COUNTRY NEWS. Hereford, March 3. On Sunday the 13th of last month died suddenly, in the parish of Bosbury in this county, Samuel Griffiths, about 21 years of age.—The manner of his death and the circumstance attending the same, cannot be made too public.—The deceased was on the Sunday morning he died playing at cards with some other Farmers servants, in that neighbourhood, at a house suspected of selling, what is called in this country, gallon cider, who after having been unsuccessful and not willing to leave off, occasioned the most horrid imprecations upon himself, in uttering which he fell from his seat, the curses only ending with his life.
From the Shrewsbury Chronicle Saturday, 5 March 1774 p.3 col.1
Postscript: He was buried in Bosbury Churchyard on 18th February 1774.
DIED. At Bosbury in Herefordshire, aged 80, Richard Hardwick, gent. formerly an eminent surgeon.
From the Bath Chronicle Thursday, 18 June 1789 p.2 col.2
Postscript: He was buried at Bosbury Holy Trinity Church on 12 June 1789 and there is a family memorial inside the church.
April 23rd 1794
HEREFORD. On Saturday night last, died suddenly at his house in this city, of an apoplectic fit, in the 57th year of his age, Mr Richard Hardwick, Surgeon, and a Member of our Corporation---He was a gentleman eminent for professional talents, and possessing the strictest integrity and uprightness of heart.
From the Hereford Journal Wednesday, 23 April 1794 p.3 col.4
Postscript: The son of Richard Hardwick senior above who died at a younger age than his father. He was also buried at Bosbury Holy Trinity Church on 24 April 1794.
November 2nd 1808
On Thursday [27 October] died, at Swansea, in the 77th year of his age, John Stedman, Esq. of the Razees, near Ledbury, in this county.
From the Hereford Journal Wednesday, 02 November 1808 p.3 col.4
Postscript: On his graveyard tomb and church memorial plaque his date of death is given as 28th October and his age as 78.
January 10th 1816
Lately died at the Razees, near Bosbury, Mrs. Ann Stedman, relict [widow] of the late John Stedman, Esq. By the death of this lady the poor in that neighbourhood have experienced a great loss.
From the Hereford Journal Wednesday, 10 January 1816 p.3 col.5
January 24th 1824
At the Vicarage, Bosbury, Herefordshire, aged 77, Lady Colt, widow of Sir John Colt, and mother of the present Sir John Dutton Colt.
From The Cambrian Wednesday, 24 January 1824 p.3 col.4
April 21st 1825
Lately at the Razes, Bosbury, aged 77, John Sparkman, Esq. a native of Hampshire.
From The Worcester Journal Thursday, 21 April 1825 p.3 col.2
June 21st 1843
June 15, aged 32 years, Lydia, wife of Mr. Thomas Pitt, of Gold Hill, Bosbury, in this county
From the Hereford Journal Wednesday 21 June 1843 p.3 col.4
February 7th 1844
Jan. 30, at her sister’s residence, Wootton, near Gloucester, aged 53 years, Frances, wife of Mr. Richard Jones, Catley Cross, Bosbury, near Ledbury, in this county. In all her relative duties she was exemplary, and her decease is deeply deplored by her husband and children, who are suddenly deprived of an affectionate and virtuous friend.
From the Hereford Journal Wednesday 7 February 1844 p.3 col.3
May 10th 1845
30th ult., [April] at Bosbury, Ann Bowler, aged 80 years, who was letter and errand woman from Bosbury to Ledbury for upwards of forty years, in which capacity she was engaged till within two years of her death.
From the Hereford Times Saturday 10 May 1845 p.3 col.4
March 31st 1847
March 26, at Bosbury, at the Gospel Yew, in the 88th year of his age, Mr. John Carwardine; he was a good neighbour and an honest man. At Lyme Regis, aged 47 years, Miss Mary Anning, celebrated as a discoverer of fossils, more particularly those of the ichthyosaurus, plesiosaurus, and pterodactyle.
From the Hereford Journal Wednesday 31 March 1847 p.3 col.3
September 8th 1847
Aug. 27th, at Parkholt, near Ledbury, Mrs. Ann Turberville, formerly of Bosbury, Herefordshire, in her 91st year.
From the Wrcestershire Chronicle Wednesday 8 September 1847 p.5 col.3
June 1st 1859
at Staplow wharf, near Ledbury, Mr. William Greenway, aged 78, father of Mr. J. Greenway, of the Bridge Inn, Bye-street.Ledbury.
