Extracts from

The Wellington Journal


Shrewsbury News




relating to Broseley and District






Broseley Local History Society


25th January 1902


Starting from Kennels we drew down by the Pool Dam, and soon were scouring Castle Hill. Big shooting had been the order of the day only a day or two before, so hares were rather chasy and circumspect in their movements.

None the less eager were our little pack to discover the quarry, and this day showed what they could do when in real earnest. Getting down to classic ground, passing the delightful homestead of the Vicar of Willey, we got on to the Green Drive, and soon heard the music that exhilarates the sports-man’s ear and brain. It was a real treat to observe our little beauties battling with very doubtful scent and eventually flying together under full sail right away for Rudge Wood, where we knew if hare arrived it was more than a ten to one chance we should not get her out again. Just before then we had a check, and in spite of all efforts hounds, left to themselves, could not hit the drag off again. So the master put them on a piece of land adjoining, and shortly we went off again at a very merry pace back again for Castle Hill and Furnace Hill, and now we had the treat of the day, i.e. the pleasure of watching our hounds working out their own line, and the double pleasure of listening to the tongue of the old and trusty ones. Time was not in the essence of my contract, neither was I or my fellows in the field anxious for blood, so for nearly three hours we beat the country, happy in the knowledge that we had a nice day for the outing, a genuine sportsman at the head of affairs, and that “he who fights and runs away, lives to fight another day”; so shades of evening closing over us, we beat an honourable retreat. There was an agreeable increase in the number composing the field, which fact I was very pleased to see. Drawing the little wood, all were alert. In a twinkling we heard a voice, and then full cry they came. Alas ! for us hare naturally made uphill for Barrow and Posenhall, giving the field a splendid view; ran a complete circle and back into the park. A “Halloa” was heard at the rear of Kitson’s, which was ascribed to be one to a fox. The master then put in on pursuit, and went at a goodish pace through the Lodge Coppice; ran the hare to Bell Rough, when we got on the fox viewed in Chub’s Coppice. At Benthall Edge we think he must have been headed by a shooting party, and ran to earth, and in spite of the efforts of a game terrier, he had to be left in “terra firma”. So we went back to Benthall, drew towards Bell Rough, and found another, which took us a short run round the Lodge. We lost her in the Lodge Coppice, and well tired returned to the Kennels.


22nd February 1902


WESLEY GUILD.— On Tuesday evening the usual weekly meeting in connection with this society was held in the schoolroom. Mr. W. Edge, senior, presided, and there was a good attendance. Mr. A. T. Hartshorne gave a very interesting paper on “Broseley and its surroundings” (John Randall, Madeley). Several pieces were sung, and a pleasant time was spent.

QUOIT CLUB.— The annual meeting of the Hand and Tankard Club was held on Monday, when the accounts were gone through, showing a balance on the right side. The following officials were elected:— Mr, George Eggleston president Mr. J. H. Onions vice-president, Mr. James Hall captain, Mr. J. H. Matthews treasurer, and Messrs. G. Everall and T. Roper secretaries, with a committee.

DEATH OF MRS. BARRETT.— On Saturday the death of Mrs. Barrett, Cross Keys Inn, Broseley Wood, took place somewhat suddenly after a few days’ illness from pneumonia. The deceased’s husband (Mr. Joseph Barrett) died about 12 months ago, and a daughter now lies seriously ill from shock caused by the death of her mother. Deceased leaves a family of seven children, for whom much sympathy is expressed.

DEATH OF MRS. EMMA HAUGHTON.— On Sunday evening there passed away Mrs. Emma Haughton, who in conjunction with her son (Mr. Richard Haughton) conducted the business at the Lion Hotel, Broseley, for several years. The deceased had been in failing health for a considerable time, in fact she had never been well since the accident she met with at Chester Railway Station some years ago, which, together with her advanced age, doubtless hastened her death. She was well known and respected by a large circle of friends. She had been in business in Shrewsbury for some years.


15th March 1902


WESLEY GUILD.— On Tuesday the Itinerary meeting in connection with this guild was held, under the presidency of Mr. W. Edge, sen., when Mr. J. C. T. Raspass read an exceedingly interesting and instructive paper on “The War in South Africa”, illustrated by means of a powerful lantern kindly lent by Mr. Raspass, the slides being skilfully manipulated by Mr. J. A. Hartshorne.

WEDDING.- A marriage was solemnized at All Saints’ Church on Monday, the contracting parties being Mr. Alfred William Burton, eldest son of William Burton, Glascoed School, Pontypool, and Miss Florence Amy Garbett, youngest daughter of the late John Garbett, Broseley. The bride was prettily attired in a cream coating dress, trimmed with satin, with hat to match, and she carried a shower bouquet. The bridesmaids, Miss Clara Garbett (sister to the bride) and Miss Amy Burton (sister to the bridegroom) wore dresses of dove grey cloth, trimmed with silk and black picture hats. The bride was given away by her eldest brother, Mr. Joseph Garbett, and Mr. Arthur Burton (brother to the bridegroom) officiated as best man. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. G. F. Lamb (rector). When the wedding party left the church they were received with showers of confetti, and cannon were fired all the day at Iron-Bridge in honour of the event. The honeymoon is being spent at Leeds. The presents were useful and numerous, including a biscuit barrel, with inscription, given to the bride by the teachers and children of Broseley Infants’ School, and also a coal vase from the employees at the Vaults, Iron-Bridge.


15th March 1902



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

A WARNING TO PUBLICANS.— Richard Evans, landlord of the Duke of York Inn, Broseley, was charged under the Child Messenger Act with supplying a girl, Annie Sergeant, under 14 years of age, with a pint of beer in a bottle not properly sealed. Mr. R. F. Haslewood (Bridgnorth) defended. — Police-constable Davies stated that he saw a little girl come out of defendant’s house carrying a bottle with the cork sticking up and a gum paper label over it. He stopped her and asked what was in the bottle, and she replied “A pint of beer”. He took out the cork without breaking the label and replaced it in exactly the same manner as he found it (bottle produced). Witness asked the girl who supplied it, and she said “Miss Evans”. He took the girl back to Miss Evans, and said “Look here, I can remove the cork without breaking the label” She replied, “That is always the way we seal it”. They were still using the labels.— Harriet Sergeant said her little girl, Annie, was seven years old in last May.— Defendant said he did not serve any children until he got the labels produced from the North and South Shropshire Licensed Victuallers’ Association, and he thought they complied with the Act of Parliament. He told the police if they were illegal he would not use them.—Mr. Haslewood observed that a good many cases had been taken under this Act before several benches, and there were many decisions. He added that defendant was a member of an association who took the greatest possible care to keep within the law. Again, defendant did not actually supply the child, and strongly contended they could not convict him.- The Mayor said they did not decide what was a good or bad label, but whether on this particular occasion the bottle in question was properly sealed. The Bench were of opinion it was not, and were bound to convict. Defendant would only be fined a small penalty of 5s. and costs, and under the circumstances the Bench would not endorse the license.


29th March 1902


On Saturday morning last, a youth named James Parker Wilcox, of Broseley Wood, was playing in a football match at Jackfield, when he suddenly fell down and expired almost immediately. Medical aid was at once sent for, but the unfortunate youth died before the doctor’s arrival. Deceased was a bright and promising youth of 17, and on starting for business appeared to be in the best of health. A doctor certified that deceased suffered from heart disease, so no inquest will be held.

29th March 1904


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FUNERAL.— On Tuesday the remains of the late James Parker Wilcox (whose sudden death took place on Saturday whilst playing at football, as reported in another column) were interred in Broseley Cemetery. The service was impressively performed by the Rev. G. F. Lamb, M.A. (rector). The deceased was a member of the Broseley Wesley Guild and P.S.A., also treasurer of Benthall Gymnastic Society by whom he was highly respected, and several of the members attended the funeral. A number of beautiful wreaths were sent by relatives and friends, including one from the Broseley Wesley Guild and the Gymnastic Society.


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

NO NAME.— Edmund Jones, labourer, Broseley, was charged with a breach of the Rabies Order.— Police-constable Davies, in proving the case, stated that there was no name on the dog’s collar.— Defendant was fined 14s., including costs.

