Extracts from

Wellington Journal & Shrewsbury News




relating to Broseley and District






Broseley Local History Society


2nd January 1897


LANDSLIP.—On Tuesday, a portion of the "Fiery Field," adjoining Mr. John Dixon's garden, suddenly fell in, causing a chasm of considerable depth. The mishap is supposed to be the effect of mining operations carried on some years ago.

ALL SAINTS' CHURCH.— The services were again well attended on Sunday, and the decorations again much admired. These were the work of the Misses Potts, Miss Shorting, Mr. G. H. Shorting, and Mr. E. Shorting. The Christmas offertory, £4 14s., was distributed amongst 94 poor persons.

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 charity ; 19 old men received a flannel shirt each from the Oare charity ; and 32 poor persons received 3d. each from the Langley charity. On New Year's Eve, 31 widows received 4s. each from the Cotton charity, and 45 poor persons received 1s. 6d. each from the Barrett charity. The whole of the above charities were distributed by the rector, the Rev. G. F. Lamb, M. A. In addition, gifts of beef, plum pudding, mince pies, tea and sugar, and clothing were given to 50 poor parishioners by a few lady residents.

DISTRIBUTION OF PRIZES.— On Sunday afternoon this interesting and pleasing event, in connection with the Broseley Wesleyan Sunday School, took place in the Chapel. The prizes, which were of a choice and valuable character, were handed to each recipient by Mr. B. Suart (Alison House), interspersed with appropriate remarks in his usual genial and happy manner. The following are the names of scholars who obtained 100 marks and upwards and received prizes:— Bertie Jones, Walter Mitchell, Wm. Corfield, James Mason, Wm. Jones, Ada Jones, Bertie Mitchell, Cecil Jones, Edgar Blackford, Charles Shaw, Wm. Blackford, Edith Shaw, Nellie Shaw, John Davies, Alice Jones, Jane Bennett. The following having made the full number of attendances during the year were entitled to and received a special prize, kindly given by Mr. B. Suart:— George Jones, Percy Blackford, Arthur Mitchell, William McLelland. Joseph Jones (son of Mr. Richard Jones, Broseley Wood) was also awarded a special prize, consequent upon his leaving the school and neighbourhood. The undermentioned obtained 50 marks and upwards and received prizes:— Cecil Rowe, Alice Harris, Noah Minton, John Legge, George Bennett, Harry Rowe, Chas. Tandy, Wm. Smith, Tom Hartshorne, Harry Gough, Harry Coxshall, Alice Evans, Annie Trevor, Percy Hartshorne, Nellie Jones, Nellie Williams, Sarah J. Seabury, Mary Pope, Emmie Williams, Catherine Morris, Jos. Tandy, Wm. Chadwick, Ernest Hodge, Harry Roberts, Albert Miles, Teddy Oakley, Walter Oakley, Isaac Minton, Abraham Minton, Jonas Miles, Leonard Hodge, Alfred Williams, Arthur Harris, Dorrie Aston, Samuel Jones, Kate Britton, Geo. Broadhurst, James Seabury, Wm, Price, Alice Evans, Joseph Jones, Lizzie Legge, Eliza Pope, Frank Price, Tom Hartshorne, Richard Jones, Alice McLelland, Edith Morrie, Maggie Britton, Emma Bradeley, F. G. Davies, Edwin Page, John Pinner. Infants who obtained prizes:—Fred. Tandy, Hayward Davis, Stevie Jones, Willie Pinner, T. E. Price, Herbert Price, Willie Oakley, Alfred Roberts, Ernest Colley, Alfred Seabury, James Gittins, Harry Bath, George Gough, Greville Aston, Ernest Oakley, Willie Haynes, Carlo Davies, Emmie Colley, Pollie Beddoe, Elsie Rowe, Hilda Beard, Edie Danks, Lillie Jones, Madge Jones, Patty Gethin, Ethel Danks, Marjorie Taylor.


THE CHURCH.— The Christmas services were continued on Sunday. Appropriate hymns were heartily sung, and the services throughout were of a bright and cheerful character. Mr. J. Nicklin ably presided at the organ. The sacred edifice was neatly and tastefully decorated by the young people of the parish, assisted by Lord Forester's gardeners.

SCHOOL TREAT.— On Tuesday, the school children on the Willey estate were kindly entertained at Willey Hall by Lord and Lady Forester, as originated now some 30 years ago by the late highly esteemed Lord John and Lady Adine Forester. An excellent tea was provided, to which full justice was done; the Hon. Mrs. G. Forester, the Hon. Miss Forester, Mrs. Wayne, Miss Broome, &c., being most assiduous in their attentions to the wants of the children. After tea a magic-lantern and musical entertainment was given, the former being conducted by Mr. T. Lawrence, of Broseley, and the latter by the Forester family. The children appeared to highly appreciate the kindness of Lord and Lady Forester, and enjoyed themselves thoroughly, as evidenced by their bright and happy faces. The entertainment also gave great pleasure to the adult portion of the audience, a goodly number being present, and expressing themselves as thankful that Lord and Lady Forester still kept up "the good old custom." A meed of praise is due to Mr. Taylor (house carpenter), for the energy and tact displayed by him in carrying out the wishes of Lord and Lady Forester by promoting the enjoyment of the children and visitors.



9th January 1897


CHURCH SUNDAY SCHOOL.— The annual distribution of prizes to the children attending this school was made on Sunday afternoon last at the National School. A special prize of a handsome family Bible and Prayer Book with a companion to the Holy Sacrament was awarded to such of the older scholars who have merited it by long and regular attendance and good conduct, and useful and entertaining books were given to the other scholars who had attained the number of marks for regularity and good conduct qualifying them for these prizes. The Rev. G. F. Lamb, rector, gave out the books to the fortunate recipients, and addressed the children with encouraging words to make them all to strive to merit the prizes at the next distribution by their good conduct during the present year.

SUNDAY SCHOOL PRIZE-DAY.— The children attending the Birch Meadow Baptist Sunday School held high festival on New Year's Day. Their faces beaming with delight, they assembled in the schoolroom, and partook of light refreshments, generously provided by their teachers, who also, with the view of promoting the happiness of these little ones, decorated the school-room with holy, evergreens, Chinese lanterns (illuminated), and mottoes of an appropriate character, which had a very pretty effect. There were also some beautiful presents, consisting of choice and valuable books, awaiting them. An adjournment was made to the chapel, where the distribution took place, Miss Exley (the Rock), as on previous occasions, kindly distributing the same. There was a good attendance of parents and friends, who appeared to take a lively interest in the proceedings. Several kind friends again gave special prizes in connection with the "Bible Searching Competition." The following are the names of the successful competitors:— Miss Ada Jordan, Miss Nellie Brown, Miss Emmie Tench, Miss May Cleobury, Miss Emmie Broadhurst, Bertie Jones, and Edward Jones. The Round O prizes, given for 100 attendances and upwards, were awarded to Jane Hudson, Mary Hudson, May Boden, Maggie Hudson, Fred. Boden, Cuthbert O. Bate, Ernest Boden, Edward Boden, and A. E. Broadhurst. The following having made the requisite number of attendances during the past year obtained a prize in value proportionate thereto:—Ethel Harvey, Catherine Roper, Lizzie Austin, A. Reynold, G. Brown, A. Hurdley, M. Boden, Emily Boden, Lizzie Aston, E. Hurdley, Edith Roper, Lizzie Griffiths, Sarah Bennett, Minnie Reynolds, Alice Broadhurst, Beatrice Smallman, Nellie Harvey, Jessie Gittings, Lizzie Gittings, Gladys  Matthews, Sarah            Griffiths, Alice Roberts, Lizzie Hill, Ethel Price, Elizabeth Roberts, Lottie Morgan, Ada Reynolds, Maggie Thomas, Nancy Roberts, Eva Price, Nora Meredith, Lily Meredith, Elsie Miles, Florrie Smallman, Annie Gittings, F. Roberts, James Bennett, Bertie Bennett, Arthur Matthews, W. Wilkinson, J. Smallman, Fred. Roberts, Willie Miles, Willie Burton, Frank Gittings, Fred. Price, John Aston, George Brookes, Albert Yates, Egbert Yates, Joseph Yates, and Arthur Boden. During the evening the children were examined by the Pastor upon Scripture subjects, as taught in the school; they also sang several pieces in a very pleasing manner. The Rev. W. Prothero (Congregationalist) delivered an able and effective address upon “Sunday School Work," and the Rev. Arthur Shinn (pastor), in the course of an earnest and practical speech, heartily thanked each and all of those kind friends who had shown in various ways their practical sympathy with the teachers, thus contributing to that day's enjoyment. At the close of the meeting a surprise was sprung upon the pastor and people, by Mr. A. E. Broadhurst (superintendent), in a neat and appropriate speech, asking Mr. Shinn's acceptance of a small library, entitled "The Christian Life Series," by Rev. F. B. Meyer, B.A. He had been deputed by the teachers to make the presentation on their behalf, and it gave him great pleasure in acquiescing in their request. The gift was accompanied with an illuminated card, bearing the following inscription:— "To Mr. Arthur Shinn, from the teachers of the Birch Meadow Sunday School, on the occasion of his resigning the office of superintendent. Christmas, 1896." Mr. Shinn appropriately responded, thanking the teachers for their unexpected present, which he did not think he deserved, and remarked that he hoped they did not intend to turn him out of the school, in fact he would not be turned out, for both Mrs. Shinn and himself took great interest in the young, which composed the greatest portion of his congregation. Mrs. Shinn presided at the harmonium in her usual efficient manner. Before leaving, each scholar was presented with a mince pie, orange, and ?ets.



On Wednesday afternoon, at the Town Hall, the monthly meeting of this Council was held, when there were present—Councillor G. H. Maw (chairman), Alderman J. A. Exley, Councillors P. Jones, W. Mear, E. G. Exley, D. L. Prestage, together with Messrs. Godfrey Cooper (town clerk), N. T. Hartshorne (collector), Geo. Stevenson (surveyor), and W. Wyatt (engineer).

THE BROSELEY WATER SUPPLY.—With reference to the proviso in the agreement drawn up by Lord Forester's solicitors, Mr. Wyatt did not think their scheme would affect the tenants' supply.—Councillor Prestage was of opinion that the tenants might claim anything.—The Engineer said they could not claim any stated quantity. —Councillor Exley: What if the farmers ran short ?—Alderman Exley: They could not claim more than they at present got.—Mr. Wyatt : And then they would have to prove it was lost in consequence of our works.—The Council subsequently agreed to accept the conditions referred to in Lord Forester's agreement.—The Town Clerk said there were tenders to consider.—The Chairman then read out three tenders for supplying cast-iron pipes, and Mr. Roberts's (West Bromwich) estimate, being the lowest, was accepted.—Mr. Wyatt suggested that they should once more advertise in the Wellington Journal for estimates for laying the pipes and sinking a well, a suggestion which was unanimously approved of by the meeting.

FINANCIAL MATTERS.—The Clerk said £405 had been collected on the rate, and £157 had yet to be collected. The balance in hand that day was £93 2s. 4d., and he wanted cheques that day for £147 13s. 9d. —The Chairman requested the collector to be quick with the gathering in of the rate.—The Collector said he had called on some of the ratepayers three times, and without success.—Councillor Prestage: What is the deficit —The Chairman replied about £50.—The collector was instructed to produce at the next meeting a list of rate defaulters.—The Clerk produced the annual estimate, which was duly considered. He said the balance at end of March would probably be £48 18s. 3d.—The Surveyor said next year's lighting account would be £25 more than other years, in consequence of the three extra lamps which had just been erected, and also of the lamps being kept lit half-an-hour longer each night.—After some discussion it was decided, on the motion of the Chairman, to levy a rate of 1s. 9d. in the pound, which was an increase of 3d. A rate of 1s. 9d. would bring in £735.—The estimate was approved of.

APPLICATION.—With regard to the application of  the Rev. Marsden Edwards to erect an additional lamp at Jackfield, the Surveyor stated that he had visited the place with the chairman, and he could not recommend its sanction, a remark which was concurred in by the Chairman.—Councillor Prestage remarked that there seemed to be an epidemic for asking for lamps.—The town clerk was requested to inform the Rev. Marsden Edwards of the decision of the Council.

THE SUTTON WATER.—The Town Clerk remarked that the Iron-Bridge people were not satisfied with the manner in which the joint water committee managed the Sutton water, and requested him to ask if Broseley would be willing to dissolve, and have the water properly divided.—Alderman Exley could not see how the water could be divided.—Councillor Jones: I don't think we should give way. If Iron-Bridge and Madeley can't agree, I don't see why they should bring us into it. (Laughter.)—The Chairman: Then you are not willing to alter the arrangement?—Councillor Jones: I would not hold up my hand for the dissolution.—Councillor Mear: I should give it to them straight—tell them we won't alter it. (Laughter.)—Councillor Jones: If they can't agree, it's a matter amongst themselves.—The meeting resolved that they could not alter the present arrangements as they….


16th January 1897


MUSICAL SUCCESS.— At the December examinations held in Birmingham in connection with Trinity College, London, Mr. J. F. E. Plimley, son of Mr. J. H. Plimley, of Cape Hill, Birmingham (formerly of Broseley), obtained in practical music the highest marks awarded in organ-playing (junior division), and gained the College prize (bronze medal). In the theoretical examination (intermediate honours section) he was again successful in obtaining the highest number of marks, and winning the College prize (silver medal).

FOREIGN MISSIONS.— On Sunday two excellent sermons were preached in Broseley Wesleyan Chapel by the Rev. J. O. Warburton, of Handsworth College. Owing to the unpropitious state of the weather, the congregation was not large. The choir sustained their usual reputation, and Mr. J. A. Hartshorne ably presided at the harmonium. On Monday evening a public meeting was held under the presidency of Mr. B. Suart (Alison House). The report, having been read by the Rev. J. Osborne, was considered highly satisfactory. The rev. gentleman said Broseley still retained the position as No. 2 in the circuit. He hoped the Broseley people would keep up to their usual standard.—Mr. B. Suart, in a very effective speech, said he was pleased to see so many there that evening to show their interest and practical sympathy with foreign missions. He was particularly gratified to notice so many boys and girls present, it being a noticeable fact that when the young took an interest in missionary work, as they grew in years their interest in the cause increased. It was a fact that the children alone in the United Kingdom had collected the munificent sum of £20,000.—Rev. George Cartwright also addressed the meeting in an able and eloquent speech.—The Rev. J. Osborne next explained, in his usual interesting manner, various missionary diagrams and curiosities which were exhibited and very much appreciated. A collection was taken on each occasion.

16th January 1897


FATAL ACCIDENT.—On Saturday a fatal accident occurred to a man named Thomas Dodd, of Jackfield, employed as shunter at Messrs. Maw & Co.'s siding. It appears that he was standing upon the "packing-house" platform, when his feet suddenly slipped, and he fell backwards on to the roadway beneath, severely injuring his spine.—On Wednesday afternoon Dr. Taller (borough coroner) held an inquiry at the Tumbling Sailors, touching the death of Dodd, who expired on Monday evening. Councillor Peter Jones (The Rock) was elected foreman, and the jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death."—On Thursday afternoon the remains of the deceased were interred in Broseley Cemetery. The service in Jackfield Church and at the grave was impressively performed by the Rev. J. Marsden Edwards, M.A. The funeral cortege left the late residence of the deceased in the following order:— Bearers— Wm. Humphries, Thos. Smith, Peter Strephan, Robert Griffiths, Thomas Marsdens, Richard Owen; hearse mourners, Wm. Dodd and Agnes Dodd (son and daughter), Messrs. John, Benjamin, and Jos. Dodd (brothers), George Morris (brother-in-law), Charles, William, and John Morris, Moses, Amphlett, and Henry Pott. Wm. and Hiram Dodd (nephews), Louisa Pott (niece). As ia mark of respect a considerable number of Messrs. Maw and Co's employees attended the funeral. A beautiful wreath was sent by the bereaved widow and family.

23rd January 1897


SERIOUS GAS EXPLOSION.—Shortly after 12 o'clock on Monday night most of the inhabitants of the town were suddenly awoke by an explosion of gas, which occurred at the Cape of Good Hope Hotel. It appeared that when Mr. Henry Truss, landlord (who has only been at the house a month), was visiting the various rooms ere he retired to rest, on going into the tap-room with a lighted candle, the explosion occurred, and Mr. Truss had a very narrow escape of being killed. As it was he was severely burnt about the face and hands, and is now receiving medical treatment. The house was immediately shattered, windows were blown out, and, in fact, considerable damage was done to furniture and property. The accident is the one chief topic, and the place is being thronged with people, coming from all parts of the district, to view the ruins.


Before Councillor T. Cooke (mayor), Colonel Wayne, Alderman A. B. Dyas, J. Bodenham, Messrs. A. Maw and E. W. Shorting

THEATRICAL.—Mr. William Denton was granted permission to erect a temporary building to perform theatrical plays for three months, at Bedlam, Iron-Bridge.

A WARNING TO PUBLICANS.— Henry Lewis Bolomey, grocer and baker, Jackfield, and Charles Roberts, baker, at the same place, were charged with being on licensed premises during prohibited hours.—Police-constable Bowen stated that on the night of the 4th inst., about ten minutes to twelve o'clock, he saw a horse and four-wheeled van standing on the highway opposite the Station Inn, Iron-Bridge—no one in charge. Hearing some voices in the tap-room of the above inn, he tried the door, but found it fastened. The barmaid opened the door, and when he went into the tap-room he saw the defendants sitting down in front of the table, and in the same room were George Henry Nicholls (landlord) and his wife. He also saw three empty glasses. Witness asked the defendants what brought them there that time of night, and Bolomey replied he had called for orders. Roberts said it was all right, but witnessed observed it was not all right.—Bolomey said be was a business man. On the night in question he started on his rounds late, which took him four or five hours. He called at Mr. Nicholls's private door for an order. His man was also with him. They had nothing to drink, and he was not aware he was committing an offence.—Mrs. Garbett (Broseley Wood) deposed that it was 11-30 p.m. when Bolomey called at her house with bread. She wished he would come sooner. (Laughter.)—The landlord of the inn stated that defendants came for an order, which they often did at a late hour, but he remarked that it should never occur again.—Superintendent Walters contended that a technical offence had been committed. Bolomey had no right there.—The Mayor said the Bench were satisfied that the case was proved, but they believed defendants were there in ignorance of the law, and trusted that the landlord would be more careful in the future.—Defendants were each fined 8s. 9d., including costs.

ADULTERATION OF SPIRITS.—Emma Haughton, landlady of the Lion Hotel, Broseley, was charged with adulterating brandy 30 degrees below proof, or 5 per cent. below the limit. — Sergeant Humphreys said that he visited the hotel in company with Police-constable Harrison on the 3rd ult., and obtained a pint of brandy from the barmaid (Miss Pemberton), to whom he gave 2s. 8d. He told her he intended sending a sample to the public analyst, and divided the spirits into three parts. He produced the analyst's certificate, which certified that 5 per cent. of water was added below the limit—Defendants son said his mother had been in business 43 years, and this was her first offence. The brandy came to them as proof, but must have been 17 under.—The Bench advised defendant to be more careful in the future, and inflicted a fine of 1s. and costs, also the analyst's fee of  one guinea.


23rd January 1897


Yesterday, the fortnightly meeting was held, Colonel J. A. Anstice in the chair. There were also present —Messrs. H. C. Simpson, T. Hopley, E. Fletcher, J. Wooding. E. G. Exley, W. Mear, E. Gough, A. Rhodes, T. Weaver, M. Garbett, J. Davies, T. Jones, R. Bateman, W. G. Norris, and H. Boycott (clerk).

VISITORS.— The Chairman and Major R. E. Anstice were elected visitors for the next fortnight.

AN INCREASE OF INMATES.—The Master reported that the number of inmates in the house was 111, an increase of 10 on the corresponding period of last year, and six vagrants were admitted during the fortnight, as against one last year.

APPLICATION FROM THE CHAPLAIN.—A letter was read from the Rev. G. Wintour (chaplain), asking the Board if they would kindly allow, as heretofore, his curate to assist in the duties as chaplain.—Mr.Rhodes: Is it possible to get the work done for nothing, as at Wellington?—The Chairman replied they could not alter the present arrangements, but if a vacancy arose they might consider the matter.—The application of the chaplain was granted.

THE LATE MASTER.—With reference to the surcharge, re Mr. Burdon's account (late master), the Chairman read some correspondence which had taken place between the master, clerk, and the Guarantee Society. The society asked the question why it became the duty of the master to receive the sum of money in question. The society added that they had received a letter from Mr. Burden, a copy of which they sent to the Guardians denying that he owed the sum of £24 5s. to the Guardians. They (the society) asked for a copy of the shorthand notes taken at the audit.—After some discussion it was decided to supply the Guarantee Society with a copy at a charge of 2d. per folio.

ENTERTAINMENT.—Mr. J. W. White (The Bank) in a letter asked for permission to give a magic-lantern entertainment to the inmates.—Granted.

A NEW DEPARTURE.—Mr. Mole, relieving officer, asked the Guardians if they intended to give bread instead of flour.—Mr. Bateman: What do the poor want?—The Officer : The majority say bread.—Mr. Weaver said he should be of the same view, but they should take into consideration that one cost 2d. and the other 4d.—Mr. Simpson moved that they give bread instead of flour.—Mr. Rhodes seconded the motion, which was unanimously carried.—Mr. Bateman moved that the House Committee be requested to consider the question of baking in the house, and gather information on the subject with a view of reporting to the Board.—The motion was seconded by Mr. Fletcher, and carried.

THE VACANCIES.—The Chairman remarked that with reference to the vacancy in the Madeley district caused by the absence of Mr. Jeffrey, it was optional whether they declared the vacancy or not.—In reply to Mr. Weaver, the Chairman said that Mr. Jeffrey had not resigned his seat, but wished to be released.—Mr. Bateman considered the cost of £40 for an election was like a sledge-hammer blow.—Mr. Weaver did not see the necessity of declaring the seat vacant.—Mr. Rhodes moved they took no action.—Mr. Hopley seconded.—Carried unanimously.—Mr. Norris: Does the motion mean that Mr. Jeffrey is disqualified ?—The Chairman: I don't think so.—It was also decided to take no action regarding the vacancy at Broseley, caused by the death of Mr. R. Instone.

RE-ADJUSTMENT OF GUARDIANS.—The Chairman remarked that the re-adjustment of Guardians was a matter which had been previously considered by the Board, who appointed a special committee to go into the matter. The committee had, after due consideration, come to the decision that the number of Guardians for the various districts should he as under—Barrow 1. Benthall and Posenhall 1, Broseley 5, Buildwas 1, Dawley 7, Linley and Willey 1, Little Wenlock 1, Madeley 9, Much Wenlock 3, Stirchley 1, total 30; the same as at present.—Mr. Norris proposed that the report be adopted and sent to the County Council for confirmation.—Mr. Bateman seconded the motion, and it was agreed to.


6th February 1897


The usual quarterly meeting of the Council for the borough of Wenlock was held at the Guildhall, on Monday, when there were present—Councillor T. Cooke (mayor), Aldermen T. Bodenham, A. B. Dyas, and J. A. Exley, Councillors H. C. Instone, A. G. Mackenzie, T. J. Barnett, W. Y. Owen, W. Allen, W. J. Legge, E. F. Groves, P. Jones, D. L. Prestage, E. G. Exley, and B. Maddox, Messrs. F. H. Potts (borough treasurer), George Stevenson (surveyor), and Godfrey C. Cooper (town clerk).

FINANCES.—The Mayor said the Finance Committee had examined and passed bills due or becoming due during the ensuing quarter, amounting to £221 18s. 4d. There was a balance in hand of £133 11s., so £89 7s. 4d. would be required to be raised by rate.—The Finance Committee recommended a halfpenny rate, and Alderman A. B. Dyas moved that such a rate be laid, which was carried unanimously.

REGISTRATION EXPENSES.— On the motion of Councillor Owen, seconded by Councillor Legge, the Parliamentary and borough registration accounts were ordered to be paid.—The Town Clerk said the accounts were less this year than before.

JOINT LUNATIC ASYLUM.—The Town Clerk said there was no report to lay before the Council, and no money would be required for asylum purposes.

LOCAL SANITARY RATES.—Rates were ordered to be pre-pared for the four sanitary divisions as follow:—Barrow, 1s. ; Broseley, 1s. 9d.; Madeley, 1s. 4d.; Much Wenlock, 1s.6d. in the pound respectively.

LOAN FOR BROSELEY.— The seal of the borough was attached to a mortgage on the rates of Broseley to Mr. W Lawley, of Wenlock, for £250 for the experimental water supply.

SALE OF FOODS AND DRUGS ACT.—The Town Clerk reported that 12 samples had been submitted for an analysis during the past quarter; of these ten were right and two adulterated.

THE INDIAN FAMINE.—The Mayor said he thought it would be desirable to open a fund at the banks in the borough for this fund, and read a letter from the Lord Mayor of London on the subject. The Mayor said he replied to that letter saying he would be happy to start a fund in the borough. The Government, were doing all they could to alleviate the distress, but much depended upon private subscriptions. The Mayor considered it his duty to start a fund in aid of the relief of the famine, which existed amongst over 40 millions of their fellow-subjects—(hear, hear)—and thought also it was the plain duty not only of the Council, but every inhabitant of the borough, to give what assistance they could. He would have held meetings in various parts of the borough, but it was so difficult to work these that it was almost impractical. He appealed especially to large employers of labour to give liberally and also to try to get those in their employment to give something too, and so get a sum of money which would be commensurate with the dignity and importance of the borough of Wenlock. (Applause.) He for his own part would be pleased to head the list with £10. (Applause.)


RENT AUDIT.- Lord Forester's rent audit was held on Thursday at the Lion Hotel, where a sumptuous repast was partaken of. The new agent, Mr. A. G. Lascelles presided, and submitted the usual toasts, which were duly acknowledged. The health of the chairman was also enthusiastically received.

MUTUAL IMPROVEMENT SOCIETY.—On the evening of the 29th ult. an entertainment consisting of songs and readings was given by the members of this society in the Wesleyan Schoolroom, under the genial presidency of Mr. B. Suart (Alison House), who delivered an appropriate address in his usual effective manner. Mr. J. A. Hartshorne presided at the harmonium with his usual efficiency.

DARKEST ENGLAND SCHEME.— On Wednesday evening there was a crowded audience in the Gospel Rooms, when Mr. James Gilpin, of Iron-Bridge, gave an interesting lecture upon the above, beautifully  illustrated by means of a powerful lantern, the slides being manipulated by Mr. T. Barker. Mr. W. Blocksidge, Madeley, and the Lieutenant of the S.A. Corps stationed at Iron-Bridge, sang solos in good style. Mr. B. Suart, Alison House, presided, and in a characteristic speech made a stirring appeal to the generosity of the audience. The Rev. W. Prothero also addressed the meeting.

FAREWELL SUPPER.—Mr. T. Perks (in the employ of Mr. Stephen Hill), who is about leaving the town after 11 years' residence, was on Monday entertained at the Hand and Tankard to a farewell supper. A large number of his admirers were present, and did full justice to the excellent repast, catered by the host and hostess (Mr. and Mrs. J. Matthews). Mr. W. Holmes was in the chair, and he was faced by Mr. H. Onions. The usual toasts were duly honoured, that of Mr. Perks being most enthusiastically received, Mr. Perks having won many friends. The compliment was suitably acknowledged. During the evening songs were rendered by Messrs. T. Perks, A. Wylde, J. Watkins, E. Roper, H. Onions, A. Barnett, R. Watkins, R. Kilson, W. Skitt, E. Jones, G. Davies, and W. Smith.

OBITUARY.— The death of Mrs. Edwin Smitheman, widow of late Mr. Edwin Smitheman, of Broseley, took place on 30th ult. She passed away quietly at Brownhills, Staffordshire, where she had gone the previous Monday on a visit to her sister (Mrs. Shepherd), in the hopes the change would be beneficial. She had been a sufferer for some months past, and there being no hopes of her permanent recovery, her end was not entirely unexpected to her friends and relatives. The deceased was greatly beloved among her circle of friends for her goodness of heart and her ever readiness to assist those in trouble or affliction, The funeral took place at Broseley Cemetery on Wednesday, the Rev. G. F. Lamb, M.A.,rector of Broseley, officiating. Among the chief mourners were Mr. E. Smitheman (son), Mr. R. P. Smitheman (son), Miss C, Smitheman (daughter), Mrs. Everall (daughter), Mr. A. Elliott (brother), Mrs. H. Shepherd (sister), Mr. H. Shepherd (brother-in-law), Mr. R. Smitheman (brother-in-law). Beautiful wreaths were sent by Miss Shepherd, Miss Smitheman, &c.

DISTRICT COUNCIL.—WEDNESDAY. Present—Councillors G. H. Maw (chairman), P. Jones, D. L. Prestage, E. G. Exley, W. E. Southern, together with Messrs. Godfrey C. Cooper (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), N. T. Hartshorne (collector), and W. Wyatt (engineer).

THE BROSELEY WATER SUPPLY.—The Clerk said he had received the loan of £250 for the carrying out of the work, but he wanted to know who was to draw on it.—It was decided that the money be placed in Lloyds Bank, the cheques to be signed by the chairman and clerk.—The engineer said the order had been given for the pipes. He produced an account, £6 13s. 3d., for a week's pumping, which was ordered to be paid. Five tenders were received for laying and joining the pipes and also for sinking a well. The lowest tender received was from Mr. J. Brown, Ford, near Shrewsbury, the estimate being £35 for sinking the well, and £33 for laying the pipes. —Councillor Prestage thought the tender considerably lower than the others, and on the motion of Councillor Southorn, supported by Councillor Jones, it was accepted. Councillor Prestage: When will you be likely to make a start?—Mr. Wyatt: Before the next meeting.

THE RATE.— The Collector said there was £75 yet to be collected. He then produced a long list of defaulters.—The Clerk observed that if the rate was not in before the end of March, it could not be recovered. They estimated, he said, a balance in hand by the end of March, but it would not be the case unless something was done. The actual balance that day in hand was £19 18s. 3d., and he wanted cheques signing for £24 2s. 6d. It was decided to summon all the rate defaulters.


13th February 1897


MUTUAL IMPROVEMENT SOCIETY.— On the evening of the 5th inst. the usual weekly meeting of this society was held in the Wesleyan Schoolroom, when the President (Mr. B. Suart) delivered an admirable address upon "The Secret of Success," which was highly appreciated by those present.

PRESENTATION.- Mr. Tom Perks, who is leaving the town, was, on Monday evening, at the Hand and Tankard, presented by his friends with a handsome meerschaum pipe, tobacco pouch, and match-box, which bore a suitable inscription. Mr. B. Nevett made the presentation in a few well-chosen words. Mr. S. Hill also spoke as to the good qualities of the recipient, who acknowledged the compliment. Harmony afterwards became the order of the evening.

LANTERN LECTURE.—A lecture of a highly-interesting character, well illustrated by means of a powerful lantern, was given in the Wesleyan Schoolroom, in connection with the Band of Hope, on Wednesday evening. Mr. J. E. Hartshorne (The Lea, Benthall) gave the connective readings, and the hon. secretary (Mr. A. J. Hartshorne) had charge of the lantern. The pictures thrown upon the canvas were very fine, several being of an amusing character, which excited the risibility of the juveniles. An illustration of the "Village Blacksmith" was very pleasing, the words being well sung by Mrs. R. Hartshorne, Mr. R. Hartshorne, Mr. W. Edge, and Mr. Percy Hartshorne. Miss J. Jones (The Wood) efficiently presided at the harmonium. There was a good attendance.

FUNERAL OF AN OLD TRADESMAN.—On Saturday the remains of the late Mr. Francis Hartshorne were interred in the graveyard at the Old Baptist Chapel. The Rev, W. H. Bishop conducted the service in a very impressive manner. The deceased was 73 years of age, and had carried on the business of a confectioner for a number of years. He had attended the Iron-Bridge Market over 40 years. Possessing a quiet, and unobtrusive disposition, he was greatly respected by all who knew him. The funeral cortege left the late residence of the deceased (Quarry Road) in the following order:— Bearers, Messrs, Taylor, G. Bunnagar, R. Bunnagar, J. Tristram, J. Cleobury, and J. Wilde; hearse; mourners, Messrs. Joseph, Benjamin, Frances, and John Hartshorne (sons), S. Bailey and John Bradeley (son-in-law), T. Hartshorne, A. Bailey, F. Glover, and W. Glover. A number of floral tributes were sent.

FUNERAL.—On Wednesday, the remains of the late Miss Mary Hill (Pollie), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hill, Lord Hill Inn (Broseley) were interred in Broseley Cemetery. The Rev. G. F. Lamb, M.A. (rector) performed the service in an impressive manner. The deceased was 20 years of age. She appeared to be in the best of health up to about a year ago; since then she gradually drooped away, and expired on the 5th inst. The funeral cortege left the late residence of the deceased in the following order:— Bearers, Messrs. John Hayward, Thomas Lloyd, William Smith, Thomas Green, William Instone, Joseph Jones, Charles Gough, Thomas Meredith; hearse; mourners—first mourning coach, Mr. and Mrs. Hill (father and mother), Mr. S. Hill, Mrs. Joseph Garbett, Noah Hill, Mrs. Lee, William, Lizzie, and Mergeretta Hill (brothers and sisters); second coach, Mrs Marlow (aunt), Messrs Joseph Garbett, and John Lee (brothers-in-law) ; Alice and Jennie Shepherd and John and Sarah Jones (cousins). A number of floral tributes were sent by relatives and friends.

LONDON FOREIGN MISSIONARY SOCIETY.— On behalf of this society, special services were held on Sunday, at the Congregational Church. The pastor (Rev. W. Prothero) officiated at the morning service. Miss Coombes attended as a deputation, and at the evening service delivered an extremely interesting address, in which she graphically described her personal reminiscences of missionary work in Madagascar, explaining the habits and customs of the inhabitants of that island, and some of the difficulties that the missionary has to contend with. She concluded by saying that although there was a black cloud hanging over that island now, yet she believed that the sun would soon pierce through again, and the work be resumed by the London Missionary Society, if it were backed up by the enthusiasm, prayers, and practical sympathy of the people of England. The Pastor led the devotions and read the report for the year, which was very satisfactory. The choral portion of the services was well rendered by the choir, Conducted by Mr. Aquila Evans, the anthem being "Oh worship the Lord.” Mr. Frank Tonkiss presided at the harmonium with his usual ability. The congregations were good, especially that at the evening service, and the offertories were satisfactory, being in excess of last year.


FUNERAL.- The funeral of Mr. Thomas Rowe (70), took place on Monday at the Broseley Cemetery. Deceased was at one time in the army, and had taken part in one engagement. He was highly respected, and sympathy is expressed towards his aged widow and family.

20th February 1897



A public meeting was held on Tuesday at the Town Hall with a view of petitioning the trustees of the above bequest to build the hospital at Broseley. Mr. E. W. Shorting was in the chair, and there were also present—Messrs. P. Jones, E. G. Exley, E. B. Potts, B. Suart, S. Hill, W. Francis, W. Mear, I. Watts, E, Oakes, E. R. Instone, J. Dixon, W. Edge, E. K. Thompson, H. Rushton, S. Davies, T. Jones, T. Beard, G. Clarke, C. Hughes, &c.

