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    Cradley Links

    Kelly's 1904 directory lists 282 Cradley individuals

    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 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 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 £250, in the gift of the rector of Halesowen, and held since 1892 by the Rev. Robert Henry Edmondson, of Brasenose College, Oxford, and B.A. of Trinity College, Dublin. The great tithes are held by the lay impropriator, Mr. Jeston Homfray. A vicarage house was built in 1899 by the parishioners, at a cost of £2,550. Here is a Unitarian chapel, built in 1796; the Baptist chapel, built in 1789, and recently rebuilt from designs by Mr. A.T. Butler, architect, of Cradley Heath, at a cost of about £3,000, is an edifice of brick and terra cotta, in the Renaissance style, and will seat 450 persons; the Wesleyan chapel was erected in 1873, the Primitive Methodist in 1882, and the 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.; Fairview is occupied by Thomas Darby esq. Viscount Cobham is lord of the manor. The principal landowners are Jeston Homfray esq. the trustees of the late James Holcroft esq. of Stourbridge, the Old Swinford Hospital, the trustees of Mrs. King, of Wollescote Hall, Stourbridge, Messrs. Joseph King and Co. Messrs. Harper and Moores, Samuel Evers and Son, 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 818 acres, including 6 of water; rateable value, £18,886; the population in 1891 was 5,709, and in 1901, 6,733.

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

    Parish Clerk, Joseph Fellows Bloomer.

    Town Sub-Post, M.O. & T.O., T.M.O., E.D., S.B. & A.& I. Office. - Miss Alice Christopher, sub-postmistress. Letters arrive from Cradley Heath S.O. Staffs, at 7.30 a.m. & 2 & 6.30 p.m.; dispatched at 8.45 & 11.10 a.m. & 2.5, 7.10 & 8.10 p.m. sundays at 8.40 a.m.

    Wall Letter Boxes, cleared at: - Netherend, 7.35 a.m. & 2 & 6.35 p.m.; sundays, 7.45 p.m.; Bridge street, 9.5 & 11.15 a.m. & 2.10, 7.10 & 8.15 p.m.; sundays, 8.50 a.m.; Colley Gate, 7.30 & 11 a.m. & 1.55, 7.5 & 8.5 p.m.; sundays, 7.55 a.m.; Twogates, 8 a.m. & 3 & 8 p.m.; sundays at 8 p.m.

    Town Sub-Post & M.O.O.S.B. & A.&I. Office, Windmill Hill. - Herbert Edwin Roper, sub-postmaster. Letters arrive from Cradley Heath S.O. 7.30 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.; dispatched at 7.30 & 10.55 a.m. & 1.50, 6.55 & 7.55 p.m. Nearest telegraph office, Cradley.

    County Police Station, Colley lane; Walter Clark, sergeant in charge, & 4 constables


    Inland Revenue Officer, Thomas Wright, Talbot street

    Medical Officer & Public Vaccinator, Cradley District, Stourbridge Union, H. Ashley Belbin L.S.A. Colley gate

    Sanitary Inspector to Stourbridge Rural District Council, William Whitworth, Halesowen

    PLACES OF WORSHIP, with Times of Services.

    Cradley Church, Rev. Robert Henry Edmondson B.A. vicar; Rev. Edmund Lewis Cochrand, curate; 8 & 10. 45 a.m. & 3 & 6; 30 p.m.; daily, 9 a.m.; baptisms, mon. 3 p.m.; wed. 7 p.m.

    Baptist, High street, Rev. Wm. Alfred Barker; 10. 45 a.m. & 6. 15 p.m.; thurs. 7. 30 p.m.

    Methodist New Connexion, Colley gate, 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.

    Unitarian, Netherend, Rev. Arrowsmith Hyde Shelley; 11 a.m. & 6. 30 p.m.

    Wesleyan High street, Rev. John Thompson; 10. 30 a.m. & 6 p.m.; thurs. 7. 15 p.m.

    Public Elementary Schools.

