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    Cradley Links

    The entry for Cradley in the 1916 “Kelly's directory of Birmingham, and the counties of Stafford, Warwick and Worcester” lists 282 individuals.

    CRADLEY is a parish and extensive and populous district 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 ecclesiastical parish was formed in 1799 from the civil parish of Halesowen. The church of St. Peter, 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. The register of baptisms and burials dates from 1785 ; marriages, 1802. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £280, in the gift of the Rector of Halesowen, and held since 1915 by the Rev. Richard Alban Norris M.A., L. Th. of University College, Durham. The great tithes are held by the lay impropriator, Alfred Homfray esq. A vicarage house was built in 1899 by the parishioners, at a cost of £2,550. 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. Here is a Unitarian chapel, built in 1796; the Baptist chapel, built in 1789, and rebuilt in 1907, 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 personsl the Wesleyan Methodist chapel was erected in 1873, the Primitive Methodist in 1882, and the United Methodist chapel in 1856. Messrs. Harper and Moores Limited, Messrs. King Brothers (Stourbridge) Limited 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. Viscount Cobham is lord of the manor. The principal landowners are the trustees of the late James Holcroft esq. of Stourbridge, the Old Swinford Hospital, the trustees of Mrs. King, of Wollescote Hall, Stourbridge, Messrs. King Brothers (Stourbridge) Limited, Harper and Moores Limited, Samuel Evers and Sons Limited and Mobberley and Perry Limited, 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, £19,309; the population in 1901 was 6,733, and in 1911, 7,275.

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

    Parish Clerk, Joseph Fellows Bloomer, Beecher Road.

    Town Sub-Post, M. O., T & Telephonic Express Delivery Office. - Miss Alice Christopher, sub-post-mistress. Letters arrive from Cradley Heath, Staffs., at 7.30 a.m. & 2 & 6.30 p.m. ; dispatched at 8.45 a.m. & 11.10 a.m. and 2.5 & 7.10 p.m. ; sundays at 5.55 p.m.

    Town Sub-Post & M. O. Office, Windmill Hill - William Henry Adams, sub-postmaster. Letters arrive from Cradley Heath, Staffs., 7.30 a.m. & 2.30 & 6.45 p.m. ; dispatched at 7.30 a.m. & 1.50, 6.55 & 7.55 p.m. ; sundays, 7.30 a.m.. Nearest telegraph office, Cradley.

    Wall Letter Boxes, cleared at:- Netherend, 7.35 a.m. & 2.15 & 6.35 p.m. ; sundays, 5.5 p.m.; Bridge street, 9.5 a.m. & 2.10, 7.10 & 8.15 p.m. ; sundays, 8.50 a.m. ; Drew's Holloway, 9 a.m. & 2.25 & 6.30 p.m.; sundays, 6.25 p.m. ; Twogates, 8 a.m. & 2.30 & 8 p.m. ; sundays, 8 a.m. ;Overend, 7.45 a.m. & 2.14 & 6.50 p.m. ; sundays, 8 a.m.

    County Police Station, 32 Colley Lane ; William Henry Wright, sergeant in charge, & 4 constables


    Assistant Overseer, Rate Collector & Clerk to Parish Council, Edwin Bird, Colley Lane

    Excise Officer, A. Howard Ridley, Dudley rd. Charley Hth

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

    Registrar of Births & Deaths, Halesowen Sub-district, Alfred Hill, 36 High street; deputy, John Dingley, Hagley road, Halesowen

    PLACES OF WORSHIP, with times of Services.

    St. Peter's Church, Rev. Richard Alban Norris M.A., L.Th. vicar; Rev. Bertram Richard Eccles & Rev. George John Foster Verschoyle B.A. curates; 8 & 10.45 a.m. & 3 & 5.30 p.m. ; daily, 8 a.m. & 5 p.m. ; baptisms, mon, 3 p.m.

    St Catherine's Mission Room, Beecher street; sun. 10 a.m. & 5.30 p.m.

    Mission of the Good Shepherd, Lyde Green; sun. 9 a.m. & 5.30 p.m.

    Baptist, High street; 10.45 a.m. & 6.15 p.m. ; thurs 7.30 p.m.

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

    Mission Room, Banner street (undenominational); various services

    United Methodist, Colley Gate (Stourbridge Circuit), Rev. W. C. Cockersole (supt.); 10.30 a.m. & 2.45 & 6 p.m.; thurs. 7.30 p.m.

    Unitarian, Netherend, Rev. Arrowsmith Hyde Shelley ; 11 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.

