Extracts from

The Wellington Journal


Shrewsbury News




relating to Broseley and District






Broseley Local History Society


6th January 1906



Present: — Alderman D. L. Prestage (Mayor), Lord Forester, Councillors E. G. Exley, R. A. Instone, T. Doughty, J. Nicklin, T. Instone, G. Keay, Messrs. P. H. Potts (clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), H. Herbert (inspector), and E. Oakes (collector).—The Inspector reported that the district was free from infectious disease. A letter was read from the Medical Officer of Health (Dr. Gepp), in which he stated that a bakehouse at Jackfield was unfit for use on account of dampness, defective light, and also the condition of the paving in the yard. — Mr. Herbert said he had seen the landlord, who, he believed, would do what was required. — The usual order was made.- It was decided to fix new standpipe at the Lloyds Head, Jackfield.—Mr. Abberley estimated the cost at £4 2s. 6d. Mr. Oakes reported that he had collected on the general district rate account £84 7s. 3d. during the month, and this was considered satisfactory. The Clerk reported that there was a balance in hand on the general district rate account of £219 10s. 9d., and that there was an adverse balance on the water-rate account of £210 12s. 3d. He stated that they were £200 worse off at the present time than they were last year.—The collector was urged to get the rate in as quickly as possible. Mr. Instone called attention to the bad condition of the footpath near the Wesleyan Chapel.—The matter was deferred. —Mr. Doughty reported that the “tip” at Jackfield was on fire.—It was mentioned that it was on private property.—Mr. Nicklin said he thought it was more smoke than fire.-Mr. Exley called attention to the bad condition of the footpath leading from the red Church to the Baptist Chapel.—The surveyor was requested to visit the place.



A WELL-EARNED REST.- Mr. C. W. Coldicott, who has been in the employment of the Great Western Railway Company for upwards of 46 years, and stationmaster at Iron-Bridge for a period of 36 years, retired from the company's service with a pension on Sunday. Mr. Coldicott, who has through his geniality and courtesy won the esteem of all classes of people in the neighbourhood, has well-earned his rest. He has been for many years one of the Benthall churchwardens. He is a most active Churchman, and a staunch Conservative. He is succeeded at the station by Mr. Eaton, who was chief goods clerk at Iron-Bridge some few years ago, and the appointment, needless to say, is a popular one.





SUNDAY SCHOOL.—On Tuesday the Rector and superintendents awarded 52 prizes to the successful prize-winners

GENEROUS EMPLOYERS.— Messrs. Maw and Co., Ltd., Benthall Works, Jackfield, with their characteristic kindness, at Christmastide presented to the whole of the office staff, foremen, &c., a turkey, goose, fowl, or other seasonable gift, which were much appreciated by the recipients.

FESTIVITIES.— The Rector and Mrs. Edwards have, as usual, entertained the members of the choir, juniors, and seniors, at the Rectory, when two very pleasant evenings were spent; and on New Year's Day the “old people” and members of the mothers' meeting were invited to tea in the schools. After tea an excellent entertainment was given by the young people of the parish.

DINNER.— The members and committee of the Jackfield brass band sat down to an enjoyable dinner on Saturday night, satisfactorily served up at the Black Swan Hotel by Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Harrison. The Rev. Marsden Edwards (rector) presided and Mr. Harrison occupied the vice-chair. The health’s of the King and Queen were drank.—The Chairman, in words of eulogy, proposed “Success to the Band”, which was acknowledged by Mr. A, J. Humphries. He said when he took over the secretaryship four years ago the band was at a very low ebb. They were in debt at that time to the extent of £22. They immediately set to work, and not only did they clear the debt off, but they bought new uniform, and at present there was a good balance in hand. (Applause.) There were 23 performers in the band, and their average attendance at practice was 21. (Applause.) With continued practice he hoped they would soon be able to call themselves the smartest band in the county. (Applause.) He then proposed the health of the Chairman, which was duly acknowledged. The other toasts were “The conductor, Mr. George Aston”, and “Host and Hostess”. During the pleasant evening Miss Milly Jones gave selections on her gramophone, Messrs. H. and J. Wilde all gave two duets on the cornet and euphonium. Songs, too, were contributed by the Rev. Marsden Edwards, Messrs. J. Rowe, H. Wylde, G. Jones, H. Cornish, R. Taylor, and I. Ball. Mr. A. J. Humphries satisfactorily carried out the secretarial arrangements.



PRIZE DAY.— This pleasing event in connection with Birch Meadow Baptist Sunday School was celebrated on Monday in the Upper Schoolroom, which was tastefully decorated by the teachers. The scholars having been plentifully regaled with tea, coffee, and buns, the Superintendent (Mr. A. E. Broadhurst) proceeded to distribute the various prizes, consisting of a number of valuable books to the following boys and girls for regular and punctual attendance during the year, in the course of which he (the superintendent) delivered an appropriate address ,—Alice Broadhurst, Lucy Rowe, Lily Hurdley, Beatrice Smallman, Florrie Griffiths, Lottie Morgan, Florrie Smallman, Sarah Hurdley, Freda Medley, Edith Rowe, May Meredith, Olive Smallman, Nancy Roberts, Maggie Roberts. Beatrice Roberts, Jane Hill, Lily Legge, Lizzie Lee, Ella Roberts, Minnie Davies, Annie Lee, Hilda Legge, Gertie Rowe, Daisy Brown, Evelyn Meredith, Joseph Smallman, Edward Boden, Percy Roberts, Arthur Griffiths, George. Roberts, Harold Hurdley, Arthur Boden, Geo. Roberts (Coneybury), Noah Leo, James Roberts, Henry Hurdley, Percy Edwards, Henry Boden, Willie Edwards, Percy Roberts, Willie Roberts, Tommy Roberts, John Roberts, Baden Britton, Edward Bullock, Willie Bullock, Tommy Roberts (Fox), Teddie Lister. The following, having made every possible attendance during the year, were awarded an extra prize :—May Bate, Dorothy Anslow, Nellie Lister, Hilda Lister, Doris Gallier, Ethel Sneyd, C. O. Bate, A. E. Broadhurst, Wilfred Boden, Ernest. Pope, Thomas Britton, Percy Boden, Arthur Britton. James Britton, Arthur Sneyd, Harold Anslow, Leonard Pope. A. E. Broadhurst also succeeded in winning the pries given by Mr. Bate for committing to memory 100 texts of Scripture. Mr. R. Pope having offered prizes for drawing a Scripture subject, Cuthbert Bate won first, and Edward Boden second. An excellent programme was very creditably rendered by the scholars during the evening.


13th January 1906



Present :—Aldermen A. B. Dyas (chairman), W. J. Legge, and F. G. Beddoes, and Councillors R. F. Ayre, T. Dorsett, W. F. Bryan, F. Fletcher, A. G. Cartwright, W. Roberts, F. F. Groves, B. Maddox, and W. G. Dyas, Messrs. F. H. Potts (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), and H. Herbert (sanitary inspector).


The Clerk reported that a Mr. Rd. Haynes had left a legacy of 3,000 dollars, equal to £638 5s. 10d., to the municipal authorities of Iron-Bridge, the town of his birth.—In reply to Mr. Maddox, the Clerk said it had nothing to do with the borough.










Read the following and see how Free Imports are killing your Trades in the Mid-Shropshire Division.


Almost the same remarks apply to Broseley as apply to Jackfield. Every French slate used on a roof in England means Broseley tile not wanted. Over two hundred million French slates a in England now. If two hundred million Broseley tiles were wanted instead of these slates, wages would go up by leaps and bounds, and all the shopkeepers stores and local farmers and farm labourers would benefit by increased business. Mr. Harmsworth intends to keep out the French slates, and thus make Broseley and neighbourhood more successful. Broseley men! See to it that you return Mr. Harmsworth on this point alone. If Broseley tile works fail, the Broseley workmen lose their jobs.

Don't believe the Radical big loaf lie



The trade of the Jackfield Tile Works is in a critical state. Owing to the Free Importing of huge quantities of French slates, your beautiful tile is being rapidly driven off the market. Nearly all new houses built in England are being roofed with French slates, here they ought to be roofed with Jackfield tiles. Jackfield could supply every now tile used on every new roof on every house in England, and this alone would mean early double ones for the Jackfield working men, and great prosperity for the local inn keeper, farmers and all classes. Keep foreign slates out, and Jackfield immediately becomes prosperous. With Mr. Harmsworth’s scheme for a big Colonial loaf, cheaper food and nearly double wages, Jackfield will have no cause to complain of bad times in the future if they see to it that very vote is recorded for Mr. Harmsworth. The Radical big loaf Is hollow, like their promise;



With your railway, canal, and river facilities, Iron-Bridge ought to be and could be one of the most successful spots in England, under a proper scheme of Fiscal Reform. I will put it in nutshell to the electors of Iron-Bridge as to what Fiscal Reform means, and to who pays the tax. Supposing Iron-Bridge goods had to pay toll for going over the bridge to Jackfield, but the Jackfield goods could come over the bridge free, who is paying for the upkeep of the bridge? Why, the Iron-Bridge goods are paying for the bridge.

The foreigner's goods come into England free, but English goods have to pay the toll or tariff to foreign countries. Therefore, like Iron-Bridge people going, into Jackfield, they are paying for the tariff bridge, and are thus fighting under unequal conditions.

Don't believe the Radical big loaf lie



Coalport china, through the genius of the Coalport working men, is easily the best in the world. But through foreign tariffs Coalport is being very heavily hit. £60 duty is charged on £100 worth of china in America. £100 worth of china in America costs £100. To compete with the American china-maker in America £100 worth of Coalport alone, would have to be sold for £40 in America, because £60 duty has to be paid at the ports, and £60 from £100 leaves £40. Therefore Coalport working man cannot do trade in America successfully. But America takes our Cornish clay free to America, makes it into china, and sends it to England to be sold at any price it will fetch. Thus America stops you going into her markets, and is ruining the English home market as well. What chance have you under these unequal conditions?

Don't believe the Radical big loaf lie


Why Working Men should Vote for Mr. Harmsworth.

The question of fighting the foreigner with his own weapons is now at hand. Working men live on their wages. By voting for Mr. Harmsworth, you are voting for Better Wages, Cheaper Food, and the Biggest Loaf, and a system by which your work will be guaranteed to you. Retaliation on the foreigner means, in other words, hands off the British working man's wages. Mr. Harmsworth is in favour of Old Age Pensions, and more work for the unemployed at a trades' union rate of wages. Under equal conditions of trading the British working man is easily the best working man in the world. Under the present system of Free imports, he is going to lose what little trade he can get, and end his days in the over-crowded workhouses. By retaliating on the foreigner, who is robbing the English working man of his right to live, you are fighting for your bare existence.







27th January 1906



Mr. C. S. Henry (L and Lab.)      4,806

Mr. H A. Harmsworth (C)           3,114

Liberal majority 1,692 Electorate, 8,889.

Results of previous elections :-1886, Sir A. H. Brown (U.), unopposed; 1892, Sir A. H. Brown (U.), 3,964; Mr. J. H. Sanders (L.) 2,661, Liberal Unionist majority, 1,233; 1895, Sir A. H. Brown, unopposed; 1900, Sir A. H. Brown (U.) 3,480; Mr. R. Varty (L.) 2,318; Unionist majority 1,162.

After the success of four of the Shropshire Unionist candidates, a great deal of interest was taken in the contest in the Wellington Division. The candidates were Mr. C. S. Henry (L and Lab.) and Mr. H. A. Harmsworth (U). Mr. Henry has been in the Division for three years, and the organisation on the Liberal side, under the direction of Mr. J. Bayley has been made well-nigh perfect. Meetings were held by the respective candidates in most parts of the Division on Monday evening, and on Tuesday night, the eve of the polling…

On Monday the Unionists were to have held a meeting at Iron-Bridge, the chief speakers being Colonel Kenyon-Slaney and Sir A. H. Brown. The interruptions were so great that it was recognised that procedure with the meeting was impossible, and it was therefore abandoned amid expressions of regret from friends and the jubilant shouts of the opposition.- At Broseley the following night the Liberals met with strong opposition, and the proceedings were very disorderly. On Tuesday night Mr. J. Bayley, the College, Wellington, received a hint that a number of men were busily employed, under cover of darkness, in covering up the Liberal placards. This gentleman, with a band of enthusiastic Liberal workers, went out in pursuit of the Free Trade literature obliterators, and finally secured the offenders red-handed They were a gang of twelve, armed with the requisite billstickers' paraphernalia, who were under the generalship of a man with a bicycle. In the presence of police officers, the Liberal agent, and Mr. Bayley, full particulars were taken as to the men and their operations.


The Polling.

On Wednesday morning the atmospheric conditions were very favourable for outdoor proceedings, and the workers on both sides were soon active and energetic. The constituency covers a considerable area, with a population both agricultural and mineral in character.

The constituency was divided into 15 polling districts, and the, stations were disposed as follows:— Broseley, Coalbrookdale, Eaton Constantine, Great Dawley, Hadley, Horsehay, Iron-Bridge, Jackfield, Ketley, Lilleshall, Madeley, Oakengates, Wellington, Wrockwardine, and Wrockwardine Wood. Both candidates were early out, Mr. Harmsworth (who was accompanied by Mr. Charles Groom of Wellington) making a tour of the constituency in a motor-car, a means of conveyance which was also adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Henry. Mr. Henry and Mr. Harmsworth were warmly cheered by the assembled partizans on both sides as they left Wellington to go over the Division. The Liberal candidate was well supplied with motor-cars and other vehicles, but the Unionists were not so well served in this respect. Several of the cars broke down, and towards evening it was difficult to obtain a car or vehicle of any kind. .

The Unionist colour was red and the Liberal colour blue. In Wellington matters proceeded briskly during the morning, where the whizz of the motors gaily decked with red or blue kept the scene “buzzing”. Crowds of loiterers gathered round about the Square, but on the whole excitement was kept well in check. Bicycles decked chiefly in red occasionally flashed by, and several enthusiasts had twined red ribbon round their walking sticks, and had also attached red flags to the end of them. Red and blue rosettes were numerous, but the red was by far the more conspicuous. Up to midday the Unionists claimed to be polling strongly in Wellington. At Wrockwardine Wood there was very little red to be seen, and the same remarks apply to Dawley, Old Park, and Oakengates. An incident is reported from Dawley district, where one of the chauffeurs was stoned and his face badly cut. At Jackfield, Broseley, and Coalport, red again pre-dominated, and the blue colour was strongly in evidence at Iron-Bridge. A miniature carriage (containing Dr. Boon's two children, decorated with the Unionist colours, also the majorities obtained by the various Unionist candidates in Shropshire, and drawn by two goats adorned with red) paraded Broseley and Jackfield, accompanied by Dr. Boon's nurse and groom. The polling proceeded briskly at Wellington that early in the afternoon over 1,000 out of nearly 1,500 electors had recorded their votes. Voting continued steadily throughout the day at Broseley, 517 out of an electorate of 574 voting, this being the heaviest poll on record for Broseley. At Horsehay, Dawley, and Wrockwardine Wood, the keenest possible, interest was taken in the election, and Mr. Henry was loudly applauded at each place.

A strong force of police, under the direction of Chief-Superintendent Edwards, was on duty in the Division, and there were, rumours that there would be some disorder in the evening. In anticipation of this several tradesmen in the Market Square and adjoining streets boarded their windows, but this precaution was unnecessary, as the police kept the crowd well under control. Soon after eight o'clock, when the polling booths were closed, the crowd in Wellington Market Square was increased to considerable proportions. Cheers were given for the respective candidates, and the general feeling was that the Liberal candidate had won the seat by a considerable majority. Justification for this statement was increased when the re-ports reached the Liberal headquarters from the polling districts.

It is some years since an election of such a kind took place in the Iron-Bridge district with regard to intense interest and excitability as the one this week. From the opening of the court there was a steady stream of voters, and there were many motor-cars and other vehicles, decked with party-colours. Mr. Harmsworth was the first candidate who visited the district, and he was accorded a hearty reception, as was also Mr. Henry later on in the day. There was an amusing incident in the afternoon, caused by a well-known elector being conveyed to the poll in a wheelbarrow! At Iron-Bridge there are 498 voters, and out of this number 474 went to the poll, and this number created a record. It is pleasing to note that everything passed off agreeably. When the news was first received here of Mr. Henry's success the little knots of people could not believe that the majority was so great, but ultimately they were convinced. The supporters of Mr. Henry were quite jubilant at his success, but nowhere in the district was more enthusiasm displayed at this great victory than at Madeley Wood, where the women in particular, in some cases, seemed half-frantic!


27th January 1906


“THE ELECTION” (writes a local correspondent) “is over, thank goodness. We are tired of it. Take the Liberal meeting which was to have been held in the Town Hall here on Tuesday evening under the presidency of Mr. J. W. Littlewood, solicitor, of Wellington. There was an abominable row, and the meeting had to be abandoned owing to a regular riot outside, in which people who should know better took part. People could not enter the hall, the police being apparently helpless with the crowds; several panes of glass in the hall windows were broken, and one of the ticket-collectors named Malpass was thrown with considerable force to the ground, and his coat torn. Had it not been for the timely aid of the sergeant from Much Wenlock he would have got severely handled. Mr. Littlewood was also hustled by the crowd. There was no justification for such conduct, and all decent people are glad the disgraceful scenes are over”.

Frister and Rossmann's Vibrating Shuttle Sewing Machines,  £3 7s.6d.—Grocott & Co., Shrewsbury. (Ad.)


3rd February 1906


WEDNESDAY.—Present:— Alderman T. Cooke (chairman), Mr. J. H. A. Whitley (vice-chairman), Lord Forester, Captain Geo. Forester, Mrs. Squire, Aldermen D. L. Prestage (Mayor) A. B. Dyas and F. G. Beddoes, Messrs. R. P. Ayre,  B. Maddox, T. Doughty, J. E. Boulton, C. Edwards, W. H. Southouse, and F. H. Potts (clerk).

The School Management Sub-Committee re-commended that the appointment of Mr. Walter Briscoe as provisional assistant master at the Broseley Boys' School, at a salary of £50, be confirmed; that the appointment of Mrs. Elizabeth Houlston as temporary assistant teacher at the Broseley National Boys' School, at a salary of £45, be confirmed; that the report of H.M.I. on the Madeley Wood Wesleyan Infants' School be referred to the managers; that the report of H.M.I. on Broseley National School be referred to the managers, and that they be re-quested to present a full report thereon to this committee at the next meeting; and that the clerk be requested to communicate with the Guardians respecting the maintenance and transfer of Mary Ann Goodall from Lovell Road Special School, Leeds, to an asylum school.—The report was adopted.— Miss A. Harris, assistant at Madeley Wood Wesleyan School, had her salary increased to £32 10s. a year.

It was reported that the balance appearing due from the treasurer amounted to the sum of £851 9s. 4d., and after cheques were drawn there remained a balance of £684 12s. 5d.—Alderman Dyas said he was pleased to see a balance in hand.

The Inspector reported that the staffing at Coalbrookdale Boys' School for the past year could not be considered satisfactory. — The managers, in a letter to the committee, having explained matters, the Chairman said he had visited the school, and did not consider the staff was short, and he was pleased with the work of the scholars.—It was decided to reply to the managers to the effect that the committee were satisfied,

The Clerk said that Jackfield were applying for an additional teacher. The question of overcrowding was causing some trouble. No fewer than 41 attended the school under five years of age, and there were several under four.—The Chairman said he had visited this school, and was surprised to see a child in bed. He did not think the school should be made into a nursery.—Mr. Edwards : Do you mean to say the child was in bed? — The Chairman: Yes.—Mr. Edwards : Quite up-to-date. (Laughter.) — Mr. Maddox said he must protest against having beds in school. (Laughter.) He moved that they advise the managers of the school not to admit any children under four years of age, which would thus prevent overcrowding. — Mr. Doughty seconded the motion, which was carried.



