Extracts from

The Wellington Journal


Shrewsbury News




relating to Broseley and District






Broseley Local History Society







5th January 1901

Letters to the Editor


Sir,- I was somewhat surprised and disappointed, at the result of the petition sent to the Town Coun­cil of Wenlock in respect to the Coalport ferryboat. We have been waiting patiently to see what the, County Council would do, but the only intimation we have had from that body is what the town clerk, Mr. Godfrey C. Cooper, read at the Council on Fri­day. It is reported in the “Journal” that this letter was to the effect that the County Council could do nothing in the matter. But when did the County Council discuss the subject, because we have not heard of any discussion at their meetings. And if it is true that they can do nothing to make it safer to cross the river than by the old boat, who are we to appeal to? We remember the sensation that was caused when the late boatman, John Har­rison, was drowned: hence the petition, which was so extensively signed by the inhabitants of the sur­rounding districts, and forwarded to the Town Coun­cil. We must not be surprised at any high water to hear of something still more serious happening, and then perhaps there will be some more talk of a safer way of crossing the river. During the last five years working people when the river is swollen so that the boat cannot land either side of the water, have to walk round by Iron-Bridge, a distance of three miles and half, whilst a distance really of about 300 yards from their employment.

H. H.                       Madeley.



THE FLOOD.- At Jackfield, as in other parts of the country, the brooks were soon filled to over­flowing by the rains on Sunday. On Saturday Mr. Thos. Weobley was married to Miss Mary Ann Power, and on Monday morning they discovered that through the overflow of a brook they were sur­rounded with water. Some of the neighbours, see­ing the predicament they were in, went to their assistance, and with planks helped them out of the home, which was flooded. They subsequently found that a favourite dog was drowned.

ST. MARY’S CHURCH.- On Sunday the Christmas services were continued, commencing with cele­bration of the Holy Communion at eight o’clock; choral matins at 11 o’clock and evensong, with anthem and selection of carols. The choir sang with good effect and showed careful training.

OLD PEOPLE’S TEA PARTY.- This was held on New Year’s Day in the School, when the Rector and Mrs. Edwards entertained the old folk of 60 years and upwards. Forty-nine sat down to tea, as also the members of the Mothers’ Meeting. After tea carols, songs, and a reading were given, and this was fol­lowed by a varied musical programme. All evidently enjoyed themselves. The usual Christmas parish parties have been held at St. Mary’s Rectory.

5th January 1901


TEA AND CONCERT. - A successful tea and concert, in aid of the Organ Fund, was held on Wednesday. The following ladies presided at the tea tables: Mrs. R. Bateman, Mrs. Torry, Mrs. Coldicott, Mrs. C. Potts, Miss Allen, Mrs. T. Griffiths, Mrs. G. Jones, assisted by Mrs. W. Simmonds, Mrs. J. Cross, Mrs. Owen, Mrs. H. Bangham, Mrs. W. Cross, Mrs. E. Hartshorn and Mrs. S. Simmonds. The chair was occupied by Mr. R. Bateman, and the following took part in the programme:-Miss Shorting, Rev, W. A. Terry, Mr. Felton, Miss E. Southorn. Mr. H. Bartlam, Mr. G. Jones, Mr. Glover, Miss E Smith, Miss Benbow, Mr. W. Marshall, Mr. F. H. Lewis, members of the choir. Mrs. R. Bateman, Mrs. Terry, Miss Watkiss, and Miss Southorn accompanied. The efforts heartily appreciated.

5th January 1901


JACKFIELD BRASS BAND.- This band paid a visit to Broseley on Saturday and paraded the principal streets, where they played an excellent selection of music in good style under the leadership of Mr. George Aston.

PAROCHIAL CHARITIES.- The various charities were distributed by the rector of Broseley (Rev. G. F. T. Lamb, M A.) at Christmas-tide. In addition to these, about a hundred poor men and women received 1s. each from the Christmas Day offertory at the parish church,  whilst several poor persons received private gifts of beef, plum pudding, mince pies and tea and sugar from the rector amid other generously disposed parishioners.

WESLEYAN CHAPEL.- On Sunday evening, Mr. James Norry of Iron-Bridge, in the course of a sermon preached by him, made reference to the death of Mr. Holwell of Much Wenlock, who had been a Methodist local preacher for some years, and Mr. J. A. Hartshorne gave a sympathetic rendering of the “Dead March” in Saul.- On Watch-night a service was held in the chapel, when about 40 per­sons were present. Messrs. W. Edge, sen., J. E. Hartshorne, and E. R. Hartshorne delivered appropriate addresses.

OLD BAPTIST CHAPEL.- The members of the Church and congregation meeting for worship in the above chapel held a social tea and meeting on New Year’s night, when a goodly number sat down to tea. The tables were tastefully and sumptuously spread and were presided over by Mrs. J. Boden, Mrs. T. Boden, Mrs. J. Legge, Mrs. H. Legge, Mrs. A. Harvey, Mrs. R. Wilson, and Miss Roberts. After tea a public meeting was held, with the pastor, the Rev. R. Wilson, in the chair, who gave a brief but telling address. Mr. Elijah Boden also addressed the meeting, asking all who met for worship with them to cordially support their pastor by their prayers, their presence and their means. They had in Mr. Wilson a good, faithful, and able pastor, whose earnest ministry among them had, under God’s blessing, already borne fruit in the edifying and strengthening of the Church. When Mr. Wilson came amongst them they were only able to hold one service a week, and that very poorly attended. Now they had three services a week, and those encouragingly attended. Other speeches and New Year’s greetings were given by Messrs. J. Boden, T. Boden, H. Legge, R. Tonkiss, A. Harvey, and T. Corfield, and Mrs. Wilson sang a solo. Mr. Tonkiss presided at the harmonium. There were the usual votes of thanks.

FUNERAL.- The remains of the late Mr. Thomas Howells of Barratt’s Hill, Broseley, were interred in the Congregational Church burial ground on Saturday last. The service in the chapel and at the grave was conducted by the Rev. W. Prothero (pastor) in a very impressive manner. The deceased, who was 73 years of age, carried on the business of a boot and shoe manufacturer for a number of years, being the oldest tradesman in the town. He was a devoted member of the Broseley Congregational Church, and had held the office of treasurer for same several years; he was also senior deacon up to his death, and superintendent of the Sunday school 40 years. He was also one of the oldest members of Court “Royal George,” A.O.F., several of the members attending the funeral. The prescribed address was read at the grave by Mr. Edward Barker (C.R.). Among those who at­tended were the teachers and scholars of the Congrega­tional Sunday school and friends, in addition to the rela­tives of the deceased. As the mournful cortege entered the sacred edifice the organist gave a very sympathetic rendering of the “Dead March” in Saul, and on leaving he played “O Rest in the Lord.”

DISTRICT COUNCIL, Wednesday.– Present:- Alderman D. L. Prestage (chairman), Councillors W. Mear, P. Jones, W. E. Southorn, E. G. Exley; with Messrs. A. Owen (for the clerk), G. Stevenson (inspector and surveyor), J. Dixon (collector), and Dr Gepp (medical officer). – With reference to cleansing Benthall Brook, the Clerk stated that the Barrow Committee had adopted their report on the matter, but the chairman thought the opinion of the medical officer should be taken.  He then read the officer’s opinion on the matter, which the chairman said endorsed the committee’s report. – The Chairman added that no doubt this place was a great nuisance, but the question was whether they would spend £120 now or when they would have to attend to the sewerage scheme, - Mr Jones thought they should let the brook remain as it was. – The medical officer was of the opinion they should mitigate the nuisance. – In reply to a member the Clerk said the Barrow Ward would pay a little more than half the expenses. -  It was decided to cleanse the brook. – The Medical Officer reported that the district was free from any epidemic.-  The Rate Collector reported that he had collected £66 since the last meeting, and that there were about £170 yet to be collected. He asked the Board not to have any balances reported in the paper; for it was detrimental to him in getting the rate in.  The Barrow Ward’s meeting, he said, was never reported, because they would not admit any reporters. – The Chairman: I don’t believe in that.  I think the meetings should be reported. – The Clerk said there was a balance in hand, and a cheque for £45 was drawn in favour of the surveyor.

PRIZE DISTRIBUTION. - On New Year’s Day the annual distribution of prizes to the scholars attending the Birch Meadow Sunday School took place in the upper room, which the teachers had very tastefully decorated. The children sat down to an unlimited supply of tea, coffee and buns, and before leaving for home each child was pre­sented with a mince-pie, an orange, and sweets. After tea the indefatigable superintendent (Mr. A. E. Broadhurst) occupied the chair, and delivered an appropriate address, in the course of which he urged the desirability and importance of the scholars attending the school regularly and punctually. - Mr. J. J. Young delivered an interesting address from the word “Watch.”- Mr. A. P. Thompson gave an exhibition of Edison’s phonograph during the evening. The following received prizes:- Ada Jordan, Emmie Tench, Polly Griffiths, May Cleobury, Ada Hurdley, Maria Boden, Florence Cattell, A. Roberts, S. Pope, Mrs. A. Broadhurst, Beatrice Smallman, Margaret Hill, Jessie Gittings, Maggie Hudson, Lizzie Roberts, Sarah Bennett, Lizzie Gittings, Ethel Price, Ethel Legge, Florrie Griffiths, Lottie Morgan, Eliza Pope, Nellie Miles, Lucy Rowe, Nancy Roberts, Florrie Smallman, Olive Smallman, Jane Hill, Freda Hurdley, Hannah Smallman, Maggie Roberts, Nellie Lister, Emma Miles, Beatie Roberts, Alice May Bate, Maria Miles, Dorothy Anslow, Edith Rowe, James Bennett, Thomas Smith, John Hill, Thomas Hill, Bert. Bennett, Arthur Matthews, Joseph Smallman, Fred. Roberts, Frank Gittings, Fred. Price, C. O. Bate, A. E. Broadhurst, Willie Burton, John Smith, Ernest Boden, Edward Boden, Percy Roberts, Arthur Boden, George Roberts, Harold Gittings, Thomas Britton, Bert. Jones, Ernest Pope, Harold Hurdley, Wilfred Boden, Percy Boden, Arthur Britton, Harry Hill.

ODDFELLOW’S DISTRICT MEETING – The annual meeting of the Broseley district of the Oddfellows, M. U., was held on Monday at the Lion Hotel, the head-quarters of the “Rose of Sharon” Lodge. The chair was occupied by Mr. Fred Jones, P. G. M., and there were also present:- Messrs. S. Davis, P.P.G.M., William Price, P.C.S., John Wylde, P.P.G.M., Thomas Jones, P.G., Matthew Amphlett, P.G.  and Thomas Price. P. G., “Rose of Sharon” Lodge; Henry Bunnagar, P.G.S., “Rose of the Vale” Lodge; Benjamin Tranter, P.P.G.M., Harry Hancock, P.P.G.M., Moses Lowe, P.G. “Royal Oak” Lodge. – Funeral claims were presented from the lodges in the district amounting to £35, and were allowed.- It was resolved to make a levy of 2d. per member for the Hospital Fund, and a guinea was ordered to be sent by the C.S. (Mr. W. Price) to the Salop Eye and Ear Hospital.-The election of district officers resulted as follows: - Provincial Grand Master. Mr. Samuel Davis (“Rose of Sharon” Lodge); Provincial Deputy Grand Master, Mr. M. Lowe (“Royal Oak,” Lodge). At the close of the business the delegates partook of light refreshments, and on the withdrawal of the cloth. Mr. Samuel Davis (Grand Master elect) occupied the chair.-After the loyal and patriotic toasts had been sub­mitted. “The Broseley District of Oddfellows” was given by the Chairman, who said it was very satisfactory to note that each lodge in the district was increasing in numbers and capital. He looked forward with interest to the next valuation of the lodges in the Broseley district, which would be made at the end of 1901, for he hoped their financial position would be much improved. He coupled with the toast the name of their esteemed C.S, (Mr. W. Price).- The toast having been most heartily received. Mr. Price, in responding, thanked the delegates He added that at the beginning of 1900 their G.M. and Board of Directors expressed a desire to see the Unity numbering one million members at the close of the 19th century, and that this would be attained if each lodge could obtain an increase in membership during the present year of at least 5 per cent. He (Mr Price) was pleased to inform them that the Broseley district, taking the adult and the juvenile members together, had as increase on the year of nearly 10 per cent. (Applause.) The financial returns of their lodges in the district were not yet to hand, but from what he (Mr. Price) had been able to learn of their financial progress during the past year over £200 had been added to the funds of the lodges, which would bring the present capital in hand to over £4,286. (Applause.)- Mr. Fred Jones (the retiring Grand Master) proposed “The ‘Rose of Sharon’ Lodge,” and in doing so, said it was the mother lodge of the district, and was established 77 years ago, a sufficient time to test if the lodge had been conducted on safe lines, Although it was the oldest lodge in their district by some 17 years, yet it was gratifying to know that the average age of the members was less by three years than the average of the other two younger lodges. (Applause.) He coupled with the toast the name of Mr. John Wylde. P.P.G.M., who was a hard working member. (Applause.)- Mr. Wylde responded in a vigorous speech, and was frequently ap­plauded. - Mr. Moses Lowe (vice-chairman) proposed “Success to the ‘Rose of the Vale’ Lodge,” and coupled with the toast the name of Mr. Henry Bunnagar, who suitably responded. - The Chairman next proposed “The ‘Royal Oak’ Lodge,” and Mr Harry Hancock, whose name was associated with the toast responded. – Mr. Fred Jones gave the health of the District Treasurer (Mr Tranter), who had done much in bringing new members to take an active part in the working of his lodge.- Mr, B. Tranter, P.P,G.M., responded.

12th January 1901


DEATH OF AN OLD INHABITANT.- On Wednesday Mr John Glaze of Quarry Road. Broseley, died in his 81st year. He had been white warehouse­ man at the Coalport China Works for 61 years.­

A “GHOST” SCARE.- Some little excitement has been caused in this town in consequence of a report being circulated that a groom in the employ of Lord Forester on returning to the hall from Broseley one night last week encountered a ghost at the place where a woman poisoned herself and a child some time ago.  It is true the man received a shock but it now turns out that it was a practical joke perpetrated by a “ghost” in human form.