    Wesleyan Methodist, High street, Rev. William Henderson; 10.30 a.m. & 6 p.m.; thurs 7.15 p.m.


    Under the control of the Halesowen Education Committee; Thomas Edmonds, attendance officer

    Church street (mixed), for 325 children; Joseph Jaquiss, master

    Infants, erected in 1897, for 200 children ; Mrs. C. A. Roper, mistress

    Colley lane (boys), built in 1911, for 400 boys; average attendance, 306; H. Hawksworth B.A. Lond., L.C.P. head master

    Colley lane (girls), built in 1902 & enlarged in 1911, for 422 girls; Miss Elizabeth Edwards, mistress

    Colley lane (infants), built in 1902 & enlarged in 1911, for 255 children; Miss Ruth Lucy Wright, mistress

    Park lane, Netherend (infants), erected in 1796; accommodation, 172 ; Miss L. Wardle, infants' mistress

    Railway Station, Cradley Heath & Cradley, Thomas W. Underwood, station master

    Carriers to Birmingham.- George Lloyd, Cradley Heath, & G. Green & Son & T. Yates, Old Hill, pass through 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 William, 8 Drew's Holloway

    Belbin Ashley, Colley Gate

    Brazier Adam, 9 Drew's Holloway

    Bridgewater Charles Edward, 104 Colley Gate

    Bullas Fdk, Clent house, Colley Gate

    Chapman Wm. 7 Drew's Holloway

    Clare William, 108 Furlong lane

    Clewes Chas. Hodgetts J.P. The Park

    Clewes Wn. Thos. 118 Colley Gate

    Dakin Charles, 10 Drew's Holloway

    Eccles Rev. Bertram Richd. (curate), The Beecher

    Fox Miss, The Elms, Colley lane

    Garratt H, Ernest, Drew's Holloway

    Henderson Rev William (Wesleyan Methodist), The Manse, Lyde Green

    Hickman Alfred, 122 Colley Gate

    Hopkiss Frank, 111 Colley Gate

    Homer Mrs. Drew's Holloway

    Homer Thomas, 109 Colley Gate

    Homes Benjamin, 13 Drew's Holloway

    Hughes Mrs. Cleveland vil. Church rd

    Jones, Mrs. 12 Drew's Holloway

    King Frederick Geo. 111 Colley Gate

    Norris Rev. Richard Alban M.A. L.Th (vicar). Vicarage

    Oliver Mrs. Fern cots. Highfield road

    Ryland George, 4 Drew's Holloway

    Shelley Rev. Arrowsmith Hide (Unitarian), Netherend parsonage

    Simon Wm. H., 1 Drew's Holloway

    Somers Frank, Colman hill, Drew's Holloway

    Tate Joseph Edward, Colley lane

    Verschoyle Rev. George John Foster B.A. (curate), The Red house, Colley Orchard

    Willetts Charles, jun. 6 Drew's Holloway

    Willetts Harold, 6 Drew's Holloway

    Willis Harold, Drew's Holloway

    Woodhouse Caleb, 11 Drew's Holloway

    Wright Roland, Park house


    Early closing day, Thursday 1 p.m.

    Abbis Sidney Tector, decorator, 11 High street

    Adams Arthur, boot maker, 50 Colley gate

    Adams Charles, chain maker, 30 Windmill hill

    Adams David, chain maker, Beecher street

    Adams James, carpenter & draper, 6 Furlong lane

    Adams Walter E. joiner, Talbot street

    Adams William Henry, confectioner, & post office, 39 Windmill hill

    Attwood Joseph, chain maker, Lyde Green

    Attwood Joseph, chain maker, Mill street

    Auden Lottie (Mrs.), shopkeeper, 68 High street

    Bache William, draper, 21 Maple Tree lane

    Bangham Wm. Hy. Beer retlr. 1 Stocking st, Two Gates

    Bate Leah (Miss), draper, 40 High street

    Bate Philip, chain maker, High Town

    Bate Samuel, chain maker, New street

    Bate Thomas, chain maker, Blue Ball lane

    Bate William Edward, greengrocer, 16 Banner street

    Batham Daniel, beer retailer, 70 High street

    Beasley Albert, carpenter, 45 Two gates

    Beasley Ellen (Mrs.), shopkeeper, 35 Colley gate

    Beasley Jesse, farmer, 36 Windmill hill

    Beasley Joseph, chain maker, High Town

    Beasley Mary Ann (Mrs.), shopkeeper, 30 Ladysmith rd

    Beasley Simeon, shopkeeper, 65 Windmill hill

    Beddard Daniel, chain maker 15 Forge Draft street

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

    Bennett Clement, beer retailer, 88 Two gates

    Billingham George, foundry blacking manufr. Overend

    Billingham John, shopkeeper, 126 Two gates

    Billingham Joseph Henry, beer retailer, Victoria street

    Bills Alfred, shopkeeper, 7 Colley lane

    Bird Edwin, assistant overseer, rate collector & clerk to Parish Council, Colley lane