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CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH.— On Sunday two sermons of an earnest and practical character were preached in this church by Mr. Smith of Handsworth College. Suitable hymns were well rendered by the choir, and a collection was taken in aid of church expenses.

VICTORIA INSTITUTE.— The annual meeting was held yesterday week, when the Mayor (Captain D. L. Prestage) presided. Mr. T. Jones (secretary) presented the accounts for the past year, showing a balance of £5 in hand. He said there were 130 members, and that £47 had been taken in billiards for the year. The report was considered satisfactory and passed. The committee were re-elected. The usual votes of thanks to the officers closed the meeting.

DEATH OF MR. C. R. JONES.— On the 23rd January there passed away a well-known figure in the person of Mr. Charles Richard Jones of Ferney Bank. Deceased was 59 years of age, and held the position of colliery proprietor and brick and tile manufacturer. He was deservedly respected by a large circle of friends. His generosity to the poor and others who stood in need of temporary assistance will long be remembered by them. He had been a member of Broseley Wesleyan Church for some years. In politics he was a staunch Conservative, but no bigot, for he was ever willing to extend the same liberty to others that he claimed for himself. On Saturday his remains were laid to rest in the family vault in the parish churchyard, amidst every manifestation of respect. The funeral service was impressively conducted by the Rev. G. F. Lamb, M.A., rector. A large number of persons attended the funeral, among whom were Councillors J. Nicklin and T. Doughty and Messrs. W. Jones and E. Wase (representing the works in the district), members of Broseley Wesleyan Church, and a large contingent of deceased's workpeople. A number of beautiful wreaths were contributed by relatives and friends. As a mark of respect to deceased the Broseley Wesleyan Church was on Sunday draped in black cloth, and in the morning the organist (Mr. J. A. Hartshorne) played “The Rifle, Brigade”, and in the evening the “Dead March”.



NARROW ESCAPE.— When Mrs. J. Jones (Roper's Hill) was returning from work on Thursday evening she had a very narrow escape of being drowned. On jumping off the ferry boat she missed the landing and fell into the Severn, and had it not been for the prompt assistance of Mr. Ben Fletcher she would have been drowned. Fletcher is to be congratulated on this brave act, which saved a life.


10th February 1906

Letters to the Editor


Sir,—Nearly twenty-two years ago (according to the school log-book) through the kindness of a lady and the then existing managers of Jackfield School, a small bedstead, mattress, and blankets were given to the school for the use of the little ones, which benefit has indeed been very great, more particularly, perhaps, in cases of sudden indisposition. It is not by any means unusual to find a bed or mattress in an infant school, and many modern infant schools are provided with rocking horses, swings, &c. The bed in question is not of recent introduction, and was not provided by the ratepayers of the borough.          

(Mistress of the Jackfield Infant School).



WEDNESDAY. — Present:— Alderman D. L. Prestage (mayor), Councillors T. Doughty, E. G. Exley, J. Nicklin, R. A. Instone, and T. Instone, Messrs. F. Potts (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), H. Herbert (sanitary inspector), and E. Oakes (rate collector).

The Inspector said there was no notifiable infections disease in the district: but there was an outbreak of measles at Jackfield, and the school was closed.—Mr. Doughty remarked that the measles had been imported into the district—The inspector was asked to communicate with Dr. Gepp, on the matter.

A letter was read from Mr. Davies complaining of a drain in Speed's Lane which he said was a nuisance to his tenants.—Mr. T. Instone said it was a dangerous place.—The surveyor was instructed to give estimate at the neat meeting of what it would cost to repair the place in question.—The inspector reported several nuisances, and the usual orders were made.

Mr. Abberley reported that he had completed the work of erecting a standpipe at the Lloyds Head, Jackfield, at a cost of £4 2s. 6d.

Mr. Oakes reported that there was over £140 to be collected on the general district rate,and over £100 on the water rate account.—The Clerk reported this was a balance in hand on this general district rate account of £406 12s., and an adverse balance on the water account of £135 6s. 4d.—The Mayor said the bills due to be paid amounted to £395 4s. 11d., which would considerably reduce the balance.

A letter was read from Mr. Edge asking the Council for their annual subscription of £10, which was promised for the upkeep of the fire brigade.—The Mayor said it was only in September last they paid the brigade £90 for their equipment.—It was decided to pay the subscription.

The estimated expenditure for the ensuing year, which was put down at £1,690, as then discussed.—The Mayor said the revenue on the water account was £365 a year, whilst the expenditure was £400. He did not think they could do with less than a 3s. 6d. rate in the pound: Mr. T. Instone said they must not increase the rate.—The Chairman observed that there was an overdraft of £500 at the bank, for which they had to pay 4 per cost interest.—Mr. T. Instone remarked that Broseley could not afford to pay an increased rate.- After further conversation, Mr T. Instone proposed that they levy a general rate of 3s. 4d. in the pound, an increase of 2d.: and that the water rate be the same as last year, 1s. 3d. in the pound.- The Chairman seconded the motion which was carried unanimously.



THE ELECTION DISTURBANCE — The following communication has been forwarded to Mr. J. P. G. Smith and Sir A. H. Brown, Bart., having reference to a disturbance which took place at one of Mr. Harmsworth's meetings, at which Sir Alexander Brown and Mr. Smith were present : —”Dear Sir,—We, the undersigned workmen of the Jackfield Works, wish to convey to you and Sir A. H. Brown, Bart., our sincere, regrets for the treatment you received at the hands of a few ill-mannered youths at the Iron-Bridge meeting, and to assure you both that our deepest sympathies are with you. It having been rumoured that the plot was laid amongst us, we deny the accusation, as we honour you both for all the past done for us, to ever have stooped to such mean, despicable acts. You have been, and still are, the friends of the ‘true British workman’. Again assuring you of our sincerest regrets, we are, your obedient servants”.—The document was signed by the heads of each department, forty-four in number, and to this Sir Alexander Brown has replied:—”It has given me great pleasure to receive through the hands of Mr. Smith the memorial from the workmen employed at the Jackfield Works. Whatever might be their political view, I felt certain they would do nothing to organise or encourage the disgraceful scene which was displayed at the Iron-Bridge Market Hall on Monday evening, the 22nd. The blame must rest upon those who instigated the noise and clamour, and who sheltered themselves behind the youths they employed. During the many years I was among you as your member, even in the most excited times, I never witnessed such a scene, and I am afraid the final words of my farewell address, when I thanked my political opponents for their personal kindness, were not justified. The election has been won by a series of misrepresentations and calumnies which it has been impossible to stop”.


17th February 1906

Letters to the Editor


Sir,—The people of Jackfield, Broseley, Coalport, and Iron-Bridge are trying to get a free passage by bridge across the river, and it is hoped that the efforts put forward by those interested will meet with success. It is stated that Mr. William Jones has offered the ground on the Jackfield side of the river, and the Lord of the Manor has offered the land on the Madeley side. These offers ought to be accepted at once, and a public meeting should be arranged at once, so that people may have a chance of subscribing towards payment, for it is understood that the bridge is to be erected by voluntary contributions. The writer will be pleased to help on the matter in every way possible.                                                 WOLDORF.



The quarterly meeting was held on Wednesday ; present:—Aldermen D. L. Prestage (Mayor), A. B. Dyas, J. Davies, T. Cooke, F. G. Beddoes, W. J. Legge, Captain George Forester, Councillors E. G. Exley, R. F. Ayre, J. E. Boulton, T. Morris, A. L. Hayes, W. J. Milner, T. Dorsett, J. Roberts, B. Maddox, T. R. Horton, W. Roberts, E. Fletcher, W. F. Bryan, J. Nicklin, A. G. Cartwright, C. Edwards, with Messrs. F. H. Potts (town clerk), A. H. Thorn-Pudsey (magistrates' clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), H. Herbert (inspector), and Dr. Germ (medical officer).

The first business, the Mayor said, was to order payment of accounts chargeable against the borough funds, and to levy a general borough rate. He said the amount they had to find by rate was £410 16s. 5d., and the Finance Committee recommended a rate of 2d. in the pound, Which would bring in £482.—Mr. Dyas moved that an order be made for payment of the accounts, and that a borough rate of 2d. in the pound be laid for the ensuing quarter, and the motion was carried.

In proposing that they pay the registration expenses, Mr. Dyas said he should like to ask how it was that so many names were omitted from the register that were entitled to be on. He did not know who was to blame. — The Clerk said he was sorry to learn there were names omitted from the burgess roll. All they had to work upon was the list the overseers published. He had no power to add or take off. The remedy was really in the hands of the people themselves, who should look on the lists at the church or chapel doors.—Mr. Dyas remarked that there were persons who did not go to church or chapel.—Mr. Davies, in seconding the motion, observed that he knew a clear case in the Barrow parish where a man who had lived in one house 20 years was taken off the list, although at the by-election he voted. He thought the assistant overseer's attention should be called to the matter.—Mr. Edwards said there were cases at Wenlock, and as long as they paid for the work to be done it should be done properly.—Mr. Maddox thought Wenlock was behind the times, for at Iron-Bridge there were only 23 people who did not vote, and they could be accounted for.—The Clerk said it was in the hands of the Revising Barrister.—Mr. Beddoes suggested that the clerk write a letter to the overseers on the matter, but the clerk said he always gave them every precaution yearly.— Mr. Nicklin remarked that it was a common notion that people should look after their own votes, but if they paid people to do the work they should do it.— The Clerk said he knew to his own knowledge that a man who had been dead 14 years was still on the Iron-Bridge list. (Laughter.)— Mr. Cartwright thought the clerk should communicate with the Revising Barrister on the matter.—The motion was carried,

Alderman Cooke presented the asylum report. He stated that there was considerable overcrowding, and that they were about to lease Sandwell Hall for the purpose of an asylum for idiot and imbecile children. It would cost about £600, and their share would be something like £36. Superannuation allowances, he said, had been granted to the attendants, Robert and Mary Sharpe. Both had completed 21 years' service. He moved that the report be adopted, and this was seconded by Mr. Dyas, and carried.

Rates were levied for the districts of Barrow 1s. 3d. in the pound, Broseley 3s. 4d., Madeley 3s. 2d., and Wenlock 2s. 7d. Water rates of 1s. 3d. in the pound were also levied for Madeley, Broseley, and Wenlock districts.

Alderman Beddoes presented the report of the Main Roads Committee, which was to the effect that the committee had appointed Alderman Beddoes chairman, and that they decided to call the attention of the County Council to several dangerous places in the borough and that the surveyor be allowed £1,580 for expenditure on the main roads for the ensuing year. He moved the adoption of the report, which was seconded by Mr. Boulton, and carried.

Mr. Maddox reported that the sub-committee appointed to consider the erection of a footbridge across the Severn at Iron-Bridge had met and appointed a committee to inquire into the site, &c., and to report result at the next meeting. He moved that the report be adopted. He was hoping that it would be a step in the right direction. It was only a fortnight ago when the ferry boat had a narrow escape of being overturned with 20 people in it, returning from work. One woman through fright jumped into the Severn, and was saved by a man who leaped out of the boat also to save her.—Mr. Ayre, in seconding the motion, asked if the Council had any supervision of the boats.—The Clerk replied in the negative.—The Mayor remarked that if they got the bridge it would do away with these awkward questions.—Carried.

Mr. W. Roberts moved that the ballot papers used at the municipal elections be consigned to the flames.—Alderman Dyas seconded this, which was carried.

Dr. Gepp presented his annual report. The death rate, he said, throughout last year was the most favourable he had to report; it was lower than the last nine years. There were also fewer cases of infectious disease, and he attributed this to the good supply of water the various Councils had supplied the districts. —The Mayor proposed a vote of thanks to Dr. Gepp for his report. It was very gratifying to find that the work done by the Sanitary Committee had brought such good results.—Mr. Maddox seconded the motion, which was carried unanimously.



THE Guardians of the Poor of the Madeley Union invite Applications for the Offices of Collector of Poor Rates for the Parishes of Broseley and Linley at a salary of £49 and £3 per annum respectively, payable quarterly, and subject to the prescribed deductions under the Poor-Law Officers' Superannuation Act, 1896.  The person appointed will to required to perform all the duties of a Collector of Poor Rates, and to commence such duties on the 31st day of March, 1906, and also to give security for the due performance thereof in some Guarantee Society to be approved by the Board. Applications, which most be accompanied by Copies of 3 testimonials of recent date, must reach me, the undersigned, at the undermentioned address, not later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, the 7th day of March prox. Applicants must attend the meeting of the Board on Friday, the 9th day of March, 1906, at 10 a.m.

By order,.

ALFRED H. THORN-PUDSEY, Solicitor, Clerk to the Guardians. Iron-Bridge, Shropshire, 23rd February, 1906.



NOTICE is hereby given that the Inspector of and Measures for the Borough of Wenlock will attend at the following places upon the days named, viz:-

MUCH WENLOCK.—On TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6th and 7th. At the Raven Hotel. Tuesday from 10-30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Wednesday from 10-30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

IRON-BRIDGE. — On MONDAY, TUESDAY, and WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12th, 13th, and 14th. At the Swan Inn. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

BROSELEY. — On THURSDAY and FRIDAY, MARCH 15th and 16th. At the Lion Hotel. From 10 am. to 4 p.m.

MADELEY.—On MONDAY and TUESDAY, MARCH 19th and 20th. At the Royal Oak Hotel. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

And Notice is hereby further given that all Weights. Measures, and Weighing Instruments that are duly Stamped with the Borough of Wenlock Official Stamp will be Re-Examined Free of Charge, if, on such examination being made, they are found to be Correct. Fees are charged only in cases of Re-adjustment, or when the Stamps are found to be Defaced.

F. H. POTTS, Town Clerk.

Town Clerk's Office, Much Wenlock, 20th Feb., 1906.


24th February 1906

Letters to the Editor


Sir,—It was with much pleasure that I read, the letter in the JOURNAL in reference to a free bridge at Iron-Bridge, for the people of Jackfield, Broseley, Iron-Bridge. and Coalport, and also to learn that the matter is receiving attention at the hands of the Council.

The recent occurrence at one of the boats should show them what a very serious matter this is, and that something must be done quickly.

It is a standing disgrace to our district that we should be compelled to pay a toll to cross the river, when almost everywhere else such an imposition has long ago been done away with.                     PROGRESS


Sir,— In supporting your correspondent of last week on the above question, I should like to give to your readers a few facts. It is not only a free passage that is urgently needed, but also a safe one to those persons who have to cross the river to their employment. Under present conditions it is extremely dangerous, as may be seen from what took place only three weeks ago. The river was swollen by flood, and consequently above its normal height. The ferry boat was loaded with more than twenty persons returning to their homes on the Iron-Bridge side. When the boat was pushed off it was discovered that the hinder part had grounded on the Severn wall. This caused it to swerve across the stream, and from an eye-witness I am informed that had it not been for the promptitude of two men the boat would have been overturned. As it was, one woman, being afraid, leaped into the river, but was rescued by Mr. B. Fletcher. In advocating what in my opinion is a public necessity. I wish to say that overtures have been made to the owners of property on both sides of the river. The Madeley Wood Company have offered to sell the landings at Coalport for £1,000. Mr. W. Jones has been approached as to a landing at the Calcutts, and his reply was that he would sanction a landing on the same terms as the owners on the opposite side of the river. But here is the difficulty: while the Lord of the Manor is the owner, the Madeley Wood Company are the lessees, and seeing that they own the Coalport ferry, it is difficult to obtain a landing from them at a low figure.

The most feasible way to settle the question of landings is for the Madeley District Council to consent to grant a landing from their road near to the upper ferry. This road joins up to the river, and provides a convenient place for landing. On the opposite side of the river the property belongs to Lord Forester, who, I believe, is quite willing to grant a landing on reasonable terms. The vital question is that or £ S. D. As to the probable expense, I should say that the approximate cost of a girder bridge at the point named would be £1,000. Then, in the second place, how can the money be raised? One way of raising it would be to levy a ½d. rate for ten years on the borough of Wenlock; this would cover interest and principal. Another and more easy way is just now presented. Mr. R. Haynes has recently died in Montevideo, and in his will has left the sum of £600 to the municipality of the town of his birth. And as this money is left to Iron-Bridge, I think the best and most worthy object to spend -it on would be a footbridge across the river to be called the “Haynes Memorial Bridge”. The remaining cost of the erection could be raised by subscription, and a strong-appeal to the County Council for a grant from their funds. The first step should be taken by the representatives of the people on the Madeley District Council. All those friends who are in sympathy with a free footbridge should make the scheme an accomplished fact.

                   B. MADDOX, Iron-Bridge.



LOCAL SUCCESS.—Mr. R. Wilson (Iron-Bridge), pastor of the Old Baptist Church. Broseley, has passed the  dioptric examination of the British Optical Association held in London in December last, in practical, mathematical, theoretical, and general optics, and in subjective sight-testing, and is granted the diploma of the association an a competent otologist.

G. F. S.— On Wednesday, by kind permission of Miss Nicholas, a drawing-room meeting in connection with the local branch of the Girls' Friendly Society was held at Field House. The chair was occupied by the Rev. C B Crowe, Rural Dean. Miss Mabel Thompson gave an interesting and most instructive address on the work of this most valuable society. — Miss Athill (diocesan secretary) also gave a very valuable address. Mrs Heywood (Tickwood Hall) and Miss H. Warren (Morville Hall) also spoke—Among those present were: —The Revs. G. F. Lamb (rector of Broseley), I. Hawker, W. A. Terry. Mrs. Heywood, Miss H. Warren, Mrs. M. Edwards, Mrs. Garrett, Mrs. Wynne, Mrs. Terry, Mrs. Bruff. Mrs. Barker, Mrs. Yates, and Mrs. Weld. The meeting was in every way a most successful one. At the conclusion a vote of thanks was proposed by the rector of Broseley, and seconded by Mrs. Heywood, thanking Miss Nicholas for her hospitality. This was carried unanimously. The Rural Dean was also thanked for his services in the chair.- A meeting of this society was also held in the Town Hall the same evening. The Rev. G. Fleming Lamb, M.A., rector, presided over a large attendance.—Miss Maud Thompson gave an interesting address on the aims and objects of the society, viz.:—To encourage purity of life, dutifulness to parents, faithfulness to employers, temperance and thrift, and to provide the privileges of the society's for its members wherever they may be, by giving them an introduction from one branch to another.—Miss Athill also made an earnest and practical speech.—The Chairman, too appropriately addressed the meeting, taking as the subject of his remarks the society's motto, “Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ”.

