THE BCH ARCHIVE

LOCAL HISTORY FOR

BIRTSMORTON

CASTLEMORTON

HOLLYBUSH

And The Surrounding District

Other names:          None


Origin of name:     A corner or recess, one offering seclusion or security


Date built:          Not known


In 1839, No 242 and No 243 (The Potato Patch) on the Tithe Map (above), owned by the Dean and Chapter of Westminster and rented to William Jeynes. The property is surrounded by Hollybed Common. See Tithe Map of 1839, above.

In 1841, occupied by William Jeynes, Agricultural Labourer, (aged about 70), and his wife Margaret (aged about 75).


In 1851-1911 it is not possible to allocate the occupier from the Census as there are too many to choose from and insufficient information.


In 1880, 18 March, the Ecclesiastic Commissioners sold the property for £30 to George Boulton Jeynes, reserving the right to any allotments which (in the event of an inclosure of Castlemorton Common) might belong to The Nook.


The 1885 Ordnance Survey Map, above, shows the property as field 548. The sunken track behind the property is clearly shown and the area with a small 'c' in it above the track is the Potato Patch. The track leads to Mouchers Corner on New Road.


In 1891, George Jeynes is a Teacher living at The Schoolhouse, so presumably The Nook was rented out.


In 1901, George Jeynes is a Schoolmaster living at Badger Cottage, so presumably The Nook was rented out.


In 1911, George Jeynes is Rent Collector living at Badger Cottage, so presumably the Nook is rented out.


In 1919, 29 September, mortgage of £150 lent by Charles Briscoe Masefield to Frederick John Drinkwater, who bought the property from George Boulton Jeynes on 27 September that year for £250.


In 1927, 21 June, George Boulton Jeynes died living at Church House, Castlemorton.


In 1932, 19 July, Andrewina Buchanan Onslow (of The Furnace, Newent, widow) – the mortgagee, Frederick John Drinkwater (of Golden Valley) – the Vendor, Isaac William Lunn (of the Phoenix Hotel, Park Street, Birmingham) – the purchaser.



In 1933, 26 August. A scene on a bus in which a Gloucester man figured was described at Ledbury Police Court. The bus was plying between Ledbury and Gloucester. The man was Percy Ball, of 2, Albert Street, Coney Hill, Gloucester, and he was jointly charged with his brother-in-law, Olive Joseph r Hawkins, 'The Nook', Castlemorton, with using obscene and abusive language. Hawkins was further charged with obstructing the bus conductor in the course of his duties. Both men pleaded not guilty to all the charges. Outlining the case, Mr. P. D. Clarke, (Messrs Wellington and Clifford, Gloucester) who prosecuted for the Bristol Tramways and Carriage Co. Ltd., owners of the vehicle, said that defendants were passengers on the bus leaving Ledbury at 8.30 p.m. on July 29. As the bus contained more that the full complement oi passengers the conductor asked two of the passengers to alight. Ball, however, refused to go. He had had some drink. Eventually two women got off and the bus started off. While it was moving Hawkins jumped on to the step and refused to leave. He placed his arms around the back door preventing the conductor from approaching the police. During the whole of the journey to Holly Bush, both defendants used abusive language to women in the bus. Ball sat down on a passenger's travelling case and when asked to get up became abusive. On the conductor insisting that Ball should give him his name and address, he gave false particulars and used obscene language to the conductor. Hawkins likewise abused him. The conductor, Alfred James Tidmarsh, 57, Henry Street, Gloucester, said when he asked Ball for his name replied, I haven't a name - only a number.'' Ball wanted to proceed to Gloucester but witness would not allow him. He (witness) acted with perfect civility to all the passengers. Several witnesses supported the case for the prosecution. Hawkins and Ball both denied using bad language, the former saying that the conductor tried to push him off the 'bus. The chairman told the defendants the bench had no hesitation in convicting them. Such behaviour could not tolerated. Hawkins was fined 30/- and £1:8:6d costs, and Ball was fined £1 and £1:8:8d costs.


