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    Cradley Links

    “The Post Office directory of Birmingham, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire” published by Kelly and Co., London, 1876, lists 152 residents of Cradley

    CRADLEY is a township, and extensive and populous district of the parish of Halesowen, having a station on the Birmingham and Stourbridge section of the Great Western railway, situated 2 1/2 miles east from Stourbridge, 4 south from Dudley, and 9 1/2 south-west from Birmingham, in the Eastern division of the county, hundred of Lower Halfshire, Stourbridge union and country court district, rural deanery of Dudley, 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. The church, orginally intended for a Lady Huntingdon chapel, is a brick building, which was restored in the year 1874, at a cost of £4,000: has chancel, nave and aisles, and modern Gothic tower containing 8 bells and a clock. The register dates from the year 1798. 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 living is a vicarage, yearly value £300, in the gift of the rector of Halesowen, and held by the Rev. Joseph Hesselgrave Thompson, B.A., of Hertford College, Oxford. Attached to the church is a National school, under Government inspection. Here are places of worship for Unitarians, Baptists, Wesleyans, and New Connexion Methodists. The Unitarian school is supported partly by endowment and partly by annual collections. The extensive iron works of Messrs. Evers and Sons are in this district : the firm are engaged principally in the manufacture of superior qualities of iron, by the charcoal or wood coal process ; files, rasps, vices, anvils, hammers, nails, anchors, chain cables, and fire bricks are made, and here are the extensive works of Messrs. Harper and Moores, manufacturers of fire-bricks, clay retorts, and crucibles ; this firm are also proprietors of Stourbridge clay. Messrs. King Brothers are also proprietors of the celebrated Stourbridge clay, and have likewise extensive works for the manufacture of bricks and other fire-clay goods. The works of the Cradley Colliery Company are situated in the centre of the parish. 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. There are a few handsome residences here : the Elms is the seat of W. P. Strawson, esq., the view from the grounds and windows of which is extensive and picturesque. 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, producing 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) abound with coal and ironstone. The area is 732 acres ; rateable value, £11,287; the population in 1861 was 4,075, and in 1871, 4,700.

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

    Parish Clerk, Isaac Bloomer.

    POST OFFICE.- Mrs Elizabeth Christopher, receiver. Letters arrive from Brierley Jill at 7.30 a.m.& 2.40 p.m.; dispatched at 8.35 a.m. & 6.35 p.m. The nearest money order office is at Cradley Heath

    INSURANCE AGENTS.- Imperial, John Bloomer & G. Burford, Cradley Heath


    Excise Officer, Osborne Oliver, Clay Bank

    Rate Collector, Ambrose Pearson, Two Lane ends, Colley gt

    Registrar of Births & Deaths, Felix Smith, Halesowen

    SCHOOLS :-

    British, Samuel Bridge, master; Mrs Mary Bridge, mistress

    National, Thomas Davies, master; Miss Ann Metheringham, mistress

    Unitarian, James McIlwrath, master ; Miss Sarah Roberts, mistress

    Railway Station, Richard Roach station master

    CARRIERS TO BIRMINGHAM.- Simeon Wooldridge, to Crown inn, Broad st. on tues. thurs & sat, ; Lloyd, to Crown inn, Broad st. tues. thurs. & sat, returning at 5 p.m. ; to 'Spread Eagle', Spiceal st. tues. thurs. & sat. returning at 3.20 p.m

    Kelly's Directory 1876 p.942
    Kelly's Directory 1876 p.943


    Attwood Thos. Essington ho. Colman hl

    Baker George Henry, Colley gate

    Barnett Miss, Fair View lodge

    Bloomer Isaac Parkes

    Brougall James, Colley gate

    Bullock Joseph, Colley gate

    Buncher Rev. James [curate]

    Cochrane Rev. Walter [Unitarian], Netherend

    Cragh Thomas, Aston villas

    Dakin Geo. Fdk. Clent view, Windmill hl

    Forrest Joshua, Poplar cottage

    Griffin William

    Hingley Bardesley, Aston vils. Colley gt

    Hingley Joseph, Linton house

    Hingley Noah, J.P. Hatherton Lodge

    Hingley Samuel, Fairview

    Homer Joseph Benjamin, Chapel house

    Homer Mrs, Colley gate

    Homer Thomas, Colley gate

    Homfray Jeston, Coleman hill

    Kendrick Wm. West end, Colley gate

    Lloyd Thomas Hemmings

    Morgan Rev. Maurice [Baptist]

    Mountford John, Colley Gate house

    Mountford Richard, Highfield house

    Smith William Robinson, Clyde house

    Strawson William Pearson, The Elms

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

    Thompson Wesley Hayes

    Tucker Rev. Alfred [Wesleyan]


