Eddowes Salopian Journal
relating to Broseley and District
Broseley Local History Society
1st January 1890
CHRISTMAS DINNER AT THE WORKHOUSE.— The inmates of the workhouse were treated by the guardians with a substantial roast beef and plum pudding dinner on Christmas day. Each of the old women afterwards received a packet of tea, and the old men 1½oz. of tobacco, sent them by friends, and the children received oranges and sweetmeats. The master and matron, Mr and Mrs Burden, superintended all the arrangements, and three cheers were heartily given by the paupers for them. Cheers were also given for Mr E. S. Squire, Mrs A. Daw, and Mr Smith.
8th January 1890
QUADRILLE CLASS.— In connection with the neat quadrille
class the first long night dance took place in the Town Hall on the 31st ult.,
and was well attended. The excellent manner in which the arrangements were
carried out reflected great credit on the following gentlemen who formed the
committee.— Messrs. T. Beard, E. R. and A. R. Instone, S. Davies, Horton, A.
Roberts. E. White, and W.
SANITARY WARD COMMITTEE, Wednesday.— Present: Alderman J. C. W. Lister (chairman), Councillors H. P. Dunnill, J. A. Exley, P. Jones, and Mr O. Harries (clerk), Mr Stevenson (inspector), and Mr N. Hartshorne (surveyor).— The Inspector of Nuisances: The Chairman said that since the last meeting he had been informed that in future there should by only one inspector of nuisances for the whole borough, and the question occurred to him, whether or not they could have an assistant. — The Clerk said he had received a communication from the Local Government Board stating that there could only be one inspector for the Urban Sanitary District.— The Chairman remarked that it was a question for the Council to deal with.— Mr Stevenson was asked to continue in office for Broseley till March, and this he consented to do.—Jackfield Roads: The Chairman observed that a part of the road opposite Jackfield Schools was in a very bad state.—The other members of the Board agreed with the Chairman, and the matter was left in the surveyor’s and inspector’s hands.— Typhoid Fever: The inspector reported an outbreak of typhoid fever at Queen’s Street, Broseley.— Tenders: The Surveyor was instructed to obtain tenders for emptying the ashpits for the next 12 months.
29th January 1890
THE WEATHER.- A severe snowstorm visited this neighbourhood on Thursday morning, Benthall Edge, and the larger hills being completely covered with snow. This, however, was soon washed away by a heavy downpour of rain. The riverside is impassable, owing to the rising of the river, and fields for miles round are inundated. There was a heavy storm yesterday.
ENTERTAINMENT.— A “people’s entertainment” was held on Thursday, at the Gospel Rooms, when there was a crowded attendance. Mr. Suart presided, and Mr. H. H. Wase conducted the singing. Programme:— Glee, “Vesper Chimes,” choir; pianoforte solo, “Harps Eolienne,” Miss E. Suart; duet, “Silver moonlight winds are blowing,” Miss Nevett and Mr. Garbett; reading, “The Family Umbrella,” Mr. Cartwright; song, “Alone in the World” (violin obligate), Miss Bartlam; violin duett, Messrs. Nicklin and Wilson; glee, “Village Blacksmith,” choir; song, “The Snowdrop,” Miss Nevett; reading, “ Women’s Rights,” Mr. Cartwright; song, “A Summer Shower,” Miss Bartlam; pianoforte solo, “Alice,” Miss E. Suart.
5th February 1890
BOARD OF GUARDIANS, Friday.—Present : Mr W. G. Norris (chairman), Rev C. Mousley, Messrs E. L. Squire, J. Fox, W. T. Owen, J. Machin, T. Hopley, J. Bonell, E. G. Exley, and H. Boycott (clerk).-Visitors: Messrs Norgrove and Bonell were elected visitors for the next fortnight.- Resignation of the Medical Officer: The Chairman read the following communication:— “Ironbridge. Gentlemen,— Last year I requested you to raise my salary, as medical officer, from £35 to £50 per annum and, as you were unable to accede to my request, after giving the work further trial, I find I cannot continue in office, and therefore beg to tender my resignation, thanking you for past courtesy while I have held the appointment.— I am, &c., T. Law Webb.”—The Chairman proposed that they should take the matter into further consideration, and make the next meeting a special one. —This was agreed to.
12th February 1890
TOWN COUNCIL, Monday.— Present: Aldermen J. A. Anstice
(Mayor), T. Instone, A. B. Dyas, T. H. Thursfield, J. Burroughs. J. Fox, J. C.
W. Lister, and R. Cooper, and Councillors W. Burnett, T. Cooke, J. A. Exley, W.
Southorn, G. Owen, J. Machin, W. Allen, P. Weston, R. E. Anstice, J. Bodenham,
T. Haynes, T. Barnett, P. Jones, W. Mear. G. Lloyd, W. Jeffrey, H. Boycott, A.
Grant, H. P. Dunnill, and W. Y. Owen.—Rates: The Mayor said, with regard to the
borough rate, that the estimate had been gone into by the Financial Committee,
and that the total amount of quarterly bills now due amounted to £224 4s 1d.
They had in hand £112 4s 7d, and the amount to be raised by a rate was £111 19s
6d.—Alderman Dyas proposed, Alderman Fox seconded, and it was resolved that a
½d. rate in the pound be levied. A general district rate of 1s in the pound for
Madeley, and 1s 4d for Wenlock was also made.— The Asylum: On the proposition of Alderman Thursfield, the Mayor
was appointed visitor to the asylum.—The Clerk informed the Council that he had
sent a copy of the resolution passed at the last meeting to Mr. Peele with
reference to a proposed revision of their agreement in connection with the
asylum. He had received a communication from Mr. Peele, stating that the question
of boundaries would soon come on, and a revision in the agreement would be
made. He received a further letter from the Town Clerk, stating that the matter
would be considered at the next monthly meeting, and asking for the necessary
information. It appeared that the important question with reference to the
19th January 1890
FUNERAL.—On Wednesday the remains of Mrs. Instone, wife of Mr. John Instone, late of the Lion Hotel, Broseley, were interred in the Benthall Churchyard, the service being impressively conducted by the Rev. Dr. Day. The beautiful wreaths which were sent by sorrowing friends and relatives bore the following inscriptions:— “ With deepest love from Eliza end Edward,” “In loving memory from Charles and Mary Ann,” “ With fondest love from nieces and nephews at the Deanery,” “In loving memory and deepest affection from Thomas and Emma Instone, her sister and brother,” “ With regret and kind love from Sarah F. Instone.” “With deep sympathy from Mrs. H. Broadhurst,” “From Mrs. Trove.” The mourners were—Messrs. J. Instone, C. R. Bartlam, J, Watson (Manchester), Eddie Oakes, Masters Tom and Archie Oakes (nephews), Mr E. Instone, R. Instone, Masters T. and W. Instone, Mr. C. Hartshorn, and Mr. Watts.
