John James Hough was named on the Westgate Street documents from 1794 until 1799, along with various others. He was described then as a bookseller but later was also called a stationer and printer. John James (always recorded with the double name) was born around 1758. On 7th January 1774, he was apprenticed to Thomas Dunn, a book binder and stationer, for the sum of £20.
When his seven year apprenticeship ended, on 15th January 1781, John James Hough was made a freeman of the City of Gloucester. Later that year, he married Sarah Pace, on 25th October 1781 at St Nicholas Church. The couple produced eight children over the next 15 years: Charles, Mary, John James junior, George, Henry, Helen, Arthur and Ellen. Of these, Charles and Arthur followed their father into the book binding and stationery business; John James junior went into the Royal Navy as a Lieutenant and George went off to Oxford where he gained a Bachelor of Arts degree, becoming a clerk.
In 1796, the Mayor and Burgesses of the City of Gloucester re-leased their part of the property to John James Hough and, three years later, in 1799, the Dean and Chapter of Gloucester Cathedral conveyed the other part to him.
When he died in 1821, John James Hough left a will, originally written in 1812. The will, proved in London in 1822, was much edited, with deletions and insertions, both in the text and in the margins. The widow, Sarah Hough, her son Charles Hough and sister in law Mary Hobbs all had to swear that the alterations were made in the hand of John James Hough with which they were very familiar.
John James Hough senior and his wife Sarah were both buried in the Chapelry of the Hospital of St Mary Magdalene. The inscription on their tomb reads:
Underneath this stone are deposited the remains of
John James Hough of the City of Gloucester Bookseller
who departed this life Dec 1st 1821 aged 63 years
Also Arthur son of the above John James Hough
who died on the 12th Jany 1822 aged 27 years
Sarah relict of the above named John James Hough
who died May 5th 1825 aged 70 years.