Extracts from

The Wellington Journal


Shrewsbury News




relating to Broseley and District






Broseley Local History Society


1st January 1898


TEA AND ENTERTAINMENT.— Through the kindness of Lord and Lady Forester, this annual event was held at Willey Hall on the 30th ult. The children connected with the Barrow and Linley Schools, together with the employees on the estate and other friends, sat down to an excellent tea in the servants' hall, after which an adjournment was made to the front hall, where a programme of first-class vocal and instrumental music was gone through by the Forester family and visitors at the hall, to the great delight of the audience. Mr. T. Lawrence, of Broseley, gave a lantern lecture, which was highly appreciated by young and old. The party were then invited to witness a huge Christmas-tree, illuminated with Chinese lanterns, &c., and loaded with gifts for the children, which were distributed by Lady Forester and Hon. Miss Forester. Lady Forester also presented to each visitor a beautiful Jubilee medal with chain as a souvenir of her Majesty's long reign. Before the close the Rev. J. W. Johnson (vicar of Benthall), in an able and interesting speech, referred to the numerous beneficent measures that had been passed during her Majesty's long and glorious reign. The Jubilee version of the National Anthem having been heartily sung, cheers were given for the Queen, Lord and Lady Forester and family, and to all those who had in any way contributed to the enjoyment of the evening.


8th January 1898


WHAT HE DESERVED.— At the Police Court, on Wednesday, before Messrs. W. G. Norris (chairman) and F. R. Smith, Henry Jones, carter, Broseley, was brought up in custody charged with assaulting Thomas Evans, of Broseley.—Complainant stated that on the previous night he was at the Pheasant Inn, Broseley, and on going outside prisoner followed him and asked him to go to the Clench Acre—he was going to meet a friend. Witness went, and when they got down the lane prisoner threw witness on the ground and unmercifully beat him. He attempted to strangle him, and threatened to kill him. Prisoner went away when he heard someone coming. Witness was subsequently attended to by Dr. Jacobson. Jones was sober at the time, and he did not give him any provocation.— Edward Miles, miner, said when he was reading in his house he heard someone shout “ Murder.” On going out he saw two men struggling on the ground, and one subsequently went away.— Police-constable Roberts deposed arresting prisoner at Morville that morning.— Prisoner pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to six weeks' imprisonment, with hard labour, and a further seven days if the costs were not paid.


8th January 1898


WESLEYAN BAND of HOPE.— On Wednesday evening a magic-lantern entertainment, in connection with this society, was given in the schoolroom. Mr. James E. Hartshorne (The Lea) presided. A number of splendid views were shown. Messrs. E. R. and J. A. Hartshorne manipulated the slides. Miss May Hartshorne gave a recitation, entitled “While o’the Sabbath bells are ringing,” with harmonium accompaniment, which had a very pleasing effect. Mrs. E. R. Hartshorne gave an effective rendering of “The Children's Home” Mr. J. A. Hartshorne presided at the harmonium.

THE CHARITIES.— The following charities were given away by the Rector of Broseley (Rev. G. F. Lamb, M.A.), on St. Thomas's Day, and during Christmas week. The “Pritchard” Charity: 46 widows received tickets for warm clothing varying from 5s. to 7s. “Dare” Charity: 19 old men each received a flannel shirt. “Cotton Charity: 30 widows received 4-s. each. “Barrett's” Charity: 45 women received 1s. 6d. each:— “ Langley” Charity: 32 persons received 3d. each (for bread). One hundred aged men and women received 1s. each from the Christmas offertory at the Parish Church. In addition to the above, several of the aged poor had Christmas dinners (of roast beef, plum pudding, and mince pies) sent to them privately from the Rectory, Field House, The Bank, and other houses in the parish.

DISTRICT COUNCIL.— WEDNESDAY. Present: Alderman J. A. Exley (chairman), Councillors P. Jones, W. Meat, W. E. Southern, E. G. Exley, R. A. Instone, with Messrs. A. Owen (assistant clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), and N. T. Hartshorne (collector).

FINANCIAL MATTERS.— Since the last meeting Mr. Hartshorne said he had collected £87 5s. 4d., and that there was about £120 to be collected.— The Surveyor reported that he bad spent £21 14s. 3d. on the roads during the last month. He had bills amounting to £38 11s. 8d. to be paid, and he asked for a cheque for £40 to pay the above bills and meet current expenses. The cheque was granted.— In reply to the Chairman, the Surveyor said the steam roller cost them £6, and that it did 400 yards.

THE WATER SUPPLY.— Mr. Wyatt, engineer, reported that on the 1st inst. the spring at Posenhall yielded 11,520 gallons per day.— The Chairman thought 12,000 gallons a day would be sufficient.— Councillor Instone said this was the lowest yield.— The Engineer promised to watch the spring another month.

A COMPLAINT.— A letter was read from the Rev. Marsden Edwards, rector of Jackfield, complaining of the drainage from the cemetery draining on his property. He strongly objected to the drain being put on his land.— The Surveyor replied that it was simply a watercourse, which had been there from time immemorial, and was not of an offensive character.— The rev. gentleman in his letter complained of not being able to go out of the district without paying a toll. (Laughter.)— The Connell considered the question was one for the Bridge Trust to deal with, and the clerk was instructed to write Mr. Edwards to this effect.


15th January 1898


LECTURE.— On the 7th inst., Mr. Custandee Dorsie, a native of Jerusalem, gave a lecture at the Primitive Methodist Chapel on manners and customs of his own country. A number of ladies and gentlemen during the evening were attired in highly-embroidered elegant Oriental costumes. Diagrams were also exhibited. The attendance was large.


PRIZE DISTRIBUTION.— Lady Forester, on Saturday evening, distributed the prizes to the Sunday School scholars for regular attendance and good behaviour. The Rev. W. J. Johnson (vicar) in the evening catechised the scholars, and afterwards presented them with oranges and cakes. Hymns were heartily sung by the children, whilst Mr. J. A. Harper presided at the harmonium.


SUPPER.— The first supper in connection with the Money Club took place on Saturday evening, at the “Trow,” which was thoroughly enjoyed by a large company. After the supper Mr. E. Oakes was voted to the chair. Songs were contributed by Messrs. J. Hill, T. Simpson, G. Stevens, A. Jones, G. Oakley, R. Owen, J. Goodall, W. Yardley, E. Ball, T. Evans, G. Ward, B. Gough, R. Baguley, J. Hearn, J, Price, and W. Bullock.


29th January 1898


BIBLE SOCIETY.— A public meeting in connection with this society was held in the Town Hall, on Tuesday evening, under the presidency of the Rev. J. W. Johnson (vicar of Benthall). The Rev. Richard Perkins attended as a deputation, and gave a very interesting and instructive address. The Chairman and the Rev. Arthur Shinn (Baptist) also addressed the meeting.

WESLEYAN CHAPEL.— On Sunday evening special reference was made to the death of Mr. B. Suart, of Alison House, who was a regular and consistent member of this Church. The chapel was draped, and the service throughout was of the most affecting character. The preacher was the Rev. G. Cartwright. Appropriate hymns were sung, and the choir (conducted by Mr. G. Brindley, Madeley) gave a very sympathetic rendering of “Vital Spark.” At the close of the service, Mr. A. J. Hartshorne played the “Dead March” in Saul. There was a large congregation.

FUNERAL OF THE LATE MR. B. SUART.-Yesterday week the remains of the late Mr. B. Suart, of Alison House, Broseley, were conveyed to Coalport Station (L. & N.W. Railway), en route for Ilford, where the interment took place. The Rev. T. N. Robert, of Madeley Wood, held a short service at the house, and the Broseley Wesleyan Choir sang “Give me the wings of faith to rise,” and at the railway station (Coalport) “Jesu, lover of my soul,” being favourite hymns of the deceased. Many floral tributes of a very choice character were sent, and the bells of the Parish Church rang a muffled peal during the day.

CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY. — On Sunday two sermons of an appropriate and interesting character were preached in the Parish Church by the Rev. R. D. Cheetham (vicar of Northam, Hanley). The Rev. G. F. Lamb (rector) took the service, and Mr. H. E. Clarke read the lessons. The choir acquitted themselves with their usual excellent taste and ability, and Mr. Theo. Watkis presided at the organ. In the afternoon the Rev. R. D. Cheetham hold a special service for the young, and gave a missionary address in Linley Church. A collection was taken at the close of each service in aid of the society.

A SHOCKING DEATH.— Mrs. Amphlett, a widowed lady, met with a terrible death on Thursday. It appears that deceased's night dress unfortunately caught fire. Her screams reached the ears of her son, who immediately went to her rescue, and in extinguishing the flames he badly burnt his hands. A local doctor was called in attendance, but the poor woman expired from shock and injuries sustained within two hours.— At the inquest yesterday, in addition to the evidence bearing out these facts, Dr. Jackson deposed that deceased was badly burnt on the upper part of the body and right side of the cheek. The front of chest and back of arms were burnt the worst. He attributed death to shock caused by burns received. Deceased, he added, was in a weak state of health before the occurrence, and the son was also badly burnt about the hands. A verdict of “Death from burns, accidentally received,” was returned.


5th February 1898


RENT AUDIT.— Lord Forester's rent audit took place at the Lion Hotel, on Thursday, where a first-class dinner had been provided. The agent, Mr. Lascelles, occupied the chair, and submitted the usual toasts, which were heartily received.

WESLEYAN BAND OF HOPE.— On Wednesday evening, an interesting and amusing lantern lecture was given in the Wesleyan Schoolroom, comprising the history of “Meg and her Brother Ben,” and the life and work of General Gordon, the views thrown upon the canvas being exceedingly good. Mr. J. E. Hartshorne (The Lea) presided, and gave the connective readings. Miss May Blackford played very sweetly “Home, Sweet Home” on the dulcimer. Messrs. E. R. and J. A. Hartshorne manipulated the slides.

CONCERT.— On Wednesday evening a miscellaneous concert of a high-class character was given in the Town Hall, in aid of the funds of the Reading Room and Library, and was a great success both musically and financially. Each of the items gained the distinct approval of the audience, the chef d'oeuvre of the programme being the mirth-provoking comedietta, entitled “Old Cronies,” by Messrs. Howard Martin and Trevor E. Howse. Mr. J. Ellis (Madeley) efficiently played the accompaniments. The following was the programme:— Pianoforte solo, “Overture to Tancredi,” Mr. J. Ellis; glee, “ The New Year's Welcome,” Messrs. Clark, Nicklin, Dixon, and Garbett; song, “The Valley by the Sea,” Miss Nellie Pritchard; song, “Illustrations,” Mr. Charles H. Wood; recital, “Different Methods,” Mr. Martin; I glee, “The Young Musicians,” Messrs. Clark, Nicklin, Dixon, and Garbett; song (encored), “A May Morning,” Miss N. Pritchard ; recital, “The Last Shot,” Mr. Martin; song (encored), “The Giddy Little Polka,” Mr. C. H. Wood; pianoforte solo, “God bless the Prince of Wales” (variations), Mr. J. Ellis; song, “Friends,” Miss N. Pritchard ; duet,” I have a song to sing,” Miss N. Pritchard and Mr. C. H. Wood; song (encored), “ Deluncy's Chicken,” Mr. C. H. Wood.


Before Colonel H. Wayne (chairman), Alderman A. B. Dyas, J. Bodenham, Councillor T. Cooke (ex-mayor), Messrs. E. W. Shorting, and F. R. Smith.

FIGHTING.— George Jones, labourer, Broseley, was charged by Police-constable Roberts with fighting at Broseley Wood with a man named Tench.— Defendant was fined 2s. 6d. and costs, or seven days.

SCHOOL CASES.— The following parents were summoned for failing to send their children regularly to school:— Charles Jones (Much Wenlock), Mary A. Biggs (Madeley Wood), Henry Cox (Benthall Bank), two cases.— Mr. T. Jones (school attendance officer) proved the cases.-The defendants were ordered to pay 5s. each.

BREACH OF THE MUZZLING ORDER.— John Sankey (Iron-Bridge), Kate Doughty (Jackfield), Joseph Barnett (Much Wenlock), and John Elcock (Much Wenlock) were each fined 1s. and costs for a breach of the muzzling order.

IRON-BRIDGE POACHERS HEAVILY FINED.— John Owen, of Iron-Bridge, was charged with a breach of the Poaching Prevention Act, at Madeley, and John Baugh and Edward Williams, of the same place, were charged with aiding and abetting. Only Williams appeared. He asked for an adjournment, which was objected to by Supt. Walters, and sustained.— Police-constable Jones stated that on the 27th of last mouth, about eight o'clock in the morning, he was on duty in plain clothes opposite Blest's Hill Furnaces, Madeley, when he saw seven men and two dogs coming from the direction of the Hay Farm towards the furnaces. One of the men was in advance, and the others had bags or wallets slung across their shoulders. Witness walked a short distance, and concealed himself in the wood near to the footpath that led from the Madeley Wood Offices to the Lloyds Coppice. He saw six of the men come off the footpath. Two were in advance of the others and as they passed by witness he saw they were Owen and Baugh. They rested their bags on the rails by the wicket, and appeared to be waiting for the others. As the four men came nearer, witness recognised Edward Williams to be one of them. He then went to the place where Owen and Baugh were, and when within a few yards of them they recognised him and ran away. Owen jumped over a fence down the dingle, and he followed him. Owen fell down, and before he could get up he secured him, and told Owen he suspected him of coming from lands where he had been unlawfully in pursuit of game. Witness searched him, and in his coat pocket found eight net pegs, and in a wallet or bag which was slung over his shoulder he found nine rabbits and a net. Williams denied being present, and added that he had not been out for eight weeks.— Leah Stewart, a young married woman, stated that on the previous night she pulled off Williams's shoes at nine o'clock, and he got up at 20 minutes to eight the following morning. —A man named Corfield said he was speaking to Williams about eight o'clock on the 27th ult.— Owen and Baugh were each fined £5 and 2s. costs, or two months' imprisonment with hard labour, and Williams £3 and 11s. costs, in default one month's imprisonment with hard labour.— The net was ordered to be sold.


12th February 1898


DANCE. — Under the auspices of the Broseley Athletic Club, a very successful dance was held on Monday at the Lion Hotel, and judging by the attendance the funds of the club must certainly be increased.

BALL.— On Monday evening a very successful ball was held at the Lion Hotel, in connection with the Broseley Athletic Cricket Club. There were about 100 present. Dancing commenced at 8 p.m. Mr. H. Roberts was a very capable M.C.

MISSIONARY SERVICES.— On Sunday two excellent sermons were preached at the Congregational Chapel; that in the morning by the Rev. W. Prothero (pastor), and that in the evening by the Rev. W. R. Lequesne, of Calcutta. Appropriate hymns were well rendered by the choir, under the able direction of Mr. Aquila Evans. Miss Dunnill, of Iron-Bridge, presided at the harmonium. There were good congregations, and a collection was taken at the close of each service in aid of the London Missionary Society.

TRADESMEN'S BALL.— The annual tradesmen's ball was on Wednesday night held at the town hall, when the spacious room was beautifully embellished with flags, bannerettes, curtains, and greenhouse plants, and this was the excellent work of Messrs. J, H, Jones, A. A. Burnet, C. Roden, J. Watkins, F. Francis, with Miss Oakes and Miss Burnet. The general arrangements were ably carried out by the hon. secs., Messrs. J. H. Jones and R. A. Burnet, who also officiated as M.C.’s over a representative company. The refreshments, which included everything that was palatable, were provided by Mr. I. H. Onions (confectioner) and Mrs. Houghton, of the Lion Hotel. Mr. Under-wood's quadrille band produced a splendid programme of music, which was admirably gone through, The event was an unqualified success.


12th February 1898



Before his Honour Judge Harris Lea.

BAD BOOK-KEEPING.— William and Peter Jones, brick and tile manufacturers, Jackfield, claimed £17 4s. 8d. from James Daniel Smith, builder, Broseley, for bricks supplied. Mr. J. T. Carrane represented the plaintiff, and Mr. H. R. Phillips the defendant— Mr. Carrane, in opening the case, stated that the, defendant had paid £8 7s. 8d. into court, and disputed the rest.— William Jones stated that the bricks were used in the alteration of the Jackfield National Schools, of which he was the trustee. It was at his request that defendant had the work, and being interested in the schools witness reduced the price of the bricks to defendant to 5s. per thousand. The bricks were delivered in cart loads, and no arrangement was made as to how the order should be given. He was no scholar, and his nephew, Herbert Jones, attended to the booking.— Mr. Phillips contended there was a general dispute between two parties, and added they never had the bricks charged for, and what they admitted was the amount paid into court.— James Herbert Jones stated that he did the booking, and that the order was given for the bricks in dispute by the foreman. Their claim that day was £17 4s. 8d., which he stated was still owing.— This witness was subjected to a prolonged cross-examination.— George Lewis, foreman to the plaintiffs, said he had been in their employ nearly 20 years. He always first entered all items in his order book, and subsequently handed them into the office. He received all the orders for the bricks from defendant's men-he never had a written order.— Charles Morris, carter, said be delivered some of the bricks in question to the Jackfield School-but he never delivered any bricks to Scoltock.- John Morris, carter, also stated that he took some of the bricks to the school.— John Boden, labourer, in the employ of defendant, said he gave orders for Smith to send down some bricks to the school.— Samuel Scoltock, bricklayer, Jackfield, said he counted the bricks which were used at the schools— Richard D. Haughton, brick and tile manufacturer, Jackfield. deposed that he also counted the bricks in the Lew work, which totalled 9,919.— Henry Farmer, builder, Shrewsbury, and a member of the Town Council, said he had inspected the work, and found that 13,680 bricks had been used.- Mr. Carrane here intimated that was plaintiff's case.— His Honour remarked that he could not reconcile the accounts produced, which were wretchedly kept.— Mr. Phillips said he had a host of witnesses who would prove that Jones never delivered the bricks.— Defendant went into the box and stated that he only received goods to the amount of £8 7s. 8d., which sum he had paid into court. He had used 1,250 new bricks of his own, because plaintiff could not supply him in time. James Smith, son of the defendant stated that he took 500 bricks down to the school supplied by his father.— Aston said he measured the bricks at the time Scoltock was working on the premises. He added that five loads of bricks were supplied from Broseley, because plaintiff could not supply them.— His Honour: The plaintiffs are in error, and have not made out their case.— Mr. Carrane: I ask for a non-suit, with a view of having the wall examined.— Mr. Phillips said they had been brought here at considerable expense, and asked for judgment.— His Honour: It must end here. Judgment for defendant with costs.


19th February 1898


NOTICE is hereby given, that all Persons having any CLAIMS or Demands upon or against, the Estate of BENJAMIN SUART, late of Alison House, Broseley, in the County of Salop, Encaustic Tile Manufacturer, deceased, who died on the 16th day of January, 1898, are hereby required to send forthwith particulars of the same to me, the undersigned.            ALFRED H. THORN,


Iron-Bridge, Shropshire,

Solicitor to the Executors.
Dated the 11th day of February, 1898.



THE Guardians of the Poor of the Madeley Union will, at their meeting on FRIDAY, the 4th March, 1898, at 10 a.m., proceed to the appointment of a duly qualified Person, who must be a Solicitor, as Clerk to their Board and Superintendent Registrar for the Madeley Union District.

