hyett (secretary).
From the Brecon & Radnor Express Thursday 28 May 1914 p.7 col.6
Postscript: There was more information in the Brecon County Times of the same day. The Glen Kidston shield was given by the late Capt. Glen Kidston. Fourteen bands took part at Leominster. Class A carried the challenge shield; Class B was originated this year by the Secretary to encourage those at the bottom of the ringing ladder, which is an extremely long one. The winners in both classes each received a silver medal in the shape of a bell.
May 30th 1914
LEDBURY BOARD OF GUARDIANS.
The fortnightly meeting of the Ledbury Board of Guardians was held at the Board-room of the Union Workhouse on Tuesday morning. There were present—Mr W L Pritchett (Chairman), who presided, Mr J A Thompson (vice-chairman), Revs A G Jones, F C Lynch, A H Knapp, and A E Green-Price, Miss Holland, Alderman J Riley, Messrs S H Bickham, L J C Riley, J J S Powell, T A Pedlingham, H Bray, A G Bunn, J C Davies, W S Lane, E T Lane, J Parry, junr.. F J V Hamilton, T Calder, T S S Gardner, T W Holds, H Cowell, with the Clerk (Mr R Homes), the Relieving Officers (Mr A G Smith and Mr T Thompson), and the Master (Mr J Kendrick).
The Master reported the number of inmates in the house last week as 77 against 74 for the corresponding period last year, an increase of 30. During the fortnight 199 tramps were relieved as against 169, an increase of 30. He also reported the gifts of papers for the inmates from the Chairman, Mr Gardner and the Rector of Ledbury (the Rev F W Carnegy). The Master asked if the Guardians would kindly allow tea and sugar after dinner for the aged and infirm inmates.
The application was granted.
From the Abergavenny Mail Saturday 30 May 1914 p.8 col.1
Postscript: The two Lane members are from Bosbury.
June 20th 1914
BOSBURY. THE BROOK INN. —The license of the Brook Inn, Bosbury, which was referred by the Ledbury Bench to the County Compensation Committee, has been renewed by that body.
From The Abergavenny Mail (Ledbury Reporter section) Saturday 20 June 1914 p.5 col.6
June 20th 1914
NON-MILITANT SUFFRAGIST MEETING. —In connection with the National Union of Womens’s Suffrage Societies, an organisation which is non-party and non-militant, a public meeting will be held outside the Town Hall, Ledbury, at 8 p.m. today (Friday), when the speakers will be Mrs Cowmeadow and Miss H Knight. There will also be a meeting the same day at Bosbury at 1.30 p.m. The promoters wish it to be distinctly understood that this meeting is promoted by the law-abiding suffragists, who are opposed to the actions of the “militants” as are the general public.
From The Abergavenny Mail (Ledbury Reporter section) Saturday 20 June 1914 p.5 col.3
TREAT TO SCHOOL-CHILDREN. —On Thursday in last week the scholars attending the Bosbury Schools were entertained to tea, given them by two ladies of the parish, Mrs Buck (Noverings) and Mrs Emberson (The Grange). This treat was originally fixed for January last, but owing to illness amongst the children the tea was postponed until summer, and only the gifts distributed at that time. The tea was provided at the Noverings and proved a welcome innovation to the children, who thoroughly enjoyed themselves, two important factors being that the weather was propitious and the surroundings beautiful. The children marched from their respective schools with flags gaily waving, and reached the Noverings about 4 p.m., where they found a bountiful tea awaiting them, with many visitors all anxious and willing to aid in supplying their wants. After doing full justice to all the good things provided, an adjournment was made to a meadow in front of The Noverings, and games and races were indulged in until 6.30. Songs were then given by the boys and girls respectively, and the infants gave recitations. The Head-Master (Mr J K Job), on behalf of the children, heartily thanked Mrs. Buck and Mrs Emberson for their kindness in providing such a pleasant afternoon, and called for cheers for the two ladies. These were heartily given, as were also others for the visitors and helpers. Mrs Buck expressed on behalf of Mrs Emberson and herself the pleasure it had given them to be surrounded by so many happy faces and hoped they had all enjoyed themselves. She then called for cheers for the Head master (Mr Job) and the Head-mistress (Miss Arrowsmith) and the other teachers (Miss Job, Miss Griffin and Miss Gibbs.) These having been given the National Anthem was sung, and the children went home, receiving (as they passed Mrs Buck and Mrs Emberson) some cherries and a bun. The cherries were the gift of Mr W S Lane, The Farm, and were much appreciated. Besides the donors of the tea and the teachers, there were present:— Rev E and Mrs Parminter, Miss Beith and Miss Whetstone (Noverings), Miss Ballard and Miss MacAlister (Grange), Mrs and Miss H Lane (Old Court), the Misses Manning, Mrs Green, Mrs G Collett, Mr Samson, and others.