From the Hereford Times Saturday 18 June 1859 p.5 col.6
March 3rd 1860
BIBBS.—Feb. 28, of paralysis, at his residence, Southend-street, Ledbury, aged 62. Mr. Thomas Bibbs 48 years land steward of the family of Robert Biddulph Esq., 36 years sub-agent for the property belonging to Colonel Myddleton of Chirk Castle, in the county of Denbigh, and 41 years clerk to the Commissioners of the Ledbury Turnpike Trust.
From the Hereford Times Saturday 3 March 1860 p.8 col.3
Oct 1st 1889
THOMAS—In the Seventh ward, this city, Sunday, September 29, 1889 at 7 a. m. by an accident. Elizabeth Thomas, relict of the late Charles Thomas, aged 78 years, 7 months and 2 days.
Funeral services will be held at Seventh Ward meeting house at 1 p. m. Wednesday October 2, 1879. Friends are invited to attend.
From the Salt Lake Herald Tuesday 1 October 1889 p.7
March 21st 1896
The ranks of the old colonists are being gradually depleted, the latest departure being that of Mr. John Bury, who died at his residence, the Groves, George-street, Norwood, on Friday last, after a lingering illness. Mr. Bury was born at Bosbury, Herefordshire, in June, 1819, and consequently had nearly completed his 77th year. His father was a miller, aud the son so thoroughly learnt the same trade that when he decided to leave England for the Cape of Good Hope in the latter part of 1849 he was tendered the management of a large mill at that place on his arrival and accepted it. Thinking that the comparatively new colony of South Australia offered a bettor and wider field for his energies he decided to leave the Cape, and in 1855 arrived in Adelaide. Here he successively managed the Sturt Company’s, and Beeby and Dunstan’s mills. Later he entered into business on his own account, and in conjunction with his nephew (Mr. T. T. Jones) owned stores at Aldinga and Yankalilla. He early secured a competency, and for the last 35 years has resided quietly at George-street, Norwood. Though never taking a prominent interest in political or municipal affairs he was yet widely known throughout his district and commanded universal respect for his sterling character and unostentatious behavior. He leaves a widow, but no family. The funeral on Sunday afternoon was largely attended, many who were unable to meet at the late gentleman’s residence joining the cortege at the North-road Cemetery, where the interment took place, the Rev. Canon Andrews officiating.
From The Chronicle, Adelaide, S. Australia Saturday 21 March 1896 p.19 col.4
Postscript: The Parish Registers do not record a Bury family in Bosbury in 1819.
January 25th 1913
A BOSBURY VETERAN
Probably South Herefordshire’s Oldest Voter
It is believed that the oldest voter in South Herefordshire, Mr. Philip Clissett passed away on Friday last [17th January] at the age of 96 at Bosbury. He was a chair-maker and lived at Stanley Hill for about 70 years. Mr. Clissett was a Wesleyan, and took a great interest in the little chapel near his home. The first part of the burial service was conducted there, and his remains were interred in Bosbury Churchyard on Monday afternoon. He was a good Liberal and always took a great interest in Parliamentary Elections. Mr. Harry Webb when contesting this division in January 1910, very kindly called to see him. He was then very anxious to record his vote in his 93rd year. Another great wish of his was to go to the poll in a motor car, which was gratified twice in the same year. He was simply delighted with the journey.
From The Hereford Journal Saturday 25 January 1913
January 6th 1914
DEATH AND FUNERAL OF MR
RICHARD SPENCER, OF MUNSLEY.
A venerable figure, well-known in the district, passed away on Christmas eve in the person of Mr Richard Spencer, of the Royal Oak Inn, Munsley, who died about 6 o’clock on the evening named, at the advanced aged of 82 years. Mr Spencer had enjoyed fairly good health, despite his great age, until about eight months ago, when he showed signs of that decay which accompanies old age, and he gradually grew weaker, the cause of death being senile decay.
He was attended throughout his illness by Dr Harrison, of Ledbury.
The late Mr Richard Spencer was well-known in the district, and his tall, spare figure will be much missed. He was a native of the district, and was the youngest of ten children. For many years he farmed the Felt House, Preston, which had been in the family over 100 years when he gave it up. He was married at Bosbury over 50 years ago, for 60 years he had lived at the Royal Oak Inn, Munsley, where his wife died about six years ago on a Bank Holiday at the age of 76 years. Mr Spencer leaves no family.
