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    Bentley's 1840/41 Directory

    Bentley's "History, Guide and Alphabetical Classified Directory of Stourbridge" includes a particularly good treatment of Cradley.

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    Is a populous Village in the chapelry of the same name, belonging to the parish of Halesowen, which is an isolated portion of Shropshire. The village is 2 1/2 mile E. of Stourbridge, and 2 N.E. of Halesowen, and consists mostly of irregularly built cottages, and a few shops and respectable houses. The township contains about 700 acres, and in 1831 the population was 2,202, but is much increased since that time.

    The land seems well cultivated, but the principal part of the inhabitants are employed in making nails, traces, anvils, gun barrels, and many other articles of iron and steel to a great extent; and there are mines of coal in the neighbourhood, but of inferior quality. An attempt was made some time ago to manufacture salt here, but without adequate success.

    The CHAPEL-OF-EASE, or CHURCH, was erected in 1789, containing seats for 600, with galleries on three sides; and a neat organ was added in 1793, by voluntary contributions. The church is situated full 1 mile N.W. from Halesowen on the brow of a commanding hill, from whch may be seen a fruitful and extensive landscape. The living is a perpetual curacy in the joint patronage of certain trustees, in whom also is vested the lay impropriation, net income £160.; and the present curate is the Rev. John Jones, M.A. There were several small charities belonging to the township, but most of them are lost. The roof, ceiling and other parts of the church being much dilapidated, underwent a thorough repair in 1824-5, by subscription and voluntary contribution. Service commences every Sabbath at half-past 10 morning, and half-past 2 afternoon; and every Wednesday evening at 7 o'clock. There are National and Sunday Schools attached to the church.

    BAPTIST'S CHAPEL was erected in 1803, containing sittings for 350, and the Rev. William Davies is the officiating minister. Service commences on Sunday at 1/2 past 10 morning, 1/4 before 3 afternoon, and 6 evening. There is a Sunday School attached, erected in 1830.

    METHODIST (WESLEYAN) CHAPEL is situated in the N.W. part of the township, and is a neat brick edifice, with sittings for 300; it was erected in 1826, but from the increased attendance it is expected to be rebuilt shortly on an enlarged plan, on the present site. Service every Sunday at 1/2 past 10 in the morning, 1/2 past 2 in the afternoon, and 6 in the evening, and there is a Sunday School behind the Chapel.

    UNITARIAN CHAPEL, in Park-lane, Weather-end, was erected by subscription, (T. Pargeter, Esq, of Foxcote, gave £100) in 1796, about a quarter of a mile W. from Cradley Church. It is approached by a gateway, and a few trees shading the entrance, gives it a neat appearance. There is a burial ground, parsonage house, and two fields belonging to it, and a free school for 30 boys and 12 girls. There are also several charities belonging to the chapel. Service commences every Sunday at 11 morning, and 3 in the afternoon. The Rev. William Bowen, of Chapel-house, officiates.

    In Cradley is Noah Hingley's manufactory for chains, cables, anchors, anvils, &c. erected in 1839, and employing about 300 hands.

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    Adams Henry, victualler, Windmill, Colly Gate

    Allchurch Thomas, miller, Colly Gate

    Attwood James, butcher, Two-lanes-end

    Attwood Joseph, farmer, butcher &c.

    Bache Noah, gardener, Old Two Gates

    Badger Richard, Farmer

    Beasley Benjamin, victualler, Sun ; and gun-barrel maker, Overend

    Beasley John, sword-blade forger and victualler, Blue Ball

    Beasley Joseph, butcher

    Beasley William, butcher, Colly Gate

    Beasley William, butcher

    Bennett William, tailor,Colly Gate

    Best Mr. William Henry, Windmill-Hill

    Billingham Joseph, schoolmaster, Park-lane

    Bishop Thos., druggist, grocer, &c.

    Bloomer John, carpenter, Windmill-hill

    Bloomer Joseph, victualler, Robin-Hood

    Bloomer Mr. Thomas

    Bourn Mr. William

    Bowater Mr. James, Park-side

    Bowen Rev. William, Chapel house

    Brettell James, bricklayer, Netherend

    Brettell John, bricklayer

    Brettell Samuel, bricklayer &c Old Two Gates

    Camm Thomas, beerseller, &c.

