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 February 20th 7.30pm - Ironbridge Gorge: Then and Now An Important World Heritage Site explained by Richard Bifield A   fascinating   talk   to   inspire   you   to   visit   the   World   Heritage   Site   on   your   door step   from   the   man   who   knows   more   than   most.   Find   out   what   puts   Ironbridge on   the   same   list   as   the   Minaret   of   Jam   in   Afghanistan   or   the   Matobo   Hills   of Zimbabwe? A few of the criteria for becoming a World Heritage Site are: Represents a masterpiece of human creative genius. Exhibits an important interchange of human values. Is an outstanding example of an architectural or technological ensemble throughout history. Is    an    outstanding    example    of    traditional    human    settlement    or interaction with the environment. Enquiries to Rob Blakeway 01562 777679 Membership 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 - February

Feb   1st    Among   the   demobilised   to   return   this   week   are   Ernest   Grazier    and Stephen   Williams.    Unfortunately,   Stephen   had   caught   cold   on   the   journey home,   and   has   been   unwell   all   the   week.   His   wife’s   mother   ( Mrs    Mary Hemming ),   who   lived   with   them,   hoped   and   longed   to   live   to   see   his   return. She   had   her   wish,   but   passed   peacefully   away   after   his   arrival,   truly   a   Nunc Dimittis. She was born in 1829 and had nearly reached her 90th birthday. I   noticed   the   congregation   at   church   last   Sunday   included   an   unusual   soldier visitor.   A   closer   survey   proved   him   to   be   Arthur   Clinton ,   of   Cutnall   Green.   It is   a   pleasure   to   know   that   he   is   safe   home   again   from   his   enforced   sojourn   in Germany:   but   it   is   galling   to   note   the   effects   of   his   sufferings   and   not   be   able to seize some Hun scoundrel by the throat. The   lesson   was   mental   arithmetic.   “If   father   gave   mother   11s   8d   on   Monday; 15s   9d   on   Tuesday;   and   7s   6d   on   Wednesday,   what   would   she   have?”   And   the cherub answered: - “A bloomin fit.” Feb   8th    Mr   W   Hemming    received   official   notification   from   the   War   Office that   his   youngest   son,   Eric ,   is   dead.   The   sad   news   caused   quite   a   wave   of sympathy    with    the    sorrowing    relatives    and    also    an    intense    feeling    of indignation   and   horror.   Here   is   the   evidence   in   short.   During   the   last   week   in June,   Eric   (a   prisoner   in   Germany)   wrote   home   that   he   was   well   and   could “stick   it”.   On   July   8th   he   is   dead   “in   a   German   War   Hospital”;   locality   not   given; cause   of   death,   not   stated.   That’s   the   German   tale.   You   have   it   –   form   your own conclusions. The general verdict is that there has been some foul play. The   influenza   fiend   has   re-appeared   here,   and   in   a   most   malignant   form.   At Tanwood   House   the   whole   family   as   well   as   the   domestics,   were   all   stricken with   it;   and   on   Tuesday   night,   the   father,   Mr   J.P.   Horton ,   succumbed   to   the dread   disease.   His   death   came   as   a   great   shock   to   all   who   knew   him.   Since   he came   to   reside   at   Chaddesley,   he   has   made   many   friends   locally   and   has   been ready   to   assist   financially   in   any   good   work   in   the   neighbourhood.   At   the   time of   writing,   Mrs   Horton    and   the   children   as   well   as   Florrie   Quiney    (one   of the domestics) are all seriously ill but hopes entertains that they will recover. The   soldier   boys   are   returning   home   now;   I   cannot   pretend   to   record   all   the names   of   the   Chaddesley   arrivals,   but   I   have   seen   this   week   Bill   Pain,   Reg Hemming,   Lionel   Morris   and   others.   It   would   be   nice   if   some   supper   could   be given   to   welcome   them   and   show   that   we   are   not   unmindful   of   their   great services   and   not   lacking   in   gratitude.   The   said   supper   might   be   repeated   at monthly   or   other   periods,   so   that   all   the   parochial   soldiers   and   sailors   could   be entertained   soon   after   arrival   at   one   time   or   another.   Now,   Parish   Councillors, what say you? You are our Parliament. Feb   15th -   The   Flu   is   still   with   us.   Mr   and   Mrs   Wm   Seager    have   both   been very   ill,   but   fortunately   they   are   now   convalescent.   Mrs   Hill    ( Swan   Hotel ),   is still far from being well. The   Shuttle   notes   regarding   the   returning   soldiers   are   already   bearing   fruit.   Mr G   H   Boulter ,   of   Walsall,   sends   a   very   kindly   appreciating   letter   offering   to entertain   some   of   the   boys   at   the   Fox   Hotel .   I   understand   that   invitations   will shortly   be   issued   to   the   Returned   ones   living   around,   and   from   the   suggested programme,   I   am   convinced   they   will   be   assured   a   good   time.   Mr   and   Mrs Hancox are entering into the cause with a spirit that guarantees success. Mr   W   Ramsden   has   also   notified   me   that   he   will   only   be   too   glad   to   give assistance   in   the   musical   part   of   the   programme.   The   ball   is   rolling.   Let   it   roll. We owe the lads our lives - our all. “Many   happy   returns   of   the   day”   to   Mrs   Bough.    She   is   90   years   of   age   this week. Feb   22nd -   The   County   Education   Committee   propose   to   place   in   the   Schools   a War   Memorial,   which   will   be   a   tablet   bearing   the   names   of   all   the   scholars   who have   served   in   H   M   Forces   during   the   Great   War.   The   list   of   names   is   now being    prepared    and    it    is    a    foregone    conclusion    that    it    cannot    be    strictly accurate because the teachers cannot possibly know all the scholars who have served.   I   suggest   that   relatives   of   old   scholars   or   the   old   scholars   themselves who   are   entitled   to   be   on   the   list   should   at   once   send   in   their   names   to   Mrs Hulme   and   Mr   Millward ,   with   particulars   such   as   rank,   killed,   wounded, missing,   etc.   By   this   means   many   disappointments   and   unintentional   slights may be avoided. The   influenza   still   continues   its   ravages.   Mr   Joseph   Pardoe ,   of   Drayton,   has been   very   ill   during   the   past   week.   I   am   pleased   to   hear   that   the   invalids   at Tanwood   House   are   gradually   recovering.   The   War   Memorial   Committee   issued an   enquiry   form   to   practically   all   the   parishioners   with   the   idea   of   ascertaining what   funds   would   be   available   for   the   cause.   Last   Saturday   was   the   “Appointed Day”,   but   the   treasurer,   Mr   Duff,    reports   only   60   replies   up   to   that   date.   This is   not   Chaddesley   style;   we   must   hope   it   is   merely   hesitation,   and   not   lack   of interest. In   common   with   others,   several   of   us   have   been   severely   handicapped   during this   severe   weather   by   coal   shortage.   It   was   found   necessary   to   close   the infant   school   in   the   village   in   the   early   part   of   the   week   as   no   coal   was available   from   the   registered   agent   and   the   stock   at   school   had   run   out. Several   people   have   had   to   eke   out   an   existence   with   fires   that   are   no   blessing to farmer’s fences and no improvement to the housewife’s temper. (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.

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