Extracts from

The Wellington Journal


Shrewsbury News




relating to Broseley and District






Broseley Local History Society


2nd January 1909


On Thursday Mr F. H. Potts, borough coroner held and inquiry touching the death of Richard John Morris, blacksmith and engine-driver, Broseley, who expired very suddenly on Wednesday morning.  Deceased was employed on the new bridge, and Mr F. W. Derry represented the contractors.

It appeared from the evidence adduced that deceased got up in usual health, and had his breakfast.  He immediately after started off to his work, and when he got to the cabin he said “Good morning” to a man named Griffiths, and when deceased was in the act of striking a match he dropped dead.

The Jury retuned a verdict of “Death from natural causes”.

Deceased, who was 52 years of age, was twice married.  The jury handed their fees to the widow.


BALL.- ON MONDAY night a large company attended the ball held in the Broseley Town Hall, in connection with the Town Football Club. Mr. H. Russell was the M.C.

THE BROTHERHOOD.  The seventh meeting of this society was held on Sunday in the Wesleyan Chapel, under the presidency of Mr. A. Williams, and Mr. Leonard Banner (Rawdon College) delivered an able address. Mr. Arthur Sankey recited “The News Boy’s Debt.” in excellent style, and Mr. Percy Hartshorne (Hadley) gave a capital rendering of the solo, “Nazareth”. A number of Christmas hymns were sung, and Mr. J. A. Hartshorne presided at the organ.

SOUP KITCHEN.- Through the instrumentality of Mr. and Mrs. Davies (assisted by Miss Davies), Cape of Good Hope Inn, a soup kitchen was started at their address on Wednesday, when 284 children were given a bowl of excellent soup each gratuitously. Assistance has been kindly given and promised by Lady Forester (Willey Hall), Mrs. Sandbach-Parker (Benthall Hall), Mr. E. B Potts (The Bank) Mr. W. Hebitt, Miss Downes, &c. Bread, &c., has also been generously given by several tradesmen of the town,

CONGREGATIONALISM.- On Sunday two sermons were preached in Broseley Congregational Church by Mr. Leonard Banner (Rawdon College), the subject in the morning being “The Purpose of Christ’s Coming”, and in the evening “God and the Problems of Humanity”. Christmas hymns and an anthem were effectively rendered by the choir, under the direction of Mr. Aquila Evans (choirmaster). Miss F. Millward presided at the organ. There was a good attendance in the evening, and a collection was taken in aid of church expenses.

THE MARRIAGE of Miss Jessie Scott (eldest daughter of Mr. Archibald Scott of Broseley) to Mr. Henry Bayfield of Ludlow took place on Boxing Day at the Parish Church in the presence of a large number of friends. The ceremony was performed by the Rector (the Rev. G. F. Lamb, M.A.), and the bride was given away by her father. The bridesmaids were the Misses Gertrude Mary Bayfield and Maggie Scott. The bride was charmingly attired in cream voile with orange blossom, wreath, and veil, while the bridesmaids looked exceedingly graceful and picturesque, in biscuit voile dresses, rose sashes, and pretty white hats. The honeymoon is being spent at Llandrindod Wells. A large number of beautiful presents were received.

DISTRIBUTION OF PRIZES.- On Monday the annual distribution of prizes awarded to the scholars attending the Birch Meadow Strict Baptist Sunday School took place. The children assembled in the schoolroom, and sang a number of special hymns, after which readings and recitations were given by Sarah Hurdley, Doris Gallier, Maggie Roberts, and Leslie Gallier. Mr. J. Gilpin (Iron-Bridge) gave an address, and also distributed the prizes. The following received the Round O Prize, having attended regularly and punctually for 50 to 52 Sundays during 1908: Dorothy Anslow, Gertie Rowe, Doris Gallier, and Ethel Sneyd; A. E. Broadhurst, Wilfred Boden, Percy Boden, Harold Anslow, Arthur Sneyd, Arthur Britton, Harry Boden, James Britton, Baden Britton, and Leslie Gallier. Prizes were also given to the following, whose attendances were under 50 Sundays during the same year:- Sarah Hurdley, Freda Hurdley, Edith Rowe, Edith Williams, Hilda Jones, Maggie Roberts, Beattie Roberts. Gladys Rowe, Connie Boden, Evelyn Sneyd, Evelyn Taylor, Florrie Williams, and Dorothy Hill, Edward Boden, Harold Hurdley, Arthur Boden, Ernest Pope, Harry Hurdley, Thomas Britton, Hurdley Jones, George Roberts Tommy Roberts, Victor Williams, John Roberts, Leonard Pope, Eddie Bullock, Willie Bullock, Tommy Roberts, Bertie Roberts, Abram Britton, Percy Evans, Harold Williams, Willie Williams, Bernard Wase, Harry Wase, and Ralph Jones. During the evening oranges and apples were handed round, and on leaving for home each child was presented with a bag containing mincepie, orange, and sweets.- On Sunday afternoon last the annual distribution of prizes to the children attending the Broseley Wesley on Sunday School for regular and punctual attendance took place. Mr. J. E. Hartshorne (superintendent) distributed the prizes to the recipients. The following had made every possible attendance during the year, and were awarded the “Round O Prize”:- Edith Oakley, Elsie Davis, Sidney Blackford, Abram Harris, Leslie Garbett, and Dick Jones. The following made 100 attendances and over: Edith Oakley, Popsy Oakley, Edith Wood, Elsie Davies, Edith Harris, Winnie Wood, Olive Davis, Nellie Davis, Sidney Blackford, Abram Harris, Harry Ball, Archie Davis, Norman Ball, Leslie Garbett, Dick Jones, Jack Wood, Wilfred Garbett, and Cyril Garbett. 75 attendances and over:- Madge Jones, Florrie Ball, Marion Lloyd, Bessie Williams, Elsie Roberts, Daisy Brown, Freda Colley, Lillie Powell, Agnes Gough, Bessie Preece, Florrie Gough, Agnes M. Jones, Edith Gough, Gwendoline Gittins, Harold Gittins, Ephraim Gittins, Harold Britton, Norman Taylor, Fred Jones, Fred Harris, Harry Lloyd, Leonard Harris, William Jones, Owen Jones, Eric Lloyd, Edward Jones, Cecil Gittins, Frank Preece, Leslie Lloyd, Jack Chapman, Jack Oakley, Harry Gough, Bertie Wood, and Cecil Jones, 50 attendances and over:- Ada Meredith, Minnie Davis, Millie Evans, Kathleen Colley, Agnes Jones, May Legge, Adeline Harris, Lilllie Perks, Lillie Evans, Tom Meredith, Arthur Harris, Donald Colley, Jack Colley, Jas. Evans, Harry Brazier, Winnie Harris, and Emily Humphries.


9th January 1909


The ordinary meeting was held on Wednesday; present:- Alderman D. L. Prestage (chairman), Councillors E. G. Exley, J. Nicklin, T. J. Griffiths, T. S. Instone, and G. Keay, Mr. F. H. Potts (town clerk), and the other officials.

Mr. Herbert (sanitary inspector) reported cases of scarlet fever at Jackfield and Broseley Wood, all being of a mild character.

Mr. Abberley reported that all the water mains were in good working order. He gave his reasons as to the scarcity of water during one period of the last month. Mr. Nicklin considered they should guard themselves against allowing the water to get as low as two feet in the reservoir.- It was decided to have two days a week pumping in future, which would avoid any further shortage of water.- Mr. Griffiths said that the committee were indebted to Messrs. Prestage and Exley for the great trouble they had taken with the repairs at Harrington. - Mr. Nicklin concurred.

The Clerk reported a balance on the two accounts of £273, and cheques were required to be drawn that day for £175, which, the Chairman said, would leave them with £100 in hand- Mr. Oakes said there was yet £480 to be collected on the general district rate account, and £150 on the water account.- The Chairman remarked that the voids now came to 1d. rate.- Cheques were drawn in favour of the surveyor for £90 to pay bills and meet current expenses.

The Surveyor submitted six tenders for the erection of a handrail down Legge’s Hill, ranging from £10 5s. to £18.- Mr. Nicklin said he looked upon the scheme as a luxury, and one that they could not afford.- Mr. Griffiths said that was also his opinion.- Mr. Keay contended that a handrail was badly needed at this particular place.- Mr. Nicklin: But we cannot afford to spend the money. We must consider the pockets of the ratepayers.- Mr. Exley said they had done without the rail for many years.- Mr. Nicklin here proposed that they abandon the idea.- Mr. Griffiths seconded the motion, and it was carried.

The question of fixing a lamp at Speed’s Lane was considered. The cost was estimated at £6, and Mr Keay said that Mrs. Price offered to contribute 30s. towards the expenses. He moved that a lamp be fixed at this place.- Mr. Instone seconded the motion, which was lost by three votes to two.

Mr. Keay called attention to the dangerous condition of the brook running through Jackfield.- The surveyor was requested to look into the matter.

The question of paving the streets and numbering the houses was again considered.


“Social.”- A successful “social” under the auspices of the Christian Endeavour Society was held in the Congregational Schoolroom on New Year’s Eve, a large number of members and friends sitting down to an excellent tea. Games were afterwards indulged in. At the close a number of the friends visited various homes, and heartily joined in singing some of the old carols.

CONGREGATIONALISM.- On Sunday special sermons were preached in the Congregational Church by Mr. Palmer (Rawdon Baptist College). Suitable hymns were effectively sung by the choir, and the rendition of the anthem, “Lift up your heads”, in the evening was exceptionally fine. There were good congregations. A collection was taken in the evening in aid of church expenses.

THE BROTHERHOOD.- A well-attended meeting of both sexes was held in connection with this society on Sunday afternoon in the Wesleyan Chapel, under the presidency of Mr. J. E. Hartshorne. Mr. Palmer (Rawdon Baptist College) delivered an interesting address on “The Life of Joseph”. Mr. Percy Price (Jackfield) gave a fine interpretation of the solos, “Glory to Thee, my God, this night” and “For ever with the Lord”.

PENSION DAY.- About 60 pensioners received the first fruits of the Old-Age Pensions Act at the Post Office on New Year’s Day.

SOIREE.- The annual soiree in connection with the Victoria Institute was held in the large hall on New Year’s Day, and was very successful. About 100 sat down to tea, after which Lord Forester presented the prizes to the successful players in the billiard handicap as follows:- W. Scott 1st, W. Welch 2nd, F. Evans 3rd, and R. Hudson 4th. An entertainment followed. The president (Lord Forester) occupied the chair, and the following took part in a well-arranged programme. The items being much appreciated:- Mrs. Russell, Miss Instone, Miss E. Jones, and Messrs. T. Griffiths, W. A. Garbett.. W. Price, F. Hill, F. Francis, F. Wase, Harold Wase, and G. Tonkiss, A.L.C.M. Subsequently a dance took place. The room had been tastefully decorated. The whole of the arrangements were entrusted to the hon. secretary (Mr. T. Jones) and the committee.


BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT.- Henry Bowen, labourer Broseley, was charged with committing a breach of the Poaching Prevention Act.- Police-constable Lycett stated that he met defendant on the highway  at Broseley Wood coming from the direction of Benthall. He attempted to run away, and a witness stopped him, and searched him, and found in the bag produced nets and 20 pegs. They were wet and appeared to be recently used.- Defendant’s wife stated that she purchased the nets and pegs for her brother, James Painter, Chemist, Bridgnorth.  Her husband was no poacher.- The Bench were of the opinion there was a slight doubt in the case, and Bowen was discharged on payment of 2s. costs.


16th January 1909


THE BROTHERHOOD.- On Sunday the ninth meeting of this society was held in the Wesleyan Chapel.  Mr. A. Williams presided over a good attendance. Mr. Leonard Banner (Rawdon College) gave a highly effective address on “Christ’s Method of Teaching.”

ORGAN RECITAL.- On Wednesday an organ recital was given in All Saints’ Church by Mr. T. Watts, Mus. Bac., who in the execution of the various items displayed musical attainments of a high order. The choir, under the direction of Mr. W. H. Griffiths, gave an effective rendering of several hymns. The offertory was devoted towards reducing the debt on the churchwardens’ accounts.

WESLEY GUILD.- Under the auspices of the Broseley Wesley Guild, a miscellaneous concert was given in the Wesleyan Schoolroom on Tuesday. Mr. E. R. Hartshorne presided over a fairly good attendance. The pianoforte solos “Der Freischutz” and “Nocturne” in E flat were brilliantly executed by Miss Kenyon, and highly appreciated, and Miss Kenyon also proved herself a capable accompanist. Mrs. Russell, who is the possessor of a well-cultivated voice, captivated the audience in her rendering of the solos, “The Carnival” and “Down the Vale”, receiving quite an ovation at the close of each. She gave as an encore for the latter an air from the “Geisha”. Miss Ledger accompanied. Mr. P. E. Hartshorne (Hadley) gave an effective rendering of the solos, “Thy Knight am I” and “Peg away”. He gave as an encore, “Jolly Tar”, and Miss Hartshorne recited “The Well of St. Keyne”, Mr. John P. Roberts gave a fine exposition of the solos, “The Last Watch” and “The Sailor’s Grave”, whilst Mr. A. C. Jones recited with power and effect “The Stage Struck Hero”, which caused so much enthusiasm that an encore was inevitable. He gave with even greater success “Bumpkin’s Courtship”, which produced much laughter.

“LORDS, TRIFLERS, AND LABOUR”.- This was the subject of a paper given by Mr. Thomas Hughes on Monday evening in the Broseley Liberal and Labour Club, under the presidency of Mr. J. E. Hartshorne. There was a good attendance. In the course of his remarks Mr. Hughes said the House of Lords had always blocked the progress of the people, always opposed reform. To quote all its offences and sins would be a long list, but these were some of them:-  In 1831 House of Lords rejected the first Reform Bill, they gave way at last because the country threatened a revolution; 1832, refused to open the Universities to Nonconformists; 1833, refused political rights to Jews; 1839, rejected a resolution against the Corn Laws; 1842, mutilated the Mines Regulation in regard to clauses protecting women and children: 1843, rejection of a resolution for an inquiry into the Corn Laws; 1845, refused compensation for tenants’ improvements in Ireland; 1851, rejected bill for marriage with deceased wife’s sister (and again in 1858, and afterwards) ; 1858, rejected a bill to admit Nonconformists as school trustees; 1860, rejected a resolution in favour of the ballot, and also rejected the repeal of the paper duty (but Mr. Gladstone eventually passed it); 1858, voted against Irish Disestablishment 1870, insisted on the right of Irish landlords to evict tenants; 1871, defeated the Ballot Bill; 1873 to 1880, refused to allow Nonconformists’ burial service in churchyards; 1880, carried a resolution against teaching elementary science in schools; 1884, threw out a bill for the enfranchisement of county householders; 1893, rejected a Licensing Bill for the municipalisation of the drink traffic on the Gothenburg system, and mutilated the Employers’ Liability Bill by “contracting-out clauses, &c.”; 1902, secured sectarian teaching in voluntary schools, insisted that four out of every six managers of Church schools should be sectarian, and rejected the provision that schools should be available for political meetings. The speaker went on to say that the recent judicial decision declaring that Trades Union funds may not be used for financing Labour members or fighting elections would probably go before the house of Lords, who would no doubt uphold it; and then the working men would once more see who were their friends.- An interesting debate followed, after which Mr. George Taylor proposed a vote of thanks to Mr. Hughes, which was seconded by Mr. A Evans, and carried unanimously.


23rd January 1909


Bodenham and Sons, Ltd., Much Wenlock and Ludlow. Great Annual Clearance Sale now proceeding. Ends Feb. 8th.

AN INVITATION DANCE took place in Broseley Town Hall on Wednesday evening. The room was nicely decorated. There were nearly 80 present.

“PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE”.- This was the subject of a highly-interesting paper given by Mr. Abraham Harvey at the Liberal and Labour Club on Monday. Mr. A. Malpas presided over a fairly good attendance.

THE BROTHERHOOD.- A meeting of this society was held on Sunday in the Wesleyan Chapel, under the presidency of Mr. A. Williams. There was a good attendance. Mr. W. Hall (pastor at the Old Baptist Chapel) gave an interesting address on “True Heroism” and “High Ideals”. Mr. J. P. Roberts gave an effective rendering of the solo, “The Everlasting Day”.


TEA.- The members of the, Mothers’ Union, to the number of 41, were entertained to tea in the school room on Wednesday. Mrs. Gerald G. P. Heywood of Tickwood Hall (president of the M. U.) gave a most interesting address. After tea a musical entertainment was given by Mrs. Terry, Miss Allen, Miss Southern, Miss Coldicott, and Miss M. Potts.  At the close, the Vicar briefly thanked the ladies who had assisted.


30th January 1909


WOMEN LIBERALS.-  Mr. E. Harrison on Tuesday presided at a well-attended meeting of ladies held in the Liberal and Labour Room, when it was decided to form a Women’s Liberal Association. Mr. J. W. Littlewood (Wellington) gave an address on the political topics of the day


THE BROTHERHOOD.- The usual meeting was held in the Wesleyan Chapel on Sunday, Mr. A. Williams presiding over a good attendance. Mr. E. R. Hartshorne gave an interesting address on-“Is it worth while doing right?” Mr. Arthur Sankey recited “The Last Hymn”, and Mr. J. A. Hartshorne executed an organ solo.

LIBERAL AND LABOUR CLUB.- Under the auspices of the local branch of the Liberal and Labour Association for the Wellington Division, a miscellaneous concert was held in the Fox Room on Monday. Mr. J. E. Hartshorne presided over a large audience. Two pianoforte solos were executed with great taste by Miss Millward, who also proved herself a capable accompanist. A pianoforte duo was well played by the Miss Flo Millward and May Bunnagar. Mr. Wm. Dodd gave an effective rendering of “The Wolf” and “Out in the Deep”, the latter securing an encore. The Broseley Congregational Choir gave a fine rendering of a chorus and two part songs. Mr. A. Sankey recited “The Building of St. Sophia”, in splendid style; Miss Quinn gate a sweet rendition of the song “Down the Old Lane”; a reading was contributed by Mr. Joseph Jones; Miss Mary Bunnagar gave a pleasing rendering of “Katie’s Letter”, and was encored; and Mr. A. Evans sang with effect, “Simon the Cellarer”, and was loudly applauded. Mr. A. Evans (choirmaster at the Congregational Church) was responsible for the excellent programme provided. The arrangements were executed by Messrs. A. Malpas, J. Colley, and T. Garbett.

VICTORIA INSTITUTE.- The annual meeting was held in the Victoria Hall on Thursday under the presidency of Alderman D. L. Prestage. The Secretary (Mr. T. Jones) gave a statement of accounts for the year 1908, which, considering the condition of trade in the district, was considered satisfactory. The accounts were passed. The thanks of the meeting were rendered to the president, vice-presidents, hon. members, subscribers, trustees, committee, hon. treasurer, secretary, librarian, and auditors. The Chairman, in replying to the vote spoke in eulogistic terms of the work of the secretary, to whose efforts the success, of the institute was largely due. Messrs. J. Nicklin, H. E. Clark, W. Francis, and A. Scott were elected as members of the committee by the trustees, and the following were elected as the representatives of the members on the committee: Messrs. H. H. Wase, W. Edge, and A. Smith. The Chairman referred in sympathetic terms to the loss the committee had sustained in the death of Mr. W. Edge, sen. During the evening Councillor J. Nicklin gave an interesting speech, in the course of which he described the position of the institute both numerically and financially, urging each member to do his utmost to promote its success.


20th February 1909


THE BROTHERHOOD.- The usual meeting was held in the Wesleyan Chapel an Sunday, Mr. J. E. Hartshorne presiding. Mr. Maurice Jones, M.A., High School, Coalbrookdale, gave an able address on “Worship, Rest, and Service”. Appropriate hymns were sung.

THE FUNERAL of the late Mrs. James Williams (Broseley Wood) took place on Sunday at Benthall Churchyard, and was attended by a large number of people. Deceased, who was 58 years of age, was much esteemed. The Rev. W. Hamlyn (rector of Iron-Bridge) conducted the service. The mourners in coaches were:- James Williams, John Williams, Noah Williams, Fred Williams, Edgar Williams (sons), T. Bennett (brother), Geo. Bunnagar, and others. Beautiful wreaths were contributed by the family and friends.