LAWN TENNIS CLUB BALL.— The members of the Lawn Tennis Club held their annual ball on Thursday night at the Town Hall. There was a good attendance, and the event was a thorough success. The room was beautifully adorned with flags and evergreens, the tennis racquets displayed in various places making an appropriate addition to the decorations. In front of the orchestra was a nicely-arranged group of choice plants, kindly lent by Mr, E. B. Potts. The decorations were admirably carried out by Messrs, Wall and Tiddesley. The refreshments were supplied by Mr. T. V. Cullis, confectioner, and Mrs. Houghton and Son, of the Lion Hotel, their catering giving every satisfaction. Mr. Underwood’s (Wolverhampton) string band, performed the following programme of music.— Polka, “Who’s that calling;” waltz; “ River of Years; lancers, “Her Majesty’s;” polka, “ Black and Tan;” waltz, “Maid of the Mill;” lancers, “Yeoman of the Guard;” mazurka, “Ever Thine;” quadrille, “Topsy Tervy;” waltz, “Blue Danube;” polka, “Bang;” lancers, “They all love Jack;” Waltz, “Santiago;” quadrille, “Merry England;” gallop, “Post Horn;” polka, “Colonial” lancers, “Pelican:” waltz, “Garden of Sleep;” polka, “Chic;” lancers, “Carmen;” mazurka, “Moonlight;” waltz, “Queen of my Heart;” lancers, “Dorothy;” polka, “See me dance;” waltz, “Sweet Marjori.” The stewards, who carried out the arrangements in a thoroughly satisfactory manner were:— Messrs. Thomas Doughty. W. A. Tatton Dixon, E. G. Exley, T. R. Horton, Edward R. Instone, Adam Jones, Ernest F. Lamb, J, C. W. Lister, G. Hereby Maw, George Potts, Donald Prestage, and H. Barton Smith, and Doctors Hicks, Mackenzie, and Tailor. These gentlemen were ably assisted by the energetic secretary, Mr. Botwood, who contributed, in no small degree, to the success of the affair. Among those present we noticed: Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Botwood (Broseley), Mr. and Mrs. J. C. W. Lister (Broseley), Mr. Gerald A. Millap (Broseley), Mr. E. S. White (Ironbridge), Miss Dillow (Bridgnorth), Mr. W. Jones, jun. (Jackfield), Miss N. and Miss E. Jones (The Rock), Miss J. Lloyd (Broseley), Mr. J. Ledger (Broseley), Mr. E. G. Exley and the Misses Exley (Broseley), Miss Smith (Broseley) Miss Lloyd (The Dean), Mr. and Mrs. G. B, Ledger (Broseley), and the Misses Minnie and Mabel Leach (Shrewsbury), Mrs. W. Southorn (Broseley), Mrs. Powell (Broseley), Mr. W. E. More and Miss More (Broseley), Mr., Mrs, and Miss A, Dixon, and Mr. W. Dixon (Broseley), Mr. and Mrs. E. Davies (Broseley), Mr. E. F. Lamb (Broseley), Mr. S. Davies (Broseley), Miss Powis (Broseley), Mr. J. Burton (Ironbridge), Miss M Cox, (Wolverhampton), Mr E. M. Webster (Ironbridge), Mr. H. B. Smith (Ironbridge), Mr. A. and the Misses Jones (Jackfield), Miss M. Blunt (Shrewsbury), Mr. T. Doughty (Jackfield), Mr. G. Potts (Broseley), the Misses Doughty (Jackfield), Dr. Tailer (Broseley), Dr. Hicks (Broseley), Miss G. E. Botwood (Bridgnorth), Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Harvey (Ironbridge), Miss A. Page (Ironbridge), Miss Houghton (Broseley), Mr. D. Prestage (Broseley ), Mr. H. Mason (Broseley), Mr. E. W. Smith (Ironbridge), Mr. F. H. Potts (Broseley), Mr. E. K. Thompson (Broseley), Mr. C. H. Temple (Ironbridge), Miss S. E. Backhouse (Bridgnorth), Mr. and the Misses Horten (Harley Tower), Mr. Bailey (Ironbridge), Mr. N. Bailey (Ironbridge), Mr. E. R. Instone (Broseley). Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Instone (Broseley), Mr. W. Andrews (Astley Abbots), Mr. W. A, J. Dixon (Barrow), Mr. Cullis (Broseley).
26th February 1890
DINNER.— Lord Forester held his rent audit dinner on Thursday, at the Lion Hotel, when 100 of the tenantry were present an partook of the excellent repast provided by Host Haughton. Mr, T. H. Thursfield presided, the usual toasts being honoured. Mr T. Instone occupied the vice chair,
MISSIONS.— The annual missionary sermons were preached on Sunday at the Primitive Chapel by the Rev. T. Clamp and Mr. J. Phaisey. A public missionary meeting was held on Wednesday, when the chair was taken by Mr. J. Foster (Barrow). Speeches were made by the Revs. T. Richards (deputation) and T. Clamp (Madeley).
VESTRY MEETING.— At a vestry meeting held on Tuesday, the Rev, G. F. Lamb presiding on the motion of Mr. F. H. Potts it was resolved that the churchwardens be instructed to obtain estimates for carrying out the work of removing the organ from the gallery. A long discussion took place with reference to removing the galleries, but Lord Forester thought there were some misgivings as to whether they would not be required at some future date.— The matter was left in abeyance.
PEOPLE’S CONCERT.— This concert took place on Thursday, when the Gospel Room was again crowded. Mr. B. Suart presided, and his daughter was the accompanist, Programme:— Glee, “ Oh, who will over the downs,” choir; pianoforte solo, “Sleigh Belle,” Miss E. Suart; song, “The Garonue,” Mr. B. Jones; vocal duett, “Hark the Goat Bells,” Mr. Ledger and Miss Lloyd; address by the president: glee, “Stars of the summer night,” choir; song, “‘Queen of the earth,” Mr. B. Jones; reading, “The Parson’s Story,” Miss E. Suart; duets, “May bells and flowers,” Miss. Leger arid Miss Lloyd; pianoforte solo, “ Alice,” Miss E. Suart.
COUNCIL WARD COMMITTEE, Wednesday.— Present: Alderman J. C. W. Lister (chairman), Councillors H. P. Dunnill, J. A. Exley, W. Meer, P. Jones, W. E. Southorn, with Messrs. O. Harries (clerk), C. J. Cooper (town clerk). H. Hartshorn (surveyor) G. Stevenson (inspector), and Dr Thursfield (medical officer).— Continued Absence of a Member; The chairman said that before the business of the committee commenced he had an important matter to bring forward, and that was the attendance of the Hon. C. T. W. Forester at the County Council. It was a delicate matter for him to bring forward but he must do se as his duty to the ratepayers necessitated it. Mr. Forester had been elected to a very important office by the ratepayers to look after their interests, which he had failed to do, in consequence of which Broseley had suffered, through the continued absence of Mr. Forester from the Council meetings. Mr. Forester was elected on the Main Roads Committee, and if he had attended those meetings he believed that Broseley would have been allowed the whole 3½ miles of main roads applied for instead of 1½ miles. It was a very important matter to Broseley, and Mr. Forester should not have accepted the office if he did not intend to attend to its duties, as there were two other gentlemen who would have undertaken the duties, and have attended to them. He then referred to a letter which had been written to Mr. Forester, by Mr. H. P. Dunnill, the chairman of the late Local Board, a copy of which he believed was placed in the minute book, together with Mr. Forester’s reply.— The Clerk then referred to the minute book, and read the letter, which was dated April 15th, 1889, and in which Mr. Dunnill regretted the absence of Mr. Forester from a meeting of the Main Road Roads Committee, and pointed out that unless the interests of Broseley were vigorously represented Broseley would be in the position of having to contribute to the county rates and have no equivalent compensation, and after explaining the claim Broseley wished to be declared main roads, respectfully requested his attendance at the subsequent meetings of the County Road Committee to support the claim of the Broseley district. The reply of Mr. Forester was regretting that he had not been present at the meeting, and that he would endeavour to attend the future meetings on the subject.— After stating that he believed Mr. Forester had only attended one meeting of the Council, the Chairman proceeded to make a proposition that the clerk be requested to write in as complimentary and courteous letter as he could to Mr. Forester, and explain that the matter had been brought before the Board, and that in consequence of his non-attendance at the Council meetings Broseley had suffered considerably, and request that he would give some guarantee that he would attend better in future or resign his position. This was seconded by Mr. Mear, and carried unanimously —Councillor Meer seconded the proposition, which was agreed to.— Main Roads: The Chairman wanted to know the reason why the County Council only allowed them £20 for their main roads instead of £24.— The Town Clerk said the length was not exactly a mile and a half, and another reason was that the surveyor had not spent sufficient money on the roads. The Clerk then read the county surveyors report which stated that the certificate would be withheld until the roads were made better, as at present they were far from being in a good condition.