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The entry for Cradley in the 1924 “Kelly's directory of Birmingham, and the counties of Stafford, Warwick and Worcester” lists 262 individuals.

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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, 2/2 miles east from Stourbridge, 4 south from Dudley and 9 1/2 south west from Birmingham, in the Stourbridge division of the county, hundred of Lower Halfshire, Stourbridge petty Sessional division, union and county court district, rural deanery and archdeaconry of Dudley 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, east porch and a brick tower added in 1876 and containing 8 bells, shown in the Vienna exhibition of 1873 : a new font was provided 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 £450, in the gift of the rector of Halesowen, and held since 1923 by the Rev. William Sterry-Cooper BA., L.Th. of Hatfield Hall, Durham, and hon. C.F. 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 Higgs (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 persons; the Wesleyan Methodist chapel was erected in 1873, the Primitive Methodist in 1882, and the United Methodist chapel in 1856. Messrs. Harper and Moores Ltd. Messrs. King Brothers (Stourbridge) Ltd. and Messrs. Samuel Evers and Sons are manufactures 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 Old Swinford Hospital, 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, £18,436; the population in 1921 was 7,600.

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

Parish Clerk, Charles Worton, Beecher road.

Town Sub-Post, M. O., T. & T. E. D. Office. - Miss Alice Christopher, sub-postmistress. Letters arrive from Cradley Heath, Staffs

Town Sub-Post & M. O. Office, Windmill Hill - Mrs. Emma Cox, sub-postmistress. Letters arrive from Cradley Heath, Staffs. Nearest telegraph office, Cradley

County Police Station, 32 Colley lane; Walter Henry Wright, sergeant in charge, 2 sergeants & 4 constables


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

Customs & Excise Officers, A. Howard Ridley, Sydney road, Cradley Heath & S. C. Dundas, 1 Valley rd. Lye

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

Registrar of Births & Deaths, Halesowen Sub-district, Alfred Bill, 36 High street


St. Peter's Church, Rev. William Sterry-Cooper B.A., L.Th. & hon. C.F. vicar; Rev. Bertram Richard Eccles, curate

St. Catherine's Mission Room, Beecher street

Mission of the Good Shepherd, Lyde Green

Baptist, High street

Primitive Methodist

Mission Room, Banner street (undenominational); various services

United Methodist, Colley Gate (Stourbridge Circuit),Rev. (supt)

Unitarian, Netherend, Rev. Arrowsmith Hide Shelley Wesleyan Methodist, High street, Rev. William J. Neal


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

Church street (mixed), for 325 children; George N. Raybould, master

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

Colley lane (boys), built in 1911 for 400 boys; Thomas Allchurch, head master

Colley lane (girls), built in 1902 & enlarged in 1911 for 422 girls; Miss Ruth Evans, 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; accomodation, 172; Miss B. Bartindale, infants' mistress

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

Carriers to Birmingham. - George Lloyd, Cradley Heath, & G. Green & Son, pass through on tues. thurs. & sat

(For other names in the district, see Stourbridge; also Cradley Heath & Rowley Regis, Staffs.)


