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    Cradley Links

    The entry for Cradley in Kelly's 1892 directory has 179 individuals

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

    CRADLEY, is a township, and extensive and populous district and an ecclesiastical parish, formed in 1799 from the civil parish of Halesowen, on the borders of Staffordshire, the river Stour separating it from Cradley Heath in that county ; it has a station on the Birmingham and Stourbridge section of the Great Western Railway, 2 1/2 miles east from Stourbridge, 4 south from Dudley, and 9 1/2 south-west from Birmingham in the Northern division of this county, hundred of Lower Halfshire, Stourbridge petty sessional division, union and county court district, rural deanery of Dudley, and archdeaconry 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 Waterworks Company and gas by the Cradley Heath Gas Company. The church, erected in 1789, and until its consecration in 1798 a chapel belonging to Lady Huntingdon's Connexion, is an edifice of brick repaired in 1874, at a cost of £4,500 and consists of chancel, nave, south porch and brick tower added in 1876 and containing 8 bells, shown in the Vienna exhibition of 1873: a new font was introduced in 1867 and an organ built at a cost of £400: there are 750 sittings, 350 being free. In 1852 a grant of land was made by the sons of the late Rev. George Biggs (a former rector of the parish of Halesowen), for the enlargement of the burial grounds of this parish and a second enlargement of one acre was made in 1874. The register of baptisms and burials dates from 1785 and marriages 1802. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £260, in the gift of the Rector of Halesowen, and held since 1889 by the Rev. Bell Timbrell, M.A., of University College, Durham. The great tithes are held by the lay improprietor, Mr. Jeston Homfray. Here is a Unitarian chapel, built in 1796, Baptist (in 1803), Wesleyan (in 1873), Primitive Methodist (in 1882) and New Connexion Methodist in 1856. Messrs. Harper and Moores, Messrs. King Brothers and Messrs. Samuel Evers and Sons are manufacturers of fire bricks, clay retorts and crucibles, and proprietors of the Stourbridge clay. 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. There are a few handsome residencies here : Hatherton Lodge is the residence of Benjamin Hingley esq. M.P. ; the Elms is the property of Mrs. Strawson ; Fairview is occupied by Samuel Hingley esq. ; and Colman Hill by Jeston Homfray esq. Viscount Cobham is lord of the manor. The principle landowners are the New British Iron Company, Jeston Homfray, esq., James Holcroft esq. J.P. of Stourbridge, James Payton Badley esq. Of Dudley, and the Old Swinford Hospital, exors. of Mrs King of Wollescote Hall, Stourbridge, Messrs. Joseph King and Co. Messrs. Harper and Moores, Samuel Evers and Sons, and Messrs. Mobberley and Perry, of the Lye. 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 Netherend (a part of the township of Cradley ) abound with thick coal and fire-clay. The area is 732 acres ; rateable value, £18,510 ; the population in 1891 was 5,707.

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

    Parish Clerk, Isaac Parkes Bloomer

    POST, M. O. & T. O., S. B. & Annuity & Insurance Office.-

    Mrs. Mary Ann Bird, receiver. Letters arrive from Cradley Heath at 6.45 a.m. & 2 & 6.15 p.m.; dispatched at 9.10 & 11.15 a.m. & 2.40, 6.55 & 8.10 p.m. ; Sundays at 8.45 a.m.

    County Police Station, Colley Gate; Walter Clarke, officer in charge


    Inland Revenue Officer, Osborne Oliver, Church street

    Medical Officer & Public Vaccinator, Cradley district, Stourbridge union, Wesley Hayes Thompson L.R.C. Edin. Clyde house, Windmill hill

    Highway Rate & Tax Collector, Ambrose Pearson, Netherend

    PLACES OF WORSHIP, with times of services:-

    Cradley Church, Rev. Alfred Bell Timbrell M.A. vicar; 10.45 a.m. & 3 & 6.30 p.m.; wed. 7 p.m.

    Baptist, 10.30 a.m. & 6 p.m. ; wed. 7 p.m.

    Methodist New Connexion, 10.30 a.m. 2.30 & 6 p.m. ; thurs. 7 p.m.

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

    Wesleyan, Rev. Joseph Dyson ; 10.30 & 6 p.m. ; wed. 7 p.m.


    National (mixed & infants), for 278 children & 175 infants; average attendance, 170 children & 113 infants; Joseph Jaquiss, master ; Miss C Kay, infants' mistress

    British (mixed & infants), built in 1871, for 185 boys, 160 girls & 130 infants; average attendance, 167 boys, 148 girls & 100 infants ; John James Homer, master; Miss Mary Wright, infants' mistress

    Unitarian, erected 1796 (the boys school was opened in 1872), for 160 boys, 115 girls & 75 infants; average attendance, 120 boys, 112 girls & 70 infants ; William Henry Guest, master ; Miss Eliza Hingley, mistress ; Miss Mary Ann Powell, infants' mistress

    Railway Station, Cradley Heath, Walter Harris, station master


    Alfred Wooldridge, Netherend, to 'Phoenix', Park Street, on tues. thurs. & sat

    [For other names in the district, see STOURBRIDGE also CRADLEY HEATH & ROWLEY REGIS, Staffs.]