From The Abergavenny Mail (Ledbury Reporter section) Saturday 1 August 1914 p.4 col.7
September 9th 1914
EVESHAM MAN’S SINGULAR SUICIDE
BODY FOUND BY HIS LITTLE SON
An inquest was held at Ye Olde Crown Hotel, Bosbury, on Monday evening, by Mr. T. Hutchinson (coroner for South Herefordshire), on the body of Ernest Alfred Henry Roberts (40), whose body was found in the stream that runs at the back of the above hotel on Sunday.
The evidence went to show that deceased with his wife and family left Evesham (where deceased had been a market gardener) on Thursday last to live at Ye Olde Crown Hotel, deceased having become the landlord-manager of the place. He had no dinner on Saturday, and refused any breakfast on Sunday morning. About 10.45 the same morning an assistant at the hotel, named Joseph Wright, took deceased’s son to the orchard adjoining the stream, when the boy shouted: “Oh, father’s in the brook.” A constable was sent for and a doctor summoned. In five minutes the constable had pulled the body to the bank, and tried artificial means of respiration, but life was extinct. The policeman found that both legs of deceased were tied together with string, and the body was in four feet of water.
The widow stated that deceased had never threatened to take his life. He was a very nervous man, and she thought it was the result of a sudden impulse, as he thought he could not stand the strain of this new business at the hotel.
The Coroner said it was clear deceased committed the rash act whilst temporarily insane, and a verdict to that effect was returned.
From the Gloucestershire Echo Wednesday 9 September 1914 p.1 col.6
October 31st 1914
LOCAL PATRIOTISM.—The following Bosbury men are at present serving their country: Sergt. W. Brice, Privates E. Chadney, A. Mason, - Mason, A. Powell, G. Rouse, I Rouse, Corporal W. Swaith, all in the K.S.L.I.; Private R. Mayor, Private A. Peters, R.F.A.; Private G. Palmer, Grenadier Guards, Private L. K. Job, Warwickshire Regiment, Privates A. and R. Buchanan, Liverpool Scottish; Privates G. Box, T. Box, T. Brant, D. Brown, G. Brown, W. Brown, C. Davies, F. Farmer, A. Foster, A. Jones, T. Johnson, T. Owen, and T. Oliver all in the 1st Herefordshire Regiment.
From the Ledbury Guardian Saturday 31 October 1914 p.2 col.6
November 21st 1914
BOSBURY MAN’S EXPERIENCES IN FRANCE.
In the space of 10 days Private Sivel Lane (son of Mr. W. S. Lane, The Farm, Bosbury), joined the Army and landed in France. He recently joined with Mr. Guy Smith, son of Mr. S. S. Smith, Heath Farm, Dymock. They both joined Kitchener’s Army, but have since been transferred, as the following letter, written by Mr. Sivel Lane to his father, will show. The letter is dated November 18th, and was sent from Royal Engineers, Stanhope Lines, Aldershot:—
“You will see by this letter that we have not gone yet. We are all under orders to leave at an hour’s notice. They won't let us go into the town unless we report at the Post office every hour, so expect we shall be off tomorrow. The major in command here inspected us this morning, gave us an address, and shook us all by the hand and wished us the best of luck. The King was down here yesterday and inspected some of the troops. We had a good view of his Majesty, who had a great reception from the soldiers.
