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    Littlebury's 1873 Directory

    "Littlebury's Directory and Gazetteer of the County of Worcestershire", 1873, lists 186 entries for Cradley.

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    CRADLEY is a township and extensive district of the parish of Halesowen, 2 1/2 miles E. of Stourbridge, 3 S. of Dudley, 2 N.E. of Halesowen, and 9 1/2 W. of Birmingham ; is in the eastern division of the county, and hundred of Lower Halfshire ; petty sessional division, union, and county court district of Stourbridge ; polling district of the Hayes ; diocese and archdeaconry of Worcester and rural deanery of Kiddderminster. Population in 1861, 4,075 ; in 1871, 4,695, with 887 inhabited and 43 uninhabited houses. The annual rateable value is £10,027. The Right Hon. Lord Lyttelton is lord of the manor, and the principal landowners are the New British Iron Company, Jeston Homfray, Esq., and the trustees of the Oldswinford Hospital. The area of the township is 732 acres; coal and ironstone are found in great quantities and of good quality on the N. and W. of Netherend, whilst on the opposite side the soil is a rich clay, and affords excellent pasturage. The town forms part of a populous mercantile and manufacturing neighbourhood, in which the iron trade is carried on in all its branches. The chief manufactures are chains, cables, anchors, nails, hammers, vices, anvils, fire-bricks, &c. The Cradley iron works, the property of Messrs. S. Evers and Sons, and the Congreaves works, belonging to the New British Iron Company, are very extensive and manufacture superior qualities of iron by the charcoal or wood-coal process. The fire-brick works in the immediate neighbourhood are also on a large scale. Cradley has a station on the Great Western Railway (Stourbridge Extension line) and is bounded on the N.W. by the river Stour, which here divides the counties of Worcester and Stafford. A court baron and a court leet are held here on the last Tuesday in October, at which the steward presides as judge, assisted by a jury. The church is a plain brick building, with cupola, having a chancel, nave, and aisles. It was originally intended for a Lady Huntingdon chapel. The living is a vicarage, annual value £300, in the patronage of the rector of Halesowen, and held by the Rev. Joseph Hesselgrave Thompson, B.A., of Magdalen Hall, Oxford. The Rev John Buncher is the curate. In 1852 a grant of land was made by the sons of the Rev. George Biggs (a former rector of Halesowen) for the enlargement of the burial ground of this parish. Attached to the church is a National school, under Government inspection. The Baptist Chapel is a small brick building, situate at the top of the town ; a new British school has recently been erected in connexion with it. The Wesleyan chapel was erected in 1806; and the schools in 1860. A new chapel to accommodate about seven-hundred persons is about to be erected. Providence Methodist New Connexion chapel at Windmill Hill was built in 1856 ; the Primitive Methodist chapel, New-street, in 1853. The Unitarian chapel at Netherend was erected by subscription in 1796 ; the school belonging to this denomination is supported by an endowment and annual subscriptions. It is free for 30 boys and 20 girls. The ragged school at Colley lane was erected by subscription. It is used as a place of worship on Sundays by various denominations. The ragged school at Two Gates was built by Noah Hingley, Esq., and J. Homfray, Esq., in 1867. It is used as a day school for boys and girls ; average attendance, 50 ; as a night school on Tuesdays and Thursdays ; average attendance, 35. A Sunday evening service is conducted by Jeston Homfray, Esq.

    NETHEREND, COLLEY GATE, OVEREND, TWO GATES, and COLMAN HILL are near the town. About one mile from the northern extremity of Cradley, in a romantic vale, diversified with plantations of firs, is a spring of salt water, highly esteemed on account of its medicinal qualities.

    POSTAL REGULATIONS. - Mrs. Elizabeth Christopher, Sub-Postmistress. Letters arrive by messenger from Brierley Hill at 7.30 a.m. and 2.45 pm, ; dispatched thereto at 8.45. a.m. and 6.45 p.m.; on Sundays at 8.45 a.m. only. Cradley Heath is the nearest money order office. Post town, Brierley Hill. The wall letter boxes at Netherend and Windmill Hill are cleared at 8.30 a.m., and 6.30 p.m. on week days, and at 8.30 a.m. only on Sundays.

