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Welcome to this rural village set in the beautiful countryside of north Worcestershire

Early Background

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.

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 only by the roadside. Guard against thefts.

Life in Chaddesley Corbett 100 years ago

OCTOBER 1917

October    6th:     To    compensate    for    their    loss    of    their Whitsuntide   holiday   the   school   children   were   promised   a week   in   October,   when   they   would   be   of   more   use   to their   parents   among   the   potato   crop.   The   shortage   of labour,   however,   being   so   serious   the   managers   of   the schools   decided   to   close   for   two   weeks,   and   the   scenes in   the   fields   during   three   fine   days   of   this   week   fully justified the step. I    regret    to    note    among    the    casualties    the    death    of E.W.   Goldstraw .   Many   of   us   at   Chaddesley   remember him   as   an   affectionate   little   fellow,   reared   with   motherly devotion   by   Mrs   John   Cutler.   To   some   he   was   “Eddie”,   to his    playmates    “Joey”,    and    now    he    has    gone    beyond, having    volunteered    his    young    life    for    the    sake    of    his country,    and    no    doubt    he    died    the    death    that    his nobleness   of   mind   would   prompt   him   to   wish.   Mr   and Mrs   Cutler   will   feel   his   loss   keenly   as   he   was   quite   like   a son to them. October    13th    Sion    House    Workmen’s    Club    -    This    very useful   and   popular   institution   re-opened   on   the   3rd   inst. for   the   winter   season.   Lest   we   forget,   25   of   its   members are   now   serving   with   the   colours   -   a   notable   contribution from    such    a    small    area.    Mrs    Watts    of    Sion    House, arranged   a   capital   whist   drive   and   invited   the   members to   bring   their   wives   (if   they   possessed   such   a   luxury). There     were     eleven     tables     and     Captain     Davis      and Captain   Watts    made   excellent   M.C.’s.   The   prize   winners were:   Mrs   Simmonds,   Mrs   Fletcher,   Miss   Kershaw,   Mr   H. Aston, Mr C. Dickinson, and Mr E. Hancox. This     week     our     soldier     visitors     include     Grenadier Sergeant      Geoffrey      Perrins      and      Sergeant      Fred Williams.    Geoff   has   so   far   recovered   from   his   wounds and he is quite sprightly again. From     France     I     hear     that     Bill     Pain      had     a     cheery experience    recently.    Entering    a    canteen    to    warm    his hands,   he   was   surprised   to   discover   that   the   company round   the   pop   department   included   Fred   Laight ,   Bert Pritchard ,   Tom   Raybould    and   others   from   this   vicinity. Truly the world is small although we fancy it large. Miss   Meredith   reports   the   receipt   of   507   eggs   for   the wounded      during      September;      a      splendid      record considering the circumstances. October     20th:      The     unfortunate     ones     in     the     latest wounded   list   include   our   friends   George   Scriven    and Burton   Pritchard.    George   has   been   very   unfortunate lately.   I   believe   this   will   make   his   third   visit   to   hospital.   It is   a   very   trying   experience   for   the   parents,   as   in   both cases they mourn the loss of one son in the war. Dr   Dennis   Fitch    is   now   arranging   the   Christmas   parcels for   the   boys   at   the   front.   Time   is   short,   so   please   send   in donations   at   once   remembering   that   he   gives   twice   who gives   quickly.   All   with   relatives   at   the   front   are   requested to   send   Dr   Fitch   full   names   and   addresses   as   soon   as possible.   It   would   be   most   unfortunate   if   one   of   our   lads discovered that he had been forgotten. October   27th:    This   week   has   been   one   of   considerable sadness   at   Chaddesley.   There   have   been   three   funerals. On   Monday,   Mrs   Fox    of   Woodrow,   was   laid   to   rest.   She had   been   a   sufferer   for   a   long   time,   and   her   end   came   as no   surprise   to   her   relations   and   friends.   She   leaves   a large   number   of   children   and   grandchildren   to   mourn her loss. Much   sympathy   is   felt   with   Mr   and   Mrs   Brian    in   the   loss of their baby boy. The    sudden    death    of    John    Blakeway ,    of    Bluntington House,   came   as   a   great   shock   to   all   the   neighbourhood. He   was   so   well   known   and   a   familiar   figure   among   us that   we   can   scarcely   believe   that   he   is   gone   beyond.   The inquest   disclosed   little   that   was   new:   there   is   apparently no   doubt   that   his   recent   riding   accident   had   injured   him far   more   than   he   himself   had   suspected.   The   funeral   on Wednesday   afternoon   was   attended   by   a   large   gathering of   family   and   friends,   many   of   whom   had   travelled   large distances    to    pay    this    last    tribute    of    respect    to    the deceased. Dr   Dennis   Fitch   gives   a   very   pleasing   report   of   the   result of   our   “Shuttle   Notes”   Last   week.   By   Monday   morning the   donations   for   the   soldiers   Christmas   parcels   began to   arrive   in   encouraging   style.   A   Chaddesley   family   living in London, have again sent £10 to help this fund.
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Chaddesley Corbett Worcestershire U.K.
Welcome to this historic village set in the beautiful countryside of north Worcestershire