“We have been out for a march to-day, and the Army boots have made my feet pretty sore. There are some tremendous camps round here. Our sergeant told me there were 400,000 in training. It is really a sight on the roads. You pass regiment after regiment of troops, and it is really wonderful how they are all kept, housed and fed. When we joined first we were in Kitchener’s Army, but we have been transferred and are now in the Regular Army. None of Kitchener’s Army have yet gone to the front.
”There is a regiment of Camerons here that the King reviewed, and they say they are equal to the Regulars, although they have only had three months training.”
Both Private Lane and Private Smith left for France on Saturday last. A goodly number of farmers’ sons have gone to the colours from the Ledbury and district, but there are still many eligible young men who have not yet responded to the call of their country.
From the Ledbury Guardian Saturday 21 November 1914 p.2 col.2
June 26th 1915
BOSBURY SOLDIER KILLED.
We understand that Mr. Robert Buchanan, of Bosbury House, received a private wire on Monday [21st June] to the effect that his eldest son, Private Alan Buchanan, of the Liverpool Scottish, had been killed in action. Mr. Robert Buchanan was at one time an officer in the same regiment. Another son is about to enter Sandhurst Military College.
From The Hereford Journal Saturday 26 June 1915 p.5 col.6
July 24th 1915
BOSBURY MAN DIES OF WOUNDS.
Mr. and Mrs. George Rouse, of Broad Oak, Bosbury, have this week received the sad intelligence that their son, Pte. George Rouse, of the 1st. K.S.L.I., was wounded at the Front on June 19th and died the following day. The casualty appeared in Tuesday’s list. The parents heard no tidings of their son from the middle of June, and obtained the cordial assistance of Mr. R. Buchanan, of Bosbury House, in an endeavour to trace him. Mr. Buchanan received a letter, dated July 15th. from Lieut. Maurice Foulger, “C” Platoon, “B” Company, 1st. K.S.L.I., stating that Pte. Rouse was badly wounded on June 19th. and died on the morning of the 20th. The letter continues:— “I shall be glad if you will convey to Mrs. Rouse on my behalf my feelings of sympathy in her bereavement. I trust it may be a consolation to her to know that he bore up bravely, and was an excellent soldier, and indeed, a son she might well be proud of.” Pte. George Rouse and his brother Thomas enlisted in the K.S.L.I. at the outbreak of the war, and George was sent to the Front, being drafted to the 1st. Battalion, some months ago. He joined for twelve years.
From The Hereford Journal Saturday 24 July 1915 p.5 col.5
January 22nd 1916
MR. E. T. LANE’S DONKEY
The famous Herefordshire donkey and cart which has rendered golden service among farmers for the benefit of Red Cross funds has now provided a sum of £1,340. It still belongs to its original owner, Mr. E. T. Lane, of Bosbury.
From The Gloucester Journal Saturday 22 January 1916 p.6 col.2
February 17th 1916
CRICKHOWELL. JUMBLE SALE. —The Bosbury donkey—sold by Lady Glanusk—at the recent jumble sale realised £83 10s. The Branch of the Farmers’ Union hope to realise, by the effort, at least £250 towards the Red Cross funds.
From the Brecon & Radnor Express Thursday 2 February 1916
May 13th 1916
Resignation from Command of 2nd/1st Herefords.
Lieut.-Col. W.B. Wood-Roe, the O.C. 2nd/1st Herefordshire Regiment, has relinquished his command, the announcement being contained in the “London Gazette,” appearing in the Press on saturday last as follows:— Territorial Force Reserve—Lt.-Col. W.B. Wood-Roe, from Hereford Regiment, to be Lt.-Col. (May 6th).