LIBERAL SOIREE.— The victory achieved in the Wellington Division by the return of Mr. C. S. Henry to the House of Commons was celebrated amidst much enthusiasm in the Broseley Town Hall on Thursday evening. The large room was tastefully decorated, and the platform was also adorned with plants, the whole presenting a most picturesque appearance. About 100 sat down to an excellent repast.—On the removal of the cloth, Mr. J. E. Hartshorne occupied the chair, and delivered an appropriate speech, after which Mr. Maddox (Iron-Bridge) moved the following resolution.—”This meeting heartily congratulates Mr. C. S. Henry on his triumphant victory, and pledges itself that so long as he adheres to true Liberal principles it will not relax in its efforts to keep him in the position he holds as our representative in Parliament”. The speaker attributed the Liberal success to their having a good cause and a good candidate.—Mr. J. W. Littlewood (Wellington), in an interesting speech, seconded the resolution, expressing the pleasure it gave him to be present on that occasion. Mr. John Bayley (Wellington) much regretted his inability to join them that evening, owing to an engagement, and the audience were equally disappointed in the absence of his attractive personality.—An excellent programme of music was well executed during the evening. Mr. George Taylor gave a piano solo in masterly style, and Mr. Arthur Bunnagar gave a characteristic rendering of the song. “I've Brought the Coal”. “The Lost Chord” by Mr. Arthur Dixon was capitally rendered. Mr. H. Bunnagar, jun., was very successful in his flute solos, and Mr. F. Bartle gave a finely-executed piano solo. Miss H. A. Jones sang “Sing me to sleep” with great taste and feeling, and Mr Richard Jones sang in excellent style “Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep” Mr E. J. Jones gave a fine  and expressive rendering of the song, “Down the Vale”. Mr. Geo. Taylor gave a humorous rendering of the song “Meet me in the morning”. Gramophone selections by eminent artistes were given, under the management of Mr. William Pierce-Williams. A vote of thanks was accorded to Mr Maddox and Mr J. W. Littlewood for their presence, also to those who had contributed to the harmony of the evening. Mr J. W. Littlewood proposed in felicitous terms, a vote of thanks to Messers. J. E. Hartshorne (chairman) and A. Evans (secretary) for the excellent entertainment provided by them, which was acknowledged in a few well-chosen words by Mr. A. Evans.



WHAT HE DESERVED.—James Garbett, labourer, Broseley, was charged with being drunk and disorderly.—Police-constable Lycett stated that defendant was very drunk, and using bad language. Witness told him to go home, and defendant thereupon struck him in the face and chest. They had a scuffle, and both fell down twice in the street.—The Bench considered the charge a serious one, and sentenced defendant to 21 days' hard labour, and a further seven days if be did not pay the costs.

DRUNKENNESS.-William Lewis was charged by Police constable Lycett with being drunk at Broseley, and was fined 11s 6d., including costs.—Charles Nock with being drunk and disorderly at Broseley. Police-constable Lycett proved the case. Defendant was fined 15s., including costs.

SCHOOL CASE.- Robert Blood, Broseley, was fined 10s for neglecting to send his child regularly to school. – Mr T. Jones (attendance officer) proved the charge.


3rd March 1906

Letters to the Editor

PROPOSED BRIDGE AT JACKFIELD. Sir,—There is nothing like striking the iron whilst it is hot. As one who has suffered the inconveniences of crossing the River Severn at Jackfield for a number of years, I cannot let this opportunity pass by without saying a word on the subject. I beg to differ from the two previous suggestions of a foot-bridge. What I should propose is that a good, substantial bridge be erected, capable of sustaining the heaviest traffic of the neighbourhood, thus benefiting the manufacturers of the district and the public at large, and that the county be asked to erect the same. I strongly object to the proposal of a bridge of any kind which has to be erected by public subscriptions, or to be liable to a rate levied to pay the expense thereof. The people of Jackfield, Iron-Bridge, Coalport, and the surrounding district have equally as much right to ask for this as residents elsewhere in the county. Furthermore, regarding the money, £600, left by Mr. R. Haynes to be used as intended, namely, to free something in Iron-Bridge; The bridge itself was erected 127 years ago, at the cost of £7,000 or thereabouts, and, being a toll-bridge ever since, has paid for itself a great many times over, and cannot for any great period longer be of use for heavy traffic. I should suggest to free the old bridge, and use it for foot passengers only. Then, perhaps, it would last for another 100 years.                                                                                T. H Haynes


10th March 1906

Letters to the Editor


Sir,—It is somewhat difficult to understand whether Mr. T. H. Haynes desires to help the proposed bridge, or whether he really wishes to kill the matter by making the undertaking too large to be carried out under the present conditions. To have a new free bridge, capable of sustaining the heaviest traffic, and also to free the existing bridge for foot passengers only, is very desirable; but I fear that on account of expense it is quite out of the question. Even if it were possible, the necessity for a footbridge, to do away with the boats, still remains.

We want a bridge badly, and it is for the inhabitants of the district to see that we get it. Your correspondent does not agree with public subscriptions being given towards this object, but he forgets that we who use the bridge and boats are paying more than sufficient every year to cover the total cost of a foot-bridge.

Mr. Haynes takes exception to the £600 left by Mr. R. Haynes being used for the bridge. What can he propose that will be for the benefit of a greater number of persons? It is extremely doubtful whether the money could be put to a better and more useful purpose. Do not let us argue that if we cannot have two bridges we will have nothing; but let us work together and get what we can, and let the remainder follow as soon after as possible.                






Present:- Alderman D. L Prestage (mayor), Lord Forester, Councillors E. G. Exley, J. Nicklin, R. A. Instone, T. Doughty, G. Keay, with the officers, Messrs. F. H. Potts (town clerk), C. Stevenson (surveyor), H. Herbert (sanitary inspector), and E. Oakes (rate collector).

The Inspector reported that the district was free from notifiable infections disease. He reported several nuisances, and the usual order was made. The Surveyor reported that it would take about £4 5s. to channel a portion of Speed's Lane, which would remedy a nuisance.— It was decided to do the work. Mr. Keay called attention to a circular issued by the fire brigade with reference to a scale of charges for services rendered, which they were asking the people to sign. Insurance companies, he said, would supply a fire brigade.—The Chairman: They didn't supply ours.—Mr. Keay: Because you were too eager to push matters on. (Laughter.) I don't believe in paying money to this fire brigade as long as I pay to a fire insurance company.—The Chairman: We have nothing to do with insurance companies.—Mr. Keay: It is furnished out of the rates. I cannot see any benefit in the fire brigade.—The Chairman said he was of opinion that the matter should be considered.—Mr. Nicklin said that was an important point. They led the committee to believe that they were entitled to make certain charges, but they did not undertake to pay the wages. Fire insurance companies were all right, but they should remember that they must protect those who could not pay the insurance premium.—Mr. Doughty said they must protect life.—The Chairman said he thought Mr. Keay was looking at the matter as between himself and the insurance company. — Mr. Keay: I pay to the insurance company, and I contend we can do without the brigade.—The Chairman: You ought to be on the fire brigade.—Mr. Keay: They tell me the foreman of the brigade resides three miles away!—Mr. Nicklin said the question was whether they should allow the book to go round.—The Chairman said the committee might consider the leaflet.—Mr. Doughty was asked to see the secretary of the fire brigade, and report upon his interview at the next meeting.

Mr. Oakes presented a list of rate defaulters, which numbered 18, and represented £20 7s. 6d.—The officer was instructed to take out summonses for the recovery of the rate.—The Clerk reported that there was a balance in hand on the general district rate of £120 6s. 3d., and an adverse balance of £89 16s. 4d. on the water account.—The Surveyor reported that his expenditure for the past month was £31 6s. A cheque for £20 was drawn in his favour to meet the ensuing month's expenditure.


24th March 1906




NOTICE is hereby give that an Application has NOTICE received by the Board of Trade from the TOWN COUNCIL OF WENLOCK for their approval of certain BY-LAWS which the Town Council have, In pursuance of Section 28 of the Weights and Measures Act, 1889, made with respect to the SALE of COAL. A Copy of these By-Laws can be inspected free of charge between March 26th and April 9th at the Office of Mr. P. H. POTTS, Town Clerk, Much Wenlock, Salop.

All Persons interested are to take Notice that, 21 days after this date, the Board of Trade will proceed to consider the Application, and in the meantime the Board will receive any objections which may be made thereto.

(Signed) HERBERT JEKYLL, Assistant Secretary. Board of Trade Railway Department, 23rd day of March, 1906.

N.B.—Objections should be addressed to the Assistant Secretary, Railway Department. Board of Trade,

Whitehall Gardens S.W.




TENDERS are invited for the CONSTRUCTION of a NEW 9-Inch and 6-Inch SEWER at BROSELEY, SALOP. Plans and Specification of the proposed Sewer may be seen by appointment at the Office of the Borough Surveyor, Municipal Offices, Iron - Bridge, after Monday, 26th inst. The lowest or any Tender not necessarily accepted. Sealed Tenders, endorsed “Broseley Sewer”, must reach my Office on or before Tuesday, April 3rd, 1906.


Town Clerk's Office. Much Wenlock. Salop.



VESTRY MEETING.— On Thursday evening a meeting of ratepayers was held in Broseley Town Hall for the purpose of electing churchwardens and nominating overseers for the ensuing year. The Rev. G. Fleming Lamb, M.A., presided over a large attendance, owing doubtless to the impression that an assistant overseer was to be elected at that meeting for the parish of Broseley, in the place of Mr. John Dixon, resigned, the election now falling upon the Broseley ratepayers, and the arrangements for same devolving upon the  rector and churchwardens.— The Chairman said he had already received two applications for the post.— Mr. A. H. Thorn-Pudsey, solicitor, who was present, said the election could not take place that evening, but that a special meeting would have to be convened for the purpose, which wins accordingly fixed for Thursday next.— In reply to Mr. Edward Oakes, Mr. T Thorn-Pudsey said £20 per annum was the amount paid to assistant overseer.— The Rector re-elected Mr. W. Francis as his warden; and, on the proposition of Mr. R. A. Instone, seconded by Mr. S. Hill, Mr. A. E. Wiggins was re-elected people's warden.—Mr. A. E. Wiggins elected Mr. R. A. Instone as his sidesman; and the following additional aldermen were chosen by Mr. W. Francis:—Messrs. S. Hill, T. Jones, and J. Pountney.— The following were nominated as over-seers :—Messrs. M. Davis, W. Croudace, S. A. Powell, G. Milward, W. H. Harrison, G. Edge, W. Smith, and A. Ball, out of which number the magistrates will select two to serve the office.


31st March 1906



Present:—Mr. T. Cooke (chairman), Mr. T. H. A. Whitley (vice-chairman), Mrs. Squire Miss Rowlands, Aldermen D. L. Prestage (Mayor), A. B. Dyas, J. Davies, and F. G. Beddoes Messers. F. R. Smith, R. F. Ayre, C. Edwards, W. H. Southouse, T. G. Whittaker, M. Jones, E. G. Exley, J. E. Boulton, F. H. Potts (clerk), and J. H. Gurnhill (treasurer). Mr. Ayre reported that the attendance at the schools was very bad owing to general illness throughout the borough.

The School Management Sub-Committee recommended as follows:—(1) That the following resignations be confirmed- Miss S.E. Clarke assist. Art. 50, Much Wenlock School, ditto, Miss A. Onions, probationer, Madeley Wood School. (2) That the appointment of Mr. Fred Dawson as assistant master at the Broseley National Boys' School, at a salary of £65 per annum, be confirmed. (3.) That the appointment of Miss Margaret Scott as a probationer at Broseley Wood School, at is salary of £2 12s. per year, be confirmed. (4) That the report of the sub-committee appointed to confer with the managers of the Broseley National Boys' School respecting the staffing of that school be adopted, and that the clerk be instructed to write to the managers of that school, and request them to relieve the headmaster of all extraneous outside work; resolved also that the managers be requested to appoint a new caretaker. (5) That the letter from the managers of the Coalbrookdale Girls’ and Infants' School respecting H.M. Inspector's report on that school be accepted as satisfactory, and that a copy of the same be sent to the Board of Education. (6) That the managers of the Madeley Wood Wesleyan School be requested to take Miss Stephan as a pupil-teacher in that school. (7) That the assistant mistress, Miss Stevenson (Iron-Bridge School), be asked to take the place of Miss Joyner at the Madeley Wood School during her illness.—The recommendations were adopted.

The following increase of salaries were approved of:—Miss E. Bowdler, Lloyds School, to £55 a year; Miss C. Williams, Lloyds School, to £35; Miss E. Axon, Broseley Wood, to £55; Miss M. Simpson, Much Wenlock, to £55; Mr. E. C. Thomas, Madeley Wesleyan, to £55; Miss M. A. Hinsley, Madeley Wesleyan, to £55; and Miss E. A. Wall, Madeley Wesleyan, to £75.-Mr. Dyas said these were the usual increments, which came automatically. He reported the balance appearing due from the treasurer amounted to £1,276 14s. 1d., and that cheques that day had been drawn amounting to £956 12s. 11d. He said there was really a balance of £320; there was also another £100 on the way, whilst £320 had been received that morning. They would have been in a better position had the borough treasurer paid over the money more promptly. —Mr. Gurnhill said the detention had already cost the committee 4 per cent.—Mr. Smith asked what authority the borough treasurer had to keep the money, and why he did not transfer it immediately —The Chairman said the Town Council had given him instructions to hand over the money at once.—Mr. Maddox was of opinion that they should hear what the borough treasurer had to say before they censured anyone.—Mr. Edwards was of the same opinion.— Mr. Dyas said he thought that if the matter was reported the publicity would have the desired effect.

The Clerk read a letter from the Education Department concerning the continuing of the annual grants by instalments.— The Chairman observed that if the Treasury would not oblige, they would have to finance themselves the first year, which meant an extra rate of 4d. in the pound. He however, hoped the new Government would grant their request.

A letter was read from Mr. T. Jones resigning his post of attendance officer, an appointment he had held for 13 years. He said he much regretted to sever the tie after such a long connection.— The Chairman said the present officer got £70 a year, and the General Purposes Committee recommended that they give the new man £52 a year. — Mr, Davies asked why they reduced the salary. — Mr. Smith replied that it would give them a chance to increase it—Mr. Whitley said it was proposed to give a bonus for good attendance.—It was decided to advertise for a school, attendance officer at a salary of £52 a year.



WESLEY GUILD—The members of the Broseley Guild held their usual meeting on Tuesday in the Wesleyan Schoolroom, when Mr, J. E. Hartshorne occupied the chair. The evening was devoted to music, the principal attraction being a number of selections by eminent artistes re-produced by means of Mr. Piece-Williams's gramophone under his personal supervision, to whom a hearty vote of thanks was accorded for his kindness.

MR. EDWIN DAVIS, High Street, Broseley, was one of the sidesmen chosen by the Rector at the last vestry meeting. His name was omitted in the report given of the same.

PARISH MEETING.— A special meeting of ratepayers was held in the Town Hall on Thursday for the purpose of nominating and electing an assistant overseer for the parish of Broseley, also to fix the salary to be paid to the person elected. The Rev. G. Fleming Lamb, M.A. (rector), presided over a large attendance. Mr. A. H. Thorn-Pudsey, solicitor, proposed that the salary or assistant overseer be £20 per annum, which was seconded by Mr. Adam Jones (The Rock).—Mr. S. Hill moved an amendment that the salary be £10 per annum, which was seconded by Mr. George Corfield.—Mr. A. H. Thorn-Pudsey  said be knew what the duties of an assistant overseer were, and be considered it was a very responsible office, and the amount, he proposed was really too little.—Councillor J. Nicklin also spoke in favour of the original proposition, remarking that the Poor-Law Guardians must think they got value for their money, or they would not have said it hitherto, considering the pressure put upon them nowadays.— The Chairman having put the amendment and proposition to the meeting, the amendment was lost.-Councillor J. Nicklin proposed “That Mr. Thomas Jones be elected assistant overseer”.—Alderman P. L. Prestage (Mayor) seconded the proposition, and it was carried unanimously.—Mr. A. H. Thorn-Pudsey proposed, and Mr. W. Francis seconded, that a box be provided to contain the parish books and documents, which was also carried.



MOTHERS' UNION.—At the Parish Church on Sunday afternoon a special service in connection with the Mothers' Union was held. The preacher was the Vicar (the Rev. W. A. Terry). During the course of his sermon, the Vicar spoke of the necessity of continued definite Bible and Prayer Book teaching for the children of Churchmen, this to be taught by those who believe in what they taught. He said they as Churchpeople claimed for their children that they should be brought up in the faith of their parents. There was a good congregation. Mr. Walter Davis ably presided at the organ.

VESTRY MEETING.—Yesterday week a general meeting of the ratepayers of the parish of Benthall, for the purpose of appointing Churchwardens and sidesmen, nominating overseers, and appointing an assistants overseer and collector of poor-rate for the parish, was held in the Parish Schoolroom; present :—The Vicar (the Rev. W. A. Terry), Messrs. G. G. P. Heywood, C. W. Coldicott, G. Potts, W. Allen (sen.), J, Simmonds, J. Wilde, R. Clinton, A. Wilde, Jas. Hartshorne, R. Whitmore, A. Bangham, M. Cross, R. Walkinshaw, W. Southorn, and W. Pugh.-After the Vicar's reading of the minutes of the last meeting. The Vestry proceeded to the appointment of an assistant-overseer and collector of poor-rate for the parish. There were two applicants for the post, Messrs. T. Jones and E. Oakes, both of Broseley. On the motion of Mr. W. Southorn, seconded by Mr. W. Allen (sen.) it was resolved that Mr. Edward Oakes be appointed and this was carried. - Subsequently the Churchwardens presented their accounts, showing a credit balance of 28s., and these were passed.—The Vicar they thanked the churchwardens and sidesmen for their services during the past year.—It was proposed by Mr George Potts, and seconded by Mr. J. Simmonds, that Mr. Gerald G. P. Heywood (Tickwood Hall) be re-elected people's warden for the ensuing year, and this was carried unanimously.—The Vicar stated that he had re-appointed Mr. C. W. Coldicott as his warden for the ensuing year.—The following were appointed sidesmen:—Messrs. J. Simmonds, Wm. Cross; and George Hartshorne.—The following were nominated overseers for the parish:—Messrs. Thomas J. Griffiths, Arthur Wilde, Robert Walkinshaw, James Poyner, and James E. Hartshorne.-During the meeting Mr. G. Heywood referred to the fact of the renovation and painting of the church, the contract for which had been given to a Broseley tradesman. In connection with this work it was proposed by Mr. William Allen, and seconded by Mr. J. Simmonds that the contractor should also be asked to give an additional estimate for opening out the roof. This was carried unanimously.— This meeting was brought to a close by a vote of thanks being proposed to the chairman by Mr. James E. Hartshorne, and carried unanimously.


7th April 1906

Letters to the Editor


Sir,—With regard to my letter some few weeks ago, respecting a free bridge, it appears from the meagre response that the people in this neighbourhood are more pleased to pay every day and suffer every inconvenience rather than persevere in the slightest degree to get that freedom of passage which is accorded to almost every human being out-side this district. I believe the income from the Iron Bridge and boat at Jackfield is something like £1,300 per year, and this means that the people are paying rates, indirectly, at the rate of 1s. 3d. in the pound or upwards. The people have got used to a rate of 1s. 6d. in the pound for water, which will in all probability be an everlasting burden on their shoulders, and the same remarks apply to the bridge and boats. Cannot something be done? Are there no influential people left in the district to help the working classes in this object, and will not the latter people help themselves to a certain extent? If a free bridge was put across at Jackfield it might be the wedge-end of getting a free passage in the whole of this district. We have read of motions and other things talked of at our latest Council meetings connected with this matter, but they have ended in nothing. The County Council and the Wenlock Council are the proper people to move in the matter, but they are getting far too ancient and too much of the “Rip Van Winkle” type. Mr. B. Maddox's remarks in your paper were the best I have known on the matter, i.e., to apply the £600 towards a free bridge. This money is left to the people in Iron-Bridge, and would be well spent in helping a good and worthy object. Some large ratepayers who do not have to pay for crossing the bridge only a few times a year wish the money to be used for reducing the rates. This class of people can better afford to pay the rates as they are than a poor man can keep on paying 13s. per year for crossing the river. There are cases where as many as four in a family have to pay £2 12s. per year. The writer knows that many times have men been stopped from going to their work because they had not a halfpenny to go across the river!             WOLDORF.