— Councillor Dunnill ultimately proposed, and it was resolved, that the surveyor should spend another £15 on the main roads by the 15th of March.- The Surveyor and Inspector of Nuisances: Councillor Dunhill said that for 13 years Mr. Stevenson, the inspector of nuisances, had received £113, and be believed he had served the wards faithfully, The proposition at the Council meeting to reduce that sum to £70 was not by any means fair. It was little recompense for surveying 37 square miles.— Councillor Exley remarked that they were not in a position to settle the question.— Councillor Dunnill: No but we can recommend.— The Chairman concurred with Councillor Dunnill’s remarks.— The latter gentleman proposed that Mr. George Stevenson be recommended and appointed inspector of nuisances for the entire borough, at a salary of £110 per annum.— The Chairman seconded this, and it was carried —The Chairman said with regard to the surveyorship, he was in favour of retaining their own surveyor, — The Town Clerk was strongly of opinion that in time one surveyor would have to be appointed for the whole borough, and be thought if the two offices were combined there would be a saving of money.— Councillor Dunnill contended that Madeley would be the only ward that would benefit by the combination of the offices, and he thought they should not take a selfish view of the matter. He proposed that they should retain the service of Mr. Hartshorne, their surveyor for the Broseley district.— Councillor Exley seconded, and the motion was agreed to.— The Streets: Councillor Mear called attention to the bad state of the main streets, and the surveyor was instructed to repair the worst part.— Contracts: On the motion of Councillor Southorn, seconded by Alderman Lister, Mr. J. D. Smith’s estimate for emptying refuse, &c., was granted.— Warning:. Alderman Lister desired through the medium of the press to make known the fact that under the new Weights and Measure Act, all persons hauling coal should have the weight of their cart marked on it. - Health of the District: Dr. Thursfield presented his annual report, which showed that the number of deaths per 1,000 of population was 16.3; births 26; deaths from zymotic diseases per 1,000 0.4; and deaths of infants under one year per 1,000, 147. The infantile mortality was somewhat high, but not more so than the general average of the country, and less than many urban districts. There had been typhoid fever in five families at Jackfield and this he put, down to the drinking of Severn water.— In reply to the chairman, the Medical Officer said the Severn water was perfectly fit for drinking when boiled.— The Chairman thought it would be a very good thing to warn the inhabitants of Jackfield to boil the river water.— The report was considered most satisfactory.
5th March 1890
On Monday evening at the Wharfage Lecture Room, Mr. David
White, trustee of the Ironbridge and Coalbrookdale Building Society, gave an
address to the shareholders, depositors and friends upon the past and present
position of the society. The lecturer received slight applause on ascending the
platform, but failed to obtain a chairman. He said they were fully aware of the
present position of the society, but, in his remarks he would take them back to
the commencement of the society and give them an account of its working so to
enable them to judge of its present position. It was formed 40 years ago by one
of the first solicitors of that day, and the rules were drawn up by the late
Captain Anstice, and were acknowledged to be the best rules that could at that
time be made. He proceeded to refer in detail to the vicissitudes of the
society and his appointment as trustee. Referring to later matters, he said
before be could properly wind up the society he was compelled to call the
committee together. It was quite evident that one of their members could not
keep their secret. They did not know who it was, but if it became necessary
they would find out. They endeavoured to amalgamate with other societies, and
just as they satisfied one of the officials of one of these societies that
their business was genuine, a letter was sent by some one giving such a description
of the society that the thing fell through. He was instructed to obtain the
name of that gentleman, but he would not trouble, but even now if it should be
wanted he would find it out. After a lot of subsequent unpleasantness he proceeded
with his work and endeavoured to pacify the shareholders by paying them 5s. in
the pound. (A Voice: “Good satisfaction.”) They received that amount, and
before he had advanced them that money he had an impression that there was
money enough in that society to pay them another 5s. and then leave a surplus.
Perhaps they would say he was very foolish to make that admission. He was
certain that they could not put their finger on any part of the balance sheet
that could incriminate him. He would not be the man that would stand up and say
“‘I did not do it” before any tribunal. He would tell them freely that he came
there that night to have the matter settled, and he was prepared to have a
decision whether it should be what he proposed or otherwise. He appointed the
last auditor himself, in Mr. Smythe of
5th March 1890
PETTY SESSIONS, Feb. 25. — Before Col, Anstice (mayor), Col. Wayne, and E. W. Shorting, Esqrs.— Night Poaching: William Brown and Charles Hoare were brought op on remand charged with night poaching on February 17th on James Beddoes’s field—land belonging to Captain Miles, of Much Wenlock. Mr. Haslewood, of Bridgnorth prosecuted, and Mr. Carrane, of Wellington, defended the prisoners.— William Holland, Westwood, under gamekeeper to Captain Miles, said that on the day in question be went out night watching with other men on Mr. Beddoes’s field by Bourton which joined the Amberley cover. They concealed themselves in a ditch, and about 11 o’clock he observed three men coming through the fence. They passed close to him and he observed William Brown distinctly. He did not recognise the other men then but afterwards, on running after them and striking a light, he saw the three men’s faces distinctly. He recognised Hoare and Brown, but failed to notice the third man. He discovered the two nets (produced), one was run out and the other partially so.—Richard Reynolds stated that on the following morning he found the sticks and hat produced. —P.S. Reece deposed that on this date be watched Brown’s house at Wenlock, and saw him come out about 10 o’clock followed by Hoare. They went into the direction of Beddoe’s field.— P.C. Rogers corroborated.—For the defence Harriet Brown said her husband went to bed with her about 11 o’clock, and Hoare was at their house all night. About 10 minutes to 10 she let her brother out of the house, but could not say that any one went with him.—Mrs. Rickets, a widow, next door neighbour to the prisoner Brown, said she saw prisoners on Monday night at home.—The Bench then retired, and on returning the Mayor said that the magistrates had thoroughly considered the case, and thought it was clearly proved. Prisoners were both old offenders, and they would be sentenced to three months’ imprisonment each, and at the expiration of that term be bound over not to offend again for 12 months in £10 and two sureties of £5 each. Failing to find these sureties they would be further imprisoned for another six months.— No Dog License: Frederick Gollings, a lad, of Coalbrookdale, was charged with keeping two dogs on February 4th without a license.—P.C. Smout gave evidence, but the magistrates dismissed the case.—Jemima Locket, of Ironbridge, was also charged by P.C. Smout with a similar offence.—Defendant stated that she applied to the post office for a license, but they had none.— The case was dismissed, and the Mayor said representation should be made to the post office authorities about the matter.— Abusive Language: Richard Smith, alias Dorsett, of Madeley, was charged with making use of abusive language towards P.C. Walton, who proved the charge.—Fined 2s. 6d. and costs.—Alleged Assault in the Market: Frederick Roden, a young man, was charged with assaulting a lad named George Edward Owen, by beating him at Madeley on the 8th of February.—Mr. J. J. Titley defended.—Complainant said defendant beat him because he laughed at him.— John Jones stated that defendant took, hold of complainant for no cause whatever, and hustled and punched him. — Maria Richards corroborated.— After the witnesses for the defence had been called and examined, Edward Owen, the boys’ father, was then charged with making use of threatening and abusive language towards Frederick Roden, defendant in the last case, on the same date.— Both charges were eventually dismissed.