In opening the proceedings, the Chairman said the best thing he could possibly do was, he thought, to give a resume of their two previous meetings in order that the public should know what they had done in the matter. The first meeting was convened at the instance of Mr. Mear, Mr. John Dixon, and other gentlemen, for the purpose of taking into consideration what steps should be adopted with a view to bringing before the notice of the trustees, under the will of the late Dowager Lady Mary Anne Forester, the feeling and wishes of the residents of Broseley with regard to the erection of the proposed Cottage Hospital in some place contiguous to the town. It was, he said, thereat decided that petitions should be drawn up advocating the claims of Broseley as being by far the most central position of the borough for such an institution, and that signatures should be obtained from householders and others in favour of the scheme. Alderman Dyas attended the meeting, and spoke strongly in favour of the project, pledging his support, and that of the members of the Madeley Sanitary Board, who, he assured the meeting, had expressed their entire approval of the Broseley scheme. A strong working committee was formed, consisting of Messrs. Mear, E. Davis, G. Davies, Crowdare, R. A. Instone, H. Rushton, S. Hill, J, N. Hartshorne, R. Jones, W. Smith, W. Meredith, I. Watts, and W. Francis, for the purpose of canvassing the town and adjoining parishes. When it became known that the matter was being seriously taken in hand, the members of the large friendly societies evinced a strong desire to institute a canvass amongst their own members, so as to send in a separate petition, it being thought that the proposed hospital would to a very great extent benefit people in that position of life. Proceeding, the Chairman said the adjourned meeting was held on Tuesday, 9th inst., for the purpose of ascertaining the result of the canvass. Petitions signed by 3,000 families were received, showing undoubtedly that the Broseley scheme met with very general approval and support. It was pointed out there was a rumour abroad to the effect that a counter-scheme for building the proposed hospital near to the town of Much Wenlock was on foot. It was therefore suggested, and approved by the meeting, that a competent surveyor should he instructed to make a survey of a plot of ground known as the " Batches," contiguous to the town of Broseley, which was considered in all respects a suitable and convenient position for the erection of the hospital ; and also to obtain a report as to the natural, sanitary, and other advantages of the spot selected, and that in the meantime his lordship should be waited upon to ascertain his views and wishes on the matter. The unanimous feeling of the meeting was that without wishing to advance any special claims to undue preference being accorded them, nevertheless from an utilitarian and sanitary point of view, much might be urged in favour of a selection of a site for the Cottage Hospital on land adjacent to the town of Broseley, on the ground of its central position in the borough, the healthiness of the locality, the convenience accruing from an adequate gas and water supply in the near future, as well as the obvious ad vantages attendant upon its being near a more or less populous district, and a convenient centre for a considerable staff of medical practitioners, within easy distance of several large manufacturing works, besides its accessibility for obtaining the necessary materials for building purposes. With regard to the interpretation to he placed upon the words "at or near Wenlock," it was urged that as the will of the late Dowager Lady Forester was drawn up by legal gentlemen unacquainted with the topography of the district, and who were evidently under the impression that the town of Much Wenlock comprised the most populous portion of the borough—regarding the town and borough of Much Wenlock as synonymous terms. It was finally arranged to adjourn the meeting until this evening so as to obtain a complete return of the signatures to the different petitions. He thought that was a fairly exhaustive summary of what occurred at the two previous meetings. Before they proceeded to the next business of the meeting he thought he should like to say that owing to the publicity that had been given to the matter by the admirable letter of Mr, Randall in last week's Wellington Journal and Shrewsbury News the time had arrived for them to advance their claims to consideration, and at the same time to endeavour to bring public pressure to bear, if possible, upon the trustees towards taking the necessary steps towards oiling the wheels of the ponderous machinery of the law, so as, if possible, to get the latter's sanction for enabling them to proceed at once with the arrangements for the commencement of the Cottage Hospital, so that the foundation stone might be laid on or before the day fixed for the festivities attending the coming jubilee. (Applause.)

After a few remarks from Mr. B. Suart, Mr. Mear said he saw Mr. Thursfield on Monday, who informed him that he was in favour of the  hospital being erected at Broseley, (Hear, hear.) He added that Wenlock was not the place for it; Broseley was more central, and Mr. Thursfield also said there was no water at Wenlock.

Mr. Potts said he had seen Lord Forester, one of the trustees, on the matter, who informed him that he had not been consulted in any way as to the Wenlock scheme. He advocated the Broseley scheme on points submitted by the chairman that evening. He (Mr. Potts) told his lordship what they had done, and Lord Forester intimated that he would take a low price for the land. (Applause.) The speaker further observed that he had made arrangements with Mr. Stooke, engineer, who was coming to visit the proposed site to draw up a fair report upon the matter. (Applause.)

Mr. T. Jones informed the meeting that 3,814 inhabitants of the district had signed the petition in favour of the hospital being erected at Broseley. The petition from Madeley was yet to come in.

The Chairman was of opinion that that was a satisfactory report, and he could not see how the trustees could very well disregard it.

On the motion of Mr. Potts, it was resolved that the chairman should submit reports of the Broseley scheme to Messrs. Farrar and Co., solicitors for the trustees.


20th February 1897



Before Councillor T. Cooke (mayor), Alderman A. B. Dyas, Mayor R. E. Anstice, and Messrs. W. G. Norris and F. R. Smith.

BEGINNING EARLY.—George Aston., a youth, was charged by Police-constable Roberts with being drunk at the Elephant and Castle, Broseley.—Defendant pleaded guilty, and was fined 5s. and costs.

A BROSELEY TRADESMAN FINED.—Richard Alfred Instone, grocer, Broseley, was summoned for selling adulterated ginger. Mr. Godfrey Cooper (town clerk) prosecuted on behalf of the local authority, and Mr. J. T. Carrane (Wellington) defended.—Mr. Cooper said they did not wish to press the case, which was a bad one, for the analysis of the sample taken contained 40 parts of exhausted ginger in every 100, but he did not think defendant was responsible.—Mr. Carrane admitted that a legal offence had been committed, but said his client had not done anything intentional. — Police-constable Harrison stated that he visited defendant's shop and purchased ¼lb. of ginger, for which he paid 6d. It was divided into three parts, a portion of which was sent to the public analyst.—Mr. Carrane argued that the ginger was warranted as the finest prepared Jamaica ginger, and he hoped they would not record a conviction against defendant, and that the case be withdrawn on payment of costs.—Mr. Norris: 40 per cent. seems a lot.—Mr. Carrane: There is a strong wind at Broseley. (Laughter.)—Mr. Smith: The strength of the ginger seems to be in the dirt. (Laughter.)—The Bench said they felt that Mr. Instone was a hard-used man. They should impose a fine of 5s. and £2 12s. costs.


MUTUAL IMPROVEMENT SOCIETY.—The usual weekly meeting in connection with this society was held in the Wesleyan Schoolroom on the 12th inst. Mr. B. Suart (president) gave an able essay on "Coal." An interesting discussion followed, several of the members taking part.

CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY—On Sunday, two excellent sermons were preached in the Parish Church by the Rev. John Line, vicar of Christ Church, Stone, Staffordshire. The Rev. G. F. Lamb, M.A. (rector), took the services, and Mr. H. E. Clarke read the lessons. The choir sustained their well-known reputation, and Mr. Theo. Watkis presided at the organ with his usual ability. There was a good congregation at each service, and the offertories, in aid of the above-named society, amounted to £6 8s. 2d.

BROSELEY WOOD SCHOOL.—The report of her Majesty's Inspector of Schools of the Broseley Wood School for the past year has been received by the managers, and it is gratifying alike to them and to Mrs. Lloyd, the mistress of the school, and her assist-ants, to know that satisfactory progress has been made during the year, and that the inspector considers the order and discipline of the school are good, and the general results of the examination very creditable to the teachers. An excellent grant has been obtained, the largest in amount yet earned by this school.

DEATH AND FUNERAL ON AN OLD INHABITANT.— On the 10th inst., there quietly passed away, in his 82nd year, Mr. Robert Ambrose Pope, of Hockley, Broseley. Deceased had been employed at Messrs. Maw and Co.'s Benthall Works, Jackfield, for a number of years, but for a considerable time had been unable to follow his usual occupation. When health permitted he was a most regular attendant at the Birch Meadow Baptist Chapel. He led a most up-right and consistent life, and, possessing a genial and happy disposition, he was greatly respected by all who knew him. His remains were interred in the Birch Meadow Baptist Chapel Yard on the 13th inst. The Rev. Arthur Shinn (pastor) conducted the service in a very impressive manner. The funeral cortege left the late residence of the deceased in the following order:— Bearers, Messrs. J. Cleobury, A. E. Broadhurst, I. O. G. Bate, A. Thompson, J. Brown, and Preece; hearse; mourners, Mr. William Pope (son), Mr. W. Jordan, Mr. A. R. Pope, Mr. J. Brown, and Mr. G. Sneyd (grandsons); Mrs. J. Brown, Mrs. Sneyd, and Miss Ada Jordan (granddaughters); Mr. and Mrs. Dudley, Mr. Pope, Mr. E. Howells, and Mr.  Meredith  (nephews and niece). A number of floral tributes were sent by sympathetic relatives and friends.

ENTERTAINMENT.—On Tuesday evening a very successful entertainment was given in the Primitive Methodist Chapel, Broseley Wood, under the able direction of Miss Shaw, who, as on previous occasions, kindly undertook the training of the performers, and carried out the whole of the arrangements in a highly satisfactory manner. Mr. Crawford (Coalbrookdale) proved a genial and efficient chairman, and at the close he explained the object they had in view, viz., the renovation of the interior of the chapel. He heartily congratulated Miss Shaw and the other performers upon the success attending their efforts, and proposed a vote of thanks to them, which was carried by acclamation, A similar compliment was paid to the chairman. The subjoined programme was capitally executed during the evening:—Welcome speech, Ernest Bowen; pianoforte solo, Miss E. Davis; part song, "Hail, Saviour King," Choir; recitation, "The Doll's House" (in character), Miss A. Molineaux; solo, "The Banks of Allan Water," Miss M. A. Leadbetter; duet, "Some Folks" (in character), Miss L. Williams and E. Wilde; recitation, "Our Baby” George Wilcox; violoncello solo, "Jerusalem," Mr. Amphlett; action song, "Animals" (in character), Sunday School Children ; solo, " Belle Mahone," Miss It. Anderson; dialogue, "Our Volunteers" (in character), Choir Boys; solo, "Never to meet," Miss E. Cox; song, "Lullaby" (in character), Miss A. Molineaux; recitation, "Betsy and I are out," Miss E. Harrison; action song, "Cobbler" (in character), Sunday School Children; recitation, "Bad Boy's Diary," Edward Wilde ; solo, "Maiden's Prayer," Miss M. Anderson ; part song, " The Snow" (in character), Choir; song, "The Grasp of an English Hand," Mr. J. Green; violin solo, Mr. Amphlett; duet, "Susie Brown" (in character), Miss L. Williams and E. Wilde; dialogue, "Domestic Frugality" (in character); solo, "Swanee River" Miss M. A. Leadbetter ; solo, "Driven from home" (in character), Miss L. Williams. Accompanists, Miss K. Broadhurst. Miss E. Davis, and Miss Lily Kenyon.

27th February 1897


LECTURE.— Mr. Leonard Hall addressed a company at the Cape of Good Hope Inn on "Bad Trade: its Cause and Cure." Mr. W. Barnett presided. The lecture was repeated at Madeley on Thursday.

MUTUAL IMPROVEMENT SOCIETY.—On the 19th inst. the usual weekly meeting in connection with this society was held in the Wesleyan Schoolroom, when the president (Mr. B. Suart) read an interesting and instructive paper on "The Planet Mars — whether inhabited or not." A lively and prolonged discussion followed.

NATIONAL SCHOOLS.—The report of her Majesty's Inspector for the past year is again very good, and reflects great credit upon Mr. Clark, the master of the boys' school, and upon Miss Street and Miss Bennett, the teachers respectively of the girls and infants, and the assistants in these several departments. Of the boys' school, he states that Mr. Clark continues to teach with very creditable success, and that the condition of the school is satisfactory.—In the girl's school the discipline and organisation; are good, and the teaching appears to be quite efficient—The infants' school's in good order, and has been well taught—The highest grants in each department have been awarded, but unfortunately, through a falling off in the voluntary subscriptions during last year, the amount of grant earned by the school has suffered a reduction of £29.

ENTERTAINMENT.—On Tuesday, an entertainment in aid of the prize fund for punctual and regular attendance was given in the Town Hall by the girls and infants of the Broseley National Schools, ably assisted by Miss Shorting, L.C.V., Miss H. Watkis (Broseley), Miss M. Jones (The Rock), and Miss Watkis (Iron-Bridge), and was a thorough success. The children, under the able direction of their respective head-mistresses, Miss Street and Miss Bennett, carried out the whole of the programme with much skill and precision, an unmistakable evidence of their careful training. There was a large and appreciative audience, and the Rev. G. F. Lamb, M.A., presided. Miss Hilda Watkis opened the proceedings with a finely-executed pianoforte solo, which was highly appreciated. The action song, "Sunshine in School," by the infants, was capitally gone through. Miss A. Watkis gave a very pleasing rendition of "The Children's Home" and "Zuyder Zee," the latter song receiving a well-merited encore, to which she kindly responded by giving with equal success "The Gift." The songs, "Sweeping Brush Brigade" and "Pinafore," and the pole drill were most cleverly executed by the girls. The two violin solos by Miss Shorting were a rich musical treat. The action songs, "Merry Little Drummers," " Twelve Little Mothers," and " Chinese Umbrella," were very amusing and clever. Miss H. Pearce sang in good style "I shan't go to school any more," which excited the risible faculties of the audience. Mr. E. W. Shorting gave a very humorous recitation, entitled "Double Gloster," in excellent style. The song, "Children of the Street," by Percy Preston, Willy Scott, and girls, was very interesting and well gone through. Miss Armstrong sang "Jenny the Maid of the Mill" and "Dear Old Wales" (in character), and was highly applauded. The duet, "You mustn't," by Percy Preston and Cissy Instone, was amusing and well executed. A great feature of the evening was a play, entitled "A Modern Cinderella," the following being the cast:— Miss Martin, Aunt Dorothy; Miss Preston, Grandmother; Miss Clark and Miss Jones, two Proud Sisters; and Miss Cissy Instone, Cinderella; each carrying out their allotted role in a highly creditable manner. Miss H. Watkis, Miss M. Jones, and Mr. W. Roberts skilfully accompanied on the pianoforte. The programme was repeated with equal Success on Wednesday evening, under the presidency of Mr. F. H., Potts.


6th March 1897




Another general public meeting was, on Monday evening, held at the Town Hall, Broseley, to consider the above question. Mr. E. W. Shorting presided. There were also present—Messrs. E. B. Potts, E. Davies, W. Mear, T. Jones (hon. sec.), A. C. Downes, P. Jones, W. Allen, J. Dixon, E. Oakes, S. Hill, E. K. Thompson, T. Beard, S. Davies, W. Francis, and E. G. Exley.

The Chairman stated that they met that evening to receive Mr. Stooke's (engineer) report. He said they were now in a position to give them the total number of signatures of the inhabitants of the borough who were in favour of the cottage hospital being built at Broseley, which was 3,984, including six justices of the peace, five aldermen, and 16 councillors. Since their last meeting there had appeared in the Wellington Journal a letter from Lord Forester, stating in plain and forcible language what his views were upon the matter, which views were distinctly favourable to Broseley. (Applause.) There had also appeared an editorial note which he considered was a pat on the back. (Hear, hear.) The Chairman then read the following report received from Mr.Stooke:—" In accordance with instructions, I have inspected the site near Broseley, which Lord Forester offers for the erection of a cottage hospital, and beg to submit the following report thereon: In order that the position of the site may be fully realised with regard to the industrial portion of the borough of Wenlock, I accompany my report with a sheet of the six-inch Government map, on which I indicate the site coloured pink. The site is adjoining the main road from Coalbrookdale, Iron-Bridge, Madeley, Coalport, Jackfield, and Broseley to Bridgnorth, from which main road a good approach can be easily formed. The site inclines to the south-west, and ranges between 500 feet on the east and north to about 430 feet on the west above sea level. It is consequently well sheltered on the east, and to a considerable extent on the north by rising ground. The site commands a fine view; the lower portion of it is situated on the millstone grit, which is a measure that is easily absorbent of rainfall, and therefore insures a dry foundation, as was indicated by the trial holes opened for inspection. I am informed the Broseley Sanitary Committee is now engaged on a gravitation scheme of water supply for the town, and that the committee will be prepared to supply water to the hospital, if built on this site. As the highest reading above sea level within the area of water supply in the town of Broseley is 534 feet, the water supply will be fully available for the cottage hospital, which would be on lower ground, and within some 750 yards of the town. The general formation of the surface is such as will permit of an efficient system of drainage, which may be treated within the limits of the site or otherwise, and the effluent taken to adjoining land. Whilst I consider the site is an eligible one, I am of opinion that it may be made still more so if the glebe field immediately on the adjoining north is secured, and I advise that negotiations be at once opened with a few of securing it. In this case a slice of the property offered by Lord Forester may be taken with a sufficient piece off the corner of field marked ‘A,' to form a rounded approach for the road to the site, making up the required area as follows, viz.: Glebe 4a. 0r. 36p., Lord Forester's land 5a. 2r. 4p., making a total of 10 acres, or a lesser area of the latter if considered sufficient. I am sure your committee is fully justified in recommending this site to the most favourable consideration of the Forester Charity Trustees, not only for the reasons hereinbefore stated, but also that it is the nearest available site to all the important works situated within the borough of Wenlock. It appears from the returns at my command that the whole population of the borough is 15,763. I calculate that upwards of 12,000 of this population are located within a radius of 29 miles of the site, within which range would undoubtedly be found the large proportion of the medical skill of the district, which is an important point for consideration in the selection of a hospital site. It is also, I should think, not improbable that the town of Broseley will, sooner or later, be connected with a means of light railway with the Great Western system of the Severn Valley, from which the town is situated only about one mile. I consider the proposed hospital site is on that side of the town which the physical features of the district indicate as the most feasible route for such light railway line."

Mr. Oakes considered it a very satisfactory report.

Mr. Francis asked if there was any difficulty in getting the glebe land.

Mr. Potts said he was told there would be no difficulty.

Mr. Davies said he had mentioned the matter to the Rev. G. F. Lamb, who said there would be no trouble with him, but he did not know how they would get on with the Commissioners.

Mr. Potts was of opinion they could get over that difficulty. He moved that the report be adopted, and submitted to the solicitors for the trustees.

Mr. Downes seconded the motion, which was unanimously carried.

On the motion of Mr. Dixon, a vote of thanks to the chairman concluded the business.

6th March 1897


NATIONAL SCHOOL.— The managers of this school have received an excellent report from her Majesty's inspector, on this school, reflecting the greatest credit on all concerned. The grant has been given on the highest scale.

FUNERAL.— The remains of Mr. George Edge, an old inhabitant, were interred, amid many tokens of respect, at Broseley Cemetery, on Wednesday. Deceased had for 20 years been employed at the works of Messrs. Craven, Dunnill, and Co., at Jackfield. He was a member of the Wesleyan body at Coalford for nearly 60 years, and during the latter part of his life was a class leader and poor-steward. The funeral was attended by a large number of his sons and daughters and relatives. The bearers were six members of deceased's class. Rev. John Osborn, Wesleyan minister, conducted the ceremony, and delivered a very suitable address at the grave. Several beautiful wreaths were placed on the coffin by deceased's children and grand-children. The blinds at many of the houses en route to the cemetery were drawn. Deceased, who was in his 78th year was deservedly respected.


BURIAL BOARD.—A quarterly meeting was held on Wednesday, when no business of public importance was transacted. Alderman J. A. Exley presided.

IMPROVEMENT OF SWAN STREET. —This street, hitherto conspicuous by its unsightly appearance, has, through the enterprise of Mr. James Mason, High Street, been greatly improved by pulling down property of a dilapidated condition, and erecting on the same site a commodious dwelling house. This class of property is much required in Broseley.

DISTRICT COUNCIL.— WEDNESDAY. Present— Alderman J. A. Exley, Councillors D. L. Prestage, W. Mear, P. Jones, H. G. Exley; together with Messrs. G. Cooper (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), and N. T. Hartshorne (collector).

MORE MONEY WANTED.— The Collector said he had collected £28 since the last meeting.— The Chairman believed there were strong remarks made at the last meeting concerning the collection of the rates.— The Clerk observed they were unfortunately situated. The rates had been completed in the other wards, and unless the rates were got in at once they would be irrecoverable.— The Collector said he had been laid up with influenza, therefore he had been somewhat handicapped. He had collected £44 since the last meeting.—The Clerk said there was a balance today of £39 17s. 3d., and he was asking for cheques to the amount of £58 0s. 9d.— The collector was instructed to get the rate in at once, and summon all rate-defaulters.

A COMPLAINT.— The Surveyor complained of the fencing along the Birch Meadow Fields, the barbed wire being very treacherous. Anyone, he said, suffering damage could sue the owner of the field, who he believed was Mrs. Bathurst. —The surveyor was instructed to write the owner on the matter.


Before Councillor T. Cooke (mayor), Alderman A. B. Dyas, and Colonel H. Wayne.

DRUNK.—Thomas Aston was charged with being drunk at Broseley.—Police-constable Roberts proved the case, and defendant was fined 5s. and costs.

THE MUZZLING ORDER.—Edwin Davies, grocer and iron-monger, Broseley, was summoned for failing to comply with the above order.- Police-constable Roberts proved the case. —Fined 1s. and costs.

ASSAULT.— William Griffiths was charged with assaulting John Ball at Broseley.—Ball stated that he was a tile-maker, and when he was going home defendant, without any provocation, knocked him down, and he was covered with blood. Defendant was drunk.—Thomas Garbett, for the complainant, stated that he considered there was provocation for Ball's brother laughed when defendant kissed his wife.—Defendant was fined 16s., including costs.


THE inhabitants of Broseley are evidently leaving no stone unturned to secure the building of the Forester cottage hospital in that town. At the public meeting on Monday, references were made to the very pronounced opinion of Lord Forester as expressed in his lordship's letter in our columns a fortnight ago, and the position was fortified to a considerable extent by the report furnished by Mr. Stooke. This report, as far as Broseley is concerned, was favourable in the extreme. Mr. Stooke said he was sure the committee was fully justified in recommending the Broseley site to the favourable consideration of the trustees, and this, in conjunction with the facts mentioned in the report, will undoubtedly not be without its effect on that body. So far as present appearances go, the project seems likely to he carried out in accordance with the wishes of the inhabitants of the town, but public questions like this sometimes take an awkward turn. Broseley cannot, therefore, strengthen its own position too strongly.

27th March 1897



Present:— Councillor T. Cooke (mayor), Aldermen A. B. Dyas and J. Bodenham, Councillors G. H. Maw, D. L. Prestage, P. Weston, W. Allen, J. Machin, J. Wilkinson, W. F. Bryan, A. G. Mackenzie, H. C. Instone, T. S. Barnett, and E. Price; Messrs. Dixon, Patten, and Hartshorn (collectors), Geo. Stevenson (surveyor), Godfrey C. Cooper (town clerk).

GENERAL DISTRICT RATES.— Mr. J. Machin moved and Mr. W. Allen seconded that a rate of 1s. in the pound be sealed and signed for the Barrow Division.— Councillor G. H. Maw moved a 1s. 4d. rate for Broseley Sanitary Division, which Councillor Prestage seconded.—Alderman A. B. Dyas proposed a 1s. 4d. rate for Madeley, which Councillor P. Weston seconded.—Alderman J. Bodenham proposed and Councillor H. C. Instone seconded a 1s. 6d. rate for Wenlock.

LOAN FOR EXTENDING THE BROSELEY CEMETERY.—Councillor G. H. Maw moved that the Broseley Sanitary Authorities been authorised to borrow £500 to extend the present cemetery. He should he pleased, if the Council wished it, to give any particulars.—Councillor Prestage seconded, and it was carried.

THE QUEEN'S LONG REIGN.—The Mayor introduced this subject, and said he would like to hear if the Council as a whole would take up the celebration and combine in some mode, or if they would follow the lines adopted in 1887 at the Queen's Jubilee. He invited remarks from any member of the Council.—Alderman J. Bodenham said 10 years ago each division carried out their own particular mode of celebration, and he thought this method would be the best now. —The Town Clerk explained that at a meeting in 1887 the Council for the borough of Wenlock resolved to send her Majesty a loyal and dutiful address, and at a meeting held in May it was further resolved that the mayor and town clerk attend the function at Westminster Abbey, and also attend a thanksgiving service at Wenlock Parish Church. He pointed out that the borough consisted of 12 parishes, so that it would be difficult to combine in general rejoicings. —The Mayor thought so loyal a borough as theirs should do something to mark such a unique event in the history of England as the completion of her Majesty's 60 years' reign. He asked the Town Clerk to read a letter from Mr. White re a fire engine, but thought most parts of the borough had little or no water, therefore the engine would not be of very much use.—The letter was read.—Councillor W. Allen moved that the most useful manner to celebrate the event would be to free the bridge at Iron-Bridge, over which neither man, woman, boy, nor girl could pass without paying. The tax was a heavy one on labourers, and its removal would benefit the great masses who most needed help, viz., the working classes. He did not think the town of Wenlock should grumble, as it had been decided to build the Forester Hospital at Wenlock.— Alderman Dyas asked if Councillor Allen had any idea of freeing the cost of the Iron Bridge, and was told "No."—Councillor Machin supported the motion.—Alderman Bodenham was afraid the idea was far too large to attempt; he was certain they would not be able to get the money voluntarily.—Councillor Weston agreed with Alderman Bodenham, and said between £14,000 and £15,000 would be required.—Councillor Maw suggested that the question of freeing the bridge should be discussed at the four Sanitary Committees.—Further discussion ensued, and the motion was withdrawn.—The Town Clerk said a special Act of Parliament would be necessary if the borough funds were used for the object of freeing the bridge.—Several members spoke in favour of the various districts carrying out their own form of celebrating the record reign, and ultimately Alderman Dyas moved that a loyal and dutiful address be sent to her Majesty on the occasion of the completion of her 60th year of reign; that the Mayor and Corporation attend a church service officially; and that the local manner of celebration he left with the local committees to carry out and decide.—This was seconded by Alderman Bodenham, and carried.

THE MAYOR'S FUND FOR THE RELIEF OF THE INDIAN FAMINE.—The Mayor was pleased to say the fund he opened in connection with the Lord Mayor of London's fund for the Indian famine had been well supported, £197 7s. 9d. having come in up to March 13th. He hoped anyone who had not yet subscribed would do so quickly, for he should soon close it.—Alderman Dyas said that at Madeley Church they had had collections before the Mayor's fund was opened, and they had collected and sent direct £16 or £17, and that was why their collection did not appear in the borough relief fund list.—The Mayor warmly thanked the Town Clerk and Mr. A. Owen for the great assistance they had rendered in the work connected with the relief fund.

THE MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH.—The Town Clerk read a letter from Dr. W. N. Thursfield resigning the office of medical officer of health; he also read letters from the County Council.—It was resolved that these be discussed and considered at a special meeting of the Council.

27th March 1897


ADDRESS.—Miss Enid Stacey, on Thursday, addressed a meeting at the Primitive Methodist Chapel on "Some objections to Socialism answered." The Rev. A. Bonney (Buildwas) was in the chair.

VESTRY MEETING.—On Thursday evening a general meeting of ratepayers was held at the Town Hall for the purpose of electing churchwardens and sidesmen, and nominating overseers for the ensuing year. The Rev. G. F. Lamb, M.A., rector, occupied the chair. There were also present—Messrs. W. Francis, E. Davis, R. A. Instone, E. R. Instone, M. Jones, T. Jones, and J. Dixon. The rector elected Mr. Edwin Davies as his warden, and on the proposition of Mr. W. Francis, seconded by Mr. J. Dixon, Mr. E. R, Instone was chosen people's warden. Mr. E. R. Instone selected Mr. W. Francis as his sidesman and Mr. Edwin Davies elected Mr. R. A. Instone as his sidesman. The following gentlemen were nominated overseers:—Messrs. H. L. Bolomey, T. Doughty, W. Beard, H. Massie, W. Crowdace, J. H. Matthews, out of which number the magistrates will select two to serve the office.

SCHOOL CONCERTS.—The sixth annual concerts in aid of the prize fund of the Broseley Boys' School took place on Monday and Tuesday evenings, in the Town Hall. On both evenings large audiences assembled, and went away highly pleased. The hall was decorated with flags, &c. The whole of the proceedings passed off capitally, and were a success both financially and musically. In Part 1 on Monday, Miss Williams (Shrewsbury) kindly assisted, her songs being much enjoyed, and on Tuesday Miss Oliver (Shrewsbury Choral Society) was equally successful. The Broseley Quartet Party—Messrs. Garbett, Clark, Dixon, and Nicklin—sang in excellent style the part song, "The Goslings," the last-named gentleman also giving a good rendering of the song, "The Sergeant's Wedding," the chorus being heartily taken up by the boys. The part songs by the boys gave evidence of very careful training by the head-master (Mr. H. E. Clark), one of them, "The Queen! God bless her!" being especially appropriate in this, the Diamond Jubilee Year. Mr. F. Wilson's pianoforte solo, "La Harpe Eolienne," was given in masterly style, as were also the accompaniments to the different songs. Mr. H. E. Clark was very amusing in the song, "The girl I left behind me." L. Wase had to respond to a vigorous recall for his character song, "The City Police." The concluding item of the first part was a very humorous sketch entitled "Next Door," the various characters being capitally sustained by the following ladies and gentlemen:— Misses F. E. Clark, E. Martin, and G. Preston, and Messrs. E. Pountney, J. L. Hayward, and T. Corcoran. Part 2 was principally taken up by the Broseley Juvenile Minstrels, who made their second appearance. The effect of the different songs and choruses was greatly enhanced by the excellent accompaniments of the band. W. Davies was tambo, and L. Wase bones, whilst P. Hartshorne acted as interlocutor. The songs and choruses were rendered with great expression, L. Wase being again a favourite with the audience, who heartily encored him for his song, "My Own Dear Home," which was given with great tenderness and feeling; the singing of the chorus by the combined troupe making it one of the gems of the evening. The jokes and conundrums were very good, two of them being allusions to the Broseley water Scheme and the Forester Hospital. Next came an original farce, entitled "The Demon Phonograph," when the different roles were undertaken in the best possible manner by Miss F. C. Clark, and Messrs. J. L. Hayward, E. Pountney, and E. Scott. The National Anthem concluded the proceedings. The Rev. G. F. Lamb, M.A., presided on Monday, and Mr. G. H. Maw on Tuesday.

27th March 1897


A large and enthusiastic meeting was held in the Town Hall, Broseley, on Wednesday evening, to express the thanks of the people of Broseley and district to Lord Forester, for his efforts to try to get the Broseley site accepted for the Forester Hospital, and to also show, by means of resolutions, the opinion of the people of the district with regard to the decision of the trustees.

Mr. E. B. Potts in proposing that Mr. E. W. Shorting should take the chair, observed that the battle of sites had been fought; Broseley, unfortunately, had lost, notwithstanding the strong and able advocacy of their friend, Lord Forester, who fought with pluck and determination against the preconcerted action of the majority of the trustees, but it was of no avail. For this service they would be asked to thank Lord Forester. Undoubtedly a feeling had entered the minds of some that justice had not been meted out to Broseley, but he earnestly implored that, the matter having ended, all feeling should he allowed to pass away, and he hoped that the decision in Wenlock's favour might turn out to be the right one.

The Chairman said that as a certain amount of publicity had been given to what transpired at their previous meetings, it was thought advisable that a meeting should be called for that evening for the purpose of publicly and formally announcing the decision arrived at by the majority of the Forester Charity Trustees, when, he regretted to say, it was decided that the Forester Memorial Hospital should he built on land altogether outside the Willey estate. It was no use disguising the fact that the adverse decision of the trustees, so for as Broseley was concerned, had come not altogether as a surprise, still as a bitter disappointment to very many of them. There was a general impression abroad that after having been put to no little trouble in ascertaining, by means of canvassing, what the feelings of the majority of the borough were, as evidenced by four petitions, bearing nearly 4,000 signatures, that they had been treated by the trustees with but scant courtesy and consideration in the matter. They knew now that the trustees had, in their superior wisdom, in a somewhat arbitrary manner, thought fit to disregard and ignore the evidence of public opinion, and had decided to build the memorial hospital on a site outside the Willey estate, which was but a very questionable and sorry complement to pay to the memory of the late popular General, Lord Forester. There was, at any rate, one redeeming feature, and that was that the trustees were not unanimous—three voting for Wenlock and one for Broseley, and Lord Forester, it would appear, did his utmost at the meeting to give effect to his convictions and inclinations that the hospital should be built not only on the Willey estate, but also in a locality where it would confer the "most benefit upon the greatest number of people." (Applause). He then gave reasons why he considered the Broseley site superior to that selected.

In reply to a question, Mr. Potts said that Lord Forester wrote to him, and in his letter his lordship said that he had done his best for Broseley, having argued it out with the other trustees for over an hour, at the meeting recently held in London, but it was of no avail, as the other trustees had made up their minds before entering the room—(Cries of "shame")—and they would not listen to the petition.

Mr. B. Suart proposed, "This committee having been informed that at the recent meeting of the Forester Charity Trustees held in London, for the purpose of choosing a site for the proposed cottage hospital, a site had been selected upon land situate near the town of Wenlock, the property of C. G. Milnes Gaskell, Esq., in preference to the site at Broseley, offered by Lord Forester, hereby desires to express its regret and disappointment at the decision arrived at, on the following grounds, viz:—that the selected site is not a convenient one in the general interests of the borough by reason of its isolated position and its distance from the bulk of the borough's population, and also that in its opinion the hospital should be erected upon land forming a part of the Willey estate, as a more fitting memorial to the memory of the late General, Lord Forester, rather than upon the estate of a stranger. The committee also desires to express its sincere regret that the forms of memorial presented to the Charity Trustees in favour of the Broseley site, representing the opinion and approval of so large a number of the inhabitants of the borough, should have been totally disregarded by the trustees whilst considering the business and in arriving at their decision." He said there was no question about it that the decision had been arrived at in an unfair way. If three of the four trustees had made up their minds as to the verdict before they entered the room to discuss the matter, then it was a most un-English-like proceeding. As Englishmen they liked fair play, and did not object to lose when the fight had been fair, but they certainly did object to lose when the fight had not been fairly fought out. (Loud cheers.) There was no question that the site at Broseley had advantages which could not possibly be possessed by the one at Wenlock. Broseley was the very centre of the manufacturing population, and he considered it a gross injustice to the workers in the many manufactories in Broseley and district that the hospital was going to be placed at the extreme end of the borough where there were no manufactories, and consequently less need of such an admirable institution. (Hear, hear.)

Mr. Watts seconded the resolution, which was carried unanimously.

Mr. Mear proposed "That the thanks of the committee be accorded to Lord Forester for the fervour shown by him and the trouble he had taken in advocating and furthering the claim of the proposed Broseley site, and that a copy of the resolution passed…


3rd April 1897



On Wednesday the monthly meeting of this body was held, when there were present:—Aldermen A. B. Hyatt (ex. mayor), J. A. Anstice, R. E. Anstice, Councillors E. F. Groves, W. Y. Owen, P. W. Bryan, R. Weston, B. Maddox, Messrs. G. Cooper (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor),and T. E. Patten (collector).

