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    Cradley Links

    The entry for Cradley in Kelly's 1880 directory has 149 individuals.

    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 £3,500 : has chancel, nave and aisles, and modern Gothic tower containing 8 bells. 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. 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 : 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 Hill at 7.15 a.m.& 2.15 p.m.; dispatched at 8.45 a.m. & 6.45 p.m. The nearest money order office is at Cradley Heath

    INSURANCE AGENTS.- Imperial Fire, J.Bloomer, Eaton place ; & J. Bridgewater


    Excise Officer, Osborne Oliver, Clay Bank

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

    Registrar of Births & Deaths, Felix Smith, Halesowen

    SCHOOLS :-

    British, Mr James Homer, master; Mrs Mary Ann Owen, mistress

    National, Thomas Davies, master; Miss Annie Grice, mistress

    Unitarian, James McIlwrath, master ; Miss Alice Dolley, mistress ; Miss Eliza Hingley, infants' 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. on tues. thurs. & sat, returning at 5 p.m. ; to 'Spread Eagle', Spiceal st. tues. thurs. & sat. returning at 3.20 p.m

    [For other names in the district, see STOURBRIDGE & ROWLEY REGIS.]


    Attwood Thos. Essington ho. Colman hl

    Barnett Miss, Fair View lodge

    Bloomer Isaac Parkes, Coleman hill

    Bridge Samuel, Aston villas

    Brougall James, Homer Hill house

    Buncher Rev. James [curate]

    Calderwood Robert, Colley gate

    Cochrane Rev. Walter [Unitarian], Netherend

    Dakin Geo. Fdk. Clent view

    Forrest Joshua, Poplar cottage

    Griffin William

    Hingley Joseph, Linton house

    Hingley Noah, Hatherton Lodge

    Hingley Samuel, Fairview

    Homer Joseph Benjamin, Chapel house

    Homer Miss, Colley gate

    Homer Thomas, Colley gate

    Homfray Jeston, Colman hill

    Kendrick Wm. West end, Colley gate

    Lloyd Thomas Hemmings

    Mountford John, Colley Gate house

    Mountford Richard, Highfield house

    Strawson William Pearson, The Elms

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

    Thompson Wesley Hayes, Lyde green

    Tibbetts Mrs. Colley gate


    Adams Jabez, Bull's Head, Overend

    Adams Wm. chair maker, Windmill hl

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

    Attwood James, butcher, Two gates

    Attwood William, butcher

    Bateman Thomas, colliery manager, Netherend

    Batham Daniel, beer retailer

    Bayliss George, Bridge inn

    Beasley Allen, Old Vine, Park road

    Bennet Saml. beer retailer, Two gates

    Bird Mary Ann (Mrs.), haberdasher &c

    Bloomer Thomas & Sons, nail & chain manufacturers, Colley orchard

    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 Mrs. chain maker

    Blunt Felix, shopkeeper

    Blunt Thomas, chain maker

    Boxley Henry, grocer, Two gates

    Boxley Peter, chain maker

    Brettell Edward, grocer

    Brettell James, grocer

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

    BROUGHALL JAMES, mining engineer, Homer Hill house

    Brooks David, Black Swan

    Clewes T.M. & Son,wool dealers, woollen manufacturers & merchants, Park side

    Clift Henry, boot & shoe maker

    Coley Christopher, shopkeeper

    Cornock James, shopkeeper

    Cox Joseph, Blue Ball

    Cox Thos. beer retailer, Windmill hill

    Cradley Colliery Co. (Joseph King & Co.), coal masters

    Crompton Henry, nail maker

    Darby Joseph, tailor, Windmill hill

    Deeley Lousia (Mrs.), Rose &Crown

    Evers Samuel & Sons, iron manufactrs. Cradley iron works

    Fellows Thos. beer retailer, Netherend

    Finch Simeon, Old Two Gates

    Foley Martha (Mrs.), dress maker

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

    Forrest Richd. beer retailer, Windmill hl

    Fox Thomas, maltster, Overend

    Gadd Joseph, greengrocer

    Gill Daniel, butcher

    Gilbert Sarah (Miss), ladies' school, Colley gate

    Griffin Wm. anchor ma. Victoria works

    Harper David, shopkpr. Windmill hill

    Harper Reuben, beer retailer, Colley gt

    Hawkeswood Benjamin, Sun, Overend

    Hawkeswood William Herbert,farmer, Overend

    Hawkeswood James, butcher

    Heeles Edward, grocer, Lyde green

    Hickman Wm. general dir, Park side

    Hill Albion, nail maker

    Hill Christopher, shopkeeper

    Hill John, boot & shoe maker

    Hingley Benjamin, grocer

    Hingley James, beer retailer

    Hingley James, butcher & farmer

    Hingley James, chain maker

    Hipkiss Henry, iron manufr. Lodge forge

    Hipkiss Moses, beer retailer

    Hipkiss William Evan, Lodge Forge inn

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

    Homer Benjamin, Bell

    Homer Hill Colliery Co. Limited (A. Ebenezer Wenham, sec.; James Broughall, man)

    Homer Hy. greengrocer, Cradley forge

    Homer Paul, general dealer

    Hughes Harry, grocer

    Hughes Isaiah, Holly Bush

    Hughes Samuel, maltster

    Jones & Lloyd, manufrs. of anchors, anvils, vices, bolts & nuts, backnbands, cables & rigging chains, crane chains, hammers, horse nails, improved connecting links, rivest, shackles, sail clews, shipping tackle, ship's lamps, spikes, tackle & clip hooks, thimbles, traces, wrought nails &c. &c. Cradley forge & Scotia works

    Jones Isaac, painter, Windmill hill

    Jones Samuel, beer retailer

    Kendrick Daniel, boot & shoe dealer, Colley gate

    King Bros. fire brick makrs, Netherend

    King Joseph & Co, brick mas. Netherend

    Laister Thomas, farmer, Colley gate

    Lane James, iron founder

    Leonard Ann (Mrs.) frmr. Cradley forge

    Leonard Samuel, May Pole

    Mason Charles, farmer

    Mole Jane (Miss), beer retlr. Colley gate

    Mole Wm. Hy. blacksmith, Colley gate

    Oliver Wm, Talbot hotel, & maltster

    Oliver William, jun. Park lane tavern, Netherend

    Paddock Hannah (Mrs.), grocer

    Padbury Henry, grocer, Colley gate

    Parkes William, shopkeeper, Colley la

    Partridge Geo. chain manufr. High park

    Pateshill John, tanner, Park side

    Peake Samuel, grocer

    Pearson Ambrose, dairyman & rate collector, Netherend

    Pearson Amos, linen draper

    Perry James, grocer, Two gates

    Priest James, nail maker

    RAYBOULD RD. contractor, Colley gate

    Roper Emanuel, White Lion inn, Colley gate

    Sidaway William, shopkeeper

    Southall John, chain maker

    Southam Geo. chain maker, Windmill hill

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

    Spencer Edward William,shopkeeper, Windmill hill

    Stevens John, grocer, Netherend

    Stevens Richard, farmer, 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, beer retailer

    Thompson Wesley Hayes, surgeon

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

    Tibbetts Rachael (Mrs), farmr, Homer hl

    Turner Richard, chain maker

    Walker David, chain maker

    Walker Felix, chain maker

    Walker William, chain maker

    Willetts John, Crown

    Willetts Zachariah, coal dealer, Colley gt

    Worton Chas. nail maker, Windmill hl

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