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.


History Society

Wednesday March 20th 7.30pm The History of Bewdley. Richard Perrins Ever   since   I   moved   to   Wyre   Forest   30   years   ago,   I   have   loved   Bewdley   as   a very   special   jewel   in   the   crown.   I   have   heard   many   stories   about   its   pretty streets   and   often   wondered   how   many   are   true.   So   perhaps   this   evening   I   will discover fact from fiction and learn even more stories in the process. Did the King of England really marry his Queen within the town? Did a charming lady preserve an ancient house single handed launching the appreciation of the beauty of the place in its historic buildings? Did the folk of the riverside live with hooks on the walls of their homes with which they lifted their furniture out of reach of the swirling Severn? What of the tropical seas, to discover by the evidence left at Habberley with its ancient path and camp? While at Ruskin’s house in the Lake District I learnt of his connections with Bewdley. what was his mark on this place? What crossings existed before the majestic bridge built by Thomas Telford? Bewdley   intertwines   itself   with   the   history   of   Worcestershire   and   yet   reaches out   towards   the   Marches   because   of   its   position   on   the   boundary   line   of   the Severn.   This   will   be   a   talk   to   feed   your   soul   and   root   yourself   again   in   this marvellous county. Enquiries to Rob Blakeway 01562 777679 Membership is £5 per year paid in a tri-yearly cycle. Admission to meeting – Members £2.50, Non-members welcome @ £3.50