A FORGIVING MASTER.— Joseph Bagley, collier Broseley, was charged with stealing 20lb. of coal and wood, value 2d., the property of Richard Jones, colliery proprietor, Broseley.— Police-constable Davies stated that he saw the defendant at the Fish House Pit, Broseley, filling his pockets with coal, and putting a block of wood under his coat. Defendant had been previously forgiven.—Charles R. Jones, son of the prosecutor, said this was defendant’s third occasion, and yet his father reluctantly prosecuted, and he asked the Bench to deal leniently with defendant, who was still working at the pit.— Bagley pleaded guilty, and was fined 21s., including costs.

5th April 1902


Wednesday; present:— Alderman D. L. Prestage (chairman), Councillors Exley, Jones, Instone, Oakes, Doughty, and Messrs. G. C. Cooper (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), Herbert (inspector), and Dixon (collector).— The Collector reported that the rate was closed, and the Clerk said the balance that day in hand was £109 4s. 4d., and, in reply to Mr. Doughty, said the balance last year was £153.— The Chairman said they finished up the year with a balance of £174.—Mr. Oakes: Then we are £50 better off?— Mr. Exley attributed this to the new assessment.— The Inspector said the health of the district was very good, although there were cases of scarlet fever and enteric.— Mr. Oakes remarked that measles were prevalent at Jackfield, and that the schools were closed.—Several nuisances were reported by the inspector, and ordered to be abated— Mr. Jones complained of an ash pit that required emptying, adding that a facsimile of “Kruger” was erected on the top of it. (Laughter.)— The Surveyor said the matter had been attended to.— The Chairman said that since the last meeting they had opposed the Wolverhampton Water Bill, and he was pleased to say the bill was thrown out (Hear, hear.) They gained their point because they had a good cause, and also because it was well put before the Parliamentary Committee. He watched the case most of the time, and was pleased with the manner in which their case was presented by the town clerk. (Applause.) Their member, Mr. A. H. Brown, gave valuable evidence. The Chairman went on to say that the work at Benthall was proceeding better, but he did not think the engineer was satisfied with the progress of the well at Harrington, for he was in hopes of having the water turned on by the 1st of May.— This terminated the proceedings.

5th April 1902


BALL.— On Monday evening a very successful ball was held in the Town Hall, in aid of the Hand and Tankard Quoit Club. There were about 70 present. The duties of M.C. were carried out in a very capable manner by Messrs. Henry Russell and George Adams.

ACCIDENT.— On. Monday Mr. F. Oakley’s brake conveyed a party to Wellington for the purpose of witnessing the football match. On returning in the evening, the wheel of the conveyance came into collision with a large stone in the middle of the road at Horsehay, in consequence of which the driver, Thomas Jones, Broseley, was thrown from his seat headlong over the horses’ heads to the ground, and although considerably shaken and bruised, no bones were broken.

EVENINGS FOR THE PEOPLE.— On Monday an entertainment of a very interesting description was given in the Old Baptist Chapel, Broseley. Mr. R. Wilson (pastor) presided. Mr. Ernest Vaughan sang in good style “The Little Hero” and “Anchored”, and Mr. Richard Tonkiss gave a pathetic rendering of “The Sailor’s Grave”, but the principal feature of the evening was the gramophone renderings of Celebrities, by Mr. Clive Wilson of Wellington, which were a source of great amusement. Mr. George Tonkiss, who accompanied on the harmonium, gave an excellent rendition of “Hill’s March”. There was a good attendance.

WESLEYAN CHAPEL.— On Wednesday evening the new organ, which has just been erected in this chapel by Mr. F. W. Ebrall, Shrewsbury, was formally opened by Mr. Jno. Bayley (Wellington College), who made an appropriate speech. The organ is a very fine instrument of two manuals, and is built in the most approved modern style, pneumatic action being applied all over. It certainly is a great acquisition to the chapel, and is well worthy of the indefatigable labours of the committee with the hon. secretaries, Messrs, W. Edge (junior) and A. Taylor. After the opening ceremony Mr. Malcolm Allison., L.R.A.M., F.R.C.O., of Wellington executed a high-class programme in masterly style, the varied class of music of which fully exhibited the capabilities of the instrument.

CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH.— With the laudable object of clearing off a debt in connection with the Broseley Congregational Church, the members of the Young Men’s Bible Class held a rummage sale. Around the room were erected several well-laden stalls, presided over by Mrs. Howells, Mrs. Foster, Mrs. H. Bunnagar, Miss L. Bunnagar, Miss N. Bunnagar, Miss L. Williams, Miss E. Webb, Miss K. Broadhurst, Miss L. Bennett, Miss Foster, and Miss J. Denstone. The general superintendent, Mrs. R. Bunnagar. The refreshment stall received the careful attention of Mr. and Mrs. Evans and family. There were various attractions provided, including a fishpond, under the management of Messrs. H. Bunnagar, jun., and T. Denstone. The bran tub was superintended by Misses M. Bunnagar, F. Williams, and E. Howells, and an electric battery was in the capable hands of Mr. A. Roberts. The amount realised was about £20, which, it is said, will clear off the debt, so that the promoters of the bazaar are to be congratulated upon the success attending their efforts.

DEATH OF MRS. BARTLAM.— Mrs. Anne Bertlam, widow of the late Mr. Edward Glover Bartlam, F.R.C.S., passed peacefully away at her residence in Broseley, at the venerable age of nearly 95, having been born 12th August, 1807, The deceased lady, who, in spite of her great age, retained all her faculties up to the time of her death, was the youngest daughter of the Rev. John Jones, formerly curate-in-charge of Habberley, near Pontesbury, and sister of the Rev. William Jones, for many years vicar of Baschurch. She had been resident in Broseley for over 40 years, and was highly esteemed. The funeral took place on Thursday, and was attended by many friends. Business in the town was suspended, and the blinds were everywhere drawn. Amongst those present at the graveside were:—Mr. and Mrs. F. St. Barbe Sladen (niece), Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Thorn and Miss Aston-Pudsey, the servants of the deceased lady, Mr. T. H. Thursfield, Mr. W. C. Norris, Mr. E. B. Potts, Mr. F. H. Potts, Mr. E. G. Exley and Miss Exley, Drs. Dyson and Edwards, Mr. and Mrs. Garrett and Mrs. Bruff (Coalport), Mrs. Lister, Mr. and Mrs. Botwood, Mr. George Ledger (senior), Mr. John Matthews, Mr. John Wild (Benthall), Mr. William Beard (Madeley), Mr. Edwin Oakes, Mr. Benbow, Mr. R. A. Instone, Mr. N. Hartshorne, Mr. Morgan, and many others. The service was read by the Rev. G. Fleming Lamb, M.A., rector. On entering the church, Miss Watkins (organist) played “I know that my Redeemer liveth”, and at the close of the service “0 rest in the Lord” and “The Dead March”. The deceased was interred in the family vault in Broseley Churchyard. Many beautiful floral tributes were sent by, amongst others, the following:—“F. and L.”, “M. and W.”, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Thorn Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler (Tupsley), Mr. and Mrs. Bruff, Mr. and Mrs. Garrett, Miss Nicholas, Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Potts, Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Potts, Sarah and Fanny and C. M., Sarah’s Sister, Emma Bentley, the maids at Broseley Hall, Mrs. and Miss Aston-Pudsey, Miss F. M. Taller, Mrs. Instone and Mrs. H. C. Instone (Walton Grange), Miss Cureton, Mrs. Exley and family, Miss J. J. Thorn, Dr. Fox Edwards and Mr. G. H. Maw. Muffled peals were rung throughout the evening.

26th April 1902



Before Messrs. W. G. Norris (chairman), A. B. Dyas, and W. Y. Owen.

 ALLEGED THEFT.— Thomas Brazier and Edward  Brittain, colliers, Broseley, were charged with stealing coal and wood, value 6d., the property of Adam James Jones, brick manufacturer, Jackfield.— Police-constable Davies proved the case.— The prosecutor stated that the defendants had no right to take the wood and coal away.— Defendants contended they did not think they were doing anything wrong.— Case dismissed.

2nd May 1902


PLEASURE FAIR.— On Tuesday this annual event took place at Broseley, in Miss Beard’s field, adjoining the New Road. There were numerous shooting saloons, round-abouts, high-flyers, shows, &c. There was a large concourse of people from the surrounding districts during the evening.

PARISH CHURCH.— On Sunday appropriate sermons were preached, and the services taken (morning and evening) by the Rev. T. B. Baynard, M.A. Mr. H. E. Clark read the lessons. The musical portion of the services was admirably rendered by the choir, under the direction of Mr. W. Griffiths (choir-master). Miss Watkis presided at the organ. The collections were in aid of the Church Sunday School funds.