PRIMITIVE METHODISM.- on Sunday a P.S.A. was held in the Primitive Methodist Chapel, Broseley Wood, when an interesting address was given by the Rev. J. B. Bissel (circuit minister), and a solo was rendered by Miss Jackson. In the evening the Rev. J, B. Bissell delivered a telling address on “An Ingenious Thief”. The children, assisted by Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Jenninson, gave a creditable rendering of the anthem, “Glory, glory”. The solos, “Clean Heart”, by Mrs. Jackson, and “What, you sow you also reap” by Mrs. Jenninson, were executed in a pleasing manner. A collection was taken in aid of the trust funds

LIBERAL AND LABOUR CLUB.- “The Taxation of Land Values and Progress” was the subject of an interesting paper read by Mr. Joseph Jones (Broseley) on Monday in the Fox Room, under the auspices of the of the local Liberal and Labour Club. Mr J. E. Hartshorne presided over a fair attendance. In the course of his remarks Mr. Jones said that if progress was to continue it was necessary that land values should be taxed. The taxation of land values by itself would not accomplish everything, but experience seemed to teach that without such a reform one need not expect to accomplish anything. So far, progress had failed to eliminate poverty, and there was good reason for doubting if it had even modified the poverty problem. The social problem to face today was want in the midst of plenty. That some of this poverty might be due to ignorance, to intemperance, or to improvidence one might take for granted. When that had been allowed for, there remained the involuntary poverty which came from misgovernment and the sins of Society. When one looked around and noted the increase which had gone to swell the hoards of the leisured classes, and took into account the meagre benefit which had come to the active industrial classes, he said one was forced to conclude that progress had been one-sided in its benefactions. The position of many workers was worse than the position of some paupers. It one were to take the sum necessary to maintain the average family in the poorhouse, it would be found that the income of many families outside did not reach that amount. He gave illustrations which he said showed the need for the taxation of land values.- Mr. A. Malpas, in a vigorous speech, endeavoured to show (from statistics, &c. obtained from Tariff Reform sources) that the land was unduly taxed already, and that if an additional tax was added thereto, not only would it be an act of injustice upon the landowner, but it would recoil upon the tenants by increased rentals. It would also discourage thrift, and impoverish the shopkeepers in rural districts.- Mr. Malpas was accorded a fair hearing, but the meeting did not appear to endorse his views on the subject under discussion. No vote was taken.


Before Councillor B. Maddox (mayor), Captain Geo. Forester, Dr. Collins, Aldermen A. B. Dyas and D. L. Prestage. and Councillor J. E. Boulton.

DEFENDANT THANKS POLICE.- Timothy Hancox, labourer, Spoonhill, was charged with being drunk at Much Wenlock.- Police-constable Lloyd proved the case.- Defendant said he knew nothing about it till he found himself in the police cell the following morning.  He thanked the police for taking care of him, (Laughter.) It was the first time he was ever drunk. -The case was dismissed on paying costs.

ADJOURNED Mary Barker, Much Wenlock, instituted proceedings against her husband, William Barker, labourer, Much Wenlock, under the Married Woman’s Act, 1895, and asked for an order to live apart under that Act. Defendant did not appear. The wife stated that they had been married 16 years, and had five children. Her Husband was able to earn 15s. a week, but he would not do so. He could obtain regular work if he liked. He gave her 6s. in 12 weeks. She had not seen him for a week. She made him leave the house, as he would do nothing but sit in the house and she had to go out to work to keep herself and the children. She had put up with this treatment ever since they were married. A woman had been living with her since Christmas.- Sergeant Williams said he did not think the man was altogether to blame.- Police-constable Lloyd said that when he served the summons on the man the latter told him he should not live with his wife as long as she kept that woman there. When he took his money home there was drinking going on.- The Bench adjourned the application for a fortnight, and in the meantime they requested the other woman to leave the house. Applicant and her husband must attend the next Court, when the Bench hoped they would come to an amicable settlement.


27th February 1909


THE BROTHERHOOD.—A meeting of this Society was held in the Wesleyan Chapel or Sunday afternoon, under the presidency of Mr. R. Bunnagar, who de-livered a practical address on "Earnest Seeking". Mr. J. A Hartshorne also gave an interesting sketch of Abraham Lincoln, and Mr. E. J. Jones sang two solos.

LECTURE.—On Tuesday, the Rev. H. Cowling (Wem) delivered his popular lecture, "Sprightly Talk", in the Old Baptist Chapel. Mr. A. Sankey also gave a recitation. Mr. J. E. Hartshorne (The Lea) pre-sided over a good attendance.

OLD BAPTIST CHAPEL.— On Sunday the annual distribution of prizes to the scholars attending the Sunday School attached to the Old Baptist Chapel took place. The prizes were distributed by the Rev. W. S. Hall (pastor), Mr. H. Evans (superintendent), and Mr. R. Tonkiss (secretary) to the following :—Nellie Poole, Dorthy Cough, John Everall, Harry Poole, Katie Smith, Cyril Ball, Sidney Smith, Hilda Tonkiss, Nora Tonkiss, Marian Smith, Marie Miles, Lucie Tonkiss, Dorothy Jones, Thomas Everall, James Hall, Sarah Beaman, Percy Jones, Frank Gough, Maud Hall, Ethel Beaman, Edward Williams, Alice Miles, Hattie Tonkiss, Clifford Hall, Alan Miles, Edwin Poole, Florrie Hall, William Roden, Annie Chapman, Nellie Williams, Harold Gough, John Lloyd, William Ball, Edith Beddow, Sarah Watson, Florrie Watson, W. F. Chapman, Charles Everall, William Chapman, George Chapman, William Beaman, William Barber, Milly Williams, James Hall, Frank Hall, Deride Watson, and John Chapman.

NATIONAL SCHOOL.—Yesterday week the annual distribution of prizes to the children attending the girls' and infants' National School took place. The Rev. G. Fleming Lamb (rector) handed the prizes to the various recipients. In the girls' school 66 prizes (including 19 for model attendance) were awarded for regular and punctual attendance during 1908. Names of model girls: Elsie Poundney, Dorothy Smith, Maggie Roberts, Minnie Churms, Hetty Corfield, Marion Walkinshaw, Jessie Edwards, Elsie Lears, Millie Evans, Gertie Dudley, Beatrice Roberts, Lizzie Miles, Maud Bowyer, Matilda Brazier, Edith Thomas, Alice Gainham, Nellie Bentley, Florence Evans, and Doris Gallier. In the infants' school 85 prizes were awarded (including seven for model attendance and 10 for children who had only missed twice). Names of model children: Norah Thomas, Susannah Foy, Ethel Roberts, Nelly Foy, Alice Lears, Frank Gough, and Cyril Ball.


27th March 1909


BROTHERHOOD.— At the meeting in the Wesleyan Chapel on Sunday afternoon, under the presidency of Mr. A. W. Williams, the Rev. Mr. Sharpley (Handsworth College) gave an address.

ANNIVERSARY.—On Sunday the anniversary of the Congregational Church was held, the Rev. J. Rhys Lewis (Dorrington) preaching two excellent sermons. Special hymns were admirably sung by the choir, who, in the evening, gave a good rendering of the anthem, "When my heart is overwhelmed", and at the close of the service the organist (Miss Flo Millward) played the "Dead March" in " Saul" as a mark of respect to the late Mrs. Evans, wife of the choirmaster. There was a fair attendance at each service. Collections were taken for church expenses.

FUNERAL.- On Sunday the remains of Mrs. Evans, wife of Mr. A. Evans, High Street, were laid to rest in the cemetery, amidst every manifestation of respect, as evidenced by the large number of friends present both at the Birch Meadow Baptist Chapel, where a memorial service was held prior to the interment (the deceased having been a member of the choir and a teacher in the Sunday School for some years in her earlier days), and at the cemetery. The service in the chapel was conducted by the Rev. J. Rhys Lewis (Dorrington), and Mr. J. Cleobury (Broseley). Several members of the Congregational Church Choir were present, and sang the hymn, "There is a land of pure delight". Mr. G. Taylor played, "I know that my Redeemer liveth", and the "Dead March" in "Saul". The Rev. J. Rhys Lewis conducted the service at the graveside.—The mourners were- Mr. Aquila Evans (husband), Messrs. A. A. and Percival Evans (sons), Mr. Henry Burnet (brother), Mr. Pinner (cousin), Mr. W. Harte (son-in-law, Mr. Wm. Burnet (cousin). Mr. T. Francis (nephew), and Mr. Joseph Jones (brother-in-law). The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. James Davies.

LIBERAL AND LABOUR ASSOCIATION.—Under the auspices of this association Councillor B. Maddox (Mayor) gave an address on "Social Reform—and not Tariff Reform—the great Need of the Working Classes", on Monday, in the Liberal and Labour Club-room. Mr. J. E. Hartshorne presided over a large attendance. In the course of his remarks the speaker said that Tariff Reform would not benefit the working classes, but would improve the position of the millionaire. Referring to roofing tiles,- he maintained the statement he had previously made that they were not imported into this country. Some people, he said, would compel the Government, if they could, to pass an Act of Parliament to prevent all slates coming into this country, and making it compulsory for everybody to buy Broseley tiles, thus raising the price of the latter, and seriously crippling the building trade. Tariff Reformers, he said, were repeating exactly the same arguments that were used by Protectionists in 1846. He urged his hearers not to let the freedom of buying where they liked, and from whom they liked, pass from them. Whilst a generous Providence had provided sufficient for all he contended that it was a crime for some men to live in luxury, and others to be permitted to die of starvation. Speaking of old-age pensions, he said it was a grand stroke of social reform, which had proved a veritable God-send to thousands of the aged poor, notwithstanding that it is condemned by the Conservatives, who wanted to know where the money was coming from. The Conservatives did not put that question, said the speaker, when they were squandering public money in a wicked and fruitless war. Touching upon labour exchanges, he said they would do something towards raising men's social position. Speaking of the benefits of Trades Unionism, Mr. Maddox said that since its adoption, it had been the means of raising the wages of the workers considerably. (Applause.)


3rd April 1909



Will be held in the AFTERNOON of the 14th of APRIL, at


for the benefit of Iron-Bridge Church, Commencing at 3-30 p.m.

Organised by LADY FORESTER, who will be assisted by several of the Nobility.

Tickets 5s, and 2s, 6d.














The Death of Mr Geo. Edwards occurred on Monday at the age of 88 years. Deceased was formerly a gamekeeper in the service of Lord Forester, and was father of the late Supt. Edwards (Wellington).


10th April 1909


On Tuesday at the Benthall Schoolroom Mr. Coroner F. H. Potts held an inquiry touching the death of Maria Louisa Whit-more, a schoolgirl, nine years of age, the only daughter of Mr. Richard Whitmore, turner at the Benthall Potteries.

Walter Evans, Broseley, carter in the employ of Mr. Fred Oakley, said that on Monday soon after noon he was driving a horse and cart loaded with coal up High Street, Broseley. Two more carts were with his, one in front and one behind, loaded with coal. When he got near the Institute he heard someone shout "Stop". He stopped the horse, and looking round, saw a little girl under the cart with her feet towards the wheel next to him. She was lying on her back. He picked her up, and with assistance took her into a chemist's shop. Deceased did not speak when he took her up; in fact, he never saw her breathe. He saw the mark on her face where the wheel had caught her. Deceased bled at the mouth and nose when they picked her up. The children were going home from school at the time. There was a ton of coal in the cart. He was on the right side of his horse.

Edward Austin, Broseley, tile-sorter, de-posed that he was standing by the chemist's shop with two other men. He saw a lot of children about; they had just come out of school. Witness saw the three carts going up the street when the children were playing; and as the first cart passed, deceased darted off the pavement into the road, and ran against the shaft of the second cart driven by the previous witness. Deceased was running backwards, and the shaft caught her on the head, and she fell under the wheel, which went over the side of her face and part of the neck. Witness immediately ran for a doctor, but he believed that deceased was instantly killed. Evans could not, in his opinion, see the child coming.

Harriett Evans, Broseley, a widow, stated that the back of deceased's skull was badly crushed.

The Coroner said it was a simple, but very sad, case. There was no blame attached to the driver in any way. He was on the proper side of the horse, and it was impossible for him to see deceased coming towards him. It was an accident, and a very regrettable one.

The jury returned a verdict that deceased was accidentally killed.


DRAUGHTS MATCH.— The return match between Broseley Victoria Institute and Benthall Reading Room was played at Benthall on Tuesday, reuniting, after a stiff but pleasant encounter, in a victory for the Institute by 18 wins to 11, seven games being drawn. Score:— Broseley Institute: A. Williams 4, A. Cleobury 3, E. Thomas 2, E. Shaw 2, A. Scott 2, W. Shaw 2, T. Owen 1, S. Tonkis 1, H. Roberts 1; total 18. Benthall Reading Room: P. Blackford 0, A. Bangham 0, W. Shaw 0, H. Davies 1, J. Barber 2, W. Haynes 2, W. Cross 3, W. Glover 2. R. Lee 1; total 11.



BROTHERHOOD.— On Sunday the meeting was held in the Wesleyan Chapel, under the presidency of the Rev. W. S. Hall (Old Baptist Chapel, Broseley), who delivered an interesting address. There was a large gathering.

CHILDREN'S DAY.—On Sunday afternoon a special meeting in connection with the Congregational Sunday School was held in the chapel, under the presidency of Mr. R. Bunnagar (superintendent), who gave an appropriate address, after which a quartet was well rendered by Miss Lily Williams, Miss Lucy Bunnagar, Mr. Jas. Quinn, and Mr. Alfred J. Williams. Solos were also given by Miss Hattie Jones, Miss May Bunnagar, Miss Hilda Quinn, and Mr. E. J. Jones; and a hymn was sung by Clara Oakley, Rebecca Boden, Annie Shaw, Wm. Hall, and Ernest Humphries (five scholars in the Sunday School). A recitation was also given in good style by Miss Lottie Morgan.

SANITARY COMMITTEE, Wednesday.—Present:—Alderman D. L. Prestage (chairman), Councillors T. Doughty, J. Nicklin, T. J. Griffiths, and T. S. Instone, Messrs. F. H. Potts (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), H. Herbert (sanitary inspector), E. Abberley (water inspector), and E. Oakes (rate collector).—Mr. Herbert reported one case of scarlet fever at Broseley since the last meeting.—The Chairman stated that a man told him that the other children of the house played with other children in the street.—The officer said they could not stop it, the children must play somewhere. He added that the child affected was kept isolated.- Mr. Herbert reported a number of nuisances, the usual orders for abatement were made.- A letter was read complaining of a neighbour's nuisance arising through the keeping of pigeons, &c. If the nuisance was not suppressed the writer said, he would leave the town.—The officer said he had visited the place, but he could not see much to complain about.—Mr. Herbert, was instructed to see the parties concerned.- Mr. Abberley reported that all the water mains in the district were in good working order.- The Clerk stated that there was a balance in hand on the two ac-counts of £100.—The Chairman said the bills required for payment amounted to £286.—The collector was instructed to take proceedings for the recovery of the water rate.- Mr. Oakes told the meeting that the numbering of the houses was practically completed.


17th April 1909


* William N. Thompson having relinquished business at Barber Street, Broseley, hereby gives notice that all Accounts due to him must be remitted to him at once, addressed "Bryn Teg", Chetwynd Road, Wolverhampton, and that only his receipt will be recognised.

BROTHERHOOD.—  On Sunday the usual meeting was held in the Wesleyan Chapel, under the presidency of Mr. E. Clarke (Broseley). Mr. Leonard Banner (Rawdon College) gave an interesting address on "Little Things`, and musical items were rendered by Mr. Egbert J. Jones and Miss Hattie Jones, and a recitation by Mr. A. T. Hartshorne.


A FUNERAL which called forth the very greatest sympathy from the whole village and from many others took place in the churchyard on Good Friday afternoon, amidst every manifestation of sorrow, when little May Whitmore, aged nine years, was laid to rest. Her tragic death—recorded in the last issue of the JOURNAL—has cast quite a gloom over the entire neighbourhood, where she was greatly loved by all who knew her—she was so bright and engaging. Very real sorrow is felt for the bereaved parents and brothers. The universal sorrow was manifested by the number of beautiful wreaths which were placed on the grave. The grave had been lovingly lined with ivy, moss, and flowers by I. Cross, at the request of the vicar. Being a member of the Church Sunday school, and also of the G.F.S., a. number of scholars and members met at the schoolroom—many of them dressed in white—and followed in procession to the church. There were also present Mrs. Wiggins and some of the scholars from Legge's Hill school, and some from Broseley National school. There were also present Mr. Gerald G. P. Heywood (Tickwood Hall) and the Rev. R. Young-husband, and many others. Noticeable among the wreaths were a very beautiful one in the shape of a harp from the employees at Mr. Allen's works, one from the teachers and scholars of Benthall Church Sunday school; and others from Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Heywood (Tickwood Hall), the Vicar and Mrs. Terry, Miss Allen, Mr. and Mrs. R. Whitmore and family, Aunt and Uncle, teachers and scholars Legge's Hill school, Mrs. Geo. Potts and children, Mrs. A. Wilde and children. Mr, and Mrs. Kenyon, Uncle Tom and Auntie, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton, L. Humphries, Mr. and Mrs. H. Foster, Edie Humphries, Mr. and Mrs. Cross, &c. The funeral service was read by the Vicar (the Rev. W. G. Terry).


24th April 1909




NOTICE is hereby given that the PRINCIPAL MEETING to be held pursuant to the Licensing Rules, 1904, by  the Compensation Authority for the above areas will be held at SHIREHALL, SHREWSBURY, on MONDAY, the 10th day of MAY, 1909 at 10-30 o’clock a.m.; and Notice is hereby given that the Compensation Authority will at the meeting be prepared to hear, with reference to the renewal of the Licenses of the several Premises specified in the subjoined list, all those Persons to whom (under the Licensing Act, 1904) they are bound to give an opportunity of being heard, that is to say, the Persons interested in any Licensed Premises in question, and unless it appears to the Compensation Authority unnecessary in the question of the renewal of the License of those Premises (including the Justice of Licensing District):- 



Name and Situation of Premises

Nature of License


Prince of Wales

On Beerhouse
(ante 1869)

Emma Shaw


Dated this 21st day of April 1909

                        E CRESSWELL PEELE

Clerk of the Compensation Authority

Shirehall, Shrewsbury.


Letters to the Editor


In the report of the Broseley Sanitary Committee's last meeting, the chairman remarked on the sister of a child who had scarlet fever playing with other children in the town. But where must the children play? I suppose there is a risk of infection. There is also a great risk of contracting disease from the several open drains where dirty water stands and stagnates for days.                                       INQUISITlVE.


1st May 1909


THE BROTHERHOOD.-On Sunday afternoon the usual meeting in connection with this association was held in the Wesleyan Chapel, under the, presidency of Mr. A. M. Williams, when the Rev. B. E. Hawkins (Madeley Wood) gave an instructive ad-dress on "The Blind Beggar". A musical programme followed.

ACCIDENT.— On Tuesday a sad accident befell a youth named Richard Gallier, son of Mr. Joseph Gallier, Fiery Field Gate, Broseley. The unfortunate youth was engaged in a game of football on the fair field, and in attempting to catch the ball, he fell, and was accidentally trodden upon, his leg being broken. He was conveyed to the Lady Forester Hospital, where he is receiving the skilful attention of the house-surgeon and nursing staff.

