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Kelly's 1884 directory has 199 Cradley individuals listed

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CRADLEY is a township, extensive and populous district and ecclesiastical parish, formed in 1799 from the civil parish of Halesowen, having a station on the Birmingham and Stourbridge section of the Great Western Railway, situated 2 1/2 miles east from Stourbridge, 4 south from Dudley and 9 1/2 south-west from Birmingham, in the Eastern division of the county, hundred of Lower Halfshire; Stourbridge union and county court district, rural deanery of Dudley and archdeanery 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 Water Works Company and gas by the Cradley Heath Gas Company. The church, originally a chapel belonging to Lady Huntingdon's connexion, is a building of brick, repaired in the year 1874, at a cost of about £4,500, subscribed by the parishioners, and an eastern tower containing 8 bells from the Vienna exhibition of 1873, the gift of the late Mrs. Strawson; a new font was introduced in 1867 and an organ built at a cost of £400; there are 700 sittings, of which the gallery pews (about 200 sittings) are free. The register of baptisms and burials dates from 1785 and marriages 1802. 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 and a second enlargement of one acre was made in 1874. The living is a vicarage, gross yearly value £280, in the gift of the rector of Halesowen, and held since 1856 by the Rev. Joseph Hesselgrave Thompson B.A. of Hertford College, Oxford. The great tithes are held by the lay impropriator Mr. Jeston Homfray. Here are places of worship for Unitarians, Baptists, Wesleyans, Primitive Methodists and New Connexion Methodists. The extensive iron works of Messrs. Evers and Sons produce superior qualities of iron: files, rasps, vices, anvils, hammers, nails, anchors, chain cables and fire bricks are made in this district; Messrs. Harper and Moores are manufacturers of fire bricks, clay retorts and crucibles, and proprietors of the Stourbridge clay. Messrs. King Brothers are also proprietors of the celebrated Stourbridge clay, and manufacture bricks and other fire-clay goods. The works of the Cradley Colliery Company and Homer Hill Colliery Company are situated in the centre of the parish. 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. Colman Hill House Retreat, for the exclusive reception of lady inebriates, is in this district; the house is beautifully situated in extensive grounds, and the views from all parts are very fine. H. R. Ker F.R.C.S.E AND T. V. de Denne L.R.C.P, Townsend House, Halesowen are the proprietors; Mrs. Pratt is the resident lady-superintendant. There are a few handsome residences here; the Elms is the property of William Pearson Strawson esq., Fairview is occupied by Samuel Hingley esq., and Colman Hill by Jeston Homfray esq.  Lord Lyttelton D.L, J.P is lord of the manor. The principal landowners are the New British Iron Company, Jeston Homfray, James Holcroft of Stoubridge, James Badley of Dudley, esq., and The Old Swinford Hospital. 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 Netherland(a part of the township of Cradley) abound with thick coal and fire-clay. The area is 732 acres; rateable value, £15,376; the population in 1871 was 4,700, and in 1881, 5,284.

NETHEREND. Colley Gate, Overend, Two Gates and Colman Hill are near the town. Staffords Bridge is a small place on Cradley brook, 9 miles south-west from Worcester.

POST & MONEY ORDER OFFICE & SAVINGS BANK & Government Stock, Annuity & Insurance Office:- Mrs. Elizabeth Christopher, receiver. Letters arrive from Brierley  Hill at 7.15 a.m. & 2.15 p.m. : dispatched at 8.45 & 10.45 a.m. & 6.35 & 8.20 p.m. The nearest telegraph office is at Cradley Heath.

INSURANCE AGENT:- Imperial Fire, J. Bridgwater, High st.

County Police Station, High street; John Clare, officer in charge.


Inland Revenue Officer, Osborne Oliver, Church street

Medical Officer, Stourbridge Rural District, Wesley Hayes Thompson L.R.C.P. Edin. Glyndon House; Lyde Green.

Poor Rate Collector, Ambrose Pearson, Two Lane ends, Colley Gate

PLACES OF WORSHIP, with times of services:-

Cradley Church, Rev Joseph Hesselgrave Thompson B.A., vicar; 10.45 a.m. & 3 & 6.30 p.m; wed. 7 p.m.

