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.
Wednesday February 20th 7.30pm - Ironbridge Gorge: Then and NowAn Important World Heritage Site explained by Richard BifieldA fascinating talk to inspire you to visit the World Heritage Site on your door step from the man who knows more than most. Find out what puts Ironbridge on the same list as the Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan or the Matobo Hills of Zimbabwe? A few of the criteria for becoming a World Heritage Site are:•Represents a masterpiece of human creative genius.•Exhibits an important interchange of human values.•Is an outstanding example of an architectural or technological ensemblethroughout history.•Is an outstanding example of traditional human settlement or interaction with the environment.Enquiries to Rob Blakeway 01562 firstname.lastname@example.orgMembership 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 - February
Feb 1stAmong the demobilised to return this week are Ernest Grazierand Stephen Williams.Unfortunately, Stephen had caught cold on the journey home, and has been unwell all the week. His wife’s mother (Mrs Mary Hemming), who lived with them, hoped and longed to live to see his return. She had her wish, but passed peacefully away after his arrival, truly a Nunc Dimittis. She was born in 1829 and had nearly reached her 90th birthday.I noticed the congregation at church last Sunday included an unusual soldier visitor. A closer survey proved him to be Arthur Clinton, of Cutnall Green. It is a pleasure to know that he is safe home again from his enforced sojourn in Germany: but it is galling to note the effects of his sufferings and not be able to seize some Hun scoundrel by the throat.The lesson was mental arithmetic. “If father gave mother 11s 8d on Monday; 15s 9d on Tuesday; and 7s 6d on Wednesday, what would she have?” And the cherub answered: - “A bloomin fit.”Feb 8thMr W Hemmingreceived official notification from the War Office that his youngest son, Eric, is dead. The sad news caused quite a wave of sympathy with the sorrowing relatives and also an intense feeling of indignation and horror. Here is the evidence in short. During the last week in June, Eric (a prisoner in Germany) wrote home that he was well and could “stick it”. On July 8th he is dead “in a German War Hospital”; locality not given; cause of death, not stated. That’s the German tale. You have it – form your own conclusions. The general verdict is that there has been some foul play.The influenza fiend has re-appeared here, and in a most malignant form. At Tanwood House the whole family as well as the domestics, were all stricken with it; and on Tuesday night, the father, Mr J.P. Horton, succumbed to the dread disease. His death came as a great shock to all who knew him. Since he came to reside at Chaddesley, he has made many friends locally and has been ready to assist financially in any good work in the neighbourhood. At the time of writing, Mrs Hortonand the children as well as Florrie Quiney(one of the domestics) are all seriously ill but hopes entertains that they will recover.The soldier boys are returning home now; I cannot pretend to record all the names of the Chaddesley arrivals, but I have seen this week Bill Pain, Reg Hemming, Lionel Morris and others. It would be nice if some supper could be given to welcome them and show that we are not unmindful of their great services and not lacking in gratitude. The said supper might be repeated at monthly or other periods, so that all the parochial soldiers and sailors could be entertained soon after arrival at one time or another. Now, Parish Councillors, what say you? You are our Parliament.Feb 15th- The Flu is still with us. Mr and Mrs Wm Seagerhave both been very ill, but fortunately they are now convalescent. Mrs Hill(Swan Hotel), is still far from being well.The Shuttle notes regarding the returning soldiers are already bearing fruit. Mr G H Boulter, of Walsall, sends a very kindly appreciating letter offering to entertain some of the boys at the Fox Hotel. I understand that invitations will shortly be issued to the Returned ones living around, and from the suggested programme, I am convinced they will be assured a good time. Mr and Mrs Hancox are entering into the cause with a spirit that guarantees success. Mr W Ramsden has also notified me that he will only be too glad to give assistance in the musical part of the programme. The ball is rolling. Let it roll. We owe the lads our lives - our all. “Many happy returns of the day” to Mrs Bough.She is 90 years of age this week.Feb 22nd- The County Education Committee propose to place in the Schools a War Memorial, which will be a tablet bearing the names of all the scholars who have served in H M Forces during the Great War. The list of names is now being prepared and it is a foregone conclusion that it cannot be strictly accurate because the teachers cannot possibly know all the scholars who haveserved. I suggest that relatives of old scholars or the old scholars themselves who are entitled to be on the list should at once send in their names to Mrs Hulme and Mr Millward, with particulars such as rank, killed, wounded, missing, etc. By this means many disappointments and unintentional slights may be avoided.The influenza still continues its ravages. Mr Joseph Pardoe, of Drayton, has been very ill during the past week. I am pleased to hear that the invalids at Tanwood House are gradually recovering. The War Memorial Committee issued an enquiry form to practically all the parishioners with the idea of ascertaining what funds would be available for the cause. Last Saturday was the “Appointed Day”, but the treasurer, Mr Duff,reports only 60 replies up to that date. This is not Chaddesley style; we must hope it is merely hesitation, and not lack of interest.In common with others, several of us have been severely handicapped during this severe weather by coal shortage. It was found necessary to close the infant school in the village in the early part of the week as no coal was available from the registered agent and the stock at school had run out. Several people have had to eke out an existence with fires that are no blessing to farmer’s fences and no improvement to the housewife’s temper.(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.
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.