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    Cradley Links

    Cradley Police Station

    It is not known when the Police station opened, it is first mentioned in Kelly’s Trades Directory 1884 listed as, County Police station High Street, John Clare in charge.


    The 1888 Kelly’s lists William Webb in charge. The 1892 Kelly’s lists County Police station, Colley Lane Walter Clarke officer in charge. By 1904 Walter Clarke is the Sergeant in charge and four constables.


    1901 census Colley Lane Police Station.


    Front View of the Police Station

    Walter Clark Head married 40 Sergeant of Police born Britton Gloucs.

    Louisa Clarke wife married 39 born Tetbury Gloucs.

    Edward Webb boarder single 24 Police Constable born Tenbury Worcs.

    George Dyson boarder single 23 Police Constable born Severn Stoke Worcs.

    Charles Clarke son 18 single Furnace fitter born Oldbury Worcs.

    Florence Clarke daughter 8 born Cradley Worcs.

    William J Allen Head married 37 Police constable born Hanley Castle Worcs.

    Louisa Allen wife married 37 born Hanley Castle Worcs.

    William C Allen son 6 born Cradley Worcs.


    The Journal of Police Constable 317 George Thomas Dyson was found in a drawer in the Police Station whenit was being used as a Community Centre. It is dated from August 9th 1900 to 14th May 1903. It contains mainly dates, hours of duty and places patrolled around Cradley and the surrounding districts.


    In the front of the book are several documents, this one relates to the movement of pigs during an outbreak of swine fever and is dated 15 th October 1899 signed by Frank Oliver. One pig is to be moved from Frank Oliver’s Barn Farm, Two Gates, Cradley to Frank Oliver’s Oldnall Farm, Two Gates, Cradley. The form is counter signed by Sergeant Clarke.


    The Maypole was a Public House in Maypole Hill Netherend Cradley kept by the Leonard Family for several generations.


    Please click below to download a list of cases bought forward by George Dyson PC 317. In PDF Format

    File:Police.pdf


    From Thursday October 18th 1900 to Thursday 25th October George is on leave at Severn Stoke where according to the census he was born. All his leave in the journal is spent back home. In 1903 he gets married at Severn Stoke, and by the 1911 census he is a Police Constable at Clows Top Bewdley with his wife Helen and son Alfred Harold Dyson aged 6 years.


    Colley Lane with the schools on the left & Police Station on the right.


    1911 Census Police station Cradley has two families and two single police constables living there.


    William Nobes head 44 married 17 years Police Sargent Worc. County

    Annie Maria Nobes wife 50

    William Arthur Nobes son 16 single

    Beatrice Maud Nobes daughter 11 school

    Percy George Nobes son 8 school

    Joseph Ernest Johnson head 37 married Police Constable

    Elizabeth Louise Johnson wife 33

    Harold Ernest Johnson sone 11 school

    Ernest Hayes 27 single Police Constable

    Arthur Joseph Ashford 25 Police Constable.


    A typical weeks patrols from the Journal


    Friday 12 th October 1900 Hours of duty, 9am-5pm & 8.30-12.30pm. Names of places visited, Stourbridge, Lutley & Hagley Gate, Colley Gate & Overend. Remarks, To Attend Petty sessions. Met PC304 Lutley 9pm, PC228 Hagley Gate 10pm,S337 PC231 Overend 12midnight.


    Saturday 13 th October 1900 Hours of duty,9am-1pm, 2pm-5pm & 10pm to 4am.Names of places visited, Station, Stourbridge, Two Gates & Overend, Cradley Park & Colman Hill, Netherend & Cradley Bridge. Remarks, Cleaning Station. Received Pay from Mr Supt. Pugh £2.5s 9d Met S337, PC 231 Overend 12midnight. S337 PC 262 Cradley Park 1am PC231 Colman Hill 2am.


    Sunday 14 th October 1900 Hours of duty 2.30pm -4.30pm & 9.45pm- 4.45am.Names of places visited Colley Gate & Oldnall, Overend & Two Gates, Netherend & Cradley Bridge, Round of Beef & Careless Green. Remarks, On Patrol Met PC122 Overend 11pm, S337 PC288 Netherend 12.30am. Met PC262 Careless Green 4am.


    Monday 15 th October 1900 Hours of duty 6pm-8pm & 10pm -4.30am. Names of places visited, Two Gates & Overend, Colley Gate & Overend, Cradley Park & Two Gates, Fairview & Careless Green. Remarks, On Patrol. Met S337 PC122 Overend 12 midnight, met S337 PC288 Cradley Park 1am PC122 Fairview 3am, met PC288 Careless Green 4am.