Chaddesley - One Hundred Years Ago - March 1919

March   1st    The   balance   sheet   of   “Court   Alexandra”-the   Ladies’   Branch   of   the “Foresters’   Society”   was   issued   this   week,   and   shows   good   progress   in   1918,   in spite   of   the   ravages   of   Influenza.   The   subscriptions   to   the   Social   Fund   were   so bountiful   that   the   whole   of   the   ticket   money   was   available   as   an   asset   to   the Society.   I   note   from   the   list   of   donors   that   I   unfortunately   missed   two   of   the most   benevolent   in   the   list   I   gave   last   week,   viz:   Mrs   Smith,   of   New   House, and Mrs J A Sayers. The   rabbits   were   playing   havoc   in   a   Chaddesley   garden   last   week   and   no   fence could   be   made   secure   enough   against   them.   An   expert   was   called   in   who diagnosed   that   the   “varmints”   must   lodge   in   the   garden.   This   seemed   an impossibility,   but   a   thorough   search   revealed   a   pair   comfortably   ensconced under   the   dog   kennel,   and   they   both   escaped   before   Rover   recovered   from   his surprise. March   8th    A   meeting   of   Parishioners   was   held   in   the   Schools   on   Wednesday evening   to   receive   the   report   of   the   War   Memorial   Committee.   Considering   the terrible    weather    prevailing    at    he    time,    the    attendance    was    good.    The Committee   are   to   be   congratulated   on   having   steered   safely   through   very troubled   waters   and   arrived   with   a   report   that   was   unanimously   adopted   by the   meeting.   A   monument   will   be   erected   in   the   churchyard   on   a   site   facing the   village   street   and   the   names   of   the   fallen   brave   will   be   shown   on   panels around   its   base.   The   selection   of   its   design   is   left   in   the   hands   of   the   vicar,   Mr Page,   Mr   Duff,   and   Mr   Len   Nicholls.   A   considerable   sum   of   money   has   been promised   also   to   the   establishment   of   a   Workmen’s   Club   and   Institute.   A committee   was   appointed   to   negotiate   with   the   Rev   W   Wykes-Finch,   who   has generously   offered   the   buildings   at   Brockencote   as   a   gift   to   the   Parish.   More money   however,   must   be   forthcoming,   and   the   Chairman   Mr   Page,   offered   to increase    his    subscription    by    two    guineas    if    another    eight    people    will    do likewise.   Mr   Edward   Corbett   immediately   accepted   the   challenge   as   far   as   he was   concerned   and   hoped   that   we   would   all   endeavour   to   obtain   the   necessary amount from ourselves and our friends. On   Friday   evening   last   week   about   twenty   of   the   returning   soldiers   were expecting   to   be   entertained   at   the   Fox   Hotel   by   Mr   G   H   Butler.   Unfortunately,   at the   last   moment   Mr   Boulter   was   prevented   from   being   present.   There   were several   paying   guests,   including   Dr   Dennis   Fitch,   (chairman),   Mr   W   Ramsden (vice-chair),   Messrs   D   Mann,   J   Andrews,   E   A   Millward,   S   Grazier,   and   J   Pain.   An excellent   repast   was   provided,   and   a   thoroughly   enjoyable   evening   was   spent. Mr   Ramsden’s   songs   were   very   popular,   and   other   songs   were   given   by   Bill Pain,   S   Grazier   and   F   Hemming.   Space   forbids   reference   to   all   the   toasts;   but there   was   a   musical   honour   for   the   Army   and   Navy,   and   for   the   donor   of   the feast.   The   hostess   excused   herself   from   a   speech   with   the   remark,   “I   am   a silent   woman,”   and   honest   John   pertinently   added,   “There’s   very   few   of   them about, mam”. March    15th     During    February,    Miss    Meredith    received    101    eggs    for    the wounded   soldiers.   The   collection   is   to   cease   at   the   end   of   this   month.   The record   leaves   Chaddesley   no   qualms   of   conscience;   but   before   we   leave   the good   work   a   word   of   praise   is   due   to   Miss   Meredith   and   her   devoted   band   of workers.   They   have   continued   with   commendable   perseverance   long   after   the novelty   wore   off,   and   without   any   of   the   fulsome   praise   and   publicity   given   to less   useful   war   work.   A   clear   conscience   and   the   sincere   love   of   those   they have   befriended   will,   no   doubt,   be   a   sufficient   life-long   reward   to   them   and those who have given to their cause. Our   new   Count   Councillor   is   Mr   John   Page,   of   Hill   pool,   and   it   would   be impossible   to   mention   a   more   suitable   representative   of   all   classes   in   this parish.   He   would   be   the   first   to   acknowledge   that   other   parishes   in   the   Division might   possess   an   equally   desirable   candidate   but   possibly   not   equally   willing   to devote    his    undoubted    business    abilities    to    his    fellow    men.    Oh,    yes,    and women. These   electoral   alterations   are   apt   to   befog   one’s   vision.   Mr   Page   has   devoted a   fairly   long   life   to   public   work;   he   possesses   a   ripe   experience;   and,   what   is still   more   to   the   point,   a   cheerful   sturdy   independence   that   is   never   abrupt   or rude: but brooks no bunkum however highly placed. Prophecy   is   often   dangerous,   but   I   am   bold   enough   to   affirm   that   our   new   C.C. will be found an acquisition in the Worcestershire Parliament. The   sale   at   Bellington   attracted   an   unusual   crowd,   and   extraordinary   good prices   were   made   all   day.   There   was   a   certain   amount   of   disappointment   and regret,   however,   that   tinged   the   whole   proceedings   because   we   can   ill   afford   to lose   a   good   parishioner   like   Mr   Dickinson.   During   the   few   years   he   has   spent among   us   he   has   been   whole-hearted   in   all   good   work   in   the   parish,   and   it   will be   none   to   easy   to   fill   his   place.   He   will   be   missed   and   so   also   will   the members of his family on many occasions in the future. Mr   George   Morgan’s   unfortunate   loss   of   a   valuable   horse   was   not   allowed   to pass   unnoticed.   A   quiet   collection   raised   £16-13s   to   assist   him   repair   his   loss. Locally   the   chief   moving   spirit   was   Mr   Tim   Hill,   of   the   Swan   Hotel,   and   if   I   have missed    another    Good    Samaritan,    it    is    through    my    unfortunate    lack    of information. Please take my apologies here and now. March   22nd    The   rapidity   with   which   Influenza   has   spread   through   the   parish is   alarming.   In   many   houses   every   member   of   the   family   is   down   with   the dread    disease.    Scarcely    a    house    in    Drayton    is    free,    while    Hill    Pool    and Yieldingtree   are   not   much   better.   The   few   fortunate   people   who   are   yet   free are    continually    occupied    in    endeavouring    to    assist    their    less    fortunate neighbours. March    29th     An    endeavour    is    being    made    to    revive    the    Cricket    Club.    A meeting    was    held    in    the    Old    School    on    Thursday    in    last    week,    but    the attendance   was   not   very   encouraging.   A   committee   was   formed   to   endeavour to   raise   funds   and   re-start   the   club.   Mr   J   Blakeway   kindly   offered   a   field   to   the players,   and   the   only   obstacle   to   accepting   the   offer   is   the   removal   of   the pavilion.   The   many   traditions   connected   with   the   old   field   on   the   Bromsgrove road   will   also   be   a   powerful   factor   in   deciding   the   final   vote.   The   young   bloods are   very   enthusiastic,   and   if   they   can   solve   the   £.s.d.   problem   their   venture   will most surely succeed. Among   other   souvenirs   of   interest   a   returned   soldier   possesses   a   copy   of   the programme   of   a   race   meeting   at   Jerusalem,   and   one   of   the   horse   entered   bore the   name   “Chaddesley   Notes”.   I   regret   to   hear   that,   although   the   animal   was hot favourite, he was not the winner of the race. (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