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.


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Chaddesley - One Hundred Years Ago - August 1918

September 7th The   muffled   peal   rung   in   memory   of   the   fallen   brave,   on Saturday    last,    was    quite    a    success.success.    The    peal,    which    was    one    of Stedman   variety,   consisted   of   the   usual   5010   charges,   and   was   rung   in   2hrs. 52mins   -   a   record   time   for   Chaddesley   tower.   The   ringers   were   Messrs.   John Jagger   (Oldbury),   John   Bass   (Wollaston),   Joseph   Piggott   (Smethwick),   William Short   (Clent),   Abraham   Greenfield   (Netherton),   Jesse   Screen   (West   Bromwich), William   Fisher   (Coseley),   and   Benjamin   Gough   (Coseley).   The   names   are   given in   the   order   of   the   bells   which   each   ringer   took,   commencing   with   the   treble. The   ringers   are   members   of   the   Dudley   Guild   -   a   branch   of   the   Staffordshire family.   The   striking   of   the   bells   was   excellent,   and   the   whole   peal   was   much enjoyed,   especially   by   those   initiated   into   the   mysteries   of   “this   noble   art   and manly   exercise   despised   by   the   ignorant.”   (The   quotation   is   from   Belbroughton tower   -   the   italics   are   attributed   to   Mr.   James   Broad,   sometime   of   Chaddesley, now   of   Bewdley).   Among   the   interested   listeners   was   a   lady   (Miss   Joyce),   who is   the   proud   possessor   of   seven   brothers   and   a   father   who   have   rung   several peals together - just the family party of eight. During   the   week   I   have   had   news   of   many   of   our   Chaddesley   fighting   lads,   and am   pleased   to   report   the   news   as   good   in   all   cases.   The   visiting   soldiers   this week included Norman Hill and William Raybould - both looking well. The   Rev.   D.   H.   Francis   (formerly   Vicar   of   Chaddesley),   and   Mrs.   Francis,   are visitors at Pleremore this week. September 14th   Soldier     visitors     this     week     include     Frank     Hemming (convalescent),   Clem   Dickinson,   Joe   Dickinson,   David   Pain   and   Will   Cartwright. The   last   named   expects   shortly   to   proceed   Eastwards;   Dora   does   not   permit me   to   mention   more.   News   of   John   Dickinson’s   safety   and   good   health   has come   through.   That’s   good   -   but   again   my   column   is   tinged   with   sadness,   for Joe   Pardoe   (Dorhall)   has   “gone   West,”   and   I   feel   we   have   lost   one   of   our   most consistent   optimists.   Joe   has   seen   the   war   from   its   inception,   has   taken   its wounds   and   bumps   with   a   smile   that   wouldn’t   come   off   his   face.   He   never doubted,   never   despaired;   he   was   literally   “always   merry   and   bright.”   And   now he   has   given   us   his   young   life   to   help   to   save   ours.”   I   trust   a   grateful   country will be generous and sympathetic to his widow and child. The   school   children   have   had   a   week’s   opportunity   to   pick   blackberries   for   the troops,   and   receive   3d.   per   pound   for   the   work.   Although   the   work   could   only be   done   during   the   evenings   they   have   handed   in   more   than   three   cwts.   of fruit   already.   A   photographer   connected   with   the   Ministry   of   Food   propaganda work   paid   us   a   visit   one   day   this   week   and   appeared   very   interested   in   our blackberry   campaign.   On   Thursday   several   Chaddesley   faces   were   to   be   found in the illustrated London daily papers, under the heading “Blackberries.” September 21st On   Sunday   the   death   occurred,   at   Leamington,   of   Miss Rose   Smith,   who   at   one   time   resided   at   New   House,   Chaddesley   Corbett.   She had   been   in   poor   health   for   some   years,   but   nevertheless   the   news   of   her death   came   as   a   painful   surprise   to   her   relatives   and   friends.   In   accordance with   her   expressed   wish   she   was   buried   in   Chaddesley   Churchyard,   near   the grave   of   her   parents.   The   funeral   took   place   on   Wednesday,   and   was   attended by   most   of   the   brother   and   sisters   of   the   deceased,   as   well   as   numerous   other friends. Controlling   and   rationing.   However   carefully   organised,   often   defeat   their   own purpose.   The   populace   are   exhorted   to   keep   pigs,   and   having   acquired   a grunter   the   populace   discover   that   they   personally   have   eaten   the   pig’s   rations in   a   composition   called,   for   the   sake   of   courtesy,   “bread.”   The   pig   is   disposed of   therefore   as   soon   as   possible,   and   no   further   attempt   at   pig   feeding   is   made The   breeder   pays   fabulous   prices   for   food   for   the   sows   and   finds   no   market   for his   young   pigs   when   they   arrive.   I   saw   pigs   being   hawked   about   last   week   at 10s.   each;   while   the   same   day   pig   food   was   anything   up   to   40s.   per   sack.   The result   is   that   quietly   many   litters   of   young   pigs   are   knocked   on   the   head wholesale   at   birth   -   and   buried;   the   sows   are   sold   off   half   fat,   and   we   continue to   eat   pig   food   in   our   bread   and   growl   at   the   scarcity   of   good   bacon.   In   this connection   we   find   some   explanation   of   certain   people   who   are   rejoicing   at   the vile   weather   we   are   now   experiencing.   It   is   no   uncommon   experience   to   meet a   farmer   who   is   glad   he   has   a   field   of   spoilt   grain   -   and   it   is   easy   to   guess   why he is pleased. September 28th Hoary   cricketers   who   played   for   Chaddesley   in   the   “early nineties”   will   still   have   lively   recollections   of   Horace   Dixon’s   prowess   in   the field.   I   regret   to   hear   that   Horace   has   lost   his   only   son,   Lieut.   Dixon,   killed   in action   in   France.   Lieut   Dixon   received   his   education   at   Bromsgrove   School,   and there   was   every   promise   of   a   brilliant   career   before   him   -   but,   alas,   the   war intervenes, and another of our best is gone that his country may live. Howard   Gossage,   only   son   of   Mr.   Gossage,   of   St.   Anne’s   Cottage,   Outwood, was   so   seriously   ill   on   Wednesday   evening   that   Dr.   Dennis   Fitch   ordered   his immediate    removal    to    Bromsgrove    Hospital.    He    was    operated    upon    for appendicitis   the   same   night,   and   I   am   pleased   to   hear   the   operation   was successful and the patient is making satisfactory progress. The    blackberry    campaign    proceeds    merrily,    and    the    youngsters    intend completing   their   first   half   ton   this   week.   The   railway   strike   has   scotched   the move   in   some   quarters   but   with   us   it   was   merely   a   “momentary   check,”   we were   on   scent   again   immediately.   We   have   to   learn   how   to   find   substitutions for   all   sorts   of   services   -   living   as   we   do   out   in   the   clear   country,   where   the railways cease from troubling and the strikers are at rest. The   Infirmary   boxes   are   receiving   considerable   assistance   just   as   present   from various   forms   of   giant   vegetable.   Two   onions   given   by   Mr.   Playdon   sold   for   5s this   week.   There   was   a   possibility   of   them   realising   even   more   only   one purchaser didn’t know the rules of the swindle and ate the goods. (A selection copied from Kidderminster Shuttle by CC Local History Society)

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