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    Cradley Links

    The entry for Cradley in the 1924 “Kelly's directory of Birmingham, and the counties of Stafford, Warwick and Worcester” lists 262 individuals.

    Cradley Links wishes to record our sincere thanks to Mr Rod Neep of The Archive CD Books Project for his generous permission to reproduce this directory excerpt and the associated scans.

    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, 2/2 miles east from Stourbridge, 4 south from Dudley and 9 1/2 south west from Birmingham, in the Stourbridge division of the county, hundred of Lower Halfshire, Stourbridge petty Sessional division, union and county court district, rural deanery and archdeaconry of Dudley 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, east porch and a brick tower added in 1876 and containing 8 bells, shown in the Vienna exhibition of 1873 : a new font was provided 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 £450, in the gift of the rector of Halesowen, and held since 1923 by the Rev. William Sterry-Cooper BA., L.Th. of Hatfield Hall, Durham, and hon. C.F. 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 Higgs (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 persons; the Wesleyan Methodist chapel was erected in 1873, the Primitive Methodist in 1882, and the United Methodist chapel in 1856. Messrs. Harper and Moores Ltd. Messrs. King Brothers (Stourbridge) Ltd. and Messrs. Samuel Evers and Sons are manufactures 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 Old Swinford Hospital, 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, £18,436; the population in 1921 was 7,600.

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

    Parish Clerk, Charles Worton, Beecher road.

    Town Sub-Post, M. O., T. & T. E. D. Office. - Miss Alice Christopher, sub-postmistress. Letters arrive from Cradley Heath, Staffs

    Town Sub-Post & M. O. Office, Windmill Hill - Mrs. Emma Cox, sub-postmistress. Letters arrive from Cradley Heath, Staffs. Nearest telegraph office, Cradley

    County Police Station, 32 Colley lane; Walter Henry Wright, sergeant in charge, 2 sergeants & 4 constables


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

    Customs & Excise Officers, A. Howard Ridley, Sydney road, Cradley Heath & S. C. Dundas, 1 Valley rd. Lye

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

    Registrar of Births & Deaths, Halesowen Sub-district, Alfred Bill, 36 High street


    St. Peter's Church, Rev. William Sterry-Cooper B.A., L.Th. & hon. C.F. vicar; Rev. Bertram Richard Eccles, curate

    St. Catherine's Mission Room, Beecher street

    Mission of the Good Shepherd, Lyde Green

    Baptist, High street

    Primitive Methodist

    Mission Room, Banner street (undenominational); various services

    United Methodist, Colley Gate (Stourbridge Circuit),Rev. (supt)

    Unitarian, Netherend, Rev. Arrowsmith Hide Shelley Wesleyan Methodist, High street, Rev. William J. Neal


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

    Church street (mixed), for 325 children; George N. Raybould, master

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

    Colley lane (boys), built in 1911 for 400 boys; Thomas Allchurch, head master

    Colley lane (girls), built in 1902 & enlarged in 1911 for 422 girls; Miss Ruth Evans, 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; accomodation, 172; Miss B. Bartindale, infants' mistress

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

    Carriers to Birmingham. - George Lloyd, Cradley Heath, & G. Green & Son, pass through on tues. thurs. & sat

    (For other names in the district, see Stourbridge; also Cradley Heath & Rowley Regis, Staffs.)


