The entry for Cradley in Kelly's 1860 directory lists 77 individuals.

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Kelly\'s 1860 directory, page 1173
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 Kelly's 1860 directory, page 1173 


CRADLEY, a very extensive and populous parish, formerly belonging to the borough of Halesowen, is situated 2½ miles east of Stourbridge, 3 south from Dudley, and 9½ from Birmingham in the county court district of Oldbury. The town itself lies a little off the main road; it is in the diocese of Worcester, in the Hundred of Halfshire, Worcestershire archdeaconry, and deanery of Kidderminster, with a population in 1851 of 3,383. It forms part of a populous, mercantile and manufacturing neighbourhood, in which the iron trade is carried on in all its branches. The soil in general is a rich clay, fertile in all kinds of grain, and excellent pasturage, and the lands on the north and west of NETHEREND (a part of the township of Cradley parish) abound with coal and ironstone. A court baron and a court-leet are held at Cradley, on the last Tuesday in October, at which the steward presides as judge, assisted by a jury of respectable inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, annual value £151, in the gift of the Vicar of Halesowen, and held by the Rev. J.H. Thompson. Here also are places of worship for the Unitarians, the Baptists, the Wesleyans, and New Connexion Methodists; attached to the first is a National school, under the government inspection. That belonging to the Unitarians is supported partly by endowment and partly by an annual collection. The number of free boys is 30, of girls 12. The extensive ironworks of Messrs. Evers and Sons are in this district, and are engaged principally in the manufacture of superior qualities of iron, by the charcoal or wood coal, process ; and Messrs. Noah Hingley and Sons are extensively engaged in the manufacturing of anchors, anvils, and chain and chain cables. There are likewise manufactures of sword blades, files, rasps, vices, anvils, hammers, nails, bayonets, anchors, chain cables, bellows, felt hats, fire-bricks, hats, and woollen yarn. Ironstone and cement works are extensively carried on at the Hayes, Messrs. George Atwood and Sons, proprietors. 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. Lord Lyttelton is lord of the manor. 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.


  • Bradshaw Mr. Ellis
  • Cochrane Rev. W. [Unitarian], Netherend
  • Hingley Mr. Noah, Chapel house
  • Homer Mrs. Colley gate
  • Homer Mr. Joseph, Park house
  • Homfray Jeston, esq. Coleman hill
  • Horton Mrs
  • Thompson Rev. Joseph H. B.A. [incumbent], Colley gate
  • Wood, Mr. Thomas, Colley gate
  • Adams Jabez, British Arms, Overend
  • Attwood James, butcher
  • Attwood William, butcher
  • Beasley Joseph, Blue Ball
  • Bishop John, tanner, Park side
  • Bloomer Thomas & Son, nail manufacturers, Colley gate
  • Bloomer John, carpenter, Colley gate
  • Bloomer Josiah, Robin Hood
  • Bridgewater John, grocer
  • Brookes David, draper
  • Cemm Thomas, Bridge inn, & vice manufacturer
  • Clewes Thomas, mop maker, Park side
  • Cooper William, beer retailer, Colley gate
  • Darby Joseph, tailor, Windmill hill
  • Dawe Joseph, shopkeeper, Colley gate
  • Emmett George, shopkeeper, Netherend
  • Evers Samuel & Sons, manufacturers of charcoal horsenail rods, best & common iron wire pads for fencing, cables, bars &c. Cradley forge
  • Fellows Joseph, maltster
  • Fellows Susannah (Mrs), miller
  • Fellow Thomas, Old Mogul, Netherend
  • Fennell Sidney, surgeon
  • Finch Simeon, Old Two Gates
  • Forrest Edwd. shopkeeper, Windmill hill
  • Fox Thomas, Fish, & maltster
  • Gadd John, cider retailer
  • Gill Daniel, butcher & shopkeeper, Windmill hill
  • Grove John Haden, grocer, Colley gate
  • Harper & Moore, coal masters, manufacturers of Stourbridge fire bricks of all descriptions, fire clay retorts, crucibles & glass house pots of all kinds, & proprietors of best glasshouse pot clay, Lower Delph
  • Haddock John, plumber & painter, Netherend
  • Harper Joseph, farmer, Homer hill
  • Hawkeswood Joseph, beer retailer
  • Hawkeswood Richard, boot & shoe maker, Colley gate
  • Hawkesworth William Herbert, Sun, & shopkeeper, Overend
  • Hingley Noah & Sons, iron merchants & manufrs. of chains, cables & anchors
  • Hingley James, butcher & beer retailer
  • Hipkiss Henry, iron manufr. Lodge forge
  • Hipkiss Sarah (Mrs.), iron manufacturer, Rag mill
  • Hodgetts Charles, hat manufacturer & felt works, Park side
  • Hughes Isaiah, Holly Bush
  • Jones Joseph, accountant
  • Jones William, maltster Netherend
  • Jones William, Black Swan
  • Kendrick William, beer retailer
  • King Brothers, proprietors of Stourbridge clay & manufacturers of fire brick, glasshouse pots &c. &c. Netherend
  • King Joseph & Co. brick & tile manufacturers & coal masters, Netherend
  • Laister Thomas, maltster, Colley gate
  • Leonard Samuel, May Pole
  • Mason James, farmer, Overend
  • Mole William, beer retailer, Colley gate
  • Mole William Henry, blacksmith, Colley gate
  • Newth William, beer retailer, Colley gate
  • Oliver William, beer retailer, Colley gate
  • Paddock Hannah (Mrs.), shopkeeper
  • Rock William & Co. nail, chain cable & trace manufacturers
  • Roper Wm. beer retailer, Colley gate
  • Shaw Wm. beer retailer & shopkeeper, Netherend
  • Smith Samuel, grocer & druggist
  • Stringer Wm. beer retailer, Netherend
  • Tandy James, butcher, Colley gate
  • Tate Abel, Bull's Head
  • Tate James, shopkeeper
  • Thomas Henry, beer retailer, Netherend
  • Tibbetts Joseph, Shovel inn, & shopkeeper, Park side
  • Warr John, beer retailer
  • Williams Eliza (Mrs.), Netherend tavern, Netherend
  • Wyer Judith (Mrs.), beer retailer
  • Wyer Samuel, plumber & glazier
  • Wythes Joseph, linendraper & grocer
  • Yeomans Williams, tailor

POST OFFICE.- Mrs Elizabeth Christopher, receiver. Letters arrive from Brierley Hill at 7.15 a.m. ; dispatched at 6 p.m. The nearest money order office is at Cradley heath

National, Mr. Rigg, master; Miss Chamberlain, mistress
Unitarian, Mr. Thomas Henry Billingham, master ; Mrs. Billingham, mistress

COACHES from Stourbridge to Birmingham & back, daily, pass through

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