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    Cradley Links

    The entry for Cradley in the Kelly's 1940 directory lists 238 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, 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. It is governed by the Halesowen Borough Council. 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. Electricity is available. 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. In 1933 the church was restored at a cost of £5,000, and a new organ was installed: there are 750 sittings. The register of baptisms and burials dates from 1785 ; marriages, 1802. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £500, in the gift of the Rector of Halesowen, and held since 1939 by the Rev. Robert William Yaxley B.Sc. of Birmingham University and Ripon Hall, Oxford. A vicarage house was built in 1899 by the parishioners. 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 and a third enlargement in 1922. 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; there are Methodist chapels erected in 1873, 1882 and 1856. Messrs. King Brothers (Stourbridge) Limited and other firms are manufacturers of fire bricks, clay retorts and crucibles. 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 C.B., T.D. (lord-lieut) 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. 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; the population in 1931 was 8,049.

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

    Town Sub-Post, & M. O. office. - (telegrams dispatched only). Letters from Cradley Heath, Staffs.

    Town Sub-Post & M. O. Office, Windmill Hill. Letters from Cradley Heath, Staffs. Nearest t. office, Cradley.

    Police Station, 32 Colley Lane

    Public Library, C.G. Smith, librarian, Colley Lane


    Collector of Rates (attends fri. 2 to 5. p.m.), Public Library

    Medical Officer & Public Vaccinator, Cradley District, Stourbridge Public Assistance Committee, J.D.W. Shedden M.B., Ch.N. Birm., M.R.C.S. Eng., L.R.C.P Lond. Chapel House

    PLACES OF WORSHIP, with times of Services.

    St. Peter's Church, Rev. Robert William Yaxley B.Sc. vicar

    St Catherine's Mission Room, Beecher street

    Mission of the Good Shepherd, Lyde Green

    Baptist, High street

    Methodist, Colley Gate (Stourbridge Circuit), Rev. Michael Featherstone, 11 The Hayes, Lye (supt)

    Mission Room, Banner street (undenominational), various services

    Overend Mission, Banners street

    Unitarian, Netherend, Rev. A. J. Heale


    Railway Station.- Cradley Heath &Cradley (G.W. Rly)

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


    (For T N's see general list of Private Residents at end of book.)

