The 1872 Post office directory lists 135 Cradley individuals

Post Office directory 1872, page 1408
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CRADLEY is a township, and extensive and populous district of the parish of Halesowen, having a station on the Birmingham and Stourbridge section of the Great Western railway, situated 2 1/2 miles east from Stourbridge, 3 south from Dudley, and 9 1/2  from Birmingham, in the Eastern division of the county of Worcestershire, hundred of Lower Halfshire, Stourbridge union and country court district, rural deanery of Kidderminster, and archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester. The town itself lies a little off the main road ; it forms part of a populous mercantile and manufacturing neighbourhood, in which the iron trade is carried on in all its branches. A court baron and a court leet are held here on the last Tuesday in October, at which the steward presides as judge, assisted by a jury. The church, orginally intended for a Lady Huntingdon chapel, is a plain brick building, with cupola and 1 bell, having a chancel, nave and aiseles, and a clock. The register dates from the year 1798. The living is a vicarage, yearly value 300, in the gift of the rector of Halesowen, and held by the Rev. Joseph Hesselgrave Thompson, B.A., of Magdalen Hall, Oxford.  Attached to the church is a National school, under Government inspection. The Unitarian school is supported partly by endowment and partly by an annual collection. The number of free boys is 30, fo girls 12.  There are also Baptist, Wesleyan, and Ragged schools. Here are places of worship for Unitarians, Baptists, Wesleyans, and New Connexion Methodists. In 1852 a grant of land was made by the sons of the late Rev. George Biggs (a former vicar of the parish of Halesowen) for the enlargement of the burial ground of this parish. The extensive iron works of Messrs. Evers and Sons are in this district : the firm are engaged principally in the manufacture of superior qualities of iron, by the charcoal or wood coal process.  There are likewise manufactures of files, rasps, vices, anvils, hammers, nails, anchors, chain cables, and fire bricks. Here are the extensive works of Messrs. Harper and Moores, manufacturers of fire-bricks, clay retorts, crucibles, &c.; this firm are also proprietors of Stourbridge clay. Messrs. King Brothers are also proprietors of the celebrated Stourbridge clay, and have likewise extensive works for the manufacture of bricks and other fire-clay goods. The works of the Cradley Colliery Company are situated in the centre of the parish. One mile from the northern extremity of Cradley, in a romantic vale, agreeably diversified with plantations of firs, 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 : the Elms is the seat of J. W. Aston, esq., the view from the grounds and windows of which is extensive and picturesque. Lord Lyttleon is lord of the manor. The principal landowners are the New British Iron Company, Jeston Homfray, esq., and the Old Swinford Hospital. The soil in general is a rich clay, fertile in all kinds of grain, and forming excellent pasturage ; and the lands on the north and west of Netherend (a part of the township of Cradley) abound with coal and ironstone. The area is 732 acres ; gross estimated rental, 13,072; rateable value, 11,287; the population in 1861 was 4,075, and in 1871, 4,700.

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

 Parish Clerk, Isaac Bloomer.

POST OFFICE.- Mrs Elizabeth Christopher, receiver. Letters arrive from Brierley Jill at 7.45 a.m.& 2.40 p.m.; dispatched at 6.45 p.m. The nearest money order office is at Cradley Heath
INSURANCE AGENTS.- Imperial Fire, J. Bloomer
Excise Officer, Osborne Oliver, Clay Bank
Rate Collector, Richard Hawkeswood, Colley gate
Registrar of Births & Deaths, Joseph Smith, Halesowen
National, Thomas Davies, master; Miss Mary Ann Wooldridge, mistress
Unitarian, Thomas Henry Billingham, master ;  Miss Annie Roberts, mistress
Wesleyan, Nicholas Yeamon, master
Baptist, master, vacant
Ragged, Mrs. Emma Field, mistress
Railway Station (Great Western), Richard Roach, station master
CARRIERS :- Simeon Wooldridge, to Crown inn, Broad street, Birmingham, on tuesday, thursday & saturday. Lloyd, to Crown inn, Broad street, Birmingham, tuesday, thursday & saturday, returning at 5 p.m. ; to Spread Eagle, Spiceal street, tuesday, thursday & saturday, returning at 3.30 p.m