The Salary as Clerk to the Guardians will be £100 per annum, and the person appointed will also act as Clerk to the Assessment and School Attendance Committees, at a rate of remuneration to be determined from time to time by such Committees, but the present salaries, of £25 and £20 respectively, will be continued for 12 months at least from the commencement of the duties of the new Clerk.

The Superintendent Registrar will receive the usual fees, which during the past three years have averaged £32 per annum.

The Officer will be appointed subject to the orders of the Local Government Board, and to the provisions of the Union Officers' Superannuation Act, 1896, and he will also be required to obtain a Bond of some approved Guarantee Society to the amount of £300.

Personally canvassing the Guardians is objected to. Applications, stating age and qualifications, accompanied by not more than three testimonials of recent date, must be sent to me on or before the 26th February instant, and Candidates should attend the election at the Board Room, Madeley Workhouse, at 10 a.m. on the 4th March next.

By Order,

HENRY BOYCOTT, Clerk. Iron-Bridge, 4th February, 1898.




ESTIMATES are invited for BUILDING BOUNDARY WALLS, LEVELLING, FORMING PATHS, DRAINING, &c., in connection with the Enlargement of the Broseley Cemetery.

Plans and Specifications may be seen at the Office of the undersigned, to whom “Endorsed Tenders” must be delivered before 12 noon, WEDNESDAY, the 2nd day of March next.


Borough Surveyor, Iron-Bridge.


5th March 1898


PRESENTATION.— A very interesting ceremony took place at the Jackfield Works on Monday, on the occasion of Mr. J. H. Harvey leaving the works and removing to Liverpool.— Mr. W. Francis made the presentation, and said that they would miss Mr. Harvey much, but he himself would perhaps miss him more than anyone, for they had been more like companions than fellow-workers for nearly 30 years, and a friendship of this duration was not easily forgotten. They all regretted Mr. Harvey leaving, but “they did not sorrow as those without hope,” because they all knew that he was going to improve his position in life, and they wished him God-speed with very many years enjoyment of good health and prosperity.— Mr. Francis, in a few chosen words, then made the presentation, which took the form of a very handsome music cabinet in solid walnut, inlaid, with mirror front.— Mr. C. H. Hughes and Mr. H. Hughes having said a few words endorsing all that Mr. Francis had said, Mr. Harvey replied, and in a most pleasing manner thanked those who had kindly subscribed to the presentation. He said he had seen many changes during the 30 years he had been at Jackfield; he came there a boy into an old tumble-down house converted into an office and warehouse. The works had since grown to what they were now, thanks to the founder of the new works, the late Mr. H. P. Dunnill, through whose efforts they were erected. These works had been a kind of nursery for many other manufacturers in finding ability and talent amongst draughtsmen, clerks, and others, and many had left them and gone straight into good positions in other places. Jackfield people could always hold their own, and would always prove themselves competent and trustworthy in any office of trust in which they might be placed. The draughtsmen, clerks, and workpeople in these works were in a very large degree responsible for the success of the business, all having honourably striven to their utmost to bring the firm to the front and to produce some of the finest work in tile decoration ever executed. He again thanked them for the present, which he should always highly prize, and which would keep him reminded of the many kind and sincere friends he had left behind at Jackfield. The cabinet was embellished with a silver plate, engraved as follows:— “Presented to Mr. J. H. Harvey on his leaving the Jackfield Works by the draughtsmen, clerks, and workpeople as a token of their sincere regard and esteem. February 28th, 1898.”


BROSELEY WOOD SCHOOL.— This school has again earned the excellent grant for the past year. The children are reported to have been taught well and successfully by the mistress (Mrs. Lloyd) and her assistants.

WESLEYAN BAND OF HOPE.— On Wednesday evening the members of this society gave an excellent entertainment in the Broseley Wesleyan Schoolroom. Mr. James E. Hartshorne (The Lea) presided. An excellent programme was rendered, and some splendid views were thrown upon the canvas by means of a magic lantern.

NATIONAL SCHOOLS.— The report of Her Majesty's Inspector upon the condition of these schools is very satisfactory and reflects great credit upon Mr. Clark, the master of the boys' school, and upon Miss Street and Miss Betteridge, the mistresses of the girls' and infants' schools respectively, and their assistants. The highest or excellent grant has again been awarded in all three departments, and the inspector's remarks bear testimony that the teaching as given in the schools is efficient, that in each department the order and organisation are very good, and that the children are well taught.

BOYS’ SCHOOL CONCERT.— This annual event, which is so full of pleasure to the children, and also to their parents and friends, came off on Monday and Tuesday with every possible success, the Town Hall being crowded each evening. Although the usual features of this popular concert were not absent, yet Mr. H. E. Clark, the head-master, probably remembering that variety is the spice of life, very nicely introduced some new and exceedingly novel items. The Broseley Juvenile Minstrels again made their annual bow to the audience, but their performance was curtailed so as to admit of the exceedingly humorous cantata and variety entertainment, entitled “ The Fun of the Fair,” in which the time-honoured Mrs. Jarley and her living waxworks were introduced with capital effect. The solos and the choruses were given with great verve and effect, the whole being accompanied by the Broseley Orchestral Band, whose performances were all that could be desired. The sketch, “Mixem's Matrimonial Mart,” created rounds of applause from the audience, the whole of the artistes showing considerable histrionic abilities, due in a great measure to the experienced coaching of Professor Martino, who was also very mirth-provoking in his extremely humorous stump speech on “Eggs.” The following was the cast :—” Mr. Phelim Malone,” Mr. E. Scott ; “ Mr. Percy Hykoller,” Mr. H. E. Clark ; “ Miss Tottie Lovemwell,” Miss G. Preston ; “ Mr. Deafernuff,” Mr. J. Nicklin; “Mr.Noysatome,” Mr. E. Pountney ; “Mrs. Fussey,” Miss E. Martin. Mention must also be made of those old favourites, Messrs: Clark, Dixon, Garbett, and Nicklin, whose part-songs were extremely pleasing. The evening's enjoyment was also very materially increased by the efforts of the following, who kindly gave their services:— Misses Hammonds and Oliver (Shrewsbury), and Mr. Oscar Jacobsen. The platform was also graced this year by several of the elder girls from the Broseley Girls' School, whose singing, &c., was very enjoyable. Mr. Frederick Wilson (Coalbrookdale) again accompanied in his usual excellent style. The concert was presided over on Monday night by Mr. R. Bateman, and on Tuesday by Mr. E. W. Shorting, J. P. On the whole Mr. Clark is to be congratulated on the grand success which again accompanied his efforts.


5th March 1898


Colonel W. R. Slacks, R.E., held a second inquiry at the Guildhall, on Wednesday afternoon, relative to an application by the Mayor and Corporation of the borough of Wenlock for sanction to borrow the sum of £2,750 for the purpose of carrying out the scheme for supplying Broseley with water.— Mr. G. C. Cooper, town clerk, again represented the Town Council.— There was no opposition to the application. —Mr. Cooper informed the Commissioner that the population of the Broseley Sanitary Division of the borough of Wenlock was 4,033, and the assessable value £8,529. There was an outstanding loan of £1,979 15s. 5d. He estimated the number of houses to be supplied with water at 682, and the population to be supplied at 3,410. Jackfield, a part of the Broseley Sanitary Division, was already supplied with water from another source at Sutton Hill, which scheme had been sanctioned by the Local Government Board some time ago. The works of the scheme in question (the Broseley supply) were not within the Broseley Sanitary Division, but they were in the borough of Wenlock, namely, in the Barrow Ward. The Council had been granted a preliminary loan of £250 for boring purposes, and that sum had all been spent on the work. At present the town of Broseley, outside Jackfield, was practically supplied only by wells; and there had been complaints received for some time from ratepayers and others with regard to the water supply. The report of the medical officer of health was to the effect that the present condition of the supply was unsatisfactory— there were some cases in which persons had to carry water for a considerable distance, or purchase from water-carts. Lately, several small improvements had been made, but there was no proper water supply. The Council had called in Mr. Wyatt, engineer, Shrewsbury, and on his report the Local Government Board had sanctioned the borrowing of £250 for borings at Posenhall (the site of the water scheme). The charge for the works would be made on the general district rate for the Broseley Sanitary Division. The water would be supplied at 1s. per 1,000 to those consumers who used meters.— In reply to the Commissioner, Mr. Cooper stated that there were no adjacent waterworks whence water might be obtained, and Broseley was not in any water company's area.— Dr. Gepp, medical officer of health, stated that the present water supply from wells was undoubtedly unsatisfactory. Private wells were not to be relied upon; few of them were deep ones, and in places they were surrounded with buildings. With respect to the public wells, one was 37 feet deep, and the Down Well five feet deep. The public wells were away from any contamination from privies and drains. — Mr. Wyatt, engineer, was called, and explained his proposed scheme of the Broseley water supply. He proposed erecting 18 stand-pipes in the streets.— Mr. Bateman, Benthall Hall, remarked that he appeared as the representative of the poor people whose domiciles were contiguous to the present borings at Posenhall, and who, rightly or wrongly, considered that to those borings was due the failure of their water supply. Those people, according to the scheme, would not be benefited by the water supply to Broseley, and through the borings their supply was in a very serious state. They asked for a stand-pipe or a pump at Posenhall.— Mr. Allen supported Mr. Bateman. Three wells, which had never been known during the past 40 years to fail, had become dry at Posenhall. In the extra parochial parish of Posenhall, under discussion, there were 10 cottages and two farms.— The Town Clerk explained that the Council would be quite willing to erect a stand-pipe or a pump at the place named.— After the hearing of further evidence on the scheme, the inquiry was closed.


12th March 1898


PERSONS willing to CONTRACT for the supply of all or Persons any of the undermentioned ARTICLES, from the 25th day of March instant, to the 24th day of June next, are requested to send sealed Tenders “To the Clerk of the Guardians of the Madeley Union, at the Workhouse, The Beeches, Iron-Bridge,” free of expense, on or before Thursday, the 17th day of March instant, at eight o'clock in the evening, viz:— Beef, Beds and Slenches, free from bone; Mutton (sides, for workhouse); Beef Suet; - Joints for officers —at per lb; Beef and Mutton, for out-relief in the separate districts of Madeley, Broseley, Dawley, and Much Wenlock —at per 1b; Bread for the same districts—at per lb; good Seconds Flour—at per bushel.

The Flour and Bread to be delivered at the different Stations, by the Contractors, within one week from the date of the order, which will be given fortnightly.

The Guardians will also at the same time, be prepared to receive Tenders and Samples (where practicable) for the supply of the following Articles for Six Months, viz., from the 25th day of March instant to the 29th day of September next.

Bacon, Candles, Cheese, Lard, Coffee, Tea, Sugar, and other Groceries (at per lb.); Oatmeal and Peas (at per 60 lbs); Soap (a whole bar to be sent as a sample) at per lb. ; Butter (Fresh, Welsh, Irish, and Canadian) at per lb.; Milk, Port Wine, Brandy, Whisky, Gin, Barm (at per qrt.); Pig Meat (Sharps, Fourths, and Barley Meal) at per cwt. ; Potatoes (at per cwt.); Ale and Stout (at, per kilderkin) ; Coals and Slack (delivered) at per ton; Team work, per horse (at per day) ; Flax and Hessian for Aprons, Linsey for Gowns and Petticoats, Blue Cotton Print, Flannel for Petticoats, Calicoes and Cloth for Sheets, Blankets, Sheets, and other Drapery (particulars of which can be obtained) at per yard; Hair Cutting and Shaving (at per head); Ironmongery, Brushes, Brooms, Buckets, Earthenware, Chimney Sweeping, Women's Stays, Stockings (Men's, Women's, and Children's) ; Shoes and Slippers (Men's, Women's, and Children's) at per pair; Men's Coats, Vests, Trousers, Hats, Shirts (at each) ; good substantial Elm Coffins, properly pitched inside, to be made of boards three-quarters of an inch thick, together with proper shrouds and iron handles, and the burial of paupers in the parishes in which they die— Madeley District, Broseley District—not exceeding three feet (at each); exceeding three feet and not exceeding four feet (at each); exceeding four feet (at each).

Each Contractor for Coffins will have the use of a Pariah Hearse, in which all Paupers buried at the expense of the Guardians are to be conveyed to the burial ground, free of any extra charge, after which the Hearse is to be returned to the Madeley Union Workhouse, and the Guardians will not allow any portion of the cost of any Pauper Funeral which shall be conducted in any manner not sanctioned by the regulations. The Contractor will, in all cases, he required to provide at his own charge, the attendance of a sufficient number of decently-clad persons to act as bearers for conveying the corpse from the Hearse to the Churchyard.

The whole of the Articles must be of good quality, delivered free of expense to the Union, and subject to the approval of the Board of Guardians.

Printed Forms of Tender may be had on application to the Clerk, and Tenders in any other form will not be received. The Guardians do not pledge themselves to accept the lowest or any Tender.


Clerk to the Guardians of the Madeley Union. Iron-Bridge, March 4th, 1893.


19th March 1898


On Wednesday a meeting of this Council was held, when Alderman G. H. Maw presided. There were also present— Alderman J. A. Exley, Councillors D. L. Prestage, E. G. Exley, E. R. Instone, together with Messrs. G. C. Cooper (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), and N. T. Hartshorne (surveyor).

THE RATES AND FINANCE.— The Collector reported that there was about £9 to be collected.—The officer was instructed to summons all the rate defaulters at the next Petty Sessions.—The Clerk reported the balance in hand was £20 10s. 11d., and he wanted cheques altogether, with the surveyor's. £51 15s. 5d. He remarked that they were more behind than was anticipated when the rate was made. —Councillor Exley thought they cut it fine when they made the rate.—The Clerk said there would be £15 overdrawn instead of £3.—The Chairman observed a lot of money was spent in preliminary work at Posenhall, but they could not say the money was wasted.—The Clerk suggested the collector should get in some of the new rate.

THE WATER AT LILY WELL.—The Surveyor submitted a report he received from Mr. Blunt, regarding the water at Lily Well. It stated the water contained a large quantity of organic matter, but not of a dangerous character. The condition of the water was bad, and could not hardly be regarded as a good one for drinking purposes.—Alderman Exley thought the water was taking the wrong turn.—Councillor Mear remarked that it was supposed to be the best water in Broseley.—Councillor Prestage considered the matter a serious one.— The surveyor was requested to forward the report to Dr. Gepp (medical officer) asking his opinion on the matter.

THE BROSELEY WATER SUPPLY.— The Town Clerk reported  the fact that the Local Government Board inspector had held an inquiry at Wenlock, but that he had not heard anything  respecting it.—A letter was read from Councillor Allen, suggesting where to fix stand-pipes for the convenience of the people living at Benthall.—The Chairman did not think they were called upon to supply the whole of Benthall.— Councillor Prestage remarked they had nothing to do with Benthall.— The clerk was instructed to write Councillor Allen to the effect that a pump for domestic purposes would be supplied to the Posenhall cottages.

19th March 1898


NOMINATIONS.— The following are nominated as Guardians for the Madeley union:—Barrow: J. Davies. Benthall and Posenhall: R. Walkinshaw. Broseley E. G. Exley, J. M. Edwards, S. A. Powell, A. Shinn, T. Doughty. Little Wenlock: T. Jones. Much Wenlock: G. Lloyd, C. Edwards, H. Wayne. Willey and Linley: J. G. Lamont. Dawley: J. Wooding, A. Rhodes, J. Clayton, T. Weaver, W. G. Norris, H. C. Simpson, J. Bacon, T. Roden, M. Garbett. Madeley : J. A. Anstice, R. E. Anstice, P. Weston, H. Harries, W. Y. Owen, B. Maddox, G. Windsor, T. Hopley, F. R. Smith, W. F. Bryan, and Mrs. G. Rebecca Bonney. There will be contests in the Dawley and Madeley Wards.

FUNERAL OF MRS. RANDALL.—Amid manifestations of much sorrow the remains of the late Mrs. J. Randall were interred on Saturday in the parish churchyard. Nearly every blind in the town was dropped and shops partially closed, for deceased was highly esteemed. There was also a large attendance at the funeral, when the Rev. G. E. Yate (vicar) performed the ceremony in an impressive manner.— The mourners were Messrs. J. Randall (husband), M. H. Randall, J. R. Randall (sons), Hy. Brassington (brother), P. Weston, J. W. White, H. Roberts, W. Walton, G. Randall, Beard, J. Rigg, H. C. Jones, J. O. and W. Benbow. At the church service on Sunday Mr. A. A. P. Onions (organist), played Mendelssohn's “O, rest in the Lord,” and the “Dead March” in Saul.


BURIAL BOARD.- A meeting of this Board was held on Wednesday, when Alderman G. H. Maw presided.- The Clerk (Mr, Cooper) informed the meeting that the £500 for cemetery purposes had been paid into the bank. A conversation of a private character then engaged the attention of the Board

ODFELLOWS’ DINNER AND PRESENATION .- At the Lion Hotel, on Saturday, about 50 members of the “Rose of Sharon” Lodge of Oddfellows sat down to a dinner well served up by Mrs. Haughton (the hostess). Mr. W. Price occupied the chair, and Mr. Homer Wase in the vice chair.— After dinner the usual loyal and patriotic toasts were duly honoured.—Mr. J. Wylde then proposed “The Manchester Unity of Oddfellows,” which was responded to by the Chairman, who said he had been a member of the order 20 years, and during that time he took an interest in its workings, believing that when anyone joined a society it was his duty to do so. (Applause.) The Manchester Unity, he said, had members scattered all over the country, and was far from being an isolated body. (Applause.)—The Chairman then submitted the toast of “The `Rose of Sharon' Lodge.”— Mr. J. Wylde, in responding, observed that he had been a member of the lodge 20 years, and most of that period he had been in office, and took a keen interest in the club's doings. (Applause.)— At this stage Mr. T. Jones, on behalf of the members of the lodge, presented Mr. S. Davies with a handsome marble timepiece and an electro-plated teapot as a recognition of his services as secretary to the lodge for nine years, an office which he felt compelled to resign owing to an increase in his business. Mr. Jones said Mr. Davies had made a splendid secretary, and he was pleased he had the honour to propose him to that office some nine years ago. (Hear, hear.) They could not let him retire without showing their appreciation of his services, and he was pleased to announce that every member most willingly subscribed to the present. (Applause.) That he contended was sufficient proof of the feeling entertained towards their late secretary. (Applause.)— Mr. Davies, in thanking the members for their extreme kindness, remarked that he always did whatever he could for the advancement of the “Rose of Sharon” Lodge. (Hear, hear.) He always received valuable help from the members, which certainly made his secretarial work light. He hoped to come amongst them as often as possible. (Applause.)— Votes of thanks were accorded the committee, and Mr. T. Jones (sec.) for the use of his room, and other minor toasts followed. The enjoyment of the proceedings was enhanced by songs contributed by Messrs. W. Price, H. Wase, Whitmore, Bowen, M. Amphlett, T. Jones, S. Davies, W. S. Taylor, and H. Pellowe. Mr. F. Glover was the accompanist.


Before Colonel J. A. Anstice (chairman), and Messrs. A. B. Dyas, J. Bodenham, T. Cooke, and E. W. Shorting.

THE LATE MR. SQUIRE.— Colonel Anstice said before they commenced the business of the day he thought it would be very remiss if they did not make a momentary allusion to the serious loss the Borough Bench had sustained in the death of Mr. Squire. He felt sure be was speaking the words of his fellow-magistrates when he said how much they deplored his loss. He was a good and upright magistrate.—A man who had a good knowledge of the law, and of sound common sense respecting the affairs of the borough. No one, he added, would be more missed than deceased. Mr. A. H. Thorn (magistrates' clerk) was directed to write, on behalf of the magistrates, to Mrs. Squire, expressing their sympathy with the loss she had sustained at the death of her husband.