SPECIAL SERVICES.— On Sunday Mr. Moses Welsby (“Owd Mo.”) of “Joyful News” Home, Rochdale, preached two sermons in the Wesleyan Chapel. The musical portion of the services was admirably rendered by the choir, under the direction of Mr. J. A. Hartshorne. During the evening service, Mrs. Cowper of Madeley sang “Light in darkness” and “Before the Shrine”, with great taste and feeling. Mr. J. Youden jun., presided at the organ. There was a good congregation at each service, especially in the evening, and collections were taken in aid of the organ and restoration scheme. On Monday evening Mr. Welsby gave a lecture in the chapel on the “History of his Life and Conversion”, which proved both interesting and amusing. The proceeds are to be devoted to the organ and renovation fund. There was a large attendance.

COURT LEET.— The anniversary of this institution-one of the oldest in the country-was celebrated on Tuesday in the form of a dinner. At one o’clock the jury met at Mr. N. T. Hartshorne’s house, and when sworn in, Mr. E. B. Potts, steward, who has held the office for 40 years, presented the accounts, which were passed. The constables were then appointed, after which an adjournment was made to the Lion Hotel, where a capital dinner was served up by Mr. R. D. Haughton, and enjoyed by the company. Mr. G. Potts presided. It is fair to note that Lord Forester gave the dinner. Mr. H. Roberts occupied the vice-chair—The cloth removed, the Chairman submitted the loyal toasts, which were heartily drank.— The Vice-chairman in eulogistic terms, proposed the health of Lord Forester and Family. He said it was due to him that they had this annual enjoyment, and most of them only met together on such an occasion. (Applause).—Mr. Kitson proposed the health of Mr. F. Davies, and that gentleman responded in a humorous speech.-The other toasts were “The Chairman”, proposed by Mr. Walker, and responded to by Mr. Potts, who also proposed the “Vice-chairman”, responded to by Mr. Roberts; the “Host” and the “Press”, responded to by Mr. H. Pellowe, closed the toast list.

CONCERT.— On Wednesday a very successful concert was held in the Town Hall, in aid of the heating and lighting of Benthall Church.

10th May 1902


ST. JOHN AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION.— Messrs. J. Roberts and J. Nevett recently passed the examination held by Dr. Packer for the first-aid certificate of this association. Dr. Dyson was the lecturer.

SANITARY AUTHORITY, Wednesday.— Present:— Alderman D. L. Prestage (chairman), Councillors Exley, Doughty, Jones, Oakes, Southorn, Instone, and Messrs. Godfrey C. Cooper (town clerk), George Stevenson (surveyor), H. Herbert (inspector), and J. Dixon (collector).— It was reported that nothing had been collected on the new rate during the month, and the Town Clerk said the balance in hand was £61 15s. 3d.— Mr. Dixon was requested to proceed at once with the collection of the rate.— The Clerk said their proportion of the costs of the opposition to the Wolverhampton Water Bill in 1901 was £125.— It was decided to extend the sewer to Foundry Lane to meet the drain from the new road, at an estimated cost of £5 12s.— Various nuisances were reported by the inspector, and he was authorised to serve the necessary notices.— The Clerk reported that the county surveyor had passed all the main roads in the borough, and that he had received a cheque for £1,500 from the County Council.

ODDFELLOW’S FUNERAL.— On Thursday the remains of the late Mr. George Bradley of Queen Street, Broseley, were interred in Broseley Cemetery. The funeral service was very impressively performed by the Rev. G. F. Lamb, M.A. (rector). Deceased was 41 years of age, and had been a member of “Rose of Sharon” Lodge of Oddfellows for a number of years, and held the degree of P.G. up to the time of his death. As a mark of respect, Members, attired in the usual regalia of the Order, attended the funeral. A number of his fellow-workmen from Messrs. Maw and Co.’s works, where he had been employed for several year’s, were also in attendance. Deceased was a member of the adult Bible class at the Broseley Congregational Sunday School, and his fellow members, together with the teacher (Mr. A. Evans) and the superintendent of the school (Mr. R. Bunnager) followed his remains to their last resting place. Mr. T. Jones (secretary of the “Rose of Sharon” Lodge of Oddfellows) read the prescribed address both in the Lodge Room and at the graveside. A number of beautiful wreaths were sent by relatives and friends including a very choice one from his fellow-workmen at Messrs. Maw’s works, Jackfield.

SUDDEN DEATH.On Monday, Mr. F. H. Potts, borough coroner, held an inquiry touching the death of Harriet Williams, who expired suddenly on Saturday,— George Williams, son of the deceased, stated that his mother was a trimmer at Southorn’s pipe works, and was 61 years old. She was at work on Friday, and when he got home, soon after four o’clock, he found deceased was in bed, and she told him she “felt middling”. Witness wanted to fetch the doctor later on in the evening, but she did not wish him to go, as she felt somewhat better, and he also thought so. He gave her some cold whisky about 10 o’clock. Deceased complained of pains in her left side and back. Witness saw his mother about five o’clock the next morning, when she appeared better. He started to work about 5-30, and when he returned about one o’clock, she was much worse, and he went for a doctor and saw Dr. Boon’s assistant, who said he would be down about two o’clock. He did not come, and witness went to the surgery again, and saw Dr. Boon, who went immediately, but was too late-his mother had expired. Deceased had always been a healthy woman.— The in returned a verdict of “Natural causes”.

THE CORONATION.— The Rev. G. P. Lamb (rector) presided at a public meeting, held at the Town Hall on Monday night, to consider the best means of celebrating the event. There was a large attendance, and the chairman having explained the object of the meeting, and referred to what they did at the Jubilee, solicited suggestions.— Mr. Benbow thought they should form a committee, but Mr. F. H. Potts was of opinion that the first thing was to have some little idea what they were going to do. He thought they might consider whether they would give the children a treat, or go in for something permanent.— Mr. T. Instone: I propose we go in for a light railway to Broseley. (Laughter.)— Mr. Potts told the meeting that he had secured Jackfield band for £10.— Mr. Instone suggested they spent the sports money and finish it up.— Mr. Clarke said what they wanted in the town was a recreation ground for the children, for they were not allowed to play in the streets.— Mr. Instone: Let us have a new road to Jackfield. You are 40 years behind the times here. (Laughter.)—Mr. Dyson proposed that they give all the children from four to 14 years old a tea, and that a committee be appointed to carry out the arrangements.— Mr. Potts seconded the motion, which was carried unanimously.— A large committee was then appointed, with Mr. T. Jones as secretary, and Mr. J. A. Downes as treasurer.— Mr. Potts referred to money, lying in the bank, which had been collected for the sports and the nursing home. He did not think the money would be required for the home now they were going to have a hospital built in the town. He thought the subscribers to that fund might he asked if they would transfer it to some permanent memorial. (Hear, hear)— Mr. Francis endorsed the remarks of the last speaker.— Mr. Downes, in reply to Mr. Potts, said there was £340 in the bank, collected for the nurses’ home.— After further consideration, it was decided, on the motion of Mr. Clarke, that the committee be empowered to approach the trustees of the sports and nurses’ home fund, with the view of diverting such funds to provide a permanent memorial for the Coronation year.

17th May 1902

Letters to the Editor


Sir,— I notice in your report of this inquest in last week’s issue of the “Journal” that George Williams, son of the deceased, stated that about one o’clock he went for a doctor, and saw my assistant who said he would be down about two o’clock, but “he did not come”. This is not correct. My assistant told the witness, who did not then appear to think the case serious, that he would come after attending surgery at two o’clock, and this he did, and on my arrival I found him leaving the residence of the deceased, where he had been some time.

I can only account for the witness’s statement by assuming that he did not know of my assistant’s visit.

As the matter appears to me to need correction, I shall be much obliged by your inserting this letter in your next issue. I do not question the accuracy of your report, but the witness’s statement only.           


Whitehall, Broseley.



A CONCERT was given in the schoolroom on Wednesday by members of the G.F.S. and friends, in aid of the society’s funds. The first part of the programme consisted of songs, glees, &c., and a very pretty and effective cantata, entitled “Merrie Old England” (by Roeckel), composed the second part. The whole performance was good, and gave much pleasure to an appreciative audience. Much credit is due to all the performers.

