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

The society lectures are held in Chaddesley Corbett Village Hall DY10 4QA - on Wednesdays commencing at 7.30pm, begining in September. 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

July 6th  - The    visitors    to    Chaddesley    this    week    included    Mr    Walter Hodgkins,   from   South   Africa.   Mr   Hodgkins   spent   most   of   his   youth   at   Drayton; later   he   was   with   Mr   R   Wise,   ironmonger,   Kidderminster,   but   he   emigrated   to South   Africa   some   15   years   ago,   and   now,   like   most   true   Britons,   he   returns   to his   native   land   seeking   some   work   of   national   importance,   so   that   he   might have a hand in the great struggle for the freedom of the world. July   13th   -   Sunday   August   4th,    will   be   observed   at   Chaddesley,   as   at   most places   throughout   the   United   Kingdom   as   a   Day   of   Remembrance.   In   addition to   the   religious   services   there   will   be   a   public   gathering   of   the   inhabitants   of the   parish;   and   it   is   suggested   that   this   be   held   on   the   Vicarage   lawn.   Mr   J   A Sayers   has   been   entrusted   with   the   arrangements   of   speakers   and   he   hopes   to obtain   one   or   two   of   the   best   public   speakers   from   Birmingham   for   this occasion.   All   who   have   the   love   of   their   country   at   heart   should   make   an earnest   endeavour   to   join   in   this   expression   of   our   resolution   to   persevere   until the enemies of world freedom are overthrown. July 27th  - On   Saturday   the   visitors   to   the   village   included   the   Male   Voice Choir   from   Haywood   Forge,   Halesowen;   and   they   enlivened   the   old   place considerably   with   their   excellent   part   singing.   In   the   evening   the   choir   (about forty   voices)   assembled   in   the   church,   and   rendered   several   anthems   etc,   with excellent effect, much to the enjoyment of the local musical fraternity. August 3rd - All   arrangements   for   next   Sunday’s   meeting   on   the   Vicarage lawn   are   now   complete.   It   is   hoped   every   man   and   women   in   Chaddesley   will consider   it   their   duty   to   be   present,   as   a   means   of   showing   that   the   whole parish    is    solid    in    its    determination    to    crush    the    German    foe.    Chaddesley appears   likely   to   be   very   crowded   for   the   holiday.   I   have   heard   of   many   folk suddenly   becoming   devotional.   You   see,   it   is   announced   that   petrol   restrictions are   off   next   Sunday   for   folk   proceeding   to   worship,   and   we   expect   to   get   our share of folk with prayer books not much the worse for wear. Reg.   Hemming   is   home   on   leave   again,   after   another   year   of   truly   ‘active service,’   such   as   makes   veterans   of   lads   in   their   ‘teens,   when   measured   by actual   battle   experience   instead   of   by   mere   time   “with   the   colours.”   He   has come   hot   from   the   battle   front   in   France,   and   can   tell   you,   in   his   cool,   matter- of-fact   way,   of   thrilling   episodes   in   the   desperate   fighting   of   the   last   four months. August 10th  - Remembrance    Day    was    well    observed    by    a    large gathering   of   villagers,   supplemented   by   a   number   of   visitors,   held   upon   the pretty   lawn   at   the   vicarage   on   Sunday   afternoon.   Excellent   and   aptly   suited   to the   great   occasion   were   the   speeches   delivered   by   Mr.   J.   D.   Harward   (as chairman).    Mr.    A.    Moule,    J.P.,    and    Mr.    Rhodes,    the    latter’s    outspoken condemnation    of    the    actions    of    the    brutal    Huns    being    particularly    well received.   It   was   observed   with   regret   that   most   of   our   leading   farmers   were conspicuous   by   their   absence.   Steve   Williams   and   Joseph   Aris   are   among   the most   recent   arrival   of   local   men   home   on   leave   from   the   scenes   of   active warfare.   We   are   glad   to   see   them   both   looking   so   fit   and   well,   and   none   the worse   for   the   hard,   exacting,   and   perilous   work   they   have   been   going   through for us, and to which they will shortly return. August 17th  - Mr.   William   Hemming   has   been   notified   that   his   eldest son,   Arthur,   has   made   the   great   sacrifice   for   his   country.   