    Tuesday 16 th October 1900 Hours of duty 6pm-8pm & 10pm- 4.30am. Names of places visited, Two Gates & Oldnall, Colley Gate & Overend, Cradley Park & Wassell Grove & Hagley Gate. Remarks, On Patrol met S337 Colley Gate 11pm PC122 Overend 12 midnight S337 PC288 Cradley Park 1am, PC288 Wassell Grove 2-30am, PC202 Hagley Gate 3-30am.


    Wednesday 17 th October 1900 Hours of duty 6pm-8pm & 8pm-2.30am.Names of places visited Colley Gate & Overend, High Street & Maypole, Overend & Cradley Bridge. Remarks On Patrol Met S337 PC231 High Street 11pm, Met Staffs PC Overend by crossing 1am.


    Thursday 18 th October 1900 Names of places visited Severn Stoke On Leave. Remained at Severn Stoke until Thursday 25 th October returning at 9pm.


    At the back is a list of Cases brought forward by George Dyson PC 317.


    1900


    Three keys were found still in the doors of the cells of the Police Station.

    Thomas Clifton Driving without lights 6s-6d & costs

    Sidney Parkes Shooting with catapult 6s-6d& costs

    Harry Bridgewater Drunk & disorderly 2s-6d & costs

    Harry Willetts Gambling 5s & costs

    George Smith Gambling 5s & costs

    Solomon Brettle Drunk & disorderly 5s & costs

    Joseph Robinson Drunk & disorderly 10s & costs

    Walter Williams Indecent Language 10s & costs

    William Robinson Indecent Language 5s & costs

    Daniel Round Drunk & Disorderly 10s & costs

    William Roberts Indecent Language 10s & costs

    William Scott Coal stealing 5s including costs

    Benjamin Rice Coal stealing 5s including costs

    Edward Wood Coal stealing 5s including costs

    Stephen Skelding Coal stealing 5s including costs

    Jemima Skelding Coal stealing 5s including costs

    Benjamin Scott Coal stealing 5s including costs

    Christopher Hill Indecent Language 5s & costs

    James Worton Indecent Language 5s & costs

    Charles Brettle Drunk & Disorderly 10s & costs

    William Harbach Indecent Language 10s & costs

    William Johnson Drunk & Disorderly 15s & costs

    Hamblett Johnson Drunk & Disorderly 15s & costs

    Ephraim Wood Indecent Language 5s & costs

    David Millward Drunk on highway 5s & costs

    Edward Bloomer Indecent Language 10s & costs

    David Burgess Gambling 10s including costs

    William Crumpton Gambling 10s including costs

    Ernest Dunn Gambling 10s including costs

    William Rawlings Gambling 10s including costs

    William Plant Gambling 10s including costs

    Harry Bridgewater Gambling 10s including costs

    William Cox Drunk on Licenced Premises Assault on Police 10s & costs

    Joseph Harris Drunk on highway 5s & costs

    Eli Hart Drunk in charge 10s & costs

    William Roberts Indecent Language 15s & costs

    William Marsons Indecent Language 5s & costs

    William Hill Drunk & Disorderly 5s & costs

    Frederick Pass Drunk & Disorderly 5s & costs

    December 14 th Sarah Cross Drunk on the highway 5s & costs

    December 21 st Margaret Baker Indecent Language 2-6d & costs


    1901


    January 4 th William Cox Drunk & Disorderly 5s & costs

    Sidney Taylor Wilful damage 6d & costs

    Benjamin Tromans Drunk on highway 5s & costs

    February 8 th Ephraim Wood Drunk & disorderly 7-6d & costs

    February 22 nd Timothy Harris Drunk & disorderly 5s & costs

    March 8 th Samuel Grove Drunk & disorderly 5s & costs

    March 15 th John Robins Driving without a light 5s & costs 5s

    March 22 nd Joseph Williams Indecent Language 5s & costs

    April 4 th Frederick Lloyd Riding bicycle without light 5s & costs 10s

    April 12 th James Unwin Indecent Language 1s & costs

    April 19 th Daniel Round Drunk & disorderly 10s & costs

    May 10 th Joseph Bloomer Indecent Language 7-6d & costs

    Harry Willetts Gambling 5s including costs

    William Ray Gambling 5s including costs

    George Edmunds Gambling 5s including cost

    May 31 st Frank Shaw Drunk & Disorderly 5s & costs

    June 7 th Joseph Robinson Gambling 10s & costs

    David Robinson Gambling 10s & costs

    Joseph Robinson Gambling 10s & costs