COURT LEET.— This Court, which is one of the oldest institutions in the country, held its anniversary on Tuesday, the occasion of the annual pleasure fair. The first meeting was held at the Old Court House, where Mr. E. B. Potts, who has held the office of secretary for a period of 37 years, presided. The ordinary business having been transacted and the constables appointed, an adjournment was made to the Lion Hotel, where dinner was partaken of. Mr. Geo.  Potts presided, and Mr. H. Roberts occupied the vice-chair. The cloth removed, the loyal and patriotic toasts were duly honoured. — Mr. H. Roberts, in eulogistic terms, proposed the health of Lord Forester, who kindly paid the expenses of the dinner. The toast was enthusiastically drunk.—Mr. W. Roberts, in proposing "The Town and Trade of Broseley", remarked that he never knew the state of trade to be so bad but he thought there was some little improvement. He, however, hoped that the state of affairs would on be better. (Applause.)—Messrs. Edge and Millward responded.— Mr. Kitson submitted "The Chairman", to which Mr. Potts responded,. —The health of the secretary (Mr. E. B. Potts) was proposed by Mr. T. Francis, and heartily drunk, the Chairman responding.— Other toasts were "The Vice-Chairman", "Host and Hostess", and "The Press". During the evening some excellent songs were contributed.


8th May 1909


The usual meeting was held on Wednesday; present:- Alderman D. L. Prestage (chair-man), Lord Forester, Councillors T. L. Griffiths, T. Doughty, J. Nicklin, G. Keay, and T. S. Instone, and Messrs. F. H. Potts (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), H. Herbert (sanitary inspector), and E. Oakes (rate collector).

Mr. Herbert stated that there was no infectious disease notified since the last meeting, and he had that day disinfected the last case of scarlet fever. The district, he added was now free from notifiable infectious disease.

Mr. Herbert also reported a number of nuisances, which were ordered to be abated.

The Clerk stated that emptying night-soil in the day-time was an offence against the borough by-laws.

Abberley reported that all the water mains in Broseley were in good working order, and also the fire-plugs.

The Clerk stated that there was an adverse balance on the bank accounts of £165.—Mr. Oakes said the water rate was practically cleared up.

Mr. Nicklin brought up the question of the state of the middens. He considered they should insist on having them emptied promptly and thoroughly.— The surveyor was instructed to write the contractor on the matter.

In reply to Mr. Keay, the Surveyor stated that Benthall Brook was cleared out once a week.


15th May 1909


HOME COMING.— On Monday Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Herber Dawes Lamb paid a visit to the bridegroom’s paternal Home—Broseley Rectory—where they intend spending a little time before taking up their residence in the neighbourhood of Cheltenham. Mr. A. A. Exley's motor-car met the happy pair at Iron-Bridge Railway Station, and conveyed them to Broseley, where they were warmly received by their friends, the church bells sending forth a joyous peal of welcome, which was renewed during the evening. Cannon were also fired, the sound of which reverberated far and near. A flag was hoisted upon the church tower, and a number were to be seen at the Rectory, Mr. Edward Instone, Mr. Edward Oakes, Miss Dixon, and others also exhibited flags at their residences. The paths leading from the entrance gates to the portico of the Rectory were strewn with flowers by Mr. Tildesley (gardener at the Rectory), and presented a very picturesque appearance In the evening the bellringers, Mr. Tildesley, Mr. Leadbetter, and other friends were entertained by the bridegroom at the Pheasant Hotel. On the removal of the cloth, song and sentiment prevailed, the healths of the bride and bridegroom, the Rev. G. Fleming Lamb (rector), Mrs. Lamb, Miss Lamb, and Mr. E. Fleming-Lamb being drunk with the utmost enthusiasm.



On Monday the annual meeting of this Authority was held at the Shire Hall, Shrewsbury, Sir Offley Wakeman presiding. There were also on the Bench Messrs. R. L. Kenyon, H. D. Chapman, W. H. Spaull. C. T. Dugdale, and W. H. Whitaker.

…. Other licenses refused on similar grounds were those of the, Three Tuns, Wellington Foresters' Arms. Oakengates; Prince of Wales, Broseley; and the Powis Arms, Ruyton. The license of the Sun Inn ((Llanymynech), beerhouse, was renewed.


22nd May 1909



NOTICE AS TO SENDING IN CLAIMS to be treated as Persons interested in Licensed Premises.
Notice is hereby given that the Compensation Authority for the above area, having decided at their Principal Meeting, held on the 10th day of May, 1909, to REFUSE THE RENEWAL OF THE LICENSES of the Premises specified below, all Persons claiming to be interested in the said Premises of the purposes of the payment of compensation under the said Act (other than the Licensees and the Registered Owners of the said Premises) are required to send to the Compensation Authority notice of their Claims before the 12th day of JUNE ,1909, for the purpose of enabling the Compensation Authority to ascertain, in manner provided by the Licensing Rules 1904, the Persons entitled to Compensation.

  NOTICE OF CLAIMS must be given in the Form annexed, and may be sent to the Clerk of the Compensation Authority, at his office at the Shirehall, Shrewsbury.



Name and Situation of Premises

Nature of License


Registered Owner

Prince of Wales

On Beerhouse
(ante 1869)

Emma Shaw

Edw’n Fletcher Groves


Dated this 17th day of May 1909


Clerk of the Compensation Authority



NEW BRIDGE.— The new bridge across the Severn is near its completion, and pedestrians are using it; in fact the bridge is already proving a great boon to the district. A formal opening will take place within a few weeks.



PRESENTATIONS.— On leaving Broseley to take up duties at Oreton, Cleobury Mortimer, Police-constable Lycett was made the recipient of a silver mounted walking stick by the members of the Broseley fire brigade, as a slight token of respect. Mr. Alfred Taylor (captain of the brigade), in a neat speech, made the presentation which was feelingly responded to by Police-constable Lycett.

DEATH OF MRS ALICE SHELBROOKE.— On Monday Mrs. Shelbrooke, wife of Mr. John Shelbrooke, Woodlands Green, Broseley Wood (formerly of Coalport), quietly passed away after a few days' illness. De-ceased was 78 years of age, and was greatly respected by all who knew her. Her remains were laid to rest in Benthall Churchyard on Wednesday, a large number of relatives and friends attending. The service was impressively conducted by the Rev. W A. Terry (vicar). A number of beautiful wreaths were contributed by relatives and friends.



The quarterly meeting was held on Thursday at Much Wenlock; present:—Councillor B. Maddox (mayor), Aldermen A. B. Dyas, F. G. Beddoes, T. Cooke, J. Davies, Captain George Forester, Councillors J. H. A. Whit-ley, T. Morris, W. J. Milner, A. L. Hayes, J Roberts, W. Bishop, T. R. Horton, W. Roberts, F. S. Withers, J. D. Benbow, R. F. Ayre, J. Nicklin, C. Edwards, Mk. F. H. Potts (town clerk), and other borough officials.

Alderman Cooke moved that a rate of 7½d. in the pound be levied for elementary education purposes, the same as last year. The now Government proposals which would come into force in August, he said, would mean an increase in the staff of teachers, and yet they would not receive any more help from the Government to meet the extra costs.— Alderman Dyas seconded the motion.—Replying to Captain Forester, Alderman Cooke said the Article 68 teachers would be discharged, and they would have a better class of teachers.—The motion was carried.

Alderman Dyas said they had to find £1,060 by rate, and he moved that a borough rate of 4½d. in the pound be levied to pay the borough accounts.—Alderman Beddoes seconded.—The Mayor said that £951 would go towards education.—The proposition was carried.

The Mayor said the next business was to consider the advisability of utilising the Borough Isolation Hospital for cases of infectious disease. Recently, he said, they had infectious disease in some of the wards, and there had been two fatal cases, and it had been thought possible to utilise the Borough Isolation Hospital for such cases. He had reason to believe that the Lady Forester Trust would do something for them in the way of supplying nurses. He moved that a small committee be appointed to go carefully into the matter and ascertain what cost was likely to be incurred.—Mr. Ayre seconded.—Mr. Edwards asked if they could use it for smallpox after being used for other diseases.—Dr. Gepp favoured the proposal, and said he considered that it would be of use in the first cases, although in towns it had been found out that Isolation Hospitals did not prevent the epidemic. As regards the small-pox question, he did not think there would be a difficulty. If they got over the nursing problem there was still the medical attendance question. The hospital would be useful for extremely exceptional cases.—Alderman Beddoes supported the motion, believing that it would be beneficial to the borough. — Mr. Nicklin said they would have to consider as to whether they were prepared to under-take the additional expense it would entail.—Dr. Gepp said they could only have one disease in the hospital at one time.— The motion was carried and a committee formed.

The Higher Education Committee were re-elected.

Mr. Cooke reported that there were upwards of 100 lunatic patients bearded out. He referred to the proposed dissolution of partnership with Montgomeryshire, which, he said, was a serious question. The alternative was the enlargement of Bicton Asylum, which had been quashed by the Home Secretary. Montgomery, he said, wanted an asylum of their own in conjunction with the one at Bicton, and this would entail extra cost. There were, he added, 20 in the house more than they were entitled to.—In thanking Mr. Cooke for his report, the Mayor said the question to be considered was, which was the more costly scheme?—On the motion of Alderman Beddoes, it was resolved that suitable arrangements be provided at the Municipal Buildings, Iron-Bridge, and that the matter be referred to a committee.

The Mayor said the question of the scheme for differential rating respecting secondary schools, as passed by the County Council, had already been before the Madeley Sanitary Committee and Board of Guardians, at which resolutions were passed recommending a uniform rate throughout the county for secondary education. As far as the Borough of Wenlock was concerned they were one zone, which he then explained. He believed their representatives disagreed with the zone system. Colonel Anstice called it "the miserable zone system", and would move on Saturday that the maintenance of the secondary schools be paid for out of the county general fund. (Applause.) The Mayor then moved: "That this Council protest against the County Council scheme of differential rating for secondary schools by the suggested zone system, and recommend that a uniform rate be levied over the county for the purpose of secondary education",—Mr. Ayre seconded.—Mr. Nicklin re-marked that, as the secondary education would benefit the whole of the county, the rating should be dealt with on a broad basis. That because they had a school built at their door they should pa a higher rate was absurd. He considered it a most retrograde movement, as it was a national question.—Alderman Cooke said it was estimated that it would cost the borough 2½d. rate if the zone system were adopted, and if spread over the whole of the county l½d. would do it.—Mr. W. Roberts said that some 12 months ago they gave over their powers to the County Council, and consequently they had to face the present question. He considered that they were playing a double game in this matter in complaining of the terms simply because they gave their powers away.—Captain Forester said that, as a member of the County Council, he had given up a fortnight's holiday in Scotland in order to be present at the meeting and vote against the proposed zone system. (Hear, hear.)—The proposition was unanimously carried.


 29th May 1909


In the presence of a large assembly, the new bridge crossing the Severn at Iron-Bridge was tested yesterday, and proved most successful. Among those present were Mr Ben Brear, C E., of the Ferro-Concrete Constructions Company, L. G. Mondell and partners, Limited, Mr. J. S. E. De Vesian of the above company, and Mr. Gueritte. Mr. Owen (County Surveyor, Cardigan), Mr. Best (County Surveyor, Brecon), Mr. Carter (chairman of the contractors of the Ferro-Concrete Company), Mr. Eddowes C.E. (borough surveyor, Shrewsbury), Mr. Smethurst (ex-Mayor, Warrington), J. E. Longden (borough surveyor, Warrington), Mr. J. J. Webster, M.I.C.E. (Westminster), Mr. A. E. Williams (architect, Shrewsbury), Mr. E. J. Cullas (Gloucester), Lord Forester, Messrs. B. Maddox (Mayor of Wenlock), H. W. Hamilton (Lord Forester’s agent), F. G. Beddoes, J. H. Espley, J. E. Boulton, E. Owen, E. W. Smith, J. C. Green, T. Parker and family, A. Dixon, J. Nicklin, J. W. White, W. Roberts, H. Herbert, and Mrs. H. Herbert.

The concrete bridge was built for a 10-ton load but was tested with a 14-ton traction-­engine, belonging to Mr. Roberts of Broseley, and proved decidedly firm. The bridge, which is now completed, was built by the Hennebique Ferro-Concrete Company, Liverpool, at a cost of £1,536, and at present £300 is required. The central spar is 80 feet, and 60 feet each side. Through delays it has taken six months to construct, and Mr. W. G. Millward (who has superintended the work) is certainly deserving of congratulations for the able and efficient manner in which he has carried out his duties. The secretaries of the scheme are the Mayor (Councillor B. Maddox) and Mr. A. O. Callear.



5th June 1909


ANNIVERSARY.— The 95th anniversary of the Sunday school connected with Birch Meadow Baptist Chapel was celebrated on Sunday, when sermons were preached (morning and evening) by Mr. George Tyler of Ryde, Isle of Wight. Special hymns were admirably rendered by the children and choir. The singing of the children was the special feature on this occasion, and it certainly reflected great credit on their trainer (Mr. A. E. Broadhurst), who also conducted. There were good congregations, and collections were taken in aid of the school funds.

SANITARY COMMITTEE, Wednesday.—Present:— Alderman D. L. Prestage (chairman), Lord Forester, Councillors E. G. Exley. T. I. Griffiths, J. Nicklin, and T. Instone, and Messrs. F. H. Potts (clerk), J. Stevenson (surveyor), H. Herbert (sanitary inspector), E. Oakes (collector), and E. Habberley (water inspector).—Mr. Herbert reported the district free from notifiable infectious disease. He also reported a number of nuisances, which were ordered to be abated.—The fire brigade applied for two lengths of hose, and the matter was deferred to the next meeting.—The Surveyor's accounts were presented and passed. He was ordered to remove the lamp at the Summerhouse 15 yards.—The Collector reported that the list of voids amounted to £9 3s.

12th June 1909





On his being presented with the Freedom of the Ancient Borough of Wenlock.


To-day, to-day we thee acclaim,

Whose life-long object, dearest aim,

Has been Salopia to reveal

In beauteous words, with heart of zeal;

Hill, river, plain, tower village, glen

The world doth know from thy deft pen—

Tales of deeds wrought on Shropshire ground

Within thy thrilling books are found;

Brave stories of its castles old

War, victory, fame thou'st grandly told;

Description of a mansion fair,

To mark that some famed soul breathed there;

Or timbered house, in village quaint—

Birthplace of craftsman, writer, saint.

In vivid words the world doth tell

Of Shropshire's sons who lived life well.

Word-painted on thy canvas wide,

The beauty of dear Severn's side—

Its vale, each cranny, nook, or isle

An idle hour will well beguile;

We've but to turn to thy bright books

To revel in these vales and nooks

That make the Severn passing fair—

Its margin sweet beyond compare

The abbeys grand, the convents grey,

The history of their bye-gone day

Before as thou dost clearly set

That we good lives should ne'er forget.

Then with the break of wintry morn

We hear with thee the huntsman's horn.

In thrilling pages thou lost show

No doughtier sons the world doth know

Than those who spring from Shropshire soil—

Brave soldier, sailor, man of toil.

In heraldry thy knowledge keen

Through which deeds of lives that have been;

Before us thou dost plainly lay

Their guerdons won in long past day.

In coal seams 'neath Salopian ground

Thou hast no transient interest found;

The history of the iron trade

That our dear county's fame hath made,

Thou'st given with truth, thou'st told with zest—

Of Shropshire chroniclers the best;

For nothing has been missed by thee—

Mysterious limestone, sacred tree,

Volcanic birth of Wrekin lone;

Church, market cross, or boulder stone;

The age when Severn, swift and bright,

Was found upon fair Broseley's height.

*              *              *              *

Ceramic Art within its spell

Has hold thee, and thy pages tell

The history of famed Shropshire wale,

Whereon full many a plumage are

Thy gifted hand has limned with grace—

Fit treasures for some royal place

Each vase or plate shall priceless be

That hears a picture wrought by thee.

For Shropshire thou thy pen didst wield ;

She in this hour her thanks doth yield.

A crown of laurel, crown of bay,

Old Wenlock offers thee today

Her borough's freedom gives to thee—

Her loved, famed freeman hence to be.



Madeley's "Grand Old Man", Mr. John Randall, F.G.S., who is approaching his 100th birthday, can with pride boast of being the first inhabitant to receive the honorary freedom of the ancient borough of Wenlock, the largest in acreage in England, a distinction which he has rightly earned for excellent services rendered to the borough. The memorable event took place on Monday at the Anstice Memorial Institute, Madeley, at a dinner generously given by the Mayor (Councillor B. Maddox). Mr. Randall was also the recipient of a splendid painted photograph of himself on china, as well as a beautifully-illuminated address, enclosed in massive gilded frames, which was the excellent work of Mr. T. Keeling, a local gentleman. Following is a copy of the address: "At a quarterly meeting of the Council of the Borough of Wenlock, held at the Guildhall on Thursday, 1st day of February, 1909, Councillor Benjamin Maddox, Mayor, in the chair, on the proposition of Councillor William Frederick Bryan, seconded by Councillor Walter Roberts, it was unanimously resolved “That this Council, in appreciation and recognition of the eminent services rendered to the borough by John Randall, F.G.S., of Madeley, in the county of Salop, do hereby admit the said John Randall to be an honorary freeman of the said borough.” Extracted from the minutes of the Council. B. Maddox (Mayor), F. H. Potts (Town Clerk). This is to certify that the above-named John Randall has this day taken the oath, on his admission, as an honorary freeman of the said borough, pursuant to the order of the Council of the 1st day of February, one thousand nine hundred and nine. Given under the common seal of the Mayer, Aldermen, and Burgesses of the Borough of Wenlock, this 7th day of June, 1909. B. Maddox, F. H. Potts".

Mr. Randall was born at Ladywood, Broseley, on September 1, 1810, and commenced work very near to the house in which he is residing today. His uncle, Mr. Martin Randall, had a pottery works at Madeley, and "young John" was apprenticed to him at the age of 18. After mastering the art of painting on porcelain he spent two years at the Royal Rockingham Works in Yorkshire, and then in 1835 joined the famous Coalport firm. He remained in that employ for 46 years, giving up in 1881, when he was 71 years of age, owing to failing eyesight. His chief art lay in the direction of a painter of birds on china and at the present clay his work is prized and sought for he was a close student of nature, and bird life always interested him. He was also a keen geologist, and was led to take up the study by the reading of a series of articles which appeared in" "Chambers' Journal" in 1832. He wrote a most interesting book replete with valuable information, entitled "The Severn Valley". The publication of it brought him to the notice of Professor Ramsay, and shortly after he was made Fellow of the Royal Geological Society. At the great exhibition- in 1851 Mr. Randall received a bronze medal for his collection of minerals and fossils, and in 1867 he was sent by the Society of Arts to the Paris Exhibition to report on pottery and iron manufacture. Shortly after he was offered a post at the British Museum, but preferred to stay in Shropshire. Mr. Randall is an authority on the coalfields of Shropshire and has read many papers before the South Midland Institute of Mining Engineers. He has also been a prolific writer. His book on "The Severn Valley" ran into two editions, and among his other works are "A History of Broseley", "Old Sports and Sportsmen", "History of Madeley", "John Wilkinson, Father of the Iron Trade", "Clay Industries", "Shifnal and its Surroundings", and a volume on the arts and industries of Shropshire for Constable's "Victoria History". In addition to these works he has written between two and three hundred newspaper articles on the "Ancestral Homes of Shropshire".


About 100 guests sat down to the dinner, which was splendidly served up by Mrs. Gallagher of the Horse Shoes Hotel, Madeley. The Mayor (Councillor B. Maddox) who gave the dinner, presided, and he was supported by Mr. T. Parker J.P. (Severn House, Iron-Bridge), Major A. N. B. Garrett., Revs. E. B. Pryce (vicar), J. B. Bissell (Dawley), Captain George Forester, Aldermen A. B. Dyas, G. Lloyd, F. G. Beddoes. D. L. Prestage, and Messrs. J. Nicklin H W. Hamilton (Lord Forester's agent), W. Roberts, M. H. Randall (Iron-Bridge), W. G. Dyas, J. E. Boulton, F. H. Potts (town clerk), J. W. White (treasurer), and other borough officials, &c. The gallery was filled with ladies during the proceedings, which were most enthusiastic throughout.

Directly the cloth was removed, the Mayor proposed the health of the King and Royal Family. The Mayor then asked the Town Clerk to read the resolution conferring the freedom of the borough on Mr. John Randall, who at this period entered the room, leaning on the arm of his son, Mr. M. H. Randall, and who was received with much enthusiasm. The Clerk having carried out the Mayor's instructions, Mr. Maddox said he had great pleasure in presenting Mr. Randall with the honorary freedom of the borough. (Applause.)