Baptist, Rev. Joseph Brown, minister; 10.30 a.m. & 6.0 p.m.; wed. 7 p.m.

Methodist New Connexion, ministers various; 10.30.a.m. & 2.30 & 6 p.m.; thurs.7.30 p.m.

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

Unitarian, Rev. William Cochrane, minister; 11 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.

Wesleyan, ministers various; 10.30 a.m. & 6 p.m.; wed. 7 p.m.


British (mixed & infants) for 475 children; average attendance, 370; Mr. John James Homer, master; Miss Elizabeth Edwards, mistress; Miss Mary Jane Mills, infants' mistress.

National (mixed and infants) for 150 children; average attendance, 120; Thomas Davies, master; Miss Lydia Lane, infants' mistress.

Unitarian (endowed) for 355 children; average attendance, 294; James Mcllwraith, master;  Miss Alice Dolley, mistress; Miss Eliza Hingley, infants' mistress.

All the schools in this district are assisted by a voluntary rate.

Railway Station, Cradley Heath, Richard Roach, station master.

CARRIERS TO BIRMINGHAM:- Alfred Wooldridge, Netherend to "Phoenix," Park street, on tues., thurs. & sat.

(For other names in the district, see STOURBRIDGE & ROWLEY REGIS, STAFFS)


Attwood Joseph, Fairview Lodge

Attwood Thos., Essington ho. Colman hl.

Bloomer Isaac Parkes, Windmill hill

Brazier William, Salt Hill house

Bridgwater James, Furnace lane

Brown Rev. Joseph (Baptist), Colley la

Buncher Rev. John (curate)

Cochrane Rev. Wm (Unitarian), Nethrnd

Dakin George Frederick, Clent view

Fellows Miss, Windmill hill

Forrest Joshua, Poplar cottage

Fox Mrs., Furlong lane

Goring George, Colleygate

Griffin William, Windmill hill

Griffin Wm. jr., Colley Orchard grove

Harper Thomas, Netherend cottage

Harris Arthur, Furlong lane

Hingley Benjamin J.P., Hatherton ldge

Hingley Joseph, Linton house

Hingley Miss, Hatherton lodge

Hingley Samuel, Fairview

Homer John James, Colley Orchard

Homer Miss, Colley gate

Homer Thomas, Colley gate

Homfray Jeston, Colman hill

Kendrick Wm., West end, Colley gate

Lloyd Thos. Hemmings, Highfield cot.

Mountford Richard, Highfield house

Paddock George, Colley orchard

Payton Thomas, Rose cottage

Price Thomas, Aston villas

Roycroft John, Aston villas, Colleygate

Smith William Robinson, Clyde house

Strawson William Pearson, The Elms, Colley lane

Thompson Rev. Joseph Hesselgrave B.A. (vicar)

