Chaddesley’s Origins

The village of Chaddesley Corbett is an ancient settlement with a prehistoric buriel mound and traces of a Roman road. Originally known as Chaddesley the name is thought to mean "Ceadda's clearing in the wood" and is first mentioned in a Saxon Charter of 816 when the land was given to the Bishop of Worcester in return for hospitality to the King of Mercia and his men. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book as belonging to a Saxon Noblewoman - and had two priests,  several corn mills, a population as large as Kidderminster and two saltpans in Droitwich for it's own use. After the Norman Conquest the Manor of Chaddesley was owned by the Corbett family who added their name to it’s title.  Later, church lands passed to the Earldom of Warwick and, eventually, to the Throckmortons of Coughton Court.


History Society

Wednesday, November 21st - 7.30pm Hereward the Wake - The Last True Englishman Max Keen Max's   latest   hero   really   did   exist,   and   showed   the   Normans   what   a   Saxon broadsword and double handed axe could do to a Norman skull. Hereward   was   a   landowner   in   the   Lincolnshire   area   (according   to   Domesday entries)   and   led   the   resistance   movement   based   at   Ely   against   the   Normans   in the 1060’s on a mission to reclaim his families land. It   is   Hereward   who   is   depicted   as   "the   strategists   dream   and   an   ideal   leader   of men".   Hereward   the   Wake   can   be   summed   up   as   –   hero,   myth   and   legend, indeed "the last true Englishman". Come   and   learn   about   the   skulduggery,   treachery,   blood-letting,   womanising and   Saxon   derring-do   from   the   time,   with   Max   in   full   Hereward   'gear'   wielding appropriate weaponry. Enquiries to Rob Blakeway 01562 777679 Email – Membership is £5 per year paid in a tri-yearly cycle. Admission to meeting – Members £2.50, Non-members welcome @ £3.50 FIND US ON FACEBOOK

