High Street, no. 8
The brick front of 8 High St, Ledbury, with its stone quoins and deep moulded cornice belongs to the first half of the 18th century but it is a re-facing of what is probably an early 17th century timber-framed structure. This re-facing in effect underbuilds both first and second floor jetties, increasing the available floor space, especially at street level. The earlier building is indicated by the two gables visible above the parapet. It is also possible to see, intruding into the upper part of the first floor windows, the unaltered floor level of the earlier house.
For much of the 19th century the home of Miss Hannah Mutlow, the shop was an ironmonger's from the 1870s until 1991. There was a tinsmiht's workshop at the far end of the building plot. This has been taken down by the current owners and a striking modern building erected in its place to house their home-furnishings shop. This new building building received critical acclaim from architectural writer Jonathan Glancey in The Guardian on 2 July 2007.
Royal Commission on Historic Monmuments, Herefordshire, II, East, number 13
NGR SO 7112 3767
Content generated during research for two paperback books 'Ledbury: A Market Town and its Tudor Heritage' (ISBN 13 : 978-1-86077-598-7) and 'Ledbury: People and Parish before the Reformation' (ISBN 13 : 978-1-86077-614-4) for the England's Past for Everyone series