My Grandfathers Memories Of Ledbury As A Boy - a Memory of Ledbury.

My grandfather, Percy Sturge was born in Ledbury in 1896 and here are some of his memories he related to me when he was in his 90's.

His mother, Annie, had lived by the Brewery Inn and one granny lived in Puddlinghams Yard (All Saints), another lived down by the bridge. One day one of his grannies came home carrying a faggot of hops on her head.
Several brothers lived by The White Hart and one worked at the Talbot Inn. Grandfather and his parents lived in Bye Street and his mother took him to see the celebrations at the Relief of Mafeking during the Boer War in 1900.
His great-grandfather was a master shoemaker who wore silver buckles on his shoes. He had the chance to buy Ledbury for £25 [unfortunately he didn't].
Percy used to watched the magic lantern shows at the Market House in Ledbury, which was put on by the Band of Hope and he loved to play Fox & Hounds on a moonlit night.
To get money for the October Fair, he went hop-picking & blackberrying and walked to Little Marcle and Much Marcle delivering 2-3 dozen Sunday newspapers starting at 4.30 in the morning.
Percy went to Church Lane Infants School, Homend, Ledbury until he was 11 years old. His teacher was Miss Cale and he was often late because he listened to Ledbury Church bells whilst sat on the step. They played 3 hymns every 3 hours, his favourite was 'There is a Green Hill Far Away'. After leaving the infant school he attended Granville Road School and left at the age of 14 years.
He worked at Bitchleys keeping the irons hot for 6/6d. Then at Bobby Precy's as a painter driving a horse and cart at 6 o'clock in the morning. He made bottles at the Pop factory and also worked at Holloway & Webbs, Tent & Sailmakers, pedalling backwards to make sheets from tarpaulin for farm carts, which were 13ft by 5ft, and hop pockets that were 7ft by 9ft.
Percy remembered that Bill Bachelor led the Ledbury Hounds as the First Whip and they drank the Stirrup Cup outside The Feathers Hotel.
Milk was collected in a churn and cost 1/2 to 1 old pence a pint.
A loaf of bread cost 5 old pence & a Cottage loaf 2 1/2 old pence. His mother bought 13 loaves of bread a week for 1/3 of a farthing each and they lasted a week. She took some of their meals to be cooked in the baker's oven after the baker had finished his daily baking.
2 Woodbine cigarettes cost 1/2 old pence, 5 cost 1 old pence.


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Wed Sep 7th 2016, at 4:03 pm
netwatcher4 commented:
Tue Jul 26th 2016, at 7:38 am
vince754 commented:
MY Grandmother was born in ledbury
Mon Jun 6th 2016, at 8:15 am
philhadden commented:
I was born in May 1949 at 13 Arthur Crescent Carlton in 1954 I went to St Pauls School now known as Tesco, Mrs Bird was my first teacher, i had lots of fun in the old air raid shelters on the way home one in Buntins lane then there was the old George pub. i moved on to Cavendish Secondary Modern in 1960 where Mr Norfolk was my Geography teacher, he threw a board rubber at me for telling a girl the time. Mr Coldham for Maths and Science, ( i later married his brothers wife in Perth Australia). There were so little cars in my younger days on Carlton Hill i used to write down the registration numbers as they went by. The corner stores along the golden mile was my stomping ground. i have lived in Australia now for 43 years, but recall those good old days alright.
Wed Nov 25th 2015, at 8:30 am
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