A SERVICE OF SONG was rendered on Wednesday evening in the Congregational Church by the choir, the incidents in the story being illustrated by a magic-lantern manipulated by Mr. J. Gilpin (Iron­-Bridge). The connective readings were given by the Rev. W. Prothero. Each of the musical items was exceedingly well rendered, the soloists being Misses K. Broadhurst. Denstone, May Bunnagar, and F. Williams.

TOWN COUNCIL ELECTION.- Owing to the lamentable death of the late Alderman J. A. Exley a vacancy occurred in this ward, and there being two candidates.- Mr. T. Doughty. Jackfield, and Mr. E. Oakes, Broseley- in the field an election was necessary, and this took place on Thursday. The election was conducted by the Town Clerk (Mr. Godfrey Cooper). The presiding officer at Broseley was Mr. A. Owen, and at Jackfield Mr. S. Davies. It is 11 years since there was an election in this ward, and considerable interest was taken in the event. Out of 202 electors at Jackfield 164 Polled, and out of 592 at Broseley 431 polled. There were only three spoilt papers. About nine o’clock Alderman D. L. Prestage (returning officer) declared the result as follows:- Oakes, 376. Doughty,  216. Mr. Oakes was for nine years a member of the old Broseley Local Board.

MEMORIAL SERVICE.- On Sunday evening the Rev. W. Prothero, pastor of the Broseley Congrega­tional Church, spoke feelingly of the death of the late Mr. Thomas Howells, who had been a devoted member and deacon of the Church and superinten­dent of the Sunday School for many years. In the course of an eloquent sermon, based upon the words – “Diligent in business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord”- the preacher said some people seemed to take these exhortations as perfectly dis­tinct from each other, that is, secular and religious, whereas they were intended to govern the whole life, and the idea was common that the one was incom­patible with the other, that in fact a man could not carry on business or pursue his usual calling in the world and be a Christian, but the Word Of God declared otherwise, for they were exhorted to be diligent in business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord. They were not to be slothful in business, for there was no room for idlers in the Church of Christ. There was work for every Christian to do, and each capacity to do something. Mr. Howells, the preacher said, was an exemplification of the text for it could be truly an said of him that he was a very zealous man in his business, and he was equally so could Church. He was one of the few men who could stand alone for he always consulted his con­science and, sought strength from where alone it is to be found. Suitable hymns were rendered by the choir.

19th January 1901


*       Old Oak and Mahogany Furniture bought for cash or taken in part exchange: best prices given for Old Silver, China, and Curios. - James Davies, Broseley.

MISSIONARY SERMONS. - On Sunday the annual sermons on behalf of the Church Missionary Society were preached (morning and evening) in the Parish Church by the Rev. Percy Wood (association secre­tary). The Rev. G. Fleming Lamb, M.A. (rector), took the service and Mr. H. E. Clark read the lessons. The musical portion of the services was very effectively rendered by the choir, and Mr. T. Watkis presided at the organ. There was a good congregation at each service.

SUPPER.- Through the kindness of the rector (the Rev. G. F. Lamb) and of the managers of the schools and a few friends, the members of the band and other helpers at the school concerts were entertained to a capital supper yesterday week. The Rector welcomed his guests, and referred to the pleasure he derived from their performance at the recent concert, in aid of the School Funds, thanking them for their ready and efficient help on that and several previous occasions. An enjoyable pro­gramme of songs, dances, and instrumental solos was then proceeded with, and a very pleasant evening was spent.

2nd February 1901


DEATH AND FUNERAL- The death of Schwer Davies, son of Mr. Davies, butcher, occurred on Saturday, after a brief illness, and on Tuesday he as buried in the family vault at the Parish Church, the Rev. G. F. Lamb (rector) officiating. Beautiful wreathes were contributed by relatives and friends.

WESLEYAN BAND OF HOPE.- In connection with this society a very interesting lecture, entitled “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, beautifully illustrated by means of a magic-lantern, was given in the Wesleyan Schoolroom on Wednesday evening. Mr. B. R. Hartshorne gave the connective readings, and Mr. T. A. Hartshorne manipulated the slides.- Miss M. Hartshorne sang with taste and feeling – “The Better Land”, and Miss J. Roden effectively recited “The story of the coast guard”.



Before Councillor R. F. Ayes (mayor), Lord Forester, Colonel Wayne, Messrs. J. Bodenham, and E. W. Shorting.

VOTE OF CONDOLENCE TO THE KING.- The Mayor said before they began the business of the court he thought as mayor and chief magistrate for the time being he should refer to the death of their beloved Queen. A great deal had been said and written about her in the public Press, and there­fore he did not think they would expect him to say much, but there was one thing that struck him, and perhaps others as well, and that was what a most magnificent tribute the whole of the Press had paid  her Majesty. She sank all her own wishes and desires in one rule, and that was to dedicate her life to the service of her country, and he thought most nobly had she carried that rule out. They could not do much more, and he would move that a humble and most sincere vote of condolence be sent by the clerk to the Royal Family.- Mr. Short­ing endorsed the remarks made by the mayor. He said never within time memory of living man was I such universal sorrow experienced. Not only from this country, and Greater Britain beyond the seas, but from every part of the civilised world there had been universal expression and heartfelt sympathy and sincere regret for the death of the queen. She was ever on the side of humanity, civilisation, and progress. Her life was one of patient devotion to duty, and her memory would lie enshrined in the hearts of all of them, for her good works could never die. He thought they could take courage and trust to him into whose hands the sceptre had passed, and feel assured that he would act in every way as a wise and Constitutional monarch, and would henceforth devote his life and influence to promoting the happiness and welfare and well-being of his devoted and local subjects.  Mr. Godfrey Cooper remarked that as town clerk, and on behalf of the solicitors who practised in the court, he endorsed what had been said with regard to the dead Queen, and expressed a hope that Saturday would be observed as a day of mourning. - Mr. Spender also said a few words, and Mr. Thorn (magistrates’ clerk) undertook to send the resolution of condolence to the King.

DRUNK ON LICENSED PREMISES. – William Tench was charged with being drunk in the Prince of Wales Inn, Broseley. – Police-constable Davies said he visited the Prince of Wales, and saw the defendant sitting on a screen with two other men.  He was drunk.  He called the landlady’s attention to him, and she replied the defendant had had no dink there. -  Fined £1, including costs.

DRUNKENNESS.– Hannah Downes, was fined 1s. and costs for being drunk at Broseley.  Police-constable Davies proved the case.

CHARGE OF CRUELTY TO A FOWL. – William Clarke, stableman, Iron-Bridge, was charged with ill-treating a fowl with a hay fork.- Police-constable Davies stated that he saw the defendant go into the Tontine stable when some fowls rushed out.  He kicked at one but missed it. He then went in the stable again and came out with a hay fork, and struck the fowl with it, and held it down for a short time with the hay fork.  Arthur Parrock then came to the scene and killed it. – Defendant said he was told by William Wilson to kill a fowl the first time he saw it. – Superintendent Walters said from inquiries he made the fowl was not well and defendant was instructed to kill it, but not in the manner described. -  Defendant was reprimanded, and the case was dismissed on payment of costs.

CASE DISMISSED.-Richard Taylor was charged with assaulting Anson Austin.- It appeared that the parties live at Broseley, and work together at the Tileries, When at work a dispute took place in reference to throwing tiles, and defendant struck Austin.- The case was dismissed

2nd February 1901

Letters to the Editor


Sir- At a meeting of subscribers to the Broseley National Schools on Friday, I am informed that the disadvantages of school Boards were strongly in evidence, but the advantages were quietly ignored. A committee was elected to represent the rate-payers (?) whose business it is said will be to report to the managers of the schools any suggestion made to them by the ratepayers. Now, to show the representative character of this committee, they are all bona-fide Churchmen. To qualify for a seat on the board of management a person must be a communicant of the Church of England, but no such qualification is necessary to represent the ratepayers, yet no one ever suggested that a Noncon­formist be placed on the committee; the fact is, all that is required of Nonconformists is to pay, pay, pay. The only remedy for such injustice is a School Board, therefore I would say “Let justice be done even if the heavens fall” and let not that bug-bear of expense - which has been paraded about so much of late - frighten the ratepayers, for they will then have a voice in the management, and those now how the money is spent. I understand that landlords who have signed an agreement to pay 1s. in the pound towards the schools have been advised to put it on the rent of their cottages.  If the householders are to pay, there ought to be a public meeting called, and hear what they have got to say in the matter. A school Board is inevitable, sooner or later, for the promises are said to be broken; the success of the last voluntary rate will prove this, for even the Churchmen do not always pay.  I hope that a meeting will soon be called, and that the ratepayers generally will “go in” boldly and determinedly for a School Board

Broseley.                 PRO BONO PUBLICO


9th February 1901

Letters to the Editor


Sir -As a member of a firm, which is amongst the largest ratepayers in the above district, and as one who has taken an active part in the arrangements, which have just been completed, for financing the schools at Broseley and Jackfield, may I briefly allude to a somewhat inco­herent letter which appeared in the “Journal” last week, written by an apparently nameless individual, and terminating with the words “Pro Bono Publico”? My only reason for trespassing upon your space is to appeal to the person referred is to summon up sufficient courage to support the statements in his letter, many of which are obviously incorrect, by making public his name, so that those interested in the matter may be able to judge how far any importance may he attached to his opinion. In the event of his being unwilling to do so, I feel sure that his anonymous letter will be treated with the contempt which is merited by all similar communications to the press.


Sir, —I am greatly pleased to find a letter with reference to the above schools in your paper last week, which with out doubt is just to the point. I may say that it is at the request of a large number of ratepayers that I write this letter. I ask all ratepayers who have not promised to sign the present agreement to think the matter over very carefully before doing so, or else I feel sure they may regret having done so. As a Churchman myself, I must say that I do not agree with the manner in which the committee have been selected so carefully. Our friend, " Pro Bono Publico", says to qualify for a seat on the Board of Management a person must be a Communicant of the Church of England. I suppose this is in accordance with the deeds of the school. I say, as a fairly large ratepayer, let us have a School Board which will necessitate new schools without a doubt on the latest principle, and then these will have to be managed by a committee chosen by householders, rich and poor. I advocate this as a matter of principle. A School Board is sure to come sooner or later. I would ask my fellow-ratepayers not to be frightened at the tale of a heavy expense of a School Board, which will not be so great as imagined. I can safely say that its working expenses will be no more.

Feb. 5th.                    A CHURCHMAN.

9th February 1901


LECTURE.- On Wednesday evening the Rev. T. Townsend of Shrewsbury delivered an interesting lecture, entitled, “Our American Cousins, through English Eyes”, in the Congregational Church.

PIGEON SHOOTING was held at Broseley on Wednesday. The birds were exceedingly good, and so was the shooting, 250 birds being killed. Nearly 30 competitors took part in the £10 handicap, which was ultimately divided between Messrs. Armstrong, Shakespeare, Jones, Nescliff, and Robinson (two chances), who killed eight birds each. Mr. Sam. Shingler proved an able referee and handicapper.

LORD FORESTER’S RENT AUDIT.- Lord Fores­ter’s rent audit took place at the Lion Hotel on Thursday. The rents having been paid to Mr. A. O. Lascalles (agent) the tenants sat down to a substan­tial dinner, served up in Mrs. Haughton’s best style, and was thoroughly enjoyed. His lordship occupied the chair, and Mr. S. A. Powell filled the vice-chair.- The dinner over, Lord Forester remarked that he had a very sad duty to broach, because he knew they would expect him to say something about a toast which had always been proposed in this room for, something like 63 years. He did not think anyone present even Mr. Cleeton- who had attended 104 rent days -could remember any toast proposed at this table but that of the Queen. He said it was useless for him to tell them what they had lost in the death of our most noble Queen. It had been expressed by her Ministers, and those who had served under her, Lord Roseberry had said: “We don’t know what we have lost in her death”, and Lord Kimberley ob­served “that he would rather have her advice than any woman’s in the country”. He believed they would all agree with him that although they did not knew her personally, they were all her personal friend the two passwords of her life were “duty” and “sympathy”. She knew how to sympathise with all her subjects. She sympathised with her soldiers when they returned from the war, and also with the widows. In fact, she was always ready to do her duty. Years rolled on and the world did not stop, and they must go on with it, and live as she would have them do-leave their grief aside and go on with the world. He was sure their new King, who promised so well, would have their sympathy. (Applause.) He would have the ungrudging sympa­thy and the ungrudging support of all his subjects in the arduous undertaking which he had set forth in his message to the people. (Applause.) He concluded by asking there to drink to the health of King Edward VII, which was done amid ringing cheers.- Lord Forester then, in eulogistic terms, submiitted the health of Queen Alexandra, which was also well received.- Mr. Powell proposed the health of his Lordship, which was drunk with enthusiasm.- His Lordship having returned thanks, Mr. Jones submitted the health of Lady Forester and Family.- Other toasts were “The Agent” and “Vice-chair­man”. At the request of Lard Forester no songs were rendered.

9th March 1901


HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY.- The annual meeting of this society took place on Wednesday. Mr. F. H. Potts in the chair. The accounts were presented by the hon. secretaries (Messrs. P. Scott and T. Jones), showing a sub­stantial balance on the right side. Several additions and alterations were made in the prize schedule, which the committee hope will induce even better entries than those of former years.

BURIAL BOARD.- The quarterly meeting of this Board was held on Tuesday, when Captain D. L. Prestage presided.- The Clerk (Mr. Godfrey Cooper) reported that the fees received for the quarter amounted to £16 13s. 6d., and the balance in hand was £22 8s. 10d., but cheques required for payment amounted to £14 5s. ld. He mentioned the fact that this was the first time for a great many years that they had not drawn on the Sanitary Committee. It was remarked that the cemetery had paid its way this year.

DISTRICT COUNCIL.- The monthly meeting was held on Tuesday.- Mr. Dixon presented a list of rate defaulters, and reported that he had collected £95 1s. 5d. during the month.- The Chairman re­marked that they all had to pay their rates whether they liked it or not.- The collector was instructed to summon the defaulters.-The Town Clerk re­ported that there was a balance of £327 18s, in hand, and that cheques were wanted for £226, which left a balance of £101 in hand.- Mr. Smith’s account for patching up a pavement was referred to a sub-com­mittee.- My. Exley referred to the disgraceful con­dition of the pavements on Sunday.- The Surveyor presented an estimate for renewing several of the footpaths, and it was decided to ask for tenders to do the work.- Mr. Oakes called attention to the dila­pidated condition of Swan Street, and the surveyor was instructed to repair it.- The question of divid­ing the office of surveyor and inspector was dis­cussed in committee.