    Bird Edwin, 40 Colley lane

    Blackwell William Henry, 4 Drew's Holloway

    Bullas Hugh, Walton ho. Colman hill

    Cartwright Hubert Lowell, Beecher road

    Clare William, 109 Furlong lane

    COX Herbert J.P. Holloway house, Drew's Holloway

    Cox J. 1 Drew's Holloway

    Dakin Charles F. 10 Drew's Holloway

    Dalrin Mrs. 118 Colley gate

    Fellows Vernon, 8 Drew's Holloway

    Gilwhite Rev. Clifford Thomas (Methodist), The Manse, Lyde Green

    Green Richard J.P. Colley gate house, Colley gate

    Harbach William, 7 Drew's Holloway

    Heale Rev. Alfred James (Unitarian),Netherend

    Hickman Alfred , 1a, Colley lane

    Hickman Arthur S. 116 Colley gate

    Hickman Mrs. M. 9 Drew's Holloway

    Hijkiss Frank, 111 Colley gate

    Holden Walter, Hilldene house, Drew's Holloway

    Holloway Eric B. 12 Drew's Holloway

    Homer Mrs., Clent house, Drew's Holloway

    Jones Hubert B. 56 Furlong lane

    Lee William, Linton house, Drew's Holloway

    Mole Joseph G., Froneithyn, Colman hill

    Newton H. C. The Park, Park road

    Oakley James, The Grange, Colman hill

    Raybould G. N., Hafod, Colman hill

    Rock Albert, Holloway house, Drew's Holloway

    Rock Clifford, Chaddesley house, Drew's Holloway

    Shedden John D. W., M.B. Chapel ho

    Southall Walter B. Colman hill

    Tate David, Whissendine, Highfield rd

    Westcott V. R., Park house

    Willetts Charles, jun. 6 Drew's Holloway

    Willetts Harold, Colman Hill house

    Woodhouse Caleb, 11 D 1 . Drew's Holloway

    Yaxley Rev. Robert William B.Sc. (vicar), Vicarage, Colley gate


    Early closing day, Thursday

    Abbiss & Sons, decrtrs. 128 Overend rd

    Abbiss Charlotte (Mrs.), shopkpr. 128 Overend rd

    Adams Jas. (Mrs.), draper, 6 Furlong la

    Adams Jas. A. grocer, 38 Furlong la. Cradley Hth. 6048

    Adamson Edith (Mrs.), grocer, 24 Lyde grn

    Attwood Bros. painters, Pendennis, Park la

    Auden Harry, grocer, 27 Tvo gates. Cradley 6556

    Bache Ellen (Mrs.), draper, 21 Maple Tree la

    Barclays Bank Ltd. (branch) (11 to 2, tues. & fri.) 21 High st. (Cradley Heath 6391), head Office, 54 Lombard st. London E C 3

    Bate Sarah (Mrs.), greengro. 16 Banners st

    Bate Selina (Mlrs.), shopkpr. 27 New st

    Beasley Alfd. tailor, 25 Windmill hill

    Beasley Thos. decrtr. 30 Ladysmith rd

    Beddard Raymond, printer, Beecher rd

    Billingham Henrietta (Mrs.), shopkpr. 64 Two gates

    Billingham Wm. Geo. plumber 1 Chapel House la

    Bird Annie (Miss), shopkpr. 126 Colley gate

    Bird Edwin, assistant registration officer, 40 Colley la

    Black Horse P.H. (Wm. Palmer), Banners la

    Blackwell Bros. iron & steel stockholders, Toys la. Cradley heath 6171 & 6307

    Bloomer John & Sons, millers, Bridge st. T N Cradley Heath 6594

    Bloomer Jsph. & Sons Ltd. chain mfrs. & colliery furnishers, Ladysmith rd. Cradley Heath 6105

    Blue Ball P.H. (Gilbt. Willetts), Blue Ball la

    Blunt W. C. & F. A. grocers, 19 Bridge st

    Bowen Wilfred, grocer, 28b, Windmill hill

    Boxley Florence (Mrs.), shopkpr. 76 & 78 Windmill hill

    Brettell Nellie (Mrs.), shopkpr. 4 Barrack la

    Bridge Inn (Harold Willetts) 8 Bridge st

    British Arms P.H. (Mrs. Ellen Griffiths), 20 Furlong la

    Bull's Head P.H. (Mrs. Zerniah Robins), Overend rd

    Cartwright G. & Sons, plastering contrctrs. 37 Furlong la. Cradley Heath 6576

    Cartwright Jas. shopkpr. 115 Two gates

    Chambers Annie (Mrs.), newsagt. 56 High st

    Clarke Wltr. greengro. 29 High st

    Clewes T. M. & Son, waterproof mfrs. Park mills, Colley gate. T A "Clewes,Cradley ;" Cradley Heath 6118

    Clewitt M. E. (Mrs.), fancy draper, g Talbot s t

    Cooke Jsph. hairdrssr. 39 Windmill hill

    Cooper Caleb, newsagt. Overend rd

    Cope Ossian, boot repr. Windmill hill

    County Police Station, 32 Colley la. Cradley Heath 6051

    Cox Wm. newsagt. Mogul la. Netherend

    Cradley Chain Manufacturing CO. chain mkrs. Mill st. Cradley Heath 6284

    Cradley & District Conservative & Unionist Club (Jas. Harry James, sec.), 1OO Windmill hill

