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The entry for Cradley in Kelly's 1896 directory has 274 commercial listings, and 66 private residents.

CRADLEY is a township, 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, 2½ miles east from Stourbridge, 4 south from Dudley and 9½ south-west from Birmingham, in the Northern division of the 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 1874-5, at a cost of about £4,500 and consists of chancel, nave, south porch and a 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 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 £280, in the gift of the Rector of Halesowen, and held since 1892 by the Rev. Robert Henry Edmondson B.A. of Trinity College, Dublin. The great tithes are held by the lay impropriator, 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 residences here : Hatherton Lodge is the residence of Sir Benjamin Hingley bart. J.P.; The Elms is the property of Mrs. Strawson; Fairview is occupied by Samuel Hingley esq. J.P. and Colman Hill Grange by Thomas Darby esq. Viscount Cobham is lord of the manor.

The principal landowners are the New British Iron Company, Jeston Homfray esq., James Holcroft esq. 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., Messsrs. 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, £18,190; the population in 1891 was 5,709.


Adams Charles, chain maker, Windmill hill

Adams James, carpenter Furlong lane

Adams Joseph, shopkeeper, Two gates

Adams Sarah (Mrs.), Bull's Head P.H. & shpkpr., Overend

Adams William Henry, chain maker, Colman hill

Ashmore George, horse slaughterer, Two gates

Attwood Eliza (Mrs.), hame ma. & beer retlr., Lyde green

Attwood John, butcher, Colley gate

Attwood John, carter, Netherend

Attwood Richard, chain maker, High street

Auden Arthur, beer retailer, Two gates

Auden John, fishmonger, High street

Bache Mary (Mrs.), shopkeeper, New street

Bache Thomas, baker, Victoria street

Banner Charles, carpenter, Butcher's lane

Bate Philip, chain maker, High town

Bate Samuel, chain maker, Overend

Bate Thomas, shopkeeper, 0verend

Bate William Edward, greengrcr, Victoria terrace, High st

Batham Daniel, beer retailer, High street

Beasley Alfred, haberdasher, Beecher street, Colman hill

Beasley Allen, chain & chain cable maker, Colley orchard

Beasley Caleb, carpenter, Park view, Two gates

Beasley Charles, shopkeeper, Windmill hill

Beasley John, beer retailer, Overend

Beasley Joseph, chain maker, High town

Beasley Joseph, tip nail maker, Two gates

Beasley Philip, grocer, High street

Bennett Clement, beer retailer, Two gates

Bennett Samuel, chain maker, Two gates

Billingham Esther (Mrs.), chain maker, Ball lane

Bills Alfred, shopkeeper, Colley lane

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

Bissell James, shopkeeper & chain maker, High street

Bloomer Eleanor & Mary (Misses), shopkprs., Windmill hl

Bloomer Abel, hardware dealer, High town

Bloomer Caleb, chain maker, Church lane

Bloomer George Albert, linen draper, Colley gate

Bloomer John, miller (water), Bridge street

Bloomer Joseph, chain maker, Colley lane

Bloomer Joseph Fellows, builder & parish clerk, Colman hl

Bloomer Philip, chain maker, New street

Bloomer William, chain maker, High town

Blunt Felix, shopkeeper, Bridge street

Bowen Mary Ann (Mrs.), chain maker, Windmill Hill

Boxley Henry, chain maker, Two gates

Boxley Philemon, chain maker, Lodge lane

Boxley Rosanna (Miss), chain maker, Two gates

Boxley William Henry, grocer & carter, Two gates

Brettell James Alfred, grocer, Colley gate

Brettell Joseph, Fish P.H. High street

Brettle William, frost nail maker, Church lane

Bridgewater Hannah (Mrs.), greengrocer, Bridge street

Bridgwater Hannah (Mrs.), grocer, High street

Brown Joseph, chain maker, Lyde green

Butler Arthur T. architect, Colley gate

Case Philip, shopkeeper, Colley lane

Christopher Joseph, shopkeeper, Butcher's lane

Clark Walter, sergeant of police, County Police Station. Colley lane

Clewes T. M. & Son, wool dealers & wool mop, rope, twine & waterproof cloth makers & government contractors, Park mills, Park road, Colley gate

