Create a new article
Write your page title here:
We currently have 25 articles on Cradley Links. Type your article name above or create one of the articles listed here!

    Cradley Links

    Kelly's 1884 directory has 199 Cradley individuals listed

    Cradley Links wishes to record our grateful thanks to Elizabeth Grice, who generously gave her time to produce this transcription.

    CRADLEY is a township, extensive and populous district and ecclesiastical parish, formed in 1799 from the civil 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 county court district, rural deanery of Dudley and archdeanery and diocese of Worcester. The town itself lies a little off the main road and forms part of a populous, mercantile and manufacturing neighbourhood, in which the iron trade is carried on in all its branches; water is supplied by the South Staffordshire Water Works Company and gas by the Cradley Heath Gas Company. The church, originally a chapel belonging to Lady Huntingdon's connexion, is a building of brick, repaired in the year 1874, at a cost of about £4,500, subscribed by the parishioners, and an eastern tower containing 8 bells from the Vienna exhibition of 1873, the gift of the late Mrs. Strawson; a new font was introduced in 1867 and an organ built at a cost of £400; there are 700 sittings, of which the gallery pews (about 200 sittings) are free. The register of baptisms and burials dates from 1785 and marriages 1802. 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 and a second enlargement of one acre was made in 1874. The living is a vicarage, gross yearly value £280, in the gift of the rector of Halesowen, and held since 1856 by the Rev. Joseph Hesselgrave Thompson B.A. of Hertford College, Oxford. The great tithes are held by the lay impropriator Mr. Jeston Homfray. Here are places of worship for Unitarians, Baptists, Wesleyans, Primitive Methodists and New Connexion Methodists. The extensive iron works of Messrs. Evers and Sons produce superior qualities of iron: files, rasps, vices, anvils, hammers, nails, anchors, chain cables and fire bricks are made in this district; Messrs. Harper and Moores are manufacturers of fire bricks, clay retorts and crucibles, and proprietors of the Stourbridge clay. Messrs. King Brothers are also proprietors of the celebrated Stourbridge clay, and manufacture bricks and other fire-clay goods. The works of the Cradley Colliery Company and Homer Hill Colliery Company are situated in the centre of the parish. One mile from the northern extremity of Cradley, in a romantic, richly timbered vale, 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. Colman Hill House Retreat, for the exclusive reception of lady inebriates, is in this district; the house is beautifully situated in extensive grounds, and the views from all parts are very fine. H. R. Ker F.R.C.S.E AND T. V. de Denne L.R.C.P, Townsend House, Halesowen are the proprietors; Mrs. Pratt is the resident lady-superintendant. There are a few handsome residences here; the Elms is the property of William Pearson Strawson esq., Fairview is occupied by Samuel Hingley esq., and Colman Hill by Jeston Homfray esq. Lord Lyttelton D.L, J.P is lord of the manor. The principal landowners are the New British Iron Company, Jeston Homfray, James Holcroft of Stoubridge, James Badley of Dudley, esq., and The Old Swinford Hospital. The soil in general is a rich loam, and is noted for the cultivation of cabbage plants; it also produces potatoes and all kinds of grain, and forms excellent pasturage; and the lands on the north and west of Netherland(a part of the township of Cradley) abound with thick coal and fire-clay. The area is 732 acres; rateable value, £15,376; the population in 1871 was 4,700, and in 1881, 5,284.

    NETHEREND. Colley Gate, Overend, Two Gates and Colman Hill are near the town. Staffords Bridge is a small place on Cradley brook, 9 miles south-west from Worcester.

    POST & MONEY ORDER OFFICE & SAVINGS BANK & Government Stock, Annuity & Insurance Office:- Mrs. Elizabeth Christopher, receiver. Letters arrive from Brierley Hill at 7.15 a.m. & 2.15 p.m. : dispatched at 8.45 & 10.45 a.m. & 6.35 & 8.20 p.m. The nearest telegraph office is at Cradley Heath.

    INSURANCE AGENT:- Imperial Fire, J. Bridgwater, High st.

    County Police Station, High street; John Clare, officer in charge.


    Inland Revenue Officer, Osborne Oliver, Church street

    Medical Officer, Stourbridge Rural District, Wesley Hayes Thompson L.R.C.P. Edin. Glyndon House; Lyde Green.

