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 October 17th 7.30pmMedieval Trinkets, and Dress Accessories - 14th to 17th CenturyAngie BoltonAngie Bolton is finds liaison officer for Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum. Angie studied Archaeology and Prehistory at Sheffield. After gaining her degreeshe 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 – firstname.lastname@example.orgMembership is £5 per year paid in a tri-yearly cycle.Admission to meeting – Members £2.50, Non-members welcome @ £3.50FIND US ON FACEBOOK
Chaddesley - One Hundred Years Ago - August 1918
October 5thPotato 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 12thWe 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 26thThe 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)
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.