Mr. Randall having signed the borough roll.

The Mayor said they were met together that evening on what might be termed a unique occasion. It was to do honour to a gentleman to whom honour was due. It was an honour which had been long deferred to one who certainly deserved it of the borough to which he belonged, and although somewhat late in the day of their esteemed friend's life he trusted it would be none the less appreciated by himself, his family, and friends. (Applause.) The occasion was unique in two respects. It was the first time in the history of that ancient borough that the honorary freedom had been conferred on one of its sons, and when they remembered that the history of that borough extended over a period of 441 years, and that during the whole period no recognition had been given to a single person, no matter how great the service they had rendered, they would agree that, that event in itself was quite unique on those grounds (Appiause.) It was not that they had had no worthy sons who well deserved to be honoured by the borough for their great and valuable services, for they could call to mind the names of several who for faithful and eminent service not only to the borough but to the county and nation, were worthy of recognition by that ancient borough, but through some oversight, should he say, or because there was no precedent to follow that honour had not been bestowed upon them, and so they lived and worked their strenuous day and contributed in no small way to the general improvement of affairs and to the common weal, and were allowed to pass away without the least mark or tribute of respect from that ancient borough. Yet while that might be said of the borough, it was quite true to say that the faithful service rendered by those worthy men had not passed unrecognised by the community. (Hear, hear.) It was impossible for a man to give of the best of his life to benefit others and to labour with that end view without being appreciated aid respected by the community in whose interests he had laboured. That occasion was also unique in respect to the gentleman whom they delighted to honour that evening, when they remembered the remarkable longevity of his life, for their esteemed friend, Mr. Randall, had by the gift of a gracious Providence been permitted to reach a wonderful age. (Applause.) He would, if spared, reach his 99th birthday on August 1st next. (Applause.) That certainly was unique, and especially so when he told them that only a few evenings ago their friend was admiring, some photographs that he was showing him, with his natural eyesight and without the aid of spectacles, and was able to converse quite freely on those questions, which showed that his physical and mental powers were still vigorous. (Applause.) One of the sacred writers said that the days of our years were three score years and ten, yet if by reason of their strength they be four score years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow. He was sure that they were profoundly pleased to meet their friend that evening, under very different circumstance than those described. (Applause.) For, while from a physical point of view he did doubtless feel somewhat the weight of years, and exhibited, as was quite natural, symptoms of advancing age, yet they were thankful to meet him that evening in a good measure of health, and still in possession of those powers, both physical and mental, which must be a source of great thankfulness to himself, his family, and all his friends and well-wishers. He knew that they would join him in expressing the sincere hope that their worthy friend would be spared for some years to remain with them, and that he would be granted a continuance of good health. (Applause.) Was it not wonderful when they called to mind that their esteemed friend and honoured guest that evening had lived during the reign of five monarchs, and one of those monarchs was our late beloved Queen Victoria, whose glorious reign extended over 63 years? (Applause.) He, was born on the banks of the Severn, at Ladywood in the parish of Broseley, on August 1st, 1810, at a time when the whole of Europe was in arms through the usurpation of the Corsican officer, and when England was engaged in the great Peninsular campaign, under the command of Sir Arthur Wellesey, afterwards the Duke of Wellington, and which culminated in the victory at Waterloo. When this great event happened their friend was nearly five years old—they had ancient and modern history with them that evening, the past and present combined. What a wonderful range, covering one of the most progressive periods in English history! It had been said that the 19th century was the greatest in the production of men who had made this country and the world famous by their great works, and among the names of that century that of Mr. Randall most be reckoned, and, with them, command their admiration and respect. (Applause.) The stirring events of the early part of the 19th century and up to the accession of Queen Victoria to the Throne would be in the memory of Mr. Randall—the old coaching days, when people were content to travel at a very slow and moderate rate. He doubtless could tell them many interesting tales of those days. It was, of course, before the locomotive was seen traversing the country at 60 miles an hour or even the motor-car had arrived, which now commands the road, and only gives very short notice for all obstructions to be cleared out of way. (Laughter.) The early days of their friend's life were undisturbed by those things. He would possess a lively recollection of the opening of the first railway between Manchester and Liverpool in 1830. The passing of the great Reform Act of 1832, which brought emancipation to the masses of the people in our large cities by granting them the franchise, and which laid the foundation of electoral reform. The abolition of slavery throughout the British Dominions in 1833, and for which the country paid the sum of twenty million sterling. The Chartist movement of 1838 and the serious riots that occurred in various parts of the country all coming within the range of his memory. He could claim, as his contemporaries, those great champions of civil and religious liberty, whose names shine forth as luminaries on the pages of English history, such names as Grey and Melbourne, Lord John Russell and Peel, Lord Palmerston and Macaulay, Bright and Cobden, Aberdeen and Derby, Disraeli and Gladstone. He had been privileged to witness each of those great statesmen play their respective arts, and one by one leave the stage of action. He saw the dawn of the era called the Victorian era, and which must ever be regarded as one of the most glorious periods in English history, brought about mainly by the good and gracious and humane Sovereign, Queen Victoria, who ruled the destinies of this country, and also by the good and great men which that era produced in art, science, and literature, and which certainly marks it off as being exceptional and unequalled by anything that preceded it, and among the names of the Victorian era stood that of their honoured friend, who, as an artist, author, and geologist -contributed to no small measure to the progress and development of national life, as recorded during that period. (Applause.) The Borough of Wenlock was proud of its "Grand Old Man", as it ought to be, for he had played this part, and played it well. (Applause.) He then referred more particularly to the services Mr. Randall had rendered to the ancient borough of Wenlock. In the great International Exhibition of 1851 he represented the clay and iron industries with a collection of clays, and the articles of use and beauty produced therefrom, and a collection of ores, with their corresponding fossils found in connection therewith, and the collection was purchased for the nation by Sir Henry De La Becke, then at the had of the Geological Survey of Great Britain. Later, when the bill for the construction of the Severn Railway was before Parliament, Mr. Randall was able to remove an obstruction of a formidable character to its being brought through the borough. The bill was opposed by the landlords along the route, the then Lord Forester being an exception. (Applause.) The late Thos. Charlton Whitmore had water-coloured drawings made to show the beauties of Chestnut Coppice, and of a glade between that and Rookery Wood, which latter, he said (and he produced witnesses before a Committee of the House of Lords to swear) consisted of shifting earth and clay, and would inevitably travel into the Severn if a cutting for an embankment were to be made at its foot. In this dilemma Mr. Potts, of the firm of Pritchard and Potts, engaged Mr. Randall to go down end examine the ground, to have borings made to report on the geological relation of the ground to surrounding strata, and to report the result to a Committee of the House of Lords. The borings showed beneath a thin skin of earth, moistened into clay by a rill from undrained land; above the whole was composed of solid rock. But the difficulty lay in convincing the Lords that this was so. Mr. Randall overcame the difficulty by having a ewer and basin with plenty of water, and washing away the parts exposing the fragments of the rock on a piece of white blotting-paper. "Now, my Lords", he said, handing them his lens: "If the solid parts of these washings are from clay they will be spherical; if they are from the solid rock they will be angular". The first Lord who examined them declared them to be angular, and so did they all. This decided the fate of the bill, and it passed both Houses. (Loud applause.) Mr. Randall's next achievement was at the Albynes, on the southern border of the borough and was of national as well as local importance; it being a reversal of the judgment of the Ordnance Surveyors, who had mapped a stretch of country as Trias, or new red sandstone, whereas he proved it to be Devonian, or what was commonly called old red sandstone. This discovery was first made known on the publication of the first edition of his "Severn Valley", in 1862. On seeing this the Secretary of the Geological Survey wrote saying "You have made a great discovery, and, if you have any ambition, make sections collect specimens, and read a paper before the society". This was done, and his conclusions were admitted. (Applause.) The Government Surveyors were proved to be wrong, and on the paper being read by Professor Ramsey Mr Randall was elected a Fellow of the Society, with the privilege of using the letters F.G.S. after his name. (Applause.) The next discovery made by Mr. Randall was of a number of important fossiliferous remains of the Llandilo formation, in the passage beds from that to the Caradoc sandstone, to insert an account of which Sir Roderick Murchison stopped the Press, when publishing the fourth edition of his Siluria; and, what was more important, the finding of a splendid specimen of a new species of star fish in the same beds, which Sir Neville Thompson took with him to study on his voyage of scientific discovery round the world, and which was now in the Jermyn Street Museum, London, with the name of Mr. Randall attached as finder and donor. (Applause.) With regard to the Shropshire coalfield, Mr. Daniel Jones. F.G.S., who represented this coalfield on two Royal Commissions, wrote saying, "Your geological work carries on the subject from the time of Preelwich's paper, and I remember that I owe to you my first lessons on the geology of the Coalbrookdale Coalfields. I called on you at the China Works, and whilst you painted birds of Paradise on china we chatted about local geology". (Applause.) Later, when the Lilleshall Company were sinking the Granville Pits, their manager, Mr. Thomas Norton, wrote enclosing specimens of the rocks they were going through, at about 150 yards, saying the strata were new and unknown to being different from anything they had hitherto experienced in the field. Mr. Randall returned them, saying that they were the red rocks of the upper coal measures, and that they had only to continue boring to find the lower coals. On this they resolved to spend a further thousand pounds, and found the richest seams in the coalfield. (Applause.) Subsequently Mr. John Anstice asked Mr. Randall to tell him where he could find a new coalfield, and he did not know whether the question was asked in jest or earnest, but he replied, "Yes; go and sink between an old quarry and Piper's Coppices, on the Kemberton side of the brook". He set men to head from Halesfield in that direction and the Kemberton Pits were the result. Part of Mr. Randall's collection of fossils were lodged in the Jermyn Street Museum, and others were exchanged with the Curator of the Jardin des Plantes, Paris. (Applause.) He concluded asking Mr. Randall to accept the painted photograph of himself, and also an address, given by the members of the Council and friends in and out of the borough, and he said he hoped Mr. Randall would be spared several more years to see them displayed in one of his rooms. (Applause.)

Mr. Randall, who was received with loud applause, thanked the mayor and town clerk for the presents. He felt it a great honour, and he was sure his family would appreciate it—it was in fact it was a red letter day for the Randall family. (Applause.) He also thanked the Corporation, who were unanimous in offering him the freedom of the borough and he trusted the Mayor would convey his thanks to them—(applause)—and also to those persons who had contributed so handsomely for the painting of the portrait and address. (Applause.) His thanks, he added, were due to the artist, Mr. Keeling, for the very successful painting of his portrait, and clever emblems of those departments on art and science to which he had devoted his attention and trusted that this would be a prelude to painting enterprise for years to some. (Applause.)

The company here rose and sang heartily, "For he's a jolly good fellow”. Cheers were also given for Mr. Randall and family.

Mr. A. Callear having sang a song, the Mayor read letters of apology for unavoidable absence from Sir Alexander Brown, Mr. Chas. S. Henry, M. P., Colonel Anstice, and others.

Alderman Dyas then proposed the health of "The Bishop and Clergy and Ministers of Religion". He referred in eulogistic terms to the new vicar, who responded to the toast, as well as the Rev. J. B. Bissell.

Councillor Roberts having sung "I fear no foe" Alderman Beddoes submitted the toast of the Navy, Army, and Territorial Forces", in which he contended we must keep to the two-power Standard, for reasons he explained. Speaking of the Territorials he remarked that he was decidedly against conscription, but he was in favour of every youth doing a certain amount of training. (Applause).

Major Garret responding, said the Territorial Scheme was a good one, and Shropshire had done their share towards the scheme. (Applause.) They would do their best in keeping the company up to its usual strength. (Hear, hear.)

Contain George Forester also responded in an interesting speech.

Mr. Randall here, left the hall—the company rising and singing lustily, "Auld Lang Syne."

Mr. T. Parker, in proposing "The Corporation", observed that that night they had shown to the young people, in the life of Mr. Randall, what energy and work could do. (Applause.) He hoped this would be the beginning for some of the people to help themselves. Let the life of Mr. Randall, the man they had honoured, be an example to them. (Applause.) He hoped this would not be the last freedom of the Borough of Wenlock, although it was the first. (Applause. )

Alderman Dyas responded.

Mr. Callear followed with the song, "The Blacksmith".

Councillor W. Roberts submitted the health of the borough representatives on the County Council, and referred to the able manner in which they were represented.

Captain Forester responded to the toast.

Song, "The Sailor's Grave", was given by Mr. W. Roberts.

Councillor Bryan then proposed the toast of "The Town and Trade of the Borough", and referred to improvements made in the water and sanitary arrangements in the borough.

Alderman Prestage, responding, said it was not only an important matter to the borough of Wenlock, but also to the Empire, with reference to the progress of trade. Countries which were favoured with good trade could always have what they required. He was pleased to note that there were some signs that things were truing to improve.

Councillor J. Nicklin also responded.

Major Garrett asked the company to drink the Mayor's health, which was done with musical honours. The Mayor said he was pleased to see so many present, and their presence had amply repaid him for the trouble he had taken. He thought there were others who should receive the freedom of the borough, particularly two, One was Mr. Alderman Dyas, who must always be remembered for the long years of service he had spent in helping to advance the municipal life of this ancient borough for 36 years. He had been in labours oft, in season and out of season, followed the path of dirty, and given of his best, he was quite sure, to the very best interests of the borough. The other name was that of their old friend, Mr. Parker, a son of this ancient borough, of whom they were all proud, for the name and fame that he had given to it in his great achievement in the world of electricity, for by strenuous labours he had been able to perform a great work and now stood identified with the fore-mast men of the country. (Applause.)

Mr. M. H. Randall said his father felt the honour paid him that night very deeply, and as members of the family they were also deeply gratified and grateful for the help the Mayor and Corporation had that evening given. (Applause.)

The singing of the National Anthem brought a memorable event to a close.

During the day Mr. Randall received numerous congratulatory telegrams from people residing all over the country.

The general arrangements of the function were splendidly carried out under the superintendence of the mayor and town clerk.

Mr. F. W. Mil's officiated as accompanist. During the evening the Mayor read the poetry composed by Miss Sarah Barker.


19th June 1909


Recently a short report was given of the opening of this bridge. Today a short description is added of the method of construction. The bridge is constructed in three spans, the longest being the middle of the river and 80 feet from pier to pier, the smaller side spans are 60 feet each. Each of the piers in the river is formed of four Mouchel Hennebique patent hollow ferro-concrete piles, 20in. by 20in. cross section. Those are formed of four strong long steel bars, the full length of the pile, and bound together by 3 by long steel links about every 6in. with cross stiffeners when required to keep the bars from dropping during construction, a hollow wood tube is inserted to make the piles lighter, and so easier to handle. This metal skeleton was carefully placed in a long timber box and packed up about an inch from the bottom. Concrete was then filled in, and very carefully rammed until the box was full, and the whole of the steel work properly surrounded. They were then left to set for six weeks, the sides of the box being taken off at the end of three or four days, and the piles being turned over on to a new side every few days to enable them to set evenly. While these were setting the carpenters were busy preparing the centreing for the reinforced concrete and putting in the temporary supports to carry the concrete while it was setting. When the piles were ready for driving, they were picked up by means of a pile frame and steam winch, and placed with the point on the exact spot where each is required, the piling frame having been fixed to this position previously. The piles were put in slides in the frame which prevents their moving sideways, but not stopping them from being driven into the ground, this was accomplished by continually dropping a 50cwt. monkey of cast steel on to the head of the pile, a timber dolly being inserted between the top of the pile and the “monkey” to prevent the concrete being shattered. The monkey is lifted by means of the steam winch, and after rising from three to six feet the catch is slipped and the weight dropped. When the last blows of the monkey did not force down each pile more than one-eight of an inch, they were considered as satisfactory, and the next pile was gone on with in the same way.

The foundation on the banks goes down on to good hard ground. The great advantage of piles for the centre piers was the saving in cost of cofferdams and constructing of work in the river, the whole of the piling work being carried out above the water level.

The upper portion of the bridge consists of two curved beams of concrete, in which steel bars are embedded to give the strength required. These are supported by the piles, and in their turn support the decking of the bridge, which is made of concrete and strengthened by bars of steel, in a similar way. The wearing surface of the road is formed of good broken stone in the bottom, and tarred macadam on the top. The parapets are of rolled steal and are strengthened at intervals by small lengths of reinforced concrete parapets. The width of the bridge is 16 feet, and the total cost was under £1,600.

The contractors were the Liverpool Hennibique Co., of Bootle, and the time taken was under six months, after deducting delays owing to change of design, and over which the contractors had no control. The work has been supervised by Mr. B. Brear of Birmingham, the midland agent for the Hennebique system of ferro-concrete construction.

The bridge was tested before a number of interested spectators, including several eminent engineers. As the test load passed on to the part over the column the bridge returned to its original position and gradually lifted as it passed on to the middle of the next arch, this deflecting 1.5 m.m., or 3-50 of an inch. After the load had passed each instrument, and returned to its original position showing that there was a permanent set. As the steam roller weighed 14 tons, nearly two tons more than was calculated for, and the maximum allowable deflection was one and three-fifths of an inch, the test was considered very satisfactory, only one-twentieth of the allowed deflection being registered.

26th June 1909


THE ANNIVERSARY of the Sunday School connected with Broseley Wesleyan Chapel was celebrated on Sunday. The Rev. B. Chicken (Handsworth College) preached morning and evening, and gave an address in the afternoon. Special hymns, and the anthem, "Give ear, O Lord, unto my prayer", in the morning, were capitally rendered by the children and choir (the solos being sweetly executed by Miss Elsie Davis and Miss Lily Jackson. The chief feature of the day was the singing of the children, in which they excelled all previous efforts, reflecting great credit upon themselves and their trainer (Mr. E. R. Hartshorne), who also conducted. In connection with the same cause a musical service was given on Monday evening, under the presidency of the Rev. Colin A. Roberts of Wellington, who gave a stirring address on "The Problem of Child-life". Special hymns were rendered by the children and choir. There was a good attendance at each service, and collections amounting to £10 0s. 6d. were taken in aid of the school funds.

PETTY SESSIONS.—TUESDAY.— The license of the Victoria Inn, Broseley, was transferred to Mrs. Norris, and the George and Dragon, Iron-Bridge, to Mrs. Grainger.


3rd July 1909


A full description of this new bridge crossing the River Severn to Jackfield appeared in these columns a fortnight ago, which cost the sum of £1,596, towards which Mr. Chas. S. Henry, M.P. for the Wellington Division, gave £150, and Mr. Thomas Parker, J.P., electrical engineer, Severn House, Iron-Bridge, £100; not, of course, forgetting the Haynes legacy of £670; whilst Lord Forester very generously gave the landing on the Jackfield side of the river, and the lord of the manor of Madeley that on the Madeley side. No little credit is due to the originator of the scheme, Councillor P. Maddox (mayor), for his untiring efforts in the matter, having efficiently carried out the secretarial duties, with the assistance of Mr. A. O. Callear.

To the hundreds of workpeople employed at the various industries at Jackfield the bridge will provide a great boon, not only in removing the weekly toll, but also in providing a safe passage by night as well as by day, particularly so in times when the Severn is in high flood, which often necessitated the workpeople travelling extra miles to their daily work.

Saturday was quite a red-letter day in the history of the borough of Wenlock, when the new traffic bridge was declared opened by Mr. T. Parker, J.P. The town of Iron-Bridge was gaily decorated, and near the approaches of the bridge (The Blockhouse) were garlands with the words, “Success to the New Bridge, and Prosperity to All”. The Alexandra Theatre was also prettily decorated for the occasion, whilst the bridge itself was decked with flags. - Not-withstanding the inclemency of the weather, something like 5,000 people were present, and took a lively interest in the proceedings. The conveyance contained the Mayor (Councillor B. Maddox), Mr. T. Parker, J.P., Councillor Davies (Cardiff), member of the Severn Commissioners, Councillor W. Roberts, and Mr. J. W. White (treasurer), and drawn up near the entrance of the bridge the Mayor introduced Mr. T. Parker to open the bridge.