    Cradley Labour Club (Clifford Willetts, sec.), 109 Colley gate

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

    Crampton Albt. greengro. Foxcote la

    Crown Inn (Mrs. Daisy Smith) Barrack la

    Crown P.H. (Jsph. R. Priest), 88 Lyde grn

    Darby Harry, poultry farmer, 162 Park rd

    Dentith & Son, bakers, 72 High st

    Duke William Inn (Ben Tromans), 9 Furlong la

    Dunn W. &. grocers, 1 Two Gates la. Cradley Hth. 6326

    Dunn Edith (Mrs.), haberdasher, 76 & 78 High st

    Errinqton Bertram Ewart, draper, 112 & 114 Colley gate. Cradley Heath 6394

    Evans & Evans, plumbers, 83 Toys la

    Evers Samuel & Sons (branch of E. J. & J. Pearsons Ltd.), fire brick mfrs. Homer Hill (TA "Evers," Cradley Heath 6127) (postal address, Stourbridge)

    Fellows Hartley, fried fish dlr. Overend rd

    Forrest Joshua, fried fish dlr. 27 High st

    Fradgley Harry, hairdrssr. 128 Colley gate

    Gardener Wm. newsagt. 28 Windmill hill

    Garratt Florence (Mrs.), shoplrpr. 16 High st

    Gate P.H. (Wm. Rd. Buttery), 110 Colley gate

    Gauden S. & Son, painters, 102 Windmill hill. Cradley Heath 6372

    Gill Annie (Mrs.), furniture dlr. 23 High st

    Gill Mary (Mrs.), chain mkr. 10 Butcher's la

    Green's Beecher Nursery (J. Green, propr.), nursery-man, Alma st. Cradley Heath 6313

    Greenfield Nellie (Mrs.), fried fish dlr. 3 High st

    Groom Esther (Mrs.), shopkpr. 46 Ladysmith rd

    Grove N. & A. cycle agts. 113 Furlong ]a

    Halesowen & Hasbury Industrial Do-operative Society Ltd. Windmill hill. Cradley, Heath 6078

    Hammersley E. R. & Co. Ltd. who. clothiers, Lyde grn. Cradley Heath 6122

    Harling Dolly (Mrs.) ladies' hairdrssr. Two gates

    Harper & Moores Fire Brick Co. Ltd. fire brick mkrs. (Postal address, Stourbridge). T A "Moores, Lye ; " Lye 23

    Harper Tryphena (Mrs.), shopkpr. 1 Highfield rd

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

    Harrison Fred, grocer, 42 High st

    Hawkeswood Wm. shopkpr. 25 Banners st

    Hawkeswood Wm. shopkpr, Maple Tree la

    Head Albt. Edwd. & Harry, bakers, 9 Beecher rd. Cradley Heath 6469

    Head Saml. boot repr. Overend rd

    Hemming Harry, grocer, 80 Overend rd, Cradley Heath 6085

    Hickman Arth. S. newsagt, 116 Colley gate

    Hill Edwd. grocer, 3 Intended st

    Hill Lawrence, grocer, Two Gates la

    Hingley Louisa (Mrs.), fried fish dlr. 9 Bridge st

    Hodgetts Eliza (Mrs.), shopkpr. 35 Windmill hill

    Hodgetts Ernest, butcher, 64 Furlong la

    Hodgetts Jsph, butcher, 2 High st

    Holden Wltr. baker, 105 Windmill hill

    Holloway Eric (Chemists) Ltd. 24 Windmill hill. Cradley Heath 6115

    Holloway Eric, bldrs.' mer. & sub-post office, 22 Windmill hill. Cradley Heath 6115

    Holly Bush P.H. (Wm. Hy. Eickman), 50 High st

    Horse & Jockey P.H. (Regnld. Johnson), 19 Mogul la. Netherend

    Horton Mary Alice (Mrs.), shopkpr. 38 High st

    Ideal Benefit Society (J. Davis, district sec.); district office, 107 Colley gate

    Jasper Vera (Mrs.), wool depot, 18 High st

    Jewiss Alfd. jun. boot mkr. 75 Windmill

    Johnson Bert, boot repr. 25 High st

    Johnson Bert, shopkpr. 21 Park 1a

    Jones & Lloyd Limited, chain mfrs. Scotia works (Cradley Heath 6033) & Cradley forge

