The entry for Cradley in Kelly's 1880 directory has 197 individuals
Cradley Links wishes to record our grateful thanks to Linda Lamberg, who generously gave her time to produce this transcription.
CRADLEY is a township, extensive and populous district and an ecclesiastical parish, formed in 1799 from the civil parish of Halesowen with a station to the Birmingham and Stourbridge section of the Great Western railway, situated on the borders of Staffordshire, in the Northern division of this county, hundred of Lower Halfshire, Stourbridge union, petty sessional division and county court district, rural deanery of Dudley and arch-
Netherend, Colley Gate, Overend Two Gates and Colman Hill are near the town. Staffords Bridge is a small place on Cradley brook, 9 miles southwest from Worcester.
POST & MONEY ORDER OFFICE. Savings Bank and Annuity and Insurance Office -
County Police Station, High street, William Webb, officer in charge.
PUBLIC OFFICERS: -
Medical Officer & Public Vaccinator, Cradley district, Stourbridge union, Wesley Haynes Thompson L.R.C.P. edin. Clyde House, Windmill Hill.
Highway Rate & Tax Collector, Ambrose Pearson, Netherend.
PLACES OF WORSHIP, with times of Services: -
Cradley Church, Rev. Joseph Hasselgrave Thompson B.A. vicar; 10.45 a.m. & 3. & 6.30 p.m. ; wed. 7 p.m.
Baptist vacant, minister: 10.30. a.m. & 6 p.m. ; wed 7. p.m.
Methodist New Connexion, ministers various: 10.30. a.m. & 2.30. & 6. p.m. ; thurs 7.00 p.m.
Primitive Methodist, ministers various: 10.45 a.m. & 6 p.m. ; thurs 7.30 p.m.
Unitarian, Rev Jas. Crossley, 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), built in 1871, for 185 boys, 160 girls 130 infants; average attendance, 170 boys, 148 girls & 98 infants; John James Homer, master; Miss Elizabeth Edwards, mistress; Miss Elizabeth Yeaman, infants mistress
National (mixed & infants), for 278 children & 175 infants; average attendance, 152 children & 113 infants; Joseph Jacquis, master; Miss Mary Jane Mills, infants' mistress.
Unitarian, erected in 1796 (the boys school was opened in 1872), for 160 boys, 115 girls & 75 infants: average attendance, 107 boys 105 girls & 61 infants; Jas McIlwraith, master; Miss Eliza Hingley mistress: Miss Emily Woodridge, infants' mistress.
Railway Station, Cradley Heath, Rd. Roach, station master
CARRIERS TO BIRMINGHAM : -
(For other names in the district, see STOURBRIDGE & ROWLEY REGIS STAFFS.)
Attwood Joseph, Fairview Lodge
Attwood Thos. Essington House Colman Hill
Bate Alfred Park house, Colley Gate
Bissell George Simeon, Parkside house
Brazier William, Salt Hill house
Bridgewater James, Furnace Lane
Butler James, Colley Orchard
Crossley Rev. James (Unitarian), Parsonage Netherend
Dakin George Frederick, Clent View
Darby Christr. The Firs, Windmill Hill
Davies Thomas D. Windmill Hill
Fellows Miss, Windmill Hill
Fox Mrs, Furlong Lane
Goring George, Colley Gate
Griffin William sen. Colley Gate
Griffin William jun. Windmill Hill
Harper Harry, Netherend Cottage
Harris Arthur, Furlong Lane
Hingley Benjamin M.P., J.P. Hatherton Lodge: & Grand Hotel London W.C.
Hingley Joseph, Linton House
Hingley Miss, Hatherton Lodge
Hingley Samuel, Fairview
Homer John James, Colley Orchard
Homer Miss, Colley Gate
Homer Thomas, The Limes Colley Gate
Homfray Jeston Colman Hill
Hunter William, Colley Gate
Kendrick Wm, West End Colley Gate
Lloyd Thomas Hemmings, Highfield Cottage, Windmill Hill
Payton Thos. Rose Cottage Windmill Hill
Price Thomas, Aston villa's, Colley Gate
Roycroft John, Aston villa's, Colley Gate
Sidaway Mrs, Chapel House
Strawson William Pearson, The Elms, Colley Lane
Thompson Rev. Joseph Hesselgrave B.A. (vicar)
Thompson Wesley Hayes, L.R.C.P. edin. Clyde House, Windmill Hill
Tibbetts Mrs Colley Gate
Turnley Richard, Homer Hill House
Wright Wm. James, Colley Orchard
Yeaman Nicholas, Colley Orchard
Adams James, carpenter, Furlong Lane
Adams William Edwin, Bull's Head P.H. & shopkeeper, Overend
Adams William Hy: chain ma. Lyde green
Arch & Brook, druggists & seedsmen, High Street
Attwood Benj. hame ma. Lyde green
Attwood Eliza (Mrs). Beer ret. Lyde green
Attwood John, butcher High Street
Attwood Richard, chain maker, Mill St.