16th March 1901


Before Councillor R. F. Ayre (mayor), Colonel J. A. Anstice. Colonel H. Wayne, Messrs. A. B. Dyas, W. Y. Owen, W. G. Norris and E. W. Shorting.

NOT PROVED - William Fewtrell, drayman, Madeley, was charged with stealing an empty paraffin cask, the property of Mr. Eggleston, chemist, Broseley. Mr. F. R. Spender defended. - Prosecutor stated that defendant came with the London and North-Western Railway Co.’s dray to his shop to take away six empty casks to the station. He was to take them from his store in the Delph, opposite the shop. He first took the two empty barrels from the shop, and four from the warehouse. He told him one must not go, but he had not seen it since. The cask produced was not the one which should have been left in the warehouse, but it is one that was consigned. - Francis William Lycett, foreman goods porter at the Madeley Market Station, stated that defendant brought seven casks, but only six were specified in the consignment note. He asked the defendant the reason, and he replied he had bar­gained for one. Witness asked him to take his own away, but he replied he would leave it to him. He selected one and put it outside, and several days after it was taken away by Tisdale.- Thomas Tisdale, labourer, Madeley said defendant asked him to fetch a paraffin barrel from the station and clean it for him. He did so, and Mrs. Fewtrell paid his wife for doing so. - Police-constable Davies stated that he found the cask produced used as a rain tub at the back of defendant’s house. He took posses­sion of it. - Police-constable Harper deposed that the defendant told him that he found the cask on the road between Iron-Bridge and Broseley about a month ago. - Richard Butcher, collier, Madeley, for the defence, said he put the cask on the dray with the assistance of one of the boys, who said it was to go with the rest.-The case was dismissed.

A BAD YOUTH. - William Simpson, labourer, re­siding with his parents at the Bedlam Furnaces, Iron-Bridge, was brought up on remand charged with breaking into Edward Pearce’s dwelling house, at Severn Terrace, Iron-Bridge, and stealing a part of a ham. - Prisoner pleaded guilty, and was sen­tenced to two months’ imprisonment, with hard labour.

COAL STEALING. - Eliza Aston. Broseley was charged with stealing 38lb. weight of coal, and Elizabeth Sergeant was charged with a similar offence. - Police-constable Davies stated that he saw the defendants go to the Dunge Pit at the Tile Works, Broseley, pick up the coal and come away in the direction of their homes. He stopped them as they came back, and took the coal from them. - Samuel Davies, manager at the Brick Works, said the defendants had no right there, but asked the Bench to deal leniently with them.- The case was dismissed on payment of costs.


23rd March 1901


SERIOUS ACCIDENT. - Yesterday afternoon a labourer, named Edward Reynolds (25), of Benthall, was run over by a cart, and sustained a fractured thigh. He was conveyed to the Salop Infirmary.

SERVICE OF SONG. - On Monday evening a ser­vice of song, entitled “Victoria the Beloved,” was given in the Old Baptist Chapel, Broseley, by the choir, assisted by a few friends. The quartet was undertaken by Miss Stokes, and Messrs. W. Glover, A. Taylor (Broseley), and W. Edwards (Wellington), and the solos by Mrs. Wilson, Miss Stokes, and Miss Legge. The duets were also pleasingly rendered by the Misses Legge and Tonkiss. Mr. George Tonkiss accompanied on the organ. The Rev. R. Wilson (pastor) gave the connective readings. There was a large attendance.

DR. BARNARDO’S HOMES. - Thursday even­ing boys from these homes paid a visit to this town and gave a very interesting entertainment consisting of selections by the hand-bell ringers and on the silver cornets and occarines. Two of the boys also give a good rendering of the songs, “The Gift”, and “I would that my love”. Mr. James B. Wookey (deputation secretary) gave an excellent address on “The Reclamation of Destitute Children”, illustrated with lime-light views. The sum received at the door and in the room amounted to £13.

6th April 1901


SANITARY COMMITTEE.- The usual monthly meeting was held on Wednesday; present:- Alder­man D. L. Prestage (chairman), Alderman the Right Hon. Lord Forester, Councillors P. Jones, W. Mear, R. A. Instone, E. G. Exley, and E. Oakes, Messrs. A. Owen (from the town clerk’s office), G. Stevenson (surveyor and inspector), and J. Dixon (rate collector).- The Collector reported that he had received since the last meting the sum of £22 17s. 9d., the balance of the second instalment of the rate, the collection of which was now closed. - The Chairman re­ported a balance in the treasure’s hands of £153 19s. 11d. - A cheque was drawn for interest on loan for £57 and for the surveyor for £35. - A short discussion took place as to the Benthall Brook, and the Chairman reported that he was in communication with the chairman of the Barrow Sanitary Committee with reference to joint action being taken to alleviate the present unsatisfactory condition of the brook. - It was decided to lend out the sanitary cart free of charge in the subject to its being promptly returned after use.

13th April 1901


BIRCH MEADOW CHAPEL.— On Sunday two excellent sermons were preached here by Mr. George Banks (Willenhall) on the “Resurrection”. Appropriate hymns were rendered by the choir, and Mr. George Taylor presided at the harmonium.

ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH.— On Good Friday services were held in this Church (morning and evening) by the Rev. G. Fleming Lamb (rector). On Sunday there were two celebrations of Holy Communion, when there were 106 communicants. The Rev. W. A. Terry (curate of Benthall) assisted the rector at the early service, and was the preacher in the evening. In the morning the Rev. G F. Lamb (rector) preached an excellent sermon on the “Resurrection”. The musical portion of the services, including the anthem, “Christ is Risen”, was admirably rendered by the full choir. Mr. Theo. Watkis presided at the organ. The church was neatly and tastefully decorated by the Misses Potts and Lister. There were good offertories and congregations at the services.

PRESENTATION TO A SCHOOLMISTRESS.— Miss A. M. Mumford, who has held the position of head teacher in the infant department at the Sowerby National School for the last 15 years, has been appointed to a similar position in Broseley National School, where she will enter upon her duties after the Easter holidays. The following extract is from a Halifax newspaper: — “During the time Miss Mumford has laboured at Sowerby she has proved herself a most efficient teacher, and by her kind and amiable disposition she has won the hearts of both children and parents, and her place will be difficult to fill. She has also been a most useful worker in the Sunday School, and for the last two and a half years has acted as superintendent of that institution. The teachers in the school, with friends and parishioners, thought it only right that such service should in some way be recognised, and so a subscription was started, to which the children’s mite was added. A goodly number of parents and children were present to witness the presentation, which was made in the National School by the Rev. W. N. Matthews, curate. These included a silver-mounted (initialled) dressing case and travelling bag combined, by the teachers and scholars of the Girls’ Sunday School; a stationery cabinet of polished oak, with writing desk combined, and suitably inscribed, from the young men of the Sunday School and parishioners; and an address from the parishioners, and a silver eau-de-Cologne from the managers of the day school. The list of presents also included a handsome initialled gold-mounted umbrella from the teachers and scholars in the day schools. Miss Mumford suitably acknowledged the gifts, and it was evident she was touched by the appreciation of her labours. Miss Mumford in removing from Sowerby will carry with her the best wishes of the inhabitants for her future happiness and prosperity”.


27th April 1901


SUDDEN DEATH. - On Sunday Mrs. Elizabeth Plimley, widow of the late Mr. Thomas Plimley of this town, was taken suddenly ill, and expired the following day from heart disease at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. E. R. Hartshorn, The Cottage. Deceased was about 74 years of age, and had been a member of the Broseley Wesleyan Church for many years.

AE EXHIBITION OF GAS COOKING AND HEATING STOVES, &c. (under the auspices of the Broseley Gas Company), in the Town Hall, during the past week, has excited considerable interest. The lecturer was Miss Tuxford (Manchester School of Cookery and gold medallist), and the exhibition was opened on Wednesday afternoon by Mr. Shorting, chairman of the Gas Company, when there was a good company present, and a large attendance on the following evening.

A FATHER CENSURED.— Mr. F. H. Potts, borough coroner, held an inquiry on Monday at the Prince of Wales, touching the death of an infant child of John White, labourer, King Street, Broseley. Mr. R. Smitheman was elected foreman.— The father stated that the child was born on Tuesday, the 16th inst., and died on the following Friday. The reason he did not send for a doctor was because he thought his mother-in-law was going.- Dr. Fox Edwards stated  that the child died from premature birth.— Sarah Weeks, mother-in-law, deposed that she suggested to her son-in-law that he should go for the doctor. She could not go because she had to take dinner, and when she returned the child had died.— In reply to the foreman, White said he never heard his mother-in-law suggest about going for the doctor.— The jury returned a verdict of “Death from natural causes”, and at the request of the jury the father was censored for not sending for a doctor, and was requested to be more careful in future.


A CONCERT was given in the schoolroom on Monday in aid of the equipment fund of the local Ambulance Brigade. The general arrangements were successfully carried out by Sergeant A. J. Humphries (secretary) Superintendent J. W. White (Iron-Bridge) officiated as chairman, and at the outset gave a short history of the St. John Ambulance brigade. The accompaniments were divided between Messrs. W. Roberts, A. C. Humphries, and Miss B. Ball, Mr. W. Roberts gave two excellent pianoforte solos, and Mr. F. Glover’s flute solos were much enjoyed, as well as a mandolin solo and musical sketch by Mr. Philip S. Robinson. Mr. E. Bowen, a fair baritone singer, sang very well, whilst Mr. W. Garbett gave a capital rendering of his two songs. Miss Hedger (Shrewsbury) rendered her songs with much feeling, but Miss L. Bartlam, who was suffering with a cold, was not so good as usual. Mr. W. H. Southouse gave an interesting reading, and the comic songs by Mr. W. Felton were well received. The various methods of removing the wounded and use of triangular badge by the brigade nurses were well done, and regarded with great interest by the audience.

4th May 1901


SERIOUS ACCIDENT.— On Wednesday a sad accident occurred to a boy named James Evans, about five years old, son of Mr. James Evans, Barber Street, Broseley. It appears the poor little fellow was sitting on the pavement opposite his own home, when a horse with a loaded cart coming past, the latter went over one of the boy’s feet, crushing it severely.

PLEASURE FAIR. — This event took place on Tuesday. There were the usual stalls, &c., but the “glory” of this ancient pageant has long since departed, and is now only a skeleton of its former self. There were a number of visitors from the surrounding districts, especially in the evening.

BIRCH MEADOW CHAPEL.— On Sunday two sermons of a very interesting and instructive character were preached by Mr. Herbert Banks (son of Mr. G. Banks, Baptist minister, Willenhall). Suitable hymns were well rendered by the choir, and Mr. George Taylor presided at the harmonium. There was a fair congregation at each service, and collections were taken in aid of the chapel funds.

LOCAL WILL.— The late Mr. Joseph A. Exley of The Rock, Broseley, and of the firm of A. M. Exley and Sons, bequeathed to his wife the furniture and effects at The Rock, and left his interest in his business to his son Arthur, subject to the payment of an annuity of £150 to Mrs. Exley during her widowhood, and after her death or remarriage, a payment of £3,000 to the residuary estate. The residuary estate is to be in trust for the testator’s children. The estate has been valued at £33,521 16s. 10d. gross, including personality of the net value of £29,782 7s. 4d.

DISTRICT COUNCIL.— The usual meeting was held on Wednesday; present:— Lord Forrester (chairman), Councillors Southorn, Oakes, Exley, Mear, Jones, and Messrs. Godfrey C. Cooper (town clerk) and J. Stevenson (surveyor and inspector), and Dr. Gepp (medical officer).— The Clerk read a letter from Captain Prestage regretting his inability to attend the meeting, adding that he had seen Mr. Thursfield regarding the Benthall Brook.—  Lord Forester said he had had a conversation with Mr. Thursfield on the matter, who held the same opinion as himself, that unless they made a permanent improvement it was no good to waste the ratepayers’ money.— Mr. Southorn remarked that the brook was in a very bad state.— The matter was left in Mr. Prestage’s hands.— The Town Clerk reported that the collector was unable to be present, and stated that he had not yet commenced the new rate. The balance in hand was £60 11s.11d., and a cheque for £15 was drawn in favour of the surveyor.— Mr. Stevenson reported a case of scarlet fever at Broseley, and said that on the 20th ult the lamp-lighter neglected to light the public lamps. Mr. A. H. Thorn has not yet abated the nuisance arising from the drainage soaking on to the channel in High Street, Broseley.- It was decided to write Mr. Thorn, asking him to abate the nuisance.— Estimates were received from several firms for supplying paving bricks for the pavements, and the surveyor was requested to obtain samples from two firms- For doing the work the estimate of Mr. G. Parker was accepted.

COURT LEET.— The annual dinner in connection with Court Leet, one of the oldest institutions in the country, took place at the Lion Hotel, on Tuesday. The jury met about 12 o’clock in Mr. N. T. Hartshorne’s house, the old court building, and were sworn in by the Steward, Mr. E. B. Potts (for the lord of the manor), and then they assessed the different cottages on the estate. The district includes Broseley, Barrow, Wyke, Posenhall, Benthall, Wig Wig, Homer, Bradley, Walton, and Willey. Afterwards the jury and friends sat down to a substantial dinner at the Lion Hotel, and did full justice to the good things provided by Mrs. Haughton. Mr. Geo. Potts occupied the chair, and Mr. H. Roberts filled the vice-chair. The cloth removed, the Chairman submitted the loyal toasts, which were enthusiastically drunk. — The Vice-chairman, in proposing the health of “Lord Forester”, thanked him for providing the spread. (Applause.) —Mr. W. Roberts proposed the “Town and Trade of Broseley”. He said there was plenty of work for those who desired to work. (Applause.)— Mr. Fred. Oakley briefly responded. — Mr Edward Walker appropriately proposed the health of “The Chairman”, which was enthusiastically drunk.— The Chairman having responded, Mr. H. Pellowe eulogistically proposed the health of Sergeant H. Roberts (vice-chairman), who responded. Other toasts followed. During the evening songs were contributed by Messrs. T. Bentley, H. Pellowe, W. Harrison, H. Roberts, R. Kitson, H. Austen, H. Charlton, G. Davies, F. Davies, J. Hearn, &c.