    Attwood William, 8 Drew's Holloway

    Belbin Ashley, Colley Gate

    Bird Edwin, 40 Colley lane

    Bullas Hugh, Colman hill

    Chapman Wm. 7 Drew's Holloway

    Clare William, 108 Furlong lane

    Clewes Mrs. The Park

    Cox James, 104 Colley Gate

    Dakin Charles, Hatherton lodge, Drew's Holloway

    Dakin Charles F. 118 Colley Gate

    Fellows Sydney, Colman hill. TN 280

    Fox Miss, The Elms, Colley lane

    Garratt H. Ernest, Colman Hill ho. Drew's Holloway

    Green Richard, Colley Gate house, Colley Gate. TN 249

    Grice Hy. The Bungalow, Colman hill

    Hickman Arthur S. 116 Colley Gate

    Hickman Joseph, 9 Drew's Holloway

    Hipkiss Frank, 111 Colley Gate

    Homer Ezra H. Clent ho. Colley Gate

    Homer Mrs. Drew's Holloway

    Homer Thomas, 109 Colley Gate

    Hughes Mrs. Cleveland vil. Church rd

    Jolly Geo. Birch view, Colley orchard

    Jones Mrs. 12 Drew's Holloway

    Lawrence Rev. George B.A. (curate), 52 Furlong lane

    Moore Howard, Park house

    Neal Rev. Wm. J. (Wesleyan Methodist), The Manse, Lyde green

    Oliver Mrs. Colley Lane

    Reece Henry, 13 Drew's Holloway

    Ryland George, 4 Drew's Holloway. TN 258

    Shelley Rev. Arrowsmith Hide (Unitarian), Netherend parsonage

    Simon Wm. Hy. 1 Drew's Holloway

    Smith George, The Red house, Colley orchard

    Southall Walter B. Colman hill

    Sterry-Cooper Rev. William B.A., L.Th., hon. C.F. (vicar), Vicarage, Colley gate

    Wilkinson Rev. John T., B.A., The Manse, Sydney road

    Willetts Charles, jun. 6 Drew's Holloway. TN 38

    Willetts Harold, Drew's Holloway

    Woodhouse Caleb, 11 Drew's Holloway


    Abbis Charlotte (Mrs.), shopkeeper, 18 High street

    Abbiss Sidney Tector, decorator, The Park

    Adams Arthur, boot maker, 50 Colley gate

    Adams Charles, chain maker, 30 Windmill hill

    Adams James, draper. 6 Furlong lane

    Adams James A. grocer, 38 Furlong lane

    Adams Walter E. joiner, Talbot street

    Bache William, draper, 21 Maple Tree lane

    Bangham Wm. Hy. beer retlr. 1 Stocking St. Two Gates

    Barclays Bank Ltd. (branch) (11 to 2, tues. & fri.), 21 High street; head office, 54 Lombard street EC 3

    Barnes Joseph Richard, Gate P.H. Colley gate

    Barnsley Esther (Mrs.), shopkeeper, 46 Ladysmith road

    Bate Elizabeth (Miss), shopkeeper, 34 High street

    Bate George, shopkeeper, 68 High street

    Bate Samuel, chain maker, New street

    Bate William Edward, greengrocer, 16 Banner street

    Beasley Alfred, tailor, 25 Colley gate

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

    Beasley Jesse, farmer, 36 Windmill hill

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

    Beddard Daniel, chain maker, 15 Forge Draft street

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

    Bennett Mrs. Ann, beer retailer, 88 Two gates

    Billingham John, shopkeeper, 64 Two gates

    Billingham Thomas Wilson, grocer, 31 Alma street

    Bills Alfred, shopkeeper, 7 Colley lane

    Bills Clara (Mrs.), wardrobe dealer, 14 High street

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

    Bird Henry, shopkeeper, 126 Colley gate

    Blackwell Brothers, shipping tackle manufacturers, Colley orchard. TN 171

    Bloomer John & Sons, millers (steam), Bridge street. TN Cradley Heath 194

    Bloomer Joseph & Sons, chain manufacturers, Ladysmith road. TN 105

    Bloomer Alfred shopkeeper, 59 Maple Tree lane

    Bloomer John, chain maker, Mill street

    Bloomer Joseph Fellows, builder, Beecher road

    Bloomer Philip, chain maker, 19 Beecher street

    Blunt Felix, grocer, 19 Bridge street

    Boxley Fred, Rose & Crown P.H. High street

    Boxley Phillip, shopkeeper, 78 Colley gate

    Chambers Thomas H. F. Talbot hotel, Colley gate

    Chambers Thomas Henry, news agent, 6 High street

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

    Clewes T. M. & Son, wool dealers, Park mills, Colley Gate. TN 118

    Clift Harry, chain maker, New street

    Clift Henry, haberdasher, 76 & 78 High street

    Clift Samuel, insurance agent, 2 Talbot street

    Cooper Caleb, news agent, Overend

    Cope Ossian, boot repairer, Colley gate

    County Police Station (Walter Henry Wright, sergt.), 32 Colley lane

    Cole John, Bull's Head, Overend

    Cox George William, seed merchant, 39 Colley gate

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

    Cox Herbert J. ironmonger, 24 & 26 Colley gate

    Cox Joseph H. builder & contractor, 26 Colley gate

    Cradley Chain Manufacturing Co. chain makers, Mill street. TN 284

    Cradley Conservative & Unionist Club (James Dunlop, sec.), Colley gate

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

    Crampton Henry, shopkeeper, 24 Lyde green

    Crampton Thomas shopkeeper, 115 Two gates

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

    Davis George, printer, 22 Colley gate

    Davis George, shopkeeper, Windmill hill

    Dentith James, baker, 72 High street

    Dunn H. & R. chain makers, Lyde Green

    Dunn W. & J. grocers, 1 Windmill hill

    Dunn Hezekiah, beer retailer, 70 High street

    Dunn Jim, boot maker, 7 Lyde green

    Edge Thomas, chain maker, 34 Two gates

    Edwards William, chain maker, Little hill

    Ellwell William, shopkeeper, 54 New street

    Errington Bertram Ewart, draper, 112 Colley gate

    Evers Samuel & Sons, fire brick manufacturers, Homer Hill (TA "Evers;" TN 127) (postal address, Stourbridge, Staffs)