    Joseph Harris Gambling 10s & costs

    Nelson Harris Gambling 10s & costs

    June 21 st Alfred Burrows Indecent Language 10s & costs

    Annie Smith Coal stealing 2/6d & costs

    May Rawlings Coal stealing 2/6d & costs

    Emma Hill Coal stealing 2/6d & costs

    Alice Billingham Coal stealing 5s & costs

    August 16 th William Pardoe Gambling 15s including costs

    Thomas Baker Gambling 15s including costs

    Joseph Meredith Gambling 15s including costs

    Albert Pritchard Gambling 15s including costs

    Edward Brooks Gambling Dismissed

    August 30 th William Williams Drunk & disorderly 10s & costs

    September 27 th Charles Brettell Drunk on the highway 15s & costs

    October 18 th Alfred Worton Shooting with a catapult 5s & costs

    Samuel Crampton Indecent Language 10s & costs

    November 1 st Alfred Burrows Indecent Language 10s & costs

    Levi Cliff Gambling 10s including costs

    John Crampton Gambling 5s including costs

    Albert Crampton Gambling 5s including costs

    Frank Pearson Gambling 5s including costs

    November 8 th James Pearson Gambling 5s including costs

    Harry Harrison Gambling 5s including costs

    George Smith Gambling 5s including costs

    November 22 nd Joseph Kirton Drunk & Disorderly 10s & costs

    John Smith Gambling 5s & costs

    Thomas Crampton Gambling 10s & costs

    Aaron Unwin Gambling 10s & costs

    Joseph Gill Gambling 10s & costs

    Harry Jasper Gambling 5s & costs

    November 29 th John Beasley Drunk & Disorderly 2/6d & costs

    John H Bishop Breach of the peace Paid costs 8/6d

    Thomas Kirkham Breach of the peace Bound over 8/6d

    December 6 th Alfred Hawks Indecent Language 2/6d & costs


    1902


    January 3 rd Jane Cole Indecent Language 5s & costs

    Frank Shaw Drunk & disorderly 2/6d & costs

    January 17 th Joseph Pearson Drunk & disorderly 5s & costs

    January 24 th Frederick Ryder Riding bicycle on footpath paid costs 7/2d

    January 31 st Benjamin Forrest Gambling 5s & costs

    Lefroy Bashford Gambling 5s & costs

    Bert Mobberley Gambling 5s & costs

    Percy Clews Gambling 5s & costs

    February 28 th Herbert Bissell Driving without lights Paid costs 6/6d

    March 14 th Kate Unwin Indecent Language 5s & costs

    March 21 st Alfred Wooldridge Indecent Language 5s & costs

    April 18 th Frederick Pass Drunk & Disorderly 5s & costs

    May 16 th Thomas Fellows Horse straying Paid costs 4/6d

    May 23 rd Thomas Morriss Riding bicycle on footpath 10/- & costs

    June 6 th Tydal Parsons Drunk & disorderly 5s & costs

    June 13 th Ernest Dunn Drunk on highway 2/6d & costs

    June 19 th William Bate Drunk on highway 10/- & costs

    July 4 th Kate Unwin Indecent Language 5s & costs

    July 4 th Roseannah Smith Indecent Language 2/6d & costs

    July 4 th William Hill Wilful damage Paid costs 4/-

    July 4 th Thomas Hill Wilful damage Paid costs 4/-

    July 11 th William Yates Drunk & disorderly 5s & costs

    July 25 th Albert Fowkes Drunk & disorderly 2/6 & costs

    Charles Winkett Indecent Language 5s & costs

    Joseph Taylor Wilful damage Paid costs 5/-

    Pharoah Knowles Wilful damage Paid costs 6/-

    Frederick Turner Wilful damage Paid costs 5/-

    William Chance Wilful damage Paid costs 5/-

    William Taylor Wilful damage Paid costs 7/6d

    John N Chance Wilful damage Paid costs 5/-

    Eli Wakeman Wilful damage Paid costs 5/-

    August 1 st Moses Knowles Gambling 5s & costs

    John Brettell Gambling 2/6d & costs

    William Kendrick Gambling 2/6d & costs

    James Aston Gambling 2/6d & costs

    August 8 th Joseph Dillard Drunk & disorderly 5s & costs

    August 15 th Minnie Taylor Coal stealing Paid costs 5s

    August 22 nd John Shilton Indecent Language 10s & costs

    Andrew Priest Gambling 5s & costs

    Frederick Garton Gambling 2/6d & costs

    Arthur Potter Gambling 2/6d & costs

    John Williams Gambling 2/6d & costs

    August 29 th Joseph Allen Wilful Damage 7/6d & costs

    Mary Ann Chaloner Coal stealing Paid costs 7/6d