11th May 1901


DEATH OF MR. W. H. LLOYD.— On Sunday there passed away a well-known figure in this town and surrounding districts, in the person of Mr. W. H. Lloyd, The Dean, Broseley. Deceased was greatly respected by a large circle of friends, and will be missed by not a few. The funeral took place on Wednesday in the cemetery, and the Rev. G. F. Lamb, M.A., rector, conducted the funeral service in a very impressive manner. A large number of wreaths were sent by relatives and friends.


18th May 1901


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CONGREGATIONAL CHAPEL. — The Sunday. School anniversary services were held here on Sunday. The preacher in the morning and evening was the Rev. F. Coram (of Wellington), and in the afternoon Mr. Maurice Jones, M.A. (of Iron-Bridge). Special hymns and anthems were rendered by the choir, under the able direction of Mr. A. Evans. The children also sang in a very pleasing manner. Mr. George Tonkiss presided at the organ. There were good congregations, especially in the evening, and a collection amounting to £6 6s. was taken in aid of the school fund.

DINNER AND PRESENTATION. — Private J. Barratt, who has just returned from the seat of war, was on Tuesday entertained at dinner by Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Stephens of the Duke of Cumberland. About 40 sat down to the spread, and enjoyed the good things provided by the host and hostess. The company subsequently repaired to a larger room, where a convivial evening took place. Mr. J. P. Stephens was voted to the chair, and Mr. W. Aston filled the vice-chair. Mr. Fred. Glover was the able accompanist. During the course of the evening, a very pleasing event took place, Private Barratt being presented with a silver chain and pendant. Barratt’s health was drunk with enthusiasm, and he suitably acknowledged the gift.




The town of Iron-Bridge was yesterday week gaily decorated on the occasion of seven members of the Volunteer Company returning from South Africa. High Street never looked prettier with flags, mottoes, &c. In the evening thousands of people lined the streets and Market Square, where the Volunteer Company assembled, with the band, for the purpose of marching the heroes from the station; but there was some misunderstanding, as the men arrived by the four o'clock train, instead of the eight o'clock, and when this fact became known the enthusiasm somewhat died away, for the crowd were disappointed. However, Corporal Edwards, Privates Fletcher, Gough, Boden, Cooke, Franks, and Barnett assembled In the Square, and standing in front of their comrades, Captain Garrett addressed them in a patriotic speech. He was pleased, he said, they had safely returned, and by the accounts of the papers he learnt they had done their duty as Englishmen. (Applause.) He called for cheers, which were lustily given. The company was subsequently dismissed, after which there was much hand-shaking with the returned soldiers, who were cheered at every corner, and at times were carded about the streets shoulder-high. The Madeley contingent, headed by the Volunteer band, were driven in a brake to that town, where great excitement prevailed. The Broseley contingent were also conveyed to their homes in a brake, and were heartily welcomed.



In addition to the particulars of the reception of the Volunteers home from South Africa, re-ported in the " Journal" of last week, must be recorded demonstrations at Ludlow, Oswestry, Iron-Bridge, and Leominster, reports of which came to hand too late to be included in the accounts then given.


A very enthusiastic welcome was accorded to Privates A. Fletcher. B. Gough, and J. Barratt (members of the Iron-Bridge Rifle Corps), on their return home from South Africa on the night of the 10th inst. They were conveyed in a brake from Iron-Bridge, and on reaching the Forester Arms were enthusiastically received by a large crowd of people. The Jackfield Brass Band was in attendance, and a procession was formed and proceeded through the town. There was much cheering en route. The streets were decorated with arches, flags, and bannerettes, especially High Street and Barber Street. The bells of the Parish Church also rang merry peals. The Jack-field band played "Home, Sweet Home", “Auld Lang Syne" "Johnny comes marching home again", "Rule, Britannia", and other popular airs, and the utmost enthusiasm prevailed.

25th May 1901


PROPERTY SALE.- A well attended property sale was on Tuesday conducted at the Tontine Hotel by Messrs. Barber & Son, auctioneers, Wellington. Some valuable freehold property at Madeley, comprising dwelling-houses, &c., was purchased by Mr. J. Durnall for £650. Another lot at Albert Row, Madeley, was knocked down to Mr. S. E. Instone (Stony Mill) for £550. A dwelling-house and grocer’s shop situated at High St., Broseley, was purchased it by Mr. A. Ball (Jackfield) for £60. The solicitors for the vendors were Messrs. R. A. Newill (Wellington) and Potts & Potts (Broseley).

25th May 1901


THE ANNUAL MEETING of the Broseley and District Fanciers’ Society was on Wednesday held at the Town Hall. Mr. F. H. Potts presided over a fair attendance of members. Mr. T. Jones (secretary) presented the financial statement, showing a balance of £4 9s. 10d. in hand.— The Chairman said they were not in such a good position as in the previous year, when there was a balance in hand of £17 14s. 10d.— The Secretary explained the extra expenditure.— Mr. R. D. Haughton proposed that the accounts be passed.— Mr. E. Davies seconded the motion, which was carried.- Mr. E. Oakes proposed that a bonus of three guineas be given Mr. T. Jones (secretary) as an acknowledgment for his services, which was carried.— The following officers were elected:— Patron, Lord Forester; president, Mr. F. H. Potts; Messrs. Prestage, Downes, and E. B. Potts - were added to the list of vice-presidents; treasurer, Mr. G. Potts; joint secretaries, Messrs. G. Egglestone and E. Francis. A committee was also chosen.— A vote of thanks to Mr. J. Burnett for the use of the Memorial Green and also to the chairman concluded the meeting.

1st June 1901


A DISCLAIMER—Mr. James Barrett, King Street, Broseley, writes stating that he is not the James Barrett who was convicted at the Iron-Bridge Petty Sessions last week of drunkenness.

ST. JOHN’S AMBULANCE CLASS.— At the recent. examination held by Dr. Cureton of Shrewsbury the fol­lowing successfully passed and are entitled to the first aid certificate of the St. John’s Ambulance Association:- Arthur J. Preston. Ray H. Griffith, J. Herbert Jones, Walter Davis, Edwin Instone, William Edge, William Andrews, Henry Roberts, William E. Price, William Simmonds, Dr. Dyson was the lecturer.

BIRCH MEADOW CHAPEL—On Whit-Sunday the 87th anniversary of the Sunday School connected with this place of worship was held, when sermons were preached (morning and evening) by Mr. M. B. Green of London. Special hymns were well ren­dered by the choir, assisted by a few friends. The singing of the children was also very p1easing and effective, reflecting credit upon their trainer, Mr. A. B. Broadhurst, who also acted as conductor. Mr. George Taylor presided at the harmonium. A collection was taken at each service in aid, of the school funds, amounting to £11. 3s. 7d.


1st June 1901


TEA AND PRESENTATION.—On Monday a very interesting event took place at the Summer House, Jackfield, the occasion being the presentation of a handsome china tea service to Mrs. Mary Ann Weobley (nee Miss Mary Ann Powers), by her fellow employees at Messrs. Craven, Dunnill and Co.’s Jackfield Works, on her leaving, after 25 years service, to be married, and as a slight recognition of the respect entertained for her. Mrs. A. Evans made the presentation. The recipient feelingly ack­nowledged the gift. Prior to the presentation the company sat down to tea, and a very enjoyable even­ing, concluding with a dance, was spent

15th June 1901


SUDDEN DEATH.— On Sunday Miss Ann Hayman of Barber’s Street, Broseley, was taken suddenly ill, when Dr. Edwards was immediately sent for, but she died before his arrival. Deceased was in her 74th year, and belonged to a very old and notable family. There will be no inquest.

DEATH OF AN OLD RESIDENT.— On Thursday Mrs. Mary Adams (relict of the late Mr. Daniel Adams) died at her residence, The Coneybury, Broseley. Deceased was about 74 years of age, and possessed a very happy and genial disposition which greatly endeared her to all with whom she came in contact.

15th June 1901


BOAT EXCURSION.— On Saturday the draughtsmen and clerks employed at Messrs. Maw and Co.’s works, Jackfield, had a very enjoyable trip up the River Severn, the rendezvous being a peninsula called the “Crooked S”, where, amidst magnificent scenery, double sculling races on the river, football, tug-of-war, &c., were entered into with considerable zest. Bathing also had its attractions. The commissariat was in the capable hands of Messrs. F. Aldred and A. Edge, it being needless to add that the “inner man” was well catered for. The weather being gloriously fine, not a single hitch (except one or two of the boats getting aground in going over the fords, owing to the low state of the river) occurred to mar the proceedings.

22nd June 1901


TEA AT THE HALL— On Monday, through the kindness of Mr. and Mrs. Bateman, the members of the Mothers’ Meeting, to the number of 30, were entertained to tea at the Hall. After a very enjoyable meal the members, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Bateman and Mrs. Terry, walked for some time in the artistically laid-out grounds. Subsequently they returned to the Hall, when Mr. Dorbree, lately a member of the original regiment of the Imperial Light Horse, kindly gave some of his experiences while besieged in Ladysmith. His remarks were listened to with the greatest interest by all. A vote of thanks was proposed by the Rev. W. A Terry to Mr. and Mrs. Bateman for their kind hospitality and entertainment. Mr. Dorbree was also thanked for his very interesting talk on the war in South Africa.


22nd June 1901


SUNDAY SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY.— On Sunday excellent sermons were preached in Broseley Wesleyan Chapel by Mr. Thomas Hill of Birmingham, and special hymns were rendered by the children and choir, under the direction of Mr. J. A. Hartshorne, who was responsible for the training of the children. Miss Ada Jones presided at the harmonium. In the afternoon a musical service was held, the Rev. H. J. Brookfield presiding, and giving an interesting address. Miss Denstone sang “Crossing the Bar” with taste and feeling. There was a good attendance at each service, the chapel being crowded in the evening, and collections, amounting to upwards of £16, were taken in aid of the school funds.

FUNERAL.— On Sunday afternoon the remains of the late Mrs. Mary Ann Adams of the Coneybury, Broseley, who died on the 13th inst., at the advanced age of 78, were interred in Broseley Cemetery. In addition to the relatives and friends, there was a good number of spectators to witness the solemn obsequies, thus testifying to the respect entertained for the deceased. Mr. George Banks (Baptist minister) of Willenhall conducted the service in a very impressive manner, and made a brief and earnest address at the graveside. A number of beautiful wreaths were sent by relatives and friends.

29th June 1901


EXCURSION.— On Saturday the annual trip in connection with the benefit club at Messrs. Maw and Co.’s, Limited, Benthall Works, Jackfield, was run from Iron-Bridge Station (G.W.R.), the place selected this year being Liverpool, and New Brighton, and a very enjoyable day was spent, the party numbering some 300. They returned to Iron-Bridge Railway Station on the return journey about one o’clock on Sunday morning.

29th June 1901


A RUNAWAY.- A horse attached to the Baker’s trap belonging to Mr. Bolomey, grocer, Jackfield, was startled at something on Tuesday afternoon, and descended Madeley Hill at a great speed and passed through the main street without doing any material damage. It was indeed a miraculous escape.

13th July 1901

Letters to the Editor.


Sir.- I am anxious to know  when the new water scheme for Broseley will be completed, as I can assure you it is heavy work this hot weather carrying water from the Down Well. Perhaps the Sanitary Authority will be kind enough to enlighten the public on the matter.                                                       RICHARD WILLIAMS


20th July 1901


SUNDAY SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY.- On Sunday three sermons were preached in the Old Baptist Chapel; that in the morning by Mr. R. Wilson (pastor), and those in the afternoon and evening by Mr. W. J. Crawford of Iron-Bridge. Suitable hymns were sung, and Mr. Richard Tonkiss presided at the harmonium. A collection was taken at the close of each service in aid of the school fund.

ACCIDENT.— On Monday, a youth, named Edwin Oakley, son of Mr. Frederick Oakley, High Street, Broseley, was proceeding up Barratt’s Hill on horse-back, when the animal suddenly took fright, and rushing down the street at a terrific rate, fell down near Mr. Eggleston’s, chemist, throwing its rider to the ground with great force, causing severe contusions to his head, and bruises to his arm and side. Dr. Dyson was promptly in attendance, and did all that was needful in the case.


Before Messrs. R .F. Ayre (Mayor), A. B. Dyas, W. Y. Owen and E. W. Shorting.

THEATRICAL LICENSE.- A theatrical license for 12 months was granted to the trustees of the Broseley Town Hall.


The body of an unknown man was found yesterday afternoon in the Severn near Coalport.  Mr Exley saw the body floating in the water.  He gave an alarm, and it was ultimately conveyed to the Bridge Inn, Coalport, where it awaits and inquest.

27th July 1901


On Saturday Mr. F. H. Potts (coroner) held an inquiry at the Bridge Inn, Coalport, on the body of an unknown man found in the Severn on the previous day.— After the jury were sworn, the Coroner said the body was in a bad state of de-composition, but still it was necessary for them to view it.— George Davies stated that he lived at Sutton Wharf, and was an engine-driver in the employ of Messrs. Exley, brick and tile manufacturers. On the previous Friday morning, about 11 o’clock, Mr. Harold Exley asked him to go up the river, as something was reported to be in the Severn. He took his coracle up, and in the Severn, near Ball’s Foundry, he saw the body of a man. He reported the fact to Mr. Exley, who telephoned to Jackfield for a policeman, and subsequently Police-constable Buttery (Norton) arrived.— Samuel Lynall, labourer, Iron-Bridge, stated that he was down Coalport fishing with a coracle on the Friday, and was told there was a man in the river in the White House ford. He and Henry Potts got the body out. The water was only a foot deep. There were two caps in deceased’s pocket, as well as a knife, watch-case (without any works), silver knob of an old stick, and an old sixpence. The body, which had evidently been in the river three weeks, was coloured. The man had sandy hair and whiskers, but no moustache or beard. He wore a red muffler and two shirts.— Police-constable Harper (Madeley) said he examined the body as well as he could. There were no marks of violence, and deceased was undoubtedly a tramp, about 40 or 50 years of age. His boots were in a very bad condition, and apparently had been repaired by himself.— The Coroner said there was nothing to show them how deceased got into the river. He might have died on the banks and rolled in, or he might have been thrown in; perhaps he was hard up, and might have drowned himself.— The verdict of the jury was “Found dead in the river”.

Deceased was buried on the same evening at Broseley Cemetery.