    Farmer Lucy (Miss), milliner, 128 Colley gate

    Flavell George, hair dresser, High street

    Fradgley Harry, hair dresser, 96 Overend

    Gauden Samuel, painter, 102 Golley gate

    Genner John, fishmonger, 20 High street

    Gill Alfred, furniture dealer, 21 High street

    Golden George, chain maker, Butcher's lane

    Goodwin Samuel, fishmonger, 60 Maple Tree lane

    Greaves David, butcher, 63 Colley gate

    Green Harry, odd work manufacturer, Banner street

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

    Harbach Joseph, boot dealer, 11 Butcher's lane

    Harper & Limited, colliery proprietors, fire brick makers, general engineers & iron founders, Netherend (postal address, Stourbridge). T A "Moores, Lye; TN 23 Lye

    Harris Andrew, chain maker, Victoria street

    Harris Emily (Mrs.), drug stores, 25 High street

    Harris William, butcher, 3 High street

    Hawkeswood William, coal dealer, Maple Tree lane

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

    Head Frank, confectioner, 8 Beecher road

    Head Frank, confectioner, 39 High street

    Head Samuel, boot repairer, Overend

    Hemming Harry, grocer, 80 Overend

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

    Hickman Arthur, news agent, 116 Colley gate

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

    Hingley James Wilfrid, builder, see Meredith & Hingley

    Hipkiss Henry & Co. iron forgers, Lodge forge, New rd

    Hodgetts Ernest, butcher, 2 High street

    Hodgetts Hezekiah, shopkeeper, 37 Maple tree lane

    Holden Walter, baker, 105 Colley gate

    Homer Paul & Son, ironmongers, 1 High street

    Homer Annie (Mrs.), shopkeeper, 86 High street

    Homer Samuel, grocer, 25 Netherend

    Homer Thomas, solicitor, 109 Colley gate

    Jeavons Frederick, shopkeeper, 15 Beecher street

    Jevons Albert, beer retailer, 52 High street

    Jewiss Alfred, boot & shoe maker, 48 High street

    Jewiss Alfred, Jun. boot maker, 75 Colley gate

    Johnson Benjamin, boot repairer, Hightown

    Johnson Bert, boot repairer, 8 High street

    Johnson Soloman, shopkeeper, 15 Cradley forge

    Jones & Lloyd Limited, anchor manufacturers, Scotia works (TN 33) & Cradley forge

    Jones Richard, farmer, Netherend

    Jones Thomas, shopkeeper, 117 Two gates

    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. See Advt. Index

    Kirton Thomas, chain maker, 26 Beecher road

    Kirton William, jun. upholsterer, 28 Windmill hill

    Knowles James, fried fish dealer, 88 Colley gate

    Knowles John, greengrocer, 64 Colley gate

    Knowles Joseph, draper, 9 Windmill hill

    Lavender Annie (Mrs.), confectioner, 124 Colley gate

    Leah John William, fried fish dealer, 41 High street

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

    Littlewood Jane (Mrs.), coal dealer, Park road

    Lloyds Bank Limited (branch) (hours, 11 to 2 tues. & fri.), 38 High st.; head office, 7 Lombard st EC3

    Major Arthur. shopkeeper, 140 Colley gate

    Male William, chain maker, Overend

    Mapp Charles, carpenter, Colley Orchard

    Mason Brothers, chain manufacturers, Mill st. TN 60

    Meacham Arthur, baker, Park road, Colley Gate

    Meredith & Hingley, builders, Spring street

    Meredith Joseph A. builder, Furlong lane

    Midland Bank Ltd. (branch) (John A. James, manager) (hours 11 to 2 tues. & fri.), Colley gate; head office, 5 Threadneedle street EC2

