A History of Bindings, 8 St. Margaret`s Street, Bradford on Avon
8 Margaret`s Street is on the right of this photograph c.1900
The land this house stands on was part of that owned by Zachariah Shrapnell, he married Lydia Needham in 1753, they had several children including two daughters, the eldest Elizabeth, born 1757 married Rev. William H Warren in 1794. They probably only had one son in 1795 and called him Zachariah Shrapnell Warren, his mother died the following year. The Land Tax Assessments for the borough show Zachaiah Shrapnell assessed on lands of £24, paying £4-16-09 (in 1782), he died in 1796 and Mrs Shrapnell was the owner the following year, but she also died that year of 1797.
In 1798 the properties are shown divided between Henry Shrapnell Esq ., and the Rev. Warren paying £2-10-9d each. No . 8 Sty. Margaret's Street was part of that owned (in trust no doubt for his son) by Rev. W. N. Warren. The records for the assessment and collection of the Poor Rate and the Church Rate are listed in Streets for the first time from Easter 1808 in the Town.
In St. Margaret's Street the compiler or collector started in what later was called Bridge Street, which included what is now the Georgian Wine Lodge, owned by Margaret Miles, the wife of William Miles and he owned the Queen's Head known to us as the Three Gables. Thomas Beale was the tenant of what was formerly the Liberal Club and Richard Grist in 6-7 St. Margaret's Street (Neil Mattingly' House), and then the collector moved across the road to the properties that included "Westbury House" and the Dye House (St. Margaret's Hall) and the house now the River Side Inn, including the property now called "The Old Prebend House". He then moved back across the road to the houses that stood on the site of the house (now no.8), the tenants were William Hanney and Isaac Gibbs. The houses formerly Bryant's Hardware Shop were identified in 1808 as being the French Horn Inn owned by the Provis family (of Warminster). John Provis was shown as the owner in 1808, and Joseph Provis the tenant with a small part of it lived in by John Bull. Joseph Provis was also renting the cellar under no 8., probably as a narrow alleyway between the two buildings, no part of the entrance to the shop called Bindings. One would assume that the house formerly Bryant's did not have a cellar or if it did it was too small for the purpose of storing beer, etc.
William Hanny had married Elizabeth Peters at Holy Trinity Church in 1795 , one of the witnesses was the Wesleyan Methodist Minister of the Chapel in Pippet Street (now Market Street). All their children were baptised in that Chapel, now part of the Town Club. One of them -William Peters Hanny, born in 1802 is mentioned, as a staunch Methodist Leader at the new Chapel (that was erected on Coppice Hill in 1818) all his life, and the various descendents of this family in the town. The Church Rate Book assessments from Easter 1821 show that Rev. Warren's property to be void and the following year the house nor the cellar are listed, so it was obviously demolished by Easter 1822. The land was sold by Indenture of Conveyance dated 14th February 1824 by Rev. Zachariah Shrapnell Warren of Oakham in the County of Rutland, Clerk, to Isaac Batten, Mason and Builder of Bradford for £120. Situated and being in St. Margaret's Street in Bradford containing about 101/2 perches (more or less), bounded northerly and by in part eastwardly by a messuage, Cottage and premises of and belonging to General Henry Shrapnell. Southwardly and in other part eastwardly by a messuage and premises called the French Horn belonging to Samuel Provis and westwardly by St. Margaret's Street, (see sketch traced from the indenture below).
The House was rebuilt by Eater 1826 and was lived in by Isaac Batten and he was the owner assessed & paying 2 shillings and eight pence (2-8d). Isaac Batten made his Will in May 1827 and his son James Batten born c. 1795 was the Executor and inherited most of the properties on the Bath Road, Bearfield and in Woolley Street and in Newtown, but he had to raise several hundred pounds within two years for his sister. Charles Johnson became the tenant by the early 1830's and when the format changed in 1836/7 a Rateable Value was given and the rate in the £; Annual Value Rateable Value @6d £
Charles Johnson James Batten House £15-0-0 £7-10-0 3-9d
John Long Late James Long £9-0-0 £4-10-0 2-3d

