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    Cradley Links

    1872 Post Office Directory

    The 1872 Post office directory lists 135 Cradley individuals



    CRADLEY is a township, and extensive and populous district of the parish of Halesowen, having a station on the Birmingham and Stourbridge section of the Great Western railway, situated 2 1/2 miles east from Stourbridge, 3 south from Dudley, and 9 1/2 from Birmingham, in the Eastern division of the county of Worcestershire, hundred of Lower Halfshire, Stourbridge union and country court district, rural deanery of Kidderminster, and archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester. The town itself lies a little off the main road ; it forms part of a populous mercantile and manufacturing neighbourhood, in which the iron trade is carried on in all its branches. A court baron and a court leet are held here on the last Tuesday in October, at which the steward presides as judge, assisted by a jury. The church, orginally intended for a Lady Huntingdon chapel, is a plain brick building, with cupola and 1 bell, having a chancel, nave and aiseles, and a clock. The register dates from the year 1798. The living is a vicarage, yearly value £300, in the gift of the rector of Halesowen, and held by the Rev. Joseph Hesselgrave Thompson, B.A., of Magdalen Hall, Oxford. Attached to the church is a National school, under Government inspection. The Unitarian school is supported partly by endowment and partly by an annual collection. The number of free boys is 30, fo girls 12. There are also Baptist, Wesleyan, and Ragged schools. Here are places of worship for Unitarians, Baptists, Wesleyans, and New Connexion Methodists. 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. The extensive iron works of Messrs. Evers and Sons are in this district : the firm are engaged principally in the manufacture of superior qualities of iron, by the charcoal or wood coal process. There are likewise manufactures of files, rasps, vices, anvils, hammers, nails, anchors, chain cables, and fire bricks. Here are the extensive works of Messrs. Harper and Moores, manufacturers of fire-bricks, clay retorts, crucibles, &c.; this firm are also proprietors of Stourbridge clay. Messrs. King Brothers are also proprietors of the celebrated Stourbridge clay, and have likewise extensive works for the manufacture of bricks and other fire-clay goods. The works of the Cradley Colliery Company are situated in the centre of the parish. 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. There are a few handsome residences here : the Elms is the seat of J. W. Aston, esq., the view from the grounds and windows of which is extensive and picturesque. Lord Lyttleon is lord of the manor. The principal landowners are the New British Iron Company, Jeston Homfray, esq., and the Old Swinford Hospital. The soil in general is a rich clay, fertile in all kinds of grain, and forming excellent pasturage ; and the lands on the north and west of Netherend (a part of the township of Cradley) abound with coal and ironstone. The area is 732 acres ; gross estimated rental, £13,072; rateable value, £11,287; the population in 1861 was 4,075, and in 1871, 4,700.


    NETHEREND, Colley Gate, Overend, Two Gates, and Coleman Hill are near the town.


    Parish Clerk, Isaac Bloomer.


    POST OFFICE.- Mrs Elizabeth Christopher, receiver. Letters arrive from Brierley Jill at 7.45 a.m.& 2.40 p.m.; dispatched at 6.45 p.m. The nearest money order office is at Cradley Heath

    INSURANCE AGENTS.- Imperial Fire, J. Bloomer

    PUBLIC OFFICERS :-

    Excise Officer, Osborne Oliver, Clay Bank

    Rate Collector, Richard Hawkeswood, Colley gate

    Registrar of Births & Deaths, Joseph Smith, Halesowen

    SCHOOLS :-

    National, Thomas Davies, master; Miss Mary Ann Wooldridge, mistress

    Unitarian, Thomas Henry Billingham, master ; Miss Annie Roberts, mistress

    Wesleyan, Nicholas Yeamon, master

    Baptist, master, vacant

    Ragged, Mrs. Emma Field, mistress

    Railway Station (Great Western), Richard Roach, station master

    CARRIERS :- Simeon Wooldridge, to Crown inn, Broad street, Birmingham, on tuesday, thursday & saturday. Lloyd, to Crown inn, Broad street, Birmingham, tuesday, thursday & saturday, returning at 5 p.m. ; to Spread Eagle, Spiceal street, tuesday, thursday & saturday, returning at 3.30 p.m


    Aston James Wood, The Elms

    Baker George Henry

    Barnett Miss, Fair View lodge

    Buncher Rev. James [curate]

    Cochrane Rev. Walter [Unitarian], Netherend

    Hingley Joseph, Linton house

    Hingley Noah, J.P. Hatherton Lodge

    Hingley Samuel, Fairview

    Homer Joseph Benjamin, Chapel house

    Homer Mrs, Colley gate

    Homer Thomas, Colley gate

    Homfray Jeston, Coleman hill

    Morgan Rev. Maurice [Baptist]

    Mountford John, Poplar cottage

    Mountford Richard, Highfield house

    Palmer Rev. Andrew [Wesleyan]

    Smith William, Clyde house

    Thompson Rev. Joseph H. B.A. [vicar]

    Thompson Wesley Hayes

    Wood (Mrs.), Colley Gate house


    COMMERCIAL.