26th March 1898


ACCIDENT TO Dr. BOON.— On Wednesday an accident occurred to Dr. Boon. It appears the doctor was passing over the railway crossing near the Jackfield Works on horseback, when the horse slipped sideways and fell before he could extricate his feet from the stirrups. Fortunately no bones were fractured, but Dr. Boon's leg was severely crushed, necessitating his being taken home in a carriage.

26th March 1898


A MEETING OF RATEPAYERS was held on Thursday for the purpose of appointing churchwardens and nominating overseers for the ensuing year. In the absence of the rector (Rev. G. F. Lamb) the Rev. H. J. U. Charlton occupied the chair, and there were also present—Messrs. Edwin Davis (rector's warden), E. R. Instone (people's warden), R. H. Massie, T. Jones, John Dixon, and Joseph Jones. Mr. Edwin Davis was re-appointed rector's warden, and, on the proposition of Mr. John Dixon, seconded by Mr. Edwin Davis, Mr. E. R. Instone was re-elected people's warden, and appointed Mr. W. Francis as his sidesman, and Mr. Edwin Davis appointed Mr. R. A. Instone as his sidesman. Messrs. Aquila Evans, George Pembroke Stevens, John Hewlett Matthews, William Beard, William Crowdace, and William Henry Smith were nominated overseers, out of which number the magistrates will select two to serve the office.

ENTERTAINMENT.—On Wednesday evening a very successful entertainment was given in the Wesleyan Schoolroom, in aid of the Broseley Wesleyan Sunday School Prize Fund. Mr. W. Edge, sen. (Hockley Road House) occupied the chair, and explained the object for which the entertainment was promoted. There was a good attendance. The programme was capitally rendered, each item receiving the marked approval of the audience, after which an amateur minstrel entertainment was given, to the great delight of the company present. The accompanists were Miss Ada Jones (The Wood) and Mr. J. A. Hartshorne (The Lea). The following was the programme:—Glee, “Oh, who will o'er the downs so free,” Misses Edge and Blackford, Mr. and Mrs, Bob Hartshorne, and Mr. W. Edge, jun.; flute solo, “The Lost Chord,”  Mr. F. Glover ; song, “ Winds that blow from the south,” Mr. W. Garbett (encored): recitation, “ While the Sabbath bells are ringing,” Miss May Hartshorne; glee, “When evening's twilight,” Glee Party; song, “ Tell me, Mary, how to woo thee,” Mr. Garbett; reading, “Hanging his hat up,” Mr. Hartshorne ; flute solo, “O that I had wings,” Mr. F. Glover (encored).


2nd April 1898


To THE EDITOR. Sir,— In your issue of the 26th, a letter appears from Mr. Allen, of Benthall, concerning the Broseley water supply and compensation water for Benthall Had Mr. Allen looked over the evidence given before the Inspector at Much Wenlock, he would have seen that provision will be made for the inhabitants of Posenhall, in Benthall, who are the only people likely to be put to inconvenience, as Benthall has the same supply now as for many years past. The output Mr. Allen mentions in his field was not there until the Broseley Sanitary Board had the pipes put for the purpose of testing the supply.


Broseley, March 29, 1898.




2nd April 1898


SUDDEN DEATH.— On Monday evening Mr. F. H. Potts, borough coroner, held an inquest at the King's Head, touching the death of James Daniel Smith, jun., who died on the previous Friday night.—Mr. J. O. Smith, father of deceased, and a licensed victualler and builder, stated that his son was 24 years of age, and helped him in his business. About half-past nine o'clock on the night of March 25th deceased had a fit, from which he expired in a few minutes. He had been subjected to fits, but he appeared all right on the day he died, although he complained of pains on the previous day. He had never appeared the same since he met with an accident in August last, when his head was badly cut.—Dr. Jacobson, who was called in, having given evidence, the verdict of the jury was “Death from the visitation of God.” A vote of condolence was passed by the jury to Mr. and Mrs. Smith in the loss they had sustained.

SALE OF WORK.— In aid of the Wesleyan chapel funds, and also towards a new harmonium for the Sunday school, a very successful sale of work was held at the schoolroom on Thursday. There was no formal opening. The little room was surrounded with well laden stalls, which were in possession of the following ladies.—Sewing Meeting Stall: Mrs. W. Edge, Miss Price, and Mrs. J. Hartshorne. Young Men's China Stall: Mr. A. Hartshorne. Sunday School Stall: Miss Edge, Miss Hartshorne, Miss Jones, and Miss Leadbetter. Refreshment Stall: Mrs. Aston, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Taylor, and Miss Blackford. The fish pond was locked after by Miss May Hartshorne, and the waxwork exhibition (performers, Sunday school children) was managed by Mrs. R. Hartshorne and Miss Edge. Music was rendered at intervals by members of the choir. The general arrangements were satisfactorily carried out by Messrs. W. Edge, R. Hartshorne, and G. W. Aston.


9th April 1898


The usual meeting was held on Wednesday; present:—Alderman G. H. Maw (chairman), J. A. Anstice, Councillors D. L. Prestage, B. A. Instone, W. E. Southern, E. J. Exley, P. Jones, W. Mear, and Messrs. G. Cooper (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), N. T. Hartshorne (collector), and Dr. Gepp (medical officer).

FINANCE.—Mr. Hartshorn stated that he had closed the rate, and had paid in £26. He was, however, unable to secure a rate of £1 4s. 6d. from a person who had left the neighbourhood.- The clerk said it was too late to issue a summons now.— Alderman Exley contended that was the cause of not collecting the rate earlier.—The Chairman said he hoped it would not happen again.—The Clerk stated the balance in hand that day was £3 6s. 11d., and he required cheques for £70 6s. 3d.—Mr. Hartshorne was instructed to proceed with the collection of the new rate.

AN OLD NUISANCE.— A letter was read from Mr. O. Cooper, complaining of the condition of a brook, which ran at the bottom of his garden. He said the stench was likely to cause a fever.—The Surveyor said it was an old complaint. —Councillor Prestage: What brook is it?—The Chairman: It is a brook which divides Benthall from Broseley; some call it a stream,—Councillor Southern remarked that it was a filthy stream.— The surveyor was instructed to attend to the matter

MEDICAL OFFICERS REPORT.—Dr. Gepp (medical officer) read his half-yearly report in which he stated that the birth and death rate compared favourably with the general death rate. There was only one fatal case of diphtheria. The report went on to say that the water supply at present was undoubtedly unsatisfactory, and that the wells had diminished their supply. He asked the Council to consider the question of removing the sewage.— The meeting decided to discuss the matter at, the next meeting.

APPLICATION.—The Rev. Marsden Edwards (rector of Jackfield) in a letter applied for permission to take the water from the spring that supplied Holy Well to his house. He wished to supplement his water supply.—Permission was granted the applicant, and the clerk was instructed to write him to this effect, adding that the work must be carried out to the satisfaction of the committee, and that the public rights must not be interfered with.

THE LILLY WELL.— A letter was read from Mr. Jones regarding the report of this well which appeared in the Journal. He considered the drain was in the wrong place.—Dr. Gepp, referring to Mr. Blunt's analysis of the water concerning the well, was of opinion that the water should not be condemned until another sample was obtained, and this the Council decided to do.


16th April 1898


ST. MARY'S.— This sacred edifice was on Easter Sunday beautifully decorated, mostly with white flowers. The altar contained all white flowers. The decorators were—Miss Saunders (font), Miss Olive Jones (pulpit), Miss May Jones (lectern), Mrs. Marsden Edwards and Miss A. Doughty (altar vases). Holy Communion was held at 8 o'clock when there were 41 communicants, and 13 at the 11 o'clock service. At evensong the choir sang the anthem “Since by man,” Mr. J. W. Shingler presiding at the organ. The services were fully choral, and the pulpit was occupied at each service by the Rev. J. Marsden Edwards (rector).

VESTRY MEETING.— The annual vestry meeting was held at the church on Thursday. The Rev. J. Marsden Edwards (rector) presided. Mr. J. B. Matkin (church-warden) presented the accounts, showing that the offertories for the year amounted to £37 13s. 8½d., and with Ann Brown's charity (£8 12s. 8d.) the total income was £46 12s. 5d. The expenditure was £43 10s. 10½d., leaving a balance in hand of £3 1s. 6½d. In addition to this, the Chairman said the special offertories realised £12 9s. 8d. The accounts were passed.—The Chairman said it gave him great pleasure to nominate Mr. T. Doughty as his warden for the ensuing year.—Mr. G. S. Williams said it gave him pleasure to propose that Mr. J. B. Matkin be re-elected people's warden. He considered he was the right man in the right place. (Hear, hear.) Mr. W. Beard seconded the motion, which was unanimously carried.— On the suggestion of Mr. Matkin, Messrs. H. Hughes, G. S. Williams, W. Mapp, and W. Wylde were appointed sidesmen.—Messrs. G. S. Williams, J. B. Matkin, and T. Doughty were appointed delegates to attend a meeting at Wenlock in connection with the Hereford Diocesan Conference.


30th April 1898


On Saturday Miss Milly Pritchard of Ellesmere met with a serious accident. It appears that Miss Pritchard (who is on a visit at Mrs. Doughty's, (Tuckies House) went for a bicycle ride with Miss Doughty on Saturday, proceeding from Tuckies House down the road leading from the Dingle to the Severn. The road is rather steep and rugged and somewhat dangerous to cyclists. From some cause or other Miss Pritchard lost control of the machine, which travelled at great speed, passing under the railway arch, and then swerved round and with great force came in contact with Mr. Charles Perks's garden wall. The unfortunate rider sustained a compound fracture of the jaw, also a compound fracture of the left knee, and the machine was smashed. Mr. and Mrs. Perks carried Miss Pritchard into their house and placed her upon the sofa, after which Miss Thompson (district nurse) and Mr. George Bunnagar (member of St. John Ambulance Association) rendered first aid. Dr. Collins of Broseley was sent for, and under his care Miss Pritchard is progressing as favourably as can be expected.


30th April 1898



The usual meeting was held on Wednesday; present:—Alderman A. B. Dyas (chairman), Alderman J. A. Anstice, Councillors W. J. Legge, P. Weston, R. F. Ayre, B. Maddox, A. G. Cartwright, F. G. Beddoes. E. C. S. White, Messrs. Godfrey Cooper (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), and T. E. Fatten (collector).

THE WATER SUPPLY.—A letter was read from the Local Government Board to the effect that it was necessary to provide 25 gallons of water per head per day--The Chairman said they would see by the communication that everything did not run smoothly, which he regretted, as they would remember they had arranged for a 12-inch bore hole, but now they would require an 18-inch bore-hole, which probably would cost more money; therefore they might have to come to the Council for power to borrow more money. Of course they would not do so unless they were compelled.— Colonel Anstice: The sub-committee do not ask for any fresh resolution?—The Chairman: No, but I thought I would let you know how we stand.—Councillor Beddoes thought it was understood the £400 allotted for borings would far exceed the estimate.—The Chairman replied they still thought so.—The Clerk said he had arranged to borrow the money from the Wenlock Foresters at 31 per cent. interest, and the money was ready any time.—Councillor Beddoes: We barrow it for five years.—The Clerk : Yes, it means £88 per year.—Councillor Bedddoes: And that means a penny rate.—Councillor Maddox: I should like to know what Foresters' Lodge it is we are going to borrow the money from?—Colonel Anstice: It makes no difference so long as we get the money.


PLEASURE FAIR,—This annual event came off on Tuesday, the bulk of the fair being in the field adjoining the New Road. There were the usual round-abouts, swings, &c., all of which appeared to do a good business. There were a good number of people present, especially in the evening.

COURT LEET.—The annual dinner in connection with the Court Leet was held on Tuesday at the Lion Hotel, under the presidency of Mr. George Potts. About 30 sat down, and after the sumptuous repast toasts and songs became the order of the evening, Prior to the dinner the jury met at Mr. N. T. Hartshorne's house, where they were sworn in by Mr. E. B. Potts. Mr. Henry Roberts was made constable in the place of Mr. Francis Davies, who has retired.

FUNERAL OF AN OLD INHABITANT.—On Wednesday the remains of Mrs. Martha Denstone of Legge’s Hill, Broseley, were interred in the Congregational Chapel-yard, her death, at the age of 72, having taken place on the Sunday previous. Deceased was well known in Broseley and the surrounding districts, being the last of the Denstone family, who had been closely related to the family of the Legge's, the first clay tobacco-pipe makers in Broseley, who date back as far as the year 1525. Mrs. Denstone had been in the service of the firm of William Southern, pipe makers, for over 62 years, and had never been known to be absent from her duties as fore-woman, a position she occupied for more than 50 years.

MARRIAGE REJOCINGS.—On Wednesday evening Mr. and Mrs. Boon returned home from their wedding tour and received a most enthusiastic reception from some hundreds of the inhabitants. The church bells rang merry peals during the evening, and cannons were fired. Over the private entrance to their residence (Whitehall) was a very pretty arch of evergreens, Chinese lanterns, and flags, together with the word “Welcome,” in large letters. Spanning the street there was also an arch composed of ever-greens and flags. On one side were the words—” Long life and happiness,” and on the other “Welcome home to Mr. and Mrs. Boon.” Flags were also exhibited. A ball was given in the Town Hail at night in honour of the event. The Jackfield Brass Band was in attendance, under the able direction of Mr. Homer Wase.


Before Mr. W. G. Norris (chairman), Alderman A. B. Dyas, and Major H. Wayne.

BREACH OF THE RABIES ORDER- -Thomas Instone, butcher, Broseley, was charged with a breach of the above order on the 7th inst.—Police-constable Roberts proved the case, and defendant was fined 5s., including costs.

CHIMNEY ON FIRE.—Anthony Parker, Dale End, Iron-Bridge, was charged with having his chimney on fire on the 7th inst.—Police-constable Teece proved the case, and defendant, who did not appear, was fined 1s. and costs.


7th May 1898


RE-OPENING SERVICES.— The 57th anniversary of Broseley Congregational Chapel was celebrated on Sunday, when two excellent sermons were preached by the Rev. H. P. Slade of Hull, who also gave a short but interesting and instructive address to the children. Special hymns were well rendered by the choir, under the able direction of Mr. Aquila Evans. A collection was taken at the close of each service in aid of the renovation fund. Miss Dunhill (Iron-Bridge) presided at the harmonium.


The monthly meeting of this Council was held on Wednesday; present:—Alderman G. H. Maw (chairman), Alderman J. A. Exley, Councillors D. L. Prestage, W. Mear, P. Jones, E. G. Exley, R. A. Instone, together with Messrs. G. Cooper (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), and Dr. Gepp (medical officer).

THE WATER SUPPLY.—The Town Clerk read the following letter received from the Local Government Board:—” I am directed by the Local Government Board to state that they have had under consideration the report made by their inspector, Colonel Slacke, after the inquiry held by him with reference to the application of the Town Council of Wenlock for sanction to borrow £2,750 for purposes of water supply for the Broseley division of the borough. The Board observe that the average yield of water from the well from which it is proposed to obtain the supply, is only sufficient to provide the population to be supplied with four gallons per head per day, and they are advised that owing to the geological formation of the district in which the well is situate, it is doubtful whether even this small yield would be permanently maintained. The Board would not under any circumstances regard four gallons per head sufficient, and are not therefore prepared to sanction a loan in respect of the scheme now proposed. In view of the urgent requirements of the Broseley division in regard to water supply, the Board would recommend the Town Council to consult a competent geologist in the matter with a view to obtaining an adequate supply from another source by a fresh boring, and in this connection the Town Council would do well to consider whether it would not be better to set on foot a joint scheme for the supply of water to the Broseley and Madeley divisions. Whatever the Town Council should decide to do it would be well for them to consult an experienced engineer. ALFRED D. ADRIAN, Assistant Secretary.” — The Chairman said the meaning of the letter was that the Local Government Board would not pass the Posenhall scheme, therefore they must now look about and see what other scheme they could find.— Mr. Mear said they had spent a lot of money, and they might say foolishly, but they did not know it at the time.—The Chairman remarked there was the Willey scheme.—Alderman Exley was of opinion that the Posenhall scheme was sufficient.—The Chairman observed if they had a joint scheme various charges would be less.—Mr. Exley thought they should wait and see what source of water was available from Madeley.— It was resolved to see if Madeley would have sufficient water to supply them.—Capt. Prestage thought the remark made about the engineer was rather uncomplimentary to Mr. Wyatt, who was not responsible for the failure of the scheme, as it was not his pet scheme. They asked him to carry it through.—The Chairman was of the same opinion.—The Clerk considered it a direct libel on a professional man.—The Chairman moved a vote of confidence in Mr. Wyatt, and that the motion be sent to the engineer and also the Local Government Board.—Alderman Exley seconded the motion, which was unanimously carried.

THE RATE COLLECTOR.—The Chairman read a report received from the borough auditors, and also a letter from the collector, in which he begged respectfully to resign his appointment, and asked for his release that day.—The Chairman moved that the resignation he accepted, which was seconded by Captain Prestage, and carried.—It was then decided to advertise for a rate collector in the Wellington Journal at the same salary.—The Town Clerk stated there was that day a balance of £102 6s. in hand.

THE SEWER OUTFALLS AT BROSELEY.—Dr. Gepp (medical officer) produced a report on the above subject, and made a suggestion as to the scheme in force at Oswestry.— The Chairman asked what action they should take on this report.—Captain Prestage was of opinion that something should be done.— Alderman Exley: Ascertain the cost.—The Chairman thought if they put the system suggested by Dr. Gepp into operation it would be necessary to employ an engineer.—Alderman Exley suggested to experiment first on Dr. Collins's orchard, where it was very bad.—Captain Prestage asked if it was necessary to employ an engineer to carry out the experimental scheme.—Dr. Gepp replied they would have to get the necessary information. He thought they would get nearly all the information from Oswestry.— Mr. Jones suggested a deputation go to Oswestry to see the experimental scheme.—Alderman Exley said it was rushing on with the rates,—The Chairman: We have to rush on now, and if the rates are increased I don't suppose it means ruination to any of us.--Dr. Gepp remarked that the filters were practically everlasting, and the experiment at Oswestry was supposed to be the best.— It was subsequently decided to send a deputation to Oswestry (the clerk to wake the arrangements in the meantime), who would report the result at the, next meeting.


14th May 1898


A meeting of this Board was held yesterday; present:—Major R. E. Anstice (chairman), Colonel H. Wayne, Revs. H Harries, J. Marsden Edwards, A. Shinn, Mrs. Bonney, Messrs. J. Clayton, T. Weaver, H. Boycott, A. Rhodes, P. Weston, B. Maddox, J. Weeding, T. Hopley, T. Doughty, T. Roden, W. Y. Owen, T. Jones, J. Davies, J. M. Griffiths together with A. H. Thorn (clerk), G. Watson (master), J. C, Mole and W. Edge (relieving officers).

VISITORS. — The Rev. J. Marsden Edwards and Mr. E. G. Exley were appointed visitors.