    Bird Henry, shopkeeper, 126 Colley gate

    Blackwell Bros. Shipping tackle manufrs. Colley Orchard

    Bloomer John & Sons, millers (steam), Bridge street

    Bloomer Gertrude (Miss), dress maker, 19 Beecher street

    Bloomer John, chain maker, 5 Mill street

    Bloomer Joseph, chain manufacturer, Ladysmith road

    Bloomer Joseph Fellows, builder & parish clerk, Beecher rd

    Bloomer Philip, chain maker, 26 Beecher street

    Blunt Felix, grocer, 19 Bridge street

    Boxley Giles, shopkeeper, 88 Colley gate

    Boxley Philemon, chain maker, Lodge lane

    Brettell James, draper, 37 High street

    Brooke John, chain maker, Mill street

    Brown Joseph, chain maker, Lyde Green

    Buttery Emily May (Mrs.), Crown P.H. 88 Lyde Green

    Cartwright Samuel, shopkeeper, 6 Bridge street

    Cartwright Walter, insurance agent, 67 Colley gate

    Cashmore Charles, Holly Bush P.H. 50 High street

    Chambers Thomas Henry, news agent, 56 Hight street

    Chilton William, beer retailer, 9 Furlong lane

    Christopher Alice (Miss), tobccnst. & post off. 36 High street

    Clewes T. M. & Son, wool dlrs. Park mills, Colley Gate

    Clift Eliza (Mrs.), chain maker, 41 New street

    Clift Henry, haberdasher, 76 & 78 High street

    Clift Samuel, insurance agent, 2 Talbot street

    Cooper Caleb, news agent, Overend

    County Police Station (William Henry Wright, sergt.), 32 Colley Lane

    Cox Harry Vernon, Round of Beef P.H. 33 Colley gate

    Cox Herbert J. ironmonger, 24 & 26 Colley gate

    Cox Jemima (Mrs.), chain maker, 6 High town

    Cox Mary (Mrs.), shopkeeper, 2 Spring street

    Cox Tomas Geoffrey, butcher, 31 Colley gate

    Cradley Conservative & Unionist Club (Harry Woodall, sec.), Colley gate

    Cradley Liberal Club (Edgar Dunn, sec.), 3 Colley lane

    Crampton Henry, shopkeeper, 75 High street

    Crampton Henry, shopkeeper, 24 Lyde green

    Crampton Llewellyn, farmer, Netherend

    Crampton Thomas, shopkeeper, 115 Two gates

    Dallow Richard, draper, 27 High street

    Darby Joseph, tailor, 25 Colley gate

    Davis Emma (Mrs.), shopkeeper, 17 Butcher's lane

    Davis George, printer, 22 Colley gate

    Dentith James, baker, 72 High street

    Dunn H. & R. chain makers, Lyde Green

    Dunn W. & J. grocers, 1 Windmill Hill

    Dunn Jim, boot maker, 15 Bridge street

    Edge Thomas, chainmaker, 34 Two gates

    Edwards George, chain maker, Little hill

    Edwards William, chain maker, Little hill

    Errington Bertram Ewart, draper, 112 Colley gate

    Evers Samuel & Sons Limited, fire brick manufacturers, Homer Hill (postal address, Cradley Heath, Staffs)

    Feldon Sarah (Mrs.). shopkeeper, 74 Two gates

    Fellows Joseph, chain maker, Two Gates

    Flavell George, hair dresser, High street

    Forrest Annie (Miss), shopkeeper, 86 High street

    Fradgley Harry, hair dresser, 92 Overend

    Gauden Samuel, painter, 82 Colley gate

    Genner John, fishmonger, 20 High street

    Gill Arthur, butcher, 21 High street

    Gill George (Mrs.), shopkeeper, 60 Maple Tree lane

    Gill Maria (Mrs.), shopkeeper, 34 High street

    Golden George, chain maker, 63 Colley lane

    Greaves David, butcher, 63 Colley gate

    Green Harry, odd work manufacturer, Banner street

    Green John, chain maker, Lodge lane

    Green Thomas, chimney sweeper, 26 New street

    Griffiths Frank, British Arms P.H. 20 Furlong Lane

    Groom John, shopkeeper, 29 Ladysmith road

    Grove Eli, chain maker, 51 Beecher street

    Hancox Lawson, boot repairer, 80 Colley gate

    Harbach Joseph, boot dealer, 11 Butcher's lane

    Harper & Moores Limited (Howard J. Moore, managing director), colliery proprietors, fire brick makers, general engineers & iron founders, Netherend (postal address, Stourbridge)