Clift Henry, boot & shoe dealer & haberdasher, High st

Clift Elijah, chain maker, New street

Colwood Joseph, boot maker, High street

Cooper Caleb,insurance agt. & shpkpr. Beecher st. Colman hl

Corbett William, painter, High street

Cornock Sidney, shpkpr. & schl. attendance officer, High st

County Police Station (Walter Clark, sergeant), Colley la

Cox Caleb, chain maker, Colley lane

Cox Caleb, chain maker, Park road, Colley gate

Cox Caleb, draper, Sunny cottage, Windmill hill

Cox Daniel Sampson, shopkeeper, Furlong lane

Cox Henry, chain maker, Butcher's lane

Cox Joseph, shopkeeper, Bridge street

Cox Mary Ann (Mrs.), chain maker, High town

Cox Stephen, chain maker, High town

Cox Thomas, Round of Beef P.H. Windmill hill

Cox Thomas Geoffrey, butcher, Windmill hill

Crampton John, farmer, Netherend

Crampton Samuel, chain maker, Windmill hill

Crampton Thomas, shopkeeper & nail maker, Two gates

Cranton Henry, shopkeeper, Lyde green

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

Dainty William, greengrocer, Butcher's lane

Dallow Richard, fancy draper, High street

Derby Joseph, tailor, Windmill Hill

Deeley Louis William, butcher, High street

Dentith Joseph, shopkeeper & corn dealer, High street

Dewhurst Alfred, boot & shoe maker, High street

Dunn Ann (Mrs.), baker, Little hill

Dunn Stephen, chain maker, Lyde green

Dunn William, shopkeeper, Windmill hill

Edmonds Herbert, pawnbroker, High street

Edmonds Thomas, shopkeeper, Windmill hill

Edwards William, chain maker, Little hill

Elwell Josiah, chain maker, Lodge lane,

Evans James, chain maker, Two gates

Evers Samuel & Sons, fire clay & fire brick manufacturers & colliery owners, Homer hill fire clay & fire brick works. TA, "Evers, Cradley;" PA, "Stourbridge"

Falcon Yeast Co. (John Wm. Stiff, proprietor), yeast merchants, Park road, Colley gate

Feldon Sarah (Mrs.), shopkeeper, Two gates

Fellows Thomas, Old Mogul P.H. Netherend

Ford Mary (Mrs.), shopkeeper, High street

Forrest Edward, shopkeeper, Colley lane

Fowkes Robert, chain maker, Colley lane

Fox Charles John, maltster, Overend

Gadd Joseph, insurance agent, High street

Gadd Maria Louise (Miss), greengrocer, High street

Gill Esther (Mrs.), butcher, High street

Gill George, shopkeeper & chain maker, High town

Gill Priscilla (Miss), chain maker, High street

Gill Samuel, beer retailer, Two gates

Gill Solomon, jun. boot maker, Park road, Colley gate

Gillam James, chain maker, Lyde green

Golden George, chain maker, Butcher's lane

Green John, chain maker, Lodge lane

Griffin William (successor to J. Wood Aston & Co.), anchor, chain & chain cable ma. forgings &c. Victoria wks