    Attwood John, Colley gate.

    Attwood Mrs. Fairview lodge

    Attwood Thos. Essington ho. Colman hl

    Bate Alfred, Park house, Colley gate

    Bissell George Simeon, Parkside house

    Brazier William, Salt Hill house

    Bridgewater James, Furlong lane

    Chapman William, Colley gate

    Dakin Charles, Fernleigh ho. Windmill hl

    Dakin Geo. Frdk. Clent view, Windmill hill

    Darby Christopher, The Firs, Windmill hill

    Davies Thomas Daniel, Windmill hill

    Dyson Rev. Joseph [Wesleyan]

    Fellows Miss, Windmill hill

    Fox Mrs, Furlong lane

    Griffin William, sen. Tregaron house

    Hingley Benj. M.P., J.P. Hatherton lodge

    Hingley Joseph, Li nton house

    Hingley Miss, Hatherton lodge

    Hingley Samuel, Fairview

    Homer John James, Colley orchard

    Homer Miss. Colley gate

    Homer Thomas, The Limes, Colley gate

    Homfray Jeston, Colman hill

    Hunter William, Highfields

    Kendrick William, West end, Colley gate

    O'Connor Rev. Arthur Ellis B.D. [Unitarian], Parsonage, Netherend

    Oliver Frank, The Laurels, Colley gate

    Oliver William, The Poplars, Windmill hill

    Payton Thos. Rose cottage, Windmill hill

    Price Thomas, Aston villas, Colley gate

    Roycroft John, Aston villas, Colley gate

    Simon William, Denziel villa

    Strawson Mrs. The Elms

    Thompson Wesley Hayes M.D., Clyde house, Windmill hill

    Tibbetts Mrs, Colley gate

    Timbrell Rev. Alfred Bell M.A. [vicar], Chapel house

    Turnley Richard, Homer Hill house

    Wright William James, Colley Orchard


    Adams James, carpenter, Furlong lane

    Adams William Edwin, Bulls Head P.H. & shopkeeper, Overend

    Adams Wm. Hy. chain ma. Windmill hl

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

    Attwood John, butcher, Colley gate.

    Attwood Richard, chain maker, High st.

    Auden John, fishmonger, High st.

    Banner Charles, carpenter, Butcher's lane

    Batham Daniel, beer retailer, High street

    Beasley Allen, Old Vine P.H. Park road & chain maker, Colley gate

    Beasley Charles, shopkeeper, Windmill hl

    Beasley John, beer retailer, Overend

    Bennett Clement, beer retailer, Two gates

    Bennett William, beer retailer, Two gates

    Bird Mary Ann (Mrs.), post office, High st

    Bissell James, shopkeeper, High street

    Bloomer & Sons, nail & chain manufacturers, Colley Orchard

    Bloomer Eleanor & Mary (Misses), shopkeepers, Windmill hl

    Bloomer Edward, chain ma. High street

    Bloomer Geo. Albert, linen draper, Colley gate

    Bloomer Isaac Parkes, builder & parish clerk, Colman hill

    Blunt Felix, shopkeeper, Bridge street

    Boxley William Henry, grocer, Two gates

    Brettell James Alfred, grocer, Colley gate

    Bridgewater Hannah (Mrs), grocer, High st.

    Brown Jeremiah, iron mer. Colley gate

    Case Philip, shopkeeper, Colley gate

    Christopher Jsph, shpkpr, Butcher's lane

    Clarke Peter, Crown P.H. Lyde green

    Clift Henry, boot & shoe ma. High street

    Clewes T. M. & Son, wool dealers, wool mop, twine makers & waterproof cloth makers, Park mills

    Cornock Sidney, shopkeeper & school attendance officer, High street

    Cox Daniel, shopkeeper, Furlong lane

    Cox Joseph, shopkeeper, Bridge street

    Cox Thos, Round of Beef P.H. Windmill hl

    Crampton John, farmer, Netherend

    Crampton Thomas, shopkeeper & nail maker, Two gates

    Cutler Frederick Edwrd, Rose & Crown P.H. High street

    Dainty William, greengrocer, Butcher's la.

    Darby Joseph, tailor, Windmill hill

    Dentith James, coffee house, High street

    Dewhurst Alfred, boot & shoe ma. High st.

    Edmunds Herbert, pawnbroker, High st.

    Edmonds Thomas, shpkpr, Windmill hl

    Evers Samuel & Sons, fire clay & fire brick works & colliery owners, Home hill

    Fellows Thomas, Mogul P.H. Netherend

    Fox Charles John, maltster, Overend

    Gadd Joseph, greengrocer, High street

    Gill Esther (Mrs), butcher, High street

    Gill George, shopkeeper, High town

    Gill Samuel, beer retailer, Two gates

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

    Hadley Alfred Peter, Fish inn, High street

    Harbach Wm., shopkeeper, Windmill hill

    Harper & Moores, colliery proprietors & brick makers, Netherend [postal address, Stourbridge]

    Harper David, shopkeeper, Windmill hl

    Harper Mary Ann (Mrs), beer & wine retailer, Furlong lane

    Harper Thos. Maypole P.H. Cradley Forge

    Harris Ezra, grocer, Windmill hill

    Hickman Benjamin, shopkpr. Colley gate

    Hickton Maria Louise (Mrs) Black Swan P.H. High street

    Hingley Benjamin, grocer, High street

    Hingley Joseph, farmer, Windmill hill

    Hipkiss Ann Rebecca (Mrs), Lodge Forge P.H.