In 1934, 5 May. A man, threatened with a distraint for rent, left his house a day or two later, and was not seen again until his body was found in the river, was described at inquest at Tewkesbury yesterday. The dead man was Oliver Joseph Hawkins, of Castlemorton, Malvern, whose body was recovered from the River Severn on Tuesday evening by the Tewkesbury police after he had been missing since the previous Wednesday, his bicycle having been found on the Mythe Bridge, Tewkesbury. Florence Amelia Hawkins, of The Nook, Castlemorton, identified the body as that of her husband, aged 58 years, a quarry man. He had been very depressed for a month. He had been threatened with a distraint for rent, which made him still more depressed. After their old landlord came to him and demanded the key, her husband said, "That is the finish of it." Witness told the landlord that he could have the key at noon on Wednesday. Her husband had several times said he wished he was dead. He got up about 5 a.m. on Wednesday to get the horse and dray out to remove the furniture. He must have left the house about 5.30. When she came downstairs she found several letters and her husband's unemployment book and what money he had on the mantel-shelf, and also a note (not read by the Coroner). Witness found he had taken his bicycle, so she called her son to go to see whether he had gone to fetch the horse and dray. Hubert Alfred Walklev, of East-street, Tewkesbury, said he passed over the Mythe Bridge on the Wednesday morning on his way to work, and saw bicycle against the iron railings, but no one about. Eleven hours later he came back and saw the bicycle still there, which aroused his suspicion, he informed the police. Arthur Joshua Price, of Saffron Road, Tewkesbury, told how while walking on the Ham on Tuesday evening he saw the body floating down the river about 200 yards above the weir. He called Mr. Pockett, who brought boat across and fetched the police. P.C. Davis, of Tewkesbury, said when he reached the spot he found the body face downwards in the river, and took to the mortuary. Found Is. 8d. in the man's trousers pocket. The Coroner. Mr. N. G. Moore, returned a verdict of suicide by drowning while of unsound mind, and expressed his sympathy with the widow and family. Mr. Arthur William Hawkins, the dead man's brother, on the family's behalf, thanked the Tewkesbury and Worcestershire police for all the trouble they had taken to find his brother. It was a great blow to them all.


In 1934, 19 November, The property was sold by Isaac William Lunn (formerly of Phoenix Hotel, Park Street, Birmingham but now of 55 Brunswick Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham (retired Licenced Victualler)

to John Francis Beeston (of the Nook, retired Railwayman) for £200.


In 1935, 27 May, the property was sold by John Francis Beeston (formerly of the Nook) to Harry Lawrence Price Mann and his wife Isabel Mann (of the Chestnuts, Avenue Road, Malvern, for £200.


1943, 25 November, Isabel Mann died and Harry became sole owner.


In 1949, 24 July, Harry Lawrence Price Mann died.


In 1956, 2 August a consent was signed with Midlands Electricity Board to place and repair electricity lines across the property.


In 1958, 22 December, conveyance between Lawrence Price Mann (care of Orchard Lodge, Orchard Road, Malvern), Gwyneth Gertrude Price Brooke (Orchard Lodge, wife of Lancelot Brooke) and Lilian Jean Price Mann (Orchard Lodge) of the one part (Executors of Harry Lawrence Price Mann) Harry Beale (Hawthorn Cottage, Berrow) and his wife Gwendoline of the other part. The property was sold to Harry and Gwendoline Beale for £1400.


1967, 3 February, Harry Beale died.


19 November 1971 Letters of Admin of William Hall. His widow Hazel Lilian Hall confirms the arrangement regarding the septic tank.


In 1972, 7 January, a Deed of Grant between Hazel Lilian Hall of Myttons, Hollybed Street and Gwendoline Beale of The Nook regarding drainage rightsand subject to a reservation in favour the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. Hazel and Gwendoline are joint owners of The Nook. The predecessors of The Myttons and The Nook had agreed the The Nook could use the septic tank on The Myttons.


In 1974, 29 November, the property (0.325 acres) was sold by Miss Elizabeth Diana Maralys Byrom of Hill Ash House, Dymock to Melvin Snookes and his wife Vivien for £12,000. It was in in quite a poor condition.


“When we came to the Nook, the steep ground down into the valley bottom was called 'the Pleck' by the locals, but is called the Potato Patch on the deeds. It shows how important bits of ground were to people scratching a living off the land, in times gone by. There is further evidence of this in that, whoever it was thought it was better to cultivate an impossibly steep bit, rather than use some of the better ground which is now my garden. I think that originally the Nook was a paddock belonging to the Myttens, with a small barn of Malvern stone at the north east corner, as can be seen from the lane, with a much used trackway creating the hollow way.” Med Snookes


THE NOOK