Extracts from

Wellington Journal & Shrewsbury News




relating to Broseley and District






Broseley Local History Society


1st January 1894


WESLEYAN BAND OF HOPE.— On Wednesday evening, the members of this society held a meeting in the Gospel Rooms. There was a fair attendance. Mr. James E. Hartshorne occupied the chair. Excellent addresses were delivered by the chairman and Mr. E. B. Benson, representative for Shropshire of the United Kingdom Alliance. Suitable hymns were sung and recitations given by the members. Miss E. Suart presided at the harmonium.

BROSELEY CHARITIES.— On St. Thomas’s Day, 46 widows received tickets for warm clothing, varying in value from 5s. to 7s. each, from the Pritchard Charities, and 19 old men received a flannel waistcoat, each value 2s. 8d., from the Oare Charity. At Christmastide 32 poor people received 3d. each from the Langley Charity, 41 widows 4s. each from the Cotton Charity, and 45 widows 1s. 6d. each from the Barrett Charity; 100 aged men and women also received 1s. each from the Christmas Day offertory at the Parish Church. The whole of the above charities were distributed by the Rector (Rev. G. F. Lamb), who, with the churchwardens, is trustee for the same.

SANITARY COMMITTEE, Wednesday.—Present : Councillor G. H. Maw (chairman), Aldermen H. P. Dunnill and J. Burroughs, Councillors J. A. Exley, P. Jones, R. Instone, and W. Southorn, Messrs. J. Rigg (on behalf of the clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), and N. T. Hartshorne (collector).—With regard to the infectious diseases hospital, Councillor Exley reported that the sub-committee appointed to inspect the Fish Houses and report on the repairs required, considered that so much would have to he done to the houses and the approach to them to make the place suitable, that they did not think it advisable to spend any money on them, and that it would be far better to build a new place than to repair the Fish Houses. Councillors Jones and Instone agreed with this. The Chairman suggested that the matter should stand over for a month, and that the members of the committee make inquiries in the meantime as to any place in the neighbourhood that could be made suitable. This was agreed to.— The Chairman read Mr. Shaw’s report on the Haycop source of water supply, from which it appeared there was very little water there, and any further expenditure on this source would be wasted. The expense of testing the quantity and sinking the well deeper was about £13 10s., the payment of which was sanctioned.—Alderman Dunnill asked if there was any other source of supply in the neighbourhood, and the Chairman stated that Councillor Mear had suggested the Willey Park Spring.—The matted was eventually deferred for inquiries to be made as to any other source.—With regard to the Jackfield scheme, the Clerk stated that it was now necessary to await the expiration of the three months’ notice allowed for the service of objections, and at the end of that time the matter would be proceeded with.—The Chairman stated that a meeting of the sub-committees of the Broseley and Benthall divisions had been held to consider the matter of the Benthall Brook, but the Benthall sub-committee could not see their way to agree to the suggestion of the Broseley committee The matter was deferred for the present.


20th January 1894


THE REV. L. C. A. MOUTON has erected at Barrow, near Broseley, a memorial cross of white marble over his son’s grave, with the money collected for his testimonial, and also one over his daughter’s grave at Torquay. This, no doubt, will be pleasing and satisfactory to the subscribers. The inscription on the cross at Barrow is— “In loving memory of Cecil Hope Ludoric Mouton, born February 26th, 1875, died September 29th, 1893. ‘He was not, for God took him.”


20th January 1894


UNIVERSITY INTELLIGENCE.—Amongst the successful candidates at the recent competitive examination for Classical Exhibitions at Queen’s College, Cambridge, appears the name of Mr. G. H. C. Shorting, of Broseley.

EVENINGS FOR THE PEOPLE.— On Thursday evening, a very successful entertainment was given in the Gospel Rooms, under the presidency of Mr. B. Suart. There was an over-crowded audience. The Rev. C. Wood (Wesleyan minister), of Madeley, gave an excellent address in reference to “Salvation.” Mr. B. Suart also made a stirring speech. The following programme was admirably gone through, each item being enthusiastically received:— Piano duet (encored) Misses Exley and Stuart; song. “Three Sailor Boys” (encored), Mr. H. Wase; vocal duet, “Friendship,” Misses and F. Suart; flute duet (encored), Messrs. Wase and Aston; song, “True Blue” (encored), Mr. H. Wase; reading, “Voiceless Chimes,” Miss Edge flute duet (encored), Messrs. Wase and Aston; piano duet (encored), Misses Exley and Suart; Doxology. The Misses Exley and Suart divided the accompaniments.

BALL.— A. highly successful ball in connection with the Quadrille Class took place at the Town Hall on Wednesday evening, when the arrangements were admirably carried out; by the committee:-Messrs. A, Burnett, A. Dixon, G. W. Francis, W. Garbett, C. Haughton, J. H. Jones, G. Moore, E. Oakes, A. Wilde, and S. Wood. Mr. A. Dixon made a most indefatigable hon. sec., whilst the duties of M.C. were ably carried out by Messrs. W. Francis and G. Moore. Refreshments were supplied by Mrs. Cullis, and the band was conducted by Mr. C. F. Trevor (Wenlock). The room was beautifully decorated. Among those present and who had taken tickets were—Miss Parrish, Miss Garbett, Mr. T. and Miss Ralphs, and Miss Skillington (Shrewsbury), Mr. Maynard, Misses F. and S. Mordike (Bridgnorth), Mr. W. Phillips  (Ironbridge), Mrs. Evens, Miss Burnett, Miss Oakes, Miss Lewis, Mr. J. R. Griffiths, Mr. B. Nicklin, Mr. F, Oakley, Mr. W. Jones (Jackfield), Mr. W. G. Dawes, Miss V. Griffiths (Ironbridge), Miss Nicklin, Mrs. Cullis, Miss Moore, Miss Dixon, Mr. Wylde, Miss Mear, Miss Davis, Miss Everall, Mr. and Mrs. E. Davis, Messrs. H. J. and W. T. Jones (Madeley), Mr. T. Dorsett, Mr. H. R. Duncan, Mr. and the Misses Onions (Madeley), Mrs. Adcock (Ironbridge), Mr. Smitheman, Messrs. A. Burnett, S. Wood, E. Oakes, J. H. Jones, Moore, A. Dixon, G. W. Francis, W. Garbett, &c.


27th January 1894


SUDDEN DEATH.— Early on Thursday morning, Mr. Thomas White, saddler, of High Street, somewhat unexpectedly passed away. The deceased had an attack of paralysis some short time back, but he apparently recovered from that, and was able to attend to business. He was much respected by all who knew him, and leaves a widow and five children, for whom much sympathy is felt.

WESLEY AN HOME MISSIONS.— On Sunday, two sermons were preached at the Wesleyan Chapel by the Rev. J. C. Brewer, of Dawley. On Monday evening a public meeting was held in the chapel, under the presidency of Mr. B. Suart, of Alison House, Broseley. Excellent addresses were delivered by the Chairman, the Revs. C. Wood (Madeley), J. Gilbert (Madeley Wood), and J. C. Brewer. Suitable hymns were creditably sung by the choir, and Mr. J. A. Hartshorne efficiently presided at the harmonium. There was a good attendance on each occasion, and collections, amounting to about £2 10s., were taken in aid of the Wesleyan Home Missions.

PLEASANT SUNDAY AFTERNOON.— The first of a series of meetings in connection with the Church Army Mission was held in Legge’s Hill School on Sunday afternoon. The meeting, which lasted about an hour, was of a very interesting and instructive character. Captain Rowley gave an earnest address from the words, “Thy word is pure,” and engaged in prayer, after which Mr. H. E. Clark (head-master of Broseley Schools) gave with much feeling a reading entitled “Death of Absalom.” He also gave an excellent rendition of the solo, “He shall feed His flock.” Mr. J. Nicklin followed with a reading, “Pitfalls of Life,” and the solo, “O rest in the Lord,” both of which were ably executed. Hymns were also heartily sung by those present, and a very pleasant and profitable hour was thus spent. The accompaniments upon the American organ were divided between Messrs. H. E. Clark and J. Nicklin.

EVENINGS FOR THE PEOPLE.— One of the most successful entertainments given this season was held in the Gospel Rooms on Thursday evening, under the presidency of Mr. B. Suart, who delivered an admirable address upon “Patience, Perseverance, and Self-reliance.” There was an overflowing audience. The following programme was capitally gone through, and from the numerous encores so enthusiastically demanded was highly appreciated:— Piano solo, Mr. F. Wilson; glee (encored), Messrs. Wase, Nicklin, and Garbett; song (encored), Miss Bartlam; violin solo (encored), Miss Fox; glee (encored), Messrs. Wase, Nicklin, and Garbett; piano solo (encored), Mr. F. Wilson; reading, Mrs. J. Hartshorne; song, Miss Bartlam; violin solo (encored), Miss Fox; glee, “Dame Durden” (encored), Messrs. Wase, Nicklin, and Garbett; Doxology. Miss E. Suart and Mr. F. Wilson divided the accompaniments upon the piano-forte.


Before J. Bodenham (mayor), A. B. Dyas, and W. Y. Owen, Esqrs. DRUNKENNESS.—For this offence the following were summoned:— Henry Beddow, at Jackfield, by Police-constable Austin, fined 7s. 6d. and costs; Ann Pinner and Benjamin Buckley, at Jackfield, by Police-constable Austin, dismissed, with a caution; Samuel Morris, at Ironbridge, by Police-constable Eveson, fined 2s. 6d. and costs; Edward Tench, at Broseley, by Police-constable Harris, fined 5s. and costs; Joseph Preece, at Broseley, by Police-constable Harris, fined 10s., including costs; Thomas Davies, at Much Wenlock, by Police-constable Durnall, fined 10s., including costs; William Vickers Trumper, drunk on licensed premises, at Much Wenlock, Sergeant Darbyshire, fined 5s. and costs.

SCHOOL CASE—George Lee, of Ironbridge, was summoned for neglecting to send his child to school. Mr. T. Jones (attendance officer) proved the case, and Lee was fined 5s.

THE TRACTION ENGINE FATALITY.—James Blockley, Wellington, was summoned for being drunk whilst in charge of a traction engine, on the 27th ult. Mr. Carrane (Wellington), defended.—Sergeant Davies (Dawley) said from what he had heard he went to the New Works, Little Wenlock, in company with Police-constable Adams, and when he got there about 4-30 in the afternoon he found in the middle of the highway a traction engine and thrashing box, and close by was lying the dead body of a man. He saw Blockley there in a drunken condition; he was not in a fit state to go on with the engine. Witness eventually gave his consent for the son of Mr. Brassington (owner of the engine) to proceed with the engine. The defendant was the driver of the engine. — Police-constable Adams corroborated, as also did Police-constable Cumpstone.— Thomas Jones, butcher, New Works, who was summoned for the prosecution, stated that he saw the defendant on the day in question; he had undoubtedly had a drop of beer, yet he considered him to be competent to go on with the work.— This was the case for the prosecution, and Mr. Carrane contended that in view of the evidence of the last witness the case should be dismissed, but the Bench decided to go on with the case. — The defendant then stated that he had been an engine driver for 14 years. He was not a teetotaller, and on the day in question he only called at one public-house, and had a sip out of a quart. He was not drunk.—Charles Brassington, proprietor of the engine, stated that he never saw the defendant the worse for beer, and he saw him on the day in question.— William Swain (a roadman employed by the County Council.), Ephraim Morris, John Poulter. (flagman), and Thomas Powell all gave evidence in favour of the defendant.— The Bench retired, and on returning the Mayor said they had carefully considered the case, and had decided to give defendant the benefit of the doubt.


20th January 1894


CHOIR CONCERT.— The Linley Church Choir gave a very successful concert in the Mission Room, Linley Villa, on the 18th and 19th inst. The room was well filled both evenings. The proceeds (£5 10s. 6d.) were for providing an outing for the choir in the summer. The performers acquitted themselves well, and gave much satisfaction. Mr. T. Hall ably presided at the piano.



3rd February 1894


PLEASANT SUNDAY AFTERNOON.— The second of a series of these interesting gatherings, organised by Captain Rowley, of the Church Army Mission, was held at Legge’s Hill School on Sunday afternoon. There was a fair attendance. Mr. William Francis occupied the chair. Captain Rowley having engaged in prayer, Mr. W. Garbett sang “Out of great tribulation,” which was well rendered. Mr. John Pountney next gave a reading, entitled “The Working Men of the Bible,” which was much appreciated. Captain Rowley followed with an admirable address upon “Christian Work,” after which Messrs. J. and W. Garbett, G. W. Francis, and George Aston gave, with telling effect, the duet and quartet, “Blessed is he.” The Chairman also gave with much pathos and power a poetical reading, entitled “The Martyrs,” and at the conclusion of the meeting he expressed the pleasure it had given him to be present on that occasion, and trusted this P.S.A. thus inaugurated would be successful. Several hymns were heartily sung by those present, and a very enjoy able and profitable hour was thus spent. Mr. G. W. Francis ably presided at the American organ.


3rd February 1894


MISSIONARY SERVICE.— On Sunday, two able sermons were preached in the Parish Church by the Rev. J. W. Dixon (secretary of the Church Missionary Society). The musical portion of the services was admirably executed by the choir. Mr. Theo. Watkis ably presided at the organ. The congregations were not large, and the collections taken in aid of the Church Missionary Society were proportionately small.

ENTERTAINMENT.— On Wednesday evening, a company of 33 children from the Madeley Wood Wesleyan Day School gave an excellent entertainment in the Gospel Rooms, in aid of the Funds of the Broseley Wesleyan Band of Hope. Mr. J. E. Hartshorne presided, and in the interval explained the objects of the society. At the close, be said that as they had had such a good entertainment, he would propose a vote of thanks to Mr. Southouse, who ably conducted and accompanied on the pianoforte, and the school children who had acquitted themselves so well. Mr. W. Edge, seconded the proposition in a neat speech. There was a crowded audience.

RENT AUDIT.— Lord Forester’s annual rent audit took place on Thursday at the Lion Hotel, when precisely at 12 o’clock Alderman T. H. Thursfield (agent) was in attendance, and received the rents. It might be stated that a short time ago his lordship made a general reduction in the rents, and notwithstanding this fact, on the present occasion he allowed a temporary reduction in the rents, dealing with each case upon its merits. At three o’clock nearly 100 sat down to a capital repast provided by the esteemed hostess (Mrs. Haughton). Alderman Thursfield presided, and the vice-chairs were occupied by Mr. Francis Davies and Mr. T. Shaw. The cloth removed, the Chairman submitted “The Queen,” which was duly honoured.— Mr. E. Gough (Bould), in eulogistic terms, then proposed the health of Lord and Lady Forester, which was well received.— Mr. Thursfield, in acknowledging the compliment, remarked that he was sure they would he glad to learn that Lord Forester was very well indeed, and that Lady Forester, who had been dangerously ill, was very much better. He hoped she would soon be restored to her usual health. (Applause.) — Song, Mr. J. Garbett.— Song, Mr. Homer Wase.— Mr. J. Williams appropriately proposed the health of the Hon. Cecil Forester and family, and this toast was received with cheers.— Song, Mr. J. Nicklin.— Song, Mr. T. Shaw.— Song, Mr. F. Davies.— Mr. F. Davies proposed “The Mayor and Corporation of Wenlock.”—Song, Mr. Boden. — Song, Mr. Raby.—Song, Mr. J. Mears.—Mr. F. Davies submitted the health of the chairman, which was drank with musical honours, and Mr. Thursfield suitably replied.—The company then separated.


10th February 1894


On Monday, the usual quarterly meeting of the Council for the borough of Wenlock was held at the Guildhall, when there were present—Aldermen J. Bodenham (mayor), J. A. Anstice, R. E. Anstice, J. Burroughs, A. B. Dyas, and H. P. Dunnill, Councillors T. Cooke, R. Instone, S. Massie, T. J. Barnett, Evan Price. W. Y. Owen, G. H. Maw, E. F. Groves, A. Grant, W. Allen, P. Weston, W. J. Jeffrey, C. C. Bruff, P. Jones, G. Lloyd, J, Wilkinson, and E. L. Squire; Messrs. F. H. Potts (borough treasurer), G. Stevenson (surveyor), and G. C. Cooper (town clerk).

FINANCIAL. — The Mayor said the Finance Committee had met that morning and examined the accounts and bills due, and recommended the payment of the same. These amounted to £290 0s. 6d., and towards this there was a balance in hand of £123 15s. 6d., leaving £166 5s. to be raised by rate. The rateable value of the borough was £60,270, so that to cover their liabilities a penny rate would be required.—Alderman Dyas moved and Councillor Grant seconded that a rate of 1d. in the pound be levied: This was carried unanimously.—The Town Clerk submitted the bill for registration expenses.— Parliamentary register £12 16s. 9d., municipal £29 17s. 11d. These accounts were passed, on the motion of Alderman J. A. Anstice, seconded by Councillor Weston.

ASYLUM.— Alderman J. A. Anstice presented the report of the Visitors to the joint Lunatic Asylum, and in doing so drew the attention of the Council to the proposed expenditure of money in building new wards, which would give 50 additional beds. He assured the Council that before the Visitors asked for this money great pressure had been brought to bear upon them by the Lunacy Commissioners. Of the £4,000 asked for, if the joint owners sanction the payment, Shropshire would have to find £2,829 16s. 8d., Montgomery, £915 3s. 4d.. and Wenlock £245. He explained at length what the County Council had done in the matter, and said they had two courses open to them—either to follow the County Council and postpone the matter, or sanction it provisionally on the consent of the other joint owners being obtained. He would like no divergence of opinion to exist on this question.—Councillor Jeffrey strongly objected to being the first to sanction the expenditure, for the £245 was as much to their borough as the £2,900 was to the county.—Personally every time he saw there was anything relative to the Asylum on the agenda of business, he expected that some money would he required for new drains, water supply, pumps, or other like expenditure. He characterised the Asylum as an expensive undertaking, and advised the Town Council to wait and see what the County Council did before they sanctioned this large expenditure.—Councillor Cooke also was in favour of delaying the sanction being given for this expenditure, and did so without disrespect to the Visitors, who were known and respected gentlemen, who gave much valuable time to the arduous work entailed in carrying out their duties. — Alderman Anstice then moved that this report be adopted, and the question as to the expenditure of the £4,000 for new wards, &c., be postponed until the May meeting of the Council.— This was seconded and carried unanimously.

GENERAL DISTRICT RATES.—Rates were ordered to be laid for the following divisions:—Barrow 1s. 2d. in the pound, Broseley 1s. 6d., Madeley 1s., and Wenlock 1s. 4d., the latter being 11d. in the pound, less than last year.

MADELEY WATERWORKS.— Alderman Dyas moved that permission be given to the Madeley Sanitary Division to borrow an additional £500 to carry out the proposed scheme for supplying water to those houses at Ironbridge which were now almost entirely dependent upon unfit sources for their supply. He explained that under the original scheme the estimates were prepared for smaller mains, and these for a shorter distance too, and besides this Broseley was to contribute a part of the cost in consideration of Jackfield being supplied with water from the same source. This was now found to be impracticable.—Alderman R. E. Anstice seconded, and the motion was carried.

BOROUGH BY-LAWS.—On the motion of the Mayor, the names of Aldermen J. A. Anstice, R. E. Anstice, and Mr. F. H. Potts were added to the committee chosen about a year ago for the revision of the borough by-laws.—Councillor Jeffrey implored the committee to draw up these by-laws as mildly as possible, so as not to interfere too much detrimentally to the interests of the business of the inhabitants of the borough.

BRIDGES OF THE BOROUGH. — Alderman R. E. Anstice presented a report on the condition of the 21 bridges, wholly or partly situate in the borough. He moved that the whole question be referred to the Main Roads Committee.— This Councillor Cooke seconded, and it was carried.

APPOINTMENT OF SURVEYOR, &c.—Alderman J. A. Anstice gave notice that at the May meeting of the Council he should move a resolution that Mr. George Stevenson, the present inspector of nuisances and borough surveyor, be re-appointed on the same terms and at the same salary as that on which he now holds the appointment.

MADELEY SANITARY COMMITTEE. —Councillor W. Y. Owen moved and Councillor Bruff seconded that the name of Alderman R. E. Anstice be added to the above committee.—Carried unanimously.

THE BOROUGH ANALYST.—The Town Clerk read a communication from the Local Government Board drawing the attention of the Council to the fact that during the past seven years no samples had been submitted to their analyst. The Town Clerk said he had replied that recently the police had been appointed inspectors under the Sale of Foods and Drugs Act and no doubt in future some articles would be submitted.

THE LATE ALDERMAN FOX.—A letter from Mrs. Fox, thanking the Council for their vote of condolence, was ordered to be placed on the minutes.


10th February 1894


CONGREGATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL. — On Sunday afternoon, prizes were awarded to the children attending this school for regular attendance and taking down Scripture texts. The prizes were distributed by Mr. Thomas Howells (superintendent) and Mr. John Morgan, jun. (secretary). On Monday evening a meeting was held in the schoolroom for the purpose of receiving the resignation of the secretary (Mr. John Morgan, jun.), which position he had held for upwards of 20 years.

WESLEYAN BAND OF HOPE.— On Wednesday evening the members of this held a temperance meeting in the Gospel Rooms, under the presidency of Mr. J. Gilpin, of Ironbridge, who delivered an appropriate address. There was a good attendance. Mr. J. A. Hartshorne gave a reading entitled “Crazy Jane” in excellent style, and two pianoforte solos were taste-fully and skilfully executed by Miss E. Suart, of Alison House, Broseley. Temperance hymns were sung during the evening.

EVENINGS FOR THE PEOPLE.— On Thursday evening another of these popular entertainments was given in the Gospel Rooms, under the presidency of Mr. B. Suart, who delivered an admirable address upon the “Troubles of Life.” There was an over-crowded audience. The following programme was capitally executed, each item being received with unbounded applause, more especially the reading by Mr. James F. Hartshorne, which was given in the Lancashire dialect, and produced roars of laughter:— Glee, “Stars of the Summer Night,” Choir; selection, “Victoria March” (encored), Broseley Handbell Ringers; glee, “Softly fall the shades of evening” (encored), Choir; song (encored), Mr. A. Dixon; selection, “St. Patrick’s Day” (encored), Broseley Handbell Ringers; song, “Love Dreams” (encored) Mr. A. Dixon; reading, Mr. James F. Hartshorne; glee, “O who will o’er the downs,” Choir; selection, “Ring the bell, watchman” (encored), Handbell Ringers; Doxology. The accompaniments were divided between Miss F. Suart and Miss L. Dixon.

PLEASANT SUNDAY AFTERNOON.—Another of these interesting gatherings in connection with the Church Army Mission was held at Legge’s Hill School on Sunday afternoon. There was a poor attendance. Mr. A. Scott occupied the chair, and in a neat speech expressed the pleasure it gave him to be present on that occasion in furtherance of the object of the P.S.A. He regretted to see so small a company, but they must not despise the day of small things. Captain Rowley (C.A.) having engaged in prayer, Mr. A. Dixon sang “The Better Land,” with pleasing effect, after which the Chairman gave a very interesting reading, entitled, “The Little Street Arab’s First Visit to Church,” which was highly appreciated. Captain Rowley followed with an excellent address upon “True Manliness.” Messrs. A. Dixon and J. H. Jones next gave a very effective rendering of the duet, “How bright is the earth.” The hymns. “Jesu, lover of my soul,” “Just as I am,” and “Praise God from whom all blessings flow,” were heartily sung by all present, and a very enjoyable hour was thus spent. Mr. G. W. Francis again efficiently presided at the American organ.

SANITARY COMMITTEE, Wednesday.—Present: Alderman H. P. Dunnill, Councillors J. A. Exley, R. Instone, P. Jones, and W. Southorn, Messrs. J. Rigg (on behalf of the clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor and inspector), and N. T. Hartshorne (collector).— Alderman Dunnill stated he had received a letter from the chairman (Councillor G. H. Maw) stating that he should he unable to attend the meeting of the committee, as he had been suddenly called away from home. On the proposal of Councillor Exley, seconded by Councillor Instone, Alderman Dunnill was elected chairman.— With regard to the proposed isolation hospital, Councillor Instone stated that there was a suitable place at Fiery Field, if the water was of good quality. Councillor Southorn mentioned the old Benthall Workhouse, which was now occupied as two cottages. A plentiful supply of water could he obtained from the Mine Spout, and the place was some distance from any ether house. The clerk was instructed to write Mr. Thursfield, and inquire if and upon what terms Lord Forester would lease the place to the committee.— The Surveyor stated he had put in the side drain at Benthall Brook to carry off the Legge’s Hill water.— Alderman Dunnill moved a vote of condolence with the chairman on the sad loss he had just sustained through the death of his mother, which he had that morning heard had taken place. This was seconded by Councillor Exley, and the clerk was instructed to convey the expressions of the committee to the chairman.— Alderman Dunnill stated that complaints had been made about the lighting of the lamps at Jackfield. The Surveyor stated he had spoken to the lamplighter, and found that the Gas Co, were short of gas on the 9th January and had asked him to light only part of the lamps, and on that date only the lamps in the main streets were lit. This explanation was considered satisfactory. —With regard to the water supply, Mr. Shaw attended the meeting, and stated that he considered the present supply of water at the Haycop could be supplemented by a fresh supply about 15 or 20 yards from the present shaft. The precise position could be found by boring at a cost of a few pounds. There were now 24 feet of water in the Haycop shaft, 6 feet more than before it was deepened. He also mentioned another source of supply near Firey Field; but he did not know what the quality was. The surveyor was instructed to furnish Mr. Shaw with a bottle, to enable him to obtain a sample of the water to forward to Mr. Blunt for analysis.


10th February 1894


COFFEE SUPPER AND ENTERTAINMENT.— On Tuesday evening, an entertainment of a very successful character was given at Legge’s Hill School, under the presidency of Mr. B. Suart, of Alison House, Broseley, who delivered an eloquent and able address upon the words, “One in Charity.” Captain Rowley (C.A.) having engaged in prayer and read the 84th Psalm with Suitable comments thereon, several well-known hymns also being sung, an interval of about half-an-hour took place, during which refreshments in the shape of coffee, tea, &c., were handed round to those who chose to purchase. The second part of the programme commenced with a pianoforte duet by Miss and Miss M. Potts, which was brilliantly executed, receiving a most enthusiastic encore. Miss Potts followed with a mandolin solo, which was very skilfully executed, securing a well-merited re-call. Mr. Homer Wase next sang in excellent style “The King’s Own,” after which the Misses Potts gave with telling effect “Elsie,” upon the mandolin, guitar, and piano, obtaining a most determined re-demand. Miss M. Potts afterwards gave the piano solo, “Forget me not,” which was much appreciated. Mr. Homer Wase sang with much power and effect “To the West,” which was vociferously re-demanded. Miss Potts gave another mandolin Solo with very pleasing effect, the audience enthusiastically demanding a repeat. “God save the Queen” concluded a very enjoyable evening. Miss Shaw ably presided at the American organ, and Miss Potts proved herself an efficient accompanist upon the pianoforte. On the proposition of Miss Shaw, seconded by Captain Rowley, a hearty vote of thanks was accorded to the Chairman and performers. At the close a collection was taken towards furnishing the room for the Church Army Mission.


10th February 1894



Before J. Bodenham (mayor), J. A. Anstice, and H. Wayne, Esqrs.

