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Extracts from

The Wenlock Advertiser




relating to Broseley and District






Broseley Local History Society



10th January 1880


LOCAL BOARD – The usual monthly meeting of this = Board took place on Wednesday evening last, when there were p[resent – Messrs T.= G. Thursfield (chairman), E. Roden, R. Burton, J. C. Lister, Rushton and Bathu= rst; Mr Thursfield Medical Office of Health; Mr Owen Harries, Clerk; Mr Geo Stevenson Inspector of Nuisances; and Mr Ledger, Surveyor.- The minutes of = the last meeting were read and confirmed.- Mr R. Burton asked how it was that t= he lamp which it had been decided to erect at the corner of Jackfield below Mr. Burroughs’s had not been put there. He thought the lamp was much need= ed there, and was quite as necessary, in the consequences of the traffic, as t= he one which had been placed by Mr Exley’s.-= The Chairman explained the matter by stating that when the committee visited the several places at which it was decided upon to erect the lamps they found t= hat the number decide upon were not sufficient for Dark Lane, and, consequently, they had taken the one from Jackfield and put it in Dark Lane, but he would promise to use his best endeavours to get one placed at the point spoken of during the ensuing year. – The matter was then dropped. Mr Ledger sta= ted that he estimated the defalcations of the late surveyor, Mr Potts, so far as the Board was concerned, at £85 10s, 2½ d.  which he thought was the whole of the deficiency. It was decided to give Mr Potts’s sureties notice at once that their bond must be paid within a month from that date. The Chairman expressed his sympathy for the sureties,= but said they had no alternative.- It was agreed to allow the sureties the amou= nt of salary due to Mr Potts, from May to August.- Mr Lloyd’s tender for £25 for emptying the public ashpits and cleaning the streets was accepted by the Board.- The report of the Medical Officer of Health was then read.- Mr G. Stevenson, Inspector of Nuisances, reported that the number of nuisances abated in the Broseley district during the year ended December 31st 1879, were as follows:- Houses limewashed, 10; cesspits cleaned out, 36; offensive accumulation of manure, &c. removed, 13; new privies or water closets constructed, 6; new receptacles to ditto, 2; defective privies repaired, 6; general nuisances abated, 1; total 83. He also reported that premises had b= een limewashed at the Lloyds and Jackfield, and that a new privy and ashpit had been constructed at the Br= itish Workmen, Duke Street Broseley. – Mrs Corfield attended to complain of the nuisance caused by an overflow of sewage at the back of some premises in High street by which considerable damage had been = done to her property; it had killed he damson trees and part of a hedge.- Mr Stevenson said that this nuisance was a very bad= one. The matter was left in the hands of the inspector.


10th January 1880



On Tuesday evening last a very pleasant gathering took= place at the National Schoolroom in a soiree of the school teachers &c. The proceedings commenced with a substantial spread, nicely prepared and admira= bly served by the friends. The chair was occupied by J Doughty, Esq, who was supported by the Rev. E Lloyd Edwards, rector, Mr Geo. Baker &c= ., and the vice-chairman was Mr Francis Davis. After full justice had been don= e to the good things, the Chairman very briefly proposed the heath of the Queen, followed by the Prince and Princess of Wales, and the rest of the4 Royal Family. Mr Doughty next gave the Bishop and Clergy of the Diocese, with who= m he coupled the name of the Rev E Lloyd Edwards, expressing the great satisfact= ion they all felt at seeing him among them on the occasion. The toast was drunk with hearty and continuous applause. The Rev E Lloyd Edwards, in reply than= ked the company for the way in which they had received the toast, and particula= rly for the very hearty way in which they had received him. He was very pleased= to receive their invitation and to be amongst them that evening, and he could assure them that it was his earnest wish to further their interests (loud applause). He begged top propose a vote of thanks to the promoters f that n= ice party. He hoped it would be the inauguration of a better state of things, a= nd that they might often meet together in the same way (cheers). The Rev E Llo= yd Edwards proposed the health of the Chairman and Vice-chairman which he was = sure they would drink heartily. He gave them the health of Mr. Doughty and Mr. D= avis (cheers). The Chairman briefly replied, expressing his pleasure at meeting them, and hoped it would only be the first of a series of meetings of the k= ind (cheers).  Mr Davis also repli= ed, observing how a great satisfaction it was to see Mr Edwards, and hoped they should often see him to show their respect (hear, hear). Mr Councillor Burroughs proposed a vote of thanks to the ladies who had prepared the supp= er &c, which was heartily carried. After the removal of the cloth a number= of glees, songs, &c., were sung by the company, dancing was indulged in ti= ll a late or rather early hour, and a most agreeable evening was spent, which was much contribute to by the urbanity and tact of the Rector, to whom the enjoyment of all present seemed to be an earnest object. We trust this happy state of things may long continue in Jackfield. Much credit is due to Mr Oa= kes for the indefatigable manner in which he worked in the cause of making the affair a success, and to the ladies and gentlemen concerned, whose names we= are desired to omit.


TO BE LET, with Immediate possession, Two well built a= nd convenient HOUSES, situated near the National Schools, Broseley, each containing three Bedrooms, Kitchen, Parlour, and Outbuildings.- Apply to Mr T R Burroughs, Ladywood, Jackfield.



Near Much Wenlock,

MARSH FARM, containing 454 a= cres, of which about 209 are Meadow and Pasture. Rent 30s per ac= res; Tithe free.

Near Broseley,

LINLEY FARM, containing 273 = acres, of which about 100 are Meadow and Pasture. Tithe free.<= /span> Ret 23s 6d per acre. Good House and Buildings.



17th January 1880

R. & W. B. PAGE, BROS.,







Every description of HOT and COLD WATER BATHS, LIFT and FORCE PUMPS


Made and fixed etc. the most modern principles and safety.








GENERAL CONFECTIONER and Purveyor of Pic= -Nic Parties, tea Parties, Balls, Dinners, and other Gatherings where Refreshmen= ts of first-class quality are required.



Note the Address:-




Families supplied with punctuality and despatch in Town and country



17th January 1880


BROSELEY:- letters arrive at 4:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Lett= ers are despatched at 7:45 a.m. and 8:45 p.m. Money order business from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Telegraph business from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.- Sundays 8.10 a.m.

JACKFIELD.- Box closes at 6= -55; on Sundays at 5 p.m. Letter delivery commences at 7 a.m. daily.




Befor= e Messrs T Instone(Mayor(, W Layton = Downes, E Roden, and T H Thursfield.

ABUSIVE LANGUAGE.- Samuel P= oole was charged by Mr Elisha Frisby, keeper of the Iron= bridge toll-gate, with using abusive and insulting language towards him on Christm= as Day. Mr Browne of Hendsford= , appeared for the defendant. It appeared that on Chri= stmas Day in the morning the defendant ad his witness Crooke passed through the g= ate with a horse and trap, and paid the toll. In the afternoon the returned from Broseley on foot, and Frisb= y asked for the toll, 1d. Defendant refused to pay it, and climbed the gate. After a conversation, Crooke, the complainant stated he paid his toll ½d. Subsequently, they returned and then Frisby= asked the defendant for the toll, which he again refused to pay, and strong language was used, and the defendant went away without paying.- Crooke the defendant’s companion, swore that when he paid the foot to= ll he paid 1d. for himself and defendant. – F= ined 1s. and 17s 8d., costs, or 14 days.


24th January 1880<= /p>





Prompt attention to all Orde= rs guaranteed

Repairs to Property executed= under Personal Superintendance.



All Persons Indebted to the Estate of the late RICHARD JONES, of Broseley, in the County of Salop, Painter, = are requested forthwith to pay the amounts due from them to us, the Undersigned= .

And all Persons having any Claims or Demands upon or a= gainst the Estate of the Deceased, are requested, witho= ut delay, to send us particulars thereof.

Dated 21st January, 1880


Broseley, Shropshire,

Solicitors to the Executors of Dec= eased.


MRS. MARY ANN PITT, Deceased= .

All Persons Indebted to the Estate of the late Mrs. MA= RY ANN PITT, of Benthall House, Benthall,  in the County of Salop, widow, are requested forthwith to pay the amounts due from them to us, the Undersigned.

And all Persons having any Claims or Demands upon or a= gainst the Estate of the Deceased, are requested, witho= ut delay, to send us particulars thereof.

Dated 21st January, 1880


Broseley, Shropshire,

Solicitors to the Executors of Deceased.



THE FIRE AT ARLESCOTT.- In connection with the recent fire at Mr Grice’s of Arlescott, which was reported in our last issue, the Norwich Fire Office (in which off= ice Mr Grice was insured) with great promptitude sent, on Tuesday last, a gentl= emen to value the grain &c, destroyed. The estimated amount of the loss sustained, we understand is between £300 and £400.


31st January 1880

GRAND STOCK BULL; Pure Short Horn, Willey Blood BRAWN, Wi= lley Blood.- Dean Farm, Willey, Broseley.



in connection with this
Has just undergone a Thorough Repletion, and is now in the Most Excellent Condition, having also been very tastefully furnished with the most
Takes this opportunity of Returning Thanks to his NUMEROUS PATRONS for their past Support, and Patronage, and hopes for  Continuance of their Favour= s, which shall merit his best attention, combined with

WINES, SPIRITS, ALES &c.,<= br> of Unexceptional Quality

Well Furnished, Combining Comfort and Pleasure.


This Hostelry will be found to command every possible Convenience and Speci= al Comforts to Commercial men, Nobility, and Gentry.








MARSH FARM, con= taining 454 acres, of which about 209 are Meadow and pasture. Rent 30s. par acre; T= ithe free.

ATTERLEY FARM, = containing 272 acres pf which 190 are Meadow and Pasture. Nearly the whole of this farm has been recently drained. Tithe free. Rent 21s = per acre. Very good House and Buildings.

NEW HOUSES FARM, containing 157 acres of which about 70 are Meadow and Pasture. This farm has been drained. Tithe free. Rent 20s. per acre. Suitable house and buildings.


LINLEY FARM, containing 273 acres, of which about 100 = are Meadow and Pasture. Tithe free. Rent 23s 6d per = acre. Good House and Buildings.

Apply to T H Thursfield, Barrow Broseley.


GRAND STOCK BULL; Pure Short Horn, Willey Blood BRAWN, Willey Blood.- Dean Farm, Willey, Broseley.


7th February 1880


SEED POTATOES, Magnum Bonum, about a Ton for Sale; Rivers’ Ashleaf, a few Lots.- H. E. Monk, The Dean, Broseley.

HAY, about 4 Tons, growth, 1879, d= itto, ditto, dittp, 1878. OATS, a few Bags pri= me Seed Oats, Webb’s Challenge White, PEAS, a few Bags Seed Peas.- I. WATTS, Dean Farm, Broseley.

TURKEYS, a Few Young Cock Turkeys,

PIGS.- 16 Pigs. Six week= 217;s old; either together or separate.- I WATTS, Dean Farm, Willey.


A TEN-HORSE ENGINE with Boiler.- For price apply to Maw & Co., Benthall Works, Broseley.



The quarterly meeting of the Town Council was held on = Monday at the Guildhall, Much Wenlock. There were present T. Instone, Esq. (Mayor)= , in the chair; Alderman R. T. Davies, E. W. Smith, and J. Fox; Councillors J. A. Anstice, T. H. Thursfield, J C. W. Lister, John Burroughs, J. Instone, T. P= . Everall, Geo. Lloyd, J. Randall, A. B. Dyas, W. Y. Ow= en, R. Burton, E. Boden, T. Haynes, and R. Cooper; Mr C. J. Cooper, clerk Mr Geo. = Burd, magistrates clerk; Mr F. S= erjeant (from the Town Clerk’s office). Alderman Humphries was absent through continued indisposition.

The ordinary meeting of the Financial Committee was he= ld before the Council meeting took place, there being present- T. Instone, Esq. (Mayor), Alderman Fox, and Councillors J. A. Anstice, Jones and Thursfield.= The quarterly bills were examined and approved and ordered to the laid before t= he Council for confirmation.- Municipal Registration:  The Town Clerk reported to the committee the result of his correspon= dence with Mr White in reference to that gentleman’s charge for revising the burgess lists, and recommended that it be paid under protest, and that the correspondence be laid before the Home Secretary for future guidance.


Councillor J. A, Anstice proposed that a borough rate = of 1d. in the £ should be made for the ensuing qu= arter. The estimated expenditure, he said, was £336 odd, and there was a bal= ance of £118 13s. 9d. A 1d. rate would produce about £300, and this would leave a balance of about £100.

The resolution was seconded and carried nem. con.


Mr Blount, the borough analyst’s report was, as = for some quarters past, a blank, no samples having b= een sent for analysis.


The Clerk read the following report of the Inspector of Weights and Measures for the quarter ending January Sessions 1880:- “= I have been employed during the quarter 45 days inspecting, examining, compar= ing and stamping weights, measures, scales and other weighing machines in the Borough of Wenlock, including going and returning and attending before the magistrates. No. of shops visited 489; No. of informat= ions, 4; No. of convictions, 4 ; fines 13s; police cos= ts, 8s 8d; office fees, £1 15s 0d. No of weights stamped, 268; measures, non= e; No. of weights examined, but not stamped again, being found correct- weight= s, 10; measure, none. Received for adjusting weights, self and man’s lab= our, &c. £2 4s 6d.- FRANCIS WHITTAKER.̶= 1;


The Clerk introduced the question of the payment for t= he preparation and passing of the lists of voters. With regard to the Parliame= ntary lists, the Council had nothing to do further than that the bills must be pa= ssed by the Mayor at a Council meeting, and the accounts then sent to the differ= ent parishes for payment. The last revision had been of a more extensive charac= ter this year. Last year (1878) amounted to $82 18s 9d. He would ask the Counci= l to pass the necessary resolution for the payment by the various parishes.

The formal resolution was put and carried unanimously.=

The Clerk produced the account of Mr Gillam White, the revising barrister, in respect of the municipal lists, amounting= to £14 18s for two days, and £1 5s for the expenses of a clerk. The revision used to take formerly two short days, whereas it now took two long days. Under the Parliamentary and Municipal Registration Act of 1878 he was entitled to charge the borough fund for the extra work. He had charged two days, whereas he and the finance committee thought that payment of the extra work should only amount to one day, the difference in time being as between= two long days and two short ones. Mr Gillam White l= aid down his view of the case as the law, and he was fortified by a host of leg= al gentlemen, all of whom, however, he saw were revising barristers, but, in equity, he though his (Mr Cooper’s) view was right. What he suggested= was that the Council should make an order for payment, under protest, so as not= to from a precedent, and that the whole correspondence should be laid before t= he Secretary of State, and he had asked foe instructions as to the future guid= ance. He had prepared a draft letter, which he would read, explaining the matter = for their adoption, if they though proper.-

“ = 2nd Feb., 1880

Sir, -I am directed by the Council of the Borough of W= enlock to submit to you a correspondence that has taken place between the Revising Barrister for the Borough and myself, as Town Clerk in reference to the “additional remuneration by the Parliamentary and Municipal registrat= ion Act, 1878, is directed to be paid to the Barrister out of the borough fund.= In previous years the Parliamentary ad Municipal Registration Act, 1878, is directed to be paid to the Barrister out of the borough fund. In previous y= ears the Parliamentary revision had been usually accomplished in two short days.= In the year just past (1879) the Parliamentary and Municipal revision occupied= two full days. It may be taken at all events that the addition of the municipal lists did not practically involve more than one extra day. The Barrister ha= s, however charged the Borough with two days work, at five guineas a day and e= xpenses in addition on the ground stated in his letters. The Council, on the other hand, think that one day’s remuneration at five guineas, with expense= s, is all that he is entitled, according to the intention of the Act, to recei= ve from the Borough fund, over and above what he is entitle to under the Parliamentary Acts. Their reasons are stated in the correspondence. The Cou= ncil have paid the amount claimed by the Barrister, but have done so under prote= st, as they do no wish the payment to constitute a precedent. They desire, howe= ver, to lay the matter before you and to receive your instructions for their fut= ure guidance.- I am, &c.,

C. J. COOPER, Town Clerk.”

In answer to a question, Mr. Cooper said Mr. White was= in bad health at the last revision, and brought a clerk to do the work; he cha= rged the clerks expense, but not his time.

Councillor J. A. Anstice proposed that the corresponde= nce should be laid before the Home Secretary, with the letter the Town Clerk had read, and the motion was carried unanimously.


Councillor J. A. Anstice said he had to introduce the question of the lunatic asylum. They were most of them aware that they were= suffering from overcrowding at the asylum, and they wanted accommodation for 200 more patients. The matter had been on hand for some years, and a committee was formed to consider the practicability of utilising the spare room at various Workhouses in the county. The committee had reported most fully at the last county quarter sessions, and the purport of their very very lengthy report, which he held in his hand, the purport of which was that it= was impossible to provide the necessary accommodation in the Workhouses, and the recommendation that the additional accommodation should be provided by enlarging the asylum. A resolution was accordingly passed by which the Visi= tors were empowered to enlarge the asylum, and a similar resolution was passed at the Montgomery quarter sessions. They being joint owners with this borough and the County of Salop, and he now begged to propos= e that the Visitors for the Joint Lunatic Asylum be empowered to enlarge the institution. The committee appointed was composed of independent members, several of whom were of the opinion that the accommodation could be found in the workhouses to relieve the asylum, but on investigation they found it impossible.

In answer to Councillors Owen and Randall, Mr Anstice = said they could not tell the amount of the cost, as no plans had not yet been prepared, but the proportion of the Borough of Wenlock was £6 17s 11d= in the £100, or about 7 per cent.

Councillor Randall said he had read the report of the discussion at the sessions but he was not prepared to find it coming on at = that meeting. He was under the impression that the magistrates at the sessions w= ere taken by surprise and that it was only in consequence of some technical mat= ter that they were able to carry the point. The view he entertained from the reports was that there was an opinion that sufficient accommodation was not forthcoming; he was not thoroughly acquainted with the matter, and they did= not know what it would cost, it might be £800 or a thousand pounds or mor= e (A Voice: More); but he believed they could readily find accommodation in the = Workhouses for a large number of imbeciles, and they would thus save a large sum.

Councillor Anstice, interrupting, asked if he should r= ead the report, which was very lengthy, and show the reasons given by the commi= ttee against this view.

Councillor Roden said from the views that he had expre= ssed at the Board, and which were so well known to its members no one should accuse= him of endeavouring to forward any measure of expense which could be avoided, b= ut he would beg to second the proposition. If they tried the experiment of transferring persons from the asylum to the workhouse, they would find that they could do no good without a separate staff of officers, and anyone who = had seen inside of that institution they would find the human form in its most hideous forms would not think it desirable that they should be transferred = from thence to the Workhouses, and the expense of separate staff of officers wou= ld be great..

Councillor Randall said they would be paid by the Government? Would no the officer be paid by the Government?

Councillor Roden: We shall have to pay it.

Councillor Jones said the matter was, as Mr Anstice had stated, impossible. They would have to have a separate staff and separate buildings from the other inmates and they would lose part of the grant made= by the Government.

Councillor Randall asked of that was correct, and on receiving an affirmative said he was not aware of that.

Councillor Jones also stated that there was another question. The amount they now paid for boarding out would pay the whole amo= unt they would have to pay, and the whole of the money would be returned; and w= ith the change they would have sufficient accommodation as long as the borough exists.

The resolution was carried by a large majority.

Councillor Anstice said the Visitors had arranged with= Mr Burton for the purposes of a plot of land now rented for the purposes of the Asylum. The counties of Salop and Montgomery had approved, and he asked the Council to grant their approval. The land was required for sanitary purpose= s, and the Visitors had got it on very favourable terms.

Councillor Roden seconded the resolution which was car= ried unanimously.

In response to the case of a man named William Davies = who had been sent to the Asylum from Coalbrookdale, and who had been sent to his settlement at Pwllheli, on December 29th, there was a claim for maintenance of £10 against the authorities at <= span class=3DSpellE>Pwllheli, but there was a hitch that the Pwllheli people were uncertain whether they should pa= y in full, and claim the 4s. per week Government allo= wance, or pay the sum less that amount, and let the Council apply for the allowanc= e. At the Town Clerk’s suggestion, he was directed to write to the Pwllheli authorities asking them to pay the full amou= nt,. And make their claim for the grant.


Councillor T H Thursfield read the following report:- “At the Council meeting held November 10th, 1879, the following resolution was passed:- ‘That Councillors Thursfield and R E Anstice be appointed a committee to survey the public bridges in the boroug= h, and report to the Council at the next meeting thereon.’ In accordance with the foregoing resolution, we have inspected the following bridges, whi= ch are situate upon the disturnpiked roads within = the borough, and which have been repaired heretofore by the trustees, and for w= hich the borough is now liable for repairs to the fabric only, but not to the ro= ads over them, under the 12th section of the Turnpike Acts Continuan= ce Act, 1870-the Monkhampton Bridge. This is situate wholly within the borough upon the road leadin= g from Morville to Shipton= , which was disturnpiked on November 1st, 18= 72, and crosses a regular brook. It is a substantial stone bridge in a good sta= te of repair. 2. Linley Bridge. One-= half of this bridge is within the Borough to Wenlock. It is situate upon the Broseley and Bridgnorth road, which was disturnpiked on November 1st 1867, and crosses a natural brook, which I the boundary between the Borough of Wenlock and the County of Salop, which have already acknowledged their liability to repair one half of the structure. T= he parapets of this bridge are partly down, and require immediate attention.- 3. Beggarley Hill Brook. One-half of this bridge is within the Borough of Wenlock. It is upon the Wenlock and Bridgnorth road, which was distrunpiked on 31st March, 1875, and crosses the Beggar= ley Hill Brook, which is the boundary between the Borough of Wenlock and the County of Salop, who have admitted their lia= bility to repair the county half of the bridge. This is a brick built bridge in go= od repair, with the exception of a d=3Dfew courses of bricks upon the parapet = wall, which should be at once attended to.- 4. Bridge = over the Walton Brook. This bridge is entirely within the Borough of Wenlock, and also upon the Bridgnorth and Wenlock road. It crosses a natural brook flowi= ng from Walton to Beggar Hill brook. This is a stone and brick bridge, built on the skew. The arch is 8 feet high, and 10ft wide; the parapet walls seem at= one time to have given way a little, but the bridge appears now to be safe and secure.

“Your committee recommend that no action be take= n with regard to other bridges (if any) until an application b= e made to the Council for their repair, when each case can be decided on its = own merits.

Thos. H. Thursfield.

R. Edmund Anstice.

“January 28th 1880.”

In reply to Alderman Fox,

Mr Thursfield said the bridges had previously been rep= aired by the turnpike trustees.

Alderman Fox still though there was ad doubt as to the= ir liability.

The Town Clerk said there was no doubt that the duty of repair would fall upon the borough. They had had counsel’s opinion, a= nd that opinion was that the term “County bridges” was a generic o= ne, and that they were liable.

Alderman Fox: It appears to rest on the word “accordingly” in the Act.

Councillor Anstice said it was a relief to find that t= here were so few.

Alderman Fox was glad to hear from the report that eac= h case would be decided on its merits.

After some further conversation,

Mr Roden asked how much it would cost to repair the br= idges.

Councillor Thursfield replied that a day’s work = would put the Walton Bridge, and perhaps more at Linley Brook, in proper repair.

Alderman Fox: There appeared to be a conflict of opini= on until the legal lights were brought to bear. Even our clerk was undecided. =

Councillor Lister how far the parapet of the bridge ex= tended at Linley brook- was there any stated distance?

Councillor Thursfield said they were liable to repair = the whole fabric of the bridge.

A conversation took place as to the matter, and it was= stated that the portion of the parapet wall that had fallen was a fence to Lord Forester’s property.

Councillor Thursfield said, as Lord Forester’s a= gent, he could not decide such a question, but the embankment must be reckoned as part of the bridge, for the bridge could not exist without it. 

After some further conversation,

Councillor A. B. Dyas proposed, Councillor Randall sec= onded, and it was carried unanimously, that the reports be adopted.

Councillor Thursfield said he should be glad to make t= he repairs on behalf of Lord Forester (a laugh).

Councillor Roden proposed that the necessary repairs at Walton and Linley Brook Bridges be done under the supervision of the Survey Committee, and the resolution was carried unanimously.

In answer to a question,

Councillor Thursfield said these were all the bridges = to which the committee’s attention had been called, but could not say if those were all.


Councillor Jones proposed that the Council was of the opinion that the proposal to supply the town of Liverpool, with water from = the Verniew would interfere seriously with the mercantile= and commercial interests of the borough, and that the Borough Members be desire= d to use their influence in opposing it, and attend the deputation of persons interested in the matter, who will wait on the Home Secretary on the 10th inst.

Councillor Burroughs seconded the proposition

Councillor Thursfield said he would have seconded the = motion if Mr Boroughs had not done so. He would not say that they would put themse= lves to no expense, but that they should do all they = could morally to oppose the bill.

Councillor Jones though the Local Board for Broseley s= hould take come steps to make a protest.

Councillor Thursfield thought the Local Board of Madel= ey ought perhaps, too, to take it into consideration (a laugh).

Councillor Randall asked what information they had on = the matter. It was very easy to run the ruck. He ha= d no doubt that the Councils of Shrewsbury, Worcester and other places had had t= he fats before them, but that that Council had not.

Councillor Roden said they had no information.  Perhaps it would be a great advant= age. It would not interfere with any interests, and in dry seasons they would ha= ve eight million gallons run into the river every 24 hours.

Councillor Randall said meetings were now being held b= elow Bewdley to see what steps could be taken to prevent or mitigate the excessi= ve floods in the Severn of late years. They= did not know what to do with the surplus water. It appeared that the Liverpool scheme would equalise the flow by storing= up the surplus water, and regulating the quantity, and it was a great question= if the people on the banks would suffer.

Councillor Roden asked what were t= he commercial interests that would suffer when they had the railway and other avenues open for the carriage of goods.

Councillor Jones said it was entirely a question of the navigation of the river. As long as there was a competition with the river,= the carriage of their staple goods must be kept down.

Councillor Thursfield thought Mr Randall was the perso= n who had not looking the matter up. He had gone very carefully into the matter, = and he was sure he was speaking the truth in saying it was their duty to oppose= the scheme.

Alderman Fox said, from his knowledge and long experie= nce of the navigation, he was quite opposed to the scheme. It was impossible for t= hem to construct reservoirs such as would give a supply of water in a long dry season, for they had had a cycle of wet seasons, and must not judge by them= . He should be very sorry to see any interference. It would through the whole of= the manufactures of the district in the hands of the railway companies, and they knew how to squeeze them when they had a choice. He did not think it possib= le for a supply to be stored to give a quarter of the quantity named.

Councillor Thursfield supposed Mr Roden was a sharehol= der of the railway company and the Liverpool sc= heme.

Councillor Roden thought they had nothing to go agains= t. There was a guarantee of eight million gallons daily in the summer season.<= /p>

Alderman Fox considered a guarantee very little gain. = When the scheme for the improvement of the Severn was brought out they were guaranteed 4ft of water to be the lowest quantity. But the guarantee was a dead letter, and so would be their eight millions. = It was impossible.

Councillor Randall said he only just wanted to say that clauses 13,14,15 and 16 of the bill gave compensation for injury, so that if there was any delay or difficulty caused by the scheme to the brick-kiln go= od makers to the Coalbrookdale Company, they would be able to obtain compensat= ion. They engaged to take the surplus water, and to give a more level and equita= ble supply, and he thought this would be much better.

Councillor Thursfield asked if Mr. Randall thought the= barge owners were going to send the Liverpool Corporation a lawyer’s letter every time their barge got aground.

After a little further conversation, the resolution wa= s put and carried, only Mr. Randall voting against it.

As the meeting was breaking up, Councillor Dyas referr= ed to a bill which had been passed fore some renovations at the Ironbridge Police station, as a matter had not been put to the Councillors and Aldermen of the ward, who were the committee. He saw it was initialled by Alderman Smith, so that it was correct.

Alderman Smith was understood to reply that it was a m= atter which the police inspector had power to order without reference to them.


At the close of the Council meeting, the Executive Com= mittee met. Reports were received, Sergeant Davies and Sergeant Turner stating that swine fever had ceased to exist for the past 28 days on the premises of Mr. Watson, Benthall Lane, Benthall, and Mr. Benjamin Rogers, P{ark Street, Madeley, and it was resolved that the premises be declared free from swine fever. Those present were Councillors T H Thursfield (chairman), Everall, Instone, Roden, and Cooper.


7th February 1870


RENT DINNER.- Lord Forester= ’s rent dinner took place at the Lion Hotel on Thursday afternoon, when about a hundred were present under the presidency of T. H. Thursfield, Esq., J.P. A really splendid dinner was provided by Mr and Mrs Instone, and was placed u= pon the table and served in the best manner. From a press of matter and in orde= r to do justice to Mr Thursfield’s able speech= on the agricultural difficulty we hold over our report till next week.

LOCAL BOARD.—The ordi= nary monthly meeting of this board was held on Wednesday night, at the Town Hall. There were present—T G Thursfield (chairman). Messrs. Roden, G Maw, H= P Dunnill,  = R Rushton, and J C W Lister : Mr Owen Harries, Clerk; Mr G Stevenson, inspect= or of nuisances ; Mr Geo Ledger, surveyor.—The minutes of the lest meeti= ng were read and confirmed —A petition was presented from a number of persons requesting the Board to repair a road which connects the Barrow and Bridgnorth Roads, and within the district. In the course of a conversation = it was stated that the road was always looked upon as an accommodation one, and had never been repaired by the parish. It was unanimously resolved to reply= to the petitioners that the Board had at present no evidence before them as to= the road being a public highway, and that consequently they could not interfere= .- The Broken = Sewer at Dark Lane: A long conversation took place in respect to a nuisance caus= ed through the breaking by mining operations of a public sewer near the Clenchacre Mount, and which receives a large portion = of the sewage of the town. Several plans were suggested for remedying the nuisance= by, the Inspector and members of the Board, but ultimately it was resoled that = the Board should visit, the spot on the following day to see what could be done= . Footpaths: Mr Dunnill mentioned the state of the roads and footpaths, but the matter dropped as it was thought = that nothing could be done till the frost worked out of the ground.—The Waterworks: A memorandum of agreement for a lease for 21 years of the land and easements required for t= he reservoirs and line of mains for the proposed water supply from the Mine Sp= out was received from Mr Potts on behalf of Lord Forester After a conversation = it was thought better to buy the necessary land right out by an order from the Court of Chancery (under the new law for the disposal of trust property), a= nd it was understood the Clerk should communicate with Mr Potts in respect the= reof —The Late Collector’s Defalcations: In reply to a question the Clerk that he had applied to t= he bondsmen of Mr Adam Potts, the late collator, for £95 0s 2½d, = the amount of the defalcations and had received a reply asking for a copy of the bond, which he had supplied. There was a portion of salary due to Mr Potts,= but from that there would have to be deducted £6 odd expenses and a surch= arge of £1 made against him by the auditor.— The Clerk was instructe= d to apply again to the bondsmen for the payment of the amounts—The Pump at “The Dog”:= The Chairman stated that Mr W Meredith, of “‘The Dog” public-house, complained of the public who came for water throwing it again= st the Wall, and making his house damp, and also by splashing it about the yar= d, and causing danger by its becoming frozen. The Chairman suggested a trough would remedy the mischief, and the General Purposes Committee were requeste= d to see to the matter.- Lighting: A= fter a discussion, it was unanimously resolved that the lamp recently erected at t= he foot of the Quarry Road should be removed to a more useful situation, it be= ing stated that Messrs Maw intended setting up a lamp at their Works, and that = the Ironbridge Trust would place another one near the “Big Wheel” a= nd that thus the whole of the Bridge Hill would be lighted. Finances: The Cler= k reported that the balance when the treasurer’s book was made up was £94 = 15s 3d, and there had since been collected £27 1s: £75 was expected= at the last meeting, leaving a balance of £44 17s 3d. in their favour, to which was to be added £95 0s. 2&= frac12;d., the amount due from Mr Potts’s bondsmen, leaving a total balance of a= bout £140. The balance of the rate yet to be collected was £82 10s, = but this would be diminished by voids and irrecoverables. The collector was empowered to proceed at once, without orders from the Boa= rd, against defaulters whom he had reason to suppose were about to leave the to= wn, and was directed to proceed at once to the collection of the balance of the rate (as the limit for its collection was approaching), and to furnish a li= st of the defaulters for orders to summon them.- Highways: A cheque for £14 w= as ordered for the Surveyor, and proceedings terminated.


14th February 1880


On Monday last the Choir of the Parish Church sat down to an excellent supper, given by the Rector. The chair was occupie= d by the Rev. G. F. Lamb, (rector), and the vice-chair by H. Bathurst, Esq., churchwarden. After supper, the Chairman congratulated the choir on the ste= ady improvement they had made during the past year under the able tuition of Mr Watkins, organist. Speeches were also made by the Rev. H. Berry, Curate, and H. Bathurst Esq., Glees, songs, and part-songs, were sung du= ring the evening by members of the choir, and a very pleasant evening was brough= t to a close by the singing of the National Anthem. Among the invited guests were noticed E. W. Shorting, Esq., Mr. Martin, and Mr. E. Ledger (sidesmen), &c. Much praise is due to Mrs. Bourne = for the excellent manner in which she catered for the occasion.

HOUSEWARMING.—On Monday evening a dinner took pl= ace at the Napoleon Inn, Broseley, given by Mr W Pugh, on his taking to the busine= ss. An excellent and well served repast was put upon the table by the host and hostess, to which a large company sat down. Mr John Shaw occupied the chair, and a pleasant and convivial evening was spent,= the health of the host and hostess being honoured in true Broseley style.

“Does Lord Beaconsfield’s Government Deser= ve the Confidence and Support of the Working Classes?” This is the subject of the adjourned debate to be held in the rooms of the Iron-bridge and Coalbrookdale Working Men’s Conservative Association, on Monday eveni= ng next, Feb, 16th. Chair taken at seven o’clock prompt, by J= ohn Burroughs, Esq.- ADVT.


14th February 1880


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14th February 1880



The Christmas rent audit of Lord Forester’s esta= tes at Broseley and its surroundings took place on Thursday afternoon last week at= the Lion Hotel. After the business had concluded, the company to the number of = 120 sat down to a splendid dinner, served and waited in a manner that reflects = the greatest credit on the Host and Hostess (Mr, and Mrs. J. Instone). The chair was occupied by his Lordships agent, T. H.