DIED TAKING DINNER.— On Tuesday, Mr. F. H. Potts (coroner) held an inquiry touching the death of Annie Bate, married woman, Broseley, who died suddenly on the previous day.- Enoch Bate, husband of deceased, said that about half-past one o’clock, when he was working in the garden, John Poole came and told him to go to Jackfield as his wife was taken poorly. He went and found she was dead. On Friday last she complained of pains in the stomach, and she had some brandy and tea and went to bed.— Elizabeth Poole, Jackfield, said deceased called at her house about one o’clock. She brought her son’s food, who lodged with her. She was in her usual health, but appeared to be in a hurry, as she wanted to go back to finish her washing. She went to the boat for the empty basket in which she had had her son’s dinner, and in a few minutes she was brought back to her house a corpse. She had known the deceased many years, and on this occasion she complained of being tired.— Levi Doughty, ferryman, stated that deceased came to the boat with her son’s dinner about one o’clock. She left it in the boat, and went to Mrs. Poole’s. Shortly after she came back for the empty basket. He gave it to her, and then she started back for Broseley, and when she had only gone 10 yards she fell on her face. He immediately went to her assistance, but she never spoke, and appeared quite dead.— The jury returned a verdict of “Death from natural causes”.

24th May 1902


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SUNDAY SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY.— On Sunday the 88th anniversary of the Birch Meadow Sunday School was held, when two sermons of a practical character were preached by Mr. W. Price of Whitestone, Hereford. Special hymns were very effectively rendered by the children, under the direction of Mr. A. E. Broadhurst (superintendent), to whom great credit is due for the care and attention displayed in their training. The collections and donations amounted to upwards of £10.

PRESENTATION.— On the evening of the 16th inst. a very pleasing event took place at the Birch Meadow Baptist Chapel, the occasion being the presentation of a dinner and tea service to Mr. Geo. Taylor (subscribed for by the members of the Church and congregation) on his forthcoming marriage as a mark of esteem and appreciation of his services as organist at the above-named place of worship. Mr. A. E. Broadhurst (a deacon of the Church and superintendent of the Sunday School) made the presentation.

CORONATION MEETING.— An adjourned public meeting was held on Wednesday night at the Town Hall, when the Rev. F. G. Lamb (rector) presided over a very small attendance. Mr. T. Jones (secretary) reported that the sub-committee had collected £32 for the rejoicings, and he was assured that they would obtain from the Sports Committee the sum of £31 odd towards the rejoicings, which would bring the sum up to £63. He said at would take £70 to feed the children, provide sports, &c. With reference to the sum of money collected for the Nurses’ Home Fund, he had seen Mr. Shorting, who suggested they should write to the 150 subscribers asking them to transfer the money to some permanent memorial. This was all the business, and the meeting terminated with the usual vote of thanks to the Chairman.

WEDDING.- On Monday a very pretty wedding was celebrated at Birch Meadow Baptist Chapel, the contracting parties being Mr. George Walter Taylor, second son of the late Mr. Francis Taylor, Broseley, and Miss Alice Cleobury, second daughter of Mr. Thomas Cleobury of Jackfield. Both bride and bridegroom are greatly respected, the latter occupying the position of organist at the chapel, therefore great interest was taken in the marriage the chapel being nearly full. Mr. George Banks of Willenhall was the officiating minister. Several of the school children were in attendance, dressed in white, which had a very pleasing effect, and sang suitable hymns. The bridegroom was attended by his brother (Mr. W. Taylor), and the bride entered the chapel with her father, by whom she was subsequently given away. She looked exceedingly well in a slate-coloured dress, trimmed with white silk, and white hat and veil. She was attended by two bridesmaids- Miss Ada Cleobury (sister) and Miss. Laura George (cousin), who were neatly and tastefully attired in blue dresses, trimmed with white lace, and white hats. There were also in attendance three little nieces of the bridegroom, who were prettily attired in pink dresses. The wedding party afterwards proceeded to the residence of the bride’s parents, where a first-class repast awaited them. Later in the afternoon the happy pair left for Newcastle-under-Lyme to spend the honeymoon. The presents were numerous and valuable.

7th June 1902


A STORM.— On Sunday morning a terrific storm passed over this town, accompanied by heavy peals of thunder and vivid flashes of lightning. A little damage was done to one of the chimneys at the Lord Hill Inn.

SANITARY COMMITTEE, Wednesday.— The Collector reported he had collected upwards of £300 in the last month.— The Inspector reported a number of nuisances, which were ordered to be abated.— The Surveyor stated that the expenditure for the month was £10 19s. 10d., and bills he presented for payment amounted to £55 8s. 6d.— It was decided to pay the balance on the gas bill, £117 0s. 2d.— There I was no other business of note transacted.


21st June 1902


TUESDAY.- Before Colonel J. A. Anstice (mayor), Colonel H. Wayne, Messrs. A. B. Dyas and T. Cooke.

THE CORONATION.—Mr. Spender said as this was transfer day, he had been requested and instructed by upwards of 30 licensed victuallers to apply for an extension of time an Coronation Day, and the day following. The Bench knew what had taken place in other towns. He would suggest that the application should stand adjourned till the sessions at Iron-Bridge next week, so as to give all licensed victuallers in the borough an opportunity of applying, and that each case be dealt with on its merits. The Mayor said he quite concurred with the suggestion, but he did not quite see why there should be any general extension of time simply because it was Coronation Day. He was of opinion a good many in the borough would not require it; however they would deal with each case on its merits, in the meantime the applicants should communicate with Superintendent Walters.

28th June 1902


Before Messrs. W. G. Norris (Chairman), R. F. Ayre, and A. B. Dyas.

THE BENCH AND EXTENSIONS.— Mr. F. R. Spender, on behalf of Mr. C. Williams; landlord of the Three Tuns, Iron-Bridge, applied for an occasional license in the Market Hall, on the occasion of a public dance on Coronation night. He also applied for an extension at the Horse Shoes and Royal Oak Hotels Madeley; George Inn, Much Wenlock; and the Lion Hotel and Victoria Inn, Broseley.— Superintendent Walters said he was instructed to oppose any application for licenses which gave the public greater facilities for drinking, purposes on Coronation nights. He asked their worships not to grant any of the extensions.— Mr. Spender said it appeared the police thought the proper way to celebrate the Coronation was to get drunk.— Superintendent Walters: We do not.— After some consideration, the Chairman said they declined the applications of Mr. Williams, Three Tuns; Mr. Adams, Broseley; Mr. Haughton, Lion Hotel, Broseley but they granted an hour’s extension to Mr. Gallagher, Horse Shoes, Madeley, and Mr. Gough, Royal Oak, Madeley.


12th July 1902

Letters to the Editor


Sir,-Could any of your readers inform the inhabitants of Broseley where the money which they pay for sanitary purposes is spent? for it would appear that not much of it is expended in Broseley itself, judging from the stench from drains culverts, &c., in Back Alley. Perhaps some of our officials will give their attention to this matter.                                                 RATEPAYER.



Abbreviations:- O, obverse; R, reverse; E edge; F.D.C., “fleur de coin” – Mint condition.

Though the principal 18th Century tokens come from Shrewsbury and Coalbrookdale, we find the following places also issuing pieces:- (Half-pennies) Broseley,1; (Broseley):”. . . . rns cutty P . . “(Southorns’s Cutty Pipe) in raised inverted letters within a sunken line, impressed upon a George III. Irish Halfpenny)

2nd August 1902


OPEN-AIR MISSION.— On Sunday evening the tenth of a series of meetings in connection with Broseley United Open-air Mission was held in Hockley Road. There was a large assembly, who listened with attention to the earnest address delivered by Mr. J. J. Young. Mr. Richard Bunnagar and Mr. M. Amphlett (Congregationalists) also took part in the meeting. Selections from Sankey’s hymns were very heartily sung by those present, and Miss Leadbetter gave a very pleasing and effective rendition of the solo, “He will hide me”.

SUNDAY SCHOOL TREAT.— On Monday the scholars attending the Broseley Wesleyan Sunday school had their annual treat. The children met in the schoolroom, and proceeded to a field, kindly lent for the occasion by Mr. E. G. Exley, where a plentiful supply of tea, cake, &c., was served out, to them. Before and after tea, various sports took place, for which prizes were given, and games and amusements were heartily indulged in. The respected superintendents (Messrs. W. Edge, sen., and J. E. Hartshorne) were in attendance, and they, together with the teachers, did their utmost to promote the happiness and comfort of the youngsters. During the evening several balloons were sent up by Mr. J. A. Hartshorne.

