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Kelly's 1904 directory lists 282 Cradley individuals

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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, 2 1/2 miles east from Stourbridge, 4 south from Dudley and 9 1/2 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 £250, in the gift of the rector of Halesowen, and held since 1892  by the Rev. Robert Henry Edmondson, of Brasenose College, Oxford, and B.A. of Trinity College, Dublin. The great tithes are held by the lay impropriator, Mr. Jeston Homfray. A vicarage house was built in 1899 by the parishioners, at a cost of £2,550. Here is a Unitarian chapel, built in 1796; the Baptist chapel, built in 1789, and recently rebuilt from designs by Mr. A.T. Butler, architect, of Cradley Heath, at a cost of about £3,000, is an edifice of brick and terra cotta, in the Renaissance style, and will seat 450 persons; the Wesleyan chapel was erected in 1873, the Primitive Methodist in 1882, and the 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.; Fairview is occupied by Thomas Darby esq. Viscount Cobham is lord of the manor. The principal landowners are Jeston Homfray esq. the trustees of the late James Holcroft esq. of Stourbridge, the Old Swinford Hospital, the trustees of Mrs. King, of Wollescote Hall, Stourbridge, Messrs. Joseph King and Co. Messrs. Harper and Moores, Samuel Evers and Son, 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 818 acres, including 6 of water; rateable value, £18,886; the population in 1891 was 5,709, and in 1901, 6,733.

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

Parish Clerk, Joseph Fellows Bloomer.

Town Sub-Post, M.O. & T.O., T.M.O., E.D., S.B. & A.& I. Office. - Miss Alice Christopher, sub-postmistress. Letters arrive from Cradley Heath S.O. Staffs, at 7.30 a.m. & 2 & 6.30 p.m.; dispatched at 8.45 & 11.10 a.m. & 2.5, 7.10 & 8.10 p.m.  sundays at 8.40 a.m.

Wall Letter Boxes, cleared at: - Netherend, 7.35 a.m. & 2 & 6.35 p.m.; sundays, 7.45 p.m.; Bridge street, 9.5 & 11.15 a.m. & 2.10, 7.10 & 8.15 p.m.; sundays, 8.50 a.m.; Colley Gate, 7.30 & 11 a.m. & 1.55, 7.5 & 8.5 p.m.; sundays, 7.55 a.m.; Twogates, 8 a.m. & 3 & 8 p.m.; sundays at 8 p.m.

Town Sub-Post & M.O.O.S.B. & A.&I. Office, Windmill Hill. - Herbert Edwin Roper, sub-postmaster. Letters arrive from Cradley Heath S.O. 7.30 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.; dispatched at 7.30 & 10.55 a.m. & 1.50, 6.55 & 7.55 p.m. Nearest telegraph office, Cradley.

County Police Station, Colley lane; Walter Clark, sergeant in charge, & 4 constables


Inland Revenue Officer, Thomas Wright, Talbot street

Medical Officer & Public Vaccinator, Cradley District, Stourbridge Union, H. Ashley Belbin L.S.A. Colley gate

Sanitary Inspector to Stourbridge Rural District Council, William Whitworth, Halesowen

PLACES OF WORSHIP, with Times of Services.

Cradley Church, Rev. Robert Henry Edmondson B.A. vicar; Rev. Edmund Lewis Cochrand, curate; 8 & 10. 45 a.m. & 3 & 6; 30 p.m.; daily, 9 a.m.; baptisms, mon. 3 p.m.; wed. 7 p.m.

Baptist, High street, Rev. Wm. Alfred Barker; 10. 45 a.m. & 6. 15 p.m.; thurs. 7. 30 p.m.

Methodist New Connexion, Colley gate, 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.

Unitarian, Netherend, Rev. Arrowsmith Hyde Shelley; 11 a.m. & 6. 30 p.m.

Wesleyan High street, Rev. John Thompson; 10. 30 a.m. & 6 p.m.; thurs. 7. 15 p.m.