AN APPLICATION REFUSED.— Mrs. Marsden Edwards, Jackfield Rectory, in a letter, asked the Board if they would send a girl named Pritchard to the Neath Epileptic Home.—Mr. Maddox moved that they send the girl to the home for six months, and pay the 7s. 9d. per week as asked for.— Mrs. Bonney seconded.— Mr. Hopley remarked that if the girl was sent to the asylum it would only cost 7s. 6d. a week and then 4s. would be returned.—Mr. Rhodes was of opinion that it was opening the door to others.—Mrs. Bonney considered it was their duty, and if necessary they  should do so regardless of expenses.—Six voted for the resolution and eight against, so the motion was lost.

MASTER'S REPORT.— The Master reported there were 99 paupers in the house as against 91 last year. The vagrants admitted during the fortnight were seven.

THE VISITORS reported that everything in the house was satisfactory, and Major Colley, a Bridgnorth Guardian, notified that he had visited the house and was struck with the way in which everything was carried out.—The Clerk said Mr. Colley told him that he always thought Bridgnorth was a model workhouse until he saw this one.

A VACANCY.—The Clerk reported that in consequence of Mr. Bryan having failed to sign the usual declaration a vacancy was caused.—Mr. Owen asked if they could fill the vacancy without an election.—The Clerk thought not.— It was decided to communicate with the Local Government Board on the matter.


28th May 1898


A ROYAL LETTER.—Miss C. H. Kearsley of Broseley, having written a congratulatory letter to the Queen upon her Majesty attaining the age of 79, has received the following reply:— Buckingham Palace, 25th May, 1898. The Private Secretary is commanded to express the thanks of the Queen for the kind message of congratulation which you have forwarded to Her Majesty.— Miss C. H. KEARSLEY.

ODDFELLOW'S FUNERAL.— On Monday the remains of the late Mr. Thomas Salmonds of Hockley, Broseley, were interred in Broseley Cemetery. Deceased died on the 19th inst. after a long and painful illness at the age of 50 years. He had been a member of the “Rose of Sharon” Lodge of Oddfellows (held at the Lion Hotel, Broseley) for upwards of 25 years, The Rev. G. F. Lamb (rector) conducted the funeral service in a very impressive manner. Mr. Homer Wase, P.G.M., read the Oddfellows' funeral address at the graveside. Upwards of 30 members attended the funeral.

ST. JOHN'S AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION.— The classes recently held under the auspices of the County Council have been well attended, and the lectures of Dr. Jacobsen, with the practical illustrations, have been most interesting and instructive. Dr. Packer recently examined the students, and the following who successfully passed will he entitled to the first aid certificate of the association :—H. Civil Potts, K. S. Potts, Dorothy Potts, Edith M. Johnson, Marie Garrard, Lily Exley, Emily Smith, Daisy E. Downes, A. May Jones, Elizabeth Thompson, Ethel Rushton, Amy Dixon, Louie Dixon, S. J. Instone, E. G. Street, Annie L. Betteridge, Mary Wiggins, Jane Lloyd, May Hartshorne, E. J. Blackford, Jennie Jones, H. Howells, Emily Davis, B. Powner, and E. Ellen Baldwin. The local secretary, Mrs. Adam Jones, has taken the greatest interest in the classes.


FIRE.— About nine o'clock on Saturday night Councillor E. Southern detected smoke coming from the goods-shed at the railway station. He immediately acquainted Mr. C. W. Caldicott (stationmaster) of the fact, and in a short time several willing workers quickly extinguished the fire which was slowly burning in the shed; consequently very little damage was done. The Iron-Bridge Fire Brigade was summoned, but fortunately their services were not required. Captain J. W. White was however promptly on the scene of action and rendered valuable service. The origin of the fire is unknown.

CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY.- The annual meeting of this society was held on Saturday at the Lecture Room, which was filled with members. Mr. W. Jones was voted to the chair. He was pleased to see such a large number present, and added that the new branch at Horsehay had greatly increased their membership. (Hear, hear.)— Mr. R. Roberts (sec.), having made a few remarks, read the report, from which it appeared that the dividend was not as high as last half year, as the opening up of a branch store at Horsehay had entailed a good deal of expense; markets had had an upward tendency, thereby reducing their profits. The society had been well supported, both at the Central and Horsehay branch, and the receipts were in excess of last half year. The total sales for the half year were £4,810; of this the Horsehay branch showed sales of £615 for a little over a quarter of the year. — The Secretary said the sales amounted to £4,777 12s. 11½d. for the last half year, and the net profit per capital  acount was £443 14s. 0½d.— On the motion of Mr. E. Howells the report was adopted.— Messrs. F. Rich, E. M. Webster, J. B. Slater, Councillor P. Weston, and Dr. Whitfield were appointed arbitrators.— Messrs. Lowe (Horsehay), Shepherd (Horsehay), F. Lloyd (Iron-Bridge), and R. Bunnagar (Broseley) were added to the committee.— Mr. J. Edwards retired from the committee after 26 years' service, and it was decided to recognise the good he had done for the society.— The Chairman informed the meeting that the committee bad received a letter from Mr. R. Roberts resigning the office of secretary, after 32 years' service. He thought it would be a difficult matter to fill his place; anyhow he thought something should be done by the society to show their recognition of his splendid services, for he had devoted the best part of his life to the society. (Applause.) The outcome of a conversation was that a sub-committee was appointed to consider the question with the General Committee and decide what should he done in the way of a testimonial to the retiring secretary.— On the motion of Mr. S. Dawes, Mr. Walter Roberts was unanimously appointed in his father's place as secretary.— Mr. Roberts thanked the meeting for electing him as secretary, and promised to follow in his father's footsteps.— On the motion of Mr. W. Morgan, Mr. Isaac Taylor was re-elected treasurer.— The members then received their dividend of 2s. in the pound on £4,280, and non-members 1s. in the pound on £326.


4th June 1898


The monthly meeting was held on Wednesday; present:— Aldermen G. H. Maw (chairman) and J. A. Exley, Councillors E. G. Exley, D. L. Prestage, P. Jones, R. A. Instone, Messrs. G. Cooper (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), and Dr. Gepp (medical officer).

BROSELEY SEWER OUTFALLS.— The Chairman said Councillor Exley, Dr. Gepp, and himself went to Oswestry and saw the scheme in force there, which was most interesting. —Dr. Gepp said he had not prepared any report on what they had seen at Oswestry. He would say that the borough engineer there was satisfied with the results of their experiments, and the Corporation had decided to put down works that would deal with halt a million gallows per day. The works, he added, were of a simple character, and the filter material was the town refuse—ashes. There was no masonry work at all, and as far as they were able to judge from what they saw the results were most promising.— The Chairman observed that they were very favourably impressed with what they saw.— The only thing that appeared complicated was the system by which the various filter beds were charged and discharged.— Captain Prestage asked if they separated rain water.— Dr. Gepp replied that they took everything.— Captain Prestage then asked if there was any nuisance attached to the scheme with regard to the tanks.— Dr. Gepp said as long as the tanks worked properly there was absolutely no nuisance whatever. The principal element was to avoid petrification. He would recommend that the sewer outfalls in Broseley be regularly gauged for a period.— Captain Prestage thought this sewage scheme depended on a water scheme.— Dr. Gepp: That is perfectly true. It is essential that every bed should have its proper period of work.— Captain Prestage then asked if the Council intended to start the scheme at once.— Mr. Jones thought they should first see what water they could obtain.— Dr. Gepp remarked that they should not wait for a water scheme.- The Chairman: How long would you take the gauging'?— Dr. Gepp: I should say three mouths.— After further discussion the surveyor was instructed to begin with the gaugings at Dr. Collin's orchard and the brook between Benthall and Broseley.

THE LILY WELL WATER.— The Medical Officer confirmed Mr. Blunt's analysis of the water at the Lily Well to the effect that the water was not good for drinking purposes. Dr. Gepp was of opinion that the surface water sank into the well and contaminated the water is little. He suggested that such source of contamination be cut off.— The Chairman asked if it would be possible to fill up the pool.— The Medical Officer suggested that the cattle trough be fixed as far away from the well as possible. — Alderman Exley suggested that the trough be placed at the bottom of the field.— The Medical Officer was of opinion that whilst the water was contaminated the Council should put a placard up at the pump requesting the people to first boil the water before they drank it.— Councillor Exley: Is it worse than the Severn water?— Dr. Gepp: I should think not. If they drink the water after having been warned they take the responsibility.— A sub-committee was appointed to see if they could alter the course of the sewer, and do the work if possible.

FINANCE.— The Town Clerk said there was a balance in hand of £221 9s. 9d. It was decided to pay the gas bill, £100 2s. 4d., and give the surveyor is cheque for £10.

APPOINTMENT OP RATE COLLECTOR.— The Chairman said there were four applications for the post of rate collector, viz., Mr. J. Dixon, Broseley ; Mr. J. P. Evans, Church Stretton ; Mr. W. J. Croxton, The Jug Inn, Coalport; and Mr. W. J. Benbow, Madeley. He said they were all willing to take to the work at the salary offered. They all knew Mr. Dixon, and that he was a man of experience. He moved he be appointed their rate collector.— Mr. Instone seconded the motion, which was unanimously carried.

BROSELEY WATER SUPPLY.— A letter was road from Mr. Wyatt, engineer, regarding the proposal to bring the Posenhall water into the town, which he estimated would cost £452 10s., excluding compensation for land.— A question was asked if they could bring the water into the town without applying for permission to the Local Government Board.— The Clerk replied they could do so by finding the money out of the rates, but they would not be able to borrow any money.— Councillor Jones believed the water from the Willey beds, attached to the Posenhall water, would make a good scheme. It was decided to wait the result of the experimental borings, now being carried on by the Madeley Sanitary Authority.

THE PAVEMENTS.— Councillor Exley said his attention had been called to the bad state of the street pavements.— Captain Prestage thought they should draw lots to decide which part of the town should be attended to first. (Laughter.)— The Chairman contended that a certain sum of money should be devoted every year towards renewing their pavements.— The surveyor was instructed to commence the work in High Street.


4th June 1898


A MUFFLED PEAL was rung on the bells of the Parish Church on Saturday, the day the late Mr. Gladstone was buried.

DEATH OF Miss. POTTS.—On Wednesday morning Mrs. Potts, The Green, Broseley, passed away in her 76th year. Deceased was relict of the late Mr. George Potts, solicitor, of this town, and was held in high respect by the inhabitants generally.

OPEN-AIR MISSION.— On Sunday afternoon the first of a series of meetings (to be held during the summer months) took place at the top of the New Road, when Mr. Arthur Shinn (pastor of Birch Meadow Baptist Church, the originator of the meetings some eight years ago) delivered an earnest and practical address. Special hymns were sung, and there was a good attendance.

SUNDAY SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY.— On Sunday the 84th anniversary of the Birch Meadow Baptist Sunday School was held, when two sermons were preached by Mr. J. E. Hazelton, minister at Mount Zion, Marylebone, London, and secretary of the Aged Pilgrims' Friend Society. Special hymns were rendered by the children, reflecting great credit upon Mr. Arthur Shinn (pastor) who undertook their training. Mrs. Shinn presided at the harmonium. There was a large congregation at each service especially in the evening when the chapel was crowded. The collections and donations amounted to £15 3d.


11th June 1898


WEDNESDAY.— Before his Honour Judge Harris Lee.

AN AMUSING CASE.— D. Cooper, foreign meat purveyor, Iron-Bridge, sued Harriet Jebb, a widow, of Linley, for £1. —Plaintiff said he sold defendant a mare for £5 10s. She gave him £4 10s., and promised to pay the other £1 in the course of a month —Defendant (excitedly): You are telling stories. (Laughter.)-- His Honour: Be quiet.— Plaintiff: I said that will do for me. Every time I sent for it she said she would see me, but the last time she sent an impudent message, and said that she would not pay any more. I sent a solicitor's letter, and she took no notice of that.— Defendant: You do tell stories. (Laughter.) Wait until I have my turn. (Laughter.)— His Honour: You will have it directly. — Defendant: When I bought the mare Cooper told me that in two or three months she would he alright, but it is not so. I have offered her to him back again, but he won't have her.— Plaintiff: She has had a lot of work out of her.— Defendant: She is an old screw. (Laughter.) I did say if the mare turned out all right I would give another 10s. People laugh at her and say she is a bag of bones. (Laughter.)— Plaintiff: You cannot deny this fact, that you are using the mare constantly.— Defendant: The biggest journey is to Bridgnorth, a distance of four miles. One of his own men said to me, “Missus, we will give you a couple of guineas for the mare. Cooper has done you. Well, you went to the right man.” (Laughter.)— His Honour (to plaintiff): Would you like to have the mare back?— Plaintiff: I don't want her. She I asked £7 for her three weeks ago.— His Honour: But she didn't get it. (Laughter.)— Defendant: I shall he glad to get rid of her.- His Honour: You agreed to give him £5 10s. and I think you must give it.— Judgment for plaintiff.—  Defendant: I have only got 3d.— His Honour: You have got a good tongue. (Laughter.)


11th June1898


OPEN-AIR MISSION.— On Sunday afternoon the second of a series of meetings in connection with this mission was held at the top of the New Road, when Mr. Arthur Shinn (Baptist minister) delivered an address illustrative of “The Life of Moses.” Mrs. Shinn presided at the harmonium, and there was a good attendance.

ODDFELLOW'S FUNERAL.— On Thursday the remains of the late Mr. John Brown of Hockley Road, Broseley, who died on Monday, were interred in the graveyard adjoining the Birch Meadow Baptist Chapel, the Rev. Arthur Shinn officiating. Deceased had been a member of the “Rose of Sharon” Lodge of Oddfellows for upwards of 35 years, and over 40 members of the Lodge attended the funeral. Mr. H. Homer Wase. P.G.M., read the usual funeral oration at the graveside. Numerous floral tributes were sent by sympathising friends.

FUNERAL OF MRS. ASHFORD POTTS.— The remains of the late Mrs. Susannah Ashford Potts, relict of the late Mr. George Potts, solicitor, The Green, Broseley, were consigned to their last resting place in the family vault at the Parish Churchyard on Saturday morning. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. G. Fleming Lamb, M.A. (rector). The cortege left the residence of the deceased in the following order:— Mr. I. Watts, Mr. C. Smith; bearers; hearse (containing the body); mourners— Mr. E. B. Potts, Mr. W. Potts, Mr. F. H. Potts, Mr. James Potts, Mr. Cecil Potts (sons of the deceased), Mr. McGregor, Mr. T. Hampson, Mr. Cooke (sons-in-law), the Rev. John Hartshorn (brother), Mr. George Potts (grandson), and Dr. Collins (son-in-law). As a mark of respect the tradesmen en route to the church closed their shops during the interment, and the blinds were lowered at most of the private houses. Numerous wreaths were sent by sorrowing relatives and sympathising friends.



Before Major R. E. Anstice (mayor) and Colonel J. A. Anstice.

A WARNING.— Ann Wood, a married woman, of Buildwas, was charged with trespassing upon the G. W.R. line in such a manner as to expose herself to danger. Mr. F. P. Evers (Hayward & Co., Stourbridge and Birmingham) prosecuted. — Stephen Braggington, signalman in the employ of the G.W.R. Company, stationed at Bradley sidings, near Much Wenlock, stated that he saw the defendant walking by the side of the line. He requested her to go off, when she used bad language towards him. She also refused to give him her name.— Superintendent Simcox also gave evidence.— Defendant said she would speak the truth if she was hung for it. She said she was never warned before to go off the line, She merely crossed it, and never gave a misword in any shape or form.— Defendant was fined 5s. and costs.

CASE DISMISSED.— Charles Perks, a married man, of Jackfield, was summoned for making use of abusive language towards Enoch Davies of the same place. Mr. G. E. Mead (Birmingham) prosecuted.— At the conclusion of the evidence, the case was dismissed.


18th June 1898


Henry Williams, 56, married man, was killed on Tuesday morning when working in Messrs. W. and P. Jones's clay pit at the Calcutts. A quantity of rock fell upon him, and the poor fellow was taken home, where Dr. Boon discovered that his back and thigh were broken and also several of his ribs. Shortly after the doctor had attended to the injuries Williams expired. Deceased leaves a widow, and had not long resumed work after being laid up with a broken arm.

At the Napoleon Inn, Broseley Wood, on Wednesday, Mr. F. H. Potts, borough coroner, held an inquiry on the body.— Mr. Hugh R. Make-peace, inspector of mines, was present.— Edward Williams stated that deceased, who was 56 years old, was his father. He was a clay miner and had lived in Broseley Wood. Deceased worked for Charles R. Jones at the Calcutts Pit, Jackfield, which belonged to Mr. W. Jones. He went to work at six o'clock on Tuesday morning, and was brought home hurt at half past nine on the same day, and died half-an-hour afterwards.— James Gittens stated that he was under-ground manager for Charles Richard Jones. He had worked at the pits since January, and on Tuesday he went down the pit with deceased about six o'clock in the morning, but before they began work he inspected the place and discovered that the sides were unsafe. He gave deceased orders to make things safe. Witness and deceased worked together till nine o'clock, when Gittens said he was going to his breakfast. He left Williams driving a wedge in, and when witness had gone about ten yards, he heard deceased shout “O Lord, save me.” He immediately went to his assistance, and found him lying face downwards, and a large lump of clay upon him— about 500 cwt. fell. Steventon and others came to the rescue, and they gob deceased out of the pit as soon as possible.— Cross-examined by the Inspector : He started deceased to work at 6-30, to take off the loose sides from the roadway. They commenced to work at the place where the accident happened, about 20 past 8 o'clock. Deceased used a hammer, wedge, and pick, and when Williams was extricated they found the pick on his right foot. He did not use the pick until witness left him. The clay on the top over-hung a foot or more, and it was full of slips and joints. Deceased had been accustomed to dressing the sides, and was very careful.— Joseph Steventon, clay miner, said he lived near the Bridge Gate, and was working in the pit when the accident occurred. He was filling a drought of clay when he heard the clay fail. He went to assist Gittens. —Dr. Boon (Broseley) deposed that he saw the deceased about 9-30 when he was brought home in a cart. On examination he found his right thigh was fractured and several ribs broken on the life side. The abdomen was also swollen. He expired 20 minutes after witness saw him. There was no doubt the injuries were caused by being crushed.— The Inspector said he had examined the place that afternoon. The clay was very much broken and full of joints and slips, and from all the marks and indications round about the place deceased had been apparently working on the side as he ought to, but from the marks of the tool against the roof and the position in which he lay it appeared that deceased had actually gone in front of the stone he was trying to pull over, the result being the stone fell, and he was crushed against the opposite side. It was a careless and dangerous act, and he knew many accidents had resulted from the same thing, and he had had to caution men about it.— The Coroner remarked that it was a clear case of accident, and if there was any negligence it lay with deceased.— The jury returned a verdict of “ Accidental death.”


25th June 1898


“DARKEST ENGLAND” SCHEME.— On Monday, at the Wesleyan Chapel, Jackfield, a meeting took place in connection with the above scheme, when an address, entitled “Social Signs and Wonders,” was given by Adjutant Kyle of Birmingham. There was a good attendance, over which Mr. Jas. Norry presided. Special vocal selections were given by a juvenile choir, under the conductorship of Mr. E. Harrison, Miss Harrison presiding at the organ. There was also a vocal solo by Miss Annie Watkis. The local branch of the Salvation Army was represented by Miss Agnes Tutte, and Miss Lily Jefferson, Mr. E. Hill, Mr. Theo. Trevor, and Mr. W. C. Benbow who led the devotions. The collection at the close was on behalf of the children of the miners on strike in the Rhondda Valley.