The Mayor, in introducing Mr. Parker to open the bridge, said that indeed this was an auspicious day in the history of that part of the Severn Valley. For the first time they were able to see erected across the river a free bridge. (Applause.) It was a day to which some of them had looked forward with alternating hope and fear, but always with the hope of accomplishing the purpose that that was in view. It was more than five years ago that a resolution was passed by the Council to appoint a committee to inquire and report what steps could be taken by the Council towards freeing the old iron bridge from tolls. The committee held several meetings, overtures were made to the Iron-Bride Trust, and from the figures quoted it was found impossible to make headway.  The enormous sum required to free the bridge from tolls was such that it brought the business to an abrupt termination. The attempt ended in failure. About two-and-a half years ago the question was again raised in the Council but this time it was modified to a foot-bridge. A second committee was appointed, and an appeal was made to the County Council for a grant in aid of the scheme. After considerable correspondence an interview was obtained with the Roads and Bridges Committee of the county, and after hearing what the deputation had to say on the matter they declined to make a grant or render any assistance. But while meeting with disappointment from various quarters, an event happened which gave a real start to the bridge scheme. It was the gift of the Haynes legacy. Mr. Haynes, a native of Iron-Bridge, died in Monte Video, where he had resided for many years, and in his will left a legacy of £642 to the municipal authority of the town of his birth, and in due course the money came into the hands of the authority, and it was decided to set the legacy aside to form the nucleus of a fund to erect a bridge. And here let him pay a tribute of respect to the late Mr. Haynes for the kind consideration he gave to his native place. While, removed by thousands of miles across the sea from the town of his birth he did not forget the old spot, and left a legacy which, he was pleased to say, gave a real start to the bridge scheme. (Applause.) Had it not been for the Haynes legacy they could not have had the bridge which they now saw spanning the river. (Applause.) The thanks of all were due to him, and the bridge was rightly named the Haynes memorial and Subscription Bridge, for his legacy laid the foundation of true scheme. (Applause.) The reason why the scheme was developed from a foot to a traffic bridge was, on receiving the tender of the Hennebique Ferro Concrete Company, it was found that by increasing the sum a few hundred pounds the larger and more beneficial scheme could be carried out, and so it was resolved to go in for a traffic bridge. During the two years which have elapsed since the public meeting was held in the Market Hall, Iron-Bridge, at which meeting it was unanimously decided to erect a bridge, there had been many difficulties to face and to overcome; but he was pleased to say that the last difficulty had been met by a determined spirit on the part of the committee who have had the work in hand. (Applause.) There had been many dark days-when the day of progress seemed entirely blocked-but after much thought and trouble the numerous obstacles had been removed. (Applause.) It had been two years of incessant work, which that day reached its culminating point, in having accomplished what many thought to be an impossible task. In fact, not a few ventured to prophesy failure in regard to the erection of the bridge. But the task had been accomplished. (Applause.) The bridge was completed and ready for traffic. (Hear, hear.) What they saw that day was entirely due to the committee who had had the work in hand, and who had never faltered since they commenced the scheme. (Applause.) With regard to the removal of those difficulties and burdens which had been imposed upon the working people of that district from time immemorial, it had been a great hardship upon those who had had to pay 3d. per week, and in some cases, where three, and even four, members of the same family had had to pay tolls to enable them to get to their employment. This had been felt by them, and specially so in time of depression and short work. He (the Mayor) was pleased to say that to all those burdens of tolls which led so long afflicted them, they could say farewell. And the waiting for the ferry boat on the cold, wintry morning-it may be while boatmen had to be awakened from his slumber to pilot them across the river-(laughter)-to this also they could say farewell, and to all the danger to which they had been subjected in flood-times in crossing the river, and the consequent loss of many a “quarter” through being late at their work-to this they could say good-bye. (Applause.) The day of emancipation had come. The bridge, with a free and safe passage, had arrived. All these advantages he was sure they would appreciate, and would do so the more when they came to enjoy the freedom and facilities of using the bridge. (Applause.) He then made an appeal to all who were gathered there that day. They were doubtless aware that although the bridge was to be declared open, the sum of £400 was required to meet the liabilities incurred by the committee, which included a gift of £100 to Miss Oswell, the owner of the ferry. He was pleased to inform them that their friend, Mr. T. Parker, had kindly lent the money required without interest, and so for the present the financial difficulty had been over-come (Applause.) To him a great debt of gratitude was due for the keen interest he had taken in the scheme and the help he had rendered in bringing it to a successful issue. (Applause.) The appeal he wished to make to them was that the money required to make the bridge free could and must be raised. To those who had contributed either large or small subscriptions he desired to ask that they would co-operate with the committee in the resolve that the money should be raised, so that each one who gave his mite could say, with that true feeling of English pride, that he had a share in the free bridge. (Applause.) The committee had resolved upon a generous course in opening the bridge that day, and that was that there should be no restrictions in regard to those who desired to use it beyond the weight-limit. In adopting this course they had entire confidence in them, and hoped that a hearty response would be given to the appeal which would be made that day, or to any appeal that might be necessary in the future, until the last penny was raised to make the bridge free from debt. (Applause.)

Mr. Parker, who was received with much cheering, said he was pleased to accede to the request of the Mayor to open the bridge. It was a concrete structure, so they had gone a little ahead of the times, for it was the only bridge of its kind that crossed the Severn. (Applause.) They had to thank Lord Forester for the kind action he had taken in the matter, and also for removing the posts on the other side of the river. (Loud applause.) Let them hope they (the Bridge Trust) would not put any more obstacles in their way. (Hear, hear.) Lord Forester had told them that his uncle would have built a bridge years ago if he had had the landing on the Jackfield side, so they had been fortunate in obtaining this privilege. (Applause.) There was a strong local opinion as to the way the old Iron-Bridge Trustees had extracted a great amount of crash from the public for the last 132 years. The old bridge cost about £5,000, and that at 5 per cent. compound interest would amount to £20,000 per annum, or a sum of three million pounds, over the whole period. (Shame) They had paid enough for four bridges, and that was where their interest had suffered. They (the Trust) had not admistered the Act, which was passed for the general public interest. The present bridge, he contended, was long ago obsolete, and not close to the needs of the neighbourhood, but the new bridge would supply a long-felt want. (Applause,) He thought this new structure would be sufficient argument to make the Trust understand that it was necessary to consider the interest of the people-probably they would free the old iron bridge at reasonable payment. With reference to the ferry boat, although the committee were in debt, they sent the lady (Miss Oswell) a present of £100, but she sent it back again-she did not want it. He hoped the general public would do their best to help the Mayor and committee to wipe off the deficit. (Applause.) His final words were “Wake up, wake up, Borough of Wenlock, and think, think, think” (Applause.) He then declared the bridge opened for public traffic.

Councillor Davis said it gave him great pleasure to be present at the opening of the bridge, and the reason he had taken a part in removing the obstruction was because he believed in helping the workers of this district. (Applause.) He considered the toll on the working people was an imposition. (Applause.) He had met many difficulties, but finding the Mayor a plucky fighter, he took up the cudgel with him, with the result that the barrier was removed. (Applause.) He hoped the bridge would prove a blessing to the whole neighbourhood, and hoped the district would flourish and prosper. (Applause.)

Mr. W. Roberts briefly proposed votes of thanks to Mr. Parker and the Mayor, for whom cheers were given, as well as for Lord Forester.

The Mayor and Mr. Parker having responded, the party drove over the new bridge, which was also crossed by the thousands present.

The Coalbrookdale, Madeley, and Jackfield Bands were in attendance, and enlivened the proceedings; they also gave a concert in the Market Square at night, which was highly appreciated.

During the day collections were taken towards meeting a deficit of nearly £300, which is required to complete the cost of erecting the bridge.

At night the Wellington mail cart from Broseley came over the Severn for the first time free of toll, and the driver was cheered as he drove through the crowded streets

On Sunday some hundreds of people, including many strangers paid a visit to the new bridge, which was crowded all day.


3rd July 1909


LOCAL Success.—Miss E. M. Pension, pupil-teacher in Broseley Schools, has successfully passed, with distinction in English language and literature, the preliminary examination for the certificate, 1909, and is accepted as a student at Derby Training College.

HOME-COMING.- On Wednesday Dr. N. Fox Edwards and his bride returned to their home at Broseley after spending their honeymoon in Scotland, and were accorded a most enthusiastic reception by the inhabitants generally. A number of flags were displayed in High Street and Church Street and an arch, composed of evergreens with miniature flags and tables bearing the inscription .—" Health, Wealth, and Prosperity" on one side, and "Long life and Happiness to Mr. and Mrs. Fox Edwards" on the other, was erected across the street opposite Dr. Edwards's residence. Cannon were fired throughout the day, and the church bells sent forth a merry peal during the evening.


10th July 1909


The ordinary meeting was held on Wednesday; present:- Councillors J. Nicklin (chairman), G. Keay, and T. S. Instone, Messrs. F. H. Potts (clerk). G. Stevenson (surveyor), H. Herbert (sanitary inspector), E. Oakes (rate collector), and E. Abberley (water inspector).

Mr. Herbert reported that there was no notifiable infectious disease in the district; in fact, he added, there was none in the borough, and had not been since April 13th. The population of the borough was 1,600.- The Chairman considered that this was a record worth noting.- The officer also reported a number of nuisances, which were ordered to be abated.

The Clerk reported a balance in hand on the general account of £179, and an adverse balance of £147 on the water account, making a balance of £32 in hand on the two accounts.-Bills were presented and ordered to be paid.

The collector was requested to hurry on with the collection of the rate.- The collector said he had great difficulty in getting the money in.- Mr. Keay said he knew that Mr. Oakes had a great difficulty-money was tight.

Mr. Instone said he was of opinion that the lamp-pillars required painting.- Mr. Keay said they would be observed quite as well if they were gas-tarred. (Laughter.)-The Chairman said that for a time it would prevent people from leaning against them. (Laughter.)

Mr. Abberley said he had inspected all the water mains, and found them to be up to date and in good working order.-Mr. Oakes stated that he had observed some people who had a water-meter take the water from the conduit. - The inspector was instructed to warn offenders.

The Surveyor stated that his expenses for the month amounted to £13.- Mr. Instone expressed the opinion that the pavements needed alteration.- The Chairman said he was afraid they would have to wait till the issue of the next Budget.- Mr. Keay suggested the erection of a fingerpost near the Summerhouse, showing the people the way to Broseley. - This matter was deferred to the next meeting.

A letter was read from Mr. Edge suggesting the insurance of the fire brigade.- The Clerk pointed out that they were not borough officials - they were volunteers.- The meeting decided that it was a matter for the brigade themselves.


17th July 1909


REMANDED.- On Monday, at the Police Court, before Mr. W. G. Norris. Henry Haynes and Frederick Reynolds, labourers. Broseley, were brought up in Custody by Police-constables Reeves and Edwards, charged with stealing a quantity of lead piping, the property of Mr. Henry Rushton, butcher, Broseley.- Inspector Jones, in asking for a remand, stated that a further charge of lead stealing would be preferred against the defendants at the adjourned hearing which was fixed for Tuesday next.


CHURCH CHOIR TRIP.- On Monday the Church Choir had their annual excursion, the place chosen being Weston-super-Mare, which was reached by breakfast time. The warm, sunny day passed all too quickly in the enjoyment of the pleasant prospects in and around Weston, and of the numerous attractions on the sands and Piers, some members also taking a trip across the Channel to visit Cardiff. It was two o’clock on Tuesday morning when Broseley was sighted once more, and by that time everyone confessed himself “a little tired”, but none the less thoroughly satisfied with the day’s adventures.



Wednesday.—Present —Aldermen A. B. Dyas (chairman), W. J. Legge, and F. G. Beddoes, Councillors B. Maddox (mayor). R. F. Ayre, F. S. Withers, W. G. Dyas. W. F. Bran, W. Roberts, and J. H. Webster. Messrs. F. H. Potts (clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor). and A. O. Callear (water inspector and collector,.

Mr. Maddox moved that the surveyor be instructed to order one of the roadmen to sweep the new bridge twice a week. — Mr. Roberts seconded the motion, which was carried.


24th July 1909


LIFE BOAT FUND.- Some of the older scholars of the boys’ school made a collection on Saturday on behalf of this fund in Broseley and the neighbourhood. They met with a generous response from all classes of the community, and the sum of £5 12s. 6d. has been forwarded to the Royal National Life Boat Institution by Mr. H. E. Clark (local hon. sec.).

SPECIAL SERVICES.- On Sunday two sermons were preached in the Wesleyan Chapel by the Rev. W. T. Tutton, F.R.G.S., of Walsall. Special hymns were well rendered by the choir, who in the evening gave a fine exposition of the anthem, “Sun of my Soul”, the solos being capably undertaken by Miss Lily Jackson and Mr. A. O. Jones. Miss Jenkins of Bridgnorth also sang with much taste “Abide with me”. In the afternoon (under the presidency of Mr. J. E. Hartshorne) Miss Hilda Watkis, L.R.A.M., gave an organ recital. Miss Jenkins of Bridgnorth sang “God’s Garden” and “He shall give His Angels charge” in an effective manner, and Mr. F. Francis gave “The Christian Warrior” and “Glory to Thee.” The accompaniments were divided between Miss Hilda Watkis and Mr. J. E. Hartshorne. There was a fair congregation at each service, and collections were taken in aid of the trust funds.

PRESENTATION.- On Wednesday the members of the Liberal and Labour Club and other friends met in the Fox Room to make a presentation to Mr. Aquila Evans (the secretary), who is leaving the district, of an illuminated address, a purse of gold, and a neatly bound album containing the names of subscribers. Mr. J. E. Hartshorne presided, and spoke in eulogistic terms of Mr. Evans. Mr. Alfred Malpas made the presentation of the address. He said he had known Mr. Evans for a considerable time, and had always found him strictly honourable and straight in all his actions. He was plain-spoken, and what he said was true and unmistakeable. Mr. George Hurdley, with a few well-spoken words, then handed the purse of gold to Mr. Evans, and Mr. George W. Taylor presented the album containing the names of subscribers. Mr. Evans thanked the subscribers for their kind and generous gifts, which he said he appreciated very highly, though he appreciated far more the kindly feeling that prompted the same, and the confidence it suggested in him. In conclusion he strongly urged his hearers to stick to their present member for the division (Mr. C. S. Henry), who was the most democratic member they had ever had, and one who had worked hard since his election, and had proved, faithful far exceeding his promises. (Applause.) The same evening a highly interesting event took place in the Congregational Schoolroom, the occasion being the presentation of a leather travelling-bag to Mr. Aquila Evans by the members of the Broseley Congregational Church, the choir, and the Christian Endeavour Society, as a slight token of their esteem and appreciation of services rendered by him to the church during a period of 30 years. Mr. T. Legge (church secretary) presided over a good attendance, and spoke of the great assistance Mr. Evans had rendered to the church in the various offices he had occupied, he having been a member of the church, also choirmaster and president of the Christian Endeavour Society, each of which offices he had filled creditably to himself and the church. The success of the C. E. S., he added, was greatly attributable to the advice given by Mr. Evans. Mr. Leonard Banner (Rawdon College) associated himself with the remarks made by Mr. Loge concerning Mr. Evans, for whom he said, he had always entertained the greatest respect. Mr J. E Hartshorne also briefly addressed the meeting. Mr. A. Evans, in a feeling manner, thanked his friends for their kind gift, not so much, he said, for its intrinsic value, as for the confidence and esteem reflected thereby. The hymn, “God be with you till we meet again,” was heartily sung, after which the meeting concluded.



Before Councillor B. Maddox (mayor), Capt. Geo. Forester. Dr. Collins, Aldermen A. B. Dyas, W. J. Legge, F. G. Beddoes, and Mr. J. E. Boulton.

DRUNKENNESS.- John Poole was charged by Police constable Maddocks with being drunk and disorderly at Coalbrookdale. He was fined 12s. 6d., including costs.- Charles Sankey and John Rowe were charged with a similar offence committed at Much Wenlock. Police-constable Lloyd proved the cases. Sankey was fined 1s. and costs, and Rowe 2s. 6d. and costs.

MAN AND WIFE AT CROSS PURPOSES.- Thomas Lloyd, fried fish dealer, Iron-Bridge, summoned his wife, Jessie Lloyd, for making use of abusive and insulting words towards him.-Lloyd stated that his wife threw bricks and knives at him.- Defendant denied the statements of her husband, and the case was dismissed.

A SCHOOL CASE.- James Thompson, Broseley Wood, was fined 10s. for neglecting to send his child regularly to school-Mr. F. Francis (attendance officer) proved the case.

LARCENY AT BROSELEY- Frederick Reynolds and Henry Haynes, labourers, Broseley, were brought up on remand, charged with stealing 19lb. weight of lead piping, valued at 17s. 6d., the property of Henry Rushton, butcher.- Robert Potham, in the employ of prosecutor, stated he saw the pump fixed in his master’s field all right, but the following morning the piping was missing.- Onslow Southorn, general dealer, Broseley, said Reynolds asked him if he would buy some lead, and he said yes, if it was not stolen. He advanced him 3s., and gave him 5s. later on. Police-constable Edwards and Reeves gave evidence as to the arrest of prisoners, Haynes stating that he only received 2s,.- Both defendants pleaded guilty. - The accused were further charged with stealing a leaden pump, weighing 80lb., the property of Lord Forester. - Mr. H. W. Hamilton, agent to Lord Forester, estimated the damage and lead at £4.- William Head, gardener, Broseley, Onslow Southern, Police-constable Reeves, and Police-constable Edwards also gave evidence.- Prisoners pleaded guilty. Haynes asked the Bench not to send him to gaol.- Haynes was sentenced to one month’s imprisonment in each case, and Reynolds to three months, the sentences to run concurrently.-Captain Geo. Forrester did not sit in this case.- The Mayor, on behalf of the Bench, complimented Police-constable Edwards and Police-constable Reeves on the manner in which they had conducted the case.



31st July 1909


The quarterly meeting was held in the Guildhall on Thursday there were present:-Councillor B. Maddox (MAYOR) Alderman G. Lloyd, A. B. Dyas, F. G. Beddoes T. Cooke, W. J. Legge, J.  Davies, Captain Geo. Forester, Councillors C. Edwards W. F. Bryan, T. R. Horton, J. Nicklin, J. D. Benbow, J. H. Webster F. S. Withers. E. Fletcher, A. L. Hayes, J. Roberts, W. G. Dyas, W. J. Milner, T. Morris, W. Bishop, and Mr. F. H. Potts (town clerk), and other borough officials.

The Mayor said the Hon. G. C. B. Weld Forester would now ask a question with reference to the new free bridge, and the compensation proposed to be made to Miss Oswell.

Captain Forester said he was asking this question on behalf of the Trustees of the Willey Estate, because the present owner his father, had only a life interest in the estate. Not only would it be to the satisfaction of the trustees to have this matter cleared up but also to the satisfaction of this Council, because he believed there was an idea of this Council taking over the bridge. He went on to say that at the present day it was apparently the fashion for public bodies from the Imperial Parliament down to the Bridge Committee of the Borough Council to start undertakings without having guaranteed themselves that they had got the wherewithal to find the money. - The Mayor. Is this a question or a speech? I cannot allow you to make a speech.-Captain Forester (resuming):  I take it this money is not forthcoming.- The Mayor: You must not make a speech.- Captain Forester: Well, if I am not allowed to make any explanation. My question is this: Whether Miss Oswell has been adequately compensated for the loss of her livelihood, as provided for in the conditions which Lord Forester granted the ground for the landing; if not, when is this going to be done, for the trustees of the Willey Estate are anxious to have the matter settled as speedily as possible.- The Mayor said he would  say that in the first instance, when the question was raised in regard to the land which had been referred to a conversation took place with the agent of the Willey Estate and himself and in that conversation it was pointed out that the committee were willing as an act of grace, not because any law compelled them to pay a single penny compensation, to make themselves responsible for a gift of £100- Captain Forester: Are there any writings ?- The Mayor: No writings took place at all. The Mayor was preceding when Mr. Nicklin said if the questioner was not allowed to make a speech, the answerer should not be allowed- A member observed that the question had nothing whatever to do with the Council. (Applause)- The Mayor further said that an offer of £100 was made to Miss Oswell although the committee found themselves £350 deficient.- The matter then dropped.