Public Elementary Schools.

Church street (mixed), for 410 children; average attendance, 360 children; Joseph Jaquiss, master

Infants, erected in 1897, for 225 children; average attendance, 190; Mrs. C.A. Roper, mistress

Church street (boys), built in 1871, enlarged in 1895, for 280 boys; average attendance, 250 boys; John James Homer, master

Colley lane (girls), built in 1902, for 240; average attendance, 200; Miss Elizabeth Edwards, mistress

Colley lane (infants), built in 1902, for 190 children; average attendance, 170; Miss Ruth Lucy Wright, mist.

Park Lane (infants), for 210 children; average attendance, 100; Mrs. Alice Green, mistress

Unitarian, Netherend, erected in 1796 (the boys' school was opened in 1872), for 260 mixed children & infants; average attendance, 230 mixed and 76 infants; William Henry Guest, master

Railway Station, Cradley Heath & Cradley, George Halford, station master

Carriers to Birmingham. - 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 house, Colley gate

Attwood Wm. Elmsleigh, Colman hill

Bache Chas. Chapel ho. Lyde green

Barker Rev. William Alfred (Baptist), Church street

Barnsley Benjamin, Westbourne villas, Highfield road, Windmill hill

Beasley Miss, Park view, Two gates

Belbin Ashley, Colley gate

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

Bloomer Joseph Fellows, Lynsdale, Beecher road, Colman hill

Brazier Adam, Ivydene, Colman hill

Butler Jas. The Laurels, Colley gate

Chapman Wm. Hawthornes, Colman hl

Clewes Charles Hodgetts, The Park

Cochrand, Rev. Edmd. Lewis (curate)

Dakin George Frederick, Clent view, Windmill hill

Darby Thomas, Fairview, Colman hill

Edmondson Rev. Robert Henry B.A. (vicar), The Vicarage

Forrest Joshua, Woodland vw. Colman hl

Garratt H. Ernest, Holloway house, Colman hill

Griffin Darius, Aston vils. Colley gate

Griffin Wm. sen. Aston vils. Colley gate

Hingley Sir Benjamin bart. J.P. Hatherton lodge

Hingley Miss, Hatherton lo. Colmn. Hill

Hipkiss Frank, Woodlands, Windmill hill

Homer Thos. The Limes, Colley gate

Homes Benj. Linton ho. Windmill hl.

Hughes Mrs. Cleveland vil. Church rd

Jaquiss Joseph, Lyndhurst, Highfield road, Windmill hill

Jennings Andrew, Netherend

Jones Mrs. The Firs, Windmill hill

Oliver Mrs. Fern cots. Highfield road

Oliver Mrs. The Poplars, Windmill hl

Palmer Joseph, Beecher street

Payton Thomas, Rose cottage, Highfield road, Windmill hill

Perry Harry Ridgdale, Two gates

Preston Mrs. Woodland vw. Colman hl

Shelley Rev. Arrowsmith Hyde (Unitarian), Netherend

Simon Wm. Denziel villas, Colman hl

Stevens Mrs. Elmsleigh, Windmill hl

Sykes Richard, Clyndon house, Windmill hill

Tate Mrs. Colley lane

Thompson Rev. John (Wesleyan Methodist), Glyndon house

Wylde Mrs. Victoria vil. Furlong lane


(Early closing day, Thursday 1 p.m.)

