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Businesses in the High Street, Cradley in the 1920s and 1930s


The Cradley Then & Now group's Sam Taylor has searched his memories of the businesses and major buildings in Cradley's High Street back in the 1920s and 1930s.


We have compared Sam's recollections with the contents of the Kelly's Directory 1924. There is a remarkable coincidence of names and trades, confirming that Sam's memory is very sound indeed. There are a few cases where a name or business is remembered by Sam but not recorded by Kelly's, and vice versa. However, most of the differences are accounted for by the fact that not all businesses chose to be represented in the Directory. Moreover, the Directory is a snapshot in time (1924) whereas Sam's memory is of a period.


In a small number of cases Jill Guest has added snippets of information or queries, and these are indicated in italics.


It is interesting to note that there are just two businesses with a telephone number: Jones & Lloyd are "TN 33" and the Talbot Hotel is "TN 100".


We have presented the information in two tables, the first for the east side and the second for the west side of the High Street. In both cases, we start from the river Stour, the boundary between Cradley and Cradley Heath, and work our way up the hill towards Colley Gate.


Many of these shops, and their proprietors, were still trading in the 1950s and 1960s, and even later. However, today Cradley does not have a High Street. The entire length has been renamed Colley Lane, a continuation of the street of that name. Ostensibly the re-naming was to avoid any confusion with other High Streets in the district, although it is a sad fact that today (2007) and for some years now, the old "High Street" shops are mostly gone and local shopping is almost a thing of the past.



Table 1 - Cradley High Street, east side


High street - cradley

Sam Taylor's memories

Kelly's Directory 1924

Coming up Cradley on the left hand side from the River Stour, starting at the entrance to Little Hill


Bridge Inn


Homer Annie (Mrs), Shopkeeper, 86 High St


Jones and Lloyds, Chain Works


Jones & Lloyd Ltd, Anchor manufacturers, Scotia works & Cradley Forge, TN 33


Black Swan P.H.


Robinson Alice (Mrs), Black Swan, 80 High St



Clift Henry, haberdasher, 76 & 78 High St


Bread and cake makers, Dentith


Dentith James Baker, 72 High St


White Horse P.H., D Batham


Dunn Hezekiah, Beer Retailer, 70 High St


Shop Sweets, ?


Bate George, Shopkeeper, 68 High St


Newsagents and Stationery, Chambers


Chambers Thomas Henry, news agent, 6? High St


Fish-wet, Warwick



Robin Hood P.H., Tromans


Jevons A, beer retailer, 52 High St


Holly Bush P.H., Cotterel - Hickman


Spicer Frank A, Holly Bush P.H., 50 High St


Shoe Shop, Jewis


Jewiss Alfred, boot & shoemaker, 48 High St


Fish Inn, North - Hall


North Thomas, Fish Inn, 46 High St


Greengrocers, Williams


Williams John, Greengrocer, 44 High St


Grocers, White, Taylor


White & Taylor, grocers, 42 High St


Drapers, Dallows


Wassell Clara (Miss), Draper, 40 High St



Lloyds Bank Ltd, 38 High St (hours 11-2 Tues & Frid)


Post Office, Christophers


Christopher Alice (Miss), Post Office tobacconist, 36 High St



Hill Alfred, Registrar of births & deaths for Halesowen subdistrict, 36 High St


Sweet Shop, Bate


Bate Elizabeth (Miss), shopkeeper, 34 High St


Butchers Lane


Clothes Shop, Stringer


Stringer James, Draper, 32 High St


Coal Gleads, S Bloomer



Sweet shop, Abis


Abis Charlotte (Mrs), shopkeeper, 18 High St



Robinson John, carpenter, 18 High St


Fish, Poultry, Eggs, Rabbits, J Genner


Genner J, Fishmonger, 20 High St


Clothes Shoes, Raybould


Raybould Harold, boot dealer, 16 High St



Bills Clara (Mrs), Wardrobe dealer, 14 High St


Cobblers


Johnson Bert, Boot repairer, 8 High St


Butchers, E Hodgetts, J Hodgetts


Hodgetts E, Butcher, 2 High St


High Town, Mapletree Lane


Old Crown Inn, D Provit, J, Jinks, R Jinks


Proffit Daniel, Beer Retailer, 2 High Town


Fish and Chips, S Goodwin


Goodwin S, Fishmonger, 60 Mapletree Lane


Sweets Ice Cream, Walter Hodgetts



Willetts Confectioner, then offices for H Reece (Chainworks)