    Millward Bertram, hardware dealer, 47 High street

    Millward George, pork butcher, 8a Colley gate

    Neath Thomas Henry, beer retailer, Park lane

    North Thomas, Fish inn, 46 High street

    Oakley Brothers, iron founders, Bell Vale foundry, Overend

    Oliver W. & Son (of Cradley) Ltd. maltsters, Colley lane. TN 100

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

    Oliver John, carpenter, Colley Gate

    Palmer William, beer retailer, 19 Overend

    Partridge Ebor, chain maker, 118 Two gates

    Payton Thomas, pattern maker, Highfield road

    Pearson George Henry, chain maker, Lyde Green

    Piper Fred, Old Mogul P.H. Netherend

    Plant William, fishmonger, 5 High street

    Priest David, chain maker, Butcher's lane

    Priest Joseph R. Crown P.H. 88 Lyde green

    Proffitt Daniel, beer retailer, 2 High town

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

    Raybould Harold, boot dealer, 16 High street

    Raybould Jeremiah, chain maker, Banner lane

    Reece Henry, chain manufr. Maple Tree lane. TN 154

    Reece William, chain maker, 17 Forge Draft street

    Robins George, Sun P.H. 99 Overend

    Robinson Alice (Mrs.), Black Swan, 80 High street

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

    Robinson Howard, painter, 7 High street

    Robinson John, carpenter, i8 High street

    Robinson Joseph, chain maker, Mill street

    Robinson Stephen, boot repairer, 7a, High street

    Rock Joseph S. & Sons, oddwork makers, Beecher road. TN 145

    Rockett Frederick, upholsterer, 23 Colley orchard

    Rolinson William, pawnbroker, 9 High street

    Roper Caleb, farmer, Colley Gate

    Roper Hubert, greengrocer, 107 Colley gate

    Rudge Alfred, builder, 21 Windmill hill

    Round & Nichol, drapers, 27 High street

    Sanders William, beer retailer, 49 Lyde green

    Scott-Homer Harry, gas engine manufactr. Alma street.

    Sheet Iron Workers Ltd. galvanizers, Mill st. TN 13

    Shropshire, Worcester & Staffordshire Electric Power Co. (sub-station), Colley gate

    Sidaway Albert, butcher, 31 Colley gate

    Smith James, blank bolt maker, Banner street

    Smith John W. grocer, 11 Colley lane

    Smith Percy, hair dresser, 108 Colley gate

    Southall George & Son, chain makers, 28 Banner street

    Southall Alfred, draper, 25 Banner street

    Southall Benjamin F. grocer, 95 Colley gate

    Southall Caleb, chain maker, Ladysmith road. TN 159

    Southall Charles, chain maker, Lyde Green

    Southall Eliza (Mrs.), shopkeeper, 21 Netherend

    Southall Joseph, china & glass dealer, 13 High street

    Southall Walter B. grocer, 35 High street

    Spencer Thomas, beer retailer, Park lane

    Spicer Frank A. Holly Bush P.H. 50 High street

    Sprague Edward, smith, Park road

    Stafford George, White Lion P.H. 74 Colley gate

    Starling Edward Charles, grocer, 114 Colley gate

    Stevens William Henry, farmer, Two Gates

    Stokes Wilfred Henry, shopkeeper, 7 Butchers lane

    Stringer James, draper, 32 High street

    Sutton Thomas, chain maker, Lyde green

    Talbot James, draper, 11 High street

    Tandy John, Blue Ball P.H. Church lane

    Tate Frederick Harry, butcher, Colley gate

    Tate Joseph M. builder, Highfield road. TN 225

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

    Thomas William Henry, market gardener, 63 Two gates

    Thompson William H. motor garage, 1 Colley lane

    Tidmarsh Samuel James, butcher, 15 High street

    Tromans Benjamin, beer retailer, 9 Furlong lane

    Tromans John Henry, chain maker, Mill street

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

    Walker Mary (Mrs.), draper, 42 Colley gate

    Walker Solomon, shopkeeper, 63 High street

    Warr William, greengrocer, 29 High street

    Wassell Clara (Miss), draper, 40 High street

    Webster Thomas, farmer, Overend

    White & Taylor, grocers, 42 High street

    White William, grocer, 27 Two gates

    Willetts & Sons, chain makers, Ladysmith rd. TN 209

    Willetts Gilbert, Bridge inn, 8 Bridge street

    Williams John, greengrocer, 44 High street

    Williams Walter, chain maker, Little hill

    Woodall Harry Arthur, tailor, 99 Colley gate

    Woodhouse Edward, chain maker, Banner street

    Worton Charles, chain maker, Banner street

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

    Worton Soloman, chain maker, 66 Alma street

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