Adams James, carpenter, Furlong lane

Adams Joseph, shopkeeper, Two gates

Ashmore George, horse slaughterer, Two gates

Attwood Alexander, hame maker, Lyde green

Attwood John, butcher, Colley gate

Attwood John, carter, Netherend

Auden Arthur, Old Two gates P.H. Two gates

Auden John, beer retailer, High street

Bache Thomas, baker, Cradley fields

Bate Philip, chain maker, High town

Bate William Edward, greengrocer, New street, Overend

Batham Daniel, beer retailer, High street

Bayliss Henry, beer retailer, Two gates

Beasley Caleb, carpenter, Park view, Two gates

Beasley Charles, farmer, Two gates

Beasley Charles, shopkeeper, Windmill hill

Beasley Joseph, chain maker, High town

Beasley Joseph, tip nail maker, Two gates

Beasley Philip, grocer, High street

Beasley Simeon, grocer, Windmill hill

Belbin Ashley L.S.A. Lond. physician & surgeon, medical officer & public vaccinator, Cradley district, Stourbridge union, Colley gate

Bennett Clement, beer retailer, Two gates

Bills Alfred, shopkeeper, Colley lane

Bird Edwin, assistant overseer, Two gates

Bird Henry, shopkeeper, Colley gate

Bissell James, shopkeeper & chain maker, High street

Bloomer John, miller (steam), hay & straw dealer a corn merchant, Bridge street

Bloomer Joseph Fellows, builder & parish clerk, Colman hl

Blunt Felix, grocer, Bridge street

Boxley Philemon, chain maker, Lodge lane

Brettell James Alfred, grocer, Colley gate

Brettell John, draper, High street

Bridgewater Charles Edward, householder, Sunnyside house, Colley gate

Bridgewater Hannah (Mrs.), greengrocer, Bridge street

Bridgwater Hannah (Mrs.), grocer, High street

Brook Hezekiah, Fish inn, High street

Brooke John, chain maker, Mill street

Brookes James Harry, boot & shoe maker, Overend

Brown Joseph, chain maker, Lyde green

Case Philip, shopkeeper, Colley lane

Christopher Alice (Miss), tobacconist & post office, High st

Christopher Joseph, overseer, Overend road

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

Clarke William, fishmonger, High street

Clewes T.M. & Son, wool dealers, Park mills, Colley gate

Clift Edith (Miss), dress maker, High street

Clift Elijah, chain maker, New street

Clift Henry, haberdasher, High street

Clift Samuel, insurance agent, Furlong lane

Colwood Joseph, boot maker, High street

Cook William Henry, Crown P.H. Lyde Green

Cooper Caleb, insurance agent, Beecher st. Colman hill

Corbett John, plumber, New street

Corbett John William, painter, High street

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

Cox Caleb, draper, Windmill hill

Cox Daniel Sampson, shopkeeper, Furlong lane

Cox Harry Vernon, Round of Beef P.H. Windmill hill

Cox Henry, chain maker, Butcher's lane

Cox Herbert J. ironmonger, Windmill hill

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

Cox Stephen, chain maker, New street

Cox Thomas Geoffrey, butcher, Windmill hill

Craddock William, beer retailer, Victoria street

Crampton Ezra, Horse Shoe P.H. Colley gate

Crampton Henry, shopkeeper, Lyde green

Crampton John, farmer, Netherend

Crampton Thomas, shopkeeper & nail maker, Two gates

Cutler Frederic Edward, Rose & Crown P.H. High street & brewer, Lyde green

Dallow Richard, draper, High street

Darby Joseph, tailor, Windmill hill

Davies George, printer, Windmill hill

Davies James, draper, High street

Davis Harry, shopkeeper, Butcher's lane

Davis William Henry, Black Swan P.H. High street

Dunn H. & Co. chain & chain cable makers, Lyde green

Dunn Eli, Holly Bush P.H. High street

Dunn Stephen, chain maker, Lyde green

Dunn William, shopkeeper, Windmill hill

Edge Rowland, Bridge inn, Bridge street

Edmonds Herbert, pawnbroker, High street

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, Homer hill fire clay & fire brick works

