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    Cradley Links

    The entry for Cradley in Kelly's 1864 directory has 93 individuals.

    Cradley Links wishes to record our grateful thanks to Paula Anne Beasley, who generously gave her time to produce this transcription.

    CRADLEY, is a very extensive and populous district of the parish of Halesowen, situated 2 1/2 miles east from Stourbridge, 3 south from Dudley, and 9 1/2 from Birmingham in the county court district of Stourbridge, diocese of Worcester, in the hundred of Lower Halfshire, Stourbridge union, Worcester archdeaconry, and deanery of Kidderminster. 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. 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 B.A. Here also are places of worship for Unitarians, Baptists, Wesleyans and New Connexion Methodists; attached to the Church is a National school, under the government inspection. The Unitarian school 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. There are likewise manufactures of files, rasps, vices, anvils, hammers, nails, anchors, chain cables and fire bricks. Iron stone 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. The population in 1861 was 4,075.

    NETHEREND, Colly gate, Overend, Two Gates and Colman Hill are near the town.

    Parish Clerk, Henry Charlton


    Bradshaw Mr. Ellis

    Cochrane Rev. W. [Unitarian], Netherend

    Fennell Sidney, esq

    Hingley Mr. Noah, Chapel house

    Hingley Mr. Samuel

    Homer Mrs. Colley gate

    Homer Mr. Joseph, Colley gate

    Homfray Jeston, esq. Coleman hill

    Moore Henry, esq, Park house

    Smith Mr. William

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

    Wood, Mr. Thomas, Colley gate


    Adams Jabez, British Arms, Overend

    Attwood Benjamin, beer retailer

    Attwood James, butcher

    Attwood William, beer retailer

    Attwood William, butcher

    Beasley Joseph, Blue Ball

    Bennett William, beer retailer

    Bloomer Thomas & Son, nail manufacturers, Colley gate

    Bloomer John, carpenter, Colley gate

    Bloomer Josiah, Robin Hood

    Boxley Benjamin, beer retailer

    Bridgewater John, grocer

    Cartwright Isaiah, Cooper

    Cemm Thomas, Bridge inn, & vice manufacturer

    Clewes Thomas, mop maker, Park side

    Cox Thomas, beer retailer, Colley gate

    Darby Joseph, tailor, Windmill hill

    Davenport Thomas, Crown

    Dawe Joseph, shopkeeper, Colley gate

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

    Emmett George, shopkeeper, Netherend

    Fellows John, 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

    Hall James, shoemaker

    Hall John, shoemaker

    Harper & Moores, 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, tax collector, Colley gate

    Hawkesworth William Herbert, Sun, Overend

    Hingley James, butcher

    Hipkiss Henry, iron manufacturer. Lodge forge

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

    Hodgetts Chas, hat manufr, Park side

    Hughes Isaiah, Holly Bush

    Jones Joseph, accountant

    Jones Mary Ann (Miss), shopkeeper

    Jones William, Black Swan

    Jones William, maltster Netherend

    Kendrick William, beer retailer

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

    King Joseph & Co. coal masters, manufacturers of glassed stoneware & blue sewerage pipes, terra cotta, white building bricks, Chimney tops, blue & red bricks, quarries, roofing tiles, drain pipes &c. Netherend

    Laister Thomas, maltster, Colley gate

    Leonard Samuel, May Pole

    Mason James, farmer, Overend

    Mole Lucy (Miss), beer retailer, Colley gate

    Mole William, beer retailer, Colley gate

    Mole William Henry, blacksmith, Colley gate

    Oliver William, beer retailer, Colley gate

    Paddock Hannah (Mrs.), shopkeeper

    Pateshall Thomas, tanner, Park side

    Perry James, wood turner, Colley gate

    Rock William & Co. nail manufacturers

    Roper Wm. beer retailer, Colley gate

    Shaw William. beer retailer, Netherend

    Sidaway William, shopkeeper

    Smith Samuel, grocer

    Stringer Wm. beer retailer, Netherend

    Talbott George, beer retailer, Netherend

    Tandy James, butcher, Colley gate

    Tate Abel, Bull's Head

    Tate James, shopkeeper

    Tate William, beer retailer

    Thomas Henry, beer retailer, Netherend

    Tibbetts Joseph, Shovel inn,Park side

    Warr John, beer retailer

    Webb William, beer retailer, Colley gate

    Westwood Benjamin, beer retailer

    Williams Eliza (Mrs.), Netherend tavern, Netherend

    Wyer Samuel, plumber & glazier

    Wythes Joseph, linendraper & grocer

    Yeomans Williams, tailor

    Young William, greengrocer

    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, James Simpson, master; Miss Mary Ann Wooldridge, mistress

    Unitarian, Mr. Thomas Henry Billingham, master ; Miss. Elizabeth Kennedy, mistress

    CONVEYANCE:- Coaches from Stourbridge to Birmingham & back, pass through daily

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