Thursfield, Esq. who was supported by E. Roden Esq., J= . P., T. G. Thursfield, Esq., J.P., Dr. Hart, Messrs. F. B. Harrison, Dixon, Meire, J, Doughty, J. C. W. Lister, James Burnet, W. = T. Jones, T. Burroughs, B, Hill, J. B. Nevett, T. Instone, J. Shaw, F. Davies, A. Jones, —Instone, James Cartwright, Bo= oth, Coldbatch, Embry, &c. &c.

The Chairman, on the removal of the cloth, briefly gav= e the health of the Queen, and the Prince and Princess of = Wales, which were loyally res= ponded to.

Mr. W. T. Jones proposed the Bishop and Clergy of the Diocese, eulogising the manner in which their work was done, and coupling w= ith the toast the name of Roden, (cheers).

Mr. Roden responded in eloquent terms, remarking that = the Bishops and Clergy of our country are, on the whole, a pattern to all other nations, and that Church of England, bound up as it inseparably was with the State, is one of the grandest institutions in the world. The speaker then referred to the affairs of his own parish and hoped that things might soon be in a more satisfactory state.

Mr. Lister proposed the Army and Navy, Volunteers-refe= rring to the distinguished conduct of the Army and Navy, recently and in the past, and expressing the opinion that if ever they were called upon, the Voluntee= rs would  as he was sure would ev= ery other Englishmen  stand up in defence of their hearths and homes (loud cheers).

Mr Roden begged to propose what might fairly be called= the toast of the evening—the health of Lord and Lady Forester (loud cheer= s) He could scarcely find language to express the high opinion he, and they, h= eld of them. The speaker went on to refer to the long services of Lord Forester= as one of the representatives of the Borough; and

Since his accession to the House of Lords he had in an equally faithful manner looked after their interests. As a landlord, he cou= ld say that he was not surpassed in England (cheers). His sympath= ies were aroused at the commencement of the agricultural distress and they must say = that he had done all be could. Mr Roden referred to the duties devolving upon his lordship in his position at the head of the family estates and said he beli= eve nearly the whole of the income of the estate since his accession to it had = been expended in improving the property. They had also to thank him for the very liberal discount he had, allowed them that day (cheers). In conclusion Mr R= oden hoped that the dark cloud of Egyptian blackness which had hung ever the district would goon be dispelled and brighter times come round. He asked th= em to drink the health of Lord and Lady Forester which he was sure they would = do most heartily (cheers).

Mr F. Davis proposed the health of Mr C. T. W. Foreste= r, the Conservative member for Wenlock. He hoped he would prove as good a man as h= is uncle (cheers), and though a young man he had given signs of great promise.= Mr Davis also enlarged on the kindly feeling entertained in the district, towa= rds the Forester family.  (The toa= st was heartily drunk).

Mr Owen proposed the health of the Dowager Lady Forest= er, whom they had known for so many years (loud cheers)., He referred in terms = of eulogy to the charitable goodness she had always displayed on the estate, a= nd said that even now she did not forget them (loud cheers).

Mr T. R. Burroughs proposed “The Town and Trade = of Broseley” congratulating the company that the recent depression had n= ot so seriously affected that district as it had done some of their neighbours (cheers). He coupled with the toast the names of Mr Lister and Mr F. Davis.=       .

Mr Lister appropriately responded, hoping that the dark cloud which had hung over their district would soon pass away and more prosperous times ensue (cheers).

Mr. Davis also responded, referring to the stoppage of= the workings of the Coalbrookdale Co, on the Broseley side, and generally criti= cising the state of the local trade.

The Chairman said with regard to one remark of Mr. Davis’s as to the stoppage of the pits, that if any working men could show they had sufficient money to open a pit he should be glad to let them = do so. He could tell them that if Mr Davis would get up the company he spoke o= f he would be very happy to let them have the land, for he might tell them that = the withdrawal of trade from Broseley meant a reduction of Lord Forester’s rents. It was a maxim of his (the speaker’s) father’s that if he could get two working men to take a pit he was ready to let them have it, f= or he said they would get what a larger firm would leave (hear, hear), and he could point out many men who had done well. But there was the difficulty th= at in Broseley the coal had been got in most places, and where it was, it was either near houses or swamped with water. Perhaps the Local Board would put these matters right, for he could assure them they were as much troubled wi= th water below ground as they were with the want of it above.

Mr Roden gave in eulogistic terms the health of Mr Thursfield, Lord Forester’s agent. It was necessary that on such an estate they should have a medium of communication between the landlord and tenant, and in Mr Thursfield the Willey estate could not have a better agen= t, and years after he (the speaker) had gone down to the grave, he hoped they, would find Mr Thursfield at the head of that table, and his health as heart= ily received as they would receive then. (The toast drunk w= ith musical honours with cheers for Mr Thursfield and family).

The Chairman, in response, said: I have to thank you f= or the very gratifying and astounding way in which you have received this toast, a= nd that you must remember that the agent alone, but the landlord more particul= arly who must have your interests at heart, and, we regards the return which has been made you today, I should tell you that when I, quite unexpectedly, fortnight ago, walked into Lord Forester’s room in Landon, he at once said. “I was going to write to you about an allowance to the tenants = at the audit,” so that there was no necessity for my asking him to consi= der it. The return today has been the same the made last audit, and has been up= on a sliding scale taking the quality, description, and circumstances of each fa= rm into consideration, and I trust it has given you all satisfaction. For the = last several times that I have met you here, I have had to regret, the bad times= for agriculture that we have passed through, and I have held out to you the hope that things would mend and; that at each successive meeting we had seen the worst of things ; but today again I have only the same story, in fact I fea= r I must say that the depression in agriculture as it is  called has  all gone from bad to worse, and I = can only still express the hope as 1 have done so many times that we have at la= st seen the worse. I am quite sure I cannot see how this can get worse. What d= o we see around? Landlords obliged to let land at a reduction in rent, or, in ma= ny instances, take it in hand and farm it themselves ; in either case; a very serious matter to many of them. We see tenants ruined, perhaps  living on their capital or hastily= in fright throwing up their farms, or in some instances trying to meet the necessities of the time by deficient cultivation. In fact with landlords and tenants alike, a panic exists, and few can over-estimate the gravity of the crisis through which we are passing, or foretell the result of it. With your permission I will hastily glance at a few of the most prominent causes. I consider, and I speak from recollection upon my own farm, that this is the fifth wet and unfavourable season we have had. 1875 was the first, and since then we have had bad and unfruitful seasons in this district. We have had w= et harvests or wet seed times, and some years we have had both. I should suppo= se no one in this room can remember the like before. We can all remember wet seasons, but such a continuance as we have lately has, I believe not happen= ed for a great number of years. We have, I know, had many times of depression— indeed, I was reading a book the other day which, curious= ly enough stated that in the year 1341 the rents in the parish of Barrow were remitted because the corn vine deficient from an unfavourable season, and because there were no sheep left in the parish. We have, as I say, had prev= ious bad seasons, which have caused us to have a bad yield, hat, generally, there has been a counterbalance in prices to help farmers out, but now we have not only a deficient and inferior yield of corn, but we have also had low price= s at the same time, and also a general stagnation of trade. I consider that these combined, namely, low yield and bad prices are the chief and principle caus= e of the present state of things, but there are other causes also. We all know t= he change that has taken place in the labour market. Wages have risen very much indeed in the last few years, and when times were better farmers did not fe= el the increase so much as now, but it has become a very serious matter, and i= s, I fear, the cause of the falling off that one sees in the general trade of the country. I don’t believe that farmers, as a body, grudge the labourer= his better wages. I would far rather feel that the workman was not only well fe= d, but well clothed, and I think you will agree with me; but we all know that = the labour we now get is not so energetic and hearty as it used to be. The men don’t, I fear, take the interest in their work that they used to do, = and I would consider how this could he remedied. I know what I would propose is very difficult of application, but I say, if you cannot adopt it in, all th= ings, try it in a few. Look at a man at work in his garden. He does not stop to l= ight his pipe or turn round and talk.  He goes on steadily at his, work with thorough earnestness and good intent, in= a very different way to what he would do if he was working for you. And why is this? Because he is working for himself. By our present system we pay an idle man as much as an industrious man, and can you wonder if the industrious man limits his work according to that done by the idle man? Can you blame him if he does? He will only receive the same wages= at the week’s end, Cannot we in some way arrange our system of work so t= hat each man should be paid for what he does. He would then know that he was working for himself as much as if he was working in his own garden, and certainly for better pay.  The= only way we can do this is by paying for our labour by piece or by measure, and,= as I said, I know this is difficult in farming work, still it can be done in s= ome things, and I advise you to try it in those things, and by degrees I hope y= ou will be led on to adopt it in much of your work. I commend this matter to y= our consideration as a remedy in this case to a certain extent. Rates also form= a considerable element in a farmer’s expenditure, and in many eases have increased very much. Very often as I go from home I pass a man at work on t= he road who used to be paid by all who used the roa= d, myself, of course, amongst the number. Now he is paid by the parish, and I = have to bear an increased share. So it is with many of you, and although I appro= ve of the abolition of turnpike trusts, I do not think they should have been d= one away with until some other means of maintaining them had been devised. It is true that in the county they do now receive from the county rate one-half of the cost of repairs of these roads. Still, this is actually very little rel= ief and in the Borough of Wenlock we do not even get this concession. There are other rates, new rates, which I think farmer, have cause to complain of. I = mean Local Board rates, school rates, &c., and I hope that the Royal Commiss= ion will enquire into this question, as I have no doubt they will, and that they may recommend some action in the matter. America has for sometime been= the farmer’s bugbear. Many things that the farmer produces have been sent over here in such quantities and at such prices from America that one really wonde= rs how it can be done. But the real question is, how lo= ng is this likely to last? Can the American continue to carry on this competition= , so ruinous to the English farmer? And to judge this we must look at the causes= of it. As we here in England have had bad harvests, so in America they have had exceedingly abundant ones, at least for the two last, if not more. This great superabundance of grain, grown much of it upon virgin soil= , at very little cost, has been sent to the seaboard at very low rates of carria= ge, owing to the competition of the railways, and thence it has been brought he= re at such low shipping freights that the cost of bringing it several thousand miles of land and sea has been small, compared with the cost to the English farmer of taking his produce to the best market. Now here we have a combina= tion of things all favourable to the American farmers, existing at the same time= as the other combination which I have mentioned of thing’s unfavourable = to the English farmer. And as in that case I told you I hoped such a combinati= on would not again occur, so in this case I think it is not likely to do so. We may have one cause or another cause exist again, and no doubt we shall, but= I do not think in either case we should fear that all will occur together as = they have done. They will not always have such abundant harvests in America as they have had lately, the compe= tition of the railways will, I should suppose, do as it does in England, come to an end, and shareholders require better interest for their money. Freights have certain= ly improved as trade has improved. Shippers have, in consequence of bad trade, been glad to carry grain at prices which could not be remunerative. But this has already changed, and must cause increased cost of carriage. I fear, however, that the improved modes of transit will bring American beef here at such prices that will affect us more than it does at present and I think it will be brought over alive.  I don’t think that they can compete with us in wool, mutton, or barley,= but upon all these points, we anxiously await the opinions of more practical me= n as Mr. Clare Read, and Mr. Pell who have lately been investigating the questio= n in America for the Royal Commission. But if we have to complain of all this bad treatm= ent from the Americans we must not forget that we have much to thank them for.<= span style=3D'mso-spacerun:yes'>  If we had not had American wheat, = what would have been the price of   bread and what in consequence would have been the state of the count= ry. If we had had to depend on our own wheat, we should have had very little go= od bread in this part of the country and the manufacturing districts near would hive been in a very bad state, even worse than they have been. Again wool h= as gone up sixpence a pound at least and this is owing to the American demand. Cargoes of English wool have been and are still being sent to America and in many other things they have caused an advance  in prices to the advantage ultimat= ely of the English farmer The farmer, at the present time, is rather overdone with friends and advisers. The politician, the philanthropist, the landlord, the squire, the rector, and the tenant have all their special remedy, and it is very difficult to separate the theoretical from the practical. Primogeniture and the law of settlement and entail are condemned. Free trade in lard is advocated. All tending to the same object, the breaking= up of the large estates in the country and the subdivision into smaller ones. But I ask you where would this benefit the farmer. Look at the large estates around you, and say if the t= enantry are not as well doing, and if the improvements and expenditure by the landl= ord are not as great as upon the small estates. Do you not see small estates (o= ften encumbered heavily) only affording to the owner the income necessary to ena= ble him to live and keep up his proper position, but leaving little, if anythin= g, to tenants in improve the estate, or to meet the rents in bad times. The we= ll being of an estate and the tenantry upon it dep= ends upon the ability and the willingness of the owner to expend money upon it in improvements, and not upon the size of it. Are not the large landowners generally in a I better position to do this than the smaller ones, and do t= hey not do it ? I fear this remedy would not be any advantage to the farmer.  Some people complain very much of the restrictive clauses of farm agreements, and although I am not in favour of binding a farmer down to anything more than = is necessary, still I do not see that these clauses can be entirely dispensed with. You must remember that a landlord has a far greater capital a stake i= n a farm than a tenant, I have lately had, as you are aware, some experience in endeavouring to let farms. People apply for farms of wh= om you know nothing. They may have good references, but in a great measure you= are dependent upon what they themselves tell you. They may be, and they general= ly are, what they are represented to be, but can you expect a landlord to let a person of whom he knows little have the power  to exhaust his land, and leave it = in a bad condition for  the next te= nant if he chooses to do so. I think you will consider he only acts in a reasona= ble manner if he reserves to himself the means of preventing this. Tenant right= has also been very much spoken of, and no doubt in Lincolnshire and in other pl= aces it meets a difficulty in a satisfactory manner, but, speaking from experien= ce, I can hardly see that it would answer so well in this district. At all even= ts, you must first get the tenant farmer to think so. With an off-going tenant = it is very easy sailing. He can show he has applied so much cake or corn or ma= nure to the land, and that so much of it is unexhausted, for which he should be paid. All this is very easy, but the tenant farmers = in this district like to have something to show for their money. They do not l= ike to pay for what they cannot see, and it is very difficult to make them see = that there is anything left in the land, beyond what should be in any case, for = them to pay for. The in-coming tenant says he would like to have the money in his pocket, and spend it as he thinks best. I am afraid that upon the class of farms in this district tenant right would not be of mush practical service = to the tenant. The question of distraint has been brought forward by very high authorities but suppose it was abolished, what would be the effect? It would do away in a great measure with the class of small farmers, and instead of you being here today having had four months credit for your rents to enable you to realise your produce, you would be called upon to pay punctually at each quarter day as the rent became due. W= ould this be any better for you?  I= have now gone over several of the questions which are being brought forward at t= he present time, and I shall be very pleased to hear what any of you have to s= ay. I should like to hear your opinions, and if you differ from me. In what I h= ave said, I have had in my mind our own immediate district,= and the causes I have named to you are, in my opinion, those most affecting= us here. There is another question that has been very mach raised of late by tenant farmers, that is-reduction of rents. Now I should say rents are gove= rned by the same rule as other things, the law of demand and supply. Would not, = you think a farmer very much to blame if he gave more for farm than he need do,= and that he could get it for—so the landlord would be equally blame if he= let his farm for less than he could fairly and properly get for it, but in the = case of a man who has been upon a farm for where the bargain is made and the ren= t is fixed in good times, the landlords should meet their tenants by returns as = they have done. I assure you, a good tenant is very difficult to get, and a land= lord is very foolish loses one if he can possibly keep him. I have endeavoured, = with Lord Forester’s approval, to meet you all, and I mean to keep you all= , if it is possible (loud cheers).

Other toasts were proposed, and a very agreeable eveni= ng was spent.


14th February 1880


Yesterday (Friday) morning, u the 6.40 train from Shrewsbury to Worcester was between Ironbridge and Coalport stations, near Messrs. Maw’s new siding the driver observed a man lying with his head on the metals. The dri= ver did his utmost to attract the man’s attention, and to pull up his tra= in, but without avail, the man’s head being severed from his body. The ma= tter was reported at the Coalport station, and on a search being made, the body = was found to be that of John Bathos, over 60 years of age who has for very many years worked as a rope-spinner for Mr Councillor Burroughs, Ladywood. There would appear little doubt that the set was a deliberate one, although as fa= r as we can learn, there appears to be now cause of a= ny depression on the part of the deceased.


21st February 1880






I Hereby give Notice that all persons who are entitled= to vote as Owners or Proxies at the Election of Members of the Local Board for= the District of Broseley, and who are not on the Register of Owners and Proxies= now in force, or who being on the Register do not retain the qualification or t= he address described therein, and who are desirous to have their names inserte= d in the Register about to be made for the said District, and all persons who are desirous of objecting to any name on the Register, now in force, are hereby required to give or send to me, at the office of Mr Owen Harries, Solicitor, Dawley, Clerk to the Broseley Local Board, on some one of the first six day= s of March next, a Claim or Objection (as the case may be) in the Form hereunder= set forth.


Chairman of the Local Board.

21st February 1880.




2s. 6d. IN THE POUND


























Insurances may be effected = with this Old-established Local Office on Advantageous terms.

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21st February 1880


INQUEST.—On Monday afternoon, an inquest was hel= d at the Half Moon Inn (Mr Hiram Hill) touching the death of John Batho, rope spinner, who was killed on the railway on= the Friday previous, The inquiry was conducted by E Glover Bartlam, Esq, Borough Coroner, and the following gentlem= en comprised the jury:—Messrs J. R. Humphries, W Hill, S. Morris, Walter Bryant, Thomas Potts, John Lowe, T. Humphreys, Peter Jones, R Rowley, Edwar= d Pomfret, Wm. Burroughs, and Hiram Hill.  Mr. Wyatt (= Worcester), Inspector for the Great Wes= tern Railway Co., was present.-Wm Holmes said he lodged with the deceased, John Batho. He was a rope spinner and lived at the Salthouse. Saw him last alive at five o’clock a= .m. on Friday, the 13th inst. He came to call witness up, according to custom. The= re was no conversation. Had seen him for several days before, and he did not s= eem to be so bright as usual. He was making a net, and he said the work bothered him, as he could not get on so well as he could = wish. He appeared to be depressed in spirits the evening before.—William Morris, Madeley Wood, labourer, said he saw a man walking, about on Friday, February 13th, just before the train came down about 7 20 a m.-Witness was at work at Messrs Maw’s works, about two hundred yards from where the man was. Saw him go up to the corner of the wall several tim= es, and spoke to the bricklayers about him. Saw him go up to the corner of the = wall a few minutes before the passenger train from Ironbridge to Worcester came up. = Saw him walk up by the corner of the orchard to the stile by the crossing over the railway at the Tuckies. Did not see the train pass over him, and did= not see him stop to wait for the train. A platelayer came up, and asked if we h= ad missed any of our men, as one had been killed. We went and found deceased, = who was kneeling stomach downwards, with his arms between his legs, and his wal= king stick in his hand. The head was off. He was dressed as if going to work. The stick was in his right hand. Found the head of the deceased forty yards awa= y, on the other side of the line.- In answer to the Coroner, Mr Wyatt said it was probable the heads would be caught by the gua= rd which comes within 2½ inches of the rail, and catching the firebox w= ould be thrown some distance.- We conveyed the body to the Half Moon.- To the Coroner: Saw him walking about for ten minutes before the train came down. = The stile is about four yards from the rail on which the deceased was lying. His feet were towards the stile, and he had not crossed the first rail. Heard a whistle from the train. It always whistled at = this point. But longer and louder than usual on this occasion.- George Sherwood, of Swinbatch, platelayer on the line, said he did not know the deceased. Heard a whistle blowing and the dr= iver of the passenger train on the morning in question pulled up where he and the gang were at work. The driver told the ganger that a man had thrown himself= in front of his train, and asked them to go back. They went back, and found deceased with his head cut off. Witness helped to bring him to the Half Moo= n.- John Pennell, stoker on a passenger train on the Gr= eat Western Railway, running on the Severn Valley line, said b= etween Ironbridge and Coalport stations, on the morning in question, he saw a man sanding near the stile at the Tuckies crossing. Witness would be on the left hand side of the engine. Saw deceased first when by the wooden bridge at the Wallows. He appeared to be waiting for the train. The driver saw him at the same time. Always whistled coming through Jackfield. When within forty yards saw deceased going up to the rail, throw himself on his hands and knees, and throw his head across the rails. Witness spoke to the driver, who reversed = the engine and open the whistle, and witness put on the brake, and they did all they could to prevent the accident, but they could not pull up till they had got over a hundred yards past the spot. Gave one long whistle. There was not time to put on the two. We really whistle for= the guard’s brake. Frederick Prosser, the driver of the train in question= , said on the day in question he was driving the 6.40 passenger train from Shrewsbury to Worcester. His attention was called by the last witness to the man witness had seen by= the rails. The last witness said “Hold on, mate; we are running over a man.” We were not then on the man. From witness’s position he c= ould not see the deceased. Witness at once shut off the steam, reversed the engi= ne, and opened the brake whistle, and the fireman put on the brake as hard as he could. When witness first saw the man, two hundred yards away, he appeared = to the six or eight yards from the rails, up against the fence. Did not think of whistling then, as he was not attempting to cross. Stopped about 160 yards away. Witness said people were= constantly on the line standing back, but often would cut it so close to the crossings, instead of waiting for the train to pass, as to bring his heart into his mo= uth; if warned of their danger, they frequently laughed at the remonstrance. Were travelling at the rate of about thirty miles an hour. The line was a gradient, and favourable for pulling up. As he saw the platelayers just ahead he went on and gave them the information.- The jury returned a verdict that the deceased committed suicide while in a state of<= span style=3D'mso-spacerun:yes'>  temporary insanity.- in the course= of the proceedings Mr W. Burroughs said the deceased had worked for him for 48 years.


28th February 1880





Dealer in Laths, Cement, Lime, &c., Doors, Frames, Ca= sings,. Sashes, Skirtings, Moul= dings, and all kinds of Joinery and Turnery work.

Plans and Estimates supplied for all kinds of Now Buildin= gs. Repairs attended to Promptly.

N.B. —COFFINS of Best Make and Material on the shor= test notice.

Tomb and Headstones supplied from any design.


6th  March 1880






Waggon and Cart Oil Sheets, C= art Covers, Tarpaulings, Sacks, Bedsackings, &,.,


Dealer in Hemp, Flax, and Yarns, Tar, Pitch, Oils, & = Resin; Lamp Cotton, Cotton Waste, Oakum,  Mats, Curled Hair, Brickkiln Mats, Canvas Webbing for Clay carrying in Brickyards, &c. &c.


6th March 1880


A RICH TREAT.— It wil= l be seen in other column that Mr C Rowe, the astonishing blind elocutionist, wi= ll recite from memory, without prompter, book, or ether assistance, Shakespeare’s famous tragedy of Macbeth. We unhesitatingly declare Mr Rowe to be one of the marvels of the age,


The ordinary meeting of this Board was held on Wednesd= ay evening last, at the Town Hall, when there were present—Dr T G Thursf= ield (chairman), Messrs H M Bathurst, H P Dunnill, J C W Lister, R. Rushton, E Roden, W Burnet, and R Burton; Mr Owen Harries, clerk: Mr Ledger, surveyor;= Mr G Stevenson, Inspector of Nuisances. The proceedings were of a very desulto= ry and protracted character (the meeting lasting till ten o’clock), and = we are enabled to give but a brief summary.

The minutes were read and signed when a long discussio= n took place as to the resolution agreed to at the last meeting to remove the lamp= at the bottom of the Quarry R= oad to a more useful position. Mr Rushton gave notice of a motion to rescind the minute, and Mr Burnet opposed the removal on principle. Mr Lister warmly commented on Mr Rushton agreeing to the proposal at the last meeting, and n= ow turning round. Mr Rushton said he did not agree to it—he did not oppo= se it.


In respect to the petition presented at the last meeti= ng of the Board as to the repair of a road leading from Willey to the Dunge, the Chairman said, and it might be a caution to gentlemen as to what they put t= heir names to, that Mr T H Thursfield had told him that the road belonged to Lord Forester, and that be (Mr T H Thursfield) had signed the petition under the impression that it requested the Board to take it over, and make it a publi= c road.


It was reported that the nuisance here had been abated= by the Board having had the sewer repaired and turned the matter into the old reservoir. The Inspector said he had received a complaint from Mrs Corfield of the Board’s man going into her gard= en to open up the drain.—Mr Roden; She is first to complain, and then grumb= les when it is being put down! The Surveyor said Mrs Corfi= eld had given permission for the man to go in.


A letter was read from Messrs Potts and Potts, on beha= lf of Lord Forester, consenting to the proposal of  the Board that an application shou= ld be made to the Court of Chancery for the purchase from the trustees under the = late Lord Forester’s will, of the portion of the ground at Benthall requir= ed for the purposes of the water supply.

The Chairman said this was very satisfactory and he th= ought their best coarse would now be to get Mr Massey = and a sub-committee to get ready the plans and estimates at once that, they might apply for a loan as soon as possible.

Mr Lister said he thought now Madeley was about to hav= e a Local Board they ought to give up the scheme, and join Madeley for the purp= ose. He did not think the proposed source at all sufficient.

Mr Burnet thought Madeley would not join them.

Mr Lister then gave notice that at the next meeting he= would bring forward a motion to upset the scheme, or have no water at all-it was quite insufficient.

Mr Roden expressed his willingness to second the motio= n, and Mr Burnet said he should be very pleased to give Mr Lister any assistance.<= /p>

After a dead silence of a couple of minutes at this unexpected difficulty, Mr Dunnill said he wished to call the attention of t= he Board to the consequence of the delay in this matter. The scheme was decide= d on in September last. They had now been six months getting the consent of Lord Forester to the purchase of the ground. He contended that instead, of meeti= ng monthly they should meet fortnightly, that the correspondence on these matters might be accelerated. He might mention that= he was not quite aware what quantity of iron pipes they would want, but he put= it at about 300 tons. Since the scheme had been agreed upon iron has gone up £2 10s or £3 per ton, thus increasing the cost of the work by £750 or £900. It was impossible for a Board like that to manage= the details of the scheme, which might be relegated to a small committee, and he wished to point out that the way in which the Board had managed the matter = had really made an addition to the cost of a 2s rate, and perhaps it may be mor= e. He though they might have left the settlement of the details which had occu= pied so much time, to the Chairman and Clerk, the Board being agreed on the gene= ral principle.

Mr Roden said there was a doubt as to the sufficiency = of the source.      =      

The Chairman moved that Mr Owen Harries be instructed = to take immediate steps to obtain the land proposed in the scheme agreed to by= the Board in September, 1879.

Mr Rushton seconded the proposition.

In reply to a question, the Chairman said they could n= ot issue estimates till they had acquired the land.

In the course of a desultory conversation, Mr Burnet s= aid the increased cost of iron would be much counterbalanced by the reduction in the value of labour in the town.

Mr Lister proposed as an amendment that Mr Owen Harrie= s be requested to delay any proceedings toll after the next meeting, when his proposition would be brought forward.

Mr Burnet seconded.

On being put to the meeting, Messrs Lister, Burton, and Roden voted for the amendment, and the Chairman and Messrs Burton, Bathurst, Dunnill,= and Rushton for the motion.

Mr Dunnill proposed that Messrs Maw and Burton and the Clerk be requested to pr= oceed with the plans and all matters relating to the estimates, &c, in connec= tion with the scheme. They would, he said, be required to find some labour for t= he Broseley people during the next twelvemonths.

Mr Bathurst seconded the motion, which was carried wit= hout opposition.


A letter was read from several ratepayers of Jackfield asking the Board to remedy a nuisance caused by water lodging on a footroad at the Salthouse= .

Mr. Dunnill said he had promised to bring the matter forward. After a long conversation, in which some warm sallies took place b= etween Mr Dunnill and Mr Burnet, the matter was referred to the General Purposes Committee.     .=


Mr Perry applied to the Board in the case of defective sewerage at his property, the matter affected th= ree persons, one of whom could not agree with the others. The Board agreed to do the work and charge the parties their proportions of the costs.

Mr Langford applied to the Board, for compensation for= the use of a footpath to Bros= eley Church, for which h= e said £2 a year used to be paid. The Board repairs the road and they refuse= d to entertain the application.


Mr Dunnill moved “That it be an instruction to t= he road surveyor after the breaking up of the frost or at any other time he may see that it is necessary, to employ temporary help for sweeping the footpat= hs and scraping the roads, and that he be requested to see that all the perish roads and footpaths be kept in thorough good repair, employing extra help in the winter season when the work want prompt attention, and reporting at eac= h Board meeting what he has done.” Mr Dunnill proceeded to speak of the deplorable state of the roads after the late frost, and said Surveyor appea= red not to have the necessary power deal with the matter without bringing it be= fore the Board at their monthly meeting. He referred particularly to the roads leading to Jackfield, including Ball’s Lane.

Mr Burnet thought that Jackfield was requiring too much attention, and said it was the Ireland of the parish-a question of Home Rule. In reply to Mr Burner the surveyor s= aid he had taken one of the two men employed by the Board off the job at Mrs. <= span class=3DSpellE>Corfield’s to send to Jackfield when Mr Dunnill complained.

Mr Dunnill warmly repudiated the idea of Jackfield bei= ng the Ireland of the parish,= for the tradespeople of Broseley had found it a California rathe= r. He said that in many places no material had been put on the roads for eighteen mouths.

A long rambling conversation ensued, in the course of = which Mr Bathurst seconded Mr Dunnill’s motion.=

Mr Roden moved as an amendment that the matter be left= to the General Purposes Committee, to whom the Surveyor might at once apply in= any difficulty.

The amendment was seconded, and on being put to  the meeting, Messrs Roden, Rushton, Burnet, and  Lister voted for = it, and it was declared carried.

It was decided to leave the question of Ball’s L= ane till the slip settled.


The Clerk reported that after the payment of the   cheque for £14 signed = at the last meeting there remained mained £30 17= s 11d in the treasurer’s hands ; £36 1s 0d=   had since been paid in, making &po= und;65 11s 11d ; the amount due from the sureties of Mr Adam Potts, was £95 = 10s 2d ; making a total of £162 9s 2d in favour of the Board. The amount uncalled of the rate was £46 9s 6½d; which would be reduced to=

£15 by voids, &c.. This would leave £176 18s, 8d, out of which to-night they would require cheques for £12 10s for the surveyor’s salary, and £20 for labour, with smaller matters, which would make a total of £37 162 7d.= It was therefore a matter for consideration if they had not better issue the notice and estimate for the new rate.

The matter was deferred.

In the question of Mr A Pott̵= 7;s sureties, the Clerk was instructed to write them giving notice that if the amount was not paid in a week a writ would be issued.

A formal resolution empowering the Clerk to transfer t= he balance of the highway rate to the general district rate account, which is = the only rate now levied, was passed.


The Clerk reported that the members retiring by rotati= on are Messrs Burnet, Roden, and Rushton.

The Clerk was appointed the returning officer at the s= ame rate of remuneration as last year.


The list of defaulters was gone through, and in most, = cases summonses were ordered.


Mr Stevenson reported several small nuisances which we= re generally referred to the General Purposes Committee.


6th March 1880



SIR,—Can you or any of your numerous readers inf= orm me through the columns of you widely circulated journal, who arranges the musi= cal portion of the services at the above church. Happening to be there on Sunday evening last, I, and many others, were much surprised to hear the Rector (t= he Rev. E. Edwards), give out Hymn No. 395 (Ancient and Modern, new edition), a hymn for the feast of the dedication of a church. I was under the impression the dedication of the above church was in the month of August. If I am wron= g my error will account for the use of the said hymn; but as our Church Hymn Boo= k is full of beautiful hymns suited to the solemn season of Lent, I feel sure it would be more in accordance with the wishes of the congregation if some of = them were substituted in lieu of those published for other occasion Apologising = for so much trespass upon your space.— I am, S= ir, yours faithfully,


Jackfield, March 5th, 1880.


13th March 1880


THE  SCHOOL.- Dr. Day, vicar of Benthall, has requested us to make known the following extract of H.M. Inspector’s report: “The sc= hool has increased in numbers, and there has been a considerable improvement in = the work, very creditable to Miss Nicklin, considering the difficulties under w= hich she has been working.”


13th March 1880

SIR.- If Jackfield never be= fore received an insult it did at the hands of Mr W. Burnet, at the last meeting= of the Broseley Local Board, when he was arrogant enough to use words describi= ng the people of Jackfield as Irishmen. A man who could use such expressions w= hen he knew at the time he was wrong is unworthy of a seat on any Board connect= ed which parish matters or anything else, where intellectas communis, is so requisite, and if = Mr William Burnet is Hibernian himself sufficient to see re-election when his = term of….




SIR,—In reading the account of the last meeting = of the Broseley Local Board in your issue of March 6th, I must say I was greatly s= urprised at the foolish and stupid remark made by Mr. William Burnet ( a member of the Board), in placing Jackfield to Broseley in the rela= tive position of what Ireland is to England, or a matter of Home Rule. Now considering some large ratepayers in Jackfield, I think we are entitled to = some little consideration over the repairs of our roads &c., but Mr. Burnet, fortunately lives in the Broseley High Street (far removed from muddy roads, and when repaired coated by brick-bats and furnace cinders), consequently he has no conception of what the Jackfield roads are and have been, and he wou= ld do well to see for himself before again indulging in such monstrous comparisons. Mr. William Burnet must look well to his laurels at the coming Loca1 Board Election, if he is again returned a member, he must not look for many supporters from what he terms the Ireland of Broseley:, Mr. Dunnill very well, remarked at the same meeting, that= the trades people of Broseley had found it rather a California than what Mr. William Burnet designates it.—Yours respectfully,


Jackfield, March 8th, 1880.




SIR,—As the Jackfield people always succeed in everything they undertake, would it not be well for a subscription to be started to raise a fund for the purchase of a clock to be placed in the ves= try of the above church The times of divine service being 11. a.m. and 6.30 p.m., it frequently happens that the commencement of each service exceeds the tired times by eight to ten minutes.—Yours obediently,


Jackfield, 11th March, 1880.


20th March 1880


PURSUANT to the Act of Parliament of the 22nd and 23rd= Victoria, chapte= r 35, instituted an Act to Further Amend the Law of Prop= erty and to Relieve Trustees. Notice is Hereby Given, that all Creditors and Per= sons having any claims or demands upon or against the Estate of HENRY CARTWRIGHT, late of Benthall, in the county of Salop, Innkeeper, deceased (who died on = the 16th day of December, 1879, and whose Will was duly proved by Hiram Lloyd, = of Broseley, in the said county of Salop, Builder, the acting Executor in the = Will named, on the 3rd day of January, 1880, in the District Registry at Shrewsbury), are hereby required to send in the particulars of their claims= or demand to the undersigned, the Solicitors to the said Executor, on or before the 1st day of May next,. and Notice is Hereby also Given that after that d= ay the said Executor will proceed to distribute the assets of the said Deceased among the persons entitled thereto, having regard only to the claims of whi= ch he shall then have had notice, and that he will not be liable for the assets any- part thereof so distributed to any person of wheat debt or claim he sh= all not then have had notice.

