28 High Street

by Wendy Snarey
The documents in this archive refer to houses in High Street – they were donated as referring to “The New Inn” 28 High Street but were found to also refer to houses either side giving names of owners and occupiers to abutments. The Archive came to the Museum in 3 separate Lots over a period of 5 years but as each Lot was transcribed it was realized that the Deeds referred to the same properties namely 28 High Street [The New Inn] and the houses either side – there are 63 documents in total.

The site was demolished around 1970 and the new building was built on the site of the houses in these documents and became Lipton's Supermarket. Afterwards the site was split and two shops (Freeman Hardy & Willis shoes and Peacocks) were sited there. Today (2019) it is “Shoezone” and “Coffee#1”

27-29 High Street today
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The Property which is no. 28 High Street today is first mentioned in the Document of 1665 when Popham Gardyner sells it to Joseph Reekes for £36

All that his one Messuage or Tenement or Half Burgage wherein John Granger lately dwelled with the Court, Garden and Appurtenances thereto belonging situated lying and being in Tewkesbury in a street called the High Street otherwise the Oldbury Street between
The house of the said Popham Gardyner in which John Cowper taylor now dwelleth on the North Side
The land of Nicholas Allen glover on the South Side
And extendeth itself in length from the street on the forepart unto the land of Sir William Russell baronet and now in possession of the Poor Almspeople on the hinder part

The Property does not seem to be mentioned in the Deeds [except for being an abuttal of other properties so only tenants or occupiers can be traced – not necessarily owners]

But in 1814 the Estate of Thomas Woollams when this property being one of the properties of the estate is being released. It states that he bought it in 1788 from Giles Greenaway of Gloucester esq

Thomas Woollams later made a Will dated 18th December 1809 devising all his Messuages etc to his brother Andrew Woollams; Thomas Holland; Thomas Andrew Holland and William Woollams Holland in four equal portions as tenants in common

Andrew Woollams died 1812 leaving the other 3 as beneficiaries

Thomas Woollams died 1813 and in 1814 the beneficiaries conveyed all the premises [including the High Street Property detailed below] to John Moore and Samuel Jones to be disposed of

ALL THAT MESSUAGE some time since used and occupied as two Messuages or half Burgage to the same and formerly in one tenement and in the possession of James Kingsbury the elder tailor deceased afterwards of his son James Kingsbury the younger tailor since of Joseph Heath late of James Kingsbury hosier and now of William Causon hosier – together with the court, garden, and appurtenances situate in High Street between

messuage formerly of William Walker shoemaker afterwards of Joseph Smith stockingframe knitter and now of Thomas Elliott on North side – and messuage formerly in possession of Nicholas Allen afterwards of [blank] Grimshaw since of Daniel Insoll baker and now of Richard Heath on South side – extending from street to land in possession of Robert Butler since of said Insoll baker and now belonging to the poor alms people of Tewkesbury –

which said messuage were by Indenture of Lease and Release 7th / 8th January 1788 between Giles Greenaway of City of Gloucester esq and Thomas Woollams granted and conveyed to Thomas Woollams forever.

The Estate stayed in the hands of the beneficiaries and John Moore and Samuel Jones until 1847 when Rev William Woollams Holland purchases the premises not already sold [including the High Street house] for £450

Rev William Woollams Holland made his Will dated 1842 in which, after certain bequests, he devised the proceeds of the rents etc of the residue of his estate to his wife for life and then to sons William Buckton Holland and the Rev John Murray Holland

He died in January 1855 and the Will was proved in 1856

1861 The property was auctioned at The Swan Inn when Richard Collins was the highest bidder at £132

All that Messuage or Tenement with the Court Yard and appurtenances thereunto belonging situate in Tewkesbury on the West side of a street there called the High street and having A Messuage and premises formerly the property of Joseph Smith and late of George Hayward deceased on the NorthAnd a Messuage and premises of Alfred Robert Tustin on the southAnd which said Messuage and premises hereby intended to be assured were heretofore in the occupation Thomas Harris since of George Smith and now of Samuel Hodges as tenants thereof