    PLACES OF WORSHIP :- District Church. - Rev. Joseph H. Thompson, B. A., Vicar; Rev. John Buncher, Curate; Isaac P. Bloomer, Parish Clerk.

    Baptist Chapel. - Rev. Maurice Morgan, Minister.

    Primitive Methodist Chapel. - New Street, Ministers various.

    Providence Methodist New Connexion Chapel, Windmill Hill.- Ministers various.

    Unitarian Chapel, Netherend. - Rev. William Cochrane, Minister.

    Wesleyan Chapel, Rev. Andrew Palmer, Minister.

    SCHOOLS : - National Schools, Mr. Thomas D. Davies, Master; Miss Mary Ann Wooldridge, Mistress.

    Unitarian School, Netherend ; Mr. Thomas Henry Billingham, Master; Miss Sarah Roberts, Mistress ; Miss Fanny Williams, Assistant Mistress.

    Ragged School (mixed), Two Gates ; Mrs. W. Bennett, Mistress. Ragged School (girls), Colley Lane; Mrs. Field, Mistress. Wesleyan schools, Mr. Nicholas Yeaman, Master ; Mrs. Mary Yeaman, Mistress.

    Carrier to Birmingham :- Alfred Wooldridge, Netherend, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, to Phoenix Inn, Park street, returning the same days at 4.30 p.m.

    Railway Station (G.W.R.) Richard Roach, Station Master.




    Aston Jas. Wood, Esq., The Elms house Colley lane

    Attwood Mr. Thomas, Colley gate

    Baker Mr. George Henry, Colley gate

    Barnett Miss E. S., Fairview lodge

    Buncher Rev. Jn., (curate),Colley orchard

    Camm Mr. Thomas, New road

    Cochrane Rev. Wm., (Unitarian),Netherend

    Creagh Mr. Thos. Alfred, Colley gate

    Gordon Rev. Michael, Highfield villas

    Hawkeswood Mr. Rd. Burley,Windmill hl

    Hingley Benjamin, Esq., Hatherton lodge

    Hingley Joseph, Esq., Windmill hill

    Hingley Noah, Esq., J.P., (late mayor of Dudley), Hatherton lodge

    Hingley Samuel, Esq., Fairview

    Homer Joseph Benj., Esq., Chapel house

    Homer Mrs. Joseph, Colley gate

    Homer Thomas, Esq., Colley gate

    Homfray Jeston, Esq., Colman hill

    Hunt James Peart, Esq., Colman hill

    Kedwards Rev. Jas., (minister of Unitarian chapel at Lye waste), Park row

    Kendrick Mr. William, Tree garron

    Morgan Rev. Maurice, (Baptist), Colley orchard

    Mountford Jn., Poplar cot., Windmill hill

    Mountford Richard, Esq., Highfield house

    Palmer Rev. Andrew (Wesleyan)

    Perrins Saml., Esq., Congreaves, nr. Birmingham

    Smith Wm. Robinson, Esq., Clyde house

    Thompson Rev. Jsph. Hesselgrave, B.A. (vicar)

    Thompson Wesley Hayes, Esq., L.R.C.P., L.M., L.R.C.S. (Edin.), Glyndon ho.

    Tibbetts Mr. Joseph, Colley gate

    Wood Mrs., Colley Gate house


    ASTON J. WOOD and CO., manuftrs. of spades, shovels, anvils, vices, hammers, picks, use iron, anchors, chains, cables, &c., works and offices, adjoining Cradley railway station

    Adams Jabez, Bull's Head Inn, Overend

    Adams William, Blue Ball Inn, Overend

    Allport Henry, shoemaker, Windmill hill

    Andrews Wm., manager of felt works for Mr. Charles B. Hodgetts, Park row

    Arnett Mrs. Eliza, beer retailer, Overend

    ATTWOOD BENJAMIN, hame, chain and trace manufacturer

    Attwood James, Fish Inn

    Attwood William, butcher

    Attwood Wm., butcher, Two Lanes end

    Beasley Allen, beer retailer, Furlong lane

    Beasley John, farmer, Two gates

    Bennett Sml.,beer rtlr. & farmer,Two gates

    Bennett Wm., greengrocer and beer rtlr

    BILLINGHAM GEORGE, charcoal dlr., beer retlr., & shopkpr., Two gates

    Billingham Thomas Henry, schoolmastar

    Bissell Joseph, shopkeeper and chain mkr.