  • Aston James Wood, The Elms
  • Baker George Henry
  • Barnett Miss, Fair View lodge
  • Buncher Rev. James [curate]
  • Cochrane Rev. Walter [Unitarian], Netherend
  • Hingley Joseph, Linton house
  • Hingley Noah, J.P. Hatherton Lodge
  • Hingley Samuel, Fairview
  • Homer Joseph Benjamin, Chapel house
  • Homer Mrs, Colley gate
  • Homer Thomas, Colley gate
  • Homfray Jeston, Coleman hill
  • Morgan Rev. Maurice [Baptist]
  • Mountford John, Poplar cottage
  • Mountford Richard, Highfield house
  • Palmer Rev. Andrew [Wesleyan]
  • Smith William, Clyde house
  • Thompson Rev. Joseph H. B.A. [vicar]
  • Thompson Wesley Hayes
  • Wood (Mrs.), Colley Gate house


  • Adams Jabez, Bull's Head, Overend
  • Adams William, Blue Ball
  • Allport Henry, boot & show maker, Windmill hill
  • Arnett Sarah (Mrs), beer retailer
  • Aston J. Wood & Co. (late Wood Bros.), manufacturers of chain cables, anchors & rigging chains ; also crane, incline, pit & all other kinds of chains, iron & steel shovels, spades & forks, anvils, vices, scythes, hay & chaff knives, picks, hammers, nails, railway & mining tools, frying pans, bowls, ladles, use iron of all descriptions, Stourbridge fire bricks and clay, &c. &c. Cradley (postal address, Stourbridge). See advertisement
  • Attwood Eliza (Mrs.), manufacturer of hames of all descriptions
  • Attwood James, Fish Inn
  • Attwood William, butcher
  • Beasley Allen, chain maker, Two gates
  • Bellingham Geo. beer retlr, Two gates
  • Bennett Saml. beer retailer, Two gates
  • Bennett William, Victoria
  • Bloomer Thomas & Son, nail manufacturers, Colley gate
  • Bloomer Geo. Albert, draper, Colley gate
  • Bloomer Isaac Parkes, buildr, Colley gate
  • Bloomer John, builder, Windmill hill
  • Bloomer Joseph, grocer
  • Bloomer Philip, chain maker
  • Bloxley Peter, chain maker
  • Blunt Felix, shopkeeper
  • Blunt Thomas, chain maker
  • Brettell James, grocer
  • Bridgwater John, grocer
  • Bunn William, beer retailer
  • Clewes Thomas. & Son, mop maker, Park side
  • Cook Elizabeth (Mrs.), Crown
  • Cox Thos. beer retailer, Windmill hill
  • Cradley Colliery Co. (Edward Jewkes, manager), coal masters
  • Crompton Henry, nail maker
  • Darby Christopher, linen draper
  • Darby Joseph, tailor, Windmill hill
  • Deeley William, Rose &Crown
  • Evers Samuel & Sons, manufacturers of charcoal rods, best & common nail rods, fencing rods & bars, small, square & round, also importers of swedish rods, Cradley iron works
  • Fellows Thomas, Old Mogul, Netherend
  • Fellows William, miller
  • Finch Simeon, Old Two Gates
  • Foley Edward, farmer, Homer hill
  • Folkes Wm. beer retailer, Windmill hill
  • Forrest Brothers & Co. manufacturers of wrought nails, chain cables, anchor, crane & ship's rigging chains, spades & shovels, anvils & vices &c. & iron merchants, Windmill hill
  • Forrest Alice Helen (Mrs.), ironmonger, Windmill hill
  • Forrest Edwd. shopkeeper, Windmill hill
  • Fox Thomas, maltster, Overend
  • Gadd Joseph, cider retailer
  • Gill Daniel, butcher
  • Griffin William, anchor maker
  • Grove John Haden, grocer, Colley gate
