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.
Wednesday March 20th 7.30pmThe History of Bewdley.Richard PerrinsEver since I moved to Wyre Forest 30 years ago, I have loved Bewdley as a very special jewel in the crown. I have heard many stories about its pretty streets and often wondered how many are true. So perhaps this evening I will discover fact from fiction and learn even more stories in the process.•Did the King of England really marry his Queen within the town?•Did a charming lady preserve an ancient house single handed launchingthe appreciation of the beauty of the place in its historic buildings?•Did the folk of the riverside live with hooks on the walls of their homeswith which they lifted their furniture out of reach of the swirling Severn?•What of the tropical seas, to discover by the evidence left at Habberleywith its ancient path and camp?While at Ruskin’s house in the Lake District I learnt of his connections withBewdley.•what was his mark on this place?•What crossings existed before the majestic bridge built by ThomasTelford?Bewdley intertwines itself with the history of Worcestershire and yet reaches out towards the Marches because of its position on the boundary line of the Severn. This will be a talk to feed your soul and root yourself again in this marvellous county.Enquiries to Rob Blakeway 01562 firstname.lastname@example.orgMembership is £5 per year paid in a tri-yearly cycle.Admission to meeting – Members £2.50, Non-members welcome @ £3.50
Chaddesley - One Hundred Years Ago - March 1919
March 1stThe balance sheet of “Court Alexandra”-the Ladies’ Branch of the “Foresters’ Society” was issued this week, and shows good progress in 1918, in spite of the ravages of Influenza. The subscriptions to the Social Fund were so bountiful that the whole of the ticket money was available as an asset to the Society. I note from the list of donors that I unfortunately missed two of the most benevolent in the list I gave last week, viz: Mrs Smith, of New House, and Mrs J A Sayers.The rabbits were playing havoc in a Chaddesley garden last week and no fence could be made secure enough against them. An expert was called in who diagnosed that the “varmints” must lodge in the garden. This seemed an impossibility, but a thorough search revealed a pair comfortably ensconced under the dog kennel, and they both escaped before Rover recovered from his surprise.March 8thA meeting of Parishioners was held in the Schools on Wednesday evening to receive the report of the War Memorial Committee. Considering the terrible weather prevailing at he time, the attendance was good. The Committee are to be congratulated on having steered safely through very troubled waters and arrived with a report that was unanimously adopted by the meeting. A monument will be erected in the churchyard on a site facing the village street and the names of the fallen brave will be shown on panels around its base. The selection of its design is left in the hands of the vicar, Mr Page, Mr Duff, and Mr Len Nicholls. A considerable sum of money has been promised also to the establishment of a Workmen’s Club and Institute. A committee was appointed to negotiate with the Rev W Wykes-Finch, who has generously offered the buildings at Brockencote as a gift to the Parish. More money however, must be forthcoming, and the Chairman Mr Page, offered to increase his subscription by two guineas if another eight people will do likewise. Mr Edward Corbett immediately accepted the challenge as far as he was concerned and hoped that we would all endeavour to obtain the necessary amount from ourselves and our friends.On Friday evening last week about twenty of the returning soldiers were expecting to be entertained at the Fox Hotel by Mr G H Butler. Unfortunately, at the last moment Mr Boulter was prevented from being present. There were several paying guests, including Dr Dennis Fitch, (chairman), Mr W Ramsden (vice-chair), Messrs D Mann, J Andrews, E A Millward, S Grazier, and J Pain. An excellent repast was provided, and a thoroughly enjoyable evening was spent. Mr Ramsden’s songs were very popular, and other songs were given by Bill Pain, S Grazier and F Hemming. Space forbids reference to all the toasts; but there was a musical honour for the Army and Navy, and for the donor of the feast. The hostess excused herself from a speech with the remark, “I am a silent woman,” and honest John pertinently added, “There’s very few of them about, mam”.March 15thDuring February, Miss Meredith received 101 eggs for the wounded soldiers. The collection is to cease at the end of this month. The record leaves Chaddesley no qualms of conscience; but before we leave the good work a word of praise is due to Miss Meredith and her devoted band of workers. They have continued with commendable perseverance long after the novelty wore off, and without any of the fulsome praise and publicity given to less useful war work. A clear conscience and the sincere love of those they have befriended will, no doubt, be a sufficient life-long reward to them and those who have given to their cause.Our new Count Councillor is Mr John Page, of Hill pool, and it would be impossible to mention a more suitable representative of all classes in this parish. He would be the first to acknowledge that other parishes in the Division might possess an equally desirable candidate but possibly not equally willing to devote his undoubted business abilities to his fellow men. Oh, yes, and women.These electoral alterations are apt to befog one’s vision. Mr Page has devoted a fairly long life to public work; he possesses a ripe experience; and, what is still more to the point, a cheerful sturdy independence that is never abrupt or rude: but brooks no bunkum however highly placed.Prophecy is often dangerous, but I am bold enough to affirm that our new C.C. will be found an acquisition in the Worcestershire Parliament.The sale at Bellington attracted an unusual crowd, and extraordinary good prices were made all day. There was a certain amount of disappointment and regret, however, that tinged the whole proceedings because we can ill afford to lose a good parishioner like Mr Dickinson. During the few years he has spent among us he has been whole-hearted in all good work in the parish, and it will be none to easy to fill his place. He will be missed and so also will the members of his family on many occasions in the future.Mr George Morgan’s unfortunate loss of a valuable horse was not allowed to pass unnoticed. A quiet collection raised £16-13s to assist him repair his loss. Locally the chief moving spirit was Mr Tim Hill, of the Swan Hotel, and if I have missed another Good Samaritan, it is through my unfortunate lack of information. Please take my apologies here and now.March 22ndThe rapidity with which Influenza has spread through the parish is alarming. In many houses every member of the family is down with the dread disease. Scarcely a house in Drayton is free, while Hill Pool and Yieldingtree are not much better. The few fortunate people who are yet free are continually occupied in endeavouring to assist their less fortunate neighbours.March 29thAn endeavour is being made to revive the Cricket Club. A meeting was held in the Old School on Thursday in last week, but the attendance was not very encouraging. A committee was formed to endeavour to raise funds and re-start the club. Mr J Blakeway kindly offered a field to the players, and the only obstacle to accepting the offer is the removal of the pavilion. The many traditions connected with the old field on the Bromsgrove road will also be a powerful factor in deciding the final vote. The young bloods are very enthusiastic, and if they can solve the £.s.d. problem their venture will most surely succeed.Among other souvenirs of interest a returned soldier possesses a copy of the programme of a race meeting at Jerusalem, and one of the horse entered bore the name “Chaddesley Notes”. I regret to hear that, although the animal was hot favourite, he was not the winner of the race.(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.