    Church street (mixed), for 410 children; average attendance, 360 children; Joseph Jaquiss, master

    Infants, erected in 1897, for 225 children; average attendance, 190; Mrs. C.A. Roper, mistress

    Church street (boys), built in 1871, enlarged in 1895, for 280 boys; average attendance, 250 boys; John James Homer, master

    Colley lane (girls), built in 1902, for 240; average attendance, 200; Miss Elizabeth Edwards, mistress

    Colley lane (infants), built in 1902, for 190 children; average attendance, 170; Miss Ruth Lucy Wright, mist.

    Park Lane (infants), for 210 children; average attendance, 100; Mrs. Alice Green, mistress

    Unitarian, Netherend, erected in 1796 (the boys' school was opened in 1872), for 260 mixed children & infants; average attendance, 230 mixed and 76 infants; William Henry Guest, master

    Railway Station, Cradley Heath & Cradley, George Halford, station master

    Carriers to Birmingham. - 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 house, Colley gate

    Attwood Wm. Elmsleigh, Colman hill

    Bache Chas. Chapel ho. Lyde green

    Barker Rev. William Alfred (Baptist), Church street

    Barnsley Benjamin, Westbourne villas, Highfield road, Windmill hill

    Beasley Miss, Park view, Two gates

    Belbin Ashley, Colley gate

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

    Bloomer Joseph Fellows, Lynsdale, Beecher road, Colman hill

    Brazier Adam, Ivydene, Colman hill

    Butler Jas. The Laurels, Colley gate

    Chapman Wm. Hawthornes, Colman hl

    Clewes Charles Hodgetts, The Park

    Cochrand, Rev. Edmd. Lewis (curate)

    Dakin George Frederick, Clent view, Windmill hill

    Darby Thomas, Fairview, Colman hill

    Edmondson Rev. Robert Henry B.A. (vicar), The Vicarage

    Forrest Joshua, Woodland vw. Colman hl

    Garratt H. Ernest, Holloway house, Colman hill

    Griffin Darius, Aston vils. Colley gate

    Griffin Wm. sen. Aston vils. Colley gate

    Hingley Sir Benjamin bart. J.P. Hatherton lodge

    Hingley Miss, Hatherton lo. Colmn. Hill

    Hipkiss Frank, Woodlands, Windmill hill

    Homer Thos. The Limes, Colley gate

    Homes Benj. Linton ho. Windmill hl.

    Hughes Mrs. Cleveland vil. Church rd

    Jaquiss Joseph, Lyndhurst, Highfield road, Windmill hill

    Jennings Andrew, Netherend

    Jones Mrs. The Firs, Windmill hill

    Oliver Mrs. Fern cots. Highfield road

    Oliver Mrs. The Poplars, Windmill hl

    Palmer Joseph, Beecher street

    Payton Thomas, Rose cottage, Highfield road, Windmill hill

    Perry Harry Ridgdale, Two gates

    Preston Mrs. Woodland vw. Colman hl

    Shelley Rev. Arrowsmith Hyde (Unitarian), Netherend

    Simon Wm. Denziel villas, Colman hl

    Stevens Mrs. Elmsleigh, Windmill hl

    Sykes Richard, Clyndon house, Windmill hill

    Tate Mrs. Colley lane

    Thompson Rev. John (Wesleyan Methodist), Glyndon house

    Wylde Mrs. Victoria vil. Furlong lane


    (Early closing day, Thursday 1 p.m.)

    Adams James, carpenter, Furlong lane

    Adams Joseph, shopkeeper, Two gates

    Ashmore George, horse slaughterer, Two gates

    Attwood Alexander, hame maker, Lyde green

    Attwood John, butcher, Colley gate

    Attwood John, carter, Netherend

    Auden Arthur, Old Two gates P.H. Two gates

    Auden John, beer retailer, High street

    Bache Thomas, baker, Cradley fields

    Bate Philip, chain maker, High town

    Bate William Edward, greengrocer, New street, Overend

    Batham Daniel, beer retailer, High street

    Bayliss Henry, beer retailer, Two gates

    Beasley Caleb, carpenter, Park view, Two gates

    Beasley Charles, farmer, Two gates

    Beasley Charles, shopkeeper, Windmill hill

    Beasley Joseph, chain maker, High town

    Beasley Joseph, tip nail maker, Two gates

    Beasley Philip, grocer, High street

    Beasley Simeon, grocer, Windmill hill

    Belbin Ashley L.S.A. Lond. physician & surgeon, medical officer & public vaccinator, Cradley district, Stourbridge union, Colley gate