WEDNESDAY. Present:—Alderman D. L. Prestage (Mayor), Councillors E. G. Exley, J. Nicklin, T. Doughty, T. Instone, and G. Keay, Messrs. P. H. Potts (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor) H. Herbert (sanitary inspector), and E. Oakes (rate collector).

The Inspector reported that the district was free from infectious disease. He reported several nuisances, which were ordered to be abated.

Mr. Abberley (water inspector) reported that he had inspected the mains in the district, and found them all in good working order and free from leakage. He had repaired the conduits in King Street.—In reply to the Mayor, the Inspector said the reservoir had not yet been cleaned out. More water had been used during the week than usual, which he attributed to the dry season. He also reported that Mr. Clinton, landlord, desired the Harrington water, and was willing to pay the double rate.—The Mayor said it was a matter for the Joint Water Committee to consider.—Mr. Keay said he believed 17 people at Benthall wanted the water.—The Mayor said they must attend to their own district first.

With reference to the leaflet issued by the fire brigade, Mr. Doughty said he had seen the secretary on the matter, and a meeting had been held. He saw no objection to the leaflet regarding the scale of charges. He favoured the idea of getting a private subscription of £20 to form a fund.—Mr. Nicklin said he attended the meeting, and what he could gather was that the members of the brigade desired some remuneration for their services, and he asked if they were prepared to ensure some small amount. He proposed that they guarantee the expenses of the fire brigade when the latter turned out.—In reply to Mr. Keay, the Mayor said they had nothing to do with fire insurance companies.—Mr. Keay seconded the motion.—In reply to Mr. Doughty, the Clerk said they could make no claim against the insurance company, but no doubt the company would pay any expense that might be incurred.—The motion was carried.

Mr. Oakes reported that the general district rate was closed, and that £44 was yet to be collected on the water rate.

The Clerk reported a balance of £77 9s. 5d. in hand on the general district rate account, and an adverse balance of £155 19s. 9d. on the water account.

Four tenders were received for laying a sewer at the new hospital, and that of Mr. C. T. Smith (Broseley) for £213 9s. 7d. (plus compensation) was accepted.



ALL SAINTS' CHURCH.—On Sunday evening, the choir of Broseley Parish Church gave an excellent interpretation of the chorus, “Surely He hath borne our griefs”  (Messiah). Mr. W. A. Garbett (a local tenor of some repute) gave an able rendering of the recit., “Thy rebuke hath broken his heart”, and the air, “Behold and see if there, be any sorrow”. Mr. W. H. Griffiths (choirmaster) conducted, and Miss Watkis, L.R.A.M., presided at the organ with ability.

CONCERT.—A very successful concert was given in the Broseley Liberal Room, yesterday week, for the benefit of Mr. A. Pope (a member of the committee), who has been out of employment, for some time. Mr. J. E. Hartshorne; presided over a good attendance. During the evening a number of selections were reproduced by means of a very fine gramophone, under the supervision of Mr. A. R. Pope. The song, “Sing him to sleep”, was very effectively rendered by Miss H. A. Jones (accompanied by her brother, Mr. E. J. Jones), the latter giving the songs, “The Village Blacksmith” and “The Whisper of Love”, in excellent style. Mr. A. Evans sang with power, “The Friar of Orders Grey”, and Mr. A. Nevitt, who was in excellent voice, sang with great taste, “The Children's Home” Mr. George Tonkiss proved himself an efficient accompanist.

TEMPERANCE FESTIVAL —The annual meeting in connection with the Wesleyan Band of Hope was celebrated in the chapel on Wednesday evening, and proved a great success. Mr T. G. Whittaker of Madeley presided over a large attendance, and in the course of an earnest and telling speech, said he was pleased to see so many present, a contrast to the meetings held there two years ago. He rejoiced to know that temperance principles were becoming better known, and acted upon, and this he considered was brought about mainly through the education given to the children in the various Band of Hope societies. He was informed by the Broseley secretary (Mr. J. A. Hartshorne) that they had a membership of 150, and the average attendance was 100. He hoped the friends would do their utmost to keep the society alive, and extend its influence.—Mr. Lingard (Iron-Bridge) also addressed the meeting. He spoke of the vast amount of money expended on strong drink, and the direful effects arising therefrom. He was pleased to think that 200 members in the House of Commons were total abstainers, and that practically all doctors, judges, and politicians condemned the use of strong drink. Temperance was making rapid strides, so that there was need not to be “downhearted”. — Miss Ridley, Norton, gave a very effective address from a Scriptural point of view, and she combated the fallacious idea that strong drink imparted strength to the individual using it. During the evening there was special solo and chorus singing by a juvenile choir of 70 voices, under the capable direction of Mr. P. Hartshorne, the efforts of the young performers giving evidence of careful training on the part of Mr. J. A. Hartshorne. Master H. Hurdley gave a nice rendering of the solo, “The Waif”, the choir joining in the chorus, which was much appreciated. Miss Hartshorne, gave a recitation, and Miss S. Hurdley sweetly rendered the solo, “Hold the Banter”, for which she received a hearty encore, A collection was taken to defray expenses.



Before Alderman D. L. Prestage (mayor), Lord Forester, Captain George Forester, Alderman W. J. Legg and Dr. Collins.

WARNING TO THE PUBLIC.—In dealing with the rate cases the Mayor said he wished it to go forth to the public that rates were payable in advance, and were due when demanded.. If not paid within seven days of that upon which the first demand note was made ratepayers were liable to be summoned.

No Licence.— Thomas Turner, a labourer, Broseley, was fined l0s., including costs, for keeping a dog without a license.—Police-constable Lycett proved the case.

WARNING TO LADS. — Frederick Beddoes, Edward Pearce, John Meredith, and Arthur Matthew's, all lads were charged with playing football in the high-way at Jackfield. — Sergeant Bowen, in proving the case stated that he had received numerous complaints about lads kicking a football on the highway.—Defendants were cautioned, and ordered to pay 1s. each towards the costs.


7th April 1906


Mr. B. J. Bott, Madeley, conducted a sale of leasehold and freehold properties at the Lion Hotel, Broseley, on Monday. There was a large attendance. A shop and dwelling-house, with three cottages adjoining, in High Street, Broseley, were knocked down to Mr. J. Hancock for £350. Four freehold dwelling-houses at The Green, Broseley, were purchased by Mr. J. Britton for £240: Two Freehold cottage in King Street, Broseley, were bought by Mr. H. Wilson-Cook, for £130. Four freehold cottages at the junction of King Street and Queen Street, Broseley, were withdrawn at £175. A lock-up shop and warehouse in High Street, Broseley, was also withdrawn at £50. Messrs. Potts and Potts, Broseley, were the vendors' solicitors.


28th April 1906


PLEASURE FAIR.— This annual event was held on Tuesday. This year a field in Broseley Wood, in addition to the customary one adjoining the New Road, were engaged for the occasion, thus leaving the streets comparatively free for pedestrian and vehicular traffic. There was a large number of spectators, especially in the evening, when there was a great influx of visitors from the surrounding districts.

COURT LEET.— This institution, which is one of the oldest in the country, on Tuesday celebrated its anniversary in the form of a substantial dinner, generously given by Lord Forester. Early in the day the jury met at the old Court House, the residence of Mr. N. T. Hartshorne, and were sworn in by Mr. E. B. Potts, who has held the office of steward for up-wards of 40 years. Mr. T. R. Hill was elected foreman. The accounts having been presented and passed, and the constables re-appointed, an adjournment was made to the Lion Hotel, where a goodly company sat down to a sumptuous repast. Mr. G. Potts presided, and Sergeant H. Roberts occupied the vice-chair.—The cloth removed, the loyal and patriotic toasts were submitted and duly honoured.—Captain Roberts, in eulogistic terms, proposed the health of Lord Forester, which was enthusiastically received.—Mr. Owen Bates, in proposing the “Town and Trade of Broseley”, observed that during the past 12 months trade had been very bad, but he was pleased to say that things were looking brighter. (Applause.)—Mr. W. Roberts responded.—Mr. Kitson submitted the health of the chairman, which was well received, and acknowledged by Mr. G. Potts.—The other toasts were “The Vice-chairman”, proposed by Mr. Meare, and responded to by Sergeant Roberts; “The Host and Hostess”, proposed by Mr. Hill, and responded to by Mr. Hancock; “The Army, Navy, and Auxiliary Forces”, proposed by the Chairman, and acknowledged by Sergeants Roberts and Tinsley. —During the evening songs were contributed by Messrs. Bentley, Cornish, Davies, Lawley, Baden, J. Mear, H. Roberts, A. Hancock, J. Hearn, and Charlton. The proceedings concluded with the singing of the National Anthem.

CHOIR FESTIVAL.—This annual festival in aid of the choir funds was held in the Congregational Church on Thursday evening. The work selected this year was the cantata, “Daniel”, which was admirably rendered by the choir, assisted by a few friends. An orchestral accompaniment greatly conduced to the success of the undertaking. The choruses were splendidly executed; the voices being evenly balanced, and well sustained throughout. The solos were undertaken with ability by Mrs. G. P. Bagley and Miss Alice Jones (sopranos), Miss Hattie Jones (contralto), Mr. A. Evans (bass), Mi. A. Williams (baritone), Mr. H. Bunnagar, sen., Mr. H. Bunnagar, jun., and Mr. J. Quinn (tenors). There was a large and appreciative audience. Mr. A.  Evans (choirmaster) ably conducted.


5th May 1906


Present:—Mr. T. Weaver (chairman), the Revs. Marsden Edwards and W. A. Terry, and Messrs. J. Davies, J. Clayton, C. Beddard, J. E. Hartshorne, C. Bagnall, T. Roden, H. Hughes, E. Bullock, J. E. Boulton, J. Stanley, G. Windsor, A. Rhodes, G. P. Heywood, H. Boycott, B. Maddox, A. A. Exley, Heywood, H. Davies, W. F. Bryan, A. H. Thorn-Pudsey (clerk), G. Watson (master), J. C. Mole and W. Edge (relieving officers).

The Clerk stated that he had received notice that the county rate for the year would be 1s., an increase of halfpenny.

Mr. Clayton reported that he had obtained 80 sleepers at 5d. each. He was instructed to purchase more.

The master and matron's application for a substantial increase in their salaries was then considered.—The Master, in support of his application, stated when he was first appointed in 1896 there were 94 inmates, and now there were 165; the number in the hospital was 26 and now 39; children 4, and now 15 school children and 21 infants; the number of vagrants admitted during the year 1896 was 96, and last year 1,028. They cured their own ham, and during the past three months he had made a profit of £9 13s. in wood-chopping. There were, he added, extra rooms to attend to, and that the cost per head for the inmates was 11½d. less than in 1896. (Applause.) His present salary was £70 a year, and his wife £40. — Mr. Davies said there was no member who desired to keep down the expenditure more than he did, in fact he had earned the name at the Borough Council of being an economist, but what they had heard from Mr. Watson showed clearly that his duties had considerably increased. He also spoke in favour of the matron's abilities, and moved that the master's salary be increased to £85, and the matron's to £50.—Mr. Clayton seconded the motion, which was supported by the Chairman, and Messrs. Rhodes and Maddox. Mr. Roden moved that the master's salary be increased to £90, which was seconded by the Rev. W. A. Terry.—The amendment was lost, and the original motion was carried unanimously.—The Master thanked the Board far their kind consideration, and said the increase would be covered in the profits of wood-chopping.

The Board then proceeded with the question of superannuation to Mr. J. Dixon, late collector for Broseley and Linley parishes. — Mr. Dixon, in a letter, asked the Board to add 10 years to his service.—The Clerk remarked that he had completed 26 years' services, and the amount of his superannuation money was £44 4s. 1d. a year, out of which Broseley parish would find £23.—It was decided, on the motion of Mr. W. H. Davies, not to add any years to his services.

The Master reported a large number of vagrants having been admitted during the fortnight.—The Chairman said they would have to do something to check the number.—The Master said he only gave the men bread and water, and the women bread and gruel, or broth.—The House Committee were asked to consider the matter.

The Master reported that he had received a parcel of magazines from Miss Round (Dawley) for the Inmates.

The visitors gave a satisfactory report of their visit to the house.



Before Alderman A. B. Dyas, Captain G, Forester, Dr. Collins, and Alderman W. J. Legge.

A WARNING TO LADS.—John Edwards (15), Edward Hadley (13), and Herbert Ball (13), all residing et Jackfield, were charged with doing wilful damage to a disused pit, to the value of 5s., the property of Lord Forester.—Harold Turner, a youth, said that when he was taking dinner to Messrs. Maw's Works at Jackfield, he saw the defendants push bricks down the pit.—Mr. W. H. Hamilton (agent to Lord Forester), having described the pit and estimated the damage, added that he was obliged to take proceedings against these lads with the view of showing them that they could not do this mischief with impunity.—The lads pleaded guilty, and, having promised not to so offend again, they were discharged on payment of 5s. each. The costs were remitted, and the lads cautioned.

DRUNKENNESS.—David Pope (Broseley) and Thomas Buckley were charged with being drunk and disorderly.— Police-constable Lycett and Sergeant Noakes proved the cases.—Pope was fined 5s. and costs, and Buckley 2s. 6d. and costs.


12th May 1906


JACKFIELD UNITY F.C.—The annual supper in connection with this club was held at the Boat Inn, Jackfield, on Monday, when about 30 sat down to an excellent spread, served by Mrs. Harrington. — The cloth having been withdrawn, Mr. Charles Jones (captain) occupied the chair, and appropriately addressed the meeting.—Mr. E. Headley (club representative), in a practical speech, referred to the success attending the club during the last season. He was pleased to hear there was a balance in hand, as a “nest-egg” for the next “campaign”. He was glad his efforts in the past on behalf of the club had given satisfaction, which would encourage him to do all he could to promote its success in the future.— Other members also delivered speeches of an encouraging character.— Several gramophone selections were also given under the capable direction of Mr. Alfred Harrison. Songs were rendered by Messrs. George Jones, Thomas Pritchard, Edward Harper, Alfred Harrison, Albert Harrington, James Connor, Ernest Glassard, and Thomas Bowers.—A vote of thanks to the host and hostess (Mr. and Mrs. Harrington), which was suitably acknowledged, closed a distinctly enjoyable evening.


19th May 1906


APPOINTMENT.—Mr. W. Edge of Mill House has been appointed registrar of births and deaths for the Broseley sub-district.

OPEN-AIR CONCERT.— On Sunday afternoon the members of the Jackfield Brass Band gave their first open air concert for the present season near the Park Gates, Broseley, when an excellent programme was rendered.

PETTY SESSIONS.— At this court on Tuesday, before Alderman D. L. Prestage (mayor), Lord Forester, Captain George Forester, Messrs. A. B. Dyas, J: Davies, and G. D. Collins, Mary Ann-Oliver, married woman, Iron-Bridge, was charged with unlawfully: obtaining intoxicating liquors, whilst on the black list; and Annie Trevis, another married woman, was charged with aiding and abetting Oliver.—Superintendent Walters stated that Oliver was placed on the black list in December last. The police, he added, had taken every precaution to prevent her from obtaining drink, and he asked the Bench to make an example of the defendants.—Inspector Hamlet said he met Oliver in the street, and she complained of her daughter-in-law. It appeared that later on, when Oliver got home, a bottle of stout was found in her basket, and she had evidently had drink, for on the same night she quarrelled with her husband. The police were there early the next morning. Trevis admitted to him that she fetched the stout for Oliver, who gave her the money, and also 1½d. for herself.—Defendant pleaded guilty.—Oliver was fined £1 14s. 3d., including costs, or a month's imprisonment; and Trevis £1 4s. 7d., including costs, in default 14 days.


19th May 1906


The quarterly meeting was held on Wednesday at the Guildhall, Wenlock; present Alderman D. L. Prestage (Mayor), Lord Forester, Aldermen A. B. Dyas, T. Cooke, F. G. Beddoes, W. J. Legge, J. Davies, G. Lloyd, and Councillors Geo. Forester, E. G. Exley, E. F. Groves, R. F. Ayre, T. Morris, W. Bishop, W. Roberts, J. E. Boulton, T. Dorsett, A. G. Cartwright, W. F. Bryan, E. Fletcher, W. J. Milner, B. Maddox, A. L. Hayes, T. Doughty, J. Nicklin, T. R. Horton, C. Edwards, together with Messrs. F. H. Potts (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), J. W. White (borough treasurer), J. H. Gurnhill (education treasurer), A. H. Thorn-Pudsey (magistrates' clerk), H. Herbert (sanitary inspector), and E. J. Symonds (inspector of weights and measures).

THE ELECTRIC LIGHT.—With reference to the Electric Light and Power Company's Bill before Parliament, Mr. Ayre did not think it would generally affect the borough; in fact, they would welcome it in the Iron-Bridge district.—The Clerk said they had lodged a formal protest, but the time to petition was when it came into the House of Commons. — The Mayor thought it would cost a lot of money if they went any further into the matter.—Mr. Dyas said the resolution stated at the last meeting that no money should be spent. —Mr. Cooke said the bill would affect Wenlock town, and their money on the gasworks would be thrown away.—Mr. Beddoes was in favour of the members being supplied with a copy of the bill, but the matter dropped.

THE ROADS.—Alderman Beddoes presented the Main Roads Committee's report, which re-commended that the surveyor should erect warning posts at the most dangerous parts in the borough, to cost not more than 15s. each. With reference to a communication received from the Home Secretary as to the holding of inquests anywhere but in public-houses, the committee left the matter with the coroner. They also advised the Council to instruct the clerk to write a strong letter to the Iron-Bridge Trust, asking them to put the Benthall and Broseley roads into better order.—Alderman Beddoes said the total amount for the year spent on the main roads was £1,654 11s. 2d. He said they always spent more in the borough than they were allowed, but he thought there was a right feeling with some not to spend more than what the county allowed. He had been over the main roads, and he was surprised to find them in such a good state of repair. With reference to the roads occupied by the Bridge Trust he said there was no doubt they were the worst roads in the county; a gentleman told him that he would rather drive 25 miles than on this road to Broseley. He moved the adoption of the report, and this was seconded by Alderman Dyas.—Mr. Maddox was of opinion that with reference to the private roads someone should step in and see that they were kept in a better state of repair. Complaints had often been made, but there appeared to be no court of appeal. He hoped the Bridge Trust would take matters to heart and provide better roads. — Mr. Nicklin remarked that it was a serious matter they should have to put up with the state of the roads in question.—The report was adopted.


26th May 1906


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CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH. — On Sunday morning a young people's service was held in this church, and interesting addresses were delivered by Mr. Leonard Banner of Wednesbury and Mr. Richard Bunnagar (Broseley). Special hymns were well rendered by the choir, and Miss Ethel Legge gave, very tastefully, the solo, “The Tearless Life”. Mr. A. Evans conducted.

A MARRIAGE took place on Saturday at the Parish Church, when the contracting parties were Mr. Herbert Henry Garland (Manchester) and Miss Eliza Julia Weekes (Broseley). The Rev. Marsden Edwards (rector of Jackfield) officiated. Mr. Richard Weekes gave his sister away, and the little bridesmaids were Miss Constance Pellowe (Iron-Bridge) and Miss Annie Weeks (Benthall), nieces of the bride. The wedding presents were numerous and useful.

PRESENTATION.- On Tuesday evening. the members of the Athletic Cricket Club met at their headquarters, Cape Inn, Broseley, for the purpose of presenting to one of their number (Mr. James Bennett) a silver chain and medal, the occasion being his departure for New Zealand today (Saturday). Mr. John Watkiss made the presentation, wishing the recipient a safe and pleasant voyage, and every success and happiness in his newly-adopted country.—Mr. G. E. Taylor also made a few remarks pertinent to the occasion, hoping Mr. Bennett would appreciate the small memento of their friendship and esteem.—Mr. Bennett appropriately responded, after which Mr. John Watkiss was voted to the chair, and an interesting programme was gone through, songs being contributed by Messrs. E. Gittins J. Evans, C. E. Taylor, W. Hartshorne, G. Austin, A. Austin, and T. Davies.