CHARGE AGAINST A PUBLICAN.— John Tinsley was charged with being drunk on his own licensed premises on the 18th and 19th January, and John Morgan was charged with being drunk on the 19th January at the same place. Mr. Soame appeared for the defence.— Police-constable Austin deposed that on the 18th January, about 10-50, he visited the Lloyd’s Head Inn, Jackfield, kept by the defendant, Tinsley, whom he saw in the taproom sitting upon a chair. He appeared to be very drunk, the knee of his trousers being cut as though he had been down. When defendant saw witness he got up and staggered across the room, and followed him out. Witness spoke to him about his state, saying, “Tinsley, this won’t do. You have been drunk every day this week; it is a long time since I saw you sober.” Defendant replied, “I have not had much today.” There was a man named Bird in the kitchen under the influence of drink, but he was not drunk.—This was the case for Jan. 18.— The same constable then continued that on the 19th January, about 8-40, he saw the defendant John Morgan in the ward at Jackfield very drunk. The defendant went into his own house. At 10-10 the same night witness visited the Lloyd’s Head Inn, kept by Tinsley, and in the kitchen he found Tinsley sitting by the fire so drunk that he could scarcely sit on his chair. The defendant Morgan, too, was also sitting on the screen in a drunken state, and had a pint of ale in his hand, and asked witness to drink, which he refused to do. Morgan’s wife was trying to persuade him to go home. Witness saw Mrs. Tinsley in the tap room, and said to her, “Morgan, sitting in the kitchen, is drunk.” She replied, “I did not see him come in.” Morgan went home and Tinsley followed witness out of the house. Witness said, “Tinsley, you have been drunk every night this week, and I shall report you and Morgan also.” Tinsley replied, “Don’t summon me, or I shall be ruined.” Defendant wanted witness to go into the house to have some whisky, which he refused to do.— Cross-examined by Mr. Soame: He had no spite or grudge against Tinsley. There were several persons in the house on the 19th. Previous to this time Tinsley had conducted the house well.— Mr. Soame addressed the Bench at some length, and called John Tinsley, who deposed that he kept the Lloyd’s Head Inn, at Jackfield. On the 18th January he remembered the visit of the constable. In the room with him were his wife and John Bird. He sent for the officer the previous day because the boys committed a nuisance near his door. The constable asked, “What do you want me for?” He replied, “To shift the -- lads off.” The officer then went out saying, “Goodnight.” The constable was not right in saying he got up and staggered across the room, for he never left his seat. Bird was quite sober, and defendant himself was also perfectly sober. On the 19th, when the constable came in, Thomas Headley and John Lewis were there, and also the other defendant, Morgan. The officer on that occasion did not say a word to anyone. Defendant followed him out of doors, but did not ask him to have anything to drink, nor did the officer say anything to him about his being drunk at all.—Catherine Tinsley deposed that her husband and John Bird were both quite sober when the constable came in on January 18th. During the time the officer was in, her husband never left his seat, nor did the constable say a word about either being drunk. On the 19th the officer did say Morgan had been causing a disturbance in the road, and he would advise her to get him out of the house. He, however, never referred in any way to the state her husband was in.—John Bird would not swear that Tinsley was drunk, nor would he swear he was sober on the 18th. Witness indignantly denied that he was in any way under the influence of drink. He had never been in a police court before in his life.—John Morgan, the second defendant, deposed that he was in the Lloyd’s Head kitchen when the constable came in on the 19th. Both Tinsley and himself were perfectly sober.— Thomas Headley corroborated this, and John Lewis and Ellen Carr both deposed that Tinsley was sober.— The magistrates retired to consider the case. A fine of 5s. and costs in each case against Tinsley was inflicted, and 2s. 6d. and costs against Morgan.

A LIKING FOR JAM,— Elizabeth Susannah Middle, who appeared in the dock with a baby in her arms, was charged with stealing a jug of jam from the shop of Mr. Webster at Ironbridge, on the 5th inst.—John Henry Webster deposed that he was a grocer, residing at Ironbridge. Prisoner came to his shop about 6-30 p.m. on February 6th and asked for a cheap loaf of bread. He went to fetch it, and the prisoner was left alone in the shop for a second whilst he did so. When he returned he gave her the loaf, and she left the shop. Immediately afterwards he missed a jug of jam, which he had placed upon a fixture only about 10 minutes before the prisoner came in. He gave information to the police. The jug produced was the one taken, and its value was 10½d.— Sergeant Roberts stated that on February 5th he received information of the case, and went to the house of Edwin Elkes, with whom the prisoner lived. She was not in at the time, but Elkes was there having his tea. The jug of jam produced was on the table, and Elkes was eating some of it. Prisoner came in, and witness asked where she got the jam from. At first she said she bought it at Mr. Smith’s, but afterwards she admitted she had it from Mr. Webster’s. He then formally charged her with stealing it, and she admitted doing so.— The prisoner, on being charged, elected to be summarily dealt with, and pleaded guilty. — The Mayor committed her for seven days’ hard labour, and said the child was to go with its mother.


17th February 1894


HURRICANE.— On Sunday, a violent storm of wind was experienced throughout this district, increasing in intensity towards evening, reaching its climax about 10 p.m. During the night considerable damage was done to the roofs of houses, the Parish Church, and Congregational Chapel. Chimneys were also thrown down, and in one of the houses in Hockley a window was blown out. The Broseley Tileries Company also lost a rick of hay through the effects of the storm, and many of the inhabitants were in a state of great alarm the whole of the night. One poor widow and her daughter living in Duke Street, whose chimney had fallen down, were afraid to remain in their own house, and sought refuge at the house of a neighbour.

SANITARY AUTHORITY.— A special meeting of this authority was held on Wednesday, when there were present—Councillor G. H. Maw (chairman), Alderman H. P. Dunnill, Councillors J. A. Exley, P. Jones, and R. Instone.—The Chairman said on account of the death of Mr. Owen Harries, their late esteemed clerk, he called the present meeting. He said no clerk could be more courteous and ready to help the members than he.— Alderman Dunnill remarked that knowing what Mr. Harries had done for them, and that he was always ready to give them good advice, he thought it was desirable to propose the following resolution:— “That this committee learns with great regret of the death of Mr. Owen Harries, their late clerk. The committee record their high appreciation of his long, faithful, and valuable services both to this committee and the Broseley old Local Board, and offer their deep sympathy and condolence to Mrs. Harries and the family on the severe and painful loss they have experienced.”—Councillor Maw seconded the resolution, which was unanimously carried.— The Chairman said the next thing was to consider their position; at present they were without a clerk. The matter was discussed in committee.


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3rd March 1894


CHAPEL ANNIVERSARY.— On Sunday, two excellent sermons were preached at the Wesleyan Chapel by the Rev. J. Whitehouse Clegg, of Ludlow. The choir sustained their usual reputation, and Mr. A. J. Hartshorne presided at the harmonium with his usual ability. There was a good attendance at each service, and a collection was taken in aid of the Trust Fund.

ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH.— On Sunday morning, an able and appropriate sermon was preached at Broseley Parish Church by the Rev. R. B. Robson, vicar of St. Paul’s, West Bromwich, in aid of the funds of the National Society for Promoting the Education of the Poor. The musical portion of the service was well rendered by the choir, and Mr. Theo. Watkis presided at the organ with his usual taste and ability. There was a fair attendance.

SCHOLASTIC.— Miss Olivia Mary Jones, daughter of Mr. Adam Jones, of Duke Street, formerly a pupil teacher in the girls’ department at Broseley National Schools, and now a student in Cheltenham Training College, has gained a first-class in the first years certificate examination (6th on the list) held in December, 1893. This gratifying success reflects great credit upon the training Miss Jones received under Miss Street, the mistress of the Girls’ School.

SCHOOL ENTERTAINMENT.— On Tuesday evening, a highly successful entertainment was given, in aid of the prize fund, in the Town Hall, by the boys of the Broseley National School, ably assisted by Miss Potts, Miss George (Shrewsbury Harmonic Society), Messrs. Byolin, A.R.C.O. (Shrewsbury), Clarke, Wase, Nicklin, Dixon, and F. Wilson. There was a large attendance, including the élite of the town and neighbourhood. The Rev. G. F. Lamb was announced to preside, but was unable to do so through indisposition. Every item on the long programme was excellently rendered. Miss Potts’s mandolin solos were a rare musical treat. The same may be said of Miss George’s singing, as she possesses an excellent voice, which was heard to great advantage in all her songs, and also in the duet by Mr. Byolin and herself. Mr. Byolin was accorded an excellent reception, as he deserved, he being most successful in his song (with tambourine and bones accompaniment), “The Spanish Student’s Serenade,” for which he received a most determined recall. The Quartet Party (Messrs. Dixon, Wase, Nicklin, and Clarke) acquitted themselves admirably. A. Maiden’s piano-forte solos were capitally rendered and enthusiastically received, whilst Mr. Fred Wilson’s (Coalbrookdale) solos on the pianoforte were given in faultless style. Mr. H. E. Clarke (head-master) conducted in the boys’ songs, which were very well given, and Mr. Fred Wilson acted as accompanist. The following was the programme:— Pianoforte solo, Mr. F. Wilson; song, “Rule Britannia,” The Boys; recitation, “Fox and the Grapes,” Wm. Lane: recitation, “The Guide Post,” F. Howells and F. Wase; mandolin solo, Miss Potts; recitation, “ Inchcape Rock,” Egbert J. Jones; song, “The Carnival,” Mr. Byolin; piano-forte solo, “Silvery Echoes,” A. Maiden (encored); recitation, “The Colour Bearer,” A. Pountney and P. Preston; part song, “Young Musicians,” Messrs. Clarke, Wase, Nicklin, and Dixon; song, “River of Years,” Miss George (encored); recitation, Scene from Shakespeare’s “Othello,” The Boys and Miss G. Preston; Parade of Pattern Boys, for Year 1893; pianoforte solo, “La Chatelaine,” A. Maiden; song, “All among the barley,” Boys; recitation, “Quips and Cranks,” P. Hartshorne and Walter Davis; duet, “Oh that we two were Mayling,” Miss George and Mr. Byolin; mandolin solo, Miss Potts; song, “Close to the threshold,” Miss George reading, “The Bishop and the Caterpillar,” Mr. H. E. Clarke; song, “ Last Rose of Summer,” Boys; song (encored), Mr. Byolin; part song, “I am so nervous, Messrs. Dixon, Wase, Clarke, and Nicklin; dialogue, “Dobbs & Co.,” Boys; comic medley, “Robinson Crusoe,” Messrs. Wase, Dixon, and Nicklin, and the Boys; National Anthem.

10th March 1894


CONFIRMATION.— The Bishop of Hereford held a confirmation on Wednesday at the Parish Church, at which 78 candidates were presented- 52 from Broseley, 5 from Benthall, 6 from Jackfield, 13 from Iron-bridge, and 2 from Madeley.

OPEN AIR MISSIONS.— As will be seen by advertisement in to-day’s issue, Mr. Frank Cockrem (secretary of the Open-air Mission) will make his second visit to this town on Tuesday, the 20th March, and deliver his lecture on “The Broad and the Narrow Way,” illustrated by a curious Dutch picture, which is intensely interesting and instructive.

EVENINGS FOR THE PEOPLE.— A very successful concert was given in the Gospel Rooms on Thursday evening, under the presidency of Councillor G. Hornby Maw. A capital programme was very skilfully executed, each item eliciting unbounded applause the performers being Miss Potts, Miss Madeley, Miss Shorting, Messrs. F. Wilson, and W. H. Griffiths. There was a crowded audience.

SANITARY COMMITTEE, Wednesday.— Present : Councillor G. H. Maw (chairman), Alderman H. P. Dunnill, Councillors J. A. Exley, R. Instone, W. Mear, and P. Jones, Messrs. G. Stevenson (surveyor and inspector) and N. T. Hartshorne (collector). —The Inspector produced an analysis of the water from Fiery Field. It was considered satisfactory, and it was thought that the supply should be tested.— The Chairman suggested that Mr. Thursfield be asked to allow the committee to do this.—After some discussion it was left to Councillors Exley and Mear to see Mr. Thursfield, and ask for permission to test the water, and to know what rent would be required for it if the committee decided to proceed with the matter.—The Chairman wished to know if he should instruct the engineer to remove his engine from the Haycop.— Councillor Instone thought they should further test the water, as Mr. Shaw stated a further supply could be obtained, and the engine being on the spot the expense would be very little.— Alderman Dunnill said he thought the last experiment was conclusive, as the water was found to be not enough but if the expense would be very little he saw no objection to its being further tested.—Councillor Instone stated the expense would only be a few shillings, and proposed that the water be pumped out again for one day, and see how much came in the next morning. This was seconded by Councillor Jones and carried, and the Chairman undertook to instruct Mr. Roberts and Mr. Shaw to this effect.— The Chairman stated that before the present meeting an informal meeting had been held, and it had been decided to appoint Mr. Godfrey C. Cooper clerk to the Broseley Sanitary Committee. — Alderman Dunnill then moved that Mr. G. C. Cooper be appointed clerk to that Authority, but that the question of salary be deferred until a future occasion.— Councillor Exley seconded this, and it was carried unanimously.— The Inspector reported three cases of scarlet fever at Jackfield.


Before J. Bodenham, Esq. (mayor), Major R. E. Anstice, A. Maw, W. Y. Owen, and E. W. Shorting, Esqrs.

STEALING COAL.— Edward Morgan, a lad 11 years old, was charged with stealing 20lbs. of coal, value 2d., belonging to Messrs. W. and P. Jones, brick-and-tile manufacturers, Jackfield.—Police-constable Bowen stated that on the 24th ult. he saw the defendant taking the coal from Messrs. Jones’s works.—J. H. Jones also gave evidence.—The defendant was bound over in £1 and his aunt in £5 to be of good behaviour for three months.


17th March 1894


POLICE COURT.— On Wednesday, before Colonel J. A. Anstice and W. Y. Owen, Esq., George Pope, an inmate of the Madeley Workhouse, was brought up on a warrant, charged with breaking a fire box, the property of the Guardians.— Mr. R. A. Burden, master of the workhouse; stated that on Thursday, the 8th inst., he placed the prisoner in the receiving ward for him to change his clothing, and when he (the witness) left the ward he locked the door and on visiting the ward shortly after, he found the door opened, and the glass of the fire box broken; the key was also gone, which he afterwards found in the lock of the door. 5s. was the extent of the damage.— Police-constable Evenson said when he arrested the prisoner at Jackfield he had two purses containing 18s. 0½d.— The prisoner pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to seven days, with hard labour, and a further seven days if he failed to pay the costs, 11s. 2d. The costs were paid.—John Edward Thomas, another inmate, was charged with refusing to work.— The Master said Thomas refused to perform the allotted task— breaking 10cwt, of stone.—Prisoner said he went into the house as a pauper, and not as a tramp, therefore he considered breaking stone was not his work.— He was sent to gaol for 14 days’ hard labour.— Prisoner: Can I have my violin?—Colonel Anstice: Oh, yes.— The Master: Can’t we keep it for maintenance?—Colonel Anstice: Oh, no. He had better have it.

THE IMAGE OF ANTI-CHRIST TO BE SET UP AT IRONBRIDGE.— On Sunday evening, the Rev. G. Wintour (rector) resumed the subject of the “Ten-Kingdom Confederacy,” which has been the theme of much comment in the district for the last few weeks. On this occasion he said Anti-Christ having gained the high and great position of Roman emperor, for the whole of the Roman world, a season of unparalleled tribulation would follow, and which would last for 3 years. His first great act would be to break the covenant that he made with the Jews, that they should have seven years of religious liberty, and he would make them worship his own images. He would also associate himself with some person as wicked as himself to act as his agent in the world. Anti-Christ’s image would be set up in the Market Place of every village. It would be set up at Iron-bridge, Bridgnorth, and Shrewsbury Market Places, and those who did not worship it, would be hung, guillotined, &c. The Christians and worshippers of Anti-Christ would be distinguished; the worshippers of the latter would have the number 666 implanted upon their foreheads and hands, and those who did not have that number would be boycotted (as they were in Ireland), and would not be able to buy anything or do any trade whatever. Indeed, it would be an awful day of tribulation for those who would not be included in the 144,000 who would be translated to heaven. He appealed most earnestly to the large congregation to study their Bibles more, and watch for the second coming of Christ.


24th March 1894



A special meeting was held at the Guildhall, when there were present—The Mayor (Alderman J. Bodenham), Aldermen T. H. Thursfield, J. A. Anstice, J. Boroughs, A. B. Dyas, R. E. Anstice, and H. P. Dunnill, Councillors T. Cooke, Evan Price, Samuel Massie, W. Allen, J. Wilkinson, W. Y. Owen, A. Grant, H. Boycott, W. J. Legge, P. Weston, W. J. Jeffrey, E. F. Groves, C. C. Bruff, E. L. Squire, R. Instone, G. H. Maw, J. A. Exley, P. Jones, and W. Mear, Messrs. George Stevenson (surveyor), T. E. Patten, J. Dixon, and N. Hartshorne (collectors of rags), and G. C. Cooper (town clerk).

GENERAL DISTRICT RATES were sealed for the four sanitary divisions.

THE CLERKSHIP.—The Mayor said the next business was to consider the case as to the clerkship submitted to counsel, and the opinion thereon. The subject had been fully discussed by the Finance Committee that morning, and they recommended that the borough adopt the course suggested by counsel.—The Town Clerk then read the case submitted, with reply, which has already appeared in the columns of this paper.—Alderman J. A. Anstice moved that the Council adopt Mr. Bosanquet’s opinion.—This was carried.—Alderman Anstice said the difference made by the adoption of this opinion would be the mode in which the town clerk’s salary would be paid as clerk to the various sanitary authorities. The Finance Committee had gone into the question as to whether it should be paid, as now, from the general district rates or from the borough rate, and they had unanimously come to the opinion that the salary should be looked upon as a whole, and for all duties the salary should be raised from £100 to £200 per year. He moved this, also that £10 a year be allowed for, use of an office in Wenlock; the salary to commence from April 1st next.— Alderman H. P. Dunnill seconded.— Councillor Jeffrey asked how the salary would be apportioned between the four wards?—Alderman J. A. Anstice replied that the extra £100 would be paid on the rateable value of each ward. The figures worked out as follows:—Barrow £16 2s. 4d., Broseley £19 8s. 9d., Madeley £42 5s. 2d., Wenlock £22 3s. 9d. —Councillor Jeffrey wished to ask another question, and that was, would the town clerk attend personally the meetings of the Sanitary Authorities?—The Town Clerk: Certainly.—The Mayor then put the motion to the vote, and it was carried unanimously.—The apparent rise of £100 is really a decrease of £20 a year, because the four sanitary divisions have been paying their clerks £120 per year.


Before J. Bodenham (mayor), .T. A. Anstice, W. P. Brookes, R. E. Anstice, and F. Rawdon Smith, Esqrs.

CHARGE OF STEALING COAL.—Ada Morgan was charged by Messrs. Hopley and Duncan with stealing 20lb. weight of coal, value 2d.—R. D. Haughton deposed that on the 8th of the present month he was at Jackfield, and saw defendant there. At the same time there was a load of coal passing along the highway, the property of Messrs. Hopley and Duncan. The defendant ran out from her own house and followed the cart for eight or ten yards, and then took a piece of coal out. He saw her take the coal from the cart, and take it to her own house. He called to the defendant and said, “Hallo, you had better put that back.” When the cart came opposite to him he told the waggoner to stop, and asked if he saw the coal going off the back of the cart. She was at the back of the cart. He should think the lump would be 20 to 30lbs., and worth 2d.—Samuel Sands stated that he was a waggoner to Messrs. Hopley and Duncan. On the 8th March he was drawing coal from a siding at Jackfield. He saw the last witness, who drew his attention to the defendant, who was just going through her own gate. He saw no coal at all. He passed her house later in the day, and she spoke to him, asking if he thought Haughton would say anything to his master. He replied. that he should think not.—On being charged, the defendant asked to have the case dealt with summarily, and pleaded that she did not take anything like so much coal as alleged.—Mr. Hopley said he did not wish to press the case.—Fined 1s. and costs.


24th March 1894


SPECIAL SERMONS.—On Sunday, two able discourses were delivered with much pathos and power at Birch Meadow Chapel by Mr. David Smith, pastor of the Baptist Church, Bilston. The singing, which is now congregational, was of a very hearty character. Mrs. Shinn ably presided at the harmonium. There was a good congregation at each service, and a collection was taken in aid of the chapel expenses.

LECTURE.—On Tuesday evening, a descriptive lecture, entitled “The Broad and the Narrow Way,” illustrated by a copy of a curious Dutch picture, size 9 feet by 12 feet (on which the late Mr. Gawin Kirkham lectured more than 1,100 times), lighted by the new quintriple dual illuminator, was delivered at Birch Meadow Chapel, by Mr. Frank Cockrem (secretary of the Open-air Mission, London). The lecture was accompanied by sacred songs and solos. Pastor Arthur Shinn (hon. member, O.A.M.) presided, and in a neat speech explained the object of the mission, and introduced the lecturer. There was a good audience, who listened with rapt attention to the earnest, interesting, and practical remarks of the lecturer. A collection was taken at the close in aid of the Open-air Mission. Mrs. Shinn ably accompanied on the harmonium.

NATIONAL SCHOOLS.— The report of Mr. Yarde, her Majesty’s inspector of schools, gives a very satisfactory account of the state of the schools and of the progress made during the past year. The result of the examination in the boys’ department is very fairly good. Progress has been made, and a grant equal to that of last year has been earned. Praise is given to the girls’ department for the good discipline and organisation. The results of the examination are generally satisfactory, and the inspector recommends payment of the highest grant. The infants’ school has also earned the highest grant for the subjects in which the children were examined, and the inspector remarks upon the good order and good teaching shown in this department. The Broseley Wood School has passed a good examination. The discipline and organisation are considered by the inspector to he fair, and the results of the examination are very fairly good. A higher grant than that of last year has been earned through the increase in the attendance of the children. The Education Department consider that the class-rooms of the Broseley Schools are insufficient in size, and that extra cloak-room accommodation must be provided, and the managers are called upon to make these and other alterations required to comply with the demands of the Department. The alterations in the buildings will be attended with very considerable expense.


31st March 1894


SERIOUS ACCIDENT IN THE FOOTBALL, FIELD.—On Monday, as a football match was being played between Benthall Blues and Jackfield Victoria, in a field at The Folly, near Broseley, a serious accident occurred to a youth named Walter T. Weekes, aged 18, who resides with his widowed mother in Speed’s Lane, Broseley. It appears that a member of the Jackfield Victoria team, in football parlance, charged Weekes in the back, whereby his collar-bone was broken, and it is thought that he has also sustained internal injuries. The sufferer is under the care of Dr. Tailer.

EVENINGS FOR THE PEOPLE.—On the evening of the 22nd inst. a first-class entertainment was given in the Gospel Rooms, under the presidency of Mr. B. Suart, who gave a very interesting, instructive, and telling address. The annexed programme was admirably executed during the evening, each item receiving the most pronounced approval of the audience, the humorous reading by Mr. E. W, Shorting producing roars of laughter. The name of Madam Amy Bartlam, R.A.M., is sufficient commendation—further remarks are superfluous. Mr. H. Wase is a thorough-going musician, and Mr. B. Lister is a rising young artiste of no mean order. There was a good attendance. Programme:— Piano solo, “Caprice” (encored), Mr. B. Lister; song, “The Lifeboat” (encored), Mr. H. Wase; song, “The Last Milestone” (encored), Madam Amy Bartlam, R.A.M. address, Mr. B. Suart; song, “As I’d nothing else to do” (encored), Mr. H. Wase; piano solo, “ Alice,” Mr. B. Lister; reading, “Mrs. B.’s Alarms,” Mr. Shorting; song, “La Serenata” (encored). Madam Amy Bartlam, R.A.M. Miss Madeley ably accompanied on the pianoforte.

ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH.—On Easter Sunday two able and appropriate sermons were preached in the Parish Church, both discourses having reference to the Resurrection. Mr. H. E. Clarke read the lessons. Special hymns were sung by the choir, and the anthems, “The Lord is my life” (Smart), was given by them in the morning, and “Now is Christ risen,” in the evening, the whole being executed with great taste and ability. Mr. Theo. Watkis presided at the organ in his usual efficient manner. Holy Communion was administered at the early and mid-day service to an unusual number of communicants. The sacred edifice was tastefully decorated for the occasion. The pulpit was embellished with a cross composed of primroses, daffodils, and ivy leaves. The reading desk was decorated with ferns, white azaleas, white tulips, daffodils, and moss. The communion rails bore a cross consisting of roses and daffodils. The choir stalls and chancel were very effectively treated with dutisis, white tulips, and aram lilies. The font presented a very neat and pretty appearance having a cross with white tulips and dustisis. The whole of the above splendid plants, flowers, &c. (with the exception of two very fine arum lilies kindly lent by Mrs. Potts, the Green) were furnished by Mr. E. B. Potts (The Bank) exhibiting great skill on the part of gardener (Mr. Milward). The decorative department was entrusted to the Misses Potts (The Bank) and Miss Shorting, and was a decided success. The services throughout the day were exceedingly bright and cheerful, and the congregations large.

VESTRY MEETING.—On Thursday evening, the 22nd inst., a general meeting of ratepayers was held in the Town Hall, for the purpose of appointing church-wardens, and nominating overseers for the ensuing year. Owing to the passing of the Parish Councils Bill (which comes into operation next November) there were no Poor-Law Guardians nominated, the present members of the Madeley Board remaining in office until that date. The Rev. G. F. Lamb, M.A. (rector), occupied the chair, and there were also present—Messrs. F. H. Potts, E. K. Thompson. F. H. Martin, A. G. Downes, Stephen Hill, Thomas Jones, H. J. Rushton, John Dixon, and Joseph Jones.—Mr. F. H, Potts was re-appointed rector’s warden, and on the proposition of Mr. John Dixon, seconded by Mr. Stephen Hill, Mr. E. K. Thompson was re-elected people’s warden.—Messrs. E. R. Instone (Broseley), Thomas Doughty (Jackfield), R. H. Massie (Broseley), W. H. Home (Jackfield), Matthew Davis (Broseley), and H. D. Hughes (Jackfield) were nominated over-seers, out of which number the magistrates will select two to serve the office.—At the close, Mr. F. H. Martin rose, and in felicitous terms proposed a vote of thanks to the churchwardens for the highly satisfactory manner in which they had carried out their duties during the last three years, which was seconded by Mr. T. Jones, and carried.—Mr. F. H. Potts thanked them for the confidence reposed in him and his colleague (Mr. E. K. Thompson). He did not know whether he was an ornament or not, but certainly Mr, Thompson did the bulk of the work.—The meeting was then adjourned for the passing of churchwardens’ accounts.

LAWN TENNIS BALL—On Tuesday evening, the annual invitation ball in connection with the Broseley Lawn Tennis Club took place in the Town Hall, There was a fair attendance. Among those present or who had taken tickets were—Mr. H J. Rushton, Mr. George Potts, Mr. G. Hornby Maw, Mr. and Mrs. Butt and Miss Tansley (Coalport), Miss Nicholas (Field House), Dr. Tailor, Mr. and Mrs. Downes, Mr. E. G. Exley, the Misses Exley (2), Mr. G. B. Ledger, Mr. H. R. Botwood. Mr. Thomas Norton, Mr. Adam Jones, Mr. William Jones and the Misses Emily and Gertrude Jones (The Calcutts), Miss K. Goodwin, Mr. John Shingler, Miss A. Stephens, Messrs. Henry, Arthur, and Miss A. E. Dixon, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Davis (High Street), Mr. and Mrs. Richard Haughton, Mr. and Mrs. George Haughton, Miss Nicklin, Miss Everall, Miss Powis, Mr. George Moore, Mr. J. H. Jones, &c. The following gentlemen acted on the committee:—Messrs. H. R. Botwood, G. B. Ledger, Thomas Doughty, T. Norton, E. G. Exley, George Potts, H. J. Rushton, and A. Jones, who carried out the duties entrusted to them in a highly satisfactory manner. Great credit is also due to Mr. George Potts for the excellent arrangements made and so ably carried out by him. The hall was very neatly and tastefully decorated with miniature flags, racquets, &c., together with the following mottoes:— “Persevere,” “Peace,” “Plenty,” and “Excelsior,” reflecting the highest credit upon Mr. E. K. Thompson (High Street), who bestowed great care and attention upon this department, besides generously lending articles conducive to the comfort of the visitors. The orchestra was very effectively decorated with choice plants, &c., kindly lent by Mr. E. B. Potts (The Bank). The gentlemen’s cloak-room was also elegantly embellished with flags, bannerettes, photographs, evergreens, and the following mottoes:— “We are glad to see you,” “ Welcome,” “ The compliments of the season,” and “Hearty welcome for Auld Lang Syne,” exhibiting great taste upon the part of the executant (Mr. Alfred Pountney), who had charge of the same. Underwood’s (Wolverhampton) Quadrille Band was in attendance, and played an excellent selection of dance music. Mrs. Haughton and Son (Lion Hotel) and Mr, F. W. Cullis (confectioner), supplied the refreshments


31st March 1894


ST. MARY’S CHURCH.— The choral services here on Sunday were well attended, and appropriate sermons were delivered by the Rev. Marsden Edwards (rector). The church was nicely decorated by Miss Saunders (altar and pulpit), Misses Stephan (choir-stalls), and Miss Wilcox (lectern). At the evening service the much-improved choir, under the new leadership of Mr. L Nixon, gave an excellent rendering of the anthem, “I am He that liveth,” the bass solo being taken by Mr. Nixon. Mr. J. Shingler ably presided at the organ.