Dated the sixth day of March, 1880= .

POTTS AND POTTS, Broseley, Salop.<= /span>







in the




Your SUPPORT is required to Send a JACKFIELD MAN to Watch over your Interests in the Expenditure of the Rates, to give y= ou Improved Roads, and other Reforms required.


20th March 1880





Has received instructions for Mr John Bentley of the A= lbion Inn, to Sell by AUCTION All his Neat HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, including Partiti= on Seat, in excellent condition; Glass and Wood partition, equal to new, 12 ft long and 9ft high; the Gas Fittings throughout the house; 2 excellent Count= ers, Nest of Shelves, Screens and Forms, Spirit Jars, Malt Mill, two Iron furnac= es, Wringing and Mangling Machine, Britannia Treadle Sewing Machine, No 210,145= , in perfect order; two Prime Feather Beds, Bedsteads, and Hangings, excellent <= span class=3DSpellE>Kitchenplace, 12 Windsor Chairs, &c.

Sale to commence at One for Two o’clock.




Not exceeding three feet, at each, exceeding three fee= t, and not exceeding four feet, at each; exceeding four feet, at each.

Each Contractor for Coffins will have the use of a Par= ish Hearse, in which all paupers buried at the expense of the Guardians are to = be conveyed to the burial ground, free of any extra charge, after which the He= arse is to be returned to the Madeley Union Workhouse, and the Guardians will not allow any portion of the cost of any Pauper Funeral which shall be conducte= d in any manner not sanctioned by the regulations; The Contractor will, in all c= ase be required to provide, at his own charge, the attendance of a sufficient n= umber of decently clad persona to act as bearers for conveying the corpse from the hearse to the Churchyard.

The Guardians are also prepared to receive Tenders for= 12 months, from the 25th Day of MARCH instant, for Printing the Half-yearly Financial Statement and Quarterly Contract Bills, for Meat, Flour and other necessaries particulars of which can be obtained from their Clerk.

The whole of the Articles must be of good quality, del= ivered free of expense to the Union, sad subjec= t t the approval of the Board of Guardians.

Printed forms of Tender may be had on application to t= he Clerk, and Tenders in any other form will not be received.


Each Contractor will be required to execute a Bond, wi= th sufficient Sureties for the due performance of his Contract. Tenders must be accompanied by Patterns or Samples of such Articles as admit of them, and t= he Name, Residence, and Occupation or the proposed Sureties, must be specified= in the Tender.

The Guardians do not pledge themselves to accept the l= owest or any Tender,





It having been this day announced in the House of Comm= ons that the Ministry have advised her Majesty to dissolve Parliament at Easter= , I hasten to express the pleasure I have in once again addressing you and soliciting the renewal of the confidence you so kindly placed in me in the = year 1874, when you did me the honour to elect me as your Member.

For the last six years I have steadfastly supported Her Majesty’s government in all their efforts for the good of the people,= the maintenance of the Glory of England, and her place in the Councils of Europ= e. For this they have struggled long and successfully under the most adverse circumstances, and in spite of every possible hindrance from those who were opposed to their policy and tenure of power.

The different position in which the country now stands= to what it did when I last and for the first time, address you is the best rew= ard, next to your personal approval, that I can possess. The shadow which has, b= y a succession of bad harvests, been cast over the land is, I trust beginning to pass away; and I hope that under the blessings of God, combined with the remedial Legislation, the sun may soon again shine on the Agricultural Inte= rest of the Country.

I venture to point to the Division List as an evidence= of my assiduity in attending to my Parliamentary duties, and should it be your pleasure again to place me in the proud position of you Representative, I s= hall not fail in my endeavour to merit your confidence in the future.

It is unnecessary for me to elaborate a Programme of Domestic Reforms, suffice it to say that you wil= l not find me opposing any progressive improvement which is consistent with the Constitution of England and the welfare of the people.

As soon as absence from my Parliamentary duties will p= ermit I propose to visit you and personally express my views and solicit a contin= uance of your confidence and favour.

I remain, Gentlemen,

Your most obedient Servant,=


House of Commons, 8th March 1880.


To Be Let

TO LET, A HOUSE situated at Caughley containing House, parlour, Kitchen and Three Bedrooms; good garden, small orchard and stable<= span class=3DGramE>.- Apply to X, Express Office, Ironbridge



HAVING taken a, House near the MEMORIAL GREEN, BROSELE= Y, will be happy to Receive her PUPILS there. Many of the parents having expre= ssed a wish for her to continue the School, MRS. POTTS is gratified to know she = has given such satisfaction, and wishes to offer her thanks for their kindness.=

Broseley, March 19th, 1880.


20th March 1880


THE DEFAULTING RATE COLLECTOR.- We understand that Messrs W. and P. Jones have paid the sum of ninety-five pou= nds ten shillings and two pence on account of the Broseley Local Board, the amo= unt required as bondsmen of the late collector to the Board, Mr Adam Potts, who= it is known was a defaulter, The following is a copy of the receipt:- “Received cheque of Messrs. W. and P. Jones for ninety-five pounds ten shillings and twopence on account of the Brosel= ey Local Board. (Signed) THOMAS GREVILLE THURSFIELD, Chairman of Broseley Local Board.” March 13th 1880.”


27th March 1880


BROSELEY GLEE SOCIETY.- We understand that the members= of the society intend giving their last concert of the season on Thursday even= ing next, April 1st, and we have good reason for believing that the programme they intend carrying out will prove an unusually attractive one. = The names of the talented instrumentalist and vocalists are a sufficient guaran= tee that the concert will be well patronised. On referring to the excellent selection of music contained in the programme, we notice that the society w= ill sing the humorous glees, by Mr A. J. Caldicott,= Mus, Cantab, entitled, “Humpty Dumpy,” and “Little Jack Horner;” as we bel= ieve this will be the first occasion on which these glees have been sung in the neighbourhood we would recommend our friend to secure their seats at the earliest opportunity.


March 1880


At Broseley the violence of the storm was severely fel= t, but, so far as we can learn, little damage was done, the heavy rainfall get= ting away by the courses left by the heavy storm a fortnight since. On the Benth= all Bank, from the New Inn to the Ironbridge the road was again torn up very considerably, the softer material replaced on it again finding its way to t= he bottom of the hill. The cottage occupied by Samuel Williams, below the New = Inn, was again flooded, and the gardens covered with rubbish.

3rd  April 1880






The Ratepayers of the above Parishes will shortly be c= alled upon to elect three members to serve on the Local Board, and I beg to infor= m on it is my intention to offer myself as one of such members, and respectfully solicit your VOTES and INTEREST.

I consider the interests of Broseley and Jackfield are= so bound up together that they cannot be separated. If elected as one of the members of your Board, I shall endeavour to discharge the duties of the off= ice efficiently, and to your satisfaction, by a careful supervision of the expenditure, and at the same time to assist any really practical measures required to promote Sanitary and General Improvements.

I have the honour to remain,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Your obedient servant,

ISAAC WATTS. Broseley, March 20th, 1880.









Three members of the present board having shortly to r= etire from office, have acceded to the request of a considerable body of the Rate= payers to offer myself as candidate and beg to solicit the favour of our Votes and Support, and should you confer upon me the honour of electing ma a member of the Board, I will use my best endeavours to prove myself worthy of your confidence in performing the duties of such office satisfactorily.

I am desirous that, the district should have a plentif= ul supply of good water, and shall be glad to give my support to an effectual = and economical scheme; also, that the roads of the outlying parts of the distri= ct should be improved, and public lights placed where necessary.

I have the honour to be,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Your obedient servant.,

PETER JONES, The Rock. Jack= field,

March 24th, 1880.



10th April 1880


The result of the voting for the election of three mem= bers, in place of those retiring by rotation, was made known on Wednesday afterno= on. The retiring members were Messrs. E. Roden, R. Rushton, and W. Burnet, who = were nominated for re-election. The following is the return, the three first bei= ng elected:-

R. Rushton = 230;         = 351

P. Jones (Jackfield)&n= bsp; 315

W. Burnet  &= nbsp; ...         = 305

E. Roden               = 296

I. Watts                = 268

J. Perris   =              = 186      

W. Southern …&nb= sp;         86


The ordinary meeting of the Local Board was held op We= dnesday evening last. There were present—Messrs. T. G. Thursfield (chairman),= G. Maw, H. P. Dunnill, R.

Burton, J. C. W. Lister, R. Rushton, and W. Burnet;  Mr. Owen Harries, Clerk; Mr. Ledger Surveyor; Mr. Stevenson, Inspector of Nuisances.

The minutes were read and confirmed.


In answer to a question as to the state of the finance= s, the Clerk stated that the amount now in hand was £135 9s. 1d. There was a bill of the Gas Company’s of £= 150, which, however, would not be due till June next.


In accordance with a notice, Mr. Rushton brought forwa= rd a motion that a minute directing the General Purposes Committee to remove the lamp at the bottom of the = Quarry Road to such a position as would light the road from Ironbridge be rescinded. Mr. Burnet seconded.

It will be remembered that Messrs. Maw agreed to keep = up at lamp a their works, and the Ironbridge Trust two lamps on the bank, if the Board would remove their lamp so as to light the upper portion of the road. This would necessitate a removal of a few yards out of the parish, but would light the parish road equally well, as it was stated. After a long and desultory conversation, Mr. Lister proposed, and Mr. Maw seconded an amendm= ent that the minute be not rescinded, and that the General Purposes Committee be desired to at once remove the lamp. The amendment was carried, only Mr. Rus= hton not voting for the resolution.


In accordance with a notice, Mr. Lister proposed that = the whole water scheme should be reconsidered on account of the inadequacy of t= he supply at the Mine Supply, and the danger if the complete stoppage, as well= as the dangerous condition for mining of the proposed site of the reservoirs a= nd that the matter stand over till the autumn to obtain the guagings of a probable dry season. Mr. Lister’s reasons were put into writing,= and were as follows:- in bringing forward my amendme= nt this evening, it is, I feel, unnecessary for me to recapitulate the whole w= ater question, which has so often been brought before this Board. Before proceed= ing I wish it to be most distinctly understood that I am in no way opposed to a good, cheap, and reliable supply of water for Broseley. It is one of the mo= st important matters that has ever arisen for the ratepayers of this parish, a= nd should have the deepest consideration. With every respect and due deference= to what I will call Mr Maw’s clever scheme of the Mine Spout, it is, I believe, a most uncertain, insufficient, and unreliable one, as it may at a= ny moment utterly fail, either by its geological formation or by some slip, th= us cutting of the Mine Spout supply for ever; besides, even should this not be= the case, I feel, and it is the opinion of many well calculated to know, that t= he supply is an insufficient one. I am advised, too, by old experienced and practical men that the site chosen near the Leopard Inn, Benthall, for the reservoir to supply Broseley is unsound and all undermined, as they, years = gone by, remember working beneath it, and should the great weight of water propo= sed to be tanked there ever take place, that some day or other there will be a crowning in, and the whole supply lost.&nb= sp; It is, however, gentlemen, I feel almost futile, and a waste of time= for me to bring before this Board a motion to re-consider the water question, w= hen, out of nine member, six are in favour of the scheme; but may I ask for the question to remain in abeyance until the autumn, to test the uncertain serv= ice of the Mine Spout, as in all probability we shall have a dry summer, and mo= re especially now that Madeley and Ironbridge have the Local Board, and have to be suppli= ed with water, to see if we cannot amalgamate in a joint scheme to have an ample  and cheap supply, I the= refore beg to propose the following motion:— “That the scheme remain in abeyance until the autumn for the reasons stated in the foregoing.”

Mr. Burnet seconded the motion. In doing so he pointed= out the small quantity of water at the Mine Spout, the danger of its ceasing permanently in ease of a slip, and particularly the unsound nature of the ground chosen for the reservoirs, stating that Mr. Massey had told him he w= ould not make a reservoir near the Leopard. He also expressed the opinion of him= self and many old practical men that the main fault on which the Holywell, Down Well, and others were situated would form quite a sufficient and relia= ble source.

A long discussion ensued in which Mr. Maw showed that = the gaugings of the two places showed a very large balanc= e in favour of the Mine Spout, and asked where they could pump the water so from= the Down Well to supply Broseley by gravitation. Besides that they proposed usi= ng the water Mr. Burnet spoke of besides the Mine Spout.

Mr. Parton pointed out that the proposal was to overco= me the smallness of the supply in dry seasons by having sufficient storage room.

Ultimately the Chairman proposed as an amendment that = the matter be proceeded with immediately mid that the sub-committee appointed to obtain estimates and tenders and arrange the transfer of the land necessary= for carrying out the Mine Spout scheme be requested to continue and press forwa= rd.

Mr. Dunnill seconded the motion, pointing out the large number of unemployed persons in the parish for whom the matter would find w= ork and urged the matter should be pushed forward if it were necessary for the Board, to meet once or even twice a week.

On being put to the meeting the Chairman, Messrs Dunni= ll, Maw, Burton, and Rushton voted for the amendment which was accordingly carried; Messrs Lister and Rushton only voting for the resolution.

The sub-committee and clerk were accordingly instructe= d to proceed with the arrangements.


In answer to the question Mr Lister stated that the Ge= neral Purpose Committee had visited the nuisance at Jackfield and found it came from Mr. = John Doughty’s house, the drain being stopped.  The Surveyor was instructed to wri= te the Mr. Doughty who said the nuisance was caused by others. The whole thing wou= ld not cost 10s to repair, but nothing had been done. The Surveyor was instruc= ted to communicate again with Mr. Doughty.

The Inspector of Nuisance produced his report which wa= s gone through, as was also the surveyor’s business in neither of which was there anything of public importance.


It was decided that notice should be given and estimate posted for a new rate of 1s 8d. in the £ to be made at the next meeti= ng the Chairman pointing out that when they obtained the loan or the water wor= ks the amount spent in the preliminaries of that business would be repaid to t= he rate.


In reply to Mr. Dunnill it was stated that the General Purpose Committee thought it better to simply keep the way open at BallR= 17;s Lane at present as the ground was slipping, and if the road were properly cleaned it would probably have to be done over again. They proposed to wait till the summer and then make a good job of it.


This being the last meeting of the old Board, the Chai= rman at the conclusion of the business rose and thanked the members far their regular and punctual attendance and the assistance they bad so kindly given him.

Mr. Dunnill proposed a vote of thanks to the Chairman = for his services, remarking on the attention and aptitude for business he displ= ayed.

Mr. Maw seconded the motion was carried nem con, and the Chairman in reply said he was always ready to do = his best for the interests of the people of the parish.

Mr. Burnett proposed and Mr. Lister seconded a vote of thanks to the officers, which was carried unanimously, and the clerk, Mr. S= tevenson, and Mr. Ledger suitably replied. This ended the meeting.



The concert of the Broseley Glee and Madrigal Society, unavoidably postponed from the previous night in consideration of the elect= ion, took place in the Town Hall yesterday (Friday) week, when there was a very = good attendance, though we could not help noticing that some of the inhabitants = whom we should have supposed would give these local efforts their hearty support= and encouragement were conspicuous only by their absence. We often hear the dullness of Broseley complained of, sometimes, it may be, by those who refr= ain from attending these pleasant evenings, because a society such as this does= not number amongst its members a Sims Reeves or a Madame P= atey. The Concert opened with a part song  “ The Chough and Crow “ which, as regards time and tune = was very well rendered by the members of the society, though we may remark that= the trebles were a little weak. We should like to see more spirit infused into = the singing. It was clear they had the ability, but seemed a little afraid of making the best use of it ; and here we would suggest to the Committee, tha= t on future occasions, it would, perhaps, be well to upon the concert with a lit= tle instrumental music. We consider the programme (which we give below) an improvement on the last, containing, as it does, a more cheerful selection = of pieces. The singing of the well known song “The Stirrup Cup,” by Dr. Hart, was most effectually rendered, as was also the trio, “When Arthur first in Court began” which was very well received by the audience. The song “Esmeralda” by Mrs. John

Burton, substituted for that of “Why are you wandering here I pray” was sung with great taste, and received a well merited encore, to which she responded readily. The spirited playing of the Pianoforte duet “Overt= ure to Zampia “ by= the Misses Rushton well deserved the encore which it speedily got. Mr Botwood’s “Richard of Taunton Dean”= was also well received, and elicited an encore, when he gave in his usual style—”As I’ve nothing else to do.” The Mrs G. Ledg= er and Miss T. Lloyd blended nicely to ether, and the song “I would that= any love” had a pleasing effect. This also was encored, and very deserved= ly. The topical song by Mr Shorting, which he delivered in his usual easy, mann= er met with rounds of applause, by we had almost said line by line, some interesting local topic was alluded to. We need hardly say that at its clos= e he as loudly encored, and at last he came forward and gave three encore verses which were if possible, still more amusing than the former ones. By desire = we rive the words:-


The Aeronauts will tell you,= that we soon are going to fly,

But I world not recommend Zoeo yet to try:

It might be very jolly such = a motive power to get;

But don’t be over sang= uine, for we have not got it yet.

The politicians  that shortly we shall see

Lord Dizzy and his gallant c= rew completely “up-a-tree,”

Unless the ship be lightened= , and he drop the Salisbury Pet,

And cut adrift fair Cyprus, but it hasn’t happened yet,

The great elections now begu= n the people’s = Will will test,

Whether Dizzy’s “Peace with Honour” or = their, William please them beat;

The ‘People’s Tribute’ which he spurred the shrewd Earl may regret,

For in turn they may reject = him, tho’—” it hasn’t happened yet:”

And Tur= aerelli may obtain an earldom for his wreath,

Or Dizzy may adopt him, and = his garnered wealth bequeath; …..


10th April 1880

To be let

TO LET, a Good Cottage and large Garden, at the Salthouse.- Apply to John = Doughty, The Tuckies, Jackfield.

THE GLOBE INN, Broseley, the present Tenant retiring f= rom Business the House having been in family 48 years.- Apply to HIRAM Lloyd.


24th April 1880


ELECTION AT BROSELEY.—P.C. = Cumpstone charged John Poole and Bridget, his wife, with being drink and disorderly at Broseley, on April 1st, the polling day for the borough election. The offic= er stated he found, about a quarter-past eleven at night; the two defendants d= runk and very disorderly, abusing a man named Smith, the lady being particularly violent. They were both very drunk. Defendants stoutly denied the charge, a= nd accused the officer of taking people home drunk when the melee occurred, Mr. Poole pathetically putting it whether he who could walk home was drunk, or the man who “rolled down and made the ground shake.”    The lady also gave the Bench and the policeman a taste of her quality, admitting some strong expressions under provocation. The Bench, probably considering a little excitement as election times a venial offence, gave the defendants t= he benefit of the doubt and dismissed the case.

24th April 1880


Messrs Wand G Pinder’s circus visited this town on Thursday night, with an exhibition of the Royal Aquarium friendly Zulus. The large tent was crowded with a well pleased audience.

TEA PARTY.- A parochial tea= party was held on the National Boy’s schoolroom, on Thursday last concluding with a magic lantern entertainment by Mr T. Lawrence. The proceeds are to be devoted to the funds for the enclosing of the new burial ground at the pari= sh church.  Notwithstanding count= er attractions, there was a large attendance.


1st May 1880


THE FAIR.- The annual pleasure fair was held on Tuesday last, but the glories of bygone days were sadly wanting, the fair being of = very limited dimensions and of a decidedly gingerbread character. Stalls of edibles and toys, a shooting gallery or two, a photographic studio, with swings, a peepshow and cocoa-nut alleys, comprising the attractions.=   During the day the attendance was = very small indeed, but it increased toward the evening, being swelled by the par= ties returning from Bridgnorth races.

SUPPER.- On Monday evening = last a social supper in connection with the money club held at the Severn Stars Inn (Mr. Davies) took place. The chair was occupied by Mr Humphrey Harrington, = and a very pleasant evening was spent, the enjoyment of which must be added to = by the contributions of Mr. W. F. Davies, the celebrated comic singer.


1st May 1880


READING ROOM. The annual me= eting of Broseley Reading Room and Library was held in the Reading Room on Tuesday w= eek The Rev H S Perry, in the chair. The accounts for the year ending 31st March last which has been audited by Mr Baker, and Mr E H Ledger, were presented = to the meeting and derived a balance of £4 11s 3d in favour of the institution not withstanding that £5 had been spent during the year in the purchase of books for the Library. The roll of members for the institut= ion shows no falling off, but rather an addition the number at the present time being upward of 90, and the annual subscriptions show a corresponding incre= ase. The institution quite deserves all the support it gets, and its usefulness = at all times and particularly during the present stirring period is very great. For the trifling subscription of something less than two pence per week the members have the perusal of five of the best London and provincial daily pa= pers weekly newspapers and illustrated periodicals, besides the advantage of the Library to which 30 volumes have been added during the year.


8th May 1880



WILL (DV) be preached in the above named Church on Sunday= May 9th 1880. Morning preacher.


(vicar of Coalbrookdale) Eveni= ng preacher


(Rector of Willey) Services begin at 11 o’clock a.m= . and 6-30 p.m.     &nbs= p;    


8th May 1880



The following report appeared in The Architect, April = 17th, 1880:—The Broseley Tileries Company, Limited, in addition to an admir= able show of Plain Tile Pavements, presents a collection of highly ornamental, encaustic, glazed, and tessellated tiles. The plain tiles, although thoroug= hly vitrified, and therefore practically imperishable, are perfectly free from glaze. The blue—a bleu du Roi —is excellent, and the black grey, red, chocolate, and buff are all excellent. The blue, however, is exceptionally fine, the cleavage showing diminution in colour. These pavements are both excellent in design and quality and low in price.  The glazings<= /span> of some colours are very charming an iridescent hue being given a green is specially to be marked, the glaze being quite opalescent. In Roof Tiles and Ridges the colours are subdued, avoiding the garish rawness as a rule pecul= iar to tiles. The gamut of tints ran from slate through strawberry to a dark re= d, and all the roofing-tiles are distinguished by a pleasing mingle texture admirable for their use, as the paving-tiles were for theirs, suitably dist= inguished by a  uniformity of texture. N= othing more charming than the glazed tiles of the, Broseley Tileries Company could= be desired for giving new effects in, string courses and dado borders. This exhibit was shown by Messrs. W. J. White & Co., of 2 Gresham Buildings.=


The first meeting of the new Board was held on Wednesd= ay evening. There were present—Messrs G. Maw, M. Bathurst, R. Rushton, J= . C. W. Lister, R. Burton, Peter Jones, and W. Burnet; Mr. . Owen Harries, clerk= ; Mr. G. Stevenson, Inspector of Nuisances ; Mr. G. Ledger, surveyor, The Cle= rk acted as chairman, and produced his declaration as returning officer of the late election.

Mr. Maw proposed, Mr. Bathu= rst seconded, and it was carried unanimously, that Dr. Thursfield be elected chainman of the Board. Dr. Thursfield was not present, from indisposition, = and Mr. Maw voted to the chair for that meeting.

The Chairman and Messrs. Dunnill, Bathurst, and maw were appointed the fi= nance committee..

A long conversation took place upon the proposal of Mr. Dunnill that there should be a separate General Purposes Committee, to cons= ist of two members, for Jackfield. Mr. Burton seconded the proposition. Mr. Lis= ter proposed an amendment that there should be but one General Purposes Committ= ee for the two places; Mr. Burnet seconded the proposition. On being put to the meeting, Messrs Bathurst, Burt= on, Dunnill, and Jones voted for the resolution arid Messrs. Lister, Rushton and Burnet against it. The resolution was therefore declared carried, and Messrs Dunnill and Jones were appointed on the committee.

Mr. Dunnill proposed that the General Purposes Committ= ees for Broseley be re- appointed.- Messrs. Lister, Burnet, and Rushton. Mr. Burton seconded the proposition, which was taken as carried, when Mr. Burnet declined to act, and Mr. Bathurst; was appointed in his stead,


Mr. S. Meredith attended in reference to a pump on his property, which the public had used for some years, the pump having been pu= t up by the parish. The water belonged to him, but he did not will to deprive his neighbours and tenants of the use of the water, but he wished to protect his rights. He therefore asked the Board to place a trough at the pump, and to = make him a slight acknowledgment of his right.

Mr. Bathurst said the well was originally sunk for the= use of the Foundry, when the property belonged to Mrs. Thorne, who was much ann= oyed when the parish placed the pump there, but he had persuaded her that it wou= ld be a great advantage to the people at the lower end of the town, and she had allowed it to remain. The water really belonged to Mr. Meredith.

Mr Lister said Mr. Meredith might knock the pump down,= and put up one for himself, but he did not wish to d= eprive his neighbours of the water.

Some conversation ensued when Mr. Meredith withdrew an= d it was decided to make an acknowledgement rent of 1s. a year and to allow Mr. Meredith (with the sanction of the General Purposes C= ommittee) to lock the pump in case of scarcity of water.


The Clerk explained at length the new book forms and t= he order of the Local Government Board in respect to the keeping of the Local Board Accounts.

The Clerk produced the account for the recent election= , the total being £20 2s. 3d. as against £20 7s, = 10d. last year, and the account was passed.

Mr Burnet proposed that the details of the account sho= uld be handed over to the reporter present for publication but this was overruled.=

The Inspector of Nuisances produced his journal but th= ere was nothing of public interest.

The account of the Gas Company for 10 additional lamps= and their connections, &c £56 was produced and ordered to be paid.

Mr Rushton mentioned the dangerous bridge on the Jackf= ield side, over which a child fell recently and was much injured. It was found t= hat the bridge did not belong to the board.

The Chairman said Mr Roden had spoken to him a few days previously and told him that the Shropshire and North Wales Fire Insurance Company were willing to place a fire engine = at Broseley if the inhabitants would form a fire brigade and competent authori= ty take charge of it. Mr Roden had promised to obtain the exact conditions. Af= ter a conversation the desirability of having an engine in Broseley, the matter dropped.


The Chairman stated in answer to a question that the committee had seen Mr Massey (the engineer) several times, and he was pushi= ng on at the work, but had been unable to complete the specifications.

The Clerk read a note from Mr Massey, in which he stat= ed that he was busily engaged on the work but had been unable to complete the specifications for the meeting. The clerk also stated that he should have to advertise the details outside the parish, and said he had sent the particul= ars of agreement to Lord Forester for the necessary ground to Mr. Potts’s= office, he had not yet received a reply.

Mr Dunnill thought the contracts should be got out as = soon as possible.

A desultory conversation ensued, in which the suggesti= on was made that a higher and safer ground for the reservoir be found in a field n= ear Mr Maw’s house, and ultimately it was decided that the committee migh= t, with the approval of Mr Massey, alter its site to that spot.

The meeting broke up.


15th May 1880


The anniversary services of St. Mary’s Church we= re preached on Sunday last to good congregations. The following are the particulars of the choir services, Mattins: Voluntary, March (Guck); Venite (Aldrich), To D= eum (Haye), Jubilate Deo (Purcell); Hymns 37 and 144, “Ancient and Modern.” revised edition; Kyrie (Tucker), Sanctus (Tallis). The service was preached by the Rev S Wood, of Coalbrookdale, from Mark x., 14th verse “Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them n= ot; for of such is the kingdo= m of God. Voluntary d= uring offertory, air (Haydn) concluding voluntary, Grand March of Priests, from D= ie Vestlin (Cuhr), Evensong, Voluntary Air, Deb Calma (= C’Ciel) service; Ferial (full choral), intoned by the Rev E Lloyd Edwards; Psalms, (Hayes); cantata Domino (anonymous); Deusmisereateur (Parisian tone). The lessons were, read by Mr W T Jones. Hymns 304 343, 28 (Hymns Ancient and Modern, revised edition). The sermon = was preached by the Rev H Wayne, of Barrow and Willey, from Proverbs 19, ii.—” That the soul be without knowledge is not good.” The collections for; the day amounted to £10 6s 7d. Concluding voluntary, march, “Des Gerondins,” Scotson Clarke.


22nd May 1880


BANK HOLIDAY.—Monday last was observed as, a gen= eral holiday here, the various tradesmen closing their shops for the day, many of the working class migrated to other parts, a few left for Manchester &c., &c. The weather throughout was fine and warm, great credit is due to the tradesmen and  others for their liberality in suspending business for the day and we trust their workpeople are none the = less grateful for the boon. The weather was fair throughout and all past off wel= l.


29th May 1880






On Monday, the Seventh day of June 1880, at Five o’clock in the afternoon punctually, in the following or such other L= ots a may be determined upon at the time of Sale, and subject to conditions to be then produced.


Lot 1

All those Two Freehold DWELLING HOUSES situate at The Tuckies in the parish of Broseley in the county of Salop, with the Outbuildings and the Garden Ground, and premises thereto belonging, and now in the occupation of John Williams and Charles Perks.

Lot 2

All those newly erected Freehold DWELLING HOUSES, adjo= ining lot 1 with the Outbuildings, Garden Ground, and premises thereto belonging, and= now in the occupation of Job Cull and Benjamin Colley.


Lot 3

All those three commodious, well built Freehold DWELLI= NG HOUSES, with the outbuildings and Appurtenances situate in the Foundry Land, in Broseley.

One of these houses contains six bedrooms, and there i= s a good yard and Soft Water-tank attached to this lot.

Lot 4.

All that convenient and newly erected DWELLING HOUSE, situate in Foundry-lane, in Broseley aforesaid adjoining Lot3, and now in t= he occupation of Mr John Hurdley. The House has go= od cellering under it, and the Lo= t comprises Garden Ground, a Good Yard, and Stabling for 6 Horses, with loft over.

There is a large Soft Water-tank and a never-failing w= ell of Hard Water with pumps complete, which renders this L= ot unusually valuable.

Lot 5.

All those five Valuable Freehold DWELLING HOUSES situa= te in Foundry-lane aforesaid and adjoining Lot= 4, together with the convenient outbuildings attached.

There is a Soft Water-tank and a never-failing supply = of Spring Water on these Premises, which are now in the occupations of John Dudley, Benjamin Wall, Richard Taylor, and John Smith.

Lot 6

All those Five Valuable Freehold DWELLINGS situate at = the upper end of Foundry-lane aforesaid, and adjoining L= ot 5.

This piece of land is situate near the Public Road, and is suitable foe building purposes of for Garden Ground.

Further particulars may be obtained for Mr William Jon= es Coalbrookdale; Messrs Nevitt Bros., builders Ir= onbridge; from the Auctioneers, Bridgnorth; or at the offices of Mr Burd solicitor Ironbridge, where a plan of the various Lots may be seen.


5th June 1880



OBSTRUCTING THE ROADWAY AT BROSELE= Y FAIR. Joseph Skelton, a travelling man, was charged by P C. = Cumpstone with obstructing the highway leading from High Street to Hockley, Broseley,= on April 27th (Broseley fair day). The defendant had a cocoa-nut alley, and occupied the whole width of the street. The case was proved by the complain= ant and. P.C. Weston.—Fined 1s, and 19s. costs= , or seven days.




The monthly meeting of the Board was held on Wednesday evening last at the Town Hall. There were present- Dr T. G. Thursfield (Chairman), Messrs. H. P. Dunnill, R. Rushton, J. C. W. Lister, and P. Jone= s; Owen Harries Clerk; Mr G, Stevenson, inspector of nuisances; Mr. George Led= ger surveyor. The late surveyor’s accounts were gone into to see what amo= unt was due as allowance from the Board to Mr Potts’s sureties on account= of salary and other matters.  It = was found that the balance was £4 9s 6d in favour of the Board. It was al= so stated that in respect of the rate due on the late collector’s reside= nce the magistrate’s clerk had informed the collector that he should advi= se the magistrates that Mrs Potts was not the tenant.


The question of the fire engine offered to the Board b= y the Salop and North Wales Fire Office was deferred in the face of the settlemen= t of the water question and for further particulars.


A letter was read from Mr Smith, surveyor of the towin= g path commissioners, informing the Board that the bridge in question belonged to = the parish, and was put up against the wish of the Commissioners surveyor. Some conversation ensued as to the proper protection of the bridge, an accident having recently occurred to a child recently. The generally purposes commit= tee for Jackfield were desired to visit the spot, and see what could be done. <= /p>


The Clerk stated that he had written to Mr Massey, the engineer, twice since the last meeting to hasten him, he supposed that he w= as proceeding with the plans. He had also written to Mr Potts, Lord Forester’s solicitor in reference to the conveyance of the land necessary.


Mr Dunnill reported that a portion of King-street from Queen-street to Mr Smitheman’s was unpave= d and that the paving of King-street required repairing.  It was also stated that the Act re= quired the streets to have the name affixed and a conversation ensued as to the de= sirability of doing this, the collector being eventually desired to make enquiries as = to the cost of doing so.  The Bro= seley general purposes committee was instructed to see into the matter, and to or= der the work to be done.- The Chairman reported that= a sewer opposite the Town Hall was broken in, and the surveyor was directed to attend to the matter.


5th June 1880



BANKRUPTCY APPLICATION.- Mr Osbou= rne on behalf of the trustees of the estate of John Joseph Hopkins, formerly of Jackfield, pipe manufacturer and tile dealer, made and application that the bankrupt be committed for contempt of court in not having sent in an account (there being a large cash deficiency) which he was ordered to do on March 3= . Mr A Marcy on behalf of the bankrupt, said the trustee had been in possession = of the books for some months, and the bankrupt, who was very poor, was living a distance off, at Oldbury. He also objected that= they were entitled to two clear days notice of the application, which they had not received. His Honour ordered a statement to= be made before the next court, or the bankrupt to be committed to gaol for 15 = days for contempt; the bankrupt to have access to the books.

5th June 1880


On Monday afternoon an inquest was held at the Station= Inn (Mr. F. Davis) touching the death of Jeremiah Denstone= (28 years of age) who was drowned in the Severn on the previous afternoon by the upsetting of a coracle in which he and a m= an named Edward Meyrick were seated. The enquiry w= as conducted by E Glover Bartlam, Esq. (borough coroner), and the following formed the jury:— Messrs. Peter Jones (foreman), J Rothin, R Rot= hin, jun., J. Bucknall, J. Bentley, G. Jones, S. Mer= edith, W. Meredith, W. Burroughs, Elisha Frisby, Adam = Ball, and S. Evans.