2nd June 1906


THE OLYMPIAN GAMES.- The historic games, which are advertised to be held on Tuesday nest, bid fair to eclipse all previous rewards. The entries number over 200, and the programme is a fascinating one. An excellent band has been engaged, and will play dance music on the bowling green. Given fine weather a treat is in store.


Before Alderman D. L. Prestage (mayor), Captain G. Forester, Messrs. B. W. Shorting, J. H. A. Whitley, J. Davies, T. Cooke, F. G. Beddoes, W. Roberts, and B. Maddox.

DRUNKENNESS—The following persons were charged with being drunk and disorderly at Broseley: Samuel Griffiths (Police-constable Lycett) fined 15s., including costs; Ruben James, 7s 6d. and costs: and Wm Garbett, 2s 6d. and costs; Sergeant Noakes and Police constable Lycett proved the last two cases.— John Ball, labourer, Jackfield, was charged with being drunk on the licensed premises of the Summerhouse,

Jackfield.—Sergeant Bowen deposed that he visited the Summerhouse Inn, and in the taproom he noticed the defendant sitting down, drunk. He told him he should report him for being drunk and defendant replied, “All right”.  The witness afterwards called the landlady's attention to the man’s condition, and he subsequently left the house, and, staggered toward his home. He had beer in a pint cup, from which witness saw him drinking.- William Williams stated that he saw defendant at seven o-clock and also at 11 o’clock, and the man was drunk each time.- Defendant was fined 17s 6d., including costs.

LANDLADY ASSAULTED. — Thomas Spikes, labourer, Broseley, was charged with assaulting Alice E. Rowson, landlady of the Cross Keys public-house, Broseley.—Complainant stated that defendant came into the house about 10 o'clock with another man and ordered beer. When she took it in they refused to pay for it. Defendant began singing, and she took the beer away, and refused to serve them. He then abused her, and when a man named Hannington asked him not to kick up a bother he knocked him down. Defendant afterwards struck witness in the face, made her nose bleed, and gave her a black eye.—John Williams and Elizabeth Evans also gave evidence. — Defendant pleaded guilty, and was fined £3 5s, including costs, or a month's imprisonment.

CRUELTY TO A CAT.- Richard Turner, rat catcher, Shirlet, was charged with ill-treating a cat. Inspector Sidney Gibbs (Shrewsbury) prosecuted on behalf of the R.S.P.C.A.—It appeared from the evidence that defendant caught the cat in his trap. He hit the animal with his stick, and knocked its right eye out of the socket, and cut its tail off.—Defendant said he did not mean cruelty; he meant killing the animal.—Defendant was fined £1 7s., including costs, or 21 day’s imprisonment.


9th June 1906


KING'S SCHOLARSHIP EXAMINATION.—Miss J. E, Scott who served her apprenticeship at the Broseley Wood Infants' School (National), has successfully passed this examination, and has been accepted as a residential student in Derby Training College for the usual two years' course.

SUNDAY SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY.—The 92nd anniversary of Birch Meadow Sunday School was celebrated on Sunday, when two sermons were preached by Mr. William Price of Whitestone, Hereford. Special hymns were effectively rendered by the children, giving evidence of careful training on the part of Mr. A. E. Broadhurst. In the morning Master E. Pope sang the solo, “Jesus, the children are calling”, and in the evening Miss Sally Hurley gave a tasteful rendering of the solo, “Wonderful Song”. The collections for the day (including donations) amounted to £11.

ALL SAINTS' CHURCH.—On Sunday evening the anthem, “If ye love Me, keep My commandments”, was rendered with excellent taste and precision by the members of Broseley Church Choir.

BURIAL BOARD, Wednesday.—Alderman D. L. Prestage (mayor), presided.—The Clerk reported that the burial few for the Quarter amounted to £13 18s. 4d., and that there was a balance of £3 14s. 2d. in hand.—It was decided to have the grass cut this month in the cemetery; this is a month later than usual.

DISTRICT COUNCIL, Wednesday.—Present :—Alderman D. L. Prestage (mayor), Councillors J. Nicklin, B. G. Exley, T. Instone, and G. Keay,  Messrs. F. H. Potts (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), H. Herbert (sanitary inspector), and E. Oakes (rate collector).—The Inspector reported that the borough was free from infectious disuse. He also reported a number of nuisances, which were ordered to be abated.- A letter was read from the rector of Jackfield (the Rev. Marsden Edwards) complaining of an offensive smell near the Dark Lane. He hoped the Council would take steps to remedy the nuisance, which was injurious to health.— After considerable discussion a deputation was appointed to visit the place, and report at the next meeting.- In reply to the mayor, Mr. Abberley said the conduit by the Coalport Station was not used on account of the people not paying any rate. —The Mayor said he thought it should be put in working order whilst they had the convenience.—Mr. Instone remarked that if people did not pay the rate they should not have the water.—It was resolved to remove the hydrant to a place to be decided at the next meeting.-The Clerk reported a balance of £251 19s. 8d. on the general account, and an adverse balance on the water account of £168 14s. 11d., leaving, an actual balance in hand of £82.—Mr. Oakes said there was £481 to be collected on the general district account.-Mr. Oakley's tender for hauling from Iron-Bridge Station was accepted.


23rd June 1906


MEMORIAL GREEN.—The committee of the Victoria Institute are to be congratulated upon the improved appearance of this oasis in the centre of the town, which, with its velvety bed of verdant green, and flowers and shrubbery, constitutes a most attractive acquisition to the town. The work has been ably carried out under the supervision of Councillor J. Nicklin (chairman of the committee).

DEATH OF MR. PLIMLEY.—On Saturday there quietly passed away at the residence of his daughter, in Birmingham, Mr. Edward Plimley, who was a native of Broseley. Deceased was in his 79th year, and until the last few years had resided there, holding the position of a colliery proprietor. He had been a member of Broseley Wesleyan Church and a local preacher for many years.

SUNDAY SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY.—On Sunday two sermons were preached (morning and evening) by the Rev. John Higgitt of Handsworth College. Mr. Higgitt also gave a very effective address in the afternoon on “Seeing and Hearing”, Special hymns were sung by the children and choir, reflecting credit upon their trainer (Mr. J. A. Hartshorne). Miss Emmie Oakley sang very tastefully the solo, “Glory to Thee” (Gounod), and the aria, “He shall feed His flock” (Handel), received a fine interpretation by Mrs. E. R. Hartshorne (mezzo-soprano) and Miss Alice Evans (soprano). The quartet, “The Celestial Choir” (Nicol), was given with excellent taste and expression by Mrs. E. R. Hartshorne, Miss Denstone, Mr. W. Edge, jun., and Mr. Percy Hartshorne, and was highly appreciated by those present. Mr. E. R. Hartshorne conducted, and Mr. J. A. Hartshorne presided at the organ, and played the following selections:- “Incarnabus” (Mozart), “Hallelujah Chorus” (Handel), “ Oh! for the wings of a dove” (Mendelssohn), and “Melody” (Simper). There were large congregations, and collections taken at the close amounted to £12, in aid of the school funds.

ANNUAL EXCURSION.—The Staff of the “general” office from Messrs. Maw and Co., Ltd., numbering 22, had their annual excursion on Saturday to Worfield. A start was made from the works at one o'clock under unfavourable weather conditions, arriving at Bridgnorth at 2-30; and after a stay of half-an-hoar the journey was resumed, and Worfield was reached at 3-30. when the party had the satisfaction of seeing the weather clear up and the sun shining in all its beauty. Some of the party adjourned to the cricket field, and a match was played, while the rest of the party took advantage of the fresh scenery, and visited various places of interest, including the village church, end were well repaid for the walk. Tea was afterwards partaken of, and everyone did justice to a capital repast. After the tables were cleared, a musical programme was gone through, including songs, &c, by various members of the party. The homeward journey was commenced at 8-15, via Norton, through Madeley, to Broseley; everyone being well pleased with the excursion.

RATEPAYERS MEETING.—On Thursday the Rev. G. F. Lamb (rector) presided at a poorly-attended rate-payers' meeting held in the Town Hall.—Mr. T. Jones (assistant overseer) said the meeting was called for the purpose of considering the proposed basis or standard of the county rate, to give notice of appeal against the same, and to take steps to sustain the appeal. Only three parishes, Broseley, Dawley, and Stirchley, were increased. Broseley, he said, was put up £1,000, which meant a difference of an extra 10 guineas for Broseley to pay.—Mr. Instone remarked that Broseley had not improved, and therefore he failed to see the cause of the increase.—After further conversation Dr. Dyson proposed, and Mr. T. Instone seconded, “That this meeting of ratepayers in vestry give notice of appeal to the County Rate Committee against the excessive annual rateable value of the parish of Broseley as fixed by the said County Rate Committee, and that we approve of the steps taken by the assistant overseer in forwarding notice of appeal before the time expiring to lodge such notice of appeal”, which was carried.

MARRIAGE.— An interesting wedding took place on Wednesday at All Saints Church, Broseley. The contracting parties, who are well-known in the neighbourhood, were Miss Minnie Davies, youngest daughter of the late Mr. Thomas Davies, of Broseley, and Mr. John Broadhurst, youngest son of Mr. Henry Broadhurst of Cape Street, Broseley. The officiating clergy-man was the Rev. G. Fleming Lamb, M.A., rector. The bride, who was handsomely attired in a dress of cream ivory silk, trimmed with Empire wreaths, lovers' knots, and orange blossoms, carried a shower bouquet of cream roses, the gift of the bridegroom. The only ornament she wore was a gold curb bracelet, also the gift of the bridegroom. The bride was given away by her brother (Mr. James Davies), Miss Kate Broadhurst (sister of the bridegroom) and Miss Cawley were the bridesmaids, who were attired in dresses of white silk over pale green, trimmed with chiffon: they also wore gold chains and pendants, and carried bouquets of pink and white sweet peas, the gifts of the bridegroom, Mr. Thomas Broadhurst (brother of the bridegroom) acted as best man. Among the large company present at the church were Mrs. Broadhurst (mother of the bridegroom), who wore a dress of black silk trimmed with cream lace, and bonnet to match; Mrs. Lee (sister of the bride) attired in a dress of crepe-de-chene, trimmed with silk and lace; Mrs. Howells (sister of the bride) attired in a dress of green silk, trimmed with Irish lace; Mrs. Clough (sister of the bride) attired in a dress of grey voile,  trimmed with Maltese lace; Mrs. Fenwick (Holly House) wore a dress of brown silk, trimmed with pink silk, and shaded with brown lace. At the conclusion of the ceremony the wedding party adjourned to the residence of the bridegroom's father, where a sumptuous repast awaited them, after which the happy pair took their departure for North Wales to spend the honeymoon. Among the presents, which were numerous, useful, and valuable, was an oak clock and small tray from Mr. James Davies 's work-men, and a silver coffee pot from the workmen on the Willey estate, and a case of fish knives and forks from the head men on the estate.

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30th June 1906


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Before Messrs. D. L. Prestage (mayor), A. B. Dyas, B. Maddox, and W. Roberts.

CONGRATULATIONS.—Before the business of the court commenced the Mayor, on behalf of his fellow magistrates, congratulated Inspector Hamlet on his promotion as inspector-in-charge of Church Stretton, He said they were sorry to lose him, as he was an officer who did his work efficiently and courteously.—Mr. Thorn-Pudsey (magistrates clerk) spoke highly, of the abilities of the inspector, who, he said, had conducted his cases in the fairest manner.—Mr. Espley, on behalf of the solicitors practising in the court, concurred with the above remarks.—Inspector Hamlet appropriately acknowledged the compliment.

NO LICENSE —Thomas Beech, Much Wenlock, was fined 2s. 6d. and costs for keeping a dog without a license.

ADULTERATED GIN.—Thomas Davies, landlord of the Cape of Good Hope, Broseley, was charged with selling adulterated gin.—Inspector Tait proved the charge.—Defendant, who pleaded ignorance, was fined £5 4s., including costs.

DISMISSED.—Edward Clarke, farmer and milk seller Madeley, was charged under the Feed and Drugs Act with selling milk below the proper standard.—Mr. Earley defended.—The case was dismissed, but the Bench said they were of option that the police were justified in bringing it forward.

REMANDED.—George Wilson, no fixed abode, was charged with stealing a pair of boots, value 7s., from the saddleroom at Hill Top, Madeley, the property of George Butler, gardener.—Prisoner was remanded on bail.

BREACH OF CONTRACT.— Henry Smallman, clay-miner Jackfield, summoned the Holly Grove Tileries, Ltd. Broseley, for breach of contract. He claimed 14 days wages, £2 5s.—Defendants were ordered to pay the claim and costs.

SCHOOL CASES.—Thomas W. Potts was fined 10s in each case for not sending his two children to school, and William Griffiths was fined 15s.



SACRED CONCERT.- On Sunday evening the members of the Jackfield Brass Band (winners of the Shropshire competition) gave a grand open-air concert near the Coalport ferry-boat when a fine selection of music was splendidly executed.




Present:— Messrs. T. Weaver (chairman), W. p. Bryan, T. Cooke, T. Roden, J. D. Benbow, J. E, Hartshorne, G. P. Heywood J. Clayton, P. Weston, J. E. Boulton, G. Windsor, H. Boycott, T. Doughty, A. H. Thorn-Pudsey (clerk), G. Watson (master), J. C. Mole and W. Edge (relieving officers).

It was decided, on the motion of Mr. Clayton, to obtain six copies of the report on infantile mortality, which the Chairman remarked contained some interesting matter.

The Chairman read the reports from the Ladies' Boarding-Out Committee concerning the boarded-out children.— They were considered satisfactory.

In consequence of the continual increase of vagrants, Mr. Boulton moved, “That the workhouse master, in his discretion, be authorised in the future to require able-bodied male pauper vagrants to break any quantity of stone not exceeding 6 cwt”.-Mr. Clayton seconded the resolution.—In supporting it, the Chairman observed that he did not think the members had any desire to be harsh or cruel to feeble vagrants. Their sole desire was to make it harder for the able-bodied young men, who simply went from place to place lounging about, and living as they could.—The Master said they could break 5 cwt. of stone in two hours.— Carried.    -

A letter was read from Mr. George Beardshaw (Coalbrookdale), offering to give the inmates a musical entertainment, which was accepted.

The Visitors reported that the house was clean, and in good order.

The Clerk reported that the outdoor relief for the last six months had decreased £167. (Hear, hear.)


7th July 1906


SACRED CONCERT.—The members of the Jackfield Brass Band played a fine selection of music on Sunday evening in a field adjoining King Street.



PRESENTATION OF CUP.— A gratifying function took place last night week in the Jackfield Schoolyard, when about 300 people were present. The occasion was the presentation of a prettily-designed silver cup to the Jackfield Brass Band, who won it at the contest on Whit Monday at Shrewsbury. Mr. Parry Jones (Shrewsbury), secretary of the Contest Committee, presided, and he was supported on the temporary platform by the Mayor (Alderman D. L. Prestage), the Rev. Marsden Edwards, Miss Saunders, Misses E. and O. Jones, Messrs. F. R. Smith, W. Jones A. J. Jones, A. Thursfield, W. H. Smith, W. H. Harrison, J. Hearn, A. Ball, and A. J. Humphries (secretary).—The band having played a selection, the Chairman said he was pleased they had brought this magnificent cup to Jackfield. (Applause.) He hoped they would allow him to congratulate the district on having such a fine organisation—a splendid band. (Applause.) There was no doubt, he added, that their performance at the recent band contest at Shrewsbury was about the finest they could possibly listen to. (Applause.) That was the opinion of those who were at Shrewsbury that day. There was no doubt that Jackfield was a long way the best band. (Applause.) Not only did they play well, but they were the first band, as far as he knew, to claim the privilege of being named the champion band of Shropshire. (Applause.) He hoped they would be able to hold that position for a long time, yet he did not want Jackfield band to be the same as one choir who had won £300 in three years and frighten other competitors away. (Laughter.) Having given some good advice as to the necessity of continual practice, he considered they should be supported by the neighbourhood as much as possible. (Hear, hear.) In speaking of Mr. Geo. Aston, the conductor of the band, he was of opinion that he was the right man in the right place. (Applause.)—The Mayor thought it was very kind of Mr. Parry Jones to come from Shrewsbury and tell them that not only had they won the cup, but that they won it well. They were the first band to have earned the distinction of having their names inscribed on the cup, and he hoped they would go a long way towards filling up the vacant places. (Applause.) He congratulated the conductor on the successful way in which he had trained the members, whom he also praised for their nice playing in the contest. He was sure this success would lead to that support which they well deserved. (Applause.) — The mayor here handed the cup to Mr. Geo. Aston (conductor), who appropriately returned thanks.—The band then performed the test piece with considerable credit.

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BARROW COUNCIL.—The usual meeting was held on Monday, when there were present : — Alderman J. Davies (chairman) and Councillor W. Bishop, with Messrs. F. H. Potts (clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), and H. Herbert (inspector). — The Clerk reported a balance of £40 3s. 1d. in hand on the general account. — Mr. Herbert reported the district free of infectious disease. He also reported a nuisance at the Mines, Benthall, and the usual notices were ordered to be served.—This was all the business.




Present:— Alderman D. L. Prestage (mayor), Councillors E. G. Exley, T. Doughty, J. Nicklin, T. Instone, and G. Keay, Messrs. F. H. Potts (town clerk), Geo. Stevenson (surveyor), H. Herbert (sanitary inspector), and E. Oakes (rate collector).

Mr. Herbert reported that since the last meeting there had been one case of erysipelas. The patient, however, had recovered, so the district was free again. He reported several nuisances, which were ordered to be abated.—With reference to the nuisance complained of at the last meeting by the Rev. Marsden Edwards, the Mayor reported that he had visited the place with the officers. Mr. Herbert, he said, was of opinion that a bacteriological system would deal with the matter —Mr. Herbert, in reply to the Mayor, said the system would cost from £200 to £320.—The Mayor said he did not think they could adopt that system this year; and this was the opinion of the other members.—It was stated that the nuisance had been abated.

Mr. Habberley reported that be had inspected the water mains, which he had discovered were free from leakage. He further reported that the consumption of the Harrington water was 7,000 gallons less than the previous week, which he attributed to a wet week.

The Town Clerk reported that there was a balance in hand on the general account of £347 5s. 4d., and an adverse balance on the water account of £I86 105. 5d.- On the two accounts the Mayor said there was a balance of £160 in hand.— A cheque for £25 was drawn in favour of the surveyor.—Mr. Oakes said there was £322 to be collected on the first instalment of the general rate, and £167 13s. 8d. on the water account—The Mayor said they were short of money, and urged the collector to get in as much of the rates as possible.


14th July 1906


SPECIAL SERVICES.— During the last few weeks large congregations have been attracted to the Broseley Congregational Church by the powerful and eloquent discourses of the young preacher, Mr. J. Green of Handsworth College. Special hymns were capitally rendered by the choir, who also executed the anthem, “The Heavens, proclaim Him” (Beethoven), with great taste and expression. Mr. A. Evans (choir-master) conducted.

THE MARRIAGE was solemnised in the Parish Church on Tuesday of Miss Elizabeth Challenor (second daughter of Mr. Thomas Challenor, Queen Street) and Corporal Walter Clark of Greenfields, Shrewsbury (on furlough from India). The ceremony was performed by the Rev. G. F. Lamb, rector, and the bride was given away by her father. The bridesmaids were the Misses Alice and May Challenor (sisters of the bride). Mr. John Childes acted as best man. Corporal and Mrs. Clark sail for India in September next.