— Abusive Language: John Ray, of Madeley, was fined 10s. and 11s, coats for using insulting language towards P.C. Walton.— William Goodall, Henry Sedgley, and James Beaman, three respectable looking young men, of Broseley, were charged with making use of abusive language towards Benjamin Hinsley, on the 13th inst.— Defendants, who pleaded not guilty, were fined 1s. and costs each. — Fighting: Adney Horton and William Boyd, were charged with fighting in High Street, Much Wenlock, on February 10th,—P.C. Rogers proved the charge, and Horton was fined 1s. and 8s. 3d. costs, and Boyd 5s, and 8s. 11d. costs.— Stealing Coal: Helen Morgan, a little girl, of Jackfield, was charged with stealing 25lbs. of coal on the 10th inst., the property of Messrs. Burton and Co., brick and tile manufacturers.—P.C. Price proved the case, and a fine of 5s, was imposed.—Larceny: Annie Pinner, Broseley, was brought up on remand, charged with stealing 15 yards of dress material on the 8th inst., the property of Edward Henley Thompson, draper, Broseley, who stated that on the 8th inst. he placed in a case outside his shop some pieces of dress material, and subsequently missed 15 yards, value 7s. 6d.— Alice Ellen Garbett stated that she saw prisoner take a roll of stuff, fixed against the shop, and decamp, and she then gave information to Mr. Thompson.— Harriet Hall said the prisoner came to her house on this date with the material, and asked her to buy it, asking 1s, for it.—P C. Bankes proved the apprehension of the prisoner, who confessed her guilt.— Prisoner was sentenced to six weeks’ imprisonment.—Drunkenness: Edward Williams, charged by P.C. Smout with being drunk at Ironbridge, was fined 20s. including costs. — William Yorke, William Wall, and Thomas Parke, youths, at Ironbridge, by P.C. Smout. Yorke was fined 5s. and 10s. costs; Wall and Parke, 2s. 6d. and costs—Eliza Richards, at Madeley, by P.C. Walton, fined 5s. and 10s. costs.—Charles and Susannah Jones, landlord and landlady of the Lloyd Head public-house, Jackfield, were charged with being drunk in their own premises. P.S. Reece proved the case, and defendants, who did not appear, were fined— Charles 10s, and costs, and Susannah 5s. and costs—John Rose, landlord of the Leopard Inn, Benthall, was charged with a similar offence. Defendant pleaded not guilty. P.S. Reece stated the facts of the case, and P.S. Roberts, P.C. Price, and P. C. Banks corroborated. Fined 10s. and 15s. costs,—William Carter, at Broseley by P.C. Banks; fined 5s, and 10s. costs.- Henry Harris, at Broseley, by P. C. Banks; fined 5s. and 10s, costs.
12th March 1890
WARD COMMITTEE, Wednesday.—Present: Alderman J. C. W. Lister
(chairman), Councillor J. A. Exley, P. Jones, W. Mear and officers.- The Main Roads: The surveyor stated that
£20 1s. 9d. had been expended on the main roads which were now in a fairly good
condition but would require a good deal of material another year. The actual
length of main road was one mile three furlongs and 150 yards, 73 yards short
of 1½miles. The chairman thought it required
£40 instead of £16 to maintain their roads. They had now spent 1s. 9d. too
much. Some conversation having followed, Councillor Exley proposed that they
should apply to the County Council another year for the sum of £35 per mile
instead of £16.- Councillor Jones seconded
the proposition which was carried.— The
Dingle: Councillor Jones said he had received many complaints concerning
the Dingle which was in a very bad condition owing to horse traffic over the road. He thought
horses should not be allowed to use the road.—Councillor Exley also complained
about the bad condition of the
9th April 1890
WARD COMMITTEE, Wednesday.—Present: Aldermen J. C. W. Lister (chairman), and J. Burroughs, Councillors H. P. W. Meer, P. Jones, W. E. Southorn and the Officers.- The Hon. C. T. W, Forester and the County Council: The Clerk read a letter received from the Hon. C. T. W Forester, County Councillor, which stated that he was unable to attend to the meetings regular, on account of the distance. When he was asked to stand a member for them, he thought the work would have been done at the Quarter Sessions as heretofore. He suggested a year ago to retire, but he understood there was some difficulty in the way.— The Chairman said they could not accept that as a resignation, and another thing, if a member retired he was liable to pay £25. This being so, he suggested they should allow the time to run out.— This was agreed to.— The Surveyor: The Chairman remarked that some months ago the Board was delegated powers by the Council to elect their own officers, and therefore they appointed their own surveyor. At the last meeting the town clerk said they were entirely out of order, and that there should only be one surveyor, and that elected by the Council, and by keeping Mr. Hartshorne they would have to pay two surveyors.—Councillor Dunhill thought he could claim compensation under article 14 as officer of the old Local Board.—The Clerk said the committee was subservient to the Council, and it was for them to dismiss the surveyor, as he was their officer. Although Mr. Hartshorne was dismissed against their wishes they would have to pay him compensation.— Councillor Dunnill: If law, it is scarcely fair.—The matter was left with the Chairman and Councillor Dunhill to inform the Borough Council of their clerk’s opinion.
PRESENTATION.- Miss Agnes Nevett, who has been infant school
mistress for five and a half years at the
16th April 1890
ST. MARY’S CHURCH.- The vestry meeting was held on the 8th inst., the rector (Rev E. H. Vernon) presiding. The churchwardens’ accounts showing a balance of £7 4s 9d in hand, were, on the motion of Mr Beard, passed.— In reply to the chairman, Mr Burroughs said he only gave money to the sick when they applied for it.— The Chairman remarked that the money was not intended for a few but for all persons sick.— The Rev H. Vernon said he should like to refer to a matter he had been investigating lately with regard to some invested money to be devoted to the purpose of repairing the church. He had had some correspondence with the Charity Commissioners respecting it, and with reference to Mrs Ann Brown’s Charity, the trustees entered into an agreement as far back as October, 1863. It would appear that under the provisions contained in a declaration of trust, dated April, 1863, the sum of £200 was paid to the official trustees of charitable funds for investment in their name in the purchase of consolidated 3 per cent. annuities, and this sum was accordingly invested in the purchase of £214 19s 6d 3 per cent. Consols on October 9th, 1863. It was further provided that the dividends should be remitted to the churchwardens of Jackfield for the time being for the purpose of being applied by them towards the necessary repairs of the chapel or churches or chapels for the time being of Jackfield and the provision of the necessary ornaments and utensils for the same. The dividends on the above sum of £214 9s. 6d. were paid into the Broseley branch of Messrs Pritchard and Co.’s bank (by the official trustee) an account having been opened there with the Jackfield churchwardens, in January, 1884. The churchwardens, however, did not draw their dividends, the result being that in January 1881 there was accumulated interest lying in the bank to the amount of £131 17s. 8d. By some arrangement this amount was disposed of as follows:— £100 was invested and added to the capital by the purchase of £99 10s. consuls, thus making from this date the total capital £313 19s. 6d., and the balance £31 17s. 8d. was paid to Mr Burroughs as sole churchwarden of Jackfield. In 1885, in accordance with an authority given by the churchwardens, their account was removed to Lloyd’s bank. These two years would represent interest on capital to the amount of about £18, and he found that in May, 1886, a lump sum of £17 16s. 10d. was paid into their bank, Ironbridge. The regular half-yearly dividend was paid from this time up to July, 1888, after which the dividends were paid quarterly, amounting to £2 3s. 2d. per quarter. The total amount of interest paid into the Broseley branch and the Ironbridge branch respectively from October, 1863, to October, 1889, was £94 6s. 3d, He wanted to know what had been done with that money. — Mr Burroughs said he had paid several bills with it, and had handed over a sum of money to the late Mr Burton to pay church expenses.— The Rector asked how was it that Mr Burroughs all of a sudden got to know about this money in the bank, after it had been lying there twenty years.— Mr Burroughs said he was informed of it by the Charity Commissioners. Some desultory conversation having ensued, it was decided, on the motion of Mr Beard, to adjourn the meeting till Wednesday week.
