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The entry for Cradley in Kelly's 1892 directory has 179 individuals

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CRADLEY, is a township, and extensive and populous district and an ecclesiastical parish, formed in 1799 from the civil parish of Halesowen, 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, 2 1/2 miles east from Stourbridge, 4 south from Dudley, and 9 1/2 south-west from Birmingham in the Northern division of this county, hundred of Lower Halfshire, Stourbridge  petty sessional division, union and county court district, rural deanery of Dudley, and archdeaconry 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 Waterworks Company and gas by the Cradley Heath Gas Company. The church, 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, at a cost of £4,500 and consists of chancel, nave, south porch and brick tower added in 1876 and containing 8 bells, shown in the Vienna exhibition of 1873: a new font was introduced in 1867 and an organ built at a cost of £400: there are 750 sittings, 350 being free. In 1852 a grant of land was made by the sons of the late Rev. George Biggs (a former rector of the parish of Halesowen), for the enlargement of the burial grounds of this parish and a second enlargement of one acre was made in 1874. The register of baptisms and burials dates from 1785 and marriages 1802. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £260, in the gift of the Rector of Halesowen, and held since 1889 by the Rev. Bell Timbrell, M.A., of University College, Durham. The great tithes are held by the lay improprietor, Mr. Jeston Homfray. Here is a Unitarian chapel, built in 1796, Baptist (in 1803), Wesleyan (in 1873), Primitive Methodist (in 1882) and New Connexion Methodist in 1856. Messrs. Harper and Moores, Messrs. King Brothers and Messrs. Samuel Evers and Sons are manufacturers of fire bricks, clay retorts and crucibles, and proprietors of the Stourbridge clay. 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. There are a few handsome residencies here : Hatherton Lodge is the residence of Benjamin Hingley esq. M.P. ; the Elms is the property of Mrs. Strawson ; Fairview is occupied by Samuel Hingley esq. ; and Colman Hill by Jeston Homfray esq. Viscount Cobham is lord of the manor. The principle landowners are the New British Iron Company, Jeston Homfray, esq., James Holcroft esq. J.P. of Stourbridge, James Payton Badley esq. Of Dudley, and the Old Swinford Hospital, exors. of Mrs King of Wollescote Hall, Stourbridge, Messrs. Joseph King and Co. Messrs. Harper and Moores, Samuel Evers and Sons, and Messrs. Mobberley and Perry, of the Lye. 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 732 acres ; rateable value, £18,510 ; the population in 1891 was 5,707.

NETHEREND, Colley Gate, Overend, Two Gates and Colman Hill are near the town.

Parish Clerk, Isaac Parkes Bloomer

POST, M. O. & T. O., S. B. & Annuity & Insurance Office.-

Mrs. Mary Ann Bird, receiver. Letters arrive from Cradley Heath at 6.45 a.m. & 2 & 6.15 p.m.; dispatched at 9.10 & 11.15 a.m. & 2.40, 6.55 & 8.10 p.m. ; Sundays at 8.45 a.m.

County Police Station, Colley Gate; Walter Clarke, officer in charge


Inland Revenue Officer, Osborne Oliver, Church street

Medical Officer & Public Vaccinator, Cradley district, Stourbridge union, Wesley Hayes Thompson L.R.C. Edin. Clyde house, Windmill hill

Highway Rate & Tax Collector, Ambrose Pearson, Netherend

PLACES OF WORSHIP, with times of services:-

Cradley Church, Rev. Alfred Bell Timbrell M.A. vicar; 10.45 a.m. & 3 & 6.30 p.m.; wed. 7 p.m.

Baptist, 10.30 a.m. & 6 p.m. ; wed. 7 p.m.

Methodist New Connexion, 10.30 a.m. 2.30 & 6 p.m. ; thurs. 7 p.m.

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

Wesleyan, Rev. Joseph Dyson ; 10.30 & 6 p.m. ; wed. 7 p.m.


National (mixed & infants), for 278 children & 175 infants; average attendance, 170 children & 113 infants; Joseph Jaquiss, master ; Miss C Kay, infants' mistress

British (mixed & infants), built in 1871, for 185 boys, 160 girls & 130 infants; average attendance, 167 boys, 148 girls & 100 infants ; John James Homer, master; Miss Mary Wright, infants' mistress

Unitarian, erected 1796 (the boys school was opened in 1872), for 160 boys, 115 girls & 75 infants; average attendance, 120 boys, 112 girls & 70 infants ; William Henry Guest, master ; Miss Eliza Hingley, mistress ; Miss Mary Ann Powell, infants' mistress

Railway Station, Cradley Heath, Walter Harris, station master


Alfred Wooldridge, Netherend, to 'Phoenix', Park Street, on tues. thurs. & sat

 [For other names in the district, see STOURBRIDGE also CRADLEY HEATH & ROWLEY REGIS, Staffs.]