David Adams, who works on the railway, deposed that he= lived at Mr Meyrick’s. The previous day, about = four o’clock, Edward Meyrick went into a corac= le and went across the river, and then came back to fetch the deceased; they then = went on the other side, when the coracle struck against a stone in the water. In coming back, when near the Broseley side, the coracle “rode” up and, both slipped into the water. They appeared to try to swim, and deceased caught hold of Meyrick, and pulled him under. <= span class=3DSpellE>Meyrick got free, and was pulled on shore with a boat= -hook by someone witness did not know. Denstone was f= ound eight or nine minutes after he got in. He was dead. In answer to the Coroner, at = the suggestion of P. S. Davies, witness said he did not hear the men using bad language; he did not think they were the worse for beer. The foreman asked = the witness several questions as to whether the men did not get into the coracl= e to show him as a stranger what they could do, and if the coracle was not being turned round, to which Adam replied that he believed the deceased was going after his brother’s ducks; the coracle did turn round but he thought = it was the current that caused it.

Richard Meyrick said on the previous afternoon, between four and five, he saw his brother, Edward Meyrick, and the deceased take one of his coracles to= the river. His brother thoroughly knew how to use the coracle, and could swim. = His brother asked him to let his ducks out, and took the coracle to fetch them = back again. Saw them go across the river, where the coracle struck against a sto= ne. They came back, and when near the Broseley side the coracle turned over on coming into the slack, and both fell into the water. His brother got hold o= f Denstone’s arm, and swam with him. Witness ran = to fetch another coracle, and being without a paddle, paddled it with his hands towards the one he could see, and caught him by the head, but, his hair bei= ng short, he slipped out of his fingers. A boat-hook was passed to witness, wi= th which he pulled him up, and he was dragged to shore. W= itness grappled for Denstone, but could not find him. Deceased was drawn out by James Hill a short time after; he was then dead.<= /p>

James Hill, al= ias Braething, said on Sunday afternoon he was told there= was a man in the water, and he at once got some shafts, and pushed off in a boat = to the Broseley side. He dragged with a boat-hook, and brought deceased up the second try. Knew deceased very well.

The jury at once returned a verdict of “Accident= ally drowned.”

The man Meyrick was too se= riously ill to attend the inquest.


12th June 1880


PROPERTY = SALE.— On Monday evening last Messrs. Perry and Phil= lips (Bridgnorth) offered for sale by auction at the Pheasant Hotel six lots of freehold property belonging to Mr W. Jones, of Coalbrookdale. There was a g= ood attendance, among those present being Messrs. A. Maw, T. G. Thursfield, T. = Griffiths, S. Meredith, H. Lloyd, S. Nevett, Garbett, C. L= loyd, E. Nevett, J. Shaw, J. Garbett, W. Stodd, Ball, &c. Mr. Perry was the auctioneer, an= d. Mr. Burd the solicitor for the vendor. Lots 1 and 2= as advertised, were put up together, and comprised four well-let dwelling-hous= es at the Tuckies, the area being 1,380 square yards, and bringing in a rental= of £21 10s. The bidding started at £200, and rose gradually to £350, which, not reaching the reserve, the lot was withdrawn. Lot = 3, comprising three dwelling-houses in Foundry Lane, Broseley, bringing in a rental of £= ;28 8s. 0d. was withdrawn without a bid being made. Lot 4 comprised a newly-erected dwelling-house in Foundry Lane, with garden and large stabling, &c., and let out at £17, showed the same fate, as did l= ot 5, comprising five dwelling-houses in Foundry Lane, adjoining lot 4. = Lot 6, a piece of freehold land adjoining lot 5,4 al= so found no bidder. We understand the two first lots have since been sold by Private treaty.


19th June 1880

Sales by Auction




Has rece= ived instructions from an old-established Sheffield Manufacturer to SELL by Auct= ion, in the above Hall, on MONDAY and TUESDAY, June 21st and 22n= d, 1880 a Valuable Consignment of Silver-plated Goods and Cutlery.

Particulars in Catalogues.

Sale to commence at Three and Six o’clock each day;

Goods on view from Ten a.m.


19th June 1880


THE PARISH CHURCH.—The interior of the parish ch= urch is about being renovated and cleaned throughout during the next fortnight, Messrs. Page brothers having contracted with the churchwardens (Messrs. Rus= hton and H. M. Bathurst) for the same and no doubt the work will be carried out = with Messrs. Pages usual efficiency and to the satisfaction of all connected with the church.

A STRANGE SCENE.—The = course of true love, it is said, never runs smooth, and that the marital condition= is not always enviable has been exemplified in this town during he past few da= ys. It appears that some time since a native of the Emerald Isle engaged in one= of the departments of her Majesty’s service, became stationed in the tow= n, and his winsome tongue and handsome figure gained the affections of a young widow with a brace of “chicks,” with the result that after a ve= ry short acquaintance they wore duly united in the bonds of wedlock, it is said much against the wish of the lady’s friends. The newly-made Benedict, however, appears to be of a very jealous temperament, and even the early da= ys of the honeymoon were somewhat marred by this unfortunate characteristic, as even the congratulations of the lady’s friends aroused the green-eyed monster in the heart of her lord, and one or two old friends only escaped a thrashing by their demeanour or want of courage on the part of the husband. However, at the latter end of last week matters culminated in the wife being turned out of the lodgings in which they were, or, as he puts it, she went = away from him. To mark their sense of the conduct of the gentleman a number of persons (among whom we understand -was a near relative of the lady) determi= ned to carry out an old Shropshire rule in such cases made and provided, or a “mawkin,” or effigy, a remarkable likeness we are told, decked out with jewellery, kid gloves, &c., was on Monday night let down by a cord from a high wall opposite the lodgings of t= he “happy pair.” A crowd of two or three hundred persons quickly assembled and after due exhibition, to the accompaniment of an impromptu ba= nd of concertinas, tin whistles, tin cans, bones, &c., “playing̶= 1; the Dead March, the effigy was burnt; for a time the fire made little impression but at length a little inflammable spirit made it blaze away fiercely till it reached the centre of the figure when it was blown to piec= es amid loud cheers. At this time it was found that the honoured individual wa= s at the other end of the town and the procession headed by the aforesaid band wended its way to his reputed refuge, with shouting and groaning, the place= not being quiet, we are told till after midnight, and the scene being witnessed= by nearly all the principal inhabitants, at least one justice of the peace bei= ng visible, but no policeman.

Strangely enough it appears the “happy couple= 221; had met, and with that wonderful faculty of forgiveness inherent in woman, = the breach had been patched up, and but for the scene we have attempted to desc= ribe all would have again gone well. Let us hope that this little storm will be = but little storm will be nut the prelude to uninterrupted fair weather in the matrimonial atmosphere.- Communicated.


19th June 1880


DEATH OF Mr BENJAMIN COX.—Ou= r obituary of this day records the decease of this well-known and highly-respected townsman. Resident amongst us for many years he had gained= the universal esteem and respect of a wide circle of friends and acquaintances = who deeply regret the loss of a sincere friend. The deceased was formerly one of the directors of the Borough of Wenlock Conservative Newspaper Co., and too= k a deep interest in the promotion and advancement of the company in the early = part of its career. In politics Mr. Cox was a staunch and loyal Conservative of = the old school, and has on more than one occasion rendered valuable service to = the party. Kind and genial in his manner, a persevering and energetic citizen, = his loss will be felt throughout the town.


19th June 1880


Befor= e T Instone (Mayor), W Layton Lowndes, and J A Anstice, Esqrs, Captain Wayne, and Dr Thursfield.

A POLICEMAN’S SON CHARGED WITH STONE THROWING.—Ernest Cumpstone, six years of = age, son of P.C. Cumpstone, of Broseley, was charged= by Mr Maw with throwing stones in the highway at Broseley, on the 7th inst. On be= ing put into the box, above which the little fellow’s head did not reach,= the Clerk spoke to Mr Maw, who said he was not aware when he took out the summo= ns that the child was so young. The facts of the case were that on the afterno= on in question Mrs Maw was driving down Barratt’s Hill, when she was str= uck by a stone, which he produced, on the arm, which caused a bruise for several days after. On looking round she saw a lot of boys, many of whom were bigger than the defendant, and this boy was pointed out to her as having thrown the stone, and his identity could be readily proved, but as the boy was so youn= g he did not wish to press the charge, but as this stone throwing had become so common, and was so dangerous, he thought perhaps the Bench would give the l= ad a caution..—Mr Lawndes gave the lad a repri= mand, and hoped the father would see the importance of taking more care of his children, and keep them out of the streets. The case was then dismissed.


26th June 1880


DEATH OF A TRADESMAN. ̵= 2; On Saturday last, Mr. James Cartwright, who has been for many years in busines= s in the town, expired from an attack of bronchitis. Mr. Cartwright had an exten= sive circle of relatives and friends, and his decease at the comparatively early= age of 54 is much deplored. Deceased was a staunch Conservative and was always = to the fore when work was required in aid of the good old cause. His remains w= ere interred in Broseley churchyard on Tuesday last, the funeral being confined= to relatives and immediate friends.

THE NEW MISSION ROOM.— We observe that the new Miss= ion Building at Brosele= y Wood is approaching completion in the hands of the contractor, Mr. Rowland Smitheman. The locale does not = add much to the architectural features of the building, but the situation is evidently chosen for its convenience and nearness to the class for which it= is intended. The roof is now on, and we understand the work will be quickly ou= t of hand.


31st June 1880







THE ANNUAL EXCURSION of Mess= rs. MAW’S Workpeople will take place on MONDAY, JULY 12th, 1880.

The Committee have great pleasure in announcing that t= hey have made arrangements with the Great Western Railway Company to run an EXCURSION TRAIN to the above Magnificent Watering Place.

Ironbridge dep. 5 a.m.  &n= bsp;       

Blackpool arr. 9.30

Blackpool dep. 6.40= p.m

Iron bridge. = arr 11.30 p.m.

Affordin= g an unrivalled opportunity of visiting one of the finest Aquariums in England, together with Aviary and Menagerie.

A ticket will be presented to all Excursionists which = will admit them to the Aquarium, &c., at two thirds the usual charge.

Public Baths, Grand Promenade and Piers, Boating, Sea Bathing, Steamer Trips, &c., &c.

Fares for the Double Journey, 4s.<= /span>

Children= under Twelve half-price. Tickets sold on the morning of the Excursion 6d, extra.

Tickets may be obtained of Messrs., William Perkins, G= eorge Maiden, John Smith, Broseley ; Messrs. John Williams, George Bunnagar, William Humphries, Quarry Road ; James Harr= ies, Madeley Wood; Mr Slater, Ironbridge Mr. Coldicott, Ironbridge Station; William Colley, Jackfield; Mr Rushton, Post Office, Broseley.

31st June 1880


The = Parish Church was re-opene= d on Sunday last, after having been closed for renovation.

MARRIAGE OF F. H. POTTS, ESQ. — This gentleman, = who is highly respected and respected in this district, was married on Wednesday L= ast at St. James’s Church, Liverpool, to Miss Jane Ellen Jones, daughter = of James Fisher Jones, Esq, of Honey Croft House, = Derwent Roa= d, West Derby,  near Liverp= ool.

PHEASANT FRIENDLY SOCIETY.—<= /span> The 44th anniversary of this society took place on Monday last at the Lion Hotel, Broseley, When a capital dinner was provided by the worthy host, Mr = John Instone. Previous to dinner, however, those members who had been connected = with the friendly society over three years, received a bonus of 8s 6d each, stil= l, leaving in the bank at their disposal for sick and funeral £216, This society was founded upon the ruins of an older society in 1836, which was t= hen held at the Pheasant Hotel, hence the name “Pheasant” Friendly society. This old society admitted colliers, who are more liable to acciden= ts, hence the disruption of the first society. In the present society no collie= r is admitted. The amount paid per month is ls 6d for their bonuses, after paying for sick and funeral, has reached 14s per membe= r, but this year it amounts to 8s 6d per member. They are a young and hardy cl= ass of men on, the average, although there are three or four old men who look v= ery hale and hearty, the secretary, Mr Hamlet Stevens being nearly 80 years of = age, who, with two others, may be said to the fathers of the society. It consist= s of 56 members. The bountiful dinner was provided at two o’clock, and consisted of all the delicacies of the season, with other substantial fare.= The chair was taken by Councillor John Burroughs, of Jackfield, and the vice ch= air by Mr Samuel Instone. After dinner, the chairman was obliged to leave, in consequence of a telegram, and Mr John Garbett occupied the chair.—The health of the Queen, the Prince and Princeess of Wales, and the rest of the Royal Family, was proposed and drunk.—The Secretary then read the following balance-sheet, from July 21, 1879, to Jane 21, 1880 : Cash received from members, £68 18s 6d; drawn, through the treasurer, £7 18s 4d ; total, £76 16s 10d. Sick pay, £19 = 15s; doctor’s fees,£10 6s; miscellaneous, £8 18s ld ; cash paid treasurer, £27 17s 94 ; cash remaining in treasurer’s hands for distribution-50 members’ dinners and drinks, at 3s 8d, £9 3s 4d= , 50 dividends, it 8s 6d, £21 5s. He thought they had had a first, class dinner, and also every one appears to be satisfied with the accounts. They = were all perfectly aware that the society commenced its existence in 1836, and h= as been satisfactorily carried on since. It commenced in a small way, until it= had reached its present dimensions. He should like to suggest now that a juveni= le class should be started in connection with the society, which would be of g= reat benefit to the society and infuse new blood into it. Dr. Thursfield their medical officer, had expressed his regret he could not be with them.—= Mr J Edwards asked at what age they would be admitted, when it was stated about 14.—The matter was left until the next society night to be discussed.- The remainder of the day was spent by the members vary harmoniously.




Before T. Instone (Mayor), J. A. Anstice, W. G. Norris, T. H. Thursfield, and Capt. Wayne.

CHARGE OF ABUSIVE LANGUAGE.—Joseph Nicklin, Ironbridge, charged William Kitson with using abusive language towards him = on June 16, in the parish of Much Wenlock. Complainant deposed to being near Benthall Hall on the morning in question wh= en defendant came up and used abusive language towards him, accusing him of be= ing in search of game. For the defence Thomas Bentley was called and deposed to himself and Kitson watching complainant and a man named Owen in search of g= ame on lands at Benthall. They went up to them. Kitson did not use abusive lang= uage but complainant did.—Edward Owen and Joseph Nick= less (the complainant, were then charged by Kitson with trespassing in search of game on lands at Much Wenlock on the same morning. Kitson deposed that about five o’clock on the morning in question be saw Owen and Nickless standing by Benthall Hall. They came down the avenue leading to the Potteries. Every t= ime they came to slow place in the hedge they would stand and crouch in the hed= ge. Owen had a gun in his hands. Nickless was calli= ng to several hares, the gun being pushed through the hedge. Witness and Thomas Bentley watched them go over a large amount of ground, and ultimately they went up = to them, and witness searched Owen and found the gun in two pieces  in his coat pocket, where he had s= een him gee it. The defendants were very abusive.—Thos. Bentley corrobora= ted this evidence. — The charge against Kitson was dismissed, and Owen an= d Nickless were each fined £1 and 10s. costs, or 14 days,


The Rev. Thomas Talbot Day, D.D., vicar of Benthall, w= as charged on the information of P.S. Davies with being dr= ank at the parish of Broseley, on May 13th. Mr. Osborne (Phillips, Osborne, Phillips, and Thorneycroft) appeared for the police, and W Elliott (Newport) for the defendant.

When the case was called on, Mr Elliott asked for an adjournment as although the alleged offence occurred on May 13th, the summo= ns was only served on June 22, so that he had been unable to get the necessary evidence for the defence which he could obtain.

Mr Osbourne objected, as h= e had 18 witnesses summoned, to whom the adjournment would be a matter of great inconvenience and expense, although he was anxious to give Dr Day every opportunity of refuting the charge. With the array of evidence against him = he was afraid he would be unable to do so, but he was sure to would be a matte= r of gratification to all if he could disprove the charge. Mr Osbourne proceeded to review the evidence he proposed to bring, stating that all the witnesses who could be found had been called except the two clergymen who w= ere in the defendant’s company, and whom the prosecutor had not summoned = in order that Dr Day might call them in his defence.

Frederick Arnold, traveller for Mr Phillips aerated wa= ter manufacturer: remember 13th May. Did not know the day o= f the week. Was driving to Bridgnorth about six o’clock in the eveni= ng. Met three clergymen.

Mr Elliott objected that this was not at Broseley, whe= re he was charged with being drunk.

Mr Osborne wished to trace defendant from Bridgnorth a= s to his alleged condition.

The objection was over-ruled.

Witness continued: Never seen either of them before. <= span class=3DGramE>Have not seen either since. Witness was called round, = and pointed out Dr Day, but said he was not quite sure, but had never seen him before. Had seen him before or a man very like him. Some of those gentlemen were wearing “mortar boards” (laughter). The gentleman who looked like this gentleman I noticed. He made a bit of a stumble as witness passed by. Made a remark “That’s a nice predicament for clergymen to be in; look at that one.” Witness looked round and saw him getting up.

Mr Osborne Did he fall then= ?

Witness: Well he must have fell for me to see him get = up (laughter). I could not look after the horse, an= d the minister at the same time (laughter). Could not tell what caused him to fal= l, but in his opinion he was drunk. —Cross-examined: Thought two of them were a little “touched with drink.” They were arm-in-arm, and w= ere talking loud. One of them made a bit of a stumble, but did not know if he kicked a stone; when witness looked round he saw them getting up. Judged he= was drunk.  Could not pick him out= from half-a-dozen other clergymen if they were all of the same appearance. It wo= uld be a difficult matter for him to do.

Arthur Kitson said he was a joiner living at Nordley, half-way between Broseley and Bridgnorth. On= 13th May was walking along towards Bridgnorth a few minutes after six. They turn= ed down round to Darley before he met them. A man who was with him told him who they were. One was Dr Day, whom he had seen before. [Witness pointed out Dr Day.] Noticed that they were “tight” (laugh= ter). Dr Day was “tight” — he was not sober. Had not the least doubt of it. The path leads to Darley, and was out of their way to Broseley. Did not see them come back. Did not hear either of t= hem speak. The road is a detour, turns out at Linley, and comes out at Darley.<= /p>

Mr T H Thursfield: Saa the= n go through his garden.

Witness: Noticed that all three could not walk straigh= t; they were tipsy. Was quite sure of this. — Cross-examined: Was 20 yards away. Saw them nearer than that at the garden. Judged they were tipsy because they could not walk straight. Did not know it they were footsore.

Mr Elliot: Could their walk be accounted for by being = tired or footsore.

Witness: That would not cause them to tumble about, wo= uld it!

Mr Elliott: Its is you to t= ell, don’t ask me questions.

To the Bench: Edward Hartshorne, the postman was with witness.

Thomas Evans said he lived at Darley and worked, for Mr Allen, of Benthall Potteries. Witness was washing at the door between six a= nd seven o’clock. Dr. Day whom he knew well, = came to him making some kind of rambling statement which witness could not under= stand. When defendant went away he staggered forward. He staggered out of the path against the rails and then back again. He tumbled against them and reeled b= ack into the footpath. The footpath goes past witness’s door, and the gate through which he went was 20 yards away. He could not keep in the footpath.= He was by himself when he cane to witness. Mr Spraggatt was standing at the wicket. He was saying something about witness’s d= og, but he could not tell what he said. The only thing that he could understand= was that he expected a friend in a few minutes. Mr Wintour= came up about half-an-hour afterwards. Witness formed the opinion that defendant was drunk.— Cross-examined: The = dog did not bark, witness did not allow him to bark or bite (laughter). The dog could tell the same if he could speak and witness had brought him. Could not say how far he could see him on the footpath. A neighbour said to him “That’s a fine specimen for a parson.” Dr Day stumbled against the rails. He did not stumble over a stone, and did not appear fain= t, or footsore. Dr Day appeared drunk—he was drunk. When a man was sober= and tired he could keep the road and could tell people what he wanted. He came = to witness. Mr Spraggatt was 70 yards away, waitin= g for him. He had no business at witness’s house.

William Huffer, bailiff at= the Dunge Farm, said he was there near to seven o’clock on May 13. Saw Dr Day, whom he knew, come up the road. This was in the parish of Broseley. Defendant was coming from the direction of Bridgnorth. There was no one with him. Some children offered him flowers, which he refused. When they spoke to him he staggered all across the road against the hedge. Consider he was dru= nk. Witness saw him and two others going towards Bridgnorth in the morning. He walked more naturally then.—Cross-examined A man need not stagger abo= ut the road if he is tired. He was about 10 yards away when he refused the children’s flowers

Edward Hartshorne, postman, Benthall, said on the even= ing of 13th May was at Broseley and Linley. Saw at Linley Dr. Day, Mr Wintour, and Mr Wintour’s<= /span> curate. Knew Dr Day. He was drunk. Was certain of it. If he was not drunk witness never saw a man drunk. He= was tumbling about the road, and when he turned into the garden he did the same= . In fact they were all the same, but Dr Day was the worst. Witness saw him again coming into Broseley; he was still in the same state.

To the Bench: It would be an hour and a half between t= he times witness saw him.- Cross-examined: It was a= t the top of New Road witness saw him “try” to shake hands with the other two. They s= hook hands.

Enos = Heardley, Broseley, who lives with his father, a haulier, said he remembered the 13th May. Was on the road near the Dean Farm. Saw a clergy-man there, It was Dr Day. This was about = 6-30 or a quarter to seven. He was by himself. He was tipsy. Was quite sure. Saw him for about three minutes. He did not walk straigh= t. He staggered. The Rev Mr Edmonds came up at the time. He was driving, and a lady with him. Dr Day spoke to Mr Edmonds. Dr Day was by the gate by Mr Lloyd’s, and he went to Mr Edmonds. He said “I’m Dr Day.” Mr Edmonds said “A nice young man you are.” Dr Day = said “My old girl tells me so sometimes.” He asked Mr Edmonds to give him a drive. Mr Edmonds declined, and drove on. Witness watched Dr Day foll= ow the trap till he himself turned the corner of the road.= — Cross-examined: Witness was about a dozen yards away when he heard Mr Edmon= ds make the remark. Dr Day looked tired, witness thought. = Did not notice if he was lame. The staggering could not be accounted for= by a man being tired and footsore.

Edward Bowen, shoemaker, Broseley, said he remembered = the day in question. About 7-30 at night was by Willey Lodge. Saw Dr Day. Notic= ed that he was staggering about, and the worse for beer, witness thought. Had = seen Dr Day before, and never noticed anything peculiar about his walk before. — Cross-examined: There was no one with defendant. Did not meet two o= ther clergyman. Dr Day did not speak to witness. Coul= d not say if Dr Day was tired or footsore—he rolled about the road. He look= ed the same as a, man in drink (laughter).

Frank Harshorne, Quarry Road, Broseley, sugar refiner, said he remembered May 13. About 7-30 was going up= the New Road. Was with a man named Bowen. Saw Dr Day at the to= p of the New Road= . He was staggering about and witness thought he was the worse for beer.- Cross-examined: There was no one with Dr Day. Saw Mr Barton coming up.

By Mr Elliott: Did he stagger like a man whose legs we= re weak. — Witness: His legs were weak. He looked tired. Did not notice he was lame.— Re-examined: He was swaying zig-zag from one side of the road to the other.

Mr John B= urton said on May 13 was driving on the road to Bridgnorth. W= as not driving fast. Saw Dr Day. Did not stop to speak = to him. Met him near Froundry Lane.

Mr Osborne : -What was your= opinion?

Witness said he did not notice him particularly. Could not form any opinion as to his state.

Eliza Roden, King Street, Broseley Wood, wife of Edwin Roden, moulder, said on May 13, about seven o’clock, met Dr Day, who = she knew, near the schools. Sarah Aston was with witness. C= ould not help noticing him. He came staggering down the road. There was s= omething in his walk which attracted her attention. Did not think he was sober.— Cross-examined: Did not notice if defendant w= as lame.

Sarah Aston, widow of William Aston, said she remember= ed May 13. Saw Dr Day on the New Road by Miss Thorne’s. Noticed him because = he was tipsy. Was quite sure of that.— Cross-examined He was staggering. He was quite a different man to when witn= ess saw him before. He looked like a man who was tipsy. He looked as if he could not go much further.

Alfred Owen, collier, Broseley, said on May 13 he saw = Dr Day in the New Road at Broseley. Knew him well. = Walked down the road by the side of him. He could not walk straight. He sai= d he had been to Bridgnorth and had some friends with him, but he was afraid he = had outwalked them. He staggered against witness several = times. He was not sober. Witness left him at the bottom of the New Road, when Mr Ledger came up an= d took him up the road by the Duke of York. Witness was shortly cross- examined.

Mr George Ledger, national schoolmaster, said May 13 i= t was the visitation at Bridgnorth. Witness came behind defendant and overtook hi= m. He waited for witness, and spoke. Observed be swayed twice before witness c= ame up. Should not like to say he was drunk. He was sensible in what he said. Witness was not sufficiently acquainted with drunkenness to say if he was sober. Had an opinion that he might have had something to drink.— To the Beach: Should say he was very little, = it any, the worse for drink.— Cross-examined: Walked with him, but did n= ot take hold of him. He said he had been to Bridgnorth and back, and was very tired, and that his shoes were tight. He said something about going on to t= he sofa when he got home. Saw him sway three times, twice befor= e, and once after, witness spoke to him. He appeared as a man who had done = too much. When he got to the cottage he said he was going to take it once, but = it was too damp. When he got to his house he said the children annoyed him by playing at tip-cat.— To the Bench: Had no particular object in going with him.— Re-examined: There were a great many people about. Had never walked before with him to = his house.

John Fothergill, carter, Broseley, said he saw Dr Day = near Mrs Thorne’s new house. Saw him, from by Foundry Lane to the schools. Saw him stagger backwards and forwards. Thought he was drunk. Saw Mr Ledger, who came and asked him if he thought he was drunk. Witness said “Yes, if ever he saw a man drunk in his life.” Mr Ledger then went on after him.— Cross-exam= ined: Dr Day was staggering. Noticed he looked very red in the face. Some people = go very red and others go white, when they are tired so that he could not tell whether he was.

John Hartshorne, confectioner, said he saw Dr Day near= the National Schools. Noticed Dr Day. He did walk not steady. Should think he was not sober. Saw him go away with Mr Ledger by the Duke of York Inn; it is the back way to the house. — Should not, think his unsteadiness was caused by lameness. By the Duke of York is the nearest= way to defendant’s house.—Should not thi= nk his unsteadiness was caused by lameness. By the Duke of York is the nearest way= to defendant.s house.

John Wild said he lived opposite the school. Saw Dr Da= y near his house with Alfred Owen. He was staggering. Was about 20 yards away. When he stopped for Mr Ledger he put his tongue = out, and swayed about. When he went by the Duke of York he was throwing his arms about, and staggering Mr Ledger went with him. He was not sober.- Cross-examined: Mentioned it a week after to Mr Led= ger, who said he thought he had had some beer. This being the case, Mr Elliott addressed the Bench for the defence, contending that the cause of Dr Day’s unsteadiness was that he was tired and footsore, and that his b= oots were very tight. He proposed to call defendant, Mrs Day, defendant’s niece, and the Rural Dean, the Rev G Edmonds, rector of Little Wenlock, to prove his condition on the day in question. He called

Dr Day, who said on May 13th, be attended the visitati= on at Bridgnorth, arranged with the Revs Wintour and = Spraggett to walk there. Hid no intoxicating liquors before he started. It is seven or eight miles. = It was a very hot day. Attended the service, and lunched at the Crown Hotel, t= he lunch being provided by the Archdeacon. He sat by the Rural Dean. Had three glasses sherry. Had some claret—two gl= asses. The Burials’ Bill was discussed, and the train was lost, and they arranged to walk back. Mr Spraggett had occasio= n to go to an inn for a parcel, and while there Mr Wintour<= /span> went to pay a bill. Witness had a very small glass of whiskey. Mr Wintour is a man who is accustomed to long walks, and= it was at Mr Wintour’s suggestion they went = by the bye-path. He declined to rest at the suggestion of one of the others, on account of the damp. Shortly after getting into the road, defendant being t= ired and footsore, asked the Rural Dean (the Rev Mr Edmonds) to give him a ride, which Mr Edmonds apologised for not being able to do because the back of the dog cart was locked. Did not see anything more of Mr Wintour and Mr Spraggett = that evening. It is not true as stated by Hartshorne, that be tried to sh= ake hands with Mr Wintour and Mr Spraggett. Remember meeting Mr Ledger. Mr Edmonds did not make the remark, “You = are a nice young man.” He said, “You look very young.” He made the remark that “Mrs Day told him so sometimes.” Went home the back way, because it was the shortest. Told Mr Ledger be was tired, and his boots tight. Witness got home about 7.30. He had tea, and ba= thed his feet. One of his feet was affected by rheumatic gout, and caused him to walk lame, and did so on that day. Had suffered similarly in walking to Wroxeter previously.- Cross-examined: Started about half-past Did not call at any house on the ro= ad. We went into an hotel (the Crown) at Bridgnorth, before the visitation, but had nothing. Went to put on = my gown. Went to service. From, the time I l= eft home till lunchen I had nothing.  Thought three glasses of sherry an= d two of claret was all he had at luncheon, which was over shortly after four. Had nothing else but this glass of whiskey, and did not call on the way. Did not call at Evans’s house. Might have spoken= about the dog but did not remember. Remembers speaking to no = one until he saw Mr Edmonds. Did not speak to Thomas Evans while he was = by himself- was positive- Mr Osbourne: All Evan ha= s said must have been pure imagination, ore else you were “under a cloud!= 221; — Witness said he did not remember. Did not meet a soda-water cart (laughter). It was at Mr Wintou= r’s suggestion that they crossed the fields.&n= bsp; Did not know, but thought it was shorter. A plan of the road was put= in, and witness said it appeared to be the longer way. Mr = Wintour and Mr Spraggett sat down but witness declined,= as he was naturally afraid of the damp. Did not see them agai= n. Witness was cross-examined as to Hartshorne, whom he alleged had an illfeeling against him, but for which he did not acco= unt, except that it was natural for a parishioner to be an enemy. —Mr Osbourne: You think he might have been a double? R= 12; Witness: yes (laughter). — Defendant was further examined as to meeti= ng the witness, most of whom he said he did not see. Did s= ee Mr Edmonds. Went up to him with the object of askin= g him for a ride. Did not say he was Dr Day. He did not say “You are= a nice young man.” He said he was looking young. He did not mean he was looking “fresh” (laughter). Mr Wintour had gone away, and he had not summoned Mr Spraggett. — Mr Elliot said the reason was that the charge was for being drunk at Broseley, and they had left before he got into the parish. Do not know Enos Heardley. — Mr= Roden: Did not see Sarah Aston, but had been very kind to her. Mr Leger walked with him to his house. Had not done so before. There = was no particular occasion. Don’t remember seeing the Hartshorne’s or Bowen. Have been summoned for a similar offence before, but it was dismisse= d. — Re-examined: May have passed these people on the road, but at the distance of time he did not remember.

Mrs Ruth Miriam Day, wife of defendant, said she remem= bered the 13th May. Her husband went to Bridgnorth to the visitation w= ith Mr Wintour and Mr Spragget= t. He arrived back about half-past seven. He was very haggard and very tired. = He was to have come by rail, and she blamed him for walking back. He gave a ni= ce account of the day’s proceedings. She prepared tea for him, and he ba= thed his feet, which were blistered, and he went to bed.  Remember being similarly knocked u= p on his walking to Wroxeter. He was quite sober. &#= 8212; Cross-examined: Did not see Mr Ledger, but heard his voice. Her husband was perfectly sober.

Miss Frances Mary Stubbs said she was a niece of Dr Day’s, and lived with him. When her uncle returned from the visitatio= n on May 13th, about 7:30, noticed nothing but that he was very tired= and footsore. Her uncle was lying down after he came back. He was perfectly sob= er. Remembered his being similarly affected on his returning from= a walk to Wroxeter. — Witness cross-examined, but adhered to her statements, and Mr Elliott said the other nieces would prove the same.

The Rev G Edwards said he was rector of Little Wenlock= and Rural Dean.  Attended the visi= tation at Bridgnorth on May 13th, and believed he sat by Dr Day. It was= a private party, and gentlemen did not watch others. If there had been any demonstrative he should have noticed it, and turned away, as gentlemen did = on these occasions. Mrs Edmonds was with witness, and he went to her residence= at Tasley. Started about half-past t= wo. He was walking, amd waited for us. He had a col= lege cap on. Knew he had walked in from Broseley. Asked him if he was not tired,= and he said he was and footsore, and he regretted he was unable to give him a r= ide in the vehicle he was in. Mr Elliot passed to the witness a statement in th= e Wrekin Echo, which the advocate sa= id was a scandal, and the witness said the statement was quite untrue. Witness continued that Dr Day walked beside the vehicle. Did not notice anything irrational with him. Certainly did not notice that he staggered, or awayed like a drunken man. Did no= t say “You are a nice young man” Might have said “You look youn= ger in that cap than I have seen you.” In his walk, his manner, and his conversation, ha appeared perfectly sober. Saw the paragraph in the Wrekin Echo; it was not true. It certainly was not true that he refused to give Dr Day a ride because he was drunk.- Cross-examined: Was driving a horse 19 y= ears of age, and it was not very restive (laughter). His sight was most merciful= ly good (as has he had been advertised) could judge that he was not under the influence of drink. The rev. gentlemen caused some amusement by making a li= ttle speech in answer to each question. He appeared no more under the influence = of drink that witness was. In answer to the question as to whether defendant s= aid, “I am Dr Day,” his memory did not serve him (laughter). Should consider it extraordinary if he did, and should have probably said “I’m George Edmonds.” Did not say, “You are a nice young man.” Should consider it excessively undignified to do so. He might be very impol= ite, but he thought he was talking to Dr Day for ten minutes, but it might have = been only five.

Mr Elliott regretted that there were other witnesses w= hom, from want of time to summons, he was unable to bring, but he produced lette= rs form persons with whom Dr Day had been previously acquainted as to his sobriety.

Mr Osboure made no objecti= on to this, and the Bench retired: After a short absence, the magistrates returne= d, and the Mayor said they were of the opinion that the case was proved, and a fine of 5s and costs would be inflicted.

The court was densely crowded during the hearing of th= e case


7th August 1924



On Wednesday, the 11th day of August,= 1880.

