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The entry for Cradley in the 1916 “Kelly's directory of Birmingham, and the counties of Stafford, Warwick and Worcester” lists 282 individuals.

CRADLEY is a parish and extensive and populous district 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 ecclesiastical parish was formed in 1799 from the civil parish of Halesowen. The church of St. Peter, 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. The register of baptisms and burials dates from 1785 ; marriages, 1802. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £280, in the gift of the Rector of Halesowen, and held since 1915 by the Rev. Richard Alban Norris M.A., L. Th. of University College, Durham. The great tithes are held by the lay impropriator, Alfred Homfray esq. A vicarage house was built in 1899 by the parishioners, at a cost of £2,550. 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. Here is a Unitarian chapel, built in 1796; the Baptist chapel, built in 1789, and rebuilt in 1907, 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 personsl the Wesleyan Methodist chapel was erected in 1873, the Primitive Methodist in 1882, and the United Methodist chapel in 1856. Messrs. Harper and Moores Limited, Messrs. King Brothers (Stourbridge) Limited 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. Viscount Cobham is lord of the manor. The principal landowners are the trustees of the late James Holcroft esq. of Stourbridge, the Old Swinford Hospital, the trustees of Mrs. King, of Wollescote Hall, Stourbridge, Messrs. King Brothers (Stourbridge) Limited, Harper and Moores Limited, Samuel Evers and Sons Limited and Mobberley and Perry Limited, 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, £19,309; the population in 1901 was 6,733, and in 1911, 7,275.

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

Parish Clerk, Joseph Fellows Bloomer, Beecher Road.

Town Sub-Post, M. O., T & Telephonic Express Delivery Office. - Miss Alice Christopher, sub-post-mistress. Letters arrive from Cradley Heath, Staffs., at 7.30 a.m. & 2 & 6.30 p.m. ; dispatched at 8.45 a.m. & 11.10 a.m. and 2.5 & 7.10 p.m. ; sundays at 5.55 p.m.

Town Sub-Post & M. O. Office, Windmill Hill - William Henry Adams, sub-postmaster. Letters arrive from Cradley Heath, Staffs., 7.30 a.m. & 2.30 & 6.45 p.m. ; dispatched at 7.30 a.m. & 1.50, 6.55 & 7.55 p.m. ; sundays, 7.30 a.m.. Nearest telegraph office, Cradley.

Wall Letter Boxes, cleared at:- Netherend, 7.35 a.m. & 2.15 & 6.35 p.m. ; sundays, 5.5 p.m.; Bridge street, 9.5 a.m. & 2.10, 7.10 & 8.15 p.m. ; sundays, 8.50 a.m. ; Drew's Holloway, 9 a.m. & 2.25 & 6.30 p.m.; sundays, 6.25 p.m. ; Twogates, 8 a.m. & 2.30 & 8 p.m. ; sundays, 8 a.m. ;Overend, 7.45 a.m. & 2.14 & 6.50 p.m. ; sundays, 8 a.m.

County Police Station, 32 Colley Lane ; William Henry Wright, sergeant in charge, & 4 constables


Assistant Overseer, Rate Collector & Clerk to Parish Council, Edwin Bird, Colley Lane

Excise Officer, A. Howard Ridley, Dudley rd. Charley Hth

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

Registrar of Births & Deaths, Halesowen Sub-district, Alfred Hill, 36 High street; deputy, John Dingley, Hagley road, Halesowen

PLACES OF WORSHIP, with times of Services.

St. Peter's Church, Rev. Richard Alban Norris M.A., L.Th. vicar; Rev. Bertram Richard Eccles & Rev. George John Foster Verschoyle B.A. curates; 8 & 10.45 a.m. & 3 & 5.30 p.m. ; daily, 8 a.m. & 5 p.m. ; baptisms, mon, 3 p.m.

St Catherine's Mission Room, Beecher street; sun. 10 a.m. & 5.30 p.m.

Mission of the Good Shepherd, Lyde Green; sun. 9 a.m. & 5.30 p.m.

Baptist, High street; 10.45 a.m. & 6.15 p.m. ; thurs 7.30 p.m.

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

Mission Room, Banner street (undenominational); various services

United Methodist, Colley Gate (Stourbridge Circuit), Rev. W. C. Cockersole (supt.); 10.30 a.m. & 2.45 & 6 p.m.; thurs. 7.30 p.m.