Banner Charles, shopkeeper & carpenter, Butchers Lane
Batham Daniel, beer retailer High St .
Beasley Allen, Old Vine P.H. Park Rd. & chainmaker, Colley Gate
Beasley Chas. Shopkeeper, Windmill Hill
Bennett Saml. Beer retailer, Two Gates
Bennett Wm. Beer retailer, Victoria St .
Bird Mary Ann (Mrs), dressmaker, High St .
Bissell James, shopkeeper, High St .
Bloomer & Sons, Ball & 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. Colman Hill
Bloomer Mary (Mrs), pawnbro. High st
Blunt Felix, shopkeeper, Bridge st
Box Thomas, shopkeeper, Colley lane
Boxley Wm. Henry, grocer, Two Gates
Brettell James Alfd. Grocer, Colley gate
Bridgewater Hannah (Mrs), greengrocer, Bridge st
Bridgewater Hannah (Mrs), grocer & agent for W & A Gilby wine & spirit merchants' High st
Bridgewater Joseph, grocer, High st
Brown Jeremiah, iron mer. Homer hl
Case Philip, shopkeeper, Colley lane
Christopher Joseph, shopkeeper, Butchers lane
Christopher Elizah (Mrs), 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. managing directors; Miss Cooper, lady resident supt.); office, Townsend Ho Halesowen.
Clarke Peter, Crown P.H. Lyde Green
Clift Hy. Boot & shoe ma. High st
Clewes T M & Son, wool dealers, woollen manufacturers & merchants & wool mop & twine makers, The Park Mills
Coley Christopher, shopkeeper, Bridge st
Cornock Sidney, shopkeeper High st
Cox Daniel, shopkeeper, Furlong lane
Cox Henrietta (Mrs), Blue Ball P.H. Ball lane
Cox Thos. Round of Beef P.H. Windmill hl
Crampton Henry, nail ma. Lyde green
Crampton Thomas, shopkeeper & nail maker, Two gates
Cutler Frederick Edward, Rose & Crown P.H. High st
Dainty Wm. Greengrocer Butchers la
Darby Joseph, Tailor, Windmill hl1
Dewhurst Alfd. Boot & shoemaker High st
Downes Thomas, beer retailer Overend
Edmonds Thomas, shopkeeper Windmill hl
Fellows Thomas, beer retailer, Netherend
Fellows William, Bridge Inn Bridge st
Finch Mary (Mrs), Old Two Gates P.H.
Fox Charles John, maltster Overend
Gadd Joseph, greengrocer High st
Gill Esther (Mrs), Butcher, High st
Gill George, shopkeeper, High town
Gill Samuel, beer retailer, Two Gates
Griffin William, anchor, chain & chain cable maker, Victoria works
Hadley Alfred, Fish man, High st
Harbach Wm. Shopkeeper, Windmill hl
Harper & Moores, colliery proprietors & brick makers, Netherend (Postal address, Stourbridge.)
Harper Reuben, beer & wine retailer, Furlong lane
Harris Hara, grocer, Windmill hl
Hawkeswood Benjamin Barley, shopkeeper and Sun P.H. Overend
Hickman Benjamin, shopkeeper Colley gate
Hickman Wm. General dir. Colley gate
Hickton William Henry, Black Swan P.H. High st
Hingley Benjamin grocer, High st
Hingley Joseph, farmer, Windmill hl
Hingley James, beer retailer, butcher & farmer, High St .
Hipkiss William Evan, Lodge Forge inn, & brick maker & iron forger
Hodgetts Benjamin, butcher, High Town
Hodgetts Chas. Shopkeeper, High Town
Hodgetts William, shopkeeper, Maple Gap lane, Colley Gate
Homer Hill Colliery Co. (Samuel Evers & Sons, proprs: Richard Turnley, man)
Homer Hy, greengrocer, Cradley forge
Homer Paul, general dealer, High St
Homer Thomas, solicitor, Colley gate
Horton David, greengrocer, High St
Hughes Issiah, water miller & grocer High St
Hughes Samuel, Holly Bush P.H. & maltster High St
Huland Thomas, greengrocer, Colley gate
Hutchings Wm. Wagon bldr. 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 Issac, painter, Windmill hill
Kendrick William Henry, boot & shoe dealer, Colley gate
King Brothers, Stourbridge fire brick & clay propr; works, Netherend (Postal address, Stourbridge.)
King Joseph & Co. coal masters & red and blue brick & terra cotta manufacturers, Netherend, (Postal address, Stourbridge.)
Leonard Samuel, Maypole P.H.