    Bloomer Benj., comm. trvlr., Highfield vil

    Bloomer G . A., draper, &c., Colley gate

    BLOOMER ISAAC P., builder, &c., Colley gate

    BLOOMER JOHN, builder, &c., Windmill hill

    Bloomer Josiah, shopkeeper

    Bloomer Mrs. Mary, pawnbroker

    Bloomer Brothers, manufacturers of nails, rivets, chains, &c., Colley orchard, and at Halesowen

    Blunt Felix, shopkeeper, Bridge street

    BOWKLEY EDWARD, wheelwright, Cradley forge

    Brettell Edwd., grocer and provision dlr

    Bridgewater John, grocer & provision dlr

    Brown Mrs Eliza,lodgings, 1 Victoria ter.

    Bunn William, beer retlr. and shop-keeper

    Charlton William Hy., tailor, Bank clay

    Christopher Mrs. Elzbth., sub-postmistress

    Christopher Joseph, shopkeeper

    CLEWS T. M. and SON, wooldealers and mop manufacturers, Park row

    CLIFT HENRY, shoe warehouse

    Coley Christopher, earthenware dealer

    Cooke Mrs., Crown. Inn, Lyde green

    Cox Thos., Round of Beef, Windmill hill

    CRADLEY COLLIERY COMPANY, coal masters, Mr. Edward Jewkes, Manager

    Crundall William, shoemaker

    Darby Mrs. Christopher, haberdasher

    Davies Thomas D., schoolmaster

    Darby Joseph, tailor, Windmill hill

    Deeley William, Rose and Crown Inn

    DOWNING WILLIAM, shoe warehouse, Windmill hill

    Evers Saml. & sons,iron and coal masters; manufctrs. of horse nail rods, wire rods for fencing. &c., Cradley iron Works and Homer Hill colliery

    Fellows Mrs. Susannah, miller, Cradley mill

    Fellows Thos., Old Mogul Inn, Netherend

    Foley Edwd, mining engineer, Homer hill house

    Folkes William, beer retlr, Windmill hill

    FORREST, BROTHERS & CO., manufctrs. of wrought nails, b.b. charcoal horse-nails, rivets, chains, &c., &c., Windmill hill

    Forrest Edwd., grocer, &c., Windmill hill

    Fox Thomas, maltster, Overend

    Gadd Joseph, greengrocer and cider retlr.

    Gilbert Miss S., ladies' school, Colley gate

    Gill Daniel, butcher and greengrocer

    GRIFFIN WM., anchor manufacturer

    Grove John Haden, grocer, &c., Colley gt

    Harbach John, small anchor maker

    Harper. Mrs, C., haulier, Inhedge

    Harper Joseph, farmer

    Harper & Moores,coal masters and proprs. of best glass-house pot & crucible clay , manufctrs. of fire bricks, clay retorts, &c. &c., Lower Delph fire clay works

    Harper Reuben, White Lion, Windmill hl

    Hawkeswood Benjn., Sun Inn, and grocer

    Hawkeswood Wm. Herbert, farmer

    Hayes James, butcher, Windmill hill

    Hemming Mrs. Nancy, shopkpr., New st

    Hill John, shoemaker, Bridge street

    HILL THOMAS., maltster & beer retailer, Park lane

    Hingley James, butcher and beer retailer

    Hingley James, farmer, Netherend

    HINGLEY EBENEZER JAS., mnftr. of wrgt. nails, rivets, chains, &c.

    Hingley Joseph, farmer, Park farm

    Hipkiss Hy., manufctr. of all kinds of use iron and beer retailer, Lodge forge

    Hodgetts Charles B., polishing felt manufacturer, Park row

    Homer Henry, greengrocer, Cradley forge

    HOMER PAUL, lamp and oil warehouse and general dealer, High street

    Huband T., greengrcr. and cider rtlr., Two gates

    Hughes Isaiah, Holly Bush Inn and maltster

    Hughes Harry, grocer & provision dlr.

    Jackson James, shoemaker, Bridge street

    Jewkes Edwd., manager of Cradley colliery company; P.R. Red Hill villas, Stourbridge

    Jones Isaac, plmbr., glazier,&c., Colley gt.