At the Lion Hotel, Broseley, on TUESDAY, the 13th day of April, 1897, at Six o'clock in the evening, in One Lot, and subject to Conditions of Sale, incorporating the Common Form Conditions of Sale of the Shropshire Law Society,
ALL those Two MESSUAGES or Dwelling-houses, with the Shop, Outbuildings, Yards, Gardens, and Appurtenances thereto belonging, situate fronting to High Street, Broseley, in the respective occupations of Robert Hartshorne and John Daniel Benbow.
Also, all those Two COTTAGES, situate front-ing to Carver's Road, Broseley, with the Gardens, and Appurtenances thereto belonging, in the re-spective occupations of William Beddow and Ben-jamin Reynolds.
The Cottage in the occupation of Benjamin Reynolds is freehold, subject to an annual amer-ciament rent of 3s. 4d. to the Lord of the Manor of Broseley.
The remainder of the Property is held under three leases. As to part thereof for a term of 500 years from 25th March, 1759; as to other part thereof, for a term of 471 years, from the 25th of March, 1788; and as to the remaining part thereof, for a term of 455 years from the 25th of March, 1804, subject to the yearly rents of £1, £12s., and 14s., payable to Lord Forester.
The several tenants will show the Property, and any further particulars may be obtained from the Auctioneers, Wellington, Salop; from Mr. E. R. WILLIAMS, Solicitor, 27, Bennett's Hill, Birming-ham; or from
Solicitors. Broseley.
THE COALPORT ROAD.—The Clerk said he had received a letter from Mr. Potts stating that at present there was no Act of Parliament regarding the Severn Towing Path, consequently there were no trustees, and he could not allow them to inspect the deeds.—Councillor Owen asked how were they to find out about the money.—Councillor Weston remarked that he had recently been over the Coalport road, and considered it to be in a fit condition to be taken over. The fencing by the old Bedlam Furnaces was, however, in a bad state.—Colonel Anstice said with respect to the towing path, as one of the old trustees, he did not wish to keep anything back from this Council. He thought no doubt the members knew that the old horse towing path was maintained by Act of Parliament, passed in the last century, under which Act trustees were appointed who took certain tolls, out of which they kept the towing path in repair. The toll paid them very well until the railways were made, after which they ceased to pay for many years, the trustees having to live on the capital, when it dwindled down to £300 or £400. After taking counsel's opinion on the matter they left off taking tolls, and the trustees resigned their office, a fact which was recorded in the minute book. The only two surviving trustees were Mr. W. G. Norris and himself, so at the present time the money stands in the consols, and they were in a difficulty as to what to do. The course they had taken was that they had instructed Mr. Potts to take counsel's opinion as to what their powers were regarding that money, and what they could do with it. He would say that the towing path commissioners never repaired any fence. He did not think they should be authorised to spend it on highways in any particular part of the river; all would have a share of it. He contended that it was the duty of this committee to maintain the road, which was a public footpath.—The Chairman thought they were all obliged to the Colonel for the explanation he had given them, which he was sure was information they never heard of before. He hoped the late trustees would have a favour-able opinion, so as to enable this authority to repair a portion of the road which Colonel Anstice had mentioned.—Major Anstice remarked that if the Council allowed the matter to stand over till the next meeting he would try and make arrangements with the lord of the manor, with a view of jointly putting up a substantial fence if they would take over the road and fence.—Councillor Maddox asked if they would still free the Coalport gate if they took over the road.—The Major replied in the affirmative.—The matter was deferred till the next meeting, Messrs. Groves, Weston, and Maddox being elected on the Consulting Committee.

3rd April 1897



The obsequies of the late Alderman John Burroughs took place on Saturday, at Broseley Cemetery, the officiating clergymen being the Revs. G. F. Lamb and J. M. Edwards. The cortege left the house in the following order:—1st coach, Rev. J. Marsden Edwards, Mr. T. Beard, Alderman J. A. Exley, and Councillor E. G. Exley; hearse; bearers, Messrs G. Harrison, E. Owen, H. Brittain, W. Harrison, W. Barlow, and Knattorss; mourners' coach, Mr. J. Burroughs, Mr. Thomas R. Burroughs (sons), Mr. J. H. Collins and Mr. J. Reggie Burroughs (grandsons); coach, Mr. James Burroughs (brother), Mr. H. Stanley Burroughs and Mr. J. B. Exley (grandsons), and Mr. F. A. Burgess (son-in-law); friends, Messrs. T. Doughty, R. Doughty, G. Gray, F. Davis, A. J. Jones, B. Hughes, W. Wilson, G. Stevenson, W. Gother, T. Beard, jun., A. Ball, A. Grant (undertaker), and C. J. Smith (coffinmaker). The coffin was covered with handsome wreaths, sent by sorrowing relatives.



Before Councillor T. Cooke (mayor), Alderman A. B. Dyas, Colonel J. A. Anstice, Messrs. E. L. Squire and F. R. Smith.

THE OVERSEERS' LISTS were presented and passed.

ALL Persons having any CLAIMS against the Estate of JOHN BURROUGHS, late of Lady Wood, Jackfield, in the County of Salop, Rope Manufacturer, deceased (who died on the 24th day of March, 1897), are requested to send Par-ticulars of such Claims to me forthwith; and all Persons INDEBTED to the said Estate are re-quested to pay the amount of their Debts to me without delay.
Dated the 1st day of April, 1897.
Iron-Bridge, Shropshire, 
Solicitor to the Executors.
CHARGE AGAINST A BROSELEY PUBLICAN.—Charles Rigby, landlord of the Elephant and Castle, Broseley, was charged with permitting drunkenness on his licensed premises, on January 23rd. Mr. R. F. Haslewood (Bridgnorth) prosecuted, and Mr. J. T. Carrane (Wellington) defended.—George Aston stated that on the above date he went into the Elephant and Castle about 3-30 in the afternoon, and remained there drinking till 10 o'clock at night. He spent 4s. 9d. in the kitchen. The servant and the son supplied him with the drink, and the defendant had seen him there. He did not recognise his brother, for the simple reason he was drunk. He had been fined for being drunk at that place on the date in question.—Thomas Aston stated that he went into the Elephant and Castle, about eight o'clock, and found his brother sitting on the screen drunk. He saw the servant supply him with a pint of ale.—Henry Griffiths said he saw George Aston in the above premises the worse for beer, making use of abusive language.—Emma Aston, mother of the first two witnesses, said she went to the Elephant and Castle about four o'clock, and asked defendant if her son was there, and he replied, " No." A moment after she heard her son singing, and she remarked to the landlord, "What a lie!" He then shut the door in her face. She went away, and about six o'clock she heard her son singing again in the public; subsequently he was brought home very drunk, and he had lost his hat.—Police-constable Roberts said he heard a disturbance about ten o'clock in the Elephant and Castle. He visited the kitchen and saw Geo. Aston drunk, and staggering about, and Rigby's servant was endeavouring to get him to leave the house. He afterwards went outside, but appeared so drunk that Griffiths helped him home.—Mr. Carrane addressed the Bench, contending that Aston was not drunk, and that the police had some hostile feeling against the house.—Defendant then went into the box, and said he had been a licensee nine years in Broseley. The Astons in question came to his house to his regret, and he never knew Mrs. Aston till he saw her in court that day. None of her sons were in the house at 10 past 4. When he stopped the tap Aston was not drunk, and he went out to see the police, but could not find them. Aston was more stupid than anything else.—Defendant's wife stated that Geo. Aston did not come in the house till after six o'clock, and that when he went home he was not, drunk.-Ellen Reeves, servant at the Elephant and Castle, corroborated.—James Dodd also did the same.—The Bench retired, and on returning, Colonel Anstice observed that the Bench considered the case proved, and they should inflict a fine of £1 and £1 17s 9d. costs, the license to be endorsed.


10th April 1897


The last tribute of respect to one of the most popular gentlemen in Broseley was paid on Tuesday afternoon, when the mortal remains of Dr. G. A. Tailer were consigned to their resting-place in the pretty little cemetery at Broseley. The ceremony took place amidst the deepest, most sincere, and general manifestations of sorrow and regret, some thousands of people being present. Every shop was closed and blinds drawn; in fact, business was suspended during the obsequies. Deceased came to Broseley some 22 years ago as an assistant to the late Dr. Bartlam, and in 1884 he was appointed coroner for the borough of Wenlock. For 18 years he was captain of the local cricket club, during which period he was the mainstay of the club, and was popular with the members. He was an adept at tennis, and in fact was a good all-round sportsman. Deceased had been under the care of Dr. Charnley (Shrewsbury) suffering from an affection of the throat. On Friday he was busily attending his patients, and was out as late as nine o'clock in the evening, and on the following morning he expired suddenly in the presence of Dr. Collings. The sad event came as a shock to the whole neighbourhood. Deceased was surgeon for most of the friendly societies in the district, and the works. He was also surgeon-lieutenant of the 1st Vol. Batt. K.S.L.I. He was never married, and was 44 years old. The cortege left deceased's house in this order:— Superintendent Walters and Sergeant Darbyshire, Councillor T. Cooke (mayor), Aldermen T. H. Thursfield, J. Bodenham, and J. A. Exley, Councillors W. Mear and P. Jones, Mr. E. B. Potts (clerk of the peace), 70 members of the Iron-Bridge Volunteer Company in uniform, including Lieutenant A. N. B. Garrett (in command), Sergeant-Instructor Kelly, Colour-Sergeant Poole, Sergeants Shaw, Wiggins, Corfield, and Beardshaw; friends, Messrs. R. F. Ayre, W. H. Griffiths, H. C. Clarke, J. Ledger, W. Allen, Captain D. L. Prestage, Mr. A. C. Downes, Drs. Whitfield and McKenzie, Rev. Marsden Edwards, Messrs. H, Rushton, W. Francis, G. Potts, E. K. Thompson, J. Dixon, G. Ledger, Ibbotson, Lloyd, T. Beard, W. Davies, A. Jones, E. S. White, A. Dixon, J. B. Slater, W. Moore, J. Mear, E. Roberts, M. Fletcher, W. Wylde, A. Burnett, B. Nevett, J. Matthews, F. Wilson, P. Stephens, E. Davies; members of the Broseley Cricket Club, Broseley Oddfellows, Broseley Foresters (in regalia), Iron-Bridge Oddfellows, Iron-Bridge Foresters, Coalport Foresters, Jackfield Modern Masons; bearers, hearse (containing coffin) ; mourners, Mr. C. E. Tailer (brother), Mr. A. H. Thorn, Mr. G. H. Maw, Mr. F. H. Potts, Mr. Slaney (Stanmore Hall), Councillor E. G. Exley, Mr. E. W. Shorting, Mr. C. C. Bruff, Dr. Charnley, Dr. Collings, Dr. O'Dea, Dr. Hart, Dr. Webb, Mr. A. J. Maw and Mr. B. Suart, Dr. Gibbs, Mr. T. Doughty. Directly the cortege entered the portals of the church Mr. Theo. Watkins played "O rest in the Lord,” and on leaving the sacred edifice, the organist performed the "Dead March" in Saul. The mournful procession then solemnly moved to the cemetery, where the service was impressively conducted by the Rev. G. F. Lamb (rector). Deceased was interred in an ordinary grave lined with moss and primroses. The undertaking arrangements were satisfactory carried out by Messrs. Watts and Sessions, and the polished oak coffin with brass furniture was made by Mr. C. S. Smith. Mrs. Haughton, of the Lion Hotel, supplied the hearse. A magnificent lot of wreaths were contributed by the Broseley Cricket Club, Mrs. W. Exley and family, Mr. and Mrs. Badwin (Parkgate), "Fanny and Sarah," Mrs. Bartlam, A. H. and M. E. Thorn, Mrs. and Miss Brown, Miss Nicholas, Mrs. F. H. Potts (Shrewsbury), the family, Mr. and Mrs. Trow (Coalbrookdale), Mr. Thorn's office staff, Mr. Blackford and daughter, Miss Street and Misses Lloyd (Broseley), Mrs. and Miss Tranter (Dawley), Mr. and Mrs. Morgan (Walsall), Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler (Hereford), Mrs. Button, Dr. and Mrs. Chas. Hicks (Bedford), Messrs. S. E. Nicholas and A. Maw, Mrs. Leach and family, Mr., Mrs., and Miss Slater, &e.




To THE EDITOR. Sir,—In expressing, on behalf of the members of the various friendly societies of the district, their regret at the death of the late Dr. Tailer, of Broseley, I would suggest that, with the approval of the family, in order to mark the high esteem in which he was held in the neighbourhood, that a monument should be erected by the contributions of the various lodges and the public over his grave, to perpetuate the name of one who has laboured so bard in the district during the last 20 years.

SECRETARY, Court No. 6752, A.O.F.


10th April 1897


DEATH OF AN OLD TRADESMAN.— On Thursday, Mr. Thomas Norton, chemist, of High Street, passed away, after a lingering and painful illness. He came to Broseley about 15 years ago, succeeding Mr. Bet-wood, London, and had carried on a very successful business. Great sympathy is expressed for the bereaved widow and son.

OBITUARY.—Between seven and eight o'clock on Thursday morning there quietly passed away Mr. Noah Hill, landlord of the Lord Hill Inn, Duke Street. Deceased had suffered from a succession of colds for some considerable time, which brought on consumption, from which he died. His daughter's death some two mouths since was a great trouble to him, and he has been gradually sinking ever since. He was of middle age, and leaves a wife and eight children to mourn his loss, for whom much sympathy is felt.

PARISH MEETING.— The adjourned vestry meeting was held in the Town Hall on Thursday evening. The Rev. G. F. Lamb, M.A., rector, occupied the chair, and there were also present—Messrs. Edwin Davis, H. J. Rushton, T. Jones, and W. J. Jones.—The churchwardens (Messrs. F. H. Potts and Edwin Davis) submitted their accounts for the past year, showing receipts £221 17s., and expenditure £200, which, together with the Broseley Town Hall and charities' account, were duly audited and passed.—On the proposition of Mr. H. J. Rushton, seconded by Mr. T. Jones, a hearty vote of thanks was accorded to the chairman, and the meeting closed.


10th April 1897


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

COMPLAINT AGAINST TILE RATE COLLECTOR.— The Clerk stated that the sum paid into the bank since the last meeting was £28 11s.— The Collector observed that the rate was completed.—The Clerk remarked that he had received from the County Council a moiety of salaries amounting to £14 13s. 10d., and that the balance in hand that day was £25 1s. 4d.--A cheque for £15 was granted the surveyor.—The Chairman read a letter from the Iron-Bridge Gas Company complaining of cheques being delayed by the collector for several months. The Chairman was of opinion that this was a most improper procedure.—The Clerk could not understand it.—The Chairman said they had spoken to the collector privately before, and he would now tell him in public that the feeling of the Council was that unless the rates were looked up there would have to be a change.

A DEFECTIVE FENCE.—A letter was read from Mr. E. B. Potts calling the Council's attention to a deflective fence against a garden occupied by Mr. Birbeck, Jackfield.—The surveyor was instructed to attend to the matter.

A GOOD SUGGESTION.—Mr. J. D. Smith, in a letter, suggested that it would be better if the small iron gate leading to the pump at Broseley Wood was placed against the school wall, and the surveyor was requested to attend to the matter.

VOTES OF CONDOLENCE.—The Chairman said he was sorry to say that they had to mourn the loss of an old member of this Council, the late Alderman J. Burroughs, who had lived 83 years. He proposed that a vote of condolence be sent to the family, a motion which was seconded by Alderman Exley, and carried.—The Chairman said within the last few days a well-known gentleman, Dr. Tailer, has passed away. At one time he was a member of the old Local Board, and he always took a great interest in local affairs. He begged to propose that a vote of condolence be sent to the members of deceased's family.— The motion was seconded by Councillor Southorn and carried.

THE JUBILEE.- It was agreed to let the ratepayers decide in what manner they should celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.


17th April 1897


On Monday, a special meeting was held, when there were present—Councillor T. Cooke (mayor), Aldermen J. A. Anstice, R. E. Anstice, J. Bodenham, A. B. Dyas, J. A. Exley, and G. Lloyd; Councillors W. Allen, T. J. Barnett, F. G. Boddoe. E. G. Exley, P. Jones, B. Maddox, W. Mear, G. H. Maw, E. L. Prestage, E. Price, E. L. Squire, and P. Weston, and Mr. Godfrey C. Cooper (town clerk).

VOTES OF CONDOLENCE.—The Mayor said before they commenced the business upon the agenda he would like to refer to the loss the Council had sustained, since they last met, by the deaths of Alderman J. Burroughs, and also the esteemed borough coroner, Dr. J. A. Tailer. Alderman Burroughs had been a member of the Council for over 24 years, and some time ago was a very prominent member at their meetings. He had died at a good old age. He would move a resolution that a vote of condolence be sent to the family of the late Aldermen Burroughs.— Councillor G. H. Maw said he would second this resolution. He, as chair-man of the Broseley Sanitary Committee, could testify to the sterling worth of the late Alderman Burroughs.—The resolution was put and carried unanimously.—The Mayor then moved that a similar vote of condolence he sent to the family of the late Dr. Tailer, who had been their borough coroner since 1885. Anyone attending the funeral at Broseley last week (as he had done) could not fail to notice the deep feelings of regret evinced on every side.—Alderman A. B. Dyas seconded this, and said he considered Dr. Tailer would he much missed in the neighbourhood in which he had resided.—This resolution was also unanimously carried, and the town clerk was instructed to forward copies to the families of Dr. Tailer and Alderman Burroughs.

ELECTION OF ALDERMAN.—Voting papers were handed round, and Councillor G. H. Maw was elected by 13 votes to 1 to fill the aldermanic vacancy, he himself being the only one present voting against his own election; his vote was cast for Councillor P. Jones.—The Mayor declared G. H. Maw duly elected an Alderman of the borough of Wenlock. He congratulated him upon his appointment to the aldermanic chair, and also upon the fact that the new Alderman was soon to he married; he gave him his sincere congratulations. (Applause.)—Alderman Maw then made the usual declaration of acceptance, and thanked the Council for the honour conferred upon him.—T he name of Alderman Maw was added to the Broseley Sanitary Committee.

RESIGNATION OF THE MEDICAL OFFICER.— The Town Clerk read a letter from Dr. Thursfield, resigning the office of medical officer of health for the borough, and giving the necessary three months' notice. A second letter was also read, in which Dr. Thursfield expressed his regret that the appointment under the County Council prevented his continuing the office under the Borough Council, with whom he had most pleasantly worked for over 24 years.—The Mayor moved that the Council accept the resignation, which he was sure they did with the deepest regret, for Dr. Thursfield had invariably treated them in a most gentlemanly manner. He had intended personally attending that day, but was very unfortunately seized with an attack of gout. He was sure they all sympathised with him, and hoped he would speedily recover.—Councillor P. Weston seconded this, which was carried.—Alderman J. A. Anstice moved, "That the thanks of this Council be given to Dr. Thursfield for the very able manner in which he had carried out the duties of medical officer of health for the past 24 years.” Alderman A. B. Dyas said he had much pleasure in seconding this. He (as the chairman of the Madeley Sanitary Authority) had frequently been thrown in contact with Dr. Thursfield, whose advice and assistance had always been good, and during all the years he had known him, he had invariably found Dr. Thursfield carry out the duties of the office in both an able and gentlemanly manner. (Applause.)—The motion was unanimously carried.—The Town Clerk then read a letter from the County Council, dated the 20th March, advising the borough to join other authorities and make a joint appointment of a medical officer.—The Mayor considered the advice given by the County Council as to the amalgamation with other parishes or unions the only practical solution of the question.—Alderman J. A. Anstice moved "That this Council do combine with a limited number of other areas in the appointment of a medical officer." He suggested that the salary be paid, as at present. pro rata as per the rateable values of the various areas.—Councillor Allen hoped the area would not he too large, so that they would get their work well and efficiently done.—Councillor Squires supported the general principles of the suggestions, and Councillor Beddoe asked if the committee or the Council would appoint the medical officer.—The Town Clerk read the condition, of the appointment, which showed that the committee would recommend a candidate, who would he then approved by the Local Government Board.—The Mayor then put Alderman Anstice's motion, which was carried.—Councillor E. L. Squire moved that the Mayor, Aldermen A. B. Dyas, G. H. Maw, J. Bodenham, T. H. Thursfield, and J. A. Anstice be the committee to represent this borough, which was carried.—The Town Clerk said he had received letters from Atcham Union and other bodies who would like to join with the borough of Wenlock in a joint appointment; the idea was they should get a good man for a salary of £500 a year.

INSPECTOR UNDER EXPLOSIVES ACT.— Sergeant Hamlet was appointed inspector under the above Act, vice Sergeant Roberts, removed.

MUZZLING ORDER.—The Town Clerk reported that a case of rabies had occurred at Jackfield.- The Council then went into committee, Alderman R. E. Anstice moving, and Councillor E. L. Squire seconding a resolution that it be an instruction to the committee that they take immediate action to prevent a spread of the disease.—Councillor B. Maddox moved that the muzzling order be at once strictly enforced in the borough. Carried.

MAYOR'S FUND FOR RELIEF OF THE, INDIAN FAMINE--The Mayor announced he had closed this fund. £255 13s. 5d. had been subscribed and £251 17s. 9d. had been sent to the Lord Mayor, the balance of £3 odd being for advertisements, printing, and postages. He wished to thank the banks of the borough for receiving subscriptions.


17th April 1897


FUNERAL OF MR. NOAH HILL.—On Monday, the remains of the late Mr Noah Hill, Lord Hill Inn, Broseley, were interred in Broseley Cemetery, where the funeral service was very impressively read by the Rev. G. F. Lamb, rector. A number of beautiful wreaths were sent by relatives and friends.

FUNERAL OF MR. T. NORTON.— On Monday, the remains of the late Mr. Thomas Norton, chemist, High Street, were interred in Broseley Cemetery. The Rev. G. F. Lamb, M.A., rector, conducted the service, in a very impressive manner. A number of beautiful floral tributes were contributed by sympathetic relatives and friends. Several of the tradesmen and other friends en route either put up their shutters or drew down their blinds, out of respect to the deceased.

ALL SAINTS' CHURCH.—On Palm Sunday morning the Bishop of Hereford preached an excellent sermon in the Parish Church upon "The duty and privilege of giving, and the blessing resulting therefrom." He (the Bishop) was afraid that they as Churchmen were not so self-sacrificing as they ought to be, seeing the privileges they enjoyed compared to other religious bodies. They had beautiful churches erected and endowed by those who had gone before, which appeared to encourage a spirit of selfishness. The Rev. G. Fleming Lamb, M A. (rector), took the service, and Mr. H. E. Clark read the lessons. The musical portion of the service was rendered by the choir with their usual excellent taste and ability. Mr. Theo. Watkis presided at the organ. There was a large congregation, and the offertory, which was for the Hereford Diocesan Fund, amounted to £7 9s. 3d. In the afternoon the Bishop held a confirmation, when there were 65 candidates presented from the following parishes:— Broseley 16 males and 30 females, Jackfield 7 males and 7 females, Iron-Bridge 3 females, Much Wenlock 1 male and 1 female. The church was crowded. In the evening the Bishop preached at Jackfield, when there was a well-filled church.


24th April 1897


ALL SAINTS' CHURCH. — On Easter Sunday, there were two celebrations of the Holy Communion—at eight a.m. and at mid-day, when 150 communicants were present. The officiating clergy were the Rev. J. A. Panter (vicar of St. George's) and the Rev. G. - Fleming Lamb, M.A. (rector), who preached in the evening. There was no preacher in the morning. The services were choral and hearty, and the church was well filled, particularly in the evening, when the full choir rendered the special Easter anthem and hymns in a most effective manner. The offertories were good. The pulpit, lectern, and font were artistically decorated by the Misses Potts (Bank House), Miss Dale, and Mr. G. H. Shorting. A number of beautiful arum lilies, kindly lent by Mrs. Potts (The Green) and Mr. E. B. Potts (Bank House), were placed in front of the choir stalls and on the chancel steps, which had a very pleasing effect. Mr. Theo. Watkis presided at the organ.

"DANIEL."-This beautiful cantata, by G. F. Root, received an excellent interpretation on Good Friday evening by the Congregational Church Choir. There was a meagre attendance. The soloists, viz.:—Miss Garbett, Mrs. Howells, Messrs. Aquila Evans, George P. Bagley, H. Bunnagar (senior), and T. Minton—rendered their items in excellent style, and the choruses were given in a spirited manner, the correct pitch being maintained throughout. The effect of the rendition as a whole was greatly enhanced by the beautifully sympathetic accompaniments of the band, which was composed as follows:—Miss Dunnill, Mr. Cowper, Mr. Frederick Glover, Mr. T. Denstone. Mr. H. Bunnagar, jun., Mr. F. Tonkiss, and Mr. W. Glover. Mr. Aquila Evans conducted, and the whole affair was a tribute to his musical abilities.


ACCIDENT.—When Mr. G. H. Stevenson, surveyor, Shifnal, was driving down High Street on Easter Monday, the horse was startled by the noise of Mr. Gottheimer's organ, with the result that the above gentleman was thrown out of the trap, but fortunately was only slightly injured.


ST. BARTHOLOMEW'S CHURCH.— On Easter Sunday afternoon, the Rev. J. W. Johnson (vicar) delivered a very interesting, instructive, and practical discourse on "The Resurrection." Easter hymns were heartily sung by the congregation.


VESTRY MEETING.— At the vestry meeting on Wednesday, the Rector nominated Mr. William Beard as his warden. Mr. John Bird Matkin was chosen as people's warden, and Mr. Henry Hughes and Mr. George S. Williams were elected sidesmen.

EASTER DAY SERVICES.—These were well attended. The communicants at the celebration of Holy Communion numbered 56. The church was most tastefully decorated with choice exotics and wildflowers. The following kindly undertook the floral decorations:—Altar vases, Mrs. Marsden Edwards and Miss Saunders; altar rails, Miss Stephan and a friend; pulpit, Miss Ada Jones, Calcutts; lectern, Miss May Jones, Rock; font, Miss Saunders; windows, the Misses Ball, Bayliss, and Smallwood. The choir, under the leadership of Mr. Shingler, organist and choirmaster, rendered the choral celebration musical service most effectively. The singing of the anthems, "They have taken away my Lord," and "Since by man came death," was very creditable to all concerned. The Rector officiated at all the services.


1st May 1897


The monthly meeting was held on Wednesday, when there were present—Aldermen A. B. Dyas (ex-mayor), R. E. Anstice, Councillors F. G. Beddoes, P. Weston, W. J. Legge, E. L. Squire, W. Y. Owen, B. Maddox, W. F. Bryan, together with Messrs. A. Owen (assistant clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), and T. E. Patten (collector).

THE COALPORT ROAD.-Alderman Anstice said the part of the road which belonged to them had been fenced, but he had not yet seen the Lord of the Manor on the matter. If the Council approved of the sketch of a wood fence he proposed to erect he would immediately proceed to make arrangements for the work to be done.—The meeting approved of the sketch.- Councillor Beddoes was of opinion that if they kept the wall in repair they would have the ferry tolls.—Alderman Anstice: Oh, no. You don't take over the freehold of the road. You have only the simple right of passing over it.—Councillor Maddox thought if they kept the ferry road in good condition they should be justly entitled to the tolls.- Councillor Beddoes maintained that it would involve some expense to keep the road in repair; therefore he did not think the private individuals should have the profits.- Alderman Anstice said they could settle all those matters when the committee went over the road.-Councillor Maddox observed that the embankments near the Robin Hood were in a bad state, and he thought something should he done in the matter.—Alderman Anstice remarked that the fence would cost them £50, and the repairing of the embankments would cost a great deal more. He promised the meeting he would push forward with the work.


Although it is rather a long cry from the busy locality of Broseley to the picturesque county of Surrey, it is pretty certain that the interest engendered by the marriage of Mr. George Hornby Maw, J.P., of Broseley, with Miss Evelyn Mary Caroline Pugh, of Kenley, Surrey, was equally divided between the two districts. Such auspicious events invariably give rise to congratulations and joy, and the union of the lady and gentleman mentioned seems to have proved no exception to the rule. The bridegroom is the eldest son of Mr. George Maw, of Kenley, Surrey, a member of an old Shropshire family, once residing on the banks of the Severn, not far from the town of Broseley, in which district the name is well known and much honoured. The lady is the fourth daughter of Mr. William Pugh, of Bod Dyffryn, Kenley, Surrey.

The wedding ceremony took place in All Saints' Church, Kenley, on April 22nd, before a large gathering of the relatives and friends of the happy pair, and was as bright and attractive as such ceremonies generally are. The bride, who was given away by her father, was charmingly attired in a dress of ivory satin (the gift of her godmother, Miss Caroline Pugh). She carried a lovely bouquet, the gift of the bridegroom, and her only ornament was a pearl and diamond star, also the gift of the bridegroom. She was attended by eight bridesmaids, the Misses Mabel, Lillie, Gladys, Beatrice, and Sybil Pugh (sisters of the bride), and Misses Louisa and Margaret Maw (sisters of the bridegroom), and Miss Gertrude Thomas (cousin of the bride). They wore pretty white dresses, the skirts being of canvas, and the blouses of accordion-pleated silk, sashes of white moiré ribbon, and white hats, trimmed with chiffon and pink roses; they carried bouquets of pink roses and wore gold bangles, both the gifts of the bridegroom. The "best man" was Mr. C. Percival Maw, brother of the bridegroom. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. J. Llewelyn Pugh Thomas, vicar of Bushey Heath, cousin of the bride, assisted by the Rev. Frederic Davy Brown, vicar of Witnesham, uncle of the bridegroom, and the Rev. L. Harding Squire, vicar of the parish. The music was exquisitely rendered by Mr. John St. A. Johnson, cousin of the bridegroom. After the ceremony a reception was held at Bod Dyffryn, The bride and bridegroom left for the South of England, where their honeymoon will be spent, the bride going away in a coat and skirt of dark-blue cloth with white front and a blue hat, trimmed with corn flowers and ivy. (A long list of presents was included in this report)

The following is a list of the wedding presents:— Bride-groom to bride, pearl and diamond star and chain; bride to bridegroom, signet ring; Mr. W. Pugh, cheque; the Misses Pugh (Bod Dyffryn), silver candlesticks; the Misses Maw and Messrs. C. P., F. D., F. R. Maw (Benthall), table silver; Miss H. A. Maw, Swiss carved stags; Miss L. J. and Mr. F. D. Maw, fender stool; Mr. C. P. Maw, drawing-room chair; Miss M. L. Maw, worked table centre; Mr. F. R. Maw, book; Mrs. Thomas, silver tea service: Miss Caroline Pugh, cheque; Miss Ellen Pugh, Louis XV. clock; Miss Laura Pugh, silver breakfast dish and silver sugar dredger; Rev. J. LI. Pugh Thomas, book; Rev. and Mrs. W. L. Richards, silver cake basket; Mr. and Mrs. Holcroft, silver salt cellars; Miss Joyce Holcroft, silver sugar spoon; Miss Gertrude Thomas, Apostle tea spoons; Miss Dorothy Thomas, silver pin tray; Miss Sarah Goolden, silver sugar and tea caddy spoons; Sir John and Lady Puleston silver mustard pot and salt cellars; the Misses Pugh (Leighton), old Wedgewood dish; Mr. and Mrs. Goolden, silver nut crackers; Mr, and Mrs. Percy Goolden, silver sweetmeat dish; Mr. and Mrs. Wray, silver-mounted glass bell; Miss Sisselle Wray, doyleys; Mr, and Mrs. E. Webb, carved spinning chair; the Misses Wilkinson, silver butter dish; Mr. and Mrs. A. Maw, silver tea tray and entree dishes; Mr. A. J. Maw, silver breakfast dish and pearl and diamond pin; the Misses Maw, and Messrs. H. C., S. R., and P. Maw (Iron-Bridge), Japanese screen; Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Wood and family, antique silver coffee pot; Mrs. and Miss Cobbold, flower vases; Rev. and Mrs. F. D. Brown, brass candle-sticks; Rev, and Mrs. J. W. D. Brown and family, picture; Miss Brown, music holder; Mr. and Mrs. T. D. Brown, picture; Rev. T. T. and Miss E. S. Brown, brass flower pot; Rev, and Mrs. R. R. Cobbold, lace d'oyleys; Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Cobbold, four silver bon-bon dishes; Mr. and Mrs. J. W. McConnel, silver mustard pot; Mr. Charles Maw, silver cake basket; Mr. C. Trentham Maw, candlesticks; Messrs. H. T., F. T., M. T., and G. T. Maw, dessert knives and forks; Mr., Mrs., and Miss Johnson, silver fish knives and forks; Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Johnson, jun., silver photo-frame; Miss Munby, silver pepperette; Mr. William Allen, ornamental plates; Mr. R. Anderson, silver inkstand; Mr. R. F. Ayre, silver cigarette case; Miss Ball, ebony hair brush; Mrs. Bathurst, sliver candlestick Mr. and Mrs. Baumbach, Venetian sweetmeat dishes; Mr. and Mrs. Beadel, silver bon-bon dishes; Mr. and Mrs. Beall, silver biscuit box; Miss Gladys Beall, shoe tidy; Miss Marjorie Beall, hair tidies; Mr. and Mrs. Beazley, silver salt cellars; the Misses Beazley, work basket; Mr. and Mrs. Blenkinsop, silver salt cellars; Mr. J. G. Boone, picture; Mr. and  Mrs. George Briscoe, picture; Mr. and Mrs. Brownlow, set of scissors; Mrs. Bruce, silver-mounted scent bottle; Mr. and Mrs. Bruff, Coalport china dessert service; Mr. G. D. Collins, picture; Mrs, F. Cook, photo screen; Mr. and Mrs. Copeland, revolving bookcase ; Miss Copeland, vases; Mr. and Mrs. A. Z. C. Cressy, silver-mounted cruets; Dr. and Mrs. Diver, cake stand; Mrs. Carr Dyer, Venetian glass vase; Mr. and Mrs. Corbould Ellis, writing case; Mr. and Mrs. A. N. B. Garrett, Coalport china jam dishes; Mrs. and Miss Grooms, silver pepperettes ; Mr. H. P. Hanssen, silver-mounted scent bottle; Mr. and Mrs. Hawes, silk quilt ; Miss Gracie and Master Melville Hawes, vase; Mr. and Mrs. Hughes, feather fan; Mr. and Mrs. Jacks, brass tray; Miss Johns, vases; Mr. G. R. Joyce, silver knife rests; Mrs. Lamaison, Worcester tea caddy ; Miss Lamaison, silver hand glass; Miss N. Lamaison, Brussels lace handkerchief; Mr. L. W. H. Lamaison, ice pail; Rev. G. F. Lamb, book; Mr. and Mrs. J. Lawrence, silver mounted claret jug Miss Lawrence, photo scree ; Mrs. Laycock, silver tart server; Mrs. Leech, silver knife rests; Mr. Lemaun, rosewood writing table; Mr. and Mrs. McGowan, silver mounted glass salad bowl and servers; Mr. and Mrs. Newman, kettle on stand; Miss Nicholas, silver-mounted claret jug; Mr. and Mrs. Nosworthy, floor lamp; Mrs. Palmer, silver-fish servers; Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Potts, silver bon-bon dish; Mr. Cecil Potts, Japanese card boxes; Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Potts, silver salver; Mr. and Mrs. G. Potts, silver fish servers; Mr. William Potts, Japanese collar box; Mr, and Mrs. C. H. T. Price, silver bon-bon dishes; Mr., Mrs., and Miss Reeves, purse with watch; Miss Reeves (Henley), scent bottle; Mr. and Mrs. Rutherford, silver serviette rings; Mrs. Sandys, prayer and hymn book ; Mr. and Mrs. B. C. Sharp, silver lamp; Rev, and Mrs. S. I. W. Shilcock, brass cake stand; Mrs. Shorting, photo. frame; Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Shorting, salad bowl; Messrs. C. G. and E. Shorting, silver crumb scoop; Mr. F. Hamden Smith, silver cigar case; Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Snell, silver bon-bon dish; Mrs Snell, electric gas lighter; Mr. and Mrs. Spence, brass table lamp and shade; Mr. L. B. Spence, table gongs; Rev, and Mrs. L. Harding Squire, book; Canon and Mrs. Stewart, book; Mr. and Mrs. Suart, silver inkstand; the Misses Townend, silver button book and shoehorn; Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Thorn, silver-mounted carvers; the Misses A. and J. Thorn, silver cheese scoop; Mr. and the Misses Thursfield, brass string box; Mr. and Mrs. Tufnell, silver-mounted glass vases; Mrs. Urmson, two pairs of Louis XV. silver-mounted scissors in cases; Miss Urmson, handkerchief sachet; Mrs. Vardon, chutnee spoon and silk cushion; Mr. and Mrs. Verner, cheque; Mr. John Wark, Japanese screen; Mr. and Mrs. G. T. White. silver bon-bon dishes; Miss Marion White, photo frame; Miss Lena White, glove and handkerchief sachets; Miss Margaret White and Mr. N. O. Wilson, photo screen; Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Williams, silver photo frame; Mr. and Mrs. J. W. and the Misses Wilson, kettle on stand; Mr. and Mrs. W. N. Wilson, silver serviette rings; The employees of Maw & Co., Ltd., Coalport china dinner service; the servants (Bod Dyffryn), butter dish; the servants (Benthall), glass water jugs; Mrs. Bird, Coalport china cup and saucer; Mr. and Mrs. John Corfield, carriage whip; Mrs. Evans, Coalport china plate; Miss E. Gilbert, Coalport china vase; Mrs. Walkling, brass inkstand; the Misses A. and E. Walkling, set of cruets.