WEDDING. — On Monday, the marriage of Miss Huldah Eleanor Ball, eldest daughter of the late Mr. George Ball, of Jackfield, and Mr. Henry Rowland Hill (of the firm of Armstrong & Co., Birmingham), was solemnized at Broseley Parish Church, and was witnessed by a considerable number of persons. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. G. F. Lamb, M.A., rector. Punctually at the appointed hour, 11 a.m., the bride entered the church, and was escorted up the aisle by her uncle (Mr. Edward Oakes), who eventually gave her away. She was magnificently attired in a dress of white silk, with veil and orange blossoms. There were five bridesmaids—The Misses Drusilia and Sarah Ball (sisters of the bride), Miss Maria Hill (sister of the bridegroom), and the Misses Ellie and Mabel Oakes (cousins of the bride), who were prettily attired in dresses of white nun’s veiling, trimmed with heliotrope crepon, with hats to match. The following friends also joined the wedding party:—Mr. E. O. Ball (brother of the bride), Mr. E. Oakes (cousin of the bride), and Mr. B. Griffiths (Buildwas). Mr. B. Merton Hughes, of Birmingham, acted as best man. At the conclusion of the ceremony the wedding party proceeded to the residence of the bride’s mother, where a first-class breakfast awaited them. On Tuesday the happy pair, amidst every demonstration of respect, took their departure per the 11-50 a.m. train for London to spend their honeymoon. The presents were numerous, valuable, and useful.

BAZAAR.— On Wednesday and Thursday, at the National School, a successful bazaar was held, the proceeds of which will be devoted towards the debt incurred by the new heating apparatus in St. Mary’s Church, and the general arrangements for this event were ably carried out by the rector (Rev. Marsden Edwards) and his wardens (Messrs. W. Smith and A. Jones). The large room presented a charming appearance, chiefly due to the artistic decorations of the Misses Jones (Calcutts and Rock), and the array of plants kindly lent by Mr. J. P. G. Smith. The stalls, heavily laden with beautiful articles, were tastefully arranged round the room. No. 1 was in charge of Miss Saunders, Misses Doughty (3), assisted by Mrs. J. W. White (Ironbridge) and Miss Leake (Shifnal). No. 2 was looked after by the Misses Jones (Calcutts and Rock), who were assisted by Miss Vincent. No. 3 was Mrs. Smith’s stall, Mrs. Hughes being her assistant. No. 4 was in the hands of Mrs. Pumford and Mrs. Harper, assisted by Miss Oakes. The refreshment stall was well managed by Mrs. Collins, Misses Jones (Calcutts), assisted by Miss Stephan, Mrs. Bott, Miss May Wilcox, the Misses May, Gerty, and Olive Jones, and Miss Turner were in charge of the flower stall, and Charles and Edwin Smith were in possession of the bran tub. Mr. Mapp was sole proprietor of the weighing machine. A musical entertainment was given every hour, and this was under the direction of Mr. J. Shingler (organist), the piano being kindly lent by Mr. Jones (Calcutts). The artistes were—Miss Black (mandolin), Miss G. Jones (violin), Miss Lily Jones (soprano), Mrs. T. J. Bott, Miss Tansley, Messrs. H. Morgan, A. Potter, and Cartwright. The proceedings were also enlivened by selections credit-ably performed by the Jackfield Drum-and-Fife Band, who made their debut on this occasion, and Mr. Homer Wase (conductor) may he congratulated upon the high state of proficiency to which he has trained them. On Wednesday afternoon, it opening the proceedings, the Rev. Marsden Edwards stated that he was pleased to be present. When he first came to the parish he found there was a debt existing on the apparatus, which had proved a great boon to the worshippers in winter time, and to clear off the debt the churchwardens had made this effort, which undoubtedly involved a great deal of labour, for which the ladies were to be thanked. He sincerely trusted that the event would be a successful one. He would now introduce a well-known face (Mr. J. P. G. Smith), who was really a very great friend in that parish, and ask him to open the bazaar. (Applause.) —Mr. Smith said he felt somewhat struck when he received a message requesting him to open the bazaar. Mr. Brown, M.P., he was sorry to say, was unable to leave London, owing to ill-health and another engagement. He, however, could say, that he had brought his good wishes and a very nice donation from his wife to this fund. (Applause.) Trusting the event would prove a grand success, he declared the bazaar opened.— The stallholders then became quite busy.

7th April 1984


WEDDING.— The nuptials of Mr. E. Anslow, son of the late Mr. Thomas Anslow, of Ferry House, Iron-bridge, and formerly of Wellington, to Sarah Ann, eldest daughter of Mr. John Griffiths, of Carver’s Road, Broseley, was solemnised at Birch Meadow Chapel, on March 29th. The officiating minister was the pastor, Mr. A. Shinn. Amid showers of rice, the happy pair were driven to the bride’s home, where a goodly number of friends awaited them. The wedding presents were numerous, and included nearly every household requisite, both useful and ornamental

EVENINGS FOR THE PEOPLE.— The last of a series of free entertainments given during the winter months was held in the Gospel Rooms on Thursday evening, under the presidency of Mr. F. H, Potts (Broseley Hall). The following programme was well gone through before a large and enthusiastic audience:—Pianoforte solo, Mr. F. Wilson; song, “O, Alice, where art thou,” Mr. W. Garbett; song, “The Chorister” (encored), Miss L. Bartlam; concertina solo, “Always Alone” (encored), Mr. H. Wase; song, “I’m off to Philadelphia”-.(encored), Mr. J. Nicklin; song, “Death of Nelson” (encored), Mr. W. Garbett; pianoforte solo, Mr. F. Wilson; song, “The Spider and the Fly” (encored), Miss L. Bartlam song, Mr. J. Nicklin; concertina solo, “ Only for thee,” Mr. H. Wanes; Doxology.

ENTERTAINMENT.— On Tuesday evening, the girls and the infants of Broseley National Schools, under the able direction of their respective head mistresses, Miss Street (Girls’) and Miss Garbett (Infants’), gave a very amusing, interesting, and successful entertainment in the Town Hall, the proceeds being in aid of prize fund for regular and punctual attendance. Miss M. Potts (the Bank), Miss L. Jones (the Rock), Miss G. Jones (the Calcutts), Miss L. Dixon (Broseley), Miss Black (Woolwich), Miss Parish, Mr. E. R. Instone, and Mr. H. E. Clarke rendered valuable assistance. Mr. F. H. Potts (the Hall) presided, and gave a brief and appropriate address. There was a large and appreciative audience, the room being filled to excess. The following programme was capitally executed, each item being received with the utmost enthusiasm by a  highly delighted audience, reflecting the highest possible credit upon the head mistresses and teachers, for nothing short of unremitting labour and attention could have achieved such gratifying results:—Piano-forte solo, Miss M. Potts; prologue, Harold Wase; song, “Old Soldiers,” Infants; recitation, “Fuss and Fret,” Gerty Preston; song “In the Chimney Corner,” Miss L. Jones; musical drill, Infants; “Sneezing Song,” Girls; Kindergarten game, Infants; song, “Chinese Lantern,” Infants; reading, “The Schoolmaster’s Guest,” Mr. H. E. Clarke; recitation, “ If I were you,” Joe Onions; ring drill, Girls; song, “Polly Parrots,” Infants; recitation, “Doll’s Tea-party,” E. Davies; mandoline solo, Miss Black; song, “Sleep, Dolly, Darling” (encored), Girls; recitation, “Speech of Sergeant Buzfuz,” Mr. E. R. Instone song, “Flight of Ages” (encored), Miss L. Jones; recitation, “ Mustn’t,” Elsie Jones; garland drill, Girls; song, “ Domestic Troubles,” Gerty Preston; recitation, “Grandpapa’s Spectacles,” Maggie Davies; song, “Stocking Mending,” Girls; recitation, “Tommy Rook,” M. Pountney; song, “The Gipsy,” Miss Parish; song, “The British Flag,” Girls and Infants. The accompaniments upon the pianoforte were ably executed by the Misses L. Dixon, G. Jones, and Parish.


Present— Councillor G. H. Maw, (presiding), Alderman H. P. Dunnill, Councillors J. A. Exley, W Mear, R. Instone, P. Jones, Messrs. A. Owen, (assistant clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), and N. T. Hartshorne (collector),

THE INFECTIOUS HOSPITAL.—The Chairman said the first business was the question of the Infectious Hospital. He believed they were waiting for Mr. Thursfield’s reply. — Alderman Dunnill: Which Mr. Thursfield?—The Chairman: I think it is the doctor.—Alderman Dunnill thought it was from Alderman Thursfield, which proved to be the case, and the clerk was requested to again write Alderman Thursfield on the matter, and the question was once more adjourned.

THE WATER QUESTION.—With reference to the water at the Fiery Fields, Councillor Exley said he had seen Mr. Thursfield, who informed him that they could have the water, although he did not mention anything about price. However, he said the water was no good.—The Chairman said the analysis at the last meeting stated that it was very good.—It was decided to send Dr. Thursfield a sample for analysis, although several of the members were of opinion that the water was inferior.—The Chairman said the quantity of water had been tested at the Haycops, and found to be only 3,000 gallons a day, which was a long way behind the required amount—15,000. — This scheme was indefinitely dropped. 

THE CAPE FOLD.—The Chairman said they were to decide at this meeting whether to take over the Cape Fold. He did not know whether any of the members had visited this place as resolved at the last meeting.

It appeared that no one had carried out the meeting’s instructions, and the matter was adjourned another month, when the Chairman said he would undertake to inspect the place.

THE SUTTON WATER SCHEME.—A communication was read from the town clerk, stating that he was endeavouring to obtain permission from the Local Government Board to borrow the proposed money for the above scheme without holding an inquiry.—Alderman Dunnill thought it would be a very good thing if the town clerk succeeded, and in case he did, he suggested that the Water Committee be called together.

RATE DEFAULTERS.—Mr. Hartshorne produced the names of 15 rate defaulters, the total amount unpaid being £4. The names were read out, and it was resolved to summon them.—The Chairman remarked that they must have their rates collected in future more promptly, and instructions to this effect was given the collector.

FINANCIAL MATTERS.— The financial statement was then produced, showing an available balance of £66 0s. 9d.—The Surveyor, who asked for a cheque for £12 10s., said the total expenditure for the last month was £28 12s. 9d., and the Clerk stated that the sum of £107 19s. 5d. was due from the County Council.— The financial position of the authority was considered very satisfactory.

BURIAL BOARD.—A meeting of the Burial Board was held on Wednesday, when Councillor G. H. Maw presided. He stated that the repairs done to the chapel proved very satisfactory, but he thought the road from the church to the cemetery was in a very bad condition and wanted cleaning.—The Surveyor said the men were doing it that day.— The signing of two cheques concluded the business.


21st April 1894



Before J. Bodenham (mayor), A. Maw, A. B. Dyas, E. W. Shorting, and W. Y. Owen, Esqrs.

A WARNING TO COAL-STEALERS- Ada Poole, married woman, Jackfield, was charged with stealing 19 lbs. weight of coal, value 2d., the property of Messrs. Exley and Sons, brick manufacturers, Jackfield.—Police-constable Bowen stated that on the morning of the 6th inst., from something that came to his knowledge, he concealed himself within a short distance of Messrs. Exley’s brickyard. About 9 o’clock he saw the defendant come out of the yard carrying a basket, He called to her to stop, but she declined, and hurried on. He then ran after her. She refused to let him look into the basket, and subsequently he took the basket from her by force, and when he did, the defendant said what was in it belonged to her, but the witness told her different, and took the basket, which was full of coal, to the works referred to, and found that the coal had been taken from a heap close to where defendant’s husband worked.—Defendant pleaded not guilty, but the magistrates considered the case proved, and fined her 2s. 6d. and 19s. costs, the Mayor remarking that it was a serious offence, and that she had better not repeat it.

A DONKEY ASTRAY. — John Lock was charged with allowing his donkey to stray on the highway at Wenlock, on the 23rd ult. — Sergeant Darbyshire said the defendant got his living by fiddling. He often slept out, leaving the donkey to go anywhere.—Police-constable Hill proved the case, and defendant was fined 7s., including costs, or seven days. He went to gaol.

REFUSING TO QUIT. — Edwin Walker was charged with refusing to quit the Duke of Cumberland Inn, Broseley, on the 26th ult.—Owen Davies, landlord, stated that the defendant became disorderly when in his house, and refused to quit, and when he got outside he broke a window.— Police-constable Harris also gave evidence.—Fined 10s. and costs, or 14 days. Defendant went to gaol.


21st April 1894


BOARD OF GUARDIANS, Yesterday. —Present: Colonel J. A. Anstice (chairman), Major R. E. Anstice, Colonel Wayne, Messrs. E. L. Squire, J. Wooding, T. Hopley, M. Garbett, R. T. Haynes, W. Mear, T. Morris, J. Davis, T. Jones, W. Y. Owen, W. H. Griffiths, E. G. Exley, R. Instone, and H. Boycott (clerk). — The Chairman said this was, as they all knew, still the old Board, but they had received instructions from the Local Government Board to appoint all officers and committees till November next. —Mr. E. L. Squire, in proposing the re-election of Colonel Anstice as chairman, remarked that they all knew his valuable services, which were highly appreciated, and he thought they would be entirely unanimous in making this recommendation.—Mr. W. Y. Owen seconded the proposition. He said they could do nothing better.—Carried unanimously.—Colonel Anstice suitably acknowledged the compliment.—On the motion of Mr. Hopley, Messrs. W. G. Norris and R. E. Anstice were re-appointed vice-chairmen.—The following committees were then elected:— Assessment, Colonel and Major Anstice., Messrs. R. Bateman, W. G. Norris, Garbett, Hopley, Owen, Wayne, and Exley; House Committee, Messrs. Owen, Squire, Hopley, and Machin; Farm Committee, Messrs. Garbett, Instone, and Mear; School Attendance Committee, Colonel and Major Anstice, Messrs. R. Bateman, Norris, Squire, Hopley, Exley, Instone, and Garbett.—Mr. Hopley thought they should have a Finance Committee, for he considered it only right their bills should be examined, so that they should know they received everything they paid for. He knew several members were not satisfied with the present system.— After some conversation, Messrs. Weaver, Wooding, Davies, Exley, and W. H. Griffiths were elected on the Finance Committee, who will meet a day previous to the Board meeting.


Before Mr. Registrar E. B. Potts.

RE JOHN TINSELY.— Bankrupt occupied the Lloyd Head Inn, Jackfield, when his petition was filed. His statement of affairs show gross liabilities £292 10s. 11d., expected to rank £283 15s. 10d., the assets amounting to only £12 18s., from which the sum of £8 15s. 1d. is to be deducted for preferentive charges, leaving £4 2s. 11d. for the benefit of ordinary creditors, and a deficiency of £279 12s. 11d.— Replying to Mr. Frank Caries, the assistant official receiver, bankrupt stated that previous to 1889 he was employed by Lord Harlech as gamekeeper, and in that year, with a capital of £250 belonging to his wife, and £80 borrowed money, he became tenant of the Croppings Farm at Horsehay, of about 108 acres, at a rental of £115. He remained there until the end of 1892. Money had also been lent him out of kindness by Mrs. Kenyon-Slaney and Mrs. Coles, of Birmingham. He had also borrowed £60 from Payne of Shrewsbury, which, however, had been paid back. For about 2½ years matters went on all right at the farm, and then a writ for rent was issued against him. In consequence he consulted Messrs. Furber and Burton, who paid the rent and controlled the sale, which realised £212, and after they had paid some other accounts in his behalf he was left £10 in their debt. Some of the creditors were left unpaid. During his tenancy at the farm he lost the £250 belonging to his wife, and £166 he had borrowed. He admitted having made a mistake in not letting all his creditors participate in the payments made for him by Messrs. Furber and Burton. He became tenant of the public-house under Messrs Soames, Wrexham, in 1893, without any knowledge of the previous takings there. He had heard that the house was well patronized in summer, though not in winter. At the commencement of his management there the receipts amounted to about £3 10s. per week, but they diminished very considerably the following month, and did not again increase. This state of things was attributable to shortness of work in the locality. He continued to carry on the business in the hope that times would get better and the trade improve. He did not care to close the house, inasmuch as Messrs. Soames were his principal creditors, to whom he owed the sum of £46. He purchased goods from the Trent Valley Brewery Co. in December last, but not without the belief that he could pay the account. He deposited a gun with Mr. Machin, of Horsehay, but never gave him to understand he was to consider it as a security for money lent.—The examination was closed.


28th April 1894


CHAPEL ANNIVERSARY.—On Sunday, the 53rd anniversary of Broseley Congregational Chapel was held, when two excellent sermons were preached by the Rev. E. Elliott, of Bridgnorth. The musical portion of the services (including the anthems, “The heavens declare Thy glory,” “We bow in prayer,” and “ What are these”) was admirably executed by the choir, under the able leadership of Mr. Aquila Evans. Miss Dunnill, of Ironbridge, presided at the harmonium with exquisite taste and ability. A collection was taken at the close of each service.

PLEASURE FAIR.— This annual event took place on Tuesday. The weather during the day was very unsettled, heavy showers of rain occurring at intervals, but towards evening it cleared up, when there was a large influx of visitors from the surrounding districts. There were several shows, roundabouts, park swings, shooting saloons, switchback, gingerbread and other stalls, all of which appeared to be well patronised. The innkeepers also apparently were doing a good stroke of business. The bulk of the fair was held in a field adjoining the New Road, which, owing to the rain, was in a very slushy condition, causing consider-able inconvenience and discomfort to visitors, more especially to the fair sex.

FOUND DEAD IN A CARAVAN.—On Thursday, Dr. Tailer, borough coroner, held an inquiry at the Pheasant Hotel, touching the death of a showman’s child, named William Young Scard. Mr. E. R. Instone was foreman.— The mother said her husband was the proprietor of Wadbrook’s ghost illusion show, now attending the fair. It was about 11-30 on Tuesday night when she put the child to bed. It was then all right, and when witness woke about six o’clock on the following morning she discovered it dead. They lived in a caravan.—Dr. Moore, assistant to Dr. Collins, said he visited deceased an hour after it had died, when he found a vein of the skin dilated. It was fully developed, and was a well-nourished child. There were no marks of violence about the body whatever.— The jury returned a verdict of “Death from natural causes.”

PARISH MEETING.— The adjourned vestry meeting was held at the National Schools on the evening of the 20th inst. The Rev. G. F. Lamb, M.A., rector, occupied the chair, and there were also present—Messrs. F. H. Potts, F. H. Martin, John Dixon, and Joseph Jones. — The churchwardens’ accounts for the past year were carefully gone through by Messrs. F. H. Martin and John Dixon, and being found correct were passed. The receipts (including a balance of £10 1s. 2d.) were £220 2s. 7d. Balance in hand £29 11s. 5d. During the year £25 11s. has been expended in external repairs to the fabric, and considerable repairs are also required to be done to the tower, windows, &c., which the churchwardens intend to carry out during the coming year. —The Broseley Town Hall and charities accounts were next submitted to the meeting and passed, and were considered highly satisfactory, the receipts far exceeding those of previous year.

ODDFELLOWS’ PLEASANT SATURDAY EVENINGS.—The members of “Rose of Sharon” Lodge, Lion Hotel, Broseley, having decided to hold their meetings on a Saturday instead of Monday, from 6-30 till 8-30 p.m., devoting the remainder of the evening to songs, readings, and recitations, a very successful gathering (a large number of members being present) took place on Saturday evening last, under the presidency of Mr. Homer Wase, who said he believed it was the rule for the chairman to give the first song. He sang with great effect, “Friar of Orders Grey.” Mr. W. Barnett followed with a reading. Mr. A. J. Pountney next gave an excellent rendition of the song, “She stood behind the parlour door,” which was highly appreciated. Mr. Thomas Jones, of High Street, here rose, and expressed the pleasure it gave him to see such a large company present, and he hoped and believed that they would enjoy the excellent programme provided for them and so ably carried out, and by regular attendance at these monthly meetings encourage the promoters. He should be glad to see some of the old members there, as he felt sure they would enjoy themselves. In conclusion he wished success to the Pleasant Saturday Evenings. The song, “The Three Smiths,” by Mr. A. Taylor, was well received. Songs and recitations were afterwards contributed by Messrs. Gittins, Harvey, Jones, Yates, Colley, Bagley, Wilde, and McCoy, and a very enjoyable evening was spent.


5th May 1894


The monthly meeting was held on Wednesday, when there were present—Councillor G. H. Maw (chairman), Alderman H. P. Dunnill, Councillors J. A. Exley, P. Jones, R. Instone, W. Mear, W. E. Southorn, Mr. Godfrey Cooper (town clerk), Dr. Thursfield (medical officer), Air. G. Stevenson (surveyor), and Mr. N. Hartshorne (collector).

OUTBREAK OF SMALLPOX,— The Chairman said the first business was the question of the infectious hospital— Dr. Thursfield said with reference to the old Benthall workhouse for an hospital, in the first place there was no approach for vehicles, and he was of opinion that to put it into repair it would cost as much as having an iron temporary one. It would probably do for an emergency hospital, but they would only be able to put in it one kind of disease at a time. Accommodation must be provided for males and females.—The Town Clerk stated that when they had the hospital they could not compel persons to go into it.—Alderman Dunnill said at present they were in a difficulty, for they did not know what Lady Forester’s bequest would take in.—On their motion of the Chairman, it was decided to allow the matter to stand over until they knew what would be done for the proposed hospital for Wenlock.—Dr. Thursfield observed that a man named William Holmes went to Aldridge, near Walsall, on 19th ult., and took lodgings at the house of Mr. Morris, where the husband had an attack of illness. Holmes noticed the rash, and was informed it was chicken-pox, but on April 22nd a fellow-lodger developed smallpox. Holmes then left the lodging and took others, and a few days after he sickened, but not knowing what was the matter with him came home to Benthall on April 26th, when the rash came out. It was smallpox, and the officer said he had ordered re-vaccination of everyone in the house, where milk was sold, but precautions had been directed in this respect. The infection was clearly caught from the occupier of the house where Holmes lodged, and he was in communication with, the authorities at Aldridge to ascertain whether the case there, which was called chickenpox, had been notified as anything else; if so, the parties were liable to a penalty.—After some conversation, the meeting decided to issue smallpox notices throughout the parish.

BROSELEY WATER SUPPLY.— Dr. Thursfield said he had analysed the water at the Fiery Field, and found that it was quite free from any suspicion of sewage contamination. The water was hard, but not above the average well water; in fact, he considered it good water.— The Chairman: I am pleased to hear it. — Councillor Exley thought they should further test it by having some pumped.— Dr. Thursfield remarked that that would be very desirable.—It was resolved to carry out Councillor Exley’s suggestions, and the Chairman and Councillors Exley and Mear were directed to make the necessary arrangements.

SUTTON WATER.—The Town Clerk said an inquiry into this scheme would be held at Wenlock next week. — Alderman Dunnill could not understand the inquiry being held there, as it affected nobody in that neighbourhood.—The Town Clerk said he could not say why it was to be held there.

CAPE FOLD DRAINAGE.—The meeting decided to take over the Cape Fold, provided the property owners put it first into proper order.

THE FOOTPATHS.—On the motion of the Chairman, supported by Councillor Instone, the surveyor was instructed to repair the footpath in Upper Church Street, and on the motion of the Chairman it was resolved that in future all footpaths should be re-laid with chequered bricks, at the estimated cost of 2s. 6d. per yard.

MONEY MATTERS.— Alderman Dunnill said in the statement of accounts produced he found a new item charged to them; it was £2 13s. 4d. for auditors. He asked for an explanation.—The Town Clerk said he was not aware that that was a new item.—Alderman Dunnill remarked that nothing was paid for auditing the borough accounts. How was it?-The Town Clerk: That is a matter for Mr. Potts to explain.—Alderman Dunnill: We never paid for auditor before.—The Town Clerk said they must have been paid before, and on referring to previous minutes he found he was correct in his assertions.—Alderman Dunnill: I am satisfied. I also find that it cost us for sewerage and scavenging last year £96 16s. 9d., whilst the previous year it only amounted to £32 12s. 8d.—The Surveyor explained that extra work had been executed during the past 12 months. —Alderman Dunnill also asked if the £42 18s. 11d. for water supply included the Dark Lane scheme?—The Chairman: Everything but the engineer’s account, which we have not yet received.—The Town Clerk said that, the accounts had been audited and found correct since the last meeting, There was a balance in hand of £66 0s. 6d., and he wanted cheques for £62 18s.—The Surveyor asked for a cheque for £15.—The cheques were ordered to be drawn.—The Chairman thought a Finance Committee should be appointed.—This met with the approval of the meeting, and the chairman and Councillor Instone were elected on the committee.

5th May 1894


FORESTRY.—The half-yearly meeting of the Iron-bridge and Broseley District of the Ancient Order of Foresters was held at the Lion Hotel on the evening of the 25th ult. Mr. George Hurdley, D.C.R., occupied the chair, and there were also present—Mr. C. Rowe, D.S.C.R., Mr. N. T. Hartshorne, D.S., Mr. Aquila Evans, D.T., and the following delegates:—Mr. A. B. Green, P.D.C.R., representing Court 2476; Mr. George Maiden, P.D.C.R., Court 3353; Mr. Wm. Edwards, P.D.C.R., Court 4965; and Mr. Clement Fennell, P.D.C.R., Court 6752. The minutes of the previous meeting having been read and confirmed, the accounts were submitted to the meeting and passed. It is satisfactory to note that there has been no death in connection with the society in this district during the last half-year, consequently no levy has been made upon the funeral fund, and the business is rapidly increasing both numerically and financially. It being made imperative by Act of Parliament that the business of these societies should undergo actuarial investigation every five years, applications for the purpose were received from Messrs. Abbot Bros. and Mr. James Blossom, of Sheffield. After a brief discussion, the last-named gentleman was selected. The meeting was then adjourned for a month, awaiting replies to certain matters from the Executive Council.

BURIAL BOARD.—A special meeting of this Board was held on Wednesday, under the presidency of Mr. G. H. Maw, when the position of the Board was discussed.— The Town Clerk was of opinion that the Wenlock Corporation were not obliged to take over the Burial Board, although they could do so if they desired. He then read some correspondence which had taken place some time ago between the Local Government Board and the late clerk, Mr. Owen Harries, the result being that no definite reply was obtained from the Local Government Board. The Town Clerk said the constitution of this Board was different from the Wenlock Burial Board.—Mr. Dunnill said some time ago a vestry meeting was called and invested the powers to the old Local Board, and this Sanitary Authority took over the powers of that Board.—The question to decide was whether the Wenlock Town Council, having appointed the clerk to the Sanitary Authority, that it carried with it the right to appointing a clerk to the Burial Board.—The Town Clerk did not think this Board could go to the Wenlock Corporation and ask them to be responsible for any expenses incurred by this Board.—Mr. Dunnill: Don’t the District Council take over the Burial Board ?—The Town Clerk: I don’t think so. If you have been acting illegally since 1889, you had better continue to do so (laughter).—Mr. Dunnill: If the Wenlock Council appoint the clerk to the Burial Board they must pay. — The Town Clerk: But they don’t seem to do that. (Laughter.) Again, you have received grants illegally.—Mr. Dunnill; I think we had better go on as before.— Mr. Exley thought the Wenlock Council should go further. Having taken the appointment of clerk to the Sanitary Authority out of their hands, he thought they should appoint the clerk to the Burial Board.— The Town Clerk thought it was a disgraceful thing that the Local Government Board did not give the late clerk a more definite reply.— The Chairman was of opinion that they should write to the Local Government Board on the question again.—It was decided to do so.—The meeting was then adjourned for a month.