    JONES & LLOYD, (late Wm. Rock and Co.) manufctrs. of chain cables, anchors, ship and crane chains, wrought nails, spikes, bolts, anvils, vices, &c., works, Cradley ; and hardware mrchnts., 49 Bread street, Birmingham

    Jones Samuel, Black Swan Inn

    Jones Mrs. Susannah, maltster, Netherend

    Jones William, market gardener, Overend

    King Brothers, proprs. of Stourbridge clay and manufctrs. of fire bricks, &c., and at Lichfield street, Birmingham

    King Joseph and Co., colliery proprs. And manufctrs. of blue bricks, tiles, quarries, &c., Netherend works

    Laister Thomas, maltster, Colley gate

    Leonard Samuel, May Pole, Cradley forge

    Leonard Saml., farmer, Beech Tree farm

    Lewis John, comrcl. clerk, Lyde green

    Markham Fredk. J., grcr. and provsn. dlr.

    Mason Charles. farmer, Overend : P.R. Cradley heath

    Mills Edward. wheelwright and coach builder, Colley gate

    MEREDITH SAMUEL, shoe ware-house

    Mobberley and Bayley, coal masters and clay proprietors, Netherend

    Mole Brothers, Colley Gate and blksmiths.

    Moore John, greengrocer

    MOUNTFORD, HOMER AND MOUNTFORD, iron founders and merchants; manufctrs. of chain cables, anchors, rigging and crane chains, ships' knee moulds and every description of forgings, nails, spikes, bolts, rivets, spades, shovels, anvils, &c., Cradley works and at Fore street, Limehouse, London, E.

    NEW BRITISH IRON COMPANY, manufctrs. of rods, hoops, plate, sheet, &c. &c.; Congreaves iron works, (near Birmingham); and at Brierley Hill iron works, James P. Hunt, Esq., Manager

    Oliver Edwin, farmer and road contractor

    Oliver Joseph, beer retailer, Park row

    Oliver Osborne, inland revenue officer

    Oliver Wm., beer rtlr. and maltster, Park row

    Paddock Mrs. Hannah, shopkeeper

    PARKES WILLIAM, furniture broker, ironmonger, and dealer in fancy baskets, &c., Colley lane

    PARROCK MRS. HENRIETTA, draper, milliner and dress maker, Cradley forge

    Parrock Joseph., pattern mkr., Cradley forge

    PARTRIDGE GEORGE, hame, trace and chain manufctr. and beer rtlr., (Why not call and see), Two gates

    Pateshall John, tanner and horse slaughterer, Park side

    Payton Thomas, hardware dealer

    Pearson Amos, draper, hosier, &c.

    Pearson J., charter master, Windmill hill

    Perry James, shopkeeper, Two gates

    Roper Emanl., shopkeeper, Windmill hill

    Roach Richard, station master, Railway station

    Sidaway Wm., shopkeeper, High street

    Stevens John, shopkeeper, Netherend

    Stevens Richard, Windmill Inn

    Stevens Wm., Horse and Jockey, Netherend

    Stiff John, haulier and grngrcr., Netherend

    Tandy David, butcher, Colley gate

    Tate Saml., British Arms Inn, Overend

    Tate Wm., Bridge Inn and beer retlr., (Crown), High town

    Taylor Geo., shoe warehouse, Colley lane

    Thompson Wesley Hayes, L.R.C.P. and L.M., (Edin.) L.R.C.S., physician and surgeon , public vcintor. ; Glyndon ho

    Tibbetts Mrs. Elizabeth, Malt Shovel and shopkeeper, Park row

    Warr Saml, blue and red brick manufctr

    WATTS NERI, chain manufacturer

    Wilkinson L., goods agent, G. W. Rlway.

    WILLIAMS MRS. M. A., dressmkr., milliner, haberdasher and tobacconist, Windmill hill

    Wooldridge Alfred, carrier, Netherend

    Wooldridge Bros., farmers, Oldnal farm

    Wooldridge Simeon, furniture van propr. and haulier, Netherend

    Yates Mrs. Ann, beer retlr., New street

    Yeomans Wm., tailor and drpr., Colley ln

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