TREAT.—On Wednesday the scholars attending the Broseley Congregational Sunday School had their annual treat. The children and teachers met in the schoolroom, where they were plentifully regaled with tea, cake, &c., after which an adjournment was made to a field kindly placed at their disposal by Mr. M. Davies, where they indulged in a variety of games with considerable zest. Prizes were given by Mr. Beaumont (King Street) and Mr. A. Evans (High Street). Each child was also the recipient of sweets and biscuits in lieu of the usual prizes given by the school. Mr. R. Bunnagar (superintendent) and the teachers were most assiduous in their attention to the wants and happiness of the juveniles, and a most enjoyable day was spent.


Before Col. J. A. Anstice (mayor), Messrs. A. B. Dyas, E. W. Shorting, and F. R. Smith.

INTERESTING TO FISHERMEN.— Henry Potts, labourer, Jackfield, and Richard Williams, labourer, Iron-Bridge, were charged with using a bush-net in the River Severn, taking fresh-water fish, contrary to the by-laws of the Severn Fishery Board. Mr. F. R. Spender defended Williams.— Inspector Hamlet stated that he saw the defendants in the River Severn, opposite the Half Moon Inn, Jackfield, with a net, dragging the ford from the top to the bottom. He did not think they got any fish in that draw. He could not tell if it was a bush-net,— Sergeant Bowen corroborated.— The Mayor said the prosecution had failed to prove the case, therefore it would be dismissed.- Defendants were then charged with using a net on the River Severn, and taking trout without a license. Mr. F. R. Spender again defended Williams.— Inspector Hamlet and Sergeant Bowen having repeated the above evidence, Mr. Spender contended they could not convict, for  there was no evidence of there being any trout or salmon.— The Mayor: We know there are trout and salmon in the river.—Defendants were each fined £2 and costs.


9th August 1902


THE STORM.— A man named Bagnall, who was lying ill in bed on Wednesday was seriously hurt by the vivid lightning, which also tore up the flooring.

THUNDERSTORM.— A terrific thunderstorm, attended with lightning of a very vivid character, passed over this district on Wednesday afternoon, the Lightning coming in contact with a house occupied by Mrs. Bagnall, destroying two of the windows and setting fire to several pictures on the walls, besides causing injury to Mr. Philip Price’s eye.


9th August 1902


COUNTY COURT.- Wednesday.
Before his Honour Judge Harris Lea.

CLAIM AGAINST A BUILDER.— Craven Dunnill and Co., encaustic tile in manufacturers, Jackfield, sued Arthur Cox, builder, Lowestoft, for the sum of 8gs., for the supply of tiles.— Mr. F. R. Smith, manager, stated that defendant admitted the debt, but disputed  their terms which were 10 per cent. discount for cash paid within a month:—Defendant disputed their estimate, and contended that the discount was not legal.- Mr. Smith said the 10 per cent. discount had been the terms ever since they commenced business, and Mr. Cox had always availed himself of it.— His Honour: I do not see how you can get out of it.— Defendant: They are getting 60 per cent. out of the goods.— His Honour: That has nothing to do with you if you accept their goods. I am afraid I cannot help you.-Defendant: I came here because I thought the whole thing was unrighteous,

Judgment for plaintiffs, and costs.


9th August 1902


OPEN-AIR MISSION.— On Sunday evening the 11th of a series of meetings in connection with the Broseley United Open-air Mission was held, when Mr. Frederick Jones of Iron-Bridge delivered an earnest address. There was a good company present. Mr. J. E. Hartshorne (Wesleyan) and Mr. George Higgins (Primitive Methodist) took part in the meeting.

SUDDEN DEATH. — On Monday news reached Broseley that Miss Clara Garbett, fourth daughter of the late Mr. John Garbett, Broseley, had suddenly expired at Southport the previous day, whither she went on Saturday for the benefit of her health, and the report has since been confirmed. The deceased had been ailing for some considerable time, but she was no worse than usual when she left home, so that the suddenness of her demise has caused quite a shock to her friends.

JUVENILE ODDFELLOWS’ OUTING.— On Tuesday the juvenile members of the “Rose of Sharon” Lodge of Oddfellows had their annual outing, the place chosen this year being the Wolverhampton Exhibition, whither they were conveyed, together with a few friends, numbering about 50, in brakes. The journey was much enjoyed. Mr. Thomas Jones (lodge secretary) had sole charge of the party, and he carried out the arrangements in a satisfactory manner.

SUNDAY SCHOOL TREAT.— On Monday the scholars attending the Old Baptist Chapel had their annual treat. They assembled in the schoolroom, and afterwards proceeded to The Park, where a field was placed at their disposal by Mr. John Davies, and games, races, and other amusements were indulged in until four o’ clock, when they returned to the schoolroom and sat down to a bountiful supply of tea, cake, &c. Each child received a prize. On leaving for home each scholar was also presented with biscuits and sweets, and they were evidently well pleased with the day’s enjoyment. Mr. R. Wilson (pastor), Mr. C. Wilson, Mr. T Boden (superintendent), and the teachers doing their utmost to promote the same.

SUNDAY SCHOOL TREAT.— On Monday the scholars attending the Birch Meadow Sunday School had their annual treat. The schoolroom had been most tastefully decorated for the occasion. At four o’clock the children sat down to a plentiful supply of tea, cake, &e. after which they proceeded to an adjoining field, kindly placed at their disposal by Mrs. Bathurst, where they indulged in a variety of games and amusements until dusk, when they returned to the schoolroom, where each child was presented with a bun and dismissed to their various homes. Mr. H. Banks and the Misses Banks and Miss Smith (Willenhall), with the superintendent and teachers, exerted themselves to the utmost to promote the comfort and enjoyment of the youngsters.

BIRCH MEADOW CHAPEL.— On Sunday two interesting and instructive sermons were preached here by Mr. Herbert Banks of Willenhall. Prior to his sermon in the morning he briefly and affectionately addressed the children, after which he spoke to the congregation. He spoke exultingly of the triumph of Christianity, and the sacrifices it entails, referring in glowing terms to the efforts of Carey, the pioneer of missions, and of the Pilgrim Fathers, who left England for America in the “Mayflower”, in order that they might worship God according to the dictates of their’ own conscience. So it has been, he said, in all ages when any good has been effected, sacrifices have had to be made. In the evening the preacher delivered a discourse which was listened to with attention throughout. There was a good congregation at each service, and collections were taken in aid of the chapel funds.

DISTRICT COUNCIL.— The usual meeting was held on Wednesday, when there were present:— Councillors W. E. Southorn (chairman), P. Jones, T. Doughty, E. Oakes, and Messrs. Godfrey C. Cooper (town clerk), George Stevenson (surveyor), and H. Herbert (inspector).— The surveyor’s books were examined, and showed a balance due to him of £1 11s. 7d. He reported that during the past month he had expended on the roads £29 16s. 6d. and a cheque for £30 was drawn in his favour.—John Harrison, a roadman, wrote a letter to the effect that he met with an accident in High Street when unloading pipes. He was unable to follow his employment, and asked for some assistance.— The Surveyor remarked that Harrison made himself as useful as he could with one hand.— The Board repudiated any liability, but as an act of grace, and considering he was making himself useful, they decided to allow him half-pay during the time he was off work.— It was decided to give the men holiday an Coronation Day, and to commence lighting the lamps on the 23rd inst.—Mr. Pumford, of the Severn Trow, Jackfield, attended the Board, and asked them if they would help him to take over or put in proper repair the path leading from Ball’s Lane to the Double Mount Pits.—The surveyor was instructed to visit the place, and report at the next meeting.— Several nuisances reported by the inspector were ordered to be abated.— The officer was instructed to take proceedings against George Parker for the non-compliance of an order in connection with his privy drain.

9th August 1902


THUNDERSTORM.— A terrific thunderstorm, attended with lightning of a most vivid character passed over this district on Wednesday afternoon. The lightning came in contact with the chimneys of the residence of Mr. William Jones, Calcutt’s House, Jackfield, the electric fluid passing down the chimneys to the rooms below, filling them with soot and setting fire to some of the woodwork, but fortunately the gas was turned off at the meter, or the probability is there would have been an explosion and the house set on fire, but beyond a few broken ornaments and some little damage to the ceiling, no further harm was done.