Griffiths William, Crown P.H. Lyde green

Grove Edward Harry, solicitor, Colley gate

Grove Eli, chain maker, Windmill hill

Guest Edward, Old Vine P. H. Park road, Colley gate

Harbach William, anchor maker, Little hill

Harbach William, shopkeeper, Colley gate

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

Harper David, haberdasher, High street

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

Harper Moses, nail maker, Colley orchard

Harris Benjamin, boot maker & shopkeeper, Two gates

Harris David, chain maker, Little hill

Harris Ezra, grocer, Windmill hill

Harris Harry, chain maker, High street

Harris Joseph, chain maker, High town

Harris Joseph, chain maker, Little hill

Harrison Joseph, chain maker, New street

Harvey William, hair dresser, High Street

Hawkeswood William, coal dealer, High town

Head John, shopkeeper, Little hill

Hemming Harry, butcher, Overend

Hickman Arthur Samuel, tobacconist, Colley gate

Hickman Benjamin, shopkeeper, Colley gate

Hickton Maria Louisa (Mrs.), Black Swan P.H. High st

Hill Frederick, chain maker, Lyde green

Hill John, shopkeeper, Park road, Colley gate

Hill Maria (Mrs.), shopkeeper, Netherend

Hill Thomas, shopkeeper, Two gates

Hingley Benjamin, grocer, High street

Hingley David, chain maker, Butcher's lane

Hingley Henry, nail maker, Overend

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

Hipkiss Frank, brick maker & iron forger, Lodge forge

Hodgetts Benjamin, butcher, High town

Hodgetts Charles, shopkeeper, High town

Hodgetts Henry, chain maker, Two gates

Homer Paul, ironmonger, High street

Homer Samuel, grocer, Netherend

Homer Thomas, solicitor, Colley gate

Homes Neri, chain maker, Little hill

Horton David, greengrocer, High street

Hotchkiss Ann Maria (Mrs.), shpkpr. & Sun P.H. Overend

Jones & Lloyd, manufacturers of anchors, anvils, vices, bolts, nuts, rivets, spikes & wrought nails, chain cables, rigging & crane chains, hammers, shipping tackle &c. &c. & hardware merchants, Scotia works & Cradley forge; & at 162 Edmund street, Birmingham. TA "Neptune," Cradley & Birmingham

Jones Charles William, shopkeeper, Colley gate

Jones Samuel, chain ma. Beaconsfield house, Colley orchard

Jones Samuel, shopkeeper, Furlong lane

Kendrick William, chain maker, Two gates

King Bros. Stourbridge fire brick & gas retort manufacturers & fire clay proprietors, Netherend (postal address, Stourbridge); & at 46 Penn st. Curzon st. Birmingham

King Joseph & Co. coal masters & brick, tile and terra cotta manufacturers; architects' designs estimated for, Netherend (postal address, Stourbridge); T A, "King Co. Lye"