    Harper William, carpenter, 22 Beecher road

    Harris Andrew, chain maker, Victoria street

    Harris Ezra, grocer, 18 Colley gate

    Harris Jesse, greengrocer, 89 Colley date

    Harris William, butcher, 3 High street

    Harris William Henry, drug stores, 25 High street

    Harrison Herbert Joseph, Black Swan P.H. 80 High st

    Harrison Joseph, chain maker, Bridge street

    Harvey Albert, hair dresser, 25a, High street

    Hawkeswood William, coal dealer, 37 High town

    Hayward Brothers, chain makers, Mill street

    Head Emma (Mrs.), shopkeeper, 46 High town

    Head Frank, confectioner, 39 High st. & 8 Beecher road

    Head John, shopkeepr, Little hill

    Head Samuel, boot repairer, Overend

    Hemming Harry, grocer, 80 Overend

    Herring Henry Jabez, Horse & Jockey P.H. 19 Netherend

    Hickman Arthur Samuel, tobacconist, 124 Colley gate

    Hill Alban, chain maker, 26 Beecher road

    Hill Alfred, registrar of births & deaths for Halesowen sub-distrtict, 36 High street

    Hill Felix, chain maker, Intended street

    Hingley James Wilfrid, builder, see Meredith & Hingley

    Hingley John, draper, 42 Colley date

    Hingley John, fruiterer, 38 Furlong lane

    Hipkiss Henry & Co. iron forgers, Lodge forge

    Hodgetts Ernest, butcher, 2 High street

    Hodgetts John, chain maker, Two gates

    Holden Walter, baker, 105 Colley gate

    Homer Paul & Son, ironmongers, 1 High street

    Homer Samuel, grocer, 25 Netherend

    Homer Thomas, solicitor, 109 Colley gate

    Ingley George Albert, Old Mogul P.H. Netherend

    Jasper James, Bridge inn, 8 Bridge street

    Jewiss Alfred, boot & shoe maker, 48 High street

    Jewiss Alfred, jun. boot maker, 75 Colley gate

    Johns William, jun. potato merchant, Overend

    Johnson Soloman, shopkeeper, 15 Cradley forge

    Jones & Lloyd Limited, anchor manufacturers, Scotia works & Cradley forge

    Jones Thomas, shopkeeper, 117 Two gates

    Jones William, jun. farmer, Overend

    King Brothers (Stourbridge) Limited, proprietors of best glass house pot & crucible clays, manufacturers of fire bricks, gas retorts, glass house & blast furnace bricks, crucibles &c. & colliery proprietors, Stourbridge fire clay & brick works, Netherend

    Kirton Albert, grocer, 27 Two gates

    Kirton William, jun, 28 Windmill hill

    Knowles James, fried fish dealer, 88 Colley date

    Knowles John, greengrocer, 64 Colley gate

    Littlewood John, shopkeepr, Park road

    Leah John Willieam, fried fish dealer, 41 High street

    Leonard Jas. Albt. Old Two Gates P.H. 50 Windmill hill

    Male David, beer retailer, 49 Lyde green

    Male William, chain maker, Overend

    Mapp Charles, carpenter, Colley Orchard

    Mapp Elizabeth (Mrs.), outfitter, 16 High street

    Mason Brothers, chain manufacturers, Mill street

    Meacham Arthur, baker, Park road, Colley gate

    Meredith & Hingley, builders, contractors, coffin makers & undertakers, Lyde Green (letters through Cradley Heath, Staffs)