Attwood John, Colley gate.

Attwood Mrs. Fairview lodge

Attwood Thos. Essington ho. Colman hl

Bate Alfred, Park house, Colley gate

Bissell George Simeon, Parkside house

Brazier William, Salt Hill house

Bridgewater James, Furlong lane

Chapman William, Colley gate

Dakin Charles, Fernleigh ho. Windmill hl

Dakin Geo. Frdk. Clent view, Windmill hill

Darby Christopher, The Firs, Windmill hill

Davies Thomas Daniel, Windmill hill

Dyson Rev. Joseph [Wesleyan]

Fellows Miss, Windmill hill

Fox Mrs, Furlong lane

Griffin William, sen. Tregaron house

Hingley Benj. M.P., J.P. Hatherton lodge

Hingley Joseph, Li nton 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, Highfields

Kendrick William, West end, Colley gate

O'Connor Rev. Arthur Ellis B.D. [Unitarian], Parsonage, Netherend

Oliver Frank, The Laurels, Colley gate

Oliver William, The Poplars, Windmill hill

Payton Thos. Rose cottage, Windmill hill

Price Thomas, Aston villas, Colley gate

Roycroft John, Aston villas, Colley gate

Simon William, Denziel villa

Strawson Mrs. The Elms

Thompson Wesley Hayes M.D., Clyde house, Windmill hill

Tibbetts Mrs, Colley gate

Timbrell Rev. Alfred Bell M.A. [vicar], Chapel house

Turnley Richard, Homer Hill house

Wright William James, Colley Orchard


Adams James, carpenter, Furlong lane

Adams William Edwin, Bulls Head P.H. & shopkeeper, Overend

Adams Wm. Hy. chain ma. Windmill hl

Attwood Eliza (Mrs.), hame maker & beer retailer, Lyde green

Attwood John, butcher, Colley gate.

Attwood Richard, chain maker, High st.

Auden John, fishmonger, High st.

Banner Charles, carpenter, Butcher's lane

Batham Daniel, beer retailer, High street

Beasley Allen, Old Vine P.H. Park road & chain maker, Colley gate

Beasley Charles, shopkeeper, Windmill hl

Beasley John, beer retailer, Overend

Bennett Clement, beer retailer, Two gates

Bennett William, beer retailer, Two gates

Bird Mary Ann (Mrs.), post office, High st

Bissell James, shopkeeper, High street

Bloomer & Sons, nail & chain manufacturers, Colley Orchard

Bloomer Eleanor & Mary (Misses), shopkeepers, Windmill hl

Bloomer Edward, chain ma. High street

Bloomer Geo. Albert, linen draper, Colley gate

Bloomer Isaac Parkes, builder & parish clerk, Colman hill

Blunt Felix, shopkeeper, Bridge street

Boxley William Henry, grocer, Two gates

Brettell James Alfred, grocer, Colley gate

Bridgewater Hannah (Mrs), grocer, High st.

Brown Jeremiah, iron mer. Colley gate

Case Philip, shopkeeper, Colley gate

Christopher Jsph, shpkpr, Butcher's lane

Clarke Peter, Crown P.H. Lyde green

Clift Henry, boot & shoe ma. High street

Clewes T. M. & Son, wool dealers, wool mop, twine makers & waterproof cloth makers, Park mills

Cornock Sidney, shopkeeper & school attendance officer, High street

Cox Daniel, shopkeeper, Furlong lane

Cox Joseph, shopkeeper, Bridge street

Cox Thos, Round of Beef P.H. Windmill hl

Crampton John, farmer, Netherend

Crampton Thomas, shopkeeper & nail maker, Two gates

Cutler Frederick Edwrd, Rose & Crown P.H. High street

Dainty William, greengrocer, Butcher's la.

Darby Joseph, tailor, Windmill hill

Dentith James, coffee house, High street

Dewhurst Alfred, boot & shoe ma. High st.

Edmunds Herbert, pawnbroker, High st.

Edmonds Thomas, shpkpr, Windmill hl

Evers Samuel & Sons, fire clay & fire brick works & colliery owners, Home hill

Fellows Thomas, Mogul P.H. Netherend

Fox Charles John, maltster, Overend

Gadd Joseph, greengrocer, High street

Gill Esther (Mrs), butcher, High street

Gill George, shopkeeper, High town

Gill Samuel, beer retailer, Two gates

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

Hadley Alfred Peter, Fish inn, High street

Harbach Wm., shopkeeper, Windmill hill

Harper & Moores, colliery proprietors & brick makers, Netherend [postal address, Stourbridge]

Harper David, shopkeeper, Windmill hl

Harper Mary Ann (Mrs), beer & wine retailer, Furlong lane

Harper Thos. Maypole P.H. Cradley Forge

Harris Ezra, grocer, Windmill hill

Hickman Benjamin, shopkpr. Colley gate

Hickton Maria Louise (Mrs) Black Swan P.H. High street

Hingley Benjamin, grocer, High street

Hingley Joseph, farmer, Windmill hill

Hipkiss Ann Rebecca (Mrs), Lodge Forge P.H.