Chaddesley - One Hundred Years Ago - November

November   2nd    We   are   promised   fires   in   the   church   next   Sunday;   last   Sunday at   church   seemed   a   pressing   invitation   for   the   “Flu.”   At   present,   Chaddesley has   kept   fairly   free   but   as   a   preventative,   the   Medical   Officer   of   Health   has closed all the schools for a fortnight. I   regret   to   hear   that   one   or   the   victims   of   influenza   is   Mrs.   Smith,   better   known to   us   as   Sarah   Aston   daughter   of   Mrs.   Aston,   of   Bluntingham.   Today   (Friday) the   news   has   been   received   that   her   husband,   P,   C.   Smith   of   the   Dudley   police Force, has also died. Corporal   Steve   Williams   sends   word   this   week   that   we   shall   have   a   Chaddesley Wake in 1919, as they have got Jerry completely beaten in France. Mr.   J   A   Sayers   (Talbot   Hotel),   has   raised   the   sum   of   five   guineas   towards   the Prisoners   of   War   Fund.   He   was   materially   assisted   by   the   following   items:   -   Mr. Page’s   “tatur,”   £1   0s.   6d;   Mr.   Penny’s   Pipe,   with   Mr.   D   Mann’s   share   of   the   gift, 17s.    6d.    and    Wicked    Gamblers,    £2    0s.    6d.    I    believed    the    latter    is    an anonymous club formerly hinted at as the “Crimson Ramblers.” Visitor   soldiers   this   week   include   Frank   Hemming,   Ernest   Matthews,   and   Jim Castle.   My   letter   bag   contains   good   news   of   Bill   Green,   Bill   Pain   and   Fred Millward.   Bill   Green’s   description   of   the   final   rout   of   the   Bulgars   is   blood- curdling to a large degree. November   16th    The   first   notes   of   Peace   were   proclaimed   to   us   by   the Birmingham   Steam   Sirens   at   about   10.50   on   Monday   morning.   With   tantalising persistency   our   telephone   wire   had   sulked   all   morning,   and   although   our   Post Office   Staff   stuck   cheerfully   to   their   task   it   was   late   before   we   got   the   official confirmation   of   the   good   news.   Chaddesley   accepted   it   all   with   one   long   drawn sigh   of   relief.   We   have   too   many   desolated   hearts   and   homes   to   feel   any   desire for   boisterous   mirth;   too   many   wives   and   mothers   who   stole   indoors   to   shed their   tear   in   sacred   secrecy.   The   depleted   band   of   ringers   got   together   as   soon as possible, and the old bells once more pealed forth unchecked. The   church   was   wonderfully   well   attended   for   an   impromptu   evening   service   . Then   we   were   all   soon   home   -   the   very   atmosphere   seemed   filled   with   a   silent peace.   In   the   quiet   moonlight,   I   stood   and   listened   to   some   far-distant   bells, and   fancied   I   heard   distant   voices   singing   the   last   strains   of   Gaul’s   Prize   Glee “The   Storm.”   Ah   !   List   o’er   the   grave   of   the   true   and   the   brave.   ‘Tis   the mermaid a-singing her sad dirge on the wave.” I   never   knew   we   possessed   so   many   flags   in   our   village.   Quite   a   brave   show appeared   magically   and   even   as   I   write   (Thursday),   no   one   shows   signs   of drawing   in   the   joy   colours.   We   are   just   beginning   to   realise   that   at   last   the grim spectre is no more hovering over us. Several   Chaddesleyites   glory   in   the   fact   that   they   received   Peace   as   a   Birthday Present.   Among   them   are   Mrs   Dennis   Fitch,   Mrs   Fred   Moris,   Mr   Sam   Grazier, Florrie Millward, Hilda Hemming and Tim Page Mr.   and   Mrs   Arthur   Pardoe,   of   Dorhall,   lost   their   only   child   by   death   on Wednesday.   It   was   a   dear   little   boy   of   only   two   years   of   age,   and   fell   a   victim to   the   dread   scourge   which   seems   to   be   sweeping   all   over   the   earth.   The sorrowing parents have our heartfelt sympathy. November   23rd    News   has   been   received   from   the   War   Office   that   John Dickinson   who   was   taken   prisoner   at   Katia   on   Easter   Sunday,   1915   has   been released    by    the    Turks    and    was    at    Alexandria,    on    Nov.    8th    Mr.    Dickinson (Bellington)   has   four   sons   in   the   Army,   and   they   are   fortunate   in   only   counting one   slight   wound   among   the   lot   -   that   one   wound   was   a   shot   in   the   arm   which John received at Gallipoli. November   30th    The   villagers   do   not   yet   seem   all   to   realise   that   darkened windows   are   a   war   horror.   If   Kidderminster   still   retains   its   gloomy   streets   at night   that   is   no   reason   why   Chaddesley   should   stay   its   progress.   “Let   there   be light! Several   owners   of   gardens   or   allotments   ask   me   to   voice   their   forcible   protest against   the   depredations   of   wandering   cattle,   sheep   and   pigs.   They   don’t   like to   be   unneighbourly,   but   they   have   been   so   scurvily   treated   and   suffered   so much   annoyance   and   loss   that   reprisals   are   on   the   board   now.   Owners   of   the offending   creatures   must   be   prepared   for   trouble   in   future   unless   their   ways (and fences) are mended. (A selection copied from Kidderminster Shuttle by CC Local History Society)

Contemporary History

Chaddesley Woods in Chaddesley Corbett became a Nature Reserve in 1973 through the generosity of Mr. John Cadbury. The reserve consists of 53 hectares of native oak woodland and 47 hectares of recent plantations of  young hardwoods and softwoods - which were added to show how wild life conservation can be intergrated with modern commercial management. A "Jubilee Walk" was introduced in 1977 to mark the 25th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne.  The walk is marked by yellow arrows - which indicate public rights of way - and by white arrows which indicate courtesy paths. There are Voluntary Wardens for the woods and the area is managed by the Nature Conservancy Council. The Woods are a special feature of the area and attract many visitors all through the year. Car parking by the roadside. Guard against thefts.
Chaddesley Corbett