(this latter one was formerly the French Horn Inn) James Long was a Coal Dealer, and he died in 1836. Charles Long was the Executor for his father, but he became bankrupt and eventually that property was sold to William Long, Mason. He was a member from 1826 of the Independent Chapel (now United Church). William Long erected the first School room at the Chapel in 1835 and it was enlarged to its existing size in 1850. He had married Michal Derreett in 1820 at Westwood and their eldest son, James eventually built the Town Hall in 1854 with another Builder.
Their second son William, Junior, erected Victoria Terrace and later in 1863 Albert Terrace, Michael Long is descended from their fourth and youngest son Charles Long and he inherited one of the two houses on that site c.1864 and now one entire property, recently called Bryant's. The values in the Church Rate Book for the houses in this part of St. Margaret's Street with the owners and tenants below and the numbers given to them in the 1841 Tithe Awards.
Church Rate Book Tenants Owners
No. 457 CJ. Pearce General Shrapnel House & Garden £36
No. 456 Wm. Long General Shrapnel House £15
No. 455 Chas. Johnson James Batten House £20
No. 454 John Miles Dinah Long House £11
No. 453 Ann Reynor Ann Reynor House £12

The details of the occupants from the 1841 Census
1 Joseph Pearce 25 Surgeon
Amelia Pearce 25
and three children and three servants
1 Joseph Joyce 45 Clock Maker (Father in Law of wm. Long)
Sarah Joyce 35
and three others named Joyce.
1 William Long 40 Mason
James Long 20
William Long 15
Sarah Long 15
John Long 10
Martha Long 5
Charles Long 4
Lavina Long 3
1 Charles Johnson 50 Grocer
Charlotte Moore 25 Female Servant
1 John Miles 60 Shoe Maker
and his family
1 Ann Reynor 70 Independent
Sarah Reynor 35 Independent
(n.b. Adult ages were rounded down to the nearest number divided by five.)
George Pussell was listed in the 1830 Commercial Directory as a Tailor in St. Margaret's Street, he shared the
property adjoining the Three Horse Shoes Public House and he was still there in the 1841 Census.
1 unoccupied (Formerly the Turn Pike House) opposite Saxty's, Estate Agents.
1 John Derrett 35 Grocer
(Tithe No. 441) and four others the eldest Jacob 70, Shoe Maker was probably his father, (he was baptised at
the In dependent Meeting House (Chapel) in c. 1773 a grandson of one of the Founder Members)
1 James Baker 55 Relieving Officer
1 Elizabeth Baker 40
1 George Fussell 50 Tailor
(Tithe No.442) Mary Fussell 50
John Fussell 20
George Fussell 15
and four other Fussell Children, and two Independent Ladies sharing that house vis.
Betty Davis 70
& Bridgett Hayward Davis 55

At some time after that and prior to 1851 Charles Johnson moved into Pippet (Market) Street and the above Fussell family moved into James Batten's property. Mrs. Fussell was a widow by the time of the 1851 Census, her son John (above ) was shown as a Tailor and Draper in St. Margaret's street in Hunt's Directory of 1848, bit whether that was their old abode or their new abode is not known. The Frickers had moved into the adjoining house and William Long and family had moved into the house he had purchased in 1845 and owned by James Long's Widow Dinah in 1841.
(n.b. these two "Long" families do not seem to be related).
Bridgett Hayward Davis had moved and was shown to be unmarried , aged 68 Years, an Annuitant and was a lodger born in Bradford at the home of James Duck a Master Baker in the property adjoining Ann Raynor' s (Tithe No.452).