7th May 1890
FAIR.- The annual pleasure fair was held on the 29th ult. and the weather then being fine there was a large influx of visitors.
7th May 1890
TOWN COUNCIL. Monday,— Present: Aldermen J. A. Anstice (Mayor), J. Fox T. H. Thursfield T. Instone, J. C. W. Lister R. Cooper, A. B. Dyas, and J. Burroughs; Councillors A. Maw R. E. Anstice, H. P. Dunnill, P. Jones, W. Mear, C. E. Ainsworth, T. Barnett, G. Owen, W. Allen, P. Weston, H. Lloyd, T. Haynes, T. Cooke W. Y. Owen. H. Boycott, A. Grant, W. J. Legge, J. Machin, and W. J. Jeffrey.— Rates: The Mayor said the quarterly bills amounted to £278 17s 2d., and that the sum in hand was £98 4s., which left £180 13s. 2d. to be raised by a rate.— On the motion of Councillor Anstice, seconded by Councillor Maw, a general borough rate of one penny in the pound was levied Rates of 7d. in the pound for Benthall, and of 10d., in the pound for Broseley were also levied.— The Asylum: The Mayor then read the asylum visitors’ report, which stated that Mr. Stooks, engineer, recommended the Lunacy Commissioners to sink a well for asylum purposes at a cost of £8,000, the same to be 6ft. in diameter, and 130ft. deep. This, the Mayor said, was recommended to the three councils to accept. They would have to contribute £181, and he did not think it would be wise for them to raise any objection. He therefore moved that the report be adopted.- Alderman Dyas: I suppose there is water where they are going to sink. The Mayor: I don’t know, (Laughter.)— It was stated in answer to Councillor Jeffery, that a special rate would not be made to raise the amount of the Council’s contribution.— Councillor Grant seconded the adoption of the report, which was agreed to.— The Broseley Surveyor: Councillor Dunnill remarked that at the last meeting of the Broseley Ward Committee they found themselves in the position of having two surveyors.— Mr. Stevenson and Mr. Hartshorne—and because the members of that body were not in a position to dismiss either, Mr. Hartshorne had come there that day to receive his dismissal. He claimed compensation under article 14 of the Borough of Wenlock Orders. — In reply to the Mayor, Councillor Dunnill said that Mr. Hartshorne’s salary was £15 per annum, and, he had been in office two years.— The Mayor remarked that several formalities would have to be gone through before the matter come before them. By the scale laid down for compensation, Mr. Hartshorne would only receive 15s. per year for life. It could not be capitalised. But at present there was no claim before them.— Councillor Dunnill was of opinion that the whole borough would have to pay the compensation, but the clerk and other members differed, and said the Broseley district alone would have to pay.— Councillor Dunnill: I shall now propose that this Council give Mr. Hartshorne his dismissal as surveyor of the Broseley district. — Councillor Jones seconded, and it was carried. Weights and Measures: Supt, Walters, inspector of weights and measures, reported that 21 shops had been visited, and that there had been no conviction. A Good Suggestion: Aldermen Thursfield said he was going to bring before them a scheme which might “the first wedge” in getting rid of the tolls upon the bridges, which were certainly a great tax upon the industries of the borough, being paid in a great measure by the working classes. (Hear, hear.) He did not wish to say anything hostile to the proprietors of those bridges—which had existed over a 100 years—and he did not blame them for endeavouring to make the most of their property. (Hear, hear.) He wanted to ask the County Council, however to continue their main roads from the Foresters’ Arms to the Ironbridge Station, and he claimed that they had a right to travel ever the latter road free. The first thing, to do was to ask the trustees to take off the toll, and if they consented to their proposal there could be an extra three-quarters of a mile of road for the Broseley District to repair.- He would propose “That it be the instruction to the Main Road Committee to enter into communication with the proprietors of the Ironbridge and Coalport Bridge trustees relative to the removal of the toll gates: a claim to be made to the County Council before August 13th to declare them main roads.”- Councillor Weston seconded.— Councillor Dunnill did not think it would benefit Broseley, for he thought that doing away with the tolls would not compensate for the repairs to the road.— Councillor Jeffery observed that Broseley ought to make some concession, and do some good for its neighbours. (Laughter.)— The Mayor thought there were many difficulties in the way, but they were almost compelled to make this application now, although he was of opinion that the County Council would not entertain it. He would like to see all the bridges in the county free. (Hear, hear.)— The resolution was carried.
14th May 1890
At the Ironbridge Police Court, on the 6th inst., before W.
G. Norris (chairman), E. W. Shorting, F. B. Smith, and J. Fox, Esqrs. Samuel
James McCracken, commercial traveller, of
14th May 1890
ECCLESIASTICAL NEWS.— In accordance with the wish of several
school friends, it was proposed to hold a devotional service before the
consecration of the Rev. Canon Westcott as Bishop of Durham. The Archbishop of
14th May 1890
WARD COMMITTEE, Wednesday.— Present, Aldermen J. C. W. Lister (chairman), J. Burroughs, T. H. Thursfield, Councillors H. P. Dunnill, W. Mear, J. A. Exley and the officers.- The Tolls: A discussion took place on the question of applying to the County Council to make the road from the Foresters’ Arms to the Ironbridge station a main road, and to apply to the Ironbridge and Coalport Trusts to give up the catch gates. The matter was eventually left open. – The Surveyor: Councillor Dunnill moved “That in consequence of the Town Council having to appoint a surveyor for the whole borough, the committee of the Broseley Sanitary Division much regret to loose the services of Mr N. T. Hartshorne, and thereby expires their appreciation of his services during the time he acted as surveyor to the division.”- Councillor Exley seconded.– Councillor Dunnill said there was then the question of compensation. If Mr. Hartshorne would forego the 15s. per year as compensation, the world suggest that his salary as collector should be increased to £20 per annum, for he thought they should do something.— The Chairman did not think that the surveyor should forego his compensation, as it was a matter of principle.— Councillor Mear thought that £17 was quite sufficient for collecting, and they should study the interests of the ratepayers.– Mr. Hartshorne said that if he was paid like the poor rate collector his salary would be £25 per year. He asked the committee to defer the matter for another month and this was accordingly done.
28th May 1890
PRESENTATION TO THE REV. E. LLOYD EDWARDS, M.A.—On Wednesday
evening it very interesting meeting took place in the National Schoolroom, when
a testimonial was presented to the Rev. E. Lloyd Edwards, M A., who recently
resigned the benefice. Mr, W. Mapp was asked to make the presentation which
consisted of a handsome English clock, which chimed the quarters on eight
bells, with two sets of chimes (the Westminster and Cambridge), and striking
the hours on a fine loud cathedral gong. The inscription upon it was— “Presented
to the Rev. Edward Lloyd Edwards, M A. (rector), by the parishioners of Jackfield,
28th May 1890
ANNIVERSARY.— The Birch Meadow Sunday School anniversary was
held on Saturday and was well attended. The preacher was Mr. William Price, of
MARRIAGE AND PRESENTATION,— At the Birch Meadow Baptist
Chapel, on Tuesday Mr. Arthur Shinn, pastor, was married to Miss Polly
Bradburn, of Coalbrookdale, by the Rev. S. K. Bland, of
4th June 1890
WESLEYAN CHAPEL.- The Sunday School anniversary in
connection with this place of worship was held on Sunday when the building was
crowded. Special Hymns were sung in a creditable manner by the scholars,
assisted by the choir. Sermons were preached by Mr. J. Venables (
FIRE.- At about half-past eleven on Saturday night the shop of Mr. E. K. Thompson, draper, was discovered to be on fire. The articles in the window having caught they burnt rapidly, and had there not been willing workers about the whole of the extensive promises would have been destroyed. It is estimated that some £300 worth of goods was destroyed. The property is insured in the Salop Fire Office and another.