1st May 1897


PLEASURE FAIR.—On Tuesday, this annual event came off in Mr. T. Instone's field adjoining the New Road.

DIAMOND JUBILEE.— A meeting was held at the Town Hall, on Monday, to consider the best means of celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The Rev. G. F. Lamb (rector) presided. The following suggestions were made, which will be considered at a meeting on Monday next:— " That all the children of the parish and aged poor be entertained to tea." "That a recreation ground or field be acquired for the children." "That the Broseley Reading Room and Library be extended." "That a Jubilee Nursing Fund Institution, with a Female Provident Society attached, be formed," and "That gas lamps be placed round the new road."

COURT LEET.—In accordance with ancient custom, the Lord of the Manor entertained the members of this institution on Tuesday to a well-spread dinner at the Lion Hotel, which was presided over by Councillor W. Mear, who was faced by Mr. F. Davies, sen. Directly full justice had been done to the spread, the toasts of " The Queen and Royal Family," " Mr. Edward Potts," "Lord Forester," " Chairman" and "Vice-chairman" were duly honoured, and in between songs were contributed by Messrs. Kitson, H. Roberts, W. Hudson, S. Danks, A. Davies, and Wase. It might be mentioned that the object of this society is to settle any disputes which might occur over any waste land belonging to the Lord of the Manor.


PRESENTATION.—On April 22nd a very pleasing incident took place at Jackfield, being the presentation of a handsomely-carved oak clock to Mr. W. H. Gittings (clerk to Messrs. John Doughty and Son, Jackfield) by the employees, on the occasion of his marriage. The presentation was made by Mr. Charles Nock, who, in a neat speech, expressed the pleasure it gave him to make the presentation on behalf of the subscribers, all of whom had given most willingly, and they wished him and his wife every happiness. Mr. Gittings feelingly acknowledged the gift.


8th May 1879


A well-attended public meeting was on Monday evening held at the Town Hall, Broseley, called for the purpose of considering the best means of celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The Rev. G. F. Lamb presided. Among others present were—The Rev. J. W. Johnson, Messrs. R. Bateman, P. Jones, T. Doughty, R. H. Botwood, R. Nicklin, B. Suart, A. Wiggin, E. B. Potts, D. L. Prestage, J. Jones, W, Francis, E. Davies, E. W. Shorting, E. G. Exley, W. Edge, P. Scott. T. R. Burroughs, J. Pountney, E. R. Instone, E. Oakes, S. Hill, W. Prothero, G. D. Collins, George Potts, &c.—T he Chairman having explained the object of the meeting, and read out the suggestion made at an informal meeting, asked whether Benthall and Jackfield intended joining them.—Mr. Doughty said as far as Jackfield was concerned he had heard nothing; but Mr. Burroughs had heard the rector of Jackfield say he was in favour of joining Broseley.—Someone suggested that the rector and churchwardens of the village should call a meeting. — Mr. Suart observed that the manufacturers would not be called by the rector and churchwardens.— Captain Prestage suggested that Jackfield be asked to join them.—Mr. Suart remarked that the manufacturers could not be expected to contribute to both parishes.—Mr. Potts moved that Jackfield he asked to call a meeting on the subject.—Mr. Bateman seconded the motion, and it was carried.—Mr. Doughty promised to call the meeting.—With regard to Benthall, the Chairman read a letter from Mr. W. Allen, stating that he intended giving his workpeople, &c., a tea on Jubilee Day.—The Rev. W. J. Johnson (vicar of Benthall) said it was not a church or chapel matter. He should not call a meeting, and he could only answer for himself. He was in favour of joining Broseley. (Applause.)—It was ultimately decided to ask Benthall to call a meeting.—Mr. Bateman asked if the chairman could tell them what approximate fund would be required for each suggestion. —The Chairman said feeding the children and aged would cost about £70, recreation ground £200, reading-room and library extension £100, jubilee nursing fund as much as they could get, from £100 up to £1,000. (Laughter.)—Mr. Bateman suggested that it would not be a bad idea of celebrating the Jubilee by collecting money to endow a prize to be called the Victoria Prize, to be given annually to four boys and five girls who showed the most intelligence, and that the examination be held in the Town Hall before the examiners. (Applause.)—Mr. Suart said they had no almshouses in Broseley, therefore he suggested, if money were obtainable, they should establish a Victoria Almshouse, which would be a benefit to the poor, and somewhat relieve the rates. (Hear, hear.)—Mr. E. B. Potts suggested that as they were badly off for a parish nurse, funds should be raised to provide one, in addition to private subscriptions.—The Rev. W. J. Johnson thought the suggestion a very admirable one—too admirable. It was a very large order. Then, again, if they had a reserve fund to fall back upon they would always be in low water.—Mr. Bateman: Would you extend it to Benthall ?—The Chairman: Very likely.—Mr. Suart said there was one at Jackfield, and the manufacturers could not subscribe to two.—Captain Prestage supported the proposal made by Mr. Potts.—The Chairman said £10 was already promised to the nursing fund.—Mr. Francis understood that if they had a hospital trained nurse a good many subscribers would be willing to double their subscriptions. He asked what that would mean.-The Chairman replied £10 more.—In that suggestion Mr. Bateman could not see where the Jubilee came in. —Mr. Davies believed they should get the money first and then arrange matters afterwards.—Mr. Edge was of opinion that something must first go before the public. (Hear, hear.)—Mr. Davies proposed that children from four to 14 years of age and old people over 60 be entertained to tea.—Mr. Suart thought it should be something more permanent. (Hear, hear.) If they did that, it was probable the Sunday Schools would not give their usual treat, and the children would not gain anything.—Mr. Bateman then proposed that the bulk of the money collected to celebrate the Jubilee be devoted to an object of a permanent nature. This was seconded by Mr. Suart, and carried.—Mr. Potts: I will simply withdraw my resolution, and give it as a suggestion.—It was now decided by the meeting that everything should be suggestions to be considered at another meeting, when they would know what the other parishes intended doing.—Under those conditions Mr. Bateman said he would support Mr. Davies's suggestion.—The Chairman suggested that the meeting be adjourned, a remark which was protested against by Mr. Bateman on the ground that it was a representative one. He wanted to know how many more meetings for suggestions they wanted. (Applause and laughter.) He thought it was a pity to let this great meeting break up without coming to some understanding.—The Chairman: Can the Jackfield manufacturers answer for Jack field?— Mr. Suart: Certainly not.—Mr. Oakes thought the suggestions made that evening should be brought before the respective meetings at Jackfield and Benthall.—On the motion of Mr. Potts the meeting was adjourned. —Mr. Bateman proposed a vote of thanks to the chairman.—Mr. Suart seconded the motion, which was carried.

8th May 1897


AN OLD SOLDIER FOUND UNCONSCIOUS.—Early On Sunday, Henry Elcock, of Broseley, who has served many years in the Army, was found lying on the side of the road at Cross Lane Head, Astley Abbotts, Bridgnorth, in an unconscious state. Police-constable Price had Elcock removed to the Bridgnorth and South Shropshire Infirmary. Until eight o'clock on Sunday night he was quite unconscious, but has since stated that when returning from the Bridgnorth fair on Saturday night he fell down and remembered nothing afterwards. There was nothing to show that he had met with foul play.

INDEPENDENT LABOUR PARTY.—On Tuesday evening, Miss Ada Neild (member of Nantwich Board of Guardians) gave an address on "Our Workhouse System—Its Hardships and Anomalies," in connection with the Iron-Bridge branch of the Independent Labour Party, near the Memorial, High Street, in the course of which she commented strongly upon what she alleged was the present harsh and cruel way in which the Poor-Law was administered, and gave instances that had come under her own knowledge. She advocated a more generous and humane treatment of the poor, being in favour of outdoor relief on a larger and more liberal scale. She anticipated the time when workhouses would no longer be required, and urged the electors to do all in their power in the matter by studying this question more closely, and voting only for those Guardians who favoured such a measure of reform. She concluded by inviting discussion, but no questions being put, the meeting closed. Mr. W. Jones, Quarry Road, presided, and there was a good attendance.


On Wednesday the monthly meeting of this Council was held, when there were present—Alderman J. A. Exley, (chairman), Councillors E. G. Exley, D. L. Prestage, P. Jones, W. Mear, and Messrs. G. Cooper (clerk), George Stevenson (surveyor), and N. T. Hartshorne (collector).

MONEY MATTERS.— The Clerk reported there was a balance of £416s. 8d. in hand.

URINAL— The Surveyor produced estimates for supplying this, but on account of shortness of water, the matter was indefinitely deferred.

A MATTER OF PRINCIPLE.—The Surveyor said he had written to Mr. J. D. Smith, landlord of the Duke of Wellington, Jackfield, asking him to abate the nuisance emanating from the drainage of his cellar.—The Surveyor said Mr. Smith had written him denying any liability.—The Chairman remarked that it was a small matter, whoever did it.—The Surveyor observed that it was a matter of principle and not expenses.—The officer was instructed to interview Mr. Smith and request him to carry out the work.

BROSELEY WATER SUPPLY.—A letter was read from Mr. W. Wyatt (engineer) stating that he had visited the works, and that the laying of pipes would be completed in a fortnight.—Councillor Prestage asked the question what the engineer would do when the work was completed.—The clerk could not say.

THE ELECTION.— The clerk was instructed to issue the usual notices regarding the filling, up of the vacancy caused through the death of the late Alderman Burroughs, and the raising of Councillor Maw to the aldermanic bench.

8th May 1897


A prominent sportsman and genial gentleman of Shropshire has passed away in the person of Colonel the Hon. Henry Townsend Forester, who died on Wednesday at Weston Park, near Shifnal, the seat of his brother-in-law, the Earl of Bradford. The deceased gentleman and the late Countess of Bradford were brother and sister, and the Forester family is one of ancient association with Shropshire. Henry VIII. granted to John Forester, Esq., of Watling Street, the privilege of appearing covered in the Royal presence. Colonel Forester was born in 1821, and was a son of the first Baron Forester. He served in the Grenadier Guards for a number of years, becoming lieutenant-colonel in 1852, and retiring in 1857.

AS A SPORTSMAN he was daring and spirited, and as one of the smartest riders of the day he will be long remembered. He was devoted both to racing and hunting. A dandy in his youth, he maintained old traditions by the scrupulous neatness of his attire in advanced age. The tall hat and collar—the first of felt—had the unmistakable ancient time touch about them; the cut-away pink coat and smart waistcoat were universally known and universally popular at Melton. Certainly there will never be a smarter rider than Colonel Forester. The last of the eleven children of the first Lord Forester, losing his parents when he was a little boy, and brought up by his grandfather, the Duke of Rutland, at Belvoir, Colonel Forester was, above all things, a lover of hunting. In common with his relatives, the deceased was a most accomplished horse-man. Constance—himself a fine horseman and winner on Lord Lyon in one of the most sensational Derbies ever known—pronounces him a wonder over Leicestershire, notwithstanding the disadvantage of the "handicap" in having to ride in spectacles. Colonel Forester paid the usual penalties exacted from the votaries of the chase, and had "enjoyed" more falls than come to the lot of most men. Advancing years neither lessened his nerve nor diminished the number of his accidents, but, no matter how often the surgeon was required during his long hunting career, Colonel Forester's literal passion for the sport never abated." As an owner of racehorses Colonel Forester was not particularly favoured by fortune, his colours never having been carried to victory in any of the classic events. From 1859 his string was always trained by Wadlow at Stanton, near Shifnal, and at times he owned fair performers, such as Toastmaster, Tower and Sword, and Dreamland. His last victory was gained in the autumn of 1896 at Newmarket with the two-year-old Lady Birdie. For years Colonel Forester managed the late Lord Wilton's racing stud as a friend, and numerous victories, including that of Wenlock in the St. Leger, testified eloquently to the value of his advice. In recent years the colonel had assisted in the management of Lord Bradford's horses, and at the time of his death had a few animals of his own with Wadlow at Stanton. He attended race meetings frequently until a short time before his death.


The first Lord Forester was married to Lady Katherine Manners, daughter of the fourth Duke of Rutland, and it was front this lady's mother—Isabella —that the good looks of the Foresters are said to have come. The first Baron—old "Squire Forester," of Willey Park, Shropshire (he was not created a Peer until he had reached his 54th year)—was an enthusiastic lover of the chase, and had for his whipper-in the famous Tom Moody. The first lord was succeeded by his sons John George Weld Forester (in 1823) and George Cecil Weld Forester, both of whom sat in the House of Commons for Wenlock, the former for two years only, and the latter for a lengthened period from 1830 to 1874; and afterwards by a third son, the Rev. Orlando Watkin Weld Forester, also deceased.


The Probate Court have reported Lady Forester's munificent bequest to the Charity Commission, who have the power to authorise schemes for the expenditure of any bequests for other purposes where the sum may be larger than can be conveniently spent on the objects of the will. The trustees in this case are said to have applied for the enlargement of the original bequest. This has been authorised before, and is again being applied for in the case of Clun Hospital, where, however, the family of the original donor appear to be ignored in the management of the Charity—a point to which Mr. Guinness Rogers drew attention in an article in the Nineteenth Century.


15th May 1897


The adjourned meeting in connection with the above took place on Monday evening in the Town Hall, under the presidency of the Rev. G. F. Lamb, M.A., rector. There were also present—Revs. J. W. Johnson (vicar of Benthall) and Arthur Shinn, and Messrs. E. W. Shorting, G. H. Maw, B. Smart, A. C. Downes, D. L. Prestage, Dr. Collins, Dr. Boon, Messrs. R. H. Botwood, E. G. Exley, E. Oakes, T, Nicklin, W. Edge, H. J. Rushton, W. Francis, J. Pountney, T. Jones, E. R. Hartshorne, &c.—The suggestions made at the first meeting were read over by the Chairman, after which he stated that Jackfield had declined to join with Broseley.—The Rev, J. W. Johnson was asked if Benthall would join with Broseley, and he replied that he was unable to answer that question, but, speaking as a parishioner, he would be most happy to do so himself, and he thought that others of the parishioners would do so too, but only in the general rejoicings.—Mr, E. W. Shorting said that up to the present he had refrained from saying anything in the matter, believing that under certain circumstances "silence was golden." It appeared to him that something of a permanent character was more favourably received by the public of Broseley. If every scheme that was proposed was to be discarded at the first little difficulty which arose, they would never arrive at any decision on this side Victoria Day. However, they knew better where they were now than they did at the last meeting. He then proposed a Jubilee nurse's home as a very suitable and fitting way of commemorating the Queen's record reign.—Mr. G. H. Maw asked the probable cost of such a home.—Mr. Shorting said about £300,—Mr. B. Suart said that as Mr. Shorting's proposal was such an excellent one in every way he had great pleasure in seconding it. He certainly believed that some permanent memorial was required, and he hoped that Mr. Shorting's proposal would receive the support it deserved.—Mr. Shorting said that, with regard to the nurse's home, he would be pleased to give £25 towards that object, or if three others would gave a similar sum he would give £50. (Loud applause.) With reference, however, to the children, he hoped that his proposal would not prevent them from having their tea and games. He, however, thought that, if the different Sunday Schools would give what it cost them for their annual treat to the Jubilee fund, the thing could easily be managed.—Mr. Instone said that he felt sure the children ought to have some enjoyment that day, and if they did not, they would be greatly disappointed. But he did not think that they need go any further than entertaining the children, as the old folks would have their share, so to speak, in the nurse's home.—The Chairman reminded Mr. Instone that the proposed nurse's home would be of benefit to men, women, and children, but Mr. Instone was of the opinion that it would be of more special benefit to the older people.—Mr. Shorting's proposal was then carried unanimously.—The Rev. Arthur Shinn (Baptist minister) said that, as far as the small section  with which he was connected was concerned, he was not able to answer definitely for them, but he thought it highly improbable that they would devote any of the funds subscribed for Sunday School purposes to what ought to be a purely national event, and carried out on a national basis. He thought that the rejoicings should be carried out entirely apart from Sunday Schools.—The Rev. J. W. Johnson said he sympathised with the remarks of the last speaker.—Mr. Suart thought that at a special time like this they should lay, aside their usual routine.—Mr. Downes asked what the cost of entertaining would be, and what was the number of children.—Mr. T. Jones (Lyndhurst) said that the probable cost would be about £36, including everything; there were about 720 children.—Mr. G. H. Maw said he knew from previous experience that there would be a great difficulty to get the money. —The Rev. Johnson then seconded Mr. Instone's proposal with regarding to feasting the children.—Mr. G. Higgins wished for the scheme to cover all, children from 3 to 15, whether attending school or not.—Mr. Instone's proposal was eventually discarded.- Mr. W. Francis thought it quite possible for them to have some rejoicings without necessarily giving a tea. Suppose they had the use of a field, and as they had already a band engaged by Mr. Instone, they could admit all who cared to come, old and young, and the band could play for dancing, and those who did not care for that could play football, cricket, &c.—Mr. Instone said that he was very sorry that the feelings of the meeting should have been so much out of sympathy with his.—The Chairman said he was in thorough accord with Mr. Instone, but unfortunately they were in the minority.—The following gentlemen were elected as an Executive Committee:— Mr.  B. Suart, Mr. E. W. Shorting, Mr. A. C. Downes, Mr. E. B. Potts, Mr. R. H. Botwood, Mr. E. G. Exley, Dr. Collins, Mr. D. L. Prestage, Mr. E. Oakes, Mr. William Edge, Mr. H. J. Rushton, Mr. Edwin Davies, Mr. A. Scott, Mr. J. Nicklin, and Mr. W. Francis.—On the proposition of Mr. B. Suart, a vote of thanks was accorded to the chairman.



To THE EDITOR. Sir,—As nothing decisive was settled at the Broseley meeting for the Queen's Jubilee, may I as an outsider suggest, as something permanent that a row of lime trees be planted on each side of the new road leading to Bridgnorth, between Willey Park lodge and the schools? The length including both sides is about 900 yards, and will take about 70 trees at 12 yards apart. The cost would be from £6 to £7, including tree planting, staking, and protecting. I also suggest that the road after the 20th of June be called Victoria Road. THOS. ROBERTs. Linley.



TO THE EDITOR. Sir, Your London correspondent says in last Saturday's issue that "The Probate Court have reported Lady Forester's munificent bequest to the Charity Commission, who have the power to authorise schemes for the expenditure of any bequests for other purposes where the sum may be larger than can be conveniently spent on the objects of the will. The trustees in this case are said to have applied for the enlargement of the original bequest. This has been authorised before, and is again being applied for in the case of Clun Hospital."

Now, Sir, I extract the following from "Kelly's Directory of Shropshire," viz:—" Clun Charities—Adjoining the town is the Hospital of the Holy and undivided Trinity in Clan, founded in the year 1614, by the Right Hon, Henry Howard, Earl of Northampton, of Greenwich, in the county of Kent, for the support of 18 poor men, each of whom receives 10s. weekly, together with hat and gown; they are also partially supplied with food and medical attendance, and have the use of a garden and other privileges; the original foundation was for a warden and 12 inmates, poor men, but as the funds of the institution have accumulated the number has been increased to 18, by a decree in the Court of Chancery, and may be yet further increased to 20: the income is about £1,600; out of the surplus funds two National Schools have been erected, one at Clun, another at Newcastle township; these schools are principally supported out of the income and are the property of the hospital: the wardenship, which is in the gift of the Earl of Powis, has been held since 1890 by the Rev. John Bourne Eccleston, M.A., of Hertford College, Oxford. There is also a hospital at Greenwich belonging to the same charity, and managed under a scheme approved by the Court of Chancery: there are 30 pen, sioners, and the trustees have power to contribute to hospitals or dispensaries and other local charities. A cottage hospital, for the relief of six patients, was built in 1893, by Mrs. Darrell Browne, of Hastings, by whom it is supported."

Lady Forester's trustees I am sure will do all they can for the old borough of Wenlock, but as it now appears that the Charity Commissioners will have a finger in the pie, as regards "the enlargement of the original bequest," it behoves the residents to take care, lest through inertness on their party any portion of this munificent bequest, which was left for their benefit, should get diverted into any scheme or channel outside the borough. We can do with every penny of the surplus either for endowed grammar schools, alms-houses (as at Clun), recreation grounds with swimming baths, or other things for the benefit of the public generally, in addition to the hospital and convalescent home, which have already been settled upon and provided for. Perhaps the various friendly societies, who are the best, organised representatives of the thrifty toilers in the district, and are familiar with their wants, will, through their Parliamentary secretary, or otherwise, watch very closely the course of events, and, if necessary, bring their influence to bear in good time, so as to ensure that the whole of the surplus money shall he devoted to the best interests of the population within the borough, for whom it was intended by the testatrix. We ought to feel very grateful to your London correspondent for the valuable information he has furnished on the subject.         
F. SARJEANT                Much Wenlock


SUPPER.—On Monday evening, 24 friends of Corporal G. S. Williams met at the Half Moon Inn, to celebrate his having obtained the "Long-Service" Medal for 20 years service in the D Co. Rifle Volunteers. A capital spread was placed upon the table by the Hostess (Mrs. Hill), to which full justice was done. On the removal of the cloth, Mr. J. B. Matkin occupied the chair, and submitted the usual loyal and patriotic toasts, which were received with much enthusiasm.—Mr. G. S. Williams in a neat and appropriate speech responded on behalf of "The Army and Volunteers." Some excellent songs were contributed by Messrs. J. Jones, E. Nickless, W. Perkins, T. Simpson, J. Poole, and P. Mantle, and a very enjoyable evening was spent.


HOME-COMING OF Mr. AND Mrs. G. H. MAW.—On the 7th inst. Mr. and Mrs. G. Hornby Maw returned from their honeymoon to their home at Broseley. Several of the inhabitants testified their esteem for the happy pair by exhibiting various flags from their windows, &c., including Dr. Collins, Mrs. Bathurst, Mr. W. Francis, Mr. George Davis, Mr. Francis Davis (Lower Church Street), and Mr. Edwin Davis (High Street). Cannon were also fired, and the church bells sent forth a merry peal in honour of the event.


The funeral of Colonel the Hon. H. T. Forester took place on Saturday. The body was conveyed by road to Willey, arriving there at 11 a.m., and was placed in the chancel of the church, the funeral taking place at one o'clock. The hymn, "O rest in the Lord," was sung, and on leaving the church the "Dead March" was played. The mourners were Lord Forester, Viscount Newport, Colonel the Hon. F. Bridgeman, Colonel. W. S. Kenyon-Slaney, M.P., Lord Wrottesley, Captain the Hon. George Forester, Hon. Francis, Edgar, and Wolston Forester, Captain the Hon. Charles Colville, Mr. Arthur Pryor, Dr. Keogh, Mr. A. G. Lascelles, Messrs. T. H. Thursfield, E. C. Potts, Goff, Millingham, and Munday. Eight men of Lord Forester's estate were the bearers, viz., Messrs. Scott, Charlton, Taylor, Kitson, Fisher, Jones, Benson, and G. Taylor. Wreaths were sent by Viscount Newport and children, Colonel the Hon. F. Bridgeman and Lady Mabel Kenyon-Slaney, Captain and Mrs. Forester, the Earl of Carnarvon, Colonel and Mrs. Baldock, Countess of Harewood, Lord Colville and children, Mr. H. E. Biddington, Mr. E. C. Grant (Melton Mowbray), and Mrs. Monday. Mr. Ellis, draper, of Shifnal, was the undertaker.


22nd May 1897


DEATH OF AN OLD INHABITANT.-On Sunday morning, Mrs. Mary Bevan, of Salthouse, Jackfield, died, in her 85th year. Deceased was the widow of the late Mr. John Bevan, and had suffered greatly the last few months from cancer. Her remains were interred in Broseley Cemetery on Wednesday.

RUMMAGE SALE.- On Tuesday, a successfully organised rummage sale was held in the National Schools, the proceeds being devoted towards the Church Organ Fund. The sale was very well attended, and a brisk business was done, almost the whole of the stock being disposed of at fair prices. The, following ladies presided at the various stalls:— Mesdames Edwardes, Downes, Hughes, Price, and Bayliss, the Misses Thompson, Doughty, Oswell, and Jones (The Rock). The entire proceeds were profit, all the articles offered for sale having been given by ladies and gentlemen in the parish.

PRESENTATION TO MR. AND MRS. G. H. MAW.- On Monday, a very interesting and pleasing event occurred at Messrs. Maw & Co.'s Encaustic Tile Works, Jackfield, the occasion being the presentation, of a very handsome Coalport china dinner service, decorated with the monograms and family crest, to Mr. and Mrs. G. Hornby Maw, in connection with their recent marriage. The workpeople assembled in the yard in front of the main entrance. Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Maw were accompanied by Mr. Arthur Maw, J.P., and Mr. B. Suart, and a very cordial reception was accorded them. Mr. Edward Oakes (cashier), being deputed to make the presentation, said: Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Maw, Friends, and Fellow-workers,—This surely is a very pleasant gathering to us all, in as much as it affords the workpeople here opportunity of cordially welcoming Mrs. G. Hornby Maw as a new-comer amongst us, as well as enabling us to offer our united congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. G. Hornby Maw on their marriage, and sincerest wishes for their happiness and welfare. As yet Mrs. G. H. Maw ha little known to us; none the less, however, we regard her coming amongst us with brightest hopes and anticipations. Mr. G. Hornby Maw having been born and resided in our midst, more especially in recent years, we have observed with interest, regard, and admiration his onward progress in life, and all matters in which he is concerned, and it has given us great pleasure to know that he has taken a partner who shares with him his responsibilities, joys, and felicity. When it became known to the employees of these works that the marriage had been arranged, it was considered that the auspicious event offered a most suitable opportunity of manifesting fittingly the concern and pleasure we took therein, hence the unanimous decision to provide some token for presentation, which should be alike useful and attractive, and a production of the locality. As soon as this could be obtained, specimen pieces were sent in advance to Kenley for view with other presents at the wedding, but the service not being then completed the presentation has been deferred till now. In compliance with the general wish expressed, Mr, and Mrs. G. Hornby Maw favour us with their presence here today, and as deputed I beg, on behalf of all the workpeople contributors thereto, to ask their acceptance of this present, not for its intrinsic worth, but as evidence of our esteem and good feeling towards them. I trust I have faithfully expressed to Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Maw our sentiments, and shall be glad of their being confirmed by acclamation in three hearty cheers.— This was complied with, after which Mr. Maw said: My dear friends, and, I may say, fellow-workers too, for we have worked together now some years, I beg to thank you most heartily for the beautiful and valuable articles you have just presented to us, not so much for their intrinsic value as for the good feeling which prompted the gift. It brings to my remembrance about 14 years ago, when I was also made the recipient of your kindness. You are of course aware of the many difficulties the firm of Maw & Co. has had to contend with, but not withstanding these ups and downs we have, owing to the hearty co-operation of our workpeople, been able to hold our own, though we may never see the " good old days" again. You must excuse me making a long speech, but from the bottom of my heart I feel grateful to you for your very valuable present. I desire also to thank Mr. Oakes for his kind expressions towards my wife and myself, and for the able manner; in which he made the presentation. (Loud applause.)


29th May 1897


FIRE.— On the evening of the 21st inst. the Benthall Edge was set on fire by a spark from the 4-22 p.m. train from Shrewsbury. The fire spread rapidly, but owing to a host of willing hands assisting in beating it out, it was got under after an hour's burning.


ELECTION OF COUNCILLOR.—Mr. R, A. Instone, grocer, has this week been elected a member of the Wenlock Town Council. There was no opposition. Alderman J. A. Exley was the returning officer.

SUNDAY SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY.—On Sunday, three excellent sermons were preached in the Broseley Congregational Chapel by the Rev. O. Garmon Roberts, of Gobowen. Appropriate hymns and anthems were well rendered by the choir and children, under the able direction of Mr. Aquila Evans. Mr. F. Tonkiss presided at the harmonium in a highly creditable manner. There was a moderate attendance at each service, and collections were taken in aid of the school fund.

DEATH OF MRS. W. L. LOWNDES.—The death of this much-esteemed lady has been received in Broseley and the neighbourhood with unfeigned regret. She died on Monday, at Dover, where she has latterly lived. Deceased was widow of the late Mr. Lowndes, a gentleman at one time well known and respected in the district, who resided at Linley Hall. Mrs. Lowndes, although an invalid for 40 years, was an earnest worker for foreign missions and other kindred institutions, and her death will rob these societies of a liberal and indefatigable supporter.


Before Councillor T. Cooke (mayor) and Alderman A. B. Dyas (ex-mayor).

DRUNK ON LICENSED PREMISES,—William Goodall, engine-driver, and William Bryan, collier, were charged with being drunk on licensed premises, known as the Half Moon, Jackfield.—Police-constable Bowen stated he saw the defendants staggering about the Coalport Road; 20 minutes before he saw them in the above public sitting down in the kitchen, drunk. The son-in-law told him he had refused to supply them. Both went away quietly.—Defendants pleaded guilty, and were each fined 5s. and costs.—William Goodall was further charged with being drunk at the Bridge Inn, Coalport.—Police-constable Bowen said when he visited the inn he saw defendant amongst others sitting in the kitchen, drunk, and he had in front of him a pint of liquor. Defend-ant asked witness to drink, but he refused, and the landlord asked him subsequently to overlook the matter, which he said he was bound to report.—Defendant admitted being in the house several hours, where he had all his beer The Bench considered the case a serious one, and defendant was fined 10s. and costs, or 14 days.




To THE EDITOR. Sir,—The suggestion made in Mr. Jasper More's article last week, " whether the trustees might not be asked to consider allowing a private bill to propose the surplus being used to make the Corvedale Railway, in which Cecil Lord Forester took interest," is, in my opinion, simply preposterous. I do not know how far this idea may meet with Lord Forester's approval, but it certainly ought to meet with the most strenuous opposition from the inhabitants of the borough, because such a railway, instead of conferring any benefit on Wenlock, would have quite the contrary effect. I also fail to see by what method of reasoning the construction of a railway which may, or may not, be subsequently “bought by one or both of the companies," can be construed into a charitable object or institution. Mr. More also makes allusion to the fact that an application respecting the surplus of this bequest was made to the Court of Chancery by one of the trustees, about four years ago, but he does not explain what the object of that application was, and I am afraid most of us had forgotten the matter; so that if Mr. More can furnish any further information about it it would be of great interest at the present moment. In my previous letter I showed the inhabitants of the borough what had been done with the surplus of the Clun Hospital, and suggested to them what might be done for their benefit out of the surplus of Lady Forester's generous bequest. My own opinion (which will he taken for what it is worth) is this that the Court of Probate having reported Lady Forester's munificent bequest to the Charity Commissioners, gives ground for believing that the whole of this £500,000 can (with the sanction of the Commissioners he devoted to, and spent upon, various charitable institutions for the benefit of the residents in the borough generally, and my opinion is further confirmed by the statement of your London correspondent that the trustees had actually applied for the enlargement of the original bequest. Clearly, therefore, if the trust can be enlarged for some one object in addition to the hospital and convalescent home, it can be further enlarged for other objects too, until the fund is wholly devoted to charitable purposes. This is the view I take of the matter. Mr. More hints pretty plainly that the public have shown some apathy on this subject, but I think that this is simply because they have not understood the true position of the matter, or the vast sum (half a million) at stake. I agree with him that it is necessary for the public to wake up and exert themselves, and to press their views as to the application of this surplus upon the Charity Commissioners, and to do so at once. There the golden apple is—there can be no harm in trying to bite it. Someone, however, must “take the lead," and I would suggest that it is a very proper and most important question for the Town Council to take up as early as possible. I feel that I have done my share, and that the charge of being “apathetic" cannot be laid at the door of

Much Wenlock.        F. SARJEANT.


5th June 1897


The monthly meeting was held on Wednesday, when there were present—Aldermen G. H. Maw (chairman), J. A. Exley, Councillors P. Jones, D. L. Prestage, E. G. Exley, W. Mear, W. E. Southern, B. A. Instone, and Messrs. G. Cooper (clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), N. T. Hartshorne (collector), and W. Wyatt (engineer).

THE WATER SUPPLY.—The Engineer reported that the work of laying on the pipes from Posenhall was now completed, and the result was satisfactory.            At present it yielded 25,000 gallons daily, but it was gradually decreasing, and would continue to do so, therefore he should like to do some more boring to see if they could have a larger supply of water. He asked for a further sum of £25 in order to make experiments.—The Chairman proposed the application be granted, and Councillor Exley seconded.—Carried. —The question arose as to whether they should have a five-inch or a six-inch pipe.—The Engineer stated that a five-inch pipe would allow 45,000 gallons daily, and that the difference in the pipes meant £60 or £70. A five-inch pipe was considered necessary.—The total cost for the whole water supply the engineer estimated at £2,657, which meant a rate of 4½d. in the pound, to extend over a period of 30 years.—Alderman Exley moved that the clerk write to the Local Government Board for permission to borrow £2,750, and this, with a previous £250, would make a total of £3,000.—The motion was seconded by the Chairman and carried.

FINANCE.—The Clerk stated that there was a balance in hand of £106 5s. 4d., and a cheque valued £15 was drawn in favour of the surveyor.


THE DEATH OF MRS. LOWNDES.-In the notice of this lady's death in the last issue of the Journal she was alluded to as "widow" of Mr. W. L. Lowndes. It should have read "wife."

BURIAL BOARD.—A quarterly meeting of this Board was held on Wednesday, when Alderman G. Maw presided.—It was reported that £16 13s. 7d. was the balance in hand.—The usual cheques were signed.

DIAMOND JUBILEE.- The officers connected with the Broseley Wesleyan Sunday School having written a letter to the Queen congratulating her Majesty upon the approaching completion of 60 years' peaceful and prosperous reign, and expressing the hope that her Majesty might be spared many years to rule the nation in peace and righteousness, also enclosing copy of a hymn referring to the auspicious event, which was sung by the choir and children at the Sun-day School anniversary on Sunday, her Majesty has graciously accepted the same and acknowledged the receipt thereof through her private secretary.

SUNDAY SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY.-On Sunday two sermons of an eminently practical and interesting character were preached in the Broseley Wesleyan Chapel by the Rev. W. Potts, of Australia. Mr. Potts also gave an address to the parents and children in the afternoon. Suitable hymns were well rendered by the choir and children (one hymn having special reference to the Queen's long reign of 60 years), the latter being under the able direction of Mrs. E. R. Hartshorne, who also kindly undertook their training. Mr. J. A. Hartshorne presided at the harmonium with excellent taste and ability. The chapel was neatly decorated for the occasion. There was a good attendance at each service, especially in the evening, when the chapel was well filled, and collections amounting to 18 were taken in aid of the school funds.


PLEASURE FAIR.— This, the largest fair known for years, was held on Saturday. The evening turned out delightfully fine, and consequently a great number of people attended the show ground,

ATTACKED BY A LION.— Amongst the paraphernalia present at the pleasure fair, held on Saturday, was Mr. Pat Collins's menagerie, which included Wallace, the well-known lion, who has attacked several keepers and killed a coloured man in London. In the evening, when Lawrence (the keeper) was coming out of the den the animal attacked him, and ripped open all the veins at the back of his right hand, which bled profusely. The animal was driven back with red-hot irons. Lawrence was compelled to go to a local doctor, who dressed the wound, and on returning from the surgery the keeper unwisely again entered the den, when the ferocious animal once more attacked him. This closed the show, and Lawrence again paid a visit to the doctor.


Before Mr. F. R. Smith (chairman) and Alderman A. B. Dyas.

AFTER THE FAIR—Thomas Daly, pedlar, was brought up in custody charted with being drunk and disorderly at Iron Bridge. Police-constable Evans proved the case. Fined 9s., including costs.—John Flynn. tramp, was charged by Sergeant Hamlet with being drunk and disorderly. Fined 9s., including costs.

SLEEPING OUT.—Edwin Bikes, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to 14 days' hard labour for sleeping in Mr. Ketley's outbuilding.—Police-constable Evans proved the charge.