12th May 1894


On Monday morning, Dr. Tailer, borough coroner, held an inquest on the body of Edwin Bagley (treasurer to the Broseley Oddfellows’ Society), who was found drowned on Saturday in the Severn at Ironbridge, deceased having been missing from his home nearly a fortnight. The inquiry was held at the Summerhouse Inn, Broseley, Mr. W. H. Smith being appointed foreman.—Eliza Bagley said: I am the widow of the deceased, and the last time I saw him alive was on the night of the 25th ult., when he went to bed about 9-30. I remained up with my daughter. It was 11 o’clock when I went to bed, and he appeared to be asleep then. We did not speak. On the following morning, when it was just breaking daylight, I heard deceased get up and go out at the back door. I did not speak to him, for I thought he would come back again to bed, and that was the last time I saw him. He did not strike a light. On the previous evening we both went down to the cemetery to see our son’s grave. No words passed in any way that evening. My son and husband never disagreed. Deceased has lately complained of his head, and seemed very quiet; this has been since he had the influenza. He worked for Richard Jones, and he was 53 years of age.—Henry Bagley, son, said: When my father went to bed on the 25th ult. he did not say “Good night” to anyone. I have never heard him threaten to commit suicide. I was on good terms with him, and we had no quarrel on the previous night.—Cross-examined: I have not had much employment, but there had been no unpleasantness on that account. Deceased used to tell me where to go and ask for a job. I am certain we had no quarrel about it.—The Coroner: Remember you are on your oath.—Witness: We never had a quarrel.—Martha Bowen said: I live at Roper’s Hill, Ironbridge. When I was going from my house towards the ferry on the 26th ult., about a quarter to five in the morning, I saw the deceased coming away from the river. He looked strange and wild in his manner, and he was without a hat. I said “Good morning” to him, and he replied, and when I got out of his sight I ran away, for I was afraid of him.—Jane Morgan, Jackfield, stated: When I was going to the river for two buckets of water on Saturday, about 10 o’clock in the morning, I saw something in the water near the Madeley side. I told a neighbour that I thought it was a man’s head. I then sent for Police-constable Bowen, who came and got the deceased out of the river with the assistance of Thomas Hill, at the boat. The body was conveyed to the club-room of this inn. I helped to lay out the body, which I knew perfectly well to be that of Edwin Bagley. He was bruised very badly about the chest and shoulders—the skin was not broken, but discoloured. There were no broken limbs, nor marks on his head, but there was a slight bruise on the top lip.—The Coroner: You see, gentlemen, this is different from what people are talking about.—The Foreman: I heard there had been unpleasantness about the son not having any employment.—Other jurymen made a similar remark, and thought there must have been something to upset the man, who was always a very quiet person.—Sergeant Darbyshire said no information was given to the police till three days after deceased was missing. Something was said about a candle.—A Juryman: We all know the son’s character.—Eliza Bagley was recalled, when the Coroner asked why she did not give the police information before?— Witness: Because I was expecting him to return every moment. —The Coroner: But did you make any inquiries about him?—Witness: Oh yes, the neighbours and I wrote to my friends.— Sergeant Darbyshire: But not before we told you to do so on Saturday.—The Coroner: How is that?—Witness: I did not think he would do such a thing.—The Coroner: What made you think he had gone away at all ?—Witness: I did not know what to think. —The Foreman: What was your answer to Mr. Jones when he came and inquired for your husband?—Witness: I cannot say now.—The Foreman: Did not you tell him he had gone away from home?— Witness: I did. I found his purse in the box with a penny in it.—The Coroner: Your son has been out of work a great deal?— Witness: On and off.—The Coroner: Has there been any unpleasantness about him?—Witness: No, there has not. The boy has been unfortunate.—The Coroner: I hope, for your sake, he will be more fortunate.—Witness: I hope so, sir.—She then left the room.—The Coroner: That is all the evidence we have. We know how he came by his death, but we don’t know the motive, and I believe there must have been some. I don’t think influenza was a sufficient reason for it.—The Foreman: I believe there were family quarrels.—The verdict returned was, “Deceased committed suicide by drowning himself when in a state of temporary insanity.”

On Monday, the remains of the deceased were interred at the Broseley Cemetery. The Rev. G. F. Lamb, M.A. (rector) was the officiating clergyman. The deceased, who was in his 53rd year, had been a member of the “Rose of Sharon” Lodge (I.O.O.F.) for a number of years, and held the position of P.P.G.M. and treasurer, having occupied the last-named office upwards of 15 years. He was of a very quiet and inoffensive disposition, and was highly respected by not only members of his own lodge, but by members of every lodge throughout the district, and by every one who knew him, as a proof of which a large number of persons were present at the cemetery, whose demeanour testified to the fact. He leaves a widow and six children. The funeral cortege left the Summer House (where the body had lain since its recovery), proceeding, via the late residence of the deceased, in the following order:—Messrs. John Jones (P.P.G.M. ), John Brown (P.P.G.M.), John Wilde (P.P.G.M.), Samuel Davis (P.S.), Homer Wase (G.M.), William Barnet (D.G.M.), George Bradeley (N.G.), Alfred J. Pountney (regalia officer), T. E. Garbett (P.G.), Richard Aston, George Wilde, Edwin Langford, John McCoy, W. H. Gittings, Thomas Jones, T. E. Meredith, Thomas Meredith, Thomas Salmonds, B. Cox, S. Lloyd, J. Smith, George Howells, James Clarke, jun., W. Overhand, W. Yates, W. Oakley, George Meredith, J. Colley, George Bowen, William Hall, William Gough, Robert Gough, Thomas Bradley, T. Denstone, T. Burton, R. Taylor, Ernest J. Wase, S. Garbett, T. Bradeley, and Samuel Lloyd, representing “Rose of Sharon” Lodge, all attired in the usual regalia of the order; Mr. Wm. Price (C.S.) represented the “ Royal Oak” Lodge, Madeley, and Messrs. T. E. Patten (P.P.G.M.), Henry Foster (P.P.G,M.), and Isaiah Boden represented “Rose of the Vale” Lodge, Ironbridge. The bearers were Samuel Danks, Jolla Morgan, jun., Wm. Smith, Richard Jones, George Bradeley, Frank Price, T. Denstone, John Dodd, Richard Harrison, John Harrison, Moses Jones, and Wm. Parker. The mourners following the hearse were Messrs. Henry, Arthur, and Edwin Bagley (sons of deceased), the Misses Eliza and Annie Bagley (daughters of deceased), Messrs. George Bagley, Jonas Bagley, Alfred Bagley, James Bagley and wife, Richard Bagley (brothers and sister-in-law), Messrs. Wm. and Alfred Bagley (nephews), Mr. John Gething and wife, and Mr. Holland Ball (brothers-in-law and sister-in-law). The address prescribed by the Independent Order of Oddfellows was read in a very feeling manner at the grave by Mr. Homer Wase, after which the members representing the various lodges proceeded to the “Rose of Sharon” Lodge room, Lion Hotel, where, upon the proposition of Mr. George Wilde, a hearty vote of thanks was accorded to the visiting brothers for their sympathy in attending the funeral. Mr. T. E. Patten (P.P.G.M., “Rose of the Vale” Lodge) responded in a neat and sympathetic speech. Several beautiful wreaths were sent by sorrowing relatives and sympathising friends.


12th May 1894


On Wednesday, an inquiry was held before Mr. Rienzi Walton, M.M.C.E., at the Guild Hall, Wenlock. The Mayor (Alderman James Rodenham) was present to support the Commissioner, and also Alderman H. P. Dunnill, R. E. Anstice, and A. B. Dyas, Councillor G. H. Maw, Mr. G. C. Cooper (town clerk), Dr. Thursfield, Mr. T. S. Stooke, M.D.C.E., Mr. T. E. Patten, and Mr. Hartshorne.—The Town Clerk read the notice convening the meeting, which had been duly posted in the borough. He explained that in the Borough there were four Sanitary Divisions, each forming a separate rating area, and two of these, the Madeley and Broseley Divisions, asked for loans to enable them to supply portions of their respective divisions with water. Madeley re-required £1,500, and Broseley £800. Madeley had a population of 8,177 and an assessable general district rate value £19,623, and an area of about 2,532 acres. A general district rate of 1d. in the pound produced £85. No loan existed in this division. The water was required on sanitary grounds. At Broseley the population was 4,033, and the general district rate was assessable on £8,540, a penny rate producing £36. The area was 1,913 acres. Here they had three existing loans, two for the Cemetery and one for the present water supply. The aggregate amount of the loans was £1,293 12s. 7d.—Mr. T. S. Stooke explained that the Sutton Hill spring would give 30,000 gallons per day. Two-thirds of this would go to supply Coalport and Ironbridge, both on the north side of the River Severn, and the other one-third would supply Jackfield on the south side of the Severn. The Coalport and Ironbridge portions supplied contained a population of 2,675, the supply being equal to 7.4 gallons per head per diem; and at Jackfield 1,225 persons would be supplied with 8.1 gallons per head per day. The Sutton Hill Spring had been known for a great number of years, and had heed used by the L. & N. W. R. Co. at Coalport for their locomotives, and also by the Coalport China Co. for their works. The spring was 241 feet above the Severn level, and the cast-iron tank would be placed  235 feet above that of the Severn. The minimum pressure at the end of the 5 feet main would be capable of delivering 105 gallons of water per minute at 3,800 yards from the tank, the fall being 60 feet there. 3-inch pipes would he used for Jackfield; these would be carried over Coalport Bridge, and would he 2,984 yards in length. It was not proposed to carry the water into the houses; but to fix stand-pipes at various places; nine conduits would be fixed for Jackfield, and 16 for Coalport and Ironbridge the tank would be 48 feet by 24 feet by 6 feet 8 inches; this would be built on a concrete bed one foot thick, and would be covered. The subsoil was a kind of marly clay. The tank would be the only structural work undertaken. Anyone would he able to walk round the tank. The water would be delivered at the top of the tank and drawn from the bottom. The estimated cost was £2,064. The loans asked for were £2,300. The balance would be required for legal and other initial expenses.—The Town Clerk said a provisional agreement had been entered into with the owner of the spring for £50 a year for 30 years.—Dr. Thursfield then submitted an exhaustive report on the Madeley Urban Sanitary District.—The Commissioner asked if there were any objections to the scheme.—As none were forthcoming, the Commissioner said he would close the inquiry.—The Mayor proposed a vote of thanks to Mr. Walton for the able manner in which he had conducted the inquiry.—Alderman A. B. Dyas seconded, and the motion was unanimously carried,—Mr. Walton suitably acknowledged the compliment.

12th May 1894


LOCAL MUSICAL SUCCESS.—At the recent examination held in Birmingham in connection with the Associated Board of the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music, Miss Constance Emily Shorting, of Broseley, pupil of Mr. Theo. Watkis, was successful in obtaining a certificate in the junior division for violin playing.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO.—The following is copied from the Ipswich, Journal of May 3, 1794 :—” Last week, one of the officers of the 90th Regiment, undertook for a considerable wager to walk 156 miles in 72 hours, which he accomplished (upon the road from Shrewsbury to the Iron Bridge) in an hour and three-quarters less than the stipulated time.”

EVENING CONCERT.— A concert was held in the Town Hall on Wednesday evening for the benefit of Miss Agnes White, of High Street. There was a fair and respectable audience. The concert opened with the pianoforte solo, “Tarantella,” which was brilliantly executed by Miss Edith Suart. Mr. J. Nicklin followed with a grand interpretation of the song, “The Haven Aloft,” which was highly appreciated. Miss Pearce next gave “The Better Land,” after which Miss Maud Pearse (of the Birmingham, Wolverhampton, and Provincial Concerts) played with excellent taste and ability the violin solo, “Valse Brindisi,” for which she secured an encore. Mr. Edwin Wase was eminently successful in his song, “The Pilgrim of Love,” for which he was loudly applauded. Miss Maud Pearce then sang” The Holy City.” The glee, “By Celia’s Arbour,” received a very pleasing and able rendition at the hands of Messrs. J. Nicklin, H. Wase, H. E. Clarke, A. Dixon, and W. Garbett. The second part commenced with a duet, violin and piano, “La fille du Regiment,” which was most tastefully and skilfully executed by Miss Maud Pearce and Miss F. George. Mr. Edwin Wase sang with great power and effect “The Maid of the Mill,” which met with a well-deserved re-call, and was kindly responded to. Miss Maud Pearse sang with good taste and finish, “Angels ever bright and fair,” and Miss E. Suart gave the pianoforte solo, “Serenade,” in excellent style. Miss Florence George gave a very nice rendering of the song, “Daddy,” for so young a performer, and was awarded a most hearty re-demand, to which she kindly acceded. The duet, “The Larboard Watch,” was given in grand style by Messrs. Edwin and Homer Wase. Miss Pearce gave one verse of the song, “Mona,” in a very effective manner, which was much appreciated by the audience, but owing to an accident occurring to her copy she was unable to finish. Messrs. H. E. Clarke, J. Nicklin, H. Wase, A. Dixon, and W. Garbett having given the part song “Comrades in Arms,” securing a most enthusiastic and richly-deserved encore, which was kindly acquiesced in, the proceedings closed with “God Save the Queen.” Mr. F. Wilson, of Coalbrookdale, ably accompanied on the pianoforte.



12th May 1894


ENTERTAINMENT.—On Tuesday evening, the last of a series of entertainments of a very successful character in aid of the Church Army Mission Funds, was held in Legg’s Hill School, under the able management of Miss Shaw, who is entitled to the highest praise for the excellent arrangements made and so efficiently carried out by her. The Rev. G. F. Lamb, M.A. (rector), presided, and in the absence of the Rev. J. Marsden Edwards (rector of Jackfield), through illness gave very effectively a humorous and pathetic reading entitled, “Cabby at Christmas.” There was a good attendance, and the following programme was capitally executed, each item being received with the utmost enthusiasm by a highly delighted audience:— Introduction, “Battle March of Delhi,” Band; reading, “Cabby at Christmas,” Rev. G. F. Lamb; song, “All’s for the best,” Mr. Shaw; recitation, “Cassie’s Christmas Box,” Miss Emily Aston; recitation, “Dead Doll,” Louis Denstone; violin solo, “Toreador,” Mr. M. Amphlett; recitation, “Grumble Corner” Phoebe Rowley; pianoforte duet, “Stars are shining,” Miss Emily Smith and Mr. Fred Glover; recitation, “Drummer Boy,” Willie Simmonds; song, “Month of May” (encored), Emily Ball; recitation, “An Old Man’s Story,” Miss Eliza Denstone; violin solo, “March Celeste,” Mr. Frank Tonkiss; recitation, “Dollie’s Dress,” Louie Denstone; song, “Strangers Yet,” Mr. Thomas Denstone; piccolo solo, “Roll-Call March,” Mr. Fred Glover; recitation, “Asleep at the Switch,” Miss Emily Harrison; song and dialogue, “Spring Flowers” and “Buy a broom,” (encored), Miss Emily Ball, Miss Louie Denstone, and W. Simmonds; pianoforte solo, “Sleighing on the Lake,” Miss Shaw; march, “Retreat,” Band. Miss Shaw presided at the pianoforte with taste and ability. At the close, the Chairman read a statement of accounts, which showed that the mission had been self-supporting, in addition to which new chairs had been purchased for the room and paid for, a balance of 10s. 3d. still remaining in hand. The proceeds of that evening would be devoted towards paying the expenses of an outing for the Church Army Mission Choir.


12th May 1894



Before Col. J. A. Anstice (chairman), Major R. E. Anstice, A. B. Dyas, and F. H. Smith, Esqrs.

MILK ADULTERATION.—Noah Hill, landlord of the Lord Hill’s Public-house, Broseley, was charged with adulterating a pint of milk on the 15th ult. Defendant pleaded not guilty. — Stephen Hill, defendant’s son, said he worked for his father, and on the above date, when he was carrying milk for sale for his father in Broseley, Sergeant Darbyshire purchased a pint of milk from him and paid him 1½d.— Cross examined by defendant: I see to the cows and milk them. There is only one cow, and she has been milked seven months, and on the day in question I milked eight quarts. I did nothing but sieve it before I took it out, and I had plenty of chances to avoid the police taking the milk. We don’t make butter. In reply to Major Anstice, the witness said the cow ate cut straw, hay, and meal.—Sergeant Darbyshire said after he purchased the milk he told defendant’s son what he did it for, and afterwards he divided it into parts. On the following morning he sent a sample to the county analyst. Mr. T. P. Blunt, whose certificate of analysis was, “This is not whole milk, but at least 33 per cent. of the fat, or cream has been removed from it. Fat 2.08 water 88.40.”—The defendant strongly denied interfering with the milk, and the only account strongly could give for the milk being so poor was the poor quality of the hay and the quantity of milk. He did not water it. He did not sell cream or butter, and why on earth should he extract the cream? He had received no complaints about the milk.—The Bench retired, and on returning, the Chairman said they  had carefully considered the matter, and they were of opinion that such quality ought not to be sold for new milk, and taking everything into consideration they would only make an order for defendant to pay the costs- £1 9s. 6d.


19th May 1894


BOARD OF GUARDIANS, Yesterday.—Present: Col. J. A. Anstice (chairman), Colonel Wayne, Messrs. W. G. Norris, E. L. Squire, R. Instone, J. Machin, T. Weaver, W. Mear, J. Wooding, T. Hopley, M. Garbett, J. M. Griffiths, and H. Boycott (clerk).—Messrs. J. M. Griffiths and H. Norgrove were appointed visitors for the next fortnight.—The Chairman read the following resolution passed by the Cleobury Mortimer Union, and asking for their support:— “That in the opinion of this Board the time as arrived that the maintenance of the district school at Quatt is no longer necessary, as the object for which the school was established, viz., the education of the pauper children, is now provided for by the State within easy distances, and that the continuance of the institution is a burden upon the rates without any corresponding benefit. The Board furthermore respectfully ask the co-operation of the other Boards concerned in some equitable scheme for the early dissolution of the same.”— The Chairman said this was a very important communication, and perhaps they were aware that the school was built in 1849 by the four unions — Bridgnorth, Madeley, Cleobury Mortimer, and Seisdon. It was built for the purpose of taking all the pauper children away from the different workhouses. The total number of children at the school was 106, 21 from Bridgnorth, 12 from Cleobury Mortimer, 39 from Madeley, 25 from Seisdon, and 9 from Shifnal and Newport. Personally, he was of opinion that the Quatt School was a most valuable institution, and he believed they would make a fatal mistake if they took any steps to dissolve it.— Mr. Squire: Is there any attempt to follow these children when they leave the school.—The Chairman replied in the affirmative.—Mr. Weeding asked if Cleobury Mortimer could withdraw.—The Chairman : I don’t think so.—Mr. Squire thought it would be disastrous if the children were brought into the workhouse.— Mr. Weaver said the children at Wellington were sent to ordinary schools, and he thought they should do the same, if more economical.—The Chairman observed that they would have to build, and employ extra staff, if the children were kept in the house.—Mr. Norris concurred in the chairman’s remarks, and moved “That in the opinion of this Board the maintenance of the school at Quatt is decidedly advantageous to the Union, and very beneficial to the children, both physically and intellectually, and that it would be undesirable to supersede the existing arrangements.”— Mr. Squire seconded the proposition, which was carried, all voting for it excepting Mr. Weaver, who remained neutral.—It was resolved to send a copy of the resolution to the Cleobury Mortimer Guardians.— A letter was read from the County Council stating that under the Local Government Act, 1894, they could apply to them for power to have the election of Guardians triennially, or to have one-third elected every year.— The Chairman asked the meeting what I they thought was most desirable.—Mr. Garbett: Will the present members be eligible?—The Chairman: Oh, yes, I hope so. (Laughter.)— Mr. Norris was of opinion that it was a matter for the new Board to decide—they were practically dying.—Mr. Weaver thought it was hardly reasonable to allow the new Board to fix how long they should remain in office. He thought the electorate should decide. —The Chairman did not think there would be any harm in making the application. He said it would save expense by going out every three years.— Mr. Machin moved that application be made to the County Council to have the elections every three years.—Col. Wayne seconded the resolution, which was unanimously carried.— Mr. Squire: Will they be able to alter it afterwards?--The Chairman thought not.


2nd June 1894


BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY.—On Tuesday evening, a public meeting in connection with this society was held in Legge’s Hill Schoolroom, under the presidency of Mr. Robert Bateman, Benthall Hall. There was a poor attendance, owing doubtless to insufficient publicity. Excellent addresses were delivered by the Rev. F. D. Thompson, of Leeds (deputation from the parent society), Rev. J. W. Johnson (vicar of Benthall), Rev. W. Prothero (Congregational minister, Broseley), and Rev. A. Shinn (Baptist minister, Broseley). The Rev. G. F. Lamb, M. A. (rector of Broseley), was also present. The Rev. Canon Lord Forester is ill at York, or he would have presided at the meeting.

OPENING OF A SUNDAY SCHOOL.—The first Primitive Methodist Sunday School building in this neighbourhood was opened on Wednesday afternoon by Mr. J. P. G. Smith. Considerable praise is due to the indefatigable stewards, Messrs. G. Higgins and A. Malpas, promoters of the object and superintendents of the work. The building when completed will cost nearly £50, and out of that sum £20 has already been obtained. The attendance at the opening ceremony was very poor. The proceedings were opened with the hymn, “And will the great eternal God,” which was heartily sung. Mr. F. Weals (Wenlock) then engaged in prayer. The hymn, “Blest is the man,” having been sung, the Rev. W. R. Brotherton (superintendent minister) read a portion of Scripture, after which he remarked that now they had free education it would be unpardonable if any boy or girl grew up in ignorance. Years ago they taught in the Sabbath Schools arithmetic, writing, &c. They now taught in the Sunday School and trained the children for God. (Hear, hear.) They must not despise little children nor think that they were among the insignificant—they were their future bulwarks, and upon the seeds they sowed now depended the future welfare of the nation. (Hear, hear.) What was more they (the Primitive Methodists) meant to train them for the Lord Jesus Christ. (Hear, hear.) He should like to show them how they stood in relation to Sabbath School work. At the conference in 1893 they had 4,322 Sabbath Schools, which was an increase on the year of 25. They had 61,482 teachers, an increase of 462. There were 450,253 scholars, an increase of 7,338. (Hear, hear.) He was pleased to meet Mr. Smith that afternoon-(hear, hear)-and he thought it was an act of self-denial on his part to climb that hill in spite of the threatened thunderstorm. (Applause.) He then asked Mr. Smith to open the school.— Mr. Smith, who was well received, remarked that he was glad to come amongst them. He always felt very much interested in the cause of education—he had lent a helping hand to the cause as long as he could remember. (Hear, hear.) He spoke in favour of free education, which he was of opinion was for the good of the nation. He was also of opinion that the religious subjects could be taught better in the Sunday School than in the Day Schools—(hear, hear)—because they knew the nation was composed of such a variety of opinions, and he thought it was wisely settled to leave the teaching of religious doctrines as much as possible to the ministers of the different religions. (Applause.) A boy in humble clothes might be as perfect a gentleman as any other person. It lay in his own heart and mind. If he had the feelings of a gentleman, he became one, but if brutish, he would become the reverse. (Hear, hear.) He was nearly 80 years of age, and in his time he had seen some marvellous changes. He could remember when Board Schools began to be established what an opposition there was in different parts of the country, but he had found the more they put in the minds of the boys and girls the better it was. The manners and habits of the people were far different from what they were 60 years ago; in fact, it was almost impossible to describe such a great change. (Hear, hear.) The people were more religious and self-sacrificing— (hear, hear)— the world evidently would be better in time to come, and they would be happier. He had heard a lot about the good old times, but he could never discover what the good old times were. (Laughter.) He was of opinion that the present times were best, and that they would be better in time to come. (Applause.) He had pleasure in seeing such a nice school, and he trusted it would long be prosperous. (Applause.)—Mr. F. Weale proposed a vote of thanks to Mr. Smith for being so good as to open the new schoolroom.—Mr. G. Windsor (Ironbridge), in seconding the resolution, said he was pleased to hear that Mr. Smith was not a pessimist. (Applause.)—The resolution was carried with acclamation.—An adjournment was then made to the chapel, where an excellent tea was enjoyed, and the ladies who waited at the tables were Mesdames Evans, Pope Malpas, Misses F. Meredith and Molineux. The tea over, a public meeting was held, when the Rev. W. R. Brotherton occupied the chair. Speeches on Sunday School work were delivered by the Rev. W. Prothero, Messrs. F. Weale, W. Rickus, M. Wooton, and G. Windsor. Mr. George Higgins presided at the harmonium. The usual votes of thanks terminated the proceedings.


9th June 1894


DEATH OF A PUBLICAN.—After a prolonged illness, the esteemed landlord of the Blockhouse Inn, Mr. T. Jennings, died on Saturday, at his residence. Prior to taking the above house, deceased was engaged in the lobby at Messrs. Craven and Dunnill’s works, Jackfield.


BURIAL BOARD.— A meeting of this Board was held on Wednesday, when Mr. G. H. Maw presided.—The Town Clerk said he had not received any communication from the Local Government Board with reference to the appointment of clerk. The matter was therefore adjourned till the next meeting.—A. letter was read from the rector of Jackfield (the Rev. Marsden Edwards) asking the Board to pass a resolution to the effect that no burials should take place in the winter after three p.m. The Board did not see their way to carry out this suggestion, and one member remarked that they must consider the majority of the people, and not one person.

TEA AND PUBLIC MEETING.— On Monday evening a tea and public meeting were held in the Wesleyan Chapel to celebrate the completion of the building and improvement scheme, when a good number sat down to the good things provided by Miss Pountney and Mr. George Aston (High Street) and Mr. Rowe (Broseley Wood). The following ladies presided at the tables:—Mrs. Suart, Mrs. Edge, Mrs. R. Jones, and Miss Plimley. Tea being over, a public meeting was held, under the presidency of Mr. B. Suart (Alison House), who, in the course of an excellent address, said what pleasure it gave him to preside over such an assembly, and on such an occasion. It was also his pleasant duty to announce that the last portion of the debt on their chapel had been cleared off. The financial report showed an expenditure of £540, and this amount had been raised through the energy and hearty co-operation of all the friends. The Revs. C. Wood and J. Gilbert and Messrs. Edge, Hartshorne, and Plimley all gave stirring addresses, expressing great hopes for the future spiritual prosperity of the Church and hearty thanks for the encouraging success which had attended their past efforts. A vote of thanks to the chairman having been passed, the Doxology was heartily sung, thus closing a very interesting meeting.


Present.— Councillors G. H. Maw (chairman), J. A. Exley, W. Meat, R. Instone, P. Jones, W. E. Southorn, and Messrs. G. Cooper (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), and N. Hartshorne (collector).

BROSELEY WATER SUPPLY.— The Chairman said with reference to the Fiery Fields-water supply he had succeeded in making the necessary arrangements, and that Mrs. Britain was willing to allow them to have a portion of the field for a fair rental He thought they should now have the water pumped out.—Councillor Exley: I suppose there is no scarcity of water now? —Councillor Jones: Rather too much, I think.—Councillor Exley was of opinion that the matter should be postponed, but Councillor Jones thought there could be no harm in testing the water.—In reply to Councillor Exley, the Chairman said the testing would cost about £15 to £20. He was in favour of their going on with the work.—Councillors Jones and Mear thought there was no use in delaying the matter, and it was eventually decided to proceed with the work.—The Chairman said before they decided to do anything definite in the shape of a water scheme, which would evidently increase the rates, a ratepayers’ meeting should be called, and this suggestion the meeting approved of.

A COMPLAINT.— A letter was read from Mr. Glase complaining of a long-standing nuisance in his garden. The men when they cleaned out the brook threw the rubbish in his garden, which prevented him from planting it. Their servant had treated him with the utmost indifference, and as he had paid rates for 30 years he thought he was entitled to some little regard.—Councillor Southorn believed the statement was correct. He was also a sufferer in this respect—The Chairman remarked that the men had no right to throw the rubbish in anyone’s garden, and the surveyor was instructed not to have the action repeated, and also to clear away the rubbish complained of.

FINANCIAL.—The Town Clerk said he had received from the County Council the sum of £108 0s.10d. as their portion. Mr. Hartshorne during the month had collected £40 7s. He had also received several bills, which included £77 3s. 4d. from the Gas Co., £5 18s. 6d. from Mr. Wyatt for testing water, &c., and £1017s. 20. from Mr. RIgg (Dawley) for work clone in connection with the Sutton Water Scheme. He had also received an account of £41 18s. 60. for the joint committees in the same scheme. The surveyor that day wanted a cheque for £40.—The Chairman thought some of the bills had better stand over.—Councillor Exley: And a good while some of them. (Laughter.)