The following is an extract from 2nd/1st Herefordshires Battalion orders of May 6th:—
“In relinquishing the command of this Battalion, Lieut.-Colonel Wood-Roe desires to say that he does so with the greatest possible regret. He thanks all ranks for the zeal and co-operation shown since the Battalion was formed. He wishes all the best possible luck and hopes the happy tone which now prevails will continue.”
It was with deep regret that the Battalion heard of the resignation of Colonel Wood-Roe who is a very popular officer, his never-failing courtesy endearing him to all ranks. In losing Colonel Wood-Roe the Battalion has sustained a very great loss. Many of the men in the Battalion have served under Colonel Wood-Roe since the beginning of the war, and they, naturally, feel the parting very much.
From the Hereford Journal Saturday 13 May 1916 p.5 col.6
June 3rd 1916
FAMOUS BOSBURY DONKEY DEAD.
The death has occurred of Mr. E. T. Lane’s “famous Bosbury donkey,” which has been the means of raising over £3,000 for Red Cross purposes. The animal, which could seen in the streets attached to a cart decorated with coloured ribbons, was billed to appear at a second series of Red Cross Sales be held at Ross next month, and the promoters have every reason to mourn its loss. The animal first became famous at the Ledbury Red Cross sales, and ever since then it has been instrumental in raising funds for Red Cross funds. The last appearance in public was at Hereford last week. During the past six months its owner had taken the animal to sales both near and far.
From the Cheltenham Chronicle Saturday 3 June 1916 p.2 col.3
January 17th 1917
BOSBURY. REMOVAL OF
On Wednesday morning at the conclusion of the business at Ledbury Police Court the members of the Herefordshire Constabulary in the Petty Sessional Division of Ledbury, through Supt. Williams, presented to P.C. Douglas Evans a silver-mounted walking stick, suitably inscribed, as a parting gift on his removal from the Bosbury out-station to Pontrilas, where he goes this week. P.C. Evans has been a member of the county police force for 15 years, and for just over 11 years of that time he has been stationed at Bosbury, where by his tact and common-sense methods he has become very popular with all classes. It is interesting to note that P. C. Evans is the possessor of two medals and seven bars gained in the South African War. At the outbreak of the war he was called up on the reserve and went out with the First Division. He served through the first part of the war and returned home, rejoining the county police force and marrying and settling down at Penbridge. He was called up a second time and went out to South Africa again, and came home at the conclusion of the war, when he was stationed at Bosbury, where he has been ever since. During the war he was at one time reported dead for three months.—P.C. Evans will be succeeded at Bosbury by P.C. Campion, from Pontrilas.
From the Abergavenny Mail Saturday 17 January 1917 p.4 col.7
March 7th 1917
The landowner who was announced in the House of Commons as having given 300 acres to the Government is Mr. Robert Buchanan, J.P., of Bosbury House near Ledbury, Herefordshire.
Sir R. Winfrey, in announcing the gift in the House of Commons some little time ago, said the land would make five or six excellent small holdings for discharged soldiers. He had had the pleasure of accepting this gift on behalf of the Government.
Mr. Buchanan is chairman of directors of Buchanan’s Flour Mills Limited, and formerly resided in Hoylake [Cheshire]. Some time ago he transferred his residence to Herefordshire, where he has a large estate. He is well known in Liverpool corn trade circles and other important commercial centres in this city.
From the Liverpool Daily Post Wednesday 7 March 1917 p.2 col.4
July 19th 1917
FIRE AT BOSBURY CHURCH.
“EDNA LYALL’’S” BURIAL PLACE.
A fire broke out in the parish church of Bosbury, near Ledbury, on Thursday, [12 July] causing extensive damage to the edifice. The church is one of the oldest in Herefordshire, and is visited by tourists practically daily during the summer months. It has a detached tower, and in the churchyard lie the remains of the late “Edna Lyall” who wrote “In spite all” and whose brother, the Rev. R. Burges-Baily was at one time vicar of Bosbury. Th© old stone cross which stands near the grave is in beautiful preservation.
