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.


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Chaddesley - 100 years ago

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
May 7th - 1921 The Cricket Club opened their season with the popular fixture ‘Soldiers vs Civilians’. Some prodigious scores had been anticipated over “the cup that cheers” but, alas, prophetic vision failed to materialize and all the great men came to grief. The batting of both sides was weak in the extreme and the ‘tie’ of 49 was a lenient reflection of the game. During the week the dangerous footpath to the north of the village has been reconstructed so that it is no longer an eyesore or a menace to public safety. We have only one more of those limb-threateners left and as soon as times allow we must beg the powers-that-be to remove that as well. The coal famine affects us in common with all other people but as we live in the vicinity of timber we manage fairly well, although cooking is anything but good under such circumstances. May 14th - 1921 Jack Bayliss, who has developed into a good all-rounder, is hors-de-combat. Last Monday, while at work timbering, his axe made a miss and landed on his knee-cap ! Mr. Norman Hill conveyed his by motorcar with all speed to Dr. Dennis Fitch - whose needlework was found necessary - and we shall miss Jack from the field for some time. It is hard luck on a good sport. An “American Tea” is announced for Wed. next at Pieremore - where they always do things well! I don’t know anything about these ‘Yank’ affairs but was told it was an occasion when the ladies smoked and the men chewed tobacco and decorated the ceiling with sepia patterns. I do not anticipate the Pieremore entertainment being anything but a jolly good evening in a jolly good cause. May 21st - 1921 Glorious weather at the weekend enjoyed by the cricket teams. The First XI last to Halesowen but the 2nd, playing Colley Gate were all-out for 59, chiefly victims to Oldnall. Chaddesley started disastrously with the bat but, jst when matters looked serious, Harry Millward (put in the team as a ‘make-weight’) set about the bowling and hit 35 runs without losing his wicket .. Chaddesley being all-out for 80. Cycling last week through a little Welsh town I paused to enquire my way from a young man in the street. He noticed “Chaddesley Corbett” on my parcel and informed me his grandmother was once postmistress there (but he had never seen her). I was able to give his several good bits of information about the good lady. Many readers will remember Mrs Brooks, postmistress when the office was on the site that is the doctor’s courtyard. Many will remember the Cobbler / Postman with his blunt query - “Have ye brought thee money ?” “N0 ?” “Then thee boots’ not done !” A selection copied from the Kidderminster Shuttle by CC Local History Society which appeared in the May 2021 issue of the Parish magazine ____________________________________________________
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