    Bennett Clement, beer retailer, Two gates

    Bills Alfred, shopkeeper, Colley lane

    Bird Edwin, assistant overseer, Two gates

    Bird Henry, shopkeeper, Colley gate

    Bissell James, shopkeeper & chain maker, High street

    Bloomer John, miller (steam), hay & straw dealer a corn merchant, Bridge street

    Bloomer Joseph Fellows, builder & parish clerk, Colman hl

    Blunt Felix, grocer, Bridge street

    Boxley Philemon, chain maker, Lodge lane

    Brettell James Alfred, grocer, Colley gate

    Brettell John, draper, High street

    Bridgewater Charles Edward, householder, Sunnyside house, Colley gate

    Bridgewater Hannah (Mrs.), greengrocer, Bridge street

    Bridgwater Hannah (Mrs.), grocer, High street

    Brook Hezekiah, Fish inn, High street

    Brooke John, chain maker, Mill street

    Brookes James Harry, boot & shoe maker, Overend

    Brown Joseph, chain maker, Lyde green

    Case Philip, shopkeeper, Colley lane

    Christopher Alice (Miss), tobacconist & post office, High st

    Christopher Joseph, overseer, Overend road

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

    Clarke William, fishmonger, High street

    Clewes T.M. & Son, wool dealers, Park mills, Colley gate

    Clift Edith (Miss), dress maker, High street

    Clift Elijah, chain maker, New street

    Clift Henry, haberdasher, High street

    Clift Samuel, insurance agent, Furlong lane

    Colwood Joseph, boot maker, High street

    Cook William Henry, Crown P.H. Lyde Green

    Cooper Caleb, insurance agent, Beecher st. Colman hill

    Corbett John, plumber, New street

    Corbett John William, painter, High street

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

    Cox Caleb, draper, Windmill hill

    Cox Daniel Sampson, shopkeeper, Furlong lane

    Cox Harry Vernon, Round of Beef P.H. Windmill hill

    Cox Henry, chain maker, Butcher's lane

    Cox Herbert J. ironmonger, Windmill hill

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

    Cox Stephen, chain maker, New street

    Cox Thomas Geoffrey, butcher, Windmill hill

    Craddock William, beer retailer, Victoria street

    Crampton Ezra, Horse Shoe P.H. Colley gate

    Crampton Henry, shopkeeper, Lyde green

    Crampton John, farmer, Netherend

    Crampton Thomas, shopkeeper & nail maker, Two gates

    Cutler Frederic Edward, Rose & Crown P.H. High street & brewer, Lyde green

    Dallow Richard, draper, High street

    Darby Joseph, tailor, Windmill hill

    Davies George, printer, Windmill hill

    Davies James, draper, High street

    Davis Harry, shopkeeper, Butcher's lane

    Davis William Henry, Black Swan P.H. High street

    Dunn H. & Co. chain & chain cable makers, Lyde green

    Dunn Eli, Holly Bush P.H. High street

    Dunn Stephen, chain maker, Lyde green

    Dunn William, shopkeeper, Windmill hill

    Edge Rowland, Bridge inn, Bridge street

    Edmonds Herbert, pawnbroker, High street

    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, Homer hill fire clay & fire brick works