Kirton George, chain maker, High street

Kirton Hugh, chain maker, High street

Kirton Samuel, chain maker, Two gates

Kirton William, chain maker, High street

Knowles Edwin, chain maker, Windmill hill

Littlewood John Thomas, shopkeeper, High street

Macdonald John, inland revenue officer, Colley gate

Mason Charles, farmer, Overend

Meacham Arthur, baker, Park road, Colley gate

Meredith Joseph Albert, carpenter, Furlong lane

Meredith Samuel, bricklayer, Furlong lane

Millward David, toy dealer, Windmill hill

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

Moore Selina (Mrs.), chain maker, Windmill hill

Nock Thomas Barnsley, chain maker, Lyde green

Oliver Eliza (Mrs.), beer retailer, Park side

Oliver Frank, Talbot htl., brewer, maltster & farmr. Colley gate

Oliver John, carpenter, Colley gate

Parker Sarah Ann (Mrs.), shopkeeper, Furlong lane

Parkes Samuel, chain maker, Church lane

Parsons Daniel, shopkeeper, High street

Parsons John, chain maker, Lyde green

Parsons Joseph, chain maker, High street

Partridge George, chain manufacturer, Park side

Partridge Thomas, chain maker, New street

Payton Arthur, coffin maker, Woodland view, Colman hill

Pearce Charles, shopkeeper, New street

Pearshouse Joseph, beer retailer, Netherend

Pearson Amos, linen draper, Lyde green

Pearson Samuel, fishmonger, Colley lane

Perry Charlotte (Mrs.), grocer, Two gates

Plant Warwick, greengrocer & fishmonger, High street

Plumpton Thomas, blacksmith & haberdasher, Windmill hl

Poole John, commission agent, Colley lane

Priest David, frost screw maker, Butcher's lane

Priest James, chain maker, Bridge street

Priest John, chain maker, Butcher's lane

Proffitt Daniel, beer retailer, High town

Proffitt Thomas, Holly Bush P.H. High street

Radford Samuel, confectioner, High street

Rawlins David, chain maker, Lyde green

Raybould Richard, shoe maker, High street

Raybould Timothy, chain maker, New street

Robbins Reuben, chain maker, Two gates

Robinson Cornelius, chain maker, High street

Robinson Evan, shopkeeper, High town

Robinson John, shopkeeper, High street

Robinson Mary (Mrs.), milliner, High street

Robinson Samuel, chain maker, High street

Robinson Stephen, boot maker, Colley gate

Rock Joseph, chain maker, Windmill hill

Rock Simeon, chain maker, Windmill hill

Roper George Albert, White Lion inn, Colley gate

Roper Louisa (Mrs.), shopkeeper, Colley gate

Round Edward, shopkeeper, Netherend

Rowley Thomas, British Arms P.H. Furlong lane

Rudge True Ann (Mrs.), china & glass dealer, Colman hill

Salt Mary (Mrs.), shopkeeper, Bridge street

Shaw Thomas H. secretary to the Sheet Iron Workers' Industrial Society Lim. Phoenix works

Shaw William, chain maker, Lyde green

Sheet Iron Workers' (The) Industrial Society Lim. (Thos. H. Shaw, sec.), galvanizers & manufacturers of buckets, baths, chamber pails, coal scoops, dust bins, washups, boiler fillers, water pots, paint cans & all kinds of sheet-iron hollow ware, Phoenix works. T A, "Industrial, Cradley"

Sidaway Joseph, butcher, High street

Smith John, shopkeeper, High street

Southall Benjamin, shopkeeper, Windmill hill

Southall George, chain maker, High town

Southall John, chain maker, Lyde green

Spencer Edward William, shopkeeper, Colley gate

Sprake Edward, blacksmith, Church lane

Stafford John, chain maker, Netherend

Stanley Mary Ann (Mrs.), wardrobe dealer, High street

Stevens William, Horse & Jockey P.H. Netherend

Stiff John William, shopkeeper, Colley gate

Stoneley John, fishmonger, New street

Tandy Phoebe (Mrs.), Blue Ball P.H. Ball lane

Tate James, shopkeeper, Colman hill

Tate Joseph Mirara, ironmngr. furn. Dlr. & bldr. Windmill hl

Tate Thomas, farmer, Overend

Tate William Edward, butcher, Furlong lane, Colley gate

Taylor George, boot & shoe dealer, Colley lane

Taylor Henry, chain maker, Two gates

Taylor Thomas, draught nail maker, Park side

Thomas John, boot maker, Colley gate

Thompson Benjamin, sanitary inspector to Halesowen rural district council, Colley gate

Thompson Wesley Hayes M.D. physician & surgeon, & medical officer & public vaccinator, Cradley district, Stourbridge union, & medical officer of health to the Quarry Bank urban district council, Clyde house, Colman hill; surgery, Glyndon house, Lyde green