Life in Chaddesley Corbett 100 years ago

SEPTEMBER 1917

September   1st   Our   soldier   visitor   this   week   was   an   Anzac   David   Pardoe. He   emigrated   from   Chaddesley   some   years   ago   to   Australia,   but   answered his   country’s   call   at   the   first   opportunity.   He   took   part   in   that   wonderful Anzac   landing   at   Gallipoli,   and   since   the   evacuation   of   the   peninsular   he has   fought   in   Flanders   continuously.   He   has   been   proverbially   lucky,   and escaped    without    any    hurt    more    than    a    few    superficial    scratches.    As    a raconteur   of   war   stories   he   is   one   of   the   best   I   have   struck   so   far,   and   his lively    spirits    are    a    joy    to    anyone    in    his    vicinity.    Here’s    a    fragment    of conversation between a cockney soldier and a Midlander in the trenches: “Have you any lices?” “Don’t be nasty.” “I don’t mean lousy lices , I mean shoe lices.” September   8th   The   Government   have   declared   that   horse   chestnuts   are   a suitable   substitute   for   wheat   in   certain   manufacturing   processes   and   the children   have   been   requested   to   assist   in   harvesting   this   year’s   crop   of “Obbley   Onkers.”   Owners   of   chestnut   trees   are   requested   to   allow   children to   gather   the   nuts   after   they   have   fallen.   The   crop   will   be   stored   at   the schools until removed by the Government. The   school   girls   wish   to   make   some   woollen   articles   for   the   soldiers.   It must   be   done   at   once   if   to   be   of   any   utility   this   winter.   Will   some   kind friends give some wool? This   has   been   a   black   week   as   regards   accidents.   It   began   with   a   serious cycle   accident   to   Mrs   Tom   Griffin ,   of   Drayton   Grove.   Her   brakes   failed   on Drayton   Hill   and   she   endeavoured   to   save   herself   by   turning   into   Drayton House   drive.   The   task   was   impossible   and   the   inevitable   crash   left   her   with bad    cuts    about    the    head    and    considerable    bruises.    The    next    day    Mr Edward   Field ’s   horse,   whilst   grazing,   slipped   over   the   embankment,   and received such injuries that it had to be destroyed. September   15th   There   is   a   champion   humorist   somewhere   in   the   Sugar Office;   otherwise   what   method   of   reasoning   did   the   authorities   decide   that we   must   go   to   Stourport   for   our   jam   sugar?   Our   spirits   rose   when   the Sugar   Allotment   letters   arrived.   Mine   fell   rapidly   when   I   saw   10   instead   of 40   as   requested   and   when   I   meditate   that   a   trip   to   Stourport   for   that   10lbs of   sugar   will   cost   me   1s   8p   and   half   a   day   off   work,   I   doubt   if   the   prize   will be worth the expense. -In   a   lovely   sheltered   and   secluded   spot   on   the   western   slopes   of   the Malvern    Hills    is    the    Open    Air    School,    now    rapidly    emerging    from    the experimental   stage.   Last   Saturday   was   visiting   day,   and   as   the   present   roll of   scholars   includes   a   little   Chaddesleyite   ( Hilda   Smith ,   from   New   House), I   am   indebted   to   her   relatives   for   these   few   notes.   By   a   system   of   cleverly contrived   bungalows,   the   children   live   entirely   in   the   open   air   and   at   the same   time   are   perfectly   sheltered   from   the   wet   or   driving   winds.   Large classes   are   taboo   -   individuality   is   the   first   aim.   The   best   medical   advice   is provided;   but   what   strikes   the   visitor   most,   is   the   wonderful   happiness   and delightful “esprit de corps” among the children. Sept ember   22nd   Sapper   John   Healey    of   the   Royal   Engineers,   paid   paid   a flying   visit   to   Chaddesley   on   Wednesday   evening.   On   Thursday   morning   he was   married   to   Miss   E   Howley   at   the   Parish   Church,   the   ceremony   being performed   by   the   Rev   F   A   Applewhaite,   vicar.   Mr   W   Jones,   uncle   of   the bride,   officiated   as   best   man.   Unfortunately   military   duties   compelled   him to leave again for hiS depot almost immediately. September 29th My letter bag from war regions contains good news of Bill Pain, Steve Williams, David Pardoe, Fred Millward and Sergeant Bill Green, who is anxious to trot out Salonika as a pleasure resort!
Contemporary History 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 only by the roadside. Guard against thefts.