Attwood William, 8 Drew's Holloway

Belbin Ashley, Colley Gate

Bird Edwin, 40 Colley lane

Bullas Hugh, Colman hill

Chapman Wm. 7 Drew's Holloway

Clare William, 108 Furlong lane

Clewes Mrs. The Park

Cox James, 104 Colley Gate

Dakin Charles, Hatherton lodge, Drew's Holloway

Dakin Charles F. 118 Colley Gate

Fellows Sydney, Colman hill. TN 280

Fox Miss, The Elms, Colley lane

Garratt H. Ernest, Colman Hill ho. Drew's Holloway

Green Richard, Colley Gate house, Colley Gate. TN 249

Grice Hy. The Bungalow, Colman hill

Hickman Arthur S. 116 Colley Gate

Hickman Joseph, 9 Drew's Holloway

Hipkiss Frank, 111 Colley Gate

Homer Ezra H. Clent ho. Colley Gate

Homer Mrs. Drew's Holloway

Homer Thomas, 109 Colley Gate

Hughes Mrs. Cleveland vil. Church rd

Jolly Geo. Birch view, Colley orchard

Jones Mrs. 12 Drew's Holloway

Lawrence Rev. George B.A. (curate), 52 Furlong lane

Moore Howard, Park house

Neal Rev. Wm. J. (Wesleyan Methodist), The Manse, Lyde green

Oliver Mrs. Colley Lane

Reece Henry, 13 Drew's Holloway

Ryland George, 4 Drew's Holloway. TN 258

Shelley Rev. Arrowsmith Hide (Unitarian), Netherend parsonage

Simon Wm. Hy. 1 Drew's Holloway

Smith George, The Red house, Colley orchard

Southall Walter B. Colman hill

Sterry-Cooper Rev. William B.A., L.Th., hon. C.F. (vicar), Vicarage, Colley gate

Wilkinson Rev. John T., B.A., The Manse, Sydney road

Willetts Charles, jun. 6 Drew's Holloway. TN 38

Willetts Harold, Drew's Holloway

Woodhouse Caleb, 11 Drew's Holloway


Abbis Charlotte (Mrs.), shopkeeper, 18 High street

Abbiss Sidney Tector, decorator, The Park

Adams Arthur, boot maker, 50 Colley gate

Adams Charles, chain maker, 30 Windmill hill

Adams James, draper. 6 Furlong lane

Adams James A. grocer, 38 Furlong lane

Adams Walter E. joiner, Talbot street

Bache William, draper, 21 Maple Tree lane

Bangham Wm. Hy. beer retlr. 1 Stocking St. Two Gates

Barclays Bank Ltd. (branch) (11 to 2, tues. & fri.), 21 High street; head office, 54 Lombard street EC 3

Barnes Joseph Richard, Gate P.H. Colley gate

Barnsley Esther (Mrs.), shopkeeper, 46 Ladysmith road

Bate Elizabeth (Miss), shopkeeper, 34 High street

Bate George, shopkeeper, 68 High street

Bate Samuel, chain maker, New street

Bate William Edward, greengrocer, 16 Banner street

Beasley Alfred, tailor, 25 Colley gate

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

Beasley Jesse, farmer, 36 Windmill hill

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

Beddard Daniel, chain maker, 15 Forge Draft street

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

Bennett Mrs. Ann, beer retailer, 88 Two gates

Billingham John, shopkeeper, 64 Two gates

Billingham Thomas Wilson, grocer, 31 Alma street

Bills Alfred, shopkeeper, 7 Colley lane

Bills Clara (Mrs.), wardrobe dealer, 14 High street

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

Bird Henry, shopkeeper, 126 Colley gate

Blackwell Brothers, shipping tackle manufacturers, Colley orchard. TN 171

Bloomer John & Sons, millers (steam), Bridge street. TN Cradley Heath 194

Bloomer Joseph & Sons, chain manufacturers, Ladysmith road. TN 105

Bloomer Alfred shopkeeper, 59 Maple Tree lane

Bloomer John, chain maker, Mill street

Bloomer Joseph Fellows, builder, Beecher road

Bloomer Philip, chain maker, 19 Beecher street

Blunt Felix, grocer, 19 Bridge street

Boxley Fred, Rose & Crown P.H. High street

Boxley Phillip, shopkeeper, 78 Colley gate

Chambers Thomas H. F. Talbot hotel, Colley gate

Chambers Thomas Henry, news agent, 6 High street

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

Clewes T. M. & Son, wool dealers, Park mills, Colley Gate. TN 118

Clift Harry, chain maker, New street

Clift Henry, haberdasher, 76 & 78 High street

Clift Samuel, insurance agent, 2 Talbot street

Cooper Caleb, news agent, Overend

Cope Ossian, boot repairer, Colley gate

County Police Station (Walter Henry Wright, sergt.), 32 Colley lane

Cole John, Bull's Head, Overend

Cox George William, seed merchant, 39 Colley gate

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

Cox Herbert J. ironmonger, 24 & 26 Colley gate

Cox Joseph H. builder & contractor, 26 Colley gate

Cradley Chain Manufacturing Co. chain makers, Mill street. TN 284

Cradley Conservative & Unionist Club (James Dunlop, sec.), Colley gate

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

Crampton Henry, shopkeeper, 24 Lyde green

Crampton Thomas shopkeeper, 115 Two gates

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

Davis George, printer, 22 Colley gate

Davis George, shopkeeper, Windmill hill

Dentith James, baker, 72 High street

Dunn H. & R. chain makers, Lyde Green

Dunn W. & J. grocers, 1 Windmill hill

Dunn Hezekiah, beer retailer, 70 High street

Dunn Jim, boot maker, 7 Lyde green

Edge Thomas, chain maker, 34 Two gates

Edwards William, chain maker, Little hill

Ellwell William, shopkeeper, 54 New street

Errington Bertram Ewart, draper, 112 Colley gate

Evers Samuel & Sons, fire brick manufacturers, Homer Hill (TA "Evers;" TN 127) (postal address, Stourbridge, Staffs)