Thompson Wesley Hayes L.R.C.P., L.R.C.S. Glyndon house, Lyde green

Tibbetts Mrs., Colley gate

Turnley Richard, Homer Hill House

Williams Thomas, Beaconsfield house, Colley Orchard

Wood David, Hill view, Colley Orchard

Yeaman Nicholas, Colley Orchard


Adams James, carpenter, Furlong lane

Adams William Edwin, Bull's Head & shopkeeper, Overend

Adams Wm. Hy., chain ma, Windmill hl

Arch & Brook, druggists & seedsmen, High street

Arrol Wm., shpkpr, Park rd, Colley gate

Attwood Eliza, (Mrs), hames maker & beer retailer

Attwood John, butcher, High street

Banner Charles, shopkeeper & carpenter, Butcher's lane

Batham Daniel, beer retailer, High st

Beasley Allen, Old Vine, Park road & chain maker, Colley Orchard

Beasley Chas. Shopkeeper, Windmill hl

Bennett Saml., beer retailer, Two gates

Bennett William, beer retlr. Victoria st

Bird Mary Ann (Mrs), dressmaker, High street

Bloomer & Sons, nail & chain manufacturers, Colley Orchard

Bloomer Ellen & Mary (Misses), shopkeepers, Windmill hill

Bloomer Edward, shopkeeper, High st

Bloomer Geo. Albt. Linen drpr., Colley gate

Bloomer Isaac Parkes, bldr, Windmill hl

Bloomer James, shopkeeper, High street

Bloomer John, grocer, Windmill hill

Bloomer Josiah, grocer, High street

Bloomer Mary (Mrs), pawnbroker, High street

Blunt Felix, shopkeeper, Bridge street

Blunt Thomas, chain maker

Box Thomas, shopkeeper, Colley lane

Boxley Henry, grocer, Two gates

Brettell, James Alfd., grocer, Colley gate

Bridgwater Hannah (Mrs), greengrocer, Bridge street

Bridgwater Jn. Grocer & agent for W & A Gilbey, wine & spirit mers. High st

Bridgwater Joseph, grocer, High street

Brooks David, Black Swan

Brooks Thos. Hy., butcher, Windmill hill

Case Harry, ironmonger, High street

Case Philip, shopkeeper, Colley lane

Christopher Jsph. shpkpr. Butchers lane

Christopher Elizabeth, post & money order office & savings bank, High st

Colman Hill House Retreat for Lady Inebriates (H.R. Ker F.R.C.S.E. & T.V. de Denne L.R.C.P.) proprietors; Mrs Pratt, lady resident superintendent); office, Townsend house, Halesowen

Clift Hy. Boot & shoe ma. Windmill hill

Clewes T.M & Sons, wool dealers, woolen manufacturers & merchants & wool mop & twine makers, The Park mills

Coley Christopher, shpkpr, Bridge street

Cornock Sidney, shopkeeper, High st

Cox Daniel, shopkeeper, Furlong lane

Cox Henrietta (Mrs) Blue Ball, Ball lane

Cox Thos. Round of Beef, Windmill hill

Cradley Colliery Co. (Joseph King & Co.) coal masters, Netherend

Crampton Henry, nail maker

Darby Joseph, tailor, Windmill hill

Deeley Louisa (Mrs.) Rose & Crown

Downing Jacob, organist & choir master, Cradley parish church

Dunn Heber, greengrocer, Bridge street

Edmonds Thomas, shpkpr, Windmill hl

Evers Samuel & Sons, iron manufacturers, Cradley iron works

Fellows Thos., beer retailer, Netherend

Fellows William, Bridge Inn, Bridge st

Fiddian Lottie (Miss), butcher, Colleygate

Finch Simeon, Old Two Gates

Foley Martha (Mrs), dress maker

Forrest Brothers & Co. mnfrs. of  horse & wrought nails, chain cables, anchors, crane & ships' rigging, chains & tackle, spades, shovels & forks, anvils, vices, cart hames, horse shoes, galvanized buckets, bolts & nuts &c. & iron merchants

Forrest James, shopkeeper, High street

Fox Charles, maltster, Overend

Gadd Joseph, greengrocer, High street

Gill Daniel, butcher High street

Gill George, shopkeeper, High town

Griffin William, anchor, chain & chain cable maker, Victoria works

Hall Herbert, shopkeeper, Windmill hill

Harbach Wm. Shopkeeper, Windmill hill

Harper & Moores, colliery proprietors & brick makers, Netherend (postal address, Stourbridge)

Harper David, shopkpr., Windmill hill

Harper Reuben, beer & wine retailer, Furlong lane

Harris Ezra, grocer, Windmill hill

Hawkeswood Benjamin Burley, shopkeeper & Sun, Overend

Hickman Wm. general dlr. Colley gate

Hill Christopher, shopkeeper, Netherend

Hill John, boot & shoe maker

Hingley Benjamin, grocer, High street

Hingley James, beer retailer, butcher & farmer, High street

Hingley James, chain maker

Hingley Joseph, farmer, Windmill hill

Hipkiss William Evan, Lodge Forge inn, & brickmaker & ironforger

Hodgetts Benjamin, butcher, High town

Hodgetts Chas., shopkeeper, High town

Hodgetts William, shopkeeper, Maplegap lane, Colley gate

Homer Benjamin, Bell, New street

Homer Hill Colliery Co. Limited (Richard Turnley, manager)

