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    Cradley Links

    Preston's 1860 Directory

    Preston's 1860 directory contained the names of forty local Cradley residents.


    CRADLEY.


    CRADLEY, a populous parish, formerly belonging to the borough of Halesowen, is situate 2½ miles east of Stourbridge, 3 south from Dudley, and 9½ from Birmingham. The village lies a little off the main road; it is in the diocese of Worcester, and in the Hundred of Halfshire, with a population, in 1851, of 3,383. It forms part of a manufacturing neighbourhood, in which the iron trade is carried on in several branches. The soil in general is a rich clay. The land on the north and west of NETHEREND (a part of the township of Cradley parish), abound with coal and ironstone.


    A court baron and court leet are held at Cradley, on the last Tuesday in October, at which the steward presides as judge, assisted by a jury. Within the township are five places of worship, belonging respectively to the Church of England, benefice valued at £151 per annum, in the patronage of the Archdeacon of Halesowen; the Unitarians, the Baptists, the Wesleyans, and New Connexion Methodists; attached to the first is a National school, under government inspection. That belonging to the Unitarians is supported partly by endowment and partly by an annual collection. The number of free boys is 30, of girls 12.


    Here are manufacturers of iron, chains, sword blades, files, rasps, vices, anvils, hammers, nails, bayonets, anchors, chain cables, bellows, felt hats, fire bricks, hats, and woollen yarn.


    One mile from the northern extremity of Cradley, in a romantic vale, agreeably diversified with plantations of firs, is a spring of salt water, called the Lady Well, highly esteemed on account of its medicinal qualities, and in summer it is very much frequented. Lord Lyttelton is lord of the manor. In 1852, a grant of land was made by the sons of the late Rev. George Biggs (a former vicar of the parish of Halesowen), for the enlargement of the burial ground of this parish.


    LETTERS arrive from Stourbridge at 9 a.m., and are dispatched at 5 p.m.

    Preston's 1860 Directory

    Cochrane Rev. William, Unitarian minister, Netherend

    Adams Jabez, publican, Overend

    Attwood, James, butcher

    Attwood, William, shopkeeper

    Bate Henry, foreman brickmaker, Lower Delph Works

    Beasley John, Blue Ball inn

    Bishop and Patshall

    Bloomer Josiah, Robin Hood

    Clemm Thomas, Bridge inn

    Clewes Thomas, shopkeeper, and mop maker, Park side

    Fellows J., miller

    Fellows Thomas, Old Mogul, Netherend

    Gill Daniel, shopkeeper

    Grove John Haden, grocer, Colly gate

    Harper, Joseph, beer retailer, Colly lane

    Hawkeswood James, farmer, Overend

    Hawkeswood Joseph, beer retailer

    Hawkeswood H., Sun inn, Overend

    Hingley Noah and Sons, chain manufacturers

    Hingley James, butcher

    Hodgetts, woollen yarn spinner

    Homer Joseph, solicitor, Cradley park house; Office at Brierley hill

    Harper and Moore, coal masters, &c.

    Hughes, Isaiah, Holly Bush

    Humfrey J., solicitor

    Jones William, maltster, Netherend

    King Brothers, brick makers

    Leonard Samuel, May Pole

    Lester Thomas, maltster, Colly gate

    Mole W., blacksmith

    Oliver Edwin, road contractor, Cradley park

    Rock Brothers, nail factors

    Smith Samuel, grocer

    Stephens John, chain manufacturer, Netherend

    Thompson Rev. J. H. incumbent

    Tate Abel, publican

    Tibbetts J., shopkeeper

    Williams Eliza, beer retailer, Netherend

    Wyer E., painter and glazier

    Wythes J., draper and grocer

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