    Poor Rate Collector, Ambrose Pearson, Two Lane ends, Colley Gate

    PLACES OF WORSHIP, with times of services:-

    Cradley Church, Rev Joseph Hesselgrave Thompson B.A., vicar; 10.45 a.m. & 3 & 6.30 p.m; wed. 7 p.m.

    Baptist, Rev. Joseph Brown, minister; 10.30 a.m. & 6.0 p.m.; wed. 7 p.m.

    Methodist New Connexion, ministers various; 10.30.a.m. & 2.30 & 6 p.m.; thurs.7.30 p.m.

    Primitive Methodist, ministers various; 10.45 a.m. & 6 p.m.; thurs. 7.30 p.m

    Unitarian, Rev. William Cochrane, minister; 11 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.

    Wesleyan, ministers various; 10.30 a.m. & 6 p.m.; wed. 7 p.m.


    British (mixed & infants) for 475 children; average attendance, 370; Mr. John James Homer, master; Miss Elizabeth Edwards, mistress; Miss Mary Jane Mills, infants' mistress.

    National (mixed and infants) for 150 children; average attendance, 120; Thomas Davies, master; Miss Lydia Lane, infants' mistress.

    Unitarian (endowed) for 355 children; average attendance, 294; James Mcllwraith, master; Miss Alice Dolley, mistress; Miss Eliza Hingley, infants' mistress.

    All the schools in this district are assisted by a voluntary rate.

    Railway Station, Cradley Heath, Richard Roach, station master.

    CARRIERS TO BIRMINGHAM:- Alfred Wooldridge, Netherend to "Phoenix," Park street, on tues., thurs. & sat.

    (For other names in the district, see STOURBRIDGE & ROWLEY REGIS, STAFFS)


    Attwood Joseph, Fairview Lodge

    Attwood Thos., Essington ho. Colman hl.

    Bloomer Isaac Parkes, Windmill hill

    Brazier William, Salt Hill house

    Bridgwater James, Furnace lane

    Brown Rev. Joseph (Baptist), Colley la

    Buncher Rev. John (curate)

    Cochrane Rev. Wm (Unitarian), Nethrnd

    Dakin George Frederick, Clent view

    Fellows Miss, Windmill hill

    Forrest Joshua, Poplar cottage

    Fox Mrs., Furlong lane

    Goring George, Colleygate

    Griffin William, Windmill hill

    Griffin Wm. jr., Colley Orchard grove

    Harper Thomas, Netherend cottage

    Harris Arthur, Furlong lane

    Hingley Benjamin J.P., Hatherton ldge

    Hingley Joseph, Linton house

    Hingley Miss, Hatherton lodge

    Hingley Samuel, Fairview

    Homer John James, Colley Orchard

    Homer Miss, Colley gate

    Homer Thomas, Colley gate

    Homfray Jeston, Colman hill

    Kendrick Wm., West end, Colley gate

    Lloyd Thos. Hemmings, Highfield cot.

    Mountford Richard, Highfield house

    Paddock George, Colley orchard

    Payton Thomas, Rose cottage

    Price Thomas, Aston villas

    Roycroft John, Aston villas, Colleygate

    Smith William Robinson, Clyde house

    Strawson William Pearson, The Elms, Colley lane

    Thompson Rev. Joseph Hesselgrave B.A. (vicar)