    Farmer Stephen, grocer, High street

    Feldon Sarah (Mrs.), shopkeeper, Two gates

    Fellows Thomas, Old Mogul P.H. Netherend

    Fendall John, chain maker, Inhedge

    Flavell George, hair dresser, High street

    Fowkes Robert, secondhand furniture dealer, Colley lane

    Gill David Alfred, butcher, High street

    Gill Eli, butcher, Windmill hill

    Gill George, grocer, High street

    Gill George (Mrs.), shopkeeper, High town

    Gill Solomon, jun. boot & shoe maker, Colley gate

    Gillam James, chain maker, Lyde green

    Golden George, chain maker, Butcher's lane

    Green John, chain maker, Lodge lane

    Green Mary (Mrs.), shopkeeper, New street

    Griffin William (postal address, Cradley Heath), anchor, chain & chain cable ma. forgings &c. Victoria forge

    Griffiths Frank, Lodge Forge P.H. New street

    Griffiths William, chain maker, New street

    Guest Edward, beer retailer, Park road, Colley gate

    Halford George, station master, Cradley heath

    Hanksman Vincent, draper, Colley gate

    Harbach Walter, insurance agent, Overend

    Harbach William, anchor maker, Little hill

    Harper & Moores Limited (Joseph Moore, man, director), colliery proprietors & fire brick makers, Netherend (postal address, Stourbridge)

    Harper David, haberdasher, High street

    Harris Benjamin, shopkeeper, Two gates

    Harris David, chain maker, Little hill

    Harris Joseph, chain maker, High town

    Harris Joseph, chain maker, Little hill

    Harris Joseph, chain maker, Victoria street

    Harris Maria (Mrs.), grocer, Windmill hill

    Harrison Joseph, chain maker, New street

    Harvey Albert, hair dresser, High street

    Hawkeswood Edward, Bull's Head P.H. & grocer, Overend

    Hawkeswood William, coal dealer, High town

    Head Frank, confectioner, High street

    Head John, shopkeeper, Little hill

    Hemming Harry, butcher & grocer, Overend

    Herrin Henry Jabez, Horse & Jockey P.H. Netherend

    Hickman Arthur Samuel, tobacconist, Colley gate

    Hill Frederick, chain maker, Lyde green

    Hill Maria Ann (Mrs.), shopkeeper, Netherend

    Hingley Henry, greengrocer, Overend

    Hingley James, householder, Tregaron ho. Colley orchard

    Hipkiss Henry & Co. iron forgers & anchor makers, Lodge forge

    Hipkiss Frank, overseer, Colley gate

    Hipkiss William, red & blue brick works & quarry owners, Lodge lane

    Hodgetts Benjamin, butcher, High street

    Hodgetts Charles, shopkeeper, High town

    Hodgetts George Henry, shopkeeper, Two gates

    Hodgetts Henry, chain maker, Two gates

    Hodgetts Joseph, butcher, High street

    Homer Paul & Son, ironmongers & watch mas. High st

    Homer John, beer retailer, Overend

    Homer Neri, chain maker, Little hill

    Homer Samuel, grocer, Netherend

    Homer Thomas, solicitor, Colley gate

    Jewiss Alfred, boot & shoe maker, High street

    Jones & Lloyd, anchor manufacturers, Scotia works & Cradley forge; & at 162 Edmund street, Birmingham

    Jones Richard, confectioner & baker, Colley gate

    Kendrick William, chain maker, Two gates

    King Bros. Stourbridge fire brick & gas retort manufacturers, Netherend (postal address, Stourbridge); & at 46 Penn street, Curzon street, Bimingham

    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 Samuel, chain maker, Two gates

    Knowles John,greengrocer, Colley gate

    Leah John William, shopkeeper, High street

    Littlewood John, shopkeeper, Park street

    Mapp Charles, carpenter, Colley orchard

    Mason James, farmer, Overend

    Meacham Arthur, baker, Park road, Colley gate

    Meredith Joseph Albert, builder & contractor; all kinds of building repairs & sanitary work executed & sewerage work undertaken, Furlong lane

