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    Cradley Links

    1854 Post Office Directory

    The entry for Cradley in the 1854 Post Office directory has 70 individuals


    CRADLEY, a very extensive and populous parish, formerly belonging to the borough of Halesowen, is situated 2½ miles east of Stourbridge, 3 south from Dudley, and 9½ from Birmingham. The town itself lies a little off the main road ; it is in the diocese of Worcester, and in the Hundred of Halfshire, Worcestershire archdeaconry, and deanery of Kidderminster, with a population, in 1851, of 3,383. It forms part of a populous, mercantile and manufacturing neighbourhood, in which the iron trade is carried on in all its branches. From the increasing importance of this town a post-office receiving-house has been very recently established here. The soil in general is a rich clay, fertile in all kinds of grain, and excellent pasturage, and the lands on the north and west of NETHEREND (a part of the township of Cradley parish) abound with coal and ironstone. A court baron and a court-leet are held at Cradley, on the last Tuesday in October, at which the steward presides as judge, assisted by a jury of respectable inhabitants. Within the township are five places of worship, belonging respectively to the Church of England, benefice valued at £116 per annum, in the patronage of the Archdeacon of Halesowen, the Unitarians, the Baptists, the Wesleyans, and New Connexion Methodists; attached to the fist is a National school, under the government inspection. That belonging to the Unitarians is supported partly by endowment and partly by an annual collection. The number of free boys is 30, of girls 12. The extensive ironworks of Messrs. Evers and Sons are in this district, and are engaged principally in the manufacture of superior qualities of iron, by the charcoal, or wood coal, process ; and Messrs. Noah Hingley and Sons are extensively engaged in the manufacturing of anchors, anvils, and chain and chain cables. There are likewise manufactures of sword blades, files, rasps, vices, anvils, hammers, nails, bayonets, anchors, chain cables, bellows, felt hats, fire bricks, hats and woollen yarn. Ironstone and cement works are extensively carried on at the Hayes, Messrs. George Atwood and Sons, proprietors. One mile from the northern extremity of Cradley, in a romantic vale, agreeably diversified with plantations of firs, is a spring of salt water, called the Lady Well, highly esteemed on account of its medicinal qualities. In the summer it is very much frequented. Lord Lyttelton is lord of the manor. In 1852, a grant of land was made by the sons of the late Rev. George Biggs (a former vicar of the parish of Halesowen), for the enlargement of the burial ground of this parish.


    NETHEREND, COLLEY GATE, OVEREND, and COLMAN HILL, are near the town.



    GENTRY Bourne Mr. William, Park side

    Cochrane Rev. William [Unitarian minister], Netherend

    Evers Samuel, esq. Netherend

    Grove Mrs

    Hingley Mr. Noah, Colly gate

    Homer Absalom Cox, esq. Colly gate ho

    Horton Mr. William

    Hyde Rev. Charles, B.A. [curate]

    Simons Rev. C. W. M.A. [incumbent], the Hill

    Swindell James Evers, esq. Park side

    Wood, Mr. Thomas, Colly gate

    TRADERS.


    Adams Jabez, 'British Arms', Overend

    Attwood George & Sons, fire brick, iron stone & cement works, the Hays

    Attwood James, butcher

    Attwood William, butcher

    Beasley John, 'Blue Ball'

    Beasley Stephen, butcher

    Bishop John, tanner, Park side

    Bishop Thomas, grocer & druggist

    Bissell Joseph, file & rasp mfr. Netherend

    Bloomer John, carpenter, Park side

    Bloomer Josiah, 'Robin Hood'

    Bradshaw Ellis, relieving officer, Park si

    Buffrey John, file & rasp manufacturer

    Cemm Thomas, Bridge inn

    Christopher William, shoemaker

    Clewes Thos. shopkpr. & mop maker, Park si

    Cooper William, beer retailer, Colly gate

    Dawe Joseph, shopkeeper, Colly gate

    Dayns William, 'Windmill'

    Edwards William Evan, anvil, vice, hammer & nail manufacturer

    Evers Samuel & Sons, iron manufactrs

    Fellows Joseph, maltster & miller

    Fellows Thos. 'Old Mogul', Netherend

    Forrest Edwd. shopkpr, Windmill hill

    Gill Daniel, butcher

    Gill Daniel, shopkeeper

    Grove David, shopkeeper, Windmill hill

    Grove John Haden, grocer, Colly gate

    Harper Joseph, beer retlr. Colly lane

    Hawkeswood James, farmer, Overend

    Hawkesworth Joseph, beer retailer

    Hawkesworth William Herbert, 'Sun', & shopkeeper, Overend

    Hill Mary (Mrs.), shopkpr Netherend

    Hingley Noah & Sons, anvil, chain & anchor manufacturers

    Hingley Mary (Mrs.), 'Swan'

    Hodgetts Charles Rubey, hat manufacturer & woollen yarn spinnr. Park side

    Homer Absalom Cox, agent to the Birmingham district fire office, Colly gate

    Hughes Isaiah, 'Holly Bush'

    Jackson Henry, bootmkr. Colly orchard

    Jones Joseph, 'Fish'

    Jones Mary (Mrs.) shopkeeper, Park si

    Jones Thomas, butcher, Colly lane

    Jones William, maltster, Netherend

    King Joseph, fire brick maker

    Leonard Samuel, 'May Pole'

    Lester Thomas, maltster, Colly gate

    Mole Frances (Mrs.), 'Colly Gate,' & blacksmith

    Norbury John, beer retailer

    Oliver William, beer retailer & farmer

    Oxford Richd. boot & shoe ma. Colly gate

    Parrish Henry, 'Old Two Gates'

    Robson George, clock & watch maker

    Rock Brothers, nail factors

    Smith Samuel, grocer & druggist

    Stevens John, chain manufr. Netherend

    Williams Eliza (Mrs.) beer rtlr. Netherend

    Wooldridge Sterbert, 'Holly Bush'

    Wyer Samuel E. plumber, paintr. & glazr

    Wythes Joseph, linendraper & grocer

    Letters arrive from Stourbridge at 9 a.m. & are dispatched at 5 p.m.


    INSURANCE AGENT.- Birmingham District Fire, & Clerical & Medical, Mr. Absalom Cox Homer, Colly gate


    PUBLIC OFFICERS:-

    Relieving Officer, Mr. Ellis Bradshaw, Park side

    Parish Constables, Henry Adams, John Buffrey, & Thomas Allchurch Parkes

    PUBLIC SCHOOLS:-

    National, Mr. Rigg, master; Miss Chamberlain, mistress

    Unitarian, Mr. Billingham, mastr.; Mrs. Billingham, mstrs


    COACHES from Stourbridge to Birmingham, & back, daily, pass through

    Post Office Directory 1854 p.147
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