Mason Charles, farmer, Overend
Mobberley Samuel & Co. Homer Hill, fire clay & fire brick works
Mole Albert, Horse Shoe P.H. & blacksmith Colley gate
Murrall Rt. Blacksmith Windmill hill
Nock Eliza, (Miss), ladies schl. Colley gate
Oliver Eliza, (Mrs) beer retailer, Colley gate
Oliver Osborne, inland revenue officer, Church St
Oliver Frank & Wm. Talbot Hotel & maltsters & farmers, & Park Lane tavern, Netherend.
Paddock Bros. Axle mas. Phoenix iron works
Parkes William, shopkeeper, Colley lane
Parsons John, chain maker, New St
Partridge Geo. Chain manufacturer, Park side
Pateshill John, tanner Park side
Pearson Ambrose, dairyman, highway rate & tax collector, Netherend
Pearson Amos, linen draper, High St
Pearson Benjamin, frying pan maker, see Taylor and Pearson
Pearson Henrietta (Mrs) shopkeeper, High St
Percival Tabitha, (Mrs) smallware dealer, High St
Perry Charlotte, (Mrs) grocer, Two gates
Plant Samuel, shopkeeper, Lyde green
Plant Warwick, greengrocer, High St
Poole John, commission agent, Colley lane
Priest Eliza, (Miss) milliner, Windmill hill
Radford Samuel, confectioner, High St
Raybould Jas. Priest, shopkeeper, High St
Raybould Richard, shoemaker High St .
Robinson Emma, (Mrs) shopkeeper, High town
Robinson John, greengrocer, High St
Roper Benjamin, shopkeeper, Windmill hill
Roper Caleb, shopkeeper, Windmill hill
Roper Emanl. White Lion inn, Colley gate
Rudge Trueann, (Mrs) china & glass dealer, Windmill hill
Sidaway Joseph, butcher, High St
Sidaway Louisa (Mrs), shopkeeper, High St
Southall Benjamin, shopkeeper, Windmill hill
Southall John, chain maker Lyde green
Spencer Edward William, shopkeeper, Windmill hill
Stiff John William, grocer & yeast importer, sole agent for R. O. Bischof's celebrated grand prize medal encore yeast, Colley gate
Stevens John, grocer, Netherend
Stevens Richard, farmer, Windmill hill
Stevens William, Horse & Jockey P.H. Netherend
Tate James, shopkeeper, Windmill hill
Tate Samuel, British Arms P.H. Furlong Lane
Tate Thomas, farmer, Overend
Tate William, beer retailer, High town
Tate William, butcher, Furlong lane, Colley gate
Taylor & Pearson, frying pan makers, Colley gate
Taylor George, boot & shoe dealer, Colley lane
Thompson Benjamin, inspector of nuisances for Cradley & Lye, Windmill hill
Thompson Wesley Hayes, L.R.C.P. & L.R.C.S. edin. physician & surgeon & medical officer & public vaccinator, Cradley district, Stourbridge union, Clyde House, Colman Hill
Thomas John, shoemaker, Windmill hill
Tullis William, shopkeeper, High St
Turner Alfred William, beer retailer, Two gates
Turnley Richard, colliery manager, Homer Hill house
Wakeman John, beer retailer, Netherend
Walker David, chain maker
Walker Edward Taylor, chain manufacturer, Lyde green
Walker Felix, chain maker
Walker William, chain maker
Webb Sylvia (Mrs) shopkeeper Bridge St
White Thomas, butcher, Colley gate
White Thomas, shopkeeper, High St
Willetts Edward, shopkeeper, High St
Willetts Zachariah, coal dealer, Colley gate
Wooldrige Simeon, farmer, Netherend
Worton Caleb, shopkeeper, High St
Worton Charles, nail manufacturer, Windmill hill
Linda Lamberg, who so generously supplied this transcription, writes:
Joseph Darby 1835-
Joseph was born in Cradley Heath Staffs., the oldest son of Joseph Snr. a master tailor. His mother died within the first year of his life. Joseph Snr. then married Elizabeth Brown from Dudley, and they had two more sons, William and Samuel; all three sons became master tailors. William married Maria Stringer and had a tailor's shop in Cradley Heath: Samuel married Julia Barnsley from Cradley Heath; they moved to Worcester, where Samuel had a Draper's Shop. Elizabeth died and Joseph Snr. married her sister Sarah.
Joseph married a Sophia, who was from Huntingdon. From 1864 they are living in Alma Place, Windmill Hill, just two doors down from "The Round of Beef". Joseph ran his business from there. In 1880 he became a local preacher, and served as a Sunday School teacher at Cradley Wesleyan Church. Joseph was a very "hands on preacher"; he went into the chain shops and preached to the men on the shop floor, which lead to the formation of Overend Mission. Apparently he was a truly marvellous preacher. When he died a memorial window was dedicated "To the Glory of God, and in memory of Joseph Darby" and was unveiled in 1921 at Cradley Wesleyan. This window was the only one to be reclaimed by the Church in 1995, when it closed down, and is now installed at Overend Mission.