Unitarian, Netherend, Rev. Arrowsmith Hyde Shelley ; 11 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.

Wesleyan Methodist, High street, Rev. William Henderson; 10.30 a.m. & 6 p.m.; thurs 7.15 p.m.


Under the control of the Halesowen Education Committee; Thomas Edmonds, attendance officer

Church street (mixed), for 325 children; Joseph Jaquiss, master

Infants, erected in 1897, for 200 children ; Mrs. C. A. Roper, mistress

Colley lane (boys), built in 1911, for 400 boys; average attendance, 306; H. Hawksworth B.A. Lond., L.C.P. head master

Colley lane (girls), built in 1902 & enlarged in 1911, for 422 girls; Miss Elizabeth Edwards, mistress

Colley lane (infants), built in 1902 & enlarged in 1911, for 255 children; Miss Ruth Lucy Wright, mistress

Park lane, Netherend (infants), erected in 1796; accommodation, 172 ; Miss L. Wardle, infants' mistress

Railway Station, Cradley Heath & Cradley, Thomas W. Underwood, station master

Carriers to Birmingham.- George Lloyd, Cradley Heath, & G. Green & Son & T. Yates, Old Hill, pass through 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 William, 8 Drew's Holloway

Belbin Ashley, Colley Gate

Brazier Adam, 9 Drew's Holloway

Bridgewater Charles Edward, 104 Colley Gate

Bullas Fdk, Clent house, Colley Gate

Chapman Wm. 7 Drew's Holloway

Clare William, 108 Furlong lane

Clewes Chas. Hodgetts J.P. The Park

Clewes Wn. Thos. 118 Colley Gate

Dakin Charles, 10 Drew's Holloway

Eccles Rev. Bertram Richd. (curate), The Beecher

Fox Miss, The Elms, Colley lane

Garratt H, Ernest, Drew's Holloway

Henderson Rev William (Wesleyan Methodist), The Manse, Lyde Green

Hickman Alfred, 122 Colley Gate

Hopkiss Frank, 111 Colley Gate

Homer Mrs. Drew's Holloway

Homer Thomas, 109 Colley Gate

Homes Benjamin, 13 Drew's Holloway

Hughes Mrs. Cleveland vil. Church rd

Jones, Mrs. 12 Drew's Holloway

King Frederick Geo. 111 Colley Gate

Norris Rev. Richard Alban M.A. L.Th (vicar). Vicarage

Oliver Mrs. Fern cots. Highfield road

Ryland George, 4 Drew's Holloway

Shelley Rev. Arrowsmith Hide (Unitarian), Netherend parsonage

Simon Wm. H., 1 Drew's Holloway

Somers Frank, Colman hill, Drew's Holloway

Tate Joseph Edward, Colley lane

Verschoyle Rev. George John Foster B.A. (curate), The Red house, Colley Orchard

Willetts Charles, jun. 6 Drew's Holloway

Willetts Harold, 6 Drew's Holloway

Willis Harold, Drew's Holloway

Woodhouse Caleb, 11 Drew's Holloway

Wright Roland, Park house


Early closing day, Thursday 1 p.m.

Abbis Sidney Tector, decorator, 11 High street

Adams Arthur, boot maker, 50 Colley gate

Adams Charles, chain maker, 30 Windmill hill

Adams David, chain maker, Beecher street

Adams James, carpenter & draper, 6 Furlong lane

Adams Walter E. joiner, Talbot street

Adams William Henry, confectioner, & post office, 39 Windmill hill

Attwood Joseph, chain maker, Lyde Green

Attwood Joseph, chain maker, Mill street

Auden Lottie (Mrs.), shopkeeper, 68 High street

Bache William, draper, 21 Maple Tree lane

Bangham Wm. Hy. Beer retlr. 1 Stocking st, Two Gates

Bate Leah (Miss), draper, 40 High street

Bate Philip, chain maker, High Town

Bate Samuel, chain maker, New street

Bate Thomas, chain maker, Blue Ball lane

Bate William Edward, greengrocer, 16 Banner street

Batham Daniel, beer retailer, 70 High street

Beasley Albert, carpenter, 45 Two gates

Beasley Ellen (Mrs.), shopkeeper, 35 Colley gate

Beasley Jesse, farmer, 36 Windmill hill

Beasley Joseph, chain maker, High Town

Beasley Mary Ann (Mrs.), shopkeeper, 30 Ladysmith rd

Beasley Simeon, shopkeeper, 65 Windmill hill

Beddard Daniel, chain maker 15 Forge Draft street

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

Bennett Clement, beer retailer, 88 Two gates

Billingham George, foundry blacking manufr. Overend

Billingham John, shopkeeper, 126 Two gates

Billingham Joseph Henry, beer retailer, Victoria street

Bills Alfred, shopkeeper, 7 Colley lane

Bird Edwin, assistant overseer, rate collector & clerk to Parish Council, Colley lane