Rates Office. Before Library was built (Allotments where Library now stands, Rates office now private house further up)


Bird Edwin, assistant overseer, rate collector & Clerk to Parish Council, 40 Colley Lane.


Infants School


Colley Lane, built in 1902 and enlarged in 1911 for 255 children, Miss Ruth Lucy Wright mistress


Police Station, before the Community Centre


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


Table 2 - Cradley High Street, West Side

Sam Taylor's Memories

Kelly's Directory 1924

Coming up Cradley on the right hand side from the Stour


Corn Mill



Mill Street


Grocers, Blunt


Blunt Felix, Grocer 19 Bridge st


Fish and Chips



Round House



Lyde Green


Wesleyan Chapel (Trinity)



Fruiter, Gad, Hickman



Bethesda (Primitive Methodists)?




Walker Solomon, Shopkeeper, 63 High St


Miscellaneous shop, Millward called Tinkalary's


Millward Bertram, hardware dealer, 47 High St


Rose and Crown, Mop Boxley


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


Fish and Chips, Lears


Leah John W, Fried Fish dealer, 41 High St



Head Frank, confectioner, 39 High St



Southall Walter, Grocer, 35 High St



Warr Willam, Greengrocer, 29 High St


Draper, Raybould


Round & Nichol, Drapers, 27 High St


Barbers, Flavel


Flavell George, Hairdresser, High St


Chemist, ?


Harris Emily (Mrs), Drug store, 25 High St


Second Hand, Pictures, furniture, Gill


Gill Alfred, Furniture dealer, 21 High St



Worton Emma (Mrs), Confectioner, 19 High St


Butchers, Tidmarsh


Tidmarsh Samuel J, Butcher, 15 High St


Shop, Miscellaneous, ?


Southall Joseph, china & glass dealer, 13 High St



Talbot James, Draper, 11 High St


Pawnshop, Rollinson, Taylor


Rolinson William, Pawnbroker, 9 High St



Robinson Howard, Painter, 7 High St



Robinson Stephen, Boot repairer, 7a High St



Plant William, Fishmonger, 5 High St


Old Sandstone building



Dungeon Head



Mens Urinals



Memorial Garden War Memorial?



Baptist Chapel



Blue Ball Lane sometimes called the Malthouse


Butchers, Harris


Harris William, Butcher, 3 High St


Ironmongers, Paul Homer


Homer Paul & Son, Ironmonger, 1 High St


Anvil Yard



Inage leading to Blue Ball Lane


Colley Lane


Grocers, Robinson


Robinson Harriet (Mrs), Shopkeeper, 37 Colley Lane


Electrician, Steve Robinson



Grocer, Smith


Smith John W, Grocer, 11 Colley Lane


Grocer, Bills


Bills Alfred, Shopkeeper, 7 Colley Lane


Newspapers, Kirton



Liberal Club


Liberal Club (Edgar Dunn sec), 3 Colley Lane


Large House (The Elms)


Fox Miss, The Elms, Colley Lane


Girls School


422 girls, Miss Ruth Evans, Mistress


Boys School


400 boys, Thomas Allchurch, Headmaster


Talbot Hotel, Oliver, J Roper, J Bills


Oliver W & Sons (of Cradley) Ltd, Maltsters, Colley Lane, TN 100


 Sam Taylor - a sketch by Dan O'Driscall.