  • Harper & Moores, coal masters, manufacturers of Stourbridge fire bricks of all descriptions, fire clay retorts, crucibles & glasshouse pots of all kinds, & proprietors of best glasshouse pot clay, Lower Delph works. See advertisement
  • Harper Reuben, beer retailer, Colley gate
  • Hawkeswood Richard. Sun, Colley gate
  • Hawkeswood William Herbert, farmer, Overend
  • Hill Albion, nail maker
  • Hill John, boot & shoe maker
  • Hill Thomas, farmer, Park Lane farm
  • Hingley James, butcher & farmer
  • Hingley James, chain maker
  • Hipkiss Hen. iron manfr. Lodge forge
  • Hodgetts Rubey Charles, polishing felt manufacturer, Park side
  • Homer Paul, general dealer, Park side
  • Hughes Harry, grocer
  • Hughes Isaiah, Holly Bush
  • Hughes Samuel, maltster
  • Jones & Lloyd, manfrs. of chain cables
  • Jones Isaac, painter, Windmill hill
  • Jones Samuel, beer retailer
  • Jones Susannah. (Mrs) maltstr. Nethernd
  • King Joseph & Co. coal proprietors & manufacturers of blue bricks, tiles &c. Netherend
  • King Brothers, manufacturers of fire bricks, glasshouse pots &c. & crucibles in clay & plumbago,  & proprietors of Stourbridge clay; & at 36, 37 & 38 Lichfield street, Birmingham. See advt
  • Laister Thomas, maltster, Colley gate
  • Lane James, iron founder
  • Leonard James, farmer, Cradley forge
  • Leonard Samuel, May Pole
  • Markham Frederick John, grocer
  • Mason Charles, farmer, Overend
  • Mills Edward, wheelwright, Colley gate
  • Mole Fanny (Miss), beer retailer, Colley gate
  • Mole Wm. Hy. blacksmith, Colley gate
  • Moore John, shopkeeper
  • Mountford, Homer & Mountford, iron merchants & manufacturers of wrought nails, chain cables, anchors, crane & ships' rigging chains, spades & shovels, anvils, vices &c. Cradley works ; & 6 1/2 & 7 Fore street, Limehouse, London e
  • Oliver Edwin, contractor, Colley gate
  • Oliver William, maltster
  • Paddock Hannah (Mrs.), shopkeeper
  • Parks William, shopkeeper, Colley lane
  • Parrock George, draper
  • Partridge Geo. chain manfr. High park
  • Pateshill John, tanner, Park side
  • Pearson Amos, linen draper
  • Perry James, grocer, Two gates
  • Priest Ellen (Mrs.), shopkeeper, Colley la
  • Priest John, smith
  • Roper Emanuel, shopkeeper, Colley gate
  • Roper William, farmer, Windmill hill
  • Shaw William, brick maker, Netherend
  • Sidaway William, shopkeeper
  • Southall John, nail maker
  • South Staffordshire Waterworks Co. offices, 56 Union passage, Birmingham
  • Stevens John, grocer, Netherend
  • Stevens Richd. beer retlr. Windmill hill
  • Stevens Wm. beer retailer, Netherend
  • Tandy David, butcher, Colley gate
  • Tate James, shopkeeper
  • Tate Samuel, British Arms
  • Tate William, Bridge inn
  • Taylor Geo. boot & shoe maker, Colley la
  • Taylor William, nail maker
  • Thompson Wesley Hayes, surgeon
  • Tibbetts Elizabeth (Mrs.), Shovel inn, Park side
  • Walker David, nail maker
  • Walker Felix, nail maker
  • Walker William, nail maker
  • Warr Samuel, brick maker
  • Webb Thomas, plumber &c
  • Williams Thomas, linen draper, Windmill hill
  • Yates Ann (Mrs.), beer retailer
  • Yeomans Williams, tailor

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