The entry for Cradley in Kelly's 1868 directory has 93 individuals.

Kelly\'s 1868 directory, page 1272
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 Kelly's 1868 directory, page 1272 

CRADLEY is a township and very extensive and populous district of the parish of Halesowen, 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, 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, centre and side aisles, and a clock. The living is a perpetual curacy, yearly vaue 151, in the gift of the vicar of Halesowen, and held by the Rev. J. H. Thompson, B.A., of Magdalen College, Oxford. In 1852 a grant of land was made by the sons of the Rev. George Biggs (a former vicar of the parish of Halesowen) for the enlargement of the burial ground of this parish Here also are places of worship for Unitarians, Baptists, Welseyans, and New Connexion Methodists; attached to the church is a National school, under the government inspection. The Unitarian school is supported partly by endowment and partly by an annual collection. The number of free boys is 30, of girls 12. The extensive iron works 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. There are likewise manufacturers 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. 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 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 parish), abound with coal and ironstone. The population in 1861 was 4,075.

  NETHEREND, Colley Gate, Overend, Two Gates, and Colman Hill are near the town.
 Parish Clerk, Henry Charlton.

POST OFFICE.- Mrs Elizabeth Christopher, receiver. Letters arrive from Brierley Hill at 7.45 a.m. ; dispatched at 6.45 p.m. The nearest money order office is at Cradley heath
General Fire & Life, Thomas Clewes, Park side
Royal Fire & Life, George Henry Rice & Thomas Clewes, Park side
National, William Harris, master; Miss Mary Ann Wooldridge, mistress
Unitarian, Thomas Henry Billingham, master ; Miss Elizabeth Kennedy, mistress


  • Aston James, esq. Colley Lane
  • Baker Mr. George Henry
  • Barnett Miss
  • Cochrane Rev. Walter [Unitarian], Nethernd
  • Hingley Mr. Noah, Chapel house
  • Hingley Mr. Samuel, Fairview
  • Homer Mr. Joseph
  • Homer Mrs. Joseph, Colley gate
  • Homer Mr. Thomas, Colley gate
  • Homfray Jeston, esq. Coleman hill
  • Smith Mr. William, Clyde house
  • Thompson Rev. Joseph H. B.A. [incumbent]
  • Wood Mr. Thomas, Colley gate


  • Adams Jabez, British Arms, Overend
  • Attwood Benjamin, beer retailer
  • Attwood Richard, beer retailer
  • Attwood William, beer retailer
  • Attwood William, butcher
  • Beasley Allen, chain maker, Two gates
  • Bennett William, Blue Bell
  • Bloomer Thomas & son, nail manufacturers, Colley Gate
  • Bloomer John, carpenter, Colley gate
  • Bloomer Josiah, Robin Hood
  • Bowkley Edwd. whlwright, Netherend
  • Brettle Edward, grocer
  • Bunn William, beer retailer
  • Clewes Thomas, mop maker, Park Side
  • Cook Samuel, Crown
  • Darby Joseph, tailor, Windmill hill
  • Evers Samuel & Sons, manufacturers of charcoal horsenail rods, best & common iron wire rods for fencing, cables, bars, &c, & coal proprietors, Cradley iron works
  • Fellows John, miller
  • Fellows Thomas, Old Mogul, Nethernd
  • Finch Simeon, Old Two Gates
  • Foley Edward, farmer
  • 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 Edwd. shopkeeper, Windmill hill
  • Fox Thomas, maltster
  • Gadd Joseph, cider retailer
  • Gill Daniel, butcher
  • Gower Francis William, grocer
  • 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 advert
  • Harper Reuben, beer retailer, Colley gate
  • Hathaway William, Fish
  • Hawkeswood Richard, tax collector, Colley gate
  • Hawkesworth Wm. Herbrt. Sun, Overnd
  • Hill John, shoe maker
  • Hingley James, butcher
  • Hingley James, farmer, Neterend
  • Hopkiss Henry, iron manufacturer. Lodge forge
  • Hodgetts Charles, polishing felt manufacturer, Park side
  • Homer Paul, shopkeeper, Park side
  • Hughes Isaiah, Holly Bush
  • Jones & Lloyd (late William Rock & Co.), manufacturers of chain cables, anchors, ship & crane chains, wrought nails, spikes, bolts, anvils, vices &c. & hardware merchants, Cradley
  • Jones Mary (Mrs.) maltstr, Netherend
  • King Brothers, manufacturers of fire bricks, glasshouse pots &c & plumbagom & and at 37, 38 & 39 Lichfield street, Birmingham. See advertisement.
  • King Joseph & Co. coal proprietors & manufacturers of blue bricks, tiles &c. Netherend
  • Laister Thomas, maltster, Colley gate
  • Leonard Samuel, May Pole
  • Mason James, farmer, Overend
  • Mills Edward, wheelwright, Colley gate
  • Mole Lucy (Miss), beer retailr. Colley gate
  • Mole Wm. Hy. blacksmith, Colley gate
  • Mountford, Homer & Mountford, iron merchants & manufacturers of wrought nails, chain cables, anchors, crane & ships' rigging chains, spades & shovels, anvils, vices &c. Cradley works ; & 7 Fore street,Limehouse, London e
  • Oliver Edwin, contractor
  • Oliver William, beer retailer, Colley gate
  • Paddock Hannah (Mrs.), shopkeeper
  • Pateshall Thomas, tanner, Park side
  • Pearson Amos, linen draper
  • Perry James, wood turner, Colley gate
  • Priest David, grocer
  • Priest John, smith
  • Rice George Henry, linen draper
  • Roper William, farmer, Windmill hill
  • Shaw William, brick maker, Netherend
  • Sidaway William, shopkeeper
  • Simons Mary Frances (Mrs.), Bridge inn
  • Smethem Henry, beer retlr. Colley gate
  • Steadman Joseph, Black Swan
  • Stevens Wm. beer retailer, Netherend
  • Talbot George, beer retailer
  • Tandy David, butcher, Colley gate
  • Tate Abel, Bull's Head
  • Tate James, shopkeeper
  • Tate William, beer retailer
  • Tibbetts Joseph, Shovel inn, Park side
  • Warr James, brick maker
  • Webb Thomas, plumber &c.
  • Westwood Emma (Mrs.), beer retailer
  • Wooldridge Simeon, van proprietor
  • Yeomans Williams, tailor

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