WEDDING.— On Wednesday the marriage of Mr. Thomas Harrington, eldest son of Mr. James Harrington, and Miss Fanny Ball, eldest daughter of Mr. Edward Ball, was solemnised at St. Mary's Church, Jackfield, the Rev. H. J. Charlton, ]M.A., officiating. The bride was charmingly attired in a blue dress trimmed with while silk, and hat to match, whilst the two bridesmaids— Miss Ermma Harrington (sister of bridegroom), and Miss Pollie Ball (sister of bride) —wore dresses of blue trimmed with pink silk and hats to match. The bride was given away by her father and. the bridegroom's brother (Mr. George Harrington) fulfilled the duties of best man. There was a large number of people present at the church. The presents were numerous and valuable.


OPEN-AIR MISSION.— On Sunday afternoon the fourth of a series of meetings in connection with this mission was held at the top of the New Road, when Mr. Arthur Shinn, Baptist minister, delivered an earnest and practical address. There was a good attendance, and suitable hymns were sung. Mrs. Shinn presided at the harmonium.

JUBILEE DANCE.— The anniversary of the Queen's Jubilee was recognised in this town on Wednesday night with a dance promoted by the tradesmen. The event took place on the beautiful lawn tennis ground, kindly lent by the club for that purpose. There was a fair company present, who “tripped the light fantastic” to the strains of the Jackfield Brass Band.

FUNERAL OF MODERN MASON.— On Saturday the remains of the late Henry Williams of Broseley Wood, the victim of the recent colliery accident at Jackfield, as reported in last week's issue of the Journal, were interred in Broseley cemetery. A large number of miners followed, and the Jackfield lodge of Modern Masons (of which society deceased had been a member) also testified to the respect in which he was held, by sending a large deputation. The officiating clergyman was the Rev. G. F. Lamb, M.A., rector.


25th June 1898


A SALE OF WORK, in aid of Dr. Barnardo's Homes, was held in the Willey Rectory Gardens last week, with highly successful results, the amount realised being £30. The weather was all that could be desired for an open-air gathering, and the attendance was large. The stallholders were— Mrs. Wayne, the Misses Gilbert, the Misses Warren (Morville), Miss Johnson (Benthall), Miss Ward (Barrow), Mrs. Penson, Mrs. Taylor, Misses Bentley, Scott, Broom, Brown, and Squires. The costumes of the gipsies— Miss Scott and Miss Phyllis Hodgkinson— were strikingly effective; while Miss Gladys Hodgkinson made an excellent “Old woman who lived in a shoe.” Perhaps the greatest attraction was the short entertainment given by 28 village children, dressed in white, under the training of Mrs. Wayne, Mrs. Hodgkinson, and Miss Ward, the May Queen (Miss May Pennon) and her flowers being much admired. A second performance having been requested, part of the drills, &c., were repeated in the evening, and the sale closed at seven o'clock with the National Anthem.


2nd July 1898


The death of this esteemed lady took place on the 24th ult., at her residence, Willey Lodge, Tunbridge Wells, She was the eldest daughter of the late Mr. William and Lady Anna Maria Toilemache, and wife to the late Canon Lord Forester, who died about four years ago. On Monday afternoon the body was conveyed by train from Tunbridge Wells to Shifnal, and thence in a hearse to Willey Church, where it was located all night, two watchmen remaining in the church. On Tuesday afternoon the remains of the late dowager were laid to rest in the pretty little churchyard of Willey, situated in Willey Park. Deceased was buried in an ordinary brick grave by the side of the late Canon Forester. The grave was decked with ferns and white flowers by the head-gardener (Mr. J. Benson). As the funeral procession entered the ivy-clad church, Mr. J. Nicklin (organist) played “0 rest in the Lord.” The Rev. W. H. Wayne (rector) read the first portion of the service, and then the choir feelingly sang “0 God, our help in ages past.” The lesson was read by the Rev. Mr. Woodhouse, and the choir sang “The saints of God; their conflict past.” As the mournful procession was leaving the church the organist played the “Dead March” in Saul. Both clergymen named took part in the service at the graveside, which was concluded by the choir singing “The King of Love my Shepherd is.” The mourners were— The Hon. St. Maur (son), Lord Forester, Mrs. Hare (sister), Mrs, Newbought (sister), Misses Hare (nieces), Major Tollemache (brother), Hon. F. Forester, Rev. and Mrs. Woodhouse. The bearers were— Messrs. J. Taylor (house carpenter), J. Benson, R. Kitson, R. Botfield, H. Jones, and T. Reece. The inscription on the coffin-plate was—” Emma Maria Forester, widow of Orlando, 4th Baron Forester; born 7th June, 1839; died 24th June, 1898.” Magnificent wreaths were contributed by St. Maur, Julia Hungerford, Miss Constance Blount (Hyde Park Court, S.W.), Mrs. Marcus Hare, Miss Hare, Miss Hilda Hare (sister and nieces), Ada Sudeley (12, Hans Place, S.W.), servants of Willey Lodge. Among those at the funeral in addition to those already mentioned were— The Revs. F. R. Ellis, R.D. (Much Wenlock), W. J. Johnson (Benthall), Dr. Collins, Alderman T. H. Thursfield, Mr. St. John Wayne, Mr. J. P. G. Smith (Sweyney), Mr. Charles Smith (Broseley), Mrs. Jelley (Nottingham), Mr. and Mrs. J. Dixon (Broseley), Mr. E. Hodgkinson, Mr. E. B. Potts, Mr. A. G. Lascelles (Lord Forester's agent), Mr. John Brown (farm bailiff), and Mr. R. Bateman.

2nd July 1898


BARRETS' CHARITY.—  The proceeds of this charity were distributed on Wednesday by the Rector of Broseley. ALL SAINTS' CHURCH.— On Sunday evening an excellent sermon was preached in Broseley Parish Church by the Rev. H. J. N. Charlton, M.A. The musical portion of the service was rendered with taste and ability by the choir. Mr. Theo. Watkis presided at the organ. There was a large congregation, and the offertory will be devoted to the Hereford Diocesan Sunday Fund.


9th July 1898


The usual meeting was held on Wednesday; present:—Captain D. L. Prestage (chairman), Alderman J. A. Exley, Councillors P. Jones, W. E. Southern, E. G. Exley, W. Mear, R. A. Instone, Messrs. G. Cooper (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), and J. Dixon (rate collector).

BROSELEY SEWER OUTFALLS.—The Surveyor reported that he had ganged daily the sewer outfalls at Haycope and Benthall, which varied considerably. The average go aging at Haycope was 3,600 gallons a day, and at Benthall 1,200 gallons.—Mr. Jones said the springs could not he short according to these figures.— The surveyor was instructed to continue the gaugings.

THE COLLECTOR AND FINANCE.—The new rate collector (Mr. J. Dixon) submitted the names of Hy. Dixon (Walsall) and W. Shergess (Bloxwich) who would become sureties for him in £200.— The names were accepted, and the clerk was instructed to prepare the bond.—The collector stated he had collected £138 8s. l0d. of the rate, which left £123 outstanding, out of which he estimated £23 voids.—The Clerk thought the voids were more than usual.—The Collector remarked that there were three £40 pits standing.—The Clerk reported a balance of £246 16s. 3d. in hand.—A cheque for £30 was drawn in favour of the surveyor.

THE LILY WELL WATER.—With reference to diverting the sewer from the Duke of Cumberland to Benthall, the Surveyor estimated the cost at £31.—Mr. Exley was of opinion that the committee should visit the place before they gave instructions to proceed with the work. Mr. Jones could not see why they wanted to divert the sewer to Benthall when they had an open field.—Mr. Exley replied that they desired to protect the Lily Well water.—The Chairman observed that to carry out Mr. Jones's suggestion they would have to put a deep drain through Mr. Houghton's ground.— A committee was appointed to visit the place, and in the meantime the surveyor was instructed to prepare an estimate for carrying the drain through Mr. Haughton's field.

A DANGEROUS WALL.—Mr. Southern complained of a wall near the Cross Keys being in a dangerous condition. He said he had made a complaint of the matter some 12 months ago.—The Surveyor said he had written Lord Forester's agent, but had received no reply.— The officer was, requested to write the agent again on the matter.


9th July 1898



Before Major R. E. Anstice (mayor), Alderman A. B. Dyas, and Mr. W. U. Norris.

ALLOWING CATTLE TO STRAY.— James Daniel Smith, landlord of the King's Arms, Broseley, was charged with allowing five heifers to stray on the highway at Benthall.-Police-constable Roberts stated that he saw the heifers straying on the highway, and defendant had been previously cautioned.— Defendant said the animals were turned on the road by a cantankerous old woman.— Defendant was fined 2s. 6d. and costs.

BREACH OF THE FACTORIES ACT.— Messrs. Maw & Co., encaustic tile manufacturers, Jackfield, were charged with a breach of the Factories and Workshop At on May 13th.— Mr. James E. Ashworth (inspector) stated that Messrs. Maw and Co. had employed two boys on the above date after six o'clock at night. He could have taken more cases, but two were thought to be sufficient.— Mr. G. H. Maw pleaded guilty to a technical offence. His explanation was that the offence was committed by one of their sub-contractors, and they were entirely ignorant in the matter. The contractor had no reason, he added, to employ any boys under 18 years unless it was to save his pocket. His explanation was that he was not aware that the packing-house came under the Factory Act. They had the rules and regulations properly fixed up in the works, which the firm were anxious to observe.— The Inspector said he had had no trouble with the firm.— Defendants were fined 10s. and costs in each case.— William Henry Smith, engineer, Jackfield, was charged with a like offence committed on June 3rd. Defendant and his boy did not appear.— Mr. Ashworth stated that he visited defendant's works on the above date about a quarter-past eight, when he saw his son Edwin working. He was 16 years old.— The Bench characterised the behaviour of the defendant in not appearing as very improper, and fined him £2 12s. 6d., including costs, or one month's imprisonment, with hard labour.

NEGLECT OF WORK.— William Bullock, Madeley Wood, was charged by Messrs. W. Jones & Co., Jackfield, with neglecting his work.— Bertie Jones (clerk) stated that defendant was employed loading tiles, and he absented himself from work without notice, and they claimed 7s. 6d. damage.— Bullock was ordered to pay the damage and costs.


16th July 1898



The chief topic of conversation in the neighbourhood of Coalport this week has been the brutal attack on Sergeant Bowen by two notorious Iron-Bridge poachers last night week near the Great Western Railway Station, Coalport. The officer was on his usual beat when he came across these men, who were carrying their spoil. No sooner had he demanded it then he was felled with a brick. The men then savagely beat him about the head and body with sticks, and also kicked him in an unmerciful manner. His groans attracted attention, and the poor fellow was subsequently taken to a cottage close by in an unconscious state. He was attended to by two doctors, who on examination found that he was badly bruised about the body, and that his head was one mass of wounds. On Saturday morning Bowen was conveyed to his home, he being then in a very precarious condition. The officer knows the men who committed the outrage.


23rd July 1898


PICNIC.— On Monday the teachers and scholars connected with the Congregational Sunday School had a very enjoyable picnic on Benthall Edge, After tea the juveniles amused themselves with games, whilst their elders enjoyed the scenery for which this resort is tensed.

THE LATE: MRs. POTTS'S valuable furniture is to he sold at the Green next Tuesday and Wednesday. In addition to the furniture, there are 400oz.. of old silver, a library of old books, and a large quantity of other valuable things. The house is to be open on Monday for intending purchasers to view contents, by ticket from the auctioneers, Barber & Son of Wellington.


Before Major R. E. Anstice (mayor), Major H. Wayne, Alderman A. B. Dyas, J. Bodenham, Councillor T. Cooke, and Mr. E. W. Shorting.

ASSAULT ON A CONSTABLE.— Thomas Aston, labourer, Broseley, was charged with assaulting Police-constable Roberts when in the execution of his duty at Broseley.— The Constable stated that he visited a public-house in Broseley, about 10 o'clock at night, where the defendant was. Shortly after he met the defendant at Hockley road. He spoke to him, and asked him what he stopped his tap for. He subsequently threw two bricks at the officer, which fortunately missed him.— Reuben James stated that defendant told him that the “bobby” had stopped his tap, and that if he followed him he would throw at him.— Defendant pleaded not guilty, but was sentenced to 14 days' imprisonment with hard labour.


6th August 1898


The usual meeting was held on Wednesday; present:- Alderman J. A. Exley (chairman), Councillors D. L. Prestage E. G. Exley, W. Mear, P. Jones, R. A. Instone, W. E. Southorn, Messrs. A. Owen (deputy clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), J Dixon (rate collector), and Dr. Gepp (medical officer).

WATER SUPPLY.— With reference to the water supply, Mr. Prestage thought they could not do better than have the Willey water.— The Chairman said they could do nothing until they had heard from the Madeley Committee, and a his suggestion, the clerk was instructed to write to the Madeley Council, asking what their propositions were.

FINANCE.— The Clerk informed, the meeting there was the sum of £256 9s. 10d. in hand. - The surveyor's cheque for £51 was granted.— Mr. Dixon reported that he had collected £55 6s. 8d. since the last meeting. He was instructed to issue notices to defaulters, requesting payment of the rates.

LIGHTING.— It was decided to commence lighting the lamps in September, and Mr. Alfred Owen was appointed lamp-lighter.

SURVEYOR'S REPORT.— The Surveyor reported that the ditch below the Lord Hill had been cleaned, and a substantial iron cover had been placed over the reservoir at Posenhall. With respect to the improvement near the Cross Keys Mr Lascelles informed him that the matter would receive consideration. In accordance with instructions he had written to Messrs. Potts and Potts for permission to extend the outlet of the drain at the Lilleywell into Mr. Haughton's field. He submitted a reply from Mr. Lascelles (to whom the letter had been forwarded) regretting that he could not accede to the request as he feared great damage might be done by storm water. He reported two cases of erysipelas during the week; one at the Salthouses, Jackfield, where the drains were still untrapped (the owner stated he had the traps ready for fixing); and the other case in Poole's Yard Church Street, where seine of the traps were defective and more or less useless, being above the level of the channel, There had been a case of scarlet fever near the Folley. He drew attention to the danger to vehicles arising from the old posts projecting into the road near Jackfield Church.— With reference to the Lilleywell question the Chairman asked the committee how they were going to manage.— Mr. Prestage remarked that they could do nothing else than divert the sewer down Legge's Hill.— Mr. Southorn said they must empty it somewhere, and in reply to Mr. E. G. Exley the Surveyor said the estimate for doing the wort was £31.— The Chairman suggested that another analysis of the water be taken.— Dr. Gepp observed that the drainage should not be allowed to go no near the pool.— Mr. Prestage agreed with the work being carried out.— The Medical Officer contended that the sewer should be diverted even if the water was found to he better.— The Chairman: It is a great expense.— Mr. Prestage: £30.— Mr. E. G. Exley: And that is £30 towards a water scheme.— It was decided that the inspector should take another sample of the water for analysis before the sewer was diverted.— Mr. E. G. Exley called the Council's attention to the dilapidated condition of the road leading to Coalport, and the surveyor was instructed to attend to the matter.


6th August 1898


OPEN-AIR MISSION.— On Sunday afternoon the usual weekly meeting in connection with this mission was held at the top of the New Road, when Mr. Arthur Shinn (Baptist Minister) gave an address. Mrs. Shinn presided at the harmonium.

SCHOOL TREAT.— The scholars of Birch Meadow Baptist Sunday School had their annual treat on Monday. The tea-room was nicely decorated by teachers and friends, and full justice was accorded to an excellent tea. Afterwards games of all descriptions were indulged in, and each scholar was presented with a memento of the occasion.

ACCIDENT.— On the evening of the 29th ult. a sad accident occurred to a boy named James Davis, about ten years old, son of Mr. George Davis, ,jun., of Church Street, Broseley. It appears that the lad was amusing himself (with other boys connected with the Broseley Church Sunday School) at a game called “See Saw,” in a field adjoining the New Road, when he fell to the ground and broke his arm. His father took him to Messrs. Jacobsen and Holt, surgeons, Broseley, and had the arm set.


13th August 1898



Before Mr. E. W. Shorting.

ALLEGED HOUSEBREAKING.— George Foxley, a youth, 14 years of age, living with his parents at Rowton Farm, Coalport, was brought up in custody charged with breaking into the dwelling-house of Charles Instone, Lower Reddings Farm, Coalport, on the 7th inst., and stealing £5 2s.— Sergt. Hamlet stated that the prisoner broke into the premises between 6 and 8-30 p.m. and Stole the above sum from a cash-box in the bedroom. In company with Police-constable Roberts witness made inquiries and arrested prisoner on a warrant at his house on the above charge, which he admitted. Prisoner told witness that he hid the money in a fence in one of his father's fields.— Prisoner was remanded in custody until the Petty Sessions next week, his father refusing to stand bail for him.

THE ASSAULT ON SERGEANT BOWEN BY POACHERS.— William Owen and William Yorke, married men, both of Iron-Bridge, were brought up on remand charged with unlawfully wounding Sergeant Bowen (Jackfield) at Coalport, on the 8th ult. Prisoners were defended by Mr. F.R. Spender (Iron-Bridge).— Superintendent Walters produced a certificate from Dr. Jacobson that Bowen was not fit to attend the court and give evidence, and would not be for some days.  He asked for a further remand.— Mr. Spender offering no objection, the prisoners were remanded in custody for another week.


20th August 1898


The quarterly meeting was held on Wednesday; present: —The Mayor (Major R. E. Anstice), Aldermen J. A. Anstice, T. H. Thursfield, A. B. Dyas, J. Bodenham, T. Cooke, G. Lloyd, J. A. Exley, and Councillors W. H. Owen, F. G. Beddoes, W. F. Bryan, W. Allen, J. Davies, C. Edwards, B. Maddox, E. S. White, C. Ainsworth, W. Mear, H. Instone, A. G. Cartwright, A. G. McKenzie, with Messrs. G. Cooper (town clerk), F. H. Potts (treasurer), and G. Stevenson (surveyor).

BOROUGH RATE.— The Mayor said the bills presented for payment amounted to £382 10s., and the amount to be raised by a rate was £277 2s. 4d. He said the £95 for the Stretton Road, Wenlock, made the payments heavier, and there was a big bill for renovating the Iron-Bridge Police Court.— Mr. Beddoes asked if an estimate had been obtained for doing the work at the Iron-Bridge Police Station.— Mr. Dyes answered in the affirmative.— Mr. Beddoes said there had been several complaints made to him by Iron-Bridge tradespeople on the matter.— Mr. Dyas said he asked all those he thought could do the work to tender.— Mr. Maddox asked if a committee was appointed to carry out the work, and the Mayor remarked that it was always left to the presiding alderman.— Mr. Beddoes said it had been reported no estimates were asked for, but the people would now see different.— Mr. Bodenham moved that a rate of 1½d. in the pound be levied.— Mr. Owen seconded, and it was carried.

