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
July 6th - The visitors to Chaddesley this week included Mr Walter Hodgkins, from South Africa. Mr Hodgkins spent most of his youth at Drayton; later he was with Mr R Wise, ironmonger, Kidderminster, but he emigrated to South Africa some 15 years ago, and now, like most true Britons, he returns to his native land seeking some work of national importance, so that he might have a hand in the great struggle for the freedom of the world.July 13th - Sunday August 4th,will be observed at Chaddesley, as at most places throughout the United Kingdom as a Day of Remembrance. In addition to the religious services there will be a public gathering of the inhabitants of the parish; and it is suggested that this be held on the Vicarage lawn. Mr J A Sayers has been entrusted with the arrangements of speakers and he hopes to obtain one or two of the best public speakers from Birmingham for this occasion. All who have the love of their country at heart should make an earnest endeavour to join in this expression of our resolution to persevere until the enemies of world freedom are overthrown.July 27th - On Saturday the visitors to the village included the Male Voice Choir from Haywood Forge, Halesowen; and they enlivened the old place considerably with their excellent part singing. In the evening the choir (about forty voices) assembled in the church, and rendered several anthems etc, with excellent effect, much to the enjoyment of the local musical fraternity.August 3rd -All arrangements for next Sunday’s meeting on the Vicarage lawn are now complete. It is hoped every man and women in Chaddesley will consider it their duty to be present, as a means of showing that the whole parish is solid in its determination to crush the German foe. Chaddesley appears likely to be very crowded for the holiday. I have heard of many folk suddenly becoming devotional. You see, it is announced that petrol restrictions are off next Sunday for folk proceeding to worship, and we expect to get our share of folk with prayer books not much the worse for wear.Reg. Hemming is home on leave again, after another year of truly ‘active service,’ such as makes veterans of lads in their ‘teens, when measured by actual battle experience instead of by mere time “with the colours.” He has come hot from the battle front in France, and can tell you, in his cool, matter-of-fact way, of thrilling episodes in the desperate fighting of the last four months.August 10th - Remembrance Day was well observed by a large gathering of villagers, supplemented by a number of visitors, held upon the pretty lawn at the vicarage on Sunday afternoon. Excellent and aptly suited to the great occasion were the speeches delivered by Mr. J. D. Harward (as chairman). Mr. A. Moule, J.P., and Mr. Rhodes, the latter’s outspoken condemnation of the actions of the brutal Huns being particularly well received. It was observed with regret that most of our leading farmers were conspicuous by their absence. Steve Williams and Joseph Aris are among the most recent arrival of local men home on leave from the scenes of active warfare. We are glad to see them both looking so fit and well, and none the worse for the hard, exacting, and perilous work they have been going through for us, and to which they will shortly return.August 17th -Mr. William Hemming has been notified that his eldest son, Arthur, has made the great sacrifice for his country. All who know Bill and his relatives will readily understand me when I say they are terribly upset about this sad news. Mr. Wm. Hemming’s youngest son, Eric, is a prisoner of war in Germany, while his other two sons, Reg. and Hubert, are in the thick of the struggle on the Western front. Words are poor consolation in these events but if sympathy is any consolation to the mourner I am certain the mourners have all Chaddesley with them today. Miss Ages Meredith acknowledges the receipt of two hundred and eighty-eight eggs for wounded soldiers during July. Double the number would be much appreciated during August. The various collections connected with Remembrance Day, at Chaddesley, amounted to £12 9s. 8d. A nice little lump towards this sum was raised by a concert given by the 2nd Walsall Company of Girl Guides. The ladies were spending a week in camp at Mr. Smith’s farm (New House), and their entertainment was most enjoyable.August 24th -Mr. and Mr. John Cutler, of Bluntington, had a pleasant surprise this week. Some five years ago their only son, Harry, emigrated to Canada. This week he communicated with them from Aldershot where he is stationed with a regiment of Canadian Engineers. He expects shortly to get a leave and then hopes to see the old home once more. The intense heat this week caused the corn to be ready for putting in rick much earlier than the farmers anticipated. Hauling has proceeded as rapidly as strength would allow - but it is awfully galling to farmers to see a bounteous harvest all ready for getting - the weather favourable - but labour unobtainable.Bill Pain’s good fortune still attends him. After his arduous times in the recent operations on the Western front he has been granted a Paris leave, and has much enjoyed his visit to the so-called “Gay City.” “Good fortune oft exciteth envy”- and envy breedeth malice, wherefore Bill’s Pal who didn’t have a Paris leave says that Bill stopped ever so many folk on the Boulevards and opened aconversation thus:-“ parlez vous Francais ?” “Oui Oui Monsieur,” “Then will you please to tell me which street Florrie Millward lives in?” I tried to verify the story but discovered that the lady was holiday keeping in England.August 31st -On Saturday last we received the sad news that William Britten had died in France from the results of being gassed. He is the youngest son of Mrs. Britten, of Larchfoot Hill, and leaves a widow and two young children. Shortly before his death he had been raised to the rank of Sergeant. His sister, Mrs. Sidney Hall, lost her husband in the war; and his father died suddenly about two years ago. Altogether the family has experienced so much sorrow in recent years. The Vicar made a touching reference to the sad event from the pulpit last Sunday, and the congregation remained standing after the service while the Dead March was played. The Vicar read out a list of twenty-three parishioners who had laid down their lives for their country in this war and announced that a muffled peal in their memory will be rung on the bells next Saturday. The ringers will be a selected band from Associated Ringers and the peal will be conducted by the President of the Staffordshire Association.The rain, although hindering harvest operation, was very welcome for other crops at Chaddesley. Good progress has already been made in garnering the grain. Some crops are reported, as being remarkably heavy. Mr. David Mann is harvesting a particularly fine field of oats, the straw averaging over six feet in height and, as a friend remarked,- “looks like fishing rods.”(A selection copied from Kidderminster Shuttle by CC Local History Society)
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.