    Jones Eliz. (Mrs.), shopkpr. 7 Lyde grn

    Jones Gladys (Mrs.), shopkpr. 107 Furlong la

    Jones Hubert B. electrcl. engnr. 56 Furlong la. Cradley Heath 6458

    Kilvert Dorcas (Mrs.), newsagt. Beecher rd

    King Brothers (Stourbridge) Ltd. fire brick manufacturers, Netherend (postal address, Stourbridge) Lye 17. See Advt. Index

    Knowles John & Sons, greengros. 64 Windmill hill

    Knowles Jas. fried fish dlr. 88 Windmill hill

    Lloyds Bank Ltd. (sub-branch)(hours, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m tues & fri.), 114 Colley gate ; head office, 71 Lombard st. London E C 3

    McQueen Jas. Milroy M.A., B.Sc., M.B., Ch.B.Aberd. D.P.H.Oxon. physcn. & surgn. (attends daily, 12 noon), 27 Windmill hill

    Mapp Chas. carpntr. Toys la. Cradley Heath 6542

    Mapp Geo. cooked meat dlr. 99 Windmill hill

    Maypole Inn (Hy. J. Parkes), 5 Maypole hill

    Meacham Arth. shopkpr. 140 Park rd. Colley gate

    Meredith & Hingley, bldrs. Spring st. Cradley Hth 6165

    Meredith Jsph. S. E. bldr. 62 Furlong la

    Midland Bank Ltd. (branch) (hours 11 a.m. to 2 p.m fri.), 104 Windmill hill ; head office, Poultry, Londor E C 2

    Millward Bertram, hardware dealer, 47 High street

    Mitchell Thos. Ellis L.M.S.S.A. Lond. physcn. & surgn. (attends daily 11.30 to 12 a.m.), 9 Highfield rd

    Mole & Beddal Ltd. ships' tackle mfrs. Maple Tree la. Cradley Heath 6322

    Moore Jn. Thos. bldr. 43 Banners la

    Moore M. (Mrs.), shopkpr. 43 Banners la

    Morris Alice (Mrs.), shopkpr. 72 Lyde grn

    Morris Jsph. chain mkr. Lyde grn

    Newby Florence E (Miss), draper, 37 Windmill hill

    Newey Wm. shopkpr. 33 Two gates

    Nock Albt, chain mkr. Butcher's la

    Nock Ellen (Mrs.), shopkpr. 12 Spring st

    Oakley Bros. Ltd. iron founders, Bell Vale foundry, Overend rd. Cradley Heath 6123

    Old Crown Inn (Jsph. Jinks), 2 Intended st

    Old Two Gates Inn (Thos. Edge), 50 Two Gates la

    Oldnail Colliery (Mobberley & Perry Ltd. props.), Beechtree & Oldnail Collieries. Cradley Heath 284 (ext. 5)