AN INCREASE OF LUNATICS.— Colonel Anstice presented the report of the visitors to the Joint Lunatic Asylum. He said there was a great deal of trouble ahead of them. The asylum was over full, and the visitors proposed to give notice to one of the counties to remove their lunatics, as well as to cease to take in private lunatics, and when these were removed the asylum would contain more patients than were provided for. There were 852 in the house, and if the 25 private patients were turned away he was afraid 15 would return as paupers, no they would be bound to provide for 840. It was, he said, suggested to increase the beds to 860. The matter was however engaging the serious attention of the visitors, who were endeavouring to send some of the harmless patients to workhouses, a suggestion which, he was opposed to, and as far as he had learned the different unions had not been favourable to that view. He believed that before many months the three Councils would be asked to contribute rather heavily to the outlay. He moved that the report be adopted, and that they sanction the payment of £500, which was for sewerage purposes.— Mr. Bryan seconded.— Dr. McKenzie contended that the majority of lunatics were drawn from people who were above paupers. Up to the present lunatics had been received into the Bicton Asylum at 15s. per week, and he pointed out the hardship of there not being anything between 15s. and 3gs., or the dangerous alternative of trying them at home, which turned the home into a pandemonium.— Colonel Anstice concurred with the last speaker's remarks, and thought it was a pity there was nothing between Bicton and a higher-class asylum. He said there was no legal obligation to deal with private lunatics at Bicton because it was a paupers' asylum, but by taking them it proved rather remunerative. —The report was adopted.

LIGHTS AND CYCLISTS.— The Mayor said the next business was to pass a by-law similar to that adopted by the County Council as to lights on vehicles. He moved a resolution to that effect, which Mr. Exley seconded.— Mr. Edwards asked whether they bad any control over the bicycles which were ridden through the streets at a rapid pace, and after some discussion the clerk was instructed to ask Superintendent Walters to take proceedings in such cases, and the Mayor's motion was carried.

WENLOCK WATER SUPPLY.— Mr. Bodenham moved the Council sanction the borrowing of £3,000 by the Wenlock Sanitary Committee for the purpose of providing a water supply.— Dr. McKenzie seconded, and the motion was carried.

THE LATE TOWING PATH COMPANY.— The Mayor said they must consider it notice received front the Registrar of the Bridgnorth County Court with reference to the sum of £340 19s. 11d, paid into court by the trustees of the River Severn Towing Path.— Colonel Anstice gave a history of the Towing Path Company, which he said did very well before certain railways were made, when the river traffic was diverted to the railways. The expenditure subsequently be-came larger than the income, and for many years they lived on their capital until it had dwindled down to £300 or £400. The trustees thought it was then best to surrender the use of the towing path to the public and cease taking tolls. The annual notices were given, and the only difficulty remaining was the capital referred to. It was thought best to keep the money, which would help them if any action should be brought against them. The trustees gradually died off and eventually the sum of money was in the hands of Messrs. Potts, Norris, and himself, who took action regarding the money and paid it into court, where it remained in the hands of the Bridgnorth registrar. He was only too thankful to get rid of that responsibility and suggested that they allow the money to lie where it was and leave it in the hands of their grandchildren or great grandchildren to deal with it. (Laughter.)— The Clerk stated that the Bridgnorth Town Council had decided to do nothing in the matter.

THE BOROUGH SURVEYOR.— A letter was read from the borough surveyor to the effect that for some time past he bad been considering the necessity of appealing for additional remuneration and some assistance to enable him to discharge the ever-increasing duties of his office. Be remarked that he had held that position for upwards of 21 years. Twelve years ago he received £175 per annum as sanitary inspector to the Madeley Union and £60 as surveyor to the Madeley Local Board. After the borough was formed into a sanitary district the salary was fixed at £200 and £15, the latter being for Stirchley and Buildwas— districts outside the borough. This last connection was severed 18 months ago, which left him with a salary of £35 per annum less than formerly, although there were 85 more miles of road to survey, wide distances apart, entailing a considerable expense in getting over. So that, as compared with formerly, there was a reduction in the inspector's salary and practically no remuneration to the surveyor for the additional 85 miles of highways. —Colonel Anstice moved that a committee be appointed to consider the matter and report the result at the November meeting.— Mr. Cartwright seconded.— Mr.Maddox contended that as Madeley would have to pay the lion's share their representation should be larger on the committee.— Mr. Beddoes objected to any committee being formed. He thought the matter should be referred to each ward for consideration, and he moved an amendment to that effect.— Mr. Maddox seconded, having concurred with the remarks made by Mr. Beddoes.— Mr. Bryan was of opinion they should discuss the matter at the present meeting. The surveyor informed them he had got more work than he could do, and if they went on much longer in the same manner as they had done at Madeley there would soon he an epidemic.- Mr. Bodenham was in favour of the various committees considering the matter.— Colonel Anstice considered it would he best dealt with by the borough as a whole.— Mr.Beddoes….


20th August 1898



Before Major R. E. Anstice (mayor), Alderman A. B. Dyas, and Mr. F. R. Smith.

INSULTING A NEIGHBOUR.— Charles Mullard was charged with making use of abusive language towards Mary Ann Francis at Jackfield. The complainant gave evidence as to the nature of the language, which Fanny Bradeley, neighbour, corroborated.— The defendant was fined 10s. and costs, in default 21 days' hard labour.

A BAD START.— George Morris Foxley, a youth 14 years of age, living with his parents at Rowton Farm, Broseley, was brought up on remand charged with breaking into the dwelling-house of Charles Instone, Lower Reddings Farm, Broseley, and stealing £5 2s. Charles Instone stated that after he had made some payments he left £5 in gold and 25s. in silver in separate compartments in his cash-box, which he left in a room downstairs. No one but his wife resided with him in the house at that time. On the following evening they left the house after locking it up, and they both returned home together about a quarter to nine the seine evening. In consequence of what his wife told him he then went upstairs, and found that the cash box had been broken open and that £5 was missing. Witness reported the matter to the police that same evening. He was shown the ladder which evidently had been used against the house. Prisoner had worked for him and had slept in his house.— Fanny Instone, wife of the last witness, stated that when she went upstairs on the evening in question she noticed that a pane of glass in the window was broken. On looking for the cash-box she found it was under the bed, but broken open, and the gold all gone. She then went to her purse, which was in a drawer, and found 2s, was missing.— Mary Francis, Jackfield, said she was walking around the Reddings Farm with her mother and  sister, when she saw a boy standing in front of the house. She spoke to him-Sergeant Hamlet repeated the evidence given at the last court.— Mr. Instone asked the Bench to deal leniently with the young prisoner, and the case was reduced to simple larceny.— The prisoner (sobbing) pleaded guilty.— Mr. E. B. Kersley(C.E.T.S., police court missionary), Shrewsbury, said he was prepared to take to the boy and send him either to Dr. Barnardo's Home or to an Emigration Home.— The father said he would leave the matter in the hands of the Bench, and the boy was given over into the charge of the missioner, and the father was bound over in the sum of £10 as a warranty of his son's behaviour for six months.

THE ASSAULT ON SERGEANT BOWEN.— William Owen and William Yorke of Iron-Bridge were brought up on remand charged with unlawfully wounding Sergeant Bowen (Jackfield) at Coalport. Prisoners were defended by Mr. F. H. Spender.— Superintendent Walters produced another certificate from Dr. Jacobson that Bowen was not fit to attend the court and give evidence, and therefore he asked for a further remand.— Mr. Spender said the application last week was somewhat similar and he offered no objection, but in justice to the prisoners he contended that the doctor should attend and give his evidence.— After some argument the Mayor said they were satisfied with the certificate, and the prisoners would be remanded in custody till Tuesday.


 3rd  September 1898


The usual meeting was held on Wednesday; present:— Alderman A. B. Dyas (chairman), Colonel J. A. Anstice, Councillors W. Y. Owen, W. J. Legge, F. G. Beddoes, W. F. Bryan, E. S. White, A. G. Cartwright, Messrs. C. Cooper (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), and T. E. Patten (collector).

THE WATER SUPPLY.— The Chairman read a letter from the mayor stating that he was with Mr. Stooke, the engineer, this week and found they had bored to a depth of 283 feet, and that he was of opinion there was an abundant supply of water, but he (the engineer) wanted to carry the hole down to a depth of 400 feet, and hoped by the end of the next month they would commence the pumping test. —The Chairman said the foreman of the works told him he had no doubt whatever that there was an abundant supply of water.— Mr. Beddoes asked if it was necessary to go farther down if there was an abundant supply of water.— The Chairman said they must be guided by what the engineer said.


3rd September 1898


SPECIAL SERMONS.— On Sunday two sermons were preached at the Broseley Wesleyan Chapel by the Rev. W. Maund of Jamaica. Special hymns, together with the anthem, “They that wait upon the Lord,” were well rendered by the choir, under the able direction of Mr. George Brindley of Madeley. Mr. J. A. Hartshorne presided at the harmonium. There was a good attendance at each service, and a collection was taken in aid of the Chapel Trust.


Before Major R. E. Anstice (mayor) and W. G. Norris. THE SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT.— The magistrates' clerk (Mr. A. H. Thorn) read the report from Superintendent Walters as follows:— “I beg to report that during the licensing year ended this date two license-holders hive been summoned for offences under the Licensing Acts. One was for permitting drunkenness, and the case was dismissed, and the other for selling during prohibited hours, and In this case a fine of £1 and costs was imposed, the license being endorsed. The licenses of these two houses have been transferred since the above-mentioned proceedings. The licensed house where the endorsement on the license was ordered is the Fox Inn, Much Wenlock, and in consequence of the conviction and endorsement a notice of objection to the renewal of the license has been served on the present holder and occupier, Mr. Michael Flynn. There has been no increase or decrease in the number of licensed houses during the year. The prosecutions for drunkenness number 88, viz., 81 males and 7 females; convicted, males 78, females 6; dismissed, males 3, females 1. During the preceding year the prosecutions for drunkenness numbered 120, with 119 convictions. For five years ending 1897 the yearly average number of prosecutions for drunkenness has been 131.”— Mr. Thorn announced that the justices had renewed all the licenses in the borough except the one which had been objected to, and that the objection would be heard at the adjourned sessions at Iron-Bridge on September 27th.

A WARNING TO EMPLOYEES.— William Exley and Sons, brick and tile manufacturers, Jackfield, claimed £2 from William Goodall as damages caused through defendant absenting himself from work without giving the usual notice. —Thomas Peake, foreman at the works, proved the case. Defendant was ordered to pay the claim and 9s. costs.


The usual meeting was held yesterday; present:—Colonel J. A. Anstice (chairman), Major R. E. Anstice, Colonel Wayne, Rees. Marsden Edwards, A. Shinn, Messrs. T. Hopley, W. F. Bryan, E. G. Exley, G. Lloyd, B. Maddox, T. Doughty, T. Roden, J. Bacon, A. Rhodes. H. Boycott, T. Weaver, and A. H. Thorn t (clerk), G. Walson (master), J. C. Mole, and W. Edge (relieving officers).

VISITORS. — Messrs. Bryan and Weston were appointed visitors for the next fortnight.

MASTER'S REPORT.— The Master reported there were 105 persons in the house, as against 98 last year. Eleven vagrants were admitted during the fortnight, as against five last year. The visitors reported they had inspected the house, and there was no complaint.

THE WENLOCK REGISTRARSHIP.— The Chairman said they had received a reply from the Registrar-General on this question to the effect that they could not see there was any serious difficulty arising from the amalgamation of Broseley and Wenlock registrarship, and added that only one registrar could act within each sub-district.— The Chairman said they had received three or four applications for the post.— The Clerk said they could appoint—they were not obliged to advertise.— Mr. Edwards : Do you intend to appoint a registrar today ?—The Chairman: I think we shall be bound to appoint a registrar for Wenlock sub-district.— Mr. Boycott did not think there would he any difficulty in the appointment.— Mr. Edwards remarked that he should object to that, and Mr. Exley considered the distance from Bourton a long one.— Mr. Rhodes was of opinion that a post-card would meet the difficulty.— Mr. Bacon proposed that Mr. Edge (relieving officer) be appointed registrar for Wenlock.— Mr. Exley seconded, and the motion was carried.

MEDICAL OFFICER FOR DAWLEY.— The Chairman informed the Board they would have to advertise for Sir Charles Soame's successor as medical officer for the Dawley district. His average salary was about £66 a year.— Mr. Weaver proposed they advertised in the Wellington Journal for a medical officer, at a salary of £50 per annum for the Dawley district.— Mr. Maddox seconded.— Carried.

APPLICATIONS FOR INCREASE OF SALARIES.— The Chairman read out the applications for increase of salaries from the master and matron (Mr. and Mrs. G. Watson), and Messrs. J. C. Mole and W. Edge (relieving officers).— The members were all of opinion that the officers carried out their duties in a satisfactory manner, and Mr. Weaver considered they should be encouraged, and moved that the master's and matron's salaries be increased £5 a year each.— Mr. Boycott seconded.— Mr. Roden moved, as an amendment, that the master's be increased £10 a year, and the matron's £5 a year.— Mr. Rhodes seconded.— Mr. Weaver's motion was carried, and the master thanked the Board. —The applications from the relieving officers for increase of their salaries were refused.


10th September 1898


ACCIDENT--At Doughty's Tileries yesterday week whilst Walter Goodwin, a labourer, was talking with the clerk a loaded tile carriage passed over his right foot, and smashed his toes into a pulp. The unfortunate young man was taken home on a stretcher, and attended to by Dr. Jacobson.


The usual meeting was held on Wednesday; present:— Captain D. L. Prestage (chairman). Alderman J. A. Exley, Councillors W. Mear, E. G. Exley, R. A. Instone, Messrs. G. Cooper (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), J. Dixon (collector), and Dr. Gepp (medical officer).

THE RATES.— The Collector produced a long list of rate' defaulters. He was instructed to issue summonses against them for the recovery of the arrears.

FINANCE.— The Clerk reported there was a balance of £228 4s. 2d. in hand, which, Alderman Exley remarked, was £30 more this time than last year,— The Surveyor asked for a cheque for £15, which was granted.— A bill submitted by Mr. Wyatt (engineer) for out-of-pocket expenses, amounting to £15 15s. 8d., was ordered to be paid.

THE SURVEYORSHIP.— This subject was introduced by the Clerk, who informed the meeting they were to elect three delegates to meet delegates from other committees to discuss the question of the surveyorship.— Alderman J. A. Exley thought the question was introduced by the officer asking for more salary or an assistant. There was only eight miles of roads in Broseley, and he considered they were paying sufficient for the work. He contended those who had the roads should pay for the work. He believed Broseley, on their turn over, contributed 16 per cent towards the salary compared with three per cent from Wenlock.— The Clerk said he was not in a position to say that was correct.— The outcome of a private conversation was that Messrs. Maw, J. A. Exley, and Instone were elected delegates.

THE LILY WELL.— Dr. Gepp reported that he had received a sample of water from this well, and had analysed the same. The water, he said, showed no improvement since Mr. Blunt analysed it. He recommended a thorough examination of the well and surroundings. The water, he said, was really worse than when Mr. Blunt reported in February.— The Chairman and other members did not think they should spend a lot of money on the well, which would be required for a new water supply.— The meeting decided not to spend any more money on the well.

BENTHALL SPOUT.— Dr. Gepp reported that he had visited the Mines Spout, Benthall, and suggested that the cisterns I should be cleaned out and covered over.— The surveyor was ordered to do the work.

BROSELEY WATER SUPPLY.— The Clerk said the Madeley Committee were not in a position to name terms for the water at Harrington, where there was an abundant supply. —A letter was read from Mr. Maw, recommending the committee to see Lord Forester with the view of securing the water at Willey for the town of Broseley.— The Chairman was of opinion that they should take the matter in hand as an alternative scheme. He suggested that a sub-committee be formed to undertake the matter and report progress at the monthly meetings.— This suggestion met with the approval of the meeting, and Messrs. Maw, Exley, and Prestage were elected on the sub-committee.


17th September 1898


HARVEST FESTIVAL— St. Mary's Church was comfortably filled on Thursday evening, the occasion of the harvest festival services. The sacred edifice was handsomely embellished by the following ladies :—Altar vases, Mrs. Marsden Edwards; choir stalls and altar rails, Miss Thompson, Miss Lister and Miss H. Goodall; pulpit. Mrs. Leach (Coalport); lectern, Mrs. T. Doughty; font, Miss Saunders (Coalport); windows, Misses E. Harrington, E. Call, E. Lewis, &c. The service was fully choral, and the choir gave a capital rendering of the anthem, “0 give thanks unto the Lord,” and the “Te Deum.” Mr. J. W. Shingler ably presided at the harmonium. An appropriate sermon was delivered by the Rev. Edward Collett, M.A. (rector of Hughley). The Rev. Marsden Edwards (rector) took the prayers, the Rev. H. Charlton read the first lesson, and the Rev. G. F. Lamb, M.A. (rector of Broseley), the second lesson. The offertory, amounting to £2 12s., was in aid of the S.P.G. Missionary Society.

TREAT TO WORKPEOPLE AND PRESENTATION.— On Saturday evening the employees of Messrs. John Doughty & Son were entertained to dinner at the Lion Hotel, Broseley, in celebration of the recent marriage of Mr. Thomas Doughty, head of the firm. Upwards of 80 sat down, and amongst the company were the Rev. J. Marsden Edwards, M.A. (rector of Jackfield), Messrs. Thomas Doughty, William L. Doughty, J. Jackson Doughty, George Gray, Thomas R. Burroughs, J. Garbett, William Wild, W. H. Gittins, W. Meredith, &c. After the cloth was withdrawn, the loyal toasts were honoured. Then followed the toast of “The Bishop and Clergy of the Diocese and Ministers of all Denominations,” to which the Rev. J. M. Edwards appropriately responded. Mr. William Wild, as senior employee of the firm, on behalf of himself and the other employees, presented Mr. Thomas Doughty with a beautifully-framed illuminated address, also a hunting whip, and a very handsomely-worked Indian pink cushion for Mrs. Thomas Doughty. This was really a work of art, made by one of the employees who has spelt some years in India. Mr. T. Doughty in a very neat speech returned thanks for the gifts, and dealt at some length on the good feelings existing between employer and employees, after which the company sang “For he's a jolly good fellow.” Songs then became the order of the evening, and a most enjoyable time was spent by all. Songs were rendered by Messrs. J. Doughty, S. Headley, Page, W. Doughty, A. Jones, E. Williams, T. Bradley, H. Edwards, and J. Hill.


17th September 1898


HOSPITAL SUNDAY.— On Sunday the friendly societies of Broseley and district held their third annual Hospital Sunday church parade. The idea had been again taken up with great spirit. A strong working committee was formed, of which Mr. Samuel Davies (I.O.O.) was chairman, Mr. George Clarke (Modern Masons) vice-chairman, whilst the secretarial duties were efficiently carried out by Mr. G. Hurdley (A.O.F.), and it was doubtless owing in a great measure to the admirable arrangements made by these gentlemen that the event proved so successful. The members met near the Mission Hall (Broseley Wood), where a procession was formed in the following order: Jackfield Brass Band (con-ducted by Mr. George Aston, Jackfield), Modern Masons (with a beautiful emblematical banner), Broseley “Rose of Sharon” Lodge of Oddfellows, and Broseley Court “ Rose of the Green.” The route taken was through the principal streets (a collection being made en route) to the Parish Church, where an excellent sermon was preached by the Rev. Canon Horne (vicar of Stoneleigh). The service was taken by the Rector (Rev. G. F. Lamb, M.A.), whilst Mr.  Joseph Nicklin read the lesson. Special hymns were sung, the choir being in attendance. Miss Watkiss presided at the organ in a very efficient manner. The offertory in church was taken by Mr. T. H. Thursfield (Much Wenlock), Mr. E. W. Shorting, Mr. A. H. Thorne, and Mr. T. Griffiths, assisted by the churchwardens and sidesmen. The total amount realised was upwards of £25, which will be divided between the Salop Infirmary, the Salop Eye and Ear Hospital, and the Iron-Bridge Dispensary.      




