Extracts from

Wellington Journal & Shrewsbury News




relating to Broseley and District






Broseley Local History Society


9th February 1924

Salop County Roads

The apportionment of the money to he expended had, as far as practicable, been allocated to various schemes, throughout the county, on a basis pro rata to the degree of unemployment existing in the several districts in the county. Schemes for widening and improving sections of various roads, dangerous corners, narrow sections of roads, etc., had been carefully examined, as well as a number of proposals for carrying out road improvement works submitted by minor authorities where alternative proposals were submitted, the appropriate local authority was consulted as to what particular improvement should be effected within the sum of money available. The improvements decided upon were:—  Wenlock and Iron-Bridge: Broseley—Bridgnorth main road, bend at Linley Green, £345; Barrow main road, corners at Barrow and, Dunge, £390; Broseley—Iron-Bridge District Road, corner at Hairpin Bend and widening sections between Summerhouse and Station Inn, £1,154, total £1,889; (amount of  County Council Grant, £1,889).

The committee had referred them to a sub-committee for investigation and report. Further consideration had been given to the question of the, holidays of main road workmen, and it was recommended that the roadmen in the employ of the County Council be allowed, in addition to Christmas Day and Good Friday, leave with full pay on Easter Monday, Whit Monday, and August Bank Holiday. John Leonard King had been appointed division surveyor for the north-eastern division of the county (vice Mr. T. Owen), at a salary of £400 per annum, rising by annual increments of £25 to a maximum of £475, inclusive of travelling and other expenses.

16th February 1924


LICENSING SESSIONS. Tuesday.—Before Councillor T. Morris (Mayor), Dr. Collins, Col. Heywood, Ald. D. L. Prestage, W. G. Dyes, W. J. Legge, J Davies, and Councillor H. Parker. Supt. Barber presented his annual report, in which he stated that there were in the borough 56 fully licensed houses, 23 beerhouses “on”, 2 beerhouses “off”, and 9 grocers’ licenses, total 90. There were also two registered clubs. The population of the borough was 13,714, which gave an average of 169 persons to each licensed house, but this did not include the grocers’ licenses. During the year 13 persons were proceeded against, and 11 convicted for drunkenness, an increase of 6 on the previous year. Of this number 9 were residents, and 4 non residents. Since the last licensing sessions 7 licenses had been transferred. During the year one licensed person had been proceeded against for an offence against the Licensing Act and convicted. With this exception, the houses had been conducted satisfactorily. At the adjourned licensing meeting, on March 13, the license of the “Hand and Tankard”, Broseley, was referred for compensation, but up to the present this house had not been closed. He had been served with a notice by Mrs. Alice Jane Jarvis, of 43, Waterloo Street, Iron-Bridge, of her intention to apply for a billiards license for a room for public billiards playing at the Old Armoury Market Hall, Iron-Bridge, to which he was instructed by the Chief-Constable to offer no objection, provided a responsible person was placed in charge of the room, and that it closed at 11 p.m. each evening. During the past year an Act of Parliament was passed materially altering the conditions under which the sale and consumption of intoxicating liquor was permitted to young persons. This act made it an offence for any licensed person, or their servants, to sell knowingly, to be consumed on the premises, any intoxicating liquor to any person under the age of 18 years. It was also an offence for any person under the age of 18 years to attempt to purchase, in any licensed premises, any intoxicating liquor for his own consumption therein. The hours fixed by the licensing justices last year appeared to be satisfactorily.—The Bench objected to the renewal of the licenses of the Royal Oak, Madeley, and Cape of Good Hope, Broseley, on the grounds that they were not required for the needs of the district. The license of the Hand and Tankard, Broseley, was provisionally renewed. All the other licenses were renewed.

Supt. Barber was instructed to serve the usual notice of objection to the landlords of the Hearts of Oak and Cape of Good Hope.

8th March 1924


DEATH OF A NONAGENARIAN.—The death occurred on Feb. 28 of Mrs.  Elizabeth Sarah Bathurst, at her residence in Church Street, in her 92nd year. Deceased was the eldest daughter of the late Mr. John Thorn, R.N., of Whitehall Broseley. She was a native of Broseley, and took a keen interest in church matters. having been local  secretary of the London City Mission. The funeral took place on Monday in the family vault at Broseley churchyard. The Rev. W. R. Warner (rector) officiated, and he was assisted by the Rev. W. A Terry (Benthall). There was a representative gathering at the obsequies

15th March 1924


FUNERAL.—Mrs. Bathurst who died on Feb. 28, aged 91 was the daughter. of Mr. John. Thorn of Broseley, and had lived there all her life. She married Mr. H. M. Bathurst. Many people were present at the funeral on Monday, at which the Rector officiated, assisted by the Rev. A. Terry. Flowers were sent by Ald. and Mrs. Bathurst, Bessie and sons, Mrs. Henry Bathurst, Harriet and Winnie, George and Harriet, G. Jones and family, Mr. and Miss Downes, Dr. and Mrs. Fox-Edwards, Ada Jones, Mr. and. Mrs. John Thorn and Henry, Mrs. Slaght and Mrs. Doan, Capt. and. Mrs. Thorn-Pudsey and Eileen, Mrs. Ernest Shorting, Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Prestage, Mrs. O’Brien, Mr. J. R. B. Herron, Miss Potts, Miss M. A. Potts and Mrs. Nicholson, Mrs. Aston-Pudsey and Dorothy, S. A. Collins and G. D. Collins, Mrs. Alfred Howell and the Misses Howell, Wilcot House (Nesscliffe), Mr. and Mrs. G. Clarke-Bruff,. Miss Thursfield.


Tuesday, before Clr. T. Morris (Mayor), Lord Forester, Col. Heywood, Ald. Prestage, Ald. Davies and Messrs. J. H. A Whiteley and T. Cooke…. Supt. Barber then objected to the renewal of the license of the Cape of Good Hope, Broseley. Mr. J. A. Holmes appeared for the owners, Messrs. Allsopp. P.S. Lovett stated that the tenant was John Mansell who had held the license since 1919. The house was fully licensed and situated at the junction of Cape Street and High Street. The gross rental was £20, with rateable value of £17. It was in good repair and the sanitary arrangements were good. The landlady had told him no business was being done recently, and worse lately (laughter). P.C. Penny (Broseley) said two years ago there was a good business done at this house, but recently the business had fallen off. The house was well conducted. Mr. Holmes said the owners would leave it in their hands. The house was referred for compensation.

22nd March 1924


This authority, which met at Shrewsbury on Saturday, approved of the following apportionments of compensation awards made by the Inland Revenue Commissioners

Hand and Tankard, Broseley: £819, Owners, Wrekin Brewery Co. Ltd., £800; licensee {manager), Francis R. Benbow, £19.

These amounts will be paid on April 17th, and the licenses will officially expire on .April 24th.

29th March 1924


ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH.—On Good Friday there was Matins and ante-Communion in this church at 11 aim, and a musical service and short address at 7 p.m. On Easter Day there were four celebrations of Holy Communion at 6, 7. 8 and at midday, matins at 10-45, children service at 2-30 and festal evensong with procession at 6-30. There were nearly 300 communicants, a record number. The church had been beautifully decorated by the ladies of the congregation. The musical part of the service was as usual most ably rendered by the choir. The anthem at matins was “Ye choirs of New Jerusalem”; and at evensong, “Alleluia! Christ is risen”. The Rev. W. W. Warner (rector) was the preacher.


Tuesday, before Dr. Collins (chairman), Ald. Prestage and Councillor W. G. Dyas.

Priscilla Potts, Benthall View, Broseley, and Annie Potts, Broseley, were charged with stealing a quantity of coal, the property of W. and P. Jones, brick and tile works, Jackfield.—P.C. Dodd (Jackfield) stated he saw the defendants carrying the coal in bags.—W. E. Price (manager), identified the coal as Messrs. Jones property. He, however, did not press the case.—The defendants were bound over in the sum of £5 to be of good behaviour for 6 months, and ordered to pay the costs, 15s.

Lizzie Watkins, Broseley, was charged with failing to obey an order in respect of her son, Cedric.—The mother appeared and made a strong appeal to the magistrates not to send her boy to an Industrial School. She asked the Bench to consider her father who was 74 years of age. —Mr. Francis (School Officer) proved case, which mist adjourned for 6 weeks in order to see if there was a better attendance.

Several rate cases were disposed of and orders made.

29th March 1924


I should like to call attention to the disgraceful state of the public ashpits, and also to the cleansing of the streets. At the present time the ashpits are full, and have been so for months past. If this was a private affair we should have the sanitary officials round, as the smell from some is terrible. I was under the impression that the pits were to be cleared every week, but they have not been done for months, and some of the streets have not seen the scavenging carts for nearly 12 months. I should also like to draw attention to some of the district roads, which have ruts in them 6 inches deep and more.



May I refer to a local complaint in connection with the landing from the Jackfield and Coalport Memorial bridge on the Coalport side. The descent is rather steep and very smooth, and in frosty and eel weather the oak boards, are very slippery This has been the cause of many minor accidents, which might have been serious.


19th March 1924


BOROUGH COUNCIL. Wednesday, Councillor T. Morris (mayor) presiding.—The Mayor welcomed the new member, Mr. T. J. Myatt; and sympathised with Ald. Bryan and Councillor Bishop, in their illness, wishing them a speedy recovery.

A letter was read from the Ministry of Health in relation to the slaughter of animals.- Ald. Prestage proposed that they should appoint a committee to confer with representatives of the butchers as to the best practical means of carrying out the Act.—Mr. Raleigh seconded the motion, which was carried. The following were elected on the committee:— Lord Forester, Aldermen Legge, Davies, Nicklin, Prestage and Councillors Murphy and Walker, with the Mayor.

General district rates were levied for the parish of Barrow, 2s. 6d. in the pound; Broseley, 4s.; Madeley, 3s. 6d.; and Wenlock,  4s 6d.—Water rates of 2s. 6d. in the pound were levied for Broseley, Madeley, and Wenlock.—Mr. T. J. Myatt was elected a member of the Contagious Diseases (Animals) Act Committee in the place of ex-Councillor Benson.—The following were appointed overseers for the undermentioned parishes:— Barrow, C. F. Wadlow and H. Perkins; Benthall, J. B. Oakley and R. Walkinshaw; Broseley, J. A. Downes and W. H. Price; Linley, H. J. Norgrove and Capt. Rouse-Boughton; Little Wenlock, R. Westwood and J. Roberts; Madeley, J. P. Dorsett, W. A. Woolley and H. Read; Posenhall, C. F. Wadlow; Willey, J. H. Williams; and Much Wenlock, T. J. Myatt and Dalby.—The representative managers of the provided and non-provided elementary schools were appointed for the year.

The meeting then received the resignation of Mr. T. H. Francis, as assistant overseer for the parish of Barrow, which was accepted on the motion of Ald. Davies. —There were four applicants for the vacant position, and, on the motion of Lord Forester, Mr. T. Jones was appointed assistant overseer for the parish of Barrow at a salary of £20 a year.—On the motion of Ald. Cooke, the Corporate Seal was affixed to an agreement between the Corporation and Lady Catherine Manes Gaskell, relative to the extension of the water supply of the Wenlock Sanitary Division.

A report of the Main Roads Committee was presented by Ald. Prestage which recommended the paying of bills amounting to £174, and also that the borough surveyor be given a testimonial as to the manner in which he had discharged his duties.—The report was adopted.—Dr. Collins proposed a revised scale of fees for the Broseley Burial Board, which would affect outside residents.—Mr. Doughty seconded; carried .—Ald Roberts, who attended the river pollution meeting  at Shrewsbury, gave a report thereon, and he was thanked for attending the conference, and for his report.

The special committee appointed to draft a scheme under the Housing Act, 1923, for the provision of housing accommodation in the borough, made the following recommendations to the Council. That the Council should build 14 parlour-type houses as follows: Barrow Ward 2, Broseley Ward 4, Madeley Ward 4, and Wenlock Ward 4; that the Council should purchase a suitable site or sites in each ward in the borough and allot same out with a view to offering them for sale at reasonable prices to speculative or owner builders for the erection of parlour-type houses; that the Council should offer a subsidy of £100 per house, being as to £75 Government subsidy and as to £25 Council subsidy, to speculative builders and others not building as owner - occupiers on condition that the houses were sold or let exclusively to residents in the borough, and preferentially to residents in the ward in which they were built; that the Council should offer a like subsidy to prospective owner-occupiers, and also offer to advance to them 90 per cent. of the cost on reasonable terms and subject to the repayment of principal and interest by weekly or monthly instalments as rent on the Building Society principle; that all houses erected under this scheme should be of the parlour-type, and conform with the Housing Act, 1923, and. the regulations of the Ministry of Health and the Council made thereunder; that the selection of the sites and of suitable applicants and the carrying out of the Council building scheme generally be delegated to the district committees, and all loans and other charges incurred in connection therewith be charged on the general district rate of the ward incurring the same; that the Town Clerk be instructed to obtain the approval of the Ministry of Health to a scheme or schemes drafted on these principles, and that subsequently the scheme be advertised.—The Mayor proposed the adoption of the scheme, and Mr. J. Davies seconded.—Lord Forester asked if they could give any idea of what rents they would require.—Mr. Davies replied that,


EX-SERVICE MAN’S FUNERAL.—The funeral of Mr. Frank Arrowsmith, an ex-Service man, who had served for three years in Mesopotamia during the war, took place on Tuesday at Benthall Church. There were present a number of ex-Service men and members of the British Legion in charge of Mr. T. A. Hulse; Major Prestage and Col. Heywood were also present. The coffin was covered with the Union Jack, and three of the Broseley Scouts sounded the “Last Post”. The Rev. W. A. Terry was the officiating clergyman. Every respect was shown, and the widow, who is left with four children, has the sympathy of everyone in the village.

VESTRY MEETING.—The annual vestry meeting was held in the schoolroom on March 21 and the Rev. W. A. Terry presided. Colonel G. G. P. Heywood (Tickwood Hall) was re-appointed rector’s warden and Mr. Joseph Bowen Oakley (Benthall Farm) re-elected people’s warden. Messrs. Wm. Cross, J. A. Barber, T. Minton, John Cross. jun., were re-appointed sidesmen. The churchwarden’s accounts showed a credit balance of £4 4s. 8d.

8th May 1924


SUDDEN Frank Brazier, an old man, who lived by himself, was found dead in his bed on Sunday. Deceased had not been in good health for a long time. There was no inquest.

CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH. -The anniversary was celebrated on Sunday in the form of special sermons. Special music was rendered by the choir, and collections were taken for the church funds. The preachers were the Rev. H. J. Parker (morning) and Mrs. Parker (evening).

GENEROSITY.—A long-felt need in the parish has been supplied by the gift of Major Prestage of a handsome wheeled bier. No fixed charge will be made for its use, but any sum paid will be given to the Church Sick and Poor Fund.            Mrs. Prestage has given a pall for use with the bier.