ROSE SHOW.—This second annual show took place on Saturday afternoon in the club-room, Pheasant Hotel (the use of which was kindly granted gratuitously by Miss Beard, proprietress) forming a distinctly valuable adjunct to Hospital Sunday, the funds obtained being added thereto. There was a strong and energetic, committee, Mr. George Potts being president, and Mr. H. H. Wase treasurer. The secretaries (Messrs. P. Scott and T. Jones) were indefatigable in their endeavours to promote the success of the undertaking, and too much praise cannot he accorded to them for promoting and carrying out such a laudable object. The committee expressed thanks to the donors of prizes for their kindness, also to those winners of prizes who voluntarily relinquished the sum due to them for same in favour of the funds. The Jackfield Brass Band played an excellent selection of music which added greatly to the interest of the occasion. The flowers displayed were of a very choice description, and admirably staged, showing a marked improvement in all points compared with last year. There was a good attendance, especially in the evening. The following is the list of awards:— Twelve roses (open) : 1 A. Russell (Coalbrookdale), 2 E. W. Shorting, 3 P. Scott. Three roses: 1 E. W. Shorting. 2 J. Wadsworth, 3 H. Russell. One rose: 1 A. Russell (Coalbrookdale), 2 P. Scott, 3 J. Dudley. Cut flowers (open): 1 Miss. Potts, 2 Dr. Dyson, 3 E. W. Shorting Cottagers:- Nine roses : 1 H. Russell, 2 H. Legge, 3 John Gallier. Three plants in pot: 1 W. Bowyer, 2 Arthur Russell, 3 James Colley. One plant in bloom: 1 P. Scott, 2 Arthur Russell. Vase of sweet peas: 1 H. Legge, 3 J. Dudley. Twelve pansies : 1 C. Inions, 2 John Gallier, 3 Joseph Gallier. Mr. Pension (Willey) kindly acted as judge.





21st July 1906


SCHOOL TREATS.— The children connected with the Broseley Wesleyan Sunday School had their annual treat on Wednesday, two fields being kindly placed at their disposal at Benthall by Mr. Enos. Hurdley. The children and teachers sat down to an excellent tea, and afterwards a variety of games were engaged in.— The same day the children attending the Broseley Congregational Sunday School had their treat in a field at the “Deer-leap”, kindly lent for the occasion by Mr. J. H. Onions. About 160 children, teachers, and friends sat down to an excellent tea. After this a variety of games were heartily entered into, numerous prizes being awarded for running, &c.— On Wednesday the scholars attending Broseley Church Sunday school had their annual treat. The children marched to a field adjoining the New Road (kindly lent for the occasion by Miss Beard), and indulged in a variety of games. They then returned to the schools and sat down to tea. Afterwards the field was again resorted to, and sports renewed with increased vigour until dusk.

CHOIR EXCURSIONS.—On Monday the Broseley Parish Church and Congregational choirs had their annual outing, the place chosen this year being Blackpool.

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TREAT.— The scholars and teachers attending the Primitive Methodist Sunday School journeyed in brakes on Wednesday to Church Stretton, and the weather being fine, an enjoyable day was spent. Two of the members, whose combined ages were 153 years, succeeded in climbing the great hill, and they were cheered for their efforts. Mr. George Higgins ably discharged the admirable arrangements.


28th July 1906


CHOIR EXCURSION.—On Monday the Broseley Wesleyan Choir had their annual excursion, the place chosen this year being Llandudno, and a full day at this charming seaside resort was much enjoyed.

THE FANCIERS' SOCIETY held its annual meeting on Wednesday, when the accounts were presented, showing that the society had a balance in hand. Several new members were elected, and it was decided to hold the show again in September, as advertised.

PICNIC. — On Saturday the “Den” office staff of Messrs. Maw and Company, accompanied by a few friends, had an enjoyable outing on the River Severn. After a “pull” of a few miles up stream the party had the pleasure of sitting down to a repast, cooked and spread in “gipsy style”. Bathing and cricket were then indulged in till dusk, and the return journey was made very pleasant by a little harmony rendered by members of the party. A capital time was spent, and the picnic was thoroughly enjoyed by all present, and it reflected great credit on its organiser, Mr. A. J. Humphries.


Before Aldermen D. L. Prestage (mayor), A. B. Dyas,W. J. Legge, Captain Forester, Messrs. E. W. Shorting and B. Maddox

OBSTRUCTION.—Frank Overton, labourer, was charged with obstructing, the highway at Aqueduct by placing rough bricks and stones thereon.— Police-constable Brown said when defendant was going up Aqueduct bank with a load of coal he saw him “scotch” the wheel with the stones produced, which he left on the highway and were thus dangerous to cyclists and others.—Defendant said he did not know he was breaking the law.—The case was dismissed on payment of the costs.

DRUNK IN CHARGE.—John Love, Shrewsbury, was charged with being drunk in charge of two horses and a furniture van at Broseley.—Thomas Jones, rate collector, said defendant was very drunk and that he kicked the shaft horse in the stomach.- George Davies and Police-constable Lycell also gave evidence, and defendant, who did not appear, was fined £2 7s., including costs, or a month's imprisonment.

WARNING.—Richard Thomas Wilkes, farmer, Morville, was charged with a breach of the Sheep Dipping Order. – Sergeant Nokes proved the case, and defendant pleaded ignorance of the law and was let off with payment of the costs.

ASSAULT— Annie Perkins was charged with assaulting Hannah Stanworth, landlady of the Seven Stars Inn, Broseley.—Complainant stated that the defendant, who lived a few doors from her, came at night and threw a lighted petticoat in her face. It was in flames.—Wm. Dunslow gave corroborative evidence.- Defendant said she did it because Mrs. Stanworth supplied drink to her husband when he was drunk.—This statement the complainant denied.—Defendant was fined 1s. and costs, or 14 days.—Defendant: I have four children, and I will go to gaol.

PREFERRED TO DROWN HIM. - Hannah Stanworth, landlady of the Seven Stars Inn, Broseley, was charged with neglecting to send her son regularly to school.—Defendant said she sent him, but he played truant. She however meant sending him to Canada next month to his father. He would never earn any money in England.—The Clerk said the magistrates could make an order and send him to a school.— Defendant (bitterly) I would rather drown him than you should send him away.—She was fined £1.- Mr. F. Francis (attendance officer) proved the case.




Present:—Mr. W. G. Norris (chairman), the Rev. W. A. Terry, Messrs. J. Davies, C. Edwards, T. Roden, T. Cooke, W. H. Davies, E. Fletcher, C. Beddard, E. Bullock, J. D. Benbow. A. A. Exley, H. Hughes, J. E. Hartshorne, J. Stanley, J. E. Boulton, H. Boycott. G. Windsor, P. Weston, W. F. Bryan, B. Maddox, H. Fletcher, T. Doughty, H. P. Heywood, F. W. Derry (clerk), G. Watson (master), J. C. Mole and W. Edge (relieving officers).

The Clerk informed the meeting that Mr. Shepherd (Dawley) had agreed to supply the dead inmates with coffins. The Clerk stated that with reference to Thomas Broughal (Dawley), whose relief was stopped at the last meeting because he had come into a legacy of £300, Broughal had received in kind to the amount of £81 12s. 6½d., which was recoverable.— Mr. Cooke thought the Board should thank Mr, Roden for bringing the matter forward.—Mr. Roden said he simply did his duty.

Mr. Derry told the Board that the parishes of Broseley, Dawley, and Stirchley had appealed against the, county rate basis. Broseley was granted relief of £500, Dawley £400, and Stirchley £500. Mr.Phillips, he added, appeared for the three parishes.

The Master reported that the number of tramps admitted to the house during the fortnight were 30. He also reported that Mrs. Wylde (Benthall) had sent the inmates a number of magazines.

The Visitors gave a satisfactory report of their visit to the house.

The Master reported that the Coalbrookdale Band gave an entertainment to the inmates, who thoroughly enjoyed the musical programme.


4th August 1906


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RENT AUDIT.-Lord Forester's rent audit was held at the Lion Hotel on Thursday. After the rents were paid, Mr. Hamilton (agent) presided at a substantial luncheon.


11th August 1906


SUNDAY SCHOOL TREAT.—On Monday the children attending the Birch Meadow Sunday School had their annual treat in the Upper Schoolroom, which had been tastefully decorated for the occasion by Mr. A. E. Broadhurst and the teachers. After partaking of the good things provided, an adjournment was made to a field adjoining the chapel, kindly lent by Mrs. Bathurst, where a variety of games were indulged in.

PETTY SESSIONS, Tuesday.—Before Messrs. D. L. Prestage (mayor), T. W. Shorting, and W. J. Legge. — Samuel Garbett, labourer, was fined 19s., including costs, for being drunk and disorderly.— Edwin Jones, Madeley, was fined 15s. for failing to send his child regularly to school.

JUVENILE TRIP.—On Monday the juveniles connected with the “Rose of Sharon” Lodge of Odd-fellows, had their annual trip, the place selected this year being Church Stretton. After paying a visit to several places of interest they ascended the hill, and the weather being fine a magnificent view, of the surrounding country was obtained from the summit. Cricket and other games were heartily indulged in by the youngsters, who partook of a first-class tea.

SUDDEN DEATH.— Jonas Bagley, labourer, and a widower, who had lived with his nephew, on Saturday went to Mr. W. Jones, brick and tile works, Jackfield, to draw his money, and on returning up the steep fields he sat down on the pathway, and immediately expired. The sad affair was reported to Police-constable Lycett, who had deceased conveyed to his home. The officer reported the matter to the Coroner (Mr. F. H. Potts), who did not consider it a case for a jury, deceased having been recently treated for heart complaint. Deceased was one of the old bell-ringers.


25th August 1906


Mr. James Hartshorne, who left England about 20 years ago, expired on the 6th inst. after a brief illness. His death was due to an operation. Deceased, who was manager of the Chicago Carnation Company, leaves a wife and five small children to mourn his loss. He was a general labourer when he lived in this country, and left for America with the object of improving his position, and in this respect he proved successful.

He had received a good training in gardening, and, after landing at Boston, soon went to Exeter, N.H., to work on the estate of the late Charles Burley. He came to Chicago the year before the World's Fair. He had intended to seek a share in the gardening work at the Exposition, but found it expedient to enter the commercial ranks instead, and took a position with the late John C. Ure, where Mr. Hartshorne's skill enhanced the already fine reputation of the place for bedding plants. It was during this period that Mr. Hartshorne married Mr. Ure's daughter.

In 1897 Mr. Hartshorne became gardener for Harlow N. Higinbotham, having charge at his city residence on Michigan Avenue and also of the grounds at the country home near Joliet, where J. D. Thompson was manager of a farm of 1,500 acres. The organisation of the Chicago Carnation Company was the result, and the Chicago Carnation Company at once became one of the leading exhibitors of the country, carrying off prize too numerous to mention, but almost always the most coveted trophies of every great exhibition.

It was but natural that Mr. Hartshorne's work for the carnation should be recognised by its patron society in other ways than by the medals won by his exhibits. At the Brooklyn meeting in 1903 he was elected vice-president, and at the Detroit meeting in 1904 he was, by acclamation, elected president of the Carnation Society, presiding at the Chicago convention the year following. In 1899 he was elected president of the Chicago Florists' Club, and made an excellent officer. He was also a life member of the Society of American Florists, and was a member and active in all undertakings of the Horticultural Society of Chicago, the Chrysanthemum Society of America, the American Peony Society, and the Illinois State Florists' Society. There was a. large delegation of the Chicago Florists' Club at the funeral, which was at Oakwoods, Joliet.



1st September 1906


ALL SAINTS' CHURCH.—In connection with the reopening of the organ there was an organ recital given after evening service on Sunday by Mr. R. Lloyd Roberts of Shrewsbury. Each of the items was well rendered, and fully appreciated by a large congregation. During the service the choir gave a good interpretation of the chants from the “Messiah”. “Lift up your heads”. Mr. W. H. Griffiths as usual officiated as choirmaster, Miss Watkis accompanying on the organ. The offertories during the day for the organ fund amounted to £8 6d. 8d.


POTATO SHOW.— The third annual potato show was held on Saturday at the Napoleon Inn, and proved another success. Many other vegetables were also exhibited, one being a red cabbage, turning the scale at 20lb. The showroom was tastefully decorated by the committee of which Mr. H. Ball was chairman. Mr. Walter Weekes carried out the secretarial work in an able manner. The prize-winners were:—Class potatoes: 1 H. Legge, 2 J. Morris, 3 S. Harvey, 4 J. Lee, 5 W. Weekes, 6 G. McCoy. Heavy weight: 1 H. Legge, 2 J. Morris, 3 S. Harvey, 4 P. Blackford, 5 G McCoy, 6 R. Smith. Best seed: 1 H. Legge, 2 J. Morris, 3 E. Weekes, 4 H. Bowen, 5 P. Blackford, 6 S. Harvey.


THE WAKES.— Through the instrumentality of Mr. R. Clinton, the “wakes” were revived here on Monday, in the form of sports and a treat to the children, which brought a large number of people into the district. A field was occupied with the usual fair paraphernalia, whilst in another field sports took place, and were conducted by Mr. Clinton and Mr. T. Minton, who ably discharged the secretarial duties. Mr. F. Walker was starter, and the secretary officiated as judge. Appended are the results:—Walking match (2½ miles)—1 F. Bangham, 2 E. Minton. 3 J. Bradley. Tug-of-war—A. Boden's team won. Obstacle race—1 H. Southorn, 2 E. Minton, 3 W. Frost. Wheelbarrow race— 1 J. Minton and J. Bradley, 2 S. Minton and W. Cross. 120-yards rare (under 30)— 1 H. Southern, 2 F Bangham. 120yards race (over 30)— 1 S. Minton, 2 W. Frost. There were also sports for the children. An enjoyable time was spent, the weather being fine.


8th September 1906


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LOCAL FANCIER'S SUCCESS.—C. Salters of Broseley, who has been doing so well in the different poultry shows this summer, was a second prize-winner in a very big class at the show held last week at Knighton. With the same bird he won the late Sir Thomas Boughey's silver cup for best bird in the Newport show.

BURIAL BOARD, Wednesday.— The Mayor (Alderman D. L. Prestage) presided.—The Clerk said the fees for the quarter amounted to £8 14s. 6d. There was a balance of £18 4s. 6d. in hand.—Cheques at this meeting were signed to the amount of £18 5s. 6d.—The other business was of a formal character.

CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOUR SOCIETY.— In connection with this society Mr. John Parry of Bristol Congregational College, gave an interesting account of the “Welsh Revival: Its Origin and Effects”, on Tuesday evening in the Congregational schoolroom, which was listened to with rapt attention throughout. Special hymns were sung, and Miss Alice Jones gave a pleasing rendition of the solo, “He knows”, the chorus being taken up with much heartiness by the audience. There was a good attendance.

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POTATO Show.—This annual show was held on Saturday at the New Inn, and was a great success. The decorations were tastefully carried out by Mr. and Mrs. Clinton and others. The judges, who gave every satisfaction, were Messrs. J. Davies and E. Humphries. The following are the prize-winners:—Class—1 John Minton, 2 Enoch Minton, 3 Thos. Boden, 4 Alfred Boden, 5 Thos. Minton and John Higgins (equal). Weight—1 Thos. Boden, 2 John Minton, 3 Enoch Minton, 4 John Boden, 5 Thos. Minton. Seed—1 John Minton, 2 William Cross, 3 Alfred Boden, 4 John Higgins, 5 Samuel Minton. Special prizes—Enoch Minton, Harry Southorn, Frederick Watkins, and John Boden. Mr. Thos. Minton (hon. sec.) and Mr. Richard Clinton (hon. treasurer) were indefatigable in their exertions to make the show a success.

SCHOOL TREAT.— The annual Church Sunday School treat was held on Saturday. The children, with the Vicar (the Rev. W. A. Terry) and Mrs. Terry, had tea in the schoolroom, after which the youngsters were conveyed in a large waggon, very prettily decorated, and lent by Mr. W. Allen, to the field opposite Benthall Hall, lent by Mr. Oakley (The Farm) for the purpose. There a variety of games was indulged in. Mrs. Sandbach-Parker (Benthall Hall) kindly defrayed all the expenses in connection with the treat. Before leaving the field three cheers were, at the suggestion of the vicar, given for Mrs. Sandbach-Parker and also for Miss Sandbach-Parker and Mr. Douglas Sandbach-Parker. Cheers were also given for the Vicar and Mrs. Terry. Thanks to Mrs. Sandbach-Parker's kindness, the children had a thoroughly enjoyable treat.

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15th September 1906


DEATH OF AN OLD RESIDENT.—On Thursday morning there quietly passed away, after prolonged and intense suffering, Mrs. Dixon, wife of Mr. John Dixon, for many years registrar of births end deaths, and collector of rates and taxes, High Street. Deceased was 73 years of age, and was greatly respected.

CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH.— On Sunday evening the last of a series of special services, was held in this Church by Mr. John Parry of Bristol College. The sermons on each occasion were of an interesting description. The choir gave a fine interpretation of the anthem “Rock of Ages”, the solo being ably undertaken by Miss Kate Broadhurst. Mr. A. Evans (choirmaster) conducted.

FANCIERS' SOCIETY. — A committee meeting of this society was held on Thursday, when Mr. S. A. Powell presided over a large attendance. The usual stewards were appointed, and tenders for refreshment-booths were accepted. The Secretary (Mr. J. B. Ibbetson) said he had received several valuable special prizes, including a silver cup for the best dog in the show, generously given by Mr. Hildebrand Harmsworth.— For full particulars see advertisement.

HOSPITAL SUNDAY.— The annual Church parade organised by the Broseley and District Friendly Societies took place on Sunday. A large number of people were attracted to the town, and there was a good muster of members of Foresters, Oddfellows, Modern Masons, and 20th Century Equitable Society (the latter with splendid banner),”D” Co. V.B. K.S.L.I., under the command of Captain F. C. Youden, and Fire Brigade, who marched in procession to the strains of music from the Broseley Wood School through the principal streets to the Parish Church. At the Town Hall the procession was joined by several gentlemen (honorary members, &c.), who desired to show their sympathy with the movement. The marshals were—Messrs. J. Morgan, J. Wilde, T. Roper, T. Minton, R. Clinton, and G. P. Bagley. There were three bands, viz.: The band of D Company Volunteers, Jackfield and Madeley Brass Bands, and they all gave their services free. The streets were lined with spectators, who received due attention from a band of zealous collectors, including the following ladies:— The Misses Matthews (2). Misses Davies (2), and Misses L. Hill, N. Bill, M. Oakes, F. Woollam, L. Morgan, E. Oakley, A. Shaw, and N. Challoner. The preacher in church was the Rev. A. W. Foulkes (vicar of St. George's), and the special lesson was read by Mr. Joseph Nicklin. Miss Watkiss presided at the organ. There was a very large congregation. The choir gave a fine rendering of the service, and the hymns were very heartily sung. The offertory was taken up by Messrs. E. B. Potts, F. H. Potts, A. H. Thorn-Pudsey, Thomas Griffiths, Dr. Dyson, Dr. Boon, Captain F. C. Youden, Major A. B. Garrett, and the churchwardens, Messrs. A. E. Wiggins and W. Francis. At the conclusion of the service the procession was re-formed, and marched to the Town Hall, where it broke up. The combined bands of Jackfield and Madeley played a few selections, which were listened to by a large crowd. The Volunteer band also played. The total proceeds amounted to a little over £41. which will be divided between the Salop Infirmary, Shrewsbury Eye and Ear Hospital, and Iron-Bridge Dispensary. The arrangements were carried out in a most business-like manner by an energetic committee, of which Mr. S. Davies was chairman, and Mr. W. Harrison vice-chairman, whilst the duties of treasurer were again undertaken by Mr. John Morgan, and the secretarial work was in the capable hands of Mr. G. P. Bagley.

