Chaddesley’s Origins

The village of Chaddesley Corbett is an ancient settlement with a prehistoric buriel mound and traces of a Roman road. Originally known as Chaddesley the name is thought to mean "Ceadda's clearing in the wood" and is first mentioned in a Saxon Charter of 816 when the land was given to the Bishop of Worcester in return for hospitality to the King of Mercia and his men. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book as belonging to a Saxon Noblewoman - and had two priests,  several corn mills, a population as large as Kidderminster and two saltpans in Droitwich for it's own use. After the Norman Conquest the Manor of Chaddesley was owned by the Corbett family who added their name to it’s title.  Later, church lands passed to the Earldom of Warwick and, eventually, to the Throckmortons of Coughton Court.


St. Cassian’s Font circa. 1160

St Cassian’s chalice shaped baptism font is approaching its 900th birthday, as experts have dated it to around 1160. It is arguably the most important treasure in our parish church and one that those interested in its kind are eager to see. It is recognised as a product of The Herefordshire School of Romanesque Sculpture which flourished from the late 11th to the late 12th century. This outstanding piece of Norman sculpture has been attributed to the Chief Master of the Herefordshire School as it is so well executed. Examples of the Herefordshire School can be found well to the north of that county and having an example in Chaddesley may be explained by the fact that this church was granted to Tewkesbury Abbey in 1114. It may have been commissioned by Richard Folliott, resident Lord of the Manor in the mid-12th century. The font’s decoration is typical of the school. The five intertwined dragons are Anglo-Saxon inspired and represent the evil forces which can be overcome by baptism. The rest of the interlaced decoration derives from Celtic and Southern European symbols widely used at this time. The font has occupied several positions in the church. It is shown centrally between the north and south doors in a plan of 1800 and by the second northern nave pillar in 1846 which may explain the local tradition that it was concealed in one of the pillars. Sylvia Beardshaw _______________________________________________________________