    Colden Susanna, beerseller, Park-row

    Cooper John, plumber, glazier, &c. Park-row

    Cox James, gardener, Old Two Gates

    Cox Timothy, chain and trace maker, Old Two Gates

    Cox William, nail-factor and beerseller

    Davies Rev. William

    Downing John, millwright, Colly-Gate

    Edmonds Mr Ingley, Colly Gate

    Edwards Henry, maltster, Park-Row

    Edwards Richard, steel manufacturer, Homer-hill

    Edwards Mr William Evan, Old Two Gates

    Evers Henry, stock-taker, Netherend

    Evers Samuel, iron manufacturer, Netherend

    Fellows Joseph, miller

    Fellows Thomas, chain manufacterer and victualler, Mogul, Netherend

    Forrester Joseph, saddler

    Forrest Noah, beerseller, Light green

    Forrest S., bayonet-blade maker

    Haddock John, painter and beerseller, Netherend

    Hadley William, beerseller, Park-row

    Harper Joseph, grocer

    Harper Joseph, beerseller, Colly Gate

    Harrison Benj., schoolmaster, National School

    Harrison Elizabeth, victualler, Fish

    Haslewood George Dowler, surgeon and registrar of births and deaths for the Halesowen District

    Hawkswood James, farmer, Overend

    Hawkswood Joseph, beerseller and farmer

    Hawkswood William Herbert, beerseller

    Hill Miss Elizabeth, Windmill-Hill

    Hill Samuel, clerk

    Hingley Noah, chain-cable, anchor, anvil, &c., manufacturer, Netherend

    Hodgetts Moses, wool-dealer, Park-row

    Holyoake Catherine, schoolmistress, National School

    Homer Absalom, boot, &c., maker, Colly Gate

    Homer Noah Cox, beerseller, boot, &c., maker, Colly-gate

    Homer Sarah, letter-carrier, Park-row

    Homer Thomas, beerseller

    Horton Mr. William Henry

    Jones Rev. John, M.A.

    Johnson Levi, beerseller

    Jones George, grocer, Park-row

    Kenderick Daniel, sword-blade forger, Colly Gate

    Lea Francis, farmer, Old Two Gates

    Leonard Samuel, victualler, May Pole, Old Forge

    Mason James, farmer, Over-end

    Mason Saml., maltster, Netherend

    Meredith Mrs Esther, Park-row

    Mole Daniel, victualler & blacksmith, Colly Gate

    National School, B. Harrison, master, E. Holyoake. mistress

    Nicklin William, sword-blade forger, Colly Gate

    Oliver William, malster, Netherend

    Pargeter Thomas, nail manufacturer, Park-side

    Parish Joseph, beerseller, Old Two Gates

    Partridge Nr. Samuel, Netherend

    Pearson James, beerseller, Old Two Gates

    Petford Felix, draper and grocer

    Priest James, beerseller

    Reading Michael Pratt, relieving officer

    Rock John, grocer and boot and shoemaker

    Rock Mrs Mary, Colly Gate

    Roper William, beerseller and farmer, Colly Gate

    Shaw Henry, maltster, Netherend

    Smith Samuel, grocer and druggist

    Slocombe John, coal-merchant, Park-row

    Southall Joseph, clerk, Old Two Gates

    Southern Thomas, Colly Gate

    Stevens Ed., farmer, Netherend

    Tate Abel, victualler, British Arms, Overend

    Talbot Mr John, Colly Gate

    Tibbets Joseph, beerseller, Park row

    Troman Mr. Daniel, Overend

    Walker Stephen, beerseller, Light Green

    Wallis James, tailor, seedsman, &c., Colly-gate

    Unitarian Free school, Park-lane Joseph Billingham, master, Mary Billingham, mistress

    Westwood Joseph, boarding and day school, Netherend

    Wickes Gerard N, schoolmaster

    Wood Thomas, chain-manufacturer, Colly Gate

    Woodall Benjamin, iron-manufacturer, Lodge Forge

    Wright Daniel, victualler and porter dealer, Holly Bush

    Yorkshire Fire and Life Office, G. D. Haslewood, agent

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