A DRUNKEN WOMAN.—Ellen Fletcher, tramp, was charged with being drunk and disorderly in Duke Street, Broseley,—Police-constable Roberts said he had to obtain assistance to bring her to the lock-up. Her language was disgraceful.—Prisoner was sentenced to 14 days' hard labour.

ROBBING AN AUNT.—William Roberts, Pelsall, was brought up on a warrant charged with stealing 4s. from Ellen Gittings, Benthall.— Police-constable Roberts stated that prisoner was a nephew of the prosecutrix, and came over last week and paid her a visit. Witness arrested prisoner at Rushall on Saturday, who, in reply to the warrant, said "Yes, I took it. It was my aunt's money. I spent it in railway fare."—Prisoner had nothing to say, and was remanded till the following day.—Prisoner was again brought upon Tuesday, before the same magistrates, when the pleaded guilty, and was bound over, under the First Offenders Act, in the sum of £5. and to come up for judgment if called upon within 12 calendar months; in the-meantime to be of good behaviour. Prisoner was also ordered to pay the costs, £1 9s. 9d.

12th June 1897


Probate of the will has been granted in London, and estate duty has been paid on £69,603 4s. 3d. as the value of the personal estate of Col. the Hon. Henry Townshend Forester, of 53, South Audley Street, late of the Grenadier Guards, who died on May 5 last,  aged 76 years, at Weston Park, Shifnal, Salop, a son of the first Lord Forester. Colonel Forester appointed as executor of his will his nephew, Col. the Hon. Francis Charles Bridgeman, of 59, Ennismore Gardens, to whom he bequeathed £1,000 and his furniture and household effects, excepting a portrait of Lady Bradford with a dog, which he bequeaths to his niece Florence Lady Harewood. He bequeathed £1,000 to his nephew Cecil Theodore Lord Forester and a miniature of his grandmother Catherine Lady Forester. He bequeathed to his nephew Lord Newport £500, a miniature vignette of Lady Bradford, and such one of his racehorses, brood mares, or foals as Lord Newport may select. Colonel Forester bequeathed to Isabella Countess of Bradford £500, to her daughters Lady Evelyn Curzon and Lady Edith Curzon £200 each; to his brother Emilius £100, to his niece Lady Mabel Selina Kenyon-Slaney £600, to Geraldine Marchioness of Bristol £500 and his enamel and diamond studs, to the Hon. George Cecil Beaumont Forester £1,000, to the Countess of Harewood (if then living) £200 in two months, £200 in three months, and £200 in six months; to George Henry Charles Viscount Lascelles £200; to the testator's godson, the Hon. Henry George Orlando Bridgeman, £400; to Lady Colville £500 and a miniature of Mrs. Smith, to the Hon. Blanche Cecile Britten Colville £200, to Lady Winifred Gardner a silver inkstand which belonged to her grandmother; to his godson; the Hon. Francis Henry Cecil Weld Forester, £400; to Elizabeth Charlotte Louisa Countess of Wilton £300 and liberty to choose one of his hunters, to the Earl of Suffolk and Berkshire £300; to his god-daughter, Isabella Filcher, née Holyoake, 2200 ; to his trainer, Thomas Wadlow, Stanton, Shifnal, £100, and to his servant, Charley Mundy, £700, and his wearing apparel. Colonel Forester left all the residue of his estate, in equal shares, to his said nephew, Colonel the Hon. Francis Charles Bridgeman, and his niece, Lady Mabel Selina Kenyon-Slaney.


12th June 1897


WHIT-SUNDAY.— At the early celebration of Holy Communion there were 15 communicants, and at the mid-day celebration, which was full choral, there were 12 communicants. Matins and evensong were also full choral.    Processional and recessional hymns were sung at the mid-day celebration and at evensong. The Rector officiated at all the services.

TEA AND ENTERTAINMENT.—In aid of St. Mary's Church Organ Fund tea and entertainment were held on Wednesday at the National Schoolroom. There was a good attendance, and the whole of the arrangements were admirably carried out by Messrs. J. B. Matkin and A. Humphries, who received valuable assistance from Messrs. G. Williams, H. Hughes, and A. Evans. The trays were kindly given by Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. Jones (Calcutts), Mrs. Doughty, Mrs. Gray, Miss White (Iron-Bridge), Mrs. Stevens, Mrs. Hughes, Mrs. W. H. Smith, Miss Saunders, Misses Exley, and Mrs. Humphrey. The Rev. J. Marsden Edwards presided, and Mr. J. W. Shingler played the various accompaniments. Selections by the band—"The Royal Record," "Gwendoline," and " Norwood" — were played in a manner that reflected credit on Mr. George Aston, conductor. Mr. E. Wase sang "Killarney" and "There is a flower that bloometh," in a manner that delighted the house, whilst Sir. J. Nicklin was successful in his songs, "The Longshoreman" and "Off to Philadelphia." The National Anthem by the church choir concluded the proceedings.


OPEN-AIR MISSION. —On Sunday afternoon, the seventh season of the open-air meetings inaugurated by the Rev. A. Shinn (pastor of Birch Meadow Baptist Church) was commenced at the top of the New Road, when appropriate addresses were delivered by Rev. A. Shinn (Broseley) and the Rev. W. Price (Baptist Church, Hereford). There was a fair attendance.

SUNDAY SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY.—The 83rd anniversary of Birch Meadow Baptist Sunday School was held on Sunday, when two excellent sermons were preached by Mr. W. Price, Hereford. Suitable hymns were sung in an efficient manner by the children, reflecting the highest credit upon their trainer (Mr. A. Shinn). Mrs. Shinn presided at the harmonium. There was a good congregation at each service. The collections, which were in aid of the school funds, amounted to about £13.

NATIONAL SCHOOLS.— On the 4th inst., the prizes for regular and punctual attendance during the year 1896 were distributed by the Rector (Rev. G. F. Lamb, M.A.). In the boys' school, 102 prizes were awarded. A special prize of a handsome writing desk was awarded to Arthur Pountney for regular and punctual attendance for six years. Fifty boys received prizes and photographs for exceptionally good attendance during the past year, and 51 others, who had made 90 per cent. of the possible attendances, also received prizes. In the girls' school, 34 prizes and photographs were awarded for the best attendances, while 54 other girls obtained prizes for good attendance during the year. In the infants' school, 10 prizes and photographs were awarded for the best attendances, and 40 other children received prizes for good attendance.


19th June 1897


JACKFIELD BRASS BAND.—The members of this band visited Broseley on Saturday evening, and paraded the principal streets, playing a fine selection of music, under the capable leadership of Mr. George Aston, in excellent style, which was highly appreciated by the inhabitants.


26th June 1897



In the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice, Mr. Justice North had before him on Thursday a summons in an action which had been commenced by originating summons.—Mr. Swinfen Eady, Q.C., said that the summons was taken out by the defendants in the action, who were the surviving special trustees appointed under the will of the late Baroness Forester, and called in the will the Forester Charity Trustees. The respondents were the general trustees of the will, who were the plaintiffs in the action. The question really was between the next-of-kin and the Forester Charity Trustees, and was whether the whole of the income of the residuary estate was properly devoted to charities, or whether there was an intestacy as to part of it. The summons asked that it might be declared that the testatrix did not die intestate as to any part of her residuary personal estate, and that a direction might be given that the whole of the income ought to be paid to the Charity Trustees, that it should be applied by them in providing and building a convalescent home, and in the erection of a cottage hospital, and that for the purposes of maintaining them the whole of the income of her residuary estate ought to be applied, and not limited to £30,000, and if necessary the charity should be extended so as to enable the whole of the testatrix's residuary trust fund to be expended for charitable purposes, and that, if necessary, a scheme should be settled by the Court. In January, 1895, the matter came before the Court, and the question then was whether the next-of-kin were entitled to restrict the amount directed to be paid to the Forester Charity Trustees. The whole of the fund was then directed to he paid to the charity trustees, but a question was left open as to whether the next-of-kin had any beneficial interest, and it was now necessary to have it decided whether the next-of-kin were entitled to any part of the fund or whether the whole should be devoted to charity. He should contend that there could not be any surplus under the will because if the charities mentioned in the will did not absorb the whole of the income, then the basis of the charities must be enlarged. The testatrix by her will directed that the residue of the proceeds of her personal estate, after providing £120,000, should be held upon trust to pay, and apply the same for the promotion of such charitable purposes as she should appoint by a codicil to the will. The codicil directed that a Cottage Hospital should be erected at Wenlock, and a Convalescent Home at some seaside resort to he called the Forester Convalescent Home and Cottage Hospital, and be a memorial of herself and her late husband. A site had been selected at Llandudno, but the site for the Cottage Hospital at Wenlock had not yet been determined upon, as it being a mining district there were physical difficulties to be overcome. Detailed plans had not yet been prepared for the Convalescent Home, and there was a difference of opinion between the architects as to the cost, and the number of patients it would accommodate. The testatrix directed that £2,000 should be paid for the site of the Cottage Hospital, and £5,000 for the site of the Convalescent Home and £10,000 for building the hospital and £30,000 for building the home. If the cost for building the Convalescent Home was limited to the £30,000, the whole of the income from the testatrix's residue might not be absorbed in the charities. One architect, however, thought that as many as 85 convalescent people might be provided for, and in that case the whole of the income from the residue would be required to support and maintain them, but it was desired that the present summons should be argued upon the footing that there would be a surplus. The question then was whether the basis of the charities should be enlarged, or whether the next-of-kin were entitled to say that the whole of the surplus was not effectively given for charitable purposes. His argument was that the testatrix had clearly dedicated the whole of this fund to these charities, and that her intention to give the whole of the income for the maintenance of them must be given effect to as it was not a case where the whole of the income could not usefully be employed in the maintenance of these charities.

The Attorney-General (Sir Richard Webster), as representing charities generally, contended that there was a clear appropriation of the whole of the income to charities, and if there was a complete failure of the purposes mentioned in the codicil the money must still be applied for the purpose of charities. It was not a case of an extraordinary growth of income, for the property was of about the same value now as it was at the time the testatrix made her will. He submitted that the contention of the testatrix in mentioning the amount to be expended in sites and buildings was not in any way to limit the charity, but to prevent large sums being expended in building, and so impoverish the charities afterwards. The clear intention was that these charities when founded should have an ample endowment.

Mr. Cozens Hardy, Q.C. (with him Mr. Norton), for the next-of-kin, said it was very desirous that the question should be determined at once, for if the next-of-kin were interested in this surplus it was necessary that they should watch the action of the trustees, and see that not more was spent than was required; and in case they had no interest in the matter it was better that they should be got rid of. He would argue the case upon the assumption which they believed to be true, that if the terms of the will were strictly carried into effect there would be a surplus which would exceed £100,000 which could not properly and reasonably be expended in the maintenance and endowment of these institutions. In this case there was a strict prohibition to spend more than the £2,000 and £5,000 upon the sites, and the £10,000 and £30,000 on the buildings, and he suggested that that necessarily implied a limit as to maintenance and endowment. He contended that this was not a gift for charity generally, but for a charity of a particular kind and within particular limits.

Mr. Justice North pointed out that what was now an adequate sum for the maintenance of the charities might not be adequate in the future.

Mr. Cozens Hardy said he wished the Court to deal with it on the footing that there was a surplus, and that it was reasonable to suppose there al ways would be.

Mr. Eady was heard in reply, and at the conclusion of the arguments,

His Lordship reserved judgment.

The Mayor of Wenlock was present during the hearing of the case.


26th June 1897


Special services were held on Sunday at the various places of worship in the town, and again at 11 o'clock on Tuesday morning at the Parish Church. The decorations were most profuse, and far in excess of any-thing of the sort seen here before. The children from the parishes of Broseley and Benthall, numbering 700, with their attendants, assembled in the Fiery Field, and forming into a procession, marched through the principal streets. The Jackfield Brass Band played an excellent selection en route, and the children sang, at intervals, "The Queen, God bless her," and "God save the Queen." Returning to the field, the children were supplied with tea, cake, &c., ad libitum, after which the attendants had their tea in the National Schools, when the general public were admitted to the field. Punch and Judy and conjuring entertainments were given. A fine display of fireworks took place afterwards, and at 10 o'clock the monster bonfire was lighted. During the evening the band played for dancing. On the same day, 60 old men and women of 70 years of age and upwards had a hot dinner from the Rectory, the kind gift of Mrs. Fleming Lamb. The old men also had 2oz. of tobacco and a medal each, and the old women had ¼lb. of tea each and a medal from the same lady.


3rd July 1897



Present—Aldermen A. B. Dyas (chairman), J. A. Anstice, R. E. Anstice, Councillors J. W. Legge, W. F. Bryan, F. G. Beddoes, B. Maddox, together with Messrs. G. Cooper (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), and T. E. Patten (collector)

THE COALPORT ROAD.—This question once more cropped up, and Councillor Maddox reported that he had inspected the road in the presence of the Madeley Wood Company's representatives, and that he agreed with some of the proposals made, but he was strongly of opinion that a portion of the embankment should be made more secure before the road was taken over by the committee, for he knew the rate-payers would not care in the course of time to pay the piper if anything should go wrong with the embankment. The road, he admitted, was advantageous to the public and was a useful one.—Major Anstice totally disagreed with the last speaker that the embankment was dangerous, and contended that it would last for ever. He could not see the least chance of it washing away, and to put up a retaining wall would cost hundreds of pounds.—The Chairman: There appears to be another deadlock.—Major Anstice: Yes; I am sorry for it. With reference to the fencing which we promised to do, we entirely deny any liability, and contend that it belongs to the Towing Path Commissioners, and having proposed to put a new fence from end to end, I think we have gone as far as we can.—The Town Clerk thought the Madeley Wood Company's offer was a generous one, and if they wished to take the road over they had better accept the offer before they were compelled to do so.— Councillor Legge remarked that the road had been great expense for many years to the company, and the public had had the benefit for a long time.—Councillor Beddoes was of opinion that the Madeley Wood Company had done very well, but at the same time he thought the Towing Path Commissioners, who had some money in hand, should see to the fencing.—The Clerk said the question before the meeting had nothing whatever to do with the Commissioners.—Councillor Maddox said be did not wish the company to build a retaining wall, but merely to patch up the embankment—Major Anstice remarked that the very place Councillor Maddox spoke of did not belong to them.—It was eventually decided to remain to the original motion, viz., to take over the road from the Madeley Wood Company when properly fenced.


10th July 1879


The monthly meeting was held on Wednesday. Alderman G. H. Maw presided. There were also present—Councillors D. L. Prestage, W. Mear, R. A. Instone, together with Messrs. Wyatt (engineer), G, Cooper (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), and N. T. Hartshorne (collector).

BROSELEY WATER SUPPLY.— The Clerk said the balance of account due to Mr. Brown, contractor (Shrewsbury), was £18, including £4 6s. for extras. The original contract was £118, and the engineer asked for his agreed fee, £210s. There was left a balance of £34.—The Chairman thought this was a satisfactory state of affairs.—The engineer recommended that the laying of additional pipes be undertaken at once for the purpose of making a good show at the Local Government Board Inquiry. He also recommended the well to be bored a little deeper. If they carried the piping from the new bridge to the well it would cost something like £30 extra, and that was of more importance than boring the bottom of the well. That morning the spring yielded a little more than 19,000 gallons a day, but a week ago it yielded 20,000 gallons.—Councillor Prestage was of opinion that they were spending a lot of money.—The Chairman thought they would be justified in spending another £30.—After some conversation, Councillor Prestage proposed that Mr. Wyatt be authorised to spend £30 in laying additional pipes.—Councillor Instone seconded the motion, which was carried.—The analysis of the water taken on June 16th by Dr. Blunt, "that it was excellent drinking water," was considered most satisfactory.

FINANCE.—Mr. Hartshorne said he had collected since the last meeting the sum of £33 12s. 4d., but yet £160 had to be collected.— He was instructed to issue notices to the rate-payers asking for immediate payment.—The Clerk said the balance in hand that clay was £177 13s. 5d.


10th July 1897


SUPPER.—Mr. Yapp, landlord of the Cape of Good Hope, gave his customers and friends a supper on Thursday.

OPEN-AIR MEETINGS.—On Sunday afternoon, the Rev. Arthur Shinn, of the Open-air Mission, gave an excellent address at the usual meeting at New Road, and the Rev. W. H. Bishop conducted a similar gathering near The Woodlands, Broseley Wood, Mr. George Taylor presiding at the harmonium. There was a fair attendance at each of the meetings.

SAD ACCIDENT.—On Wednesday, an accident of a somewhat serious character occurred to a young man named Henry Copeland (son of the late Mr. Copeland, veterinary surgeon, Shifnal, and apprentice to Mr. H. J. Rushton, butcher, Broseley). It appears he was assisting in the slaughter-house, when the slaughter-man, in attempting to cleave the head of a beast, accidentally hit the horns, the cleaver rebounding fell upon Copeland's hand, severing two of the sinews. He was at once taken to Dr. Jacobson's surgery, but the doctor not being at home the assistant ordered him to be sent to Salop Infirmary, whither he was conveyed.


Before Councillor T Cooke (mayor), Aldermen A. B. Dyas, J. Bodenham, Colonel Wayne, and Mr. W. G. Norris.

WHAT HE DESERVED.—Henry Jones, labourer, Broseley, was charged with assaulting John Oswell (70), labourer, Jackfield.—Prosecutor stated that he lived at the Werps, Jackfield. On Jubilee Day, about four o'clock, when he was going from the Pheasant Inn to the Church Acre, he met defendant by the lane going to Jackfield, who came up to him, and without any provocation began knocking him about. Defendant threw him in the hedge and said, "Lie there, you old sod." Defendant was either drunk or mad. He gave witness a black eye, and dragged him about the ground for nearly half an hour, and finished up by tossing him in the hedge.—Edward Harper and Fanny Beaman stated they saw defendant ill-use the old man.—Sergeant Bowen said he saw prosecutor immediately after the assault, and he had been brutally assaulted, He afterwards saw the defendant, who ran away.—The Bench were of opinion that the assault was a dastardly one, and sentenced defendant to 21 days' hard labour, and a further seven days if the costs were not paid.

SCHOOL CASES.-The following parents were fined 5s. each for neglecting to send their children regularly to school:— John Small, Madeley Wood; William Beddow, Madeley Wood; Buckley Collis, Madeley Wood; Richard Lucas, Hodge Bower; Alexander Morgan, Madeley Wood; Mary Ann Biggs, Madeley Wood; Henry Cox (two cases), Benthall Mill; Charles Gough, Broseley Wood; Samuel Langford, Much Wenlock ; George Taylor, Madeley; and Joseph Clarke, Madeley.—Mr. T. Jones proved the cases.



Before his Honour Judge Harris Lea.

CLAIM FOR FURNITURE.— James Clark, furniture dealer, Broseley, sued Thomas Humphreys, Iron-Bridge, for £2 for furniture supplied.—Plaintiff stated that the account had been running on for 15 years.—Defendant's wife denied owing more than 3s.—Judgment for 3s. 6d.


17th July 1897


OPEN-AIR MEETINGS.—On Sunday afternoon, the usual weekly meeting was held at the top of the New Road, when the Rev. A. Shinn delivered an excellent address. The Rev. W. H. Bishop also held a similar meeting in Broseley Wood, Mr. George Taylor pre-siding at the harmonium; and the Primitive Methodists held their annual camp meeting in a field at the Woodlands. There were good attendances.

FUNERAL.—Yesterday week, the remains of Cecil Arthur James Lister, younger son of the late John C. W. Lister, of this town, were interred at the cemetery amidst numerous expressions of sympathy. The deceased had, up to Christmas last, passed through a brilliant career at Wellington College, where he was greatly beloved by all who knew him, and as a token of respect to his memory Mr. Bayley (principal), Mr. Hamlet and Mr. Farmer (two of the masters), and about 20 of the senior boys attended the ceremony. The funeral service was very impressively conducted by the Rev. G. F. Lamb, and a number of beautiful wreaths and crosses were sent from sympathising relatives and friends.

24th May 1897

At the Tontine Hotel, Iron-Bridge, on TUESDAY, the 10th of August, 1897, at Six o'clock in the evening, in the following or such other Lots as may be agreed upon at the time of Sale, and subject to Conditions of Sale, incorporating the Common Form Conditions of Sale of the Shropshire Law Society.
LOT 1 .— AN old-established Inn, called the "HALF MOON'," situate at Jackfield, in the county of Salop, for many years carried on by the late Mr. Hiram Hill and his widow, and now occupied by Mr. Geo. Stephens. 
LOT 2.—Three substantially-built DWELLING-HOUSES, situate at Jackfield aforesaid, in the respective occupations of Joseph Bizzell, George Matthews, and John Bird Malkin, with the Out-buildings and Gar-dens thereto.
LOT 3.-Two good DWELLING-HOUSES, situate at Jack-field aforesaid, in the re-spective occupations of Edwin Scoltock and Alice Ellis, with the Outbuildings and Garden thereto.
LOT 4.—Three well-built DWELLING-HOUSES situate at Jackfield aforesaid, in the respective occupations of John Harrison, jun., John Lloyd, and Michael Evans, with the Outbuildings and Gardens thereto.
The Inn is fully licensed and well adapted for business, and all the premises are in good condition and pleasantly situated.
The respective tenants will show the prem-ises, and any further particulars may be obtained from the Auctioneers, Wellington, Salop, or Messrs. POTTS & POTTS, Solicitors, Broseley.

31st May 1897


A meeting of the Council was held on Monday. Present—Councillor T. Cooke (mayor), Alderman J. A. Anstice, A. B. Dyas, J. Bodenham, G. H. Maw, J. A. Exley, and T. H. Thursfield, Councillors W. Y. Owen, W. Allen, J. T. Barnett, Dr. McKenzie, E. Price, E. Instone. P. Jones, E. F. Groves, E. G. Exley, B. Maddox, J. Machin, F. G. Beddoes, W. Mear, C. R. Instone, J. Wilkinson, and E. L. Squire; Messrs. G. C. Cooper (town clerk), F. H. Potts (treasurer), A. H. Thorne (magistrates' clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor).

FINANCE.—It was reported that there was a sum of £99 in hand, and the Finance Committee recommended that a penny rate be levied.—On the motion of Mr. Owen, seconded by Mr. Machin, this was agreed to.—The Mayor said the Finance Committee had had before them the question of the purchase of a typewriter, and recommended that one be purchased at a cost of £20.—Alderman Anstice proposed the adoption of the recommendation,—Carried.

ASYLUM COMMITTEE'S REPORT.—Alderman Anstice, in proposing the adoption of the visitors to the asylum report, said them was nothing of importance in it, and it was on the whole of a very satisfactory character. There was one important clause—they had been able to come to terms with the borough of Shrewsbury as to the sewage.—Alderman Bodenham seconded, and the motion was carried.

THE MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH.—The Mayor explained what had been done by the committee appointed to confer with other committees as to the appointment of a joint medical officer of health, and said it was now proposed to appoint a gentleman at a salary of £375 a year. He proposed that they join with the Atcham and other unions in the appointment, and that a copy of the resolution be sent to the Local Government Board.—The Clerk said the borough of Shrewsbury would make a separate appointment, but would probably appoint the same gentleman, and therefore would practically join them.—Mr. Beddoes asked if it was not a very wide area.—The Mayor said that previously the proposed area was much wider, and he rather approved of the smaller one.—Alderman Anstice seconded the Mayors proposition, and said he must confess to his being disappointed that some of the unions had backed out of the compact, as he thought with a wider area they should get the services of a better man. He was afraid there would be considerable difficulty in getting a good man for the appointment, but they must adopt the recommendation of the committee and do the best they could.—Mr. Beddoes asked if it was absolutely necessary to pass the resolution that day. It was a very important question, and they ought to have a little more time to think it over.—After a brief discussion, the motion was carried without opposition.

BROSELEY WATER SUPPLY — Alderman G. H. Maw proposed that the Council sanction the loan of £2,750 for the purpose of a water supply at Broseley. He said the question had been carefully gone into by the Broseley Committee, but the sanction of the Local Government Board had not yet been obtained.—Alderman Exley seconded the motion, which was agreed to.

THE, QUEEN'S JUBILEE.—The Clerk read a reply acknowledging the loyal address to her Majesty on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee.—Alderman Dyas proposed a vote of thanks to the Mayor for the way in which he had carried out the rejoicings at Wenlock. The arrangements were complete in every shape and form, and they all felt very pleased with the way in which they were carried out.—Councillor Allen seconded the motion, and it was agreed to.—The Mayor returned thanks.

THE FORESTER, BEQUEST.—Alderman Dyas said there was a matter on which the Council would be glad to receive information, and that was as to the Forester bequest. It was some time since the money had been left, and he had written to ask Alderman Thursfield (who was one of the trustees) certain questions, but Mr. Thursfieid declined to answer them. He did not know whether that referred to all the questions.—Alderman Thursfield: Yes, all.—Alderman Dyas said that Alderman Thursfield declined in the most courteous manner, but he was very much disappointed, and he believed the borough generally would be disappointed. It was very necessary that they should know; but he was afraid that a great deal of the money would be frittered away in law, which would do the borough no good.—The Mayor said that when he was in London he heard that the trial was coming on between the trustees and the next-of-kin, and as he knew the borough of Wenlock was interested he instructed counsel; but it was found that practically the borough of Wenlock had no voice at all, as it was not mentioned in the will. He had the best advice he could get, and that was to sit down and do nothing. Mr. Thursfield was one of the four trustees, and he thought they were doing all they could to push matters on; but the judges had not yet given a decision. The borough was losing the benefits, but the next-of-kin were doing what they could to maintain their rights. The Attorney-General said the borough of Wenlock could not do anything.—The Clerk said the borough of Wenlock was not mentioned in the will. Nobody could do anything except the trustees.—Alderman Anstice proposed that they proceed to the next business, as he did not see there was any good in discussing the question.—Alderman Dyas seconded the motion, and the matter was allowed to drop.




On Thursday, Mr. Justice North delivered his judgment upon a summons taken out for the determination of a question as to whether the surplus of a fund for maintaining a convalescent home at Llandudno, and a cottage hospital at Wenlock, Salop, went to the next-of-kin of the testatrix or should be devoted to charity, The Baroness Forester, by her will made in 1892, directed that the whole of the residue of her estate, after providing for legacies and a sum of £120,000, which was set aside for certain purposes, should go to five gentlemen, called "The Forester Charity Trustees," to he held by them for charitable purposes as she might by codicil direct. By a codicil she provided for the building and endowment of a cottage hospital at Wenlock and of a convalescent home at Llandudno. She limited the cost of the site of the hospital to £2,000, and the home to £5,000, and the building and furnishing the home to £30,000, and the hospital to £10,000. The income, of the rest of her residuary estate was to be applied in the maintenance of those institutions. It had been found that the income would be more than sufficient to maintain a home and a hospital built within the limits of the amount specified by the testatrix, and the trustees asked that the scheme of the charity might he enlarged so as to absorb the whole income. The Attorney-General claimed the surplus for other charities and the next-of-kin argued that there was intestacy with regard to it, and that it went to them. Mr. Justice North decided that there was a specific gift in the will of the whole of the residuary estate to charities, and dismissed the representatives of the next-of-kin from the suit, after providing for their costs. The rest of the summons was referred back to Chambers for the determination of the question between the Attorney-General and the trustees.


7th August 1897



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

FINANCE.— Since the last meeting the collector had collected £61, and the Clerk stated the balance in the bank was £ 193 6.s. 1d.

THE WATER SUPPLY.—The Surveyor reported that the quantity of water in the tank on Saturday was 6ft. 6in., but that day there was only four feet of water.—The Chairman remarked that ere long there probably would be some rain,—A letter was read from Mr. Wyatt (engineer), stating that he had made arrangements with Mr. Jones to carry out the extension from Posenhall. The quantity of water, he added, that ran from the well on Thursday was only 17,000 gallons, and he attributed the diminution to the summer weather.—Councillor Exley asked if the water would again be analysed.—The Chairman replied that the engineer would probably do so again. The Chairman also remarked that nothing more could be done with the Broseley water supply until they had heard from the Local Government Board.—The Sutton Joint Water Committee submitted their report, which was precisely the same as presented at last week's meeting of the Madeley District Council.—Alderman Exley observed that they could make larger profits if the people would take to the Sutton water.

F R E E H O L D P R O P E R T Y.
Are favoured with instructions to SELL by AUCTION, at the Tontine Hotel, Iron-Bridge on TUESDAY, the 10th day of August, 1897, at Six o'clock in the evening, subject to Conditions of Sale which will then be read, incorporating the Common Form Conditions of the Shropshire Law Society :
ALL those THREE MESSUAGES or Dwelling-Houses, with the Gardens and Appurtenances thereto belonging, situate in Broseley Wood, in the Parish of Broseley, in the respective occupations of William Anderson, William Griffiths, and William Burton.
This Property is subject to an annual amer-ciament of 6s. 8d., payable to Lord Forester.
The Tenants will Show the Property to intending Purchasers.
Particulars and all other information may be obtained from the Auctioneers, Wellington. Salop, or
MR. ALFRED H. THORN, Solicitor, 
Iron-Bridge, Shropshire.
A NUISANCE.—A letter was read from Dr. Boon calling attention to a nuisance in the Bull Ring, Foundry Row, Broseley, where there were five cottages with only two closets, near the front doors. The waste water was also poured into the cesspit, which was untrapped, and the stench from it was dreadful, this being a source or great danger to the inhabitants in the warm weather.—On the motion of Alderman Exley, the surveyor was instructed to serve notices on the owners to remedy the nuisance.


7th August 1897


A LADY CYCLIST COMES TO GRIEF.—When Miss Hill (Benthall) was descending Tontine Bank on Saturday evening on her bicycle, in endeavouring to get out of the way of a dog, she collided with an old man named Griffiths (Coalbrookdale), with the result that she came to grief, but fortunately the rider and machine escaped unhurt, although the old man had a nasty shaking.


Before Councillor T. Cooke (mayor), Alderman A. B. Dyas, Alderman J. Bodenham, and Mr. W. G. Norris. Captain Williams-Freeman was also on the Bench.

A BROSELEY DEALER FINED.—William Bennett, coal dealer, Broseley, was charged with selling coal otherwise than by weight.—Mr. E. J. Symonds (inspector of weights and measures) stated that the case was taken out against defendant under the 1839 Act. This was the first case under this Act he had to bring under their notice, and he did so because defendant persisted in selling coal without weight after being cautioned—Police-constable Roberts proved the case, and defendant was fined £1 and costs.

BREACH OF THE MUZZLING ORDER.—The following persons were fined for committing a breach of the muzzling order:—Thomas Barnes Wilson, landlord of the Tontine Hotel, Iron-Bridge, fined 5s., including costs; Mark Nickless, Iron-Bridge, two cases, 1s. and costs in each case; James Vallacott Rawie, Coalbrooldale,5s., including costs; Herbert Ralphs, grocer, Madeley Wood, 1s. and costs; Montague Chubb, Iron-Bridge, 1s. and costs ; Thomas Bailey, jun., Madeley Wood, 1s. and costs ; Elizabeth Hughes, Coalbrookdale, 1s. and costs; Isaac Henry Onions, grocer, Broseley- 1s. and costs; George Davies, Broseley, 1s. and costs; Walter Lloyd, Wenlock, 1s. and costs.



 SALVATION ARMY —The Iron-Bridge Corps held a " special campaign" at Broseley on Sunday, when meetings were held at various parts of the town, and at night in the Gospel Hall, "red-hot testimonies" being given by John Saunders, the reformed drunkard, burglar, &c., of Willenhall, and also by members of the local corps.

SERIOUS ACCIDENT.—On the 31st ult., a serious accident occurred to a married man named Alfred Bagley of Innocent Alley, Broseley. It appears that he was following his usual occupation in a coalpit at Caughley, when a portion of debris fell upon his back, crushing him severely. He was immediately taken to the Salop Infirmary.

PICNICS.—On Bank Holiday, Mrs. Cullis (confectioner) held her annual picnic at Benthall Edge, from which a most enchanting view of the surrounding country was obtained, much to the delight of the visitors.—On Tuesday, Mr. John Rowe (confectioner, The Wood) also held a picnic in a field at Benthall. After partaking of tea, dancing was indulged in on both occasions, and the weather being gloriously fine, a very enjoyable time was spent.

SCHOOL TREAT.—On Bank Holiday, the scholars of the Birch Meadow Baptist Sunday School had their annual fete day. The schoolroom was artistically decorated by the superintendent (Mr. A. E. Broadhurst) and a host of willing helpers, and Mr. Joseph Exley (The Rock House) again very kindly lent his musical boy, which enlivened the proceedings considerably. All having partaken of a capital tea, catered for by Mrs. Cullis, sports of various kinds were indulged in in a field opposite the school, by kind permission of Mrs. Bathurst, until the shades of evening began to fall, when the scholars again adjourned to the school to receive a bun, the proceedings being brought to a close by the singing of " God bless our Sunday School."


7th August 1897


DEATH Or A MINER.—Yesterday, a man named Alfred Bagley, miner, of Church Street, Broseley, died in the Shrewsbury Infirmary from the effects of an accident which he sustained while at work in the pit on Saturday last.


14th August 1897


PROPERTY SALES.—Messrs. Barber and Son, auctioneers, Wellington, conducted some valuable property sales at the Tontine Hotel on Tuesday. There was a very large and representative company. Mr. F. H. Potts, solicitor, who represented the vendors, having read the conditions of sale, Mr. Arthur Barber solicited bids for the old-established inn, called the "Half Moon," situate at Jackfield, now occupied by Mr. George Stephens. The occupier commenced the bidding at £500, but the property was subsequently knocked down to Mr. Garbett, Union Brewery, Wellington, for £1,520, £920 more than the owners gave for it. Lot 2, consisting of three dwelling-houses, was withdrawn at £260. Lot 3, two good dwelling-houses, was purchased by Mr. A., H. Thorn at £145. Lot 4, consisting of three well-built dwelling-houses, was withdrawn at £150.-After Mr. A. H. Thorn, solicitor, Iron-Bridge, had read out the conditions of the next sale, which consisted of three messuages situated at Broseley, Mr. Barber asked for bids, but there was no offer, and the lot was withdrawn.


OUTING.— The children, teachers, and choir connected with the Primitive Methodist Chapel had an enjoyable trip to Stretton Westwood on Monday, the party being conveyed in brakes and waggonettes to their destination.

COALBROOKDALE BRASS BAND.—This excellent band visited Broseley on Saturday, and played a fine selection of music in good style. Bandmaster George Beardshaw conducted in his usual efficient manner.

SCHOLASTIC.—Mrs. Rogers, head mistress of St. John's Baptist Girls' School, Kidderminster, and fomerly pupil teacher (Lucy Wall) at the National Schools, has gained with honours the degree of LL.A. of St. Andrew's University.

SCHOOL TREAT.—On Tuesday, the scholars of the Congregational Sunday School had their annual treat, at Benthall Edge. An excellent tea was provided by Mr. Aquila Evans, and after full justice had been done to it, the time was fully occupied in viewing the beautiful scenery, and engaging in all sorts of amusements.

MINING FATALITY.—On Saturday, Mr. R. E. Clarke opened an inquiry at the Clarendon Hotel, Shrewsbury, concerning the death of Alfred Bayley, aged 50, married, who died in the Infirmary in consequence of injuries sustained while at work in a coal pit at Broseley.—The inquest was adjourned until Monday to enable the Government Inspector of Mines for the district to attend, when a verdict of "Accidental death" was returned.

PUBLIC TEA.—At the Congregational Chapel, a public tea was held on Monday, the attendance however, being rather poor. Mr. Aquila Evans's catering gave every satisfaction. After tea, an entertainment took place in the chapel, a fair audience being present to listen to the excellent programme of music rendered by the choir, both individually and collectively, the whole reflecting the greatest credit upon the training of the choirmaster (Mr. Aquila Evans). Miss Bunnagar sympathetically accompanied on the pianoforte.

SPECIAL SERMONS.—On Sunday, two excellent sermons ware preached in Broseley Parish Church by the Rev. J. A. Panter, M.A. (vicar of St. George's), which were listened to with rapt attention by the large congregation present. The services were full choral, and admirably rendered by the choir. Mr. Theo. Watkis presided at the organ. Collections were taken at the services to defray the debt on the National School buildings.

