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.
St. Cassian’s Font circa. 1160
St Cassian’s chalice shaped baptism font is approaching its 900th birthday, as experts have dated it to around 1160. It is arguably the most important treasure in our parish church and one that those interested in its kind are eager to see. It is recognised as a product of The Herefordshire School of Romanesque Sculpture which flourished from the late 11th to the late 12th century. This outstanding piece of Norman sculpture has been attributed to the Chief Master of the Herefordshire School as it is so well executed. Examples of the Herefordshire School can be found well to the north of that county and having an example in Chaddesley may be explained by the fact that this church was granted to Tewkesbury Abbey in 1114. It may have been commissioned by Richard Folliott, resident Lord of the Manor in the mid-12th century. The font’s decoration is typical of the school. The five intertwined dragons areAnglo-Saxon inspired and represent the evil forces which can be overcome by baptism. The rest of the interlaced decoration derives from Celtic and Southern European symbols widely used at this time.The font has occupied several positions in the church. It is shown centrally between the north and south doors in a plan of 1800 and by the second northern nave pillar in 1846 which may explain the local tradition that it was concealed in one of the pillars. Sylvia Beardshaw_______________________________________________________________
Chaddesley - One Hundred Years Ago - July 1919
July 5thThe bells rang merrily for a time on last Saturday, and a long-drawn sigh of relief was Chaddesley’s reception of the news that the Peace Treaty was signed. The job has been to long about. “Hope deferred maketh the heart grow sick.” And when the long wished-for news did arrive there seemed to be no heart left for joyful celebration. While the vile jade wraps her evil skirts around us there is no hope of a true Peace.- From the pulpit on Sunday the Vicar felt constrained to express his inability yet to place faith in German pledges, and therefore he refrained from preaching on the subject of Peace till such times that evidence proves that the Germans are keeping their promises.- The attempt to revive Chaddesley Wake proved premature and has to be abandoned for this year. However, it is intended to make a fresh start in 1920, and endeavour to re-establish the ancient holiday on new lines.July 12thChaddesley readers will be sorry to learn that George Turbutt, of Tutnall, died in Birmingham General Hospital last Monday. Although he has been away from Chaddesley about six years, he is still well remembered by most of the villagers. He leaves a widow and three adult children to mourn his loss.- There was a pretty wedding at the church on Thursday in last week, when Miss Nellie Adams, of Outwood, was married to Mr George H James, of Leigh Court. Mr George Gines was best man, and the bride was given away by her cousin, Mr Walter Harrison. The bridesmaids were the Misses E and N Hunt and Miss D Hayes. The bride was dressed in white silk, with veil of white tulle with orange blossoms, and carried a bouquet of orange blossom and red roses. The wedding presents were numerous, useful, and valuable.- There seems to be no probability of any organized rejoicing here on the 19th - the general atmosphere of feeling towards it seems apathetic in the extreme. One parish councillor has promised to get the matter considered at the next meeting-and, as this will be on the July 31st, we hope that he will get his proposition carried out in time for the next war.July 19thThe social party on the vicarage lawn on Thursday night was an unqualified success. The lawn and grounds looked very attractive, particularly when illuminated in the evening. A large number availed themselves of the invitation to spend a social evening together. A good volunteer band provided plenty of music for dancing. Miss Marjorie Fitch and Mr B Danks (violins), Mr and Mrs Millward at the piano: and they were kept well employed.- The Talbot bowling club’s first competition has resulted in yet another triumph for our local Handy Andy, who, after getting a bye in the first round, ran through J A Sayers (11-6), A Williams (11-2), W Salt (11-3), and A Reynolds (11-2). This I believe, makes Mr Taylor’s fourth win in the Talbot B C events. The final tie in the “Consolation Stakes” has to be fought out between Mr S Grazier and Mr T F Tandy.- Although the Wake was officially abandoned there was quite an influx of old friends last Sunday, who made their pilgrimage once more to their birthplace or home at Chaddesley Corbett. The dedication services were well attended, especially in the morning, and the children’s choir, augmented by several male volunteers, was a great improvement in the musical part of the service. The ringers celebrated the visit of their afore-time captain (Mr James Bond), by several touches on the bells during the afternoon and contributed to the enjoyment of the many visitors.- Both the cricket teams last Saturday came off victorious: the first team entertained the Victoria team at Chaddesley. The wicket was hard and inclined to bump, especially from fast deliveries by Styles. Early in the game Tom Davis was placed hors-de-combat by a blow in the face from a rising ball. Chaddesley were all out for 106. The Victoria batsmen started disastrously. Davis was in fine form with the ball. Four wickets were down for eight runs and a catastrophe was only avoided by some very feeble fielders dropping catches. In sharp contrast was a remarkably fine catch by Penny at point. The Victoria team were all out for 47.July 26thLast Saturday we celebrated Peace with no cricket, no feast, no fireworks. No bonfire no nothin!! Oh yes we had a very fine storm of rain that effectually put a stop to any extempore “mafficking”.- Mrs Watts had arranged a capital programme of events for the northern side of the parish, but the rain caused the abandonment of all but the eating business; and it is hoped to carry out the sports events on Bank Holiday. If Saturday, this week, proves fine, our village children will have cause to rejoice that their tea party, which Mrs Sayers is giving them was not fixed for the wet Peace day. An excellent programme of sports has been prepared by Miss Betty Groom and now only the weather can prevent a success.(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.