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22nd September 1906


SUPPER.—On Monday the members of the potato show held their annual supper at the New Inn, where an enjoyable time was spent. Mr. Thomas Minton presided, and Mr. E. Clarke occupied the vice-chair.—After the supper the usual toasts were duly honoured.—Votes of thanks to the judges, Messrs. J. Davies and E. Humphries, were enthusiastically accorded, and these gentlemen replied.—During the evening songs were contributed by Messrs. J. Green, R. Clinton, J. Gittings, G. Williams, I. Minton, P. Roden, E. Minton, and J. Davies.


CORONATION SUPPER.— The members of the Coronation Committee sat down to a capital spread at the Tumbling Sailors last night week. Mr. H. D. Hughes presided, and Mr. C. H. Hughes was in the vice-chair. A very enjoyable evening was spent.—The Chairman during the evening congratulated the committee on the successful manner in which the festivities this year had been carried out. They had still a good balance on the right side, and by the way the public seemed to take the matter up, it appeared as if the affair was now a permanent institution.—The usual loyal and patriotic toasts were given, and songs were contributed by Messrs. P. Price, T. Phillpot, G. Lewis, C. H. Hughes, H. W. Langley, W. T. Hudson, W. H. Harrison, J. Hearn, and T. Wright, and selections on the gramophone by Mr. E. Bell.



SPECIAL SERVICES.—On Sunday two eloquent sermons were preached in the Wesleyan Chapel by the Rev. C. A. Harries (the newly-appointed minister). Special hymns were rendered by the children and choir, under the direction of Mr. E. R. Hartshorne. During the evening service Miss Emmie Oakley gave a very tasteful rendering of the solo, “Glory to Thee” (Gounod). There were good congregations, and collections were taken at each service in aid of the circuit funds.

OLD BAPTIST CHURCH.—On Sunday the 165th anniversary of this edifice was celebrated, when two sermons were preached, that in the morning by the pastor (Rev. R. Wilson), and that in the evening by Mr. W. J. Crawford, Coalbrookdale. Special hymns were sung, and at the evening service the choir gave a creditable rendering of the anthem, “Praise ye the Lord”. A collection was taken in aid of the cause.

CHOIR TRIP. — On Saturday afternoon the Birch Meadow Baptist Choir, accompanied by the organist (Mr. George Taylor), Mr. A. E. Broadhurst (superintendent), teachers of the Sunday School, and a number of friends, paid a visit to the picturesque village of Tong, proceeding thither by brake and waggonette. Tea was provided and much enjoyed. A visit was paid to the church and other places of interest, with which the party was greatly delighted.

FANCIERS' SOCIETY.— The annual show in connection with this society will be held on Wednesday next, when everything bids fair to be a great success. There is a large number of entries, and in addition to the show there will be other attractions (for particulars see advertisement).

PRESENTATION.— At a special meeting held at Court “Rose of the Green”, A.O.F., Broseley, the presentation of a handsomely-framed “Emblem of the Order”, and a purse of gold, was made to Mr. A. Evans, on his retirement from the office of treasurer in connection with. the Broseley and Iron-Bridge District of the Ancient Order of Foresters, as a slight appreciation of the services rendered by him in that capacity for a period of 25 years. Mr. William Somerton, D.C.R. (Coalport), occupied the chair, and Mr. Frederick Johnson, P.D.C.R., Court 2,476 (Iron-Bridge), made the presentation in an appropriate speech, and it was feelingly acknowledged by the recipient,


Before Messrs. D. L. Prestage (mayor), A. B. Dyas,and B. Maddox.

DISMISSED. — Joseph Morris, tile-presser, Benthall, was charged with being drunk on the licensed premises of the Napoleon Inn, Broseley. Mr. G. H. Espley (Iron-Bridge) defended. — Sergeant Bowen stated that he saw the defendant at, Jackfield drunk and staggering about. An hour later the officer visited the Napoleon Beerhouse, and found defendant sitting on a seat behind a table fast asleep. He spoke to defendant about his condition, and the man left the house, staggering.—Defendant denied the offence, and Henry Legge and Fred Bayliss gave evidence in his behalf.—The case was dismissed.

CAUGHT IN THE ACT.—William Simpson and Thomas Molineaux, labourers, Iron-Bridge, were charged with stealing 261b.-weight of apples, value 2s. 2d., the properly of Barnabas Wilcox, Iron-Bridge.—Sergeant Jones said he was in company with Police-constable Hopwood near Mr. Wilcox's orchard, and saw the defendants stealing the apples. When they had finished he met them. Mr. Wilcox was away at the time.— Defendants pleaded guilty, Molineaux adding that he was in beer at the time.—Simpson was sentenced to 21 days' imprisonment, and Molineaux was fined 10s. and costs, and ordered to pay 2s. 2d. damage; in default, 14 days.

THEFT OF DUCKS. — Reuben James and Richard Haynes, labourers, Broseley, were charged with stealing a couple of ducks, value 7s., belonging to Mr. Joseph Nicklin, managing director for Messrs. Maw. Jackfield. — James Brassington fish-dealer, Shifnal, stated that defendants asked him to buy the ducks for 2s., but he declined. — Sarah Griffiths said she purchased the ducks for 2s.—Sergeant Noakes and Police-constable Lycett also gave evidence.—Defendants were each sentenced to one month's imprisonment.


29th September 1906


A CORRECTION.— In the report of the last Petty Sessions the name of Richard Haynes was mentioned in connection with a case of duck stealing. This was an error. The name should have been Henry Haynes.

THE LATE LADY CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN.— In reply to a vote of condolence from the Broseley Liberal Club, the following acknowledgement has just been received by the secretary (Mr. Aquila Evans).:—”Sir Henry Campbell Bannerman desires to express his warm acknowledgement of the kind message of sympathy sent by the Liberals at Broseley”.

WOMEN'S UNIONIST ASSOCIATION.—About 200 members of this association were present en Wednesday in the Town Hall, Broseley, at which Mrs. Forester (Barrow) presided. Miss Jones (president of the Jackfield Association), and Mrs. Doughty (secretary) were also present. Mrs. Boon is secretary of the Broseley Association, and she is displaying much enthusiasm in the cause.—In opening the proceedings Mrs. Forester said:— It is a great pleasure to use to occupy the chair this afternoon, and welcome you all here as members of our Broseley Branch of the Women's Unionist Association. I feel very strongly that women can do so much in a woman's way to help forward by their influence the great work of the Empire, its union, education, religion, freedom, and prosperity, that I could not refuse the position of chairwoman to this branch. I hope that a great many of you will begin also to go forward energetically afterwards. (Hear, hear.) We all regret the absence of Mrs. Harmsworth, who is very kindly giving us tea after the meeting, but we have here Miss Collam, who has assisted to start several such associations as ours, and whom I am sure you are all anxious to hear. (Applause.)—Miss Collam then addressed the meeting for more than an hour, during which she touched on the questions of education, economy, employment, and the Empire.—The usual votes of thanks followed.—Tea was then partaken of, and at the conclusion of a most successful meeting Master Cecil Forester called for three cheers for Mr. and Mrs. Harmsworth, which were heartily accorded.

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The annual show in connection with this society was held on Wednesday on the Sports Ground, and the event was largely attended. For the first time the show was confined to the county, and the numerous exhibits were of a very high order, especially the cage birds. The judges were the Rev. W. Sergeantson, Messrs. J. Coleman and A. J. Gladwyn. The secretarial duties were splendidly executed by Mr. J. B. Ibbetson.

Mr. H. Wilson Cook, the treasurer of the society, proved highly successful in his exhibits, having won no fewer than 10 prizes, including four firsts, and also a special prize for the best bantam. Mr. James Gardner (Shrewsbury) succeeded in winning the Harmsworth Challenge Cup, and also Spratt's Cup, for the best dog in the show. The Coalport China Challenge Cup for the best bird in the show was won by Mr. Morris Smith of Oswestry, who also won a medal for the best cock. The challenge cup for the best pigeon in the show was secured by Mr. W. Parker of Broseley. Mr. W. H. Woodruffe (Madeley) won a medal for the best large hen in the show.

The show proved a great success in every respect, the sporting events, particularly the football contests, creating considerable interest. The Jackfield Brass Band was in attendance, and played a choice selection of music


6th October 1906



Present:—Alderman D. L. Prestage (mayor), Councillors E. G. Exley, T. Doughty, J. Nicklin, T. Instone, G. Keay, Messrs. F. H Potts (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), H. Herbert (sanitary inspector), and E. Oakes (rate collector).

The inspector reported that the district was free of infectious disease. He also reported a number of nuisances and the usual orders were made.

Mr. Abberley reported that all the stand-pipes had been put in proper repair. He hoped to complete the meter inspection this week.—The Chairman was of opinion that everything was going on satisfactorily.

Mr. Potts reported that there was a balance in hand on the general district rate of £270 15s. 5d., and an adverse balance on the water, account of £64 15s. 5d.

There were three tenders for painting the lamp posts, and Mr, Mason's tender was accepted.



EXCURSION. — Through the kindness of the rector (the Rev. G. Fleming Lamb, M.A.) and Mrs. Lamb the teachers of the Church Sunday and Day Schools, accompanied by the churchwardens (Messrs. W. Francis and A. E. Wiggins), the Rev. J. Marsden Edwards, M.A. (rector of Jackfield), and others, paid a visit to Church Stretton, proceeding thither by brakes, on Saturday. The various places of interest were inspected, and greatly appreciated.

THE FUNERAL of Mr. Jno. Edwards (82), Church Alley, Broseley, took place in the cemetery on Saturday. Deceased had been connected with the Parish Church for upwards of 60 years, having held the position of verger for a considerable portion of that time. He was greatly esteemed by all who knew him. The Rev. G. F. Lamb, M.A. (rector), conducted the burial service, and as a mark of respect the bellringers rang a muffled peal. A number of choice wreaths were placed on the grave.

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20th October 1909


WEDDING.—On Monday, in the Wesleyan Church, the marriage took place of Mr. George Higgins (son of Mr. G. Higgins of Broseley Wood) of London and Miss Jane Jones (daughter of the late Mr. R. Jones of Ferney Bank, Broseley Wood). The ceremony was performed by the Rev. J. Cade (superintendent minister). The bride, attired in a dress of heliotrope, trimmed with cream lace, with hat to match, was attended by her brother (Mr. C. R. Jones), who gave her away. The bridesmaid, Miss A. Jones (sister of the bride), wore a dress of cream, trimmed with heliotrope, with hat to match. The choir sang “The Voice that breathed o'er Eden”, and the organist (Mr. A. J. Hartshorne) played the “Bridal March” from “Lohengrin”, and Mendelssohn's Wedding March”. Mr. John Higgins (brother of the bridegroom) acted as best man.



RETIREMENT.- After serving 33 years in the police force, Sergeant Bowen has this week retired.  He had been stationed in this village for a period of 13 years, during which time he had won the esteem of one and all.


3rd November 1906


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WESLEY GUILD.— The weekly meeting was held on Wednesday in the Wesleyan Schoolroom, under the presidency of Mr J. E. Hartshorne. Mr. Pierce-Williams gave several selections on his gramophone. There was a large attendance.


Before Captain D. L. Prestage (Mayor), Alderman A. B. Dyas, and Mr. E. W. Shorting.

RATE CASE.—Edward Reece Jones, upholsterer, Iron-Bridge. was summoned for the non-payment of his general district rate, £1 13s. 5d—The usual order was made.

WARNINGS.—Albert Finch, farmer, Rushbury, was charged with a breach of the lighting by-laws.—Police-constable Hepwood stated that he saw the defendant in charge of a horse and trap at Much Wenlock. He was asleep, and had no lights.—Defendant, who denied that he was asleep, was ordered to pay the costs.-John William Powell, farmer, Presthope, was charged by the Inland Revenue Commissioners with keeping a carriage without a license. Mr. Docherty prosecuted.—Defendant, who said he never used the trap for pleasure purposes, was ordered to pay the costs.

ASSAULT.—William -- labourer, Broseley, was charged with assaulting James Barrett, gardener, 75 years of age, a neighbour—Barrett said that at mid-night when he was asleep, he heard a thumping at his bedroom door, and in reply to his call defendant threatened to kill him. Defendant then forced the door open, and knocked complainant down the stairs, and to escape from illusage complainant had to jump through a window into a neighbour's garden. Defendant smashed most of complainant's things in the room.— Other evidence was given, and defendant, who did not appear, was sentenced to 14 days' imprisonment, and a further 14 days if he failed to pay the costs.

SCHOOL. CASES. — William Beddoes, Hodge Bower, Iron-Bridge, and Edward Dorricott, Madeley Wood, were each fined 10s. for neglecting to send their children regularly to school.




More than usual interest was taken in the fight for municipal honours, which came off on Thursday at Madeley. The five candidates for three seats were:— E. F. Groves, wine merchant, Iron-Bridge; R. P. Ayre, encaustic tile manufacturer, Coalbrookdale; T. Dorsett, ironmonger, Madeley; J. H. Webster, baker, Iron-Bridge; and J. D. Benbow, auctioneer, Madeley. The first three were the retiring members. The presiding officers at the four polling-booths were Messrs. F. Cooper and C. A. Potts (Madeley), A. H. Thorn-Pudsey (Iron-Bridge), and G. Potts (Coalbrookdale). There were only four spoilt papers. Late the same night Alderman Dyas (returning officer) declared the following result:—Webster 642, Ayre 542, Benbow 491, Dorsett 398, Groves 323 (the first three being elected). Mr. Webster returned thanks.

Much interest was also taken in the election of two councillors at Much Wenlock. Mr. A. Brickwell having come forward, an election was inevitable. The polling station was at the Corn Exchange, Mr. F. H. Potts (town clerk) presiding. The poll was declared by Alderman T. Cooke as follows:—Councillor C. Edwards 317, Councillor W. Milner 290, Mr. A. Brickwell 49. The newly-elected councillors met with a rousing reception from the large crowd, and both of them returned thanks


10th November 1905


Roads and Bridges

… An application had been received from the Corporation of Wenlock for a contribution towards the cost (about £1,500) of erecting a light bridge for pedestrian traffic across the river Severn in the neighbourhood of Madeley Wood and Jackfield, but the committee were of the opinion that the expense of such a proposed bridge should be borne by the district concerned.



The annual meeting of this corporate body was held yesterday in the Guildhall Wenlock:…

Proposed Footbridge.

A letter was read from the County Council to the effect that they were of the opinion that the cost of the proposed footbridge across the Severn at Iron-Bridge should be borne by the district concerned.




Present: —Alderman D. L. Prestage (mayor), Councillors T. Doughty, J. Nicklin, T. Instone, G. Keay, and T. L. Griffiths, Messrs. F. H. Potts (clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), H. Herbert (inspector), and E. Oakes (rate collector).

The Inspector reported one case of scarlet fever in the town, which was going on very well. He also reported a number of nuisances, and the usual orders were made.—Mr. Keay said the Council should not be too hard on people who kept pigs. He was told that through people not keeping pigs the price of bacon was increased. (Laughter.)— The Mayor said that pigs must not be kept so as to be a nuisance to the public.—Mr. Keay: We should not be too severe.

A letter was read from Mr. Mason, stating that he made a mistake in his contract for painting the lamps, and he hoped the Council would remedy the mistake. — A member: What does that mean?— The Mayor: To double the price.- Mr. Instone said the contractor must abide by his own mistake.- The Council decided that Mr Mason must fulfil his contract.

Mr. Abberley reported that a hydrant at the Dingle had been damaged by some person unknown.— Mr. Doughty was asked to see the people in that particular district on the matter, and to warn them against a repetition of the occurrence.

The Clerk reported a balance in hand on the general district account of £344 11s. 4d., and an adverse balance on the water account of £52 19s. 6d.-The Mayor remarked that they were £291 to the good on both accounts.

Mr. Keay complained of a quantity of loose stones on Legge's Bank, which he considered were dangerous. — This and other matter were left in the bands of the surveyor.



ALL SAINTS' CHURCH.—On All Saints' Day a short service was held in the Parish Church by the Rector (the Rev. G. Fleming Lamb, M.A.) in the afternoon, when there was a good congregation to witness the dedication of a new west window, given to the church by Mr. E. G. Exley and family, “To the glory of God, and to the memory of the late Mr. William Exley”. The design of the window is as follows:—The four figures on the stained glass represent (commencing from the left): King David, with scroll of the text, “He shall call me; thou art my Father”; Isaiah, “ Behold a Virgin shall conceive and bear a son”; Jeremiah, “I will raise unto David a righteous branch”; and Malachi, “The Lord Whom ye seek shall suddenly come to His Temple”. The memorial inscription in the base of the window is as follows: “Prosper Thou the work of our hands upon us, O prosper Thou our handiwork”. These words are here inscribed, and this window is dedicated in memory of William Exley, by whose labours this church was re-built A.D. 1845, and who entered into rest 13th August, 1880.”

CONGREGATIONAL Bazaar.— On Wednesday afternoon a bazaar was held in the schoolroom, which was tastefully decorated. At a cost of upwards of £200 the Congregational Church was improved about a couple of years ago by re-seating and otherwise renovating the same. The office-bearers, after a first effort, which included a bazaar and special services, found themselves confronted with a debt of about £50, so this second bazaar was devised with the object of raising this amount. There was a strong, and energetic committee formed, composed of members of the church and congregation, who, together, with the secretaries (Messrs. T. Legge and W. H. Bunnagar) were most assiduous in their endeavours to promote the success of the undertaking. Those who were present at the opening must have one and all been ready to admit that so far as the arrangements were concerned there was nothing lacking to secure a thorough success. The proceedings were opened with the singing of “O God, our help in ages past”, after which Mr. Mark Davies of Shrewsbury, engaged in prayer.—The Rev. T. Townsend (Shrewsbury), who presided, congratulated the church upon the great improvement that had been brought about during the last two or three years, remarking that it was undoubtedly one of the best churches in the county, and the people had certainly undertaken a work which he had thought was impossible for a church like Broseley, but was very pleased to find that he had been mistaken, and he wished them every success in their efforts.—In declaring the bazaar open, Mrs. Townsend referred to some events in the past history of the church, and expressed her interest in the Broseley cause, and said how pleased she was to find so much energy displayed among the young people of the church. In conclusion, she hoped they would have a quick and ready sale.—Mrs. Townsend was presented with a handsome bouquet by Miss Amy Williams.—On the proposition of Mr. A. Evans, seconded by Mr. R. Bunnagar, a vote of thanks was accorded to Mr. and Mrs. Townsend, which was duly, acknowledged.


17th November 1906



Present:—Mr. T. Weaver (chairman), Revs. W. A. Terry and Marsden Edwards, Messrs. B. Maddox, J. Stanley, G. Windsor, J. E. Hartshorne, J. D. Benbow, E. Bullock, T. Roden, J. Clayton, J. Davies, H. Hughes, A. Rhodes, J. E. Boulton, E. Fletcher, A. H. Thorn-Pudsey (clerk), Geo. Watson (master), J. C. Mole and W. Edge (relieving officers).

Miss Jones (Jackfield) was elected on the Ladies' Boarding-Out Committee.

A letter was read from Mr. Jos. Anslow stating that he was unable to contribute 5s. towards the keep of his wife, who was in the Asylum. His wages, he said, would only allow him to contribute 2s. 6d. The officer was instructed to see his employers as to his wages.