30th August 1902



Great was the consternation in Iron-Bridge on Sunday night, when the news rapidly spread throughout the town that the famous old iron bridge had fallen in, and in less than half-an-hour nearly the whole town was out to see what really was the matter. The report of the collapse was like that of a gun, and on inspection it was found that about 30 feet of the palisading had fallen into the Severn below, taking with it the end of the footplate. Mr. Tom Wilson and the veteran Tom Rogers immediately guarded the place with ropes and lights, but in a short space of time Mr. Geo. Stevenson, secretary to the Bridge Trust, came on the scene, and gave the necessary instructions for the protection of the public. The place is being visited daily by hundreds of people. The Trust are having the bridge examined by experts. It is conjectured that the foundations have been shaken through the recent pipe laying.

Perhaps a few details about the history of the bridge would just now be read with interest. The iron bridge which spans the Severn is undoubtedly a magnificent structure. It was the first iron bridge made, and it was cast at the Coalbrookdale Works in 1779. The span of the arch is 100½ feet, rises 50 feet, and the roadway 24 feet broad. The total weight of iron in the bridge is 378 tons, and the whole was erected in the short space of three months. The abutments of the bridge are of stone, covered with plates of iron with mortices, in which stand two upright pillars of the same. Against the foot of the inner pillar the bottom of the main rib bears on the base plate. This rib consists of two pieces connected by a dove-tail point in an iron key and secured by screws. The cross stays braces circle in the spandrils, and the brackets connect the larger pieces so as to keep the bridge perfectly steady; while diagonal and cross stays and top-plates connect the pillars and ribs together in opposite directions. The bridge is covered with iron top plates, projecting over the ribs on each side, and on this projection stands the balustrade of cast iron. The bridge, which cost about £7,000, is private property, and a small charge is made to pass over it, a bugbear which the inhabitants would like to see removed at once. The damage on Sunday night is estimated at over £100. Shortly before the accident people were observed lounging against the palisading, and it is nothing short of a miracle no one was injured.

The mishap to the bridge was discussed at some length at Wednesday’s meeting of the Madeley District Council. — The Chairman said he had been asked to bring the matter before the Council, and if they thought it advisable to report the affair to the Board of Trade.— The Mayor said he should like to know what steps the Iron Bridge Trust was taking in respect to having the bridge examined. No responsibility rested on the Council as to the repair of the structure, but as the local authority of the district they were responsible for the safe condition of all roads in the district. Before going to London he would first like to know if a competent person was being employed by the Trust to examine the bridge.— Mr. Stevenson replied in the affirmative.— Mr. Maddox thought as a Council who were responsible for the safety of the public using the roads or bridges it was their duty to report the matter to the Board of Trade, and, if possible, get an inspector down to thoroughly examine the bridge; he understood that only a short time prior to the mishap people were standing near the place, and what guarantee had they that other portions of the parapet would not fall as suddenly as this had done? It was a marvel, looking at the structure, that human life had not been lost. He moved that the matter be reported to the Board of Trade.— Mr. Lane seconded. This was lost, Messrs. Beddoes, Bryan, Cartwright, and Ayre voting against it.


30th August 1902


FORESTERS’ OUTING.— On Saturday the juvenile members of Court “Rose of the Green” had their annual outing, the place chosen this year being the picturesque village of Tong. On arrival the party (through the kindness of Mrs. Hartley) went over the grounds of Tong Castle. They also visited other places of interest with evident delight. An excellent tea was provided at the Bell Inn.

OPEN-AIR MISSION.- On Sunday evening the last of a series of meetings in connection with the Broseley United Open-air Mission was held near the May-Pole, Broseley Wood, when Mr. Richard Bunnagar delivered a very earnest address, Messrs. A. T. Hartshorne, E. Evans, and G. Higgins were present. There was a good attendance.

CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH.- On Sunday the Rev. F. Tinkler of Tettenhall College delivered two discourses in this church, which were listened to with rapt attention throughout. In the course of the sermon in the evening the preacher strongly condemned the Education Bill. He contended that it was the duty of the State to give the children such an education as should fit them for the duties of this life, and it should be the business of thee churches to look after their spiritual interests, but if religion was to be taught in the day schools, let it be given by those able to teach it.

SERIOUS ACCIDENT.— On Monday evening as Mr. Joseph Morgan, Barratt’s Hill, was proceeding down Benthall Bank a horse and trap overtook him near the residence of  Mr. George Potts, when he, to avoid being run over, stepped aside and was confronted by a young man on a bicycle, he however succeeded in getting clear of him, when he immediately came in contact with another bicycle whose rider—George Taylor of Church Street, Broseley—was thrown off his machine, causing serious injury to his head, nose, and face. Mr. Morgan had one of his ears nearly cut off, besides receiving severe contusions about the head and face.


6th September 1902


BURIAL BOARD.— A meeting of the Board was held on Wednesday, when Mr. W. E. Southorn presided.—The Clerk (Mr. Godfrey Cooper) reported the fees for the last quarter amounted to £11 6s., and the balance that day was £27 12s. 1d. The total cheques required were £19 4s. 8d., so they would still keep on the right side.

DISTRICT COUNCIL.- The usual meeting was held on Wednesday; present:— Messrs. W. E. Southorn (chairman), E. G. Exley, E. Oakes, T. Doughty, P. Jones, R. A. Instone, Godfrey C. Cooper (town clerk), Geo. Stevenson (surveyor), H. Herbert (inspector), and J. Dixon (collector).—The Inspector reported that there was one case of infectious disease at Jackfield. He also reported a list of nuisances, which were ordered to be abated. —A letter was read from Mr. John McDermott, asking the Council to allow him some abatement in the rate regarding the Woodhouse, which he had left. He was living in another house, for which he was paying rates, and he did not think it was fair for him to pay rates for the two houses. He made the claim as a matter of justice.—The Chairman: I suppose he has left the house?—The Collector: He is still paying the rent.—The Clerk observed that so long as the man paid the rent for the Woodhouse he was liable for the rates.—Mr. Doughty: He is paying rent for two houses, and only living in one.- The Chairmen: That is his fault—The Clerk said the rates must be paid.—The Clerk reported there was a balance of £385 4s. 5d. in hand, and the Surveyor said he had spent on the roads during the last month £24 11s. 6d., and asked for a cheque for £15, which was granted. He asked the Council for permission to purchase a set of drain cleansing tools, which would cost about £4.— Mr. Exley thought they would be mostly used for cleaning chimneys in Broseley. (Laughter.)—The surveyor’s request was granted.—The Collector presented a list of rate defaulters, and said they owed about £85.- He was instructed to take proceedings in all cases of defaulters.— A letter was read from Mr. G. Davies, offering to find accommodation for the tipping of refuse if they would give him the street sweepings.— The Surveyor said the contractor should find his own depot— Eventually the consideration of the matter was deferred.— Mr. Doughty asked if they had heard any particulars about the iron bridge. He said he saw Mr. Simpson (Horsehay) examining it.— The Clerk said he saw the Mayor and Mr. Dyas about it, and asked them if they thought it was advisable to apply for a Board of Trade inspector to be sent to examine the bridge.— Mr. Oakes: I think they should do that.— The Clerk added that the surveyor told them that the bridge would be inspected by an expert so they decided not to write the Board of Trade until they knew something about the expert’s report.— In reply to a member Mr. Stevenson said the expert was coming on Thursday.— The Clerk: Is the bridge safe for me to drive over today? (Laughter.)— Mr. Stevenson: You shall drive me over with you if you like.- The Clerk: Oh, no; the weight would be heavier still, (Laughter)


13th September 1902


HOSPITAL SUNDAY.— As announced by advertisement, the seventh annual church parade of the Broseley and District Friendly Societies will take place to-morrow (Sunday) at Broseley.


Before Messrs. E. W. Shorting (chairman) and R. F. Ayre.

NEIGHBOURS AT VARIANCE.- Muria Williams a woman 60 years of age, was charged with assaulting her neighbour, Richard Thomas Garbett, a labourer, of Broseley.— Garbett said when he was returning home from his brother's house about 11 o'clock, defendant's son told him to “get along”, whereupon defendant came up and pushed him several times, and struck him with her fist. They were neighbours.—Bertha Garbett, wife of the last witness, corroborated.— Defendant admitted pushing Garbett, and was fined 1s. and costs.

ABUSIVE LANGUAGE.— Edward Williams, labourer, Broseley, was charged with making use of abusive words to Thomas Edward Garbett, a neighbour.—Garbett said Williams asked him to come out of his house, and he would give him a good hiding; in fact he would murder him. He used bad language.—Defendant did not appear, and was fined 12s. 6d., including costs. The wife paid the fine.