    Hipkiss Frank, brick maker & iron forger, Lodge forge

    Hodgetts Benjamin, butcher, High town

    Hodgetts Chas. shopkeeper, High town

    Homer Henry, greengrocer, Cradley forge

    Homer Paul, ironmonger, High street

    Homer Thomas, solicitor, Colley gate

    Horton David, greengrocer, High street

    Hughes Isaiah, water miller & grocer, High street

    Jones & Lloyd, manufacturers anchors, anvils, vices, bolts, nuts, rivets, spikes & wrought iron nails, cables, rigging & crane chains, hammers, shipping tackle &c. &c. Cradley forge & Scotia works

    King Brothers, Stourbridge fire brick & clay proprietors, Netherend [postal address, Stourbridge]

    King Joseph & Co. coal masters & brick & terra cotta manufacturers. Netherend [postal address, Stourbridge]

    Mason Charles, farmer, Overend

    Meredith Joseph, carpenter, Overend

    Mole Albert, Horse Shoe P.H. & blacksmith, Colley gate

    Murrall Rt. Blacksmith, Windmill hill

    Oliver Frank & William, Talbot hotel, & maltsters & farmers

    Oliver Eliza (Mrs) beer retlr, Park side

    Oiver Osborne, inland revenue officer, Church street

    Parkes Elizh. (Mrs), shopkpr, Colley lane

    Parsons John, chain maker, Lyde green

    Partridge Geo. Chain manufr. Park side

    Pateshill Jn. Horse slaughterer, Colley gate

    Pearson Ambrose, dairyman, highway & tax collector, Netherend

    Pearson Amos, linen draper, High st

    Pearson Benjamin, frying pan maker, see Taylor & Pearson

    Pearson Henrietta (Mrs), shpkpr, High st.

    Pearson Joseph Albert, beer retailer, Park la.

    Pearson William, fishmonger, Colley gt.

    Perry Charlotte (Mrs), grocer, Two gates

    Plant Warwick, greengrocer, High st.

    Plumpton Thomas, hosier, Colley gate

    Poole John, commission agent, Colley lane

    Profitt Thomas, Holly Bush P.H., High st.

    Radford Samuel, confectioner, High st.

    Raybould Richard, shoe maker, High st.

    Robinson Evan, shopkeeper, High twn.

    Robinson John, greengrocer, High st.

    Roper Albert, White Lion inn, Colley gate

    Roper Benjamin, shopkeeper, Windmill hl

    Rowley Thos. British Arms P.H. Furlong lane

    Rudge True Ann (Mrs) china & glass dealer, Windmill hl

    Sidaway Joseph, butcher, High st

    Sidaway Louisa (Mrs), shopkpr, High st

    Southall Benjamin, shopkpr, Windmill hl

    Southall John, chain maker, Lyde green

    Spencer Edward William, shopkeeper, Windmill hill

    Stanley Joseph, pawnbroker, High st

    Stevens John, grocer, Netherend

    Stevens Richard, farmer, Windmill hill

    Stevens William, Horse & Jockey P.H. Netherend

    Stiff John William, shopkeeper, Colley gt

    Tandy Joseph, Blue Ball P.H. Ball lane

    Tate James, shopkeeper, Windmill hill

    Tate Thomas, farmer, Overend

    Tate William, beer retailer, High town

    Tate William Edwin, butcher, Furlong lane, Colley gate

    Taylor & Pearson, frying pan makers, Colley gate

    Taylor Geo. boot & shoe dealer, Colley la

    Thomas John, shoe maker, Windmill hl

    Thompson Benjamin, inspector of nuisances for Cradley & Lye, Windmill hl

    Thompson Wesley Hayes M.D., physician & surgeon, & medical officer & public vaccinator, Cradley district, Stourbridge union, Clyde house, Colman hill

    Tibbetts William, beer retailer, High st

    Turnley Richard, colliery manager, Homer Hill house

    Walker Edwd. Taylor, chain ma. Lyde gn

    Walker Felix, chain maker, Lyde green

    Walker Hezekiah, beer retailer, Victoria st

    Walker William, chain maker, Lyde grn

    Walters William, Old Two Gates P.H.

    White Thomas, butcher, Colley gate

    White Thomas, shopkeeper, High street

    Willetts Edward, shopkeeper, High st

    Willetts Zachariah, coal dealer, Colley gt

    Wilson Alfred, Sun P.H. & shpkpr, Overend

    Woodall Harry, tailor, Colley gate

    Worton Caleb, shopkeeper, High street

    Worton Charles, nail ma. Windmill hl

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