How the fire originated is a mystery. It seems to have started near the vestry, which is close to the principal entrance to the church. That portion of the edifice was gutted. The Ledbury Fire Brigade were able to prevent the flames from spreading to the older portion of the church. Fortunately the nave and the chancel were saved, and a fine old oak screen, and the organ were undamaged.
From the Ross Gazette Thursday 19 July 1917 p.8 col.2
February 2nd 1918
Edward James Foster (20) single (C2), grocer’s carter, in employ of Mr. Collett, Bosbury,— National Service Representative’s appeal allowed.
From the Hereford Journal Saturday 2 February 1918 p.3 col.3
August 18th 1934
SERIOUS FARM FIRE
100 Tons of Crops Destroyed Near Ledbury
The Ledbury Fire Brigade were engaged for nearly two days in dealing with a serious fire at Temple Court, Bosbury occupied by Mr H. Weyman Jones. Nearly 100 tons of hay, oats, and beans of this season’s growing were destroyed.
The outbreak was discovered shortly before 8 p.m., and within 25 minutes the brigade were on the spot using 1,600 feet of hose in pumping operations. the supply of water from the River Leadon was inadequate, but the stream was dammed up and there was then plenty of water. Fortunately the direction of the wind, which had been blowing the flames towards adjoining farm buildings, changed when the brigade arrived, but within a short space the seven-bay French barn with a lean-to barn of similar capacity was a roaring mass of flames, and it took the brigade until 10.30 p.m. to control the outbreak.
Altogether 10 bays, representiong a crop from 40 acres of hay and from 6 acres each of oats and beans were destroyed, together with two wagons loaded with oats.
Firemen returned to the scene yesterday, and with the help of farm workers and others cutting operations continued throughout the day. The cause of the fire is unknown.
From The Cheltenham Chronicle Saturday 18 August 1934 p.7 col.3
March 20th 1936
TOOK VALUABLE GREYHOUND
GLOUCESTER SCRAP DEALER FINED AT LEDBURY
A charge of stealing a valuable greyhound and dog collar was preferred against Arthur Thompson, scrap iron dealer, who lives on an encampment at West End Parade, Gloucester, at Ledbury Police Court yesterday. He was £1 and £1 16s. 1d. costs.
The case for the prosecution outlined by P.S. Walters was to the effect that on March 6 Thompson, in company with a youth, called at the Oak Inn, Staplow, near Ledbury. While there Thompson saw a pedigree greyhound bitch owned by the licensee, William Herbert Bishop, and inquired if the animal was for sale. Soon after he left the premises the greyhound was missed.
On March 8 Gloucester police visited Thompson’s encampment. Thompson was intercepted and told that inquiries were being made about the greyhound. Thompson subsequently returned the dog to the owner and expressed regret.
Arthur Williams (22), West End Parade, Gloucester, stated that he went rabbiting accompanied by Thompson, who had with him a greyhound dog. Thompson told witness that the dog did not really belong to him, and he intended to return it.
Corroborative evidence was given by Detective-Constable Franklin, of Gloucester, and other witnesses.
Thompson, who was defended by Mr. H. W. Orme. stated that he saw the dog at the crossroads after leaving the Oak Inn, Staplow, and thought it might be a stray, and took it into his car home. When he subsequently learned who the owner was he returned the dog.
From The Gloucester Citizen Friday 20 March 1936 p.8 col.2
March 23rd 1939
RAT SHE CAUGHT WAS BAG OF MONEY
A St. Briavels (Glos.) farmer had a shock when, on returning home from Chepstow Market, he felt in his pocket and discovered that his money-bag, containing £53, was missing. “Hm. Pickpocket, I suppose.” he concluded and resigned himself to his loss.
But a few days later he had a pleasant surprise. His money-bag with contents intact was handed to him.