11th June 1890
WARD COMMITTEE, Wednesday.- Present: Alderman J. C. W, Lister (chairman), Councillor H. P. Dunnill. J. A. Exley, W. E. Southorn, P. Jones, and the officers.— Mr. Hartshorne said he would not apply for his compensation while he remained collector of the district.— The Chairman observed that their collector was entitled to 15s. compensation for life through retiring as the Board’s surveyor. He thought it was a matter of principle, and that he ought to have that amount.— Councillor Dunnill said the district would have to pay it.— Councillor Exley remarked that the collector should forego the compensation if his salary as collector was increased.— The Clerk stated that if Mr. Hartshorne was dismissed as collector he could again make a claim for compensation, but this statement was not accepted by the members.— Councillor Jones was of opinion that they should not pay the officer’s guarantee and another thing he was not an old servant.— Councillor Dunnill proposed that Mr. Hartshorne’s salary as collector be increased £6 10s. per year, so long as he gave up his 15s. compensation.— Councillor Jones seconded the proposition, which was carried.— Cinders: The Surveyor was instructed to obtain 50 tons of cinders.— Members’ Attendance: For the last 12 months, Alderman Lister attended 12 meetings, Councillors Exley 10, Jones 10, Dunnill 6. Instone 6, Mear 4, Southorn 3, Maw 2, Shorting 2, Tailer 2, Burnett 1, and Burroughs 1.
9th July 1890
FUNERAL OF THE Rev. SAMUEL EVANS: On Wednesday the remains
of the late Rev. Samuel Evans, the oldest Congregational minister in
PETTY SESSIONS, July 1.— Before W. G. Norris. Esq, Colonel H. Wayne, and J. Fox and F. R. Smith, Esqrs,— A Dog not under Proper Control: Jemima Lockett was summoned for not having her dog under proper control on the 11th ult.— Nicholas Septimus, a youth, stated that the dog flew at him, jumped on his back, and bit him. He ran away as soon as possible, but when trying to pass the house a second time the animal “was waiting for him,” and it was not until a person, with a brick in his hand, accompanied him that he was able to reach his home.— The police-sergeant of the district stated that several complaints had been made of the conduct of the same dog.— It was ordered to be destroyed, and defendant was called upon to pay the costs of the case, 11s. 6d.- Illegal Fishing: Thomas Oswell was charged by the Inspector of the District for the Severn Board of Conservators with fishing in the Severn during the close season by using a net for the purpose of catching bait.— Defendant stated that he had not been acquainted with anything regarding times at which he was not allowed to fish, and he was quite ignorant that he was doing wrong.— A fine of 1s. and 10s. costs was imposed.— James York, an old man, was summoned for stealing a quantity of coal, of the value or 6d. on the 22nd inst.—P.C. Smout proved the case, and the defendant was sent to prison for seven days without the option of a fine.
16th July 1890
TOWN COUNCIL —The Main Roads Committee met on the 8th inst., and much satisfaction was evinced that the County Council Main Roads Committee were in favour of allowing £40 per mile for the repair of the main roads of the borough. The County Council, it was stated would also take over the private roads belonging to the Ironbridge and Coalport trusts, on condition that the trustees would reduce the tolls over their bridges. The road so taken over would be declared main roads.
6th August 1890
TOWN COUNCIL MEETING, July 28th.—The quarterly meeting of
the Council was held at the Guildhall. Present:— Aldermen J. A. Anstice
(Mayor), J. C. W. Lister, A. B. Dyes, J. Burroughs, T. Instone, J. Fox, and T.
H. Thursfield; Councillors W. Y. Owen, H. Boycott, H. P. Dunnill, W. E.
Southern, C. E. Ainsworth, J. Bodenham, A. Maw, W. Allen, P. Jones, W. Mear,
and G. Lloyd; Mr. C. J. Cooper (town clerk), Mr. F. H. Potts, (borough
treasurer), Mr. G. Burd (magistrates’ clerk), and Mr. G. Stevenson (surveyor
and inspector.)— Finance: The Mayor
said the first business was to order the payment of bills chargeable to the
common fund of the Council and levy a general borough rate. The Finance
Committee had passed bills amounting to £264 0s. 7d. that morning. There was a
balance in hand of £193 11s, 3d, so that £70 9s, 4d. was required. The Finance
Committee recommended that a halfpenny rate be levied to meet the
expenses.—Aldermen Dyas proposed, and Councillor Boycott seconded, that a rate
of a halfpenny in the pound be laid. Carried unanimously.— On the proposition
of Alderman Fox, seconded by Alderman Lister, a special borough rate of a halfpenny
in the pound for asylum purposes was also levied.— Main Roads Committee’s Report: Alderman Thursfield, as chairman of
this committee, read a copy of a letter written by the town clerk to the County
Connell asking to have the streets declared main roads, and asking for a contribution
of £40 per mile for the repair of these streets. This relates to the High
6th August 1890
ATHLETIC SPORTS.— The above annual sports were held under very favourable auspices at Broseley on Bank Holiday. The weather was extremely fine, and consequently the attendance was a large one. The Ironbridge Band was in attendance and played selections during the afternoon and for dancing in the evening. The following gentlemen acted as officials:- Judges, Messrs. J. D. Smith and T. Norton; handicapper, Mr. W. W. Alexander; starter, Mr. R. Haughton; secretaries, Messrs. J. Wild and E. K. Thompson; football referee, Mr. E. Elkins, St, George’s, The following were the results:
200 YARDS HANDICAP (Local).—First heat: 1 G. F. Fifield, Wenlock, scratch 2 D. Baker, Madeley, 15. Second heat: 1 R. G. Evans, Jackfield, 30; 2 J. Riley, Bridgnorth, 10. Third heat: 1 G. Meredith, Ironbridge, 9; 2 W. Leadbetter, Broseley 14. Final: 1 Fifield, 2 Riley.
120 YARDS HANDICAP (Open).— First heat: 1 G. F. Fifield, Wenlock, scratch; 2 J. Riley, Bridgnorth, 5. Second heat: 1 G. Meredith, Ironbridge F.C., 5; 2 J. C. Cope, Birchfield Harriers, 6. Final : 1 Fifield, 2 Meredith.
200 YARDS HANDICAP (Boys under 15 years).— First heat: J. C. Kite, Ironbridge. 3. Second heat: 1 G. Lister, Broseley, 12. Third heat: 1 J. Kite, Ironbridge, 10. Fourth heat: 1 W. H. Griffiths, Madeley, scratch. Fifth heat: 1 G. Spragg, Madeley, 14. Final: 1 J. C. Kite, 2 W. H. Griffiths.
120 YARDS HANDICAP (Boys under 12 years).- First heat: 1 G. Cowdell, Madeley, 3. Second heat: 1 C. Kite, Ironbridge. 6. Third heat: 1 E. Langford. Ironbridge, 1½ . Fourth heat: 1 W. Jarman, Bridgnorth, scratch. Final: 1 Kite, 2 Langford.
