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 - June 1919
June 7th The cricketers entertained Bromsgrove at home last Saturday, and the home team surprised the “knowing ones” by overwhelming the visitors in every department of the game. The Millward Brothers made hay of the Bromsgrove bowling, Harry scoring 41 and Fred 33, and Tom Davis followed up with a useful 20. After Chaddesley were out for 135, Tom Davis and Fred Millward started the attack with the ball, the former securing four wickets for 13, and the latter 5 wickets for 14 runs. With one man run out the visitors were all disposed of for 33. The Bromsgrove team, no doubt, felt they were caught napping, and now are eagerly awaiting the date when Chaddesley returns their visit.An attempt is really being made to revive the ancient Chaddesley Wake. A committee is already at work and if it meets with any luck, we may expect to see the old holiday once more restored, with all its pleasant re-unions, and quaint old customs.The War Memorial Committee are most anxious not to have the names of our heroes mis-spelt on the stone panels of the Memorial. The committee appeal to the relatives of the fallen brave to give assistance in securing the accuracy of every name.June 14thElvin May, of Cakebole, was badly kicked by a horse whilst following his employment at Bradford House last week. He received injuries to his head and shoulder but was able to reach home without assistance. He was attended by Dr Fitch, and is now making good progress towards recovery.On Monday the cricketers journeyed to Bromsgrove where it was reported a formidable array of talent awaited them to avenge a defeat suffered recently. The ground was in excellent condition, and a splendid wicket had been prepared. Contrary to expectations, the Bromsgrove batting proved of little use against the Chaddesley bowling and the whole team was out for 55, Fred Millward securing six wickets for 18 runs. Chaddesley started their innings disastrously. Seven good wickets going down with only 25 runs on the board. Then a good stand was made by Fred Sears and Will Jones, and when they parted, the visitors only required two runs to win. Eventually Chaddesley men were all out for 61; a very close shave, but a very welcome victory.June 21stLast Saturday was “Rose Day” at Chaddesley for the benefit of Kidderminster Infirmary, and a record was established as a total of £9 1s 0d was collected. Organisation was the secret. Mrs Dennis Fitch was assisted by a well-organised bevy of ladies who tapped all sources of income without any overlapping. The collectors were Misses E Chambers, R Dickinson, B Groom, E Johnson, A Meredith, E Perrins, W Taylor, and E Wheeler.There are some very awkward corners around Chaddesley, yet we seem to bear charmed lives, and scarcely ever have bad accidents. There have however been several minor accidents during the past few days. One evening Mrs May Hancox cycling across the southern bend of the village had a few yards on the mudguard of the Doctor’s motor, which was slowly turning into the village. On Sunday evening at the same spot, a motor cyclist with side-car had his steering gear fail and crashed into the Vicarage gate. About the same time, I hear that Mr Timmis had a fly in his eye at Red Cross, with inconvenient results to his motor bike and startling exercise for the lady occupying the back seat. In every case we are glad to learn, no serious results occurred to cyclists or passengers, but as regards the machines and the fly it was bad for both.June 28thA meeting was held of the Talbot Bowling Club on Saturday last. There was a large attendance. With the prospect of Peace it was decided to re-open the club competitions, which have remained in abeyance since 1915. About 60 members have joined. The secretary, Mr Sayers, has obtained sufficient gifts for prizes to enable two club competitions to be started at once.Congratulations to Mr Page, of Swancote, on having come safely through the surgical operation on Sunday last. We all hope he will now be accorded relief and enjoy many years of health and strength.Bromsgrove Fair proved more magnetic than ever to country folk, and there was quite a pilgrimage from Chaddesley. Considerable disappointment was caused to many by the buses being unable to cope with the traffic, many people being obliged to patronise “Walker’s Bus”. Returning from the fair, Mr John Jordan met with an awkward accident. The horse he was riding, reared, and fell upon the rider. Mr Jordon received first aid from Dr Fitch and was conveyed home. He is still suffering considerable pain, but hopes are entertained for his early recovery, and he is reported not seriously injured.(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.