THE ANNUAL VESTRY and meeting of the Parochial Church electors was held in the Town Hall on April 24, the rector (Rev. W. A. Warner, M.C.) presiding. The rector nominated Mr. A. H. Thorn-Pudsey as his warden for the ensuing year, and Mr. F. Gobey was unanimously elected people’s warden. A large number of sidesmen was appointed. Messrs. J. Nicklin and E. C. S. White were elected as delegates to the diocesan conference, and Messrs. ; Shorting and White, Miss Potts and Mrs. Broadhurst to the ruri-decanal conference. The hon. secretary gave a report of the work of the Parochial Council during the past year, and the hon. treasurer (Mr. A. E. Wiggins) presented the statement of accounts, which showed a balance in hand of £20 1s. 2d.; against an adverse balance last year of £36 1s. l1d. A council comprising 34 members was appointed.

7th Jun 1923


BURIAL BOARD, Wednesday, Dr. G. D. Collins presiding.—It was reported that the ivy had been cut in the cemetery. There was a credit balance, it was stated, of £22 16s. l0d.

BOWLING.—The new bowling green at the Pheasant Hotel was opened on Saturday by Mr. Wood of Wolverhampton, who, after his opening speech, invited Councillor Myatt to bowl the first wood. These two gentlemen played a match, Mr. Wood winning a good game in the presence of a large crowd. Other matches followed, but a thunderstorm brought the proceedings to a sudden close.

DISTRICT COUNCIL, Wednesday, Ald. D. L Prestage presiding. — With reference to the housing question, it was stated that £200 per acre was required by the owner, or less if the whole field was purchased.—Mr. Doughty said that he objected to their giving £200 per acre.—The chairman said that it was suggested to build two houses on each site.—After discussion, the clerk was instructed to apply to the Government valuer.—Mr. Herbert reported one case of opthalmia, and a number of nuisances, regarding which usual orders were made.- A complaint was received, it being stated that the night soil was being emptied in the Severn by the Iron-Bridge contractor.—It was decided to ask the Madeley District Council to stop the alleged nuisance.—The clerk reported a debit balance on the general and water account of £605 4s. 1d.—The surveyor reported that his expenditure for the past month was £41 1s. 9d.— Mr. Doughty complained of the condition of the Jackfield roads, and a letter was read from Mr. Heyward Davies complaining of the condition of King Street and Duke Street.—The surveyor was instructed to prepare an estimate to do the work. He was also instructed to obtain better men on the roads, and give them higher wages.— Mr. Callear reported that he had taken out the three inch water meter at Broseley Hospital, and had sent it to the makers for inspection and adjustment. With reference to the supply of water to cottages at Benthall Mines, he suggested that the owners of all the property be interviewed, and the cost of extension submitted to them, with a view to bringing all within reach. He was instructed to connect up property at Clench acre, Broseley. He gave details of work done, and stated that the recent floods and rain storms had bared the Broseley pumping main for long distances up Benthall Bank.—The report was adopted.


It is more than 40 years since such a thunderstorm, with torrential rain, visited this district as on Saturday night and Sunday last. Great damage was done to the roads. About 400 tons of debris was washed down the Benthall Bank, a great quantity of which got on the Great Western line at the local station, and for 20 minutes the 7 o’clock train was held up whilst the stationmaster (Mr. C. W. Chadwick) and a small body of men cleared the shingles off the crossing. All the way to Benthall Bank channels were washed up, and there were ruts four feet deep, making the road impassable for vehicular traffic. In Benthall Spout Lane ruts six feet deep were made in the road. The Coalport road at Madeley was also badly cut up, and the garden produce was washed away. The water was up to the doorsteps in houses, and one tenant had to abandon his home. Much damage was caused at Madeley Hill, whilst at the Hodge Bower, Iron-Bridge, a garden wall collapsed. The cottages in Chapel Row, Coalbrokdale, were flooded, one of the occupants having to seek shelter elsewhere. Several houses at Jackfield were deluged, in particular Mr. Hearne’s dwelling. The damage in the district is estimated at some thousands of pounds.

21st June 1924


PETTY SESSIONS, Tuesday, before the Mayor, Mr. Thomas Morris, Mr. John Davies, Major D. L. Prestage, and Col. Heywood.—Richard Simmons, Sycamore Road, Broseley; was fined1s. for not having two independent brakes on his motor-cycle.—The case was proved by P.C. Davies, Jackfield


ACCIDENT.—On Saturday afternoon, Mr. W. H. Smith, whilst engaged at the Foundry (Calcutts) fell from some steps. He was taken home and later was conveyed to the Broseley Hospital, suffering from severe injuries to his shoulder and arm. He is progressing favourably.

A SACRED CONCERT, arranged by the local hospital committee, was given in the Institute grounds on Sunday. The Jackfield Prize Silver Band, conducted by Mr. W. Ellis, played selections which were greatly appreciated, whilst the combined and chapel choirs, conducted by Mr. A. Skitt, delighted the large number of people present with their items. A collection was taken on behalf of time hospital fund.

21st June 1924


The members of this authority sat at Shrewsbury on Tuesday to consider arguments and evidence against the renewal of several licences for the sale of intoxicating liquor in the county. Mr. C. T. Dugdale presided.

In support of the licensing authority’s opposition to the renewal of the license of the Cape of Good Hope, Broseley, it was stated that the trade at the house had practically dwindled to nothing during the past 12 months, and that no inconvenience would be caused to anyone if the house was closed. In the ecclesiastical parish of Broseley there was one licensed house for every 193 persons. The license was not renewed.

28th June 1924


WHIST DRIVE AND DANCE. — A successful whist drive and dance were held in the grounds of the Broseley Social Club on Monday. The prizes for the whist drive were presented by Mrs. Boon to the following:-1 Mrs. Harriman, 2 Miss G. Reynolds, 3 Miss G. Lewis; 1 Mr. E. Gittings, 2 Mr. L. Walmsley, 3 Mr. E. Shaw. A hearty vote of thanks was given to Dr. and Mrs. Boon for their kindness in giving the prizes. The M.C. for the whist was Dr. Boon and for the dance Mr. G. B. Whitmore. The music was supplied by Messrs. Harrisson and Hurdley.

LATE MR. B. JOHNSTON.—The sad news arrived on Monday that Mr. John Johnston of Legg’s Hill had passed away in a Wolverhampton hospital, following an operation for appendicitis. Deceased, who leaves a widow and six children, was employed by the Coalbrookdale Iron Company as shoeing smith. He was a member of the local lodge of Oddfellows, and also of the Hereford Diocesan and Salop Archidiaconal Guilds of Changeringers, being attached to Coalbrookdale Parish Church local ringers. The funeral took place at Broseley Cemetery on Wednesday. In addition to the family mourners, his shop mates, bell-ringing friends, and members of the Oddfellows Club in regalia attended, also representatives of the Friendly Societies and Sports Committees, of which deceased had been a member. As the funeral procession left the church for the cemetery, the Broseley bells rang out half muffled, the Broseley ringers, assisted by those from Coalbrookdale, taking part. At the graveside, after the Oddfellows oration had been read by Mr. L. G. Harris, five Coalbrookdale ringers rang a course of Grandsire Caters on handbells. Beautiful wreaths were sent, including one from his shopmates, and one from the Coalbrookdale ringers, made in the shape of a bell. Broseley bells were rung after the funeral. At Coalbrookdale Church, where Mr. Johnston used to ring, the flag was half mast during the afternoon and evening, also a quarter peal of Grandsire Caters was rung by his colleagues in forty-nine minutes, with the bells half muffled, under the direction of Mr. A. Saunders.

BAND CONCERT. The members of the Jackfield Band gave a delightful concert on the Social Grounds on Sunday. There was a large crowd, who appreciated the music,

OBITUARY.—The death took place on June 19th, at the age of 63, of Mr. Edward Lister, at his residence, Quarry Road, Broseley. Deceased, who was highly respected by all who knew him, had been in the employ Messrs. Craven Dunnill and Co., Ltd., for a great number of years. The funeral took place on Monday at Broseley Cemetery, the Rev. F. Wace of Canada, a friend of the family, officiating. The chief mourners were as follows:—Nellie (daughter), Jim and Fred (sons), Jack (nephew). Messrs. Craven, Dunnill and Co. were represented by Mr. F. W. Howells. Members of the A.O.F., of which deceased had been a member, also attended, besides a large number of friends. Floral tributes were sent from: —His devoted wife; His loving children Flo, Bert, George, Jim, Fred; Nellie, Will and family; James, Nellie and family of Bournemouth; Annie and Bert; Lilly Maggie and family; Messrs. Craven Dunnill, Co., Ltd.; Fellow-workers at Jackfield; Mr. and Mrs. W. Roberts and family; Mr. and Mrs. Reece and family; Mr. and Mrs. F. Edwards and family; Mrs. Humphries and Nancy.


PRESENTATION.—A dinner service and a pipe were recently presented by Mr. J. S. Maw, on behalf of the Benthall Works  staff to Mr. T. J. Makin, who is leaving the district, to take up an appointment in Sheffield. Mr. Makin responded and said that he would often think of his friends and neighbours.


12th July 1924


Will be held at


(by kind permission of Lord Forester),

On Wednesday, 30th July, 1924.

The Fete will be declared open at 3 p.m., by

The Lady Berwick.






DANCING on Lawn from 6-30 to 9-30



Admission 6d. (all day): Proceeds in aid of Church and Sports Fund.

Grand 6-aside Football Contest (for players living within 7 mile radius of Willey Hall). Entries (with entrance fee of 6s. per team) to be sent to Secretary before 23rd July, Preliminary ties may be played on Tuesday, 29th July, at 6 p.m. All League players who intend to compete must get permission front Association:

H. WELSH, Hon. Sec.,

Willey, Broseley.

12th July 1924


I have lately been trying to direct attention to the disgusting state of the drains in Quarry Road, but with no result, except that about two months ago several loads of stones and brick ends were dumped in the road and children and cart wheels are helping to spread them nicely, so that one now walks the road at one’s own risk.

The drains (or lack of them), however, are the most serious matter, and really any Council with the least elementary idea of cleanliness or sense of  interest in the well being of the inhabitants of a town or village would not suffer a continuance of the present appalling state of affairs an hour longer than necessary. The drains of all the houses on the higher ground above this road run under the ground and through holes in the wall at varying heights (some of them more than 2 feet, high) and belch  their filthy contents a yard or more into  the road. I have heard on more than one occasion of people narrowly escaping the fragrant shower as they passed by. The open gutter which is supposed to carry this away is broken, and holes are invariably full of stinking matter left to evaporate in the sun; on a- hot day one can smell Quarry Road quite a distance away. This is no exaggeration.

Broseley       W. H. BUNNAGAR.

2nd August 1924



A grand garden fete was held in the beautiful grounds of Willey Park, kindly lent by Lord Forester, on Wednesday, in aid of the fund for the restoration of the existing chime of bells at Willey Church and the Barrow, Linley and Willey sports funds.

Lady Berwick, who was accompanied by Lord Berwick, kindly consented to perform the opening ceremony.—Lord Forester, in a short speech introducing her ladyship to the assembled company, said that he was sure no one present wished to see Willey Church tumbling down for lack of funds to make the necessary alterations.—Lady Berwick, declaring the fete opened, said she hoped the objects for which it was being held would soon be attained, and that the people of Willey, when they heard the restored bells chiming out, would reflect with pleasure on the pleasant way in which the necessary money had been collected.—The Rev. C. S. Jackson (rector of Willey), in proposing a vote of thanks to Lady Berwick, paid tribute the splendid example of the land-owning class in Shropshire in taking the lead so ably and eagerly in the things that really mattered and always being ready and willing to throw open their houses and grounds to the people of the neighbourhood for similar good objects.—Mr, E. R. Thomas of Willey seconded the vote of thanks.

Over 1,500 people attended and among the fashionable company present were: —Lady Forester and Capt. Forester, Lord and Lady Wenlock, the Hon. Mrs. Whitaker and Miss Whitaker, the Hon. Mrs. Francis Forester and Miss Forester, the Hon. Mary Acton, Col. R. Hunt and Mrs. Hunt, Mrs. Lyde Benson, Mrs. Worsley Worswick, Mr. and Mrs. Whitley, Mr. and Mrs. Crichton Browne, Dr. and Mrs. Boone. Capt. Forester, who is shortly leaving for South Africa to act. as A.D.C. to the Governor, was fortunately at home and contributed greatly to the success of the day.

The Coalbrookdale Brass Band played selections at intervals. Among the amusements provided was a six-a-side football competition in which teams from Broseley, Willey, Iron-Bridge, Linley, Westwood and the Pink Pilgrims took part; this proved of great interest, and the final match was won by Broseley Cricket Club team against the Broseley Swifts by three goals to one, after an exciting game. A tennis tournament between Bridgnorth and Broseley clubs was held on the lawn in front of the Hall and was won by Bridgnorth by five sets to three. Cocoanut-shies, captive football, five-tens, and hoop-la were included in the amusements, and a hidden treasure hunt provided amusement for young and old; the winner of this was Mr. Cecil Harrison of Broseley Wood. A rummage sale was held, the auctioneer being Lord Forester, assisted by Capt. Forester. The stalls for the sale of produce, which were well attended, were in the charge of members of the Willey Social Club. A clock golf competition was won by the Rev. C. S. Jackson and Miss E. Jackson. At skittles a pig, given by Mr. J. Williams, Home Farm, was won with the highest maximum score of nine down by Mr. James Rowe, Shirlett; Miss K. Cleeton secured second prize. Dancing until dusk concluded a most enjoyable day. Great credit is due to Mr. Hugh Welsh (the able secretary), who was supported by a strong committee under the chairmanship of the Rev. C. S. Jackson, for the successful manner in which the whole of the arrangements were carried but.


A MUSICAL SERVICE in aid of the choir fund was held at St. Mary’s Church on Sunday afternoon. Mr. Gerald Edge presided at the organ. The choir, conducted by Mr. W. Ellis, gave a good rendering of the anthems, “Sun of my soul” and “O how amiable”, the solo being delightfully taken by Master Cyril James. Solos were also rendered by Mrs. Bickers, Mr. V. Clarke, Mr. F. Lloyd and Master J. Lloyd.

2nd August 1924



A quarterly meeting of the Salop County Council was held at Shrewsbury on Saturday, presided over by Lt.Col. H. Heywood-Lonsdale, who was supported by Mr. W. H. Lander (vice-chairman).

Roads and Bridges.

.. that an annual contribution be made (until otherwise ordered) to the Wenlock Town Council of 50 per cent. of the total actual expenditure incurred on an approved estimate each year towards the cost of the maintenance and repair of that portion of the highway between Iron-Bridge station and the “Foresters Arms” (1.65 miles), on the understanding that a further 25 per cent. grant was made to the Town Council by the Ministry of Transport; that on the above basis a sum of £512 (being 50 per cent. of an approved estimate of £625) be paid to the Town Council for the year ending March 31, 1925.