The interment took place on Monday afternoon at Preston. Churchyard, the burial service being conducted by the Rector (the Rev Dixon). The chief mourners were: Mrs Spencer, Alfrick (niece), Mr William Spencer, Samson House, Welland (nephew), Mr Frank Spencer, Wolverhampton, and Mr John Spencer, Alfrick, (nephews), Mr Win Spencer, Hereford (nephew), Mr Tom Calder, Canon Froome; Mr Penry Lloyd (representing the Canon Froome Estate), Mr Edgar Hartland, Preston Court; Mr C T Smith, Ledbury, etc.
A number of floral tributes were sent, including from the following :—Mr Wm Spencer, Mrs Spencer (Alfrick), Mr Spencer (Hereford), Mr and Mrs Clark, Mr F Spencer, Mrs Jauncey, etc.
The coffin was of polished elm, with brass furnishings, and the inscription on the breastplate read :&mdash“Richard Spencer, died December 24, 1913, aged 82 years.”
The hearse aud mourniug coaches were from the Feathers Hotel, Ledbury.
From The Abergavenny Mail Tuesday 6 January 1914 p.8 col.6
DEATH AND FUNERAL OF MR RICHARD HICKMAN.
An old resident of the town passed away on Wednesday in last week [14 Jan] in the person of Mr Richard Hickman, who since 1900 had been an inmate of one of the almshouses at St Catherine’s Hospital, Ledbury. Mr Hickman enjoyed fairly good health until last June, when he had a seizure, but recovered sufficiently to get about. Shortly before Christmas, however, he had another seizure, which was followed by a third, and from these he never rallied, and gradually growing weaker passed away on Wednesday, the 14th inst., at 10.15 p.m. Dr McKean was his medical attendant.
The late Mr Hickman had reached the advanced age of 77 years. He was a native of Bosbury, being the son of a farmer, and was himself a miller. He had resided in the district all his life and at one time was in business at Clencher’s Mill, Eastnor. Subsequently he kept the Brewery Inn, in Bye-street, Ledbury, and in 1909 became an inmate of St Catherine’s Hospital. Possessed of a kind, genial spirit, he was universally liked and respected by all who knew him. His wife died 20 years ago and he leaves no family. The interment took place at the Ledbury Cemetery on Saturday last, the first portion of the burial service being conducted by the Rev Canon Bannister (Master of St Catherine’s) in the chapel adjoining the almshouses, at which all the tenants who were able to attend were present. The committal portion of the burial service at the grave-side was read by the Rev 0 F R Strickland (curate). The mourners were Mr Lawrence, Birmingham (step-son), Mrs Firkins and Miss Lilley, who nursed him in his last illness. Wreaths were sent by Mrs Payne and family, Bosbury; Mrs Hooper, Dymock; and Miss Lilley. The funeral arrangements were conducted by Mr F W Juckes. The coffin was of polished elm with brass furnishings, and bore the inscription on the breastplate:— “Richard Hickman, died January 14, 1914, aged 77 years.”
From the Abergavenny Mail Saturday 24 January 1914 p.5 col.4
Postscript: Named after his father, Richard Hickman was born when the family lived in Leominster but they moved to ‘The Farm’, Bosbury when he was a youngster. In 1861 there were nine children, five of them born in Bosbury, and the family were well off and employed five servants. They moved to Old Court farm for a time until Richard senior retired and moved into Ledbury where he died in 1885 aged 78.
August 22nd 1914
DEATH AND FUNERAL OF MAJOR W B MYNORS
We regret to record the death of Major Willoughby Baskervil[l]e Mynors, of Evancoyd, Radnorshire, which occurred after two days’ illness, at his residence at Evancoyd, in his 60th year. Major Mynors was the descendant of a well-known Radnorshire family, and had himself a distinguished military career. His first active service was in the South African War of 1881, where he served with his Regiment, the 7th Hussars. He afterwards transferred to th 4th Dragoons, and saw active service in the Egyptian Campaign, and his last active service was in the last South African war. The late Major Mynors was a J.P. for Radnorshire and Herefordshire, and sat as a County Councillor for the New Radnor Division of Radnorshire, for which division he was returned unopposed at the last election.
The late Major Mynors resided for upwards of 25 years at Bosbury House, and took a leading part in the life of the district, interesting himself in anything that had for its aim the improvement of the village or the welfare of its inhabitants. In the “Bishop Swinfield” Lodge of Oddfellows he took a particulaly keen interest, and usually presided at the anniversary dinners of the Lodge. He left Bosbury House to reside at Evancoyd about three years ago, but to the end maintained a close connection with the village in which he spent a great part of his life. Major Mynors leaves a widow to mourn his loss and with Mrs Mynors the deepest sympathy is expressed. The funeral took place at Evancoyd churchyard on Monday and was largely attended, the people of the district manifesting the utmost sympathy.