    Meredith Samuel, bricklayer, Furlong lane

    Millward David, toy dealer, Windmill hill

    Mole Albert & Son, blacksmiths, Colley lane

    Morris Edward, shopkeeper, High street

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

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

    Oliver John, carpenter, Colley gate

    Oliver William Harry, beer retailer, Furlong lane

    Partridge Myra (Mrs.), chain maker, New street

    Payton Arthur, coffin maker, Woodland view, Colman hill

    Pearce Charles, shopkeeper, New street

    Pearshouse Joseph, beer retailer, Netherend

    Pearson Samuel, fishmonger, Colley lane

    Perry Harry Ridgdale, grocer, Two gates

    Plant Alice (Mrs.), fishmonger, High street

    Plant William, fried fish shop, High street

    Price Thomas, rate collector, Windmill hill

    Priest David, frost screw maker, Butcher's lane

    Proffitt Daniel, beer retailer, High town

    Rawlins David, chain maker, Lyde green

    Raybould Richard, shoe maker, High street

    Robins George, Sun P.H. Overend

    Robinson Evan (Mrs.), shopkeeper, High town

    Robinson John, draper, Furlong lane

    Robinson John, shopkeeper, High street

    Robinson Stephen, boot maker, Colley gate

    Rock Joseph, chain maker, Beecher street

    Rockett Frederick, upholsterer, Colley orchard

    Roper George Albert, White Lion inn, Colley gate

    Roper Herbt. Edwin, confr. & post office, Windmill hill

    Rowley Thomas, British Arms P.H. Furlong lane

    Rudge True Ann (Mrs.), china & glass dealer, Colman hill & chain maker, Beecher street

    Salt Mary (Mrs.), shopkeeper, Bridge street

    Saunders John, beer retailer, Lyde green

    Shaylor George Henry, shopkeeper, High street

    Sheet Iron Workers (The) Lim. galvanizers, Phoenix wks

    Sidaway Joseph, butcher, High street

    Sidaway Louisa (Mrs.), grocer, High street

    Smith Enoch, butcher, High street

    Smith John William, general dealer, High street

    Southall Benjamin, shopkeeper, Windmill hill

    Southall Charles, chain maker, Lyde green

    Southall George, chain maker, High town

    Southall John Thomas, photographer, Furlong lane

    Spencer Edward William, shopkeeper, Colley gate

    Spencer Martha (Mrs.), grocer, Windmill hill

    Sprake Edward, blacksmith, Church lane

    Stafford John, chain maker, Netherend

    Stanley Mary Ann (Mrs.), milliner, High street

    Sutton Thomas, coal dealer, Colley gate

    Talbot Walter, grengrocer, High street

    Tate James, grocer, Beecher street

    Tate Jsph. Mirari, ironmongr. furn. dlr. & bldr. Windmill hl

    Tate Thomas, farmer, Overend

    Tate William, butcher, Colley gate

    Taylor C. L. maltster, Furlong lane

    Taylor George, boot & shoe dealer, Colley lane

    Taylor Henry, nail maker, Two gates

    Taylor Thomas, draught nail maker, Two gates

    Taylor William Ernest, greengrocer & confr. Colley gate

    Thomas John, boot maker, Colley gate

    Thomas William, beer retailer, Two gates

    Tibbetts Alfred, shopkeeper & carter, New street

    Walker Edward Taylor, chain maker, Lyde green

    Walker Felix, chain maker, Lyde green

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

    Walker William, chain maker, Lyde green

    Wassell Frank William, stationer & news agent, High st

    Weaver Edward, shopkeeper, Bridge street

    White John Henry, grocer, High street

    Whithers Fredrick, shopkeeper, Overend

    Willetts James, china & glass dealer, Windmill hill

    Willetts Stephen, carpenter, Furlong lane

    Willetts Thomas, chain maker, New street

    Williams John, grocer, Beecher street, Colman hill

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

    Witley Colliery Co. Lim. coal merchants; depôt, Overend wharf, Overend

    Woodall Harry Arthur, tailor, Colley gate

    Woodhouse John, confectioner, Colley gate

    Wooldridge Elijah, chemist, Lyde green

    Worton Albert, chain maker, Beecher street

    Worton William, chain maker, Beecher street, Colman hill

    Wright Thomas, inland revenue officer, Talbot street

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