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 - One Hundred Years Ago - August 1918
September 7thThe muffled peal rung in memory of the fallen brave, on Saturday last, was quite a success.success. The peal, which was one of Stedman variety, consisted of the usual 5010 charges, and was rung in 2hrs. 52mins - a record time for Chaddesley tower. The ringers were Messrs. John Jagger (Oldbury), John Bass (Wollaston), Joseph Piggott (Smethwick), William Short (Clent), Abraham Greenfield (Netherton), Jesse Screen (West Bromwich), William Fisher (Coseley), and Benjamin Gough (Coseley). The names are given in the order of the bells which each ringer took, commencing with the treble. The ringers are members of the Dudley Guild - a branch of the Staffordshire family. The striking of the bells was excellent, and the whole peal was much enjoyed, especially by those initiated into the mysteries of “this noble art and manly exercise despised by the ignorant.” (The quotation is from Belbroughton tower - the italics are attributed to Mr. James Broad, sometime of Chaddesley, now of Bewdley). Among the interested listeners was a lady (Miss Joyce), who is the proud possessor of seven brothers and a father who have rung several peals together - just the family party of eight.During the week I have had news of many of our Chaddesley fighting lads, and am pleased to report the news as good in all cases. The visiting soldiers this week included Norman Hill and William Raybould - both looking well.The Rev. D. H. Francis (formerly Vicar of Chaddesley), and Mrs. Francis, are visitors at Pleremore this week.September 14thSoldier visitors this week include Frank Hemming (convalescent), Clem Dickinson, Joe Dickinson, David Pain and Will Cartwright. The last named expects shortly to proceed Eastwards; Dora does not permit me to mention more. News of John Dickinson’s safety and good health has come through. That’s good - but again my column is tinged with sadness, for Joe Pardoe (Dorhall) has “gone West,” and I feel we have lost one of our most consistent optimists. Joe has seen the war from its inception, has taken its wounds and bumps with a smile that wouldn’t come off his face. He never doubted, never despaired; he was literally “always merry and bright.” And now he has given us his young life to help to save ours.” I trust a grateful country will be generous and sympathetic to his widow and child.The school children have had a week’s opportunity to pick blackberries for the troops, and receive 3d. per pound for the work. Although the work could only be done during the evenings they have handed in more than three cwts. of fruit already. A photographer connected with the Ministry of Food propaganda work paid us a visit one day this week and appeared very interested in our blackberry campaign. On Thursday several Chaddesley faces were to be found in the illustrated London daily papers, under the heading “Blackberries.”September 21st On Sunday the death occurred, at Leamington, of Miss Rose Smith, who at one time resided at New House, Chaddesley Corbett. She had been in poor health for some years, but nevertheless the news of her death came as a painful surprise to her relatives and friends. In accordance with her expressed wish she was buried in Chaddesley Churchyard, near the grave of her parents. The funeral took place on Wednesday, and was attended by most of the brother and sisters of the deceased, as well as numerous other friends.Controlling and rationing. However carefully organised, often defeat their own purpose. The populace are exhorted to keep pigs, and having acquired a grunter the populace discover that they personally have eaten the pig’s rations in a composition called, for the sake of courtesy, “bread.” The pig is disposed of therefore as soon as possible, and no further attempt at pig feeding is made The breeder pays fabulous prices for food for the sows and finds no market for his young pigs when they arrive. I saw pigs being hawked about last week at 10s. each; while the same day pig food was anything up to 40s. per sack. The result is that quietly many litters of young pigs are knocked on the head wholesale at birth - and buried; the sows are sold off half fat, and we continue to eat pig food in our bread and growl at the scarcity of good bacon. In this connection we find some explanation of certain people who are rejoicing at the vile weather we are now experiencing. It is no uncommon experience to meet a farmer who is glad he has a field of spoilt grain - and it is easy to guess why he is pleased.September 28th Hoary cricketers who played for Chaddesley in the “early nineties” will still have lively recollections of Horace Dixon’s prowess in the field. I regret to hear that Horace has lost his only son, Lieut. Dixon, killed in action in France. Lieut Dixon received his education at Bromsgrove School, and there was every promise of a brilliant career before him - but, alas, the war intervenes, and another of our best is gone that his country may live.Howard Gossage, only son of Mr. Gossage, of St. Anne’s Cottage, Outwood, was so seriously ill on Wednesday evening that Dr. Dennis Fitch ordered his immediate removal to Bromsgrove Hospital. He was operated upon for appendicitis the same night, and I am pleased to hear the operation was successful and the patient is making satisfactory progress.The blackberry campaign proceeds merrily, and the youngsters intend completing their first half ton this week. The railway strike has scotched the move in some quarters but with us it was merely a “momentary check,” we were on scent again immediately. We have to learn how to find substitutions for all sorts of services - living as we do out in the clear country, where the railways cease from troubling and the strikers are at rest.The Infirmary boxes are receiving considerable assistance just as present from various forms of giant vegetable. Two onions given by Mr. Playdon sold for 5s this week. There was a possibility of them realising even more only one purchaser didn’t know the rules of the swindle and ate the goods.(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.