From the Kington Reporter Saturday 22 August 1914 p.3
July 15th 1916
DEATH OF BOSBURY SCHOOLMISTRESS
It is with genuine regret that we record the death of Miss Mary Ann Arrowsmith, Lower House, Bosbury for 38 years schoolmistress at the Girls’ school which occurred on the 7th inst. at the age of 58 years. Deceased, who suffered from heart trouble had been in failing health since Whitsun and a few weeks ago was forced to take to her bed. She recovered slightly for a time but subsequently grew weaker and despite every medical attention from Dr. R. H. Green of Ledbury, she passed away rather suddenly just after having partaken of lunch as stated above. Miss Arrowsmith was greatly beloved in the parish especially by the young pupils and the news of her demise was quite a ..... all over the neighbourhood. After 38 years of devoted work for generations of Bosbury schoolchildren, she has passed away to the great sorrow of her numerous friends. The children occupied a high place in her affections and it can be truly said that she lived for the children and gave herself unsparingly to their service. Miss Arrowsmith was never tired of promoting children’s entertainments for the good and worthy objects and the effort of the little ones in the ...... always afforded her the warmest pleasure. She was invariably of a kind and sympathetic disposition and interested herself in all good works in the parish and that she was ready and will be gravely missed in the parish where she has laboured so well and lovingly in the interest in the rising generation for so many years. Almost the last work of Miss Arrowsmith was to arrange for the examination in Religious Instruction. The report of the Diocesan Inspector the Rev. Robert Pemberton which has just been issued shows very satisfactory results that the children had received very careful teaching in this most important branch of school work. ..... associate of the Bosbury Mothers Union and Girls Friendly Society – ......... in which she maintained the greatest interest. She was a native of Colwall and came direct from Fishponds College, Bristol to Bosbury where she was destined to remain for many years.
From the Ledbury Guardian Saturday 15 July 1916 p.3 cols.6 & 7
May 5th 1931
MR. URIAH R. COSFORD
The death of Mr. Uriah R. Cosford, of Elm-terrace, Bourne, took place on Friday, at the advanced age of 83 years. The deceased gentleman had been in failing health for some time, and for the past six months had gradually grown weaker.
He was a native of Haywood, Northants. but the greater part of his busines career has been spent in Worcesrter, where, in partnership with his two brothers, he carried on for several years an extensive drapery and furnishing business at Worcester Cross, the most important business centre of the city. After the partnership was dissolved, Mr. Cosford continued in Worcester, and, subsequently, went to Bosbury, Herefordshire, where he remained for about nineteen years, and on his retirement some six years ago he came to reside in Bourne. He leaves a widow —his second wife—the eldest sister of Mr. J. T. Swift, J. P., and one son, who is abroad.
Deceased was closely associated with the Baptist cause, being a deacon whilst he was in Worcester, and he was elected to a similar position at Bourne. At the time he took over the business in Bosbury, there was no Baptist Church, and Mr. Cosford rendered the Vicar of the parish considerable assistance as a lay reader. A hall used by the Plymouth Brethren came into the market, and this was purchased by Mr. Cosford, who established a Baptist cause, and took a large share in the conduct of the services, receiving considerable assistance from local prreachers in the district. In this direction his interests were particularly directed to the young people, and it is interesting to note that since he has been at Bourne he has purchased what was previously known as the Institute tennis courts, which are now definitely associated with the Baptist Church, whilst in addition to the tennis courts a bowling green has been provided. Politically, deceased was a staunch Liberal, and was a keen supporter of the candidature of Mr. Harry Paine at the general election.
From the Grantham Journal 2 May 1931 p.2 col.3
UINTAH [Weber County, Utah] — John Haynes, employee at the Southern Pacific shops, died suddenly at his home her Monday night from a heart attack.
He was born May 3, 1868, in Bosbury, England, and came to Utah in 1910. He married Mrs. Alma Anderson in 1925 and moved to Uintah. He was a member of the high priest’s quorum of Mount Ogden stake. For many years he sang in the Ogden Tabernacle Choir.
Surviving are five sons and daughters: Fred E. Haynes and Reynald Haynes, Ogden; Frank Haynes, Salt Lake; Mrs Richard Wright and John W. Haynes, Susanville, Cal[ifornia]; stepchildren Alma, Mary, Arthur and Wando Anderson, Uintah.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday at 2 p. m. in the First Ward chapel, with interment in Uintah City cemetery.