9th August 1924


DISTRICT COUNCIL, Wednesday, Ald Prestage presiding.- The town clerk reported that after meeting liabilities that day there would be a debit balance due to the bank of £341 7s. Ald. Prestage said this was slightly better than this time last year, although it was stated that the ratepayers had to pay interest on the overdraft. Mr. Derry said there was a total of £923 outstanding on the two accounts, and Mr Fenn promised to push on with the collection.- There were two letters of complaints from ratepayers. Ald Nicklin said that to a certain extent he was in sympathy, but if the council proceeded to do all they were asked the next rate would be 7s. 6d. instead of 4s. Improvements could only be done by degrees, otherwise the rates would go up by leaps and bounds. The town clerk was instructed to reply, saying that the matters were having the Council’s consideration. With regard to the Iron-Bridge to Broseley Road, a letter was read from the County Council offering 50 per cent. of the actual expenditure on this road per annum. The surveyor said the estimate for this year was £625, so that meant the local Council must find £312 from the rates. The Chairman said it meant a great burden to the local ratepayers for a road which was to his mind, a main road, and it should be treated as such. Lord Forester said he was not at the last meeting. Views were expressed by members that if the County Council had certified this road the Ministry of Transport would have granted 75 per cent. of the cost of putting into repair. Eventually it was decided unanimously that the Council not entertain the County Council’s offer. Mr Richards stated that he had complete Duke Street and his expenditure for labour for the month was £53 4s. 4d.- Mr Callear in his water report, stated that he had carried out extensions to property in Duke Street and Church Street and erected two new standposts at lower Church Street and Smithy Bank. The three-inch meter had been fixed at Broseley Hospital, which shewed a great increase in consumption on what had been charged as an average previously. A meter had also been fixed at Broseley National Schools. Mr Callear was instructed to extend a three inch water main at the Wynde, Jackfield, a distance of 400 feet, as per his estimate.-  The Council decided to purchase one acre of land in King Street, and one acre in New Road for housing, and the town clerk was instructed to arrange for the purchase and the necessary loan. On the motion of Ald. Prestage, seconded by Clrs. Davies and Exley, it was decided to enter in the minutes a vote of appreciation and thanks to Captain Webb (Secretary) and the Willey Estate Company, Ltd., for the kind consideration they had given to the Council in this matter, as not only had they offered the land at an economic price but they had gone further, and given on option for some years to the Council of purchasing any part of the sites remaining at a very low rate. The motion was carried unanimously. On the motion of Lord Forester, seconded by the chairman and supported by Ald. Nicklin, a vote of condolence was passed to Mrs. Pellowe and family on the death of Mr Pellowe, who had represented the Press at their meetings for upwards of 40 years.

TENNIS CLUB.- With a fine Bank Holliday good progress was made with the club tournament. Mr F. Gobey and Miss Stanley of Holly House provided an excellent tea, and most enjoyable day was spent.

SOCIAL CLUB.- A dance was held on Tuesday in the club grounds at Bank House and was very largely attended. Harrison’s String band provided good music. The evening was fine and dancing was continuous from 7 o’clock to 11. Mr. G. Whitmore carried out the duties of M.C. A spot waltz prize was won by Mr. Jas. Davies of New Ferry, Birkenhead, and Mrs. Abraham Boden of Broseley Wood. The arrangements were carried out by the energetic club sports committee.

16th August 1924


PICNIC- In connection with the Methodist Chapel a picnic and entrainment were organised by M. a Mrs. Shaw and Miss Ethel Shaw at their residence, The Bungalow, on Wednesday. Tea was served at 5.30 p.m. and was thoroughly enjoyed. The weather was all that could be desired and the concert following the tea proved a great success. The various items included a pianoforte solo by Miss Ethel Shaw, two songs by Mr. Highway, duet by Mr. A. O. Jones and Mrs Wace recitation by Miss Shaw, pianoforte solo by Mrs. N. Taylor, a duet by Miss Wall and Master Wall, and sketch by Mr. A. O. Jones and Aston and Messrs. A. O. Jones, Blackford, and W. Ball. The Rev. J. J Credland occupied the chair. The proceeds were in aid of the trust funds.

THE SUDDEN DEATH of Miss Downes, Fernleigh. Occurred at the age of 74. Miss Downes had lived with her brother, Mr. J. A. Downes retired manager of Lloyds Bank, Broseley branch for a number of years. She was of a retiring and unassuming disposition, but well known and respected throughout the district, a staunch Churchwoman and district visitor. The funeral took place on Monday, the choir attending, and the hymns sung were “Jesu. Lover of my soul” and “Lead, kindly Light”. Mr. Walter Davis presided at the organ and played “I know that my Redeemer liveth” at the commencement of the service and the “Dead March” (“Saul”) at the conclusion, Many of the residents of the district attended the funeral which was conducted by the Rev W. A. Warner. A large number of beautiful wreaths was sent. A muffled peal was rung by the Broseley Church ringers.


WEDDING. — At Coventry Parish Church on Saturday, the marriage took place between Mr. Frank Bates. second son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Bates, 116, King Edward Road, Coventry, and Miss Ethel Elizabeth Anderson, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. Anderson, of Ivy Cottage, Jackfield. The Rev. T. Robinson, vicar, officiated. The bride, who was given away by her father, looked charming in a dress of ivory crepe romaine, trimmed with pearls and silver ribbon. She also wore a veil with spray of orange blossom and carried a bouquet of pink and white carnations. Her only adornment was a necklace of African ivory beads, the gift of the bridegroom. The bridesmaid, Miss Gladys Anderson, sister of the bride, wore a dress of pink silk crepe trimmed with mauve and picture hat to match. She carried a bouquet of pink and white sweet peas and wore a gold brooch, the gift of the bridegroom. Mr. Herbert Bates, brother of the bridegroom, acted as best man. After the reception, Mr. and Mrs. Bates left for Penmaenmawr, North Wales, where the honeymoon is being spent. The happy couple were the recipients of many costly and numerous presents. At the express wish of the bride her bouquet was brought to Shropshire and laid on her grandmother’s grave at Broseley Cemetery.

A GARDEN ENTERTAINMENT was held in the grounds of the Rectory on Wednesday in aid of the church heating fund. Proceedings were opened by Mrs. D. L. Prestage of Broseley, who was accompanied by Major Prestage. A vote of thanks was proposed by the Rev. C. S. Jackson (Rector of Willey) and seconded by Mr. Hayward Davis, and a bouquet was presented by Miss Barbara Bourdillon. Two admirable displays of dancing were given on the lawn by the pupils of Mrs. and Miss Briggs N.D.T.A., and were greatly appreciated,. Stall-holders were as follow: — Pound stall, Miss E. Jones, Mrs. Bromwich, and Mrs. G. Williams; sweet, Miss Myra Exley and Mrs. L. Williams; ice-cream, Mrs. W. E. Price and Mrs. Groves; refreshments, Mrs. John Hearn, Mrs. G. Britton, Mrs. W. T. Tranter, Mrs. J. D. Perkins and Mrs. A. Wilson. The evening part of the programme, consisting of dancing, was held (by kind permission of Mrs. J. A. Exley and Mr. Ernest Exley) on the lawn of Rock House). Dancing was accompanied by the Jackfield Silver Prize Band, conducted by Mr. William Ellis. Mr. Stanley Ashwood carried out the duties of M.C. There was a very large gathering. It is anticipated that as a result of this enjoyable afternoon and evening the proceeds will reach the figure required (£40) for the completion of the new heating apparatus in the church.

16th August 1924


The residents of the district manifested their profound respect and high esteem of the late Dr. G. D. Collins, M.R.C.S., L.S.A. J.P. by the large attendance at the funeral at Broseley Parish Church on Saturday afternoon.

Dr Collins took his medical degree at King’s College, London, and was house surgeon at the Royal Salop Infirmary from 1878 to 1883, when he came to practise at Broseley, from which he retired in 1900 on account of failing health. For about 14 consecutive years he held the office of Rector’s Warden at Broseley Parish Church; he was also for many years a member of the Madeley Board of Guardians and for some time chairman of that body. When war broke out in 1914, feeling conscious that his services might be placed to some useful purpose and to release younger medical men for more active service, he placed himself at the disposal of the War Office and was appointed Deputy President of the Shropshire Area Recruiting Board, which later merged into the Ministry of Pensions Board; this position he held from 1914 up to the day of his death.

His residence in Church Street, being in close proximity to the church, all friends assembled at the church, and the coffin was borne on the church bier, the six: bearers being Messrs. H. H. Wase, Wm. Rowe. Albert Preece, Wm. Jones,  George Maiden and David Jones.

The, chief mourners were:—Capt. E. P. Collins, (only surviving child), Miss S. A. Collins (sister), Mr. P. G. Collins and Dr. Abdy Collins (brothers), Mr. F. H. Potts (brother-in-law), Mr. Cyril A. Potts (nephew), Mr. H. Davies, Shrewsbury, Mrs. E. Stanley (housekeeper),and Maggie Glazebrook (maid). The deceased had acted as a Justice of the Peace for the Borough of Wenlock since the year 1904, and the Constabulary paid tribute, being represented by a detainment of eight officers drawn from different parts of the borough under the charge of Inspector Wakeley of Iron-Bridge, which escorted the remains from the residence to the church. The late doctor had been a member of the Borough of Wenlock Town Council, Broseley Ward, since 1911, and held the office of Mayor in the year 1913-1914. The Wenlock Town Council was represented by the following:— Councillor W. G. Dyas, Deputy Mayor, Aldermen Thos. Cooke, Much Wenlock, W. J. Legge, Madeley, Jos. Nicklin and D. L. Prestage, Broseley, Councillors Thos. Doughty, A. A. Exley. Jas. Davies, H. H. Wase, Broseley Ward, Wm. Bishop, Barrow Ward, F. H. Bagnall and C. H. Temple, Madeley Ward, Messrs. F. W. Derry, town clerk, J. S. Barker, borough treasurer, A. H. Thorn-Pudsey, borough coroner and magistrates’ clerk, F. Richards, borough surveyor, Edward Oakes; collector for Barrow Ward, and J. H. Grainger, auditor; who met the funeral at the church gates. The Broseley Troop of Boy Scouts in uniform formed a guard of honour and were placed in extended order from the gates to the church.

The choir; which was in attendance, awaited the procession at the gates and then, led by Mr, E. C. S. White carrying the Processional Cross, and followed by the Rev. W. A. Warner, rector of Broseley, who conducted the service throughout, entered the church to the strains of Chopin’s “Prelude”, played by Mr. Walter Davis on the organ. At the conclusion of the first portion of the service, Chopin’s “Funeral March” was played.

The procession proceeded to the Broseley Cemetery, where the interment was made in the family vault, which contained only the body of his wife, Selina, who died in the year 1893.

Among the numerous friends present were:—Mr. P. D. Harley (Condover Grange), Mr. Thos. Griffiths, Dr. and Mrs. Fox-Edwards, Mr. E. H. Shorting, Mrs. D. L. Prestage, Mr. J. A. Downes, Col. A. B. Garrett, Mr and Mrs. C. C. Bruff, Mr. E. J. Exley (Rock House), the Rev. and Mrs. A. C. Howell and Miss Howell, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Potts, Mr; and Mrs. J. L. du Sautoy, Mr. W. Groucott, Mr. Hayward Davis, Mr. Bailey (Hon-Bridge), Mr. P. Gobey, Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Instone, Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Instone, Mrs. Warner (Broseley Rectory), Col. and Mrs. G .G. P. Heywood (Tickwood Hall), Mr. H. Harris. Mr. Peter Corfield, Messrs. John and Junes Hearn, Miss Ada Jones, Mrs. and Miss A. Thorn-Pudsey, the Rev. and Mrs. W. A. Terry (Benthall), Mr. John Watkins, Mrs. Jas. Garbett, Mrs. Baldwin, Miss B. Powner, Mrs. Morrie Ward, Mr. Philip Clee, Mr. B. Fletcher, Mr. Jas. Oakley, Mr. T. Broadhurst, Messrs. Wm. Ed. and Fred Francis, Mr. A. Wiggins. Lord Forester sent special expression of regret at being unable to attend through absence from home, and was represented by Capt. Hugh Welsh, of Willey Hall, the secretary and agent to the Willey Estates Company.

The wreaths were magnificent and a wealth of the choicest flowers, and were sent by the following:—Capt. and Mrs  E. D. Collins, Linley; Dr. Abdy and Miss Collins; the Employees of the Prestage and Broseley Tileries; and Mrs. H. Davies, Shrewsbury; Mr. H. Potts and family, The Grange; Mrs. Stanley and Maggie; the Mayor, Aldermen  and Councillors, Borough of Wenlock; the Officers and Staff, Ministry of Pensions, Shrewsbury; Major, and Mrs. D. Prestage, Broseley; Capt. A. H., Mrs. and Miss Thorn-Pudsey, Broseley Hall; Mr. and Mrs. Darker Harley, Condover Grange; Dr. and Mrs. N. Fox-Edwards, Broseley; Mr. and Mrs. Wood and the Misses Potts. Broseley; Mr. and Mrs. George Potts and family; Benthall House; Col. A. B. Garrett; Coalport; Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Bruff, Coalport ; Major Norman Withers, Shelton Oak Priory ; Rev. and Mrs. A. C. Howell; Little Wenlock; Mr. G. C. Wardle, Leek; Mr, and Mrs. Harry Davies of Shrewsbury; Head Teachers, Broseley Schools; Mr. and Mrs. Peter Corfield, Barrow; Mr. and Mrs. Evans, Edith and Lily, Coalport ; Mr. J. A. and Miss Downes, Broseley; Col. and Mrs. Gerald G. P. Heywood, Tickwood Hall,

For several hours after the conclusion of the service, the district was reminded of its great loss by the muffled peal of a course of Grandsire Doubles rung out by the Broseley Church ringers.

References were made to the sudden death of Dr .Collins at the morning and evening services on Sunday at Broseley Parish Church. In the morning the Rector spoke of all the public work that deceased had done for Broseley and district, also of his work for the church for so many years, and of the affectionate regard in which he was held by the inhabitants of the district. Special hymns were sung at each service. Mention was also made of Miss Downes, who passed away quite suddenly on the Friday following Dr. Collins’s death whilst writing a letter of sympathy to a member of his family. Muffled peals were rung during the day.

24th August


A SMOKING CONCERT was given at the New Inn on Aug. 22. Mr. Tom Minton took the chair and Mr. H. Blood presided at the piano. Some excellent     songs were given by the following:- F. Hill, Sergt. F. Bangham, Mr. R. Clinton, Mrs Ferguson, Messrs. H. Blood, Geo. Cartwright, T. Williams, F. Watkins and  Sidney Williams.