VACCINATION.—John Henry Draper, insurance agent, Broseley, applied for a certificate of exemption from vaccination for his child.—The Bench: Why, do you apply?—Applicant: Because I believe vaccination is detrimental to health.—Mr. Shorting: On what grounds?— Applicant: Because it is detrimental to health.—Mr. Shorting: You know more than the doctors.—Applicant: They don't all agree. — The certificate was granted.

20th September 1902


* J. WATKINS (late Osborne), High Street, Iron-Bridge, practical Watch and Clock Maker; the best shop in the district for all kinds of Watch, Clock, and Jewellery Repairs.

COALPORT CHINA.- James Davies has bought the Coalport China business carried on by the late Mr. Lloyd, The Dean, and will be glad to receive your inquiries.—King Street, Broseley.

THE POULTRY AND PIGEON SHOW.— The annual poultry and pigeon show will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, as announced by advertisement.

HOSPITAL SUNDAY.— On Sunday the seventh annual church parade of the Broseley and district friendly societies was held at Broseley. The members met at Broseley Wood, where a procession was formed, proceeding in the following order through the principal streets to the Parish Church:—Coalbrookdale Brass Band (under Sergeant Beardshaw), Members of D Co. V.B. K.S.L.I. (under command of Captain Garrett), St. John Ambulance Brigade (under command of Superintendents Thomas and Raspass), Church Lads’ Brigade (under command of Captain J. W. White), Honorary Members, Oddfellows, Jackfield Brass Band, Foresters, and Modern Masons. Service was held in the church, conducted by the Rev. Isaac Hawker of Iron-Bridge, who preached an impressive sermon. In the course of his sermon the preacher said this year had been a record one in many respects. It had been so philanthropically, for never had there been such generosity on behalf of suffering humanity, and he asked them, as Christians, to imitate their Master, who, when he was upon earth, went about doing good. The lesson was very effectively read by Mr. J. Nicklin, and the hymns were admirably rendered by the choir. The church was crowded. The following ladies kindly collected en route to church:— Mrs. George Taylor, the Misses Jones (2), Miss Oakes, Miss G. Matthews, Miss Preston, Miss Martin, and the Misses Hill (2). The huge procession was skilfully marshalled by Messrs. J. Wilde and G. P. Bagley. Some thousands of spectators lined the streets as the procession wended its way to the church. Both bands played excellent selections of music in good style. The total collections (including boxes and donations) amounted to over £44, which will be devoted to Salop Infirmary, Shrewsbury Eye and Ear Hospital, and Iron-Bridge Dispensary. After the service the Iron-Bridge Volunteers Band, conducted by Sergeant Beardshaw, gave a sacred concert.

11th October 1902


COUNTY COURT – Wednesday

Before his Honour Judge Harris Lea.

COMPENSATION CASES.— John Smith, carpenter, Madeley, v. Messrs. Maw and Co, Ltd., encaustic tile manufacturers, Jackfield. Mr. F. R. Spender represented the applicant, and Mr. W. Shakespere, Birmingham, defended.— Mr. Spender stated the applicant’s son, John Emmitt Smith when working at defendants’ works was knocked down by a railway truck and killed. Deceased got 18s. a week and paid 12s. a week towards the maintenance and support of the family. The claim they made was £163 16s. as compensation.— John Smith  said deceased was his son, who had lived with him and family at Park Lane, Madeley. He was 27 years old, and he always paid 12s. a week for his keep.— Cross-examined: His wife managed the house, and received all the money. He gave her £1 a week, but earned 24s. They saved no money owing to bad trade and bad health.—Mr. Shakespere contended that the profit on the son was 2s. a week, but his Honour held a different view, and gave judgment for £31 4s. and costs.— Joseph Hoggins, Iron-Bridge, claimed from R. T. Smith and Co., railway agents and general carriers, Gloucester, a weekly allowance of 14s., as compensation. Mr. P. B. Spender represented the applicant, and Mr. Cave defended.—Applicant stated when he was in the employ of the company he was delivering beer at the Lord Hill, Broseley, a distance of two miles from the warehouse, when he met with an accident.— Mr. Spender said the applicant earned 19s. a week and claimed 14s. a week for life.— Mr. Cave contended that as the accident took place 2½ miles away from the warehouse they were not liable.— His Honour told Hoggings there was no hope for him, and the application was refused with costs.


LINLEY CHURCH.- A harvest thanksgiving service was held on Tuesday evening. The edifice was decorated, far surpassing any previous efforts, giving evidence of great care and artistic taste on the part of the executants—Mrs. Wollar (Linley Hall), Miss Broome, Miss Kyte, and Miss Instone. The Rev. G. F. Lamb, M.A. (rector of Broseley) took the service, the preacher being the Rev. R. Seddon (rector of Chelmarsh). The musical part of the service, including the anthem, “Ye shall dwell in the land”, was well rendered by the choir, under the direction of Mr. P. Scott (choirmaster). The soprano solo was undertaken by Miss Kyte, and the bass solo by Mr. W. J. Jones.


MUTUAL IMPROVEMENT SOCIETY.— On Tuesday evening the annual meeting of the Broseley Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Society was held, when the secretary submitted the accounts, which showed a satisfactory balance in hand. Mr. T. Minton was re-elected treasurer, and Mr. W. H. Bunnager secretary, with thanks for their past services.

HORSE KILLED.— A horse, belonging to Mr. Tom Roberts, was drawing a load of clay down the steep hill leading to the Iron-Bridge Station on Tuesday, when it took fright, with the result that the shafts of the cart broke off, and one of them penetrated the animal’s back, and in a very few minutes the horse died.



8th November 1902


SERIOUS ACCIDENT.— On Monday a sad accident occurred to a young man named Robert Ashwood of Birch Row. It appears he was in charge of a thrashing machine in a field adjoining the New Road, and in attempting to get off the box he stepped into the drum of the machine, whereby one of his feet was nearly cut off. Dr. Boon and his assistant were sent for, under whose orders Ashwood was conveyed to Salop Infirmary.

WESLEY GUILD.— On Tuesday the usual meeting was held in the Wesleyan Schoolroom, Mr. W. Edge, senior, presiding over a fair attendance. The subject for the evening was “Wanted”. Mr. E. Evans spoke on “Wanted, Better Congregations”, and Mr. A. T. Hartshorne on “Wanted, Temperance Workers”. A discussion followed, in which Mr. J. Mason, Mr. W. Edge, senior, Mrs. Taylor, and Miss Price took part. Mrs. Taylor presided at the harmonium.

HARVEST FESTIVAL.— On Sunday harvest services were held in Broseley Wesleyan Chapel, when appropriate sermons were preached by one of the newly-appointed ministers of the Madeley Circuit (the Rev. F. Bobby). Under the supervision of Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Hartshorne (The Cottage) the chapel had been tastefully and artistically decorated by many willing workers. Special hymns, together with the anthem “Praise ye the Lord, exalt His name”, were rendered with excellent taste by the choir. Good congregations assembled, and collections were taken in aid of the trust fun.

DISTRICT COUNCIL, Wednesday.— Present: Alderman D. L. Prestage (chairman), Councillors E. G. Exley, E. Oakes, T. Doughty, R. A. Instone, and Messrs. Godfrey C. Cooper (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor) H. Herbert (inspector), J. Dixon (collector), and Dr. Gepp (medical officer).—Mr. Dixon reported he had collected £100 9s. 5d. on the general district since the last meeting.—The Clerk reported there was a balance of £413 16s. in hand, and that the surveyor’s expenditure for the month was £28 11s. 1d. A cheque for £65 was drawn in favour of the surveyor, on the main roads account.— With regard to the footpath from Ball’s Lane to the Bridge Trust road, the Chairman reported he had seen Mr. Lascelles, Lord Forester’s agent, and sanction had been given to the Authority to repair the footpath without prejudice as to liability.— The surveyor was instructed to carry out the necessary repairs at a cost not exceeding £4.— The Inspector reported a batch of nuisances, which were ordered to be abated.


