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    Cradley Links

    The entry for Cradley in Kelly's 1868 directory has 93 individuals.

    CRADLEY is a township and 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 Eastern division of the county, hundred of Lower Halfshire, Stourbridge union and country court district, rural deanery of Kidderminster, and archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester. 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. A court baron and a court leet are held here on the last Tuesday in October, at which the steward presides as judge, assisted by a jury. The church, orginally intended for a Lady Huntingdon chapel, is a plain brick building, with cupola and 1 bell, having a chancel, centre and side aisles, and a clock. The living is a perpetual curacy, yearly vaue £151, in the gift of the vicar of Halesowen, and held by the Rev. J. H. Thompson, B.A., of Magdalen College, Oxford. In 1852 a grant of land was made by the sons of the Rev. George Biggs (a former vicar of the parish of Halesowen) for the enlargement of the burial ground of this parish Here also are places of worship for Unitarians, Baptists, Welseyans, 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 iron works 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 manufacturers of files, rasps, vices, anvils, hammers, nails, anchors, chain cables, and fire bricks. Here are the extensive works of Messrs. Harper and Moores, manufacturers of fire-bricks, clay retorts, crucibles &c. 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 Lyttleon is lord of the manor. The principal landowners are the New British Iron Company, Jeston Homfray, esq., and the Old Swinford Hospital. The soil in general is a rich clay, fertile in all kinds of grain, and forming 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. The population in 1861 was 4,075.

    NETHEREND, Colley Gate, Overend, Two Gates, and Colman Hill are near the town.

    Parish Clerk, Henry Charlton.

    POST OFFICE.- Mrs Elizabeth Christopher, receiver. Letters arrive from Brierley Hill at 7.45 a.m. ; dispatched at 6.45 p.m. The nearest money order office is at Cradley heath


    General Fire & Life, Thomas Clewes, Park side

    Royal Fire & Life, George Henry Rice & Thomas Clewes, Park side

    SCHOOLS :-

    National, William Harris, master; Miss Mary Ann Wooldridge, mistress

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


    Aston James, esq. Colley Lane

    Baker Mr. George Henry

    Barnett Miss

    Cochrane Rev. Walter [Unitarian], Nethernd

    Hingley Mr. Noah, Chapel house

    Hingley Mr. Samuel, Fairview

    Homer Mr. Joseph

    Homer Mrs. Joseph, Colley gate

    Homer Mr. Thomas, Colley gate

    Homfray Jeston, esq. Coleman hill

    Smith Mr. William, Clyde house

    Thompson Rev. Joseph H. B.A. [incumbent]

    Wood Mr. Thomas, Colley gate


    Adams Jabez, British Arms, Overend

    Attwood Benjamin, beer retailer

    Attwood Richard, beer retailer

    Attwood William, beer retailer

    Attwood William, butcher

    Beasley Allen, chain maker, Two gates

    Bennett William, Blue Bell

    Bloomer Thomas & son, nail manufacturers, Colley Gate

    Bloomer John, carpenter, Colley gate

    Bloomer Josiah, Robin Hood

    Bowkley Edwd. whlwright, Netherend

    Brettle Edward, grocer

    Bunn William, beer retailer

    Clewes Thomas, mop maker, Park Side

    Cook Samuel, Crown

    Darby Joseph, tailor, Windmill hill

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

    Fellows John, miller

    Fellows Thomas, Old Mogul, Nethernd

    Finch Simeon, Old Two Gates

    Foley Edward, farmer

    Forrest Brothers & Co. manufacturers of wrought nails, chain cables, anchor, crane & ship's rigging chains, spades & shovels, anvils & vices &c. & iron merchants, Windmill hill

    Forrest Edwd. shopkeeper, Windmill hill

    Fox Thomas, maltster

    Gadd Joseph, cider retailer

    Gill Daniel, butcher

    Gower Francis William, grocer

    Griffin William, anchor maker

    Grove John Haden, grocer, Colley gate

    Harper & Moores, coal masters, manufacturers of stourbridge fire bricks of all descriptions, fire clay retorts, crucibles & glasshouse pots of all kinds, & proprietors of best glasshouse pot clay, Lower Delph works. See advert

    Harper Reuben, beer retailer, Colley gate

    Hathaway William, Fish

    Hawkeswood Richard, tax collector, Colley gate

    Hawkesworth Wm. Herbrt. Sun, Overnd

    Hill John, shoe maker

    Hingley James, butcher

    Hingley James, farmer, Neterend

    Hopkiss Henry, iron manufacturer. Lodge forge

    Hodgetts Charles, polishing felt manufacturer, Park side

    Homer Paul, shopkeeper, Park side

    Hughes Isaiah, Holly Bush

    Jones & Lloyd (late William Rock & Co.), manufacturers of chain cables, anchors, ship & crane chains, wrought nails, spikes, bolts, anvils, vices &c. & hardware merchants, Cradley

    Jones Mary (Mrs.) maltstr, Netherend

    King Brothers, manufacturers of fire bricks, glasshouse pots &c & plumbagom & and at 37, 38 & 39 Lichfield street, Birmingham. See advertisement.

    King Joseph & Co. coal proprietors & manufacturers of blue bricks, tiles &c. Netherend

    Laister Thomas, maltster, Colley gate

    Leonard Samuel, May Pole

    Mason James, farmer, Overend

    Mills Edward, wheelwright, Colley gate

    Mole Lucy (Miss), beer retailr. Colley gate

    Mole Wm. Hy. blacksmith, Colley gate

    Mountford, Homer & Mountford, iron merchants & manufacturers of wrought nails, chain cables, anchors, crane & ships' rigging chains, spades & shovels, anvils, vices &c. Cradley works ; & 7 Fore street,Limehouse, London e

    Oliver Edwin, contractor

    Oliver William, beer retailer, Colley gate

    Paddock Hannah (Mrs.), shopkeeper

    Pateshall Thomas, tanner, Park side

    Pearson Amos, linen draper

    Perry James, wood turner, Colley gate

    Priest David, grocer

    Priest John, smith

    Rice George Henry, linen draper

    Roper William, farmer, Windmill hill

    Shaw William, brick maker, Netherend

    Sidaway William, shopkeeper

    Simons Mary Frances (Mrs.), Bridge inn

    Smethem Henry, beer retlr. Colley gate

    Steadman Joseph, Black Swan

    Stevens Wm. beer retailer, Netherend

    Talbot George, beer retailer

    Tandy David, butcher, Colley gate

    Tate Abel, Bull's Head

    Tate James, shopkeeper

    Tate William, beer retailer

    Tibbetts Joseph, Shovel inn, Park side

    Warr James, brick maker

    Webb Thomas, plumber &c.

    Westwood Emma (Mrs.), beer retailer

    Wooldridge Simeon, van proprietor

    Yeomans Williams, tailor

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