    Adams Jabez, Bull's Head, Overend

    Adams William, Blue Ball

    Allport Henry, boot & show maker, Windmill hill

    Arnett Sarah (Mrs), beer retailer

    Aston J. Wood & Co. (late Wood Bros.), manufacturers of chain cables, anchors & rigging chains ; also crane, incline, pit & all other kinds of chains, iron & steel shovels, spades & forks, anvils, vices, scythes, hay & chaff knives, picks, hammers, nails, railway & mining tools, frying pans, bowls, ladles, use iron of all descriptions, Stourbridge fire bricks and clay, &c. &c. Cradley (postal address, Stourbridge). See advertisement

    Attwood Eliza (Mrs.), manufacturer of hames of all descriptions

    Attwood James, Fish Inn

    Attwood William, butcher

    Beasley Allen, chain maker, Two gates

    Bellingham Geo. beer retlr, Two gates

    Bennett Saml. beer retailer, Two gates

    Bennett William, Victoria

    Bloomer Thomas & Son, nail manufacturers, Colley gate

    Bloomer Geo. Albert, draper, Colley gate

    Bloomer Isaac Parkes, buildr, Colley gate

    Bloomer John, builder, Windmill hill

    Bloomer Joseph, grocer

    Bloomer Philip, chain maker

    Bloxley Peter, chain maker

    Blunt Felix, shopkeeper

    Blunt Thomas, chain maker

    Brettell James, grocer

    Bridgwater John, grocer

    Bunn William, beer retailer

    Clewes Thomas. & Son, mop maker, Park side

    Cook Elizabeth (Mrs.), Crown

    Cox Thos. beer retailer, Windmill hill

    Cradley Colliery Co. (Edward Jewkes, manager), coal masters

    Crompton Henry, nail maker

    Darby Christopher, linen draper

    Darby Joseph, tailor, Windmill hill

    Deeley William, Rose &Crown

    Evers Samuel & Sons, manufacturers of charcoal rods, best & common nail rods, fencing rods & bars, small, square & round, also importers of swedish rods, Cradley iron works

    Fellows Thomas, Old Mogul, Netherend

    Fellows William, miller

    Finch Simeon, Old Two Gates

    Foley Edward, farmer, Homer hill

    Folkes Wm. beer retailer, Windmill hill

    Forrest Brothers & Co. manufacturers of wrought nails, chain cables, anchor, crane & ship's rigging chains, spades & shovels, anvils & vices &c. & iron merchants, Windmill hill

    Forrest Alice Helen (Mrs.), ironmonger, Windmill hill

    Forrest Edwd. shopkeeper, Windmill hill

    Fox Thomas, maltster, Overend

    Gadd Joseph, cider retailer

    Gill Daniel, butcher

    Griffin William, anchor maker

    Grove John Haden, grocer, Colley gate

    Harper & Moores, coal masters, manufacturers of Stourbridge fire bricks of all descriptions, fire clay retorts, crucibles & glasshouse pots of all kinds, & proprietors of best glasshouse pot clay, Lower Delph works. See advertisement

    Harper Reuben, beer retailer, Colley gate

    Hawkeswood Richard. Sun, Colley gate

    Hawkeswood William Herbert, farmer, Overend

    Hill Albion, nail maker

    Hill John, boot & shoe maker

    Hill Thomas, farmer, Park Lane farm

    Hingley James, butcher & farmer

    Hingley James, chain maker

    Hipkiss Hen. iron manfr. Lodge forge

    Hodgetts Rubey Charles, polishing felt manufacturer, Park side

    Homer Paul, general dealer, Park side

    Hughes Harry, grocer

    Hughes Isaiah, Holly Bush

    Hughes Samuel, maltster

    Jones & Lloyd, manfrs. of chain cables

    Jones Isaac, painter, Windmill hill

    Jones Samuel, beer retailer

    Jones Susannah. (Mrs) maltstr. Nethernd

    King Joseph & Co. coal proprietors & manufacturers of blue bricks, tiles &c. Netherend

    King Brothers, manufacturers of fire bricks, glasshouse pots &c. & crucibles in clay & plumbago, & proprietors of Stourbridge clay; & at 36, 37 & 38 Lichfield street, Birmingham. See advt

    Laister Thomas, maltster, Colley gate

    Lane James, iron founder

    Leonard James, farmer, Cradley forge

    Leonard Samuel, May Pole

    Markham Frederick John, grocer

    Mason Charles, farmer, Overend

    Mills Edward, wheelwright, Colley gate

    Mole Fanny (Miss), beer retailer, Colley gate

    Mole Wm. Hy. blacksmith, Colley gate

    Moore John, shopkeeper

    Mountford, Homer & Mountford, iron merchants & manufacturers of wrought nails, chain cables, anchors, crane & ships' rigging chains, spades & shovels, anvils, vices &c. Cradley works ; & 6 1/2 & 7 Fore street, Limehouse, London e

    Oliver Edwin, contractor, Colley gate

    Oliver William, maltster

    Paddock Hannah (Mrs.), shopkeeper

    Parks William, shopkeeper, Colley lane

    Parrock George, draper

    Partridge Geo. chain manfr. High park

    Pateshill John, tanner, Park side

    Pearson Amos, linen draper

    Perry James, grocer, Two gates

    Priest Ellen (Mrs.), shopkeeper, Colley la

    Priest John, smith

    Roper Emanuel, shopkeeper, Colley gate

    Roper William, farmer, Windmill hill

    Shaw William, brick maker, Netherend

    Sidaway William, shopkeeper

    Southall John, nail maker

    South Staffordshire Waterworks Co. offices, 56 Union passage, Birmingham

    Stevens John, grocer, Netherend

    Stevens Richd. beer retlr. Windmill hill

    Stevens Wm. beer retailer, Netherend

    Tandy David, butcher, Colley gate

    Tate James, shopkeeper

    Tate Samuel, British Arms

    Tate William, Bridge inn

    Taylor Geo. boot & shoe maker, Colley la

    Taylor William, nail maker

    Thompson Wesley Hayes, surgeon

    Tibbetts Elizabeth (Mrs.), Shovel inn, Park side

    Walker David, nail maker

    Walker Felix, nail maker

    Walker William, nail maker

    Warr Samuel, brick maker

    Webb Thomas, plumber &c

    Williams Thomas, linen draper, Windmill hill

    Yates Ann (Mrs.), beer retailer

    Yeomans Williams, tailor


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