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 September 18th 7.30pm The Droitwich Brine Baths with Roger Peberdy Dr Roger Peberdy has lived in Droitwich since 1966. Roger spent over thirty years as a local GP, prescribing the full range of brine spa treatments, and can thus now claim to be the last 'brine doctor' living in Droitwich. This September he is sharing his knowledge and reminiscences of the history of the Droitwich baths and the treatments (which he has also published in a book about the locality a historical record for the town) with Chaddesley Corbett. Droitwich as we know it has based its existence on the natural subterranean resource of Droitwich salt, one of the purest naturally occurring deposits of salt in the world. Known internationally, first as a salt manufacturing town, and later as a medicinal spa specialising in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism, Droitwich has now all but lost its salt connections, which were grimy, steamy saltworks of which little remains to mark that once all-important remains of that all-important industry. If you visit today there are remains of the town’s time as a spa, and recently some hope of a small-scale revival. _______________________________________________________________

Chaddesley - One Hundred Years Ago - Sept. 1919

September   6th:    The   Cricket   Team   gave   a   very   good   batting   display   at   the   Lye on   Saturday   last,   but   lost   the   match   eventually   through   weakness   in   the   field. The   final   scores   were   Chaddesley   142;   Lye   187.   Our   chief   contributors   were Millward   35,   Moore   27.   Hemming   20   (in   four   knocks)   and   Blakeway   17.   Our bowling   and   fielding   were   decidedly   “off”   form,   and   those   five   wides   in   two overs   were   distressing   as   well   as   painful.   The   Lye   ground   is   not   situated   very salubriously:    the    smoke    wanders    aimlessly    over    the    pitch,    and    the    smut droppeth   as   the   gentle   rain   from   heaven   to   the   place   beneath.   Here   the   simile ends   for   it   is   not   “twice   blessed.”   The   spectators   are   decidedly   interesting;   no reserve    or    stand-offishness    and    for    candour    in    their    remarks    they    are unequalled.   My   favourite   for   the   afternoon   prefixed   his   surprise   sentences   with “Kri-art”   the   “a”   accently   sharply   as   in   “hat.”   His   sanguinary   interpolations   were marked   by   marvellous   dexterity,   particularly   the   method   of   dashing   in   an   extra one   between   the   syllables   of   any   large   word.   But   they   are   sports   to   the backbone;   warm   hearted,   generous,   and   frank;   in   spite   of   the   lingo,   I   like “em.” The    schools    re-opened    this    week    much    to    the    relief    of    some    folk.    The Managers   have   appointed   Miss   A   Cliff,   of   Swindon   as   assistant   mistress   and she will commence duty in early October. September   13th:    The   Soldiers   and   Civilians   Cricket   Match   on   Saturday   last attracted   quite   a   large   company   and   proved   most   entertaining.   The   wicket favoured   the   bowlers   considerably,   but   the   “Tommies”   were   weak   in   bowling, and   the   “Civvies”   annexed   an   unexpected   score   of   74.   The   soldiers   considered this   no   great   obstacle,   but   they   found   Tom   Davis   and   W   Jones   in   top   form   with the   ball   and   all   were   dismissed   for   50-   John   Blakeway   being   the   only   one   who gave   any   trouble   and   he   batted   pluckily   in   a   vain   endeavour   to   stem   the   tide   of defeat.   Mr   J   Meredith   invited   the   teams   to   a   bountiful   tea   on   the   ground   at   half time.   The   Misses   Meredith   are   adepts   as   hostesses   and   soon   had   everyone enjoying themselves. The    football    club    has    revived    with    a    largely    increased    membership    but unfortunately,   very   little   outside   support   financially.   Mr   J   Meredith   has   kindly lent   a   very   convenient   field   for   the   matches,   but   we   must   move   rapidly   in raising   funds   if   we   expect   matches   at   an   early   date.   A   football   club   dance   is being arranged in the hope of attracting more support to the club. A   meeting   was   held   in   the   Schools   on   Wednesday   with   a   view   to   re-starting   the Boy   Scout   Troop.   The   vicar   presided.   A   good   number   of   boys   attended,   and   the majority   applied   for   membership.   Captain   Oldnall   undertakes   the   duties   of Scout   Master   for   the   present;   and   the   first   meeting   is   to   take   place   next Monday. The   London   City   and   Midland   Bank   will   open   a   Sub-Branch   at   Chaddesley,   on September   17th    -   attendance   being   on   Wednesdays.   This   should   be   a   great boon   to   all   engaged   in   any   business   as   negotiating   cheques   has   in   the   past been   always   a   great   inconvenience.   The   Sub-Branch   will   be   adjoining   the newspaper shop in the centre of the village. September   27th:    Messrs   Smith   of   Derby   who   are   in   charge   of   the   repairs   to   the church   clock   hope   to   complete   the   work   next   week.   As   soon   as   the   familiar “strike”   resounds   again   we   shall   be   in   a   position   to   state   how   much   we   owe. There   are   a   few   of   our   local   readers   that   have   not   yet   responded   to   the appeal, but no doubt they will as soon as the bill is presented. Mr    Wm    Hemming    has    a    long    recollection    of    Chaddesley    Cricket    and    he considers   the   last   time   a   century   was   made   on   our   present   ground   (previous   to Fred   Millward’s   recent   achievement”   was   in   the   1870’s,   and   was   accomplished by Mr W Newnham. (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 ‘alive and well’ 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