    Oliver W. C. & Son. carpntrs. 69 Windmill hill

    Park Lane Tavern (Harry Victor Cook), Park la

    Payne Irene (Mrs.), shopkpr. Reecher rd

    Pegg Chas. Alfd. painter, 35 Toys la

    Phillips Wm. Arth, grocer, 121 Park rd

    Pitkenthley Annie (Mrs.), draper, 42 Windmill hill

    Plant William. fishmonger. 54 High street

    Powell Albt. grocer, 2 j Mogul sq. Netherend

    Price Marjorie (Miss), ladies' hairdrssr. 97 Windmill hill

    Public Library (C. G. Smith, librarian), Colley la

    R.A.O.B. (Talbot lodge) (No. 4728), Talbot hotel

    Ratcliff Lilian (Miss), midwife, 28 Furlong la. Cradley Heath 5823

    Raybould Harold, boot dlr. 22, & furniture dlr. 20, High st. Cradley Heath 6822

    Reece Hy. Ltd. chain mfrs. Maple Tree la. Cradley Heath 5823

    Robey Jas. wireless supplies dlr. 29 High st

    Robinson Bros. electricians, Colley la

    Robinson Evan, shopkpr. 37 Colley la. Cradley Hth.6379

    Robinson Harold A. plumber, Sunnybank, Furlong la. Cradley Heath 6804

    Rock Jsph. & Sons, oddwork mkrs. Beecher rd. & Banners la. Cradley Heath 6145

    Roper Harold C. fruitr. 29 Windmill hill

    Roper Hubert, bldr. 20 Colley la. Cradley Heath 6405

    Rose & Crown P.H. (Wm. Hall), High st

    Round of Beef P.H. (Harry Vernon Cox), 33 Windmill hill

    Round Alice Beatrice (Mrs.), ladies hairdrssr. 68 High st

    Rudge Alfd. bldr. Two Gates la

    Russon Lily (Mrs.), shopkpr. 15 Maypole hill

    Scott-Homer Harry, chain mfr. 40 Alma st

    Shaw Herbt. boot repr. 3 Butcher's la

    Shedden Jn. D. W., M.B., Ch.B. Birm., M.R.C.S. Eng., L.R.C.P. Lond. physcn. & surgn. medical officer & public vaccinator, Cradley district, Stourbridge, Public Assistance Committee, Chapel ho. Cradley Heath 6340

    Sheet Iron Workers Ltd. galvanizers, Mill st. Cradley Heath 6013

    Sidaway Albt. butcher, 31 Windmill hill

    Smart Percy, boot repr. 65 Windmill hill

    Smith Jas. H. blank bolt mkr. Banners st. Cradley Heath 6106

    Smith Percy, hair dresser, 108 Colley gate

    Southall W. B. Ltd. who. grocers, Lyde grn. Cradley Heath 6510

    Southall Caleb, chain mkr. Ladysmith rd. Cradley Heath 6159

    Southall Eliza (Mrs.), shopkpr. 21 Mogul sq. Netherend

    Southall Geo. H. chain mkr. 28 Banners st

    Southall Herbt. W. grocer, 18 Windmill hill. Cradley Heath 6153

    Southall Jsph. china dlr. 3 Chapel house la

    Southall Wltr. grocer, 95 Windmill hill

    Stringer Wm. greengro. 114 Overend rd

    Talbot Hotel (Thos. Bills), Colley gate

    Tate J. M. & Son Ltd. bldrs. Highfield rd. Cradley Heath 6525

    Tate Fredrk. Harry, butcher, 106 Colley gate

    Taylor Bros. bldrs. 11 Two Gates la. Cradley Heath 6821

    Taylor Harold, pawnbrkr. 9 High st

    Thomas Gladys (Mrs.), fried fish dlr. Two gates

    Thomas Wm. Hy. market gardener, Two gates

    Thompson Wm. shopkpr. 39 Windmill hill

    Thompson Wm. H. grocer, 21 Drews holloway. Cradley Heath 6454

    Tibbetts Arth. M.R.C.S. Eng., L.R.C.P. Lond. surgn.; surgery, 37 Highfield rd. Cradley Heath 6275

    Tidmarsh Samuel James, butcher, 15 High street

    Tilbrook Florence (Mrs.), fried fish dlr. 80 Windmill hl

    Vine Inn (Benj. Garratt), Lyde grn

    Vine Inn (Wm. Thos. Woodall), 88 Two gates

    Walker Maud Evelyn (Miss), shopkpr. 63 High st

    Wallace Elsie (Mrs.), grocer, 35 & 37 High st

    Wallace Harry, grocer, 50 Banners st

    Ward Arth cowkeeper, Mogul sq. Netherend

    Wassell Clara (Miss), draper, 40 High street

    Weston David, butcher, 63 Windmill hill

    White Horse Inn (Fredk. Webster), 70 High st

    White Lion Inn (Geo. Stafford), 74 Windmill Hill

    Why Not Inn (Geo. James), Two gates

    Willetts & Sons, chain mkrs. Ladysmith rd. Cradley Heath 6509

    Willetts S. & Son, bakers, 28a, Windmill hill

    Williams John, greengrocer, 44 High street

    Worton B. & C. chain mkrs. 29 Banners st. Cradley Heath 6045

    Worton Soloman, chain maker, 66 Alma street

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