1st October 1898


The monthly meeting was held on Wednesday, when there were present:— Alderman A. B. Dyas (chairman), Councillors W. J. Legge, P. Weston, B. Maddox, R. F. Ayre, A. G. Cartwright, F. G. Beddoes, F. S. White, and Messrs. A. Owen (deputy clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), and T. E. Patten (collector).

WATER SUPPLY.— With reference to the water supply, the Chairman said they had ceased boring, and were fixing the pump. He added that the foreman of the works told him that there would be an abundance of water, and of good quality. In reply to Mr. Maddox, he said the water was 67 feet from the surface. Continuing he said they required £150 more to complete the work, but the Water Committee had only £50 in hand. The question was whether they would transfer £100 of the current account temporarily to the Water Committee.— The Clerk said there was £1,300 in hand. — The suggestion was agreed to.


1st October 1898



STEALING APPLES.— William Roper, a youth, was charged with stealing apples belonging to Thomas Burroughs, Broseley Wood.— Dismissed on payment of costs.


8th October 1898


PROPERTY SALE.— A very successful sale of property was held at the Lion Hotel on Monday evening, by Messrs. Benbow & Son, auctioneers, Madeley. All the lots offered met with ready buyers. The property is situated at the Green and Hockley, Broseley, and formerly belonged to the late Mr. Thomas Evans. Messrs. Potts and Potts were solicitors to the vendors.


The monthly meeting was held on Wednesday; present:— Alderman G. H. Maw (chairman), Councillors P. Jones, D. L. Prestage, R. A. Instone, W. E. Southorn, with Messrs. G. Cooper (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), J. Dixon (collector), W. Wyatt (engineer), and Dr. Gepp (medical officer).

BROSELEY WATER SUPPLY.— The Chairman said a deputation had waited on Lord Forester with a view of securing the Willey Water for Broseley. — The Clerk then read a long letter from Messrs. Potts and Potts on behalf of Lord Forester, stating that his lordship was willing for them to have the water on the following conditions:— “To lease it on a term of 21 years at an annual rental of £25, commencing in March, 1899, and that the water be taken from the pool in a brick culvert, to its destination; the position of the land in which the culvert is to pass through to be decided by Lord Forester ; the positions of the proposed storage and pumping stations to be selected by Lord Forester; the Authority at its own expense to supply the mains, &c., to Broseley and Benthall; to supply 3,000 gallons per day to Willey Hall, and also to erect and connect therewith a standpipe near the stables for public use; to supply 2,000 gallons of water per day for the hamlet of Barrow, and also to connect and erect a standpipe at Barrow, in a place to be selected by Lord Forester ; the Authority to compensate all the tenants for any damage done, and to pay all the expenses in laying the mains, erecting standpipes, &c.— The Chairman said he understood that by supplying Barrow with 2,000 gallons a day Lord Forester would re-fund the £25 to them.— The Clerk remarked that was so.— The Engineer suggested they ask for 60,000 gallons a day; and he estimated the scheme to cost £4,680, which the members thought was a reasonable price, also considering Lord Forester's offer a generous one.— After a lengthy discussion, which was of a private nature, the deputation was asked to wait on Lord Forester with the view of amending the agreement, there being an objection to supply Benthall gratuitously.— Mr. Wyatt advised the meeting to give up the Posenhall scheme, which the Clerk said had already cost the Authority £277 165. 5d.— The matter was left with the sub-committee to decide.

MISCELLANEOUS.— The Collector said the rate was all in, and he was asked to proceed with the collection of the new rate.— The Collector: All right, gentlemen, I will wait on you this week. (Laughter.)— The Clerk said there was a balance of £231 1s. 7d. in hand, and a cheque for £35 was drawn in favour of the surveyor.— Mr. Stevenson said he had spent on the roads since the last meeting £16 19s. 6d., and he presented bills for payment to the amount of £22 10s. 8d., which were passed.


15th October 1898


Monday last should be a red-letter day in the life of the Willey Beagles, One hundred and one years ago Toni Moody, immortalised by Dibdin, was buried at Barrow. “You all knew Tom Moody, the whipper in, well?” Lord Forester on this day revived the sporting reminiscences of Willey by inviting some hundred of his tenantry, friends, and neighbours, not forgetting the gamekeepers and earth stoppers to a breakfast in the home of his fathers. His lordship did the honours of the house in right regal fashion, ably assisted by Lady Forester. All being “filled with good things,” a move was made for sport, but previous to the start a group of the huntsmen, hounds, and party, was taken by the Hon. Mrs. George Forester. Hounds put on, and after some very pretty hunting, we were crowned with success by having a very smart kill.

On Thursday the fixture was “ The Deans” for 2-30 p.m. A splendid country and every prospect of sport. The field though not numerous might be called select. Yet anxiously waiting for the master and his pack were a few of the good and true sportswomen and sportsmen. Not waiting long the piebald beauties came, a very nice level-looking lot. The uniform of the hunt in my humble opinion is perfection, black velvet cap, green tunic with amber facings white knicks, blue stockings, and white spats. I looked and inwardly remarked “business.” The master put on at Birches Lane. We were not many minutes on Colonel Jenkins's land before “puss” started away. We had some very fine bursts, the young hounds behaving wonderfully well, ran our first hare merrily round by the Brickyard (Messrs. Davies's), the Riddings, and “The Round House,” which, oddly enough, is the most squarely built house in the county. The only fault was too many hares, too many folk holloaing; but the Master stuck to his own line until “puss” started under my feet and with all haste made for the Devil's Dingle. The Master here allowed the hounds to work their own line, and very prettily they did it. I pursued until I could only hear the horn, for joys at uncertain distance did not lend enchantment to the position. I am not an authority on sport, yet I venture to predict, from what I have seen of this young pack, a brilliant future for it. Amongst the company attending the breakfast and the meets were Lord and Lady Forester, the Hon. Captain George and Mrs. Forester, the Hon. Cecil Forester (who came of age to-day), Colonel Wayne, Mr. St. John Wayne, Mrs. Barber Starkey (Aldenham) and party, Mrs. Bateman and party, Mr. E. Potts (Broseley), and the Misses Potts. Colonel Bridgeman, Captain Prestage, Mr. Deacon (Lombard Street, London), who appeared to thoroughly enjoy the chance from city life, Mr. G. H. Maw, Mrs. Bathurst, and the old sporting blacksmith who concluded with the remark “Maister, it aint like fox hunting.” I think I can say we had a very enjoyable afternoon, saw some pretty bursts by the hounds, and good fellowship by the field, and all retired with the hope that we should again see a Forester leading the van in the sporting life of the district.                                OLD SPORT.


22nd October 1898


FUNERAL.— The death is announced of Mr. Edward Goff, The Bould, Willey, who passed away suddenly after a short Illness. He was very highly esteemed and well known in the agricultural district, and had held various offices connected with Willey Church and neighbourhood since the year 1874. He had farmed on the Willey estate since the year 1863, and during that time had attended the funerals of three of his landlords. The funeral took place on Wednesday week at Rushbury Churchyard. The burial service was conducted by the Rev. W. Fletcher, rector of Rushbury. Wreaths and crosses were sent by the widow, Mr., Mrs., and Miss Meeson, R. Meeson, Mr. and Miss George, Mrs. H. Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Davis, Dr. Jacobsen, A. G. Lascelles, Mrs. Scott and Lily, Mr. and Mrs. Baldwyn, Mr. Thomas and family, Mr. and Mrs. Norgrove, Mrs. William Roberts, M. A. Preen, Mr. and Mrs. Mear, Mrs. Broom and Carrie, Mrs. and Miss Powner, Mr. and Mrs. Penson, Mr. and Mrs. Boden, M. Roberts and E. Rushton, A. Curran, W. C. Reid, and Edward Harper.


29th October 1898


The last meeting of this Council was held on Wednesday; present:— Alderman A- B. Dyas (chairman), Alderman R. E. Anstice (mayor), Alderman J. A. Anstice, Councillors W. Y. Owen, J. W. Legge, F. G. Beddoes, B. Maddox, A. G. Cartwright, W. F. Bryan, E. C. S. White, and R. F. Ayre; Messrs. Godfrey Cooper (town clerk), Geo. Stevenson (surveyor), T. E. Patten (collector), T. S. Stoke (engineer), and Dr. Gepp (medical officer).

A SPLENDID WATER SUPPLY.— The Town Clerk read the following report:—” The sub-committee appointed to super-intend the boring operations beg to report that the work has now been completed and that the test pumping for 14 days has also been carried out. They are glad to report that the  test has been in every way successful, and that a most excellent and ample supply of water has been found; and they desire to express their great appreciation of the skill and judgment shown by the engineer. The total cost has however largely exceeded the sum anticipated and amounts to £882 2s. 6d. made up as fellows:— Timmis & Sons, £778 9s- 2d- ; Mr. Mansell for compensation, £2 11 s. 6d-; Wilding for printing, 16s-; cost of mortgage, £9 10s.; Mr- Stooke's (engineer) fees, £88 13s- 10d- ; Mr. Blunt (for analysis), £2 2s. This extra cost is chiefly, if not entirely, owing to the conditions of the Local Government Board that the basis of supply should be at least 25 gallons per head per day, and, considering the fact that the works will now be permanent, we do not think the extra expense unreasonable. Your committee recommend that the remaining bills be paid, and that a private loan of £320 be raised for the purpose, such loan to be repaid out of the amount to be ultimately raised for completing the scheme. They also recommend that another sub-committee should he appointed consisting of (say) five members, who should have power to consider with the engineer the best method, of dealing with the large supply of water available, to instruct him to make such estimates and plans that may be necessary and to negotiate with any other Local Authority whom it may seem desirable to arrange to supply-—He also read the engineer's report giving details of the work. Mr. Blunt's analysis of the water was to the effect that it was an excellent one and free from organic matter and moderate hardness.-— Dr. Gepp said no doubt the water was of excellent quality, and suitable for drinking and domestic use.— The Mayor said he had pleasure in moving the adoption of the report.- He said they had been successful in finding a good supply of water, not only for Madeley, but a supply for several other parishes adjoining. He hoped the members would take a broad view of the matter, so as to enable them to supply other parishes, which would make it an economical scheme for all concerned. He would say that the original estimate was £400, and they had spent £880— quite double, but they were forced to incur that expense by the requirements of the Local Government Board, who required 25 callous per head per day. They therefore strongly urged upon Mr. Stooke the necessity of making the trial a successful one, They had a bore-hole capable of yielding one million gallons per day.— Mr. Legge seconded the adoption of the report.- The Chairman, supporting the proposition, said he was very such pleased with the way Mr. Stooke carried out the work. He was sure they must all be delighted with the splendid water they had found, and he should like it to go forth from that room that they would be pleased to dispose of a quantity of this water or sell it to other portions of the borough. The engineer stated that, there would be enough to supply the parishes of Broseley and Wenlock.— Mr. Maddox supported the report.- Mr. Owen thought they should thank the sub-committee for carrying the work out.-— Mr. Beddoes remarked that he was pleased to hear the chairman say they would he able to sell and dispose of the water, and hoped the members would bear that in mind, and that there would be no more joint committees (laughter.)— The report was adopted.— Colonel Anstice moved that Messrs. Dyas, R. E. Anstice, Legge, Maddox, and Ayre be elected on the sub-committee. Mr. Beddoes proposed that the committee consist of members of the whole Board. It was an important committee.— Mr. Cartwright did not think five members sufficient.— Mr. Beddoes moved his suggestion as an amendment, and Mr. Bryan seconded, believing that all should have a voice in the matter.— The Mayor condemned a large committee, thinking it would be cumbersome to work.— Mr. Beddoes did not think there should be three members for Madeley, and only one for Coalbrookdale and Iron-Bridge. They should he fairly represented.—.The Chairman said their interests were the same.-— Mr. Maddox suggested another member for Coalbrookdale and Iron-Bridge.—.Mr. White said if they had seven they might as well have the whole Board.— Mr. Legge consented to retire from the committee, and Mr. Beddoes was elected in his place, the Colonel's proposition being carded.— It was decided to borrow the money required at 3 per cent., and the engineer was instructed to give an estimate on a plant that would produce 250,000 gallons per head every 12 hours.


29th October 1898


FUNERAL OF MR. JAMES BURNES.—Mr. James Burnes, who died yesterday week at the age of 54, was buried on Monday at the Broseley Cemetery, when the Wesleyan ministers, the Revs. G. Cartwright and N. T. Roberts, officiated. There was a large attendance at the funeral, including the Rev. Marsden Edwards (rector), members of the Wesleyan congregation, and his fellow workmen. The hymn “Give me the wings of faith to rise” was sung at the hove, and at the graveside “Brief life is here our portion.” Deceased for 16 years had held the post of chapel-keeper at the Coalford Wesleyan place of worship, and he was always ready to do everything he could to advance the interests of the society. Wreaths were contributed by his wife and family and numerous friends.


MARRIAGE.—On Wednesday, at All Saints' Church, in the presence of a large number of friends, was solemnised the marriage of Mr. Geoffrey Jones of Wyke Farm, near Broseley, and Miss Evelyn Powis of High Street, Broseley, third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Powis. The officiating clergyman was the Rev. G. F. Lamb, M.A. (rector). The bride wore a white silk dress, with white hat and veil, and had in attendance as bridesmaids her sister (Miss Morrie Powis) and Miss Annie Hill, who were dressed in white muslin. Mr. E. C. Powis (brother of the bride) acted as best man, and also gave his sister away. After the ceremony the bridal party adjourned to the residence of the bride's father, where a sumptuous repast was laid out. Both the bride and bride-groom were the recipients of a great number of useful and costly presents, testifying to the high esteem in which they are held in the town and neighbourhood.


PARISH CHURCH.—On Sunday the harvest thanksgiving services were held at this church, when appropriate sermons were preached by the Rev. D. H. S. Cranage (Much Wenlock). The offertory was in aid of the local hospitals, and amounted to £2 10s. 9½d. Mrs. Bateman and Miss Watkis presided at the harmonium.

PRESENTATION TO THE LATE VICAR.—The Rev. J. W. Johnson (late vicar of Benthall), who has recently been appointed to the living at Little Wenlock, was on Tuesday afternoon presented at the Rectory by the churchwardens (Messrs. C. W. Caldicott and R. Walkinshaw), on behalf of the parishioners and a few friends, with three valuable standard lamps. The gift was highly appreciated by the rev. gentleman, who made a few appropriate remarks in reply.


5th November 1898


The last meting was held on Wednesday at the Town Hall; present:—Aldermen G. H. Maw (chairman), J. A. Exley, Councillors R. A. Instone, W. Mear, P. Jones, W. E. Southorn, and Messrs. G. Cooper (town clerk), J. Stevenson (surveyor), J. Dixon (collector), and Dr. Gepp (medical officer).

SCARLET FEVER. — The Medical Officer reported four cases of scarlet fever in Broseley. The places, he said, were all visited, and the usual precautions taken. The cases were entirely distinct and separate, and the schools had been warned.

BROSELEY WATER SUPPLY.—The Clerk stated that he had had an interview with Lord Forester, his agent, and Mr. Potts since the last meeting, but no definite alterations in the terms regarding the Willey water had been settled.—The Chairman said there was no doubt they wanted a suit-able water supply, and at present Madeley seemed to have an abundant supply of water, and he thought they might obtain some report on the advisability of bringing the water to Broseley.—Mr. Exley suggested they should ask Mr. Stooke (engineer) to prepare a scheme and estimate the cost of bringing the Harrington water to Broseley, and also the Sutton water.—The Clerk informed the meeting that Mr. Stooke had been instructed by the Madeley Committee to lay down a plant very much more than they would requite for their own purpose with a view of supplying other authorities.—The Chairman was of the same opinion as Mr. Exley, that it should be a borough scheme if Wenlock joined.—On the motion of Mr. Exley, the clerk was instructed to ask Mr. Stooke to prepare estimates fur the two schemes of Harrington and Sutton.

MONEY MATTERS.— Mr. Dixon reported he had collected £91 on the new rate, and the Town Clerk said there was a balance of £218 15s. 9d. in hand, and on his suggestion it was resolved to transfer £50 to the Burial Board account.— Mr. Stevenson said he had spent £34 14s. since the last meeting, and a cheque for £15 was drawn in his favour.

THE DOG PUMP.—With reference to the water at this pump the Surveyor remarked that he found whenever there was a scarcity of water Mr. Meredith always put a lock on it.— Mr. Jones: If that is the agreement we cannot do anything.— Mr. Stevenson : I cannot say that is the agreement. —Mr. Mear thought the public had as much right to the water as Mr. Meredith.— Mr. Jones remarked they paid for it.—The clerk was instructed to look the agreement up.

“THE WALL AGAIN.”— Mr. Southorn again asked when the wall opposite the Cross Keys was going to be attended to. He said it appeared to be useless to bring the matter up.— Mr. Jones: You have done your duty.— Mr. Southorn : It is the last time I shall say any more about it.—The Chair-man: It appears Lord Forester said it must wait its turn.— Mr. Southorn: Perhaps it will be in the next Lord Forester's time. (Laughter.)


5th November 1898


FUNERAL OF A FORESTER.—On Thursday the remains of the late George Burton of Rough Lane were interred in Broseley Cemetery. The Rev. G. F. Lamb was the officiating clergyman. The deceased was in his 73rd year, and was one of the oldest members of Court “Rose of the Green,” A.O.F. As a mark of respect a number of his fellow members attended the funeral attired in the regalia of the order, Mr. John Morgan, P.D.C.R., read the prescribed addresses.

ENTERTAINMENT.— The members of the Broseley Wesleyan Band of Hope gave a very interesting and amusing entertainment in the Wesleyan Schoolroom on Wednesday. Mr. James E. Hartshorne (The Lea) presided, and gave the connective readings, the subjects being “Railway Pace” and “ While the Iron's hot.” Some excellent magic lantern views were thrown upon the canvas, several being of a very laughable description. Mr. J. A. Hartshorne manipulated the slides and presided at the harmonium. Miss May Hartshorne gave a very pleasing rendition of “Lead, Kindly Light.”

ALL SAINTS' CHURCH.— The annual sermons on behalf of the National Schools were preached in this church on Sunday. In the morning the preacher was the Rector (the Rev. G. F. Lamb, M.A.), and in the evening the Right Rev. the Lord Bishop of Hereford. In the course of a thoroughly practical sermon, his Lordship dwelt upon the paramount importance of giving a sound religious education to the young, and urged upon parents and others their responsibility in teemed thereto. The service was taken by the Rector, and Mr. H. E. Clark read the lessons. There was a full choral service, which was very effectively rendered by the choir. Mr. Theo. Wallis presided at the organ. There was a good congregation at each service, especially in the evening.

BURIAL BOARD.— A special meeting was held on Wednesday ; Alderman G. H Maw presiding.— A communication from the Local Government Board was read asking for £2 2s. 2d., the cost of the Local Government Board inquiry in regard to the loan for the extension of the cemetery. It was decided to pay the account.— A letter was read from the Rector (the Rev. G. F. Lamb) asking if the new ground was ready for consecration. In reply to Mr. Exley, the clerk said the last consecration cost £14, and a member asked if they paid so much per acre. (Laughter.)— Another letter was read from Captain D. L. Prestage asking for a space of ground for Roman Catholics. He said at present Roman Catholics had to be buried at Madeley. After some conversation it was decided to grant Captain Prestage's request, the matter being left in the hands of the chairman to arrange with Mr. Prestage.- The Chairman proposed that applications he made to the Bishop to consecrate the new portion of the cemetery. Mr. Southorn seconded, and it was carried.