Stabbed It with Pitchfork
Busily feeding mangolds into a pulper at Grange Farm, Bosbury (Herefordshire), Mrs. Baggus had seen something resembling a rat and promptly stabbed it with her pitchfork. Then she had seen it was not a rat but a dirty cloth bag, had opened it and to her amazement found it contained forty-eight £1 notes and a £5 note—and an account which gave her a clue that led to her tracing the owner.
Mrs. Baggus’s honesty was rewarded with a £1 note —Sent by Mrs. Baggus.
From the Daily Mirror Thursday 23 March 1939 p.6 col.2
March 16th 1940
BOSBURY FARMER FINED
Police on Danger of Straying Animals
Mr William James Homes, farmer, of Gold Hill, Bosbury, pleaded guilty at Ledbury Police Court on Thursday to allowing 19 sheep to stray.
Supt. G. Brierley said a number of accidents had been caused through straying animals on the road, and advised farmers to see that their hedges were kept in proper order. Unfortunately in this case a motor ’bus ran into the sheep, of which two were killed and two injured. He sympathised whh Mr. Homes in his loss, but the danger of the black-out made it necessary for the police to take action to prevent accidents.
P.C. Rees, giving evidence, said that Mr. Homes told him that he had given instructions to his workmen to stop up the gap in the hedge. He further stated that dogs had been in his meadow chasing his sheep.
Mr. Homes: I have been farming for 40 years, and have never been prosecuted for straying animals before. 1 have been laid up myself for four months and could not get about.
The Chairman (Major C. A. H. Palairet), imposing a nominal fine of 2s. 6d. said the Bench had given defendant the benefit of the doubt. He knew the difficulties in preventing animals straying, but hoped Mr. Homes would be careful in future and keep his sheep safely enclosed.
From the Ledbury Reporter and Guardian Saturday 16 March 1940 p.5 col.5
December 19th 1942
VARIED CAREER OF BOSBURY NEW VICAR
The Rev. Albert Orton, Vicar of St. Anne’s Church, Brondesbury (London) who has accepted the living of Bosbury, near Ledbury, has had a varied career.
He has been organist, pianist, conductor, bandmaster, soldier and musketry instructor.
He was at one time Assistant Choirmaster and Organist at Liverpool Cathedral. His last musical post was Master of the Music at St. Anne’s, Soho, the famous “Bach” Church in London.
He served in the last war in Italy and France. Ordained in 1929 he held various curacies. Was Vicar of Awbridge and Rector of Shillingstone before being appointed to St. Anne’s, Brondesbury, in 1939.
He married a daughter of Sir Sam and Lady Fay. He will be instituted to Bosbury on January 24th.
From the Gloucester Citizen Saturday 19 December 1942 p.5 col.3
June 14th 1946
Straying Cattle Lead To Blows
A quarrel between neighbours about their fences led to an alleged assault case at Ledbury Magistrates Court on Thursday.
Walter Edward Barrett, farmer, Staplow House, Bosbury, summoned James Henry Stephens, lorry driver, of the Oak Inn, Staplow.
Mr. H. W. Orme, for Barrett, said Barrett found that two of his calves had strayed on to Stephens’ land. Some words followed about the fences, and when Barrett turned to away. Stephens struck him a nasty blow on the mouth.
Stephens, who was represented by Mr. R. A. Symonds, said that Barrett would not accept the explanation that he would get the hedge fixed up. Barrett rushed at him, swinging his arms. Thinking he was going to be struck, Stephens struck Barrett in self defence. The case was dismissed.
From The Gloucester Citizen Friday 14 June 1946 p.4 col.5
She Left Fortune To Her Friend
After making bequests of money totalling £2,900 and others of some property and a few small bequests, Mrs. Marian Buck, of Bosbury, Herefordshire, left the residue of her £360,904 estate, on which duty of £183,259 was payable, to her friend Janet M. Beith, of the same address.