The quarterly meeting of this corporation was held on Wednesday at the Guildhall; present:- Councillor R. F. Ayre (mayor), Aldermen A. B. Dyas and J. Bodenham, Councillor W. Y. Owen. F. G. Beddoes, T. Cooke, A. G. Cartwright, C. Edwards, H. Oakes, T. J. Barnett, W. Evans, and Dr. Hart, with Messrs. Godfrey C. Cooper (town clerk), F. H. Potts (borough treasurer), A. H Thorn (magistrates’ clerk), and G. Stevenson (surveyor).

RATE.— The Mayor said the first business was to order payment of bills chargeable against the borough fund. He said the bills amounted to £294 0s. 5d., but the amount to be raised by a rate was £172 16s. 11d. The rateable value, he said, was £26,493, and a penny rate would be sufficient.— Mr. Dyas moved that a rate of a penny in the pound be levied.— Mr. Bodenham seconded the motion, which was carried.

THE ASYLUM.— The Mayor said Colonel Anstice was not present, but had sent the report.— The Town Clerk remarked that there was nothing in the report which affected this borough. No money was wasted. He would add that the increased cost in the maintenance of pauper lunatics meant a serious increase to the borough.

FREE FROM PAWNBROKERS.— A  letter was received from Mr. A. Poole, Iron-Bridge, to the effect that he had discontinued the pawn-broking business and therefore he would not require his license renewed.— The Clerk: So there will be no pawn-broker in the borough.— Mr. Dyas: I am pleased to hear it. (Hear, hear.)

APPOINTMENT OF INSPECTOR OF NUISANCES.— Mr. Bodenham read the main roads committee’s report, in which it stated that there were 81 applications for the post of inspector of nuisances, and after careful consideration they had appointed Mr. H. Herbert (Walton-on-Thames) to the post at a salary of £150 a year. He moved the adoption of the report, which was seconded by Mr. Owen, and carried.

THE MAGISTRATES’ CLERK’S SALARY.— Dr. Hart said with reference to the magistrates’ clerk’s salary the sub-committee had inspected the records produced by Mr. Thorn, and found that the average amount of fees for the last five years was £221 per annum, and after careful consideration they decided to recommend that the salary remain unaltered at £250 per annum. He moved the adoption of the report.— Mr. W. Evans seconded the motion, which was carried.

HARRINGTON WATER SUPPLY.— With reference to this supply the Mayor moved that the seal of the borough be attached to certain conveyances.— The motion was seconded by Mr. Beddoes, and carried.

THE EDUCATION OF DEAF AND Drain CHILDREN.- The Town Clerk said it appeared under the Education Act the Education Department state that the authority to deal with the educating of the blind, deaf, and dumb children were the Town Council of the borough, an opinion which he also held. The Madeley Board of Guardians had considered the case of William Tranter, Iron-Bridge, but the Education Department told them the matter had nothing to do with them. He said the Guardians had made arrangements to send Tranter to the Royal Institution at Birmingham, the father to pay 2s. 6d. a week, the Guardians to pay £20 down, and the expenses would come out of the borough fund.— Mr. Thorn remarked that the lad’s father kept the Wheat Sheaf beer-house at Iron-Bridge.— Mr. Bodenham was of opinion that the father could pay more than 2s. 6d. a week.— Mr. Cooke was of the same opinion.— Mr. Owen did not think he was in the best of circumstances.— Mr. Dyas said some publicans did well, and others did otherwise. He moved that the town clerk be instructed to complete the arrangements made by the Guardians.— Mr. Bodenham seconded, and it was carried.

THE COALPORT FERRY.— The Mayor asked if anything further had been heard regarding this question.— Mr. Cooper said he had heard from Mr. Peele that the County Council would never interfere with the old toll bridge. He (the clerk) was of opinion that nothing would be done.— The clerk was instructed to ask Mr. Peele to bring the matter again before the County Council.

3rd August 1901


The clothing and articles found upon the body of a man who was found drowned in the River Severn, near Coalport, on July 19th, a report of which appeared in the last issue of the “Journal”, have been identified by Mrs. Mary Ann Lloyd of 200, Great Bricklyn Street, Wolverhampton, as belonging to her husband, Charles Lloyd, a labourer, aged 47, who left his home early on the morning of the 15th July, as she thought to go to his work. She had not seen him since. For the last 12 months deceased had been in a depressed state of mind. Mrs. Lloyd is a native of Broseley.


10th August 1901


A DANCE took place on Tuesday evening, in aid of the Jackfield Brass Band, which was in attendance, and played a selection of music in excellent style, under the direction of Mr. George Aston.

SCHOOL TREAT.— On Monday the scholars attending the Birch Meadow Sunday School had their annual treat in the upper schoolroom, which was very tastefully decorated for the occasion. After the wants of the youngsters had been supplied they adjourned to a field lent by Mrs. Bathurst, where numerous games were heartily indulged in. Mr. A. P. Thompson caused no little amusement by exhibiting the capabilities of Edison’s gramophone. As the shades of evening gathered, the children repaired again to the schoolroom, where the Superintendent (Mr. A. E. Broadhurst) gave an address. A need of praise is due to the superintendent, teachers and other friends for the efforts they put forth on this occasion to promote the happiness of the children

SANITARY COMMITTEE, Wednesday.— The Rate Collector reported that he had paid into the bank since the last meeting the sum of £153 16s. 5d. The bank book showed a balance in the treasurer’s hands of £257 15s. 7d. A cheque was drawn for £65 in favour of the surveyor, who reported that his expenditure during the past month had been £33 7s. 10d., including £25 on sewage and scavenging. — The Surveyor submitted a copy of a notice he had sent to Mr. H. Dolphin, the owner of premises on Barratt’s Hill, in the occupation of A. Wiggins, requiring him to re-build a wall in front of the said premises, which was dangerous to the public, and stated that the notice had not been complied with. The town clerk was instructed to write Mr. Dolphin, requiring him to comply with the notice in order to avoid proceedings being taken against him.

WEDDING.- Last week a very pretty wedding was celebrated in Broseley Wesleyan Chapel, the contracting parties being Miss Elizabeth Sarah Blackford, second daughter of Mr. William Blackford Benthall, and Mr. James Arthur Hartshorne, second son of Mr. James E. Hartshorne, The Lea, Benthall. Both are members of the Wesleyan Church at Broseley, and of the choir, and the bridegroom is organist and choirmaster, each being highly and deservedly respected. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. H. J. Brookfield (superintendent of Madeley Circuit). Mr. A. T. Hartshorne (brother of bridegroom) acted as best man. Some pretty floral decorations lent a suitable effect to the building, in which a large number of people were assembled when the bride entered, accompanied by her father, who eventually gave her away. She was attired in a dress of white muslin. The bridesmaids were Miss Jessie Blackford (sister of the bride) and Miss May Hartshorne (sister of the bridegroom). “Saviour, let Thy sanction rest” was sung by the choir, and “Side by side” by Miss M. L. Hancock of Dudley. Mr. A. Pitt played Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March”, and at the conclusion of the ceremony the wedding party proceeded to the residence of the bride’s father and partook of luncheon, after which the happy pair, amidst the congratulations of their friends, and the usual shower of confetti, left for Criccieth for the honeymoon. Among the numerous presents were a handsome tea set and clock presented by the Wesleyan Church at Broseley.

17th August 1901



Before Messrs. R. F. Ayre (Mayor), W. G. Norris, and W. Y. Owen.

A BATCH OF ASSAULTS.— Henry Jones married man, was charged with assaulting William Bowyer, gardener at Rudge Wood, Broseley, and was fined 2s. 6d. and costs.— John Rowe, confectioner. Broseley, was charged with beating Charles Davis, eight years old.— The lad said he went with his brother to defendant’s shop, and whilst his brother was inside the shop a little girl outside shouted, “Wrap it up”. Defendant came out and kicked witness about the legs, and banged his head against the wall. John Howells, butcher, and Hayward Davis gave corroborative evidence.— Defendant said he had been annoyed three years by Davis, who would open the door and run away.— He was fined 19s. 6d., including costs, or 14 days.

A SAD CASE AT BROSELEY.— Florence Jones, Broseley, applied for a separation order from her husband, John Jones, under the Married Women’s Property Act, 1895. Mr. F. R. Spender represented the complainant, and Mr. C. B. H. Soame defended.— Complainant stated that she was married at Christ Church, Wellington, in October, 1893, to her husband, who is a shunter working for the Great Western Railway Company at 19s. a week. She had two children. Three months after marriage their troubles first began. She remonstrated with her husband on account of his throwing the baby across the bed. He hit her on the temple with his closed fist. He was constantly assaulting her, and on one occasion when she was returning from Iron-Bridge Market he complained to her about the tea, and then knocked her down with a basket. She left him in consequence of her husband’s treatment, and she was afraid to live with him, and asked for a separation order.— Mr. Soame contended that the complainant having returned to her husband and lived with him three days before taking out the summons, the offence was condoned, and there was no case.— The Bench considered the point, and said the case must proceed. — Witness was then cross-examined by Mr. Soame.— Mary Ann Parker, next-door neighbour, stated that the parties were always quarrelling. Mrs. Jones had often come to her crying, and had shown her bruises she had received through her husband’s behaviour. She had remonstrated with the husband.— Jane Edwards, another neighbour gave evidence as to the unhappy way in which the parties lived.— For the defence, Mr. Soame emphatically denied the accusations of ill treatment. His client was not a drunken man, and this was the first time he was ever in a court of justice. Out of 19s. a week he gave his wife 18s. to keep the house, pay the rent, &c. His client did not wish a separation; he was fond of his children, and he asked their Worships to give him another chance. He could give a blank denial of everything that was said about him, and at the same time could show up some of the weakneses of the wife.— The Bench found defendant guilty of persistent cruelty, and therefore granted a separation.

31st August 1901


ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH.—On Sunday evening the Bishop of Hereford preached in the Parish Church in behalf of the Queen Victoria Clergy Sustentation Fund. The Rev. G. Fleming Lamb (rector) took the service, and Mr. J. Nicklin read the lessons. The musical portion of the service was well rendered by the choir, and Miss Allen of Benthall ably presided at the organ. There was a large congregation, and the offertory amounted to £8 0s. 7d.

OUTING.— On the 22nd inst. the juvenile members of the “Rose of Sharon” Lodge of Oddfellows had their annual outing, the place selected being Shrewsbury, whither they were conveyed in a brake and waggonette, via Much Wenlock. A visit was paid to the horticultural show, and was greatly enjoyed. The whole of the arrangements were entrusted to Messrs. T. Smith and R. Whitmore, who carried out the same in a highly satisfactory manner,


Before Messrs. R. F. Ayre (mayor), H. Wayne, W. G, Norris, J. Bodenham, and A. B. Dyas. Mr. Dyas did not sit in the licensing cases.

SUPERINTENDENT WALTERS’S REPORT.— This stated that during the past year, 88 persons had been proceeded against for drunkenness--viz., 80 males and 8 females, and of this number 78 males and 7 females were convicted. During the preceding year the prosecutions were 54, with 52 convictions, and during the previous five years the yearly average was 90 prosecutions. One inn-keeper had been proceeded against for selling adulterated whisky, and she had been convicted and fined. Under the Food and Drugs Act eight samples of beer and eight of spirits had been taken for analysis, but all, with one exception, were certified to be pure and unadulterated.— The Mayor said all the licenses would be renewed, but the repairs to certain houses complained of must be executed within a month.

7th September 1901


The monthly meeting was held on Wednesday; present:— Alderman D. L. Prestage (chairman), Councillors E. G. Exley, W. E. Southorn, P. Jones, E. Oakes, and Messrs. A. Owen (for the town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), H. Herbert (inspector), and J. Dixon (collector).— Mr. Dixon said he had collected £125 10s. 4d. since the last meeting, but there was still £56 to be collected. He produced a list of rate defaulters, and the collector was instructed to take the usual proceedings.— The Clerk said there was a balance of £314 4s. 5d. in hand, but several bills were required to be paid.— Mr. Oakes asked if there was any prospect of getting the £1,100 for main roads.— The Chairman said at present they had not got it, so they would have to use the money from the district funds.— The Clerk remarked that the Local Government Board proposed to hold an inquiry into the matter, but the day was not fixed.— The Chairman was of opinion that the County Council should pay them for the work done.— Mr. Jones wanted to know what the other wards were doing.— The Chairman said they were using the money out of the local rates for the main roads, and he supposed they could do nothing else but wait. The question was whether they should continue to do any work on the main roads.— The Clerk said if they did not keep them in proper repair they would lose the whole of the grant.— Mr. Oakes: I think we had better continue it.— The surveyor was instructed to ask the contractor to make more progress in the repairing of the pavements.— The Inspector reported a case of enteric fever at King Street, Broseley, which he said was isolated, and that it was not likely to spread.— Mr. Jones said they tried to go in for an infectious hospital, but failed.— The Inspector said he had made 50 inspections, and reported several cases of nuisances, which were ordered to be abated.— Mr. Herbert asked the Council if they would make him some allowance towards a bicycle. He had found out that this was the largest borough in England, and with a bicycle a great deal of time would be saved.— The Chairman said the question was one for the general Council to decide, and the matter dropped.— Mr. Oakes referred to the bad state of the road and channelling leading from the Duke of York to Hockley Bank, and Mr. Southorn called attention to the bad state of the footpaths in Broseley Wood.— The Surveyor was asked to visit the places and report the result at the next meeting.

28th September 1901



Before Councillor R. F. Ayre (mayor), Lord Forester, Colonel Anstice, Alderman A. B. Dyas, and Councillor W. Y. Owen.

LICENSING.— The license of the Red Lion Hotel, Madeley, was transferred to Ernest Hayward of Norton; the Fox, Madeley Wood to Mrs. Elizabeth Fowler, of the Horse and Jockey. The license of the Commercial Inn, Coalbrookdale, was transferred to H. T. Poppitt, and the Talbot Inn, Iron-Bridge, to Walter Weld. In respect to the repairs at the Cape of Good Hope, Broseley, the agent for Messrs. Allsopp and Co. told the Bench that the work pointed out by Superintendent Walters would be accomplished in a week.

JURY LISTS.—The overseers presented the jury lists, which were signed by the Bench, there being no objections.


5th October 1901


PRESENTATION.— On Saturday evening a very pleasing event took place, the occasion being the presentation by members of the Broseley Athletic Club of a very handsome clock to Mr. John Watkins (captain of the club) on his recent marriage. Mr. George Hurdley, in felicitous terms, made the presentation, to which the recipient suitably replied.