THE ZENANA MISSIONARY VAN, in charge of Miss Newbold and Miss Johnson, visited the parish on Tuesday. Interesting address were given by Miss Newbold in the schoolroom in the afternoon for children, and for adults in the evening, on the work of the Zenana Missionary Society in China and India. The Vicar (Rev. W. A. Terry) presided at both meetings, which were well attended. Collections were made on behalf of the funds of the society. Among those present were Mrs. Terry and Mrs. G. Potts (hon. secretary).

OUTING. — The members of the Mothers’ Meeting, accompanied by Mrs. Terry, had their annual outing on Wednesday to Wolverhampton, when a very enjoyable day was spent.

SPORTS.-On the occasion of the Wake on Monday a local sports meeting was held in a field kindly lent by Mrs. Walkinshaw. Handicapper, Mr. Goodall, and starter, Mr. F. Watkins. The following were the prize-winners : 120 yards flat (men).-1 H. Goodall, 2 G. Boden, 3 F. Clinton. 100 yards flat (men).-1 J. Cartwright, 2 F. Clinton, 3 H. Goodall. 80 yards (men over 50).-1 H. Goodall, 2 W. Cartwright, 3 J. Bradeley. Pop and bun race.-1 E. Cartwright, 2 Bertram Rowe, 3 F. Minton. High jump.-1 Geo. Cartwright, 2 E. Cartwright, 3 R. Hood. Quarter-mile.— 1 E. Cartwright, 2 J. Cartwright, 3 F. Humphries. Wheelbarrow.- F. Humphries and Geo. Cartwright, 2. Bertram Rowe and F. Minton. The prizes were distributed by Mrs. R. Clinton. At the close of the meeting Mrs. Ferguson and Mrs. T. Minton distributed bags of sweets and handkerchiefs to over 100 children.

30th August 1924


Mr. A. N. Dixon, The Downs, Broseley, has been appointed JOURNAL representative for the above district, and all news paragraphs, notices of meetings, etc., should be sent to him.

DANCE.—The postponed dance, arranged by the local Friendly Societies’ Sports Committee, was held on Wednesday in the grounds of the Social Club, and a good company attended. Messrs. Harrison and Hurdley’s string band supplied the music, and Mr. G. Whitmore carried out the duties of M.C. Spot waltz prizes were won by Mr. R. Wood and Miss P. Meredith, and Mr. F. Gough and Miss V. Harrington. The proceeds were for the sports fund.

PETTY SESSIONS, Tuesday, before Ald. Prestage (chair). Ald. J. Nicklin, Ald. Walter Roberts, Clr. W. G. Dyas, and Mr. G. G. P. Heywood.—John Woolley of Horsehay, was charged with riding a motor cycle not having the required two independent brakes, on Aug 3, near Ladywood, Jackfield. P.C. Davies (Jackfield) proved the case and defendant, who did not appear, was fined 10s. or seven days.— Henry P. Thomas, John Hy. Davies and William Edwards, of Iron-Bridge, were charged with unlawfully playing the game of pitch and toss on the highway near Madeley. The two latter defendants did not appear, but had previously called at the Iron-Bridge Police Station, before the day of hearing, expressing regret that they would be unable to attend the Court. P.C. Hopley (Madeley) proved the case. Inspector Wakeley said he had received complaints of this gambling going on. The defendant Thomas informed the Bench that it was the first time that he had played such a game, and expressed regret, as he did not realise the seriousness of the matter. The Bench decided to make no conviction, but ordered the three defendants to pay the costs. The chairman in announcing the decision, said that this sort of gaming must be stopped.— Matilda F. Fox and her husband, James Fox, of Broseley, applied for the annulment of an existing separation order, stating that they had been living together again since September last year and the order was discharged.


CONCERT. - The Jackfield Prize Brass Band gave a promenade concert at Hodgebower on Sunday evening, which was attended by a very large number of people. A collection was taken in aid of the instrument fund.

IMPROVEMENT—The owners of the Iron-Bridge approach are to be congratulated on the improvement effected in the roadway over the old bridge. The construction of the footpaths will prove a great boon to pedestrians. It is felt, however, that the erection of a danger signal at the entrance to the bridge from the Iron-Bridge side is very necessary, as many accidents at this point, have recently been narrowly averted.


NEW FOOTBALL CLUB: To further the movement of the Maw and Co.’s employees welfare scheme, a football club has been formed in conjunction with the same, A strong committee has been chosen, consisting of Messrs. C. Reynolds (chairman), H. Weale (hon. secretary), F. R. Davis (hon. treasurer), J. W. Price, W. A. Burton, E. Sykes, T. Minton, E. Francis, E. Williams, J. Perkins, H. Mason and J. Burns. A field in the Dark Lane, Broseley, formerly the Jackfield Excelsior ground, has been secured, and the club has joined the Jackfield League. Several experienced players have signed for the club.

HOSPITAL COMMITTEE.—The annual meeting was held in the Institute on Wednesday, presided over by Mr. W. T. Tranter. The hon. treasurer, Mr. W. T. Hudson, presented a statement of accounts, which gave a balance of over £27, which was considered very satisfactory. The following amounts were allocated :—Salop Royal Infirmary five guineas, Salop Eye and Ear Hospital five guineas, Wolverhampton Hospital four guineas, Broseley Hospital three guineas, Iron-Bridge Dispensary three guineas, Salop Sanatorium two guineas. The following officers were elected :—Chairman, Mr. W. T. Tranter ; vice-chairman, Mr. Hayward Davies; hon. treasurer, Mr. W. T. Hudson; hon. secretaries, Messrs. H. P. Bowen and P. Price, together with a strong committee.

6th September 1924


CONCERT.—The Coalbrookdale Brass Band gave a promenade concert in the grounds of the Social Club on Sunday evening and an excellent programme of music was gone through. It attracted a good number of people and a satisfactory collection was made towards the new instrument fund.

BURIAL BOARD. — The quarters; meeting was held on Wednesday am Alderman Jos. Nicklin was appointee chairman in the place of the late Dr Collins. The business was of a routine character.

DISTRICT COUNCIL, Wednesday present :—Lord Forester, Ald. D. B. Prestage (chairman), Ald. J. Nicklin, Clr. Jas Davies, Clr. Thos. Doughty, and Clr. H. H. Wase, Mr. F. W. Derry (town clerk and other officials.—The Chairman said he felt that they ought to place on record the loss they had sustained by the death of Dr. Collins and spoke of the many useful posts and offices the doctor had held and of his good work during his lifetime for the benefit of the district. He proposed that a record of realisation of their loss at his death be placed on the minutes, and that the family he asked to accept their sympathy.—Ald. Nicklin, in seconding, said he fully agreed with all that had been said by the chairman, and this was carrier in silence, all standing.—The Town Clerk reported a debit balance of £530 19s. 7d. after meeting liabilities to that date, and this showed a little improvement as compared with the corresponding period last year.—Mr. Fenn’s report showed amounts outstanding of £475 on the general district and £191 on the water rates, and he was instructed to get final notices out and to issue summonses for all rates not paid by the 15th inst.—Mr. Herbert presented a list of a number of nuisances, and the usual orders were made.—Mr. Richards (surveyor) reported his expenditure for the month as £25 5s. 2d.—It was decided to commence the lighting of the public lamps in October and to continue to the middle of March, the same period as last year.—The Broseley Gas Company’s tender was accepted, an additional lamp to be lighted on the Green.—The question of the maining of the Broseley-Iron-Bridge road was again discussed and the Town Clerk read a letter from the clerk to the County Council agreeing to receive a deputation to meet the County Committee at the Shirehall on the 27th inst., and it was decided to send a deputation.- A letter from the Ministry of Transport was also read relating to the proposed macadamising of the road leading from the Police Station, Iron-Bridge, to the junction with the Broseley and Iron-Bridge road, but the matter could not be fully considered until after receiving the report of the deputation to the meeting at Shrewsbury.—The surveyor was asked to write saying that the chairman would be pleased to have an interview with the Ministry’s representative when next in the district.—During the further discussion on the housing scheme, the Chairman remarked that the best part of the year for building was fast passing  and that something definite should be done.—It was decided to write for an architect to come over and inspect the sites and to advise them in the matter. A small committee was appointed to meet him, made up of Messrs. Prestage, Nicklin and Jas. Davies.—Messrs. Nicklin and Wase gave their report on the finance of the fire brigade, and stated that the attendances were good and the apparatus and tackle were well looked after. They had received an application for an increased grant for last year’s work to bring the amount of remuneration equal to that paid to other brigades in the district.—Mr. Doughty proposed and Mr. Davies seconded that the grant be made, which was passed.— The appointment of a new lieutenant for the Jackfield district brigade was confirmed, —Mr. Callear gave details of the work carried out in the way of new connections made, repairs, etc., including new meter pits at the hospital and schools since the last meeting, and he was instructed to proceed forthwith with the connecting up of the 3in. main at the Wynde, Jackfield.

FRIENDLY SOCIETIES’ SPORTS. The fourth annual meeting was held on Saturday on the “Stocking” sports ground. The occasion was favoured with fine weather, and there was a large attendance. Good entries having been received, great interest was sustained right to the close, and the executive are to be congratulated on the excellent manner is which the arrangements were carried through.

The joint hon. secretaries, Messrs. J. Burns and H. H. Powell, discharged their duties with every satisfaction. The other officials were :—Chief judge, Dr. J. G. Boon ; judges, Messrs. T. Smith, J. Watkins, Rev. W. A. Warner, T. Grierson, C. A. Ashby, F. Francis, W. Edge, F. Gobey, F. H. Howells, F. Kitson, and T. P. Howells, A.A.A.; official referee and timekeeper, Mr. H. H. Powell, M.C.A.A.A.; starter, Mr. W. E. Price; stewards, Messrs. A. Taylor, R. Sergeant, F. Shaw W. Garbett and J. J. Garbett; competitors’ stewards, Messrs. A. Harris and P. Archer. The judges for the horse racing were Dr. Boon and Mr. F. Oakley, junior.

The Broseley Troop of Boy Scouts gave valuable assistance in various directions. The Jackfield Prize Silver Band played selections during the afternoon and evening.- Lord Forester (president), and Lady Forester were present. The Coalport China Cup, the first prize for the one mile flat open race, was given for competition by Dr. Boon, and Mrs. Boon gave prizes for the girls’ races. The half-mile flat handicap (open) was an interesting race, in consequence of L. K. Lloyd, a popular Broseley athlete, being a competitor. The horseracing was also keenly followed, Miss Griffiths ……..

13th September 1924


SCHOOL TREAT, — The annual Church Sunday School treat was held on Saturday. The children, with the Vicar (Rev. W. A. Terry), Mrs. Terry and the teachers, had tea in the schoolroom. Afterwards all adjourned to a field, kindly lent for the purpose by Mrs. R. Walkinshaw, where various games were indulged in. Before leaving, each child was presented with a present and a bun. The following kindly assisted at the tea and in entertaining the children :—Mrs. Simmonds, Miss A. Jenks, Miss J. Davis, and Miss M. Foster, Messrs, R. Whitmore, W. Cross, T. Minton and P. Simmonds.


CHOIR OUTING.—The members of the Jackfield Church choir held their annual outing on Saturday. The place selected was Llangollen, to which, accompanied by the Rector, the Rev. G. L. Bourdillon, they journeyed by motor, arriving, after a most enjoyable run, about noon. Following a short spell of sightseeing in the town, they sat down to an excellent meal at the “Homeland” Restaurant, after which visits to different places of interest, which the beautiful district affords, was the order of the day, and cricket was also indulged in by some. Tea was partaken of, and the return journey was commenced about 7 o’clock. The weather fortunately was fine.

20th September 1924



Coalbrookdale, which forms part of the Manor of Madeley, is not mentioned in the Domesday survey, it being included in the observation that “there are woods sufficient to fatten 400 swine”. The earliest mention made of the neighbourhood is in 1322, when Walter de Caldebrook, for the sum of 6 shillings paid to Wenlock Priory, was licensed have a man for a year to dig for seacoal in “Le Brocholes.” In a deed, dated the 23rd July, 1544, mention is made of “Smithy place” and “Caldebrook smithy” where iron was made in blooms. There were furnaces at Coalbrookdale in the seventeenth century. Carlyle, referring to a Major Berry and the Battle of Preston in 1648, states that Berry was once a clerk in the Shropshire iron works.

On the 2nd of August, 1650, a deposition was made by Mr. Francis Woolfe, “Clark to all ye workes at Madeley”, respecting the expenditure “to get coales in Madeley Manor”. This was the gentleman who gave shelter to King Charles the Second, after the battle of Worcester, but whether he ever had the tenancy of Coalbrookdale is not clear, though tradition says he did.

In 1635 Thomas Burton of Longnor and his trustees in 1698 granted leases, in which covenants were inserted, that the tenants of farms should undertake to carry fixed quantities of iron-stone, annually, to furnaces at Leighton and Coalbrookdale. Basil Brooke, Esq., successor to Sir Basil Brooke, Lord of Madeley Manor, obtained an Act of Parliament in 1695 enabling him to set aside his existing settlement, and vest his estate in trustees, in order to provide means for the better managing and carrying on of the said “Cole workes and iron workes”. The trustees of Basil Brooke granted a lease to one Shadrach Fox in 1696, but he did not carry on for more than half the time, and assigned the remaining portion of it to William Corfield of Pitchford, and Thomas Corfield of Leintwardine, who had forges at both places It would appear that the Corfields were not very successful, as an arrangement was entered into between them and Abraham Darby, who took over the unexpired part of their lease in 1707.

Abraham Darby was born in the year 1676 at Sedgley, near Dudley, where his parents and grandparents resided. His father and grandfather were described as locksmiths, and he himself was described as an ironmonger. He was apprenticed to Jonathan Freeth of Birmingham, a maker of small mills for grinding malt.

After his marriage in 1699 he settled in Bristol, where with three or four partners he started a brass and iron foundry at Baptist Mills. He went to Holland in furtherance of this business, and brought several Dutch moulders back with him. He separated from his partners so that lie could extend his iron business, and opened premises in Cheese Lane, Bristol, but was not settled there, as he was anxious to get to the source of supply of materials. However it may have come about, he made the acquaintance of the Corfields, and, as before stated, took over their lease, and moved his business centre to Coalbrookdale in 1707, Here he found two dilapidated furnaces.

In 1708 and 1709 he repaired and got a furnace working and brought up foundry utensils, patterns, etc., and some of his workmen from Bristol, and engaged other workmen from Worcestershire. A rich merchant named Thomas Goldney then entered into business relationship with him, which enabled him to get the second furnace into working order, and also establish some method of making charcoal and coke, with which he wished to experiment. The coal for this purpose was brought from Little Wenlock parish, somewhere at Coalmoor, and the ironstone from Ketley and Benthall, by a master collier and contractor named Richard Hartshorne. Bellows were worked by water wheels, and castings were made direct from the furnaces. His experiment with cokes proved, at any rate partially successful.