From The Citizen (Gloucester) Thursday 29 January 1948 p.1 col.6
June 10th 1950
Postwoman and husband must leave home
To 72-year-old Mrs. Emma Hodgkinson, The Old School House, Elford, near Lichfield, this week should have been very happy one. On Wednesday she completed 20 years’ service as the village postwoman, which means she has only another twelve months to go before she qualifies for a post office pension.
But to mar her feeling of joy, both she and her husband, Mr. Geo. Hodgkinson, who is 71, are now faced with the dismal prospect of having to vacate their home, where they have resided for 17 years, and live temporarily in a shed which they own on a piece of land opposite the house.
RODE MOTOR CYCLE
Previous to her arrival in Elford 20 years ago, Mrs. Hodgkinson was employed for 20 years on postal delivery in Bosbury, Herefordshire, and during the first World War she rode motor-cycle on her rounds. Mr. Hodgkinson told an Advertiser reporter ““I am not really heartbroken because I have faith in God. He will not see us without a home.”
Said Mrs. Hodgkinson : “It is very unfair.”
From the Staffordshire Advertiser Saturday 10 June 1950 p.4 col.2
January 9th 1953
HEREFORD HERD BOOK SOCIETY,
NEW SECRETARY AND PRESIDENT
Mr. Robert John Bentley, aged 35, of Midhurst, Sussex, was Wednesday appointed secretary to Hereford Herd Book Society.
Mr. Bentley has been south liaison officer to the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs for the past four years. He is an ex-Indian Army officer and takes up his new post on April Ist.
The society also elected their Coronation president Mr. Geoffrey Griffiths, of Temple Court, Bosbury, Herefordshire, a world-famous breeder of Hereford cattle. He will go to Australia to judge Herefords at Sydney Royal Show and will judge the breed at Ihe Royal Show at Blackpool this summer.
From the Monmouthshire Beacon Friday 9 January 1953 p.5 col.2
All That A Good Hereford Bull Should Be
THIS bull, just under a year old, has been bought by the Hereford Herd Book Society for presentation to the Royal College of Agriculture at Cirencester. Temple Wide Boy was bred and exhibited by the chairman of the Hereford Committee, Mr. Geoffrey Griffiths, of Temple Court, Bosbury, Ledbury, and was judged the Champion Bull at the Hereford Herd Book Society’s Show and Sale a fortnight ago. He fetched top price — 1,000 guineas. Correct in colour and markings, beautifully wide on top, capital bone, strong in the hindquarters, a wonderful coat, and impressive on parade. Temple Wide Boy stems from one of the finest families in the breed. His sire, Tarrington Drive On descending through Tarrington March On from Temple Setrite and his dam Winkle having Sugwas Carlos (by Vera Quarto by Tarrington Punch) in her pedigree. The purchase of this champion bull completes the herd of ten females which the Society are presenting to the Royal College to enable experts there to make an intensive study of the economics of beef production. Mr. Kenneth Russell, Vice-Principal of the College, will have charge of the herd, which will be handed over at a ceremony at Cirencester this summer.
From Sport and Country Wednesday 12 May 1954 p.13 col.1
January 20th 1953
One of Great Britain’s best known stud beef cattle men, Mr. Geoffrey Griffiths of Temple Court, Bosbury, Herefordshire, will judge Hereford cattle at this year’s Sydney Royal Show from March 27 to April 7. Mr. Griffiths is the son of internationally known Hereford breeder, Mr. H. R. Griffiths of Little Tarrington, Hereford, by whom he was trained in cattle breeding before establishing his own stud in 1938 with Tarrington cows at Temple Court.
From The Riverine Grazier, NSW, Australia Tuesday 20 January 1953 p.4 col.3
Bags away! ‘Biggles’ in
Crowds dived for cover as flier’s aim went wrong
by James Golden
A glint in his eye and flour-bombs in his cockpit, intrepid pilot Hamish Forbes Moffatt reached for the sky. His mission: Seek out and attack a 1903 Mercedes-Benz at a vintage car rally in the grounds of a nearby hotel. It was all to be just a wizard prank, with the target pre-arranged. But as the latter-day Biggles swept into his low-level bombing run, the joke misfired.
