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.
Wednesday, November 21st - 7.30pmHereward the Wake - The Last True EnglishmanMax KeenMax'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 – firstname.lastname@example.orgMembership is £5 per year paid in a tri-yearly cycle.Admission to meeting – Members £2.50, Non-members welcome @ £3.50FIND US ON FACEBOOK
Chaddesley - One Hundred Years Ago - November
November 2ndWe 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 16thThe 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 PageMr. 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 23rdNews 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 30thThe 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)
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.