7th August 1907


The usual meeting was held on Wednesday present: - Alderman D. L. Prestage (chairman) Councillors E. G. Exley, J. Nicklin, T. I.  Griffiths, T. S. Instone, G. Keay, Messrs. F H. Potts (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), H. Herbert (sanitary inspector), E. Oakes (rate collector), and E. Abberley (water inspector)

Mr. Herbert reported the district free from notifiable infectious disease. He also reported a number of nuisances, which were ordered to be abated.

The Town Clerk reported that the balance in hand on the general district rate was £240, and there was an adverse balance on the water account of £134, leaving £106 on the two accounts on the right side, which was considered satisfactory.- Mr. Oakes reported that nearly £400 was yet to be collected on the general district rate, and £109 on the water account.

Mr. Abberley informed the meeting that the water mains in Broseley and Jackfield were in good working order.

The Surveyor reported that he had expended on the roads during the past month £10 3s. 5d. - A cheque for £15 was drawn in his favour.

It was decided to commence the public lighting on the first Saturday in September, and to accept the tender of the Broseley Gas Company for supplying the lamps with gas at 29s. per lamp per 1,000 hours.

Mr. T. Instone’s (Junior) tender for hauling the stone and gravel from the station was accepted.

A letter was read from Mr. R. A. Instone calling the committee’s attention to the condition of the pavement outside his premises. He said he had waited nine years for that work to be done.- The Surveyor said there were other bad places. He was asked to visit the place in question, and report thereon at the next meeting.

Mr. Clark wrote asking the committee to construct an ashpit in Hockley: The surveyor was instructed to prepare an estimate of the cost and submit to the next meeting.

The question of insuring the members of the fire brigade was not entertained.


14th August 1909


A MELEE  WITH TRAMPS.- At the Police Court on Tuesday, before Messrs. W. J. Legge and W. Roberts, James Mack, John Macdonald, and James Flynn, rough-looking Irish collier tramps, were charged with being drunk and disorderly at Benthall. - Inspector Jones stated that he had received complaints about the condition of prisoners, who were also begging. He heard them making a disturbance at Benthall Hill, and when Police-constable Edwards came up they threatened to assault him Prisoners went further-up the hill, and shouted to the police to “Come on”. Witness and Police-constable Edwards went to them, and quite a melee ensued. The police, however, got the better of the deal, and succeeded in handcuffing prisoners, but they refused to walk to the lock-up, and eventually were conveyed there in a trap.- They were each sentenced to 21 days’ hard labour.- Flynn was further charged with assaulting Inspector Jones, and was sentenced to another 14 days’ imprisonment.


A successful and enthusiastic meeting in connection with the Women’s Unionist Association was held at Whitehall, Broseley, on Saturday last. There was a. large attendance. An excellent tea was provided.

Subsequently a meeting was held, under the presidency of Mrs. Boon (who occupied the chair in the unavoidable absence of the Hon. Mrs. Forester), who gave a brief but appropriate introductory address.

Captain Forester, in a forcible speech, drew attention to the more vital matters which are at present absorbing the attention of the people. He criticised the Budget, and said it was such a wonderful one that its author had apparently not yet fully grasped all its intricacies, as he had just required a fortnight’s respite to further decipher his own concoction, which became more unintelligible the more it was discussed. So far only a fragment of the land clauses had been considered, and all praise was due to the little band of Unionists, who had fought so gallantly and successfully against the wild hordes and overwhelming odds surrounding them, that they had succeeded in extorting several valuable concessions. (Applause.) Mr. Asquith and his Government were indebted to the Unionist party for saving them from their own tail of Little Englanders and Socialists, who combined with the Nationalists to endeavour to stop the passing of the Navy vote, a vote not to maintain our fleet up to the Two-Power standard-that standard had gone by the board long since-but to give it a bare margin over one other Power for the insurance of our national security. (Applause.) The Chancellor of the Exchequer stood self-convicted for forgetting that although deception was always a contemptible vice, to deceive the poor was the meanest of all. (Laughter and applause.) He deceived the poor in representing to them that the cause of their distress lay in the recognition by the State of private property. He was deceiving the poor when he talked about raising money to provide against the evil of unemployment, without hinting that there was any connection between his methods of taxation and the lack of employment. But the most heinous deception of all was to depict as the natural enemies of the people that class which from time immemorial has been associated with the highest traditions of the English nation, which has always stood by the people in their hour of need, and always will stand by the people, while there is one of them left. (Loud applause.) To come to another subject, they were often told that Tariff Reform was dead; it was not only killed after the last General Election, but there was a special debate held in the House of Commons to give it an impressive funeral service! It was killed by Mr. Winston Churchill the other day, and not only burried, but he said- “That it was making ‘tailway’, and long may it continue to do so”. He (Captain Forester) could only suggest that he was thinking of the gentleman who insisted on his mother-in-law being buried face-downwards, and remarking that in case she did come to life again, “the more ‘er scratted the deeper er’d go”, and wishing in his heart the same thing could happen in the case of Tariff Reform. (Laughter.) Somehow he did not think it would happen, because he believed that the people of this country now realised that as they had been paying so long for the social reforms in Germany and other countries it was about time that Germany and the other countries did a bit of paying for social reform here. (Applause.) He knew which policy those present had chosen, and it was the right one, and he trusted that they would relax no effort to secure the return to Parliament of the man who would assist to carry it out. (Loud applause.)

A resolution condemning the Budget proposals was proposed by Mr. Rowland Hunt., M. P., and seconded by Captain Wood, who thanked the ladies for their energy in the work, and trusted that their efforts would lead to success at the next election.


21st August 1909


It was little short of a miracle that the chauffeur and the only lady occupant, Mrs. Sandford (Shrewsbury) were not killed on Wednesday, when the car they were riding in came down the dangerous Benthall Bank at a terrific speed, owing to the brakes not acting, and collided with the railings at the foot of the hill approaching the Great Western Railway Station.

The car was overturned, and the occupants thrown under it, but willing hands soon came to the rescue and extricated the parties from their dangerous position. The lady sought refuge in Councillor T. J. Griffiths’s house, whilst the chauffeur was taken to the Station Hotel, where every attention was given by Mr. and Mrs. Wilson. Dr. Whitfield was requisitioned, and he attended the chauffeur, who sustained a ragged wound on the right wrist, and a clean deep-cut wound on the forehead, whilst the lady escaped with a slight sprain in the wrist. The car was badly damaged, and, it is estimated it will cost more than £200 to repair it. The motor-car is the property of Mr. Sparrow, of Albrighton Hall, near Shrewsbury. The parties had been the other side of Stourbridge, and coming through Broseley, a woman misdirected the chauffeur as to the proper road to Iron-Bridge. The car was subsequently removed to the station yard by Mr. James Davies (Broseley).

During the evening some hundreds of people visited the scene of the accident, which was the all-absorbing topic.


28th August 1909


THE RECTOR.- It is understood that, in consequence of ill-health, the Rev. George Fleming Lamb M.A., who has been rector of Broseley with Linley for the last 36 years, has notified his intention to the Patron (Lord Forester) of resigning the benefice towards the end of November.

THE BROTHERHOOD. - The members of the brotherhood had their annual excursion on the 19th inst., the place chosen this year being the county town, whither they were conveyed by brake, and where they paid a visit to the floral fete. The whole of the arrangements were ably carried out by Messrs. G. Ball, G. Boden, and E. Clarke.

DROPPED DEAD.- Walter Knowles, 43, a waggoner in the employ of Mr.  Walker of Quatt Farm, was on Tuesday morning in cutting a field of oats, when he fell dead after shouting, “Wait a minute.” The case was reported by Police-constable Edwards to the borough coroner, who did not consider an inquest necessary, deceased having died from heart failure. He leaves a widow and six young children.

EXCURSION.- On Saturday the juvenile members of the “Rose of Sharon” Lodge of Oddfellows had their annual excursion, the place chosen this year being the pretty village of Claverley, whither (accompanied by a few friends) they were conveyed in brakes. After tea, several of the friends paid a visit to the various places of interest in the district, whilst the juveniles devoted themselves with much zest to games of cricket, football, &.c. The whole of the arrangements were entrusted to Mr. G. W. Taylor (P.G.) and Mr. H. Jason (N.G.), who carried out the same in a highly satisfactory manner.

ANNIVERSARY.- On Sunday the anniversary of the Christian Endeavour Society was celebrated in the Congregational Church, sermons being preached by Mr. J. Martin of the U.M.F. College, Manchester. Special hymns were rendered by the choir, who, in the evening gave the anthem “Thine, O Lord, is the greatness”, under the direction of Mr. E. J. Jones (choirmaster). Mr. E. J. Jones also sang the solo, “At evening time it shall be light”, and Miss Amy Williams gave a pleasing rendition of the solo.

“A little, talk with Jesus”. There was a good congregation at each service, and collections were taken in aid of the work of the C.E.S.


4th September 1909


Mr. John Randall, F.G.S., of Madeley, celebrated his 99th birthday on Wednesday. Despite his advanced age he is remarkably hale, though somewhat defective in sight and hearing, and his mental vigour is unimpaired.

He was born at Ladywood, Broseley, on September 1st, 1810, and was the son of a mechanic. When he had passed through the course of education deemed to be sufficient for the better-to-do artisan class of that day, he was apprenticed to his uncle, Martin Randall, to learn the art of a china painter at the pottery carried on by his kinsman in Park Street, Madeley. The higher class of ware turned out at that factory was of such excellent quality that it was often mistaken by connoisseurs for the best Sevres china. Young Randall made birds his special model, and such was the character of his artistic efforts and his memory for details, that he has never failed to recognise, even after the lapse of many years, any work in which he has had a hand. He is fond of telling two stories in illustration of this faculty. When he was well advanced in life, he paid a visit to Beaudesert, where the Marquis showed him a quaint piece of china plate, which his lordship, who thought he had come upon a choice treasure, had bought on the Continent. On examining the plate, Mr. Randall recognised it as having been made in his uncle’s factory, and, further, that he himself had painted it. On another occasion, when he was employed at the Coalport China Works, the late Mr. William Rose, who was a great authority on pottery, bought a pair of vases in London, showed them to Mr. Randall, and said, “Here, Randall, this is the sort of thing they want in London. Can you do anything like it?” The reply came quickly, “It’s very odd, Mr. -Rose, if I cannot. I painted them when a lad” “Are you sure?” he was asked. “I am”, said Mr. Randall. “They are a pair of your own vases, made at your own works, and modelled by your own modeller, George Aston”. Thereupon Mr. Rose locked the vases up and they were not displayed again.

When Mr. Martin Randall relinquished the Madeley pottery and took up his residence at Shelton, near Hanley, his nephew also went to the Staffordshire Potteries, where he obtained a situation with the well-known firm of Davenport. He afterwards removed from Rockingham, and thence returned to Shropshire to fill the position of an artist at Coalport Works. About this time he gave his mind to local geological and historical research, and, in connection with the former, made a collection of minerals and fossils, for which he was awarded a bronze medal at the at International Exhibition in 1851. A few years later the Society of Arts did him the honour to send him to report on the potting and iron industries at the first International Exhibition at Paris. His report was printed in full in the columns of the “Times”, and Delaine, who was then in charge of the great daily, made a very encouraging editorial comment upon it. Lord Montague, who was then at the head of the Board of Trade, was so favourably impressed by it, that he offered to Mr. Randall an office in the British Museum, but the Madeley man preferred to remain in his native district. Although he had previously written many articles, Mr. Randall’s first ambitious literary effort was his well known book, “The Severn Valley”, which was published by Virtue of London. It attracted the attention of many eminent scientists, amongst them Professor Ramsey, through whose influence Mr. Randall was elected a Fellow of the Geological Society. A second edition was issued some years later, when its author set up a printing office of his own in a room in his residence in Commercial Buildings, Madeley. When Mr. Randall commenced printing on his own account, 38 years ago, he added to his other duties the profession of a journalist. He founded “The Wrekin Echo”, a weekly newspaper which was eventually purchased by the Liberal party, and incorporated with the “Shropshire Guardian”. He also edited and published “The Salopian and West Midland Magazine”, the issue of which extended over only some three years. His other books were “Clay Industries”, a “History of Madeley”, a “History of Broseley”, a “Life of John Wilkinson, the great ironmaster”, “Old Sports and Sportsmen",” and “The Arts and Industries of Shropshire”; a volume of the “Victoria Histories”. Only recently a series of articles from his pen, “Along the Border”, appeared in the columns of the JOURNAL. He has written for many magazines, and read several papers before the South Midland institute of Mining Engineers.

In “the sixties” Mr. Henry Bather of Wrexham wrote to him asking him if he thought there was an opening for a Liberal member for the borough of Wenlock, because there was a young man at Liverpool whose friends wanted him to get into Parliament. Mr. Randall replied “Yes”, and the result of his consultation with the local members of the party was that Mr. (now Sir) Alexander Browne came forward as a Liberal candidate, and was successful in being returned as one of the Parliamentary representatives of the borough of Wenlock.

In 1881 Mr. Randall was appointed postmaster at Madeley, and still holds that office. He has been twice married, and has had eight children- three sons and five daughters. His first wife was Anne, daughter of Thomas Harvey of Coalport, and his second was Louisa, second daughter of Mr. Brassington of Cheddleton, near Leek, Staffordshire.

Amongst the many birthday congratulations he has received is one sent by the Randall Historical Association of America, with an intimation that he has been elected a life member, and a vellum certificate of membership is sent therewith. Accompanying the letter was a copy of the “National Magazine”, published at Boston, Massachusetts, which sets forth the aims and objects of the Association, and mentions, incidentally, that the various branches of the Randall family can trace a common descent dating back as far as the eleventh century.


Wednesday; present: - Alderman D. L. Prestage (chairman), Councillors E. G. Exley, T. Doughty, J. Nicklin, T. I. Griffiths, and G. Keay. Messrs. F. H. Potts (clerk) Geo. Stevenson (surveyor), E. Oakes (rate collector), and H. Herbert (sanitary inspector).

Five tenders were received for painting the street name-plates, and that of Mr. R. Thomas (5½d. per plate) was accepted.

The Clerk reported that there was a balance in hand on the two accounts of £260. and that £160 was yet to be collected.- Mr. Oakes stated that the reduction in the assessment was £441.- Mr. Nicklin observed that it was a serious matter for them, as they would have to get the money from somewhere else.-Mr. Doughty said it meant a 1½ d. rate.- Mr. Keay  suppose you won’t get it out of the British workmen?- Mr. Nicklin: We will have to. - Mr. Keay: Well, you won’t get much out of them at the present time.

Mr. Oakes presented a list of nearly 100 rate-defaulters, and he was instructed to take the usual proceedings for the recovery of the rate.

Mr. Herbert reported the district free from notifiable infectious disease. He also reported a number of nuisances, and the usual orders for their abatement were made.

Mr. Abberley reported that all the water mains at Jackfield and Broseley were in good working order.

A statement of accounts from the fire brigade was read, showing a balance in hand of £4 16s. 10d.

Mr. Stevenson’s estimated cost for repaving the pavement in front of Mr. R. A. Instone ‘s premises was £14 8s. 7d.- Some of the members considered that this was a big outlay. Mr. Nicklin said he did not think they could do the work this year.- It was eventually decided that the surveyor should patch the place.

After some conversation it was decided to construct an ashpit in Hockley Road, Broseley, and the surveyor was ordered to carry out the work for £3 2s. 3d.


THE WAKES were observed in this district on Monday when sports promoted by Mr. R. Clinton were held, and proved very successful. In the afternoon Mrs. Clinton gave presents to 150 children. Appended are the results of the sports:-120-yards’ flat race-1 E. Minton, 2 G. Goodall, 3 T. Corfield. Two-legged-race- 1 F. Minton and W. Cross, 2 J. Cross and A. Boden. Wheelbarrow race- E. Minton and W. Cross. 100-yards’ flat race- 1 J. Cross, 2 H. Benbow, 3 W. Cross. Bag race-1 J. Minton, 2 E. Minton. Old men’s race- 1 T. Boden, 2 C. Gough. Obstacle race- 1 Dan Boden, 2 F. Lester. P. Watkins was starter, and the secretarial duties were satisfactorily carried out by Mr. T. Minton. The prizes were distributed by Mr. and Mrs. Clinton.


BURIAL BOARD.- Alderman D. L. Prestage presided at a meeting of this Board on Wednesday, when the business was of a purely routine character.

THE MARRIAGE was solemnised on Tuesday, at All Saints’ Church, of Mr. Isaac Ashley, widower of Audlem, and Mrs. Cox, widow, of Broseley- The Rev. G. F. Lamb (rector) performed the ceremony, in the presence of a large number of well-wishers. The Misses Chapman (nieces of the bride) were the bridesmaids, and Mr. George Chapman (brother of the bride) acted as best man, and gave his sister away. When the ceremony was over, Miss Watkis played Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March”. A reception was afterwards held at the residence of Mr. G. S. Williams, Salt House, Jackfield, there being a large number of guests present, who enthusiastically toasted the healths of the newly-married couple. Jackfield was gaily decorated for the occasion. Mr. and Mrs. Ashley afterwards left for London, where the honeymoon is being spent. The presents were numerous and useful.

WEDDING.- On Monday a pretty wedding was celebrated in All Saints’ Church, Broseley. The contracting parties were Mr. Arthur John Cleobury, son of Mr. John Cleobury, Broseley, and Miss Edith Rose Davis, eldest daughter of Mr. Matthew Davis of Broseley The ceremony was performed by the Rev. G. F. Lamb M. A. The bride, who was given away by her father, looked charming in a saxe blue striped Evlismra trimmed with ribbon and insertion of silk lace, and hat to match. She carried a shower bouquet of white roses and carnations. There was only one bridesmaid Miss Mary Cleobury (sister of the bridegroom), who looked exceedingly well in a dress of biscuit coloured voile. She also carried a bouquet of pink carnations. Mr. Percy Hartshorne of Hadley acted as “best man”. The bridegroom is a well-known cricketer, and a member of Broseley Church Choir and the bride has been organist at Linley Church for some time. Both are highly respected in the town and throughout the district, as evidenced by the display of flags by the principal tradesmen of Broseley. The “Union Jack” was also hoisted upon the church tower. A number of willing hands erected a pretty arch across the street opposite the residence of the bride’s parents. On the conclusion of the ceremony the wedding party proceeded to the residence of the bride’s father, where a sumptuous repast was partaken of, after which the happy pair left amidst the congratulations of their friends and the customary shower of confetti, en route for Birmingham, their future home. Presents, amounting to about 100, were valuable and useful.


11th September 1909


CORONATION FESTIVITIES.- On Saturday in loyal fashion and with much enthusiasm the inhabitants of this village celebrated the anniversary of King Edward’s Accession to the Throne. The village was decorated with buntings of all descriptions, and although the weather was somewhat fickle, everything passed off satisfactorily. To the strains of the Jackfield band they paraded the village, which was watched by hundreds of people. The smaller children rode in tastefully decorated carriages and waggons, whilst the elder children had on their “best” and carried baskets of flowers. Mr. T. Hambleton (in policeman’s clothes) made a capital drum-major. The “Merry Widows” and a cast of clowns pulled by a pony, made things lively, but the absence of the “Cockade Band” was very much missed. After the parade all the children in the village from the ages of 13 to 15 were entertained by public subscriptions to a capital tea, splendidly served up in the schoolroom by Mr. J. W. Harrison. The repast over, the children were presented with packets of sweets on leaving the building. Games and dancing subsequently took place in Councillor T. Doughty’s field. The arrangements were admirably carried out by Messrs. W. Hudson (secretary), J. Hearn (treasurer), and a strong committee, of which Mr. C. Hughes is chairman.