440 YARDS HANDICAP (Open). — First heat: 1 E. Jones,
Oakengates, 16; 2 J. Urry,
HALF-MILE HANDICAP (Open).—1 G. Turner, Salford, 23; 2 J.
HALF-MILE HANDICAP (Local). — 1 S. Plant, Birchfield Harriers, scratch: 2 W. Leadbetter, Broseley, 28
ONE MILE HANDICAP (Open).—1 W. H. Corbett, Birchfield Harriers, 50: 2 J. Wright, St. George’s, 45; 3 W. Bache, Hughley, scratch.
OBSTACLE RACE.— 1 S. Hill, Broseley; 2 G. Embrey, Muckley Cross.
FOOTBALL CONTEST.— First round: Birch’s Mineral Water beat Broseley Villa by 4 goals, 1 points to nill; Broseley Outlaws beat Broseley Wanderers by 5 goals 2 points to nil; Ironbridge Unknown beat Broseley Blue Cross by 1 goal 1 point to nil; Shrewsbury Wanderers, a bye. Semi-final: Birch’s Mineral Water beat Broseley Outlaws by 2 goals 3 points to 1 goal 2 points; Ironbridge Unknown beat Shrewsbury Wanderers by 1 goal 5 points to 1 goal 2 points. Final: Birch’s Mineral Water beat Ironbridge Unknown by 3 goals 2 points to 2 points.
9th September 1890
PETTY SESSIONS, August 26.- Before J. A Anstice (Mayor), W. P. Brookes, W. R. Corser, W. G. Norris, E. E. Anstice, F. Rawdon-Smith, T. Instone, and J. Fox, Esqrs.- Obstructing the Highway: Benjamin Reynolds was charged by P.C. Smout with leaving a donkey and cart upon the highway at Madeley on the 8th of August, and was fined 1s. and 11s costs, or seven days’ imprisonment,—Charge of Wilful Damage: James Harrison (16) was charged by his employers, Messrs, George and Francis Davis, of the Dunge Tile Works. Broseley, with doing wilful damage to a number of unburnt tiles.- George Davis deposed that he employed the defendant. On the 9th of August his foreman called his attention to some tiles which had been damaged by someone with clogs. The defendant was the only person wearing clogs on the works that day. Witness sent for the police, and P.C. Banks and P.C. Price came to the works at about 11.30 a.m., and the defendant was sent for and examined. He, however, denied doing the damage, but said another boy had done it, and this boy was sent for, but he denied the charge. The damaged tiles were removed from the pitch they were in by order of the police. At about two p.m. the two boys accused were in the office, and witness promised to forgive either of them if they would only admit who had done the damage. The defendant then said that he had deliberately done the damage. There were 33 tiles damaged altogether, but removing these from the pitch put others out of shape, making up the total damage to 17s.— By Mr. F. R. Smith: How much damage would have been done if the tiles had been left in the pitch?— Witness: About 8s. worth.— The Mayor considered the confession had been extorted from the boy under a promise of forgiveness, therefore that evidence would not stand in a court of law. He also condemned proceedings being taken after the promise of forgiveness had been made. The case was dismissed on the understanding that the mother would return the defendant to the reformatory home from which he was on leave to complete his five years, ending 18th of December next.— Licenses: This being the annual Brewster sessions for granting magistrates’ certificates, the whole, with the exception of the two mentioned in the report of the police-superintendent were granted, these being withheld until the adjourned licensing sessions to be held at Broseley, on September 23rd. The following was the police-superintendent’s a report:— “Bridgnorth, August 25th, 1830, Wenlock Borough Annual Licensing Meeting. Gentlemen,— I have to report that the license-holders in the borough have during the past year conducted their houses in a satisfactory manner, with the following exceptions:— John Rose, Leopard Inn, Benthall, was, on the 25th of February last, fined 10s. and 15s, costs, for being drunk on his own licensed premises. Henry, Simpson, Stork Hotel, Much Wenlock, was, on October 8th last, fined £1 and 10s costs for selling liquor to a drunken person. Wiliam Powis, Park Inn, Madeley, was, on the 15th of July last, fined 5s. and costs for permitting drunkenness he his house. On the 17th June last, two men ware convicted at Ironbridge Petty Sessions for being found during prohibited hours upon the licensed premises of William Hill, Royal Exchange Inn, at Madeley, who was subsequently cautioned with respect to such offences. In consequence of the conviction as herein described against John Rose, of Benthall, and it being a second conviction for a similar offence within a short space of time, I have decided to oppose the renewal of his licence, and notice to such effect has been duly served upon him.— Signed, W. Walters, Superintendent.” Two grocers’ licenses for the sale of wines and spirits to be consumed off the premises were granted, the one to Messrs, A. B. and C. W. Dyas, of Madeley, and the other to Sarah Roberts, of Ironbridge. The license for the Leopard Inn, Benthall, was not applied for, as the Rev Canon Lord Forester is closing it as a public-house.
1st October 1890
ALTERATIONS AT THE PARISH CHURCH.—The re-opening services
were held on the 17th inst. in connection with All Saints’ Church, which has
been for some time closed for the purpose of the edifice being cleaned, choir
stalls erected, and the organ removed to a more convenient spot near the
pulpit. The work to the building itself consists of cleaning and colouring,
which was accomplished by Mrs. Garbett, Broseley. Nothing further in regard to
the building internally has been done, but at the east end of the church a
vestry has been added for the use of the clergy and the members of the choir.
The heating apparatus has also undergone considerable repairs. The cost,
amounting to about £160, for this portion of the work has been partly defrayed
by collections and partly by public subscription the latter amounting to about
£40. A further sum of £60 was required on Wednesday, and it must be very
gratifying to the parishioners that the special collection took £21, leaving
only an additional sum of £39 to be collected. The greatest and most necessary
alteration, however, is in respect to the organ, which has been newly-erected
and re-constructed by Messrs. Nicholson, of
22nd October 1890
HARVEST THANKSGIVING.—The quaint little church on the
occasion of the harvest thanksgiving celebration, observed on Sunday, was very
nicely decorated by Mrs. Lloyd (school-mistress), Miss Shaw, and others, to
whom great credit is due for their tasteful work. The congregations were unusually
large, and the services were most satisfactorily conducted. The village choir
were assisted by members of the
THE SCHOOL BOARD QUESTION:— An adjourned meeting of ratepayers was held on Wednesday for the purpose of considering the reply received by Lord Forester from the Education Department, together with the report of the special committee appointed to view the Benthall and mission room. The Rev. G. F. Lamb presided. The letter from the Education Department stated that the department refused to delay the question any longer, and asked for plans of the proposed additional accommodation. The committee submitted a lengthy report recommending the mission room scheme, which they considered would cost £130, The Benthall they put down at £135, Lord Forester wrote promising £100 toward the latter scheme, and spoke against the former— After a long discussion the meeting was again adjourned.
12th November 1890
ROADS AND BRIDGES COMMITTEE.
Applications have been received from the Borough of Wenlock asking that certain roads be declared main roads:— (1.) The roads which pass through the town of Much Wenlock and are connecting links between existing main roads, and also form thoroughfares to the railway station at Much Wenlock, which roads comprise High Street and Hospital Street, and parts of Barrow Street and Shineton Street in the said town (length about four furlongs.) (2.) The road from the Forester’s Arms, Broseley, (which joins at that place an existing main road and is a continuation thereof), to the railway station at Ironbridge (length about 1 mile 6 furlongs.) (3.) The road which passes through the town of Broseley from Barratt’s Hill in that town and along High Street and Church Street to a junction with the existing main road at the Forester’s Arms aforesaid (length about 6 furlongs.) Nos. 1 and 3 refer to streets in the towns of Wenlock and Broseley respectively. The Council having consistently refused to make streets in towns main roads, your committee have no hesitation in recommending that the application with regard to these be declined. With regard to No. 2 your committee have appointed a sub-committee to inspect and report.