Farmer Stephen, grocer, High street

Feldon Sarah (Mrs.), shopkeeper, Two gates

Fellows Thomas, Old Mogul P.H. Netherend

Fendall John, chain maker, Inhedge

Flavell George, hair dresser, High street

Fowkes Robert, secondhand furniture dealer, Colley lane

Gill David Alfred, butcher, High street

Gill Eli, butcher, Windmill hill

Gill George, grocer, High street

Gill George (Mrs.), shopkeeper, High town

Gill Solomon, jun. boot & shoe maker, Colley gate

Gillam James, chain maker, Lyde green

Golden George, chain maker, Butcher's lane

Green John, chain maker, Lodge lane

Green Mary (Mrs.), shopkeeper, New street

Griffin William (postal address, Cradley Heath), anchor, chain & chain cable ma. forgings &c. Victoria forge

Griffiths Frank, Lodge Forge P.H. New street

Griffiths William, chain maker, New street

Guest Edward, beer retailer, Park road, Colley gate

Halford George, station master, Cradley heath

Hanksman Vincent, draper, Colley gate

Harbach Walter, insurance agent, Overend

Harbach William, anchor maker, Little hill

Harper & Moores Limited (Joseph Moore, man, director), colliery proprietors & fire brick makers, Netherend (postal address, Stourbridge)

Harper David, haberdasher, High street

Harris Benjamin, shopkeeper, Two gates

Harris David, chain maker, Little hill

Harris Joseph, chain maker, High town

Harris Joseph, chain maker, Little hill

Harris Joseph, chain maker, Victoria street

Harris Maria (Mrs.), grocer, Windmill hill

Harrison Joseph, chain maker, New street

Harvey Albert, hair dresser, High street

Hawkeswood Edward, Bull's Head P.H. & grocer, Overend

Hawkeswood William, coal dealer, High town

Head Frank, confectioner, High street

Head John, shopkeeper, Little hill

Hemming Harry, butcher & grocer, Overend

Herrin Henry Jabez, Horse & Jockey P.H. Netherend

Hickman Arthur Samuel, tobacconist, Colley gate

Hill Frederick, chain maker, Lyde green

Hill Maria Ann (Mrs.), shopkeeper, Netherend

Hingley Henry, greengrocer, Overend

Hingley James, householder, Tregaron ho. Colley orchard

Hipkiss Henry & Co. iron forgers & anchor makers, Lodge forge

Hipkiss Frank, overseer, Colley gate

Hipkiss William, red & blue brick works & quarry owners, Lodge lane

Hodgetts Benjamin, butcher, High street

Hodgetts Charles, shopkeeper, High town

Hodgetts George Henry, shopkeeper, Two gates

Hodgetts Henry, chain maker, Two gates

Hodgetts Joseph, butcher, High street

Homer Paul & Son, ironmongers & watch mas. High st

Homer John, beer retailer, Overend

Homer Neri, chain maker, Little hill

Homer Samuel, grocer, Netherend

Homer Thomas, solicitor, Colley gate

Jewiss Alfred, boot & shoe maker, High street

Jones & Lloyd, anchor manufacturers, Scotia works & Cradley forge; & at 162 Edmund street, Birmingham

Jones Richard, confectioner & baker, Colley gate

Kendrick William, chain maker, Two gates

King Bros. Stourbridge fire brick & gas retort manufacturers, Netherend (postal address, Stourbridge); & at 46 Penn street, Curzon street, Bimingham

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 Samuel, chain maker, Two gates

Knowles John,greengrocer, Colley gate

Leah John William, shopkeeper, High street

Littlewood John, shopkeeper, Park street

Mapp Charles, carpenter, Colley orchard

Mason James, farmer, Overend

Meacham Arthur, baker, Park road, Colley gate

Meredith Joseph Albert, builder & contractor; all kinds of building repairs & sanitary work executed & sewerage work undertaken, Furlong lane

