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 October 16th 7.30pm THE SWINGING SIXTIES Our speaker this October is Worcestershire man Ray Sturdy, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). Fellowship is granted by the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) and is open to those who can demonstrate enough involvement in geography through publications, research or professional experience to gain recognition by their peers. His knowledge covers a wide range of topics with the majority featuring travel or social development. For most of us the Sixties are a distant memory jogged and blurred by television programmes and fading photographs. Britain in this era was dominated by a post war youth boom. New cars and technological developments were racing away from old established habits. The motorway network was growing to accommodate freedom of travel. New housing and petrol at 5/- per gallon (that’s 5 shillings to post decimalisation individuals, the shilling was a coin worth one twentieth of a pound sterling, or twelve pence). Pop music was bursting onto the scene with The Beatles and others, youth was embracing fashions promoted by Twiggy and Mary Quant. Can you remember the scandals that rocked society? Which Royals got married? Was the era defined by the moon walk? How close did we come to all out nuclear war? Come and find out and be part of the discussion. All lectures are held in Chaddesley Corbett Village Hall, DY10 4QA Enquiries to Rob Blakeway 01562 777679 Membership is £5 per year. Admission to meetings:– Members £2.50, Non-members are always welcome £3.50  ______________________________________________________________

Chaddesley - One Hundred Years Ago - Oct. 1919

October   4th   At   the   Parish   Council   Meeting   on   September   25th   it   was   decided   to ask   the   parishioners   to   join   in   the   National   Campaign   for   the   extermination   of rats.   A   special   week   is   fixed   this   month   for   warfare   on   the   destructive   rodent; but   the   warfare   will   be   ineffectual   unless   everybody   does   their   duty   and   keeps their own premises free from rats. The   meeting   was   adjourned   till   Monday,   when   Mr   Duff   attended   and   explained the   terms   under   which   the   Rev.   W.Wykes   Finch   proposes   to   hand   over   the Institute   building   to   the   parish.   The   Council   was   invited   to   nominate   three trustees   of   the   Institute   and   the   selection   was:   Mr   Edward   Corbett:   Mr   John Page:    and    Dr    Dennis    Fitch.    Before    separating    the    Councillors    took    the opportunity   to   congratulate   their   Chairman,   Mr   E   Corbett,   on   having   purchased his   residence,   “Pleremore   House”   at   the   recent   auction   sale.   It   would   have been   a   thousand   pities   if   Mr   Corbett   had   left   “Pleremore”,   the   house   in   which he   was   born   and   in   the   vicinity   of   which   his   whole   useful   life   had   been   spent. Miss   Olliff   of   Swindon,   has   been   appointed   assistant   mistress   at   the   Endowed Schools.   She   had   some   very   inconvenient   experiences   in   her   endeavours   to reach   Chaddesley   in   time   for   October   1st.   The   railway   journey   alone   occupied two days. The   Talbot   Bowling   Club   held   their   final   meeting   and   prize   distribution   on Thursday   evening   of   last   week.   After   the   business   was   over   a   smoking   concert was    held    and    it    was    one    of    the    most    successful    ever    held    in    this neighbourhood.   Owing   to   the   kindness   of   Mr   J   Bean   and   Mr   Freeman   of Farmfold   House-and   the   employees   there   were   sufficient   funds   provided   to make   the   concert   practically   “Free”.   Mr   Tandy   made   a   capital   Chairman   and   at the   decisive   moment,   sent   round   a   plate   for   the   Infirmary   Box,   with   the   result that about £3 was raised for the deserving Kidderminster Infirmary The   railway   strike   prevented   the   clock   repairer   reaching   Chaddesley   this   week, so   we   are   still   without   the   other   “strike”.   Towards   the   funds   we   have   received handsome donations from Miss Purrott (Beauty Bank) and Mr A D Chambers. October    11th     The    Harvest    Festival    Services    were    popular    this    year    and unusually   well   attended.   On   Thursday   evening   the   special   preacher   was   the Rev.   Tron,   rector   of   Rushock.   The   choir   was   augmented   by   several   members   of the   Farmfold   Male   Voice   Choir   and   this   added   considerably   to   the   musical effectiveness of the service. I   regret   that   announcing   the   contributions   to   the   clock   fund   I   did   not   mention last   week   Mrs   Perrins,   The   Malthouse,   and   Mr   and   Mrs   Perrins   of   the   CTC. House.   Subscribers   this   week   include   Mr   T   Watson’s   family   and   Miss   Blakeway of Beauty Bank. A   lecture   on   Father   Wall   and   Harvington   Hall   was   given   on   Thursday   evening   in the    Banqueting    Hall    of    the    old    Harvington    Hall.    The    lecturer    was    Mr    J Humphries   F   S   A   who   is   known   widely   as   a   great   authority   on   Worcestershire History   and   particularly   its   ancient   buildings.   The   lecture   was   attended   by about   200   people   and   was   illustrated   by   lantern   slides   which   were   some   of   the clearest   and   most   beautiful   pictures   one   could   possibly   imagine.   The   school children   are   enjoying   two   weeks   holiday   now,   as   they   missed   their   Whit   week holiday   and   also   the   Kings   “Peace”   request.   The   majority   of   them   seem   to   be commemorating peace by “tatur” picking. October   18th    on   Friday   morning   last   week   there   was   considerable   excitement at   the   top   of   Larchford   Hill   where   the   7.45   bus   was   in   full   blaze.   For   some reason   not   explained   the   petrol   tank   suddenly   burst   into   flames,   the   driver, conductor,   and   the   one   passenger   just   managed   to   extricate   themselves   in   the nick   of   time.   Nothing   could   be   done   to   save   the   bus,   it   burned   furiously   for   an hour   or   two,   scorching   the   hedges   and   effectively   blocking   traffic.   The   coming week   is   Rat   week   when   we   are   all   requested   to   poison,   ferret   or   chivvy   every rat on our premises. (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 ‘alive and well’ 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