Homer Hy. greengrocer, Cradley forge

Homer Paul, general dealer, High st

Homer Thomas, solicitor, Colley gate

Homfray Jeston, solicitor, Colman hill

Horton David, greengrocer, High street

Hughes Harry, grocer, High street

Hughes Isaiah, Holly Bush, water miller & grocer, High street

Hughes Samuel, maltster, Bridge street

Johnson & Co., grocers, Lyde green

Jones & Lloyd, manufacturers of anchors, anvils, vices, bolts & nuts, backbands, cables & rigging chains, crane chains, hammers, horse nails, improved connecting links, rivets, shackles, sail clews, shipping tackle, ship's lamps, spikes, tackle & clip hooks, thimbles, traces, wrought nails &c. &c. Cradley forge & Scotia works

Jones Isaac, painter

Jones Samuel, beer retailer, Banner's la

Kendrick William, boot & shoe dealer, Colley gate

King Brothers, fire brick & clay makers, Netherend

King Joseph & Co., coal masters & red & blue brick & terra cotta manufacturers, Netherend

Leonard Ann (Mrs.), frmr; Cradley forge

Leonard Samuel, May Pole

Mason Charles, farmer, Overend

Mole Albert, blacksmith, Colley gate

Mole Jane (Miss), Horse Shoe, Colley gate

Murrall Rt., blacksmith, Windmill hill

Nock Eliza (Miss), ladies' schl. Colly gte

Oliver Osborne, inland revenue officer, Church street

Oliver Wm., Talbot hotel & maltster

Oliver William jnr., Park Lane tavern, Netherend

Paddock Brothers, iron manufacturers, Phoenix ironworks

Parkes William, shopkeeper, Colley lane

Partridge Geo., chain manufr., Parkside

Pates James, shopkeeper, Banner's lane

Pateshill John, tanner, Park side

Pearson Andrew, dairyman & poor rate collector, Netherend

Pearson Amos, linen draper, High st

Pearson Henrietta (Mrs.), shpkpr. High st

Perry James, grocer, Two gates

Plant Samuel, shopkeeper, Lyde green

Plant Warwick, greengrocer, High st.

Poole John, commission agent, Colley gte

Radford Samuel, confectioner, High st

Raybould Richard, shoe maker, High st

Robinson John, greengrocer, High st

Roper Benjamin, shopkeeper, Windmill hl

Roper Caleb, shopkeeper, Windmill hill

Roper Emanl. White Lion inn, Colley gate

Sidaway Joseph, butcher, High street

Sidaway William, shopkeeper, High st

Smart Joseph, shopkeeper, New street

Southall John, chain makr, Lyde grn.

Spencer Edward William, shopkeeper, Windmill hill

Stevens John, grocer, Netherend

Stevens Richard, farmer, Windmill hill

Tate James, shopkeeper, Windmill hill

Tate Samuel, British Arms, Furlong la.

Tate Thomas, farmer, Overend

Tate Wm., beer retailer, High town

Taylor Geo., boot & shoe maker, Colley la.

Taylor Geo. frying-pan ma., Colley gate

Taylor William, nail maker

Thomas John, shoe maker, Windmill hl

Thompson Wesley Hayes L.R.C.P. & L.R.C.S. Edin., physician & surgeon & medical officer  Stourbridge rural district, Glyndon house, Lyde green

Tibbetts Rachael (Mrs.), farmr., Homer hl.

Tooth William, Crown inn, Lyde green

Turner Alfred, beer retailer, Two gates

Turner Richard, chain maker

Turnley Richard, colliery manager, Homer Hill house

Walker David, chain maker

Walker Felix, chain maker

Walker William, chain maker

Weston Joseph, shopkeeper, High street

Willetts Edward, shopkeeper, High st

Willetts Zachariah, coal dealer, Colley gt

Woodall Benjamin, Fish inn, High st

Wooldridge Simeon, farmer, Netherend

Worton Charles, nail ma., Windmill st

Kelly’s 1884 directory

Entry for Cradley in Kelly's 1884 directory, first page

Entry for Cradley in Kelly's 1884 directory, second page