Bird Henry, shopkeeper, 126 Colley gate

Blackwell Bros. Shipping tackle manufrs. Colley Orchard

Bloomer John & Sons, millers (steam), Bridge street

Bloomer Gertrude (Miss), dress maker, 19 Beecher street

Bloomer John, chain maker, 5 Mill street

Bloomer Joseph, chain manufacturer, Ladysmith road

Bloomer Joseph Fellows, builder & parish clerk, Beecher rd

Bloomer Philip, chain maker, 26 Beecher street

Blunt Felix, grocer, 19 Bridge street

Boxley Giles, shopkeeper, 88 Colley gate

Boxley Philemon, chain maker, Lodge lane

Brettell James, draper, 37 High street

Brooke John, chain maker, Mill street

Brown Joseph, chain maker, Lyde Green

Buttery Emily May (Mrs.), Crown P.H. 88 Lyde Green

Cartwright Samuel, shopkeeper, 6 Bridge street

Cartwright Walter, insurance agent, 67 Colley gate

Cashmore Charles, Holly Bush P.H. 50 High street

Chambers Thomas Henry, news agent, 56 Hight street

Chilton William, beer retailer, 9 Furlong lane

Christopher Alice (Miss), tobccnst. & post off. 36 High street

Clewes T. M. & Son, wool dlrs. Park mills, Colley Gate

Clift Eliza (Mrs.), chain maker, 41 New street

Clift Henry, haberdasher, 76 & 78 High street

Clift Samuel, insurance agent, 2 Talbot street

Cooper Caleb, news agent, Overend

County Police Station (William Henry Wright, sergt.), 32 Colley Lane

Cox Harry Vernon, Round of Beef P.H. 33 Colley gate

Cox Herbert J. ironmonger, 24 & 26 Colley gate

Cox Jemima (Mrs.), chain maker, 6 High town

Cox Mary (Mrs.), shopkeeper, 2 Spring street

Cox Tomas Geoffrey, butcher, 31 Colley gate

Cradley Conservative & Unionist Club (Harry Woodall, sec.), Colley gate

Cradley Liberal Club (Edgar Dunn, sec.), 3 Colley lane

Crampton Henry, shopkeeper, 75 High street

Crampton Henry, shopkeeper, 24 Lyde green

Crampton Llewellyn, farmer, Netherend

Crampton Thomas, shopkeeper, 115 Two gates

Dallow Richard, draper, 27 High street

Darby Joseph, tailor, 25 Colley gate

Davis Emma (Mrs.), shopkeeper, 17 Butcher's lane

Davis George, printer, 22 Colley gate

Dentith James, baker, 72 High street

Dunn H. & R. chain makers, Lyde Green

Dunn W. & J. grocers, 1 Windmill Hill

Dunn Jim, boot maker, 15 Bridge street

Edge Thomas, chainmaker, 34 Two gates

Edwards George, chain maker, Little hill

Edwards William, chain maker, Little hill

Errington Bertram Ewart, draper, 112 Colley gate

Evers Samuel & Sons Limited, fire brick manufacturers, Homer Hill (postal address, Cradley Heath, Staffs)

Feldon Sarah (Mrs.). shopkeeper, 74 Two gates

Fellows Joseph, chain maker, Two Gates

Flavell George, hair dresser, High street

Forrest Annie (Miss), shopkeeper, 86 High street

Fradgley Harry, hair dresser, 92 Overend

Gauden Samuel, painter, 82 Colley gate

Genner John, fishmonger, 20 High street

Gill Arthur, butcher, 21 High street

Gill George (Mrs.), shopkeeper, 60 Maple Tree lane

Gill Maria (Mrs.), shopkeeper, 34 High street

Golden George, chain maker, 63 Colley lane

Greaves David, butcher, 63 Colley gate

Green Harry, odd work manufacturer, Banner street

Green John, chain maker, Lodge lane

Green Thomas, chimney sweeper, 26 New street

Griffiths Frank, British Arms P.H. 20 Furlong Lane

Groom John, shopkeeper, 29 Ladysmith road

Grove Eli, chain maker, 51 Beecher street

Hancox Lawson, boot repairer, 80 Colley gate

Harbach Joseph, boot dealer, 11 Butcher's lane

Harper & Moores Limited (Howard J. Moore, managing director), colliery proprietors, fire brick makers, general engineers & iron founders, Netherend (postal address, Stourbridge)