FUNERAL OF A FORESTER.- On Saturday the remains of Mr. Thomas Lloyd of The Green, Broseley were laid to rest in the cemetery. The service was performed by the Rev. J. W. Leader (curate of Willey). Deceased was 55 years of age, and had been in the employ of the late Drs. Bartlam and Tailer for a number of years as groom and gardener, afterwards entering the services of Mr. F. H. Potts (town clerk), Broseley. He was a member of Court “Chapel”, A.O.F., for some years. Several beautiful wreaths were sent by relatives and friends.

EXCURSION.- On Saturday the teachers belonging to the Church Sunday School, accompanied by Rev. W. Rowlands. M. A. (curate), whose genial presence was greatly appreciated, had their annual excursion. The place chosen was Bridgnorth. Starting from the Square, the party made their way through Wenlock and Morville, a halt being made to look round the church. The journey was then continued to Bridgnorth, where tea was partaken of. Afterwards the various places of interest were visited, and some indulged in boating. The return journey was made through Stockton and Madeley.

FUNERAL.- On Monday the remains of the late John Gittings (son of Mr. Thomas Gittings, Rough Lane, Broseley) were laid to rest in the cemetery, amidst every demonstration of respect. The Rev. J. W. Reader (curate of Willey) was the officiating clergyman. The deceased was 13 years of age, and in the employ of Messrs. Maw and Co., Jackfield, at whose works he was taken suddenly ill on the 26th ult., and died the same day at his home, and being a member of Jackfield Brass Band, his fellow members, as a mark of respect attended the funeral, and at the graveside they gave a fine rendering of the “Dead March” and “Days and moment, quickly flying”, under the direction of Mr. G. Aston. The cap and cornet of deceased were placed upon the coffin. A number of beautiful wreaths were contributed by relatives and friends, including a very fine one from the workpeople at Messrs. Maw’s Work’s and one from members of the band.


18th September 1909


A VESTRY MEETING was held on Thursday in the Town Hall, when it was unanimously decided to ask Lord Forester to bestow the living of Broseley and Linley on the curate, the Rev. W. Rowland. The petition has been extensively signed throughout both parishes

HOSPITAL SUNDAY.- On Sunday the fourteenth annual church parade of the Broseley and District friendly Societies was held at Broseley. The members met near the Mission Hall, Broseley Wood, and marched to the strains of the Jackfield and Madeley Brass Bands, through the principal streets to the Parish Church. Divine service was held in All Saints’ Church. An impressive sermon on “Christian kindness-Its great influence for good”, was preached by Rev. E.  Pryce, B. A., vicar of Madeley. In the course of his remarks he strongly condemned the selfishness and hypocrisy of the present age. A number of familiar hymns were sung by the choir, in which the congregation heartily joined.  At the conclusion of the service the procession re-formed, and marched up to the Town Hall where they dispersed, the Jackfield Brass Band proceeding to the beautifully laid out grounds of the Victoria Institute, where under the able direction of their bandmaster (Mr. George Aston), they played a choice selection of music. The hall filled to its utmost capacity, and the street leading thereto was lined with a large concourse of spectators. The following kindly collected on the route:- Mrs M. Oakes. Miss M. Owen, Miss Lucy Rowe, Miss Quarry, Miss G. Davis, Miss Emmie Oakley, Miss Edith Oakley, Miss Elsie Poutney, Miss L. Bradeley, Miss M. J. Acton, Masters J. Powell, W. Pountney, G. Taylor, Mr. G. Maiden, Mr. J. Cross, Mr. T. Garbett, Mr W. Cross, Mr. A. Fletcher. Mr. P. Price, Mr. T. Evans, and Mr. A. Boden. The amount collected from all sources was upwards of £29, which will be devoted to the Salop Infirmary, Shrewsbury Eye and Ear Hospital, and Iron-Bridge Dispensary.


Before Councillor B. Maddox (mayor), Captain Geo. Forester, Dr. Collins, Messrs. A. B. Dyas, D. L. Prestage, W. Shorting, J. H. A. Whitley, and F. R. Smith.

SWEARING AT HOME.- Aaron Onions, labourer, Coalbrookdale, was charged with making use of obscene language.- Police-constable Wakeley stated that he heard defendant use “vile and filthy language” in his own house, and in the presence of little children.- Sergeant Taylor gave corroborative evidence.- Defendant was fined 16s., including costs.


POTATO Show.- The annual potato show was held on Saturday in a tent adjoining the New Inn, and was an unqualified success in every respect. Mr. W. J. Crawford proved an excellent judge. Mr. W. Shaw showed a fine collection of vegetables, and Mr. J. Boden a collection of flowers, not for competition. The attendance was large, and a collection was taken on behalf of the Broseley United Friendly Societies’ Hospital Fund. Mr. T. Minton discharged the secretarial duties with ability, and received much assistance from the treasurer, Mr. B. Clinton. Prize-winners:- Weight- 1 T. Minton, 2 W. Bradeley, 3 Geo. Bradeley, 4 and 5 (equal) A. Boden and J. Scriven. Quality- 1. S. Minton, 2 O. Southorne, 3 Geo. Potts, 4 T. Minton, 5 B. Minton. Seed - 1 E. Minton, 2 W. Humphries, 3 Geo. Potts, 4 I. Minton. 5 W. Bradeley, extra prizes (given by the judge) J. Bradeley, W. Cross, O. Southorne, and T. Minton. Special prizes:- Kidney beans- 1 W. Gough, 2 O. Southorne, 3 J. Humphries. Parsnips- 1 E. Minton, 2 O. Southorne. Best three plates of potatoes- 1 G. Potts, 2 S. Boden, 3 T. Minton. Lettuce (Webb’s prizes)- 1 P. Minton, 2 S. Minton. 3 Geo. Overhand. Onions (prizes given by Mr. Geo. Potts)- 1 W. Gough. 2 R. Clinton, 3 W. Humphries.


25th September 1909


HOSPITAL SUNDAY.- After the church service the Madeley Town Band gave a selection of music on the Memorial Green, as well as the Jackfield Band.

COALBROOKDALE BRASS BAND.- On Saturday the members of this band, presenting a neat and smart appearance in their new uniform, paid a visit to Broseley, and played a Choice selection of music in High Street. A collection was taken in aid of the funds.

ANNIVERSARY.- On Sunday the 168th anniversary of the Old Baptist Church was celebrated, when sermons were preached (morning and evening) by Mr. Daniel Hall of Shifnal. Special hymns were well rendered by the choir. There were good congregations. Collections were taken in aid of church funds.

UNIONIST MEETING.- The annual meeting of the Broseley Polling District Unionist Association was held in the Town Hall on Thursday evening, and there was a crowded attendance.- Alderman Prestage was re-elected president for the ensuing year; and Mr. Percy Bagley secretary. The members of the Divisional Council were also re-elected.- Captain Wood addressed the meeting and emphasised the chief points in Mr Balfour’s Birmingham speech, which, he said, he had heard the previous evening, and with which he thoroughly agreed.


2nd October 1909



The living of Broseley, which is in the gift of Lord Forester, has been accepted by the Rev. A. G. Howell, B.A., who for nine years has been vicar of St. Matthew’s, Wolverhampton. The rev. gentleman was ordained in 1891, and appointed first to the curacy of Langley Green, Worcestershire, where he remained for a period of nine years, when he succeeded the Rev. S. Cordon as vicar of St. Matthew’s, Wolverhampton. During the time he has resided in the latter parish he has witnessed the removal or closing down of no fewer than seven large works, and as a result has taken an active part in the relief of the distress caused by this change of circumstances. He has been a member of every committee formed for that purpose, and generally acted as secretary. Four years ago he was elected a member of the Wolverhampton Board of Guardians. He was also appointed a member of the Wolverhampton Distress Committee, and of the committee formed under the Unemployed Workmen’s Act. He has likewise held the position of examiner of religious instruction given in the Council schools in Wolverhampton, and assistant diocesan missioner for the Lichfield diocese. During the time he has held the vicarage of St. Matthew’s upwards of £1,000 has been expended on the church in renovation and improvements. Mrs. Howell has rendered her husband considerable assistance in his parochial duties.

The new Rector of Broseley will not take up his duties as such until after Christmas.


CRICKET CLUB.-Supporters of this club were much gratified to find so cordial a response to the invitation supper on Tuesday, when upwards of 70 members and friends sat down to partake of en excellent repast in the clubroom of the Pheasant Hotel. After supper an excellent programme of music, interspersed with toasts and speeches, was presided over by the captain (Mr. D. L. Prestage), Mr. Peter Scott occupying the vice-chair. As a member of the 2nd eleven, Mr. John Hudson was leaving the neighbourhood for New Zealand, and as he assisted the 2nd eleven to win the Iron-Bridge League Cup and medals, it was thought to be a fitting occasion to present his medal, and it will probably be long before Mr. Hudson erases from his mind the chairman’s fitting remarks. One noticeable feature in the centre of the table was fine League Cup, fought for and won by the 2nd eleven, which was frequently filled and handed round. The following contributed to the programme of music, &c.:- Messrs. W. Davis, F. Hill. F. Francis. F. Wase, W. Garbett, H. Wase, W. F. Welch, and F. Glover.


9th October 1909


Wednesday.- Present:- Councillors E. G. Exley (chairman), J. Nicklin, T. Instone, and G. Keay, Messrs. F. H. Potts (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), H. Herbert (sanitary inspector), E. Oakes (collector), and E. Abberley (water inspector).

The Clerk reported that Mr. Nicklin was the only member who had attended all the meetings during the year.

Mr. Herbert reported a number of nuisances, and the usual orders were made. The officer also reported a case of diphtheria at Jackfield.

A letter was read from Mr. J. Clarke stating that the erection of the new ashpit in Hockley road was a failure, as the nuisance was worse.- Mr. Instone thought the ashpit was in the best position- a very suitable place. The clerk was instructed to acknowledge the letter.

The Clerk reported that there would be a balance in hand of £250 after all bills had been paid.- The Surveyor reported that his expenditure for the month was £13.

The Collector stated that all the rates were in with three exceptions.

Mr. Abberley reported that he had made a general inspection of all the water mains in Broseley and Jackfield, all of which were in good working order. He said that 9,000 gallons of water had been used at the schools during the last quarter, a reduction of 6,000 gallons.- The Clerk remarked that there had been a month’s holiday, which would have something to do with the reduction. - Mr. Abberley was instructed to inquire by the next meeting the cost of taking the water to the Railway Terrace, Jackfield.


THE BROTHERHOOD.- On Sunday the first meeting of the session was held in the Wesleyan Chapel, under the presidency of Mr. A. M. Williams. There was a large attendance. The Rev. W. M. Auld (Madeley) gave the address.

VESTRY MEETING.- On Thursday a meeting of ratepayers was held in the Town Hall for the purpose of passing the churchwardens’ accounts for the year ending March 31, 1909. Mr. T. Jones (assistant overseer) occupied the chair. The accounts, which slowed a balance of £37 0s. 7d. due to the church-wardens, consequent upon necessary repairs to the church and the installation of new lighting, were passed.

PRESENTATION - On Wednesday evening a leather bag and dressing case were presented to Mr. Arthur Hudson (son of Mr. William Hudson of Barratt’s Hill, Broseley) on his leaving his native town for New Zealand. Mr. George Hurdley occupied the chair, and in a few well-chosen words made the presentation, and the recipient responded.

16th October 1909


LIBERALISM. - On Monday evening a well-attended meeting, of the Liberal Women’s Association was held in the Club Room. Mrs. Ison (Wellington) gave an interesting and instructive address on “Women’s Work in connection with Politics”, which was much appreciated.

BROTHERHOOD.- The second meeting of the session was held in the Wesleyan Chapel on Sunday, under the presidency of Mr.. A. M. Williams. The address was given by the Rev. Mr. Tupper (Handsworth College).

PRESENTATION.- On Wednesday Mr. John Hudson (son of Mr. William Hudson, Barratts Hill, Broseley) was the recipient of a valuable leather bag and a dressing case from a number of friends on his leaving for New Zealand. Mr. E. S. White in an effective speech made the presentation, and Mr. J. Hudson feelingly replied.

MR. J. MEREDITH, formerly of Broseley, and now of Tunstall, has been awarded the first-class certificate and bronze medal of the City and Guilds of London Institute at the examination in pottery and porcelain held last April, and also first class in practical and second class in theoretical inorganic chemistry at the Board of Education’s science examinations held at Tunstall, April-May, 1909.

FUNERAL- On Saturday the remains of Miss Mary Emma Griffiths, younger daughter of the late Mr. John Griffiths and of Mrs. Emma Griffiths, Carvers Road, Broseley, was laid to rest in the burial ground attached to the Birch Meadow Baptist Chapel. The mourners were Mr. John Griffiths (brother), Master Harold Anslow (nephew), Mr. Thomas Sankey (cousin), Mr. Frank Taylor, and Master A. Dennis. The service was conducted by Mr. James Gilpin. A favourite hymn of the deceased, “Give me the wings of faith to rise”, was sung in the chapel, accompanied on the harmonium by Mr. G. Taylor, who also played, “I know that my Redeemer liveth”, and the “Dead March”. Deceased was 40 years of age, and was greatly esteemed by all who knew her. She had been a scholar and teacher in the Sunday School, also a member of the choir for some years. Several of the female scholars paid their last tribute of respect to her memory by attending the funeral. A number of beautiful wreaths were contributed by relatives and friends.


POLICE COURT, Monday.- Before Messrs. F. R. Smith and W. Roberts. - Thomas Patrick Oben, labourer, and a native of Shrewsbury, was brought up in custody by Police-constable Wakeley, charged with being drunk and disorderly at Madeley on Saturday. - Defendant was fined 10s. and costs. He went to gaol for 14 days.- John Brookes, barber, Broseley, was charged with stealing three razors, two pairs of scissors, comb, &c., the property of his employer, Mr. T Davies, Broseley.- It appeared that whilst defendant’s employer went to Wenlock market, he left with the above-mentioned articles. He was arrested at Shifnal on the same night when trying to sell the goods in a barber’s shop.- Sergeant Taylor gave evidence as to the arrest of the prisoner, who was remanded in custody for a week.


Before Councillor B. Maddox (mayor), Captain Geo. Forester, Dr. Collins, Messrs. W. J. Legge, F. R. Smith, and F. G. Beddoes.

HORSES ASTRAY.- Henry Reynolds, general dealer, Broseley, was charged with a breach of the borough by-laws.- Police-constable Reeves stated that he saw two horses belonging to defendant straying on the road near the Jackfield Rectory.-Defendant was ordered to pay the costs.


23rd October 1909


Miss Emily Tandy Green, 39, a Bromsgrove lady, of independent means, who was reported missing in our last Saturday’s issue, has not yet been found, although Inspector Jones and his staff have made diligent searches in the neighbourhood of Buildwas where she was last seen. Miss Green has been residing at the Jackfield Rectory about two months. She had been in failing health, and some time ago had suffered from nervous breakdown from which she appeared to have recovered. On the 12th inst. she left the rectory in excellent spirits, and booked by the three train at Iron-Bridge for Buildwas to see Mrs. Bayliss, a person with whom she had formed an acquaintance whilst living some five years with the Rev. and Mrs. Bonney at the Vicarage. On arriving at Buildwas Station she met a Mrs. Cartwright, another Buildwas parishioner, and held a conversation with her concerning some of the people of the village. She was told that Mrs. Bayliss was not at home. Miss Green, however, first paid a visit to Mrs. Cookson, and then went to Mr. J. Bayliss’s house and had tea, and whilst partaking of the meal she said she would go up to the village and return to Iron-Bridge by the six o’clock train. She did turn to go up the village after leaving Mr. Bayliss, but she has not been heard of or seen since, and the whole affair is enveloped in mystery. She was wearing costly jewellery at the time and was in possession of money. Her friends are naturally anxious to know her whereabouts. Miss Green at the time was wearing a cream coloured costume, white silk blouse, blue motor hat, and brown boots. She is tall and of slender build, with light brown hair.

Up to the time of going to press the police have failed to gather any tidings of the missing lady.


Broseley Rating Appeal Case.

For many hours the Court was engaged in hearing an appeal made against the local rating authority brought by Messrs. Prestage and Co., Broseley and Jackfield Tile Works, with regard to the assessment of their works. Mr. W. C. Ryde and Mr. A. Graham appeared for the appellants, and Mr. Disturnal and Mr. Venables for the respondents.- The case for the appellants, as explained by Mr. Ryde, was that the assessment was made on the 11th May of this year. The property in question at Broseley was rated under two heads-Brick and tile works and brick works; together with one property. The gross value was put at £420, and the rateable at £385. The other Property at Jackfield was put at £197 gross, and £131 rateable. Objection was made to this assessment in July last. The Assessment Committee came to a decision in August, when they decided to reduce the assessment of the Jackfield works from £197 gross to £155 gross, and the rateable from £131 to £110; and in the case of the other property they had put up the gross from £427 to £455, an increase of £31; and the rateable from £285 to £305. The appellant., considered this assessment to be too high. They also contended that the Assessment Committee had no power to increase the rateable value of the one property as apart from the other. The property was held under a lease, and the royalty paid was not less than 1s. 3d. per thousand tiles made at the works. In 1908 the royalty was £293, which was the outside value possible for the works to pay. Counsel further pointed out that the works were situated half-a-mile from a railway station. The tiles had to be hauled by road and coal had also to be drawn from a distance to the works. The clay, too, was not surface clay. Again, up to a few years ago the Broseley tiles were greatly in favour with London and South of England architects, but in recent years great competition had arisen, and Broseley now had not a monopoly, the result being that the price of Broseley has had greatly fallen. A 5s. drop per thousand in the selling price of the tiles had completely annihilated the manufacturers’ profit.- Charles Ellam, an expert valuer, expressed the opinion that the brick and tile trade had never been worse. There was not a manufacturer of bricks and tiles not losing money today. The works in question were turning out five million tiles a year, and were capable of turning out eight million tiles a year. In his opinion, 1s. 3d. per thousand royalty was a high price to pay. He considered that the assessment was far too high.- In reply to Mr. Disturnal, witness said Broseley clay was not of the same value that it had been a few years ago.-Appellants stated that in 1908 the accounts showed a loss on the business. Paying the royally as they had done, they could not make the works pay.- For the respondents it was contended that the rate was made on the same lines as other works in the district, and was fair.- Wm. Arthur Mann, valuer, Birmingham, said he had not had a single appeal in the case of brick works in a long number of years. He was called in by the respondents to make a valuation of the property in question. He had recommended reductions, and explained the basis on which he had made his calculations.- Other expert witness’s gave evidence.- After retirement the Chairman said the appal would be allowed, with costs. More works rateable value to be £250, and Wallows works £110.


BROTHERHOOD. On Sunday Mr. G. Aston presided over a good attendance, and the Rev. B. E. Hawkins (Madeley Wood) gave an address on "Courage".

THE RAPID PROMOTION of Corporal A. H. Lloyd to a sergeantcy in the 2nd North-Midland Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, is worthy of note. He joined the Territorials at the commencement of that scheme of home defence, and by diligent efforts has risen to the rank of sergeant. In June he went to Borden Camp on a month’s course of instruction, and passed out exceedingly well as a bombardier, being promoted to corporal on his return, just before the camp training of this year at Knott End. Sergeant Lloyd is a native of Broseley, and was five years in the cycle section (Iron-Bridge Company) of the 1st Shropshire Light Infantry (Volunteers), being very popular with his comrades.


NO LICENSES.- Lucy A. Beard, landlady of the Pheasant Hotel, Broseley, was charged with keeping two dogs without licenses.-Police-constable Edwards proved the case.-Superintendent Tait said it was no doubt a case of forgetfulness.- The cases were discharged on payment of costs.

DAMAGING TREES.- Alfred Preece, William Cheshire, and Frederick Watson, lads, residing with their parents at Broseley, were charged with maliciously damaging walnut trees on the Willey Estate, belonging to Lord Forester. Mr. F. H. Potts prosecuted. Alfred Bowen stated that he watched the trees on a Sunday, and saw the three lads throw slates at the trees. He caught them and got their names.- Livingstone, the woodsawyer, estimated the damage at 1s. -Defendants were each ordered to pay 5s. costs, to include the damage. They were also cautioned.