15th November 1902


The annual meeting was held on Monday at Much Wenlock. The members met at the Raven Hotel, and, in procession, marched to the Guildhall. There were present:- Col. J. A. Anstice (mayor), Lord Forester, Aldermen T. H. Thursfield, A. B. Dyas, J. Bodenham, G. Lloyd, and Councillors J. Davies, A. G. Lascelles, W. Y. Owen, F. G. Beddoes, W. F. Bryan, B. Maddox, R. F. Ayre, A. G. Cartwright, R. Lane, A. Dixon, P. Jones, E. G. Exley, E. Oakes, T. Doughty, T. Cooke, T. J. Barnett, C. Edwards, W. Evans, F. J. Hart, T. Morris, with the officers, Messrs. Godfrey C. Cooper (town clerk), F. H. Potts (borough treasurer), A. H. Thorn-Pudsey (magistrates’ clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), H. Herbert (inspector), and T. Jones (attendance officer).

ELECTION OF MAYOR.— Colonel Anstice said the first business was to elect a Mayor for the ensuing year.— Mr. Bodenham said he had pleasure in proposing that Mr. Cooke should serve the borough as Mayor for the ensuing year. They all knew that he had previously served the borough with very great honour, and thoroughly well on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee. They well remembered the arduous duties he had to discharge that year, and knew how well he performed them.— Mr. Dyas said he had great pleasure in seconding the motion. He had worked with Mr. Cooke for many years, and since he had been on the Council he had always carried out the duties with dignity. The last time he was Mayor he erected a lasting monument, which was a boon to the town of Wenlock.— Mr. Edwards supported the motion, and added that Mr. Cooke, in the Diamond Jubilee year, made an excellent Mayor, and he was sure that everyone in Wenlock would be delighted that he was again chosen to that office.— Mr. Beddoes also supported the motion as a member of the Madeley Ward. He said Mr. Cooke had done his duty thoroughly and well.— Mr. Cooke, having put on the mayoral robes and taken the oath, said he would endeavour to do his duty with credit to himself, and also to the Council. He knew he could rely on the members and the officials of the Council to assist him. He remembered how much the town clerk had assisted him before. It was five years since they did him the honour to elect him as their Mayor, and when he looked back to that time he thought they had carried out some very great work. He alluded especially to the completion of the water schemes at Wenlock, Madeley, and Broseley. He thought it was a great thing to be associated with that work, for they could do nothing better than give the ratepayers a good supply of water. He was present at the opening ceremony at Madeley, which was very interesting.— Mr. W. Y. Owen thought they would be failing in their duty if they did not return their best thanks to the ex-Mayor for the very able and efficient manner in which he had carried out the duties as mayor of this borough for the last 12 months. He said the mayoralty had never been carried out better than in the past year.— Mr. Oakes, in seconding the motion, observed that Colonel Anstice had carried out the business most ably, and with credit to himself and the Council.- Carried unanimously.- Colonel Anstice, having thanked the Council for their vote, remarked that the past year had been a momentous one. There was the Coronation, then the postponement through the King’s illness, and then was the Coronation, at which he was privileged to attend. The other matter of importance was one of local interest, namely the great achievement of the Madeley and Broseley water supply. It was satisfactory to him that the scheme should be completed during his year of office, and he hoped it would prove a great public benefit for the neighbourhood. He thanked the borough officials for the support he had received, without which the position of Mayor would be difficult to carry out.

DEPUTY MAYOR.- The Mayor had pleasure in electing Colonel Anstice deputy mayor during his illness or absence.

MEETINGS.— It was decided, on the motion of Mr. Maddox, to hold the quarterly meetings in February, May, August, and November.

RETURNING OFFICERS.— Aldermen Thursfield, Prestage, Dyas, and Bodenham were appointed returning officers for the various wards.

COMMITTEES.— The various committees were elected, and it was decided to elect 22 members on the Main Roads Committee, to be appointed at the District Council meetings.

BOROUGH RATE.— The Mayor said the bills now due for payment amounted to £316 8s. 8d., and the sum in hand was £175 4s. 2d., leaving the amount to be raised by rate £141 4s. 6d.— Mr. Dyas proposed they levy a borough rate of 1d. in the pound, which would bring in £232.— Mr. Edwards seconded the motion, which was carried.

ASYLUM VISITOR.— Colonel Anstice was elected to this position.

MAIN ROADS REPORT.— The Main Roads Committee recommended the Council to purchase a wig and gown for the town clerk at a cost not exceeding 16 guineas. They also recommended the Council to superannuate the hall-keeper, Mrs. Yates, at the rate of £5 a year, leaving the appointment of a new hall-keeper to the Wenlock District Council.— The report was adopted.

THE TOWN CLERK’S SALARY.— Colonel Anstice moved—“That in view of the fact that the Harrington Waterworks were now completed, the statement submitted by the town clerk in October,1901, with reference to his salary, be referred to the Main Roads and General Purposes Committee for consideration and report”.—The motion was carried.

THE SURVEYOR AND INSPECTOR FOR MADELEY. —Mr. Maddox said he would ask them to consider a question which appeared on the agenda in his name a recommendation from the Madeley Sanitary Committee asking the Council to take into consideration the great need of the Madeley Ward having a surveyor and inspector to carry out the duties exclusively for the Madeley Ward, and he moved that the question be referred to the Main Roads and General Purposes Committee to consider and report upon at an early date.— Colonel Anstice, in seconding the motion, said it was a question which required some consideration.— Mr. Bodenham thought the whole thing lay upon the legal aspect—could they make an appointment otherwise than they had done? If not, then he did not think there was any use to go into the matter at all.—The Town Clerk said he was not prepared to give an opinion absolutely on that point, and suggested counsel’s opinion.—Mr. Bodenham: If we cannot do so legally, why consider the matter at all? It will no doubt affect other wards if the borough divided. It will mean a re-construction of the whole of the expenditure.—Mr. Oakes was of opinion that Mr. Maddox’s motion meant the appointment of eight officers. (No, no.)—Mr. Ayre said the surveyor at present got £200 a year, and Madeley contributed £98 towards it, and also nearly one-half of the inspector’s salary. — The motion was carried.

THE OLD IRON BRIDGE.— Mr. Dyas said with respect to the old iron bridge, which had recently partly collapsed, he some time ago stated at one of their meetings that the matter should be reported to the Board of Trade, but on inquiry he found that the Board of Trade would take no notice of them. However, the Trustees were determined to have the best advice possible as to the stability of the main structure of the bridge. They went to the top of the tree, and engaged the services of Sir Benjamin Baker, who had carefully examined it, and through the courtesy of one of the trustees he had seen the report, which was a very satisfactory one. It was to the effect that the bridge would last another 100 years or more. He thought that would allay the alarm of a good many people.

CONGRATULATION.— The Mayor informed the Council that Mr. A. H. Brown, M.P. for the Wellington Division, had received a baronetcy, and it was decided to send him the Council’s congratulations.

MAYOR AT CHURCH. The Mayor asked the Council to attend Divine service at Wenlock on Sunday next, when the offertory would he in aid of the Salop Infirmary.


The annual banquet was subsequently held at the Raven Hotel, when there was an extraordinarily-large attendance. The Mayor presided, and Mr. Godfrey C. Cooper was in the vice-chair. Besides those who attended the Council meeting, there were also present:—The Rev. F. R. Ellis (vicar), Messrs. R. Bateman, J. H. Gurnhill, T. R. Harley, J. E. Boulton, F. H. Lewis, W. H. Whitlock, J. Cank, R. Hartland, A. Owen, J. W. Brookes, and T. E. Patten. At each end of the room were the mottoes, “The Mayor and Corporation” and “Long live the House of Forester”. The catering of Mrs. Butcher gave every satisfaction. As soon as the cloth was removed, the Town Clerk read letters of apology from Sir A. H. Brown, M.P., Mr. Jasper More, M.P., Revs. Marsden Edwards; C. B. Crowe, Knapton, Storey, Messrs. Norris, Thursby, Gepp, Southorn, Spender, White, Allen, and Prestage.

The Mayor having submitted the loyal toasts, the loving cup was passed round, and everyone drank his neighbour’s health.

Mr. R. Bateman then proposed “The Bishop and Clergy and Ministers of Religion”. He said last year when this toast was submitted the whole atmosphere of the borough and the country was filled with thoughts of the war. He was now glad to say it was a thing of the past, and they would not forget the great service which was recently held in St. Paul’s Cathedral. The Bishop, as they must know, was a man who lived a most saintly life, and was harder worked than anyone else. The other person was their vicar. (Applause.) No wonder his words were broken into by applause. He was a man who was thoroughly in sympathy with the poor. (Applause.) It would be a long time before the armies of the world would be done away with, so long a time that many things would be done—the streets of Wenlock would be straighter. (Laughter.)

The Rev. F. R. Ellis, responding, said he should be pleased to see them all at church next Sunday,