Harper William, carpenter, 22 Beecher road

Harris Andrew, chain maker, Victoria street

Harris Ezra, grocer, 18 Colley gate

Harris Jesse, greengrocer, 89 Colley date

Harris William, butcher, 3 High street

Harris William Henry, drug stores, 25 High street

Harrison Herbert Joseph, Black Swan P.H. 80 High st

Harrison Joseph, chain maker, Bridge street

Harvey Albert, hair dresser, 25a, High street

Hawkeswood William, coal dealer, 37 High town

Hayward Brothers, chain makers, Mill street

Head Emma (Mrs.), shopkeeper, 46 High town

Head Frank, confectioner, 39 High st. & 8 Beecher road

Head John, shopkeepr, Little hill

Head Samuel, boot repairer, Overend

Hemming Harry, grocer, 80 Overend

Herring Henry Jabez, Horse & Jockey P.H. 19 Netherend

Hickman Arthur Samuel, tobacconist, 124 Colley gate

Hill Alban, chain maker, 26 Beecher road

Hill Alfred, registrar of births & deaths for Halesowen sub-distrtict, 36 High street

Hill Felix, chain maker, Intended street

Hingley James Wilfrid, builder, see Meredith & Hingley

Hingley John, draper, 42 Colley date

Hingley John, fruiterer, 38 Furlong lane

Hipkiss Henry & Co. iron forgers, Lodge forge

Hodgetts Ernest, butcher, 2 High street

Hodgetts John, chain maker, Two gates

Holden Walter, baker, 105 Colley gate

Homer Paul & Son, ironmongers, 1 High street

Homer Samuel, grocer, 25 Netherend

Homer Thomas, solicitor, 109 Colley gate

Ingley George Albert, Old Mogul P.H. Netherend

Jasper James, Bridge inn, 8 Bridge street

Jewiss Alfred, boot & shoe maker, 48 High street

Jewiss Alfred, jun. boot maker, 75 Colley gate

Johns William, jun. potato merchant, Overend

Johnson Soloman, shopkeeper, 15 Cradley forge

Jones & Lloyd Limited, anchor manufacturers, Scotia works & Cradley forge

Jones Thomas, shopkeeper, 117 Two gates

Jones William, jun. farmer, Overend

King Brothers (Stourbridge) Limited, proprietors of best glass house pot & crucible clays, manufacturers of fire bricks, gas retorts, glass house & blast furnace bricks, crucibles &c. & colliery proprietors, Stourbridge fire clay & brick works, Netherend

Kirton Albert, grocer, 27 Two gates

Kirton William, jun, 28 Windmill hill

Knowles James, fried fish dealer, 88 Colley date

Knowles John, greengrocer, 64 Colley gate

Littlewood John, shopkeepr, Park road

Leah John Willieam, fried fish dealer, 41 High street

Leonard Jas. Albt. Old Two Gates P.H. 50 Windmill hill

Male David, beer retailer, 49 Lyde green

Male William, chain maker, Overend

Mapp Charles, carpenter, Colley Orchard

Mapp Elizabeth (Mrs.), outfitter, 16 High street

Mason Brothers, chain manufacturers, Mill street

Meacham Arthur, baker, Park road, Colley gate

Meredith & Hingley, builders, contractors, coffin makers & undertakers, Lyde Green (letters through Cradley Heath, Staffs)

