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Freda Griffith 077476 18 487

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Chaddesley - 100 years ago

Chaddesley’s Origins

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 by the roadside. Guard against thefts. ____________________
Chaddesley Corbett
June 4th - 1921 Last week some 20 strong members of the Worcestershire Archaeological Society visited Chaddesley Corbett’s church - St. Cassian. Their new President, Mr. John Humphreys, remarked on it’s specially interesting features; including_ _there being no finer church in the country comparible for its fine C14 th stonework _the exquisite stone “lace-work” of the East window _the decorated Piscina, the most beautiful in the country of its kind _the very fine font, of pre-Norman workmanship _the fine Norman doorway in the North nave _the fine Early English arches on the South side. He also called attention to a Brass Monument, said to be the oldest in Worcestershire. June 11th The drought plays havoc with our crops and, waiting in van for rain, an early (and light) hay crop is being brought in (shades of scarcity this winter). An early break (in the weather) might save the main potato crop, but the ‘earlies’ are already too far gone for it to do them much good. Of pears we have none. Apples are variable, depending on variety. Stone fruit is very scarce indeed. A selection copied from the Kidderminster Shuttle by CC Local History Society which appeared in the June 2021 issue of the Parish magazine ____________________________________________________ What passes for “Humour” in Chaddesley Many will remember the Cobbler (who doubled as the Postman) with his blunt query - “Have ye brought thee money ?” “N0 ?” “Then thee boots’ not done !” Others might remember “Big Head”, who drank at ‘The Talbot’, who always knew better, been there, done that, more times and more frequently than anybody else. Thinking to give him a lesson, someone lay in wait in a newly dug grave, with a while sheet draped over him. Along comes “Big Head” and said fellow stands up and complains “.. Oooo, I am feeling cold !” thinking to scare the man. But Chaddesley beer is strong beer (and makes brave men of us all !) So “Big Head” remarks “..No wonder thee’s cold, thee’s got no dirt on thee !” and proceeds to kick soil over the poor man in an attempt to bury him, requiring help from those gathered behind nearby tombstones waiting to see what happened ! One lad, who ‘specialised’ in snatching other’s drinks, got his ‘come- upance’, when a glass of liquid paraffin with fruit dye was downed in one gulp .. and left the lad sincerely regretting it, for some time after ! _____________________________
On 14 May 1940, Secretary of State for War Anthony Eden announced the creation of the Local Defence Volunteers (LDV)—later to become known as the Home Guard. Far more men volunteered than the government expected and by the end of June, there were nearly 1.5 million volunteers. One of their first tasks was to create a first line of defence for rural communities. In 1940 there was great concern in the government that invasion was imminent. So the War Department sent out an order to all LDV brigades to make home-made anti-tank obstacles to be put in the middle of the road to hamper the progress of enemy tanks in the event of invasion. Each village had their own ideas about shape and design. Olive Mason recalls the Chaddesley LDV brigade made four; two for the top of Briar Hill and two for the entrance to the village outside the Police Station. They used easily obtained 4 ft diameter concrete drainage pipes, stood them on end and then filled them to the top with concrete. The iron bar (seen in photo above) was to be used to attach large steel chains between the blocks. Remarkably, two of Chaddesley’s ‘obstacles’ have survived and can still be seen exactly where they were left 80 years ago ─ in the snowdrop orchard opposite the Old Police Station, in the village street. Many of us have probably walked or driven past them hundreds of times and not realised what they were under their annual canopy of nettles. ______________________________________________________________
And not forgetting the large rings which were set into the sandstone banks of the main road as it approached Bromsgrove - by Battlefield House - from which chains were to be slung to prevent ‘The Jerries’ from driving towards Chaddesley !
Harvest Festival Offerings Chaddesley school - 60 years ago
Chaddesley Corbett History Society The Society is pleased to announce that a history of the parish from 1900-1950 is to be published in July.
‘How it Was’ is based on the memories of those who lived in the parish during the first half of the twentieth century and on research into many contemporary documents, all of which help so much in depicting life in Chaddesley Corbett during that time. 100 of the book’s 256 pages contain nearly 400 black and white images, many of which have been donated to the Society by parishioners both past and present. The book will be £8 and we are happy to take advance orders which can be made by contacting:- Sylvia Beardshaw 01562 777955 or email rhbsb@ukgateway.net