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Ledbury Newspapers

Articles from Ledbury newspapers between 1900 and 1985

Ledbury Free Press
August 21st, 1900

BOSBURY Horse Show and Races - The proverbial fine day again favoured the hold- ing of this long-established event on Monday, the result being a very large influx of visitors from a radius of quite 20 miles. The meeting has now been established a quarter of a century and it is a remarkable coincidence that a wet day for the holding of the Bosbury meeting can hardly be remembered.

From the Ledbury Reporter,

Ledbury Free Press
August 11th, 1903

ON Friday morning a rather serious accident befell Henry James of Bosbury. He was in the employ of Mr W S Lane, The Farm, and was returning home with two horses attached to a wagon, in which was a plough. Suddenly, the front horse was startled and ran away. Mr Jones was knocked down and a wheel passed over his body. He sustained a number of serious bruises. He was taken to the Cottage Hospital, and is going on nicely.

From the Ledbury Reporter,

Ledbury Free Press
October 13th 1903

At the Ledbury Police Court on Wednesday morning, a hop-picker named John Welch was charged with assaulting Henry Brookes, marine store dealer, of Bosbury, the previous afternoon. The prisoner is alleged to have said, “I will chiv you”, a slang word for stab. Witness tried to get away and the prisoner ran after him with a pocket knife and struck a blow at his back.

From the Ledbury Reporter,

Ledbury Free Press
October 27th, 1903

Mr John Hodgkiss, The Nelmes Farm, Bosbury, has again passed through the ordeal of having a number of sheep sold in consequence of his refusal to pay the portions of the Ledbury rural and Munsley rates, which were for education purposes. A few weeks ago, a number of sheep were sold at Bosbury, for a similar reason.

From the Ledbury Reporter,

Ledbury Free Press
August 16th 1904

An inquest was held into the death of John Miles, aged 69, a labourer of Bosbury, who was discovered with his throat cut. Witness Arthur Gardiner, a farmer, found that the deceased had not let the chickens out and went out to find him. He went through to the orchard with his dog, which ran ahead, barking. When he caught up, he discovered the dog was lying down, by the side of the body.

From the Ledbury Reporter,

Ledbury Free Press
September 27th, 1904

As in former years, the hop-picking season has attracted a number of ruffianly men into the district. One of these was at Bosbury on Wednesday night, and while under the influence of drink he savagely assaulted the police. He was locked up in Ledbury. He gave his name as John Sullivan, of Merthyr. The same man was charged with an assault at Ledbury 12 months ago.

From the Ledbury Reporter,     24/9/2004

Ledbury Free Press
January 10th, 1905

A collision between two traps occurred near Temple Court, Bosbury, on Thursday evening but fortunately no-one was injured. Mr George Watkins, postman, was returning to Ledbury Post Office from the Frome and Bosbury district, his trap being lighted up as usual. Mr Ray Whistindale was driving a trap in the opposite direction and, it is stated, he had no light. There was a violent collision.

From the Worcester News,     7/1/2005

Ledbury Free Press
June 20th, 1905

Ledbury Fire Brigade received a telegram on Monday afternoon to attend a fire at Temple Court, Bosbury. Within a few minutes of the ringing of the fire bell, the steamer was on its way to Bosbury. It was found, when the engine arrived, that the whole of the farm buildings were in flame.

From the Ledbury Reporter,     17/6/2005

Ledbury Free Press
January 8th 1907

THE Feathers Hotel Assembly Room at Ledbury presented a very pretty and animated scene on Thursday night, when the annual dance, organised by ladies who are resident in Bosbury, was attended by 140 guests. Near the entrance to the ballroom were palms and flowering plants and at the far end was a specially prepared platform for the band, partly hidden behind stately palms, foliage plants and choice hothouse flowers.

From the Ledbury Reporter,     5/1/2007

Ledbury Free Press
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 Thursday and Friday evening. Praise is due to Mr Collett and others. The programme included the farcical comedy Turn Him Out.

From the Ledbury Reporter,     13/4/2007

Ledbury Free Press
May 21st, 1907

THE celebrated 14th Century screen at Bosbury Church, so far as the top of it is concerned, has been restored by replacing the old cresting and carving, which had been destroyed. Fortunately, designs for the carving were obtained from the old screen which used to be in position in Ledbury Church, and which is of exactly the same date. Luckily, parts of it still remain.

From the Ledbury Reporter,     18/5/2007

Ledbury Free Press,
Monday October 1st, 1907

AT the Ledbury police court on Tuesday, two hop pickers, a man and wife, were charged with wilfully smashing 11 panes of glass and several beer cups and spittoons at the New Inn, Bosbury, and also with assaulting and beating PC Douglas Evans, stationed at Bosbury. The constable’s face showed that he had been through a severe ordeal.

From the Ledbury Reporter,     1/9/2007

Ledbury Guardian
September 26th 1908

Thursday morning, at Ledbury Police Court, a young man of respectable appearance, called Victor Barnett, a stranger in the district, was charged with stealing a soldering iron valued at 1s and a two foot rule, worth 2s, the property of the Bosbury carpenter Arthur Bufton.

From the Ledbury Reporter,     25/9/2008

Ledbury Free Press
March 3rd 1909

The scholars attending the girls’ school, Bosbury, gave two very succesful entertainments in the Parish Hall. The hall was crowded each evening with an enthusiastic and appreciative audience.