9th June 1894


CHARGE OF ATTEMPTED SUICIDE.—Yesterday, at the Guildhall, before J. Bodenham, Esq. (mayor), John Bradley (30), a fireman in the employ of Mr. W. Allen, and residing at Burnt Houses, Broseley, was brought up in custody and charged with trying to drown himself in the Ballstone Pool at Wenlock on the previous day. Prisoner seemed to keenly feel his position, and evidently his mind is affected.—James Buckley deposed: I am ostler at the Gaskell Hotel, Wenlock. I saw the prisoner yesterday in the Stretton road, near my home. He was coming from Much Wenlock. I knew him, and we had a talk, and he asked me to go and have a drink with him at the Horse and Jockey Inn, and we had one pint of ale, which he paid for. He turned up the lane, and said he was going to Church Stretton. After going a short distance he gave me his watch; he told me to keep it, and that he would destroy himself. I watched him. I saw him sit down on the bank of the Ballstone Pool, and fearing he would get in I ran for Mr. Frank Hopton, who told me to run back again. I did so, and found prisoner coming down the road wet through; he had been in the water. He wanted to stop there; he would not leave when Mr. Hopton came. Mr. Hopton then went or sent for the police. I held the prisoner for about half-an-hour or he would have thrown himself in again. He said he would finish it off.—Prisoner said he did not remember saying or doing anything of the kind.— Police-constable Hill deposed that he received information of the case at 1-30, and proceeded in the direction of the Ballstone Pool, but met prisoner and the last witness near the Railway Bridge. He was wet from head to foot, and would reply to no questions asked him. Witness charged him that morning with attempting to drown himself, and he replied that he did not remember anything about it.—Sergeant Darbyshire objected to bail being allowed on account of the state of mind the prisoner was in.—The prisoner in reply to a question said, “I should like to be let off.”—The Mayor formally remanded the prisoner to the next Petty Sessions

16th June 1894


On Sunday afternoon, Mr. W. Jones (Ironbridge), whilst seated on the stile leading to Buildwas, discovered a bonnet and fall, pair of kid gloves, and an umbrella on the banks of the River Severn. On further investigation he could trace footprints to the verge of the river. Having given information to Sergeant Roberts, who lost no time in making further inquiries, he succeeded in having the articles identified. Early on Monday dragging operations were commenced by Messrs. Baugh and R. Williams, who failed to discover the body, but in the evening, Mr. W. Rogers and his sons lent a willing hand, and about eight o’clock they succeeded in finding the body, which was that of Mrs. Murray, 44, draper, &c., Broseley. The body was immediately, under the superintendence of Sergeant Roberts (Ironbridge), conveyed in Councillor Groves’s cart to the deceased’s late home.

An inquest on the body was held on Wednesday evening, by Dr. Tailer, borough coroner, at the Prince of Wales Inn. Mr. E. Davies having been appointed foreman, the jury viewed the body, and on returning, Amelia Murray said: I am the daughter of the deceased, and live at King Street, Broseley. The last time I saw my mother was on Saturday last, about three o’clock p.m., when she left home, stating that she was going to Bridgnorth, but I don’t think she went. She went there a fortnight ago, when she had an offer of a cottage, which I persuaded her to have. Deceased went to Bridgnorth on Thursday about the cottage, and decided to leave Broseley. Of late my mother appeared very depressed, and would eat nothing. On Friday I took her some gruel up to bed, and I think this was the last she had at home. Deceased has had a great deal of trouble and worry lately; in fact, she has not been the same person since her brother died in April. I have never heard her threaten to do away with herself, only when she was in a temper, and then we took no notice of her. I was living in the house with her alone, and she wanted to give the business up to me, but she did not do so. Deceased slept a lot of late, and although she was not excitable, she had a very hasty temper.—Maria Bennett, Ferney Bank, Broseley, said: I laid out the body on Monday night, about nine o’clock, and discovered that she was badly bruised about the body, neck, and head. There were no limbs broken, and her face was very dark.—In reply to the jury, witness further stated: Deceased was at my house on Saturday three times. She came about eight o’clock in the morning and said, “Maria, do give me a cup of tea, for I feel I am sinking and that I shall die.” I asked her to sit down, and I gave her a cup of tea and some bread-and-butter, but she could not eat. She said, “My head is that sore that I cannot bear my bonnet on—it pains me so bad.” She said her daughter had been pulling her hair. She came again to her house about 10 o’clock, and said that she had been sitting in the shop all the time, and Amelia would not give her any money to go to Bridgnorth. She said she had walked from that place on Wednesday, and it was more than she could do again. Deceased said, “I will on back and try her again.” She came again at one o’clock, and gave me her new address at Bridgnorth, which was No. 7, Pound Street, and stated that she could not stay at home; she had been turned out on the street. — Sergeant Darbyshire: There has been some unpleasantness at home since the boy’s death, through the deceased’s drunken habits. — The Coroner: Have you ever seen her worse for beer?— Witness: Only once. Deceased told me that her sister took away the boy’s club money and wages, and left her penniless.—The Coroner: That’s robbery, and I cannot understand that.—Mrs. Bennett: I knew she quarrelled with her sister as well as the daughter. Mrs. Aston (sister) said she was always drinking. James Barrett told me that he had pulled the daughter from her mother several times when she was illusing her.—In reply to Mr. Hill, witness said deceased told her that the daughter locked her up in a room two days last week, and never gave her anything to eat.—A Juryman: That is enough to make the woman do something.— Witness (continuing) said deceased never seemed to be mistress of the house, although she ordered things.—Witness here left the room.—The Coroner remarked that the last witness only knew what she had been told and not what she had seen. If they believed her evidence they must re-call the daughter and ask her more questions. Even if true, he did not see what they could do in it, for it was a well-known fact that the woman had been drinking, and the daughter perhaps endeavoured to curb her.—A Juryman observed that the witness Bennett had contradicted herself. The jury decided not to recall the daughter.—Elizabeth Preece said: I live near the Big Wheel, Ironbridge. I knew the deceased very well, and it was 11 o’clock when she came to our house on Saturday night and asked for me. She said she was going to Wellington. We, however, persuaded her to stop at our house that night, for she said she had no home at Broseley. We gave her some supper, and she remarked that that was the best bit she had had for long enough. After she had had some breakfast next morning, she left for Wellington, and it was a quarter to four o’clock when she went over the iron bridge to go to Wellington, I saw her go down the Wharfage. She complained about her head before she went, and said her daughter had illused her. She cried bitterly about it. She was not drunk, and appeared all right. I identified the clothes the same evening.—William Jones, Zion’s Hill, Ironbridge, stated that on Sunday afternoon, about four o’clock, when he was sitting on a stile leading to Buildwas, he saw an umbrella, a bonnet, and pair of kid gloves (those produced) close to the edge of the Severn. He afterwards took them to Sergeant Roberts.—William Rogers, who resides near the station at Ironbridge, stated that it was about 6-30 p.m. on Monday when he found the body in the river, near the slip. It was in about five feet of water, and 60 yards from where deceased got in. He took the body down the river in a boat, and handed it to Sergeant Roberts.—The Coroner: That is all the evidence as far as the death is concerned, which is perfectly conclusive. There was no sign of a struggle where the body went down, and I think we have had sufficient evidence to show that the deceased was in a very bad frame of mind. I don’t think there will be anything to gain by recalling the daughter.—Sergeant Derbyshire: If she was not properly treated she should have made complaints to the police.— The jury returned a verdict of “Suicide by drowning whilst temporary insane.”— The Coroner: I hope this will be the last we shall have for some time. We are getting rather notorious at Broseley.— Mr. Shaw: I think so.

On Thursday afternoon, in the presence of a large throng, the remains of the deceased were interred in the Cemetery.


23rd June 1894


The death of the Right Hon. Orlando W. Weld Canon Lord Forester, which took place at 2-15 yesterday (Friday) morning, at his residence in York, where he had gone from his seat at Willey Park to perform his duties as Chancellor and resident Canon, is an event which has cast a gloom over a wide district, and created great grief among those who knew him best. His lordship’s advanced age (born 18th April, 1813) and his general debility gave rise to the gravest apprehensions when it was known that lie had taken a chill at Birmingham on his way to York, and when the sad news of his death was received, profound regret was felt throughout Shropshire.

His lordship was the fourth son (but the third who inherited the peerage and estates) of the first Lord Cecil Forester, who inherited the estates of his uncle, the old Willey Squire, and whom George the Fourth, on coming to the throne in 1821, made a peer and baron of Willey. His late lordship’s two elder brothers, John George Weld, and George Cecil Weld, were in the army, but the late canon went to Cambridge preparatory to entering the Church in 1837, and took his degree of M.A., and became rector of Broseley, where he laboured zealously on behalf of his flock and became popular as a preacher. He removed thence to Doveridge, and after a few years to Gedling, near Nottingham, in which parish he effected great improvements in the social and religious life of the inhabitants by the establishment of schools, reading-rooms, exhibitions of arts and manufactures, and by mixing with and making himself familiar amongst the people. One of these exhibitions of arts and manufactures lasted many weeks and attracted a good deal of attention at the time. It was presided over and arranged by the late Sir Philip Cunliffe Owen, and patronised by Lord John Manners, Mr. Mundella, M.P., and the late Samuel Morley. His lordship received the appointments of Chancellor and Canon of York from Lord Beaconsfield, who for many years was on terms of very intimate friendship with the family. His lordship succeeded to the Willey estates on the death of his brother, the Right Hon. George Cecil Weld, third Baron Forester, which took place at his London residence, Carlton Gardens, on Sunday morning, the 14th of February, 1886, at the age of 79. His lordship had therefore outlived his brother the General by a little over two years, and his elder brother by eight years. The latter, however, might, in all probability, have lived longer but for the accident to his leg, in opening a gate for the Duke of Rutland whilst out hunting. John George Weld Forester, the eldest brother and second baron, died in 1874, in the 73rd year of his age. The names of the three sisters most familiar to the public are those of the late Countess of Chesterfield, the late Mrs. Anson, and the present Countess of Bradford, whose golden wedding was celebrated with much eclát the other day, and who was the fifth and youngest sister. They were all remarkable types of that feminine beauty which distinguished the mother, and which Sir Joshua Reynolds so sweetly portrayed in the painting which represents her as a little girl, now hanging on the walls of Lady Forester’s bright but now much dimmed morning room at Willey Hall. It is almost needless to add that the young lady thus described, and whose youthful charms ripened into the full-blown beauty of womanhood, was Lady Katherine Manners, daughter of the fourth Duke of Rutland, whose duchess was the lovely daughter of Charles, fourth Duke of Beaufort—names well known in the Court circles of the period, and to those who have a taste for poring over the fashionable literature of our grandfathers’ and great-grandfathers’ times. The late lord had, in fact, ten brothers and sisters, those, names and manners were passports to the highest circles of society, and who married into patrician families. In addition to the ladies mentioned was the Hon. Mrs. Smith, who married the eldest son of the first Lord Carington, and died leaving one daughter who became Lady Colville. Next among the sisters was Lady Albert Coayngham, whose husband became Lord Londesborough, and whose son is the present (first) Earl of Londesborough.

The late lord married, on the 14th of July, 1840, Sophia Elizabeth Manners, daughter of Mr. Richard Norman, by the Lady Elizabeth Manners, by whom he had one son, Cecil Theodore, born 3rd of August, 1842, who now succeeds his father. He represented the borough of Wenlock on the elevation of his uncle to the peerage (who had sat for the constituency from 1828, and continued to do so till the dismemberment and redistribution of seats under the Reform Bill). The late peer married secondly, in 1875, Emma Maria, daughter of Mr. W. Tollemache, by whom he has one son, a sprightly and intelligent youth of about 14.

In politics, as in religion, the late lord held broad and what may be called liberal views, and especially so when his connection by birth, fortune, and education are considered. Doctrinal questions insusceptible of general agreement he left to others to handle and defend, conscious that what many insisted upon as clear and dogmatic truths were susceptible of various interpretations, and he refused to wrestle and spend his life in struggles in which neither side having a fulcrum to rest upon could lift the other. He believed rather in mixing with his people, in becoming acquainted with their habits and wants, in sympathising with their feelings, living in their society, joining in their pleasures and amusements; well convinced that neither the influence of birth nor fortune, nor the mere authority of the Church, could command assent to distinctive tenets other than those which he had been brought up to believe, or which commended themselves to his judgment. This spirit of liberality he displayed in a marked manner in the Town Hall, Broseley, in an address on Church Establishment a few years ago. In politics he took no side. Like Edward Denison, formerly M.P. for Newark, he was so far liberal as to believe in “the gradual development of the constitution and its indefinite perfectibility, in opposition to the old Tory notion of its having sprung, Pallas-like, from the will of the Deity.” And for this reason he did not exercise his privilege as a peer, or give more than one or two votes on questions of the day.

The funeral will take place at Willey Church on Tuesday next at three o’clock.


30th June 1894


The remains of the late Lord and Canon Forester were interred in Willey Churchyard on Tuesday, amid the profoundest tokens of sorrow from all classes. Willey mansion is about 3½; miles from Broseley, a portion of the distance to he traversed being about two miles through one of the most lovely of Shropshire parks, and to this place hundreds of people flocked to witness the remains of the fourth baron laid to rest, whose death took place last week at the Residence of York Minster, where the deceased nobleman was one of the residentiary canons. A service was held at the Minster on Monday at 11 o’clock, conducted by the Dean, assisted by the canons and a number of other clergy, the musical portion being beautifully rendered by the choir. There was a very large congregation, including Lady Forester, the Hon. Cecil Forester, the Hon. O. St. Maur Forester, Mrs. Marcus Hare, Mr. G. C. B. Weld Forester, the Bishop of Sodor and Man, Rev. J. Bergeim, and Mr. T. H. Thursfield. After the service the remains were at once taken to the railway station, much respect being shown by the citizens, and conveyed by special train to Much Wenlock, where a very large concourse of people had assembled, manifestations of sorrow and esteem being again shown, and although it was market day, shops were partially closed and the blinds at private residences were drawn. From Wenlock the remains were taken to Willey Hall by road. On Tuesday, business was generally suspended in Broseley, and the works in the neighbourhood were closed. At two o’clock a large number of tenantry, friends, and former parishioners of the deceased met at the Town Hall, Broseley, and walked in procession to Willey, entering the park by the Broseley lodge gates, and then following the approach road for two miles through the beautiful park, until Willey Hall was reached, the funeral being timed to leave the mansion punctually at 2-45. The body, which lay in the drawing-room, was encased in a plain oak coffin, with brass fittings, and the plate bore the following inscription:— “Orlando Watkin Weld Forester, 4th Baron Forester, Canon Residentiary of York. Born 18th April, 1813. Died 22nd Juno, 1894.” It was the express desire of his lordship that his remains should be laid in a plain earth grave at a spot selected by himself on the north-east side of the family church, and that the obsequies should be attended with as little pomp as possible. In all these respects the deceased’s wishes were strictly adhered to, but the very large attendance of the public bore eloquent testimony to the high regard in which he was held by rich and poor. The funeral procession left the mansion at 2-45 by the private walk to the church, the coffin being borne on a plain wheel bearer, without pall, and conveyed by the under-bearers, who were foremen of the various branches of employment on the estate. The following was the order of procession:—Officiating Clergy—Rev. Canon Nash (Little Wenlock) and Rev. W. H. Wayne, M.A. (rector of Willey); Mr. E. B. Potts, Dr. G. D. Collins, and Mr. T. H. Thursfield; pall-bearers—Colonel Wayne, Mr. A. Maw, Mr. R. Bateman, Colonel Anstice, Mr. W. G. Norris, and Mr. J. P. G. Smith; coffin; mourners—Lady Forester, the Hon. Cecil T. Weld Forester, Mrs. Marcus Hare, the Hon. O. St. Maur Forester, Mr. G. C. B. Weld Forester, Colonel the Hon. H. T. Forester, Viscount Newport, Mr. H. A. Norman, the Bishop of Sodor and Man, Captain F. Forester, Mrs. and Rev. F. Wodehouse, Mr. J. F. W. Deacon, Mr. J. Barber-Starkey, the Hon. G. Colville, Mr. J. L. Francklin, and Mr. W. Wright; tenantry and neighbours. Upon arrival at the church Mr. Watkis (who presided at the organ) played “O rest in the Lord,” and the hymn “For ever with the Lord” was sung, the burial service being afterwards impressively conducted by the Rev. W. H. Wayne and the Rev. Canon Nash. Before leaving the church the hymn, “Now the labourer’s task is o’er,” was sung by the congregation, and the “Nunc Dimittis” chanted. The service was concluded at the grave, which was beautifully lined with ferns and white flowers by Mr. J. Penson (the head gardener), assisted by John Pratt and Henry Jones. Beautiful wreaths were placed upon the coffin, sent by the Rev. F. S. and Mrs. Carter, Canon and Mrs. Rame, Mrs Marcus Hare, Mr. and Mrs. Thompson, the officials at the Residence (York), Mrs. H. Whitmore, Mr. and Mrs. Barber-Starkey, Dowager Lady Forester, old inhabitants of Gedling, Mr. and Mrs. Layton-Lowndes, the Earl of Carnarvon, Albert and A. Hurt, from George and Lizzie, from Apley, Mrs. F. W. Forester, Mr. Cecil Colville, Mr. A. Hinsley, Count Perpoucher, Sir Philip Grey Egerton, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Thursfield, Mr. E. M. Kidd (Nottingham), and others. Among those who were present at the church were—Mr. T. F. W. Bush (his lordship’s private secretary), Rev. F. R. Ellis, R. D. (Wenlock), Rev. T. R. J. Fawkes (Dawley), Rev. Marsden Edwards (Jackfield), Rev. W. Wingfield (Leighton), Rev. G. H. White (Lawley), Rev. Hadrian Harries (Coalbrookdale), Mr. G. E. W. Cranage (Wellington), Mr. E. Lawrence (Wellington), Mr. A. Sharman and Mr. T. Reid (Wellington), Mr. H. W. Pointon (Wellington), Mr. I. Birch (Wellington), Mr. E. Groom (Dothill), Mr. Owen (Steeraway), Captain D. L. Prestage (Broseley), Lieutenant A. B. N. Garrett (Coalport), Mr. J. Bodenham (mayor of Wenlock), Rev. Mr. Johnson (Benthall), Lieutenant A. H. Thorn (Ironbridge), Dr. Tailer (Broseley), Mr. Vaughan (Watling Street), Messrs. J. Dixon (Broseley), M. Fletcher (Coalbrookdale), W. Stodd (Ironbridge), J. Edwards (Ironbridge), F. Bates (Iron-bridge), J. Nicklin (Broseley), H. Ware (Broseley), W. Welch (Coalbrookdale), C. C. Bruff (Coalport), G. H. Stevenson (Ironbridge), H. Broom, Burgh (Willey), J. Taylor (Willey), A. B. Dyas (Madeley), W. Y. Owen (Coalbrookdale), Burroughs (Jackfield), H. Boycott (Coalbrookdale), J. A. Exley (Jackfield), Onions (Broseley), J. D. Smith (Broseley), T. Jones (Little Wenlock), R. T. Haynes (Bridgnorth), Rigby (Broseley), J. Davies (Linley), Dr. Brookes ( Wenlock), Messrs. W. Wylde (Broseley), J. Machin (Horsehay), Oakley (Benthall), M. Davies (Broseley), R, Ainsworth (Wenlock), Beard (Broseley). J. Ledger (Broseley), T. Shaw (Benthall), W. Edge (Broseley), Butcher, (Wenlock), Pountney (Broseley), E. K. Thompson (Broseley), Rev. A. Shinn (Baptist minister, Broseley), Messrs. H. Rushton (Broseley), W. Mear (Hignett Farm), P. Jones (Jackfield), J. Randall (Madeley), S. Hill (Broseley), Martin (Broseley), J. Wilkinson (Posenhall), C. W. Pearce (Madeley), R. Instone (Broseley), G. Lloyd (Westwood), S. Meredith (Jackfield), Goff (Willey), T. Griffiths (Coalport), Trevor (Madeley), G. H. Maw (Ironbridge),&c. Letters apologising for inability to attend were received from Lord Barnard, Count Perpoucher, the Duke of Rutland, Lord Granby, Lord Colville of Culross, Lord Carnarvon, Colonel-Kenyon Slaney, M.P., Mr. Herbert Gardner, M. P., Colonel F. Bridgeman, M. P., Mr. Cecil Drummond, Rev. K. Norman, Mr. G. Drummond, Lord Charles Bruce, Mr. A. Hunt, Mr. T. F. Kynnersley, Mr. R. J. More, M.P., Mr. Lyde Benson, Mr. E. M. Wakeman, Mr. G. C. Cooper, Mr. G. E. Meredith, Mr. E. G. Exley, Mr. L. E. Wollstein, and Mr. T. J. Barnett. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. Bean (York) and Mr. Watts (Broseley).

In last issue appeared a memoir of the deceased nobleman, but the following amplification of the facts therein mentioned may be of interest:—The third baron died on the 14th February, 1886, without issue, and his next brother, Charles Robert Weld, having died many years previously, was succeeded by the fourth son of the first baron—Orlando Watkin Weld Forester—the subject of this notice. The year in which the deceased clergyman came into the title and estates was, by a noteworthy coincidence, the year in which he completed half-a-century’s clerical labours. It was in 1836 that, graduating at Trinity College, he took his degree of M. A., and was ordained deacon by the then Bishop of Lincoln, taking priest’s orders in the following year. His first curacy was at Dunton, in Buckinghamshire, where he remained for five years, when he became rector of Broseley. Here he laboured until 1859, in which year he was appointed as vicar of Doveridge, Staffordshire. After eight years’ service there he was instituted rector of Gedling, near Nottingham, and for 20 years he held that living, resigning in 1887. During the 20 years that Lord Forester, or, as he was then known, the Hon. and Rev. O. W. Weld Forester, was rector of Gedling, he did much valuable and useful work. The living was in the gift of the Earl of Carnarvon, to whom he was related by marriage. For many years an object he was specially eager to promote was the creation of two other parishes out of his own for two growing districts. This he eventually succeeded in doing satisfactorily by the sale of portions of his own glebe land to the Great Northern Railway Company, to Nottingham Corporation, and to the Justices of the Peace for Nottinghamshire. By this means he was able to substantially endow the livings of Netherfield and Carlton—the church at the latter place being erected by the Countess of Carnarvon and that at Netherfield by public subscription. In Carlton he built also an institute and a reading-room at a cost of £2.500. He erected schools at Gedling, and was also instrumental, in conjunction with the late Mr. Samuel Morley, in getting schools built at Carlton. He bore the cost of erecting the Temperance Hall at Carlton, and in many other ways he endeavoured to improve the social conditions of the inhabitants of the district. After leaving it he continued to maintain an interest in it, always being ready to support philanthropic movements when appealed to, and his death will there be keenly felt. From 1847 to 1874— a period of close upon 30 years—the deceased clergyman held a prebendary stall in Hereford Cathedral. In that year the promotion of the Venerable William Basil Jones to the See of St. David’s created a vacancy in the office of Canon Residentiary of York Cathedral, and to that position Lord (then Mr.) Forester was instituted by the late Archbishop Thompson on the 18th December, 1874. On the following day he was collated to the Chancellorship of York Cathedral with the prebend of Langton annexed thereto, but in 1891 an exchange of prebends was effected between the deceased and Canon Raine, and from that time to his death Lord Forester held the prebendary stall of Langtoft. In the same year, 1891, his Lordship resigned the office of Chancellor, and was succeeded by Canon Raine. During his connection with York, Lord Forester identified himself with the work of the Cathedral, and indeed with Church work generally, in a way that gained for him the esteem and affection of all who had known him. With a modesty that was characteristic of the man, he was always reluctant to assume the positions of prominence which his friends would have assigned to him, but his interest in the movements in which he took part was none the less genuine, and his sympathies not a whit less practical on that account. His periodical visits to York as Residentiary Canon were always welcomed. He had a host of friends who will deeply feel the loss of a wise counsellor and a devoted fellow-worker. The deceased Canon may be said to have been a clergy-man by choice and a peer by accident. Though he was the fourth older of the title, he was only in the second generation of the Forester peerage. At the time of has birth in 1813 there was no likelihood of even th family being raised to the rank of nobility, and when in his 24th year he entered the Church no one ever dreamed that the young clergyman, the fourth son of a newly-created peer, was destined to wear a coronet. But so it happened, and in his old age—for he was then in his 73rd year—the venerable Canon joined that small band of noblemen in holy orders which includes Lord Plunket, the present Archbishop of Dublin, and the Marquis of Normandy and Lord Scarsdale. But Lord Forester bore his new honours with humility and his new responsibilities with a keen appreciation of the added duties which they brought upon him, and whether as a peer of the realm or as a devoted son of the Church he acquitted himself with that quiet dignity, almost amounting to reserve, which characterised his long life. But he was more a clergyman than a pear, and to the last he laboured to advance the interests of the Church, to which be was deeply attached, and, in whose service he spent a lifetime.


7th July 1894


The monthly meeting was held on Wednesday, when there were present—Councillor G. H. Maw (chairman), Alderman H. P. Dunnill, Councillors J. A. Exley, R. Instone, W. Mear, and Messrs. G. Cooper (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), and N. Hartshorne (collector).

THE By-Laws.—Alderman Dunnill said he should like to make a few remarks with reference to the bylaws.—The Town Clerk: You will understand that they will come before the whole Council this month.—Alderman Dunnill: Oh yes, but this is preliminary. I want to speak about the boats.—The Town Clerk : I might say that that clause was left to the Madeley authority, who have recommended the by-law regarding the boats to be struck out, on the ground that they thought it would be unworkable.—Alderman Dunnill: I do think there should be some control over the ferry boat, which is at present very incomplete and out of condition.—The Town Clerk: Perhaps Messrs. Anstice would see that it was all right.—Alderman Dunnill: I don’t think so. A terrible disaster I occurred at the Coalport ferry boat some years ago, when 30 people were drowned.—Councillor Exley concurred in the above remarks, and the Town Clerk remarked that if a disaster occurred no action could he brought against the Corporation.—Alderman Dunnill was of opinion that the Corporation should see that the boat was in proper condition.—In reply to Alderman Dunnill, the Town Clerk said there were no regulations at Bridgnorth.—The authority eventually decided to recommend the adoption of the by-laws, including the one rejected by the Madeley Authority. On the motion of Councillor Exley it was resolved to recommend the Council to compel railway waggons, &c., to carry lights at night.

BROSELEY WATER SUPPLY.—The Chairman said since the last meeting the water at the Fiery Fields had been tested, and it was found that there were 15,000 gallons a day, there being 63 feet depth of water in the shaft. Although Dr. Thursfield had had a sample of the water, before giving a definite opinion he wanted another sample.— Alderman Dunnill: We are all right as regards the quantity.—The Chairman observed that Roberts’s account for pumping the water was £13. — Councillor Exley was of opinion that the water scheme would prove a very expensive matter.—The Chairman: Before we do anything definite we should call a ratepayers’ meeting.—Alderman Dunnill: We must know first of all the quality.— The Chairman thought the authority should compensate Mrs. Brittain for allowing them to cut up the field.—The matter was left in the hands of the chairman.

TENDER FOR LIGHTING.— The Broseley Gas Co.’s tender for supplying the public lamps with gas at £29 0s. 3d. per thousand hours was accepted.


14th July 1894


The death of the Dowager Lady Forester, widow of the second Baron Forester, took place in London on Saturday.