It is sad to note that, worn out with his struggles and experiments, he was taken ill on a journey to Bristol, and died; at the age of forty, leaving a wife and several children, of which the eldest. Abraham, was barely six years old.

To lessen responsibility Thomas Goldney and his son Thomas united with Mrs. Darby and Richard Ford (who had been Abraham Darby’s assistant and clerk) in partnership, under the title of the Coalbrookdale or “Dale Company”, whichwith the addition of Limited, it carries to the present day.

Some interesting items are described in the inventory taken at the works in July 1718, in connection with the formation of this company, amongst others being “kettles, skillets in great variety of sizes, mortars, smooth irons, cart boxes, fire backs, bake stones and garden rowles”; at furnaces— “24 stacks of coales and 15 sacks of coaks at ye cole hearth. The kettles mentioned were at this time a monopoly of the Mr Darby as he had taken out a patent some time before for a new method of casting “bigg bellied pots and other things of  like manner.”

The middle forge had been worked by a Captain Thomas Stanley as tenant, and in 1720 this tenancy was relinquished to the company. The upper forge was worked - Cornelius Hallen, a Dutchman, whose speciality was the manufacture of frying-pans, spades and shovels.

About this time the company directed attention to the manufacture of what were then called “ Fire Engines” and in 1713 and in 1724 “a Cillinder Bottom, Pistern and pipes”, weighing 74cwt. 1qtr. 11lb., were made to the orders of Stanley Parrott, Esq.. of Coventry and London, and duly delivered to him. Other engines and parts were made and despatched all over the country and the fame of the company+y, as makers of engines, began to expand in all directions.

Abraham Darby, the second, became actively engaged in the works after attaining his majority in 1732, and as he was mainly interested in the furnaces, he persuaded the company to erect an engine for the purpose of returning the water, which had run over the water wheels, back to the upper pool, so that they might have the advantage of its power in turning them again and agian. It seems strange to us in these days that the first engines were put to such a menial occupation as this. He also continued his father’s experiments with coke, and Kendall in his book (“Iron Ores”) says that Abraham Darby was making iron with coke at Coalbrookdale in 1735.

Thomas Goldney, junior, was associated with the works for a short period only. Richard Ford married Mary, the eldest daughter of Abraham Darby, and they continuously resided at Coalbrookdale. The second daughter, Ann, married John Hawkins of Wrexham, who subsequently became the lessee of the furnace at Bersham. Richard Ford took over the furnace at Willey, on behalf of the company, for 21 years, in 1732, in anticipation of an increasing demand for engines on account of the expiration of, Newcomens patents, the lessee engaging “to deliver at the furnace such quantity of cokes that shall be wanting to carry out the work, but such as shall be approved and ironstone at fixed rates.” This furnace was not again worked exclusively with charcoal. Richard Ford died in August, 1745, leaving three sons, all connected with the works.

In 1750 Abraham Darby took a lease of coal works in the Manor of Ketley from John Earl Gower, and in 1758 further engagements for 99 years, extending over Ketley, Donnington Wood and Wrockwardine, and including powers for erecting blowing engines and furnaces, were made with Granville Earl Gower. In 1753 leases from Plowden Slaney, Esq., of Hatton, allowed them to get minerals in the Manor of Dawley, and to build furnaces and works at Horsehay. In 1759 leases were taken from Robert Burton, Esq. of Longnor of lands at Lawley and Dawley, and in 1772, with Isaac Hawkins Browne, with respect to Malins Lee.

Engines with bores of 60 inches and 10ft. stroke were erected at Ketley and Horsehay, and the furnace at Horsehay was started in 1755, and two furnaces at Ketley in the following year.

During the period 1749 to 1752 land was obtained enabling the company to establish a wooden railroad or carriage way between these places, and by 1757 the road was completed, enabling goods to be transported to and from the Severn to Ketley, and with branches to the various pits and works.

From 1726 to 1742 the yearly supply of coal to Coalbrookdale was estimated at 3,700 stacks of 35cwt. each, and in 1754 it had risen to 5,400 stacks, which had to be carried on horseback, 3¼ cwt. being considered a horse load. At this time the price of coal was 4s. 6d. per stack at the pit bank—i.e., 3s. 4d. the cost of getting, and 1s. 2d. royalty to owners.

In 1733 Lord Craven, the owner of the coal mines at Little Wenlock, leased all his mines to Thomas Barker of Gadlies, Flintshire, with liberty to sub-let to William Ferriday of Buildwas, who had been working the mines for him. William Ferriday erected an engine and pumps at Lightmoor, for getting coal and ironstone in 1740, and Anthony Barker and Co. of Gadlies also commenced at Lightmoor in similar work, as pipes and an engine were supplied to them by the Coalbrookdale Company during 1742-45. A forge was laid down by William Barker, and a furnace was built in 1755.

Some years afterwards two furnaces were being worked here by the families of Addenbrooke and Homfray. There being no roads of any service, most of the work was despatched by water, and castings of 5 to 10 tons were sent down the Severn in barges or trows to Bristol and London, and even as far as Newcastle-on-Tyne.

Abraham Darby, the second, died in 1763, in his 52nd year, leaving two sons, aged 13 and 8 respectively. He was a man of marked ability, and equal to his father in enterprise.

Richard Reynolds of Bristol first came to Coalbrookdale in 1756, to transact business for Thomas Goldney of Clifton, who was one of the partners. His marriage to Hannah Darby followed in 1757, when he also became a partner in the iron and coal works at Ketley, and resident manager of the company’s business.

The demand for pig-iron slackening during the years 1768-69, and the wooden rails also showing signs of great wear, Mr. Reynolds decided to substitute cast-iron rails with a view to keeping the furnaces going. This took place during 1768 to 1771, and about 800 tons of rails were laid altogether. These rails were 6ft. long, 3¾in. broad, and 1¼ ins. thick, with 4 ears on each, to fix them to the sleepers. These were the first iron rails definitely known to have been used, but many claims were made as to their previous use by other people.

In 1766 Thomas and Richard Cranage, both employees of the company, explained a method to Mr. Reynolds of converting pig-iron in a reverbatory furnace, and a patent was taken out by him for the process in their names. It was not worked sufficiently to make it a commercial success, but the iron made was of good quality.

When the third Abraham Darby and his brother Samuel came of age they assumed control of their own affairs, and their brother-in-law, Mr. Reynolds, retired to Ketley from Coalbrookdale in 1768. He finished laying the rails from the Ketley end.

Two families named Smitheman and Giffard were searching about this time at Madeley Wood and the Lloyds for coal and ironstone, and Abraham Darby at once took the bold step of negotiating for their plant and mineral rights. This was completed in 1776, and immediately two further furnaces were got to work at Madeley Wood, and an engine from Coalbrookdale was erected to supply the blast. In 1785 there were working for the Coalbrookdale Company 16 engines, 8 blast furnaces, 9 forges, and 20 miles of rails.

James Watt’s patents having been confirmed and renewed in 1769, many of the older engines were superseded by his type. The large blowing engines at Ketley and Coalbrookdale were replaced in 1781 by others having cylinders of 66-inch bores and 11ft length of stroke, made from Watt’s designs and plans, for which he was paid in value of one-third of coal saved on an agreed basis of duty or work,

Great difficulties were experienced owing to poor tools, and in 1751 a cylinder made for Lord Ward by the company was examined, and declared to be exactly bored, to within one-sixteenth of an inch, in all working parts. In 1776 James Watt wrote that a cylinder 50 inches diameter, put up at Tipton, “does not err the thickness of an old shilling in any part.”

The “Dale Company” leased the Town Mills, Bridgnorth, for the purpose of a forge about this time, which was continued for several years.

The greatest memorial to their craft is undoubtedly the iron bridge connecting the Madeley and Broseley banks of the Severn, which was opened for traffic in 1779, being cast and erected during the previous six months. This masterpiece was cast in open sand; some of its pieces are 70ft. in length, and the whole is screwed and keyed together. The span of arch is 100ft. 6in. the height from the base line to the centre is 40ft.  The iron used weighs 378 tons 10cwt and it is noticeable that it was made   without accident or interference to the navigation. A similar bridge was put over the Severn at Buildwas in 1796 under the surveyorship of Thomas Telford, and was replaced by a steel girder bridge in 1905-6.

The works continued to flourish under the control of Abraham Darby, the fourth, and his brother Alfred, after the death of their father in 1789, and their uncle Samuel in 1796. Up till 1840 the company’s chief productions were bar-iron, beams, bridges, general castings and hollow-ware. About this time they commenced making ornamental work in addition, and in 1851, at the time of the Great Exhibition, were producing 2,000 tons of finished iron work weekly, and had the largest trade in the world. Many fine specimens of their work were displayed in iron and bronze at the 1851 exhibition, and at exhibitions in Paris and Vienna, and numerous medals testify to the high standard of their productions.

Some years before the close of the last century operations were restricted, mines became exhausted, and furnaces were blown out at The Castle, Horsehay, Lightmoor and Dawley successively.

Mr. W. G. Norris, J.P., who had filled various responsible offices under the company, took over the management of the “Dale” and Horsehay in 1866, in which he was ultimately assisted by his nephew, Mr. E. L. Squire, upon whose death in 1897 he gave up all active share in the works, retaining only his interest as a partner. Mr. Duncan Sinclair of the Carron Iron Works then took over the management, and was followed by Mr. Brookbank, who in turn was succeeded by the present manager, Mr. Malcolm.

It should be mentioned that Mr. Reynolds, on his retirement from Ketley, was succeeded by his two sons, William and Joseph, of whom the former was the most distinguished. On the retirement of William Reynolds, the younger brother Joseph carried on until 1817, a year marked by a fearful depression in trade, owing to the Napoleonic wars; then, believing there was no prospect of a revival, he blew the furnaces out, and sold off the plant at enormous sacrifices. A time of great distress followed, many people actually dying of starvation, and schemes were set up for alleviating the distress by employing men in road making. It was a common sight to see men, yoked like horses to waggons, pulling road-making material; and the authorities advertised for some one to take the works and re-open them. A company was formed for this purpose, but did not prove very successful, and the old place went to ruins. In 1903 the site was obtained by the Sinclair Iron Co., and a modern foundry was erected there, where it is still in active operation.

Of Coalbrookdale itself little remains to be said, as most of the places are, or have been, outlying parts of the works, and are now only recognised by names. Such names as Carpenters’ Row, The Forge, Nailors’ Row, and the Panshop Bank, obviously denote their origin. Educational facilities are provided by a very handsome Literary and Scientific Institute and a County Secondary School, in addition to the separate schools for boys and girls. A Friends’ Meeting House, Wesleyan Chapel, and a fine church overlooking the works afford facilities for public worship.

Coalbrookdale is in the diocese of Hereford and the Deanery of Wenlock, the vicar (the Rev. C. B. Crowe, M.A.) being rural dean. In 1913 the population was given as 1,608.

The visitor to Coalbrookdale will be charmed by the beautiful surroundings of the works, and if he cares to stroll up to the walks (now somewhat dilapidated)—originally laid down by Mr. Reynolds for the use of the workmen in the evenings—and gaze hack on the fiery furnace below him, he will realise why the fields and paths are entitled “Paradise.”

13th September 1924


SMOKING CONCERT.—On the occasion of the return bowling match between the General Gordon Bowling Club (Jackfield) and the Social Club on Sept. 5, a smoking concert was given at the Social Club, and was largely attended. The General Gordon Club includes a number of vocalists, and a most harmonious evening was spent. Dr. J. G. Boon was a popular chairman, and was supported by Lord Forester, Messrs. W. Edge, H. H. Powell, etc. The following contributed to the success of the evening: —Messrs. W. Taylor, E. Gittings, Sam Bardley, Bert Rowe, Wilfred Garnett, J. W. Ritchings (Social Club secretary), Frank Davis, J. Harrison (song and recitation), Tom Meredith, Arthur Britton and Jack Quinn. Mr. George Harrison accompanied on the piano in a capable manner. Mr. John Harrison, on behalf of the General Gordon Club, thanked the Broseley Club for entertaining them in so fine a manner. Dr. Boon, in responding, spoke of the great gain these exchanges of games and “smokers” were in promoting good feelings between club and club. At the close, Lord Forester proposed, and Mr. W. Edge seconded, a hearty vote of thanks to the chairman. Lord Forester conveyed to the Social Club a farewell message from his son, Captain Forester, who recently sailed to South Africa, wishing good-bye to all the members, and the best of luck for the fortunes of the Club. All were unanimous that it had been one of the most enjoyable smoking concerts ever held there.

ODDFELLOWS.—On the day the recent sports were, held, the juveniles of the local branch were entertained to a substantial tea in the Wesleyan School, room, afterwards being given free admission on to the sports ground. Mr. A. Wilde proposed a hearty vote of thanks for the very good tea which had been provided, and for kindness in lending the schoolroom; this was seconded by Mr. H. H. Wase.

WEDDING. — A pretty wedding was solemnised at All Saints’ Church recently between Miss Olive Davis, daughter of the late Mrs. Matthew Davis, and Mr. J .A. Davis of King Street, Broseley, and Mr. Thomas Richard Instone, son of Mr. Edward R. Instone, and Mrs. Instone, of Church Street, Broseley. The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr. Hayward Davis, was attired in a beautiful dress of ivory silk marocain and georgette, with wreath and veil, and carried a sheaf of iris lilies. The bridesmaids, Miss N. Davis and Miss J. Davis (sisters of the bride), looked charming in dresses of fawn marocain with nigger crinoline hats and shoes to match; they carried bouquets of bronze chrysanthemums. The duties of best man were performed by Mr. Edward S. Instone (brother of the bridegroom). The hymn, “The voice that breathed o’er Eden” was sung, after which the Rev. W. A. Warner (rector of Broseley) gave a short address. Mr. A. Hartshorne (Benthall) presided at the organ, and played the “Wedding March”. A reception was afterwards held at the bride’s home, following which the happy pair left for Rhyl, where the honeymoon was spent. A hearty reception awaited them upon their return on Monday, the church bells being rung in welcome. The presents were numerous and costly.

20th September 1924


A.O.F. OUTING.-- The juveniles or the Ancient Order of Foresters were given an outing on Saturday and, accompanied by several members of the adult court and friends, journeyed to Bridgnorth via Much Wenlock and Morville. Unfortunately the weather was not kind, but the party did not suffer from the rain, journeying in covered motor-coaches. A halt was made at Morville, where the party, numbering, about 40, visited the beautiful old church. On arrival at Bridgnorth tea was partaken of at the Castle Restaurant, and afterwards the various places of interest were visited. The return journey brought all safely home at about 9 o’clock, well satisfied, in spite of the disappointing weather conditions. The arrangements were successfully carried through with the help of members and the court secretary. Mr. J. Watkins.