    Thompson Wesley Hayes L.R.C.P., L.R.C.S. Glyndon house, Lyde green

    Tibbetts Mrs., Colley gate

    Turnley Richard, Homer Hill House

    Williams Thomas, Beaconsfield house, Colley Orchard

    Wood David, Hill view, Colley Orchard

    Yeaman Nicholas, Colley Orchard


    Adams James, carpenter, Furlong lane

    Adams William Edwin, Bull's Head & shopkeeper, Overend

    Adams Wm. Hy., chain ma, Windmill hl

    Arch & Brook, druggists & seedsmen, High street

    Arrol Wm., shpkpr, Park rd, Colley gate

    Attwood Eliza, (Mrs), hames maker & beer retailer

    Attwood John, butcher, High street

    Banner Charles, shopkeeper & carpenter, Butcher's lane

    Batham Daniel, beer retailer, High st

    Beasley Allen, Old Vine, Park road & chain maker, Colley Orchard

    Beasley Chas. Shopkeeper, Windmill hl

    Bennett Saml., beer retailer, Two gates

    Bennett William, beer retlr. Victoria st

    Bird Mary Ann (Mrs), dressmaker, High street

    Bloomer & Sons, nail & chain manufacturers, Colley Orchard

    Bloomer Ellen & Mary (Misses), shopkeepers, Windmill hill

    Bloomer Edward, shopkeeper, High st

    Bloomer Geo. Albt. Linen drpr., Colley gate

    Bloomer Isaac Parkes, bldr, Windmill hl

    Bloomer James, shopkeeper, High street

    Bloomer John, grocer, Windmill hill

    Bloomer Josiah, grocer, High street

    Bloomer Mary (Mrs), pawnbroker, High street

    Blunt Felix, shopkeeper, Bridge street

    Blunt Thomas, chain maker

    Box Thomas, shopkeeper, Colley lane

    Boxley Henry, grocer, Two gates

    Brettell, James Alfd., grocer, Colley gate

    Bridgwater Hannah (Mrs), greengrocer, Bridge street

    Bridgwater Jn. Grocer & agent for W & A Gilbey, wine & spirit mers. High st

    Bridgwater Joseph, grocer, High street

    Brooks David, Black Swan

    Brooks Thos. Hy., butcher, Windmill hill

    Case Harry, ironmonger, High street

    Case Philip, shopkeeper, Colley lane

    Christopher Jsph. shpkpr. Butchers lane

    Christopher Elizabeth, post & money order office & savings bank, High st

    Colman Hill House Retreat for Lady Inebriates (H.R. Ker F.R.C.S.E. & T.V. de Denne L.R.C.P.) proprietors; Mrs Pratt, lady resident superintendent); office, Townsend house, Halesowen

    Clift Hy. Boot & shoe ma. Windmill hill

    Clewes T.M & Sons, wool dealers, woolen manufacturers & merchants & wool mop & twine makers, The Park mills

    Coley Christopher, shpkpr, Bridge street

    Cornock Sidney, shopkeeper, High st

    Cox Daniel, shopkeeper, Furlong lane

    Cox Henrietta (Mrs) Blue Ball, Ball lane

    Cox Thos. Round of Beef, Windmill hill

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

    Crampton Henry, nail maker

    Darby Joseph, tailor, Windmill hill

    Deeley Louisa (Mrs.) Rose & Crown

    Downing Jacob, organist & choir master, Cradley parish church

    Dunn Heber, greengrocer, Bridge street

    Edmonds Thomas, shpkpr, Windmill hl

    Evers Samuel & Sons, iron manufacturers, Cradley iron works

    Fellows Thos., beer retailer, Netherend

    Fellows William, Bridge Inn, Bridge st

    Fiddian Lottie (Miss), butcher, Colleygate

    Finch Simeon, Old Two Gates

    Foley Martha (Mrs), dress maker

    Forrest Brothers & Co. mnfrs. of horse & wrought nails, chain cables, anchors, crane & ships' rigging, chains & tackle, spades, shovels & forks, anvils, vices, cart hames, horse shoes, galvanized buckets, bolts & nuts &c. & iron merchants

    Forrest James, shopkeeper, High street

    Fox Charles, maltster, Overend

    Gadd Joseph, greengrocer, High street

    Gill Daniel, butcher High street

    Gill George, shopkeeper, High town

    Griffin William, anchor, chain & chain cable maker, Victoria works

    Hall Herbert, shopkeeper, Windmill hill

    Harbach Wm. Shopkeeper, Windmill hill

    Harper & Moores, colliery proprietors & brick makers, Netherend (postal address, Stourbridge)

    Harper David, shopkpr., Windmill hill

    Harper Reuben, beer & wine retailer, Furlong lane

    Harris Ezra, grocer, Windmill hill

    Hawkeswood Benjamin Burley, shopkeeper & Sun, Overend

    Hickman Wm. general dlr. Colley gate

    Hill Christopher, shopkeeper, Netherend

    Hill John, boot & shoe maker

    Hingley Benjamin, grocer, High street

    Hingley James, beer retailer, butcher & farmer, High street

    Hingley James, chain maker

    Hingley Joseph, farmer, Windmill hill

    Hipkiss William Evan, Lodge Forge inn, & brickmaker & ironforger

    Hodgetts Benjamin, butcher, High town

    Hodgetts Chas., shopkeeper, High town

    Hodgetts William, shopkeeper, Maplegap lane, Colley gate

    Homer Benjamin, Bell, New street

    Homer Hill Colliery Co. Limited (Richard Turnley, manager)