Adine, Lady Forester, was the daughter of Count Von Maltzan, of Prussia. She married, first, the last Viscount Melbourne; secondly, John George Weld, second Baron Forester, of Willey Park. He died in the autumn of 1874, since which time she had chiefly resided in Audley Square, London, where she died. Many who knew her during the 18 years of their life at Willey are passed away, but those who remain re-member well how she devoted herself to her husband’s interests and his pursuits, and how, when he became an invalid, she tenderly watched over him and anticipated his every wish and requirement. A person who knew her well spoke of her thus— “That ministering angel—the kindest creature who ever lived,” and there are many who will now re-echo these sentiments. To rich and poor alike she was a ministering angel, to whom no one went in vain. Charitable and liberal to the highest degree, and blest with ample means, her hand was ever open to relieve the needs and wants of any brought to her notice, regardless of cost, and in no sparing manner. When she visited the cottages, she would not only enter into the daily wants and troubles of the inmates till they felt they had at last found a real friend, but she would always leave substantial aid to meet immediate needs. Once, when remonstrated with for giving to people who were thriftless, she replied, “They are poor and miserable, and I must help them.” This was the guiding rule of her conduct—to help all who needed help. Few know the extent to which her charitable gifts went (and so continued up to the end of her life). There are many—a very great many—who will, when they hear of her death, feel that they have lost the one to whom they could look in the hour of trouble with the certainty of compassion and substantial help. She is not spoken of here as she was in the great world—peerless in Society—but as she appeared in her loved home at Willey, and in her intercourse with her people there, and especially with the poorer ones. Her charm of manner, the power she possessed of at once winning the hearts of every one with whom she came in contact—the hold she obtained upon the feelings of the people—all this lives in their hearts now. She is gone. She is not forgotten, and never will be whilst any of those who knew her survive. She was buried at Willey, in the church which had been almost rebuilt through her generosity, and which contains those beautiful monuments which were executed for her by Boehm and Noble, and if any monument was required of her, it might well be said, as it was of Sir Christopher Wren with reference to St. Paul’s, “Si monument ant requiris circumspice.”

On Tuesday the remains were conveyed by the ordinary train to Ironbridge, and the coffin was taken in a hearse to Willey Hall, and placed in the drawing-room, where it remained until the funeral, which took place on Wednesday last. The coffin, which was of oak, with brass mountings, had inscribed on the plate—” Adine, widow of 2nd Lord Forester, born 5th Jan., 1818, died 7th July, 1894; daughter of late Count Von Maltzan, and married first to the last Viscount Melbourne.” The cortége left the large mansion by the private walk to the church, the coffin being borne on a plain wheel bier by Messrs. G. Fisher, E. Morris, T. Bentley, R. Kitson, F. Thomas, R. Brazier, R. Botfield, and L. Powner. The order of procession was thus: Officiating clergy—The Rev. W. H. Wayne, Rev. G. F. Lamb, Rev. W. Buckle; Mr. E. B. Potts (solicitor), Mr. T. H. Thursfield (Lord Forester’s agent); friends—Rev. Canon Nash, Rev. F. R. Ellis, Mr. W, P. Brookes, Mr. Lyde Benson, and a large number of old friends and tenants; the body; mourners—Count Perponcher, Count Von Maltzan, Lord Bristol, Count Blucher, Lord Forester, Colonel the Hon. H. Forester, Lord Curzon, Lord Newport, Hon. Edgar Forester, Hon. George Forester, Lord Rowton, Lord Arran, Mr. A. White, Mr. Baxter, Mr. Owen, Mr. Ben Thomas, Sir. J. Brown, Mr. Peter Scott, Mr. Thos. Evans, &c. The sacred edifice was crowded, and when the procession entered its portals Mr. J. Nicklin played “O rest in the Lord,” after which deceased’s favourite hymns were sweetly sung by the choir, assisted by Broseley choristers. The hymns were, “Peace, perfect peace,” and “We are but strangers here.” On leaving the church, the choir chanted the Nunc Dimittis. Amongst the congregation were Emilia Lady Forester, Councillor W. Mear (Inett), Messrs, F. Davies (Broseley), J. Wylde (Broseley), J. Penson (Willey), J. Taylor (Willey), G. H. Stevenson (Iron-bridge), E. Davies (Broseley), J. Meredith (Astley Abbots), G. Maiden (Broseley), H. Broadhurst (Broseley), J. Garbett (Broseley), S. Danks(Broseley), C. Edwards (Wenlock), T. Beard (Werps), Huffadine (Dawley), F. Bates (Ironbridge), T. Edwards (Morville), R. A. Instone (Broseley), J. A. Burnett (Broseley), T. Lawrence (Broseley), W. H. Lloyd (The Dean), J. Matthews (Broseley), E. S. White (Ironbridge), W. T. Chattaway (Ironbridge), J. Dixon (Broseley), P. Jones (Jackfield), H. Rushton (Broseley), S. Hill (Broseley), &c. The following wrote regretting not being able to attend the funeral:— Lord Wrottesley, Hon. Colonel Emilius Forester, Right Hon. Evelyn Ashley, Lord Londesborough, Captain Francis Forester, Lord Templemore, Sir Philip Grey-Egerton, Lord Colville, Colonel Bridgeman, M.P., Colonel Kenyon-Slaney, M.P., Captain Frank Forester, Mr. George Manners, Mr. George Drummond, Lord Roden, Lord Sudeley, Lord Granby, Earl Cowper, Mr. Layton Lowndes, Mr. Arthur Maw, Mr. W. G. Norris, Mr. Yates, (Lawley), Mr. Allen (Benthall). Beautiful wreaths were sent by the following :—Graf von Pourtales, Graf and Graffin Maltzan, Mrs. H. Whitmore, Lady Colville of Culross, Mrs. Thomas Dundas, Fürst Blucher von Wahlstatt, Lord and Lady Forester, Graffin von Perponcher, Graf A. Perponcher, Graf von Perponcher Sedlnitzky, the Countess of Bradford, Lord and Lady Curzon, Mabel, Alice, and Esther, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Chancellor, “From Barrow, 1874—1894,” Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Owen, “From Katie,” “From Auntie,” Mr. Frank Rowley, the Household, Audley Square. After the ceremony the vault was thrown open to the public, who soon availed themselves of the opportunity of visiting it, and perhaps it will be of interest to state that the vault at present contains the bodies of the Lady Katherine; Mary, wife of Cecil Weld, first Lord Forester, who died May 1st, 1829; Cecil Weld Forester, 1st Lord Forester, died May 22nd, 1828; John George Weld, second Lord Forester, born August 9, 1801, died October 10, 1874; George Cecil Weld, third Lord Forester, died February 14, 1886; Miss Cissy Forester. There is an older vault under the chancel in which the Welds and earlier members of the Forester family are buried. During the obsequies on Wednesday all the shops in the town of Broseley were, closed, business was entirely suspended, and muffled peals were rung from the old church tower. Mr. Isaac Watts (Broseley) efficiently carried out the undertaking arrangements.


14th July 1894


FARWELL SERVICE.— Captain Rowley, of the Church Army Mission, concluded his engagement at Broseley on Sunday evening, upon which occasion he delivered an admirable and feeling address from the words, “Jesus hungry” (Matt. xvii. 8), in the Mission Room, Legge’s Hill. Special hymns were well rendered by the choir. A duet by Misses Edith Cox and Emily Ball was sweetly and tastefully executed. The opening voluntary, “The earth is the Lord’s,” was also given in capital style. The solos (instrumental) were undertaken by Messrs. Thomas Ball and T. Denstone (piccolos). Messrs. F. and W. Glover (flute), and Mr. E. Shaw (violoncello), ably accompanied upon the organ by Miss Shaw who also played “Hill’s March” at the close of the service with great taste and expression. There was a large attendance.— On Monday, the secretary and treasurer, with the approval of the rector, presented Captain Rowley with the sum of £3 3s., being surplus arising from the collections at the Mission Room during his stay at Broseley. Captain Rowley leaves Broseley with the good wishes of many friends.


14th July 1894


SCHOOL TREAT.—On Monday, the scholars of the Wesleyan Sunday School had their annual field day. The children met at 2-30 at the schoolroom, from which they started in procession to Mr. R. Jones’s, Ferney Bank, at whose residence they sang, and the band played. Afterwards they restarted and proceeded to Mr. B. Suart’s residence (Church Street), where some more music was given and the children were photographed. Tea was partaken of at the Gospel Room by about 260 children and teachers. After tea an adjournment was made to the Birch Meadow Field, kindly lent by Mrs. Bathurst, where numerous recreations were indulged in, amongst others being swings, football, and cricket. Fire balloons were sent up during the evening, and the Jackfield Drum and Fife Band rendered some selections in excellent style, reflecting great credit on the conductor, Mr. Homer Wase, Broseley.

PRESENTATION.— Captain Rowley’s labours in connection with the Church Army Mission at Broseley having terminated, several of his friends thought it incumbent upon them to present him with some token of their appreciation of his services and regard for his personal character, notably Miss J. Pritchard and Mr. and Mrs. O. Bate, of Broseley, who, with their characteristic kindness and energy, obtained subscriptions as per list advertised in today’s issue. On Monday evening, after a social cup of tea together, Mr. Wm. Jordan said he had a very pleasing duty to perform, viz., to present to Captain Rowley, in the name of the subscribers, a purse containing the sum of £5 as a small token of their esteem and appreciation of his labours amongst them as Captain of the Church Army Mission. Mr. Franks, of Shirlett, also presented Captain Rowley with a revised version of the Bible, from the friends of the Cottage Meeting held there. Captain Rowley, in a neat and feeling speech, thanked the friends for their great kindness.


Before J. Bodenham (mayor), A. B. Dyas, W. Y. Owen, and E. W. Shorting, Esqrs.

PUBLICANS IN TROUBLE.—Elizabeth Roberts, landlady of the Cape of Good Hope Inn, Broseley, was charged with selling on the 7th ult., a pint of brandy adulterated with at least 33 per cent. of added water, and 53½ degrees below proof.—Police-constable Tait proved the case.—The defendant, who pleaded guilty, said the sample was 17 under proof when she bought it.—The Mayor said the case was a bad one, and the maximum penalty was £20, but this being the first ease they decided to only fine her £3 and costs. They would not endorse the license.




14th July 1894


PICNIC.— The members of the Band of Hope to the number of 70, held a picnic on Wednesday under Benthall Edge, which was thoroughly enjoyed. Games of all descriptions were indulged in. A capital tea was partaken of in Mr. Wale’s field, when Mrs. Burns, Mrs. Wylde, Mrs. Lloyd, Mrs. Cleobury, and Miss S. Hayes officiated as waitresses. The general arrangements were under the superintendence of Mr. W. Thomas (president) and Mr. G. Hayes (secretary). At dusk the company dispersed, but not before a vote of thanks had been given to Mr. Wale for the use of the field.


28th July 1894


PRESENTATIONS.—On the evening of the 19th inst, a very pleasing and interesting event took place in the Broseley Wesleyan Schoolroom, the occasion being the presentation of a very elegant tea and coffee service, silver-plated, to Miss Edith Suart, also to Miss Florrie Suart, by the Church and congregation. The young men of Miss Edith Suart’s Bible Class likewise presented her with two silver-plated cruet stands with cut class bottles, together with their photos. Miss Florrie Suart also received photos of the members of her class, as a, slight token of the esteem in which she and her sister are held by them, and an expression of their good wishes for their future happiness on their prospective marriage in Jamaica. Mr. Edward Plimley presided, and spoke in high terms of the Misses Suart, and the valuable services rendered by them to the Wesleyan cause at Broseley. The presentations were made by Mr. J. E. Hartshorne and Mr. W. Edge in neat and appropriate addressees highly eulogistic of the recipients, assuring those Ladies that they would leave Broseley with the entire sympathy and good wishes of the Church, congregation teachers, and scholars of the Sunday School together with a host of friends, for their happiness and welfare in the marriage state and future home.

DEATH OF MR. W. SOUTHORN Mr. William Southorn died at his residence on Monday evening after a painful illness. Deceased was proprietor of the oldest pipe manufactory in the district, and it was here where the famous “churchwarden” was made. Deceased never took any active part in local matters, although he was once churchwarden at Benthall. He was married twice, and his only son is now a member of the Wenlock Corporation. The funeral of deceased took place on Thursday at the Parish Church, when his remains were buried in the family vault, which contained the body of his first wife. The cortege left the house in the following order:— Bearers, Messrs. T. Evans, J. Williams, B. Williams, H. Meredith, W. Howells, and R. Walker; hearse, containing the body; mourners (in coaches). Mr. W. E. Southorn (son), Mrs. Southorn (widow), Mr. P. Weston (brother-in-law), Mr. Taylor (Newtown), Miss Jones (sister to widow), Miss Denstone (forewoman at works), Mr. A. Evans, Mr. R. Jones, Mr. J. Morgan, and Mr. T. Beard (Coalport). Then came the work people. The coffin, which was of polished oak, bore the inscription, “William Southern, born July 25 1827, died July 23, 1894.” The Rev. J. W. Johnson (vicar of Benthall) conducted the ceremony in a most impressive manner. There were three wreaths including a magnificent one in a glass case, contributed by the workpeople.

FAREWELL SERVICES. — On Sunday, special sermons were preached in the Old Baptist Chapel—in morning by the Rev. A. Lester, in the afternoon Mr. B. Preece (Dawley), and in the evening by Rev. T. Platten (pastor), who has just completed his 12 months’ engagement here. — On Monday a public tea took place, after which a meeting was held in the chapel, under the presidency of the Rev. T. Platten who in a neat speech wished his congregation “Good-bye,” remarking that, although things were changing there, he could truthfully say that “things stood between God and himself as usual.”— Mr. Wm. Edge (Broseley) next addressed the meeting, expressing the pleasure it gave him to be present, and wished Ma. Platten “God-speed.”—Mr. Bailey (Dawley, said he thought all that the chapel required was prayer and energy in everything. If the people would not come hear the Gospel they must take it to them.—The Rev. Mr. Griffiths (Bridgnorth), in an excellent address expressed the hope that the congregation would not long be pastorless. Although they would be for a time as sheep without an earthly shepherd, yet they must remember that the Great Shepherd ever remained to lead them.— Mr, James Hartshorne pointed out what he thought was the mistake in the management of the chapel. It was evident to him that some one had blundered and was blundering. He thought that the Shropshire Baptist Association had not been enough in sympathy with Mr. Platten, and had not stood shoulder to shoulder with him. The grand mistake was, however, the 12 months’ engagement scheme. The work ought to go on smoothly, not interruptedly.— The Rev. A. Lester (secretary of the Shropshire Baptist Association) said that he would not reply in detail to Mr. Hartshorne’s speech, for he would rather have a few minutes’ private conversation with that gentleman. He, however, would say that the Association named were willing to do all they could possibly do for the cause at Broseley, and they had done so. The chapel was going to be thoroughly re-organised in a short time. He was glad that they had the sympathy of the Bridgnorth and Dawley Churches. They must all work together in unison.—The Doxiogy closed the meeting. Miss Platten presided at the harmonium.


4th August 1894


DEATH OF A CHURCHWARDEN.—Mr. Adam Jones, son of Mr. W. Jones, brick and tile manufacturer, died yesterday morning, after a lingering and painful illness. Deceased was churchwarden at St. Mary’s, and was highly esteemed.


4th August 1894


SANITARY AUTHORITY, Wednesday.—Present: Councillors J. A. Exley (chairman), R. Instone, W. Mear, P. Jones, and Messrs. G. Cooper (town clerk) and N. Hartshorne (collector).— The Town Clerk said with reference to the water in Fiery Fields, Councillor Maw had sent him the medical officer’s report, the result of the analysis being as follows:— “The water is, as before, free from sewage or excess of organic matters. It contains, however, a large amount of dissolved mineral matter and is excessively hard. I cannot recommend this water as one that the Sanitary Authority should spend much money upon. This sample contained a very appreciable quantity of iron. I am sorry I cannot express a more favourable opinion. I would suggest that you take another opinion, not because I have any want of confidence in my expression of opinion, which I know to be right, but because the whole thing is a matter of opinion, and I am not in the least tenacious of having my opinion or results checked by any person. This is a serious matter for the town of Broseley.”—The matter was deferred till the next meeting.—The Town Clerk thought it was time that steps should he taken in getting the money in. Only £173 out of £310 had been collected, and the rate should he cleared off by the end of the present month.— The Collector said he had been round and received many promises.—Councillor Instone: You have no difficulty in getting the rates in ?—The Collector : I have this time.— Councillor Instone: You must look after them sharp.— The meeting resolved to summon all rate defaulters.



4th August 1894


SCHOOL TREAT.— All the scholars attending the Day and Sunday Schools of St. Mary, Jackfield, to the number of fully 300, together with the rector teachers, and other friends, were hospitably entertained by Mr. J. P. G. Smith, of Sweyney Cliff, on Monday. The extensive and picturesque grounds were thrown open, and the proceedings were enlivened by the strains of the Ironbridge Volunteer Band. Prizes for needlework in the Day Schools were distributed by the kind and generous host. Various games were enjoyed in an adjoining field.


11th August 1894


Probate of the will, with codicils dated September 6th, 1885, February 5th, 1891, and June 5th, 1898, of the Rev. Orlando Watkin Weld, fourth Baron Forester, rector of Gedling, Notts, and Canon Residentiary of York Minster, who died on June 22nd last, aged 81 years, has been granted to his wife, Baroness Forester, and Mr. John Francis William Deacon, of Mapleton, Kent. Lord Forester’s will begins, “I desire first to acknowledge with grateful thanks to Almighty God that I have been blessed with a life of uniform and uninterrupted good health extending beyond the piloted term of the children of men.” He devises to Lady Forester his real estate in the parish of St. Paul, Colton, and Gedling, and elsewhere in the county of Notts. and he bequeaths to her the effects brought by him from Gedling to Willey Park. All other effects belonging to him at Willey Park the testator bequeaths to his son, the Hon. Cecil Theodore, now fifth baron, and all the residue of his property he leaves to his wife, the gross value of his personal estate having been sworn at £15,815 12s. 2d.


11th August 1894


DEATH OF MRS. HUNT.— After a long and painful illness, Mrs. Hunt (sister of the late Dr. Bartlam) quietly passed away on Saturday evening, at the residence of Mrs. Bartlam, High Street. Deceased was in her 74th year, and was greatly respected. Her remains were conveyed to Coalbrookdale Station on Wednesday morning, en route for High Wycombe, where the interment took place. Dr. Tailor (successor to the late Dr. Bartlam) and Mr. A. H. Thorn (grandson to the late Dr. Bartlam) attended the funeral).

SUNDAY SCHOOL TREAT.— On the afternoon of the 3rd inst., the annual treat to the children attending the Broseley Church Sunday School was held. At two o’clock the children assembled at the National Schools, and after singing a hymn, marched to a field kindly lent by Mr. Beard, of the Pheasant Hotel, headed by the Jackfield Drum-and-Fife Band, under the leadership of Mr. Homer Wase, and accompanied by the Rev. G. F. Lamb, rector of Broseley, and the teachers. Cricket, football, races, and other amusements were entered into with evident enjoyment, after which a return was made to the schools, where the excellent tea provided by Mrs. Cullis was done full justice to. After the hearty appetites of the juveniles had been appeased by a liberal supply of tea, cake, and bread and butter, and they had returned to the field, the teachers and friends sat down to tea, afterwards rejoining the children, and the distribution of prizes to all the lucky winners in the games was made, a gift or prize being provided for every boy and girl. The children were very assiduously attended to by the teachers and friends, who kindly assisted both at the tea table and in the field. The fine afternoon and the cheery strains of the Drum-and-Fife Band helped to enhance the enjoyment of all concerned in the treat.

JUBILEE AND BAPTISMAL SERVICES.—Sunday last was a red-letter day in the history of the Birch Meadow Baptist Chapel and Sunday School, the former having been erected in the year 1803, and restored as a memorial to the late highly-esteemed pastor, the Rev. Thomas Jones, in 1884, and the latter was founded in the year 1814. The present pastor (Mr. Shinn) preached two able and appropriate sermons. At the close of the morning service, the ordinance of Believer’s Baptism by Immersion was administered to five persons (two males and three females), by the Pastor, and in the evening they were received into the Church and partook of the Lord’s Supper with the other members. There was a large congregation at each service. Suitable hymns were sung, including one composed by a lady member of the church. Mrs. Shinn presided at the harmonium with taste and ability.—On Monday afternoon the annual summer treat was given to the children attending the Sunday School, and this being the eighth decennial Jubilee, a greater amount of interest was manifested among the teachers and friends. The schoolroom was neatly and tastefully decorated with flowers, ever-greens, flags, and banners, interspersed with appropriate mottoes, reflecting great credit upon the teachers and scholars who were the executants. Upwards of 180 teachers, scholars, and friends sat down to a first-class tea, provided by Mrs. Cullis, of Broseley, and Miss Clarke, of Benthall, after which an adjournment was made to a field (kindly lent by Mrs. Bathurst), where cricket, football, racing for prizes, swings, and other amusements where heartily indulged in. During the evening the children and teachers, together with Mr. and Mrs. Shinn, were photographed in a group by Mr. E. J. Exley. A fire balloon was sent up, and although the rain fell almost incessantly during the morning, causing gloom and distrust in the minds of the children and their friends, the sun broke forth in all its splendour in the afternoon, causing joy and gladness to abound. At 8 p.m. the children were called up, and proceeding to the schoolroom, sang the hymn, “God bless our Sunday School,” and prayer being offered, a bun was presented to each scholar and thus ended a day long to be remembered by all present.

FUNERAL OF MR. ADAM JONES. — Almost every blind in Jackfield was drawn on Tuesday, and the village was quite in mourning, the occasion being the burial of Mr. Adam Jones, who was highly respected from the highest to the lowest inhabitant. Deceased was a churchwarden at St. Mary’s, where he rendered valuable assistance. He was also a member of the Madeley Board of Guardians, and a junior warden in the “St. Milburga” Lodge of Freemasons. Deceased was interred in Broseley churchyard in the new family vault. Outside the Calcutts House, the Jackfield choir, conducted by Mr. I. Nixon, sang the hymn, “O God, our help in ages past,” after which the lengthy procession moved towards the church in the following order:— The Jackfield choir members (in surplices); members of “St. Milburga” Lodge of Freemasons—P.M. Louis E. Wollstein (Arleston), P.M., G. Evans (Wenlock), P.M., R. A. Burden (Madeley), Messrs. Jos. Lloyd (Ironbridge), J. T. Bott (Coalport), J. C. Cheadle (Coalport), J. M. Griffiths (Buildwas), and T. Doughty (Jackfield); bearers, Messrs. T. Wylde, J. Maiden, C. Morris, J. Jones, H. Dodd, and G. Morris; hearse, with coffin: mourners (in coaches), Mr. W. Jones (father), Mr. W. Jones (brother), Mr. Bromwich (brother-in-Law), Mr. A. and Mr. P. Jones (uncles), Mr. Adam James Jones, Mr. B. Jones, Mr. Chas. Jones, Mr. E. Jones, and Mr. W. J. Jones (cousins); Rev. Marsden Edwards (rector), Mr. W. H. Smith (churchwarden), and Mr. W. H. Mapp (sidesman); the workpeople, each carrying a wreath or cross; friends—Messrs. J. A. and E. G. Exley, J. P. G. Smith, E. B. Potts, E. W. Shorting, J. Watton, E. G. Chubb, B. Hughes, T. B. Wilson, E. Oakes, G. Shepherd, G. Ledger, R. O. Haughton, E. S. White, H. Rushton, W. F. Bryan, T. Hopley, G. L. Gray, E. Wilcox, C. W. Coldicott, W. Lloyd, C. W. Pearce, R. Duncan, E. Davies, J. Dixon, F. Davies (sen.), W. Mear, S. Meredith, S. and H. Hill, M. Davis, G. Higgins, J. Garbett, W. Davies, G. Davies, jun., R. Jones, T. Instone, W. Andrews, B. Lister, W. H. Griffiths, G. Gray, R. A. Instone, H. H. Wase, T. Beard, Garrod, R. Nicklin, R. Doughty, W. Houle, James Harrington, A. Ball, W. Y. Owen, W. and T. Burroughs, Norton, &c. As the procession entered the church, which was crowded, Mr. J. Shingler played on the organ the “Dead March” in Saul. The choir afterwards chanted the psalm, and then the Rev. G. F. Lamb read the lesson. The congregation now sang with feeling, “Brief life is here our portion,” and as the procession left the church the choir chanted the Nunc Dimittis. The Rev. Marsden Edwards officiated at the grave, where the hymn, “Jesus, lover of my soul,” was heartily sung. The coffin was of polished oak, with brass mountings, the inscription on the breastplate being “Adam Jones, born November 18. 1859, died August 3, 1894.” It was covered with beautiful wreaths, crosses, &c., contributed by R. Jones, “from Will,” Rev, and Mrs. Marsden Edwards, Mr. and Mrs. Oakes, Nellie White (Dudley), “Uncle Adam and family, Broseley,” Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Cullis, “from the organist, choirmaster, and choir, Jackfield,” Geo. Morris, W. Andrews, Mr. and Mrs. F. G. Beddoes, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Ford, Miss F. M. Jones, Mr. and Mrs. F. Davies, “from Annie,” Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Lloyd, “E. S. and family,” Mr. and Mrs. J. Nicklin, workmen of W. and P. Jones (beautiful anchor), Jos. Garbett, J. Doughty and Son, “Will and Matt Davies,” “Uncle Peter and Cousin Adam” (Rock), “His Sisters,” Michael and E. J. Evans, Ernest White, T. Beard and family, Annie and Laura, Lydia and Tom, “ Our dear Son,” “ Cousins at the Rock,” Mrs. Exley and family, Mrs. Morris and family, L. Hill, E. Vincent (Bridgnorth), J. Lloyd and family, Mr. and Mrs. T. Instone, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Hughes, Jackfield School Drum and Fife Band, John Davies, W. H. Smith and family, W. Mear and family, Mr. and Mrs. Watkis, C. Morris.


18th August 1894


ACCIDENTS.—On Saturday, as Mr. Ernest Capstone, baker, was going his rounds at Jackfield, he was thrown out of the trap, the wheel going over his back. Fortunately he sustained nothing but a slight bruise. The same young man, coming from Ludlow on a bicycle on Sunday night, fell off the machine and severely injured his leg.




18th August 1894


SUNDAY SCHOOL TREAT.—On Tuesday, the-children attending the Broseley Congregational Sunday School had their annual treat. At 2 p.m. the scholars met at the schoolroom, afterwards proceeding to a field kindly lent by Mr. J. D. Smith, King’s Head, Broseley Wood where cricket, football, and racing for prizes were heartily indulged in. Several special and valuable prizes were given by Mr. T. Howells (superintendent of the school), Mr. and Mrs. A. Evans, and other friends. At 5 p.m. a return was made to the schoolroom and chapel, when about 250 children, teachers, and friends sat down to an excellent repast provided by Mr. A. Evans, of High Street. Tea being over, the field was again resorted to, and the various games and amusements were re-commenced with renewed vigour. Notwithstanding the cloudy state of the atmosphere, the children, by the unremitting attention of the pastor (Rev. W. Prothero), superintendent, secretary, teachers, and friends, were apparently happy and enjoyed themselves to the fullest extent. Fire balloons were sent up by Messrs. James Aston and Richard Bunnagar, to the great delight of the juveniles.

ODDFELLOWS’ PLEASANT SATURDAY EVENINGS. — At the close of the usual monthly meeting on Saturday evening the members of the Oddfellows’ Society, M.U., gave another of their “Pleasant Evenings” in the lodge-room, Lion Hotel. There was a good attendance, and a very enjoyable evening was spent. Mr. John Wild, P.P.G.M., occupied the chair, and opened the proceedings by proposing the toast of “The Queen and Royal Family,” which was duly honoured. Mr. George Dudley then sang in good style “The Miner’s Dream of Home,” after which Mr. T. Garbett gave with power and effect, “Slavery Days,” followed with a very pleasing and able rendition of “Beautiful Star,” by Mr. George Bowen. Mr. George Howells next sang with excellent effect “The Sailor’s Grave,” the Chairman afterwards giving a recitation of a very quaint character, which was provocative of much laughter. Mr. Alfred J. Pountney sang in grand style “Sailing merrily home;” and “My Grandfather’s Melee” by Mr. W. H. Gittings was well rendered. Mr. Thomas Tench gave with much taste and sweetness “The first and dearest one.” Mr. Alfred J. Pountney followed with a parody on “Daisy Bell,” which was well received. Mr. Alfred Bagley sang in a very pleasing and effective manner “Just before the battle, mother.” Mr. Thomas Tench then gave with great power and expression “The Anchor’s Weighed.” Mr. Alfred J. Pountney closed the proceedings by singing with telling effect, “Remember you have children of your own,” which was received with the utmost enthusiasm.

