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 Two Gates Ragged School Cradley was opened in June 1867, 100 years after the birth of John Pounds of Portsmouth, the founder of the Ragged School movement.

A brief history of this Ragged School is available for download please click the PDF image on the right. You will need "pdf reader" software to read it once downloaded, one of which may already be installed on your computer or web browser.

As the brief history document mentions, there is a fuller history of Two Gates Ragged School, written by Barry Willetts and available price £5 from the Cradley Links bookshop.

Two Gates Ragged School

Two Gates, Cradley, Halesowen,

West Midlands, B63 2HY


Barry Willetts 01384 561424



The church is available for Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals. Please contact the Superintendant.

Services are held on Sunday evenings at 6.00pm, unless otherwise stated.

Also, we hold All Age services on the last Sunday of each month starting at 10.30am. Services last for around 1 hour and there is an open invitation for everyone to attend.

Run Ragged sessions will be held at Two Gates Ragged School every Sunday afternoon from 2.15pm to 3.30pm for children aged 4-10 years old. For further information contact Debbie Southall by e-mail.

Coffee Mornings will be held on the last Friday in the month (unless otherwise stated) from 10.30 to 12 noon:

Further details of all the above from the Superintendant or by emailing Jill Guest

Two gates ragged school

Click above to download a PDF of A Brief History of Two Gates Ragged School.