Chaddesley - One Hundred Years Ago - July 1919

July   5th    The   bells   rang   merrily   for   a   time   on   last   Saturday,   and   a   long-drawn sigh   of   relief   was   Chaddesley’s   reception   of   the   news   that   the   Peace   Treaty   was signed.   The   job   has   been   to   long   about.   “Hope   deferred   maketh   the   heart grow   sick.”   And   when   the   long   wished-for   news   did   arrive   there   seemed   to   be no   heart   left   for   joyful   celebration.   While   the   vile   jade   wraps   her   evil   skirts around us there is no hope of a true Peace. -   From   the   pulpit   on   Sunday   the   Vicar   felt   constrained   to   express   his   inability yet    to    place    faith    in    German    pledges,    and    therefore    he    refrained    from preaching   on   the   subject   of   Peace   till   such   times   that   evidence   proves   that   the Germans are keeping their promises. -   The   attempt   to   revive   Chaddesley   Wake   proved   premature   and   has   to   be abandoned   for   this   year.   However,   it   is   intended   to   make   a   fresh   start   in   1920, and endeavour to re-establish the ancient holiday on new lines. July   12th    Chaddesley   readers   will   be   sorry   to   learn   that   George   Turbutt,   of Tutnall,   died   in   Birmingham   General   Hospital   last   Monday.   Although   he   has been   away   from   Chaddesley   about   six   years,   he   is   still   well   remembered   by most   of   the   villagers.   He   leaves   a   widow   and   three   adult   children   to   mourn   his loss. -   There   was   a   pretty   wedding   at   the   church   on   Thursday   in   last   week,   when Miss   Nellie   Adams,   of   Outwood,   was   married   to   Mr   George   H   James,   of   Leigh Court.   Mr   George   Gines   was   best   man,   and   the   bride   was   given   away   by   her cousin,   Mr   Walter   Harrison.   The   bridesmaids   were   the   Misses   E   and   N   Hunt and   Miss   D   Hayes.   The   bride   was   dressed   in   white   silk,   with   veil   of   white   tulle with   orange   blossoms,   and   carried   a   bouquet   of   orange   blossom   and   red   roses. The wedding presents were numerous, useful, and valuable. -   There   seems   to   be   no   probability   of   any   organized   rejoicing   here   on   the   19th -   the   general   atmosphere   of   feeling   towards   it   seems   apathetic   in   the   extreme. One   parish   councillor   has   promised   to   get   the   matter   considered   at   the   next meeting-and,   as   this   will   be   on   the   July   31st,   we   hope   that   he   will   get   his proposition carried out in time for the next war. July   19th    The   social   party   on   the   vicarage   lawn   on   Thursday   night   was   an unqualified   success.   The   lawn   and   grounds   looked   very   attractive,   particularly when   illuminated   in   the   evening.   A   large   number   availed   themselves   of   the invitation   to   spend   a   social   evening   together.   A   good   volunteer   band   provided plenty   of   music   for   dancing.   Miss   Marjorie   Fitch   and   Mr   B   Danks   (violins),   Mr and Mrs Millward at the piano: and they were kept well employed. -    The    Talbot    bowling    club’s    first    competition    has    resulted    in    yet    another triumph   for   our   local   Handy   Andy,   who,   after   getting   a   bye   in   the   first   round, ran   through   J   A   Sayers   (11-6),   A   Williams   (11-2),   W   Salt   (11-3),   and   A Reynolds   (11-2).   This   I   believe,   makes   Mr   Taylor’s   fourth   win   in   the   Talbot   B   C events.   The   final   tie   in   the   “Consolation   Stakes”   has   to   be   fought   out   between Mr S Grazier and Mr T F Tandy. -   Although   the   Wake   was   officially   abandoned   there   was   quite   an   influx   of   old friends   last   Sunday,   who   made   their   pilgrimage   once   more   to   their   birthplace or   home   at   Chaddesley   Corbett.   The   dedication   services   were   well   attended, especially   in   the   morning,   and   the   children’s   choir,   augmented   by   several   male volunteers,   was   a   great   improvement   in   the   musical   part   of   the   service.   The ringers   celebrated   the   visit   of   their   afore-time   captain   (Mr   James   Bond),   by several   touches   on   the   bells   during   the   afternoon   and   contributed   to   the enjoyment of the many visitors. -   Both   the   cricket   teams   last   Saturday   came   off   victorious:   the   first   team entertained   the   Victoria   team   at   Chaddesley.   The   wicket   was   hard   and   inclined to   bump,   especially   from   fast   deliveries   by   Styles.   Early   in   the   game   Tom   Davis was   placed   hors-de-combat   by   a   blow   in   the   face   from   a   rising   ball.   Chaddesley were   all   out   for   106.   The   Victoria   batsmen   started   disastrously.   Davis   was   in fine    form    with    the    ball.    Four    wickets    were    down    for    eight    runs    and    a catastrophe   was   only   avoided   by   some   very   feeble   fielders   dropping   catches. In   sharp   contrast   was   a   remarkably   fine   catch   by   Penny   at   point.   The   Victoria team were all out for 47. July   26th    Last   Saturday   we   celebrated   Peace   with   no   cricket,   no   feast,   no fireworks.   No   bonfire   no   nothin!!   Oh   yes   we   had   a   very   fine   storm   of   rain   that effectually put a stop to any extempore “mafficking”. -   Mrs   Watts   had   arranged   a   capital   programme   of   events   for   the   northern   side of   the   parish,   but   the   rain   caused   the   abandonment   of   all   but   the   eating business;   and   it   is   hoped   to   carry   out   the   sports   events   on   Bank   Holiday.   If Saturday,   this   week,   proves   fine,   our   village   children   will   have   cause   to   rejoice that   their   tea   party,   which   Mrs   Sayers   is   giving   them   was   not   fixed   for   the   wet Peace   day.   An   excellent   programme   of   sports   has   been   prepared   by   Miss   Betty Groom and now only the weather can prevent a success. (A selection copied from Kidderminster Shuttle by CC Local History Society) It’s   an   interesting   game   to   play   -   spotting   how   many   family   names   are   still prevalent in Chaddesley, to this day.

Contemporary History

Chaddesley Woods in Chaddesley Corbett became a Nature Reserve in 1973 through the generosity of Mr. John Cadbury. The reserve consists of 53 hectares of native oak woodland and 47 hectares of recent plantations of  young hardwoods and softwoods - which were added to show how wild life conservation can be intergrated with modern commercial management. A "Jubilee Walk" was introduced in 1977 to mark the 25th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne.  The walk is marked by yellow arrows - which indicate public rights of way - and by white arrows which indicate courtesy paths. There are Voluntary Wardens for the woods and the area is managed by the Nature Conservancy Council. The Woods are a special feature of the area and attract many visitors all through the year. Car parking by the roadside. Guard against thefts.
Chaddesley Corbett