VEGETABLE AND FRUIT SHOW.—The Social Club held their first show in the large rooms of the club on Saturday and Sunday. It was largely attended, and in every respect proved a success. Entries were confined to Members only. The exhibits were well staged and in all classes were of excellent quality.

CORRECTION.—In the report of the wedding of Mr. T. R. Instone and Miss O. Davis, in last week’s issue, it should have been stated that the bride was the daughter of the late Mr. Matthew Davis, and of Mrs. J. A. Davis.

DANCE.—The Town Hall presented a festive appearance on Wednesday, when a dance was held in aid of the Boy Scouts’ funds. Mr. C. T. Ashwood was the organiser, and was assisted by an able committee of friends. Nearly all the artistic decorations were done by the ladies of the committee. The dance was very well supported. Ample refreshments were provided for the company, most of which were given by the supporters of the Scout movement. Several of the Scouts in uniform were present on duty. The Scoutmaster (Rev. W. A. Warner), who proposed a hearty vote of thanks to Mr. Ashwood, his committee, and all those who had helped to make the dance the success it was, was supported on the platform by the Asst. Scoutmasters, cub-masters and rover-mate. Hearty cheers were given, and Mr. Ashwood suitably responded. Mr, L. Dixon (Iron-Bridge) kindly brought over his excellent band and the music was much appreciated.


A WHIST DRIVE AND DANCE were field in connection with the Jackfield Silver Prize Band and Bowling Club on Sept. 12. in Messrs. Maw and Co.’s gymnasium room. The Rev, G. L. Bourdillion presented prizes to the following,--1 Mrs. Oakes, 2 .Mrs. Webley, 3 Mrs. Barris, 4 Miss M. Bird; 1 Mr. B. Rowe. 2 Mr. A. Harrington, 3 Rev. G. L. Bourdillion Waltz competition, Miss M. Duckett and Mr. E. Lloyd. There were 25 tables for whist, and over 200 attended the dance. The M.C. for the former was Mr. P. Price, and for electing Mr. W. Gregory.


A potato and vegetable show was held at the Boat Inn on Saturday, the proceeds being for the benefit of the Salop Infirmary. The exhibits were numerous and of a high standard. The judges were Mr. H. H. Wase (Broseley), and Mr. J. W. Crawford (Severn House Gardens, Iron-Bridge).

The show was declared open by the rector of Jackfield (Rev. G. L. Bourdillon) who was accorded a hearty vote of thanks. The Jackfield Silver Band, conducted by Mr. W. Ellis, enlivened the  proceedings with selections of music.

The arrangements were carried out by a hard-working committee, which included Mr. G. Britton (chairman), Messrs. G. Harrington, M. Fox, T. Pritchard, R. Beddow, T. Humphries (hon. treasurer), E. E. Hodges and C. Jones (hon. secretary), who are to be congratulated  on their efforts. This was the first show to be held, and it proved highly satisfactory.

A collection of vegetables exhibited by Mr. E. Skyes, and tastefully arranged by Mr. J. Boden (Broseley) was a prominent feature. This was sold for the benefit of the show, as were numerous other exhibits.

The following is a list of prize-winners:—

Open to members only, from selected seed potatoes, “Rhoderick Dhu” quality: 1, C. Oakes; 2 and 3, C. Jones.

Weight: 1, T. Potts; 2. J. G. Bradley; 3, G. Britton.

Special prize given by Mr. J. Morgan for heaviest potato: T. Potts. Special prizes given by Messrs. H. Gittins and C. Hughes for 6 smallest potatoes: 1, G. Britton; 2, R. Beddow; 3, P. Clark.

Seed: 1 and 2, G. Britton; 3, T. Humphries.

Open to Jackfield, Broseley, Benthall and Coalport.

Kidney potatoes (quality): 1, T. Humphreys: 2, W. Garbett, Broseley; special, W. Johnson.

Round: 1, E. Sykes; 2, H. Bowen. Parsnips: 1,  H. Bowen; 2, F. Langford; Broseley.

Onions: 1, E. Sykes; 2, H. Bowen. Eschalots: 1, E. Sykes; 2, G. Pritchard.

Carrots: 1, E. Sykes; 2. F. Langford. Kidney beans: 1, G. Clarke; 2, J. Dodd.

Sweet peas (six varieties): - 1, H. Bowen; 2, W. Perkins.

Sweet peas (any variety): 1, H Bowen; 2, Horace Bowen.

Dahlias: 1, J.  Edwards.

27th September 1924


POTATO SHOW.-The 22nd annual potato show was held at the New Inn on Saturday, and being, well patronised proved a great success. The proceeds were for the Broseley United Friendly Societies. The judges were Mr. W. J. Crawford (Iron-Bridge), and Mr. George Thomas. The following were prizewinners:-Silver championship cup, Mr. E. Jakeway. Open championship: Mr. George Lane and Mr. W. Beddow (equal). Potatoes-weight: 1, E. Jakeway; 2, A. Davies; 3, F. Humphreys; 4, P. Archer; 5, F. Clinton; 6, George Lane. Quality: 1, E. Jakeway; 2, Geo. Lane; S. F. Humphreys; 4, F. Clinton; 5, W. Beddow; 6, E. Meredith; special. W. Cross. Seed: 1, E. Jakeway; 2, P, Archer;. 3, W. Beddow; 4, F. Humphries; 5, Penny; 6, T. Corfield. Round: L W. Beddow; 2, I. Minton; 3, Geo. Lane; 4,. Arch. Davies. Kidney: 1, Geo. Lane; 2 F. Humphries; 3, E. Meredith; 4, Geo. Goodall; special. T. Minton,. Kidney beans: 1. W. Beddow; 2, Major Goodwin; 3, E. Jakeway. Onions: 1, Geo. Lane; 2, W. Beddow; 3, F. Clinton; special, P. Archer. Parsnips: 1, E. Jakeway; 2. W. Beddow; 3, Geo. Lane. Eschalots: 1, T. Corfield; 2, F. Corfield; 3, Geo. Lane. flowers: 1, Reg. Boden; 2, E. Roden. Decorations were tastefully done by the ‘following; Mr. and Mrs. Clinton, Major Goodwin Mrs. T. Minton, Mrs. Ferguson, Messrs. T. Goodall, F. Humphries, Geo. Cartwright, G. Goodall and E. Jakeway. The exhibits were of exceptional quality.--On Monday Mr. T. Minton introduced Mr. Geo. Potts, who presented the cup to Mr. Jakeway. A hearty, vote of thanks was accorded to Mr. Potts.

4th October 1924


VEGETABLE AND FLOWER SHOW. — The third annual show was held on Saturday at the King’s Head, in aid of the local football club, and proved a success. The exhibits, though good, were not considered to be quite equal to those of previous shows, which was attributed chiefly to the unfavourable season. Mr. G. Thomas (Benthall) acted as judge. The medal given for the most points was won by Mr. H. Boden, Benthall. The awards were as follow:— Potatoes (round).-1 F. Minton, 2 J. Griffiths, 3 E. Humphries. Potatoes (kidney).-1 F. CorfieId, 2 E. Humphries, 3 D. Boden. Cauliflower.-1 J. Griffiths, -2 F. Corfield. Parsnips.-1 A. Beddow, 2 H. Boden. Onions.-1 A. Beddow, 2 H. Linden, 3 F. Corfield. Eschalots.- -1 A. Beddow, 2 P. Corfield. Kidney beans. —1 F. Minton, 2 J. Griffiths. Cut flowers.-1 H Boden, 2 J. Griffiths, 3 D. Boden. Roses.-1 F. Minton, 2 P. Minton.

CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH.— On Sunday the harvest festival was held, when Mr. A. Marsh (Oldbury) preached two appropriate sermons. The church had been beautifully decorated for the occasion, and presented a very bright appearance. The choir, under the able direction of Mr. T. Denstone, rendered the anthem, “They that wait upon the Lord”, and Miss E. Owen accompanied at the organ. The offertory amounted to £5 12s.; which was devoted towards the church funds.

PARISH CHURCH.—Harvest festival services were held on Sept. 26 and on Sunday. The Rev. Wilfrid Cooke (vicar of Tettenhall), who had kindly promised to preach the sermon on the Friday, was unfortunately unable to attend on account of family illness, and the Rector (Rev. W. A. Warner) took the pulpit in his stead. The church had been tastefully decorated by the lady members; there was an abundant offering of fruit and vegetables and other gifts. The preachers for the continuation services on Sunday were:—Matins, Rev. A. J. Stevens (Kidderminster); and festal evensong, Rev. J. W. Isherwood (vicar of Much Wenlock). A large congregation attended each of the services. The choir, conducted by Mr. Walter Davis, effectively rendered the anthems, “Praise the Lord. O Jerusalem”, and “I Will feed my flock”. Appropriate harvest hymns were also sung. All offertories were devoted to the Hereford Diocesan Fund.

DISTRICT COUNCIL, Wednesday, Ald. D. L. Prestage in the chair. The town clerk’s report on the finances showed a good credit balance on the district rate, while the debit of £238 on the water rate was £170 better than the corresponding figure of last year.—The collector presentBROSELEY.

VEGETABLE AND FLOWER SHOW. — The third annual show was held on Saturday at the King’s Head, in aid of the local football club, and proved a success. The exhibits, though good, were not considered to he quite equal to those of previous shows, which was attributed chiefly to the unfavourable season. Mr. G. Thomas (Benthall) acted as judge. The medal given for the most points was won by Mr. H. Boden, Benthall. The awards were as follow:— Potatoes (round).-1 F. Minton, 2 J. Griffiths, 3 E. Humphries. Potatoes (kidney;.-1 F. CorfieId, 2 E. Humphries, 3 D. Boden. Cauliflower.-1 J. Griffiths, -2 F. Corfield. Parsnips.-1 A. Beddow, 2 H. Boden. Onions.-1 A. Beddow, 2 H. linden, 3 F. Corfield. Eschalots.- -1 A. Beddow, 2 P. Corfield. Kidney beans. —1 F. Minton, 2 J. Griffiths. Cut flowers.-1 H Boden, 2 J. Griffiths, 3 D. Boden. Roses.-1 F. Minton, 2 P. Minton.

CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH.— On Sunday the harvest festival was held, when Mr. A. Marsh (Oldbury) preached two appropriate sermons. The church had been beautifully decorated for the occasion, and presented a very bright appearance. The choir, under the able direction of Mr. T. Denstone, rendered the anthem, “They that wait upon the Lord”, and Miss E. Owen accompanied at the organ. The offertory amounted to £5 12s.; which was devoted towards the church funds.

PARISH CHURCH.—Harvest festival services were held on Sept. 26 and on Sunday. The Rev. Wilfrid Cooke (vicar of Tettenhall), who had kindly promised to preach the sermon on the Friday, was unfortunately unable to attend on account of family illness, and the Rector (Rev. W. A. Warner) took the pulpit in his stead. The church had been tastefully decorated by the lady members; there was an abundant offering of fruit and vegetables and other gifts. The preachers for the continuation services on Sunday were:—Matins, Rev. A. J. Stevens (Kidderminster); and festal evensong, Rev. J. W. Isherwood (vicar of Much Wenlock). A large congregation attended each of the services. The choir, conducted by Mr. Walter Davis, effectively rendered the anthems, “Praise the Lord. O Jerusalem”, and “ I Will feed my flock”. Appropriate harvest hymns were also sung. All offertories were devoted to the Hereford Diocesan Fund.

DISTRICT COUNCIL, Wednesday, Ald. D. L. Prestage in the chair. The town clerk’s report on the finances showed a good credit balance on the district rate, while the debit of £238 on the water rate was £170 better than the corresponding figure of last year.—The collector presented a list of defaulters, which showed the total outstandings of £46 on the district, and £27 on the water rate, to he much less than previous lists; he was instructed to take proceedings forthwith.- Mr. Fenn reported that he had received complaints from ratepayers of water being regularly taken from the Broseley standpipes by people in Benthall, who, he said, did not pay any water rate.—It was decided that, before taking any proceedings,  these people should be approached with a view to arranging that they should make some payment for the use of the  water.-Mr. Richards (surveyor) gave details of his expenditure for the month, totalling £27 10s. 7d. He stated that he had given instructions for the hedges to be brushed in Speed’s Lane.—It was mentioned that the kerbings of the footpaths, which in several places had been disturbed by the heavy traffic, had become dangerous, and he was instructed to have these attended to.- Ald. Prestage reported, with reference to the deputation to the Salop County Council respecting the maiming of the Broseley—Iron-Bridge road, that they met a representative body of the Council, who gave them a good hearing. The position was thoroughly explained to the County Council, and, although no decision could then be given, they returned from the meeting favourably impressed. The deputation had specially pointed out that £300 had already been expended on the road in anticipation of the grant being forthcoming.— Mr. Herbert stated that the district was free from infectious diseases. He reported several nuisances, and orders were given to serve the usual notices in each case.—Mr. Callear reported on the work carried out in the Broseley and Jackfield districts, also the consumption of water supplied to outside authorities. He informed the Committee that he had placed the contract for the supply of 3-inch pipes for the work at The Wynde, Jackfield.— The town clerk read a letter from Mr. E. D. Collins, thanking the Council, on behalf of Miss Collins and himself, for their kind letter of sympathy in their bereavement.- A reply was read from the Police Authorities respecting the complaint from the Council of the excessive speed of motor vehicles through the town, stating that the matter was having attention.- The sub-committee appointed to meet Mr. Riley, architect, on the housing question, reported on the interview, and presented draft plans for the King Street and New Road sites, also estimate of cost, which they had since received.—These were carefully considered, and, with some alterations, one of the plans was decided upon.

WHIST DRIVE AND DANCE. — A successful whist drive and dance were held at the Town Hall on Wednesday, in aid of Broseley and District After-Care Fund, the objects of which are to distribute milk and necessities to ex-patients of the Shirlett Sanatorium, and to others in need as a preventative of tuberculosis. There was a good attendance, and 22 tables were made up for whist. The winners of prizes were as follows .-1 Mrs. A. Wilde (Benthall), 2 Mrs. A. W. Rowbrey, 3 Miss Harris (Smithies); 1 Mr. W. Roden (Bridgnorth), 2 Mr. T. W. Howells, 3 Mr. Jas. Roberts. Mystery, Miss M. Scott. Mrs. Gobey, of Holly House, presented the prizes. Messrs. Harrison and Hurdley’s Band provided the music for dancing. The M.C.’s were Mr. E. C. S. White (for whist), and Mr. J. Gainham (for dancing). The event was organised by the After-Care Committee and local secretary, who are to be congratulated on its success.