HARVEST FESTIVAL.— On Sunday thanksgiving services were held in the Old Baptist Chapel, when appropriate sermons were preached by Mr. D. Hall of Shifnal. Suitable hymns were sung by the choir, and Mr. R. Tonkiss presided at the harmonium. The chapel was beautifully decorated with fruit and flowers by Mrs. Bennett, Mrs. H. Legge, Mrs. T. Boden, Mrs. E. Boden, Miss J. Hudson, Miss Boden, and Miss Roberts. A collection was taken at the close of each service.

SANITARY COMMITTEE.— The monthly meeting was held on Wednesday; present:— Alderman D. L. Prestage (chairman), Councillors P. Jones, W. E. Southam, E. G. Exley, and E. Oakes; Messrs. G. Stevenson (borough surveyor), H. Herbert (sanitary inspector), J. Dixon (rate collector), and G. C. Cooper (town clerk).— The Rate Collector reported that e had collected since the last meeting £66 13s. 11d. — The treasurer’s book showed a balance of £380 18s. 4d. Cheques were drawn for a total of £88 18s. 9d.— The Surveyor reported his expenditure since the last meeting as £73 12s. 2d., and a cheque was drawn in his favour for £105.— A tender was submitted from the Broseley Gas Company for the supply of gas to the public lamps, and including the maintenance of burners, taps, and services, at the rate of 31s. per lamp per 1,000 hours. The tender was accepted.— Complaints were made of the nuisance caused by the steam whistles at some of the works having been blown for over half a minute, especially in the morning. The committee decided in 1899 that no whistles should be blown longer than 10 seconds, and it was decided to instruct the police to request the owners of the works to comply with the committee’s decision, As instructed at the last meeting, the Surveyor stated he had inspected the road from the Duke of York to Hockley Bank, and recommended, in order to abate the damage caused by the water running over the road, that a gully be fixed, and this was agreed to.— The Inspector reported several nuisances which he had found existing while making his house-to-house inspection, and he was instructed to issue notices for their abatement.


19th October 1901


A special meeting of Wenlock Town Council was held on Wednesday; present:— Councillor R. F. Ayre (mayor), Aldermen Lord Forester, J. A. Anstice, T. H. Thursfield, A. B. Dyas. J. Bodenham, G. Lloyd, and D. L. Prestage; Councillors W. Allen, J. Davies, P. Jones, E. G. Exley, R. A. Instone, W. Y. Owen, F. G. Beddoes, W. F. Bryan, B. Maddox, T. Cooke, C. E. Ainsworth, T. J. Barnett, C. Edwards, W. Evans, and F. J. Hart; Mr. Godfrey C. Cooper (town clerk)

DEAF AND DUMB CHILDREN.— The Town Clerk reported that according to his instructions at the last meeting he had completed an agreement with the Edgbaston Institution for Deaf and Dumb Children whereby William Tranter, junior, of Iron-Bridge would be educated there for four years on the payment of the annual sum of £20 by the Council. The boy was admitted in August, and his father would pay to the Council a weekly sum of 2s. 6d. towards his maintenance.— These arrangements were approved.- The Town Clerk then read a letter from the clerk to the Board of Guardians calling the attention of the Council to the case of a boy named Harry Duce of Much Wenlock.- Mr Jones (school attendance officer) stated the boy, who was deaf and dumb, was seven years of age, and that the mother was willing to pay 1s. per week towards his maintenance. In reply to a suggestion by Councillor Maddox that the boy should be sent to an Institution for four years when he attained the age of 12, the Town Clerk stated that the Council as the education authority had no option but to provide for the education of the boy from the age of seven to 16.— It was ultimately agreed that the clerk should make inquiries as to the terms on which the boy would be admitted to the Edgbaston Institution.

SCAVENGING CONTRACTS.— The seal of the Council was ordered to be affixed to three contracts entered into by the Madeley committee for scavenging in their ward.

THE BOROUGH ANALYST.— The Town Clerk stated that Mr. T. P. Blunt (borough analyst) was and had been ill for some time, and that Captain Williams-Freeman had a number of samples from the borough which were awaiting analysis. Owing to Mr. Blunt’s illness the County Council had arranged with Dr. Rostock Hill to analyse their samples at 10s. 6d. per sample.- After a short discussion it was decided that, as a temporary measure, Dr. Rostock Hill be requested to analyse samples on the same terms as arranged with the County Council.

THE IRON BRIDGE.— Councillor Maddox moved “That the Council consider the question of making a strong representation to the County Council asking them to free the bridge from tolls, and that a committee consisting of seven members from the Madeley, Broseley, and Barrow Wards be appointed to consider and report”. He (Councillor Maddox) thought the time had come for the burden of paying tolls to be removed from the ratepayers. The question would no doubt be a complicated one, but every point could be thrashed out by the committee. He had been told that the question was not a new one, as it had been brought forward 16 or 17 years ago when the town clerk informed the Council that they could not legally free the bridge from tolls, but that difficulty had since been removed by the Highways and Bridges Act, 1891, which gave County Councils full power to deal with such bridges. Considering what other County Councils had done he thought the Shropshire County Council was much behind in the matter. The Worcester County Council had no toll bridges at all, and what they had done to free all their bridges could be done by the Shropshire authority. The case of this bridge, however, had never been put before them. He suggested the following as the committee:— Alderman Dyas, the Mayor, and Councillor Beddoes for Madeley Ward, Alderman Prestage and Councillors Southorn and Oakes for Broseley Ward, and Councillor Allen for Barrow Ward.— Alderman Dyas and Councillor Beddoes both thought Councillor Maddox should be on the committee, and his name was added.— Councillor Beddoes seconded the resolution. He said that residing as he did in Iron-Bridge he saw a lot of the hardship occasioned by there being no passage from one part of the borough to the other without the payment of a toll. He thought the matter should be strongly represented to the County Council, and if they would not meet them that it be referred to the Local Government Board. He understood the two railway companies paid a matter of £150 to £160 yearly in tolls on this bridge, and no doubt they had, through this, to increase their rates for carriage of goods, and the burden thus fell on the tradesmen. He thought the companies would no doubt be glad to help in the matter. He also knew a haulier of coal who he understood paid £30 to £40 per year. They themselves had been asked £10 per annum for the privilege of carrying their water pipe to Broseley across the bridge, though eventually this was reduced to £5. A lot of people in the district lived on one side of the river and worked on the other, and they had to pay three-pence per week, and though on looking at it this did not seem a great deal to some, it was rather hard on a great many girls and boys who did not get much money per week at the works.— Lord Forester suggested that Councillor Maddox should add the approaches of the road to his resolution. The road leading to the bridge (belonging to the trust) was in a bad state of repair: Councillor Maddox agreed.— Alderman Thursfield said they must bear in mind that there were other toll bridges in the county, and that there were other agitations for free bridges. He thought the committee should consider the wider question as to the way in which the bridge could be freed.— Alderman Prestage supported Councillor Maddox’s resolution. The payment of tolls, he said, was a very great hardship to the ratepayers of Broseley, and it would mean a great deal to Broseley if the bridge was free. The road to it was also in bad repair. He did not know the age of the bridge, but should think it was the oldest in the county. (Councillor Allen: It was erected in 1777.) The County Council had not freed a bridge yet, and he hoped they would commence with this one.— Councillor Allen also supported the resolution on behalf of the Barrow ward. Personally he had to pay 9s. or 10s. a week in tolls.— Councillor Maddox agreed to alter his resolution for the committee to report on the question generally.- The Mayor thought that if the matter was taken up thoroughly, and they obtained the support of their four members on the County Council, the matter would be well ventilated and something done.— The resolution was then agreed to.

2nd November 1901


On Monday evening Messrs. Barber and Son of Wellington sold by auction at the Tontine Hotel, Iron-Bridge, the premises called the Old Assembly Rooms, situated near Church Hill in Iron-Bridge, which, after a spirited competition, were purchased by Captain Garrett for £250. Mr. A. H. Thorn was solicitor to the vendors. There were also sold 50 ordinary shares of £7 10s. each in the Iron-Bridge Gas Company, and these, sold in lots of five, ranged from £11 2s. 6d. to £11 5s. per share. Fifty-five shares in the same Gas Company, with dividend, were disposed of from £11 12s. 6d. to £12 each. An interesting feature of the sale was the disposal of the share No. 57, in the Iron-Bridge Trust. Mr. Barber stated that this was the first time for 105 years that a share in this famous Bridge, opened in 1779, had been under the hammer.— A copy of the Act of Parliament “made in the sixteenth year of the reign of his Majesty King George the Third, for building a bridge across the river Severn from Benthall to the opposite shore at Madeley Wood”, was produced at the sale, and also the original scrip, which bears the signature of John Wilkinson, Edward Blakeway, and Leonard Jennings, three of this trustees, who in “consideration of the sum of fifty pounds to us in hand do assign one entire share or sixty-fourth part or proportion of the net produce of the tolls or duties by the said Act granted to be made in equal payments on the 1st day of July and the 1st day of January yearly”. This is dated the 20th day of October, 1777. The Act gives the trustees many powers, among others being the right of use of ferry within a distance of 500 yards above or below the site of the said, bridge, and any person or persons who shall employ any boat or other craft to ferry any person, cattle, or carriages across the river, within the prescribed limits, shall forfeit the sum of twenty shillings for every person, beast, or carriage; that all writings, transfers, &c., under the hands of the trustees shall be free from stamp duty; that the bridge shall not be rated or assessed to the payment of any rate or tax at any other or higher rate than Benthall Ferry stood rated for the year 1775. At the foot of the list of tolls on the board attached to the toll house on the bridge is the following:—”N.D.—This bridge, being private property, every officer or soldier, whether on duty or not, is liable to pay toll-for passing over, as well as any baggage waggon, marl coach, or the Royal Family”. The lot was purchased by Mr. Stevenson of Shifnal for £160, the previous share sold making only - £80. Messrs. Potts and Potts ware solicitors to the vendors of all the shares.


2nd November 1901


The monthly meeting was held on Wednesday; present: Alderman A. B. Dyas (chairman), Councillors R. F. Ayre (mayor), W. J. Legge, P. G. Beddoes, R. Lane, A. C. Cartwright and Messrs- Godfrey C. Cooper (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), H. Herbert (inspector of nuisances), and T. E. Patten (collector).

GOOD REPORT.—The Chairman said that some of the members drove round the Harrington waterworks, and they were quite satisfied and well pleased with the way in which the work was being done.- The Clerk said the work was progressing favourably at Posenhall.

A SCANDAL TO THE PLACE.— The Mayor said the gates at the Iron-Bridge Railway Station, according to new regulations, were nearly always closed, and foot-passengers had to ascend a number of steps, walk over the bridge, and come down the other side, which made it a long journey. He started from Iron-Bridge on a bicycle, and with waiting at the three sets of gates it took him 20 minutes to get by the Jackfield Post Office, a short distance. He also had known people coming from Broseley who were going to the Coalbrookdale Station, when they had missed their train through waiting for the gates to be opened. It was a scandal to the place.— The Chairman said it was a nuisance that the gates should be closed so long.— Mr. Beddoes endorsed what the Mayor had said, adding that it was worse than it used to be. His is man was delayed 20 minutes once at the Jackfield Crossing.— The Clerk way instructed to write the company on the matter.


ACCIDENT.—A man named Gallier accidentally fell on a garden fork yesterday week, and his arm was badly lacerated. Mr. Bunnager rendered first aid.


DEATH OF MRS. J. ROWE.— On Wednesday morning there passed away, in her 59th year, Mrs. Mary Rowe, wife of Mr. John Rowe, baker and confectioner, Barber Street, Broseley. Deceased had been a great sufferer for some years from cancer. She leaves a husband, son, and two daughters, for whom much sympathy is expressed.

THE LATE Mr. THEO. WATIKIS.— Mr. Smart of Newport writes:— “As a lifelong friend, please permit me to add to the remarks in last Saturday’s ‘Journal’ on the death of Mr. Watkis, that he was a most capable and reliable orchestral leader, in great request always, and very well known throughout this county and the adjoining ones of Worcester and Hereford, and also as a member of the Birmingham orchestras. As a violin soloist and teacher, he was certainly in the front rank, besides being an excellent pianist and singer, whilst as an organist he could well hold his own anywhere”.

ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH.— In the absence of the Rev. G. F. Lamb. M.A. (rector), who is from home, the Rev. Mr. Hawk preached an excellent sermon on Sunday morning in Broseley Parish Church, and at the close alluded in feeling terms to the great loss the church at Broseley had sustained in the death of their late organist and choirmaster, Mr. Theo. Watkis. He was well-known, the preacher said, as a thorough musician and the choir, whose singing he had listened to with so much pleasure that morning, gave indisputable evidence of his abilities as a teacher, for in all his travels through the dioceses of Hereford and Lichfield, he could truly say he had never heard singing at any of the churches to excel it. Mr. J. Nicklin officiated at the organ, and at the close of the service he played the “Dead March’”, with much taste and feeling.


SUDDEN DEATH OF A FARMER.— Mr. John Maddox of Swinbatch Farm, on Saturday, paid a visit to his son-in-law at Broseley. In the afternoon he went out in the garden to out some wood, and when his grand-daughter went to call him to tea, she saw her grandfather lying on his back, dead. He was immediately removed into the house. No Inquest was held.


9th November 1901


A meeting of this body was held in the Shirehall Shrewsbury, on Saturday. There were present:— Mr. J. Bowen-Jones (chairman), Mr. R. G. Venables (vice-chairman), Earl of Powis, Sir Offley Wakeman, Bart., Major Heber-Percy, Colonel Patchett, Captain Dickin, Colonel E. M. Wakeman, Lord Forester, Rev. A. G. Burton, Col. Masefield, Dr. McCarthy, Messrs. W. H. Lander, J. Parry-Jones, A. Wood-Acton, H. H. France-Hayhurst, W. E. Garnett-Botfield, W. L. Southwell, T. Poole, C. Wadlow, W. H. Smith, J. D. Owen, J. Davis, F. B. Owen, R. Lloyd Kenyon, A. E. Payne, R. Blakeway Phillips, W. G. Chubb, J. D. Southam, T. S. Minton, T. Corbett, R. Wall, H. J. Hearn, W. E. M. Halton-Harrop, J. R. Howard McLean, Heighway Jones, W. H. Foster, Lyde Benson, Jas. Cavan, Frank Bibby, J. Tayleur, W. H. Whitaker, R. Taylor, W. Gordon, T. Poole (Clun), T. Jones, W. H. Leake, E. Broughall, T. Topham, F. W. Yates, T. H. Thursfield, and W. T. Southam.