Millward Bertram, hardware dealer, 47 High street

Morgan John, butcher, 44 High street

Nicklin Thomas, chain maker, New street

Oliver W. & Son (of Cradley) Ltd. Maltsters. Colley Gate

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

Oliver Frank, Talbot hotel, & farmer, Colley Gate

Oliver John, carpenter, Colley Gate

Oliver Reginald Francis, artificial teeth ma. 1 Lyde green

Palmer William, beer retailer, 19 Overend

Partridge Ebor, chain maker, 118 Two gates

Partridge William, Fish inn, 36 High street

Payton Thomas, pattern maker, Highfield road

Pearson Elijah, shopkeeper, 11 Cradley forge

Pearson Joseph, chain maker, Lyde green

Pearson Robert James, fishmonger, 29 Colley lane

Percival Joh, Bull's Head P.H. Overend

Plant William, fried fish shop, 54 High street

Priest David, chain maker, Butcher's lane

Proffitt Daniel, beer retailer, 2 High town

Rawlins David (Mrs.), chain maker, Lyde Green

Raybould Jeremiah, chain maker, Banner street

Reece Elijah Richard, shopkeeper, 28 New street

Reece Henry, chain manufacturer, Maple Tree lane

Reece Thomas, shopkeeper, 42 Ladysmith road

Reece William, chain maker, 17 Forge Draft street

Robins George, Sun P.H. 99 Overend

Robinson George, chain maker, Mill street

Robinson Harriet (Mrs.), shopkeeper, 37 Colley lane

Robinson Howard, painter, 7 High street

Robinson John, carpenter, 18 High street

Robinson Llewellyn, beer retailer, 52 High street

Robinson Simeon, beer retailer, Park lane

Rock Joseph & Sons, oddwork makers, Beecher street

Rockett Frederick, upholsterer, 23 Colley orchard

Rolinson William, pawnbroker, 9 High street

Roper Caleb, farmer, Colley Gate

Roper George Albert, White Lion inn, 74 Colley gate

Roper Hubert, furniture dealer, 107 Colley gate

Rudge Alfred, builder, 21 Windmill hill

Scott-Homer Harry, small gas & oil engines, lathes & drilling machines &c. Alma street

Shaw Jane (Mrs.), shopkeeper , High town

Sheet Iron Workers Limited, galvanizers, Mill street

Sidaway Albert Edward, butcher, 15 High street

Smith Harry, Rose & Crown P.H. High street

Smith James, blank bolt maker, Banner street

Smith John William, shopkeeper, 11 Colley lane

Smith Percy, hair dresser, 82 Colley gate

Southall George & Son, chain makers, 28 Banner street

Southall Alfred, draper, 25 Banner street

Southall Benjamin, grocer, 29 & 95 Colley gate

Southall Charles, chain maker, Lyde Green

Southall Eliza (Mrs.), shopkeeper, 21 Netherend

Southall Fred, insurance agent, 26 Banner street

Southall George, chain maker, Ladysmith road

Southall Joseph, china & glass dealer, 13 High street

Southall Walter B. grocer, 35 High street

Spencer Martha (Mrs.), grocer, 47 Colley gate

Sprague Edward, smith, Park Road

Starling Edward Charles, grocer, 114 Colley gate

Stevens William Henry, farmer, Two Gates

Talbot Emma (Mrs.), confectioner, 19 High street

Tandy John, Blue Ball P.H. Church lane

Tate Harry, builder, Highfield road

Tate William Edward, butcher, Colley Gate

Taylor David, shopkeeper, 13 Maple Tree lane

Taylor Isaac, draught nail maker, Stocking st. Two Gates

Taylor William Ernest, greengrocer, 108 Colley gate

Thomas John, boot repairer, 8 High street

Thomas William Henry, market gardener, 63 Two gates

Tromans Benjamin, chain maker, Mill street

Tromans Benjamin, Gate P.H. Colley Gate

Tromans John Henry, chain maker, Mill street

Twist Mary Ann (Mrs.), Maypole P.H. 5 Cradley forge

Walker Edward Taylor, chain maker, Lyde Green

Walker Martha (Miss), chain maker, Lyde Green

Walker Solomon, shopkeeper, 63 High street

Warr William, greengrocer, 29 High street

White James Henry, grocer, 42 High street

Willetts Charles, chain maker, Ladysmith road

Williams John, greengrocer, greengrocer, 23 High street

Williams Meshach, chain maker, 14 Butcher's lane

Woodall Harry Arthur, tailor, 99 Colley gate

Woodhouse Edward, chain maker, Banner street

Worton Charles, chain maker, street

Worton Harry, chain maker, Intended street

Worton Soloman, chain maker, 66 Alma street

Worton William, chain maker, 5 Alma street

Kelly’s 1916 directory

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