    Millward Bertram, hardware dealer, 47 High street

    Morgan John, butcher, 44 High street

    Nicklin Thomas, chain maker, New street

    Oliver W. & Son (of Cradley) Ltd. Maltsters. Colley Gate

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

    Oliver Frank, Talbot hotel, & farmer, Colley Gate

    Oliver John, carpenter, Colley Gate

    Oliver Reginald Francis, artificial teeth ma. 1 Lyde green

    Palmer William, beer retailer, 19 Overend

    Partridge Ebor, chain maker, 118 Two gates

    Partridge William, Fish inn, 36 High street

    Payton Thomas, pattern maker, Highfield road

    Pearson Elijah, shopkeeper, 11 Cradley forge

    Pearson Joseph, chain maker, Lyde green

    Pearson Robert James, fishmonger, 29 Colley lane

    Percival Joh, Bull's Head P.H. Overend

    Plant William, fried fish shop, 54 High street

    Priest David, chain maker, Butcher's lane

    Proffitt Daniel, beer retailer, 2 High town

    Rawlins David (Mrs.), chain maker, Lyde Green

    Raybould Jeremiah, chain maker, Banner street

    Reece Elijah Richard, shopkeeper, 28 New street

    Reece Henry, chain manufacturer, Maple Tree lane

    Reece Thomas, shopkeeper, 42 Ladysmith road

    Reece William, chain maker, 17 Forge Draft street

    Robins George, Sun P.H. 99 Overend

    Robinson George, chain maker, Mill street

    Robinson Harriet (Mrs.), shopkeeper, 37 Colley lane

    Robinson Howard, painter, 7 High street

    Robinson John, carpenter, 18 High street

    Robinson Llewellyn, beer retailer, 52 High street

    Robinson Simeon, beer retailer, Park lane

    Rock Joseph & Sons, oddwork makers, Beecher street

    Rockett Frederick, upholsterer, 23 Colley orchard

    Rolinson William, pawnbroker, 9 High street

    Roper Caleb, farmer, Colley Gate

    Roper George Albert, White Lion inn, 74 Colley gate

    Roper Hubert, furniture dealer, 107 Colley gate

    Rudge Alfred, builder, 21 Windmill hill

    Scott-Homer Harry, small gas & oil engines, lathes & drilling machines &c. Alma street

    Shaw Jane (Mrs.), shopkeeper , High town

    Sheet Iron Workers Limited, galvanizers, Mill street

    Sidaway Albert Edward, butcher, 15 High street

    Smith Harry, Rose & Crown P.H. High street

    Smith James, blank bolt maker, Banner street

    Smith John William, shopkeeper, 11 Colley lane

    Smith Percy, hair dresser, 82 Colley gate

    Southall George & Son, chain makers, 28 Banner street

    Southall Alfred, draper, 25 Banner street

    Southall Benjamin, grocer, 29 & 95 Colley gate

    Southall Charles, chain maker, Lyde Green

    Southall Eliza (Mrs.), shopkeeper, 21 Netherend

    Southall Fred, insurance agent, 26 Banner street

    Southall George, chain maker, Ladysmith road

    Southall Joseph, china & glass dealer, 13 High street

    Southall Walter B. grocer, 35 High street

    Spencer Martha (Mrs.), grocer, 47 Colley gate

    Sprague Edward, smith, Park Road

    Starling Edward Charles, grocer, 114 Colley gate

    Stevens William Henry, farmer, Two Gates

    Talbot Emma (Mrs.), confectioner, 19 High street

    Tandy John, Blue Ball P.H. Church lane

    Tate Harry, builder, Highfield road

    Tate William Edward, butcher, Colley Gate

    Taylor David, shopkeeper, 13 Maple Tree lane

    Taylor Isaac, draught nail maker, Stocking st. Two Gates

    Taylor William Ernest, greengrocer, 108 Colley gate

    Thomas John, boot repairer, 8 High street

    Thomas William Henry, market gardener, 63 Two gates

    Tromans Benjamin, chain maker, Mill street

    Tromans Benjamin, Gate P.H. Colley Gate

    Tromans John Henry, chain maker, Mill street

    Twist Mary Ann (Mrs.), Maypole P.H. 5 Cradley forge

    Walker Edward Taylor, chain maker, Lyde Green

    Walker Martha (Miss), chain maker, Lyde Green

    Walker Solomon, shopkeeper, 63 High street

    Warr William, greengrocer, 29 High street

    White James Henry, grocer, 42 High street

    Willetts Charles, chain maker, Ladysmith road

    Williams John, greengrocer, greengrocer, 23 High street

    Williams Meshach, chain maker, 14 Butcher's lane

    Woodall Harry Arthur, tailor, 99 Colley gate

    Woodhouse Edward, chain maker, Banner street

    Worton Charles, chain maker, street

    Worton Harry, chain maker, Intended street

    Worton Soloman, chain maker, 66 Alma street

    Worton William, chain maker, 5 Alma street

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