The committee reported that they had had under their consideration for some time past the question of the repair and maintenance of the main roads within the borough of Wenlock for the year ended the 31st March last. The agreement in force between the Council and the Town Council provides for the annual payment of £1,500 for the repair and maintenance of the main roads within the borough for a period of five years, commencing the 1st April, 1899; but as the county surveyor was unable to certify that the whole of the main roads within the borough had been properly maintained and repaired, the committee decided that they were unable to recommend the Council to pay any sum in respect of those roads which the county surveyor had certified had been properly maintained and repaired. A statement of the whole facts had since been laid before the Local Government Board, with the result that the committee had again gone into the subject, and decided to recommend the payment of the sum of £1,177 in respect of the claim of the Town Council. A fresh agreement had been made with the Dawley Urban District Council for repair and maintenance of their main roads, the terms being:— For three years, from the 1st April last for the sum of £157 10s 6d. per annum, being 3 miles 3 furlongs and 59 yards, at £46 4s. 54d. per mile. The Houghton’s Pole Bridge (dividing the counties of Salop and Worcester) had been inspected, and also the bridle road on which it was situate, by a sub-committee; but they did not recommend the Council to make any grant towards widening the bridge. Under instructions from the committee, the county surveyor was carrying out repairs to the bridge crossing the Severn at Buildwas. He had also had instructions to effect repairs to Glazeley, Clungunford, and Lingen Bridges. The sum of £2,848 would probably be required for expenses incident to road maintenance.— On the motion of Mr. Venables, seconded by Mr. Poole, the report was adopted.



Met on Saturday at the favourite spot, The Riddings, near Coalport. Mr. Lascelles, happily, was able to be out, and carried the horn for the master, who has not yet left his military duties in London, but whom all hope to see amongst us very soon. They were not long in suspense ere a good one faced the open, making for Rowton. We had some very pretty hunting here and near the roots, and managed to get on a fox, who gave our pack a regular breather, but of course Reynard had the leg of them, and quietly winking the other eye, he bade them good-bye. We soon got on to another hare, who took us on by the Inet and down for Tar Batch Dingle, crossing the field by Caughley Old Hall (the birth-place of the very celebrated, old blue Shropshire china). Mr. Lascelles, of course, whipped off at the cover here because his lordship has not yet shot it. So we crossed over and about Turner’s Yard. Working steadily up for the Foresters’ Arms and The Dunge on the way for the kennels, scent was very bad. No one seemed to regret this course. We could only see a nice short run now, then up to The Dunge, where the field dispersed with the hope that Mr. Lascelles and Kitson might perchance have a rattling good hunt and kill in the park to them-selves.                                           OLD SPORT.


9th November 1901


PRESENTATION.— On Saturday evening a very interesting ceremony took place at the headquarters of the Broseley Albion F.C., Mr. J. Watkins, the representative of the club, being presented with a set of fireirons and coal vase by the committee, players, and supporters of the club, on the occasion of his recent marriage. Mr. A. J. Preston, who made the presentation on behalf of the subscribers, spoke in the highest terms of the valuable assistance Mr. Watkins has rendered to the club in the past, and expressed a wish that he would continue to give the club the benefit of his services. Mr. Watkins suitably acknowledged the gift. Afterwards a smoking concert was held, Mr. H. Mason being elected chairman, and Mr. H. Russell (captain) vice-chairman. Songs were rendered by Messrs. Gittings, Taylor, Harvey, Preston, &c., and a very enjoyable evening was spent. Mr. H. Mason (hon. sec) carried out the arrangements.

SANITARY COMMITTEE.— WEDNESDAY. Present:— Alderman D. L. Prestage (chairman), Councillors P. Jones, W. E. Southorn, E. G. Exley, R. A. Instone, E. Oakes, and T. Doughty, Messrs. G. Stevenson (borough surveyor), H. Herbert (sanitary inspector), J. Dixon (rate collector), Dr. Gepp (medical officer of health), and Mr. Godfrey C. Cooper (town clerk).

FINANCIAL.— The Rate Collector reported that he had collected since the last meeting £39 5s. 3d.- The Chairman reported a balance in the treasurer’s hands of £226 4s. 10d. Cheques were drawn for a few small accounts.— The Surveyor reported his expenditure during the past month at £115 2s. 11d., and a cheque was drawn in his favour for £85.

THE OUTBREAK OF FEVER.— A discussion took place as to the rather severe outbreak of scarlet fever in the district, each case of which had been duly visited by the sanitary inspector. Dr. Gepp submitted a report on the outbreak in which he stated that three previous outbreaks had occurred in Broseley during the year. In each instance, only one house was, affected, and no spread occurred. The origin of the present outbreak was not definitely traceable and might be due to lingering infection in mild and unknown cases, or, having in view a general seasonal prevalence of the disease in the country at the present time, there might have been a fresh introduction of one or more unsuspected cases from outside the district. Only two houses were known to be infected. Then, owing to the schools becoming affected, cases became more frequent, and notifications followed rapidly up to the present date. In all, 42 cases had so far come to light in this outbreak in 23 houses, and of this number 33 cases in 19 houses were in the Broseley division, the remaining cases being those of children living outside the division, but attending school in Broseley. With one or two exceptions the first case in each house attacked was that of a child attending one or other of the Broseley schools, the greater number being among the children attending the National infant school. In one or two cases careful inquiry showed that infection had been contracted outside the schools. The cases have been very mild for the most part, and, as is usual in school fever at the present time, the mildness of the disease has led to spread of infection owing to the failure of parents to suspect the nature of the illness and to keep the children indoors and from school. One death has occurred from diphtheria following upon scarlet fever in a child. Every case had been visited, and instructions given for isolation of the children so far as is possible in the small houses affected, and for disinfection. The sale of milk had been discontinued from one infected house, and careful inquiry made for unreported and unsuspected cases. The Broseley schools comprised the National boys and girls and infant schools, and the Broseley Wood infant school. When the outbreak arose these various schools were warned as to existence of the disease, and advised to keep a strict watch for and to exclude all doubtful cases of illness. He visited the schools, and advised the managers to close the infant school forthwith. The other departments were then but slightly affected. The managers closed the infant department, and later on they closed all the schools. With the closing of the schools and other precautions taken, the epidemic might be expected to be checked and brought under control, but he recommended the committee to arrange for the distribution of disinfectants at the public expense, for fumigation of infected rooms and clothing and for general scouring and cleansing.— In the course of further remarks Dr. Gepp said he had sent out 150 notices to schools for distribution among the scholars, which he thought might be the means of bringing many unsuspected cases to light.— After some discussion it was agreed to supply disinfectants to occupiers of infected houses, and the best means of so doing was left in the hands of the medical officer and sanitary inspector.

NUISANCES. — The Inspector reported a large number of nuisances, for which orders for abatement were directed to be given.


9th November 1901



Before Councillor R. F. Ayre (mayor), Colonel J. A. Anstice, Alderman Dyas, and Councillor W. Y, Owen.

WHAT HE DESERVED.— John Roberts, a rough-looking tramp, was charged with being drunk and disorderly, and also with assaulting Police-constable Davies when in the execution of his duty.— The officer stated that on the previous night, about 10 o’clock, he saw the prisoner in King Street, Broseley, drunk and making use of abusive language. He ordered him away, and he went, but about 11 o’clock he saw him again in the Woodland’s Green, Broseley, very drunk, and behaving in a disorderly manner, and wanting to fight anybody. When witness told prisoner to go away, he struck him a violent blow on the chest, and knocked him down. Witness caught hold of prisoner, and, in taking him to the Iron-Bridge lockup, he kicked him in the stomach, and he at present felt the result of it. The man behaved like a madman.— Prisoner said he went to Broseley and got too much drink.— He was sentenced to 21 days for being drunk and disorderly, and two months’ imprisonment for the assault on the constable; the sentences to run concurrently.

16th November 1901


The Council meeting was held on Saturday; present:— Councillor R. P. Ayre (chairman), Lord Forester, Colonel J. A. Anstice, Aldermen T. H. Thursfield, A. B. Dyas, G. Lloyd, J. Bodenham, Councillors Jones, Owen, Dixon, Bryan, Morris, Evans, Cooke, Maddox, Beddoes, Davies, Hart, Oakes, Doughty, Barnett, Allen, and the officers: Messrs. Godfrey C. Cooper (town clerk), P. H. Potts (borough treasurer), G. Stevenson (surveyor), H. Herbert (inspector), and A. H. Thorn (magistrates’ clerk). A procession was formed at the Raven Hotel and proceeded to the Council Chamber in the following order:— Four constables carrying staves, Sergeant Bowen with the mace, Councillor R. F. Ayre (in robes), Mr. Godfrey Cooper (town clerk), lord Forester, Colonel Anstice, Aldermen, Councillors, and officials.

ELECTION OF MAYOR.—On arriving at the Guildhall, Mr. Ayre said the first business was the election of mayor.—Alderman Thursfield then rose and said, as he was the senior alderman of the borough, he asked the privilege and permission to propose that Alderman John Arthur Anstice be elected mayor for the ensuing year. His (Aldermen Anstice’s) grandfather was the first mayor of the reformed corporation in 1836, his father was mayor in 1863, his brother was mayor twice, he had been a member of the Corporation for 32 years, and had served the office of mayor five times, so that he was thoroughly well versed in the best traditions of the office. From his social position, and as colonel for so many years of the Volunteers, Alderman Anstice was particularly suited to represent the Corporation at the public functions of the ensuing year which is to see the Coronation of the King, with its attendant ceremonials, and, he might venture to hope, also the conclusion of the war—(hear, hear)— with its consequent rejoicings, and if any honours should fall upon their mayor it would be a great gratification to them all, and they would feel that an honour had been done to the borough through him. (Applause.) He thought it would also be an important year for the Council, as several questions seemed to be coming to a head. The water supply was being pushed forward in different parts of the borough. The recent changes in the sanitary arrangements of the borough would, he hoped, facilitate sanitary efficiency so that they might have more favourable reports from the medical officers of health for the county and borough. The great municipal want of the present day was stern economy. It was so easy to borrow, and so easy to spend. They must have water, they must have sanitation, they must have good roads. He felt sure Alderman Anstice would foster strict supervision and sound economy. He had worked on the Council with him for upwards of 30 years, and, if Alderman Anstice would excuse him saying so, they were both disciples of Mr. Layton Lowndes who did so much for the county and borough, and whose careful management of public money was so well known. If he compared financial matters now with what they were when Alderman Anstice entered the Council, he found the expenditure very much larger, but of course the requirements were far greater. Alderman Anstice had recently taken considerable trouble in consequence of the disallowance of a portion of the County Council grant, arising from the inefficient repair of some of the main roads, which would, he feared, necessitate an addition to the rate. They were going to discuss the allocation of the deficiency, but the more important questions still remained, why did this difficulty arise? and how can we prevent it arising in the future? The district roads necessitated greater expenditure generally than before the Council took them over from the parishes, and he could not say they were in a better state. He hoped that question would be considered. As the visitor to the Joint Lunatic Asylum, Alderman Anstice had always specially looked after their interests. All these were matter of business upon which the Council would require calm judgment and advice which come from experience, and which Alderman Anstice was so well able to give, and he had also always ungrudgingly given his time to the interests of the borough. He therefore formally proposed that Alderman John Arthur Anstice be the mayor of the borough for the ensuing year.—Alderman Dyas seconded the proposition. He was sure in electing Alderman Anstice as mayor they would be very pleased indeed with themselves in 12 months’ time that they conferred upon him the honour.- Lord Forester said he was sure they could not have a better man for mayor than Colonel Anstice, especially in this year that was coming for, as Mr. Thursfield had said, Colonel Anstice had been a member of the Council for 30 years, and he was sure during that time he had worked most energetically in the interests of the Council. He therefore supported the motion, which was carried unanimously. — Alderman Anstice having taken the oath of allegiance to the King, thanked the Council most heartily for the great honour they had done him that day. He looked upon it as a very significant act in electing mayors this year— a joyful year and a sad year. Sad because they had lost the best Sovereign in the history of the country, and joyful because they would soon be welcoming the son, her successor. It was true what Alderman Thursfield had and that he (Colonel Anstice) had had a very long experience of work in the Council. The borough had yet great things to accomplish— great questions to solve— the questions of roads, water, and sanitation. With regard to the water, as they knew, they were about to expend a very large sum of money, and he heard they had breakers ahead regarding the water supply, and he hoped the difficulties would be tided over, as they were last year. He was sorry to hear Mr. Thursfield say that the district roads were not so good as they used to be. If that was so, he hoped the district committees would take the matter up, and make the roads as good as they used to be. He hoped the business of the Council would continue with the same good fellowship and spirit and unanimity as in past years. (Applause.)

ELECTION OF ALDERMEN.—Messrs. A. B. Dyas, J. A. Anstice, T. H. Thursfield, and D. L. Prestage were unanimously re-elected Aldermen for six years.

THANKS TO THE EX-MAYOR.- Alderman Dyas moved a vote of thanks to the ex-mayor (Councillor R. F. Ayre). He said it was his pleasing duty to propose him as mayor, and he was sure they were gratified with the manner in which he had conducted the business. He had paid every attention to the work, and upheld the honour and dignity of the office. (Applause.) Councillor Ayre scarcely missed a meeting of the Council, and had attended nearly every Petty Sessions. He was sure the Council were highly pleased with him.— Alderman Bodenham, in seconding the motion, remarked that he could testify to the able manner in which the ex-mayor had discharged the duties of the office. He had always conducted the meetings in a very pleasant manner. — The motion was unanimously carried.— Mr. Ayre, in responding, said it was with some trepidation that he accepted the position of mayor, but, thanks to the kindness of the members, his path lay in pleasant places, and he should always look back upon his year of office as one of the most interesting and pleasant years of his life. He also thanked the town clerk and other officials for the manner in which they had always assisted him, particularly the town clerk, whose advice he had to seek many times. He hoped the present mayor would experience an equally pleasant years, and that the Colonel’s name would not be forgotten in the coronation year. (Applause.)