Some of the hundreds of spectators below did not realise what was about to happen. And, when the 53-year-old aviator’s aim proved less than perfect, they were blitzed. The terrified onlookers dashed for cover with flour-bombs bursting only feet away. Other missiles hit the hotel roof, and a smoke-bomb set fire to some roses.
Yesterday, Moffatt was brought down to earth with a bump when he was fined £500 after admitting flying at less than 500 feet. He also admitted dropping items likely to endanger people or property.
The incident started last New Year’s Day, when he took off in his Currie Wot biplane from the airstrip at his home in Woodlow Farm, Bosbury, near Ledbury, Herefordshire. He was heading for the grounds of the Verzons Hotel at neighbouring Trumpet, where he had been asked to entertain the vintage car enthusiasts. As he took off, resplendent in goggles, helmet and flying jacket, cloud cover was a little low, but seemed acceptable. However, as he went into his bombing run at 200ft, Moffatt failed to take the wind factor into account. ‘His aim was somewhat amiss,’ David Rushton, prosecuting, told Ledbury magistrates.
. . .
Moffatt later told the Civil Aviation Authority that his exploits had raised £117 for Comic Relief. ‘I deny strongly any offence of low flying or anything associated with it,’ he added. His solicitor, Mr Ian Clark, said Moffatt would get an exemption certificate to allow him to fly below 500 feet.
From the Daily Mail 12 August 1988
December 6th 2002
Ghost Train Review: Bosbury Village Hall
The Bosbury Players’ production of Ghost Train last weekend created a well-staged evening of spooky entertainment.
A classic thriller, written by Arnold Ridley of Dad’s Army fame, the play follows eerie events as a group of passengers travelling to Truro get stuck overnight in the smoky waiting room of rural railway station, Fal Vale.
As the stationmaster Saul Hodgkin, Ken Reeve gave a solid performance, his telling of the ghost train legend adding intrigue.
Chris Chislett was excellent as Teddie Deakin, the foppish idiot whose interaction with closet drunkard Miss Bourne (Gill Andrews) was a highlight of the performance.
Linda Sinker and James Somerville vigorously played arguing society couple the Winthrops, the tension between them contrasting well with nervous newlyweds Mr and Mrs Murdoch (Robert Lane and Rhinedd Krinks).
Act two of the play filled the audience with fear as Julia Price, a tormented woman pulled to the station by supernatural forces, makes her entry. Effective in the role, Lynne Ardrey was well supported by Anne Williams and John Sabey as her mother and doctor respectively.
When the trio are revealed as ghosts, innovative use of mirrors, lights and flickering lamps creates the sense of a passing train. Praise must also be given to the set builders.
Overall, producer Alan Soper, his cast and crew should be congratulated for this clever performance, which had the perfect combination of laughs and scares.
From the Evesham Journal Friday 6 December 2002
October 24th 2016
Exciting Opportunity- Farm Manager for the Bosbury Estate, Herefordshire
This is a working role to establish in-hand beef and sheep units from previously tenanted farms, including formulating the ideas and then implementing other new enterprises. The estate is gradually bringing all land back in hand and the role is likely to expand from supervising initially one member of staff into several operations with a number of employees.
The new trustees aim to develop the estate (approx. 700 acres) into a national showpiece unit with modern agriculture supporting our core objective (through the use of other buildings and land on the estate) of assisting those leaving the armed services. Leading retailers have already expressed interest in taking our animals.
A forward thinking person or couple with good people skills will be provided with a house and suitable remuneration package.
Preference will be given to ex-military personnel with adequate agricultural experience, but this should not deter others from applying.
From the online Farmers Weekly, Jobs 24 October 2016
Postscript: Details are included. Recruiter - Buchanan Trust, Location - Bosbury Estate, Herefordshire, Salary - Competitive Salary, Posted - 24 Oct 2016, Closes - 28 Nov 2016