    October17 th Phoebe Heath Coal stealing 10/6d including costs

    Hannah Homer Coal stealing 10/6d including costs

    October 31 st Thomas Davies Drunk & disorderly 5s & costs

    Nov. 1 st William Smith Breach of the peace Paid costs 9/6d

    Felix Dunn Breach of the peace Paid costs 9/6d

    Nov. 14 th Emmanuel Taylor Indecent Language 5s & costs

    Nov. 28 th David Kirton Drunk & disorderly 7/6d & costs

    Benjamin Tromans Drunk & disorderly 5s & costs

    Dec. 5 th Thomas Perry Drunk on Highway 5s & costs

    Dec. 19 th Daniel Round Drunk & disorderly £1.0.0 & costs


    1903


    January 2 nd William Stokes Drunk on highway 2/6d & costs

    Heber Edmunds Breach of the peace Paid costs 9/6d

    Samuel Woodhouse Breach of the peace Paid costs 9/6d

    January 9 th William Newey Drunk & disorderly 5s & costs

    Ellen Round Indecent Language 5s & costs

    January 23 rd Mary Knowles Coal stealing 10/- including costs

    February 13 th Phoebe Ann Robins Coal stealing 5/- & costs

    Timothy Shaw Drunk on highway 5/- & costs

    February 27 th John Henry Smith Stealing post 40s including costs

    March 20 th Benjamin Barker Drunk on Licenced Premises 10s & costs

    “ “ Wilful damage 2 months & £

    March 27 th Frederick Evans Gambling 5s & costs

    Frank Pearson Gambling 10s & costs

    April 17 th Samuel Southall Indecent Language 10s & costs

    Walter Cole Gambling 7/6d & costs

    George Bullock Gambling 7/6d & costs

    Ernest Powell Gambling 5s & costs

    William Tromans Gambling 5s & costs

    George Green Gambling 5s & costs

    William Stevens Gambling 7/6d & costs

    Reuben Brettell Gambling 7/6d & costs

    May 8 th John Bloomer Drunk & disorderly 2/6d & costs

    The last entry in the journal is Thursday 14 th May 1903.


    Entry on back page November 10 th 1902 Posted 12 Bills respecting swine fever infected area. Between August 10th 1900 and May 14th 1903 PC George Dyson PC317 brought forward 170 cases.


    Of those 16 were ladies, 11 charged with coal stealing, 4 with indecent language and 1 drunk on the highway.


    There were 54 cases of Gambling

    31 cases drunk & disorderly

    28 cases indecent language

    16 cases of coal stealing mainly women

    11 cases wilful damage

    10 cases drunk on highway

    6 Breach of the peace

    2 Driving without lights

    2 shooting with catapult

    2 Riding bicycle on footpath

    1 drunk on licenced premises and assault on Police officer

    1 drunk on licenced premises

    1 Drunk in charge

    1 Driving without a light

    1 Riding a bicycle without a light

    1 Horse straying

    1 stealing post


    Nearly all of the cases resulted in a fine some with costs and some including costs, only one resulted in prison, that of Benjamin Barker who on 20th March 1903 was given a two month prison sentence for Wilful damage and was fined 10/- and costs for being drunk on licenced premises.


    The largest fine of 40 shillings including costs was given to John Henry Smith for the crime of stealing post on 27th February 1903. The smallest of 6d and costs was given to Sydney Taylor on January 4 th 1901 for Wilful damage.


    As PC 317 George Dyson’s patrols took him to Wassell Grove, Hagley, Wollescote and Lye not all the miscreants were from Cradley, they were all tried at Stourbridge Petty Sessions on Fridays. PC Dyson also had to travel to Stourbridge to collect his pay. Saturday mornings were spent cleaning the Station. He was also responsible for posting bills and serving summonses while on patrol.


    On Tuesday 9 th October and Wednesday 10 th October 1901 he was on special duty at Stourbridge Town Hall.


    Taken from the County Express January 1977, The Police Station in Colley Lane was to be demolished and a new community centre built in its place. The Police Station had closed some years earlier and had been used as a community centre. It was demolished and a new community centre built in its place.
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