THE CHURCH—This ancient church was well filled with an attentive congregation on Sunday afternoon, when the Bishop of Hereford preached a thoroughly practical sermon on behalf of the Church Missionary Society. The Rev. W. H. Wayne (rector) conducted the service, and Lord Forester read the lessons. Mr. J. Nicklin presided at the organ.


12th November 1898


TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—At this time of the year the roads in our neighbourhood are none too good, and to make them worse why do the authorities tolerate the drawing of timber along the some, unless properly loaded on a wagon ? During the last week a quantity was dragged along the road with two horses attached to a chain, cutting up the metalling and literally ploughing up the road for some distance. Our rates are as heavy as we can bear without wilfully being made heavier, and I trust some of our Jackfield members of the Urban Sanitary Authority will bring this matter before the Board, and prevent a repetition of the same.



ACCIDENT.—When Reuben Barnett was going to his work at Coalbrookdale early yesterday (Friday) he took the wrong road, and fell over a wall and fractured his thigh.

19th November 1898


TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—Your correspondent, “ A Ratepayer,” cannot know what he is writing about, or he would be aware that drawing timber along the road, one “ stick” at a time, does not plough up the roadway so much as taking it all at once on a wagon with four or five horses.      W. JONES.



FOREIGN MISSIONS.—On Thursday evening the annual public meeting in connection with the Wesleyan Foreign Missions was held in the Wesleyan Chapel, under the presidency of Mr. J. B. Slater. The Rev. N. T. Robert read the report, which was considered satisfactory, after which addresses were delivered by the Chairman, the Rev. George Cartwright, and the Rev. N. T. Robert.

FOREIGN MISSSIONS.—On Sunday two excellent sermons were preached in the Wesleyan Chapel by a student from Handsworth College. Appropriate hymns, together with the anthem—”Be merciful unto me, O Lord,”  were well rendered by the choir under the able direction of Mr. George Grindley (Madeley). Mr. J. A. Hartshorne presided at the harmonium. There was a good congregation at each service, and collections were taken in aid of Wesleyan Foreign Missions, the amount exceeding that of last year.

SUICIDE OF A TAILOR.— Another sensation was caused in this town on Thursday, when the body of Edward Smith, 52, tailor, was found in the Hall Pool about 8 o'clock in the morning. Deceased, who had threatened to take his life, was seen in the streets on the previous evening. He was a bachelor, and lived with Mrs. Parker, a widow, in Church Street. For 38 years he had worked for Mr. Nevett (tailor), who has recently retired. A man named Robert James Instone saw deceased's clothes hanging on a tree, and a man named Edward Haynes, mason, gave information to Police-constable Roberts, who had the body removed to Smith's sisters. Yesterday morning Mr. F. H. Potts, borough coroner, held an inquiry on the body.— After hearing the evidence of the witnesses the, Coroner remarked that it was perfectly clear deceased went down to the pool and drowned himself. His position must have preyed upon his mind, and he became despondent.— The jury returned a verdict of “Suicide whilst temporarily insane.”


26th November 1898


CONGREGATIONAL CHAPEL.—On Monday evening the Rev. W. Emlyn Jenkins of London delivered a discourse at this chapel in aid of the Shropshire Congregational Church Aid Society. The musical portion of the service, including the anthem “Worthy is the Lamb,” was admirably rendered by the choir, under the able direction of Mr. Aquila Evans. Mr. George Tonks efficiently presided at the harmonium. There was a good congregation.

PROPERTY SALE.— On Monday evening Messrs. T. J. Barnett & Son, Wolverhampton, conducted a successful sale of property at Broseley. Four dwelling-houses, with gardens and appurtenances, at, Chapel Terrace, Broseley, were sold for £320 to Miss Mason of Broseley Wood. A cottage and small garden at Duke Street, Broseley, was knocked down to Mr. Isaac Watts, Broseley, for £38. A cottage and small garden at Legge's Hill was purchased by Mr. John Tristram of Broseley for £30. Messrs. Potts & Potts, solicitors, Broseley, acted for the vendors.

LECTURE. On Wednesday Mrs. Andrew delivered a very interesting lecture, entitled “From death unto Life,” at the Broseley National Schools. Mr. J. W. White (Iron-Bridge) kindly brought his magic lantern to illustrate the sane. The Rev. J. Marsden-Edwards, M.A. (rector of Jackfield), presided, and there was a good attendance. Mrs. Wayne (Willey Rectory) is the president of the new habitation formed in connection with the “Young Helpers' League,” and has received the warrant for the same. Sixty-eight members had already been enrolled, and more were added after the lecture. A collection at the close, on behalf of Dr. Barnardo's Homes, realised £3 6s.

WEDDING.— On Thursday the marriage of Mr. George Percy Bagley, eldest son of Mr. G. Bagley, Hockley Road, Broseley, and Mies Lucy Lavinia Garbett, third daughter of the late Mr. John Garbett, Broseley, was celebrated at All Saints' Church, Broseley. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. J. Marsden Edwards, M.A. (rector of Jackfield), and was witnessed by a considerable number of persons. Mr. P. A. Hough of Broseley acted as best man. The bride was attended by her brother (Mr. Joseph Garbett), who eventually gave her away. She wore a dress of silver-grey cashmere, trimmed with white satin, with white hat to match, and carried a shower bouquet, the gift of the bride-groom. The bridesmaids were Miss Flossie Williams (niece of the bride) and Miss Georgina Bagley (sister of the bride-groom), who were prettily attired in dresses of cream cashmere, with white felt hats, each carrying a basket of white flowers, also the gift of the bridegroom. At the conclusion of the ceremony the party adjourned to the residence of the bride's mother, where a sumptuous repast awaited them, after which the happy couple left for Cheshire to spend their honeymoon. The presents were numerous and useful.


Before Lord Forester (mayor), Colonel J. A. Anstice, Major R. E. Anstice, Colonel Wayne, and Alderman J. Bodenham.

CONGRATULATION,— On the magistrates taking their seats, Mr. F. R. Spender (solicitor), on behalf of the advocates, congratulated his Lordship on becoming mayor of this borough, and hoped the good feeling between the Bench and advocates which had hitherto existed would still prevail.—Lord Forester thanked Mr. Spender for his kind remarks.


TEMPERANCE MEETING. — Under the auspices of the Wesleyan Band of Hope, a public temperance meeting was held in the Chapel on Tuesday, but the attendance was small. The chair was occupied by Mr. G. Brindley (Iron-Bridge), who was supported by Councillor J. Birch (Wellington), Messrs. E. B. Benson (Shrewsbury), W. Thomas, W. J. Crawford, and H. Bartlam. Miss Gilpin presided at the organ, and the meeting was opened with singing and prayer. The Chairman said he was glad to see children present, because it was on them relied the success of the temperance cause. They recognised that this drink question was one that should be faced. (Hear, hear.) They knew its evils were great, and on reading the report recently of the Lunacy Commissioners he found that seven-eighths of the inmates of asylums were brought there through drink and heredity. Their minds were wrecked by drink, therefore they should be earnest in facing this question (Applause.) The “platform” upon which they stood was annihilation of the sale of drink. (Applause.) If they opened their eyes they could see the evils round them caused by intemperance. When the drink was annihilated they would have something like a happy land. (Applause.)—Mr. Birch and Mr. B. B. Benson then addressed the meeting, which terminated with the usual votes of thanks.


3rd   December 1898


SUDDEN DEATH.— On Thursday morning a widow named Evans of High Street was found dead in bed.

CONGREGATIONAL CHAPEL.— On Wednesday a meeting was held in the schoolroom for the purpose of inaugurating a “Pleasant Week Evening” Class. The Rev. W. Prothero presided, and there was a good attendance. Addresses were delivered, and the choir, under the able direction of Mr. A. Evans, sang in good style.


10th December 1898


A meeting was held on Wednesday, when Captain D. L. Prestage was elected chairman for the ensuing year.— The Clerk said the rate-collector had paid into the bank since the last meeting £93 6s. 6d. The rate realised £362, and £184 8s. 9d. had been collected. He also read the financial statement showing a balance in hand of £234 6s. 9d.— A letter was read from Mr. Stooke stating his fee would he 17gs. for making a report as to the cost of bringing the Madeley water scheme to Broseley, with a proviso that if the work was proceeded with it he entrusted to him. On the motion of the Chairman, it was agreed to accept Mr. Stooke's terms.— The Clerk produced an account from Mr. Wyatt amounting to £100 for past work, enclosing with it a cutting of the last meeting, which appeared in the Journal. The Clerk believed Mr. Wyatt thought he was finished with by reading that report.—The Clerk said he could find no agreement with reference to the dog pump, beyond that Mr. Meredith was to receive 5s. a year if he allowed the public the use of the pump.— The Surveyor said he only locked the pump up when the water was scarce.—The Chairman: We shall have a new water supply before long. (Laughter.)— The matter was allowed to drop.


24th December 1898


THE CHARITIES.— The various charities were on Wednesday distributed in this parish by the churchwardens, Messrs. Walkinshaw and Coldecott. The widows received £7 1s. and the deserving poor £11 8s. These charities for many years have proved a boon to the poorer inhabitants of the district.


P.W.E. MEETING.— The usual meeting was held on Wednesday evening, when the Rev. W. Prothero gave a very practical address. Mr. H. Bunnagar, jun., gave a flute solo, which was greatly appreciated. There was a good attendance.

CHRISTMAS SHOW.— In the shops there is a capital display of goods for the Christmas season. The butchers are as usual well to the front. The confectioners, too, are exercising all their skill and tact to tempt and gratify the appetite. The grocers are equally desirous of winning the favour of the public, and are exhibiting articles of a pleasing character. The drapers have a fine selection of goods suitable for the season. Stationers and dealers in fancy articles have a grand collection of goods to suit all classes, and fashionable hoots and shoes and the daintiest of slippers are exhibited by various tradesmen in the town.

CYCLING CLUB SUPPER.— The annual supper in connection with this club was held at the Lion Hotel on Wednesday, and was well, attended. The supper was served up in a splendid manner, by Mrs. Haughton and sons. After the removal of the cloth, Dr. G. D. Collins was voted to the chair, and Mr. T. H. Griffiths to the vice-char. The loyal toasts were given with musical response. The other toasts were “The Bishop and Clergy,” “The Army and Navy,” “The Broseley Cycle Club,” “The Right Hon. Lord Forester,” “ The Chairman,” &c. Songs were given by Dr. Jacobsen, Rev. Marsden Edwards, Mr. W. Francis, Mr. Watkins, Mr. Hodgekinson Mr. J. Jones, Mr. H. Onions, Mr. F. G. Beddoes, Mr. Garbett, &c, and recitations by Dr. Jacobson and Mr. J. Mason. Dr. Jacobson very ably accompanied on the piano. A. pleasant evening was brought to a close by the singing of “Auld Lang Syne.” The arrangements were well carried out by the hon. sec., Mr. W. Francis.




31st December 1898


DISTRIBUTION OF PRIZES.—On Christmas Day the annual distribution of prizes to the scholars attending the Broseley Wesleyan Sunday School took place in the chapel. Several carols were rendered by the children. Messrs. J. E. Hartshorne and William Edge (superintendents) distributed the voices, and delivered interesting and appropriate addresses. The following received prizes for good conduct and regular attendance:- Jane Bennett, Nellie Jones, Alice Harris, Ada Jones, Alice Jones, Dorothy Aston*, Edith Shaw, Emmie Williams, S. J. Seabury, Virtue Harvey*, Emily Gough, Annie Trevor, Lucy Mason, Emma Bradeley*, Emmie Oakley, Elsie Rowe, Pollie Beddoe. Hilda Beard. Lily Jones, Madge Jones, Nellie Miles, Maria Daisy Aston, George Jones, Percy Blackford, James Seabury, Will Jones, William Price, Cecil Jones, William Hill, Albert Ball, Frank Price, Edgar Blackford, Harry Aston, Henry Williams, Albert Boden, Tom Hartshorne, Abraham Minton, Willie Corfield*, Jonas Miles, John Legge. Harry Rowe, John Pinner, William McLelland, William Bradeley, Thomas Harvey, Isaac Minton, Cecil Rowe, Bertie Jones, John Davis, Albert Miles, John Bowen. George Bennett, Harry Roberts, Greville Aston*, Stephen Jones, Willie Pinner, Ezra Price, James Gittings, Hayward Davis, Harold Hartshorne, Edward Miles, Fred Tandy, Willie Oakley, Alfred Roberts, Alfred Seabury, Jack Aston, Herbert Price, Lizzie Beddoe, Marjorie Taylor, Mary Pountney, Edith Oakley, Mary A. Shaw, Florrie Ball, Emma Miles, Annie Roberts, Annie Gough, Edie Evans, Pattie Gittings, Willie Haynes, Ernest Oakley, Harry Bate, Cecil Davis, Charlie Davis, George Gough, James Roberts, Charlie Price, Arthur Harris, Sydney Blackford, Norman Taylor, Bertie Beard, George Williams, George Bradeley, Willie Jones, Walter Williams, and Daisy Hough. Those marked thus [*] obtained what is called the Round O Prize, having made every possible attendance during the year.

DISTRIBUTION OF PRIZES.— The annual distribution of prizes to the scholars attending the Birch Meadow Sunday School took place in the chapel on Thursday. The children assembled in the Schoolroom, where they were regaled with tea, coffee, and buns. The schoolroom was beautifully decorated. In the evening a public meeting was held, the Rev. A. Shinn presiding. The children sang several pieces in a pleasing manner, and their Sunday School work is very creditable to teachers and scholars. The prizes were distributed by Miss Exley (The Rock). Mrs. Shinn presided at the harmonium. Before leaving, each scholar was presented with a mince-pie, orange, and sweets. Through the kindness of Mr. Bate, Edison's phonograph was exhibited.  Praise is due to the Superintendent (Mr. A. E. Broadhurst) and the teachers for the admirable manner in which the arrangements were made and carried out. The following received prizes for committing texts of Scripture to memory:— Ada Jordan, Nellie Brown, Edith Postans, Polly Griffiths, Jane Hudson, Maria Boden, Getty Brown, May Cleobury, Ada Hurdley, Florence Cattell, Emmie Tench, May Hudson, Alice Broadhurst, Lizzie Griffiths, Maggie Hudson, Sarah Griffiths, Jessie Gittings, Alice Roberts, Lizzie Gittings, Gladys Matthews. Ethel Price, Beatie Smallman, Elizabeth Roberts, Lottie Morgan, Florrie Griffiths, Fred Price, Cuthbert D. Bate, Arthur E. Broadhurst, Ernest Boden, Willie Burton, Percy Roberts, Fred Roberts, Harold Gittings, Joe Smallman. The recipients of prizes for punctuality were :—May Hudson, Maggie Hudson, Ethel Price, Nancy Roberts, Fred Price, C. D. Bate and A. E. Broadhurst. Prizes were awarded to the following in proportion to attendances made during the year:— Ada Jordan, Nellie Brown, Emmie Tench, Polly Griffiths, Edith Postans, Jane Hudson, May Cleobury, Gerty Brown, Ada Hurdley, Maria Roden, Florence Cattell, Edith Roper, Lizzie Griffiths, Sarah Bennett, Alice Broadhurst, Beatie Smallman, Margaret Hill, Jessie Gittings, Alice Roberts, Sarah Griffiths, May Boden, Lizzie Gittings, Gladys Matthews, Elizabeth Roberts, Sarah Burton, Beatrice Hartshorne, Lottie Morgan, Florrie Smallman, Florrie Roberts, Florrie Griffiths, Olive Smallman, Kate Griffiths, Jane Hill, May Roberts, Mabel Onions, Bert Jones, Fred Boden, Thomas Smith, James Bennett, Bertie Bennett, A. Matthews, Jos. Smallman, Fred Roberts, Fred Gittings, Ernest Boden, Willie Burton, Percy Roberts, Edward Boden, Egbert Yates, Arthur Boden, George Roberts, Harold Gittings, Ernest Pope, Cecil Onions, and Herbert Hartshorne.

BOYS' SCHOOL.- The attendance of many of the scholars of this school for the year 1898 has been very satisfactory. The school has been open 407 times during the year, and the number of scholars on the registers at the close of the year is 189. Of these 30 boys have not been late or absent once during the year, 24 others have been present at least 400 times, while 57 others have made 90 per cent. of the possible attendances. Of the 30 boys who have a perfect record for the year, two brothers, Walter Bagley and Leonard Bagley, head the list with a perfect attendance for six years; Frank Davie has not missed an attendance for four years; Walter Oakley, William Griffiths, James Davis, John Penson, Albert Jones, Henry Cox, and Albert Gittings have attended every time for three years; Fred W. Howells, John Smith, Arthur Bagley, Edward Pearce, William Henry Aston, and Fred Price have been present every day for two years; and Richard Evans, Will Davis, Ernest Boden, Greville Aston, Daniel Boden, Albert Bennett, Holland Ball, Henry Challenor, William Henry Haynes, Percy Instone, Ernest Oakley, Hiram Aston, Thomas Jones, and William Pinner have attended regularly for one year. The attendance for the year 1898 is as follows:— The following boys hare been present every time the school has been opened, viz., 407 times:— Walter Bagley, Leonard Bagley, Frank Davis, Walter Oakley, William Griffiths, James Davis, John Penson, Albert Jones, Henry Cox, Albert Gittins, Fred Howells, John Smith, Arthur Baxley, Edward Pearce, William Henry Aston, Fred Price, Richard Evans, Will Davis, Ernest Boden, Greville Aston, Daniel Boden, Albert Bennett, Holland Ball, Henry Challenor, William Haynes, Percy Instone, Ernest Oakley, Hiram Aston, Thomas Jones, William Pinner. The following boys have made over 400 attendances:— Arthur Lloyd, John Carson. George Pen. son, Fred Pountney, Arthur Nicklin, Cecil Rowe, Ernest Whitmore, Harry Aston, John Dodd, George Owen, Richard Smith, Frank Bangham, Walter Gough, Harold Hood, Walter Denstone, Richard Whitmore, John Meredith, Arthur Garbett, John Davis, Alfred Roberts, Bertram Hartshorne, William Boden, Fred Roberts, Albert Nock. The following have made 90 per cent. of possible attendances:— William Corfield, Stephen Hill, Alfred Wiggins, Walter Smith, Albert Wilkes, George Parton, Joseph Onions, George Pearce, James Gainham, George Barnett, Bertram Oakes, Cecil Griffiths, James Hurdley, Albert Dudley, George Bennett, Thomas Bromley, Frank Davis, Henry Goodall, Kenyon Evans, William Smallman, Thomas Smith, William Scott, Charles Instone, Fred Harvey, Richard Rudd, Reginald Burroughs, Stephen Jones, Albert Harrington, Arthur Instone, William Meredith, William Haynes, Ezra Price, Percy Simmonds, Harold Goodall, Walter Brazier, John Aston, John Parker, Christopher Mason, Raymond Nicklin, George Gough, George Watford, Ernest Adams, Harry Owen, John Gittings, William Bowen, George Cross, George Hartshorne. Albert Miles, Sam. Hotchkiss, John Hill, Fred Tandy, William Oakeley, George Corfield Herbert Lister, George Quinn, John Weeks, William Alford.