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 April 17th 7.30pm Hidden Biographies. Ned Williams Seven   well-known   midlands’   entertainers   from   the   past   who   were   not   who   they seemed. This   talk   unveils   seven   biographies   of   local   people   who   were   involved   in   “show business”,   including   the   man   who   built   the   Dudley   Hippodrome,   the   man   who opened   the   Black   Country’s   first   cinema,   the   girl   from   Wolverhampton   who became a famous aerial circus star, and Dudley’s greatest actress! It’s   a   tale   of   family   history   research   complicated   by   the   fact   that   all   seven people   used   "false"   names,   i.e.   stage   names   or   pen   names.   They   weren't   quite who they said they were! 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 - April 1919

April   5th    So   the   cricketers   have   decided   to   remain   on   the   old   spot,   and   I   think they   are   wise.   After   all,   the   sentiment   is   a   large   factor   in   the   promotion   of   any sport.   As   soon   as   the   fence   is   repaired,   the   Ground   Committee   hope   to   have the   pitch   ready   for   practice,   and   then   we   shall   be   able   to   forget   some   of   our war troubles in a merrier contest. The   non-arrival   of   our   lads   expected   home   from   Egypt   has   caused   much disappointment   here.   The   rebellion   is   no   doubt   the   cause   of   the   delay,   and   if General   Allenby   gives   the   word   “Up   and   at   em”,   some   of   our   rebels   will   be quite as anxious to see our boys come home as we are to receive them. The   Spring   Rent   Day   for   Village   and   Dorhall   Allotments   was   fixed   as   usual,   for April   2nd,   at   the   Talbot   Hotel.   There   was   an   excellent   attendance   and   as   much sociability   as   was   possible   considering   that   disagreeable   Dora   still   stalks   her musty   mildewed   skirts   around.   Mr   E   A   Millward   attended   as   agent   for   landlord and   reports   once   more   a   clean   sheet   as   regards   arrears.   I   think   this   year   ranks as   a   record   for   the   least   amount   of   work   being   done   on   the   allotments previous    to    April.    The    awful    weather    has    effectually    prevented    gardening operations. April   12th    The   bishop   of   Worcester   has   arranged   to   take   a   Confirmation Service    at    Chaddesley    on    Monday    next,    at    6pm.    This    will    be    the    first opportunity   we   have   of   making   the   acquaintance   of   the   new   Bishop,   and consequently a crowded congregation is expected. Several   Parish   Councillors   are   moving   in   the   matter   of   arranging   for   a   real welcome   to   be   given   to   our   returning   soldiers   and   sailors.   It   is   certainly   the feeling   of   the   majority   that   if   the   whole   parish   is   to   express   its   gratitude   and appreciation   of   the   services   and   sacrifices   rendered   by   our   soldiers   and   sailors, The   Parish   Council   is   the   proper   body   to   give   the   lead.   I   am   glad   to   notice   by certain   public   announcements   that   the   dance   in   aid   of   the   necessary   fund   is really   fixed   for   “Easter   Friday”,   which   (for   bogglers   and   hagglers),   may   be explained as Friday April 25th,1919. April   19th    The   collection   of   eggs   for   the   wounded   soldiers   has   now   ceased. Miss   Agnes   Meredith   gave   over   three   years’   zealous   labour   and   attention   to   the work   in   this   parish   and   was   ably   assisted   by   a   devoted   band   of   workers.   During the   period   they   collected   17,258   eggs   and   £41   11s   1p   in   cash.   All   the   workers have   received   a   copy   of   Sir   Douglas   Haig’s   letter   of   thanks   on   behalf   of   the wounded. Much   interest   was   shown   last   week   in   the   sale   of   Tanwood   House   and   Farm, and   there   was   considerable   diversity   of   opinion   as   to   the   probable   price   it would   fetch.   It   was   fully   expected   that   the   purchaser   would   be   a   local   resident, and   many   were   disappointed   when   these   expectations   proved   wrong.   However, history   may   repeat   itself.   Mr   Horton   came   among   us   an   absolute   stranger,   and soon   found   a   hearty   welcome   and   became   deservedly   popular;   we   hope   for   a repetition   of   these   conditions.   I   was   glad   to   hear   that   Mr   Lambert   secured   the property    he    occupies    at    Astwood    Hill.    He    has    made    many    friendships    in Chaddesley and we should be sorry to lose him. A   general   meeting   of   the   Talbot   Bowling   Club   was   convened   for   Friday   last. Unfortunately,   the   attendance   was   poor;   probably   because   the   club   has   been more   or   less   defunct   for   two   years   and   many   old   members   thought   they   had lost   their   membership.   The   accounts   were   presented   and   showed   that   there was   a   substantial   balance   in   hand.   It   was   decided   to   adjourn   the   meeting   till Saturday   evening,   April   19th,   and   to   hold   a   bowling   contest   that   evening,   all former   members   being   cordially   invited.   Messrs   E   A   Perrins   and   E   A   Millward were requested to audit the accounts in the meantime. April   26th   The   Parish   Council   have   appointed   a   Committee   to   arrange   a supper   and   entertainment   for   all   the   returned   soldiers   and   sailors   of   the   parish. It   is   estimated   at   least   100   must   be   catered   for   as   a   first   instalment,   and   the Committee   ask   for   an   immediate   £30   to   be   subscribed   on   account   of   the   debt we   owe   to   the   brave   lads   who   saved   us.   Mr   E   A   Millward   is   undertaking   the secretarial   duties,   and   the   Parish   Councillors   assisted   by   the   Vicar,   Mr   Duff   and Mr Sayers are collecting subscriptions. Fred   Turbutt   has   undergone   an   operation.   The   operation   was   carried   out   at   the Kidderminster Infirmary, where Mr Turbutt still remains an in-patient. (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