    Adams Jabez, Bull's Head, Overend

    Adams Wm. chair maker, Windmill hl

    Arnett Sarah (Mrs), beer retailer

    Attwood Eliza (Mrs.), hame maker & beer retailer

    Attwood James, Fish Inn

    Attwood William, butcher

    Bayliss George, Bridge inn

    Beasley Allen, chain maker, Two gates

    Bennet Saml. beer retailer, Two gates

    Bird Mary Ann (Mrs.), haberdasher &c

    Bloomer Geo. Albert, draper, Colley gate

    Bloomer Isaac Parkes, bldr. Windmill hl

    Bloomer John, grocer, Windmill hill

    Bloomer Joseph, grocer

    Bloomer Mary (Mrs.), pawnbroker

    Bloomer Philip, chain maker

    Bloxley Peter, chain maker

    Blunt Felix, shopkeeper

    Blunt Thomas, chain maker

    Brettell Edward, grocer

    Brettell James, grocer

    Bridgwater John, grocer & agent for W. & A. Gilbey, wine & spirit merchants

    Brooks David, Black Swan

    Bunn William, beer retailer

    Burchell George, haberdasher

    Cartwright Fanny (Mrs.), shopkeeper

    Clewes T.M. & Son, hardware dealers, Park side

    Clift Henry, boot & shoe maker

    Coley Christopher, shopkeeper

    Cook Hannah (Mrs.), Crown

    Cox Thos. beer retailer, Windmill hill

    Cradley Colliery Co. (Edward Jewkes, manager), coal masters

    Crompton Henry, nail maker

    Darby Joseph, tailor, Windmill hill

    Deeley William, Rose &Crown

    Dunn William, Blue Ball

    Evers Samuel & Sons, manufacturers of charcoal rods, best & common nail rods, fencing rods & bars, small, square & round, also importers of swedish rods, Cradley iron works

    Fellows Susannah (Mrs.), miller

    Fellows Thos. beer retailer, Netherend

    Finch Simeon, Old Two Gates

    Foley Edward, farmer, Homer hill

    Foley Martha (Mrs.), dress maker

    Forrest Brothers & Co. manufacturers of horse nails & wrought nails, chain cables, anchor, crane & ship's rigging chains, spades, shovels & forks, anvils, vices & cart hames &c. & iron merchants. See advertisement

    Forrest Richd. beer retailer, Windmill hl

    Fox Thomas, maltster, Overend

    Gadd Joseph, greengrocer

    Gill Daniel, butcher

    Griffin Wm. anchor ma. Victoria works

    Grove John Haden, grocer, Colley gate

    Harbach Ann (Mrs.), dress maker

    Hawkeswood Benj. Sun, Colley Gate

    Hawkeswood William Herbert, farmer, Overend

    Hawkeswood James, butcher

    Hill Albion, nail maker

    Hill Christopher, shopkeeper

    Hill Daniel, butcher

    Hill John, boot & shoe maker

    Hill Labon, haberdasher, Cradley forge

    Hill Thos. beer retlr. Park Lane farm

    Hingley Benjamin, grocer

    Hingley James, beer retailer

    Hingley James, butcher & farmer

    Hingley James, chain maker

    Hopkiss Hy. iron manufr. Lodge forge

    Hodgetts Emily (Mrs.) polishing felt manufacturer, Park side

    Homer Hill Colliery Co. Limited (A. Ebenezer Wenham, sec)

    Homer Hy. greengrocer, Cradley forge

    Homer Paul, general dealer, Park side

    Hughes Harry, grocer

    Hughes Isaiah, Holly Bush

    Hughes Samuel. malster

    Jones & Lloyd, manufrs. of chain cables

    Jones Isaac, painter, Windmill hill

    Jones Samuel, beer retailer

    Jones Susannah. (Mrs) maltstr. Nethernd

    Laister Thomas, farmer, Colley gate

    Lane James, iron founder

    Leonard Eliza (Mrs.) frmr. Cradley forge

    Leonard Samuel, May Pole

    Manning George, beer retailer

    Mason Charles, farmer

    Mears Frank, shopkeeper

    Mole Jane (Miss), beer retlr. Colley gate

    Mole Wm. Hy. blacksmith, Colley gate

    Moore John, shopkeeper

    Mountford, Homer & Mountford, iron merchants & manufacturers of wrought nails, chain cables, anchors, crane & ships' rigging chains, spades & shovels, anvils, vices &c. Cradley works ; & 6 1/2 & 7 Fore street, Limehouse, London e

    Oliver William, maltster & beer retailer

    Paddock Hannah (Mrs.), grocer

    Parkes William, shopkeeper, Colley lane

    Parrock George, draper

    Partridge Geo. chain manfr. High park

    Pateshill John, tanner, Park side

    Peake Samuel, grocer

    Pearson Ambrose, dairymn. & rate colletr

    Pearson Amos, linen draper

    Perry James, grocer, Two gates

    Priest James, nail maker

    Priest John, smith

    Raybould Phoebe (Mrs.), shopkeeper

    Roper Emanuel, White Lion inn, Colley gate

    Shaw William, brick maker, Netherend

    Sidaway William, shopkeeper

    Southall John, nail maker

    Southam Geo. nail maker, Windmill hl

    South Staffordshire Waterworks Co. offices, 56 Union passage, Birmingham

    Spencer Edward William, shopkeeper, Windmill hl

    Stevens John, grocer, Netherend

    Stevens Richard, The Windmill, Windmill hill

    Tandy David, butcher, Colley gate

    Tate James, shopkeeper

    Tate Samuel, British Arms

    Tate William, beer retailer

    Taylor Geo. boot & shoe maker, Colley la

    Taylor William, nail maker

    Thompson Wesley Hayes, surgeon

    Tibbetts Elizabeth (Mrs.), Shovel inn, Park side

    Turner Richard, nail maker

    Walker David, nail maker

    Walker Felix, nail maker

    Walker William, nail maker

    Warr Samuel, brick maker

    Willetts Zachariah, coal dealer, Colley gt

    Worton Chas. nail maker, Windmill hl

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