1851 Census St. Margaret's Street.
Henry Fricker Head Married 40 Plumber & Glazier Somerset, Road
And his wife and large family
Mary Fussell Head Widow 52 Wilts. Bradford
John Fussell Son Married 32 Tailor Wilts. Bradford
Emma Fussell Dau.-in-Iaw Married 30 Tailor's Wife Glos. Bristol
Sarah Fussell Daughter Unmarried 22 Milner Wilts. Bradford
Mary Fussell Daughter Unmarried 22 Wilts. Bradford
Edward Fussell Son Unmarried 20 Attorney's Gen. Clerk Wilts. Bradford
William Long Head Married 54 Mason Wilts. Bradford
Michal Long Wife Married 53 Wilts. Bradford
Charles Long Son Unmarried 15 Mason Wilts. Bradford
Louisa Long Daughter 12 Scholar Wilts. Bradford

William Long had converted his house into two and a family called Leonard were living in the other part. a Batten and Henry, son of James Batten, Henry Batten was a Baker & a Grocer. H Applegate was Hubert and was a Woollen Cloth Manufacturer (see details in the first alphabetical Directory for Bradford in 1869). In the 1871 Census Household 8 was Charles Long in the house he inherited, by his father's Will proved in 1864, and at Household 7 was Charles Tucker, a Weaver, both of these houses on plot Tithe No. 454. The adjoining household No. 6 was a John Collie aged 38 years, a Chemist and he must be the one listed below.
Henry Batten, grocer of Bradford, died at Weston super Mare on 20th October 1879 and he was buried at the Holt road Cemetery in unconsecrated ground on the 23rd aged 59 years. It is assumed that Henry Batten's executor's sold the house and shop owned by Francis Ledbury in the Land Tax Assessments list below, he was living there in the 1881 Census. House numbering started in 1884 and that house became no. 11 (see page 16 of the 1886 Local Directory). Alfred Mayall below was a Carpenter and he was with his wife Mary members of the Congregational Church, as was Henry Alfred Summers.
Francis Roland Ledbury was the son of Samuel, born at or near Warminster and Eliza (nee' Batchelor) born in Bradford, daughter of James Batchelor and Elizabeth (nee. Bird), Francis was born about 1843 in Bradford. That was at the time when many of Bradford's work people were encouraged to emigrate, one of them was his mother's brother Uriah Batchelor and his family and they went to Nelson in New Zealand. Descendants of that family now live at Little Chantry and overlook the Bell Tower ofHoly Trinity, where James Batchelor, born in Bradford c. 1776 was recorded in 1799 as being on the 2nd Bell. Only recently has Roger been able to prove that it was Francis Ledbury's Grandfather that was on that Bell, see pages 36-37 of Ann Willis's book "Heard, but not seen " published 2001 by Ex Libris Press, Bradford on Avon, re- Daniel Batchelor, etc. Daniel Batchelor was named after his grand father Daniel Baird, and he was a member of the Independent Meeting on Morgan's Hill, from the latter part of the 18th Century, (see also Guardian Angel issue no. 12 Autumn 1993. Drawn to his Roots.).
James Batchelor seems to have attended the Old Baptist Church from about 1807 baptisms of his children at Holy Trinity stopped in 1805. His Gravestone is now one of the few remaining in that Burial Ground, his second wife Mary's stone and that of Samuel and Elise Ledbury are side by side in Bradford Cemetery at the bottom end near the pathway. Francis Ledbury and his father were in adjoining premises in Pippet Street in the 1871 Census, near what was in the last century Stan Green's Cycle and Toy shop.
Francis Ledbury continue living and working at no. 11 St. Margaret's Street and was still there in Kelly's directory of 1903, but by Kelly's of 1907 he had moved to no. 6 House numbers changed in 1905 and no. 11 became no. 8 and later William Howard Gale, Tailor was there till at least 1920. By 1925 John Gale is shown as occupying the premises . The next occupants is George Rossiter who is shown there in both the 1930 and 1945 Directories.

1841 Cenus entry showing Charles Johnson, aged 50 living at the house