Tibbetts Alfred, carter, Overend

Tibbetts William, beer retailer, High street

Turnley Richard, colliery manager, Homer Hill house

Walker Edward Taylor, chain maker, Lyde green

Walker Felix, chain maker, Lyde green

Walker Hezekiah, beer retailer, Victoria street

Walker Mary (Mrs.), chain maker, Lyde green

Walker William, chain maker, Lyde green

Walters William, Old Two Gates P.H

Watts Harry, Bridge P.H. Bridge street

White Frederick, butcher, Colley gate

White John Henry, grocer, High street

White Thomas, shopkeeper, High street

Willetts Edward, hardware dealer, High street

Willetts Stephen, carpenter & joiner, Furlong lane

Willetts Thomas, chain maker, New street

Willetts William, chain maker, Windmill hill

Williams Sarah (Mrs.), chain maker, Butcher's lane

Witley Colliery Co. Lim. coal merchants; depot, 0verend wharf, Overend

Wootton David, butcher, High street

Worton Charles, chain maker, Colman hill

Worton Solomon, greengrocer, Colley gate

Worton William, chain maker, Ball lane

Worton William, chain maker, Beecher street, Colman hill

Wyer Arthur, chain maker, Colley lane

Yardley James, chain maker, Ball lane


Attwood John, Colley Gate house, Colley Gate

Attwood Mrs. Elmsleigh, Colman hill

Attwood Thos. Holloway ho. Colman hl

Bache Chas. Chapel ho. Lyde green

Barnsley Benjamin, Westbourne villas, Highfield road, Windmill hill

Bate Alfred, Park house, Park road, Colley gate

Beasley Miss, Park view, Two gates

Bissell George Simeon, The Hollies, Park road, Colley gate

Bloomer Joseph Fellows, Eglantine, Highfield road, Windmill hill

Brazier Adam, Colman hill

Brazier William, Salt Hill house

Bridgewater James, Furlong lane

Brotherton Mason, Overend

Chapman Wm. Alma ho. Windmill hl

Clewes Thos. M. Park rd. Colley gte

Dakin Charles, Fernleigh, Colman hill

Dakin George Frederick, Clent view, Windmill hill

Darby Thos. The Grange, Colman hl

Davis George, Westbourne villas, Highfield road, Windmill hill

Edmondson Rev. Robert Henry B.A. (vicar), Chapel ho. Park rd. Colley gt

Forrest Joshua, Woodland vw. Colman hl

Fox Mrs. Beecher view, Furlong lane

Griffin Darius, Colley orchard

Griffin William, sen. Tregaron house, Colley orchard

Grove Edward Harry, Colley orchard

Hall Rev, Edward Potter (Unitarian), Parsonage, Netherend

Hingley Sir Benjamin bart. J.P. Hatherton lodge

Hingley Jsph. Linton ho. Colman hill

Hingley Miss, Hatherton lo. Colmn. hl

Hingley Saml. Fairview, Colman hill

Holt Charles, Highfields, Highfield rd. Windmill hill

Homer John James, Church street

Homer Thomas, The Limes, Colley gt

Hughes Isaiah, Cleveland vil. Church st

Jackson Hy. Herrin, Denziel vls. Colmn. hl

Jaquiss Joseph, Lyndhurst, Highfield road, Windmill hill

Jennings Andrew. Netherend

Kendrick Wm. West end, Colley gate

Lewis Frederick, Colley orchard

Oliver Frank, The Laurels, Colley gt

Oliver Mrs. Church street

Oliver Mrs. The Poplars, Windmill hl

Pallister Rev. Alfred Toppin B.A. (curate), Windmill hill

Palmer Joseph, Fern cottages, Highfield road, Windmill hill

Payton Thomas, Rose cottage, Highfield road, Windmill hill

Perry Harry, Ridgdale, Two gates

Preston Mrs. Woodland vw. Colman hl

Price Thomas, Aston vils. Colley gate

Roper John, Furlong lane

Quilter Rev. Henry J. (Wesleyan), Clyndon house, Lyde green

Round John, Netherend cott. Netherend

Roycroft Jn. Aston villas, Colley gate

Sidaway Mrs. Eglantine, Highfield road, Windmill hill

Simon Wm. Denziel villas, Colman hl

Strawson Mrs. The Elms, Colley la

Tate Mrs. Colley lane

Thompson Benjamin, Colley gate

Tibbetts Miss, Maple villas, Colley gt

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

Turnley Richard, Homer Hill house

Turnley Thomas, Furlong lane

Westwood Richard, Park terrace, Park road, Colley gate

Whitley Joseph Robert Garner, Fern cotts. Highfield rd. Windmill hill

Willetts Alfred Henry, Furlong lane

Willetts James, Colman hill

Wylde Mrs. Victoria vil. Furlong lane

Kelly’s 1896 directory

Kelly's 1896 directory, third Cradley page

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