The Clerk was instructed to write Dr. Woodhouse (Dawley) asking him to send in his lists more regularly.

The Master reported that 25 tramps had been admitted during the fortnight, and that gifts of periodicals to the inmates had been received from Mrs. Robertson, Mrs. Marrion, and Mrs. White.

On the motion of Mr. Rhodes it was decided to give the inmates the usual Christmas dinner.

The Master reported that a man named William Beddoes was constantly coming into the house with his wife and six children, and that the last time he came he was drunk.—Mr. Edge was asked to call the school attendance officer's attention to Beddoes's children.

The Visitors reported the house was beautifully clean, and reflected considerable credit on the officials. Mr. J. Davies proposed, “That in future a child shall not be boarded out with a person occupying or residing in a house or premises which are licensed for the sale of intoxicating liquors, and if a foster parent at any time removes into a house or premises so licensed, every child boarded out with him shall forthwith be withdrawn from him”. He said a lady told him she strongly objected to having to visit children in these houses.

The Rev. W. A. Terry, in seconding the resolution, considered it necessary that children should be removed from evil influences of public-houses. The bad language was demoralising.

Mr. Clayton proposed they proceeded to the next business by way of an amendment. If they passed this resolution it would be a stigma on a respectable body of people. They were a people who also had feelings. He had four children brought up in a public-house, and he challenged anyone to say anything against their respectability. It was not demoralising to belong to a licensed house.

Mr. Roden seconded the amendment. Publicans, he contended, were, as a rule, very prominent and respectable people. He had kept a public-house for 16 years, and there was not a more respectable family under the sun than his. (Laughter.) The resolution was a contemptible slur, and Mr. J. Davies was simply trotting his teetotal hobby out. It was a thorough insult to the trade.— Mr. Maddox, who supported the motion, expressed his sorrow that the discussion had taken a personal aspect. He thought it was quite as well that children should be boarded out in private houses —The amendment was lost, and the resolution carried by seven votes to four.— Mr. Davies then moved “That a child shall not be boarded out with a person who has at any time been convicted of an offence, which renders him unfit to be a foster parent, and if a foster parent be at any time, convicted of any such offence every child boarded out with him shall be forthwith withdrawn from him”.

Mr. Maddox seconded the resolution, which was carried unanimously.




At a meeting of the Caradoc and Severn Valley Field Club, held at Shrewsbury yesterday week, under the chairmanship of Mr. T. P. Blunt, Mr. John Randall of Madeley read an interesting paper on “Petroleum Wells in Shrewsbury”. Perhaps the most noteworthy and probably the oldest on record was, he said, that at Pitchford, which, it is thought, might have attracted the attention of the Romans, who worked the lead mines extensively in the neighbourhood. Another ancient well was the one near Sweyney, in the dingle running down from Caughley to the Severn, known from time immemorial as Tar Batch Dingle. It was formerly much visited by the inhabitants of neighbouring parishes on account of the medicinal properties of its waters. A still more important well was that at Coalport, having its origin in what was known as the Tar Tunnel. It issued slowly from a seam of coal which crossed the roof of the tunnel and dipped at a great angle under the bed of the Severn and in the direction of Rowton and Tar Batch Dingle. The tar ran more freely after heavy rains. The oil from this well also was regarded as highly medicinal, and was formerly collected and exported to the Continent. Hogsheads at a time went out under the name of “Betton's British Oil”. He referred to a former oil well at Broseley, described in old topographies as the Burning Well of Broseley, upon which when the vapour was lighted a kettle had been made to boil in about nine minutes. In 1755 that well entirely disappeared owing to the sinking of a coal shaft. The oil was sometimes called tar and at other times pitch, and had given its name to places. The site of a former burning well between Benthall and Bridgnorth was still called “The Fiery Field”. Oil or petroleum occurred in many of the pit shafts in Shropshire coalfields, much to the inconvenience of the miners, more especially in that which was called the “Tar Pit” of Oakengates.


24th November 1906

Letters to the Editor


Sir,—I would like to tell Messrs. Davis and Terry of Madeley Board of Guardians that the atmosphere of a public-house is not so demoralising as they think it to be. I have kept a licensed house for close on 20 years, and always try to put down bad language. You very seldom hear it in my house. Parsons are not all saints; neither are all publicans bad people. As “Vanity Fair” says— Human nature is much the same, whether behind the footlights or before them.

Broseley.      LICENSEE.


Sir,—I see by your report of last week's meeting of the Madeley Board of Guardians that they do not in future intend to allow publicans to have the custody of boarded-out children. It would appear that the publican is still on a par with the sinner. Mr. Terry says that the language is “demoralising”. I defy Mr. Terry to prove it. A man is not allowed a license until he has satisfied the magistrates that he has no stain on his character. Further (if he respects himself), he will not prejudice the license he holds on account of bad language. I can claim that the public-houses that have boarded-out children are as good as, and in many cases better than, some of the private homes where they might be sent to. The children ought not and are not allowed in the rooms licensed for the sale of drink. I heartily commend Mr. Clayton and Mr. Roden for their stand in favour of the publican's respectability. Some people seem to think a public-house is everything that is bad; but if subscriptions for anything (even to renovating a church) are required, the publican is sure to have a list. Cannot our Christian friends have a little more charity for publicans?     




PRESENTATION AND CONCERT. — On Tuesday, at the Lion Hotel, under the auspices of the Town Cricket Club, Dr. Dyson presided over a concert, which was well attended. Mr. W. Davis made an excellent accompanist, and those who took part in a capital programme were Messrs. A. J. Preston, W. Davies, F. Francis, H. Bunnagar, W. Price (Wolverhampton), H. Cornish, P. Hartshorne, H. Marshall, Bullock, and A. Preston (Iron-Bridge). — During the interval Dr. Dyson, on behalf of the members of the club, presented Mr. A. J. Preston (late secretary), who is leaving England, with a beautiful silver cigarette case, which bore a suitable inscription. In making the presentation, Dr. Dyson said he did so with regret because he knew they were all sorry to lose Mr. Preston. He had been a good sportsman and a useful member of the club. (Applause.) He hoped when he went to America he would not forget he was a Britisher, who were considered the best sportsmen in the world. (Applause.) — Mr. Preston having appropriately acknowledged the present, Mr. Peter Scott, in glowing terms, proposed the health of Mr. Preston, which was enthusiastically received.

PRESENTATION.-On Monday a pleasing event took place at the Pheasant Hotel, the occasion being the presentation of a handsome dressing-case to Mr. Arthur J. Preston (who is leaving England shortly to take up an appointment in America) by the members of the Broseley Town Football Club, of which he is a member. Mr. Preston is also a member of Broseley Cricket and Lawn Tennis Clubs. Mr. Peter Scott occupied the chair, and spoke in high terms of Mr. Preston, who was, he said, a-good all-round sportsman, whose services were greatly appreciated by the members of the various clubs with which he was connected, and he wished him every success in the new sphere he had chosen beyond the seas. (Loud applause.)—Mr. A. N. Dixon, in making the presentation, also highly eulogised their guest of the evening, and said that that gentleman had rendered immense service to the Town Football Club, and he was greatly esteemed by them all. On behalf of the club he asked Mr. Preston's acceptance of their gift. (Applause.)- Mr. Preston, with much feeling, thanked the subscribers for their kindness.— An excellent programme was capitally rendered during the evening by the following:—Mesers. J. Poole., B. Gittins, H. Wilde, J. Watkins, Alfred Preston, Bunnagar, Glover, A. N. Dixon, A. J. Preston, D. Potts, and E. Bullock. Mr. J. Poole accompanied on the pianoforte.


1st December 1906


CONGREGATIONAL BAZAAR.—As a result of the bazaar recently held in the Congregational Schoolroom the handsome sum of £40 was realised.

SERIOUS ACCIDENT.—ON Tuesday a sad accident befell a boy named James Evans (son of Mr. James Evans, Barber's Street. Broseley), who was playing with other boys in the street, when a horse and dray belonging to Mr. B. F. Groves, Iron-Bridge, approaching, the unfortunate youth slipped under the wheel, thereby breaking one of his legs and causing injury to his thigh and head. No blame is attributed to the driver, as he was proceeding slowly at the time the accident occurred, and shouted to the boys before he approached them. The boy was conveyed to the Forester Hospital, Much Wenlock.

PRESENTATION.—The Victoria Institute Swimming Club and friends on Monday presented Mr. A. J. Preston (who left England for the United States on Wednesday) with a neat silver matchbox engraved with his initials, as a token of their high esteem and good wishes. Mr. A. J. Cleobury, in a few well-chosen words, made the presentation. Mr. Preston, in acknowledging the gift, referred to the many pleasant times they had had together. He hoped things would continue to prosper at the Institute and various other clubs, and that they would not only “keep their heads above water” at swimming, but in their lives generally. During the evening songs were rendered by the following:— Messrs. Hartshorne, Price, Marshall, Preston, Hill, Cleobury, Bagley, Howells, and Oakley.

CONCERT.—On Wednesday a miscellaneous concert of a very successful character was given in the committee room of the Liberal and Labour Association. Mr. J. E. Hartshorne presided over a large and appreciative audience.


Letters to the Editor


Sir,—In reply to the letters signed “Licensee”, and “ Publican” in your last week's issue, I wish to state than in seconding the resolution re-boarding out children in public-houses, I never intended my remarks to be at all a personal attack on publicans. What I wished to intimate was that a public-house, because of some of those who frequented it, and the language made use of by them, was not a suitable place in which to board out children. I know perfectly well that there are publicans who are highly respectable men, and who endeavour to keep their houses as respectable as possible: but a publican cannot altogether be responsible for his customers. All credit is due to them in their endeavours to keep up the respectability of their houses. It was simply in the best interests of the children that I seconded the resolution, and not in any way because I wished to reflect on the personal character of publicans. I was very much surprised and hurt at the way the resolution was received by Messrs. Clayton and Roden, as I am sure neither Mr. Davis nor myself intended to be at all unkind or uncharitable in our remarks. W. A. Terry



8th December 1906


The annual meeting of this Council was held on Wednesday; present:- Councillors E. G. Exley (chairman). T. Doughty, J. Nicklin. T. I. Griffiths. T. Instone, G. Keay. Messrs. F. H. Potts (town clerk). Geo. Stevenson (surveyor). H. Herbert (sanitary inspector), and E. Oakes (rate collector).

Alderman D. L. Prestage was re-elected chairman. The following committees were elected: — Finance: Messrs. Prestage, Exley, Griffiths, and Doughty. Joint Water Committee: Messrs. Prestage, Exley, and Nicklin. Main Roads Committee: Messrs. Prestage, Exley, S. T. Instone, and Doughty.

A letter was read from Mr. Mason, expressing his surprise at their decision respecting his tender of painting the public lamps. He said he only tendered for one coat of paint and not two. He asked them to allow one coat of paint to be sufficient.—Mr. Doughty opposed the application, and was of opinion that the letter should not be considered. He moved a resolution to that effect.— Mr. Nicklin seconded the motion, which was carried.

Four tenders were received for emptying the ash-pits during the year. The tender of Mr. T. Instone, senior (£18 10s.)— the lowest—was accepted.

The Clerk reported there was a balance in hand on the general district account of £255 18s. 3d., and an adverse balance on the water account of £80.

Mr. Herbert reported 15 cases of scarlet fever in the district. Mr. Griffiths was of opinion the cases should be taken to the isolation hospital, which he maintained would stop the spreading.—Mr. Herbert said the isolation hospital was erected for cases of smallpox.—Mr. Doughty thought they should send the cases mentioned there.—The Clerk said if Broseley sent cases, Iron-Bridge. Madeley. and Wenlock would also do so.—Mr. Herbert said the first case was imported into the town through a certain show.

Mr. Abberley reported that he had inspected the water mains and fire plugs, which he found to be in good working order.

Mr. Keay suggested that gas lamps be erected near the Coalport ferry, which at present was dangerous to the general public.—Mr. Doughty said when he brought the matter before the Council last year he was told it was private property, and they could do nothing in the matter.—Mr. Keay proposed that the Madeley and Broseley Authorities requisition the owners of this property to erect gas lamps at places mentioned for the safety of the passengers. — Mr. Doughty seconded the motion, which was carried.



BURIAL BOARD.— The quarterly meeting was held on Wednesday; Mr. E. G. Exley presided. Alderman D. L. Prestage was re-elected chairman for the ensuing year. The fees for the quarter amounted to £11, and the report showed a small balance in hand. £3 13s. 3d.

FUNERAL.— The remains of Mrs. Jane Edge, widow of Mr. George Edge, formerly of Jackfield, were laid to rest in Broseley Cemetery on Thursday amid many tokens of respect. Deceased had been a consistent member of the Wesleyan body at Coalford upwards of 68 years. Her life was full of loving deeds, and to the suffering she ever showed a tender and thoughtful sympathy. After a brief illness she passed peacefully away, in her 84th year, at the residence of her son, Mr. W. Edge, Relieving Officer and Registrar of Births and Deaths, Mill House. The funeral was numerously attended, and a large number of beautiful wreaths were sent by relatives and friends. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. Joseph Cade.

Phillips and Co.'s 2s. Tea is a blend of Indian and Ceylon growths of such quality and value that it is quite beyond the range of those firms who make a speciality of low-grade teas.—(Advt.)


15th December 1906


“SOCIAL”.—Through the kindly forethought of the members of the Broseley Congregational Church and the choir, a very successful “social” was held in the schoolroom on Wednesday evening, for the benefit or Miss Elizabeth Morgan, who, for many years rendered good service as a member of the choir, but is now laid aside through illness. About 110 sat down to the good things provided by Mr. A. Evans, after which an excellent programme was capitally executed, under the genial presidency of Mr. John Fellowes.

A SUCCESSFUL STUDENT.— Mr. Ernest Scott has successfully passed the final examination for the degree of B.Sc. of the London University. As a pupil teacher at the Broseley National Schools, under the personal instruction of Mr. H. E. Clark (the headmaster), Mr. Scott passed the Queen's Scholarship examination high up in the first class, and also gained the “Waring” prize of £11 in the Hereford Diocesan examination for Scriptural knowledge. Entering Cheltenham for the usual two years' course, he secured the College prize of £5 awarded to each of the first six candidates, qualified for the first-class teachers' certificate, and successfully passed the matriculation and inter-science examinations of the London University. Removing to WestBromwich, and joining the municipal science and art schools, he passed theoretical and practical examinations in various subjects, obtaining nine advanced first-class certificates from the Board of Education, and was recently appointed assistant English teacher to l' Ecole Superieure de Commerce, Marseilles. It is noteworthy that three pupils from the Broseley schools have obtained degrees within the last few years.



Before Mr. R. F. Ayre (Mayor). Mr. B. Maddox, and Dr. G. D. Collins.

MINES ACT.—Samuel Davies, manager of the Dunge Coalpit, Broseley, was charged with a breach of the Coal Mines Regulation Act by unlawfully permitting certain persons to be in the mine for the purpose of employment therein whilst there were not two shafts or outlets.- Mr. Ashwell (Hanley), who appeared for the inspector of mines (Mr. Johnstone), said defendant was liable to a penalty of £20.—Defendant pleaded guilty, and was fined £5 17s., including costs, in de-fault, or one month's imprisonment.


CONCERT.— This annual event in connection with the Cricket Club, was held on Monday at the Black Swan Inn. Mr. W. J. Hudson presided over a large company, and those who took part in the programme were—Messrs. H. Wilde, E Gittings, W. Price, G. Jones, W. T. Hudson, F. Aston. jun., H. Pryce, P. Price. and W. Evans. Mr. J. A. Poole was the accompanist.

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22nd December 1906


MUSICAL Success.— At the examination recently held at the Birmingham Centre, in connection with Trinity College or Music. London. Miss Lillie Kenyon successfully passed the Senior Division in pianoforte playing.

CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES.— The tradesmen of Broseley are evidently anticipating the wants and requirements of numerous customers. The shops are nicely decorated. The “knights of the cleaver” are well to the front with fine samples of the “roast beef of old England”, mutton, pork, &c. The grocers too are displaying a large stock of luscious fruit, and other goods of a seasonable character, and the confectioners have large quantities of cakes, &c. The drapers have a large assortment of fancy and other goods and the stationers and dealers in fancy, goods have toys, games, books and other literature calculated to amuse, instruct, and cheer both old and young. Last, but not least, is the Motor House, from whence cars of the best makers are being despatched daily to all parts of the country by the energetic proprietor (Mr. James Davies).

WESLEY GUILD.—On Wednesday the members of this guild gave an excellent tea to a number of aged poor of both sexes in the Wesleyan Schoolroom, which was nicely decorated. After tea Mr. J. E. Hartshorne occupied the chair, and suitably addressed the meeting. Mr. E. R. Hartshorne also gave a stirring address. Some members of the Broseley Gymnastic Society also entertained the company by athletic exercises, skilfully executed, under the direction of Mr. A. T. Hartshorne. Miss Hartshorne recited and Masters Taylor and Jones sang the carol—”Softly the night”. Miss Daisy Aston recited “The Negro Sermon” and Miss Leadbetter gave an effective rendering of the song “Down the Vale”. Mr. Bert Jones recited in good style, “Ladies, won't you marry?” Mrs. E. R. Hartshorne sang with taste and expression, “The Star of Bethlehem”. Mr. C. Jones gave a reading, which was provocative of much laughter. Mr. A. Taylor gave a capital rendering of the song “The Lost Song”.

DISTRIBUTION OF PRIZES.—On Sunday afternoon the annual distribution of prizes to the scholars attending the Wesleyan Sunday school took place in the Chapel. The awards consisted of books and other literature, and were in proportion to the number of attendances made during the year. A number of parents and friends of the school were present to witness this interesting function. Owing to the epidemic of scarlet fever now raging in Broseley, it has been decided to close the school until its cessation or abatement. The prizes were distributed to the following recipients by Mr. W. Edge (superintendent). 1st prizes :—L. Jones, F. Ball, A. Meredith, A. Gough, H. Wood, E. Oakley, A. Roberts, E. Wood, E. Davies, M. Evans, A. Gough, B. Preece, S. Blackford, A. Harris, W. Tones, A. Davies, A. Harris, N. Taylor, F. Jones, F. Harris, J. Evans, H. Ball, H. Lloyd, N. Ball, A. Davies, L. Harris, J. Colley, L. Garbett, D. Jones, J. Wood, W. Garbett, C. Garbett, E. Roberts, E. Harris, W. Wood, O. Davies. 2nd prizes:— D. Aston, F. and P. Colley, D. Brown, K. Colley, D. Lloyd, F. Gough, B. Britton, C. Davies, H. Britton, D. Colley, O. Jones, E. Lloyd, C. Gittins, A. Bradeley, S. Garbett, F. Preece, H. Gough, S. Jones. 3rd prizes:— M. Jones, M. Mason, M. Meredith, E. Roberts, M. Roden, B. Wilkes, F. Jesse, G. Aston, C. Mason, C. Price, G. Bradeley, W. Davies, F. Bradeley, A. Borden, W. Jesse, J. Oakley, L. Lloyd, G. Wilkes, W. Wilkes, H. Brazier, M. Garbett, W. Harris, L. Harris, L. Harris, C. Harris. Round O prizes:— scholars present and punctual the whole of the year, A. Roberts, E. Wood, A. Harris, W. Jones, A. Harris, N. Taylor, F. Jones, N. Ball, A. Davies, and W. Garbett.



` 29th December 1906 


SEASONABLE GENEROSITY.—Messrs. Maw &c Co., Ltd., Benthall Works, have, with their characteristic kindness at this season of the year, presented to each of their draughtsmen, clerks, foremen, and others, a turkey, goose, fowl, or other Christmas cheer.

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