From the Salt Lake Telegram Wednesday 2 September 1931 p.20 col.3
January 6th 1940
BOSBURY FARMER’S DEATH
Mr. T. E. Bosley’s Former Public Activities
The funeral took place at Bosbury Parish Church on Tuesday of Mr. Thomas Edwin Bosley, aged 82, of “Bentleys,” Bosbury, the Rev. H. K. L. Mathews officiating. Mr. Bosley for many years farmed Catley Cross Farm, Bosbury, and recently at Bentleys until illness intervened. His generous and amiable disposition won the respect of his many friends. In earlier life he was a busy figure in local activities, being a member of Bosbury Parish Council, a Bosbury School manager and a Bosbury Charities Trustee. In addition, prior to his death, he held the honour of being the oldest member of “Bishop Swinfield Lodge of Odd Fellows”
The chief mourners were Mr. James Bosley (son), Master Leonard Bosley (grandson), Mr. Fred Clews (nephew), Mr. Edward Partridge (nephew), Mr. W. Dale, Miss Beith. The Odd Fellows’ guard of honour present were Messrs. E. Spencer, E. Rouse, F. Baskerville, F. J. Foster and A. Innes. Also present in church were Mr. and Mrs. R. Turner, Mrs. W. Turner, Mrs. G. Collett, Mr. W.B.Collett and Mrs. Harrison. The bearers were Messrs. F. Fletcher, J. Haines, W. Bettington and A. Mason. There were many floral tributes.
From the Ledbury Reporter and Guardian Saturday 6 January 1940
April 30th 1947
BOSBURY WOMAN’S DEATH
The death of Mrs. Emily May Powell, of Beacon Hill, Bosbury, who was returning on her bicycle from a wedding at Mathon when she fell after being struck by a car on the road near Cradley and died some days later, was the subject of an inquest which was held on Monday at Hill House, Bosbury, by Mr. R. A. Symonds (Coroner for South Herefordshire) who recorded the verdict of misadventure.
From the Gloucester Citizen Wednesday 30 April 1947
January 23rd 1970
DEATH OF MR. C. W. NUTT
The sudden death of C. William Nutt at his home on January 3 came as a great shock to his fellow ringers in the Hereford Diocesan Guild, He had been a ringer at Bosbury for about 50 years, was ringing master of the Ledbury District for 20 years and a loyal member of the Hereford Diocesan Guild. A farm workcr, and later a gardener, he was known to be thorough and trustworthy, and as a ringer, especially a peal ringer, he was the same. His peal total of 70 included those for the Worcester Association.
Thc funeral took place at Bosbury on January 8 when 20 ringers were present. Mr. J. Ward represented the Hereford Diocesan Guild and Mr. J. Ranford (ringing master) the Ledbury and District Branch. The service was choral and ended with the ringers’ hymn. Four ringers acted as bearers and the bells were rung half-muffled after the service. In the evening a peal of Doubles was rung by some of the band who rang in his last peal ten days previous. Quarter peals were rung at Cradley and Eastnor and on January 10 the bells at Bosbury were rung to a quarter peal by fellow members. A peal was also rung half-muffled at Mathon.
From The Ringing World 23 January 1970 p.63
April 16th 1971
MR. FRED FOSTER
The death of Mr. Fred Foster, of Bosbury, Herefordshire, on February 3, 1971, at the age of 96, brought to an end a long association with Bosbury Tower. He conducted the first peal on the bells in 1910 and was foreman for a number of years. The bells were rung half-muffled after the funeral service, and a quarter peal of Doubles was rung in the evening by fellow-members of Bosbury band. A peal was rung the day after the funeral.
From The Ringing World 16 April 1971 p.328
June 6th 2014
MRS. HAZEL HEATON-ARMSTRONG
Hazel Heaton-Armstrong has died aged 89 .... [her grandfather was a banker and her father a herald at the College of Arms - she was the youngest of four children and was educated at a Roman Catholic convent from the age of fourteen] .... After leaving school, she joined the Wrens in 1941 and was posted to Rosyth and Orkney. .... She was demobbed in 1945 and returned to London. In 1952 she married her cousin Michael (who, as Captain Thomas Michael Robert Heaton-Armstrong, had served as acting governor of Trieste at the end of the war). She had known him from early childhood, and at the time of their marriage he was working as a pig-breeder at Bosbury, Herefordshire. In 1953 they moved to Scotland, first to a rented farm near Crieff, then, in 1955, to a farm at Couligartan, near Aberfoyle, where they brought up their six children. In 1987 they retired to Portugal. Her husband died in 2000 and she died on May 17th 2014.
From The Daily Telegraph 6 June 2014 p.31 col.1