From the Ledbury Reporter,     6/3/2009

Ledbury Guardian
May 21st, 1910

The Post Office Engineer having applied for consent for the erection of a pole in Bosbury for carrying the new telephone lines to Ledbury, the committee instructed the Surveyor to approach the Engineer with the object of his altering the situation of the pole.

From the Ledbury Reporter,     21/5/2010

Ledbury Guardian
October 24th, 1914

RECRUITING MEETING. — An enthusiastic recruiting meeting was held on Friday last at Bosbury in a room kindly lent by Mr Buck. The band of the Reserve Battalion Herefordshire Regiment (who were entertained by the hostess) paraded the village before the meeting, which was very well attended. Colonel M. J. G. Scobie gave a stirring address, and Mr. Roger Rowden, of Eastnor, who organised the gathering, ably supported him. Mr. L’Estrange and Mr. Cook, of Malvern College, showed war pictures on a screen, as they did at Ashperton, and added to the interest of the meeting. Mr. R. Buchanan of Bosbury House, was it is interesting to know, formerly in the Liverpool Scottish, and has two sons serving their country.

From the Ledbury Guardian,     24/10/1914 p.4

Ledbury Reporter and Guardian
January 6th, 1940

The funeral took place at Bosbury Parish Church on Monday of Mr. John Baldwin aged 78, of 75, Homend-street, Ledbury. The service was conducted by the Rev. H.K.L.Mathews. Mr. Baldwin was well-known and respected in Bosbury district having resided at Cold Green cottages for many years while employed by Mr. E.G.Shew. Regret for unavoidable absence was expressed by Mr. E.R.Shew. The chief mourners were:— Mrs. Baldwin (widow), Mr. Fred Baldwin (son), Mrs. T. Allard, Mrs S. Pritchard (daughters), Mr. William Baldwin (brother), Miss E. Baldwin (niece), Mrs. Harris, Mrs. F. Foster (step-daughters), Mr A. Hope (grandson), Mr. T. Allard, Mr. S. Pritchard, Mr. F. Foster, Mr. Harris (sons-in-law). Mr. F. Baldwin (nephew), Mr. and Mrs. P. Baldwin (nephew and niece), Mrs. Cook Mrs. Walker (nieces), Mr. J Bettington (nephew) Miss D. Bettington (niece), Mr. Wm. Dutson (brother-in-law).
Mr. Baldwin was an old member of Bishop Swinfield Lodge of Oddfellows.
Also present in the church were many others and the bearers were Messrs C. Davis, E. Jones, W. Jones, and — Box, all fellow employees from Cold Green Farm, Bosbury.

From the Ledbury Reporter and Guardian, page 8 column 1.

Ledbury Reporter and Guardian
May 12th, 1945

Bosbury has had exciting night on March 29th, 1941, when a stick of high-explosives fell very near the village. Although 30 high explosives and an unexploded bomb fell, the damage was confined to a cess-pit at the Vicarage and hop wiring at Old Court, together with other minor damage at the Vicarage. The Bosbury-Cradley road was impassable for a time. Most of the bombs fell on land, but one fell within yards of Bosbury House. The distance between the first and last bomb crater was about half-a-mile as the crow flies. Bosbury was indeed very fortunate to escape so lightly.

From the Ledbury Reporter and Guardian, page 6 column 7.

Ledbury Reporter
November 24th, 1950

Bosbury Cricket Club has decided to improve its ground, the proposals including a new pavilion, sight screens and seating. The club also appeals for more players. The requirements were made known at the AGM of the Club, presided over by Major Heaton-Armstrong, when 19 members were present.

From the Ledbury Reporter,

Ledbury Reporter
July 27th, 1951

The Rev. J K Charrington, Vicar of Bosbury, informs me that before the tenor bell was removed from the tower of the church, it was in a very dangerous condition. Before it could be rung, it had to be manipulated into a certain position, as the framework was badly in need of repair.

From the Ledbury Reporter,     27/7/2001.

Ledbury Reporter
August 27th, 1954

Acting Lieutenant Roger Brewer, 25, of The Noverings, Bosbury, the son of Mr and Mrs Arthur Brewer, had a fortunate escape while on a training flight at Yeovil last Saturday. The plane he was piloting caught fire. He bailed out from 800ft, and was unhurt.

From the Ledbury Reporter,     27/8/2004

Ledbury Reporter
August 4th, 1961

The annual Bosbury show on Saturday was a great success. The number of cattle entries was the biggest ever, and the newly-introduced dog show attracted entries from far and wide, the weather was perfect and the number of visitors was well up on previous years.

From the Ledbury Reporter,

Ledbury Reporter
February 17th, 1977

The worst flooding for several years hit the Ledbury area on Thursday, when heavy rainfall added to the already swollen streams gushing down the hills and caused the River Leadon to overflow, across fields and roads. Worst affected was Bosbury, and the south-west corner of Ledbury.

From the Ledbury Reporter,

Ledbury Reporter
August 26th, 1980

Printing, which started as a hobby in a stable, has become a full-time employment for people in Bosbury. The Bosbury Press Ltd had just completed the printing of its first book, a social history of Ross, from 1800 to 1930, illustrated with 104 old photographs.

From the Ledbury Reporter,

Ledbury Reporter
June 7th, 1985

Bosbury villagers are aiming to raise £25,000 for repairs to Morton Chapel. The government has given the village a grant of more than £50,000 - two-thirds of the renovation cost - because the village is deemed historically important.

From the Ledbury Reporter,

Transcribed by the
Bosbury Chroniclers

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