FUNERAL OF AN ODDFELLOW.—On Sunday afternoon the remains of the late Alfred Bagley, of Innocent Alley, Church Street, Broseley, whose death occurred in Shrewsbury Infirmary on the 6th inst. (from the effects of an accident in a coalpit at Caughley on the 31st ult.) were interred in Broseley Cemetery. The service was performed in a very impressive manner by the Rev. J. Marsden Edwards, M.A. (rector of Jack-field). The deceased was in his 51st year, and had been a member of the "Rose of Sharon" Lodge of Oddfellows 30 years or more, and being of a quiet and unobtrusive disposition he was greatly respected by his fellow members (21 attending the funeral attired in the usual regalia of the order) and all with whom he came in contact. Mr. W. Barnet, P.P.G.M., read the address prescribed by the Order at the grave. There was a large concourse of spectators to witness the solemn obsequies at the cemetery. As deceased had been a bellringer at All Saints' Church for some years the bells were muffled during the day.

PRESENTATION.—On Thursday, Mr. G. H. Maw was presented with an emblem of the A.O.F. by the members of Court "Rose of the Green" on the occasion of his marriage. Mr. G. Hurdley occupied the chair, and called upon Mr. Aquila Evans to make the presentation.—Mr. Evans said it was with great pleasure that he conveyed to Mr. Maw the hearty congratulations of the brethren on his marriage, and asked his acceptance of an emblem of the order. Mr. Maw was one of a family which had done much good in the neighbourhood. Some of them could look back nearly half-a-century, and remember what seemed to them a new industry being introduced into this district by his late respected grandfather, and continued by his enterprising and ever diligent sons; and to-day they looked upon the results of these efforts, not only with satisfaction, but with gratitude, seeing that it had found employment for many, and benefited most in the neighbourhood. He was only expressing the sentiment of all the brethren when he wished Mr. and Mrs. Maw long life and happiness.—Mr. Maw briefly responded, thanking the members very much for the beautiful emblem of the order they had presented to him. He was sure that when Mrs. Maw saw it, she would be very pleased. With regard to what Mr. Evans had said about the works at Jackfield, it was the cooperation of employer and employees that was the secret of their success.

21st August 1897


HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY.—As will be seen by advertisement, this society will hold their annual show on Wednesday and Thursday next, when special attractions are announced. Providing the elements are satisfactory, the undertaking will again prove a success.

SERIOUS ACCIDENT.—On Monday, a serious accident occurred to a young man named James Smith, youngest son of Mr. J. D. Smith, King's Head Inn, King Street, Broseley. He was proceeding down Barratt's Hill with a horse and cart loaded with timber, when from some unexplained cause the horse took fright, and in attempting to stop the animal the young man was knocked down, receiving severe injuries to his head, &c. He is under the care of Messrs. Collins and Boone.


Before Councillor T. Cooke (mayor), Alderman A. B. Dyas, Messrs W. G. Norris and F. R. Smith.

BREACH OF THE MUZZLING ORDER.—For this offence the following were summoned:—Joseph Barnett, Broseley, by Police-constable Roberts, fined 1s. and costs ; Wm. James Carter, Iron-Bridge, by Police-constable Evans, 1s. and costs; Elizabeth Bartley, Madeley, by Police-constable Evenson, 1s. and costs; John Jenks, chemist, Iron-Bridge, by Police-constable Evans, 1s. and costs; William Humphreys, Iron-Bridge, by Sergeant Hamlett, 1s. and costs.


28th August 1897


This exhibition was held in Broseley National Schoolroom on Wednesday and Thursday last. Broseley is a name associated with smoke—not merely in the sense that it is famous for the production of a favourite medium of enjoying the narcotic weed, but from the fact that its busy manufactories constantly emit their Stygian fumes, in evidence of the abiding prosperity of the place. Therefore it must have been not only a revelation but a delicious experience to non-residential visitors to the two-days' exhibition to find that in a locality which is so often bedimmed with sooty exhalations, and whose soil was once so barren, to find that amid all this a splendid vision of fruit and flowers could be gathered from its gardens. The Schoolroom, despite unfavourable surroundings, is admirably adapted for horticultural display, and had been beautifully decorated by skilful and willing workers. On Wednesday and Thursday it looked truly charming; while as to the competitive products seen within its walls, it was a matter of general surprise that the district had been made to blossom with such brilliant abundance and give such proof of its full fruition. Some of the individual exhibits which formed the component parts of one really magnificent whole, deserved more than passing notice. Taking them in the order in which they appeared, it is questionable whether at any show in Shropshire finer vegetables could be seen. In class 24, where tasteful arrangement played a prominent part, the quality was of the highest order, and the premier winner is certainly a master of the cultivator's craft. In the smaller classes potatoes and onions were particularly fine, though vegetables were not much inferior. The fruit in the cottagers' classes can hardly be spoken of in the same commendatory terms, but one successful dish of plums looked very tempting. In the floral section dahlias were the chief attraction, and there was a fair display of plants in pots, carnations, asters, and pansies. In the amateur classes the same all-round excellence was noticeable among the vegetables, the tomatoes being splendid specimens of their species. The bouquets of cut flowers included one very superior exhibit, greatly surpassing all the rest. One especial desire of the committee is to stimulate a taste for the collection and arrangement of wild flowers, and they must have been encouraged by the response. There were a number of entries, and several extra prizes were awarded. The only real rivalry, however, was between the winners of the first and second prizes. Each was different in design and had distinctive merits, but the first had the advantage of novelty, a richer collection of material, and more artistic disposal of the various vernal and floral fragments. It was only to be expected that in the open classes lovely exhibits would be sent, and these greatly contributed to the general beauty of the scene, as did also the plants and flowers, not for competition, shown by Lord Forester, Mr. W. Thomas (florist, Iron-Bridge), and Messrs. John Williams and Sons, Broseley. The show of honey was better than any yet seen at Broseley, the “trophies" being admirably set up. Plants for decorative purposes were sent by Miss Nicholas and Mr. Broadhurst, and these and other embellishments were splendidly utilised by Mr. Martin, the Misses Burnet, Mrs. Wiggins, Mrs. Lloyd, the Misses Dixon, the Misses Oakes, Miss Lloyd, and Miss Jones. The judges were Mr. Canning (Aldenham Park), Mr. Parr (Apley Park), Mr Crawford (Severn House) and, Mr. T. R. Horton (Harley Towers). Lord Forester is president of the society, and Mr. E. B. Potts vice-president. Mr. G. H. Maw is treasurer. The committee are—Rev. G. F. Lamb, Rev. W. H. Wayne, Messrs. F. H. Potts, G. H. Maw, Dr. Tailer, Dr. Collins, Messrs. B. Suart, E. W. Shorting, W. Allen, R. Bateman, E. G. Exley, J. A. Exley, T. Norton, E. Oakes, E. K. Thompson, R. A. Instone, F. Martin, J. Penson, J. Dixon, E. Davies, A. C. Downes, T. Beard, T. Howells, T. Jones, Thos. Challoner, Robt. Griffiths, S. Davis. The society still has the advantage of the secretarial services of Messrs. P. Scott and A. E. Wiggins. On both days the Coalbrookdale Band (conducted by Sergeant Beardshaw) played for dancing. The following was the prize list :


Potatoes (six varieties)—1 William Gittings, 2 R. Griffiths, 3 George Pearce, 4 William Humphries.

Potatoes (early or second early kidneys)—1 William Gittings, 2 Richard Downes, 3 William Humphries.

Potatoes (early or second round)—1 William Harper, 2 William Gittings, 3 Fred Downes.

Potatoes (late, round)—1 William Humphries, 2 William Gittings, 3 George Pearce.

Potatoes (late kidneys)—1 William Gittings, 2 George Pearce, 3 William Humphries.

Onions (tripoli)—1 John Seabury, 2 Jas. Lowe, 3 W. Shaw.

Onions (spring, outdoor)—1 John Taylor, 2 John Seabury, 3 James Lowe.

Onions (spring, under glass)—1 William Harper, 2 Robert Griffiths, 3 John Taylor.

Eschalots—1 W. Harper, 2 C. Meredith, 3 Mrs. Russell.

Carrots—1 Edwin Langford, 2 Rbt. Griffiths, 3 Wm. Shaw.

Scarlet runners—1 W. Shaw, 2 John Brown, 3 Owen Bate.

Dwarf beans- l John Taylor, 2 Owen Bates, 3 R. Taylor.

Broad beans—1 W. Harper, 2 Richard Harris, 3 R. Brazier.

Cabbage—1 R. Brazier, 2 John Seabury. 3 Owen Bates.

Red cabbage—1 W. Shaw, 2 Mrs. Russell, 3 W. Gittings.

Cauliflower—1 W. Gittings, 2 Owen Bates, 3 R. Griffiths.

Peas—1 Samuel Bowyer, 2 W. Gittings, 3 R. Griffiths.

Celery—1 W. Shaw, 2 George Pearce, 3 W. Gittings.

Parsnips—1 William Shaw, 2 Owen Bates, 3 James Rowe.

Turnips—1 James Rowe, 2 S. Lister, 3 Edwin Langford.

Beet root—1 Owen Bates, 2 E. Langford, 3 John Taylor.

Leeks—1 William Harper, 2 W. Shaw, 3 Owen Bates.

Collection of herbs—1 Mrs. Bowyer, 2 William Gittings, 3 Isaiah Minton.

Collection of vegetables—1 Owen Bates,2 William Shaw, 3 William Gittings.


Apples (table fruit)—1 Enos Hurdley, 2 George Howells.

Apples (baking)—1 Fred Downes, 2 Enos Hurdley, 3 Mrs, Russell.

Pears—1 Enos Hurdley, 2 George Davies, 3 Fred Powell.

Damsons—1 Richard Brazier, 2 Richard Downes.

Plums—1 Isaiah Minton, 2 Enos Hurdley, 3 E. Langford.

Currants—1 William Harper, 2 Samuel Bowyer.

Gooseberries—1 Humphry Harrington, 2 Samuel Lister.


Six plants (in pots)—1 Mrs. Russell, 2 Henry Baguley.

Three window plants—1 William Parker, 2 Mrs. Russell, 3 Henry Baguley.

Dahlias—1 Humphrey Harrington.

Roses—1 Mrs. Russell.

Carnations—1 Humphrey Harrington, 2 Mrs. Russell. Pansies—1 H. Harrington, 2 R. Griffiths.

Asters—1 H. Harrington, 2 George Pearce, 3 Mrs. Russell.


Cropped and cultivated garden—1 Wm. Gittings, 2 John Rowe, 3 Charles Meredith, 4 Robert Griffiths.

Ditto allotments—1 Owen Bate, 2 William Shaw, 3 George Pearce, 4 John Jones.

Crop of carrots—1 W. Gittings, 2 W. Shaw, 3 J. Rowe.

Parsnips—1 W. Gittings, 2 W. Shaw, 3 Charles Meredith.

Onions—1 William Shaw, 2 O. Bates, 3 J. Rowe.


Three largest and best potatoes, one variety (prize given by Mr. George Stevens)—1 W. Harper, 2 W. Humphries.

Collection of vegetable (six varieties, prize given by Mr. W. Thomas, Iron-Bridge)—1 Owen Bates, 2 W. Gittings, 3 James Rowe.


Potatoes (six varieties)—1 John Davies, 2 Thomas Instone, 3 J. Cooper.

Collection of gourds or marrows—1 Henry Broadhurst.

Tomatoes—1 H. Broadhurst, 2 J. E. Davies, 3 J. Cooper.

Cucumbers—1 J. Cooper, 2 H. Broadhurst.

Onions (spring, out-door sown)—1 Wm. Francis, 2 J. E. Davies, 3 H. Broadhurst.

Onions (spring, under glass)—1 J. E. Davies, 2 H. Broadhurst.

Carrots—1 J. H. Davies, 2 T. Instone, 3 H. Broadhurst.

Celery—1 E. K. Thompson, 2 J. E. Davies, 3 H. Broadhurst.

Peas—1 E. K. Thompson, 2 J. Cooper, 3 H. Broadhurst.

Scarlet runners—1 Stephen Hill, 2 H. Broadhurst, 3 Thomas Instone.

Parsnips—1 J. E. Davies, 2 Win. Francis, 3 H. Broadhurst.

Apples—1 H. Broadhurst, 2 T. Instone, 3 A. E. Wiggins.

Pears—1 A. E. Wiggins, 2 H. Broadhurst, 3 Edward Oakes. Plums—2 J. B. Davies.

Dahlias—1 J. E. Davies, 2 H. Broadhurst.

Asters—1 J. E. Davies, 2 H. Broadhurst, 3 A. E. Wiggins.

Pansies—1 H. Broadhurst.

Bouquet of cut flowers, arranged by young ladies of the district—1 Annie Bagley, 2 Elsie Jones, 3 Lizzie Brazier.

Cut wild flowers (by children under 16 years of age)—1 Jessie Scott, 2 Lizzie Brazier, 3 Elizabeth Challenor, extras L. Beddow, Fred. Boden, and Lizzie Dodd.


To subscribers of an eight-mile radius from Broseley. Collection of vegetables—1 E. W. Shorting, 2 Miss M. A. Nicholas, 3 Colonel Wayne.

Potatoes—1 E. W. Shorting, 2 Colonel Wayne, 3 Miss J. J. Thorn.

Cauliflowers—1 E. W. Shorting.

Dahlias—1 E. W. Shorting, 2 Colonel Wayne.

Asters—1 Miss J. J. Thorn, 2 E. W. Shorting, 3 Mrs. Potts.

Pansies -1 E. W. Shorting, 2 Miss J. J. Thorn, 3 Colonel Wayne.

Carnations or picotees—1 Miss J.J. Thorn, 2 E.W. Shorting.

Roses—1 E. W. Shorting, 2 Mrs, Potts, 3 Miss J. J. Thorn.

Ferns (in pots)—1 E. B. Potts, 2 Miss M. A. Nicholas, 3 Miss J. A. Nicholas.

Marigolds—1 E. W. Shorting, 2 Miss J. J. Thorn, 3 Colonel Wayne.

Tomatoes—1 Mrs. Potts, 2 Colonel Wayne, 3 Miss M. A. Nicholas.

Sweet peas—1 Colonel Wayne, 2 E. W. Shorting, 3 Mrs. Potts.

Plants (in pots, in bloom)—1 Mrs. Potts, 2 Colonel Wayne.

Fruit (for table)—1 Mrs. Potts, 2 E. W. Shorting, 3 Miss Nicholas.

Cut flowers—1 E. B. Potts, 2E. W. Shorting, 3 Miss J. J. Thorn.

Collection of 12 hardy and half-hardy annuals (given by Mr. W. Thomas)—1 Colonel H. Wayne, 2 E. W. Shorting, 3 W. Gittings.


Best exhibit of honey—1 Peter Scott, 2 Edward Oakes, 3 Geo. Fisher.

Run honey—1 Peter Scott, 2 E. Oakes, 3 G. Fisher. Comb honey—1 P. Scott, 2 E. Oakes, 3 G. Fisher. Cake of beeswax—1 G. Fisher, 2 E. Oakes, 3 P. Scott.

Cottagers in the district.

61b. run honey—1 Mrs. P. Scott, sen., 2 Richard Penny, 3 Emily Fisher.

11b. run honey—1 Mrs. P. Scott, sen., 2 E. Fisher, 3 E. Scott.

Six 1b. sections comb honey—1 E. Scott, 2 E. Fisher, 3 G. Pearce.

One 11b. section comb honey—1 E. Scott, 2 G. Pearce, 3 E. Fisher.

Exhibit of not less than 24lbs. of honey in comb and run honey—1 F. Fisher, 2 F. Powell, 3 G. Pearce.

Cake of beeswax—1 E. Fisher, 2 F. Powell.


Undoubtedly the attraction at the flower show this year was the cycle parade, which was held on the first evening of the show, and witnessed by thousands of people, and the new departure of the society evidently proved an immense success. Prizes were given for the best turn-out and decorated machine. Just after six o'clock in the evening the cyclists met in Mr. Beard's field, and were adjudicated by Mr. J. Maw and Miss Maw (Severn House, Iron-Bridge), after Mr. Smitheman had photographed the group. The prize-winners were

For lady's best decorated machine—1 Miss Martin (Broseley), 2 Miss Thompson (Broseley).

For lady's best fancy costume—1 Miss Rogers (Willey), 2 Miss Oakes (Broseley).

For gentleman's decorated machine—1 Donald Downes (Broseley), 2 C. Kyte (Symthies).

For gentleman's fancy costume—1 Mr. J. Watkins (Broseley), 2 Mr. E. Instone (Broseley).

Extra prize, given by Mr. Maw for costume—Mr. A. Burnett. The contestants were Mr. J. Davies (Spaniard), Miss Thompson (Hurdy Gurdy Girl) Mr. A. Burnett (Knight of Old), Mr. A. Preston (Scotchman), Mr. D. Downes (Nigger), Mr. C. Roden (Toreador), Mr. F. Francis (Spanish Matadore), Mr. E. Tudor (Sailor), Mr. T. Francis (the Devil), Mr. C. Davies (Clown), Mr. F. A. Oakes (Jester), Mr. J. Watkins (Indian Chief), Lamb (Wandering Minstrel), Miss Rogers (Spaniard), Miss Oakes (Esmeralde), B. Oakes (Prince), Miss E. Burnett and Miss E. Oakes (Esmeralda's Girls), Mr. George Moore (Spanish Nobleman), Mr. J. Davies (Falstaff), Mr. A. Preston (Gentleman), Mr. J. Gibbs (Clown), Mr. W. Instone (Girl), Miss Martin (the Gleaner). Mr. E. Instone (Beefeater), Messrs. J. H. and E. W. Jones (Robin Hood and Friar Tuck), Mr. C. Warner (Jester), Mr. H. Davies (Charles III), Mr. C. R. Kyte (Boy in Elite), Miss M. Farmer (Gipsy), Mr. J. McCoy (Soldier), Mr. A. Robertson (Turk).

The above formed in procession, and, headed by the Iron-Bridge Volunteer Band, paraded the town, the rear of the procession being brought up by 12 water barrels, on which was placarded—"Broseley Water Supply—Highly Commended." This in itself was provocative of much laughter. The arrangements of the parade were satisfactorily carried out by Messrs. W. Francis and G. J. Ledger (hon. secs.).

Dancing was indulged in on the Green till midnight. The decorations were under the charge of Mr. Martin, assisted by Mrs. Martin, Mrs. Wiggins, Mrs. Lloyd, the Misses Burnet, the Misses Oakes, the Misses Jones, and a host of lady and gentlemen assistants.

28th August 1897


WAKE.—This wake was held this week, but was nothing to be compared with the days of yore.


OPEN-AIR MISSION.—On Sunday afternoon, the last meeting (in connection with this mission) for the present season was held at the top of the New Road, when the Rev. A. Shinn (pastor of Birch Meadow Baptist Church) delivered an earnest and practical address. There was a fair attendance.

BALL.—On Thursday night, at the Town Hall, a fancy dress ball was held, and was well attended, the arrangements being successfully carried out by the promoters, Messrs. A. Burnett, C. Roden, and F. Francis. The music was supplied by Mr. J. Ellis, Madeley. Dancing was kept up till two o'clock the following morning.

BAPTISM BY IMMERSION.—On Sunday evening, the ordinance of believers' baptism was administered at Birch Meadow Baptist Chapel by the Rev. A. Shinn (pastor). The candidate was a young lady of the congregation, whose ancestors (on the mother's side) had done much for the Church and school. The late revered pastor (Rev. T. Jones) writing in "Footprints" (a history of the Birch Meadow Sunday School) says—"Never had the staff been without one or more of the line." There was a good congregation. Appropriate hymns were sung, and Mrs. Shinn efficiently presided at the harmonium.


4th September 1897


THE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY'S SHOW, held last week, was most encouraging, the takings for both days exceeding any previous year, and the committee are to be congratulated that their jubilee show proved such a success. Mr. and Mrs. George Hornby Maw kindly visited the show on the last evening and distributed the prizes to the successful exhibitors.

BURIAL BOARD, Wednesday.—Alderman G. H. Maw presided over a full meeting.—The Clerk (Mr. Godfrey Cooper) stated that the list of fees for the last quarter amounted to £8 12s. 2d., and the balance in hand that day was £17 14s. 11d., and the bills for payment amounted to £17 15s. 11d., consequently they would have to overdraw their banking account to the amount of 7d. (Laughter.)—It was decided to pay the bills and overdraw the account.—The Clerk read the following letter received from the Local Government Board:—"I am directed by the Local Government Board to acknowledge the receipt of your letter on the 29th ult., with reference to the application of the Town Council of Wenlock for sanction to borrow £500 for the Broseley Cemetery, and to state that before deciding upon this application, the Board will direct a local inquiry to he held on the subject by one of their inspectors. The inquiry will take place as soon as the other engagements of the inspectors will permit, and due notice of it will be given."—The Clerk was of opinion that the two inquiries would probably be held the same day: he had sent up both cases.


Alderman G. H. Maw presided. There were also present—Alderman J. A. Exley, Councillors D. L. Prestage, P. Jones, W. E. Southorn, E. G. Exley, and R. A. Instone, with Messrs. Godfrey Cooper (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), and N. T. Hartshorne (collector).

DEFAULTERS TO BE SUMMONED.—The Collector produced a list of rate defaulters, and he was instructed to issue summonses against them if the rate was not paid within seven days.

FINANCE.—The Clerk said the sum collected since the last meeting was £28 8s. 6d. A cheque for £40 was signed for the surveyor with the object of paying bills and meeting current expenses.

THE BROSELEY WATER SUPPLY.—The Clerk said the analysis of the Posenhall water had been received from Mr. Blunt, who pronounced it "an excellent drinking water."—A letter was read from the engineer (Mr. Wyatt) to the effect that now the drain had been connected and extended the yield had increased from 17,000 gallons per day to 20,000, and he was of opinion that further extension would procure a, further increase. He however suggested that the matter should at present stand over. — Councillor Exley having informed the meeting of a seam of coal being on the land where they intended to obtain the water supply, a lengthy discussion ensued, and it was eventually decided that a deputation should wait on Lord Forester regarding the matter, and to ascertain if the water failed at Posenhall if they should be allowed to take the Willey water The deputation receive instructions to report result of the inquiry at the next meeting.

OUTBREAK OF SCARLET FEVER.—The Inspector reported that there was an outbreak of scarlet fever in the town. There were eight cases in five houses. The schools, be said, would be closed for a fortnight.

THE MEDICAL OFFICERSHIP.— The question now arose as to the appointment of a medical officer of health.—The Clerk mid the Mayor would call a special meeting if required.—Councillor Prestage asked if they could not appoint a local medical officer for the time being.—The Clerk replied in the negative.—The Inspector remarked that there were two cases of diphtheria at Iron-Bridge, and one was fatal.—The Chairman was of opinion they should have some medical advice, adding that it was better to be too careful than not careful enough.—The Clerk remarked they could only appoint a medical officer of health for six weeks for the whole borough.—The Chairman proposed that the Mayor be asked to call a special meeting of the Council for the purpose of appointing a medical officer of health.—Councillor Prestage seconded the motion, which was carried.

LIGHTING—The Broseley Gas Company's tender for supplying the lamps with gas was accepted, there being no other alternative.


A BROSELEY MAN IN TROUBLE.—At the Police Court, on Wednesday, before Mr. W. G. Norris, John Tench (22), who travelled for Mr. Rowland Smitheman, pipe manufacturer, Broseley, was brought up in custody, charged with embezzling £2 13s. in June last, belonging to his employer.—Mr. Smitheman stated that prisoner was in his employ, and his duty was to canvas and collect accounts, and forward them every day. Witness always sent invoices to his customers as well as advices; but prisoner called on two customers at Leominster, and received the above money without orders. He subsequently took out a warrant for his arrest. Police-constable Lee said he arrested prisoner at Aston, Birmingham, when he said, "It cannot be helped now —I shall have to go and do it."—Prisoner: I shall have several explanations to make at the next meeting.—Mr. Norris: You will be remanded till next Tuesday. — Prisoner: I ask for bail.—Sergeant Darbyshire: I oppose it. Prisoner has given us enough trouble.—Mr. Smitheman: His mother told me if a farthing would save him she would not pay it.—Prisoner was remanded in custody.



Before Messrs. T. Cooke (mayor), H. Wayne, W. G. Norris, R. E. Anstice, F. Rawdon Smith, and E. L. Squire.

The Mayor did not sit during the hearing of the licensing business.

THE LICENSES—Superintendent Walters reported:—”For the licensing year ended August 31 I beg to report that three license holders have been proceeded against and convicted; one for selling diluted spirits and two for permitting drunkenness on their premises. Notices of objections to the renewal of the licenses to the following houses have been served by me, viz, Elephant and Castle Inn, Broseley, Charles Rigby, the then licensed holder, on March 30th was convicted and fined and license endorsed for permitting drunkenness; the Bridge Inn, Coalport, when the present landlord, Thomas Morris, was in June last fined and license endorsed for permitting drunkenness. On December 8, 1896, an application was made to transfer the license of the Lloyd Head Inn, Jackfield, but was refused on the ground that the licensed house was not required. A similar application was again made on May 11th, 1897, and refused on the same grounds as previously; consequently the house is closed, and is no longer a licensed house. The licensed houses in the borough now number—public-houses 66 and beerhouses 37, and the wine and spirit licenses (grocers') 9. The prosecutions for drunkenness, &c daring the year have been 120, viz., 111 males and 9 females. Of these 110 males and 9 females were convicted. During the preceding year 113 persons were proceeded against and 111 convicted; the average number of prosecutions for this class of offence for the last five years was 131."

LICENSES OBJECTED TO.— Superintendent Walters objected to the renewal of the Elephant and Castle (Broseley) license on two grounds; first, because the house was not properly conducted, and second because it was not needed in the neighbourhood.—Mr. F. Haslewood appeared to apply for the renewal of the license.—Sergeant Darbyshire was called, and said on 30th March, the then tenant was fined for permitting drunkenness. In Broseley there were 18 licensed houses to a population of 2,400 persons, being an average of one house to every 133 persons. Within 60 yards of this house were four public houses, therefore that was the reason the house was not required.—Mr. Haslewood addressed the Bench, and the license was renewed.—In the ease of the Bridge Inn, Coalport, Superintendent Walters made three objections—first, the house was not required; second, because the tenant had been convicted; and, thirdly, that the tenant was not a fitting person (through his age, which is over 80) to hold a license.—Acting-Sergeant Bowen gave evidence, and Mr. Haslewood addressed the Bench, and admitted the three objections, but said his client had arranged at the next licensing meeting to ask the magistrates to transfer the license to the niece, who had been a holder of a license, and who was a most fitting person. He applied on her behalf for a temporary license— The temporary transfer to Mary Ann Oswell was granted, and the question of the renewal of the license was adjourned until the adjourned licensing meeting.


11th September 1897



Before Messrs. W. G. Norris (chairman) and F. R. Smith. A BROSELEY MAN SENT TO GAOL.—John Tench, 21, traveller, Broseley, was brought up on remand charged with embezzling £2 10s., the money of his employer, Rowland Smitheman, pipe manufacturer, Broseley, in June last. Mr. R. F. Haslewood (Bridgnorth) prosecuted. Rowland Smitheman stated that on the 17th of March, this year, prisoner entered his service as commercial traveller and agent, and signed an agreement to that effect to solicit orders and receive accounts. When he went his journeys he always gave prisoner a statement showing what accounts required collecting. The statement produced was the one he gave him for his May and June journey, on which there was no account nor statement for £1 6s. from E. J. Pritchard and A. W. Grubb respectively, because they were not due, although owing. Witness said he was allowed if necessary to keep the sum of 10s. out of his wages, and no more. He paid no money between May 27 and June 4, and the letter produced, dated June 3, he received from the prisoner whilst at Leominster asking for an advance of 10s. on his salary. Witness said he had never received £1 6s. 6d. paid by A. W. Grubb, nor the same amount paid by Pritchard on June 1st, in fact he did not know the bill had been paid until he had sent in the account again. He had no authority to ask for accounts which were not entered in the statement. On receiving a letter from Pritchard he ordered prisoner home from Hereford, and when he came he produced several statements, and on one was marked "collected £4 4s.," which was correct, but there was no account of any money received on June 1st and 3rd. Witness also found prisoner had received money (8s.) from a customer at Bewdley, and subsequently cautioned him. He promised to be more careful in the future. On June 28th he received a postcard from prisoner, which was the last communication he had from him until he was in the hands of the police, arrested under a warrant issued by him. He could not find out where he was, although he had made many inquiries, Witness believed he had taken about £17 or £18 belonging to him. His Average earnings were about 30s. a week.—Cross-examined by prisoner: He had had two or three travellers before he commenced the journey, who left because they acted similar to himself.—Ellen Gertrude Pritchard said she lived at the Duke's Arms, Leominster, and received the account £1 6s. 6d. for goods supplied from the prosecutor, which was the first dealing she had had with him. She remembered prisoner calling on her on June 1st, and mentioned about payment of the account, when she replied that it was rather early for his round. She, however, went and found the bill and paid him. Arthur William Grubb, landlord of the Elephant and Castle, Leominster, said he also received an account, £1 6s. 6d., from Mr. Smitheman for goods supplied. He remembered Tench calling on him on June 3rd, when he asked if he had the account handy. He fetched it and paid him.—Police-constable Lee said that acting under the instructions of Sergeant Darbyshire he received prisoner from the Aston police, where he was awaiting his arrival. Having read the warrant to him, prisoner said, "It cannot be helped now; I shall have to go and do it." He asked witness what he thought he should get, and added that he told Mr. Smitheman he was behind at Christmas, and he believed it was about £12-Prisoner pleaded guilty, and made a statement to the effect that his salary was not sufficient and that many a day he had to go without dinner. Sometimes a bed and breakfast cost him 4s., and then he had to pay for his washing. He hoped they would forgive him this time, and he would endeavour to meet Mr. Smitheman half way.—Mr. Haslewood remarked that since prisoner had absconded they daily received accounts which had been paid, which amounted to £17 14s. 6d., adding that there might be more yet.—Prisoner was sentenced to two months' imprisonment, with hard labour.


11th September 1897


WAKES.— These wakes were recognised here this week by several of the publicans holding teas and suppers, and in some cases the customers were recipients of plates laden with cold meat, which of course were thankfully received.

THE CHURCH.—On Sunday, at three o'clock, a children's flower service was held. There was a good number of flowers. Before the presentation the Rector gave an address. The flowers were sent to the Salop Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. The offertory was given to the same institution.

SAVED FROM DROWNING.— Ernest Ball, son of the landlord of the Tumbling Sailors, had a narrow escape of being drowned on Saturday. He foolishly went in the River Severn, which at present is very high, after a football. The current he found was too strong, and with great rapidity he was carried down the Severn. After he had gone about 500 yards he was bravely rescued by Mr. Harry Hancock, who received valuable assistance from Mr. W. Shinn, and their kind action evidently saved the lad from drowning.




At the Tontine Hotel, Iron-Bridge, on MONDAY, the 27th day of September, 1897, at Six o'clock in the evening, in the following or such other Lots as may be agreed upon at the Time of Sale, and subject to Conditions of Sale incorporating the Common Form Condi-tions of Sale of the Shropshire Law Society :
LOT 1.—ALL that excellent Old-Established INN, called "THE CROSS KEYS." situate at Broseley, now in the occupation of Mr. Joseph Barratt, together with the useful and necessary Outbuildings and Gardens thereto belonging.
LOT 2.-Also all that COTTAGE, nearly adjoining the above-mentioned Lot, formerly in the occupation of A. Hill, but now void.
LOT 3.-All that Old-established and Fully Licensed INN called "THE QUEEN'S HEAD," situate in High Street, Iron-Bridge, now in the occupation of Elizabeth Lloyd.
And also Two DWELLING-HOUSES adjoin-ing, together with the Outbuildings and Gardens thereto, and now in the respective occupations of Sarah Simmonds and John Haines.
The above-named Inns are well situate and adapted for business, and are in good condi-tion, forming a very desirable trade invest-ment.
The respective Tenants will show the premises, further particulars of which may be obtained from the Auctioneers, Wellington, Salop; or from Messrs. POTTs & Porrs, Solici-tors, Broseley.
18th September 1897


FUNERAL.—The funeral of the late Mr. Thos. Shaw, farmer, took place on Tuesday, at the Parish Church. Deceased was highly respected, and was some years ago one of Broseley's best cricketers. There was a large attendance of sorrowing friends at the funeral, which was conducted by the Rev. J. W. Johnson (vicar).


DEATH OF MRS. JOSEPH GARBETT.—At midnight on Tuesday, there passed away the wife of Mr. Joseph Garbett, house decorator, &c., of Duke Street, after a lingering and distressing illness. The deceased leaves a family of four children, for whom and the bereaved husband much sympathy is felt.

PRESENTATION.—A very pleasing incident took place on Monday, at the works of Messrs. Gibbons, Hinton,& Co., tile manufacturers, Brockmoor, Brierley Hill, when Mr. Owen Gibbons presented Mr. E. C.



Present—Mr. W, G. Norris (chairman), Colonel Wayne, Messrs. W. Y. Owen, T. Weaver, A. Rhodes, E. Gough, E. G. Exley, H. Norgrove, J. Daves, T. Jones, G. Lloyd, W. F. Bryan, C. Edwards, E. Fletcher, T. Hopley, together with H. Boycott (clerk), G. Watson (master), J. C. Mole and W. Edge (relieving officers).

VISITORS.—Messrs. J. Davies and J. Wilkinson were appointed visitors for the next fortnight.

MASTER'S REPORT.- The Master reported the number of inmates in the house were 96, as against 83 in the corresponding period of last year; vagrants admitted during the fortnight seven, as against one last year.—It was decided to remonstrate with George Pope (inmate), who disobeyed the master's instructions.

TO PREVENT WASTE.—In order to prevent the present waste of bread, it was resolved, on the suggestion of the Master, to alter the present mode of dealing out the bread. BELLS.—The Visitors recommended an erection of electric bells in the house, for the purpose of the inmates being in direct communication with the master.—Mr. Exley said the expense would be little.—The matter was referred to the House Committee.

RENOVATION.—On the application of the Master the Board decided to renovate the officers' rooms, and to advertise in the Journal for tenders.

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE OFFICER.—The Chairman said the School Attendance Committee had had before them the question of the attendance of children at school, which was not so good as it should be, and they resolved to recommend the Board to divide the district into two parishes, and appoint another attendance officer at l0s. a week. He said the question of attendance at school was generally becoming more pressing and serious. They had one officer who had a large area (25,000 acres) to go over with a population of 16,000 people, and in order to effect a better attendance the committee were of opinion that the district should he divided in two parts, although they were reluctant to involve additional expense to the union.—Colonel Wayne did not think one officer should have more money than the other.—Mr. Edwards said the question was whether the man they had got was doing his duty. He thought it would be too bad to saddle the ratepayers with another person. The present officer told him he generally began work at 8-30 in the morning and finished at 3-30, and surely that was not a day's work.-The Chairman: It is more than eight hours (Laughter).—Mr. Hopley: It is only seven-and-a-half.—Mr. Rhodes was of opinion that the parents should be served with notices instead of the officer going, to the house, because he knew they took no notice of him.—Mr. Weaver could not see why an alteration should be made after going on so long with one man. It was not long since he had an increase of salary.-Colonel Wayne was in favour of notices being issued.—The Chairman: I shall move that the committee's resolution be carried.—Mr. Davies: To test it, I will second it.—Mr. Weaver moved as an amendment that the matter be referred back to the committee with the view of considering the advisability of reducing the present officer's salary, and appointing two at 15s. per week.-Mr. Fletcher seconded.-Mr. Edwards: The officer told me we could not reduce his salary.—The Chairman: But we can give him notice.—Colonel Wayne: Why don't you try Mr. Rhodes's experiment by issuing notices.—Mr. Weaver: I will withdraw my motion in favour of that.—Mr. Rhodes here moved that they should try the experiment first, by issuing notices to the parents, warning them if they did not send their children to school they would he summoned.—Colonel Wayne seconded the amendment, which was carried by a large majority.