26th November 1890
PETTY SESSIONS, Nov. 18.—Before A. B. Dyas (Mayor), J. A. Anstice, W. H. Corser, T. Instone, and W. P. Brooks, Esqrs., and Colonel H. Wayne.
Using Abusive Language at Broseley.—Francis Smith was charged with using abusive language at Broseley, on November 3rd.—P.C. Banks proved the case, and a fine of 5s and 10s coats was inflicted, or seven days’ imprisonment.
Charge of Coal Stealing from Willey Pits.—Edward Payne and Henry Jones were charged with steeling from the Willey Pits a quantity of coal, the property of Richard Jones —Richard Jones deposed that he was a colliery proprietor, residing at Broseley. On November 10th he was going to his pits at Willey to watch, as he had missed coal almost every night. He met the two defendants. Each had a bag of coal. He accused them of taking it from his pit, and Payne at once said they had done so; it was the first time, and he asked him to overlook it. Complainant said he could not do so. Jones tried to run away, but complainant brought him back. Jones also asked to be forgiven. Complainant went for P.C. Banks, and gave the bags of coal up to him. The value of the coal stolen by Payne was 6d., and that by Jones 8d.—P.C. Banks deposed that about seven o’clock on the night of November the 10th, he received information from the prosecutor. He went to the Old Baptist Chapel, where he found the two bags produced fired with coals. The next morning he weighed the coal; the bigger bag contained 95lb. of coal and the smaller one 84lb. On serving Payne with the summons, on the 13th inst., he said he had been “drawn into it.” On serving Jones he said he should not have been there but Payne had gone into his house and asked him to go. On being charged both defendants wished the case to be dealt with summarily, and pleaded guilty. The Mayor said that as Mr Jones had asked the magistrates to deal with them leniently, each would be fined 5s and 15s 1d or 14 days imprisonment.
10th December 1890
PETTY SESSIONS. DEC. 2 —Before—A. B. Dyas, (Mayor), J Anstice, W. G. Norris, and E. Anstice, Evans.
Alleged Theft of a
Bicycle Lamp.-George Lewis of Broseley was charged on remand, on bail, with
having stolen a bicycle lamp, the property of Mr Samuel Smith of Bridgnorth.—Mr
Stealing a Pan.- Edward Payne was charged on remand with stealing and offering for sale an earthenware pan, value 1s, the property of Mr William Allen, a manufacturer, of Benthall.- Mrs Elizabeth Rushton, residing at Broseley, said the prisoner brought the washing pan in her house, and asked her to buy it, on November 11th. He did not say how he became possession of it, only that he had been working at Mr Allen’s the day before. He said he had nothing to eat, and wanted some money. Ten days after the purchase she gave the pan up to P.C. Banks.- Mr Allen, called, said he could recognise the pan by its colour. Prisoner had not worked for him, and no one had any right to give him and such pan. He has lost some lately. P.C. Banks said he arrested the prisoner on November 20th,and he first said he had purchased it at Allen’s of 8d; but that morning had said, in the cell, that he should tell the truth and plead guilty. He had been remanded since November 21st.- The Bench sentenced him to one month’s imprisonment with hard labour.
BRIDGNORTH AMATEUR DARKIES.—A. first-class entertainment was given by this troupe in the Town Hall, the room being filled to overflowing. Among the ticket- holders were members of the first families of the town and district. The first part of the programme included an excellent selection of songs and choruses, interspersed with puns and conundrums. Messrs Harry Whitefoot and Colin McMichael were quite at home as corner men, and made some very merry work, which was greatly appreciated by the audience. Programme:—Opening thorns, “De ringtailed coon,” Mr Harry Fowles and Troupe; baritone song, “Only to see her face again,” Mr Harry Palmer; comic song, “ The whistling coon,” (by special request; by permission of Messrs G. Moore and F. Burgess), Mr Colin Michael; “ I’ll take you home again, Kathleen.” Mr A Lee George; comic song, “ The nice old maid,” Mr Harry Whitefoot; bass song, “ The old vicar,” Mr Frank Clooksey ballad, “ Bring back my love to me,” Masters Howard and Morga; military song, “ Officers out to parade,” Mr Colin McMichael; nautical ditty, “ Biscay Bay,” Mr G. H Cunnington; plantation song, “ Good night.” Mr Harry Whitefoot; overture, the band; song and dance. “Little Irish Queen,” Mr Sam Rushton; “ Preoration of modern events (and others) “ Mr Colin Mc Michael; Mr Frank Nock in his inimitable banjo eccentricities; Messrs Rushton and Lloyd in their duett, “Mary is mashed on me; “ comic sketch “The actor and singer, or gaily the troubadour in which Messrs Cunnington, Whitefoot, Worthington, and Mc Michael appeared. The proceeds are in aid of the Tennis Club, the committee are to be congratulated upon securing the service of the troupe.
24th December 1890
WESLEYAN ‘CHAPEL. — On the 15th inst., a tea meeting was held in the above chapel on behalf of the organ fund. A very good company sat down. The following ladies presided at the tables:—Mrs Poole, Miss Beddow, Mrs Cullis, Mrs Lloyd, Mrs Evans, Mrs Seers, and Mrs Wylde. Mr and Mrs Burns provided the tea. In the evening a very instructive lecture was given by the Rev J. Cartwright, of Madeley Wood, entitled “How to make the best of life.” Mr S. Meredith was chairman, and in a few appropriate remarks proposed a vote of thanks to the lecturer, which was carried. A similar compliment was paid to the chairman. Mr Poole presided at the organ. Credit is due to Mr G. Hayes (secretary) for carrying out the arrangements so successfully.
SHOCKING ACCIDENT.— A man named John Weaver, employed at Messrs Shaw and Co.’s tile works, met with a serious accident on Thursday afternoon. It appears that he was engaged on a straw platform removing straw from a wagon to a loft, and while lifting a mass from the wagon the handle of the fork broke, precipitating him on to the unprotected points of an iron palisading below, where he was impaled until some workmen lifted him off. One of the rods had penetrated his thigh several inches, and the haemorrhage was very considerable. Fortunately, Dr Tailer was in Jackfield at the time of the occurrence, and quickly bound up the wound, so that the injured man could be conveyed to his home, where he received the best medical attention,
EVENINGS FOR THE PEOPLE. — Another of the series of free entertainments was given in the Gospel Hall on Thursday by the Wesleyan choir and friends. These meetings have become very popular, and always draw a good company. An address was given by Mr J. Cartwright, of Madeley Wood. The programme was as follows:— Glee, “Come Lasses And Lads,” choir; piano solo, “Andante,” in G. Mr Wilson (encored); song, “ Oh, Play that Air Again,” Mrs Burton (encored); reading, “Mr Candle,” Mr Wale; song, “ The Lights across the Rhine “ Mr Nicklin (encored); glee. “ Village Blacksmith,” choir; piano solo, “Adieu,” Mr Wilson (encored); song, “She Wore a Wreath of Roses,” Mrs Burton (encored); reading, “ A Ride,” Mr Wale; song, The Old Brigade,” Mr Nicklin (encored).
31st December 1890
MESSRS MAW AND Co., according to custom, very liberally presented their clerks with turkeys, geese, and other Christmas cheer.