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Homend, no. 9

Useful evidence for the date of this building, which suffered damage from the fire at the adjacent ‘Seven Stars’ in 2001, is to be found in the alleyway at the south end of the building.  Here there is a jetty post with an integral, moulded console (i.e. carved from the top of the post) and set back from the present front. The carving has been mutilated but sufficient remains to provide some support for the RCHM statement that this timber-framed building is c.1600 in date. [Royal Commission on Historic Monuments, Herefordshire II, 1932. p.110].

The building was refronted probably in the late 18th century.  The odd projection above the two later oriel windows at first-floor level suggests that this may have been the former eaves level or possibly is an indication of a second-floor jetty.     

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