EDUCATIONAL.-Thomas Weaver, Much Wenlock, was charged with failing to send his child regularly to school. Mr. F. Francis (school attendance officer) proved the case, and Weaver was fined 5s.- Two other cases, John Lear and Richard Clay, were adjourned.

A WARNING.- Edward Molineaux, general dealer, Broseley Wood, was charged with dealing in old metal below the scheduled weight.- Police-constable Edwards said he saw defendant on the matter, and defendant replied that he did not know he was doing wrong. He was a dealer in old metal. John Edward Davies, farmer, Willey, said he sold defendant 13lb. Weight of lead, 13lb weight of brass and copper, and 3 cwt. of iron, for which defendant gave him 10s. 6d.- Defendant said he had only been in the business six weeks, and hoped the Bench would deal leniently with him. He promised not to offend again.-Defendant was discharged under the First Offenders Act, and ordered to pay the costs.- The Bench trusted this would be  a warning.

The body of Miss Emily Tandy Green, a Bromsgrove lady of independent means, was found in the River Severn at Holt Fleet. near Worcester, on Tuesday night. Deceased had been living at the Jackfield Rectory, near Iron-Bridge. for two months, and on Tuesday fortnight she left the Rectory, in good spirits, to see a friend at Buildwas. After partaking of tea with Mr. Bayliss she left to go up the village, and this was the last time she was seen alive.


An inquest was held on the body of deceased at Holt on Wednesday.

The Rev. J. N. Edwards (rector of Jackfield) said Miss Green’s home was at Tadcott, Bridgwater, Somerset, but she had been staying at his house for six weeks prior to October 12. On the afternoon of the day in question she was apparently in good health and spirits. She went to Buildwas, and was expected to return at about 6 p.m., and she told his daughter not to meet her. She did not return. He ascertained that she had been to Buildwas and had tea there, and he searched all night for her without success. Two years ago she underwent a serious operation and just before she came to visit him she had had a nervous breakdown. She was not a person whom one would have thought would have taken her life. She would not have to go to the riverside to get to the station at Buildwas.

Evidence was given that the body was found floating down the river, which was very full so that the body might easily have floated down from Iron-Bridge in one night. It had been in the water some time.

Dr. Gent said death was apparently due to drowning. A verdict of “Found drowned” was returned.


6th November 1909


BROTHERHOOD.- At the meeting held on Sunday in the Wesleyan Chapel Mr. R. Bunnagar (Congregationalist) presided over a fairly good attendance. Mr. J. A. Hartshorne gave an address on “Pain”, and Mr. H. Jeninson contributed two solos.

SUPPER.-On Wednesday, at the Town Hall, Messrs. Exley and Son entertained their workmen to a substantial supper. Rev. J. M. Edwards acted as chairman. The toast, “The King, Queen, and members of the Royal Family,” and “The prosperity of the trade and district, especially of the firm of Exley and Sons,” were duly honoured. A musical programme was provided. The workmen’s presentation of a silver inkstand was acknowledged by the following letter being read:- “To the employees of W. Exley and Sons. On behalf of my wife and self, I desire to thank you most heartily for the very handsome and useful present you have so kindly given us. I assure you the inkstand will be used and appreciated and always looked upon as a token of good fellowship and kindliness between employers and employee of the firm, which feeling has never been in any way strained during the many years the firm has existed.”

LIBERAL AND LABOUR CLUB.- The annual meeting of this club was held on Wednesday, under the presidency of Mr. A. Malpas. There was a large and enthusiastic assembly.- In opening the proceedings the Chairman urged the importance of being firmly rooted and grounded in the true principles of Liberalism, and of the members doing their utmost to return again their esteemed member (Mr. C. S. Henry) at the General Election.- A working committee of all present with power to add to their number was elected. Mr. J. F. Hartshorne was re-elected chairman of the Executive Committee for the ensuing year, and Mr. A. Malpas vice-chairman. Mr. G. W. Taylor was elected secretary, and Mr. T. Garbett treasurer.- Mr. J. E. Hartshorne, alluding to the member for the Division, said he was the most democratic and consistent member the division had ever had, and the kindness of both Mr. and Mrs. Henry throughout the constituency was well known. Their popularity had increased tenfold, so that, let an election come when it may, with a long pull, a strong pull, and a pull together, Mr. Henry would be returned to Parliament with even a greater majority than at the last General Election. He proposed. “That this meeting records its continued confidence in Mr. C. S. Henry, M.P. for the Division, and warmly thank him for his unswerving Fidelity to the Budget and Liberalism generally. It also assures the Government of their heartiest support in any measure they may take in maintaining the constitutional rights of the House of Commons”. Mr. Joseph Jones said that Mr. Henry was one of the most attentive members in the House of Commons. He did not treat politics as a game of bluff, but studied the real interest of the nation at large. His efforts were more especially directed towards the uplifting of the masses. He (Mr. Jones) had pleasure in seconding the resolution, and the same was carried with acclamation.


IN MEMORIAM- The mortal remains of Miss E. T. Green, whose body was found in the Severn at Iron-Bridge, were laid to rest in Ombersley Churchyard, near Droitwich on Saturday. The first portion of the burial service was read in church by the Rev. J. Webster (vicar), and the service at the graveside was conducted by Rev. J. Marsden Edwards. The relatives decided that the well-trained choir should not attend.


20th November 1909


BROTHERHOOD.- The usual meeting was held on Sunday in the Wesleyan Chapel, Mr. J. E. Hartshorne presiding over a fair attendance. The Rev. W. M. Auld (Madeley) gave an inspiring address, and Mr. A. O. Jones contributed a solo and recitation.

FUNERAL.- On Wednesday the remains of Mr. Sinclair Adams (who passed away at his residence in Barber Street on Saturday) were laid to rest in the Cemetery. The mourners were Messrs. F. Adams, A. Adams, T. Adams, H. Adams, E. Adams, and G. Adams (sons), F. Adams and G. Adams (brothers), G. Hurdley and A. Adams (cousins), H. Southorn, and J. Nicklin. The service was conducted by the Rev. W. Rowlands, M. A. (curate). Deceased was 62 years of age, and had been in the employ of Messrs. Maw and Co. from by youth until the last two years. He was head of the order office for a number of years, the duties of which he carried out in an exemplary manner. The firm was represented at the funeral by Councillor J. Nicklin (managing director), the order office by Mr. Arthur Edge, the general office by Mr. Archibald Scott, the drawing office by Mr. P. R. Hartshorne, the packing department by Mr. E. W. Jones, and the warehouse by Mr. W. Humphreys. A number of floral tributes were contributed by relatives and friends, including a particularly fine wreath from the offices of Messrs. Maw and Co.

“SOCIAL.” - On Wednesday evening a successful “social” was held in the Congregational Schoolroom in aid of a ship for the work of the London Missionary Society. About 68 sat down to tea, provided by Mr. Henry Jones of Barber Street, after which a well arranged programme was gone through, each item receiving the marked approval of the audience. Mr. R. Bunnagar presided over a good attendance. Mrs. F. Howells and Miss Hattie Jones gave a rendering of the duet, “List to the Convent Bells”, and the recitation, “Transformation”, was given by Miss Lottie Morgan. Miss Hattie Jones sang the solo “Killarney” and Mr. E. J. Jones gave a rendition of the solo, “Skylark”‘. Mr. Arthur Sankey recited “The Farmer’s Blunder”, an encore being given. He responded with, “Here she goes, and there she goes” which was received with applause. Mrs. F. Howells gave a good rendering of the solo, “Dear home songs”. Mr. H. Jeninson gave the solo, “The King’s Own,” which was enthusiastically re-demanded. He responded with, “Teaching the Irish French” (accompanied by himself), which greatly excited the risibility of the audience. Miss May Bunnagar pleased the company by her rendering of the solo, “Katie’s Letter”. A distinctly enjoyable evening was brought to a close by the Congregational Church Choir singing the well known glee, “Call John”, which was much applauded. The accompanists were the Misses May Bunnagar and Flo. Milward.


27th November 1909



The Rev. G. Fleming Lamb, M.A., rector of Broseley with Linley, having resigned the living owing to ill-health, his parishioners and friends decided to mark in a fitting manner the close of his work amongst them. An appeal for subscriptions met with a ready response, especially among the poorer classes, and yesterday week the committee who took the matter in hand presented him at the Rectory with a purse of gold, and an address in album form, containing the names of the subscribers.

Mr. G. D. Collins (rector’s warden) made the presentation, conveying therewith the regret of the parishioners at the Rector’s approaching departure, and their best wishes for his health and happiness in his retirement.

The Rector, in reply, expressed his deep gratitude to his parishioners for their kind gift, and for their sympathy in his failing health and advancing years. He briefly reviewed the changes that had taken place in the parish during his ministry of 36 years, especially with reference to the church and the schools, and regretted that the time had come when, in the interests of the parish and himself, he must submit to the Divine Will, and bring his work amongst them to a close.

The address is as follows:- “Rev. and Dear Sir,- We, the undersigned parishioners of Broseley with Linley and friends, have learnt with regret that ill-health has compelled you to resign your position as rector, after a ministry of upwards of 36 years amongst us, during which time you have endeared yourself to us in many ways. We cannot allow such an occasion to pass unnoticed; we therefore ask you to accept the accompanying purse of gold, as a slight token of our affection and regard. We sincerely trust that you may yet be spared for many years in the enjoyment of much-needed rest, improved health, and increased happiness.- We are, yours faithfully”. (Here follow 160 signatures.)


4th December 1909


The annual meeting was held on Wednesday; present:- Councillors J. Nicklin. T. Doughty, T. I. Griffiths, A. A. Exley, and S. T. Instone, Messrs. F. H. Potts (clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), H. Herbert (sanitary inspector), E. Oakes (rate collector), and E. Abberley (water inspector).

Mr. Nicklin proposed that Alderman Prestage be asked to accept the office of chairman for the ensuing year. That gentleman had displayed exceptional abilities in the office, and they could not do better. than elect him. (Hear, hear.)- Mr. Griffiths seconded the motion, which was supported by Mr. Doughty, and carried unanimously.

Mr. Nicklin, who presided in the absence of Alderman Prestage, welcomed Mr. Arthur Exley as a new member of the committee, and expressed his regret at the retirement of Mr. E. Exley through leaving the district. The committee much appreciated his able assistance during the term he had been a member of the committee. He moved that the committee express their appreciation of the services of Mr. E. G. Exley as a member of the committee and their regret at his retirement. Mr. Doughty seconded the motion, and it was carried.

The committees were then appointed.

The Clerk reported that Mrs. Price was, agreeable to contribute £2 towards the expenses of a new lamp in Speed’s Lane.- It was decided to ask the Gas Company to do the necessary work.

With regard to the Pritchard memorial fountain it was resolved that Mr. Pritchard Gordon be asked to give up his rights to the fountain to the committee, who would keep the structure in proper repair.

The Clerk reported a balance in hand on the two accounts of over £300, but cheques were required for £225.- Mr. Oakes said that about £600 was outstanding.

Mr. Abberley informed the meeting that he had inspected all the water mains, and then were all good working order and free from leakage.

Mr. Instone referred to the dangerous condition of the pavement in King Street; but in consequence of shortage of money the question was deferred.


CONCERT.- A very successful concert took place on Wednesday at the National Schoolroom, in aid of the Church Sunday School and choir. There was a large attendance, and the church officials satisfactorily carried out the arrangements. The accompaniments were divided between Miss Allen, Miss Ledge, and Mr. Dixon. The proceedings opened with a pianoforte duet, by Misses H. Allen and H. Exley, which was brilliantly performed. “A Stream of silver Moonshine” was well rendered by the Broseley Quartet Party, and an encore was demand. Mr. A. O. Callear then gave a fine rendering of the prize song, “The Blacksmith”, and he was deservedly encored. Miss P. Taylor gave an excellent rendering of the song, “By the Fountain”, which was followed with the song, “The Land of Long Ago”, creditably rendered by Mr. F. S. Francis. Mrs. C. T. Smith then sang, “The Cleaners’ Slumber Song”, with much pathos, and her efforts were rewarded with an encore, The Broseley Quartet Party were encored for their excellent rendering of “Annie Laurie”. Mr. W. A. Felton concluded the first portion with the humorous song, “Our Musical Comedy.” He brought down the “house”, and an encore was demanded. The second part was equally successful.


BURIAL BOARD.- Mr. J. Nicklin presided at the annual meeting on Wednesday, when Alderman D. L. Prestage was re-elected chairman for the ensuing year.- The Clerk (Mr. Potts) reported that the fees for the quarter amounted to £11 12s. 8d., and that there was a balance of £19 6s. 7d, in hand.

BROTHERHOOD.- The usual meeting was held in the Wesleyan Chapel on Sunday, under the presidency of Mr. A. M. Williams. Mr. R. Bunnagar gave an excellent address on “Men’s Attitude towards Jesus Christ”, and Mr. Walter Davis contributed the solos, “The Bellringer” and “The Reaper”.

PRESENTATION.- The other evening, at the Albion Inn, Broseley, the presentation of a handsome handbag took place, the recipient being Mr. F. W. Howells, who, for four years had capably filled the office of secretary to the Broseley Excelsior cricket club. Mr. J. E. Smith in making the presentation made a few remarks on the excellent qualities of Mr. Howells in the capacity of secretary and hoped he would long occupy that office. Mr. Howells thanked the members for their appreciation of his services.


11th December 1909


BROTHERHOOD.- At the meeting on Sunday in the Wesleyan Chapel, Mr. J. E. Hartshorne provided over a good attendance. A student from Handsworth College gave the address, and Mrs. E. R. Hartshorne contributed a solo

EVENING CONCERT &c.- On Thursday a concert and dramatic entertainment was given in the Town Hall, with the object of providing funds for the poor of Broseley during the winter. Three glees were exceptionally well rendered by Messrs. P. A. Garbett, F. Francis, W. Davis, and H. Wase, and highly appreciated. Miss A. Pinnock Page was well received in her songs, “The Flight of Ages”, and “The Carnival,” the latter resulting in a re-demand. The Rev. W. D. La Touche (Stokesay), in his songs, “The Yeoman’s Wedding”, and “Drumcollacher”, caused considerable amusement among the audience, and each song was enthusiastically re-demanded. Mr. Walter Davis gave a fine exposition of the songs, “The Two Grenadiers” and “Don Juan Serenade.” Miss Hilda Watkins, L.R.A.M. gave a pianoforte solo of a brilliant description, evoking an undeniable re-call. Dorothy Potts proved herself an efficient accompanist. The comedy, “Leave it to me,” followed. The role of Mr. Easy was finely impersonated by Mr. Wm. Price, and the character of Adolphus Courtly was capably sustained by Mr. E. J. Jones. Mr. Fred Hill, in the character of Joe Sprouts (a coster-monger), was very fine Mr. Percy Instone’s impersonation of Mr. Quince was also very good. Miss Edith Davis capably sustained the character of Amelia Easy, and Miss F. S. Instone, in the role of Susan Muggins, displayed histrionic talent of no mean order. Mrs. Baddeley (New Road) is to be congratulated upon the success attending her efforts in coaching the various performers. There was a large and fashionable audience. A vote of thanks was accorded the performers, vocalists, Miss. Watkis, Miss Dorothy Potts, the secretary (Mr. W. Edge), and Mr. G D Collins (treasurer) for their services. The programme was repeated last night.


Before Dr. Collins (chairman), and Ald. D. L. Prestage.

ASSAULT.- Henry Price, labourer, Broseley, was charged with assaulting George Gough, labourer. Gough stated that when he was going home about 11 o’clock at night he saw defendants father, and witness asked how he was going on, when defendant asked him what had that got to do with him, and knocked him down and kicked him. Francis Price, father of the defendant, corroborated, and Thomas Fletcher, independent witness, stated saw defendant kick Gough.- Defendant was sentenced to one month’s imprisonment with hard labour. He became violent, and was removed from the room by a body of police.


18th December 1909


INQUEST.- On Wednesday Mr. F. H. Potts (coroner) held an inquest concerning the death of the infant child of Patrick Foy, a labourer. The child, it appeared, was born on Monday, and expired the same day. The verdict of the jury was “Death from natural causes.”

VICTORIA  HALL.- A lantern lecture on “The. Honey Bee” was given in this hall on Tuesday by Mr. Peter Scott, expert and lecturer to the Shropshire Beekeepers’ Association. The lecturer dealt chiefly with the natural history and anatomy of the honey bee. The lecture was preceded by a short concert, in which the following took part:-Messrs. W. Price, F. Hill, W. Welsh, J. Wilde, and the Broseley Quartet Party.

BROTHERHOOD.- The usual meeting was held on Sunday in the Wesleyan Chapel, under the presidency of Mr. A. W. Williams. The attendance was not large. Mr. H. Joninson (Cape Street) gave an address, and Mr. P. Hartshorne (Hadley) was the soloist.

SERVICE OF SONG.- On Monday a service of song, entitled “The Awakening of John Lovelace,” was effectively given by a special choir in the old Baptist Chapel under the presidency of Mr. J. Gilpin (Iron-Bridge). There was a large and appreciative audience. Miss May Hartshorne (The Lea, Benthall) gave the connective readings; the solos were ably undertaken by Mr. W. Dodd (bass) and Mr. J. Quinn (tenor), and the duet was sweetly rendered by Miss Windsor (soprano) and Miss May Bunnagar (contralto), who together with Mr. A. Williams (bass) and Mr. J. Quinn (tenor) gave a fine rendition of a quartet. A quartet was also tastefully rendered by Miss Polly Williams (soprano), Miss Mabel Williams (contralto), Mr. A. Williams (bass), and Mr. J. Quinn (tenor). Mr. H. Jeninson ably accompanied. The proceeds are to be devoted to the Sunday School funds.

CONCERT.- Yesterday week the concert and dramatic entertainment given the previous evening in the Town Hall, for the purpose of providing funds for the poor of Broseley during the winter was repeated, the whole being a distinct success. Mr. A. H. Thorn-Pudsey gave several selections on his gramophone, which greatly amused the audience. Mr. E. J. Jones (baritone) gave an effective rendering of “Simon the Cellarer”, which met with considerable applause. Mr. W. A. Garbett (tenor) followed with “Ora Pro Nobis”, which was sung with excellent taste and ability. Mrs. Clinton-Baddeley then gave a highly artistic rendering of “Cherry Ripe”, which was greatly appreciated; and Mr. F. Francis (tenor) gave with great power and effect, “A Jovial Monk”, being loudly applauded. “When the heart is young” was given with taste and feeling by Mrs. Russell, and she received the hearty approval of the audience. Miss Hilda Watkis, L.R.A.M. gave a pianoforte solo with artistic taste and finish. Mr. Fred Hill sang in his inimitable style (in character) “Cos I do”, producing roars of laughter. Mr. Walter Davies (baritone) gave a fine rendering of “Glorious Devon”, and the Broseley Glee Party contributed a sweet and tasteful rendering of the glees, “On the Banks of Allan Water” and “Little Tommy went a fishing”, the former securing, a richly-deserved encore. The accompaniments were divided between Mrs. Russell, Miss Hilda Watkis, and Mr. Walter Davies. The performance of the comedy, “Leave it to me”, was excellent, each of the artistes displaying histrionic abilities of a high character, taking into consideration the fact that it is the first attempt on the part of Miss Edith Davies, Mr. E. J. Jones, and Mr. Percy Instone.


FORESTER’S FUNERAL.- The interment took place on Saturday in Broseley Cemetery of Mr. G. Bradeley. Deceased, who was aged 44, was highly esteemed in the neighbourhood, as was shown by the large number of friends present to pay their last tributes of respect. Deceased was employed at Messrs. Craven, Dunnill, and Co.’s nearly all his life, and was a member of the Ancient Order of Foresters (Broseley Branch). The chief mourners were his wife and son, Mr. and Mrs. W.  Harrison (brother and sister-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. T. Barker (brother-in-law and sister), Messrs. T. Bradeley, A. Harrison, W. Harrison, B. Harrison, F. Poole, T. Poole, and J. Poole (nephews), and other relatives. The Foresters’ were represented by 12 mourners wearing the regalia of the Order. The funeral oration was read at the graveside by Mr. F. H. Harrington.