MR. RUSHTON IS favoured with instructions from the Exe= cutor to the Estate of the late Mr. Williams. of Ball’s Lane, Broseley Wood= , TO SELL BY AUCTION, all that neat and excellent Household FURNITURE consisting= of Feather Beds, Iron and Wood Bedsteads, Sheets, Blankets, and Counterpanes, Night Chair, 3 Clocks, Sofa, Centre Tables, 5-octave Harmonium, equal to ne= w; set of very old Antique China, very rare; also prime Scotch Cart, set of Sh= aft Gearing, 2 Wheelbarrows, Chaff Cutter, Pit Tools, Old Iron, Single-barrelled Gun, and about 8 Tons of well in-gathered HAY, and other Effects.

Particulars in catalogues.<= /p>

Sale to commence punctually at 12 for One o’clock.

NOTE THIS.—The Hay will be sold the same evening, after the sale, in one lot ; also the fencing ro= und the ricks, without reserve, at the Lion Hotel. = Sale at 8.

Office : West End, Broseley.


7th August 1924



The ordinary monthly meeting of this Board was held on Wednesday night at the Town Hall. There were present Dr. Thursfield, chairm= an, Messrs H. P. Dunnill, G Maw, C. W. Lister, R. Rushton and P. Jones ; Mr Owen Harri= es, clerk ; Mr G. Stevenson inspector of nuisances ; Mr G. Ledger, surveyor

The minutes of the last meeting were read


Mr Maw stated that Mr Massey, the engineer, had come o= ver for a few days previously to examine the ground which had been selected for= the reservoir, which he would proceed to map out. He wished to know at what hei= ght they could get the water on the site of the proposed reservoir, so as to pr= event excavation. He (Mr Maw) had since tapped the spring on the spot by means of= a gas pipe, and found they could get the water three feet above the level of = the spout, or perhaps four.

Mr Lister was afraid they might loose the water altoge= ther by doing so.

Mr Maw explained that there was no likelihood of doing= this.


Mr Dunnill said the Jackfield general purposes committ= ee had made an estimate of the cost of the proposed footpath from near Jackfield Schools to the lower end of the church which would be about £25. They proposed to find the materials, bricks, ashes, and Dhu= stone, and they had asked for tenders for the work, three of which had been received. These having been examined by the Board, that of Mr Edward Oakes = at £7 12s 9d was accepted.

Mr Lister asked how it was that the nuisance caused by= the overflow of water from a drain near the Half Moon had not been abated. It h= ad been examined by the general purposes committee five months ago, and nothing had been done.

The overflow, from the stoppage of a drain had been tr= aced to Mr J. Doughty, and the surveyor stated that the pipes had been taken up altogether, and some ashes laid down,

Mr. Lister believed this was not so, for he had seen i= t only a day or two since.

The Chairman said he believed they had been taken up.<= /p>

Several members thought the Surveyor should have done = the work and charged Mr. Doughty the cost.

Ultimately the Surveyor, who said he had written sever= al times to Mr Doughty, was directed to see him, with the understanding that i= f he did not get the work done, the surveyor was to do it, and the cost be charg= ed to Mr Doughty.


The Chairman stated that three tenders had been receiv= ed for the re-erection of the wall at the bottom of his orchard which had been thr= own down through the bursting of a sewer during a thunderstorm. Mr H. LloydR= 17;s tender was £2 12s. 6d., Mr R. Smitheman &p= ound;3 10s., and Mr Roper £2 12s 6d. Mr Lloyd’s tender was accepted. T= he specifications include outlets to prevent a repetition of the damage,


The Inspector reported that he had examined the sewer = in Lower Church Street, the smells from the street gratings over which were complained of so much. = He proposed to remedy this by three ventilating pipes, the positions and objec= ts of which he explained. This was ordered, as was also a ventilating pipe to prevent the smell from a sewer grating close to Mr W. Thompson’s

The Inspector reported that there were two cases of sc= arlet fever to the town, which he had duly reported to the Medical Officer, whose report stated that he had examined into the causes of two outbreaks of scar= let fever, and one of enteric fever, and found that all precautions had been ta= ken, and he believed if proper precaution were taken to keep the children from school, it would not spread. In the one case it was possible the outbreak m= ay have been caused from the germs of an old case; in the other there was a complaint of bad smells, which undoubtedly proceeded from the public sewer.= The Medical Officer gave some hints as to the sewerage, and pointed out the dut= y of an Authority to ventilate its sewers.

On the Inspector’s book being examined it was fo= und one of these outbreaks was just without the boundary, and in the Benthall p= arish.


The General Purposes Committee produced a list of the streets at which they proposed to put name plates, which was accepted and t= he plates ordered to be supplied and erected.


The Chairman said he had, as requested, gone through t= he bye-laws of the borough, and the Police Clauses Act, found that there were = only two matters which were not provided for by the borough bye-laws, a regulati= on as to persons cleaning windows from the sill other than on the basement sto= ry, and a regulation as to the wilful or accidental firing of chimnies.

These regulations were ordered to be printed and poste= d for the information of the public.


The tender of the Broseley Gas Company to supply the p= ublic lights, including lighting, cleaning, and repairs, at £l 17s. 9d per = lamp was accepted, the lighting to commence on Sept. 25.


On a question by Mr. Lister, the Clerk explained that = no member of a Local Board could contract with the Board for the supply of any article, but this did not apply to a person who was only a shareholder in a firm.

On the motion of the Chairman, seconded by Mr. Maw, and carried unanimously, it was resolved that some legal business transacted by= Mr. Harries was outside his duties as clerk to the Board.

The Surveyor was allowed 15s. per<= /span> year for postage, &c., and 20s. was allowed = to the assistant overseer for assistance in making the rate, the poor rate assessm= ent being the basis ; 20s. was also allowed to S. Po= untney for 8 days attendance in charge of the books, which were exhibited for insp= ection at the Town Hall in accordance with the Act.

The finance business showed a balance of £42 16s= . ld. in favour of the Board, the collection of the new = rate having been unavoidably delayed. A cheque for £30 was drawn for the surveyor.


7th August 1880


RENT DINNER.—The annu= al rent dinner of the tenants on the Willey estate, was held on Thursday evening la= st. A full report of the proceedings will be given in our next issue.


FORTUNATE ESCAPE OF A BOATING PARTY.—Three young gentlemen hailing from Gloucester Mr. Vears and= two gentlemen named Knowles, started from the city about a week ago for the pur= pose of rowing up the Severn to Shr= ewsbury. They had made all arrangements for camping out, having with them a tent and other necessaries. All went well until Monday last, when they started for <= st1:PlaceName w:st=3D"on">Mile Oak Bay, the other side of <= st1:PlaceName w:st=3D"on">Apley Park, and on reaching the rapids near Gichfield the b= oat was capsized, and the young men had to swim for it. Fortunately, they succe= eded in landing, and the boat was secured, but the tenting and all their goods except a change of clothing were swamped. They arrived at Bridgnorth on Mon= day, and stared at the Crown and Royal Hotel, starting for Gloucester the next morning.


21st August 1880

Sales by Auction




Upon the premises as above.

THE neat and excellent Household FURNITURE  consisting of a very handsome maho= gany Chiffonier, round centre Table, 6 handsome crown-back Chairs, very handsome modern Couch, large size Pier Glass in gilt frame, excellent print by Lands= eer, “Hunters at Grass;” print “Luther’s First Study of = the Bible;” Ottoman, Plate Basket, Fox in glass case, very handsome ; 4-w= heel Carriage, nearly new; 3 prime Feather Beds, iron and wood Bedsteads, very handsome oak Wardrobe, Dressing Tables, Toilet Services, 2 very old Oil Paintings, very handsome mahogany chest of Drawers, mahogany Chiffonier, ve= ry handsome Cottage Pianoforte in walnut ease. 6½ octaves, by Tolkeim, of <= st1:place w:st=3D"on">London, and other Effects.

Sale prompt at One o’clock.




ON THURSDAY, the 26th DAY of AUGUST, = 1880.



Important and unreserved SALE OF TIMBER, consisting of= oak, ash, and deal Planking, large quantity of oak and elm Coffin Boards. 24 wag= on and cart Stocks, 7 wagon and other sills, large quantity of oak Quartering.= 20 pairs of wagon and cart Shafts. 120 new oak Spokes, pair of new Cart Wheels, with patent axletree; 100 new ash felloes, 3 new Barrow Wheels and Ironwork, Sawpit, and contents, Wood Shed, 1 Lathe, 3 Workbenches, 2 Ladders, Cooler,= and Wheelbarrow, Grindstone, new Ell Rake, large new Wheelbarrow, the Contents = of WORKSHOP, consisting of 4 Adzes, 12 Chisels, various sires ; 6 hammers, 4 Drawing Knives. 1 large Axe, 3 Saws, 2 Trying Planes, 2 Jack Planes, 8 Smoothing Planes, 2 sets of G.O. Moulding Planes, 2 Ra= bbeting Planes, set of Hollows and Rounds, set of Beading Planes, 6 Spoke Shaves 2 = sets of Turners, moveable spanner, pair of wooden Screws, and large quantity of other small Tools too numerous to mention.



Is favoured with instructions from= the Representatives of the late Mr J. Porter, of Lower Church Street, Broseley TO SE= LL BY AUCTION, on Thursday, August 26th, all the excellent and valuable Oak, Ash and Elm TIMBER PLANT, particulars of which are specified in the catalogues.


21st August 1880


ST. MARYS CHURCH .- On Saturday last the teachers of t= he Sunday School held in connection with St. Mary’s Church were, by the kindness of the Rector, the Rev. E. Lloyd Edwards, treated to an excursion = to Buildwas, where they sat down at the Bridge Inn to a substantial knife-and-= fork tea, admirably served by Mr. and Mrs. Parry. The church was kindly thrown o= pen by the vicar, the Rev. W. James, and the ruins of the Abbey were also explo= red an ancient proportions and grandeur pointed out. The company, who numbered about 20, afterwards proceeded to enjoy themselves in various ways till the shades of evening settled o’er the landscape, when they turned home w= ards highly pleased with their “outing.”


DEATH OF MR. WILLIAM EXLEY.—We regret to announc= e the death Mr. William Exley, brick and tile manufacturer of Queen Street, Brose= ley, which took place on Friday, August 13, at his residence at the age of 68. T= he funeral of the deceased gentleman took place on Tuesday last at the parish church Broseley, where the family vault (containing the remains of his wife= and child) is situated. Mr. Exley, as a native of the town, and one of its most influential men of business was highly and deservedly respected by all and = his death cast quite a gloom town, the shops being closed and blinds drawn thro= ughout the route of the funeral procession, which was in the following order :R= 12;

Rev H Lee  &= nbsp;           &nbs= p; Mr G. Burd

Mr G Davies  = ;           F Davies

Mr W Jones  =            Mr Peter Jones

Mr Perrin  &= nbsp;           &nbs= p;  M H P Dunnill

Mr E Hopley  = ;           Mr H M Bathurst

Mr W. T. Jones.


Mr E. G. Bartlam      Mr W. Nicho= las

Mr E B Potts &nbs= p;            &= nbsp;         Mr RRushton

Mr E Barton            = Mr J. Doughty.


Mr Joseph Exley &= nbsp;     Mr Edward Exley

Mr Charles Exley =      Mr W H Exley


Rev T Jones(Baptist)        &= nbsp;   Mr Dyson

Mr John Exley &nb= sp;               &= nbsp;   Mr - Exley

Mr J Burroughs, Mr. W Burnet, W Burroughs, Mr W Farnmouth, Mr Jas. Burnet. Mr A Burnet, Mr T R Burrou= ghs, Mr Geo. Adams.

About fifty friends, workmen, &= ;c.

The coffin was covered with a very handsome pall.

The burial service was impressively performed by the R= ev H. Lee., rector of Sheinton, formerly rector of Jackfield.     A large number of persons were assembled= at the church to witness the funeral. The undertaker was Mr. E. H. Ledger, of = High Street, Broseley, by whom the arrangements were conducted in an admirable manner, the handsome coffin being made by Messrs. Bailey, of Madeley Wood.<= /p>



Before T Instone (Mayor), R T Davies, W P Brookes, and T H Thursfield, Esqrs, and Captain Wayne.

LICENSING BUSINESS.— = This court had been fixed for the renewal of the licenses of the publicans and beerhouse-keepers within the borough. The whole of the licenses to the numb= er of 100 were renewed, there having been no serious mater for complaint during the year. The “sweet” license of Mrs Bourne, confectioner, Bros= eley, was transferred to T W Cullis.— The license of the Cape Inn, Broseley was transferred from Mr Deane to Mr <= span class=3DSpellE>Jno Michael.


4th September 1880

To Be Let

HOUSE and SHOP to LET, situated at Barratt’s Hil= l, Immediate possession. In-coming small. Lately oc= cupied by butcher.—Apply, MRS CARTWRIGHT, Leopard Inn, Benthall, near Brosel= ey.



LIQUIDATION BY ARRANGEMENT.- John Evans, Frodesley, late coa= lmaster, now manager of a coal mine.- London Gazette, Friday.


4th September 1880


LOCAL BOARD, Wednesday Messrs Maw (proposed to take the chair), Rushton, Burnett, Jones, Burton, Bathurst, and Mr Harries, clerk,— Repairs: It was s= tated that the footpath to Jackfield was in hand, and would soon be completed at a cost of £30; as also the culvert between Benthall and Jackfield.- Bye Laws: The Clerk produced a pri= nted placard was with reference to two bye-laws which were not in the borough bye-laws but in the Towns Improvements Act. They were with reference to chimneys on fire, and the cleaning of windows. It was decided to have them issued.- Sewering of Foun= dry Lane: This was to alter a square sewer to a round sewer The Chairman sa= id it was most important to have it low enough in order to take the whole sewer down High Street, to which the other members agreed. It was referred to the General Purposes Committee.— = Half-Yearly Audit: The clerk stated that the auditor had only made one disallowances and that was with reference to himself of a sum of 10s for attending a magistrates’ meeting at Ironbridge. A resolution had been passed stat= ing that his duties should not include Magistrates meetings, but it was done af= ter the charge was made and not before, and therefore the auditor disallowed the charge. It was decided to memorialise the Local Government Board.— The W= aterworks Scheme: The Clerk said he had written twice to Mr Massey, urging him to forward the plans. In reply be stated that the height of the spring had yet= to be ascertained as a preliminary before the plans could be completed. He wou= ld proceed to the site of the intended new reservoir, and make the required investigation.—The Chairman said that Mr Massey wished some brickwork= to be erected around the spring, to see to what point it would rise. This had been done at an outlay of a few pounds. He (the Chairman) had writ= ten to Mr Massey, stating that it had been done, and it was waiting for his inspection. The water would rise four or five fe= et, which would be the height of the reservoir walls. It was a splendid spring = of water. Mr Massey might, however, have got out certain plans of Mr Potts, in order to expedite the buying of the land. There was about 50,000 to 60,000 gallons a day running, so far as he could compute.̵= 2; Financial: The Clerk said that = the balance in the treasurer’s hands at the last meeting was £12 15s 1d. Since then £78 2s 5d had been paid in. Cheques had been drawn for= the surveyor, &c, which left a balance of £85 17s 1d. There was a bill from the Gas Company for £138 8s 4d., up t= o the 30th June, but he thought they ought not to issue a cheque until they had enough money in hand. There had been about £120 paid in of the new ra= te out of about £470.—The surveyor was instructed to collect the m= oney as fast as possible, and a cheque was ordered to be drawn for the amount ow= ing to the Gas Company, to be issued when there was enough assets in the bank.- It= was stated that a fresh contract had been made with the Gas Company for the lighting of the lamps at 1s per lamp reduction, in consequence of not being= lit for about a week later.- This was the whole of the  business of public interest.


11th September 1880


BAD TRADE.- As an instance = of the general depressed state of the trade of this district a well known property owner who has been in the habit of receiving about £30 per  month for rents could not succeed = in collecting more than 12 per month during the last six months.  It is hoped with such bright prosp= ects in realising a bountiful harvest there will be a change for the better.


The nineteenth annual exhibition of the Broseley, Barr= ow, Linley and Willey Cottage Gardens and Allotment Society was opened on Wedne= sday last at the Town Hall, Broseley, and was in every was very successful. The = main portions of the ornamental plants &c., were = shown in the large hall, the anteroom and lower portion of the hall being used to show the vegetables. ….



RIFLE VOLUNTEERS’ PARADE.= 212;On. Saturday last the members of the Sixth Shropshire Rifles Lad their annual “march out “to Broseley. The corps paraded at the Market Square, Ironbridge, under the command of Captain J. A. Anstice, and, headed by the band, under the leadership of Mr. G. Beadshaw, marched round the lower road to the Foresters’ Arms, and thence throu= gh the town to a field opposite the Globe Inn (kindly lent by. Mrs. S. Davies), where a number of evolutions, including the firing of blank ammunition, took place. After the drill, through the kindness of sev= eral of the tradesmen and others, refreshments in the shape of bread and cheese = and ale were provided on the field. The men were dressed in their new scarlet uniform, and were duly admired by our Broseley friends for their military appearance. The corps afterwards marched back to the Armoury, where they we= re dismissed. The day was very hot, and there was a= large number of spectators.


THE WAKES.—The annual= wakes were Monday last, work being generally suspended. The only occurrence out of the ordinary way was the arrangement by Mr F Davis, the Station Inn, of a rustic fete, which attracted a large number. The proceedings comprised a tea party, at which over 50 sat down, and the following programme of sports —Wheelbarrow race: 1, a hat, W Reeves; 2, hand-kerchief, — Edwa= rds. Boys’ Foot-race: 1, a hat, J Anderson. Three-legged Race, for boys : 1, two scarves, -  Hayward and — Roden. Water Race (men),: bat, G Rus= hton; 2, handkerchief, — Reeves. Pole Climbing: 1, leg of mutton, J Blackle= y. Ladies’ Race: 1, dress-piece, — Meyrick. Sack Race: 1, hat, M Davis; 2, — Rushton. Boys’ Wheelbarrow Rac= e: 1, a hat, E Williams. Boys’ Footrace: 1, a hat, T Fowler. At the clos= e of the evening there was a display of fireworks, the adjacent ruts of the copp= ice being also lighted up with Chinese lanterns. The whole affair was highly successful and caused much amusement.


18th September 1880


TO BE SOLD BY PRIVATE TREATY, all that substantial and commodious RESIDENCE, situate at quarry Road, Broseley Wood, in the parish = of Broseley, in the county of Salop, with Stab= le, Coal-house, outbuildings, and large and productive Garden thereto, late in = the occupation of Mr Benjamin Cox, and now void. Also all t= hat MALT-HOUSE adjoining the above premises, with the outbuildings and Premises thereto belonging, now in the occupation of Mr Stanley Davies.

For further particulars and the price of the Premises,= apply to Messrs. POTTS and POTTS, Solicitors, Broseley.


18th September 1880


THE NATIONAL SCHOOL.- Many = of our Broseley readers will regret to hear that

George Ledger is about to sever his connection with th= is school, of which he has held the mastership for= 27 years. Kindly and gentle in his temperament Mr, Ledger has made a host of friends in the town, while his capacity for teaching and his mode of inculcating  knowledge endeare= d him to his to his pupils, of whom a great many of the present tradesmen are old boys. Mr Ledger, who some little time ago was elected surveyor to the Brose= ley Local Board, we understand will open a private s= chool.

SCHOOL TREAT.- On Friday la= st week, the treat promised to the children attending the Church Sunday Schools at t= he time of the distribution of the centenary prizes was given to them. The organisation of the treat was undertaken by the Rev G F Lamb, rector of Bro= seley, and the Rev H S Berry, curate and subscriptions were liberally gives for carrying it out. The, children assembled at the Nation Schools early in the afternoon to the number of 250, and included only those who have been in regular attendance at the Sunday School u= p to July last. Headed by -028 Broseley Brass and Reed Band, under the leadershi= p of Mr G Davies, jun., the children marched

High-Street, returning by way of Barber-street and Church-Street, to a field near the New-road, kindly lent for the occasion b= y E W Shorting, and there games of cricket for the elder boys, and races for the juveniles were heartily entered into. Prizes of cricket bats, balls, belts,= and caps, and a variety of other things were competed for by the boys, and suit= able ones for the girls, and immense pride and satisfaction was exhibited by the lucky winners. One unpropitious shower of rain which fe= ll while the children were in the field interfered for a time with the sports,= but did not damp the ardour of the boys. At five o’clock the child= ren adjourned to the National Schools, where ample tea was dispensed by the rec= tor assisted by the invited friends and teachers, who afterwards sat down to te= a, An excellent “Punch and Judy” show was exhibited for the amusem= ent of the children at intervals during the evening, Amongst those invited we n= oticed. Mrs Lamb, Mrs Fleming Lamb, Miss March, W Nicholas, Es= q, Miss Nicholas, E G Bartlam, Esq, Miss Gilpin, Miss J Thorn, Mr Thorn, Miss Potts= , the Misses Potts, and Misses Maw, - Dawes Esq, E G = Tailer, Esq.


25th September 1880

To Be Let

A Well-built and Commodious DWELLING- HOUSE with good = dry Cellar and good Garden, well formed in every respect, in capital condition, thoroughly dry, and late in the occupation of Mr. George Ledger, and situat= e at Barrett’s Hill, Broseley, Salop.—For particulars, &c„= apply to Mr. J. B. NEVETT, High-street, Broseley, Salop. Tenancy can be had immediately.


25th September 1880


CRICKET MATCH.—On Tuesday last a match was playe= d on the Barrow ground between the home team, the Willey Wanderers and Mr. A. Walter’s eleven from Shr= ewsbury. The day was fine and as good a wicket as could possibly be found after the = wet weather was provided, but the cricket displayed was a sad disappointment to= the on-lookers, who were in good force. The Shrewsbury men were short of their number and had to fill up with “subs,” and was a dead wicket and a good team in opposit= ion they had not a chance, indeed in their last innings Roberts had four wickets placed to his credit in the last over, which was not finished. A first-class luncheon was provided by Mr. J. Instone, the Lion Hotel, Broseley, at which= Mr. Hornfray (Cantern. = Bank, Bridgnorth) presided.   &nbs= p;    Among the visitors during the afternoon we noticed Lord Forester, Mrs. and Miss W= ayne (Willey), Miss Glazer, Mrs. F. Potts, Mr Jones (Liverpool), Mrs. Homfray, Mrs. Potts, Miss Potts, Miss G. Potts, Mr. F= . B. Harrison, Mr. T. H. Thursfield, and Mrs. Thursfield, &c., &c.


9th October 1880


PROJECTED RAILWAY.- A conte= mporary says:- “Railway projects have at different times been started with w = view of affording accommodation to the town and trade of Broseley which have com= e to nought, but the question is again in agitation with a fair prospect, we are informed, of success. It may be remembered that great hopes were at one time entertained that the line to Wenlock would pass through Broseley, and more = than one survey was made with that object, but, unfortunately, Broseley was left= out of the reckoning, to the no small disappointment of the tradesman and manufacturers, no less than they of the late Lord Forester, who did more for the construction of the Severn Valley line than anyone else. The extent of = the grievance may be estimated by the fact that the books of one tradesman alone show that he pays no less than £500 annually for carriage, whilst £12,000 would scarcely cover the total amount paid altogether. The London and North Western Railway Company at one time contemplated throwing a bridge over the Severn just below the Coalport China Works and carrying the line by an easy gradie= nt into the very heart of Broseley, and it is very probably that this Company = will now undertake the construction of the line. The contemplated cost is £60,000.

A General meeting of the Broseley Glee and Madrigal So= ciety will be held in the Town Hall, Broseley, on Tuesday evening next, October 1= 2th, at eight o’clock,  when = the accounts for the past year will be presented, the officers for the ensuing season elected, and arrangements made for carrying on the affairs of the society during the winter months. All members and also those desirous of joining the society, are requested to attend.- [= Advt]



We have to record the death of Mr Ward Prestage, the t= hird son of Mr J T Prestage, a former townsman of Broseley. He was engaged in the formation of the railway from Coalport to Wellington<= /st1:City>, from whence he was appointed to superintend the erection of a 21-gun batter= y in the Isle of Wight. The Government engine= ers having reported most favourably of the work, the Duke of Newcastle, then Secretary of State, gave him unasked, an appointment in the office of Works= at Hong Kong, China, where he had nearly completed his full term of service, w= hen he deceased on the 23rd August last in his 42nd year, with the respect of a= ll around him.


The monthly meeting of the Board was held on Wednesday evening last at the Town Hall. There were present.—Dr T C Thursfield (chairman), Messrs H P Dunnill, G Maw,&nbs= p; R Rushton, W Burnet, J C W Lister and Peter Jones ; Mr Owen Harries, clerk ; G. Stevenson, inspector of nuisances; Mr George Ledger, surveyor.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirme= d, and an order made that the property of the Board now standing on the premises o= f Mr Roper should be removed to those of Mr Oakes.


The Chairman said he had received a letter from the Re= v G F Lamb, referring to the fact that by an order in Council, which would shortl= y be issued, Broseley churchyard being filled would be closed for and as General Jenkins in consequence of the passing of the Burials Act had refused to let= any ground in the parish for an extension of the church-yard it would devolve u= pon the Broseley Local Board to provide burial accommodation for the civil pari= sh of Broseley and Jackfield.


16th October 1880

To Be Let

TO BE LET, at Christmas next, the Wood House, situate = in Broseley Wood, containing four good Rooms on the first floor, with Cooking Range, and four good Bedrooms, with Capital Garden, well stocked with choice Fruit Trees, Rent moderate. Now in the occupation of the Rev. – Berry= .- Apply, Mrs Davies, maltster, Broseley, Salop. 

FOR Sale

FOR SALE, a large quantity of Well harvested RED LAMMAS WHEAT, undoubtedly one of the best, hardiest Wheat in cultivation.-For particulars as to prices apply to W. Grace, Allscott Farm, Broseley Salop.


16th October 1880


FORESTERS’ FUNERAL.—On Wednesday last twel= ve of the members (including the officers) of Court Rose of the Green No 3353 of = the Ancient Order of Foresters, held in this town, attended the funeral of their late brother, John Jones, of the Smythies, near= Morville. They met at the Lion Hotel and marched in procession, dressed in the funeral regalia of the Ironbridge and Broseley district, to the residence of the deceased, where the customary service of = the Order was read. They proceeded to Morville Church, the last resting place of the deceased. Brother T. Maiden read the address = at the grave. Deceased was for many year the employ= of Lord Forester.


16th October1880



We have already reviewed one of our local industries i= n the way of bricks, tiles, &c., and a large and enterprising firm of builders and contractors and this week we, wended our way to another long-established firm, that of Mr. JOHN BURROUGHS, “Ropery= ,” Jackfield. The smell of hemp and tar soon convinced us we were in the midst= of another busy hive of industry, perhaps more pleasantly situated and compact than those we have already reviewed. Ascending the flight of steps leading = to the charming and picturesque residence of the Proprietor, which is contiguo= us to the works, we passed a beautifully laid out garden with very nicely desi= gned conservatories, well stocked, even at this advanced period of the year, with most beautiful plants and flowers in full bloom, and imparting fragrance wh= ich in itself was a delightful introduction to the business we had in hand. As usual, in the investigation necessary to render our record both accurate and reliable we were kindly permitted to peruse man interesting and reliable, t= hough well worn  documents, which re= vealed the fact that this industry—the only one of its kind, we believe, in = this county—was originally commenced by the late Mr. THOS. BURROUGHS, who carried on business at what is known as the Folly, Broseley, and although carried on at that time on a much smaller scale, laid the foundation of the present dimensions of this flourishing branch of our local industries. The = late Mr. BURROUGHS was remarkable for his far-seeing business capabilities and sagacity, and during life had earned well-merited esteem, one of that pecul= iar class of tradesmen who believe in early rising, and never allowing the gras= s to grow under their feet, and by dint of most extraordinary prudence and unswerving perseverance, established a most lucrative business with little = or no other help but that of his own determined, pushing energy. He was a man = who never believed in “I can’t.” In an incredible short space= of time he caused his manufactures to he sought for in almost every town in th= e Midland counties. “Excelsior,” and “general excellence,” was decidedly his motto, and he stuck clo= sely to it until his demise. He passed from our midst respected by the whole community as one of our most energetic and industrious pioneers of local industries. In the year 1833 the business passed into the hands of his elde= st son, Mr. JOHN BURROUGHS, the present Proprietor, who had been carefully tra= ined to a practical knowledge of every department lot the business. It is now ju= st forty-seven years since the present proprietor entered upon the firm; like = his predecessor, there are few men who can boast of the same systematic rule of rising from their slumbers in the small hours of the morning eager for busi= ness of the day as is so characteristic of the present head of the firm, who, si= nce he removed to more extensive and convenient premises in Jackfield, has adde= d to the trade to a most surprising extent. Vast improvements have been introduc= ed commensurate with the various modern appliances which have come to the fron= t. A few years ago a considerable impetus was given to this industry by the fact that the products of the firm were introduced into that portion of the Midl= and Counties which are know as the Potteries, and who formerly obtained their supplies such as-potters’ cord and twine from some of the most extens= ive manufacturies in the North of England. Here then was a difficulty how was it to be surmounted. Mr Burroughs secured samples of the= se north country products, examined minutely every detail and process of their= manufacture, and ingeniously contrived a superior mode of producing those articles, whic= h at that time was altogether unknown. Having succeeded in this commendable effo= rt, he pushed his business in the teeth of his rivals, turned our a far superior article, both in material and make, and to his credit finally succeeded in establishing a capital reputation throughout the Potteries and the whole of North and South Staffordshire, Worcester, and Hereford. This success was we= ll earned, and was not secured without extraordinary labours and assiduous ene= rgy. The works at present are in full operation employing upwards of 30 hands in= the manufacture of flat, round, block, gin, and capstan ropes, some of which are now in constant use on board the steamships of several large shipowners in the city and port of Liverpool. This fi= rm are also noted for, the general excellence of manufacture of gaskins, engine ya= rn, wheel, lathe, and potters cords, scaffold ropes, sash lines, and twines of every description; an extensive trade is also carried on in the manufacture= of rick sheets, waggon and c= art oil sheets, cart covers, tarpaulins, sacks, nets, sheep netting, &c.,  &c. The warehouses used in sto= cking these articles are specially adapted for the purpose, and at the time of ou= r visit contained vast quantities of these articles all marked and numbered awaiting their transit to destinations, and to shew the extent of this firm’s business connection we noticed that the various addresses included nearly e= very large town this side of London, especially Wolverhampton and Birmingham. The consumption of hemp in these works has gradually risen from 20 tons fifteen years ago to over 40 tons the quantity now consumed in one year or exactly double, if any reliable evidence were required of the gradual growth of this firm’s business it is to be found in this very fact beyond other reli= able evidences. To meet the demand of orders in the potteries alone which is only one branch of the business there is consumed 20 tons of mill yarn per annum= for the sole manufacture of those articles exclusively used in packing crates of earthenware. This consumption of hemp and yarn represents a very large outp= ut, showing that this is another of our many industries that have of late years sprung into prominence, there must be excellence quality in material and practical workmanship to secure such good results.<= /p>

The success achieved is well deserved and can only be secured by that determined energy which has characterised their efforts for= the past 32 years, a little seed as it were has grown into a gigantic oak, The offices and counting house is managed and conducted in a very efficient man= ner by Mr T. R. BURROUGHS who possesses in&nbs= p; a general degree much of that energy which has been so conspicuously= displayed from the first establishment of this industry, the system of Book-keeping a= nd correspondence is both practical and simple, the best relations exist betwe= en master and man and during a chat with one of the old hands we found that th= is is another among the many industries in our midst where perfect confidence = is felt and reciprocated by employer and employed, as one of the workmen remar= ked ‘‘we don’t believe in strikes, none of your trade union agitators here? We fancied we were being mistaken for one of these leaders,= but we soon removed doubt, trade union leaders are anything but esteemed by the= se workmen, they evidently bear the greatest respect towards their employers a= nd from what we heard they have reason for such confidence. Many instances were given where in cases of sickness and consequent loss of work, Mr. BURROUGHS= has lavished kindnesses which speaks warmly in favou= r of his well-known liberality and thought for the welfare of his workpeople. To conduct a business of this nature, from a variety of circumstances, requires constant and unremitting attention. The competition between rival manufactu= rers is most severe, but Mr. BURROUGHS has retained his laurels, and we believe commands one of the largest connections in this particular industry, far ah= ead of many of his competitors. But perhaps from a public point of view, not the least interesting fact in connection with this firm, is that Mr. JOHN BURROUGHS has sat in the Council Chamber as a member of the Broseley Ward uninterruptedly since the year 1870. His = duties as a local senator hive been on a par with those of his business, and few members have been more assiduous in their attendance to the business of the town than the subject of our sketch. The very fact that the electors= of Broseley have so long reposed confidence in Mr. BURROUG= HS, shows they are well represented. There are few movements for the public goo= d in which Mr. BURROUGHS has not had his share, always anxious to promote the welfare of the town, and Broseley in particular. We trust in years to come = that those of his family, whom he is now educating to the business, may continue= the reputation of the firm, in the far off future, in the same manner that has = so conspicuously marked its progress in the past.

We minutely inspected every portion of the various departments and found, as we have in other industries, thorough practical system, combined with all the latest improvements.


