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    Cradley Links

    The entry for Cradley in Kelly's 1860 directory lists 77 individuals.

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    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 in the county court district of Oldbury. The town itself lies a little off the main road; it is in the diocese of Worcester, 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. 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. The living is a perpetual curacy, annual value £151, in the gift of the Vicar of Halesowen, and held by the Rev. J.H. Thompson. Here also are places of worship for the Unitarians, the Baptists, the Wesleyans, and New Connexion Methodists; attached to the first 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.


    Kelly's 1860 Directory p.1173


    Bradshaw Mr. Ellis

    Cochrane Rev. W. [Unitarian], Netherend

    Hingley Mr. Noah, Chapel house

    Homer Mrs. Colley gate

    Homer Mr. Joseph, Park house

    Homfray Jeston, esq. Coleman hill

    Horton Mrs

    Thompson Rev. Joseph H. B.A. [incumbent], Colley gate

    Wood, Mr. Thomas, Colley gate


    Adams Jabez, British Arms, Overend

    Attwood James, butcher

    Attwood William, butcher

    Beasley Joseph, Blue Ball

    Bishop John, tanner, Park side

    Bloomer Thomas & Son, nail manufacturers, Colley gate

    Bloomer John, carpenter, Colley gate

    Bloomer Josiah, Robin Hood

    Bridgewater John, grocer

    Brookes David, draper

    Cemm Thomas, Bridge inn, & vice manufacturer

    Clewes Thomas, mop maker, Park side

    Cooper William, beer retailer, Colley gate

    Darby Joseph, tailor, Windmill hill

    Dawe Joseph, shopkeeper, Colley gate

    Emmett George, shopkeeper, Netherend

    Evers Samuel & Sons, manufacturers of charcoal horsenail rods, best & common iron wire pads for fencing, cables, bars &c. Cradley forge

    Fellows Joseph, maltster

    Fellows Susannah (Mrs), miller

    Fellow Thomas, Old Mogul, Netherend

    Fennell Sidney, surgeon

    Finch Simeon, Old Two Gates

    Forrest Edwd. shopkeeper, Windmill hill

    Fox Thomas, Fish, & maltster

    Gadd John, cider retailer

    Gill Daniel, butcher & shopkeeper, Windmill hill

    Grove John Haden, grocer, Colley gate

    Harper & Moore, coal masters, manufacturers of Stourbridge fire bricks of all descriptions, fire clay retorts, crucibles & glass house pots of all kinds, & proprietors of best glasshouse pot clay, Lower Delph

    Haddock John, plumber & painter, Netherend

    Harper Joseph, farmer, Homer hill

    Hawkeswood Joseph, beer retailer

    Hawkeswood Richard, boot & shoe maker, Colley gate

    Hawkesworth William Herbert, Sun, & shopkeeper, Overend

    Hingley Noah & Sons, iron merchants & manufrs. of chains, cables & anchors

    Hingley James, butcher & beer retailer

    Hipkiss Henry, iron manufr. Lodge forge

    Hipkiss Sarah (Mrs.), iron manufacturer, Rag mill

    Hodgetts Charles, hat manufacturer & felt works, Park side

    Hughes Isaiah, Holly Bush

    Jones Joseph, accountant

    Jones William, maltster Netherend

    Jones William, Black Swan

    Kendrick William, beer retailer

    King Brothers, proprietors of Stourbridge clay & manufacturers of fire brick, glasshouse pots &c. &c. Netherend

    King Joseph & Co. brick & tile manufacturers & coal masters, Netherend

    Laister Thomas, maltster, Colley gate

    Leonard Samuel, May Pole

    Mason James, farmer, Overend

    Mole William, beer retailer, Colley gate

    Mole William Henry, blacksmith, Colley gate

    Newth William, beer retailer, Colley gate

    Oliver William, beer retailer, Colley gate

    Paddock Hannah (Mrs.), shopkeeper

    Rock William & Co. nail, chain cable & trace manufacturers

    Roper Wm. beer retailer, Colley gate

    Shaw Wm. beer retailer & shopkeeper, Netherend

    Smith Samuel, grocer & druggist

    Stringer Wm. beer retailer, Netherend

    Tandy James, butcher, Colley gate

    Tate Abel, Bull's Head

    Tate James, shopkeeper

    Thomas Henry, beer retailer, Netherend

    Tibbetts Joseph, Shovel inn, & shopkeeper, Park side

    Warr John, beer retailer

    Williams Eliza (Mrs.), Netherend tavern, Netherend

    Wyer Judith (Mrs.), beer retailer

    Wyer Samuel, plumber & glazier

    Wythes Joseph, linendraper & grocer

    Yeomans Williams, tailor

    POST OFFICE.- Mrs Elizabeth Christopher, receiver. Letters arrive from Brierley Hill at 7.15 a.m. ; dispatched at 6 p.m. The nearest money order office is at Cradley heath


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

    Unitarian, Mr. Thomas Henry Billingham, master ; Mrs. Billingham, mistress

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

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