THE STANDING ORDERS — The Mayor suggested that the Council should have some standing orders, which he considered were very desirable for this and the, District Council meetings.- On the motion of Mr. Beddoes, the Mayor and Town Clerk were asked to draw up the orders and submit them to the next meeting.

ELECTION OF COMMITTEES. — The following were elected:— Finance and General Purposes: The Mayor, the ex-Mayor, Alderman Dyas, Alderman Thursfield, Alderman Prestage, Alderman R. E. Anstice, Alderman Bodenham, Councillors Allen, Southorn, Owen, W. F. Bryan, Beddoes, Cooke, Morris, Evans, and Lord Forester. Contagious Diseases (Animals) Acts Committee: The Mayor, the ex-Mayor,- Aldermen Thursfield, R. E. Anstice, Dyas, Bodenham, Lloyd, Councillors Davies, Jones, Morris, Owen, Bryan, Maddox, Cartwright, Cooke, Ainsworth, Barnett., Edwards, Evans, Doughty. Main Roads Committee: The Mayor, ex-Mayor, Aldermen Thursfield, Prestage, J. A. Anstice, R. E. Anstice, Dyas, Bodenham, Lloyd, Councillors Allen, Davies, Forester, Exley, Instone, Owen, Beddoes, Bryan, Cooke, Barnett, Edwards.

BOROUGH RATE.— The Mayor said the quarterly bills amounted to £273 2s. 6d., and £104 1s. 10d. were required to be raised by a rate.— Councillor Owen moved that a borough rate of 0½d. in the pound be levied.— Councillor Cooke seconded, and it was carried.

VISITOR TO THE ASYLUM. — Mr. Ayre proposed that the Mayor be appointed visitor to the Asylum.— Mr. Edwards seconded, and this was carried.— The Mayor said there was no report from the Asylum but sooner or later he thought the Council would have to find some more money.

MAIN ROADS AND THE COUNTY COUNCIL.— The Mayor read the following report of the Main Roads Committee, which, he said, was very important:— “Your committee beg to report that since the last meeting of the Council an interview has taken place in London at the offices of the Local Government Board with reference to the 12 months’ grant for main roads which has been withheld by the County Council on account of the county surveyor not having certified the whole of the roads to be in a proper state of repair. The County Council was represented by the chairman and the deputy clerk, while the chairman and town clerk attended on behalf of your committee, and it was finally decided, subject to the consent of the Town Council, that the County Council should pay the sum of £1,177, being the £1,500 grant, less the sum of £323 certified by the county surveyor as a proper deduction and the Local Government Board gave their sanction to this course being adopted. By this means a public inquiry and arbitration will be avoided, and your committee strongly recommend the Town Council to confirm the above arrangement. With regard to the £323 deduction, your committee have carefully considered the best method of raising the amount. Presuming it is to come out of the general district rate, there would appear to be three different modes of apportioning it between the four Sanitary Committees, namely, either according to rateable value or according to mileage, or according to the amount actually expended by each committee on main roads for the 12 months concerned. The following are the figures showing how each of the four methods will work out: — Barrow: Expenditure, £26 7s. 7d.: mileage, 52; rateable value, £40 7s. 6d. Broseley: Expenditure, £31 14s. 2d.; mileage, 20; rateable value, £69 8s. 2d. Madeley: Expenditure, £132 153. 9d.; mileage, 82; rateable value, £156 6s. 8d. Wenlock: Expenditure, £132 2s. 6d.; mileage, 169; rateable value, £56 16s. 11d. Your committee decided by a majority to recommend the Town Council to apportion the amount on the basis of rateable value. Your committee are making similar arrangements to last year for the hire of a steam roller for the coming winter. The sanitary inspector (Mr. Herbert,) has applied to your committee to be provided with a bicycle, and your committee recommend that an allowance towards the maintenance of a bicycle should be made to him similar to that granted to the police in the county, viz., 6s. per quarter”.— The Mayor said they knew they were under an agreement with the County Council to pay them £1,500 a year for main roads providing the roads were maintained in such a way as to satisfy the county surveyor, who sent in his certificate to the County Council for a reduction of £323 owing to some of the roads not being in proper order. There was a kind of deadlock, and the Main Roads Committee seriously considered the matter, and resolved to appeal to the Local Government Board, and the County Council, willing to help them, asked for a public inquiry to be held. Thinking the inquiry would cost a good deal of money, the chairman of the County Council, himself, and the clerks attended the Local Government Board, and asked them not to hold the inquiry. They suggested that the borough of Wenlock should withdraw their request, and accept £1,177 from the County Council. He thought the borough would agree to it, and he accepted the conditions. Having done this, the inquiry was saved, and he subsequently reported what had been done to the Main Roads Committee who adopted the report he had read. They had had one Local Government Board inquiry, and they had lost it. He moved that they accepted the two first paragraphs in the report.— This was seconded by the Mayor.— Mr. Maddox moved as an amendment that the question be referred back to the committee for further consideration, and that a local inquiry be held. He considered it was only justice to the surveyor that an inquiry should be held, and maintained that the ratepayers would be better satisfied. He said the whole thing was surrounded with mystery. He thought they should give their surveyor a chance to defend himself. Again, he should like to know who arranged the £323 fine— the Local Government Board, the County Council, or the county surveyor? He thought they should be fair to every man, and give every man a chance.—No one seconded the amendment— The Mayor proposed the method of raising the money as recommended by the committee be adopted.—  This having been seconded, Alderman Dyas moved as an amendment that they take it under expenditure.—Mr. Beddow seconded. He did not think it was the proper way to take it on the rateable value, or out of the borough rate.—Mr. Bodenham thought it was unfair to go on the rateable value. The fairest way, he considered, was to find the money out of the borough fund, for the reason that it would be equally divided. A rate of 1d. in the pound would be sufficient— Mr. Maddox supported the amendment, and Mr. Cooke was in favour of taking the money out of the borough fund, observing that it would be an injustice to do it in any other way.- The amendment was lost by two votes.— Mr. Bodenham then moved that the money be paid out of the borough rate. — Mr. Cooke seconded, and the motion was carried.— The other parts of the report were adopted.

16th November 1901


* Old Oak and Mahogany Furniture, Old Silver, China, Pictures, and Curios Bought for cash or taken in part Exchange.— James Davies, King Street, Broseley.

MISSIONARY SERMONS.- On Sunday two excellent sermons were preached in the Wesleyan Chapel by the Rev. H. J. Brookfield. Suitable hymns were admirably rendered by the choir, and Mr. J. A. Hartshorne presided at the harmonium. A collection was taken at the close of each service. There was a moderate attendance.

WESLEYAN FOREIGN MISSION.— On Thursday evening the annual meeting in connection with these missions was held in the Wesleyan Chapel, under the presidency of Mr. W. Edge, senior, who made a very stirring speech, after which the Rev. H. J. Brookfield (of Madeley Wood) read a highly-satisfactory report, showing the receipts from every source to be in excess of last year. He also delivered an interesting address. Mr. J. E. Hartshorne (The Lea) and Mr. E. R. Hartshorne (The Cottage) also appropriately addressed the meeting. There was a moderate attendance. A collection was taken at the close in aid of the funds.

PRESENTATION.— On Monday, at the Cape of Good Hope, Mr. W. Evans (Iron-Bridge), who has won the Quoit championship of England, was presented by the Broseley people with a beautiful pair of quoits and bag. Mr. R. Evans was in the chair, and Mr. H. Potts occupied the vice-chair. The large room was packed. In making the presentation the Chairman expressed his pleasure in so doing, and thought they ought to feel proud they had such a man in Shropshire. (Applause.)— Mr. Evans, in acknowledging the gift, said he should always think of the people of Broseley whenever he used the quoits. (Applause.) —Other speeches were made. Mr. J. Potts referred to the English Cup (won by Iron-Bridge), which was going round the table. He considered it was a great honour for Iron-Bridge to win the trophy, which had not been out of London for 20 years. To win it he said they had to beat the pick of three London teams, therefore he thought it was all the more credit due to them. (Applause.) Now they had won, they intended to stick to it. (Hear, hear.) Although it was expensive to compete for it he should always do what he could for the club as long as the members remained firm to him.— A  hearty vote of thanks was accorded to Messrs. W. Bailey and G. Davies, who were the instigators of the meeting, and several songs were sung.

16th November 1901


FOUND DEAD. — On Monday morning, at the National Schoolroom, Barrow, near Wenlock, Mr. F. H. Potts (coroner) held an inquiry touching the death of Miriam Pumford.— Margaret Habberley, married woman, said she had known deceased, a single woman, for 14 years. She was 77 years of age, and had lived in the almshouses for 14 years. She was formerly of Shirlett. Deceased was very eccentric, and suffered with gout and rheumatic. On Saturday she went to the house, and looking through the window, saw deceased lying on the floor. She told her husband what she had seen, and went to Wenlock and informed Sergeant Hopwood.— Annie Elizabeth Gough, an old woman, stated the last time she saw the deceased alive was on November 1st; then she was reaching something in the passage. Neither of them spoke. She was very eccentric, and was in the habit of shutting herself up.— Dr. Dyson (Broseley) stated that the woman must have been dead for three or four days before she was discovered. He thought her death was due to the failing of the heart’s action.- Sergeant Hopwood (Wenlock) deposed that he went in company with Mr. Arthur Owen to the house, and forced the door open, and found the woman was dead. He looked through the house, and discovered £8 in gold, £1 0s. 6d. in silver, and 1s. in coppers, which Mr. Owen took possession of. There was food in the house.— The verdict of the jury was “Found dead”.

7th December 1901


SUCCESSFUL COMPETITOR.- At the Birmingham poultry show Mr. F. H. Potts (borough coroner) obtained the first prize and a cup for the best Wyandottes.

BURIAL BOARD.— The quarterly meeting of this Board was held on Wednesday, when Mr. W. E. Southorn presided. The Clerk reported that there was a balance of £14 7s. 7d. in hand.

WESLEY GUILD. - On Wednesday evening a meeting was hold in the Wesleyan Schoolroom for the purpose of forming a branch of this Guild. Mr. J. E. Hartshorne presided, and made a few remarks pertinent to the occasion, after which Mr. E. R. Hartshorne stated the object and advantages of the society. The various Committees were then appointed. There was a fair attendance, and a goodly number gave in their names as members.

MISSIONARY SERMONS.— On Sunday two excellent sermons were preached in Broseley Congregational Chapel. The preacher in the morning was the Rev. W. Prothero (pastor), and in the evening the Rev. J. F. Newell of Samoa, Madagascar. Special hymns and the anthem, “All ye nations praise the Lord”, were admirably rendered by the choir, under the direction of Mr. Aquila Evans. Mr. George Tonkiss presided at the organ. There were good congregations, and a collection was taken in aid of foreign missions.

MUTUAL IMPROVEMENT SOCIETY.— In connection with this society a tea meeting was held In the Congregational Schoolroom on Wednesday, when 80 sat down. The following presided at the tables:— Mrs. R. Bunnagar, and the Misses Foster, Bunnagar and Webb. After tea an entertainment was given under the presidency of the Rev. W. Prothero, who urged upon all young men and young women to join the Society and emphasised the importance of reading good sound healthy literature. An excellent programme was well gone through, each item receiving the marked approval of the audience.

OBITUARY. — News has been received from America of the death of Mrs. Birch, wife of Mr. John Birch, formerly of Horsehay, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Corfield of Broseley. Mrs. Birch passed peacefully away on Saturday, November 9th, after a brief illness. The funeral took place next day, and was largely attended by sorrowing relatives and friends, as Mrs. Birch was well-liked by all who knew her. The service was performed in a very touching and impressive manner by the officiating minister, the Rev. J. H. Blacklock, formerly of England.          

SANITARY COMMITTEE.- WEDNESDAY. Present:— Councillor W. E. Southorn (chairman), E. Oakes, E. G. Riley, P. Jones, T. Doughty, R. A. Instone, and Messrs. Godfrey C. Cooper (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), J. Dixon (collector), H. Herbert (inspector), and Dr. Gepp (medical officer).

ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN AND COMMITTEES. — The Clerk said the first business was to appoint a Chairman for the ensuing year. — Mr. Southorn thought they could not do better than re-elect Mr. Prestage, who had conducted the business in a satisfactory manner.— Mr. Exley seconded the motion, which was carried unanimously. — The following were elected on the Committees:— Finance: Messrs. Prestage, Exley, Doughty, and Oakes. Main Roads: Messrs. Prestage, Exley, Instone, and Doughty.— Water Committee: Messrs. Prestage, Exley, and Southorn.

VOTE OF CONDOLENCE.— The Clerk announced the death of their old friend and late member, Mr. W. Mear.— The Chairman moved a vote of condolence with the bereaved family.— Mr. Exley seconded, and it was carried.

FINANCES.— The Clerk reported that there was a balance of £386 18s. 5d. in hand.— The Chairman: We are all right at present.— Mr. Exley expressed a hope that the rate would be less next time, adding that the extra assessment ought to make a difference.

SCARLET FEVER.— Dr. Gepp reported that there, had been 50 cases of scarlet fever in 29 Houses. There had only been one death. He was pleased to state that the epidemic was diminishing. The managers of the schools, he added, had wisely decided to keep the schools closed until the beginning of the new year.— In reply to Mr. Oakes, Dr. Gepp said the schools should be fumigated.

TENDER.— There were two tenders for removing the ashes in the town. That sent in by Mr. T. R. Burroughs for £21 10s, being the lowest was accepted.


28th December 1901



Before Colonel J. A. Anstice (mayor), Messrs. R. F. Ayre. W. G. Norris. and W. Y. Owen.

DISMISSED — John Weobley, a youth 12 years old, residing with his father at Jackfield, was charged with stealing 66lbs. weight of swedes, belonging to Thomas Burroughs, farmer, Broseley.— There was a doubt about the case, and defendant was discharged.- Colonel Anstice remarked that a new Act of Parliament would come into force on the 1st January, to the effect that where all young children were brought before the Petty Sessional Court, the characters of the parents would looked into and if it was proved they were to blame they would also be summoned.

AN OLD OFFENDER.– Henry Potts, labourer, Jackfield. was charged with trespassing at Barrow in pursuit of game.— James Parton proved the case.—           Defendant, who has 46 convictions against him, was fined £2 and costs; in default one month’s imprisonment.