28th October 1880


A great and crowded meeting was held on Thursday after= noon last in the Town Hail, Broseley, to promote the scheme for a railway to the town. The meeting was, perhaps, the largest and most influential ever held = in this flourishing town. That a railway is required this meeting has placed beyond all doubt. Years ago a similar movement was started, with what resul= ts is well known. We venture to remark that had one half the enthusiasm and influence which characterised the meeting of Thursday attended similar gatherings some years ago, better results must certainly have followed, Nev= er in the memory of the oldest inhabitant of this town has so much enthusiasm = and determination shown itself in favour of a line of railway as took place at = this gathering. The spacious hall was crammed to overflowing. The noble and vete= ran Lord of the Manor, the Right Hon. Lord FORESTER, advocated the advisability= of the scheme with a fervour and eloquence which reminded many in the vast audience that he still retains all the vigour and earnestness in favour of = the development of the town and trade of Broseley, which marked his career in h= is youthful days. His speech was brimful of practical, solid theory, and power= ful reasoning. It is evident beyond all doubt that this great and necessary boon for the town of Broseley has been the dream of his life. The vast audience re-echoed again and again= the sentiment of his Lordship who throughout an able and telling speech kept steadily in view the vast importance of the question, and its bearing upon = the future progress and prosperity of the town. Mr. BROWN, M.P., followed in a similar strain, shewing that nothing he can do = by influence and unceasing devotion to the cause shall be wanting on his part.= Mr. T. H. Thursfield followed with some practical remarks bearing on the questi= on. This gentleman, some years ago, took a very active part in the promotion of such a scheme, and was the author of a lucid and elaborate letter to this journal on the subject, and remarkable for its clearness and force. Mr. C. = T. W. FORESTER, M.P., was none the less earnest and vigorous in his manly mad straight forward advocacy of the cause than his colleague. Indeed we have i= t on record that our Junior Member has indirectly laboured assiduously for years= to promote this most desirable boon to a town which has for over half a century been saddled with enormous difficulties in the race to gain the just and honourable reward of its uncompromising energy and well-known perseverance = to push its commerce to the front rank of the world’s industries. Its productions have spread throughout Europe, its Mosaic tiles— thanks to the spirited enterprise of Messrs. Maw and Co= .— are to be found in every nation in the world,= Let us hope, now that there is a bright and certain prospect of success, and ul= timate benefit to the town and trade of Broseley by the adoption of the proposed railway, that the town will assume that proud, pre-eminent position to which its celebrated industries fairly lays claim. We, as public journalists, are= not concerned in the matter of choice whether such a railway be the London and North-Western or Great Western, but we confess we are, on the other hand, deeply interested the acknowledged want and pressing urgency for a railway = to Broseley, and we will leave no stone unturned to wield all the power at our= command to further the interest, and we hope, consummation of this scheme. We are o= nly surprised that such a vast weighty and influential demonstration has been so long delayed, but we join in the movement with a full and conscientious conviction, upon mature judgment, that if the fortunes of Broseley are to be marked in the coming future by a successful rivalry with competition in the United Kingdom for the supremacy of its world-renowned industries this want= of a railway, which has always been a block on the wheel of its progress and p= rosperity, must no longer exist and the scheme must now, sooner or later, and the soon= er the better, come to maturity. That there are difficulties yet to overcome w= e do not pretend to ignore, but we have seen sufficient in the voice of the meet= ing, attended as it was by men representing every single branch of Broseley trade and commerce, combined with agriculture, that a Broseley railway may    considered emphatically= .

Res Judicata-Pro Bono Publico=




Sir,—Knowing as I do the enormous circulation of= your valuable journal throughout Shropshire, I, with your permission, beg to sug= gest that a meeting of tradesmen be at once held, say in the Town Hall, to promo= te the extension of the railway system to Broseley. I may say the whole popula= ce are burning with zeal in favour of the project, and now is the time to turn= out and shew our determination to have this great boon. I am surprised at so mu= ch apathy. I, as a tradesman, have paid on an average the sum of £400 per annum for hauling my goods when a railway would not have cost me more than £150. 1 have, therefore, in common with other of my fellow - townsmen= , a strong desire to see this project pushed forward I will give another instan= ce in support of my view. A few days ago I was present in the shop of a large tradesman here, who deals largely in flour. He had ordered from a mill a lo= ng distance away, a number of sacks of flour. Customers were in his shop waiti= ng to be served with this article, money in hand and not an ounce in the place, and the tradesman had been waiting, waiting, over 14 days for 50 sacks of f= lour coming from the mill. His customers left the shop in sheer disgust, and tru= dged all the way to an adjoining town to get what they were unable to do in Broseley. This state of things is simply disgusting, and there is no other = remedy but that of a railway. That a railway would pay, no man with a spark of knowledge of Broseley and its trade could doubt. I am all the more surprised that such a project was not started years ago. We are growing, year by year, more prosperous. Our trade is vastly increasing, and the only difficulty we have to contend with is that of the necessity for a branch railway. I have = read the series of articles on Local Industries which have lately appeared in yo= ur journal, and I think such well-written criticism on our trade and industry = will do much to enhance the desire for railway accommodation to this town. I was much pleased to read the remarks of our junior member (Mr. Forester) on the subject of this proposal which will give intense satisfaction to his fellow townsmen no matter what their polities may be. I hope some immediate steps = will be taken to call a meeting and pass resolutions in favour of the project. I will willingly subscribe my share towards defraying the expense of any. I <= span class=3DGramE>am, yours very truly,


Broseley, Oct. 18, 1880.



GLEE AND MADRIGAL SOCIETY.—T= he annual meeting of this society was held on Tuesday week, the Rev G. F. Lamb= in the chair. A statement of accounts was read showing a balance of over £7 = in hand. Two additional names were added to the committee, and Dr Hart was cho= sen secretary in the place of E W Shorting, Esq, wh= o had resigned. The first meeting for practice was fixed for Tuesday evening last= . It is intended to commence the practice of Part 1 (“= Spring “) of Haydn’s “Seasons,” at the meeting on Tuesday evening next.

ODDFELLOWS’ FUNERAL. —The mortal remains of Mr. Daniel Adams, of this town, whose death to= ok place on the 14th inst., were consigned to their last resting place on Sund= ay afternoon last, in the Su= tton Parish Church burial grounds. The deceased being a member of the “Loyal Royal Oak” Lodge of Oddfelllows, Madeley, a lar= ge number of the brethren attended the funeral as a mark of respect to their deceased brother, forming into procession at their lodge-room, and wearing their black silk scarves, white gloves, proceeded to Coalport, where they headed the mournful procession. The beautiful service of the Church of Engl= and for the burial of the dead was read by the Rev. — Oakenden, curate. After which P. G. Richard N. Caswell stepped forward to the grave s= ide and read the burial service prescribed by the order. At the close of the ceremony the brethren reformed into processional order, and proceeded to th= eir lodge-room. A large concourse of spectators witnessed the interment. The deceased had been a member of the order of Oddfellows<= /span> for many years, and highly esteemed by the members.



We are requested to call the attention of the police t= o the nuisance caused by bands of men congregating near the Coalport boat,   and insulting passers-by and = which has become unbearable.



INDECENT BATHING.- P.C. Cumpstone charged two boys named James Hunt and Willi= am Tench, with indecently bathing in a pool at Broseley = on September 28. The officer stated that the boys, who were perfectly naked, w= ere perfectly visible from the road.- Fined 1s. each and 11s. costs, or sev= en days.


30th October 1880


We are pleased to hear that the promoters of railway communication to this town are most busy engaged in the furtherance of the = necessary arrangements. Since the meeting held in the Town Hall we have prosecuted a = most vigorous and personal enquiry, with a view of obtaining reliable information bearing upon the amount of traffic passing annually through the town, and w= hich may be classed outward and inward traffic, we find that a total of over 8864 tons of coal are annually consumed in the manufacture of bricks and tiles alone, the household consumption is equal to 863 tons or a gross total of 4= 727 tons, and when it is considered that nearly the whole of this coal is hauled from Ironbridge railway station, requiring the aid of 80 horses constantly = at work, with the addition of drivers entails upon the manufacturers a cost eq= ual to 7½ per cent. upon their gross receipts= or profits. By means of railway communication so laid down as to connect the w= hole of these works this amount would be saved to the manufacturers, and allow t= heir goods to be offered in the market, at reduced prices, which means a larger = sale and au increased traffic for the railway, it is said that not less than two thousand tons of outward traffic would be added to the already extensive tr= ade if a better means were at hand to convey them to their destination. There  is forwarded from  Broseley in the course of one year= no less than 9,000 tons of bricks, tiles, and other goods, and when it is born= e in mind that more than two-thirds of this weight is loaded by hand into carts = for conveyance to the station, which is a long distance from the various works,= and unloaded the same means into trucks, it follows that the expense of this sy= stem is exactly double what it would be if loaded direct into trucks from the wo= rks ; that is to say, if the proposed railway is carried through the various wo= rks. The amount which would be saved by loading direct into trucks would enable every brick and tile manufacture in Broseley and Jackfield to place their g= oods in the market at a less price, which means a large increase in the quantity that would be despatched by rail. Then, again there is the question of passenger traffic. By a close calculation it is proved that the number

of persons who pass to and = fro from, say Madeley, Ironbridge, Coalbrookdale

Coalport, &c., to Broseley and Benthall, and vice = versa, is 7,200. The great majority of these persons, not all, would become passen= gers by railway, if such existed. There is a certain and undoubted safe prospect= for a branch railway must be verified by such returns as we have collected. A central station in the town or Broseley for both goods and passengers would immensely benefit the former in the shape of saving the excessive expense n= ow entailed by carrying goods up the camel-backed-like road, and at a speed wh= ich may be compared to the old stage coaches of old. We were struck in the cour= se of our enquiry by the remark which from the lips of one of the largest make= rs of brick and tile, who declared his willingness to give a guarantee that in= the event of a railway being formed it would mean not less than an increase in = his business to the extent of 1,000 tons per annum. He proposed to do this by t= he very fact that what he would save by haulage by having his goods loaded dir= ect would enable him to sell his goods so much less. Scores of other tradesmen certified to the same effect, and yet such a question is being asked “= ;Is a railway desirable?” We certainly gave our Broseley tradesmen credit= for more astuteness, and never imagined they would quietly consider the difficulties and cost of the present mode of delivering and forwarding good= s; without putting forth all their energy to promote the scheme for a railway. They are doing so now we admit, but how many hundreds of pounds would they = have been in pocket had they done so years ago. The great unanimity which exists= in favour of the scheme by all classes of tradesmen and the general public aug= urs well for success. We find, too, that a great many tradesmen in Madeley and = Ironbridge are also deeply interested in the proposal, and as one of them remarked to = us “The greatest blessing that could be conferred upon the town and trad= e of Broseley would be that of railway communication.” Trade is bound to improve and advance by such a boon, and it is the duty of every inhabitant = of the town to turn out and emphatically shew their appreciation of the effort= s of its promoters by strengthening their hands in every, possible manner.




We now proceed to notice one of the most celebrated and remarkable industries of the neighbourhood, viz., the firm of Messrs. MAW &= amp; Co., encaustic, tesselated, mosaic, and majolic= a tile works, Benthall. Since the first establishment of these works their extraordinary success has been most marked, indeed we distinctly remember during a sojourn in the East Indies inspecting several fine and stately bui= ldings in the neighbourhood of Bombay and Calcutta, the floo= ring of which consisted entirely of tiles produced in these works. In recalling this interesting incident we may here remark that the varied productions of our local industries are not in any sense exclusively confined to supply this country, showing how famed several of our industries have become of late ye= ars. We have a great deal of practical enthusiasm in favour of a branch railway = to Broseley, and if any reliable and urgent proof were wanting of the real necessity for such communication it is to be found in the vast amount of co= al and other commodities consumed annually by this firm, and conveyed to the w= orks by means of horses and carts at an enormous expense. When it is taken into calculation the camel-backed construction of the roads which lead up to the= se works, our surprise is all the more intensified when we learned the extraordinary output of Messrs, MAW & Co’s. p= roductions. In many parts of the United Kingdom it has been our pleasure to inspect important works, and where we have found running through them special railw= ay communication, notably that of Messrs. Bass & Co., the famous Burton brewing fir= m. If this existed in our district, and we argue there are many instances of such= a want, it would greatly develop trade. In the works now under notice, despat= ch, promptitude, and. urgency is one of the most remarkable characteristics of = the Messrs. Maw, but they have had to carry them out under difficulties most surprising in the absence of proper railway accommodation. Other works immediately contiguous to these, annually producing thousands of tons weigh= t, are also most heavily and inconveniently handicapped owing to this pressing want of railway communication. The presence of one of the principals of this enterprising firm at the recent meeting in the Broseley Town Hall<= /st1:PlaceType> in favour of railway communication may be readily estimated as one of immen= se weight and influence in favour of the scheme. We would recommend some of the railway authorities to pay this firm’s works a visit and ascertain for themselves on the spot how urgent and pressing is the necessity for a railw= ay. But to return again to the subject of our article it may be as well to note= in detail some of the most important of the productions of the Messrs. MAW &am= p; CO. The term “encaustic” as applied to tiles, is of modern thou= gh somewhat doubtful origin. The art bears no resemblance to the “encaus= tic painting” mentioned by PLINY and other ancient writers. This art appe= ars to have had its origin in the latter part of the 12th century, but the culminating point of its excellence and popularity was attained during the 18th, and it was extensively used for the decoration of Gothic buildings in connection with each succeeding change in that style of architecture, almost confined to Northern Europe; In medieval times the manufacture appears to h= ave been principally carried on in England and Normandy, but examples of ancient tile pavements of this description are also to be found in Holland and other Continental countries. The greater number of ancient ex= amples are in squares varying from four to nine inches, but some striking exceptions occur, from which it has been possible to trace a connection, as= in the pavement at Ripon, which seems to be an imitation of Roman work. Paveme= nts presenting a kind of connecting link between the two have been discovered at Fountain’s Abbey, and in Prior Crandon’s Chapel, Ely, in which = the tiles are of great variety of form and size  and, instead of the patterns being wholly inlaid in the tiles themselves, the design is to a large extent, produced by the outlines of the individual pieces, which in the latter exam= ple, are cut to the forms required to be represented, Including the subject of t= he temptation of ADAM and EVE, trees, lions, &c., the tesserae being also enriched with what may be more strictly called encaustic decorat= ion. Encaustic tiles were almost exclusively used for pavements, but an interest= ing instance of their employment for wall decoration occurs in the Abbey Church= of Great Malvern, (no ceramic pavements known in Italy, with the single exception of a pavement in one of the side chapels of Santa Maria Grizzi, at Milan where geometrical tiles occur ass= orted with majolica). Many interesting ancient inscription are found entering into the designs of encaustic tiles, amongst which is the following, from Great Malvern, which has been deciphered with some difficulty, and rendered into modern English, thus :—

“Think, man, thy’ life

May not ever endure,

That thou dost thyself

Of that thou art sure;

But that thou keepest

Unto thy executors care,

If ever it avail thee

It is but chance.”

A tile from the same place also bears the following quotations from the hook of JOB, curiously arranged, and beautifully combin= ed with Gothic ornament ; Meseremini Mei, miseremini mei, saltem vos amici mei, quia manus domini tetigit me.” The border of this tile bears the names of the Evangelists, with= the date A.D., MCCCCLVI. The armorial bearings of noble benefactors, and the devices of Abbots and other Church dignitaries, also enter largely into the decorations of ancient encaustic tiles. Amongst the most interesting exampl= es of these pavements, found “in situ,” is that in the Chapter Hou= se at Westminster, which about the year 1840 was laid open to view by the removal of a wooden floor previously covering it. It is probably of the time of Henry III., in = whose reign it is recorded that the King’s little chapel at Westminster was paved with “painted tile, “mandatum= est, &c., quod parvum= capellam apnd Westm. tegula pista decenter paveari faciates’- (Rot. claus. 22 Henry III. M. 119. 237, 38, A.D.) The tiles of t= his pavement comprise subjects which may be taken to represent the King, Queen,= and the abbot. Also the legend of King Edward the Confessor bestowing a ring, as alms, on St. John the Baptist, who appea= red to him in the guise of a pilgrim besides other curious historical designs, The tiles Chertsey Abbey, Surrey, now in the architectural museum, Westminster,= are also amongst the oldest, and, at the same time, the finest and most artistic yet brought to light. They present a remarkable series o illustrations from= the English romance of&nbs= p; SIR TRISTRAM, and of incidents in the history of RICHARD COUR-DE-LION. These tiles were all found in fragments, but have been put together with great care. Traces of the most ancient manufacture of encaust= ic tiles have been found in several places in England, and the remains of k= ilns containing tiles in various stages of manufacture have been discovered at <= span class=3DSpellE>Bawsley, Lynn. In the neighbourhood of Droitwich, as well as in other localities, the remains of ancient kilns, containing ti= les in various stages of manufacture, have also been discovered, by which an interesting light has been thrown upon the ancient process of production. In almost every instance these tiles were covered with a yellowish glaze compo= sed principally of lead, similar to that now used in the commoner earthenware manufactures of this country. The modern revival of the art dates from the = year 1830, when a patent was granted, with this object, to SAMUEL WRIGHT, a pott= er, of Shelton, in Staffordshire, but he having failed to bring his experiments to a profitable result at the expiration of the term, a further extension for seven years w= as granted to him. In the year 1844 his patent right was purchased, in equal shares, by the celebrated china manufacturers, Mr, HERBERT MINTON and Mr. FLEMING ST. JOHN, the former carrying on the manufacture at Stoke-upon-Tren= t, and the latter at Worcester, in partnership with Mr. GEORGE BARR, an eminent china manufacturer of that city. Four years later, the firm of which

Mr. MINTON was the head, repurchased the residue of Mr= . ST. JOHN’s share of the patent right, who about the= same time relinquished the manufacture, In the year 1850 Messrs. Maw and Co. purchased the remaining stock of encaustic tiles at the Worcester china wor= ks, and on the expiration of Mr. WRIGHT’s pat= ent commenced the manufacture on those premises, from which they removed to the present site of their works, at Benthall, near Broseley, Shropshire, whence= the marls, peculiarly suitable for the purpose, had previously been obtained. During the last ten years the production of these tiles= at these works have attained enormous dimensions, and not an unimportant feature of this firm’s trade is that which comes under the head of exportation.

Almost every large colony under the English Crown in t= heir best buildings and institutions devoted to religion, science, and art, cont= ain specimens of the tiles produced at these works. Several of the leading orga= ns of the press on the Continent, have repeatedly referred to the general exce= llence of the productions of Messrs Maw & Co., in a tone of well studied admiration, and in one which came under our notice, describes the Benthall encaustic and mosaic tiles as a masterpiece of art and craft never before attempted with anything approaching the completeness and ability displayed = from fragmentary specimens, always difficult, and requiring extraordinary resear= ch, care and judgment, in order to approach that degree of eminence, which this firm has now finally accomplished over all rivals. The great difficulty of = the manufacture consists in the necessity for introducing into a single tile the variety of different coloured clays or “bodies,” which together compose the design, it being essential that they should not only be perfect= ed by the same amount of heat in the process of firing, but that they should possess an equal contractile power, during each stage of the manufacture. T= he care, watchfulness, and, keen judgment required, is something marvellous; t= he Royal Academy, in bestowing its highest honours for accomplished work of ar= t, has recognised no greater and skilful talent than is required in the manufacture of these tiles. The modern application of encaustic tile is by = no means confined to the ecclesiastical purposes for which they were mainly us= ed in medieval times, although for this purpose many of the ancient designs ha= ve been reproduced, and the rough execution of the old examples has been imita= ted with striking fidelity. Some of the most eminent architects of recent years have exercised their skill in the production of designs more suitable for domestic purposes, and pavements of these tiles, combined with kindred manufactures, have become an almost universal part of the permanent decorat= ion of the latter class of public and private buildings, for which purpose they= are also largely exported to the Colonies and foreign countries, substituting t= he perishable forms of flooring, and at the same time rendering unnecessary any decorative coverings. As we have said before the extension of this trade is sorely hampered for the want of railway accommodation more especially in the supplying of coal; this firm have paid enormous sums for a slow, tedious, a= nd difficult system of haulage, an instance of which we can well remember when both horse and cart became embedded in the puddle in the middle of the road= way. It is not only the well-known ability displayed by the Messrs. Maw in the manufacture of their tiles, which have made their name famous. Many institutions in our midst owe much to their large-heartedness and practical sympathy, and for which the whole people are indebted; their support to loc= al charities, and every care for the welfare and advancement of religion, scie= nce, and progress has ever been found great, and bye the bye we can very well remember entering the arena of political discussion with the redoubtable Mr ARTHUR MAW, and we found in him a foeman worthy of our steel. During that discussion we were struck with the masterly talent that emanated from his p= en; both foemen fought with fierce and uncompromising energy. We will dismiss t= his departure from our subject, consoling ourselves Dignum= , saprinte, bonoque <= span class=3DGramE>est.” The number of men and boys, &c., emplo= yed in these works number over 200, and the most cordial relations exist between e= mployees and employed. The Messrs. MAW thoroughly believe in the good old maxim, ‘‘All work and no play makes JACK a dull boy;” for many y= ears there has been in connection with these works an annual excursion of the employees, which is made the occasion of a total, cessation from work, Mess= rs. MAW & Co., with characteristic liberality defraying the cost, another gratifying instance of the good relations which exist throughout the works., and long may it continue. Our sketch of the firm would be be incomplete were we to pass over the extraordinary and practical system adop= ted by the firm in their offices. A letter to the firm, if written ten years ag= o, if wanted, could be singled out in an instant, special arrangements are in perfect order for the quick and prompt despatch of invoices, circulars, and letters—the most systematic and complete arrangement which ever came under our notice. Then, again, Mr. GEORGE MAW is said to be a very high authority upon matters relating to plants and floral specimens, indeed we h= ave it on undoubted authority that he possesses the finest display of rare and costly plants in the united kingdom, and which have won the admiration and personal inspection of the most competent judges in the county; Geology fin= ds in him an ardent student; fond of criential sce= nery, he has travelled perhaps a greater distance than other tourists in our mids= t ; his wide knowledge of continental manners and customs and legendary antiqui= ty has secured for him quite an eminent fame as has characterised his genius in conjunction with his co-partners in the excellence and superiority of their productions, especially that branch which comes under the head of encaustic tiles, a speciality of this firm’s industries. We are not, we hope, b= eing unjustly accused of flattery. We are guided in our criticism by personal observations and can vouch for the unbiased criticisms in the series of articles which have appeared in our columns, and in justice to the remarkab= le progress which has marked our local industries for the past half century we feel it our duty as it is our pleasure to bring more conspicuously before t= he world the vast importance our commerce has attained and rescue our various fields of industry from a somewhat isolated position, and which is one of t= he duties of a free and untrammelled Press to accord a full measure of justice.


30th October 1880


In this district we had on Tuesday and Wednesday 48 ho= urs of the heaviest continuous rain we have experienced for some years, and as sho= wn by the flooded state of the River Severn the downfall has been equally grea= t in the higher basin of the river ; a large tract of= the fields adjoining the stream between here an Shrewsbury are under water, but with the partial cessation of the rain it does not continue to rise. At Mad= eley Wood much damage to the roads has been done, and in several cases low-lying cottages have been inundated, while at Lincoln Hill a house in course of erection suffered some damage from the giving of the ground; minor damages = is also reported. At Coalbrookdale some damage was done to the railway line, and by= an overflow of the covers conveying the water from the pools to the river seve= ral cottages were flooded, and the road near the Forge rendered impassable to pedestrians. The roads in our hilly neighbourhood have suffered much from t= he rush of water, and in several instances private property has also been dama= ged in the same way. At Broseley, as will be seen in another column, the heavy downfall, besides the damage usually caused by such storms accidents result= ed accidents to two prominent tradesmen.


30th October 1880


DINNER.- On Saturday last a= dinner took place at the Cross Keys Inn in celebration of the birthday of Mr F. Woolridge, to which a goodly company sat down. Mr. Tonkiss occupied the chair, and Mr. T. Shaw was vice-chairman, Mr. Woolridge was duly toasted a= nd songs were sung by the Chairman,  = ;    Mr W. Hudson, Mr. Woolridge, and others, and a ple= asant convivial evening was spent

STRANGE INCIDENT.- On Wedne= sday night as Mr Stephen Hill, grocer, of High Street, Broseley, was returning home ac= ross the Knowle, he met with a singular mishap. He w= as walking up the “jenny rail,” when the earth suddenly gave way beneath his feet. Instinctively throwing out his arms they fell across the rails supporting his body over a cavity nearly twenty feet deep. The rails happened to be a long length of twelve feet and fortunately had sufficient bearing on good ground to hold his weight. Mr. Hill’s cries soon brou= ght assistance and he was liberated from his awkward predicament. The excessive rainfall was doubtless the cause of the cause of the crowning in.

SERIOUS ACCIDENT.—A s= erious accident be fell Mr. T. R. Burroughs, son of Mr. Councillor Burroughs, on Wednesday night last. Mr. Burroughs was returning home, when in trying to a= void a pool of water in his way he slipped and fell, breaking both bones of his = leg, which had met with a similar mishap previously.- The injured gentleman was = soon found and taken home, and we believe is progressing as satisfactorily as the nature of his injury will admit.


Since the meeting held in the Town Hall, last week the greatest interest has been manifested by the inhabitants in this matter, The committee have been at work night and day, and they report most substantial assistance from manufacturers, tradesmen, and others interested in the development and prosperity of the trade of the town. We have authority for stating that such has been the energetic labours of the committee that they have arranged for the survey of the line and the promotion of the Bill thro= ugh Parliament next session. We heartily wish them success, and trust that they will receive support, not only of the inhabitants of Broseley, but also of Madeley, Oakengates, and Welli= ngton, who are equally interested in this important and most pressing necessity. An extension of the North-Western to Broseley, whilst it will open the communication of Broseley with the North-Western system will at the same ti= me open up to the towns we have mentioned a portion of the county of Salop hitherto practically inaccessible to them. If we are not very much mistaken= , a Broseley railway is now only a question of a very short period. We have been completely taken by storm this week by letters from our numerous correspond= ents urging the scheme, sufficient to fill a whole page. This augurs well for success.


6th November 1880



TAKE NOTICE, that the BROSELEY BOARD, acting as the Ur= ban Sanitary Authority, for the District of the Parish of Broseley, intend to construct, in the Parish of Benthall, in the County of Salop, certain WATERWORKS, to supply Water to the District of the said Authority; also construct certain Reservoirs and filter-beds in the said Parishes Benthall,= and carry certain mains in and across certain lands in the said parish of Benth= all.

The following are the Works which it is intended to construct in the said Parish of Benthall for such purpose:-

1. It is intended to acquire, the site of, and to cons= truct a Reservoir at the Mine Spout, Benthall, capable of holding one million gal= lons of water or thereabouts, and to erect a Pumping Engine and station, with the necessary apparatus and means for raising a supply of water, and forcing it= into the reservoir hereinafter mentioned, near Benthall Hall, in the same parish, and to construct necessary Outbuildings and adjuncts to the Works at the Pumping station.

2. From the site of such Pumping Station it is intende= d to lay down an ascending six-inch Main alon= g the Road leading from the Mine Spout, Benthall, towards Benthall. Hall, such Main to commence from a point at or near the Mine S= pout aforesaid, and to be carried along the Road towards Be= nthall Hall to a point opposite the small pond hereinafter referred to, and from thence across two fields in the occupation of Messrs. E. Burton and Sons to= the Reservoir called the Benthall Hall Reservoir, hereinafter mentioned.

3. In a corner of the field at the junction of two roa= ds, the one leading from the Mine Spout to Benthall Hall, aforesaid, and the ot= her branching off and leading to Benthall Edge, near the point referred to in t= he preceding clause, it is intended to form a small pond on land containing 400 square yards, or thereabouts, for the purpose of collecting the water runni= ng from a surplus stream at Benthall Hall, and to connect such stream with the Mine Spout Reservoir by means of a pipe running down the road for a distanc= e of about 66 yards or thereabouts, parallel to the before mentioned main, from thence diverging into the adjoining field as shown by the red line drawn up= on the plan hereinafter mentioned, coming back again into the before-mentioned road, at a distance of about 44 yards or thereabouts from the Mine Spout Reservoir, running from thence to the Mine Spout Reservoir for the purpose = of conveying the water from the small pond above mentioned into the Mine Spout Reservoir.

4. It is intended to acquire certain lands near Bentha= ll Hall, containing 15,272 square yards or thereabouts, and forming part of certain lands belonging the Right Honourable Cecil Weld Baron Forester and in the respective occupations of Messrs. Burton and Sons, and thereon to construct= a service Reservoir capable of holding one million gallons of water or thereabouts, filter beds, and clear-water reservoir, and from such reservoi= r at a point at the angle on the south side thereof, to carry a five-inch service main across certain lands belonging to the Eight Honourable Cecil Weld Baron forester, and in the respective occupations of Messrs. Burton & Sons, Mr Edward Roden, and Mrs. Instone, into the main and leading from Wenlock to Broseley, at a point or near the messuage in the occupation of Mrs. Instone, from thence within the parish of Benthall, for a distance along the said ro= ad towards Broseley, of 44 yards or thereabouts, from this point the main to be carried into the district of the said authority.

5. It is also intended to connect a pipe with the spri= ng situate on the side of the main road leading from Ironbridge to Benthall, and to ta= ke the water from such spring by means of such pipe for a distance of 33 yards= , or thereabouts, from such spring, down the said road, and then to carry the sa= me across certain gardens and land belonging to Lord Forester, and in the seve= ral occupations of Enoch Hill, Ann Roden, and others, in the direction of the M= ine Spout and to connect such pipe with the source of supply at the Mine Spout aforesaid, and if it should be deemed necessary and advisable, to connect a certain other source of water supply near to the Pipe Works of Messrs. Sout= hern & Co. near the last mentioned spring, with the Mine Spout Reservoir

All the above works are intended to be done and perfor= med in the parish of Benthall, in the county of Salop, and plans shewing the nature of the intended works and the intended termini thereof in such parish, be open for inspection at the Board Room, Broseley, or at the offic= e of me, the undersigned, from the 30th day of October instant to the 30th day of January, 1881, at all reasonable hours,

Dated the 26th day of October,1880= .


Dawley, Shropshire,=

Clerk to the Broseley Local Board.=


6th November 1880



FROM the well-known and extensive = works of the Mesers. Maw & Co., which we noti= ced in our last, we proceed to notice another celebrated firm of encaustic and geometrical tile manufacturers, that of Messrs. CRAVEN, DUNNILL, & Co.,= who carry on business in the handsome range of substantial buildings, situate at Jackfield. A remarkable fact in connexion with the industries carried on he= re is that of the firm’s success at several important exhibitions of the world’s industries, and our article would be altogether incomplete we= re we to omit noticing the various honours and awards received by this enterprising firm for general excellence and superiority in the manufacture= of encaustic tiles, Messrs. CRAVEN DUNNLLL, & Co., have been awarded medal= s at the following exhibitions of the world’s industries.—”Lon= don, 1874; Paris, 1878 ; Sydney, 1880 ; also a medal officially awarded by the Y= ork Fine Art and Industrial Exhibition, November, 1879, for their design of the pavement of the entrance hall of the exhibition, and in testimony to the admirable manner in which it has borne the traffic of more than half a mill= ion of visitors.” Alter such an extraordinary and convincing proof of the excellence of one of our local industries, we are more than ever justified = in the hearty commendation of so much enterprise and practical proof of sterli= ng ability which has been placed on record in the various articles which have already been published. The toast of the Town and Trade of Broseley, often = the toast of the evening at local gatherings has really a claim to be considered one of importance and value. Examples of the make of articles at these works may be seen in the fine pavement at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, in the choir at Cheater Cathedral, and at the Sacraium= of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. In the manufacture of these pavements all the force and vigour of the medie= val tiles are given, whilst in quality of material and glaze, they are far supe= rior to the ancient. The Architect, = of June 19, 1880, speaking of the tile pavement laid down at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, says :— “It is independent of its being a me= re reproduction of archaic art ; it is all this and well done ; but it is a go= od thing for all time to be admired, no matter how the future of architectural fashion may change.” The reputation of this firm is continually increasing, and well it may, after so much practical proof of their skill. = The aim of this firm is to produce the very best, both in design and quality, so that pavements, when properly fixed by their own trained, skilful, and experienced tile layers, will be a permanent pleasure. There is what we may term another very important branch of this firm’s business, viz., enamelled glazed tiles. Messrs. CRAVEN, DUNNILL, & Co., have given great attention to these tiles, and their success has elicited the approbation of many architects throughout the country. In the glazing of tiles for ecclesiastical work they are second none. For domestic purposes their endless varieties of colours and shades, especially the art colours, meet the requirements of all tastes. Indeed we may go further on t= his point, and we may fairly ask the question what is there that requires consummate skill and tact that is not known to the pioneers of our local industries, Only one thing, and that is the scandal of struggling against tremendous odds in the advancement of their trade for the want of railway communication. To watch the whole process from the clay as it came out of t= he mine to the railway conveyance, is a rich treat.= The clay used in these works lies 100 feet below the surface, interstratified w= ith coal, and is of the very best quality, indeed, were it not so, so much succ= ess would have been impossible. A close inspection of the handsome  buildings which comprise the works= will convince the visitor that they are, apart from their well-known beauty and compactness, specially designed and fitted with every appliance to produce tiles, which for colour, hardness, and durability, cannot be surpassed. We = are again reminded of those happy relations, which exist between employer and employees throughout the district, and none the less so in these works. We = have witnessed so much of this praiseworthy feature in the course of cur rambles through the various works that, without the slightest attempt to flatter, S= hropshire may be fittingly held up as a guide to any employer and workmen in the King= dom as the most remarkable trading centre in the country for those good relatio= ns, which ought and must exist between both if trade and commerce is to go on unfettered in the future. The various departments are arranged with a view = to ensure the strictest regularity and system - one advantage being that there= is employed here men of well known and long experience fully alive to the vari= ous and most intricate processes of the manufactures only to be gained by care = and energy, such as is far above the requirements of most trades in the country. Another feature of this firm is their perfect willingness to throw open the whole establishment for the edification and pleasure of visitors, there is = also an entire absence of any unfriendly rivalry with their rival competitors the Messrs MAW.  Both are celebrat= ed throughout the Continent for excellence and durability in their productions, both have received honours and awards, and may be ranked as two of the most important industries in our midst requiring an amount of skill, care and judgment not so much a feature in any other branch of industry either here = or elsewhere, that such skill has been proved of a high order the honours each= firm have earned in the World’s Exhibitions is the best possible proof, an= d we take this opportunity of adding our testimony and that of the press as an additional tribute.


6th November 1880


THE ACCIDENT- Mr T R BURROUGHS.—The many friends of this gentleman will be glad to hear that he is making very satisfactory progress towards recovery from his recent mishap.

CONSERVATIVE WARD MEETING —A Ward meeting of conservatives was held at the Black Swan on Monday evening last, John Burroughs, Esq., in the chair. The following resolutions were carried with enthusiasm, being moved by Mr W R Bradshaw:- “That the meeting desires to place on record its condemnation of the = home and foreign policy of the Government on the following ground, viz:- 1st The results of four months of Ra= dical legislation under Gladstone’s premiership is now apparent, and betray= s on every head blundering incapacity and grave national danger. 2nd. Already the warning of Lord Beaconsfield regarding Ireland has come to pass. A state of things worse than pestilence and famine now ex= ists in that country. The ill-considered and exaggerated language of Messrs John Bright and Gladstone, the pledge given by Liberal candidates to support Home Rule, the withdrawal of

Irish Peace Preservation Bill, and the iniquitous and communist measure known time the Irish Disturbance Bill, have afforded dire= ct encouragement to the party of violence, who, by advocating a system of organised murder and open sedition wish to bring the question of disintegra= tion of the United Kingdom within the range of practical politics. 3rd. The Russo and anti-Turkish policy of the so-called apostle of peace has resulted only= in calamity and danger. 4th. In Russia the pro-Russian sympathies of the Premi= er are still more dangerously conspicuous. His wanton insult to Austria, and ill-concealed antagonism to <= st1:country-region w:st=3D"on">Germany, threaten in the future to deprive= England of a valuable alliance. 6th. The colonial policy= of the Government has proved equally unsatisfactory. As Chancellor of the Exch= equer, Mr Gladstone with no financial pressure of an extraordinary character to warrant increased taxation has passed a budget, whereby one penny in the po= und is added to the income tax ; and by substituting= a beer tax in place of that on malt, unnecessarily extracted a further sum fr= om the pockets of the people. Legislation of this character can have but one object, viz., the declaration of a bogus surplus at the end of the financial year. It is to the Conservative party our country men now look to retrieve = the political mistake made at the last general election, which, owing to the fr= ee use of ‘polemical language,’ favoured cosmopolitanism at the expense of patriotism, it is now the duty of Conservatives to put forth the= ir power to combat the pernicious doctrines and evil policy of the present Government, which must inevitably lead to disruption of the State, peril the Constitution, and the destruction of the Empire.”