18th September 1897



The Town Council of the borough of Wenlock having applied to the Local Government Board for sanction to borrow £500 for the extension of the Broseley Cemetery, Mr. Herbert H. Law (inspector) held an inquiry into the matter on Tuesday, at the Town Hall. There were present—Councillors D. L. Prestage, P. Jones, R G. Exley, Messrs. Godfrey Cooper (town clerk), and G. Stevenson (surveyor).—In reply to the inspector, the Town Clerk stated that the Broseley Sanitary Committee constituted the Burial Board, and was financed by the committee. The population of the district at the last census was 4,033, and was stationary. The annual assessable value was £3,529, and the outstanding loans for the division were £2,222, and the amount of loan they asked for a period of 30 years was £500. Broseley Cemetery Board, the Clerk added, was formed in 1835 under the Towns Act, 1879; and after the land had been purchased and the loan obtained it was decided to divide the cemetery into two portions, consecrated and unconsecrated, the area being practically equally divided. The burials in the consecrated portion were far in excess of those of the unconsecrated, viz., consecrated 580, and unconsecrated 98. Thus it became necessary for the Board to take steps to obtain extra land, the first idea to fill up the unconsecrated ground being refused by the Home Sectretary. The Board decided to purchase an acre of land adjoining the Cemetery at the price of £125. The position of the cemetery was in a good situation.—Mr. Stevenson said there had been three trial holes dug in the new piece of land to the extent of eight feet, but below seven feet there was water. The soil was clay down to 18 inches, the rest being sand; the soil on the existing site must be similar, There was no water supply.—The Inspector: What do you do at present? —The Surveyor: We depend on a few pumps and springs, but the springs are nowhere near the cemetery.— The Town Clerk intimated that the plans of the water scheme were now before the Local Government Board, —The Inspector: Is any portion of the proposed site to be consecrated ?—The Clerk: All.—The Inspector: Will they build a chapel upon it ?—The Clerk: That has not been discussed.—In reply to the inspector, the Surveyor observed that the death-rate was below the average, and that the whole work was new.- The officer then produced a plan of the ground, showing that the boundary wall would be built eight feet high, at a cost of £125 11s., and that removing the grass, levelling, drainage, &e., would cost £114 9s. The Surveyor added that he was not a salaried officer of the Burial Board, although it was invested in the Corporation; but the Clerk stated that he received a distinct salary for both.—In reply to the inspector, the Surveyor said he did not give up his whole time to the Corporation, and was allowed to take private practice. —Councillor Prestage said as members of the Council they supported the application, which they found was necessary. He moved that a vote of thanks be given to Mr. Law for the courteous manner in which he had con-ducted the inquiry.—Councillor Exley seconded.—The motion was carried, and the inspector replied that he would hasten the matter on.—The inquiry closed, and a visit was made to the proposed site.


ACCIDENT. — On Thursday, a serious accident occurred to a youth named John Lloyd, residing at The Green, Madeley Wood, one of the employees of Messrs. Craven, Dunnill, & Co., Ltd. It appears that he was running, when he accidentally fell down with his leg under him, resulting in a broken limb.

HARVEST FESTIVAL.—The Wesleyans celebrated their harvest festival on Sunday, when special sermons were delivered by Mr. J. Money (Madeley Wood), and on the following evening a suitable lecture was given by Mr. J. Gilpin (Iron-Bridge), entitled "The fruit garden, the kitchen garden, and the farmer's field." During the services harvest hymns were rendered by the choir, Mr. J. Poole presiding at the organ. The little building was prettily decorated by Mrs. Mullard, Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. Burns, Mrs. Lloyd, Mrs. T. Poole, Mrs. Jones, Misses Alice and Ada Cleobury, Miss Lily Harper, Miss Burns, Miss Maiden, and Miss Cleobury; also Messrs. T. Cleobury, J. Burns, sen. and jun., W. Mullard, A. Jones, J. Bowen, and T. Wylde. The congregations were large, and the collections were in aid of a new platform for the Sunday school.

HARVEST FESTIVAL.—The harvest festival was held at St. Mary's Church on Thursday evening, when an excellent sermon was preached by the Rev. Thomas Owen, vicar of Christ Church, Wellington. The Rev. Marsden Edwards (rector) and the Rev. G. F. Lamb (Broseley) also took part in the service, which was fully choral. The anthem, "Be joyful in God, all ye lands," was beautifully rendered by the choir, who also sang with credit Langdon Colbourne's Te Deum, and as the people were leaving the sacred edifice, Mr. J. W. Shingler (organist) played the "Hallelujah Chorus." The congregation was large; the offertory, amounting to £2 13s., was in aid of the S.P.G. Missionary Society. The church was beautifully embellished by the following ladies:—Altar and vases, Mrs. Edwards and Miss Green; altar rails and choir stalls, Miss Stephan and Mrs. A. Potter; lectern, Miss M. Jones (The Rock); pulpit, Miss Ada Jones (Calcutts); font, Miss Sanders; windows, Miss Green, Miss Harrington, and several others.


25th September 1897


PERSONS willing to CONTRACT for the supply of any of the undermentioned ARTICLES, from the 29th day of September instant, to the 25th day of December next, are requested to send sealed Tenders "To the Clerk of the Guardians of the Madeley Union, at the Workhouse, The Beeches, Iron-Bridge," free of expense, on or before Thursday, the 30th day of September instant, at eight o'clock in the evening. viz.:—Beef, Beds and Stenches, free from bone; Mutton (sides, for workhouse); Beef Suet; Joints for officers—at per lb.; Beef and Mutton, for out-relief in the separate districts of Madeley, Broseley, Dawley, and Much Wenlock—at per lb.; Bread for the same districts—at per lb.: good Seconds Flour—at per bushel.

The Flour and Bread to be delivered at the different Stations, by the Contractors, within one week from the date of the order, which will be given fortnightly.

The Guardians will also at the same time he prepared to receive Tenders and Samples (where practicable) for the supply of the following Articles for Six Months, viz., from the 29th day of Septernber instant, to the 25th day of March, 1898.

Bacon, Candles, Cheese, Lard, Coffee, Tea, Sugar, and other Groceries; Oatmeal and Peas; Soap (a whole bar to be sent as a sample); Butter—Fresh, Welsh, Irish, and Canadian; Milk, Port Wine, Brandy, Whisky, Gin, Barm; Pig Meat (Sharps, Fourths, and Barley Meal); Potatoes (at  per cwt.); Ale and Stout; Coals and Slack (delivered); Team work, per Horse; Flax and Hessian for Aprons, Linsey for Gowns and Petticoats, Blue Cotton Print, Flannel for Petticoats, Calicoes and Cloth for Sheets, Blankets, Sheets, and other Drapery (particulars of which can be obtained); Hair Cutting and Shaving (at per head); Ironmongery, Brushes, Brooms, Buckets, Earthenware, Chimney Sweeping; Women's Stays, Stockings (Men's, Women's, and Childrens's), Shoes and Slippers (Men's, Women's and Children's); Men's Coats, Vests, Trousers Hats, Shirts; good substantial Elm Coffins, properly pitched inside, to be made of Boards three-quarters of an inch thick, together with proper shrouds and iron handles, and the burial of Paupers in the Parishes in which they die—Madeley District, Broseley District-not exceeding three feet, exceeding three feet and not exceeding four feet, exceeding four feet.

Each Contractor for Coffins will have the use of a Parish Hearse, in which all Paupers buried at the expense of the Guardians are to be conveyed to the burial ground, free of any extra charge, after which the Hearse is to be returned to the Madeley Union Workhouse, and the Guardians will not allow any portion of the cost of any Pauper Funeral which shall be conducted in any manner not sanctioned by the regulations. The Contractor will, in all cases, be required to provide, at his own charge, the attendance of a sufficient number of decently clad persons to act as Bearers for conveying the corpse from the Hearse to the Churchyard.

The whole of the Articles most be of good quality, delivered free of expense to the Union, and subject to the approval of the Board of Guardians.

Printed Forms of Tender may be had on application to the Clerk, and Tenders in any other form will not be received. The Guardians do not pledge themselves to accept the lowest or any Tender.


Clerk to the Guardians of the Madeley Union. Iron-Bridge, Sept. 17th, 1897.



PRESENTATION.—Mr. R. Bagley, secretary of the money club held at the Half Moon, was on Saturday night presented by the members with a beautiful meerschaum pipe, for which the recipient was grateful.

THE CHURCH.—On Sunday, the harvest festival services were continued. At eight o'clock there was a celebration of Holy Communion, when there were 13 communicants. Matins commenced with a processional hymn, "Come, ye thankful people, come." The litany was full choral. At evensong the church was filled to overflowing, and there were chairs up the nave. The processional hymn, "The God of Abraham praise," as also the other hymns, were heartily sung. Before the blessing a festal Te Deum was sung by the choir. Rev. D. Papillon (vicar of Hadley) preached two earnest, practical sermons at matins and evensong. A reccesional hymn concluded the festival.

FAREWELL SUPPER AND PRESENTATION.—Mr Saturday evening, a very pleasant gathering assembled at the Half Moon Hotel to do honour to the host and hostess (Mr. and Mrs. G. Stevens), who are retiring from " public" life, In the first place about 80 sat down in the large room to a substantial supper given by Mr. and Mrs. Stevens, and which was thoroughly enjoyed. Mr. J. B. Matkin occupied the chair, and he was faced by Mr. J. Roberts (vice). The cloth removed, an agreeable ceremony took place. Mr. H. Evans, on behalf of the company, in a few well-chosen words presented Mr. and Mrs. Stevens with a hand-some marble timepiece, on which was inscribed- “Presented by a, few friends to Mr. and Mrs. Stevens on the occasion of leaving the Half Moon, Jackfield, September 18th, 1897." Mr. Stevens, in suitable language, acknowledged the handsome present. Mr. H. Dodd then proposed the health of the Chairman and Vice-chairman, which was well received and acknowledged. The Chairman then submitted the health of the Secretary (Mr. R. Bagley), who responded. A smoking concert then took place, Mr. F. Glover making an efficient accompanist, the subjoined programme giving every satisfaction :— Song, "The Shamrock," Mr. H. Evans; song, "Mona," Mr. J. Jones; duet, Messrs. P. and W. Glover; song, "The Diver," Mr. J. A. Poole; song, "Tom Bowling," Mr. E. Hurdley; comic song, "Then the band played," Mr. H. Pellowe; duet, Messrs. Glover; song, "The Englishman." Mr. Harrison; song, "The Chevalier," Mr. T. Boycott; song, "Hearts of Oak," Mr. R. Owen; song, "Anchor's weighed," Mr. H. Ball; comic song, "Oo-didle-oo," Mr. H. Pellowe; duet, "The Army and Navy," Messrs. J. Jones and J. Hall; song, "Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep," Mr. T. Simpson; ditty, "Bradshaw's Guide," Mr. G. Stevens; song, "Christmas party," Mr. J. Roberts; song, " They all Love Jack," Mr. J. Hall; comic song, "Whiskers," Mr. H. Pellowe; song, "Washing," Mr. T. Boycott; song, "Jolly Old Pals," Mr. J. Jones; comic song, "The Undertaker," Mr. H, Pellowe; " Auld Lang Syne" and the " Queen" terminated the pleasant event. The arrangements were creditably carried out by the committee:—Messrs. R. Bagley (hon. sec.), J. B. Matkin. G. Williams, J. Harrington, J. Price, A. Evans, J. Edge, and J. W. Shingler.


2nd October 1897


DEATH AND FUNERAL OF MR. PETER SCOTT.—Mr. Peter Scott, of Rudgewood House, Willey, died on Sept. 23rd in his 69th year. Upwards of 30 years ago he came from Scotland, and under the 2nd Baron Forester, took charge of the Willey preserves, a position he held up to the time of his decease. A keen sportsman, imbued with the truest instincts, and possessed of a splendid physique, he attracted all with whom he came in contact; while the charm of his kindly, genial nature endeared him to the wide circle of friends who now mourn his loss. The interment took place at Barrow on Monday, and was attended by a large gathering of friends, amongst whom were: Captain the Hon. George Forester, the Hon. W. Forester, Mr. T. H. Thursfield, Mr. A. G. Lascelles, Councillors Mear and R. A. Instone, &c. The floral tributes were very numerous, noticeable amongst which was a splendid wreath from Lord and Lady Forester, bearing the inscription, "In affectionate remembrance of Peter Scott, a faithful servant and friend to four Lords Forester." The service was impressively performed by the Rev. W. H. Wayne.

2nd October 1897


A SUCCESSFUL TEACHER.— At the recent examination of students in training colleges, Agnes E. Jones (late assistant of Broseley Girls' School) was placed in the first division in part one, and also in part two.

LONDON CITY MISSION.—On Thursday evening, Mr. A. T. A. Millership, the deputation to this mission, delivered an interesting lecture in the Town Hall, advocating the claims of the mission upon provincial residents.

SUDDEN DEATH OF AN OLD VETERAN.—The usually quiet town of Broseley was on Monday night thrown into a state of consternation as soon as it became known that Mr. Henry Wase had been found dead in his brewhouse. Deceased, who had fought for his Queen and country all through the Crimean War, and who could boast of several medals, was highly respected. He dropped dead suddenly on returning from a walk. His wife in the meantime was attending a funeral at Barrow, and on returning she discovered her husband lying dead in the brewhouse. He appeared to have broken a blood vessel; consequently there was no inquest held.

CHURCH PARADE.—The friendly societies of Broseley and district held their second annual hospital church parade on Sunday. There was a good muster of members, who were attired in the usual regalia of the various societies to which they belonged. The rendezvous was a field near Broseley Wood Day School, from whence the procession wended its way through the principal streets to All Saints' Church, where the Rev. G. F. Lamb, M.A., delivered an earnest and practical address. Mr. Joseph Nicklin read the lessons. The service, which was fully choral, was exceedingly well rendered by a full choir, Mr. Theo. Watkis presiding at the organ. After Divine service, the procession re-formed and marched back to the Town Hall, where the members dismissed. The success of the undertaking was in a great measure due to the admirable arrangements made by the following committee :—Messrs. S. Davis (I.O.O., chairman), G. Hurdley (A.O.F., secretary), W. Harrison (treasurer, M.M.), J. .Tones, W. Barnett, J. Price, T. Jones, J. Wilde, G. Maiden, John Morgan, Frederick Powell, A. Harvey, J. Nicklin, G. Clarke, E. Ball, H. Griffiths, T. Roper, A. Preece. The total sum collected (including boxes) amounted to £21 11s., which will be divided between Shrewsbury Infirmary and kindred institutions.


Before Councillor T. Cooke (Mayor), Aldermen A. B. Dyas and J. Bodenham, and Mr. F. R. Smith.

DAMAGE TO FRUIT.—Charles Harrison (17) and Henry Lloyd (16), of Broseley, were charged with maliciously damaging fruit to the value of 1s., the property of Robert Walkinshaw, farmer, Benthall.—Police-constable Roberts stated that he the saw defendants in the orchard throwing stones at the fruit, whilst two other lads were outside watching. The defendants subsequently admitted the offence.—Robert Walkinshaw spoke as to the damage, and added that these youths were a great nuisance on Sundays. He did not wish to press the case.—Defendants were each ordered to pay costs 5s. 3d., and 6d. damage.

A QUARREL ABOUT CHILDREN.—Eliza Tench and Mary Jones were summoned for beating Emma Evans. The parties are married women, and reside at Broseley.—Evans said when she was in her house ironing, her children were in the yard playing. Jones's son began to thrown stones, and witness went out and remonstrated with him. Mrs. Tench came on the scene, and with a knife in her hand dashed up to witness and pulled her by the hair of her head, and also used threatening language. She closed with her and made Tench's nose bleed. Jones then came to Tench's assistance and pulled witness's hair.—Edwin Brazier said he saw the two women fighting. He also saw Jones strike complainant about the face, which finished the battle.—Lucy Hall, a little girl, corroborated.—Tench was fined 10s. and costs, or 21 days, and Jones 5s. and costs, or 14 days.


9th October 1897


HARVEST FESTIVAL.—This festival was celebrated at All Saints' Church on the evening of the 1st inst. The church, which was nearly full, was neatly decorated, as usual, by the Misses Potts (The Bank House), &c. The Rev. G. F. Lamb, M.A. (rector), and Rev. T. S. Carlyon took the service, and the Rev. J. Marsden Edwards, M.A., read the lessons. The special preacher was the Rev. T. R. J. Fawkes (vicar of Dawley), who delivered an impressive sermon. The choral portion of the service was exceedingly well rendered by the choir, the anthem being "The eyes of all wait upon Thee," which opened with a solo, sweetly rendered by Leonard Wase. There were processional and recessional hymns. Mr. Theo. Watkis presided at the organ in masterly style. The offertory will be given to the Broseley Nursing Association,

HARVEST THANKSGIVING SERvICES were held at the Broseley Wesleyan Chapel on Sunday, when two excellent sermons were preached by the Rev. T. N. Robert (the newly-appointed minister to the circuit). The musical portion of the services was well rendered by the choir, the anthem being " Thou visitest the earth." Mrs. E. R. Hartshorne sang the solo with her well-known ability. Mr. J. A. Hartshorne efficiently presided at the harmonium. The decorations (which were executed by ladies of the congregation) presented a graceful and artistic appearance. —On Monday a recognition tea meeting was held in the schoolroom to welcome Mr. Robert. when about 140 persons sat down to a first-class tea, provided by Mr. Cullis, Mrs. G. Aston, Mr. H. Onions (Broseley), and Mr. Rowe (Broseley Wood). The ladies of the congregation presided at the tables. Afterwards a public meeting was held in the chapel, under the presidency of Mr. H. W. Thomas, of Madeley, when interesting and appropriate addresses were delivered by Revs. G. Cartwright. T. N. Robert, Mr. W. Edge, Mr. J. E. Hartshorne, and the Chairman. On the proposition of Mr. J. E. Hartshorne, seconded by Mr. W. Edge, it hearty vote of thanks was accorded to the ladies for decorating the chapel and presiding at the tea tables, &c., also to the chairman, the Chairman suitably responding. There was a good attendance on each occasion, and the collection exceeded those of last year.



Before Messrs. W. G. Norris (chairman) and F. R. Smith.

AN ARMY RESERVE MAN IN TROUBLE.—Robert Rowe, labourer, Jackfield, was brought up on remand charged with stealing a ham, value 7s., the property of Henry Louis Bolomey, grocer, Jackfield.—Prosecutor stated that on Sunday, September 26th, when passing his warehouse, he found the door wide open. It was locked the previous night. On going inside he missed a ham about 15lbs, weight from a room upstairs. The last time he saw the ham was on the previous Thursday, and he valued it at 7s.—Robert Jones, assistant to the last witness, deposed that the hams were all right when he was in the warehouse on the Saturday. He left the key in the lock, and forgot to take it away.—Thomas Anderson, labourer, Jackfield, said on September 26th, when he was going to chapel, he met the prisoner, who asked him if he wanted to buy a ham, but he refused.- Sergeant Bowen stated that when taking prisoner to Shrewsbury Gaol he asked witness to request his master to pay the fine for him.—Prisoner, who pleaded not guilty, was sentenced to 21 days' imprisonment, with hard labour.

CAUGHT IN THE ACT.— Joseph Smallman, labourer, was charged with stealing a quantity of coal, of the value of 6d., the property of Charles Richard Jones, colliery proprietor, Broseley Wood.—Charles Jones, who managed the colliery for his father, stated that be was in the cabin at his father's pit with his brother, when he heard someone outside, and shortly after witness and his brother went in the direction of the coal heap. Witness saw the prisoner carrying a bag on his back, which he dropped and ran away. Witness caught him, and brought the coal to the cabin and weighed it.—Sergeant Bowen also gave evidence.—Prisoner pleaded guilty, and expressed his sorrow for what he had done, remarking that he had a wife and five children, and only earned 2s. 2d. a day,—Fined £1 7s., including costs.


23rd  October 1897


A MAGIC-LANTERN ENTERTAINMENT, illustrating the work of the Girls' Friendly Society, was given in the Schools on Monday evening, by the Rector. The lecture was interspersed with songs and a recitation.


PARISH CHURCH.-The harvest festival services were held here on Sunday, when the offertories were in aid of the Church Missionary Society. The Rev. J. W. Johnson (vicar) was the preacher, and Mr. J. A. Harper presided at the harmonium. The congregations were considered good.


INSTRUCTION IN HORTICULTURE.-Mr. Robert Smith gave the first of a course of six lectures on "Fruit Culture and Cottage Gardening," on Monday, at Broseley.

BIRCH MEADOW CHAPEL.-Special meetings were held at the chapel on the first four evenings of this week, when addresses of an earnest and instructive character were delivered by the Rev. Arthur Shinn (pastor), upon the following subjects:—"How to read the Bible with pleasure and profit," "What real prayer is," "Foundation truth for believers," "A plain confession of faith," "A faithful picture of a true Christian," "Things which accompany Salvation." The meetings were of a bright and cheerful description. Mrs. Shinn and Mr. A. E. Broadhurst presided at the harmonium.

30th October 1897


A meeting of this body was held on Wednesday, at the Workhouse. Present—Alderman A. B. Dyas (chairman), Councillors W. J. Legge, W. Y. Owen, F. G. Beddoes, B. Maddox, W. F. Bryan, E. F. Groves, together with Messrs. G. Cooper (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), and T. B. Patten (collector).

THE COALPORT ROAD.—Councillor Groves said he had inspected the Coalport Road, which he considered in a very good condition, and he had no hesitation in advising the Council to take it over.—Councillor Maddox said he should like to have seen some of the places better fenced. He had no objection to the road being taken over.— It was decided to take the road over, and the clerk was instructed to write the Madeley Wood Company on the subject.




Before Councillor T. Cooke (mayor), Alderman A. B. Dyas, Colonel Wayne, Messrs. W. G. Norris and E. W. Shorting.

A BAD START.—Charles Bowden, potter, Broseley, was charged with committing a breach of the Poaching Prevention Act at Benthall.—Police-constable Roberts stated that about 12-30 at night, when he was on duty at Spout Lane, Benthall, he saw a man going up the lane. He ran away, but subsequently he saw the defendant come out of a field. Witness searched him, and found in his possession a net (40 yards longs) and two pegs. Witness added that defendant told him it was his "first time out," and he had been out of work.—Defendant, who did not appear, was lined 10s. and costs. The nets were ordered to be destroyed.


6th Novembe1897


MEETING OF THE MOTHERS' UNION.—On Monday afternoon, by the kind invitation of Lady Forester, the Willey branch of the Mothers' Union assembled at Willey Park Hall, when a large and attentive audience listened to a very able and interesting address given by Mrs. Jellicorse, of Hope Bowdler. She dwelt upon the three chief objects of the society—1st to uphold the sanctity of marriage, 2nd to awaken in mothers of all classes a sense of their great responsibility as mothers in training the future fathers and mothers of England, 3rd to organise in every place a band of women who, by uniting in prayer and example, may lead their families in purity and holiness of life. She remarked that more than 100,000 women of all ranks are now members of the Mothers' Union, 2.946 of whom belong to 133 parishes in the diocese of Hereford. In our large towns members of this society are banded together to resist the flood of deadly sin which threatens to overwhelm our sons and daughters. In small isolated villages it was no slight encouragement to the hardworking and stay-at-home women to know that they belonged to a great society which was helping in a very quiet way to build up the walls of the Holy City of God.—After the address an excellent tea was provided by Lady Forester.


WESLEYAN BAND OF HOPE—On Wednesday evening a magic lantern entertainment, in connection with this society, was given in the Wesleyan Schoolroom. Mr. J. E. Hartshorne (The Lea) gave the connective readings, and Mr. J. A. Hartshorne had charge of the lantern. Mr. E. R. Hartshorne sang the "Holy City," and Mrs. E. R. Hartshorne presided at the harmonium. There was a good attendance.

STRANGE ACCIDENT.— A strange accident happened at Raynes Park Station a few days age, when a railway porter named William Samuels (who about three weeks ago married Miss Clarke, daughter of Mr. James Clarke, jun., High Street, Broseley) was found lying with his feet extending over the platform. He was bleeding from a wound in the head, and was conveyed to the Cottage Hospital. It is surmised that as a train was entering the station a carriage door was opened and struck Samuels on the head.

DISTRICT COUNCIL, Wednesday.—Present: Aldermen G. H. Maw (chairman) and J. A. Exley, Councillors E. G. Exley, D. L. Prestage, P. Jones, W. Hear, and R. A. Instone, with Messrs. G. C. Cooper (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), and N. T. Hartshorne (collector).—With reference to the Posenhall water scheme, a letter was read from Messrs. Potts and Potts, on behalf of Lord Forester, intimating that he would do all he could to facilitate arrangements between the Board and himself, providing the Local Government Board would be satisfied with the scheme.


13th November 1897


The annual meeting of this Council was held on Tuesday. As customary, the members assembled at the Raven Hotel and marched in procession to the Guildhall in the following order:—Sergeant Derbyshire (mace bearer), Superintendent Walters (sword bearer), Police-constables Lee, Cater, Roberts, and Johncock (with staves), the ex-mayor (Councillor Cooke) in his robes, the town clerk (in his robes); then came Aldermen R. E. Anstice (mayor-elect), J. A. Anstice, A. B. Dyas, J. Bodenham, G. Lloyd, T. H. Thursfield, and G. H. Maw, Councillors W. Allen, J. Machin, and J. Davies (Barrow Ward), W. Y. Owen, P. Weston, W. J. Legge, Ayre, and Cartwright (Madeley Ward), P. Jones, W. Mear, R. Instone, and E. G. Exley (Broseley Ward), C. E, Ainsworth, H. C. Instone, A. G. Mackenzie, and C. Edwards (Wenlock Ward), Messrs. A. H. Thorn (magistrates' clerk), F. H. Potts (borough treasurer), G. Stevenson (surveyor).

Punctually at 12 o'clock Alderman Dyas rose and formally moved that Alderman R. E. Anstice be elected mayor for the ensuing municipal year. He said he was sure he need not dilate on the eminent fitness of Alderman Anstice for the office; they all knew his business capacity, and a few of them remembered how well he carried out the duties of the office 19 years ago. (Applause.) Three years since Alderman R. E. Anstice was asked to accept the mayoralty, but then he could not see his way clear to do so; they all rejoiced to see him there today, and to know that he was now willing to become their mayor. (Applause.)

Alderman Bodenham, in seconding, said he fully concurred with Alderman Dyas remarks.

Councillor Cooke supported the proposition, and remarked that he was sure they could not have a more fitting gentleman as their mayor. (Applause.) He then put the motion, which was carried unanimously amidst applause. Councillor Cook, in handing over his ermine robes to Alderman Anstice, expressed his regret that at the same time he could not also hand over a chain or some other insignia of office; the only thing he had was the Jubilee medal, and that he should keep as a memento of the record year of her Majesty's reign.

Alderman Anstice made the usual declaration and signed the same, and then took the mayor's chain. He said he had much pleasure in accepting for the second time the high and responsible office as mayor of Wenlock. It was 19 years ago since he was in the office before, and there had been many changes and alterations effected during that time. The old Local Boards had been swept away, and the Council was now the Local Sanitary Authority for the four wards of the borough. He then referred to the several schemes which were under consideration of the Broseley, Wenlock, and Madeley Committees for an improved water supply, and hoped much would he done to improve the condition of the various Sanitary Authorities' districts during his terns of office. (Applause.)

Alderman J. A. Anstice moved a vote of thanks to the ex-mayor for the able manner in which he had discharged the onerous duties of his office. He referred to the fact that during the past year two extra duties had devolved upon Councillor Cooke—the Indian famine fund and the celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. He rose to the occasion, and performed his part nobly and well. He moved that the Council accord their best thanks to him.

Councillor W. Y. Owen seconded this, which was carried unanimously.

Councillor Cooke said his year of office had been one of pleasure to himself- He felt rather backward in accepting such a great responsibility, being an untried and somewhat young man. He felt diffident, too, because he had to follow abler men who had held office before him. He was pleased to say some progress had been made during his term of office, and now there was a chance of a good water supply for both Broseley and Wenlock. The borough had risen to the occasion, and right loyally celebrated her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee. He thanked all the members of the Council for their consideration, and to the town clerk, clerk of the peace, justices' clerk, and other officials of the Corporation his thanks were especially due for the manner in which, at all times, by their advice and assistance, they had helped him; and he also wished publicly to thank Mr. Arthur Owen for the great help he had rendered him in connection with the Indian Famine Fund. (Applause.)

The Mayor said that by a rather strange coincidence, his first duty as mayor was a melancholy one. Nineteen years ago he moved a vote of condolence on the death of the Princess Alice, and now his first duty was to move a similar vote on the death of the Duchess of Teck, who was a lady who had endeared herself to all classes in London, where she had resided, by her many charitable and kind actions,

Councillor Cooke, the ex-mayor, seconded this, which was carried unanimously.

The Mayor appointed Councillor T. Cooke his deputy mayor.

On the next question, as to the date of the quarterly meetings, some discussion ensued, and Alderman Dyas moved that the meetings be held on Wednesday, Feb. 9, May 11, July 20th, and November 9, which was seconded by Councillor Bryan, and carried unanimously.

The following were assigned as aldermen to act as returning officers for ward elections:— Barrow, Alderman T. H. Thursfield; Broseley, Alderman J. A. Exley; Madeley, Alderman A. B. Dyas; Wenlock, Alderman J. Bodenham.— The Finance, General Purposes, Contagious Diseases (Animals), and Main Roads Committees were elected.

The Mayor said the bills due or becoming due during the quarter amounted to £25710s. 6d.; there was a balance in hand of £164 6s. 3d., which left £93 4s. 3d. to be raised.—Alderman Dyas moved, and Councillor W. Mear seconded, that a rate of a half-penny in the pound be made for general borough purposes.—Carried unanimously.

Alderman Thursfleld moved that Alderman J. A. Anstice be re-appointed visitor to the joint lunatic asylum, which was seconded by Alderman Dyas, and carried.

Councillor Cooke read the report of the Executive Committee, who had had 12 meetings during the year. They regretted to report an outbreak of rabies at Jackfield in April last, which was certified to be such by Mr. John Rose, M.R.C.V.S., and confirmed by the Royal College of Surgeons (London). He also said their veterinary surgeon (Mr. Rose) had certified a dog to be afflicted with rabies last month. He moved the adoption of the report, which was seconded, and carried unanimously.

The Mayor said he attended a meeting of delegates at Shrewsbury on 23rd October, and they decided to advertise for a medical officer of health at a salary of £375 a year. The delegates felt they could offer no more without first consulting their various authorities. The Local Government Board would not sanction the appointment for more than one year, because they thought the salary too small, and suggested £500 a year as a reasonable sum. He hoped at the end of a year other authorities would join them, and so they would be able to give the money.

The Town Clerk read a rather lengthy correspondence between the Local Government Board and himself on the subject of main road improvement, in which the former were asked to arbitrate upon the question in dispute between the County Council of Salop and the Borough of Wenlock Council. They now required a formal notice before they would consent to arbitrate.- Alderman Bodenham moved, and Alderman George Lloyd seconded, that the Local Government Board be requested to arbitrate, and this was carried unanimously.

The Mayor announced that he had arranged with Mr. Ellis, R.D. and vicar of Wenlock, to attend church on Sun-day, 21st November.

This concluded the business. The Mayor and Corporation then re-formed the procession and marched to the Raven, where the


at which Alderman R. E. Anstice presided, being supported by the ex-Mayor (Councillor Cooke) and Colonel J. A. Anstice. Mr. Godfrey C. Cooper occupied the vice-chair, his supporters being Mr. Potts (borough treasurer) and Councillor C. E. Ainsworth. The Mayor said that letters of apology had been received from Colonel H. Wayne, Messrs. A. Maw, E. L. Squire, F. R. Ellis, R. J. More, Gepp, E. B. Potts, E. Price, and F. G. Beddoes for their non-attendance. He gave the usual toasts of the Queen and Prince and Princess of Wales and the rest of the Royal family, which were well received.

Councillor A. G. Mackenzie submitted "The Army, Navy, and Reserve Forces," and coupled with it the names of Colonel J. A. Anstice and Captain Godfrey C. Cooper. (Applause.)

Colonel Anstice regretted there was no member of the regular forces present to respond, and it was impossible for him, who only held a commission in the voluntary corps, to answer properly for the Navy and Army. They knew as well as he what their deeds had been in times past, and how the army in India at the present moment were showing that they were in no way unworthy to follow those who had gone before them. (Applause.) They were proud that the British troops were holding their own in a fearfully difficult country, and they were proud of what had been done out there by the regiment of Gordan Highlanders, under the able command of Colonel Matthias, who was well known in the county of Salop, and who was the nephew of Dr. Matthias, of Bridgnorth, and also of a former officer of the regiment. Speaking of the Volunteers, he need not remind them that the defence of the empire was entrusted in no small degree to the Volunteer force. It was over 200,000 strong, and was composed of unpaid men, who gave up their time to military objects and pursuits after working during the day to earn their broad. The bulk of the men deserved the thanks of the


13th November 1897


SERIOUS ACCIDENT.—On Tuesday, an accident occurred to John Seabury, of Broseley. The man had descended the Rock Clay Pit to follow his usual occupation, and whilst standing at the bottom of the shaft, a man on the pit bank threw a chain across the mouth of the pit, but it fell down the shaft, a distance of 30 yards, on to the head of the unfortunate man, causing serious injury thereto.



CINDERELLA.—A cinderella in connection with the invitation dancing class took place on Wednesday at the Town Hall. There was a capital attendance.

BAPTISM BY IMMERSION.—On Sunday morning, the ordinance of believers' baptism was administered at the Birch Meadow Chapel by the Rev. A. Shinn (pastor), the candidate being one of the elder female scholars in the Sunday School.

SERIOUS ACCIDENT.—On Monday, a young man named Richard Gough had been delivering goods with a horse and cart, and when returning the horse suddenly took fright, and, opposite the stables, swerved round and came to a standstill, throwing the man to the ground. The cart went over him, causing serious injuries to his foot, thigh, side, and shoulder, and it is feared that he is injured internally.

A YOUNG WOMAN'S SAD END.—Mr. F. H. Potts, borough coroner, held an inquiry on Thursday touching the death of Kathleen Annie Roper, single woman, who was found drowned in a pool behind the parish church.—Mr. H. J. Rushton was chosen foreman.—George Farr stated that he lived next door to the deceased. The last time he saw her alive was about 11 o'clock at night, on the 12th of October. She came to his house—he could see that she had been crying, and she told him she intended to go to Coalport and make herself away. He locked her in and tried to keep her in the house, but she would not stay. She appeared to be mad.—Selina Roper, mother of the deceased, said her daughter was 27 years of age. On the 12th of October last, about 9-20 at night, deceased left her (witness's) home. She was then intoxicated. At her request, witness opened the door and she went out. Deceased had always been of weak intellect, and was subject to fits.—Henry Jones said a few minutes after one, on Wednesday, he was walking across Mr. Stone's field when he noticed something in the Hall Pool. He went home and told his father what he had seen. He returned to the pool with his father, and they discovered it was the body of deceased. He assisted in getting the body out.—Sergeant Darbyshire deposed to removing the body to a shed, where he examined it, but failed to find any marks of violence.—The jury returned a verdict of "Found drowned."


