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Summary:

Earliest information:
Date of current building:
Listed: Grade II

Thumbnail History:

Residential.

Description of property:

From Listed Building records: Terraced House. Early C18 altered in early C19. Old tile roof, chimney to left. Bricks grey headers red stretchers, dressing and vertical bands flanking windows, dentil eaves. 2 storeys and attic. One build with nos. 21 and 23. One gabled dormer to right over 3 light casement with cambered head. Plain boarded door to left.

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- Friar's Pardon, Jun 2007

Caveat:

The history of ownership and occupation of the properties in this part of Charnham Street is very speculative. Records are sketchy, and confusing. This page is the current "best attempt" to clarify the history of these properties, but much further work still needs to be done. It is possible that the historic boundaries do not match the modern ones.

Timeline:

1841 Census:
     Robert Bunce (35), grocer, wife Maria (25), 1 son, 2 daughters.
     Amelia Lawson (30), grocer,2 sons, 2 daughters.
     Ann Dennis (70), 1 other lady
     Mary Coxhead (71), independent, 1 servant.
     James Wise (40), cordwainer, wife Jane (43), 1 son, 1 daughter.
     Richard Palmer (45), ostler, wife Elizabeth (40).
     James Jupp (30), tamper, wife Mary (30), 1 son, 5 daughters
     Thomas Sprules (58), pianoforte maker, wife Martha (50).
     William Burtt (50) The Bear (?this entry appears out of position in the census).
     Harriett Moulding (50) inn keeper (at the White Hart, later Wesleyan Chapel, and 20 Charnham Street)

1851 Census:

     #61: James Wise (50), boot and shoe maker, wife Jane (52), 1 son, 1 daughter, 2 lodgers. (?21 Charnham Street)
     #62: Richard Palmer (57), servant, wife Elizabeth (50).
     #63: Richard Stagg (26), servant, wife Emily (28), 1 son, 2 daughters.
     #64: Amelia Lawrence (46), grocer, 1 son, 1 daughter.
     #65: Elizabeth Alexander (65), 1 son, 1 grand-son.
     #66: John Matthew (28), saddler, wife Rachel (30), 1 son, 3 daughters, 1 servant.
     #67. Alfred Pearce (24), ostler, wife Emily (24), 1 son, 1 daughter.
     #68: George Naulder(?) (56), smith, wife Martha (55), 2 sons.
     #69: Nimrod Knight (60), carpenter, wife Anne (64), 1 daughter.
     #70 William Martin (61), relieving officer (?26 Charnham Street)
     -- House uninhabited --
     #71 Richard Phelps (42), cabinet maker, wife Susan (40), 3 sons, 1 daughter, 1 visitor.
     #72: Francis Pocock (31), rope maker, wife Sarah (36), 2 daughters, 1 servant, 3 lodgers.
     #73: William Perkins (35), tailor, wife Elizabeth (40), 4 daughters, 1 son.

 1861 Census: George Davis (35), brickemaker, wife Jane (31), 1 son.

1871 Census: One or more of the Taylor family groups:
     #81: George Taylor (67), grocer and baker, wife Mary (63), 1 son, 1 servant. (?23 Charnham Street)
     #82: Henry Taylor (27), harness maker, wife Emma (26), 1 niece, 1 lodger. (?22 Charnham Street)
     #83: Stephen Taylor (52), carpenter, wife Susannah (56). 2 sons.
     #84: James Wise (70), shoemaker, wife Jane (72).
     #85: (Lodger) Henry Mills (32), coachman, wife Ellen (35).
     --Chapel--

1881 Census: #84: James Wise (80), shoe maker, wife Jane (82).

1891 Census: #78: Giles Crame (or Craine?) (57), general labourer, wife Emma (57), 1 son, 2 daughters, 1 grand-daughter.

1894 Charnham Street Floods: Marlborough Times of 17th November 1894 reported "The houses opposite the Bear Hotel occupied by Messrs. Palmer, Hawkins, Mepsted, Taylor, Noon and others, soon had about 2ft. of water in their sitting rooms".

1901 Census: Giles Crame (67), General labourer, with wife Emma, daughter and son-in-law.

1911 Census #130: Henry King (49), labourer in garden, wife Amelia (42), 1 boarder, 5 rooms (3 bedrooms, 1 front room and a kitchen).
1939 Blacket's Dir: H King.

c1942: Mr. & Mrs. Percy - Mr. Percy organised the ARP in Hungerford during the Second World War. They had previously lived at 33 High Street, which they called "Friar's Pardon". When they moved to Charnham St to run an antique shop, the house sign went too!

c1977-88 (Robert James) Roy Tudor-Hughes (owner of The Bear Hotel)

c1988 (Robert James) Freddie Froom, maths teacher in Newbury.

See also:

- 33 High Street

- Charnham Street floods, 1894

- Charnham Street floods, 1932