    Homer Hy. greengrocer, Cradley forge

    Homer Paul, general dealer, High st

    Homer Thomas, solicitor, Colley gate

    Homfray Jeston, solicitor, Colman hill

    Horton David, greengrocer, High street

    Hughes Harry, grocer, High street

    Hughes Isaiah, Holly Bush, water miller & grocer, High street

    Hughes Samuel, maltster, Bridge street

    Johnson & Co., grocers, Lyde green

    Jones & Lloyd, manufacturers of anchors, anvils, vices, bolts & nuts, backbands, cables & rigging chains, crane chains, hammers, horse nails, improved connecting links, rivets, 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

    Jones Samuel, beer retailer, Banner's la

    Kendrick William, boot & shoe dealer, Colley gate

    King Brothers, fire brick & clay makers, Netherend

    King Joseph & Co., coal masters & red & blue brick & terra cotta manufacturers, Netherend

    Leonard Ann (Mrs.), frmr; Cradley forge

    Leonard Samuel, May Pole

    Mason Charles, farmer, Overend

    Mole Albert, blacksmith, Colley gate

    Mole Jane (Miss), Horse Shoe, Colley gate

    Murrall Rt., blacksmith, Windmill hill

    Nock Eliza (Miss), ladies' schl. Colly gte

    Oliver Osborne, inland revenue officer, Church street

    Oliver Wm., Talbot hotel & maltster

    Oliver William jnr., Park Lane tavern, Netherend

    Paddock Brothers, iron manufacturers, Phoenix ironworks

    Parkes William, shopkeeper, Colley lane

    Partridge Geo., chain manufr., Parkside

    Pates James, shopkeeper, Banner's lane

    Pateshill John, tanner, Park side

    Pearson Andrew, dairyman & poor rate collector, Netherend

    Pearson Amos, linen draper, High st

    Pearson Henrietta (Mrs.), shpkpr. High st

    Perry James, grocer, Two gates

    Plant Samuel, shopkeeper, Lyde green

    Plant Warwick, greengrocer, High st.

    Poole John, commission agent, Colley gte

    Radford Samuel, confectioner, High st

    Raybould Richard, shoe maker, High st

    Robinson John, greengrocer, High st

    Roper Benjamin, shopkeeper, Windmill hl

    Roper Caleb, shopkeeper, Windmill hill

    Roper Emanl. White Lion inn, Colley gate

    Sidaway Joseph, butcher, High street

    Sidaway William, shopkeeper, High st

    Smart Joseph, shopkeeper, New street

    Southall John, chain makr, Lyde grn.

    Spencer Edward William, shopkeeper, Windmill hill

    Stevens John, grocer, Netherend

    Stevens Richard, farmer, Windmill hill

    Tate James, shopkeeper, Windmill hill

    Tate Samuel, British Arms, Furlong la.

    Tate Thomas, farmer, Overend

    Tate Wm., beer retailer, High town

    Taylor Geo., boot & shoe maker, Colley la.

    Taylor Geo. frying-pan ma., Colley gate

    Taylor William, nail maker

    Thomas John, shoe maker, Windmill hl

    Thompson Wesley Hayes L.R.C.P. & L.R.C.S. Edin., physician & surgeon & medical officer Stourbridge rural district, Glyndon house, Lyde green

    Tibbetts Rachael (Mrs.), farmr., Homer hl.

    Tooth William, Crown inn, Lyde green

    Turner Alfred, beer retailer, Two gates

    Turner Richard, chain maker

    Turnley Richard, colliery manager, Homer Hill house

    Walker David, chain maker

    Walker Felix, chain maker

    Walker William, chain maker

    Weston Joseph, shopkeeper, High street

    Willetts Edward, shopkeeper, High st

    Willetts Zachariah, coal dealer, Colley gt

    Woodall Benjamin, Fish inn, High st

    Wooldridge Simeon, farmer, Netherend

    Worton Charles, nail ma., Windmill st

    Cookies help us deliver our services. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies.
    Cookies help us deliver our services. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies.