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    Cradley Links

    The entry for Cradley in Kelly's 1896 directory has 274 commercial listings, and 66 private residents.

    CRADLEY is a township, 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, 2½ miles east from Stourbridge, 4 south from Dudley and 9½ south-west from Birmingham, in the Northern division of the 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 1874-5, at a cost of about £4,500 and consists of chancel, nave, south porch and a 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 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 £280, in the gift of the Rector of Halesowen, and held since 1892 by the Rev. Robert Henry Edmondson B.A. of Trinity College, Dublin. The great tithes are held by the lay impropriator, 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 residences here : Hatherton Lodge is the residence of Sir Benjamin Hingley bart. J.P.; The Elms is the property of Mrs. Strawson; Fairview is occupied by Samuel Hingley esq. J.P. and Colman Hill Grange by Thomas Darby esq. Viscount Cobham is lord of the manor.

    The principal landowners are the New British Iron Company, Jeston Homfray esq., James Holcroft esq. 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., Messsrs. 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, £18,190; the population in 1891 was 5,709.


    Adams Charles, chain maker, Windmill hill

    Adams James, carpenter Furlong lane

    Adams Joseph, shopkeeper, Two gates

    Adams Sarah (Mrs.), Bull's Head P.H. & shpkpr., Overend

    Adams William Henry, chain maker, Colman hill

    Ashmore George, horse slaughterer, Two gates

    Attwood Eliza (Mrs.), hame ma. & beer retlr., Lyde green

    Attwood John, butcher, Colley gate

    Attwood John, carter, Netherend

    Attwood Richard, chain maker, High street

    Auden Arthur, beer retailer, Two gates

    Auden John, fishmonger, High street

    Bache Mary (Mrs.), shopkeeper, New street

    Bache Thomas, baker, Victoria street

    Banner Charles, carpenter, Butcher's lane

    Bate Philip, chain maker, High town

    Bate Samuel, chain maker, Overend

    Bate Thomas, shopkeeper, 0verend

    Bate William Edward, greengrcr, Victoria terrace, High st

    Batham Daniel, beer retailer, High street

    Beasley Alfred, haberdasher, Beecher street, Colman hill

    Beasley Allen, chain & chain cable maker, Colley orchard

    Beasley Caleb, carpenter, Park view, Two gates

    Beasley Charles, shopkeeper, Windmill hill

    Beasley John, beer retailer, Overend

    Beasley Joseph, chain maker, High town

    Beasley Joseph, tip nail maker, Two gates

    Beasley Philip, grocer, High street

    Bennett Clement, beer retailer, Two gates

    Bennett Samuel, chain maker, Two gates

    Billingham Esther (Mrs.), chain maker, Ball lane

    Bills Alfred, shopkeeper, Colley lane

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

    Bissell James, shopkeeper & chain maker, High street

    Bloomer Eleanor & Mary (Misses), shopkprs., Windmill hl

    Bloomer Abel, hardware dealer, High town

    Bloomer Caleb, chain maker, Church lane

    Bloomer George Albert, linen draper, Colley gate

    Bloomer John, miller (water), Bridge street

    Bloomer Joseph, chain maker, Colley lane

    Bloomer Joseph Fellows, builder & parish clerk, Colman hl

    Bloomer Philip, chain maker, New street

    Bloomer William, chain maker, High town

    Blunt Felix, shopkeeper, Bridge street

    Bowen Mary Ann (Mrs.), chain maker, Windmill Hill

    Boxley Henry, chain maker, Two gates

    Boxley Philemon, chain maker, Lodge lane

    Boxley Rosanna (Miss), chain maker, Two gates

    Boxley William Henry, grocer & carter, Two gates

    Brettell James Alfred, grocer, Colley gate

    Brettell Joseph, Fish P.H. High street

    Brettle William, frost nail maker, Church lane

    Bridgewater Hannah (Mrs.), greengrocer, Bridge street

    Bridgwater Hannah (Mrs.), grocer, High street

    Brown Joseph, chain maker, Lyde green

    Butler Arthur T. architect, Colley gate

    Case Philip, shopkeeper, Colley lane

    Christopher Joseph, shopkeeper, Butcher's lane

    Clark Walter, sergeant of police, County Police Station. Colley lane

    Clewes T. M. & Son, wool dealers & wool mop, rope, twine & waterproof cloth makers & government contractors, Park mills, Park road, Colley gate

    Clift Henry, boot & shoe dealer & haberdasher, High st

    Clift Elijah, chain maker, New street

    Colwood Joseph, boot maker, High street

    Cooper Caleb,insurance agt. & shpkpr. Beecher st. Colman hl

    Corbett William, painter, High street

    Cornock Sidney, shpkpr. & schl. attendance officer, High st

    County Police Station (Walter Clark, sergeant), Colley la

    Cox Caleb, chain maker, Colley lane

    Cox Caleb, chain maker, Park road, Colley gate

    Cox Caleb, draper, Sunny cottage, Windmill hill

    Cox Daniel Sampson, shopkeeper, Furlong lane

    Cox Henry, chain maker, Butcher's lane

    Cox Joseph, shopkeeper, Bridge street

    Cox Mary Ann (Mrs.), chain maker, High town

    Cox Stephen, chain maker, High town

    Cox Thomas, Round of Beef P.H. Windmill hill

    Cox Thomas Geoffrey, butcher, Windmill hill

    Crampton John, farmer, Netherend

    Crampton Samuel, chain maker, Windmill hill

    Crampton Thomas, shopkeeper & nail maker, Two gates

    Cranton Henry, shopkeeper, Lyde green

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

    Dainty William, greengrocer, Butcher's lane

    Dallow Richard, fancy draper, High street

    Derby Joseph, tailor, Windmill Hill

    Deeley Louis William, butcher, High street

    Dentith Joseph, shopkeeper & corn dealer, High street

    Dewhurst Alfred, boot & shoe maker, High street

    Dunn Ann (Mrs.), baker, Little hill

    Dunn Stephen, chain maker, Lyde green

    Dunn William, shopkeeper, Windmill hill

    Edmonds Herbert, pawnbroker, High street

    Edmonds Thomas, shopkeeper, Windmill hill

    Edwards William, chain maker, Little hill

    Elwell Josiah, chain maker, Lodge lane,

    Evans James, chain maker, Two gates

    Evers Samuel & Sons, fire clay & fire brick manufacturers & colliery owners, Homer hill fire clay & fire brick works. TA, "Evers, Cradley;" PA, "Stourbridge"

    Falcon Yeast Co. (John Wm. Stiff, proprietor), yeast merchants, Park road, Colley gate

    Feldon Sarah (Mrs.), shopkeeper, Two gates

    Fellows Thomas, Old Mogul P.H. Netherend

    Ford Mary (Mrs.), shopkeeper, High street

    Forrest Edward, shopkeeper, Colley lane

    Fowkes Robert, chain maker, Colley lane

    Fox Charles John, maltster, Overend

    Gadd Joseph, insurance agent, High street

    Gadd Maria Louise (Miss), greengrocer, High street

    Gill Esther (Mrs.), butcher, High street

    Gill George, shopkeeper & chain maker, High town

    Gill Priscilla (Miss), chain maker, High street

    Gill Samuel, beer retailer, Two gates

    Gill Solomon, jun. boot maker, Park road, Colley gate

    Gillam James, chain maker, Lyde green

    Golden George, chain maker, Butcher's lane

    Green John, chain maker, Lodge lane

    Griffin William (successor to J. Wood Aston & Co.), anchor, chain & chain cable ma. forgings &c. Victoria wks

    Griffiths William, Crown P.H. Lyde green

    Grove Edward Harry, solicitor, Colley gate

    Grove Eli, chain maker, Windmill hill

    Guest Edward, Old Vine P. H. Park road, Colley gate

    Harbach William, anchor maker, Little hill

    Harbach William, shopkeeper, Colley gate

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

    Harper David, haberdasher, High street

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

    Harper Moses, nail maker, Colley orchard

    Harris Benjamin, boot maker & shopkeeper, Two gates

    Harris David, chain maker, Little hill

    Harris Ezra, grocer, Windmill hill

    Harris Harry, chain maker, High street

    Harris Joseph, chain maker, High town

    Harris Joseph, chain maker, Little hill

    Harrison Joseph, chain maker, New street

    Harvey William, hair dresser, High Street

    Hawkeswood William, coal dealer, High town

    Head John, shopkeeper, Little hill

    Hemming Harry, butcher, Overend

    Hickman Arthur Samuel, tobacconist, Colley gate

    Hickman Benjamin, shopkeeper, Colley gate

    Hickton Maria Louisa (Mrs.), Black Swan P.H. High st

    Hill Frederick, chain maker, Lyde green

    Hill John, shopkeeper, Park road, Colley gate

    Hill Maria (Mrs.), shopkeeper, Netherend

    Hill Thomas, shopkeeper, Two gates

    Hingley Benjamin, grocer, High street

    Hingley David, chain maker, Butcher's lane

    Hingley Henry, nail maker, Overend

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

    Hipkiss Frank, brick maker & iron forger, Lodge forge

    Hodgetts Benjamin, butcher, High town

    Hodgetts Charles, shopkeeper, High town

    Hodgetts Henry, chain maker, Two gates

    Homer Paul, ironmonger, High street

    Homer Samuel, grocer, Netherend

    Homer Thomas, solicitor, Colley gate

    Homes Neri, chain maker, Little hill

    Horton David, greengrocer, High street

    Hotchkiss Ann Maria (Mrs.), shpkpr. & Sun P.H. Overend

    Jones & Lloyd, manufacturers of anchors, anvils, vices, bolts, nuts, rivets, spikes & wrought nails, chain cables, rigging & crane chains, hammers, shipping tackle &c. &c. & hardware merchants, Scotia works & Cradley forge; & at 162 Edmund street, Birmingham. TA "Neptune," Cradley & Birmingham

    Jones Charles William, shopkeeper, Colley gate

    Jones Samuel, chain ma. Beaconsfield house, Colley orchard

    Jones Samuel, shopkeeper, Furlong lane

    Kendrick William, chain maker, Two gates

    King Bros. Stourbridge fire brick & gas retort manufacturers & fire clay proprietors, Netherend (postal address, Stourbridge); & at 46 Penn st. Curzon st. Birmingham

    King Joseph & Co. coal masters & brick, tile and terra cotta manufacturers; architects' designs estimated for, Netherend (postal address, Stourbridge); T A, "King Co. Lye"

    Kirton George, chain maker, High street

    Kirton Hugh, chain maker, High street

    Kirton Samuel, chain maker, Two gates

    Kirton William, chain maker, High street

    Knowles Edwin, chain maker, Windmill hill

    Littlewood John Thomas, shopkeeper, High street

    Macdonald John, inland revenue officer, Colley gate

    Mason Charles, farmer, Overend

    Meacham Arthur, baker, Park road, Colley gate

    Meredith Joseph Albert, carpenter, Furlong lane

    Meredith Samuel, bricklayer, Furlong lane

    Millward David, toy dealer, Windmill hill

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

    Moore Selina (Mrs.), chain maker, Windmill hill

    Nock Thomas Barnsley, chain maker, Lyde green

    Oliver Eliza (Mrs.), beer retailer, Park side

    Oliver Frank, Talbot htl., brewer, maltster & farmr. Colley gate

    Oliver John, carpenter, Colley gate

    Parker Sarah Ann (Mrs.), shopkeeper, Furlong lane

    Parkes Samuel, chain maker, Church lane

    Parsons Daniel, shopkeeper, High street

    Parsons John, chain maker, Lyde green

    Parsons Joseph, chain maker, High street

    Partridge George, chain manufacturer, Park side

    Partridge Thomas, chain maker, New street

    Payton Arthur, coffin maker, Woodland view, Colman hill

    Pearce Charles, shopkeeper, New street

    Pearshouse Joseph, beer retailer, Netherend

    Pearson Amos, linen draper, Lyde green

    Pearson Samuel, fishmonger, Colley lane

    Perry Charlotte (Mrs.), grocer, Two gates

    Plant Warwick, greengrocer & fishmonger, High street

    Plumpton Thomas, blacksmith & haberdasher, Windmill hl

    Poole John, commission agent, Colley lane

    Priest David, frost screw maker, Butcher's lane

    Priest James, chain maker, Bridge street

    Priest John, chain maker, Butcher's lane

    Proffitt Daniel, beer retailer, High town

    Proffitt Thomas, Holly Bush P.H. High street

    Radford Samuel, confectioner, High street

    Rawlins David, chain maker, Lyde green

    Raybould Richard, shoe maker, High street

    Raybould Timothy, chain maker, New street

    Robbins Reuben, chain maker, Two gates

    Robinson Cornelius, chain maker, High street

    Robinson Evan, shopkeeper, High town

    Robinson John, shopkeeper, High street

    Robinson Mary (Mrs.), milliner, High street

    Robinson Samuel, chain maker, High street

    Robinson Stephen, boot maker, Colley gate

    Rock Joseph, chain maker, Windmill hill

    Rock Simeon, chain maker, Windmill hill

    Roper George Albert, White Lion inn, Colley gate

    Roper Louisa (Mrs.), shopkeeper, Colley gate

    Round Edward, shopkeeper, Netherend

    Rowley Thomas, British Arms P.H. Furlong lane

    Rudge True Ann (Mrs.), china & glass dealer, Colman hill

    Salt Mary (Mrs.), shopkeeper, Bridge street

    Shaw Thomas H. secretary to the Sheet Iron Workers' Industrial Society Lim. Phoenix works

    Shaw William, chain maker, Lyde green

    Sheet Iron Workers' (The) Industrial Society Lim. (Thos. H. Shaw, sec.), galvanizers & manufacturers of buckets, baths, chamber pails, coal scoops, dust bins, washups, boiler fillers, water pots, paint cans & all kinds of sheet-iron hollow ware, Phoenix works. T A, "Industrial, Cradley"

    Sidaway Joseph, butcher, High street

    Smith John, shopkeeper, High street

    Southall Benjamin, shopkeeper, Windmill hill

    Southall George, chain maker, High town

    Southall John, chain maker, Lyde green

    Spencer Edward William, shopkeeper, Colley gate

    Sprake Edward, blacksmith, Church lane

    Stafford John, chain maker, Netherend

    Stanley Mary Ann (Mrs.), wardrobe dealer, High street

    Stevens William, Horse & Jockey P.H. Netherend

    Stiff John William, shopkeeper, Colley gate

    Stoneley John, fishmonger, New street

    Tandy Phoebe (Mrs.), Blue Ball P.H. Ball lane

    Tate James, shopkeeper, Colman hill

    Tate Joseph Mirara, ironmngr. furn. Dlr. & bldr. Windmill hl

    Tate Thomas, farmer, Overend

    Tate William Edward, butcher, Furlong lane, Colley gate

    Taylor George, boot & shoe dealer, Colley lane

    Taylor Henry, chain maker, Two gates

    Taylor Thomas, draught nail maker, Park side

    Thomas John, boot maker, Colley gate

    Thompson Benjamin, sanitary inspector to Halesowen rural district council, Colley gate

    Thompson Wesley Hayes M.D. physician & surgeon, & medical officer & public vaccinator, Cradley district, Stourbridge union, & medical officer of health to the Quarry Bank urban district council, Clyde house, Colman hill; surgery, Glyndon house, Lyde green

    Tibbetts Alfred, carter, Overend

    Tibbetts William, beer retailer, High street

    Turnley Richard, colliery manager, Homer Hill house

    Walker Edward Taylor, chain maker, Lyde green

    Walker Felix, chain maker, Lyde green

    Walker Hezekiah, beer retailer, Victoria street

    Walker Mary (Mrs.), chain maker, Lyde green

    Walker William, chain maker, Lyde green

    Walters William, Old Two Gates P.H

    Watts Harry, Bridge P.H. Bridge street

    White Frederick, butcher, Colley gate

    White John Henry, grocer, High street

    White Thomas, shopkeeper, High street

    Willetts Edward, hardware dealer, High street

    Willetts Stephen, carpenter & joiner, Furlong lane

    Willetts Thomas, chain maker, New street

    Willetts William, chain maker, Windmill hill

    Williams Sarah (Mrs.), chain maker, Butcher's lane

    Witley Colliery Co. Lim. coal merchants; depot, 0verend wharf, Overend

    Wootton David, butcher, High street

    Worton Charles, chain maker, Colman hill

    Worton Solomon, greengrocer, Colley gate

    Worton William, chain maker, Ball lane

    Worton William, chain maker, Beecher street, Colman hill

    Wyer Arthur, chain maker, Colley lane

    Yardley James, chain maker, Ball lane


    Attwood John, Colley Gate house, Colley Gate

    Attwood Mrs. Elmsleigh, Colman hill

    Attwood Thos. Holloway ho. Colman hl

    Bache Chas. Chapel ho. Lyde green

    Barnsley Benjamin, Westbourne villas, Highfield road, Windmill hill

    Bate Alfred, Park house, Park road, Colley gate

    Beasley Miss, Park view, Two gates

    Bissell George Simeon, The Hollies, Park road, Colley gate

    Bloomer Joseph Fellows, Eglantine, Highfield road, Windmill hill

    Brazier Adam, Colman hill

    Brazier William, Salt Hill house

    Bridgewater James, Furlong lane

    Brotherton Mason, Overend

    Chapman Wm. Alma ho. Windmill hl

    Clewes Thos. M. Park rd. Colley gte

    Dakin Charles, Fernleigh, Colman hill

    Dakin George Frederick, Clent view, Windmill hill

    Darby Thos. The Grange, Colman hl

    Davis George, Westbourne villas, Highfield road, Windmill hill

    Edmondson Rev. Robert Henry B.A. (vicar), Chapel ho. Park rd. Colley gt

    Forrest Joshua, Woodland vw. Colman hl

    Fox Mrs. Beecher view, Furlong lane

    Griffin Darius, Colley orchard

    Griffin William, sen. Tregaron house, Colley orchard

    Grove Edward Harry, Colley orchard

    Hall Rev, Edward Potter (Unitarian), Parsonage, Netherend

    Hingley Sir Benjamin bart. J.P. Hatherton lodge

    Hingley Jsph. Linton ho. Colman hill

    Hingley Miss, Hatherton lo. Colmn. hl

    Hingley Saml. Fairview, Colman hill

    Holt Charles, Highfields, Highfield rd. Windmill hill

    Homer John James, Church street

    Homer Thomas, The Limes, Colley gt

    Hughes Isaiah, Cleveland vil. Church st

    Jackson Hy. Herrin, Denziel vls. Colmn. hl

    Jaquiss Joseph, Lyndhurst, Highfield road, Windmill hill

    Jennings Andrew. Netherend

    Kendrick Wm. West end, Colley gate

    Lewis Frederick, Colley orchard

    Oliver Frank, The Laurels, Colley gt

    Oliver Mrs. Church street

    Oliver Mrs. The Poplars, Windmill hl

    Pallister Rev. Alfred Toppin B.A. (curate), Windmill hill

    Palmer Joseph, Fern cottages, Highfield road, Windmill hill

    Payton Thomas, Rose cottage, Highfield road, Windmill hill

    Perry Harry, Ridgdale, Two gates

    Preston Mrs. Woodland vw. Colman hl

    Price Thomas, Aston vils. Colley gate

    Roper John, Furlong lane

    Quilter Rev. Henry J. (Wesleyan), Clyndon house, Lyde green

    Round John, Netherend cott. Netherend

    Roycroft Jn. Aston villas, Colley gate

    Sidaway Mrs. Eglantine, Highfield road, Windmill hill

    Simon Wm. Denziel villas, Colman hl

    Strawson Mrs. The Elms, Colley la

    Tate Mrs. Colley lane

    Thompson Benjamin, Colley gate

    Tibbetts Miss, Maple villas, Colley gt

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

    Turnley Richard, Homer Hill house

    Turnley Thomas, Furlong lane

    Westwood Richard, Park terrace, Park road, Colley gate

    Whitley Joseph Robert Garner, Fern cotts. Highfield rd. Windmill hill

    Willetts Alfred Henry, Furlong lane

    Willetts James, Colman hill

    Wylde Mrs. Victoria vil. Furlong lane

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