Hipkiss Frank, brick maker & iron forger, Lodge forge

Hodgetts Benjamin, butcher, High town

Hodgetts Chas. shopkeeper, High town

Homer Henry, greengrocer, Cradley forge

Homer Paul, ironmonger, High street

Homer Thomas, solicitor, Colley gate

Horton David, greengrocer, High street

Hughes Isaiah, water miller & grocer, High street

Jones & Lloyd, manufacturers anchors, anvils, vices, bolts, nuts, rivets, spikes & wrought iron nails, cables, rigging & crane chains, hammers, shipping tackle &c. &c. Cradley forge & Scotia works

King Brothers, Stourbridge fire brick & clay proprietors, Netherend [postal address, Stourbridge]

King Joseph & Co. coal masters & brick & terra cotta manufacturers. Netherend [postal address, Stourbridge]

Mason Charles, farmer, Overend

Meredith Joseph, carpenter, Overend

Mole Albert, Horse Shoe P.H. & blacksmith, Colley gate

Murrall Rt. Blacksmith, Windmill hill

Oliver Frank & William, Talbot hotel, & maltsters & farmers

Oliver Eliza (Mrs) beer retlr, Park side

Oiver Osborne, inland revenue officer, Church street

Parkes Elizh. (Mrs), shopkpr, Colley lane

Parsons John, chain maker, Lyde green

Partridge Geo. Chain manufr. Park side

Pateshill Jn. Horse slaughterer, Colley gate

Pearson Ambrose, dairyman, highway & tax collector, Netherend

Pearson Amos, linen draper, High st

Pearson Benjamin, frying pan maker, see Taylor & Pearson

Pearson Henrietta (Mrs), shpkpr, High st.

Pearson Joseph Albert, beer retailer, Park la.

Pearson William, fishmonger, Colley gt.

Perry Charlotte (Mrs), grocer, Two gates

Plant Warwick, greengrocer, High st.

Plumpton Thomas, hosier, Colley gate

Poole John, commission agent, Colley lane

Profitt Thomas, Holly Bush P.H., High st.

Radford Samuel, confectioner, High st.

Raybould Richard, shoe maker, High st.

Robinson Evan, shopkeeper, High twn.

Robinson John, greengrocer, High st.

Roper Albert, White Lion inn, Colley gate

Roper Benjamin, shopkeeper, Windmill hl

Rowley Thos. British Arms P.H. Furlong lane

Rudge True Ann (Mrs) china & glass dealer, Windmill hl

Sidaway Joseph, butcher, High st

Sidaway Louisa (Mrs), shopkpr, High st

Southall Benjamin, shopkpr, Windmill hl

Southall John, chain maker, Lyde green

Spencer Edward William, shopkeeper, Windmill hill

Stanley Joseph, pawnbroker, High st

Stevens John, grocer, Netherend

Stevens Richard, farmer, Windmill hill

Stevens William, Horse & Jockey P.H. Netherend

Stiff John William, shopkeeper, Colley gt

Tandy Joseph, Blue Ball P.H. Ball lane

Tate James, shopkeeper, Windmill hill

Tate Thomas, farmer, Overend

Tate William, beer retailer, High town

Tate William Edwin, butcher, Furlong lane, Colley gate

Taylor & Pearson, frying pan makers, Colley gate

Taylor Geo. boot & shoe dealer, Colley la

Thomas John, shoe maker, Windmill hl

Thompson Benjamin, inspector of nuisances for Cradley & Lye, Windmill hl

Thompson Wesley Hayes M.D., physician & surgeon, & medical officer & public vaccinator, Cradley district, Stourbridge union, Clyde house, Colman hill

Tibbetts William, beer retailer, High st

Turnley Richard, colliery manager, Homer Hill house

Walker Edwd. Taylor, chain ma. Lyde gn

Walker Felix, chain maker, Lyde green

Walker Hezekiah, beer retailer, Victoria st

Walker William, chain maker, Lyde grn

Walters William, Old Two Gates P.H.

White Thomas, butcher, Colley gate

White Thomas, shopkeeper, High street

Willetts Edward, shopkeeper, High st

Willetts Zachariah, coal dealer, Colley gt

Wilson Alfred, Sun P.H. & shpkpr, Overend

Woodall Harry, tailor, Colley gate

Worton Caleb, shopkeeper, High street

Worton Charles, nail ma. Windmill hl

Kelly’s 1892 directory

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