A CHILD SCALDED TO DEATH.— On Wednesday last an inquest was held at Shirlett, before Glover Bartlem, Esq, borough coroner, touching the death of a child f= our years of age, named Henry Ernest Pritchett. It appeared from the evidence of Jane, wife of Charles Rowe, that, on Saturday her daughter had poured some = hot water into a bowl to wash the breakfast things, and turned away, when the b= oy, who is a nephew, drew the vessel of scalding water over him, burning his ch= est. On the Monday Dr Tailer was called in, but the = child was then in a dying state. A verdict of “Accidental Death” was returned.


CONSERVATIVE SOIREE AND TEA PARTY.= — This annual gathering is fixed for Monday evening  in the rooms of the Association. P= articulars may be seen in reference to our advertising columns.

On Friday, October 29th a missionary meeting was held = in the Congregational Chapel, Broseley, when the Rev Wm Montgomery, of Madagascar= , attended as a deputation from the London Missionary Society.  In the unavoidable absence of Arth= ur Maw Esq. of Severne House, Mr Dunnill, of Holly Hou= se, presided. After prayer by the Rev W Chapman, of Madeley, able and interesti= ng addresses were delivered by the Chairman, the Rev W Chapman, W Montgomery, and Mr Bonner, (of Birch Meadow Chapel). On the  following  Sabbath two sermons were preached = in the same chapel by the Rev George Kettle, Shrewsbury, realising £5 5s.


Before T. Instone, Esq. (Mayor) W. Nickolas Esq., E. Roden, E= sq., Captain Wayne.

ABUSIVE LANGUAGE.— John Williams, an old man, an= d Benjamin Williams, his son, were charged with using abusive language towards Enoch Davies, at Jackfield, on October 18. It appeared from complainant’s statement that on the evening in question, a woman came into his shop, when= he heard some water running, and running to the door found John Williams committing a nuisance opposite the shop door. Complainant remonstrated with him, whom defendant abused him, and afterwards came down with his son Benja= min, who also abused him, and took off his coat and threatened witness, but was taken away by his mother. The defendant John was on his premises when be committed the offence.—Both defendant’s cross-examined the complainant alleging that the case was brought out of spite for some moment= ary transactions between them.- Mary Jane Perks, a m= arried woman, who was in complainant’s shop at the time, corroborated his statement in every particular.— In defence it was alleged that the summons was the result of complainant having been put in the County Court f= or 20s. for wages due.—Case dismissed.


6th November 1880


The usual monthly meeting of this Board was held on Wednesday evening, at the Town Hall. There were present —Dr T G Thursfield (chairman), Messrs G Maw, H P Dunnill, P Jones, J C W Lister, R = Burton, R Rushton, and W Burnet ; Mr Owen Harries, clerk ; Mr G Ledger, surveyor ; = Mr G Stevenson, inspector of nuisances, Dr W N Thursfield, Medical Officer of Health.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirme= d.


The first business arising out of the minutes was the question of the closing of the Broseley Parish Churchyard in consequence, of its being nearly full, and the offer of fresh ground having been refused in consequence of the passing of the new Burials Act. The following report was presented by the Medical Officer:—

“Gentlemen, — At your request I have inspected the graveyard attached to the Broseley parish chur= ch. I find that the average number of annual interments for the last ten years—1870 to 1879—have been a little over 63, and although the= re are four other burial grounds in the parish, there is no reason to suppose = that any leas than the above number of interments will have to be provided for annually in the graveyard in question. Unless some additional ground be provided, only a very small proportion of these interments may be expected to be entitled to take place in brick graves and vaults already constructed. I find that the presumably unoccupied and avail= able space in Broseley pariah church graveyard is about 70 square yards, more or less. Assuming that the average annual number of interments will take place during the current year, this unoccupied space will be very nearly filled up completely by the end of the year. The sexton states that he can, however, = find room for a larger number of interments a by utilising the interspaces betwe= en old graves, which were made at a time when it was the custom in this gravey= ard to leave a space of three feet, or nearly so, between the graves. He states that he very commonly adopts this course at present, and without any exposu= re of remains. This is certainly a practice not to be encouraged, and the sext= on himself admits that in such cases greet care is requisite in the use of boa= rds to shore up the sides of the old graves adjoining, and that he does not thi= nk that any one with a less intimate local knowledge of the graveyard in quest= ion could with safety carry out the practice. The Public Health (Interment) Act, 1879, enlarges the powers of sec 141 of the Public Health Act, 1875, and enables sanitary authorities to provide cemeteries, and renders it incumben= t on them to do so under certain circumstances. One of these is where on the rep= ort of the Medical Officer or Health it appears that “in any burial ground which remains in use there is not proper space for burial, and no other suitable ground has been provided.” After careful consideration, I am= of opinion speaking prospectively, that there will not be in the graveyard attached to the Broseley parish church proper space for burial after the en= d of the current year,- I am, gentlemen, your obedient servant.

W N THURSFIELD, Med= ical Officer,”

A long conversation took place on the local and legal = aspect of the question, and it was stated that the Rector of Jackfield was quite w= illing to allow the use of the O= ld Church on the Hill = if a cemetery were made adjoining its graveyard. It was also suggested that by t= his means a good road to the cemetery would form a thorough fare to Jackfield. Ultimately, it was decided, on the motion of Mr Maw that the Broseley Local Board assume the functions of a Burial Beard, un= der the Internment Act, 1879. The motion was agreed to unanimously, and it was = also decided that the Board should tern itself into a committee to examine the s= ite proposed near the Old Jackfield Church, on the following day.


A petition was presented by Mr Langford from Inhabitan= t of Jackfield asking that a lamp could be placed at the Coalford Chapel.

The Jackfield committee thought it would be very desir= able if it could be afforded.

After a conversation, the application was granted.

In reply to the Chairman,

Mr Dunnill stated that the Great Western Railway Compa= ny had consented to light the lamps at the railway crossing at Jackfield till ten o’clock, according to their agreement, and this had since been done. = In consequence of this it had not been necessary to move the other lamps. The = lamp at the “slip” had not yet been fixed,


The Clerk reported that he had submitted the basis of = terms to be presented to Lord Forester, which had been sent to Mr Potts, his Lordship’s solicitor, but subsequently Mr Massey, the engineer, sent = to tell him that he had made an error, and the plans and basis were returned, = when it was found that the original plan was correct, and the plan and basis were now with Mr Potts. This had caused some delay, but everything was being don= e as fast as could be.

In answer to Mr Maw,

The Clerk stated that he had not received the working = plans and bills of quantities, and he was directed to write to Mr Massey, and complain of his dilatoriness.

Anent the water question, a report was presented from = Mr Blount, county analyst, on the quality of the water near the New Inn. The report stated that the water contained half a grain per gallon of pure iron= in solution, and that it was not fit to mix with other water for drinking purposes.

The Chairman remarked that the water was highly medici= nal, and when they got the railway they would establish a sanatorium (laughter).=


In reply to the Chairman,

The Surveyor stated that the overflow of water in Cockshutt = Lane had been remedied, but some conversation took place on the matter

The Chairman mentioned the dangerous state of the brid= ge near the Cross Keys Inns and some conversation took place on the matter. Ultimately, the Surveyor was directed be confer with the Surveyor of Bentha= ll parish as to the joint place of a fence on the bridge.


A number of cases of rate defaulters and disputed asse= ssments were heard and disposed of.


An application for remuneration for the extra work ent= ailed by the Waterworks, the amount to be fixed by the Board at the conclusion of= the work, was heard in committee, and agreed to.

This was all the business of interest.


6th November 1880


SIR.—It is now some y= ears ago since a certain class of our population were termed heathens, and it is on record that the gallery of Broseley Church was set apart to accommodate the Jackfield heathens on the Sunday. A great change has since come over these so-called heathens which I think, in justice to the people of Jackfield, ou= ght to be noted, and I take the liberty of asking the favour of your kindness to grant a small portion of your valuable space to enable me to make a feeble attempt to rescue my fellow parishioners from this slur of being termed hea= then worshippers. During a conversation a few days ago, with a prominent Church clerical, I was informed that in some of our churches all sorts of things a= re placed in the collecting bags, notably, brass buttons, old nails, counterfe= it coin &c., Whether the Jackfield Churchgoers are heathens, or whatever e= lse, no such disgraceful conduct has ever characterised their offertory collecti= on. Indeed, I have authority from one of the respected churchwardens, Mr John Burroughs, for saying that during the whole of his term of office now exten= ding over many years, he has never in one single instance found any such thing a= mong the coins placed in his collecting bags, and such a thing as a bad coin has never been found, Now I take it that the people of Jackfield are not such heathens after all, and, further, the attendance at our good old church has considerably improved, the worship is more devout, and church prospects were never so high as they are at the present time, thanks to our esteemed minis= ter, the Rev Lloyd Edwards, who since he came amongst us has done wonders, and to his untiring zeal administration the people of Jackfield are largely indebt= ed, I venture to hope the story of the Jackfield heathens will never be heard of again,—I am, sir, yours truly,


November 2, 1880


13th November 1880


In Parliament.—Session 1881.


(Incorporation of Company—Construction of Railway—Compulsory Purchase of Lands —Tolls—Running Powers over Railway of and Facilities and Agreements with the London and North Western Railway Company—Amendments of Acts.)

NOTICE is hereby given, that application is intended t= o be made to Parliament in the ensuing session for leave to bring in a Bill for = the following or some of the following, among other purposes, that is to say:-<= /p>

1.—To incorporate a Company and to confer upon t= hem powers to make and maintain the railway hereinafter described, together with all proper stations, approaches, works and conveniences connected therewith, viz. :—

2.—A railway commencing in the parish of Madeley= , in the county of Shropshire, by a junction with the Coalport branch of the Lon= don and North Western Railway at a point about 8 chains, measured in a south-westerly direction from the bridge which carries the said Railway ove= r an occupation road leading to the coal and iron works of the Madeley Wood Comp= any, passing thence over the River Severn, and terminating in the adjoining pari= sh of Broseley, in the same county, in an orchard abutting on Church Street in= the Town of Broseley, at about 6½ chains North of that Street, the said Orchard belonging to Thomas Greville Thursfield= , and in the occupation of Augustus Theodore Lloyd.

3.—To purchase, by co= mpulsion or other wise, lands, houses, minerals and other property, for the purposes= of the said intended railway and works, and of the Bill.

4.—To authorise the crossing, stopping-up, alter= ing or diverting, whether temporarily or permanently, of all turnpike and other ro= ads, footpaths, railways, tramways, aqueducts, canals, streams and rivers with w= hich it may be necessary to interfere in the construction and use of the said intended railway and works, or for the purposes of the

5.—To levy tolls, rat= es and charges for and in respect of the use of the said intended railway and work= s, and to grant exemptions from the payment of tolls, rates and charges, also = to alter existing tolls, rates and charges.

6.—To deviate from th= e line of the intended railway and works, as shown upon the plans hereinafter mentioned, to the extent defined upon the said plans or to be prescribed by= the Bill, and to deviate vertically from the levels of the said intended railway and works, as shown upon the sections hereinafter mentioned.

7.—To empower the Company, and any other Company= or Companies, or persons lawfully using the railway of the Company, to run ove= r, work, and use with their engines and carriages, waggon= s, and trucks, and officers and servants, for the purposes of traffic of every description, so much of the said London and North Western Railway as is sit= uate between the point of junction therewith and the Madeley Market Station on t= hat Railway, together with the said station and all sidings, Stations, building= s, offices, warehouses, approaches, water supplies, telegraphs, signals, machinery, works, and conveniences on, or connected, or used with the said railway, and portion of railway, upon such terms and conditions, pecuniary = and otherwise, and on payment of such tolls, rates, and charges, as may from ti= me to time be agreed upon between the Companies interested, or as, in default = of agreement, shall be determined by the Board of Trade, or by arbitration, or= as may be defined by the Bill.

8.—To require the London and North Western Railw= ay Company to afford all necessary and proper facilities for the reception, ac= commodation, forwarding, interchange and delivery of traffic passing from or to the rail= way or works of the Company to or from the railways or works of that Company, a= nd to prescribe and fix the terms and conditions upon and subject to which such facilities shall be afforded.

9.—To enable the Company on the one hand, and the London and North Western Railway Company, on the other hand, from time to t= ime to enter into and carry into effect agreements with respect to the working, use, management, construction, and maintenance of the said intended railway= and works, or any part thereof ; the supply of rolling stock and machinery, and= of officers and servants, for the conduct of the traffic of the intended railw= ay, the payments to be made and the conditions to be performed with respect to = such working, use, management, construction and maintenance, the interchange, accommodations and conveyance of traffic coming from or destined for the respective undertakings of the contracting Companies, and the division and appropriation of the tolls and revenue arising from that traffic, and to authorise the appointment committees for carrying into effect any such agreement as aforesaid, and to confirm any agreement already made, or which previously to the passing of the Bill may be made in any of the matters aforesaid.

10. —The Bill will vary or extinguish existing r= ights and privileges which would interfere with its objects or any of them.

11.—And it is proposed by the Bill, so far as ma= y be necessary, to amend or repeal the powers and provisions, or some of the pow= ers and provisions of the local and personal Acts following, or some of them, that = is to say 9th and following,   = Vic., cap. 204, and all Acts relating try the London and North Western Railway Company.

12.—And notice is hereby further given, that dup= licate plans and sections of the said intended railway and works, and of the lands= and houses to be taken under the powers of the Bill, together with a book of reference to such plans, containing the names of the owners, or reputed own= ers, lessees or reputed lessees, and occupiers of such lands and houses, and an Ordnance map allowing the general course and direction of the said railway,= and also a copy of this notice, as published in the London Gazette, will, on or before the 30th day of November instant, be deposited for public inspection with the Clerk of the Peace for the county of Salop, at his office at Shrewsbury, and on or before the same day a copy of so much of the said pla= ns, sections, and book of reference as relates to each parish in or through whi= ch the said railway and works will be made, in which any lands or other proper= ty to be taken are situate, and a copy of this notice will be deposited, in the case of each such parish, with the parish clerk of such parish, at his residence.

18.—Printed copies of the intended Bill will be deposited in the Private Bill Office of the House of Commons on or before t= he 21st day of December next.

Dated this 12th day of November, 1= 880. Baxters and Co. 5 and <= st1:address w:st=3D"on">6 Victoria street, Westminster Abbey, Solicitors for the Bill.


20th November 1880


IT will be seen on reference to our advertising column= s that powers will be sought in the coming Session of Parliament for the construct= ion of a branch railway from Madeley Market to Broseley. We regret to hear that= a rival company will do all in their power to oppose the London and North Western Railway Compan= y in seeking and obtaining such powers. This proceeding, although we cannot disp= ute the right, will necessarily require, on the part of the promoters, every in= fluence they can bring to bear in their favour ; every possible effort will be put forth by those opposed to the scheme to collect= and prepare evidence in support of their opposition theory. The same plan must = be vigorously adopted by its promoters, or otherwise there will be a possible danger of losing the bill altogether. The tradesmen and manufacturers throughout the district which will be included in this proposed railway have done all in their power to support and help forward the proposal, and we do not know that they can do more. Our respected Parliamentary representative have also, with praiseworthy effort, done much to help forwa= rd the scheme, and we doubt not they will spare no effort or time in the coming session to stand by the Bill. In fact each of them are<= /span> pledged to do so, and if by their united exertions they finally succeed, th= ey will earn the lasting gratitude of this important constituency. The Lord of= the Manor (the Right Hon. Lord FORESTER) it is well known, wields very great influence, more especially in both Houses of Parliament, by virtue of his life-long connection with St. Stephen’s ; indeed we venture to say th= at the inhabitants of Broseley place all their hopes in his lordship’s valuable assistance. That such assistance will be most readily bestowed no = one who knows his lordship’s deep concern for all that interests and conc= erns the welfare of the town and trade of Broseley will have the slightest doubt= . We have so frequently referred in these columns to the advantages which such a railway will add to the trade and commerce, of Broseley that it is not necessary to repeat. From what we know of the spirit and pluck of Broseley = men, we should imagine there is nothing to fear so far as regards ultimate succe= ss. Nevertheless, there must not be too much over-confidence, each and all must= put forth every possible effort if they mean to succeed. There is another aspec= t of the question that must not be lost sight of. The tradesmen and all concerned will be called upon to put their hands in their pockets if success is to be accomplished. Whatever may be the extent of the sacrifices to be made before success is finally secured, they will be altogether unworthy of considerati= on when the benefits of the railway are felt, that = is if it is ever formed. We regret the proposed opposition, and we cannot too strongly urge how important it is for every tradesman and manufacturer, assisted by the whole of the inhabitants,  to “put their shoulde= r to the wheel” determined that this valuable acquisition to Broseley industries shall and must succeed. We hear that after a careful and minute survey of the district by responsible officials of the London and North Western Railway Compan= y it is deemed advisable to construct the line, and nothing now remains to put t= he finishing touch the proposal but that of the sanction of Parliament. While recognising the promptness with which our two Members have entered into the spirit of the affair, we confidently hope they will utilise every possible means of assisting the Bill through Parliament. It needless to add that gre= at anxiety is manifested by the inhabitants generally in the probable success = of the Parliamentary proceedings, which will be watched with intense interest.= We humbly wish success to the Broseley Railway, and anything we can do to prom= ote that success will be done with vigour and earnestness such as becomes the v= ast importance of the enterprise.


20th November 1880


VALEDICTORY SUPPER.—Yesterday evening week supper party was held at the Crown Inn (Mr John Powis)= for the purpose of wishing farewell to Mr T Sumnall= , who is leaving the neighbourhood. Upwards of 50 friends sat down to an excellent spread, provided by the host and hostess, to which ample justice was done. After supper, and the cloth being drawn, Mr St Clair Adams was voted to the= chair, and Mr S Tonkiss to= the vice-chair. The usual loyal toasts of the “Queen,” and the “Prince and Princes of Wales,” were drunk, and songs given by Mr W Hudson, Col.- sergeant Roberts, Mr J Fennel, &c. The “Army, Navy, and Volunteers “came next; Sergeant-instructor Johnson replied for the Army, and Colour-sergeant W Roberts on behalf of the Volunteers. The “Town and Trade of Broseley” was then given, mention= being made of the desirability of the proposed railway being carried out. Mr W I Burnet responded, and said that up to then everything was satisfactory with reference to the scheme. The committee were doing their best, and hoped the matter would have the support of all parties, when in all probability the undertaking would be successful. More songs followed by Mr F Woolridge, Mr W Shinn, and others. Mr Burnet then ros= e to propose the toast of the evening, the Health of Mr T S= umnall, whom, he said, he had known a number of years, and for whom he had always a great respect. With regard to his connection with the Volunteers, he had al= ways looked upon him (Sergeant Sumnall) as the representative of Broseley in that body. He was the Broseley sergeant, and there was great credit due to him for the manner he had attained that posit= ion. When the corps first started be (Mr Burnet) was requested o join, but had to decline from business motives. He concluded by calling upon all present to = join him in drinking the “Health and prosperity of Sergeant T Sumnall.” The toast was enthusiastically drunk = with musical honours, and hearty Shropshire c= heers. Mr Sumnall rose to thank Mr Burnet for the flat= tering manner in which he had proposed his health, and the company for the way they had responded to it. He (the speaker) assured them he should never forget t= heir kindness and good wishes towards him, and expressed his regret at leaving t= he volunteers, to whom he had been attached nearly 15 years, and informed them that wherever he might be, and whatever might be his experience he should a= lways look back on that evening with pride and pleasure. Sergeant Instructor John= son and Colour-Sergeant Roberts both testified to the high merit of Sergeant Sumnall as an officer in the corps of volunteers. Ser= geant Johnson said at their annual encampment Sergt. = Sumnall was always the first to undertake a brother officer’s duties, when that brother officer was absent on any particu= lar occasion. Capt. Anstice had only a day or two ago to him expressed his regr= et at losing in Sergt. Sumnall so good a volunteer= and so able an officer. Colour-Sergeant Roberts also remarked as to the long time he and Sergeant Sumnall had been associated together in their corps, and was afraid he should greatly miss him in the future. Mr E Oakes spoke of Mr Sumnall as to bu= siness relations; he had been in connection with him for a long time, and had alwa= ys found him an honest, upright, capable business man ; be was systematic and reliable in his work, had ability, and what was somew= hat rare, the necessary tact to apply it ; he was losing in Mr Sumnall a good helpmate, More songs followed by Mr W Holmes, Mr A Pountney. The hea= lth of the host and hostess was then drunk, and the thanks of the company tende= red to them for their excellent arrangements, to which Mr = Powis responded. The toast of the chair and vice chair was then proposed, Mr S Ad= ams replying, the party concluding by singing the always appropriate Auld Lang = Syne.” all agreeing that a very pleasant and enjoyable evening had been spent.


Befor= e T Instone (ex-mayor), E Roden, R. E. Anstice and G= Maw, Esqrs.

ABUSIVE LANGUAGE, —CROSS SUMMONS.—Mary Bec= ton charged Frances Lewis with using abusive language towards her at Broseley, = on November 3rd, and Mrs Lewis charged Mrs Betton with  similar offence. Mrs Betton’s steternent= was that on the day in question she found some salt thrown into a washing boile= r on her premises, and asked why defendant did it, when defendant said she would= do it again. On returning from taking her husband’s dinner, she found a = lot of soot and grease thrown into the boiler with her clean clothes. She asked defendant why she did it, when she said she would do it again. She then pus= hed a couple of broom stales through the window, and struck her several times on the head and arms, and knocked her clothes and things on to the ground. Mrs Jane Pickin, who lives on the Madeley side of t= he river, deposed to hearing Mrs Lewis threaten Mrs Betto= m.—Mrs Lewis’s case was that Mrs Betton threw her things about, and hence the row, in which Mrs Betton appeared to have held her own.—Mrs Lewis was fined 1s and 14s 4d cost= s, or seven days; and Mrs Betton was fined 1s and = 10s costs, or seven days

DESTROYING UNDERWOOD.—Mary, Healey was charged b= y Mr G Powner with breaking under= wood with intent to steal the same at Benthall, on Nov. 1st. Defendant admitted = the offence and pleaded that she was very destitute, her husband, from whom she= had only l0s in three months, being at Cannock Chase. The charge was supported = by W Kitson, keeper to Lord Forester, on whose ground = the offence occurred Fined ls, 1s damage, and l0s c= osts, or 7 days.

STONE THROWING.—Thomas Garbett was charged by P.= C. Brew with throwing stones on the highway at Broseley, on Oct. 24. It. appea= red that Police- constables Brew and Beckett saw the defendant and a young man named Brown throwing stones at two other men, not known, on the date in question, the officers being in plain clothes. Fined 5s= and 10s costs, or 7 days. Brown had given a wrong name and was ordered t= o be re-summoned.

MORE INSULTING LANGUAGE.—Edward Williams, a youn= g man, was charged by P. C. Beckett with using abusive and insulting language on t= he highway, at Jackfield, on Oct. 30. The officer and defendant ant abusing his mother at the Duke York Inn, when he called the landlord’s attention = to him, and he was requested to leave; when he got outside he used very bad language towards Beckett. Defendant’s mother was called for the defen= ce, and the case was dismissed.

STEALING COAL.- JUVENILE. &= #8211; James Hunt and William Tench, boys, ware charge= d with stealing coal, the property of Mr R Jones, at Willey Park Colliery, Brosele= y, on Oct 29.  The cases were pro= ved by Joseph Bagley, Church Stre= et, Broseley.


27th November 1880


We are glad to hear that the arrangements for pushing forward the Bill for the Broseley Railway are complete. Nothing is now requ= ired for the battle in Parliament but that of the opening of the session. It is reported that the opposition party, that is to say, a rival company have be= come so thoroughly convinced of the extraordinary completeness and thoroughness = of the details marshalled by the promoters that they have considered it wise to (if we may borrow a sporting phrase) throw up the sponge in despair. This m= ay be a ruse to disarm the enthusiasm of the promoters, but with such indefatigable pioneers as Lord Forester, C. T. W. Forester, Esq., M.P., A. = H. BROWN, Esq., M.P., Mr. W. Burnett, Dr. T. G. Thursfield, and a host of other gentlemen and friends of Broseley spirit and enterprise, including the vete= ran E. B. POTTS, Esq., and the wily T. H. Thursfield Esq., the motto of  “no surrender “ is  in the h= ands of good men and true. We do not place much faith in prophecy, but we ventur= e to predict the first excursion train through Broseley will startle the natives before November, 1881. The various tradesmen are in high glee at the prospe= ct of this railway, and many of them have already devised a means of enormously extending their traffic in view of the accommodation afforded by this long wished for scheme, and that the town of Broseley will sacrifice anything and everything for the purpose of securing success, that several projects are in course of preparation which will lead to the introduction of new industries into the town. All things considered, there is reason to believe the eviden= ce in favour of the scheme, and the willingness of the inhabitants and tradesm= an to put their hands into their pockets, which is a clear necessity, augurs w= ell for final success. It is said that immediately the sanction of Parliament is obtained the works will be pushed forward with unparalleled urgency and despatch, preparations for which are complete. It is now placed beyond all doubt by a close and minute investigation that this railway will well repay= the promoters and the London and North Western Company’s goods and passengers even at the lowest p= ossible computation. The former, taken on the average of the past ten years, will y= ield a sufficient return to defray the cost of the venture, but the additional t= rade which a railway is certain to inaugurate will still further add to the prospects, and with such bright prospects we again with all the emphasis at= our command, call upon Lord Forester, Mr. Forester, and Mr. Brown to send for o= nce all political considerations to the winds, and go heart and soul for this m= ost desirable undertaking. Every man in the constituency will watch closely our= Members, more specially during the progress of the through Parliament. Although it is well known that our Members are heart and soul the scheme, they must for on= ce in a generation put forth a must determined, unflinching effort, which, bac= ked up with the unanimous and determined spirit of the people, must surely carry the scheme to a successful issue.




Sirs—Ironbridge, Jackfield, and Broseley, owe mu= ch to the Great Western Railway Company, and not less does the Railway Company ow= e to them. For 10 years the railway accommodation has stood still.  In point of general progress that = period is equal to 30 preceding years, so that railway accommodation here is 30 ye= ars behind the times, and has become antiquated and rusty. It is high time a revision took place in passenger trains. Look how Ironbridge (the station a= lso for Jackfield and Broseley) is dealt with as regards London. A man can’t get from the Metropolis and be back in one day. He may leave Paddington at 10 a.m. and a= fter a tedious six hours’ ride reach Ironbridge at 4-4 to find the return train at the station and. timed to leave at 4-8. Result: Men of business, t= o whom time is valuable, won’t come here to look at tiles and bricks.

Compare this with what the London and North-Western does for Madel= ey. Train leaves Euston 7.30, and is at Madeley 2-8, giving three hours eight minutes= for business, in time for 5-11 train, reaching town at 10-15 p.m.

How does the Great Western itself deal with Wellington and Bri= dgnorth? towns only a few miles away. Train from Paddingt= on to Wellington 6-45, arriving 11-60 ; train 10-0 am, arriving 2-28 p.m., giving= six hours 30 minutes, and three hours 52 minutes respectively before departure = of 6-20 train, reaching Paddington 10-45 p.m.

Train, Paddington to Bridgnorth 5-30 arriving 11-50 a.= m., and train 10-0 a.m. arriving 3-38 p.m., giving four hours and 45 minutes an= d 52 minutes respectively before departure of 4-35 train, reaching Paddington 10= -45 p.m.

I venture to assert that during the last 10 years the = trade of Jackfield and Benthall (all to Ironbridge Station) has developed more and yielded a greater revenue to proportion than Bridgnorth, and yet the Great Western have a train leaving Paddington at 5-30, which arrives and stops at Bridgnorth at 11-50 This train might be at Ironbridge 25 minutes later, and thus give nearly four hours instead of four minutes before the return train= to Paddington.

Bridgnorth has a train for town 9 a.m., reaching Paddi= ngton 1-50 after a pleasant run of 4hrs. 50min., but to catch it we must leave Ironbridge at 7-16 a.m.,  and be 6hrs. 34min on the way. I c= ould go through the time tables and make comparisons equally unfavourable as reg= ards travelling to Manchester, Liverpool, and other important places, but anyone with the requisite care and patience can do this for themselves, and some f= ine instances “of how not to do it” will reveal themselves, e.g., t= rain from Ironbridge to Shrewsbury 8-17 p.m., arrives Shrewsbury 8-55 ; train for Chester and Liverpool leaves Shrewsbury 8-53, just two minute before the unfortunate Ironbridge can reach the Salop Station!!

The trade of Jackfield has in this= 10 years greatly expanded, but not a single step has been taken by the Great Western Railway Company to give passenger accommodation. Years ago it was strongly urged on their attention. Who can be expected to put up with the <= span class=3DGramE>most tardy of railway rides to Ironbridge, and then tr= averse a mile and a half of the worst road in the county—belonging to the Ironbridge Trust— with hardly a vestige of footpath on the way?

Broseley is high and dry out of the stream of railway traffic. I have shown how its station at Ironbridge is served, but to reach that station a fly costs, 3s ; driver, 1s. gate toll, 6d ; total, 4s 6d; to Coalbrookdale, fly, 4= s ; driver, 1s; toll. 6d; total, 5s 6d ; so that in addition to bad railway accommodation, it is 4s 6d or 5s 6d from any availa= ble station. I wish it distinctly understood that I make no complaint about the= se charges. I am merely stating facts. To order a fly when the horse has to be= got out of stable, or fetched from a field is an entirely different matter to taking one ready and waiting at the stand.

Admitting all this, is there a remedy? Yes.

1st. Stopping station at Jackfield= by the Calcutts.

2nd. Train from Ironbridge to Bridgnorth to= join the 9 a.m. train south.

3rd. Continue the south train, reaching Bridgnorth 11-= 50 on to Ironbridge.

4th. Revise time of trains between Coalbrookdale and Wellington. Wellington is well served by the Great Wes= tern Co. but the benefit is lost to this district by want of correspondence in trains, and hundreds of travellers can sadly testify to loss of time, tempe= r, and health, at the bleak and hitherto wretched Wellington station.

5th. Omnibus from Broseley to meet= all trains at Ironbridge, and several at Coalbrookdale. Five daily journ= eys would do this. Mr Instone, or the Lion Hotel, would run a bus if the Great Western Railway Co. gave him the Broseley parcels, and a subsidy of £1 per week. This offer is reasonable, and there can be little doubt if carried into effect that it would develop, both omnibus and railway traffic. I am t= old there would be a difficulty with R T Smith & Co., the carriers of the Railway Co: in whose contract the railway parcels occur, but if R T Smith &= amp; Co., have the option of running the omnibus themselves on the same conditio= ns as Mr Instone it is all they could reasonably demand, and it would manifest= ly be absurd that they should stand in the way of a great public benefit and convenience.

This district is sadly handicapped in business by defe= ctive passenger accommodation. The suggestions now made, or action on their lines, would be a partial remedy. There yet remains to be shown how we are handica= pped in heavy goods traffic and the desirability if not absolute necessity, of b= eing in direct communication with the London and North Western Railway system.—Yours, &c,



4th December 1880


The proposed line has been surveyed by the engineer, a= nd the plans deposited for Parliament. The survey had been made against time, and = it was only on Wednesday evening that the committee saw the completed plan. It evidently took most of them by surprise, and they were astonished to find t= hat it involved an enormous and costly viaduct, carried at a great height over = the Severn, and going right through the centre-of the intended new works of Mes= srs. Maw and Co., at Jackfield. Mr. George Maw stated that his firm intended to commence building in a few weeks; and the committee, nearly unanimously, deprecated the idea of carrying a viaduct through their works. On examinati= on of the plan, it did not clearly appear that within the lines of deviation lithographed and lodged for presentation to Parliament, this could be avoid= ed, and it is now too late to make alterations. After discussion, the following resolution was adopted:-

“That the lithographed plan now presented of the proposed railway to Broseley does not meet what the committee think requisi= te and desirable, and that therefore the scheme be abandoned for the present session. The committee, to co= ntinue and endeavour, if possible, to initiate a plan that will be more acceptable.”

It is to be regretted that during the survey the engin= eer was not more directly in communication with the committee, so as better to understand the local requirements, and endeavour to carry out the intention= s of the committee, which was to divide the scheme into two parts :—(I). Railway from Broseley to Jack= field. (2). Bridge across the Severn, and rails to join the London and North-Western system. The id= ea was that if the bridge proved too costly, then to get running powers from Jackfield, Buildwas, to Wellington, to joi= n the London and North-W= estern there, and, as an equivalent, to give the Great Western running powers from Jackfield to Broseley, thus availing of benefit from both companies. This p= art of the scheme seems to have been completely ignored by the engineer. No dou= bt the time was too short properly to consider and mature the scheme. We hope = the committee will now take time by the forelock, and with their engineer formu= late a line which will meet the requirements of the district, without raising needless opposition.-(Com).



The ordinary monthly meeting of the above Board was he= ld on Wednesday evening last at the Town Hall. There were present —Dr. Thursfield Messrs. G. Maw, H. P. Dunhill, J. C. W. Lister, R. Rushton, H. M. Bathurst, P. Jones, and R. Burton; Mr. Garbett (from town clerks office), M= r. G. Stevenson, inspector of nuisances, Mr. G. Ledger, Surveyor


It appeared that a special meeting of the Board had be= en held on the day succeeding ordinary meeting the minutes of which had not be= en entered up but which were read by the chairman, and from which it appeared = that the Board had decided on a site for the proposed cemetery near the Red Chur= ch, and had instructed Mr. Doody of Shifnal, to mak= e a plan of road to it via. Cockshutt Lane and continuing through to Jackfield.