11th October 1924


A PARTY numbering 24 sat down to dinner at the Bridge Hotel, prepared by Mr. and Mrs. Williams, on Saturday.  After dinner the remainder of the evening was spent in songs, duets, etc. Mr. R. Nicholas occupied the chair and Mr. C. Cull the vice-chair, while Mr. W. Wilks was an able accompanist. Songs were given by Messrs. E. Jones, F. Tonkiss, W. Ball, R. Preece, J. Downes, G. Brazier, G. Oakes, W. Oakes, and others, and a well-worded speech by Mr. G. Brazier. A special vote of thanks was offered to Mr. and Mrs. Williams, and a suitable reply was given.

MILITARY FUNERALS. On Sunday and Monday the, residents of the town were reminded of the aftermath of the Great War, and witnessed two impressive funerals of war heroes, who were accorded military honours. Both of the deceased young men were greatly respected in the district and a large gathering of people attended the services.

On Sunday the remains of the late Pte. Seth Evans, 23553, single, of King Street, Broseley, were laid to rest in the cemetery, at the age of 31 years, after an illness lasting three years. He joined the

1915, served in France, and was wounded in the face at Arras.  After recovery he was transferred to Labour Corps, and obtained his discharge after the Armistice. For a period afterwards he worked on the railway in Lancashire, but on the staff being reduced, he returned to his home, which he had made with his sister, Mrs. Norah Jones, when illness commenced, and his sister carefully attended him until the time of his death. The Jackfield Prize Silver Band attended at the funeral, conducted by Mr. W. Ellis, and played: the Dead, March” (“Saul”) from his home to the parish Church, And afterwards to the grave. The Rev. W. Warner, M.C. officiated at the service A very large number of ex-service men, amongst who were members of  British Legion joined the funeral procession, under the command of Major D. L. Prestage. Deceased was member of the Oddfellows and this society was well represented. Mr Leonard Harris read the oration it the graveside. The Territorials provided the firing party, in the charge of Sergt. Jones and Bugler Walter Lloyd sounded the ‘‘Last Post”. At the close of the service the band played the funeral hymn, “Days moments quickly flying:” There were many beautiful wreaths

On  Monday,  Percy John Edwards, late of 7, Brookdale, Hadley, Salop who died from an affection of the throat at the residence of his  parents after an illness of five Months, on Oct. 2, at Church Street, Broseley, was laid to rest; aged 28 years. He leaves a Wife and baby girl of 8 months having been Married three years., Deceased started his career  as telegraph boy at Broseley, and eventually was appointed as postman in the Wellington district. He joined the K.L.S.I. 34th (Territorial Battalion) in 1915 and served in Singapore and France, where he was wounded, and lost his right eye. Upon his discharge he returned to postal duties. The Post Office paid its tribute of respect by the attendance of Mr. R. N. Noble, postmaster of Wellington Mr Walter Davis sub-postmaster of Broseley, and 12 of the postmen drawn from Broseley and Wellington offices. The Coalbrookdale Brass Band, conducted by Mr Geo. Jones played “Lead kindly light” (Sandon) at the house, the “Dead March” (“Saul”) en route, and “Days and moments quickly flying” at the graveside. Ex-service men and representatives of the British Legion attended in large numbers, under the command of Major D. L. Prestage. The Territorials again provided the firing party, with Sergt. Jones in charge, and Bugler P.E. Heighway sounded the “Last Post”. Several members of his club, the Ancient Order of Foresters were in attendance, and the oration was read at the grave by Mr Abraham Harvey. The Rev. W. A. Warner conducted the service, and the Revs. Ernest H. Beattie, M.C., and Phillip Cave-Moyle, two of the visiting missioners taking part in mission week, attended the service. The wreaths were beautiful, and included one from his chief pal, Walter Pountney, arranged in the form of the K.L.S.I. badge, and one from the Postal Staff at Wellington and Broseley.


The transfer of the license of the New Crown Inn, Broseley, to Mr Geo. F. Wall was granted

18th October 1924


WESLEYAN CHURCH BAZAAR.—A grand bazaar was held in the Town Hall on Wednesday and Thursday and proved a great success. The proceeds were for the funds for the renovation of the church, re-construction of heating apparatus and other much needed improvements. The bazaar was opened on Wednesday by Mr. Oliver G. Edwards (Pendleton), and the chair was taken by Rev. W. A. Warner (rector of Broseley). On Thursday Mr. D. L. Prestage performed the opening ceremony, with Mrs. Warner in the chair. Revs. B. J. Edwards and W. T. Price (circuit ministers), supported at each

Opening. The stalls, which were attractively decorated and arranged, were fully stocked with useful and fancy articles. The stallholders were:—Mrs F, Howells, useful and fancy articles of all description; Mrs. Longstaff, ladies’ silk garments; Mrs. F. Oakley, sen., fancy and children’s garments; Mrs C. R. Jones, grocery, toys, and household goods; Mrs. A. Taylor, fancy and useful articles. Mesdames R. Bunnager, R. Gwynne and J. A. Hartshorne, china, fruit, vegetables etc.; Misses Madge Jones and Ethel Shaw, and Mrs. B. Bradeley, flowers and plants; bran tub, Misses C. and A. Harris, Winnie Jones and Elsie Garbett; hoop-la, Messrs. Norman Ball and Owen Jones; air gun range and football shooting, Messrs. C. Thomas and Bert Bradeley; refreshment stall, Mrs Geo. Ball, Mrs C. Shaw, and several other lady helpers. An entertainment was given by a concert party in which the following took part: Miss Winnie Roberts (Wellington), Messrs. P. Heighway, Frank Davies, Fred Aston, and A. O. Jones; the accompanists were Mrs. Roberts and Mrs. N. Williams. A humorous sketch entitled “Lucy’s Lovers”, was performed by Miss Dorothy Aston, Messrs. F. Aston, N. G. Ball, S. Blackford and A. ). Jone. The popular Iron-Bridge and District String Band played selections of music at intervals; their playing was much enjoyed by those present. A novel idea, found at Mrs. J. A. Hartshorne’s stall, was the silver tree. This lady had sent out numerous envelopes to friends at home and abroad asking for gifts of silver to be enclosed and the sealed envelopes returned; these were placed on the silver tree. Mrs. D. L. Prestage and Mrs. Warner under took the pleasant task of gathering “fruit” from this tree, which yielded the handsome sum of £22 5s. The many ladies who provided the articles and presided at the stalls, the secret treasurer, and general committee, are to be congratulated on the success with which their willing efforts have been rewarded. The takings on Wednesday, amounted to £105 9s. 8d., and on Thursday to £129 3s., making a total for the two days of £234 12s. 8d.

25th October 1924



New X-Ray Room, etc.

PERSONS desirous of TENDERING for the ERECTION of X-RAY ROOM, etc., at the above are requested to forward their names and addresses to the undersigned forthwith.

Plans, Specification and Bills of Quantities are being prepared by Mr. A. E. Williams, Architect and Surveyor, of 12, High Street; Shrewsbury, by whom full particulars will be forwarded in due coarse.

Applications to be accompanied by a deposit of £1 1s. which will be returned on receipt of a “bona-fide” Tender.

The Committee do not bind themselves to accept the lowest or any Tender.

Sealed Tenders, on forms to be supplied, to be forwarded to the Secretaries,


7, The Square, Shrewsbury.

October 22nd, 1224.

25th October 1924


PARISH CHURCH.—A sermon was preached on Sunday evening by the Rev. E. J. Synge, on behalf of the National Society for the upkeep of Church of England Day Schools. There was a good congregation, and the offertory, amounting to was devoted to the funds of the society.

WHIST DRIVE AND DANCE. — At the Town Hall on Wednesday a whist drive and dance were held, in aid of the funds of the Broseley Victoria Institute Football Club. The prizes for the whist were provided by supporters of the club, and were presented by Mrs. T. Freeman to following:—Ladies: 1 Miss Elsie Evans, Miss S. Dudley, consolation Mrs J. Hall. Gents.: 1 Mr. E. C. S. White, 2 Mr. A. Meredith, consolation Mr. J. J. Broadhurst. Messrs. Harrison and Hurdley’s Band supplied the music for the dancing. The M.C.’s were Mr. E. C. S. Ashwoord and D Bradeley for the dance. There was a fair attendance, especially for the dancing.

1st November 1924


FRIENDLY SOCIETIES’ CHURCH PARADE. — The final meeting of the management committee of the above, Mr. J. Watkins in the chair, took place on Oct. 22 at the Pheasant Hotel, when the allocation of funds was made. The total amount realised was £92 19s. 2½d., which includes a balance of about £2 brought forward from the special reserve fund of last year. The following amounts were voted for distribution:—Salop Royal Infirmary, £5 5s.; Salop Eye and Ear Hospital, £12 12s.; Iron-Bridge Dispensary, £15 15s.; Salop Sanatorium, £5 5s.; Baschurch Homes for Children, 3 3s.; Wolverhampton Women’s Hospital, £3 3s.; Iron-Bridge Child-Welfare, £3 3s.; Iron-Bridge District “After-Care” Sanatorium Treatment, £3 3s.; Lady Forester Hospital, Broseley, £5 5s.; reserve fund for relief in the district, £25 17s.; working expenses,  £10 8s. 5½d. A special vote of thanks was proposed from the chair to all those who had so kindly taken part in getting together such a handsome amount. Thanks are due to the hard working committee, including Messrs. J. Watkins (chairman), J. Wilde (vice chairman), Tom Minton (secretary), and J. Burns (treasurer), for their efforts year after year in promoting this good cause.

ODDFELLOWS.—An interesting event took place at the Lodge on Saturday, when the Right Hon. Lord Forester (who is a member) kindly attended, and presented to the society a large framed photograph of the officers and members of the Management Committee for the year of the centenary, 1923. In the course of his remarks his Lordship said what a great pleasure it gave him to come amongst the members of a Friendly Society, for he recognised the good ;work which they were doing, and what an asset they were to the country. Mr. A. Hackford proposed, and Dr. J. G. Boon seconded, a hearty vote of thanks to his Lordship, which was endorsed by Mr. J. Wilde. This brought a pleasant little function to a close.

8th November 1924

I, JAMES MEADOWS, late of 15. Queen Street, Broseley, and now residing at 3, Burroughs Bank, Lightmoor, Salop, hereby give Notice that I will not be responsible for any Debts unless personally contracted after this date. Nov. 8, 1924.

8th November 1924


FUNERAL OF MRS. P. A. DIXON.- Great sorrow was felt throughout the town when it became known that Mrs. Percy Dixon, headmistress of the Broseley C. of E. Infants School, had died after .a few days illness on Oct. 28, The deceased, who was on the eve of her retirement, had been connected with the Broseley Schools for upwards of 47 years, having commenced her career there as a pupil teacher, and had held the position of headmistress for 35 years, during which period she had endeared herself to all those with whom she had come into contact. For several years she had charge of the Church Sunday Schools, as superintendent, and was also a district visitor. In very inclement weather the funeral took place on Saturday, amid manifestations of great sympathy and respect, and a large gathering attended the service at the parish church. In accord with the deceased’s express wish, the remains were conveyed on the church bier, and the interment took place in the Broseley Cemetery. The wreaths sent were magnificent, and so numerous as to require a special car to convey them. These were the tributes of many of her schoolchildren, teachers, residents of the town, and relatives, also the Wellington and Iron-Bridge branches of the Wrekin Division Labour party. Three wreaths were received from the boys of Mr. Dixon’s improvement scheme. A large number of sympathising friends connected with the Labour committees from different parts of the division, including Wellington and

Iron-Bridge districts also supporters from Broseley, attended the funeral. Mr. H. Nixon, late M.P., was represented by Mr. Frank Organ, Labour organising agent.

SOCIAL CLUB. — A well attended smoking concert was held on Oct. 31, when Mr. F. H. Potts occupied the chair. The challenge bowling cup was presented to Mr. E. Gainham, winner for season 1924, and second prize given to Mr. T. Meredith. The following contributed to a very enjoyable musical programme: Messrs. F. Davis, T. Meredith, B. Langford, B. Rowe, etc. Mr. J. Green was an efficient accompanist. A hearty vote of thanks was accorded to Mr. Potts for taking the chair.

DISTRICT COUNCIL. Wednesday.—Present: Ald. D. L. Prestage (chairman), Ald.       Nicklin, Councillors A. A. Exley, Jas. Davies, H. H. Wase, and the newly-elected member, Mr. E. D. Collins, Mr. F. W. Derry (town clerk), and officials.—The members present welcomed Mr. E. D. Collins to his seat on the Council.

The town clerk’s report on the-finances showed a small credit balance of £6 17s. 2d. on the district rate, and a debit balance of £227 9s. 1d. on the water rate. —The collector (Mr. Fenn) reported that the collection of the first instalment of the rates was completed as far as possible with the exception of a few out-standings, for which summonses had been issued, and that the demands for the second instalment were ready to go out.—The chairman, referring to- the overdraft on the account at the bank, instructed Mr. Fenn to proceed with the collection.

Mr. Herbert reported three deaths from phthisis during the month, but stated that two of these were exceptional, being war cases, and that the district was free from infectious diseases. He also reported several nuisances, for which orders were made.

The surveyor gave details of his expenditure for the month, totalling, £22 18s. 11d.- The  maining of the Broseley—Iron-Bridge road was again discussed at great length.—The Chairman and town clerk reported a further interview they had had with representatives of the Salop County Council that morning at Iron-Bridge, and it was stated that the County Council was prepared to consider favourably the taking over of the road after it was put in first-class order. It was estimated that to do this would cost £5,000 to £6,000, and of this amount the Ministry of Transport would provide 75 per cent., the Broseley authority to find the remainder, which would be about £1,500. Consideration was given as to the advisability of the raising of a loan to enable the Broseley Council to undertake the work, and obviate the expense falling on the rate at one time. —Councillor Davies pointed out it would mean an extra 8d. on the rate, and he thought it was a greater expense than the district ought to stand.- Ald, Nicklin deplored the cause for any increase in the rate at a time when they were striving and hoping for, a reduction in their rate.—Finally, it was decided to leave the matter with the town clerk to make the best arrangement he could with the Ministry of Health as to sanction and terms of the loan, and the various points in which other interested bodies were concerned.

Mr. Callear (water engineer) gave particulars of the meter consumptions for the past quarter. He reported that all materials had come in for the Wynde (Jackfield) extension, and that the work would be commenced upon at an early date. He had ordered a retaining valve for this length of service. Several new services had been laid on properties during the month, and he gave details of the work carried out.—The town clerk reported the replies he had received from the residents in Benthall who had been using the Broseley water, stating their willingness to pay, provided a standpipe was fixed near to their houses, and it was decided to carry out an extension of the main for 90 yards into the Benthall Parish, to serve these properties with the water supply.

It was proposed to have an extra lamp lighted in Church Street, between the Foundry Lane and Mr. Shorting’s house, complaints having been made of the difficulty during the dark evenings in getting about in the windings of that portion of the street.

The housing question was further discussed, and the town clerk stated that he had heard from Messrs, Riley and Son, the architects, that the specifications were now ready for contractors for tendering purposes.—The copy of the specification the Council had received was carefully gone through, and various alterations and suggestions in the details were recommended.

ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH.—Dedication festival services were held on Oct. 31, Saturday and Sunday. The preacher on the Friday (eve of festival) was the Rev. C. S. Jackson (rector of Willey). On Saturday (All Saints’ Day) Holy Communion was celebrated at 8 a.m., and there was also a celebration on Sunday at 8. The preacher in the morning was the Rev W. A. Warner. At 2-30 there was a young people’s service, and at festal evensong a special musical service was held. The church had been beautifully decorated with white flowers by the Ladies’ Care of Church Committee. Special lessons were read, and special Psalms, with appropriate hymns, were chosen for the occasion. At Sunday morning’s early celebration two handsome brass candlesticks, given by anonymous donors, were dedicated by the Rector for use at the War Memorial altar. The musical portion of the service was as follows :—Anthem, “What are these”; anthem, with solo and quartet “Sing a Song of Praise”, Eric Meredith (soloist), and Messrs. W. Evans, F. Francis and W. Davis; anthem, “How lovely are the Messengers”, with duet by Messrs. F Francis and F. Aston; tenor solo, “After the Harvest”, Mr. F. Francis; duet, “For so hath the Lord Himself commanded” (St. Paul), Messrs. W. E. Price and W. Davis. Miss Hilda Watkis presided at the organ. All the services were well attended, especially festal evensong on Sunday. Offertories, amounting to over £13, were given to the choir fund.

15th November 1924


RUMMAGE SALE—A successful sale was held in the Schoolroom on Wednesday, on behalf of the Clothing Club and Sunday School. A feature of the sale was a stall of Benthall art pottery. The following rendered help:- Mrs. Terry, Mrs. Potts, Mrs. A. Wilde, Miss St. Barbe Sladen (Benthall Hall), Mrs. Simmonds, Miss Potts, Miss A. Jenks, Miss M. Foster, the Misses E. and J. Davis, and Miss M. Oakley. The sum realised, including gifts of money, was £19.


CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH.—In connection with the “Forward Movement Scheme”, the Congregationalists held a social tea and entertainment in the Schoolroom on Nov. 5. Tea was provided at 6 p.m., about 50 members being present. A free musical programme was arranged for 7-30 p.m., their own minister, the Rev. A. J. Parker, taking the chair. Miss Ethel Owen ably accompanied at the piano, which was kindly lent for the occasion by Mr. Harry Southorn. On the Sunday previous Mr. Geo. Dunn, of Church Stretton, came over specially, and fully explained the scheme.

POPPY DAY was held in Broseley on Saturday, and the arrangements were in the hands of Mrs. J. G. Boon. Willing workers collected the sum of £11 10s., which was considered very satisfactory, especially as this year, unfortunately, the supply of poppies was short.

PARISH CHURCH.—Armistice Sunday was observed by special services, conducted by the Rev. W. A. Warner, M.C., and good congregations attended. The hymn, “The Supreme-Sacrifice” was joined in great feeling by the whole congregation. The collections, amounting to over £7, were devoted to the service candidates’ ordination fund.

ARMISTICE DAY.—A large crowd assembled on the Memorial Green, in the centre of which stands the War Memorial, to pay homage to the memory of those who gave their lives in the Great War. Many still sorrowing relatives, ex-Service men, all the school children and a great number of the residents of the town attended the service, which was conducted by the Rev. W. A. Warner, M.C. The service opened With the hymn, “O God, our Help in ages past,” and a prayer. Simultaneously with the stroke of the solemn hour was the “Great Silence” reverently observed, and the end of the two minutes was broken by the beautiful clear notes of the Last Post, sounded by Bugler Heighway. Afterwards all present joined earnestly in reciting the Lord’s Prayer, following which was sounded the “Reveille”. The service concluded with the singing of the National Anthem. Many beautiful wreaths were placed on the War Memorial from the relatives and friends of the fallen, amongst which was one in the form of the Badge in pale  yellow chrysanthemums, the tribute of an ex-soldier, and a splendid one from members of the Broseley Social Club, placed on the memorial by Mr. W. Oakley, who represented the club.    

WHIST DRIVE AND DANCE.—The Victoria Hall annual whist drive and dance were held in the Town Hall on Armistice night, and were largely attended. There were 29 tables made up for the whist, and the prizes were presented by Mrs. Warner (The Rectory) to the following winners :—Ladies: 1 Miss R. Hill, 2 Miss W. Wood, 3 Miss Dorset, sealed number Mrs. Ernest Taylor. Gents.: 1 Mr. J. Wood, 2 Mr. Stanley Gallier, 3 Mr. T. Freeman, sealed number Mr. Stanley Ashwood. A vote of thanks was accorded to Mrs. Warner. Afterwards dancing was kept up until 2 a.m., to the misic of Mr. Lawrence Dixon’s Band. Ald. J. Nicklin was M.C: for the whist, and Messrs. C. Ashby and S. Ashwood acted for the dance. The proceeds were for the funds of the Victoria Hall.

29th November 1924


DEATH OF AN OLD INHABITANT.- Many of the residents heard with regret of the somewhat sudden death, after a week’s illness, of Mr. William Gittings, of 76, Caughley, Broseley, which occurred on Nov. 16, in his seventy-second year. He was a familiar figure in the district and a well known market gardener. Until a few years ago he was a regular and enthusiastic competitor at the Broseley fruit, flower and vegetable show, and for many years in succession he took the prize for the best cultivated garden in the district, his garden being a show in itself. He was most successful in his exhibits and year after year carried off the largest number of prizes in the show. He leaves a family of eleven children, seven sons and four daughters. The family is now much scattered, three sons being in Canada, and two daughters in Auckland, New Zealand, other members being in different parts of England. The deceased had been a member of the Oddfellow,s’ Society for 51 years, and many members attended the funeral, which took place on Nov. 20. The service at the Parish Church was conducted by the Rev. W. A. Warner (rector), and the interment was at the cemetery. Members of his friendly society acted as bearers. The mourners were:—George and Ephraim (sons), Mary, Ellen and Jessie (daughters), Harold (grandson), James, Tom, and George Gittins, Mrs. George Meredith (cousins), and Mr. Charles Shaw. The oration at the graveside was read by Mr. Leonard Harris. Beautiful wreaths were sent by the following:- Will and Millie (Barnsley), George and Lily, and George’s children; Ephraim and Patty, Mary, Jessie and family, Mrs. George Meredith, Mrs, George Perks, all at the Round House, Mrs. Alfred Pountney and Mrs. Elsie Ward.


6th December 1924


DISTRICT COUNCIL. Wednesday.—This being the first meeting of the new Council, the Town Clerk said that the first business was to elect a chairman.—Ald. Nicklin proposed that Mr. Prestage again be asked to take the chair. This he had done for a number of years with the utmost satisfaction to themselves and the district—Mr. T. Doughty seconded, and it was carried.- In proposing Ald. J. Nicklin as vice-chairman, Mr. T. Doughty remarked upon the indefatigable manner in which Mr. Nicklin did the work, and of his great capability shown when acting as their chairman during the period when Major D. L. Prestage was away on service during the war.—This was seconded by Councillor A. A. Exley, and carried.—Mr. Nicklin, in returning thanks said he had no hesitation in accepting, as the work of the office was so light in consequence of the Chairman being so regular in attendance. He was sorry that they had to begin the year in the absence of Mr. Prestage, for business reasons.- The various sub-committees were formed, the same members as last year being appointed.

The Town Clerk’s report on the finances on that day showed a debit balance of £292 10s. 7d. on the general district accounts, and a debit balance of £178 10s. 6d. on the water account; these, together with a further payment falling due on Monday next, made a combined debit of £540, as against £247 at the corresponding period last year. The Town Clerk explained that the increase was partly due to the fact that the payment of one half of the grant from the County Council for the expenditure on the Iron-Bridge—Broseley Road had not yet been received.—The Chairman was much concerned with the large deficit, and suggested that they would have to exercise the greatest care with their expenditure. -He urged the collector (Mr. Fenn) to get the rates in as quickly as possible, in view of their position that day.

Mr. Herbert reported four cases of diphtheria in the district, one case, being rather bad. He stated that he was satisfied that everything possible was being done, both in the way of attention by the medical attendant and in isolating the cases to pre- vent the disease from spreading.

The surveyor gave details of his expenditure for the month, amounting to £21 11s. 4d. He reported that the fence round the sewage-bed was now being carried out and at much less cost than using chestnut fencing by using barbed wire with posts obtainable on the site.- A propose to provide oilskins and overalls for the us of the four roadmen, which the surveyor considered would be a benefit, was carried

Col. A. R. Woodland (secretary to the Lady Forester Trust) was granted an inter view by the Council regarding the charge for the large quantity of the town water now being consumed by the Broseley Hospital as shown by the water meter recently installed. He asked for preferential treatment as a hospital not run for profit.—The Chairman promised that the matter would have fair consideration, and suggested that he should send a written application to the Water Committee in time for their next meeting.

In the course of the short further discussion, respecting the putting of the Broseley—Iron-Bridge Road into first-class order for taking over by the County Council, Mr. James Davies contended that the lean to meet the Council’s portion of the cost should be on terms of repayment not less than 14 years, The Town Clerk assured them that the very best terms would certainly be arranged when the time came for the matter to be decided.

The Town Clerk read a letter from the Ministry of Health approving the sites for the housing scheme, and sanctioning the borrowing of the money. The architects had amended the specifications in accordance with the recommendations made by the Council, and they were now satisfactory to the sanitary inspector.—The Chairman considered that they were now proceeding on the right lines.

The water engineer (Mr. Callear) reported that he had carried out 72 yards of the 3-inch main at the Wynde extension at Jackfield, but that he could only proceed slowly, owing to his men being called away to numerous breakages in the district. There was at present a split pipe in the 5-inch main which supplied Jackfield. He had received an application for service to Jackfield Church for the heating apparatus. There were also six other applications for supply, which had to be taken in rotation.

BURIAL BOARD, Wednesday.—Mr. Jas. Davies proposed, and Mr. A. A. Exley seconded, the re-election of Ald. J. Nicklin as chairman for the ensuing year.—Mr. Nicklin thanked the members for the honour.- Mr, F. S. Francis (superintendent) presented a statements of accounts, which was passed. Other business conducted was of a routine character.- Complaints having been received of the damage done by children in the cemetery, in particular during the summer months, it was decided that steps would have to be taken to stop this, or children would be prohibited from entering the cemetery unless in the charge of responsible persons.—It was reported that the cemetery was in a satisfactory condition.

6th December 1924


BOARD OF GUARDIANS.—Clr. R. A, Rhodes presided at a meeting of the board on Friday. With regard to the alterations at the workhouse, it was decided to engage Mr Hickman of Wellington as architect and to superintend the Work at a fee of 30 guineas.—Tenders were accepted from, the following for bread supplies for Dawley district: Mr. Payne, Dark Lane, 8d. per 41b. loaf, for Wenlock, Madeley and Broseley districts, Mr. R. N. Moore, and Mr. Rowe, at 8½d. per 4lb. loaf. The Wrekin Colliery Company’s tender for coal was accepted.—There were two tenders for meat supplies for three months, from Mr. Davies (Broseley), and Mr. J. T. Drury (Wellington). Mr. Drury’s prices for beef and mutton were, less than those sent in by Mr. Davies. Ald. Davies proposed at that although Mr. Davies’s tender was the higher, it be accepted. Hitherto, he said, they had only had one tender for meat, and they had been served well. Mr Davies was a ratepayer in the Union area and the Wellington meat trader was not. Mr. White (Broseley) seconded the resolution which was supported by Mr. Doughty, who remarked that Mr. Davies was a big ratepayer in the district, and he (the speaker) failed to see why the should go outside. The chairman pointed out that they advertised for tenders without stipulating from what area the tenders should come. If the Board desired to confine the contract to the Union area it should he so stated in the advertisement. He had nothing to say against the previous contractors who had served them well, but other people should not be discouraged if they complied with the terms of the advertisement. Ald. Legge said that was an important matter. There was a difference in the prices for beef and mutton when the, two tenders were compared. The present tenders were for three’ months, but, taking the contracts for twelve months it would mean a difference of about £40      Mr. J. P. Prance (Dawley) moved an amendment that  Mr. Drury’s tender be accepted.

Mr. Drury was a man with a good reputation and would give every satisfaction. Ald. Legge seconded the amendment, remarking that the difference in the price should be carefully considered. Colonel Haywood remarked that when the Board advertised for tenders they should accept the lowest, if the other conditions were satisfactory, as they appeared to be. After further discussion voting took place, Mr. Drury’s tender being accepted by six votes to five —It was decided to grant the usual Christmas fare for the inmates of the Institution.

13th December 1924


WHIST DRIVE AND DANCE.—A successful whist drive and dance were held in Messrs. Maw and Co.’s gymnasium on Dec. 5 in connection with Maw’s United Football Club. Some excellent prizes, given for the whist, were presented to the winners by Mrs. Gallier. Messrs. G. Britton and J. Perkins were, capable M.C.’s. The Jackfield Prize Silver Band (Mr. W. Ellis, conductor) supplied, with their customary ability, the music for the dancing; which was kept up until 1-30 a.m. A vote of thanks was accorded to the helpers, on the proposition of Mr. H. G. Weale (hon. sec.). Credit is due to the ladies’ committee, composed of Mesdames H. G. Weale, J. D. Perkins, G. Britton, F. Ellis, and A. Wilson, for their valuable assistance in providing the refreshments.

BROSELEY CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH.—A sale of work was held in the Schoolroom on Wednesday.  The chairman (Dr. J. G. Boon), after some remarks appropriate to the occasion, introduced Mrs. F. Gobey, who declared the sale open. A vote of thanks, proposed by the Chairman and seconded by Mr. F. Howells, was accorded to Mrs. F. Gobey for her presence. A brisk business was done at the respective stalls and amusements, which were in charge of the following :—Drapery, Mesdames A. J. Parker, G. Hurdley, J. Wilkes, A. Williams, and Miss N. Corfield; china, Misses E. Owen and B. Williams;  provisions, Mrs. F. Grainger and Miss M. Hartshorne; earthenware, Messrs. G. Hurdley and T. Denstone; fancy, Miss B. Parker; toys, Mrs. P. Archer and Miss F. Hatton; flowers, Miss B. Corfield; bran tub, Misses Nancy Brown and Elsie Williams; shooting gallery, Mr. W. Owen ; fortune teller, Mrs. W. Denstone; fish-pond, Mr. W. S. Williams; refreshments, Mesdames W. Owen, W. Harrison, A. Boden, D. Boden, E. Neary, T. Denstone, and Miss E. Denstone. Mrs. E. Williams gave selections on the piano during the course of the afternoon, and the Rev. A.  S. Parker superintended the sale. The total proceeds amounted to £36 16s. which sum is to be devoted to church expenses.