In 1879 – The premises were put up for auction at Kings Head Inn and Richard Collins sold to Francis Jelleyman a butcher for £200

ALL THAT MESSUAGE or TENEMENT or INN known as the NEW INN with the Court Yard and appurtenances thereto belonging situate and being no. 28 High Street on the west side of the said street and havingA Messuage and premises formerly the property of Joseph Smith afterwards of George Hayward and now of Thomas Raynsford on the North SideAnd a Messuage or premises formerly of Alfred Robert Tustin but now of Mary Frost on the South SideAnd which said Messuage or Tenement hereditaments and premises hereby intended to be assured were formerly in the occupation of Thomas Harris, afterwards of George Smith then of Samuel Hodges since of Richard Collins and now of Henry James Pedley as tenant thereof – together with all buildings yards gardens etc etc which are usually held and occupied therewithAnd all estate right and title of the said Richard Collins in to and upon the premises

1879 Francis Jelleyman mortgages the property to Robert Beaumont for £160 and interest

Francis Jelleyman seemed to have money troubles having to pay a dividend to creditors in 1884

On Robert Beaumont’s death the mortgage was transferred to Richard Homan of Torquay and in 1897 following the death of Mark Jelleyman there was a dispute between Francis Jelleyman and the executors of Mark Jelleyman

An order was made in the Action and there was a re-conveyance of the property from Homan to Jelleyman

IN 1897 – Frank Jelleyman sold “ALL THAT FRONT MESSUAGE or Licensed beerhouse and premises situate in High Street called “The New Inn” to brewers Godsell’s of Salmon Springs Brewery Stroud for £285

Census Data 1841-1891

High Street West
John George; Head; ; Male; 40; Bookkeeper; ;n
Sophia George; ?wife; ; Female; 35; ; ;y
Mary Charles; ; ; Female; 20; Ap Dressmaker; ;y
Ann George; ; ; Female; 0; ; ;y
Sophia George; ; ; Female; 1; ; ;y
Ann Martin; ; ; Female; 20; Ind; ;y
High Street
George Smith; Head; Married; Male; 63; Smith & Bell Hanger; Worcester;worcs
Susannah Smith; Wife; Married; Female; 53; ; Bredon;worcs
Orsman V Beckingham; Visitor; Unmarried; Male; 41; Saddler; Sidenham;glos
Siphia Clint; Visitor; Unmarried; Male; 20; Schoolmaster; Nk;
Elizabeth Snelus; Visitor; Unmarried; Female; 20; Dressmaker; Tewkesbury;glos
Eleanor Tilley; Visitor; ; Female; 8; ; Twyning;glos
High Street
Samuel Hodges; Head; Married; Male; 36; Brewer; Tewkesbury;glos
Sarah Hodges; Wife; Married; Female; 46; General Shop; Hasfield;glos
Sarah Hodges; Mother; Widowed; Female; 72; ; Wannington?;glos
28 High Street, New Inn
Richard Collins; Head; Married; Male; 44; Builder, Master Emp 2 Men; Tewkesbury;glos
Emma Collins; Wife; Married; Female; 40; Beershopkeeper; Tewkesbury;glos
Edward Collins; Son; Unmarried; Male; 24; Builder; Tewkesbury;glos
Julia Shurmer; Serv; Unmarried; Female; 16; General Serv; Tewkesbury;glos
28 High Street
Francis Jelleyman; Head; Married; Male; 24; Master Butcher, Emp 2 Youths; Tewkesbury;glos
Fanny Jelleyman; Wife; Married; Female; 24; ; Forthampton;glos
28 High Street
1891 Ref-RG12/2049 336-1A
habitation count: 5+
Fred Hansford; Head; Married; Male; 26; Agent For Singer Manufacturing Co;b. Chilfrome Dorset; Employed.
Emily Hansford; Wife; Married; Female; 27; Shopwoman To Singer Manufacturing Co;b. Brimspuddle Dorset; Employed.
Ethel Annie Hansford; Daughter; Female; 3;b. Blandford Dorset.
Number of records found: 6

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Deeds in 28 High Street
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