Farmer Lucy (Miss), milliner, 128 Colley gate

Flavell George, hair dresser, High street

Fradgley Harry, hair dresser, 96 Overend

Gauden Samuel, painter, 102 Golley gate

Genner John, fishmonger, 20 High street

Gill Alfred, furniture dealer, 21 High street

Golden George, chain maker, Butcher's lane

Goodwin Samuel, fishmonger, 60 Maple Tree lane

Greaves David, butcher, 63 Colley gate

Green Harry, odd work manufacturer, Banner street

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

Harbach Joseph, boot dealer, 11 Butcher's lane

Harper & Limited, colliery proprietors, fire brick makers, general engineers & iron founders, Netherend (postal address, Stourbridge). T A "Moores, Lye; TN 23 Lye

Harris Andrew, chain maker, Victoria street

Harris Emily (Mrs.), drug stores, 25 High street

Harris William, butcher, 3 High street

Hawkeswood William, coal dealer, Maple Tree lane

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

Head Frank, confectioner, 8 Beecher road

Head Frank, confectioner, 39 High street

Head Samuel, boot repairer, Overend

Hemming Harry, grocer, 80 Overend

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

Hickman Arthur, news agent, 116 Colley gate

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

Hingley James Wilfrid, builder, see Meredith & Hingley

Hipkiss Henry & Co. iron forgers, Lodge forge, New rd

Hodgetts Ernest, butcher, 2 High street

Hodgetts Hezekiah, shopkeeper, 37 Maple tree lane

Holden Walter, baker, 105 Colley gate

Homer Paul & Son, ironmongers, 1 High street

Homer Annie (Mrs.), shopkeeper, 86 High street

Homer Samuel, grocer, 25 Netherend

Homer Thomas, solicitor, 109 Colley gate

Jeavons Frederick, shopkeeper, 15 Beecher street

Jevons Albert, beer retailer, 52 High street

Jewiss Alfred, boot & shoe maker, 48 High street

Jewiss Alfred, Jun. boot maker, 75 Colley gate

Johnson Benjamin, boot repairer, Hightown

Johnson Bert, boot repairer, 8 High street

Johnson Soloman, shopkeeper, 15 Cradley forge

Jones & Lloyd Limited, anchor manufacturers, Scotia works (TN 33) & Cradley forge

Jones Richard, farmer, Netherend

Jones Thomas, shopkeeper, 117 Two gates

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. See Advt. Index

Kirton Thomas, chain maker, 26 Beecher road

Kirton William, jun. upholsterer, 28 Windmill hill

Knowles James, fried fish dealer, 88 Colley gate

Knowles John, greengrocer, 64 Colley gate

Knowles Joseph, draper, 9 Windmill hill

Lavender Annie (Mrs.), confectioner, 124 Colley gate

Leah John William, fried fish dealer, 41 High street

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

Littlewood Jane (Mrs.), coal dealer, Park road

Lloyds Bank Limited (branch) (hours, 11 to 2 tues. & fri.), 38 High st.; head office, 7 Lombard st EC3

Major Arthur. shopkeeper, 140 Colley gate

Male William, chain maker, Overend

Mapp Charles, carpenter, Colley Orchard

Mason Brothers, chain manufacturers, Mill st. TN 60

Meacham Arthur, baker, Park road, Colley Gate

Meredith & Hingley, builders, Spring street

Meredith Joseph A. builder, Furlong lane

Midland Bank Ltd. (branch) (John A. James, manager) (hours 11 to 2 tues. & fri.), Colley gate; head office, 5 Threadneedle street EC2

