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.


History Society

Wednesday October 17th 7.30pm Medieval Trinkets, and Dress Accessories - 14th to 17th Century Angie Bolton Angie   Bolton   is   finds   liaison   officer   for   Worcester   City   Art   Gallery   and   Museum. Angie studied Archaeology and Prehistory at Sheffield. After gaining her degree she became a field archaeologist in the south west. Angie   has   recorded   thousands   of   finds   for   the   Portable   Antiquities   Scheme, including   coins,   pottery,   glass   and   metalwork   from   all   ages.   In   June   1983 , just prior to her term, our own Chaddesley Brooch  was found at Woodcote. Enquiries to Rob Blakeway 01562 777679 Email – Membership is £5 per year paid in a tri-yearly cycle. Admission to meeting – Members £2.50, Non-members welcome @ £3.50 FIND US ON FACEBOOK

Chaddesley - One Hundred Years Ago - August 1918

October   5th    Potato   digging   has   started   in   real   earnest   now,   and   the   demand for   pickers   is   so   urgent   that   school   children   have   been   granted   two   weeks’ holiday so that they may assist. News   from   the   soldiers   this   week   is   generally   bright,   though   I   regret   to   hear that   Lieutenant   Howard   G.   Hill   has   once   more   been   severely   wounded.   Steve Williams   is   raised   to   the   rank   of   Lance   Corporal   and   is   in   charge   of   a   number   of men   in   a   Labour   Battalion.   Fred   Hemming   is   at   home   on   sick   leave.   He   has   had a long time in hospital, and is far from well. October   12th    We   have   had   quite   a   lively   group   of   soldier   visitors   this   week.   I have   seen   George   Pain,   Bill   Pain,   Sergt.   A.   Fox,   George   Scriven   and   Leslie Wilkes,   and   they   all   look   jolly   and   well   with   the   exception   of   Sergt.   Fox,   who has   had   a   bad   attack   of   fever   and   spend   a   considerable   time   in   hospital.   While our   boys   from   the   Western   front   appear   to   get   leave   with   a   fair   amount   of regularity   their   considerable   disappointment   and   dissatisfaction   on   this   score   in other   parts   of   the   world-   especially   Mesopotamia   and   Egypt.   One   lad   writes me:   “Three   years   have   I   been   here   and   no   leave   home.   Nobody   gets   leave home   here   unless   it   is   for   outrageously   ridiculous   event,   such   as   ‘getting married.   I   think   I’ll   get   married.”   Possibly   now   Johnny   Turk   is   fairly   on   the   run we   may   soon   hear   of   these   distant   warriors   being   granted   home   leaves   without the absolute necessity of matrimonial events. Miss   Agnes   Meredith   acknowledges   the   receipt   of   two   hundred   and   forty-three eggs during September for the wounded soldiers. In   a   recent   issue   of   the   Foresters’   magazine   the   record   of   John   Marks   (a member    of    Chaddesley    Club)    was    published.    He    joined    the    Chaddesley Foresters   in   1873,   and   made   his   first   and   only   claim   on   the   sick   funds   in   July 1918.   Till   that   time   he   had   never   needed   medical   aid   in   his   life.   Iregret   to   hear that   the   old   gentleman   passed   away   on   Saturday.   He   was   a   gamekeeper,   and lived near the Monks, but left Chaddesley near forty years ago. Miss   Mable   Millward,   youngest   daughter   of   the   schoolmaster,   departed   for   Paris on   Tuesday,   having   received   an   appointment   in   the   American   War   Office.   Miss Florrie   Millward   has   been   in   the   same   office   for   most   of   the   period   since America intervened in the war. October   19th   Cyclists   and   others   who   have   been   forced   to   avoid   Chaddesley for   many   weeks   will   be   glad   to   know   that   the   roads   are   now   fairly   or   passably safe.   The   greater   shell   pits   and   dugouts   having   been   filled   up   with   stone,   and the roller put over them. On   Wednesday,   the   sale   of   the   farm   stock   at   Dorhall   Farm   took   place.   A   large company   attended   and   high   prices   were   realised.   Mr.   Pardoe   has   transferred his interests in the farm to his son Mr. Arthur Pardoe. October    26th     The    half-yearly    rent    audit    of    the    Village    and    Woodrow Allotments    was    held    at    the    Swan    Hotel,    on    Thursday    evening.    Mr.    E.    A. Millward   attended   as   representative   of   the   owners,   and   there   was   the   usual   full gathering of tenants . Reports on the allotments were very satisfactory. Wilfrid   Perrins   (Tank   Corps)   is   over   on   short   leave.   He   has   been   raised   to   the rank   of   Sergeant   and   also   awarded   the   Military   Medal   for   conspicuous   bravery in   salving   a   tank   while   under   fire.   I   believe   he   is   the   first   of   the   Chaddesley boys to obtain this distinction. (A selection copied from Kidderminster Shuttle by CC Local History Society)

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