Meredith Samuel, bricklayer, Furlong lane

Millward David, toy dealer, Windmill hill

Mole Albert & Son, blacksmiths, Colley lane

Morris Edward, shopkeeper, High street

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

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

Oliver John, carpenter, Colley gate

Oliver William Harry, beer retailer, Furlong lane

Partridge Myra (Mrs.), chain maker, New street

Payton Arthur, coffin maker, Woodland view, Colman hill

Pearce Charles, shopkeeper, New street

Pearshouse Joseph, beer retailer, Netherend

Pearson Samuel, fishmonger, Colley lane

Perry Harry Ridgdale, grocer, Two gates

Plant Alice (Mrs.), fishmonger, High street

Plant William, fried fish shop, High street

Price Thomas, rate collector, Windmill hill

Priest David, frost screw maker, Butcher's lane

Proffitt Daniel, beer retailer, High town

Rawlins David, chain maker, Lyde green

Raybould Richard, shoe maker, High street

Robins George, Sun P.H. Overend

Robinson Evan (Mrs.), shopkeeper, High town

Robinson John, draper, Furlong lane

Robinson John, shopkeeper, High street

Robinson Stephen, boot maker, Colley gate

Rock Joseph, chain maker, Beecher street

Rockett Frederick, upholsterer, Colley orchard

Roper George Albert, White Lion inn, Colley gate

Roper Herbt. Edwin, confr. & post office, Windmill hill

Rowley Thomas, British Arms P.H. Furlong lane

Rudge True Ann (Mrs.), china & glass dealer, Colman hill & chain maker, Beecher street

Salt Mary (Mrs.), shopkeeper, Bridge street

Saunders John, beer retailer, Lyde green

Shaylor George Henry, shopkeeper, High street

Sheet Iron Workers (The) Lim. galvanizers, Phoenix wks

Sidaway Joseph, butcher, High street

Sidaway Louisa (Mrs.), grocer, High street

Smith Enoch, butcher, High street

Smith John William, general dealer, High street

Southall Benjamin, shopkeeper, Windmill hill

Southall Charles, chain maker, Lyde green

Southall George, chain maker, High town

Southall John Thomas, photographer, Furlong lane

Spencer Edward William, shopkeeper, Colley gate

Spencer Martha (Mrs.), grocer, Windmill hill

Sprake Edward, blacksmith, Church lane

Stafford John, chain maker, Netherend

Stanley Mary Ann (Mrs.), milliner, High street

Sutton Thomas, coal dealer, Colley gate

Talbot Walter, grengrocer, High street

Tate James, grocer, Beecher street

Tate Jsph. Mirari, ironmongr. furn. dlr. & bldr. Windmill hl

Tate Thomas, farmer, Overend

Tate William, butcher, Colley gate

Taylor C. L. maltster, Furlong lane

Taylor George, boot & shoe dealer, Colley lane

Taylor Henry, nail maker, Two gates

Taylor Thomas, draught nail maker, Two gates

Taylor William Ernest, greengrocer & confr. Colley gate

Thomas John, boot maker, Colley gate

Thomas William, beer retailer, Two gates

Tibbetts Alfred, shopkeeper & carter, New street

Walker Edward Taylor, chain maker, Lyde green

Walker Felix, chain maker, Lyde green

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

Walker William, chain maker, Lyde green

Wassell Frank William, stationer & news agent, High st

Weaver Edward, shopkeeper, Bridge street

White John Henry, grocer, High street

Whithers Fredrick, shopkeeper, Overend

Willetts James, china & glass dealer, Windmill hill

Willetts Stephen, carpenter, Furlong lane

Willetts Thomas, chain maker, New street

Williams John, grocer, Beecher street, Colman hill

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

Witley Colliery Co. Lim. coal merchants; depôt, Overend wharf, Overend

Woodall Harry Arthur, tailor, Colley gate

Woodhouse John, confectioner, Colley gate

Wooldridge Elijah, chemist, Lyde green

Worton Albert, chain maker, Beecher street

Worton William, chain maker, Beecher street, Colman hill

Wright Thomas, inland revenue officer, Talbot street

Kelly’s 1904 directory

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