TEA AND PUBLIC MEETING.— On Monday, the annual tea meeting was held at the Congregational Chapel. About 100 persons sat down to an excellent tea provided by Mr. Aquila Evans, of High Street. The following ladies kindly presided at the tea tables — Mrs. H. Broadhurst, Mrs. W. Hartshorne, Mrs. Garbett, Mrs. Carter, Mrs. Bunnaghar, Mrs. E. Howells, Mrs. J. Davies, and Misses Smith, Hartshorne, E. Morgan, and L. Garbett. At 7-30 p.m. a public meeting took place, under the presidency of Alderman H. P. Dunnill, J.P. After prayer had been offered by Rev. Mr. Elliott (Bridgnorth), the Chairman in an able speech expressed the pleasure it gave him to preside for the 26th time at that annual event, and then went on to say that the time had come for renewed effort amongst them. He noticed on the tablet on the front of the chapel that it was built in 1840, just 54 years ago. It had doubtless been a great influence for good, and if they wanted it to continue its influence they must remember that it depended a great deal upon the individual efforts of the Church and congregation. They must strive to imitate the example of their Puritan forefathers. - The next speaker was the Rev. Mr. Elliott, who, in the course of an excellent address on the “Ideal Christian Church,” said that it pleased him greatly to be with them that evening. It was not very often they had an opportunity of meeting together.—The Rev. W. F. Dawson (Madeley) also addressed the meeting on the “Regeneration of Society.”—The choir gave an excellent rendering of selections from the sacred cantata, “Daniel,” Mr. A. A. Evans (bass) and Miss Lucy Garbett (soprano) capitally executing the solos. Mr. Aquila Evans conducted with his well-known ability, and Arthur Maiden efficiently presided at the harmonium. On the proposition of the Rev. Wm. Prothero (pastor), a hearty vote of thanks, seconded by Mr. T. Howells, was accorded to the ladies, choir, and other friends who had worked so willingly in conducting the arrangements, The Doxology closed the meeting.

25th August 1894



Before J. Bodenham (mayor), A. B. Dyas, H. Wayne, W. G. Norris, H. P. Dunnill, and E. L. Squire, Esqrs.

VOTE OF CONDOLENCE.—The Mayor said before they took the business of the Court that day he could not but express the sincere loss they had sustained by the death of their old friend and brother magistrate, Alderman T. Instone. He believed he was appointed a magistrate in 1866, and he was certain no one more ably fulfilled the duties than he did up to within the last two years, when he was struck down with illness, from which he never recovered. He begged to move a sincere vote of sympathy with the family in their bereavement.— Mr. W. G. Norris concurred in the mayor’s remarks, and the Bench unanimously adopted the resolution submitted.

THE ANNUAL LICENSING REPORT.—The Mayor read the following report: “I have to report for your information that the whole of the licensed houses have been well conducted during the past year, no license-holder having been convicted under the Licensing Act. The number proceeded against for adulteration of spirits, under the Food and Drugs Act, is 4, 3 convicted, and 1 dismissed. The licensed houses number the same as last year. The drunken cases number 147, convicted 143, against 172 prosecuted and 105 convictions last year— I am, gentlemen, your obedient servant, W. WALTERS, Superintendent of Police.”—All the licenses were renewed.

WARNING TO COAL STEALERS.—John and Richard Lewis (brothers), residing at Jackfield, were charged with stealing 2cwt. and 39lbs. of coal, on the 12th inst.. at the Jackfield siding, belonging to the G.W.R. Co. Mr. F. J. Bolton, solicitor, Birmingham, represented the company.—Police-constable Bowen stated that on the above date, about 4-30 in the morning, he concealed himself in a brickyard near the Jackfield siding, and he saw the defendants go to a truck and take the coal in question, valued at 1s. 7d. When they were carrying the coal in the direction of home he met them. Richard ran away. Witness took John to the Ironbridge stationmaster and related the circumstances— Mr. C. W. Coldicott, stationmaster at Ironbridge, corroborated.— The defendants pleaded guilty, and Richard, who was excited, said they were two brothers, and had lived all their lives in Jackfield, and this was the first time they were had up before the Bench. He asked them to deal mercifully with them. Poverty was no disgrace, and no man knew what he would come to. One time they had two pigs in the sty, and two hanging up in the house. He only got 2s. 9d. per day, which was hardly enough to live on— Mr. Bolton said this was a very common occurrence in that district, and it was an exceedingly hard thing to catch the offenders, and when they were caught the company desired to press the case somewhat strongly, in the hope of being a lesson to others. —The Bench retired, and, on returning, the Mayor said: Both of you will be sentenced to 21 days’ hard labour, and I hope this will be a warning to others in the neighbourhood.

UNSTAMPED WEIGHING MACHINE.—William Henry Smith, ironfounder, Jackfield, was charged by Inspector Simmonds with having in his possession a weighing machine unstamped. — The Inspector said the defendant had plenty of opportunities of having the machine stamped, and the only conclusion he could come to was that the defendant intended ignoring the Act; therefore he pressed for a conviction.—James Wavish (Shifnal) corroborated.—The defendant sent a letter in which he pleaded ignorance of the law.— The Inspector said defendant was a man who ought to know better—to say he was ignorant of the law was simply absurd. The machine was also  1¼lbs out of balance.— Smith was fined 10s. and 15s. costs.


1st September 1894


SERIOUS ACCIDENT.— About 11o’clock on Tuesday morning, a sad accident occurred to a boy about four years of age, named Edwin Garbett, son of Isaac Garbett, of Hockley Road, Broseley. It appears the poor little fellow was playing in High Street, when a horse and spring cart, belonging to Mr. Thomas, of The Dunge, Broseley, passing at the time, knocked him down, the cart going over his abdomen, causing severe internal injury. Dr. Collins was promptly in attendance, and did all that was needful in the case.


8th September 1894


The monthly meeting was held on Wednesday, when there were present—Councillor G. H. Maw (chairman), Aldermen J. Burroughs, H. P. Dunnill, Councillors P. Jones, W. Mear, W. E. Southorn, and Messrs, A. Owen (assistant clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), and M. Hartshorne (collector).

THE RATE.—In reply to the Chairman, Mr. Hartshorne said the rate was nearly in, but he wanted to know what he should do with Mrs. Roberts, who recently kept the Cape Inn. She owed 8s. 2d. and had left the neighbourhood.—The Chairman thought they should endeavour to get the money.—The Collector thought if they summoned her it would be throwing money away, for she had no means to pay.—Councillor Southorn was of the same opinion, and the authority decided not to proceed further in the matter.

THE BROSELEY WATER SCHEME.—The Chairman read Dr. Thursfield’s report on the Fiery Field water scheme for the town, which has already appeared in the columns of this paper. The Chairman thought they would all agree that the report was not a favourable one, and the question was whether they would take up the suggestion of the officer, and obtain another independent opinion, but he thought if they did they would be displaying a want of confidence in their officer.—Other members were of the same opinion.—The Chairman: This water supply must therefore drop.— Alderman Dunnill: Is there no other place?— The Chairman suggested that they should call in some engineer and ask him to find some water for them, which meant a lot of money.—Councillor Jones: Where can he look?— The Chairman: Sometimes engineers have a geological knowledge which we don’t possess.—After further conversation, it was resolved not to carry out the scheme on account of the adverse report from their medical officer, and to discuss another scheme at the next meeting.

EARLIER LIGHTING.— Alderman Dunnill said he had heard a good many remarks about the dark nights, and he moved that another year the lamps be lit 14 days earlier than usual,—The motion was carried.

THE COBWELL PUMP.— Councillor Southorn called attention to the condition of the Cobwell Pump, Which, he said, sadly needed repairing. People had had no water from there during the last two months. —The Surveyor, who said the pump was beyond repair, was instructed to obtain a new pump for one guinea, and fix it 18 inches higher.


15th September 1894


THE WAKES.— The wakes were held this week when most Of the publicans carried Out an old custom of giving beef to their customers. Teas and dancing parties were also held.

HARVEST FESTIVAL.— The first harvest festival service in this district was held on Thursday evening at St. Mary’s Church, which was packed with a congregation that came from all parts of the neighbourhood. A very practical sermon was delivered by the Rev. Dr. Lindsay (rector of Berrington). The service was intoned and the special lessons read by the Rev. Marsden Edwards (rector). The service was fully choral, and was exceedingly well performed by the choir, under the direction of Mr. I. Nixon. The anthem, “Lord of the Harvest,” by Barnby, was quite a treat, and the Festival Te Deum before the blessing was also well rendered. The processional hymn was “Come, ye thankful,” and recessional “The Church’s one foundation.” When the people were leaving the building Mr. J. Shingler (organist), in a masterly manner played Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” The collection, which was in aid of church expenses, amounted to £4 13s. 4½. The decorations were charmingly and tastefully executed by the Misses Jones, Calcutts, and Rock (alter rails and choir stalls); Miss Sanders (pulpit); Miss Pritchard, Ellesmere (lectern); Misses Doughty, The Tuckies (font); and the Misses Stephan (windows). The flowers were subsequently sent to the Salop Infirmary.


22nd September 1894


TECHNICAL INSTRUCTION.—According to advertisement, the classes for technical instruction will commence on Monday next in the National Schools.

DEATH OF MRS. J. A. BURNET.— The sad intelligence of the death of Mrs. Burnet, wife of Mr. J. A. Burnet, grocer, &c., of High Street, was received in Broseley on Saturday evening from Birmingham whither she had gone to undergo an operation for a very painful malady. Her loss will be keenly felt by the bereaved husband and family (for whom the profoundest sympathy is expressed). She was highly respected by a large circle of friends.— On Wednesday, the remains were interred in the family vault, at Birch Meadow Baptist Chapel. The Rev. Arthur Shinn (pastor) conducted the service in the chapel and at the grave in a very impressive manner. The mournful cortege left the late residence of the deceased in the following order :— Bearers; hearse, containing the body; mourners, Messrs. J. A. Burnet (husband), A. A. Burnet (son), A. T. Lloyd, W. G. Poole, Henry Burnet (Luton), Aquila Evans, Mr. and Mrs. John Mason (Birmingham), Messrs. Henry Burnet (Shrewsbury), Wm. Burnet, Abraham Burnet, A. Pinner (Wednesbury), Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Jones (Wellington), Messrs. Charles Everall, Greville Everall, Thos. Everall, Arthur A. Evans, and Percival Evans; friends. The highly-finished metallic coffin, covered with black furniture, bore upon the breast-plate the inscription— “Mary Ann Burnet; died September 15th, 1894, aged 53 years.” The whole of the tradesmen and most of the private residents of the town showed their respect for the deceased by putting up their shutters and drawing their blinds, and a large concourse of people were present in High Street and at the chapel to witness the melancholy proceedings, and not a few evinced by their demeanour that their sympathies were deeply aroused. Numerous floral tributes of a very choice description were sent by sorrowing relatives and friends.


BOARD OF GUARDIANS, Yesterday.—Present: Mr. W. G. Norris (chairman), Major R. E. Anstice, Colonel Wayne, Canon Nash, Messrs. T. Morris, J. Wooding, T. Hopley, W. Y. Owen, T. Weaver, M. Garbett, W. H. Griffiths, R. Instone, J. M. Griffiths, E. G. Exley, and H. Boycott (clerk).—The Rev. Marsden Edwards and Mr. Exley were appointed visitors for the next fortnight.—The Chairman read the calls for the next half year, to be paid in two instalments, the total being £2,174.—The Chairman said there was a reduction on the whole union of £121, but the matter that struck him was that whilst there was a reduction in all other parishes, there was an increase of £53 in Madeley, which be thought could not be on the poor-rate expenditure.—The Clerk: Yes, on the common charges, but it is a small increase on a large parish like Madeley.—The Chairman said there was only one tender for flour, received from Mr. H. B. Smith (Ironbridge), and it was 13s. 3d., for 224 lbs.—The Clerk said this was the lowest price they ever had.—The tender was accepted.— There were three tenders for supplying meat, and Mr. J. Wilcox’s (Ironbridge) being the lowest, was accepted.—Mr. Edge (relieving officer) said an old man named Barrett (Broseley) wanted to know if the Board would send him back to his country, Ireland.—The Chairman: How long has he been in England?—The Officer: Ever since he was six weeks old. (Laughter.)—The applicant’s wife came before the Guardians, and in reply to the Chairman said she knew no one in Ireland, but she knew she would get on better there.—The Chairman: I think you had better stay here; they won’t care to have you in Ireland. We will allow you 3s. a week for a month. —Applicant: I would rather go to Ireland. (Laughter.)


6th October 1894


OLD BAPTIST CHAPEL, —During last week earnest and practical addresses were delivered at this place of worship by Messrs. L. Jones (Whitchurch), W. Jenkins (Buckley), J. Griffiths, and A. Lester (Dawley), the one by the last-named gentleman on the Friday evening being illustrated by means of a magic-lantern. The attendance increased each evening, especially on Sunday, when there was a good congregation.

SANITARY AUTHORITY, Wednesday.—Present : Councillor G. H. Maw (chairman), Alderman H. P. Dunnill, Councillors J. A. Exley, P. Jones, R. Instone, W. Mear, and Messrs. G. Cooper (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), and N. T. Hartshorne (collector).— A letter was read from Mr. Stooke (engineer) stating that he knew something about the geological position of Broseley, and he was of opinion that if he was allowed to survey the town he could report upon a scheme that would supply Broseley with water.—The Chairman, after some conversation, was requested to write to Mr. Stooke asking if he thought a scheme could be provided for £2,000.—Councillor Instone said the water at the town well was very much discoloured, and smelt after storms of rain. He was afraid the sewage was contaminating it.—It was resolved to send a sample to Dr. Thursfield for analysis.

HARVEST FESTIVAL.— On the evening of the 28th ult. this annual festival was held in the Parish Church. There was full choral service. The anthem, “Thou visitest the earth and blessest it” (Barnby), the processional hymn, “Onward, Christian Soldiers,” and the recessional, “O Saviour, precious Saviour,” and Nos. 381, 382, and 383, were rendered with excellent taste and ability by the choir. The Rev. J. Marsden Edwards (rector of Jackfield) intoned the service. The Rev. J. Jobling (Madeley) read the lessons, and the Rev. G. F. Lamb, M.A. (rector of Broseley), also assisted in the service. The Rev. H. J. Wilkinson (rector of Stockton) was the preacher, and delivered a very able and appropriate discourse from the words, “That which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be.” Mr. Theo. Watkis presided at the organ with his usual efficiency. The decorations, which were of a most elegant and pleasing character, were kindly undertaken by Mrs. F. H. Potts (The Hall), the Misses Potts (The Bank), Miss Shorting, and Mr. G. H. Shorting, reflecting the highest credit upon the executants. There was a good congregation, and the offertory taken at the close of the service will be devoted to the Broseley Nursing Mission Fund.

FORESTERS’ CHURCH PARADE.—On Sunday morning, the members of Court “Rose of the Green,” A.O.F., hold their annual church parade, which was attended by 110 members out of 280. The juveniles were, however, in strong force. The club met at the Mission Hall, Broseley Wood, and marched to the parish church in the following order, the streets being lined with spectators:— Ironbridge Volunteer Band playing “ Justification,” honorary members, district officers, court officers, visiting members, Past D.C. Rangers, Past Chief Rangers, juveniles, honorary members—all wearing regalia and white gloves. The Rev. G. F. Lamb (rector) preached a most appropriate sermon. The gallery was occupied by the members, and the offertory was in aid of the church and the Ironbridge Dispensary. Mr. Theo. Watkis presided at the organ. The service over, the members marched back to the mission room, the band playing a new march, “Euphony,” and were dismissed. Afterwards the band, under the direction of Sergeant Beardshaw, gave a sacred concert, which was highly appreciated. The whole of the arrangements were admirably carried out by a large committee, of which Mr. J. Watkins was chairman. Mr. G. Hurdley (secretary) and Mr. J. Nicklin rendered valuable assistance. Mr. J. Lane officiated as marshal.


Before E. W. Shorting, Esq. (chairman), Colonel J. A. Anstice, Colonel Wayne, A. B. Dyas, A. Maw, and W. Y. Owen, Esqrs.

DRUNKENNESS.—Eliza Cooper, tramp, who said she was on her road to London, was charged with being drunk and disorderly at Ironbridge on the previous night. Sergeant Simmons proved the case, and the prisoner was sentenced to seven days’ hard labour.

CHARGE AGAINST A. PUBLICAN.—Owen Davies, landlord of the Duke of Cumberland, Broseley, was charged with being drunk on his own premises, on the 8th ult. Mr. R. F. Haslewood (Bridgnorth) defended.—Police-constable Harris stated that on the above date, when he visited the Duke of Cumberland, he saw the defendant lying down drunk and asleep on the screen in the kitchen. He was woke up by his wife. There were people in the bar singing at the time.—Mr. Haslewood strongly contended that the defendant was not drunk, and his statement was corroborated by Helen Davies, Edward Giles, William Leadbetter, and James Colley.—The Bench retired to consider the charge, and on returning the Chairman said there appeared to be some doubt about it and the case would be dismissed.


20th October 1894


SUDDEN DEATH.—On Wednesday morning, Mr. Thomas Johnson, employed by the Bridge Trust in looking after the roads, was in his garden, when he dropped dead. Deceased was much respected, being looked upon as a very quiet man. He leaves a widow, but no family. On Thursday, Dr. Tailer, borough coroner, held an inquiry at the Crown Inn, Mr. W. Phillips being foreman of the jury. After the evidence of Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Walters, the jury returned a verdict of “Death from natural causes.”


THE PARISH CHURCH.—Several letters have been received respecting what is regarded as a strongly-pointed reference, in the morning sermon at this church on Sunday, to certain magisterial proceedings that have lately occurred in the parish, the writers feeling themselves aggrieved by such reference. The letters themselves came to hand too late for insertion; but even had they arrived duly early, they could not have been inserted, as the matter is one with which, for obvious reasons, a public journal could not deal.

DEATH OF MR. W. POOLE.—Mr. W. Poole, organist at the Wesleyan Chapel, expired on Monday morning, from rheumatic fever. He was only taken ill on the previous Friday. Deceased was a young man and had only been married two years. He managed his widowed mother’s business, and was an active member at the Wesleyan Chapel, where he had played the organ gratuitously.—The funeral took place at Broseley cemetery on Thursday, and was largely attended. The coffin bore the following inscription:— “William Poole, died Oct. 15, 1894, aged 24 years.” Outside the house the choir and friends sang “A few more years shall roll,” and at the grave, “Brief life is here our portion.” The choir girls and Sunday School teachers each carried a lovely wreath. The Rev. C. Wood (superintendent minister) conducted the service, which was most impressive. Blinds were drawn throughout the village.


20th October 1894


MUNICIPAL ELECTION.—The contest in the Madeley Ward for municipal honours is likely to be a most vigorous one, and some of the candidates are preparing for the fray. The retiring members are—Councillor W. Y. Owen (ex-mayor), Coalbrookdale; Councillor E. F. Groves, Ironbridge; and Councillor J. W. Jeffrey, Madeley. There are two candidates, Lieut. A. N. B. Garrett (Coalport), and Mr. Joseph Durnell. Mr. W. Y. Owen’s address appears in the advertising space. There will be no contest in the other wards, and the members who are likely to be returned unopposed are— For Wenlock, Councillors T. J. Barnett and S. Massie; Broseley, Councillors G. H. Maw and J. A. Exley; Barrow, Councillor J. Wilkinson.

TOWN COUNCIL.— A special meeting of the Council was held on Monday. Present—Aldermen J. Bodenham (mayor), A. B. Dyas, H. P. Dunhill, and R. E. Anstice, Councillors W. Y. Owen, W. J. Jeffrey, T. J. Barnett, E. F. Groves, R. Instone, G. H. Maw, J. A. Exley, P. Jones, W. Mear, and C. Bruff; Mr. G. C. Cooper, town clerk.—A letter thanking the Council for their vote of condolence with the family of the late Alderman T. Instone was read from Councillor H. C. Instone, and was ordered to be placed upon the minutes.—The Town Clerk explained that the meeting was called to seal two loans for carrying out the water schemes for Madeley and Broseley, £800 for the latter place and £1,500 for the former.—After the mortgage deeds had been read, Alderman Dyas moved that the seal be affixed to the same.—Alderman Dunnill wished to know what were the terms arrived at for the repayment for the Madeley scheme. — In reply, the Town Clerk said the money was repayable at £3 10s. per cent. per annum for four years, or £120 1s. 1d. annually.—Alderman Dunnill said this would be at the rate of 5¼ per cent.—Councillor G. H. Maw seconded the resolution, which was unanimously carried.—Councillor Maw next moved that a contract be entered into with the Great Western Railway Company to pay them 10s. per year for allowing the Broseley Committee to run their water mains over the company’s property. This was seconded carried.

3rd November 1894


SUICIDE.—On Monday morning, at the Dairy, Dr. Tailer, borough coroner, held an inquest on the body of William Miles (55), who drowned himself on Saturday afternoon in Willey Pool. Mr. W. Lloyd was foreman of the jury.—Joseph Rudd, of Broseley, stated that when he was passing the Willey Lower Pool on Saturday evening he discovered some clothing on the side of the road. He examined the clothes, and then looked towards the pool, and saw deceased floating on the top of the water; he was quite naked. Deceased had been employed on the Willey estate for a number of years, and had always received a pension from the Forester family. He was also a member of the local Foresters’ Society. He lodged at Linley Brook. On Police-constable Bowen being communicated with, he had the body removed to Wiley Dairy. — The jury returned a verdict of “Suicide whilst temporarily insane.”

3rd November 1894


SERIOUS ACCIDENT.—On Saturday evening, as man named Thomas Bullock, house painter, residing near the Memorial Green, was standing upon the sill, cleaning the outside of a bedroom window, his foot slipped, and he was precipitated to the ground with great violence, causing dislocation of the thigh, and other injuries. Dr. Collins was sent for, and by his instructions the unfortunate sufferer was conveyed in a closed carriage to Salop Infirmary on Monday morning.

MISSIONARY SERVICES.—On Sunday, two excellent sermons were preached in the Congregational, Chapel. In the morning the Rev. E. Lloyd (Bechuanaland, South Africa) delivered an able discourse, in which he gave a very interesting and instructive account of missionary efforts in Bechuanaland. In the evening the Rev. W. Prothero (pastor) gave a very able and appropriate discourse, and read a statement showing that £11 11s. was sent from the Congregationalists of Broseley last year to the parent society. Suitable hymns were sung by the choir, and in the morning the anthem, “O dayspring,” and in the evening, “Arise, for thy light is come,” all of which were executed with excellent taste and ability. Mr. Aquila Evans conducted with great efficiency. There was a good congregation at each service, and collections were taken in aid of the London Foreign Missionary Society.

3rd November 1894


CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY.— The 65th half-yearly meeting of the members of this society was held at the Lecture Room on Tuesday evening, when Mr. J. Wilkes presided. There was a large attendance. The Chairman, in opening the proceedings, remarked that this was the only time the society had paid 8d. dividend in the pound. He thought that fact would prove that the committee had done their duty. (Applause.) Although they were in a prosperous condition, yet they were passing through a critical period, because everybody was trying to find fault with them. Some said they had too much capital, and that there should be bigger dividends. (Oh.) If anyone wanted to invest money in the society he must become a member and help to pay the dividend. (Applause.)—Mr. Roberts (sec.) observed that the committee were composed mostly of young men who were active members of the society, but there were two old veterans left—he termed them members of the “Light Brigade.” (Laughter.) In 1862 they embarked with enthusiasm in the society, and one could hardly believe it was the same society which at present stood on a prosperous pedestal. He was pleased to say that after the dark days, they were now driving along in the Pullman Car, and must therefore congratulate themselves on the present position of the society. (Applause.) He then read the following report :—”Your committee have much pleasure in being in a position to report the continued success of the society, the business transacted during the past six months being in excess of the corresponding half-year of 1893, clearly showing that a greater interest is now taken by the members in the affairs of the society, and also indicating every confidence in its management; therefore your committee cannot fail to recognise with genuine satisfaction the warm and hearty support accorded the society, not only on the part of the members themselves, but also by nonmembers. As new members are now joining the society, your committee are more hopeful that the advantage to be gained by heads of families joining a profit-sharing business are beginning to be more fully understood and appreciated. The dividend of 1s. 8d. in the pound will, we think, be satisfactory to the members, and be the means of enabling such of them who at present have but a small amount invested in the society to leave their dividend in, and thereby increase their capital. As there are ample funds in the hands of the society, your committee suggest the foregoing as a source of mutual benefit to those members who hold but a few shares. Cash paid for goods amounted to £1,544 19s. 6d., and cash received for same was £2,042 13s. 0d., there being a profit of £199 1s. 7d. Present number of members, 170.”—The Secretary further stated that the subscriptions this half year were £22 more, and the receipts for goods £113. Since 1862 they had paid in dividends £5,274, and the ready money now taken over the counter every year was £4,000. (Loud applause.)—Mr. S. Dawes said for the benefit of other members he wanted to know how they paid 1s. 8d. in the pound out of the profit of £199, and that last time they only paid 1s. 6d. out of the profits of £203.—The Secretary said there was nothing remarkable about that. When all the liabilities were met the met profits were divided.—Mr. Dawes then drew the meeting’s attention to another item in the balance sheet, and asked for an explanation, and the Secretary remarked that theirs was not a patched-up dividend.—Mr. Dawes: Then the auditors don’t look into all the matters.—The Secretary: They have.—The Chairman Which side is the discrepancy on?—The Secretary: If correct, the liabilities would not be so much.—The Chairman: That’s all right then. I don’t see any necessity for grumbling.—Mr. Dawes: There is no grumbling. —The Secretary: The auditors go all through the members’ claims.—Mr. Dawes: It, however, looks as though they don’t go clearly into it.—The Chairman: The matter has been gone into tonight, and I don’t see any occasion to interfere.—Mr. Dawes: Then you don’t like any criticism on your balance sheet?—The Secretary: It is desirable for every member to send in his pass-book every half-year, so that any alteration can be made.—The Chairman: Some members have been as long as two years before they send in.—On the motion of Mr. J. Jones, seconded by Mr. Dawes the balance sheet was adopted.—Mr. W. Elwell proposed a hearty vote of thanks to committee and secretary for their untiring and unwearied labours during the past six months. He thought they should be pleased to see the society in such a flourishing state, and a great deal of their success, he was certain, was due to the excellent management of the committee. (Applause.)—Mr. F. Johnson seconded the resolution, which was unanimously carried.—The Chairman and the Secretary appropriately acknowledged the compliment.—Mr. Isaac Taylor (treasurer) then paid the dividends, and the meeting terminated.


Before J. Bodenham (mayor), A. B. Dyas, H. P. Dunnill, W. G. Norris, A. Maw, and W. Y. Owen, Esqrs.

STEALING COAL.—Agnes Bowen, married woman, and Jemima, Fidler, widow, of Jackfield, were charged with stealing 60lbs. weight of coal, value 4d., the property of Messrs. Hopley and Duncan, brick and tile manufacturers, Jackfield.—Police-constable Bowen said that on the 12th October, a few minutes before six o’clock in the evening, he concealed himself in the brickworks, when he saw the defendants, who were carrying a basket each, go towards a heap of coal. He afterwards saw them coming from the heap carrying the baskets filled with coal. When they saw him they threw the coal down and ran away.—Defendants pleaded guilty. Bowen said her husband was out of work, and there were six little children, and they had nothing to eat nor to burn.—The Mayor: You will each be fined 5s. and 10s. costs, and I hope this will he a warning to you.

ABUSIVE LANGUAGE—Mary Jones Broseley, was charged with making use of abusive language, in King Street, Broseley, on the 13th October. — Police-constable Harris stated that the defendant was quarrelling with her husband, and that her language was disgraceful,—Fined 15s., including costs. 