The Chairman read a letter from Mr. Owen Harries, cler= k to the Board regretting his inability to be present, and pointing out with ref= erence to the question that two of the difficulties connected with it were that if= any portion of the cemetery were consecrated they would have to have a chapel o= n it which would have to he made to the satisfaction of the Bishop of the Diocese and one on the unconsecrated position of the gr= ound, which must have the sanction of the Home Secretary. In audition to which th= ere would have to be a wall eight feet high round the cemetery.

The Chairman made some reference to the law on the que= stion and read a communication from the Local Government Board, but suggested tha= t as the Burial laws were of such a complicated character they should adjourn the question for the attendance of the clerk, who would have an opportunity in = the meantime of going into the matter. The Chairman also suggested that the Bis= hop, should be communicated with asking his permission for the use of the Old Red Church for purposes= of funerals, and if it was refused the probability was they would have the who= le of it unconsecrated.

Mr Doody produced a plan o= f the proposed cemetery and road with an estimate of the cost, which of course it= is not desirable to publish. The route chosen for the road was much approved, = but it was considered the area of the cemetery was larger than at present neces= sary. The cost of the road was also more than it was supposed it would be.  The matter was then deferred to th= e next meeting as was also the consideration of a letter from General Jenkinson’s agent in I respect to the slip at Jackfield.


The application of Mr. Mr. Dunnill that the Board would allow a 2¼ inch water pipe to pass under the public road from Messrs. Craven Dunnill and Co’s Works to the river at a yearly acknowledgment= of 1s, was granted, a notice of twelve months on either side to terminate the agreement.


The next business was the question of the water supply= in respect to which Mr. Massey, the engineer, Wrote stating that he had communicated with the Mr. G. Maw in respect of the matt= er, and that he should have to pay another visit to Broseley to see on the spot= the best places for the placing of hydrants. He asked that some member of the B= oard should be appointed to meet him who was well acquainted with the district. = It was agreed that the Genera Purpose Committee should meet Mr. Massey, and he should be written to to make an engagement.


The Chairman read a communication from the Local Gover= nment Board pointing out section 7 of the Act, relating to the naming of the Boar= d, and, mentioning that the Broseley Local Board had not taken any specific na= me, desired the Board to pass a resolution giving themselves a name and forward= a copy to the Local Government Board (laughter),

The Chairman, amid much laughter pro that it they shou= ld call themselves the Broseley Local Board, which was carried nem com.


Mr. Maw referred to a case at the Ironbridge Police Co= urt on the previous day in which some one connected with Saug= er’s Waxwork was fined for obstructing the highway and in which the man produced= a receipt for the rent of the ground from their

Surveyor told the man that neither the surveyor nor the Board itself had power to block the road.

The Chairman said he was applied to by the police and = had ordered the summons.

The road was completely blocked.

In answer to a question, Mr. Ledger said the rent for = the ground was paid to him and handed over to the churchwardens for the poor, as had always been done before at fair times and when exhibition came to the t= own.

Some conversation took place in the course of which  Mr: Lister asked if the man was fi= ned after the ground had been let by their surveyor, and being answered that he was, said it in might be the law but there was no equity about it and the m= an ought to have his money back.

The matter dropped on the chairman advising the survey= or to have nothing to do with such matters for the future


On the proposition of Mr. Rushton it was decided that = at as the Board had a large accumulation of business they should meet fortnight instead of monthly, the next meet to take place on December 16.

In consequence of the railway committee meeting the Bo= ard did not sit till nearly half-past eight, and the hour being late, the meeti= ng terminated somewhat abruptly.




Sir,—May I ask, through your columns for a state= ment shewing a list of subscribers to the preliminary expo= ses for carrying on the movement in favour of a railway. I m one of those who attended the meeting in the Town Hall, and heard the repeated statement—”How necessary it was for the people to put their han= ds in their pockets if success was to be assumed,” and judge of my surpr= ise when I heard on Saturday last that several of our most prominent and influential townsmen have not subscribed yet. Surely the movement is not to= be endangered by this apathy, and the greatest boon and blessing to the town a= nd inhabitants to be placed in jeopardy by such ill-judged tardiness, I flatly refuse to believe the statement, and you will confer a great favour upon hundreds of your reader in this town if you will give the information asked for.—I am dear sir, yours obediently.


[We cannot supply the information asked for, which can= only be obtained from the secretary or members of the committee. We have not the information ourselves.—ED. W. & L.E.]




Sir,-Can you inform me whether or not there is any tru= th in the, rumours that neither of our respected representatives have yet subscri= bed to the preliminary expenses required to carry out the proposal for the Bros= eley Railway. Although I am pleased to find an absence of any political feeling = in such a matter, it is a well-known fact that any delay in such an important matter on heir part will, in an indirect manner seriously endanger those ha= ppy relations which exist between our representatives and their constituents. I= was pleased to notice your capital advice,  viz., that politics in this matter be cast to the winds (most proper). I may add that the, rumour have alluded to has gained general credence.— Y= ours faithfully,





Sir,— I have heard that the Great Western Railway Company are prepared to spend a very large amount in trying to thwart the London and North-Western Railway Company in securing the contract for the construction of a new railway to Broseley. If there is any truth in the rum= our, I should recommend that if there is any money the Great Western Railway Com= pany have to throw away (for it certainly will amount= to that) it had better be employed in some other channel. I consider the claim= s of the London and North Western Railway Company, most deserving if only for the sake of competition, which ensure fair and moderate rates for both passengers and goods. This is a point totally ignored by Dunnill in his letter which I rea= d in your issue of Saturday last.— I am , &= c.,





Sir.- A great deal of talk = is going on in the town here as to the way in which subscriptions are coming in to m= eet the preliminary expenses in order to carry out the proposal for the railway scheme. I hope there is no truth in the rumour. Surely we have wealth enoug= h in the district especially for such a desirable and most necessary preliminary= to an undertaking which will add so much to our town and trade.— Yours, &c.,

A LICENS= ED VICTUALLER. High Street, Broseley.




Sir,-  noticed in your last issue a lengt= hy letter, signed H P Dunnill, on the subject of railway accommodation at Broseley, and I ask your permission to refer to the same. It is quite evide= nt that Mr Dunnill is in sympathy with the Great Western Railway Company in th= is matter. I fail to see why such sympathy should be entertained for the compa= ny at all. For many years the Broseley tradesman and manufacturers have conduc= ted their business at considerable loss and disadvantage for the want of railway accommodation. It is well known that the Great Western railway Company are already in operation of what may fairly be termed a portion of the Broseley township, and if they had any inclination or desire to advance the interest= of the town they would have laid down their line years ago. It is quite certain that by so doing they would have been sharers in the increased business whi= ch would certainly have accrued to them as well as those interested. Indeed Mr Dunnill admits this. Then, I ask, why should the people of Broseley sympath= ise with that company, or even entertain any idea of consulting them in the mat= ter of extending their line to Broseley. It they failed to see the advantage of this extension, and which I contend they have done for so many years, why should we consult with them now, when a rival company with characteristic promptitude and praiseworthy spirit are prepared to accede to the wishes of= the inhabitants. My opinion of this railway has been in favour of the London and North Western Railway Company, who more than any company in the Kingdom have extended their system to meet the requirements of increased trade and comme= rce, and who are prepared to do so with respect to Broseley, and I for one still hope that the London and North Western Company will be, as I am sure they w= ill, the successful competitors in the desirable undertaking. I am yours faithfu= lly.


High Street, Broseley.




Sir. —While recognisi= ng a good deal that may be accurate in Mr Dunnill’s letter in your valuable journal last week, I cannot endorse his remarks respecting Great Western Railway. I happen to know of other         = parts of the country which is placed at the same disadvantage as Broseley for the want of railway accommodation, and although the Great Western Railway actua= lly runs within two miles of the place, and has done for over 10 years, they ha= ve declined all proposals for extension, although it has been proved, times wi= thout end, that 2000 tons of extra traffic would result annually. The Great Weste= rn Company now that they can see that their formidable rivals are, with their usual alacrity, well to the fore, are beginning to cry out, why did they no= t do years ago is a fair and pointed question; and, again, if the proposed railw= ay is carried out by the London and North Western Railway Company, we will have competition, which means fair rates, and no excessive charges. Better be without a railway altogether than be saddled with extortionate and heavy ra= tes. It will be found, on comparison that the rates for merchandise, minerals, &c., now in operation under the London and North Western system, are mo= re reasonable than those of any of any other line in the kingdom. It is my int= ention to subscribe £50 towards this railway, not one penny of which will be available if any other company is chosen but that of the London & North-Western Company, and I may add that if a canvas were to be made of all the tradesman and manufacturers, and 1 will throw in the inhabitants genera= lly, 9 out of 10 would prefer the London and North Western Railway. Company.-I am yours truly,



11th December 1880


Lord Forester, of Willey Park, has addressed the follo= wing letter to the tenantry on his estate:—= 221; I hoped to have been able during my stay at Wiley this autumn to have had the pleasure of seeing all my tenants, which would have enabled me to speak to = them on the Act of Parliament recently passed respecting hares and rabbits. I am afraid I must give up the hope I entertained of seeing you in person, and talking the question over with you, since an attack of bronchitis precludes= any sustained exertion of voice. With regard to the question of game, I feel I = can approach the subject without any misgivings. From the Willey Estate no head= of game has ever been sold; it has been my endeavour to distribute it to all a= nd each of my tenants and friends, with fairness and liberality. This has been= the custom on the estate for generations, and when no Act of Parliament such as= the one above alluded to, could have been foreseen. I feel confident, therefore, that the Act will not disturb those terms of kindly feeling and good which = has ever characterised so happily and uniformly our relations as landlord and tenants, and which the authors of the present Act hoped to destroy. With re= gard to rabbits, it is not my intention to confine you to a share of them; for t= he future the power to kill them on your respective holdings shall be solely a= nd entirely in your own hands, unless the rabbits become too numerous, or in regard to such rabbits as

I or my friends may come across in our day’s sho= oting. With regard to hares, I feel confident that your sense of honour and good f= eeling will induce you to provide reasonable sport for your landlord. Dec. 1, 1880.”


11th December 1880



Sir,- I have today been testing the figures and inclin= ation of gradients as set forth on the official lithographed plans of the proposed Broseley railway, which have been placed for public reference at the house = of the parish clerk of Broseley. The counterparts of these documents were deposited on Tuesday in the Private Bills office of Par= liament., the day before they were first submitted to the committee and purpose, I presume, to be a true statement of what they are supposed to represent

The total length of the line is stated on the lithogra= phed plans to be 1 mile 4 furlongs 6.54 chains, and it is also stated there that= the line rises one in forty for its entire length, excepting over the Severn Bridge, where it is level and at the Broseley termination, where for a short distance it is nearly level, rising one in two hundred. The viaduct and bri= dge crosses the entire width of the Severn Valley at a height = of 89 feet above the average height of the River Severn and would form a more magnificent and imposing structure than most people are= aware of.

A distance of about a quarter of a mile is occupied by= the piece of line on the Madeley the river, and by the level bridge, and after = deducting from the remainder the short bit of nearly level line at the Broseley end, = we have left, as nearly as possible, a mile and a quarter of line, or 6,600 fe= et, within which distance the railway has to rise from the level of the Severn Bridge to the site of the proposed Broseley station, which is, as nearly as= I can ascertain, about 280 feet, involving a continuous gradient of about one= in 23½.

It may be presumed that all who are interested in this scheme wish for correct information, and will consider that, no good can re= sult from evading or mistating difficulties of gradi= ents.

In the present case difficulties exist, and incorrect statements respecting them have been made in an official document lodged in= the Private Bills office of Parliament.

The engineer who plotted the line, as well as Mr. W. B= urnet, will, I dare say; be glad to explain how these grave errors have arisen.

The range of selection for the exact position of the l= ine within the limits of divergence could only affect or reduce the gradient to= a small extent, an extent so trifling as to be almost immaterial. I believe t= hat with scarcely an exception, the promoters of the Broseley Railway were unacquainted with the incorrect statements of the gradients till after the completion of the plans, and their lodgment in = the Private Bills office. My estimate of a rise of 260 feet from the Railway Se= vern Bridge level to the level of the site of the station at Broseley may not be exact ; it has been ascertained, partly from aneroid measure and in not fro= m an actual survey, and I believe it is nearly correct. It is obvious that a con= tinuous gradient of one in forty must be wholly inaccurate, and insufficient, for t= hat would imply a difference of level of only 254 feet between the average heig= ht of the surface of the Severn at the prop= osed railway bridge, and the proposed site of the Broseley Station. I am, sir, y= ours faithfully,

GEORGE MAW, Benthall Hall, near Br= oseley.

Dec. 7, 1880.


11th December 1880



Sir,—It appears to me that there is on the commi= ttee for promoting the Broseley Railway, members who differ in their views as to which of the rival companies is to have the contract for the railway. There must be unanimity if this scheme is ever to see the light. It is an old say= ing but none the less true that “Too many cooks spoil the broth.” T= he thanks of all are due to the enterprising and unflagging spirit shewn by the joint secretaries of the committee, Messrs W Burnet and F H Potts. It is a = pity that the members of the committee are not actuated by the same zeal and unanimity. The future fortunes of this rapidly rising district are bound up= in this matter of a railway and this ought to be the guiding spirit of every member of the committee and not rival sympathies for one or other of the companies.—I remain, yours

AN EMPLOYER, Broseley.


11th December 1880



Sir,—I was sorry to read in the Express last week the result of the meeting of the committee for promoting the Broseley railway. Surely a small and insignificant error of judgment on the part of the railway officials is no reason why the whole sc= heme should be allowed to collapse. The news I can assure you, spread like wildf= ire throughout the town, and I am informed that certain tradesmen and manufactu= rers are so annoyed and disgusted at the failure that they are contemplating giv= ing up business in the district rather than put up with this state of things and the inconvenience and expense consequent upon insufficient rail way accommodation. If this threat is carried out it will be a bad day for Brose= ley. Surely it would be no difficult matter to avoid the encroachment respecting= the works of the Messrs. Maw and Co., without throwing up the scheme altogether= . I may add the decision has created intense and widespread dissatisfaction thr= oughout the whole district, and will assuredly end in a wholesale migration of tradesmen and others, a thing to be deplored, and I trust the difficulty may yet be surmounted.- I am, yours truly,



11th November 1880


BENJAMIN WILLIAM V ENOCH DAVIES.- This was a claim of = 17s 6d for work done, plaintiff having been employed by defendant on a “tack” job to carry cinders for a farmer named Colebatch at Swinney. The parties come from Jackfield. Mr Thorneycroft appeared fore the defendant. After hearing the evidence of plaintiff and Reynold Benton, and defendant and= Mr Colebatch, a verdict was given for plaintiff with cos= ts of an adjournment.

A CLAIM FOR A WEIGHING MACHINE.- Mr F G Beddoes, ironm= onger, Ironbridge, claimed of William Pugh, beerhouse keeper Broseley, £4 12s 9d, the value of a weighing machine supplied. Mr Carra= ne appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr Thorneycroft for defendant, who paid 7s = 9d into court. Mr Beddoes explained that in September last, under the New …..


11th December 1880


“We understand that the Committee of the Brosele= y Wood Mission-room have decided to open the Mission-room, 1st as a mixed infants School, 2nd as a room for Church Services, 3rd as a Working Men’s Reading-room when funds will permit = but that a sum of £80 is still required to defray the expenses incurred on the building and furnishing the room.”

NATIONAL SCHOOLS.—A grand concert was given in t= he above schools on Friday last, under the distinguished patronage of the Right Hon. Lord Forester, C T W Forester, Esq, M.P., = A H Brown, Esq, M.P., the Rev G F Lamb (Rector of Broseley), His Worship the Mayor of Wenlock (T H Thurs= fleld, Esq, J.P.), W Nicholas, Es= q, J.P., E W Shorting, Esq, H Bathurst, Esq, Dr Thursfield, I Watts, Esq= , and other influential gentlemen. The artists were as follows :—Pianoforte, Mr John Matthias, Organist of Brymbo Parish Church; flu= te, Mr Joseph Nicklin; clarinets, Messrs H and E Wase; cornets, Messrs Nicklin and H Wase; sopranos, M= rs W Close, Miss

S J, and Miss M Street; contralto, Miss E G Street; te= nors, Mr H Wase, E Wase, = and J Pountney; basses, Messrs J Nicklin, J H Smith, and W Close. The room was we= ll filled, extra chairs having to be got far the reserved seats. The following’ excellent programme was very creditably gone through:̵= 2;





Sir,—As considerable misapprehension exists as t= o the cause of the abandonment of our railway and as several misstatements were m= ade at the last meeting of our committee, I beg leave to call your attention to= the following copy of a letter I have received from Edward Wilson, Esq, M.I.C.S.

I also append extracts from local paper of October 23r= d. Further comment is needless.—Yours

WILLIAM BURNET. Broseley, Shrop= shire,

December 8th, 1880.

“ 9, Victoria, Chambers, Westminster,

“4th December, 1880.

“ Dear Sir,- I have seen Mr Davies, who has info= rmed me of what took place at the last meeting of your committee. There appears = to have been considerable misunderstanding on two or three points, and in consequence of a certain resolution with reference to the line having been = laid out, not in accordance with their views or intentions, I beg to call your attention to the following facts :—

“In the first place, you must be aware my instructions, were to lay the line out, simply in the interest of the London and North-W= estern in the present instance. You, being anxious to obtain the support of that company whose interest it is to come to Broseley, if it is to the interest = of any railway company, and not losing sight of the probability of the line be= ing extended to Wenlock, thus giving the London and North-Western another route into South Wales, hence the omission of a junction with the Severn Valley, = but this object was not, lost sight of, and which can be effected by commencing from a point on the proposed line nearly opposite Mr P= restage’s works, running through Calcutts, parallel to the Severn Valley, and so on to Ironbridge, thus affording additional means of communication with the sidin= gs of the existing traders in the neighbourhood, but to have shown such juncti= on or intention in the present instance would have effectually destroyed any c= hance of London and North-Western support towards making the undertaking, and who= are more likely to venture into the district than the Great Western,

“With reference to the crossing of the river, my instructions were to avoid any interference with the Anstice property, which was done, and practically fixed the point of junction at its commencement. = When I saw you and Mr Potts together at Ironbridge the Western Valley or Dingle route was discussed, and pronounced undesirable, for reasons which were then stated, the crossing ………..


18th December 1880


We have authority for announcing that not withstanding= the unexpected attitude of certain alleged friends and sympathisers in favour of the Broseley Railway scheme, that all the arrangements for pushing the Bill through Parliament are completed, and that a strong committee is at work to carry out the preliminary arrangements. The inhabitants of Broseley and district may therefore rely upon a successful result in favour of the schem= e. The energy and determination Shown by the joint secretaries, Messrs. W. BUR= NET and F. H. POTTS, are deserving of the highest commendation. We are quite su= re that in their hands the scheme will be carried to a successful issue. We are also much pleased to hear that. Mr. PRESTON DAVIES is also rendering most valuable assistance. The prospects of success, on the whole, are highly encouraging, and the inhabitants generally have every reason to be assured = that the London and North-Western Company will carry the scheme to a successful termination.



The first of the fortnightly meetings of the was held = on Wednesday evening at the Town Hall, when there were present—Dr. T G Thursfield (chairman), Messrs. G Maw, H P Dunnill, H M .Bathurst, P Jones, = R Burton, and P. Rushton; Mr Owen Harries., clerk, and Mr G Ledger, surveyor. The min= utes of the last meeting were read and confirmed.


The plan of the proposed cemetery and road to Jackfiel= d was produced, and a somewhat desultory conversation took place on the subject, = in the course of which. Mr Jones suggested another site, which however it was thought would interfere with the road to Jackfield, which is one of the main points of the scheme, and independent which it was considered that the new cemetery  would probably be ma= de near the pariah church.

The Clerk read several extracts from the Acts relating= to cemeteries and burials.

The Chairman reported that he and Mr Dunnill had writt= en to the Bishop in respect of the on Church on the Hill, to which the Bishop had replied that he had no power to grant their request.

Mr Rushton thought as the trade was so had ands the to= wn going down it could not stand the expense

Ultimately the matter was deferred, the Clerk being instructed to write to the Local Government Board asking if the, cost of the road could be included in the amount of the loan for the Cemetery.


Mr Jones reported that the lamps had been fixed near t= he Coalford Chapel.

The Surveyor was requested to see the Surveyor of Bent= hall and to attend to a couple of dangerous crossings of the brook near the Pitt’s Yard. Mr Rushton and Mr Massey, the engineer, would attend on = the following day to select places for the hydrants for the water supply, and he (Mr Rushton) wished the Board would meet him. After a conversation, it was unanimously decided that the matter should be left in Mr Rushton’s hands.

Mr Bradeley attended to co= mplain that the pit which he and his partner were working near the New Road was flooded by a sewer whi= ch carried the surface water from the road being stopped and overflowing, and that they had been put to great expense-in consequence of having to raise the water, = and in clearing the drain.

It appeared that the place in question was the natural course of the water, and that the drain had been put in by the Coalbrookdale Company to relive their pit, and the Clerk advised the Board that it was not for them to remedy the matter. The Board expressed their sympathy with Mr <= span class=3DSpellE>Bradeley.

Mr W Hudson attended to complain of the offensive smel= l from a road culvert near his door at Barratt’s Hill, and which it appeared arose from the drain lower down the hill. Mr Hudson said he bad a case of scarlet fever in the house, and that Dr. Bartlam attributed the attack to the effect of this drain. The Board instructed that the Inspector of Nuisances should examine into the matter.


Mr Maw said that notices had been served on him and ot= hers in connection with thee Broseley Railway. As the committee had abandoned the scheme, they had thought it was all done with, and they were very much surprised to find the matter was going on. He brought the matter forward because the Board had passed a resolution at the October meeting approving = of a railway connection for Broseley in connection with the London and North-Western Railway Compan= y, and as he believed the members of that board disapproved of the Scheme, he thou= ght they should qualify that resolution or rescind it.

A conversation took place on the matter, during which = the Chairman, who was chairman of the railway committee, said that the committee had abandoned the scheme and had paid the Parliamentary solicitors accordin= g to the agreement, and held their receipt, and that no one had any authority fr= om them to proceed in the matter.  &= nbsp;       .

Mr Rushton remarked that they could not rescind a reso= lution without notice, as had been ruled in his case, and eventually Mr Maw gave notice that he would move a resolution on the subject at the next meeting.<= /p>

The Clerk stated that he had received a copy of the no= tice asking that the Board fill up the blanks as to whether they approved, were opposed to, or  were mentioned= the matter, and asking instructions. He was directed to sign the paper, acknowl= edging its receipt, but leaving the questions blank.


18th December 1880



Sir,—I notice in your journal of the 11th, a let= ter from Mr Maw, on the Gradients of the Broseley Railway, as laid down by Mr Wilson.

It would be presumption on my part to pretend to defen= d Mr Wilson or his plans, he being fully able to take care of himself.

But, as I am invited to express an opinion, I think I = may venture to predict that Mr Maw, as an authority on Gradients, will be found= to be as unreliable as he is on running powers,–I am, sir, yours faithfu= lly,

WM. BURNET. Broseley, Shropshire,

December 16th, 1880.




Sir,—I am informed that, notwithstanding the ext= raordinary proceedings of Dr. Thursfield and the Messrs. Maw, that the scheme for is railway to Broseley is being persevered with, and at there is a prospect of success. It is a fortunate circumstance that we have so much persevering ability in our town as embodied in the able and gallant conduct of Messrs. Burnet and Potts, and God  spe= ed their efforts.—I am, Sir,





Sir,—While admitting the, ability of Mr George M= aw to enquire into the gradients of a railway scheme, I must prefer the able and well-known experience of Mr Wilson, the London and North-Western Company’s engineer, who is computed to be one of the most practical e= ngineers of the day, and a gentleman whose talent in the profession are acknowledged= by the cleverest engineers of our day. As a holder of £1,000 worth of sh= ares in the London and North-Western Company, I have had opportunities of judging his masterly skill and fitness to propound a scheme to meet the convenience and requirem= ents of the district With regard to a railway, without endangering the reliabili= ty of gradients, which is always an important consideration in such schemes. In his hands we may confidently leave such matters, and rely upon his matured skill and practical judgment.— I am, yours= ,




25th December 1880



J. H. PLIMLEY TAKES the opportunity of thanking his nu= merous patrons for the support he has received since his commenced business, and b= egs to solicit a continuance of past favours; in doing so he would call their attention to his large and varied Stock of GENERAL HOUSEHOLD GOODS, which f= or quality and Cheapness challenge all competition. 


HARDWARE.—Fenders, &c., Candlesticks, Bucket= s, Bath Tins, Coal Hods, Hand Bowls, Muslin Kettle= s, Oval ditto, Tea ditto, Saucepans all sorts, Meat Tins, Bonnets and Dutch Ov= ens, Watering cans, Toilet Cans, Slop Pails Frying Pans, Colanders, Tea and Coff= ee Pots, Breakfast Cans, Skimmers, Gravy Strainers, Bread Tins, Dustpans, Iron Stands, Smoothing Irons, Sets of Trays, Waiters, Blow-bellows, Door Mats, B= rass and Wood Taps, Brooms and Brushes, &.

CHINA AND WARE.—Dinner Services, Breakfast ditto, Tea-ditto, Toilet Sets, Mugs, Jugs, Teapots.

GLASS. —Water Bottles, Tumblers, Wines, Spirits, Hock and Claret.

HOSIERY.—Crochet Cotton, ,Knitting ditto, Darning ditto, Machine ditto, Sewing ditto, Machine Fittings,  Sewing, Needles, Machine ditto, Da= rning ditto, Knitting ditto, Crochet ditto, Knitting Pins, Men’s. Women’s & Children’s Hose, Braces, Garters, W= ools of all sorts &c, &c.

BOOTS AND SHOES.— Ladies’ E. S.  Boots, Ladies’ Lace ditto. Men’s E. S. ditto, Men’s Lace Ditto, = Men’s Watertights, Boys’ E. S Boots,, Boys̵= 7; Lace ditto, Girl’s E. S. ditto, Girl’s Lace, ditto, Children’s ditto (various sizes) , Felt and Carpet Slippers.

STATIONARY.—Ledgers, Day Books, Order ditto, Memorandum ditto, Writing Paper, Envelopes, Pens and Pencils, Inks, Blotting Paper, Bill ditto, Exercise Books, Copy ditto, Dictation ditto, Spelling di= tto, Children’s  ditto, Slate= s and Pencils, Albums, Photo Frames, &c. &c.


FANCY AND GENERAL.- Brooches, Earrings, Necklets, Studs and Sleeve Links, Cruet Frames, Table Mats, Splash ditto, Knives and Forks, Butchers’ Knives, Pruning ditto. Pocket ditto, Combs (all kind= s) Key Rings, Corkscrews, Champagne Nippers, Watch Keys, Concertinas, Hanging Lamps, Duplex ditto. Table ditto,  Silver Baskets,, Clothes Ditto, Market ditto, Fancy ditto, Picnic Di= tto, Butchers ditto, Flaskets, Satchels, Clothes Lines, Ditto Pegs, Dollies, &am= p;c &c

A large assortment of Clocks and Timepieces on hand; a guarantee of twelve months is given with the sale of each one.

N.B. Clocks, Watches, Timepieces, Jewellery, Meat Jack= s, Hardware Goods, &c., &c., cheaply, efficiently and promptly repaire= d.

All goods are sold at LOWEST PRICES POSSIBLE, quick sa= le, small profits, being my motto.





25th December 1880


The town of Broseley at the present time is in a state of great anxiety and uneasiness, brought about by the decision at the recent meeting of the committee in connection = with the proposed scheme for a railway to the town. Certainly there have been a = few vicissitudes on the part of one or two of the members of that committee suc= h as we never expected to see or hear. The gentlemen referred to are well known = to all who placed confidence in the success of the undertaking, and the fact t= hat they are men of position and influence by virtue of their long connection w= ith the town seemed to warrant such confidence. These gentlemen have hitherto filled their respective positions with credit and ability. It is to be regretted that they did not pursue the same course in connexion with the sc= heme for a railway, having entered into the movement with earnestness and appare= nt enthusiasm and pledged themselves to work assiduously, they gained the conf= idence and co-operation of the inhabitants and tradesmen generally, and for a time= all went well and no scheme for a railway that ever came under our notice augur= ed so well for success as the scheme in question. The fact of the gentlemen be= ing widely known and living in the town, gave rise to a feeling that anything t= hat they could do to promote the prosperity of the town and trade of a Broseley would merit at their hands unanimous commendation and support. We do not de= ny that those feelings guided their proceedings up to a certain point—wh= en the plans of the railway were submitted for inspection it was considered th= at at a certain point in the proposed route, there would be an interference wi= th certain lands belonging to Messrs. MAW & Co. We have inspected the plan= s and we are forced to the conclusion that the difficulty could be easily surmoun= ted; but instead of proceeding to remedy this defect, what is the ill-judged con= duct and proceedings of the gentlemen referred to? They unexpectedly propose and carry a resolution to abandon the scheme altogether. It is not surprising t= hen that this decision went home to the hearts of the tradesmen and manufacture= rs with a suddenness and surprise that has given rise to a feeling of most int= ense disappointment. Subscriptions which had been promised towards the necessary expenses were by this peremptory, decision withheld altogether. It is said = that our respected Parliamentary representatives have not subscribed on this ver= y account. During the severe and widespread depression, especially in connection with agriculture, and which means reduced incomes to Lords et the Manor, and also seriously affects the incomes of tradesmen, it is surprising, though commendable to find that, with the exceptions named, all have subscribed mo= st handsomely, and those exceptions would have done so long ago, had not this ill-judged unwise, and denunciatory resolution been passed in so clandestin= e a manner. No such resolution ought to have been proposed without consulting t= he inhabitants in public meeting assembled, for the reason that they, or most = of them, had already put their hands in their pockets, and subscribed liberally towards the preliminary expenses. It was a public meeting that unanimously decided in favour of a railway, and it is nothing  more or less than an affront to the inhabitants, that what they deliberately sanctioned in public, meeting shou= ld be cast to the wind without giving them an opportunity of expressing their opinion on such a course, more especially upon an undertaking in favour of which they have made heavy sacrifices, and one which would, if carried to a successful issue, do more to improve the town and trade of Broseley than all the combined efforts of the past century put together. The abandonment of t= he scheme is the one theme of controversy among all classes, and there exists strong, and, in our opinion, justifiable feeling of indignation, and I hope that immediate steps will be taken to resuscitate the committee If this is = to be done care must be taken that those who sit on such committee must make up their mind to resist the temptation of adverse influence either of patrons = or false friends. We have too much of this system in our midst ; the one thing needful is to resist such influence with that spirit which becomes public m= en who profess to have at heart the welfare and prosperity of a town which has contributed in a large degree to the present proud position of the gentleme= n in question. The public good must be their motto, and no scheme, be it that of= a railway or an other project, can succeed if petty influence and narrow-mind= ed jealousies are allowed to warp the judgment and frustrate the consummation = of the dearest prize ever within the reach of a town whose manufactures have b= een honoured time after time in the exhibitions of the world’s’ industries. The London and North-Western Railway Company are aware, that a railway to Broseley is = not only a necessity, but would repay the venture. In other parts of the country this Company have extended their system with princely munificence, and such public spirit is not to be thwarted by the caprice of weak minded enthusias= ts, because they have discovered small and insignificant flaws in the plans eas= ily to be remedied, as shown in the able letter of Mr. WILSON, the talented engineer. This Company knows full well that 99 out of every 100 of the peop= le of Broseley and district are in favour of the scheme; that this Company are= in earnest may be judged by the fact that they have already served the requisi= te notices upon owners of property, and  it is a pity that such an insignificant episode as we have referred to should have arisen All has been done by the committee that can be done. The London and North-Western Company are no= w to do the rest. We have no doubt that the scheme will be carried out ; and when success is finally accomplished, we sho= uld not be at all surprised if the every first applicants for a ticket at the window would be the gentlemen who have failed to crush the scheme—one= of them perhaps hurriedly anxious to visit a suffering patient, the others anx= ious to reach the world’s exhibition where they may have the pleasure of receiving additional honours in proof of the excellenc= y of their tiles. We have time after time published in these columns statisti= cs showing the necessity for this railway, and obtained with strict regard to accuracy by personal enquiry. Apart from this, the people are unanimous in = its favour. They are overwhelmingly convinced that the future of Broseley will receive such an impulse by the boon, that they are prepared to sacrifice ev= ery stick if need be to push the scheme to a successful issue.  There are gentlemen connected with= the undertaking which have stuck to their work with a pluck and energy in the f= ace of the whims and caprice of one or two opposed to the scheme that is deserv= ing, and no double will receive due recognition, especially the energetic Mr BUR= NET, and those gentlemen of the committee who have steadily supported the scheme, and who since the passing of the resolution referred to, have still pushed = the matter forward; were they men of weak and vacillating policy they would have succumbed to the tactics adopted, but they are men of firmness and decision. Both are engaged in business requiring most of their time but in order to h= elp their fellow men in a cause which is to promote the trade and industry of t= heir native town they have sacrificed most valuable time in the promotion of this railway. Parliament we believe, will meet on the 6th January, and the- London and North-W= estern Railway Company will push the Bill through Parliament with all speed. If we, are disappointed in our prophecy we shall not be alone, but if, our predict= ions should turn out correct the action of those who moved the abandonment of the scheme will be treated at its proper value by the people of Broseley. We ho= pe, in the meantime, that every inhabitant of Broseley will seriously weigh the importance of this crisis in the history of the town and its industries and manufactures. Let every working man remember when he receives the miserable dole that he now receives in the shape of wages, that a railway would bring= him more work and better pay. Let the tradesman bear in mind, as he counts up h= is cash, that a railway will bring the stranger in the streets with money in h= is pockets to increase his diminished receipts, and let the man of property realise the fact that his houses are rapidly becoming tenantless, that rates and taxes are coming thick and fast upon him, with his already diminished incomes, and that his only hope is a railway to place the town in communica= tion with the great centres o population and civilisation to break down the monopolies and to develop the unlimited resources of the district, finding employment for the labourers, customers for the traders, and rent paying tenants for the property owners. We can assure the and = North  Western Company that, not withstanding this drawback, they may rely upon being backed up by all the weight and influence of the district. There is no doubt whatever of this. We trust now that the scheme is likely to be completed by the London and North Western Company that a= ll subscriptions will be forthcoming in order that there may be no drawbacks especially as we are now entering upon the most important event in connecti= on with the railway, viz., the opening of Parliament.