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    Cradley Links

    Billing's 1855 Directory

    “Billing's directory and gazetteer of the County of Worcester, containing a descriptive account of every town, village, hamlet, etc., followed by a general directory”



    CRADLEY, a chapelry to the parish of Halesowen, is distant about 2 1/2 miles E. from Stourbridge, on the road to Halesowen and Birmingham. It contained in 1851 a population of 3383 inhabitants.


    Cradley is bounded on the N.W. by the river Stour, and coal and ironstone are found in great quantities and of good quality in this locality ; whilst on the opposite side the soil is a rich clay, and affords excellent pasturage. It is a very populous neighbourhood, and the chief trade carried on is the manufacture of chains, cables, anchors, nails, hammers &c.


    The CHURCH is a plain but neat erection, situate at Church Hill. The Rev. Archdeacon Hone, Vicar; Rev. Charles W. Simons, Incumbent; Rev. G. A. Caley, Curate ; Mr. F. Simms, organist; Mr Thomas Home, Clerk1. Service - 10 30 a.m., and 6 p.m. ; Wednesday, 7 p.m.


    The BAPTIST CHAPEL is a small2 brick building, situate at the top of the town. Rev. John Sneath, Minister. Service - 10 30 a.m., and 6 p.m.


    The UNITARIAN CHAPEL is at Nether End. Rev. Wm. Cochrane, Minister. Service - 11 a.m. and 3.pm.


    The WESLEYAN METHODIST CHAPEL is a large edifice3, situate at the bottom of the village. Rev. John S. Redsdale, Minister. Service - 10 30 a.m., and 6 p.m.


    The PRIMITIVE METHODIST CHAPEL is a small building, and was erected in 1853. No stated Minister. Service - 10 30 a.m.. and 6 p.m.


    The NATIONAL SCHOOL is supported partly by endowments, and the remainder by the children's payments.


    THE UNITARIAN SCHOOL, for boys and girls, is supported by endowments and subscriptions. Thomas H. Billingham, Master; Mary Ann Billingham, Mistress. Average number of scholars - boys, 40; girls, 30.

    Billings 1855 Directory. p.942
    Billings 1855 Directory. p.943

    DIRECTORY


    Cochrane Rev. William, Unitarian Minister, Nether End

    Homer Mrs. Sarah, Colley Gate

    Jones Mrs. Elizabeth F, Tregarren House

    Mason Mr Samuel, Nether End

    Redsdale Rev. John, Welseyan Minister

    Simons Rev. Chas. W., Colley Gate

    Swindell James E., Esq., Magistrate


    Adams Jabez, victualler, Bull's Head, Over End

    Adams Henry, shopkeeper

    Attwood James, butcher, Nether End

    Attwood William, butcher

    Beasley John, victualler, Blue Ball

    Bennett Samuel, beer retailer

    Bishop & Patshall, tanners

    Bloomer Joseph, victualler, pawnbroker, and shopkeeper, Robin Hood

    Bloomer Thomas, nail and chain factor

    Brettell John, shopkeeper

    Cemm Thomas, vice maker, jobbing smith, and victualler, Bridge Inn

    Clews Thos. M., woollen mop maker, Park Terrace

    Emmett George, shopkeeper, Nether End

    Fellowes Joseph, malster and miller

    Fellowes Thomas, victualler, Old Mogul, Nether End

    Fox Thomas, victualler, Fish

    Gadd John, cider seller and fruiterer

    Gill Daniel, shopkeeper

    Grove John H., beer retailer and shopkeeper, Colley Gate

    Haddock John, painter and glazier, Nether End

    Hall James, hair dresser

    Harper Joseph, farmer, Colley Lane

    Hawkeswood Joseph, beer retailer and shopkeeper, Yew Tree

    Hawkeswood William, victualler, Rising Sun, Over End

    Homer Thomas, Parish Clerk4

    Hingley Noah, & Sons, ironmasters, chain and anchor makers, &c.

    Hodgetts Charles R., woolstapler, Park Terrace

    Howell Thomas, auctioneer, appraiser, victualler, printer, and stationer, agent to the Birmingham Fire Office, Black Swan

    Hughes Isaiah, victualler, Holly Bush

    Jones Henry, fruiterer

    Jones William, maltster, Nether End

    Kendrick William, beer retailer

    King Messrs., Fire-Brick Works, Nether Endl house, Wassell Grove

    Laister Thomas, maltster

    Leonard Samuel, sen., shopkeeper and farmer

    Mole Fanny, blacksmith and victualler, Colley Gate

    Oliver Benjamin, contractor

    Owen William, beer retailer and shop-keeper, Old White Lion

    Parkes William, beer retailer, Crown

    Parrish Henry, victualler, Two Gates

    Rock Wm., & Co., manufacturers of nails, rivets, traces, chains, chain cables &c., and at 143, Gt. Charles St., Birmingham see advertisement

    Simms Elizabeth, victualler, Crown

    Smith Samuel, shopkeeper

    Stevens John, chain maker, Nether End

    Tate A., victualler, British Arms,Over End

    Tibbets John, victualler, Old Two Gates, Park Side

    Westwood Joseph, victualler, malster, and shopkeeper, Malt Shovel

    Whythes Joseph, grocer and draper

    Williams Eliza, victualler, Nether End Tavern, Nether End

    Williams Joseph, beer retailer, Horse and Jockey, Nether End

    Wood Thomas, spade and shovel maker, &c., Colley Gate House

    Wright Alfred J., chemist, grocer, &c.

    Wyer Samuel, painter and glazier

    Wyer Samuel E, beer retailer

    Yeomans W., tailor and draper, Colley Lane


    Notes


    The microfilm at the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia (which is almost certainly from the BMSGH films) from which this transcription was prepared shows four hand-written markings on the original, made by persons unknown. While not condoning the defacement of library books, it is intriguing that somebody felt strongly enough to make their thoughts known in this way.


    1 The person has marked this as Clerk beadle, now dead. The words "now dead" would seem to indicate that the markings were made perhaps around the turn of the century.


    2 Apparently the person felt that the Baptist Chapel was being slighted, for they have crossed out the adjective: small


    3 Conversely, they have taken exception to the description of the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel: a large edifice


    4 Again, Thomas Homer's title is corrected: Clerk Beadle

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