Millward Bertram, hardware dealer, 47 High street

Millward George, pork butcher, 8a Colley gate

Neath Thomas Henry, beer retailer, Park lane

North Thomas, Fish inn, 46 High street

Oakley Brothers, iron founders, Bell Vale foundry, Overend

Oliver W. & Son (of Cradley) Ltd. maltsters, Colley lane. TN 100

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

Oliver John, carpenter, Colley Gate

Palmer William, beer retailer, 19 Overend

Partridge Ebor, chain maker, 118 Two gates

Payton Thomas, pattern maker, Highfield road

Pearson George Henry, chain maker, Lyde Green

Piper Fred, Old Mogul P.H. Netherend

Plant William, fishmonger, 5 High street

Priest David, chain maker, Butcher's lane

Priest Joseph R. Crown P.H. 88 Lyde green

Proffitt Daniel, beer retailer, 2 High town

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

Raybould Harold, boot dealer, 16 High street

Raybould Jeremiah, chain maker, Banner lane

Reece Henry, chain manufr. Maple Tree lane. TN 154

Reece William, chain maker, 17 Forge Draft street

Robins George, Sun P.H. 99 Overend

Robinson Alice (Mrs.), Black Swan, 80 High street

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

Robinson Howard, painter, 7 High street

Robinson John, carpenter, i8 High street

Robinson Joseph, chain maker, Mill street

Robinson Stephen, boot repairer, 7a, High street

Rock Joseph S. & Sons, oddwork makers, Beecher road. TN 145

Rockett Frederick, upholsterer, 23 Colley orchard

Rolinson William, pawnbroker, 9 High street

Roper Caleb, farmer, Colley Gate

Roper Hubert, greengrocer, 107 Colley gate

Rudge Alfred, builder, 21 Windmill hill

Round & Nichol, drapers, 27 High street

Sanders William, beer retailer, 49 Lyde green

Scott-Homer Harry, gas engine manufactr. Alma street.

Sheet Iron Workers Ltd. galvanizers, Mill st. TN 13

Shropshire, Worcester & Staffordshire Electric Power Co. (sub-station), Colley gate

Sidaway Albert, butcher, 31 Colley gate

Smith James, blank bolt maker, Banner street

Smith John W. grocer, 11 Colley lane

Smith Percy, hair dresser, 108 Colley gate

Southall George & Son, chain makers, 28 Banner street

Southall Alfred, draper, 25 Banner street

Southall Benjamin F. grocer, 95 Colley gate

Southall Caleb, chain maker, Ladysmith road. TN 159

Southall Charles, chain maker, Lyde Green

Southall Eliza (Mrs.), shopkeeper, 21 Netherend

Southall Joseph, china & glass dealer, 13 High street

Southall Walter B. grocer, 35 High street

Spencer Thomas, beer retailer, Park lane

Spicer Frank A. Holly Bush P.H. 50 High street

Sprague Edward, smith, Park road

Stafford George, White Lion P.H. 74 Colley gate

Starling Edward Charles, grocer, 114 Colley gate

Stevens William Henry, farmer, Two Gates

Stokes Wilfred Henry, shopkeeper, 7 Butchers lane

Stringer James, draper, 32 High street

Sutton Thomas, chain maker, Lyde green

Talbot James, draper, 11 High street

Tandy John, Blue Ball P.H. Church lane

Tate Frederick Harry, butcher, Colley gate

Tate Joseph M. builder, Highfield road. TN 225

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

Thomas William Henry, market gardener, 63 Two gates

Thompson William H. motor garage, 1 Colley lane

Tidmarsh Samuel James, butcher, 15 High street

Tromans Benjamin, beer retailer, 9 Furlong lane

Tromans John Henry, chain maker, Mill street

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

Walker Mary (Mrs.), draper, 42 Colley gate

Walker Solomon, shopkeeper, 63 High street

Warr William, greengrocer, 29 High street

Wassell Clara (Miss), draper, 40 High street

Webster Thomas, farmer, Overend

White & Taylor, grocers, 42 High street

White William, grocer, 27 Two gates

Willetts & Sons, chain makers, Ladysmith rd. TN 209

Willetts Gilbert, Bridge inn, 8 Bridge street

Williams John, greengrocer, 44 High street

Williams Walter, chain maker, Little hill

Woodall Harry Arthur, tailor, 99 Colley gate

Woodhouse Edward, chain maker, Banner street

Worton Charles, chain maker, Banner street

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

Worton Soloman, chain maker, 66 Alma street


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