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 September 18th 7.30pmThe Droitwich Brine Bathswith Roger PeberdyDr Roger Peberdy has lived in Droitwich since 1966. Roger spent over thirty years as a local GP, prescribing the full range of brine spa treatments, and can thus now claim to be the last 'brine doctor' living in Droitwich. This September he is sharing his knowledge and reminiscences of the history of the Droitwich baths and the treatments (which he has also published in a book about the locality a historical record for the town) with Chaddesley Corbett. Droitwich as we know it has based its existence on the natural subterranean resource of Droitwich salt, one of the purest naturally occurring deposits of salt in the world. Known internationally, first as a salt manufacturing town, and later as a medicinal spa specialising in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism, Droitwich has now all but lost its salt connections, which were grimy, steamy saltworks of which little remains to mark that once all-importantremains of that all-important industry. If you visit today there are remains of the town’s time as a spa, and recently some hope of a small-scale revival._______________________________________________________________
Chaddesley - One Hundred Years Ago - Sept. 1919
September 6th:The Cricket Team gave a very good batting display at the Lye on Saturday last, but lost the match eventually through weakness in the field. The final scores were Chaddesley 142; Lye 187. Our chief contributors were Millward 35, Moore 27. Hemming 20 (in four knocks) and Blakeway 17. Our bowling and fielding were decidedly “off” form, and those five wides in two overs were distressing as well as painful. The Lye ground is not situated very salubriously: the smoke wanders aimlessly over the pitch, and the smut droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven to the place beneath. Here the simile ends for it is not “twice blessed.” The spectators are decidedly interesting; no reserve or stand-offishness and for candour in their remarks they are unequalled. My favourite for the afternoon prefixed his surprise sentences with “Kri-art” the “a” accently sharply as in “hat.” His sanguinary interpolations were marked by marvellous dexterity, particularly the method of dashing in an extra one between the syllables of any large word. But they are sports to the backbone; warm hearted, generous, and frank; in spite of the lingo, I like “em.” The schools re-opened this week much to the relief of some folk. The Managers have appointed Miss A Cliff, of Swindon as assistant mistress and she will commence duty in early October.September 13th:The Soldiers and Civilians Cricket Match on Saturday last attracted quite a large company and proved most entertaining. The wicket favoured the bowlers considerably, but the “Tommies” were weak in bowling, and the “Civvies” annexed an unexpected score of 74. The soldiers considered this no great obstacle, but they found Tom Davis and W Jones in top form with the ball and all were dismissed for 50- John Blakeway being the only one who gave any trouble and he batted pluckily in a vain endeavour to stem the tide of defeat. Mr J Meredith invited the teams to a bountiful tea on the ground at half time. The Misses Meredith are adepts as hostesses and soon had everyone enjoying themselves.The football club has revived with a largely increased membership but unfortunately, very little outside support financially. Mr J Meredith has kindly lent a very convenient field for the matches, but we must move rapidly in raising funds if we expect matches at an early date. A football club dance is being arranged in the hope of attracting more support to the club.A meeting was held in the Schools on Wednesday with a view to re-starting the Boy Scout Troop. The vicar presided. A good number of boys attended, and the majority applied for membership. Captain Oldnall undertakes the duties of Scout Master for the present; and the first meeting is to take place next Monday. The London City and Midland Bank will open a Sub-Branch at Chaddesley, on September 17th- attendance being on Wednesdays. This should be a great boon to all engaged in any business as negotiating cheques has in the past been always a great inconvenience. The Sub-Branch will be adjoining the newspaper shop in the centre of the village.September 27th:Messrs Smith of Derby who are in charge of the repairs to the church clock hope to complete the work next week. As soon as the familiar “strike” resounds again we shall be in a position to state how much we owe. There are a few of our local readers that have not yet responded to the appeal, but no doubt they will as soon as the bill is presented.Mr Wm Hemming has a long recollection of Chaddesley Cricket and he considers the last time a century was made on our present ground (previous to Fred Millward’s recent achievement” was in the 1870’s, and was accomplished by Mr W Newnham.(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.
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.