DRUNKENNESS.—For this offence the following persons were summoned:—Frank Weale and William Harris, at Much Wenlock, by Police-sergeant Darbyshire, and Police-constable Hill—Weale fined 5s. and costs, and Harris 7s. 6d. and costs; Thomas Kent, at Horsehay, by Police-constable Cumpstone, fined 2s. 6d. and costs; William Farr, at Willey, by Superintendent Walters and Police-constable Munslow fined 5s. and costs; Henry Trevis, at Madeley Wood by Police-sergeant Roberts, fined £1, including costs; John Williams, at Much Wenlock, by Police-sergeant Derbyshire, fined 2s. 6d. and costs; Henry Harris, at Broseley, by Police-constable Harris, fined 5s. and costs.—Abraham and Henry Potts were charged with being drunk and refusing to quit the Seven Stars Inn, on the 12th October. Samuel Danks (landlord) and Police-constable Harris proved the case. Henry Potts was fined £1 and costs, and Abraham £1, including costs.—John Lloyd was charged with a similar offence at Wenlock. Police-sergeant Darbyshire proved the case, and defendant was fined £1, including costs.—Lloyd was also charged with being drunk on another occasion. Police-constable Hill proved the offence.


10th November 1894


BAND OF HOPE.—On Wednesday a temperance meeting was held in the Wesleyan Schoolroom, when stirring addresses were delivered by Messrs. J. E. Hartshorn and W. Edge. Songs and recitations were well rendered by the children and friends of the Wesleyan Band of Hope. There was a large attendance.

BAPTISM BY IMMERSION.—On Sunday morning the Ordinance of Believers’ Baptism was administered at Birch Meadow Baptist Chapel by the Pastor (Mr. A. Shinn). The candidate was a lady member of the congregation, who at the close of the service in the evening partook of the Lord’s Supper with the other members of the Church. Suitable hymns were sung on the occasion, and Mrs. Shinn presided at the harmonium with her usual efficiency.

ODDFELLOWS’ PLEASANT SATURDAY EVENINGS.—At the close of the usual monthly meeting of the “Rose of Sharon” Lodge, M.U. of Oddfellows, held at the Lion Hotel, on Saturday evening, a miscellaneous entertainment of a very interesting and successful character was given under the presidency of Mr. W. Barnett, Prov. D.G.M, There was a good attendance of members, including Messrs. S. J. Hughes (Prov. G.M.), Francis Lloyd (V.G.), Edward Anslow, and Thomas Tench from the “Rose of the Vale” Lodge, Ironbridge. The Chairman having submitted the toasts of “The Queen and Royal Family” and “Rose of Sharon” Lodge, which were duly honoured, Mr. Homer Wace, G.M., gave in his usual excellent style “Mona,” which was highly appreciated. Mr. Edward Anslow followed with a recitation, “The Fireman’s Wedding,” which was capitally executed. Mr. S. J. Hughes next gave an able rendition of the song “Four Jolly Smiths.” The song, “The Prisoner at the Bar,” by Mr. John Colley, was well received. Mr. T. E. Garbett sang, with power and effect, “The Flower Show.” Mr. Thomas Tench followed with “The first and dearest one.” The recitation, “Betsy and I are out,” was given in a very pleasing and telling manner by Mr. Edward Anslow. The song, “True Blue,” was given in grand style by Mr. Homer Wase. The principal attractions of the evening were the comic songs, “Bunk-a-doodle-I-do,” “Very nearly,” and “She stood behind the parlour door,” by Mr. A. J. Pountney, whose performances on this occasion received the most marked approval of the company present.

SUNDAY SCHOOL TREAT.—On Monday this annual event was held at the Birch Meadow Baptist Chapel, when a goodly number of teachers, scholars, and friends sat down to a first-class tea provided by Mrs. Collis, of Broseley, and Miss Clarke, of Benthall. The following ladies presided at the tables: Mesdames Shinn, Andrews, Patten, Jordan, Bate, G. Davies, Misses Clarke, Exley, L. Burnett, Powell, S. and P. Hurdley, Buck, Smith, and Legge. After tea a public meeting took place, under the presidency of the Rev. A. Shinn (pastor), who opened the proceedings by giving out the hymn, “All hail the power,” and engaging in prayer, after which he delivered a very earnest and pointed address, detailing the origin of these gatherings, the necessity for which, in his opinion, did not now exist. He strongly denounced the practice of people attending such meetings for the mere purpose of gratifying the senses, but who were never to be seen in the House of God on the Lord’s Day to hear the Gospel preached, thus showing that they were more desirous of pleasing the flesh than seeking the eternal welfare of the soul. The Rev. W. Prothero (Congregationalist) next addressed the meeting, in a most eloquent and able speech, upon “Sunday School Work.”  An excellent programme of songs and recitations was well gone through by the following scholars during the evening:—Mary Love, May Boden, Fred. Boden, Ethel Harvey, Alice Broadhurst, Jane Hudson,  Minnie Reynolds, Albert Gittings, Rosa Patten, Amy Griffiths, Jessie Gittings, Emmie Broadhurst, W. J. Jones, Lizzie Aston, Ernest Pearce, Alice Hurdley, Lizzie Gittings, Cecil Patten, Emmie Hurdley, Maria Boden, Hattie Jones, Lizzie Griffiths, Beatrice Smallman, Ada Hurdley, Bertie Jones, Esther Meredith, Mary Garbett, Emmie Reynolds, Nora Meredith, Edith Roper, and Maggie Meredith. Mrs. Shinn presided at the harmonium with much taste and skill, Mr. and Mrs. Shinn are justly entitled to a meed of praise for the excellent training of the children in singing, also Mr. and Mrs. Bate for kindly undertaking to teach them to recite. On the proposition of the Rev. A. Shinn, a hearty vote of thanks was accorded to the teachers and other friends who had in any way contributed to the enjoyment of the evening.


The first monthly meeting was held at the Town Hall on Wednesday, when there were present—Alderman H. P. Dunnill, Councillors G. H. Maw, J. A. Exley, W. Mear, P. Jones, Messrs. G. Cooper (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), -and N. T. Hartshorne (collector).

ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN, &c.—Alderman Dunnill said he had great pleasure in proposing that Mr. H. Maw be their chairman for the ensuing year. They were satisfied with his conduct during the past year, and he was sure they would be unanimous in supporting the proposition.—Councillor Exley seconded the motion, which was unanimously carried.—Councillor Maw then occupied the chair, and thanked the Authority for the confidence they had placed in him.

LIST OF ATTENDANCES.—The Town Clerk informed the Authority that 14 meetings had been held during the year, and the number of meetings attended by the various members was as follows:— Exley 12, Instone 12, Jones 12, Dunnill 11, Maw 11, Mear 11, Southern 6, Burroughs 2.

ELECTION OF COMMITTEES.—Alderman Dunnill, Councillors Maw and Exley were re-appointed on the Water Committee, and Councillors Maw and Instone on the Finance Committee.

BROSELEY WATER SUPPLY.—The Chairman said he had received a letter from Mr. Stooke, engineer, to the effect that he could find a water supply for the town for the sum of £2,000. He asked for the opinion of the Board.—Alderman Dunnill: I think we had better let the matter stand over until we know what our liabilities are.—Councillor Exley: I think so to.—Councillor Mear: Have you given up the other schemes?—The Chairman: From what I can gather some of those schemes would embrace Mr. Stooke’s scheme; at the same time I should be pleased to receive any suggestion from any of the ratepayers.—The matter was then dropped.

FINANCE.— The Surveyor asked for a cheque for £80. The Dhu-stone, he said, cost £44 17s. 3d.—The Town Clerk said they would not receive any money from the County Council till May. If they granted the £80 their banking account would be overdrawn.—The Chairman then instructed the collector to get the rate in as soon as possible.—The Surveyor said he could make £30 answer for a fortnight.—A cheque for this amount was ordered to be made out in the surveyor’s name, and the meeting terminated.

10th November 1894


LECTURE.—At the Wesleyan Chapel, on Monday evening, Mr. E. B. Benson (district superintendent of the United Kingdom Alliance) delivered a very practical lecture on “Curse and its Cure, from a Biblical Standpoint.” Mr. J. Gilpin presided, and at the conclusion of the lecture a hearty vote of thanks was accorded Mr. Benson, on the motion of Mr. W. Thomas.

MEMORIAL SERVICE.—A service was held at the Wesleyan Chapel on Sunday evening in memory of the late Mr. W. Poole, who was organist here for several years. The building was packed. Mr. J. Norry (Madeley Wood) preached an appropriate sermon, which wan listened to with rapt attention. The choir, under the direction of Mr. E. Harrison, rendered with feeling the anthems, “O rest in the Lord” and “Gone to the grave is our loved one.” Mr. B. Hughes (Coalbrookdale) was at the organ.



TOWN COUNCIL MEETING. Yesterday, the annual meeting of the Council for the borough of Wenlock was held at the Guildhall, when there were present—Aldermen Bodenham (ex-mayor), J. Burroughs, A. B. Dyas, H. P. Dunnill, R. E. Anstice, G. Lloyd, T. H. Thursfield, Councillors T. Cooke, R. Instone, H. C. Instone, C. E. Ainsworth, T. J. Barnett, S. Massie, Evan Price, W. Y. Owen, W. J. Jeffreys, H. Boycott, P. Weston, E. F. Groves, C. C. Bruff, E. L. Squire, A. Grant, W. J. Legge, G. H. Maw, P. Jones, W. A. Exley, W. E. Southouse, W. Mear, J. Machin, W. Allen, and J. Wilkinson, Mr. Symmonds. Mr. F. H. Potts (borough treasurer), Mr. A. H. Thorn (magistrates’ clerk), Mr. G. Stevenson (surveyor), and Mr. G. C. Cooper (town clerk).

ELECTION OF Mayor.— Alderman James Bodenham said the first business was to appoint a mayor for the ensuing year.—Alderman R. E. Anstice proposed that Alderman A. B. Dyas be mayor for the ensuing year. He had been invited himself to fill the office, but there were certain reasons why he could not accept it this year, but if at some future time the Council were willing to select him he would then have much pleasure in performing the duties.—Alderman H. P. Dunnill seconded the proposition, and testified to the signal abilities with which Alderman Dyas discharged the duties of mayor when he was last selected for that office.—Alderman Bodenham put the question, which was unanimously carried.—Alderman Dyas then put on the mayor’s robes and took the usual oaths on accepting the office. He then thanked the Corporation for again electing him mayor of the ancient borough. He would do his best to carry out his office to the Council’s satisfaction. (Applause.)

VOTE OF THANKS TO THE RETIRING MAYOR.— Alderman T. H. Thursfield moved a vote of thanks to the retiring Mayor. He was sure the whole of the Council would agree with him that Alderman Bodenham had carried out the duties with credit to himself and to the satisfaction of the borough. He congratulated Alderman Dyas that by virtue of his office as mayor he became a County Magistrate under the Parish Councils Act.—Councillor T. Cooke had much pleasure in seconding the vote of thanks. He could certainly say that many good men had filled the office before him, but he had no hesitation in saying Alderman Bodenham was a worthy successor to them and that he had filled the office most creditably. —Councillor W. J. Jeffrey supported the resolution, which he had pleasure in doing. He had found Alderman Bodenham an excellent gentleman to work with, and on the Madeley side of the borough he was sure the worthy Mayor had given every satisfaction during his year of office.— The resolution was put and carried unanimously.—Alderman Bodenham thanked the Council for the vote in suitable terms.

APPOINTMENT OF DEPUTY MAYOR.—The Mayor appointed Alderman J. Bodenham, J. P., his deputy for the ensuing year.

COMMITTEES.—The various Committees were appointed.

FINANCE.—The Mayor said the bills due or becoming due during the quarter amounted to £461 11s. 4d., which, with the sum in hand, would require £117 to be raised by rate. He was pleased to say that a halfpenny rate would carry them over the quarter.—Councillor W. J. Jeffrey moved that such a rate be levied, and Councillor Mear seconded.—The Mayor said this included a sum of £42 spent over the late election at Madeley.

VISITOR TO THE ASYLUM.—Councillor W. Y. Owen proposed and Councillor H. Boycott seconded that Alderman J. A. Anstice be re-appointed visitor to the Joint Lunatic Asylum.—This was unanimously carried.

SHOP HOURS ACT,—The Town Clerk explained that Mr. Symmonds had been appointed Inspector by County Council under the Shop Hours Act, which laid down that no young person under 18 should be employed in any shop more than 74 hours in a week.—Councillor Mear proposed that Mr. Symmonds be appointed for the borough, which Councillor Jones seconded, and it was carried.

MAYORAL INVITATION TO CHURCH,—The Mayor invited the members of the Council and the officials of the Corporation to attend Divine Service at Wenlock Church at 11 p.m. on Sunday, the 18th inst.


At the close of the business, the usual procession was formed, and the Mayor, headed by the mace bearer and a posse of police under Sergeant Darbyshire, marched to the Raven Hotel to partake of the Mayor’s dinner. Alderman A. B. Dyas, J. P., presided, being supported by the Ex-Mayor and Alderman R. E. Anstice. The vice-chair was ably filled by the genial Town Clerk, who was supported by Mr. Thorn and Councillor Ainsworth. Besides those named as attending the Council meeting there were also present—Mr. A. Owen (from the town clerk’s office) and Mr. Isaac Shuker.—The Mayor, after ample justice had been done to the very excellent dinner placed upon the tables by Host and Hostess Butcher, gave the toast of “The Queen,” which was most loyally received. He also gave “The Prince and Princess of Wales and the rest of the Royal Family,” which he was sure would ha well received that day.—The next toast was that of “The Army, Navy, and Reserve Forces,” which was given by Councillor G. H. Maw, coupled with the name of Captain G. C. Cooper, who, in responding, said he was sorry no one was present to respond on behalf of the Army and Navy, but he felt sure should the gloomy foreboding which some prophesied owing to the death of the Czar of Russia come to pass, the army and navy would do, as they had done before, their duty as nobly as in former days. He spoke of Captain Prestage, who had just retired from the command of the Ironbridge Company of Volunteers, as one of the smartest officers ever possessed by any Volunteer corps, and hoped that Captain A. H. Thorn, who had succeeded him, would follow in his footsteps. He said as Captain of the Bridgnorth Company he dare not even canvass for members of the Volunteer force in this district, but he hoped at the next Mayor’s dinner they might have some one present within the borough to respond to the toast.—Alderman R. K Anstice next gave the toast of “The Mayor of Wenlock, Alderman A. B. Dyas.” He was sure they all wished him good health during his year of office.—The toast was most enthusiastically drank. —The Mayor, in responding, said he thanked them all for the great honour they had that day conferred upon him, for as mayor of their ancient and historical borough he became through that office, under the Parish Councils Act, a county magistrate for Salop. He could assure them that he would do his duty conscientiously and well, and it would be no fault of his if he did not carry out the office with honour and dignity. (Cheers.)—Councillor W. Y. Owen said he had the honour of proposing the next toast, which was that of “The Ex-Mayor, Alderman James Bodenham.” (Cheers.) He felt sure no one could have performed the duties of mayor in a more efficient manner than Alderman Bodenham had done. (Loud cheers.) He was pleased to say that during Alderman Bodenham’s year of office his name had been permanently placed upon the Commission of the Peace—(cheers)—and he felt sure Mr. Bodenham would carry out the duties of a J.P. in a firm, consistent, and able manner. (Cheers.) —The toast was most enthusiastically received.—Alderman H. P. Dunnill said he had to submit a time-honoured toast, that of “Prosperity to the Corporation.” The first time he heard the toast given was in rather different terms, when he heard it given as “Prosperation to the Corporation.” He had inquired of the oldest member of the Council what the toast meant, and was informed by him that the toast had been handed down to them so far as his informant knew from the time of one of the Edwards who had given them their first charter. There could be no doubt that the borough would continue to be prosperous so long as good men and true could be found to conduct their business. He coupled with the toast the name of Councillor E. L. Squire.—Councillor Squire, in responding, said he owed Councillor H. C. Instone a grudge, for by custom and right he, instead of himself, should as the youngest member of the Council have been called on to respond to this toast, but since coming into the room he had heard an explanation of the origin of the toast “Prosperation to the Corporation.” in the early part of the century, at the end of one of the three days’ elections, a gentleman who may not have been quite so clear in his head as before the event—(laughter)—appeared at the window of that hostelry, and exclaimed “ Prosperstion to the Corporation.” He referred to the great contrast between public life in America and England, speaking most highly of English management of public affairs.—Councillor H. Boycott next gave the health of the Recorder and Borough Magistrates, and in doing so said he could speak only very slightly of their esteemed Recorder, who was a gentleman he knew very little about. He believed he was correct in saying the borough saw little of their recorder, but when he came to the other part of his toast—the magistrates—he had no hesitation in saying they gave satisfaction to everybody, except, perhaps, those who came before them. (Laughter.) He had much pleasure in coupling the name of Alderman R. E. Anstice with the toast. (Applause.)—Councillor Anstice ably responded.—Alderman Bodenham next gave the toast of “The Town Clerk, the Borough Treasurer, the Clerk of the Peace, and the other officers of the Corporation.” With regard to the Town Clerk he must congratulate him upon the very able manner in which he had completed his first year of office. He could testify to the very able manner in which the Town Clerk had carried out the duties of his office. (Applause.) In the Borough Treasurer, Mr. F. H. Potts, too, they had a man of excellent business qualities—(applause)-and he believed from personal observation during his year of office they had a most efficient staff of officials all round. (Applause.) He had much pleasure in coupling with the toast the names of their esteemed Town Clerk (Mr. G. C. Cooper) and Borough Treasurer (Mr. F. H. Potts).—The toast was most enthusiastically drank.—The Town Clerk thanked the Ex-Mayor for the cordial manner in which he had coupled his    name with the toast. He thanked the Ex - Mayor and the other members of the Council, especially the four chairmen of the District Councils, for their assistance. Much of the work had been new to him, and all had gone smoothly through their valuable aid. He thanked the surveyor, the inspector, and other officials for their assistance. (Applause.)—Mr. F. H. Potts also thanked those present for the manner in which they had received his name in conjunction with the toast.— Alderman Bodenham next gave the toast of “The Host and Hostess,” who had placed a most excellent dinner on the table that day.

The bells rang out merry peals during the day in honour of the occasion.


17th November 1894


ACCIDENT.—As Mr. Mark Jones, grocer, Broseley, was going his country round on Thursday morning, the axle of the cart broke in the centre; but owing to the kindness of Mr. R. Ketley, grocer, Coalbrookdale, Mr. Jones was able to proceed on his journey.


FOREIGN Missions.—On Sunday, two excellent sermons were preached at the Wesleyan Chapel by the Rev. F. Vincent Walker, of Handsworth College. On Monday evening a public meeting was held in the chapel, under the presidency of Mr. B. Suart. Appropriate addresses were given by the Chairman, Revs. J. C. Brewer (Dawley), C. Wood, J. Osborne, and other friends. Suitable hymns were sung on each occasion, and collections taken in aid of Foreign Missions. The attendances were good.

SUPPER.—On Monday evening, Mr. and Mrs. Matthews, of the Hand and Tankard Inn, with their characteristic kindness, entertained a number of their customers to a capital cold collation, with a plentiful supply of the landlord’s noted ale. The cloth having been withdrawn, Mr. Josiah Thomas was voted to the chair, and Mr. T. Perks to the vice-chair. The Chairman then proposed the toast of “The Queen,” and the Vice-chairman “The Prince and Princess of Wales and the rest of the Royal Family,” which were duly honoured. Songs, duets, and recitations were given in good style, and a very enjoyable evening was spent. The health of the host and hostess and family was given with musical honours, and suitably acknowledged. The health of the chairman and vice-chairman concluded an excellent programme. Mr. James Clarke, jun. (pianoforte) and Mr. James Colley (violin), acted as accompanists.


Before A. B. Dyas (mayor), J. Bodenham, and E. W. Shorting, Esqrs.

ALLEGED NIGHT POACHING.—William Yorke and Joseph Jones, Ironbridge, were brought up in custody charged with night poaching.—Richard Kitson, gamekeeper for Lord Forester, stated that on Saturday, the 10th inst., he heard shots fired in different places on the estate. He went to Benthall Edge in company with Robert Thomas, keeper for Colonel Wayne, and Police-constable Harris, when he met with the prisoners. When he was within three yards of them he spoke to Jones, who said, “Stand back,” and then fired the gun between the three of them.—Yorke said he was quite innocent of the crime, and that the witness had sworn falseley.—Jones also denied the charge.—On the application of Kitson, the prisoners were remanded till Wenlock Petty Sessions.


1st December 1894



Before A. B. Dyas (mayor), R. J. More, M.P., J. Bodenham, J. A. Anstice, E. L. Squire, H. Wayne,

NIGHT POACHING.—Joseph Jones and William York, both of Ironbridge, and well-known poachers, were charged with night poaching at Benthall, on land belonging to Lord Forester. Mr. F. H. Potts prosecuted.—Richard Kitson, gamekeeper, stated that when he was out watching with another keeper and Police-constable Harris he came in contact with the prisoners. Jones shouted to them to stand back and then fired a gun, the charge going between him and the constable.—The prisoners pleaded not guilty.—The Mayor, in sentencing the prisoners to three months’ hard labour, said they both had bad records, and Jones should be thankful that he was not being sent to the Assizes on the charge of murder. If they failed to find sureties of £20 they would be further imprisoned for six calendar months.

STEALING COAL. —Mr. R. D. Haughton, of the Lion Hotel, Broseley, charged a man named Richard Bott with stealing 56lbs of coals, value 3d. The case was proved by Police-constable Bowen, and a fine of 2s. 6d. and costs was inflicted.—R. Gollins was charged with stealing 29lbs. of coal from Mr. W. Jones, of Jackfield. Police-constable Bowen also proved this case, and defendant was fined 2s. 6d. and costs.


8th December 1894


BURIAL BOARD, Wednesday.—Mr. G. H. Maw was re-elected chairman. Mr. Godfrey Cooper was appointed clerk at a salary of £10 per annum.

SANITARY AUTHORITY, Wednesday.—Councillor G. H. Maw presided.—Three tenders had been received for cleansing the ashpits, &c.; Mr. Smith’s (£23 15s.) was accepted.—Councillor Instone and the surveyor were instructed to report at the next meeting as to the necessity of continuing the pipes for the Cobwell pump.

TEA MEETING AND CONCERT.—On Monday, a public tea meeting were held in the Congregational Chapel, when about 100 persons sat down to a first-class tea provided by Mr. A. Evans, of High Street. The following ladies presided at the tables:—Mrs. Broadhurst, Mrs. Williams, Mrs. H. Bunnagar, the Misses Evans, Morgan (3), Smith, Hartshorne, and L. Garbett. At seven p.m. a concert took place in the chapel, under the presidency of the Rev. W. Prothero (pastor) when the programme was capitally executed, each item receiving the marked approval of the audience. Mr. Aquila Evans wielded the baton with his well-known ability. Miss Dunnill ably accompanied on the pianoforte and harmonium. Programme :—Chorus, “By the rivers of Babylon,” Choir; song, “The Slave’s Dream,” Mr. A. A. Evans; duet, “Charity,” Mrs. Howells and Miss Garbett; song, “The Three Shipwrecks,” Mr. A. Evans: duet, “The Wind and the Harp,” Mrs. Davies and Mr. A. A. Evans; pianoforte solo, Miss Dunnill; selection, Choir; chorus, “In God is our trust,” Choir; song, “Somebody’s Pride,” Mrs. Davies; pianoforte solo, Miss Dunnill; duet, “The Cedar on the Mountain,” Mrs. Howells and Miss Garbett; song, “Calvary,” Mr. A. Evans; selection, from cantata “Daniel,” Choir; Doxology. On the proposition of the Rev. W. Prothero, seconded by Mr. Thomas Howells (superintendent of the school), a hearty vote of thanks was accorded to the ladies for their kind attention at the tea, to the artistes for the “concord of sweet sounds” with which they had favoured them, and to all friends who had in any way contributed to the enjoyment of the evening.


29th December 1894


SEASONABLE GIFTS.—The widows and the deserving poor in this parish received this week the usual seasonable gifts, distributed by the Rev. J. W. Johnson and Messrs. C. W. Coldicott and Walkenshaw (churchwardens). The old widows received £1, and the others the, and 7s. 6d. each, and the poor received 10s., 8s., and 4s. respectively.

PRESENTATION.—On the evening of the 21st inst. a very interesting event took place at the Benthall and Haybrook Potteries, the occasion being the coming of age of Mr. William Beriah Allen (son of Mr. William Allen, the esteemed proprietor of the works). At 6.30 p.m. the whole of the employees sat down to a first-class tea, provided by Mr. and Mrs. W. Allen. This being over, Mr. James E. Hartshorne was called upon to take the chair. At this juncture Mr. and Mrs. W. Allen, Mr. W. B. Allen, and Miss Allen, entered the meeting and received quite an ovation. The enthusiasm having somewhat subsided, the Chairman stated the object of their gathering that evening, viz., to present in the names of the whole of the employees (all of whom were present) to Mr. W. B. Allen a beautiful illuminated address, designed by Mr. Ernest Robert Hartshorne, the whole being ably executed by himself and his two brothers, Messrs. Arthur J. and J. Winger Hartshorne, and considered by those best able to judge to be a splendid work of art bearing the following inscription:— “Presented to Mr. W. B. Allen, on his 21st birthday, by the employees of the Benthall and Haybrook Potteries, with their heartiest wishes for his future welfare. It is with pleasure they review the 32 years his esteemed father and grandfather have held the works, and hope the same good feeling will continue for many years between employer and employed. Praying that God will bless with prosperity and happiness the whole family. On behalf of the workpeople, H. FORSTER, J. E. HARTSHORNE, Dec. 21, 1894,” The address was accompanied with a most elegant and valuable gold watch and chain, and an autograph album containing a list of the subscribers. The Chairman said he thought that meeting was strong evidence of the cordiality and good feeling that existed between employer and employed at the Benthall and Haybrook Potteries, and he felt sure that the matter that they were attending to that evening would in no degree lessen that bond of union, but rather tend to cement and strengthen the same, thus promoting the mutual advantage of both.—Mr. Thomas Jones, in a feeling speech, presented the address, and Mr. John Denstone, sen., the watch and chain. The album was presented by Mr. Henry Forster, sen.—Mr. W. B. Allen replied in an appropriate speech, thanking them one and all for their valuable presents, but more especially for the good feeling which prompted them, and above all for the kindly sentiments expressed in the address. He could assure them that nothing should be wanting on his part in furtherance of the interests of them all. He sat down amidst much applause.—Mr. W. Allen then addressed the meeting. He said it gave him the greatest pleasure possible to witness the kindness they had shown towards his son, and he heartily thanked them also for the kind way that they had referred to himself, his wife and family, and to his dear old father, who was now lying upon what he feared was his deathbed at Rhyl. He would greatly rejoice to hear of these kindly expressions, and they were highly appreciated by his own wife and family. He was glad to say that trade had been good with them the last 12 months, and this he attributed in a great measure to the tact and energy displayed by his son, and the hearty co-operation of the workpeople, and if this was continued they had nothing to fear—all would be benefited.—Mr. John Wild, in a felicitous speech, proposed a hearty vote of thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Allen for the excellent tea they had provided them with, which was ably seconded by Mr. Henry Austin, and carried with cheers.


29th December 1894


THE WEATHER.—On the 21st and 22nd inst. a violent storm passed over this town, the wind being most terrific, causing considerable damage to house property. On Saturday one of the chimneys at the Hand and Tankard Inn fell with a great crash through the roof of the house, the debris falling upon the bed usually occupied by some of the children, but providentially it was at this time unoccupied.

ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH.—On Christmas morning a service was held in the Parish Church. The Rev. G. P. Lamb, M.A. (rector), officiated on the occasion, but no sermon was preached. The choir sustained their usual reputation, the anthem, “With all thy hosts, O Lord, we sing,” being executed with excellent taste and precision. Mr. Theo. Watkis presided at the organ in a highly efficient manner. The offertory is to be devoted to the aged poor. The sacred edifice was neatly and tastefully decorated by the Misses Potts (The Bank).

PEACE SUNDAY.—On Sunday, two sermons of a very able and instructive character were preached at Birch Meadow Baptist Chapel by the Rev. A. Shinn (pastor) on the subject of “Peace.” Suitable hymns were very effectively rendered, and Mrs. Shinn presided at the harmonium with great taste and efficiency. In the afternoon the annual distribution of prizes took place in connection with the Sunday School. Several friends again gave special prizes for Bible searching, and taking down in writing the various texts of Scripture found. There was a good number of competitors, and some very valuable awards were given. The general result of the year’s work reflects great credit upon the teachers and scholars. Miss Exley (The Rock) kindly undertook the distribution of the prizes, the pastor making suitable remarks to each recipient.