All   who   know   Bill   and his   relatives   will   readily   understand   me   when   I   say   they   are   terribly   upset about   this   sad   news.   Mr.   Wm.   Hemming’s   youngest   son,   Eric,   is   a   prisoner   of war   in   Germany,   while   his   other   two   sons,   Reg.   and   Hubert,   are   in   the   thick   of the   struggle   on   the   Western   front.   Words   are   poor   consolation   in   these   events but   if   sympathy   is   any   consolation   to   the   mourner   I   am   certain   the   mourners have all Chaddesley with them today. Miss   Ages   Meredith   acknowledges   the   receipt   of   two   hundred   and   eighty-eight eggs   for   wounded   soldiers   during   July.   Double   the   number   would   be   much appreciated     during     August.     The     various     collections     connected     with Remembrance   Day,   at   Chaddesley,   amounted   to   £12   9s.   8d.   A   nice   little   lump towards   this   sum   was   raised   by   a   concert   given   by   the   2nd   Walsall   Company   of Girl   Guides.   The   ladies   were   spending   a   week   in   camp   at   Mr.   Smith’s   farm (New House), and their entertainment was most enjoyable. August 24th  - Mr.   and   Mr.   John   Cutler,   of   Bluntington,   had   a   pleasant surprise   this   week.   Some   five   years   ago   their   only   son,   Harry,   emigrated   to Canada.   This   week   he   communicated   with   them   from   Aldershot   where   he   is stationed   with   a   regiment   of   Canadian   Engineers.   He   expects   shortly   to   get   a leave   and   then   hopes   to   see   the   old   home   once   more.   The   intense   heat   this week   caused   the   corn   to   be   ready   for   putting   in   rick   much   earlier   than   the farmers   anticipated.   Hauling   has   proceeded   as   rapidly   as   strength   would   allow -   but   it   is   awfully   galling   to   farmers   to   see   a   bounteous   harvest   all   ready   for getting - the weather favourable - but labour unobtainable. Bill   Pain’s   good   fortune   still   attends   him.   After   his   arduous   times   in   the   recent operations   on   the   Western   front   he   has   been   granted   a   Paris   leave,   and   has much   enjoyed   his   visit   to   the   so-called   “Gay   City.”   “Good   fortune   oft   exciteth envy”-   and   envy   breedeth   malice,   wherefore   Bill’s   Pal   who   didn’t   have   a   Paris leave says that Bill stopped ever so many folk on the Boulevards and opened a conversation   thus:-“   parlez   vous   Francais   ?”   “Oui   Oui   Monsieur,”   “Then   will   you please   to   tell   me   which   street   Florrie   Millward   lives   in?”   I   tried   to   verify   the story but discovered that the lady was holiday keeping in England. August 31st - On   Saturday   last   we   received   the   sad   news   that   William Britten   had   died   in   France   from   the   results   of   being   gassed.   He   is   the   youngest son   of   Mrs.   Britten,   of   Larchfoot   Hill,   and   leaves   a   widow   and   two   young children.   Shortly   before   his   death   he   had   been   raised   to   the   rank   of   Sergeant. His   sister,   Mrs.   Sidney   Hall,   lost   her   husband   in   the   war;   and   his   father   died suddenly   about   two   years   ago.   Altogether   the   family   has   experienced   so   much sorrow   in   recent   years.   The   Vicar   made   a   touching   reference   to   the   sad   event from   the   pulpit   last   Sunday,   and   the   congregation   remained   standing   after   the service   while   the   Dead   March   was   played.   The   Vicar   read   out   a   list   of   twenty- three   parishioners   who   had   laid   down   their   lives   for   their   country   in   this   war and   announced   that   a   muffled   peal   in   their   memory   will   be   rung   on   the   bells next   Saturday.   The   ringers   will   be   a   selected   band   from   Associated   Ringers   and the peal will be conducted by the President of the Staffordshire Association. The   rain,   although   hindering   harvest   operation,   was   very   welcome   for   other crops   at   Chaddesley.   Good   progress   has   already   been   made   in   garnering   the grain.   Some   crops   are   reported,   as   being   remarkably   heavy.   Mr.   David   Mann   is harvesting   a   particularly   fine   field   of   oats,   the   straw   averaging   over   six   feet   in height and, as a friend remarked,- “looks like fishing rods.” (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