20th November 1897



TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—Being a director of a Water Company, I naturally read with much interest anything appearing in the newspapers relating to such undertakings, and have been particularly struck by the almost unanimous opinion of all public bodies as to the necessity of examining all water supplies, in consequence of the present epidemic of typhoid fever at Maidstone, and at Lynn. I think in our District Councils would follow the example, it might be the means of checking a similar catastrophe. I particularly desire to draw attention to the state of Madeley, Broseley, and parts of Iron-Bridge. Nothing has been done or attempted to supply the former with water, although the unfortunate ratepayers have to contribute towards the Iron-Bridge scheme, and the town is dependent upon wells, half of which, if publicly analysed, would, I believe, he closed at once as totally unfit for drinking purposes. As regards Broseley, the state of affairs is simply a disgrace to the authorities, and the attention of the Local Government Board should be drawn to the fact that they have borrowed money, and, so far, made little use of it in getting a water supply, for which it was intended. I believe it is now two years or more since the Government officer came down, and approved of the proposed supply, which the authorities, under advice, wished to purchase if the money could be borrowed. The money was advanced, and most of it now lies, I suppose, at the bank earning nothing, and the poor ratepayers have to pay interest to the Government. Meanwhile, an epidemic in the place is brewing, as the poor inhabitants are dependent on shallow surface wells in most cases, and which run dry in the summer or in time of drought, as at present. I presume all the authorities, who have been elected mainly by the poorer ratepayers, have their own private supply, and therefore do not concern themselves about their less fortunate neighbours, but should anything happen, I consider the authorities ought to be held responsible, as, like Nero, they have been fiddling whilst the place was burning, especially in the last few years, with their monthly wild schemes of wondrous supplies which, alas, on examination, have proved to be nothing better than mare's-nests. If those in authority will cease to search about for puny springs on higher places, and set about sinking a deep well away from the town, with suitable pumping' machinery for supplying direct, or through the medium of a storage tank, placed on a higher elevation than the town, the difficulty would soon be remedied. I would suggest that a few public-spirited inhabitants of Broseley have samples taken carefully from those wells mostly in use, for analysis, and publish the result. I hope the inhabitants of Broseley will not consider I am hard on them, but the same remark applies to Madeley, Iron-Bridge, and Wenlock, and hundreds of small places all over the country, with this exception, how-ever, that Broseley has made a terrible fuss and bluster for several years, and gone the length of borrowing money for water purposes, and done nothing, except spending money in useless schemes. I believe it is the general impression, especially amongst those who do not wish to see a general water rate, and having an adequate private supply of their own, that water does not exist in this immediate locality to any extent, but I am of opinion that a supply can easily be obtained by sinking a deep well anywhere on the high ground between Coalport and Madeley, and I believe Mr. Brook would gladly sanction trial borings being made on the property for the purpose of testing, and if water were found, leasing or selling such ground as was necessary. Should water be obtained, as I have no doubt about, a suitable storage tank could be erected to supply not only Madeley and other places on the north side of the river, but pipes could be carried across for Broseley and elsewhere. A scheme, as above, for supplying this immediate district, could be carried out for about £12,000 to £15,000, with an annual outlay of about £250 for pumping purposes, and inspecting generally, and this money could easily be borrowed at 4 per cent., or even less, and the whole paid off in 20 years, without perceptibly increasing the existing rates. In conclusion, I trust the medical officer of health for this district will not consider I have trespassed on his preserves, but seeing that other places, mainly at the suggestion of their medical officer, have ordered a public analysis of the water supply in support of their officer's report on the same, I would respectfully suggest his following suit, and thus throw the onus on the authorities. Yours faithfully,     



27th November 1897


SERIOUS ACCIDENT.- On Saturday, a man named John Smith, miner, residing at The Furnaces, Willey, near Broseley, accidentally fell into what is termed the "slack hole," at Messrs. Maw & Co.'s Encaustic Tile Works. Assistance was procured, and Dr. Boon (of Broseley) sent for, who found that the unfortunate man's collar bone was broken and his body also severely bruised.


SUPPER.— A supper was held on Thursday, at the Lion Hotel, in connection with the Billiard Club. The catering of Mrs. Haughton gave every satisfaction.




TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—I read with considerable interest and approval Mr. C. C. Bruff's letter in your last issue. It is devoid of any selfish motives, as must be apparent, seeing that the elections are just over, and also because, as large ratepayers, his firm will have to bear a good share of the expense which must arise in providing the much-needed supply of water for Broseley, Madeley Market, and, may I be allowed to add, Coalbrookdale, in which latter place I am told it is a fact water is not available even at the schools for the children. As regards Broseley, I would venture to suggest a public meeting of the ratepayers being called, and the subject thoroughly thrashed out. This would tend to strengthen the hands of those in charge, and thereby cause matters to assume a more practicable form. At present I fear it is only too true that the poor people in particular are very badly off, but are afraid, even in this enlightened century, to open their mouth for fear (to use an old saying) of putting their foot in it. With respect to Madeley, I think Mr. Bruff is not quite so well informed on this point as others, as I understand the local authorities have magnanimously resolved to spend a few pounds in furtherance of a water scheme! Comment is needless.



TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—I think it will interest your readers to learn that last Monday I was waited upon by the Chairman of the Madeley and Broseley Sanitary Committees, with regard to my letter which appeared in your last issue, and invited to withdraw or modify the charges which had been made, but believing the substance thereof to be correct, I respectfully declined. I was informed the Government Inspector had not been down, as I had stated; this being so, I willingly withdraw that portion of my statement, which, after all, does not materially affect the question at issue. As regards Madeley, the Chairman intimated it was wrong to say nothing had been attempted to be done for that unfortunate place, as only quite recently the committee had instructed Mr. Stooke, of Shrewsbury, to prepare estimates and plans for a water scheme, the cost not to exceed £10. I was naturally very pleased to hear this, and trusted it would meet with the ratepayers' approval. I would, however, draw attention to the fact that this is not the first time a water scheme has gone thus far, and eventually been allowed fall through, but hope, in this instance, it may lead to something more tangible. However, before the various Boards commit themselves to individual schemes, I would earnestly recommend the desirability of going in for one large general scheme, to embrace the whole district, which will be the cheapest and most satisfactory in the long run. I should not have troubled you further, had a rumour not reached me to the effect that I had, to all intents and purposes, categorically withdrawn the contents of my first letter on this subject, to which I wish to give an unqualified denial.     



TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—The letter from your correspondent, Mr. Bruff, which appears in your issue of Saturday last, will, I fear, convey a very erroneous impression of the action of the Broseley Sanitary Authorities in their endeavour to provide a sufficient supply of water for the district under their control. Mr. Bruff states that the attention of the Local Government Board should be drawn to the fact that the authorities of Broseley have borrowed money, and so far made little use of it in getting a water supply, for which it was intended. He goes on to say that the money was advanced, and most of it now lies, he supposes, at the bank a earning nothing, and the poor ratepayers have to pay interest to the Government. The facts are these:— The Broseley Sanitary Authorities, with the sanction of the Local Government Board, have borrowed a sum of £250 for the purpose of carrying out preliminary work on a scheme which they have been employed upon for some little time. This money has been expended for the purpose for which it as borrowed, and the authorities are now awaiting the visit of the Local Government Board Inspector for the purpose of hearing the usual inquiry, before permission is granted to borrow the necessary sum to carry out the scheme referred to. Mr. Bruff also states his belief that it is two years or more since the Government officer came down and approved the proposed supply which the authorities, under advice, wished to purchase, if the money could be borrowed. I am sorry to say that these somewhat meagre details are not sufficient to enable me to identify the scheme to which Mr. Bruff refers. Perhaps he will kindly favour us with more precise information for the purpose. Mr. Bruff's letter no doubt contains many valuable suggestions with regard to the provision of a water supply for the district. May I venture to suggest to him that these would be more likely to receive the attention which they merit if they were embodied in a letter written in less acrimonious terms, and in which careful attention is given to the accuracy of the statements upon which his conclusions are based? If it is necessary in the interests of the district that the attention of the Local Government Board should be called to the action of the local authorities in the matter in question, I would suggest that Mr. Bruff, as managing director of a large works situated in the district affected, and as one who has special knowledge and experience in connection with water supply, is a fitting person to communicate with them on, the subject—Yours faithfully,

G. H. MAW,

Chairman of the Broseley Sanitary Authority.


27th November 1897



Before Messrs. R. K Anstice (mayor), T. Cooke (ex-mayor), J. Bodenham, and Colonel H. Wayne.

INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE.—Thomas Jones was charged with being drunk at the Lord Hill, Broseley.—Police-constable Roberts deposed that he visited the house in question, and in the kitchen saw Thomas Jones fast asleep. The landlady came in, and he called her attention to Jones, and she said he had not been there long, and she had not supplied him with anything to drink. He saw Jones outside, and he admitted being drunk, but said he was quiet, and went home.—Defendant denied that he was drunk, and called Edward Thomas, who deposed that he was in the Lord Hill when Police-constable Roberts came in. Jones appeared sober and capable of taking care of himself.—In cross-examination by Superintendent Walters, witness admitted defendant was singing a song a few minutes before the police-constable came in.—The case was dismissed.

HE WOULD DO THE TIME.—Samuel Griffiths pleaded guilty to bring drunk on licensed premises at Broseley.— Police-constable Roberts deposed that he saw defendant go into a public-house, where they refused to supply beer to him.—Fined 2s. 6d. and costs, or 14 days.—Defendant: I will do the 14 days.

LETTING OFF FIREWORKS.— William Bostock and Harry Haycocks were ordered to pay the costs, 4s. 9d. each, for this offence.

BREACH OF CONTRACT.— John Gwynne, Wyke, claimed 15s. in lieu of notice from Richard Carver, who was in his employ as a general workman on the farm.—Defendant was ordered to pay damages 15s. and 5s. costs.


4th December 1897


PRESENTATION.- Mr. T. B. Wilson, jun., who left the employ of Messrs. Craven and Dunnill’s Encaustic Tile Works, was on Monday presented by the office staff with a splendid gold breast pin, diamond mounted, and also a silver-mounted walking-stick, Mr. W. Francis, in appropriate terms, made the presentation in the show-room, and the gift was suitably acknowledged.


NATIONAL SCHOOL SERMONS.—On Sunday the annual sermons, in aid of the National Schools, were preached in All Saints' Church (morning and evening) by the Rev. G. F. Lamb, M.A. (rector). Mr. H. E. Clarke read the lessons. The singing of the choir was very creditable, and Mr. Theo. Watkis presided at the organ. Considering the inclemency of the weather there was a good congregation at each service.

ENTERTAINMENT.—An entertainment in connection with the members of the Wesleyan Guild was given yesterday week in the Schoolroom, when the accompaniments were ably played by Mr. A. Hartshorne. Mr. W. Edge was chairman, and there was a large attendance. Those who took part were—Members of the Glee Class, Miss J. Jones, Mr. and Mrs. R. Hartshorne, Mr. Taylor, Miss M. Hartshorne, Mrs. E. R. Hartshorne, Miss Blackford, Miss Edge, and Miss J. Leadbetter.

OLD BAPTIST CHAPEL.—Under the auspices of the Salop Baptist Association, a successful series of meetings took place in this chapel on Wednesday of last week. In the afternoon Mr. T. Roberts, of Minsterley, presided over a conference of Christian workers, when Rev. D. W. Roberts, of Wem, read a paper upon "The Mission of the Churches." A large number of friends afterwards partook of tea in the schoolroom. At the public meeting in the evening Mr. Jas. Hartshorne took the chair, and addresses were delivered by Revs. J. J. Griffiths (of Bridgnorth), M. M. Thomson (of Oswestry), W. B. Jones (of Lord's Hill), D. W. Roberts (of Wem), and W. Maurice (of Oakengates). The pastor, in thanking the friends for their attendance, expressed himself much encouraged, and said he believed the little cause had that day entered upon a new era of usefulness.

BURIAL BOARD.—The first quarterly meeting of this Board was held on Wednesday, when Alderman G. H. Maw was re-elected chairman.—A letter was read from the Local Government Board regarding the inquiry as to borrowing £500 for cemetery purposes, stating that they had returned the plan, and observed that it was proposed to discharge the sub-soil drainage into a stream, an arrangement they were unable to approve of. They asked if there was not a sewer in the vicinity, where it could be discharged.—Alderman Exley: It is a regular sewer.—The Surveyor said what was called a stream was really a public sewer, and that they were draining into the old cemetery drains. —The Clerk was instructed to inform the Local Government Board that it was not a stream but a sewer.—In the communication the Local Government Board asked if they could not consecrate the unconsecrated ground which was not used.—The Chairman thought the public would oppose the suggestion.—It was decided to go on with the present scheme.



THE WHARFAGE.-As a result of the movement initiated by Mr. Webster, 16 lime trees have been planted on the banks of the Severn at the Wharfage. If they should take root and flourish, they will add a picturesque aspect to the town.

A COW FALLS INTO THE SEVERN.—Some excitement was caused on Monday evening, when a cow belonging to Mr. Cartwright (Beckbury) ran on the Waterloo mount and fell a distance of about 50 feet into the Severn below. The animal bravely swam across the river and got out on the other side, and was eventually secured after considerable trouble.


A special meeting was held on Thursday. Present—The Mayor (Alderman R. E. Anstice), Aldermen J. Bodenham, E. G. Exley, J. A. Anstice, G. H. Maw, Councillors T. Cooke (ex-mayor), A. G. Mackenzie, C. E. Ainsworth, C. Instone, C. Edwards, W. Allen, J. Davies, P. Weston, F. R. Ayre, W. Y. Owen, F. W. Bryan, Evan Price, D. L. Prestage, B. Maddox, J. Machin, Mr. G. Stevenson (surveyor), and Mr. Godfrey C. Cooper (town clerk).

THE MEDICAL OFFICER.—The Mayor said the first business was to appoint two members of the Council to serve on the joint committee to appoint a medical officer of health for the combined district, in accordance with the order of the Local Government Board.—The Town Clerk hoped the Council would elect two gentlemen who could attend the meeting, which would be held on the 18th December, at Shrewsbury. He mentioned that Councillor Cooke (the ex, mayor) had attended all the preliminary meetings.—The Mayor suggested that Councillor Cooke should be one of the two selected, and also that as he himself was a cripple, having met with an accident in the hunting field last Tuesday, some other member of the Council be asked to attend. —Alderman Bodenham moved that Colonel J. A. Anstice and Councillor T. Cooke be the representatives for the borough of Wenlock.—Councillor W. F. Owen seconded this, and it was agreed to.

SUGGESTED PURCHASE OF THE GASWORKS.—Alderman J. Bodenham next moved that the borough seal be affixed to a memorial asking for a provisional order to enable the Wenlock Committee to purchase the gasworks from Mr. Gaskell.—Councillor Evan Price seconded this, and stated that Wenlock, if short of gas, would be no doubt in the dark.—This was carried unanimously.

AN IMPORTANT DECISION.—The Town Clerk informed the Council that Mr. Justice Wills had just decided a case in the Queen's Bench Division which reversed the custom which had before existed with regard to the payment of salaries to recorders, clerks of the peace, and justices' clerks. Prior to this decision boroughs exceeding 10,000 inhabitants (including their borough) paid these officials, and boroughs under 10,000 inhabitants received from the County Councils the salaries of such officials, such boroughs as Bridgnorth, Bishop's Castle, and Ludlow coming under the old or existing custom, but now this was altered, and Mr. Justice Wills's decision must be taken as law. Therefore, unless the decision was quashed on appeal, they would be entitled to payment for those salaries from the County Council, and if it was the wish of the Council he would apply for re-payment of the next quarter's salaries.—This was agreed to.— Councillor Maddox said if the County Council paid, perhaps the Quarter Sessions, now held at Wenlock, would he removed to Shrewsbury.—Councillor G. H. Maw said many people would be thankful if this were so, for certainly it was annoying for tradesmen and others to come to the Quarter Sessions, and then be told there was no business, and the jury were discharged with the thanks of the borough.—Colonel Anstice did not agree with this, for if they lost the right of holding their Quarter Sessions, they would also lose other privileges, one of which was they could not appoint their own coroner, his office would he merged into the county, and he reminded the Council that it was much better for anyone to come to Wenlock and lose only an hour or two, than be summoned to Shrewsbury, where they might have to stay several days waiting about. Again, the petty jurors did not now attend, unless there was a case.

THE TOWN CLERK'S SALARY INCREASED.— Mr. Godfrey C. Cooper submitted a statement to the Council in reference to his salary, which was considered in committee. When the meeting was again open to the public, the Mayor moved that the salary be increased to £250 per year, which was the sum the Finance Committee recommended, this being an increase of £50 a year.—Councillor Cooke seconded this.—Councillor Maddox rose to move that the salary remain as at present. He said he did not do so because he wished to detract from the value of the service of their able town clerk, from whom he had always received the greatest kindness and consideration, but he must raise his voice against the growing tendency of increasing the officials' salaries which had been going on for some years. He was sure the ratepayers would object.—No seconder was found, and the motion for the increased salary was carried.—The Town Clerk thanked the Council for the increase, and said that he did not in any way object to the remarks of Councillor Maddox,


The annual meeting of this Council was held on Wednesday. Present—Aldermen G. H. Maw (chairman) and J. A. Exley, Councillors R. A. Instone, D. L. Prestage, W. Mear, P. Jones, E. G. Exley, W. E. Southorn, together with Messrs. G. Cooper (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), N. T. Hartshorne (collector), and Dr. Gepp (medical officer).

ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN.—Alderman J. A. Exley proposed that Alderman G. H. Maw be re-elected chairman for the ensuing year.—Councillor P. Jones seconded the motion, which was unanimously carried.—Alderman Maw thanked the members for the confidence they had reposed in him, He said he would do his best for them for another year.

THE RATE.—Mr. Hartshorne said he had collected since the last meeting the sum of £60 15s. 9d., but there was still over £200 to collect.--The Clerk remarked they had not got too much money in hand.—The Chairman asked the collector not to allow the rate to get behind.

BROSELEY WATER SUPPLY.—A letter was read from the Broseley Tileries Co., to the effect that in sinking a new pit near their works they came across a strong spring of water which would more than supply the town of Broseley. They enclosed analysis of the water, which Dr. Gepp observed would make fair drinking water, but not for all uses.—The Chairman said they were all anxious to obtain a proper supply for the town, and he thought they should discuss any scheme that was brought before their notice.—Councillor Exley was of opinion that the new scheme should remain in abeyance for a little time.—The Chairman: We hope the Posenhall scheme will be sufficient—The Clerk said he had received no report concerning the Posenhall scheme.—Councillor Prestage thought the Local Government Board was keeping them a long time.—The Chairman suggested that the Broseley Tileries scheme should be held in reserve.—The clerk was instructed to thank the Tileries Co. for the introduction of the scheme.—Councillor Jones reported they had put a pump in the Fiery Field, and that the water was used by the people. He also stated that the committee decided to put a pump at the Haycock Well.—Councillor Jones said the Down Well was in such a dirty condition that it should be cleaned out.—The surveyor was instructed to clean out the Down Well and Reservoir, after which to take an analysis of the water.

FINANCE.—The Financial Committee was re-elected.—The Clerk reported the balance in hand was £145 15s. 8d., and that cheques were required for £79.—The Surveyor said lie expended since the last meeting £64 10s. 4d. A cheque for £50 was drawn in his favour.

A COMPLAINT.—Mr. S. Banks in a letter complained of people putting their ashes on the footpath, thereby breaking his fence.—The officer said it was people's laziness. The matter was left in his hands.

MISCELLANEOUS.—The Chairman remarked that the Gas Company were breaking up the roads without permission.—The surveyor was ordered to see that the roads were put in proper repair—On the motion of Councillor Southorn, the surveyor was instructed to repair the channelling opposite the Cross Keys Inn.—The Chairman suggested that the posts at Coalport Dingle be painted.—The work was ordered to be done.—Councillor Prestage suggested that a lamp be erected opposite the church.—Councillors Prestage and Instone were asked to visit the place, and report the result at next meeting.


11th December 1897



A special meeting of this Council was held on Thursday for the purpose of considering Mr. Stooke's report as to the water supply for the district. Alderman A. B. Dyas presided. There were also present—Col. J. A. Anstice, Major R. E. Anstice (mayor), Councillors W. Y. Owen, P. Westor, F. G. Beddoes, A. G. Cartwright, R. F. Ayre, W. F. Bryan, B. Maddox, together with Messrs. G. Cooper (town clerk), T. S. Stooke (engineer), G. Stevenson (surveyor) and T. E. Patten (collector).—The Chairman opened the meeting by referring to the three schemes produced by Mr. Stooke, which he considered were well thought out. He then solicited question on the following report:—

THE ENGINEER'S REPORT.—Mr. Stooke presented a report, the main points of which were as follow:— "I find the population of the whole of the parish as given by the census returns to be as follows, viz.:-1861, 9,469; 1871, 9,475; 1881, 9,212; 1891, 8,177, These returns show a decrease for the last two decades, but I am informed by Mr. Patten, your rate collector, that the population has considerably increased during the last few years           The total number of inhabitants in the parish is 10,580. To Mr. Patten's returns I propose to add the workhouse, say 95 persons, and to deduct 2,675, being the number of persons in Iron-Bridge and Coalport within reach of the Sutton Hill water scheme. In the consideration of a scheme of water supply it is necessary to provide for an increase in the population, which, in this instance, I propose to base on a 12½ per cent. addition; this is a lower basis than I have usually adopted, but I take it, in this instance, on account of the mines of the district being to a considerable extent worked out. .  .  .  There is a considerable rural portion of the parish, perhaps upwards of one-half, where the supply of water will be best provided by means of outside conduits, under which system of service the supply will not exceed 10 gallons per head per day ; whilst the supply to the town portion of the district would be met by 15 gallons per head per day. I propose, therefore, to base the supply at an uniform 12 gallons per head per day, which quantity will, I think, be found sufficient for all ordinary domestic and town purposes, even when the houses become more generally 'closetted,' and a more perfect system of drainage adopted. . There are various local sources within the district from some of which small supplies of water have been obtained, and which are known as follows, viz.:— Springs in the Cow Pastures, Strethill, Legs Meadow, Stoney Hill, and in the dingle between Sunnyside Farm and Coalbrookdale Iron Works. The last two have been mentioned as likely to afford

       I have, therefore,

a supply for Coalbrookdale. ave, therefore, made an inspection of these sources. A t Stoney Hill, in company with Mr. Instone, I found the yield of two springs to be only about 600 gallons in the 24 hours, whilst the supply yielded by the spring below Sunnyside Farm was 6,400 gallons in 24 hours. The location of these springs is not such as to afford a distributed supply, and even assuming it was so, and the gaugings taken were to be depended on in a dry season, which I consider extremely unlikely, the united volume would not equal five gallons per head of the population of Coalbrookdale, I have also inquired into the value of the spring issuing Sweyney Cliff, which is known as the petrifying spring, and from the excessive hardness of the water is not considered fit for domestic use; and into the capabilities of the strata referred to by Mr. Randall, as the Water Rock of the upper coal-measures under Madeley, and again met with at a lower point in the Kemberton pits, and I am of opinion that a sufficient supply of water from these measures is not to be secured. I have considered the question of an extension of the Sutton Hill Water Supply, and, on taking into consideration the number of persons for whom it is at present available, and that an increased draught on it is certain to take place, I do not think it would be advisable to carry out any further extension of the mains. There are three sources from which a supply of water may be secured within reasonable range of the district, viz. :—A gravitation scheme for all the district under consideration, from storage reservoirs to be constructed on the Lydebrook Watershed, near Little Wenlock; a pumping scheme from a well to be sunk into Bunter beds of the New Red Sandstone, for affording a supply to the town of Madeley, together with the higher portion of Iron-Bridge, and a separate scheme for the supply by gravitation of Coalbrookdale from the Lydebrook; a supply by pumping from the River Severn at a point for works east of the Great Western Railway near Severn House, south of Coalbrookdale. An eligible site for the storage of water in sufficient quantity and at sufficient altitude for the supply of the whole of the district is to be found in the Lydebrook Dingle . . . The area of the watershed contributory to the stream I estimate to be about 500 acres, varying between the altitudes of about 900 and 490 feet above sea level. On 21st of September and again on October 11th I gauged the water flowing down this stream, and found it on each occasion to be at the rate of about 19,400 gallons in the 24 hours. This stream is joined by another which rises near Little Wenlock, the bed of which is covered by an ochrey deposit, besides which, the water would be polluted by the village of Little Wenlock. I do not, therefore, propose to deal with the water of this stream. In order to provide for the maximum and constant supply of 108,000 gallons daily, during he period of drought when the flow of the stream would be reduced below the gaugings I have recorded, reservoir capacity should be provided for 19,440,000 gallons, being equal to a supply of 108,000 gallons daily for a period of 180 days, which quantity I propose to store and utilize under the following heads, viz. :—Reservoirs to contain 11,880,000 gallons for the supply of the highest portion of the district, together with Madeley and the Aqueduct. Reservoir to contain 7,560,000 gallons for the supply of Coalbrookdale and the higher portion of Iron-Bridge. The watershed of the Lydebrook affords about the same area, and is somewhat similar in other respects to that on the other side the Wrekin, which affords the water supply for the town of Wellington, the storage for which town is about 18,500,000 gallons, for a lesser population than that of your district, but where, I think, the demand for water is greater than it would be in the parish of Madeley. It is no doubt probable that a compensation supply of water under this scheme would have to be provided, which could be the more readily secured, and with much less cost, front the fact of the stream joining the Lydebrook not being interfered with. The two first reservoirs would be provided with outlet towers permitting the water to be drawn near the surface through strainers. I do not consider it necessary to provide filter beds. Under the well scheme I propose to divide the district into two parts, and provide a water supply for each, as follows:—Upper and lower Madeley, with the Aqueduct and all the higher part of Iron-Bridge, 12 gallons per head, or 88,834 gallons daily ; Coalbrookdale, 12 gallons per head, or 19,092 gallons daily. The town of Madeley, &c., to be supplied from a well to be sunk into the Bunter beds of the New Red Sandstone, about 1¼ miles south-east of Madeley. I have no doubt that a satisfactory supply of water is to be obtained from these measures, both as regards quantity and quality, from a well and borehole, sunk adjoining the main road near New House Farm. On the site of the well would be constructed a pumping station with engines and pumps in duplicate for delivering the water into a service reservoir capable of containing about 29 days' supply, a suitable site for which reservoir is to be found at an altitude of about 500ft. O.D. on the Meadow Pit Mound, from which reservoir water would gravitate to the district. I propose taking the supply of water for Coalbrookdale from the Lydebrook above the junction of the stream from Little Wenlock, and to convey it by means of cast-iron pipes to a service tank to be constructed just below the Wynne's Coppice, which site would afford sufficient altitude for supplying the whole of Coalbrookdale. . . Under the river scheme, as the proposed site for works would be near Coalbrookdale, I include the water supply for that part of the parish, and therefore consider this scheme as one available for the whole of the district under consideration. A suitable site for works is to be found above flood level, and also above any local pollution to the river from the district in the meadow immediately east of the Great Western Railway near Severn House. It would be necessary to provide a subsidence reservoir in order that the mechanical impurities of the water may be precipitated at such times as the river was in flood; this would be necessary in order to secure the efficient working of the filter beds. A pumping station would be constructed with duplicate engines and pumps, with filter beds, and pure water tank, from which latter the filtered water would be pumped to a service reservoir, constructed as hereinbefore proposed on the Meadow Pit Mound at about 500ft. O.D., with a small service reservoir at an elevation of about 370ft. O.D. at a suitable intermediate point for the supply of Coalbrookdale. I calculate the elevation for pumping the water under this scheme would be about 380ft., or about 80ft. more than under scheme No. 2. The filter beds would require considerable attention in order to make the water a suitable supply. The most to be said in favour of this scheme is the abundance of the supply at command. I have considered the cost involved in the carrying out of the works indicated in this report under the three schemes as follows, viz.:—Gravitation scheme, with the attending works and providing the necessary service mains with valves and fire plugs, in the sum of £11,180. Well and Lydebrook: I estimate the cost of well, bore hole, with the pumping station, consisting of duplicate engines, pumps, buildings, cottage for engine man, fencing, service reservoir, with pumping and service mains, valves and fire plugs, in the sum of £6,490. The Lydebrook supply for Coalbrookdale in the sum of £910. Cost under second scheme, £7,400. As to the river scheme I estimate the cost of intake, reservoirs, three filter beds, pumping station with duplicate engines, pumps, buildings, cottage, fencing, together with pumping and service mains, valves, and fire plugs, in the sum of £8,750. In the estimates of cost I have included about five miles of service mains and 15 per cent, for contingencies, law and engineering charges. I have not included the cost of land, easements, or the cost of providing any compensation supply of water under the No. 1 scheme. In the first scheme about six to seven acres of land would be required; in the second about one acre; and in the third scheme about one and a quarter acres. I consider that the district may be efficiently supplied with water at lesser cost under scheme No. 2 than would be afforded by either of the other schemes. That is from a well sunk into the Bunter beds of the New Red Sandstone, and by securing a supply from the Lydebrook for Coalbrookdale. At the same time, if it should he found that the Lydebrook water is not easily obtained, Coalbrookdale may be included in the well scheme, with a somewhat lesser cost in outlay for works, but by an increased annual cost for pumping. For the necessary expenditure on the works you will no doubt obtain the sanction of the Local Government Board, and assuming the cost is repaid in 30 years at 3½ per cent. the charge will be £5 8s. 9d., or on the £7,400 a sum of about £402 per annum. I am informed that a 1d. rate produces about £80; a 5d. rate will therefore be about the cost for the repayment of principal and interest on the loan for carrying out the second scheme. I further estimate the cost of pumping water under the second scheme in the sum of £150 per annum, and under the Severn scheme for both pumping and filtering in the sum of £250 per annum. Assuming we capitalize a sum equivalent to the annual cost of pumping under the second scheme at the same rate as before, i.e., 3½ per cent. for 30 years, it would mean a sum of £2,770, which amount added to the cost of the well scheme would leave a considerable balance in its favour over the cost of the gravitation scheme. If you elect to proceed on the scheme for securing the water supply front the New Red Sandstone, I think the best course for the further development of the question would be to secure the sanction of the Local Government Board for the necessary loan for providing the supply of water."

The Mayor asked the engineer what he thought the cost would be for the compensation works if they adopted No. 1 scheme.—Mr. Stooke said he could not properly answer that question, but he thought it would be £700 or £800.—The Mayor: Would an attendant be necessary at the reservoir? —Mr. Stooke: Certainly not, but if the Local Government Board ordered filtered beds then it would necessitate an attendant—On the suggestion of Councillor Beddoes, the reporters were asked not to mention all the figures named by the mayor and engineer.—In reply to Councillor Cartwright, Mr. Stooke said they could rely on his figures.—Councillor Beddoes asked if the putting down of filtering beds would cost much.—The Engineer replied that it would cost £700 or £800 more.—Councillor Maddox wanted to know if the £11,180 was the maximum figure of the first scheme?- Mr. Stooke answered that the extra cost would be the purchase of the land and filtration.—With reference to the second scheme, Mr. Stooke, in reply to Councillor Beddoes, said this was the one he strongly recommended, the borings of which would cost £400.—Colonel Anstice said he was not in favour of No. 3 scheme, and he moved they abolish that scheme.—Councillor Cartwright seconded the motion, which was carried.—Councillor Beddoes did not believe in No. 2 scheme if the water was to be taken from two places.—The Engineer suggested that they ask the Local Government Board for permission to borrow £400 in order to prove No. 2 scheme.—The Mayor: Suppose we decide to spend the £900 out of the current rate?—The Engineer : Then you could do the work at once.—The Mayor moved that they take steps to test the water of No. 2 scheme.—Councillor Weston seconded.—Councillor Maddox moved, as an amendment, that No. 1 scheme be tested.—There was no seconder, and the mayor's motion was carried, but Councillor Maddox voted against it.—Councillor Anstice proposed that they apply to the Local Government Board for permission to borrow £400 to test No. 2 scheme.—Councillor Bryan seconded the motion, which was carried.


11th December 1897


WESLEY GUILD.—The usual fortnightly meeting of this guild was held on Thursday evening in the Wesleyan Schoolroom. The subject for discussion was "Is war necessary?" and the unanimous opinion of the guild was in the affirmative. Mr. George Aston presided over a rather poor attendance.


ACCIDENT.—On Saturday a lad named Henry Ruff, employed at Messrs. Maw's Encaustic Tile Works, fell off a cart which was being loaded with refuse, thereby severely cutting his head. Messrs. S. Bunnagar (foreman) and T. Harrington rendered first aid, and the lad is now progressing satisfactorily under the care of Dr. Jacobsen, of Broseley.

LANTERN ENTERTAINMENT.—On Monday evening a magic-lantern entertainment, entitled "Round the World with the G.F.S.," was given in the School. The lecture was delivered by the Rector to a small but appreciative audience. Some songs were rendered by the members of the G.F.S., and the songs were accompanied by Mrs. Marsden Edwards on the new piano.


18th December 1897


FORESTER'S FUNERAL.—On Saturday, the remains of the late Mr. Humphrey Harrington, of Benthall, were interred in the Parish Churchyard. The Rev. J. W. Johnson (vicar) conducted the service in a very impressive manner. Deceased was in his 56th year, and leaves a widow and one son to mourn his loss. He was a member of the old Benthall Brass Band until it was disbanded. He was also a member of the Iron-Bridge Rifle Corps for some time, and had been a member of Court "Rose of the Green" of the Order of Foresters, held at the Lion Hotel, Broseley, for a number of years. As a mark of respect 12 members of the said Foresters' Court, attired in the usual regalia of the order, attended the funeral. Messrs. Maw and Co.'s Encaustic Tile Works were also largely represented (deceased having been in the employ of Messrs. Maw and Co. for about 38 years). A number of the tradesmen and inhabitants of Broseley and district also testified their respect for the deceased by following his remains to their last resting place. The funeral cortege left the late residence of the deceased in the following order:—Ancient Order of Foresters; bearers, Messrs. W. Humphries, J. Wilde, St. Clair Adams, J. Williams, A. Pumford, and George Gilbert; hearse, containing the body; mourners, Messrs. Wm. and James Harrington (brothers), Mr. Thomas Harrington (son), Messrs. H. T. J. G. Harrington and W. Bird (nephews), Messrs. J. Bird and W. Hudson (brothers-in-law). A number of wreaths were sent by relatives and friends.


The second annual dinner in connection with this club was held on Thursday at the Pheasant Hotel, when the catering of Mr. T. Beard (landlord) was the theme of favourable comment. The room was tastefully decorated. There was a capital company, over which Alderman G. H. Maw presided. Dr. Boon occupied the vice-chair.—The cloth removed, the usual loyal and patriotic toasts were submitted and heartily drank.—Mr. Joseph Garbett then sang "Give me my cot."—Mr. E. Davies submitted the toast of "The Bishop and Clergy and Ministers of all Denominations,” and Mr. C. Smith humorously responded.— Song, “Polka and the Ploughboy," Dr. Jacobson.— Song, "Louisiana boo," Mr. B. Bennion.—Mr. F. R. Smith here proposed "Success to the Broseley Cycling Club." He presumed that the club was a very prosperous one and about the best in the county. He hoped this would not be the last time he should attend their annual dinner. (Applause.)—The toast was drank with musical honours.—Mr. W. Francis (hon. sec.) responded, and rendered a song in fine style.—Mr. J. Dixon in eulogistic terms proposed the health of the president, which the Chairman suitably acknowledged.—Song, "The Death of Nelson," Mr. J. Jones; comic song, "Then the Band Played," Mr. H. Pellowe; song, "Three Men on a Bike," Mr. H. E. Clarke; song, "Shelling Green Peas," Mr. Hotchkiss; song, "Say Au Revoir." Mr. A. Dixon; comic song, "Tickling Mad," Mr. B. Bennion; song, "Swanee River," Mr. A. Wylde; song, "Far Away," Mr. Hotchkiss; song, " Tommy Atkins," Dr. Jacobson ; song, "Jack's come home to-day," Mr. J. Watkins; song, "Glorious Beer," Mr. H. Pellowe; song, " And the verdict was," Mr. T. Francis ; song, " Dinah," Mr. B. Bennion. Other songs followed. The arrangements were admirably carried out by Mr. W. Francis, and the accompaniments were successfully played by Mr. B. Bennion.


25th December 1897




THE above-mentioned Statute requires that on and after the 1st January, 1898

1. Every person receiving more than one infant under the age of five years for maintenance apart from their parents for hire or reward, for a longer period than 48 hours, shall rive notice thereof within 48 hours to the Board of Guardians.

This Notice shall truly state the names, ages, and sex of the infants, and the names and abode of the persons from whom the infants were received.

2. If any such infant is transferred from the care of a person who has so received it, notice must forthwith be given of the name and address of the person to whom it has been transferred.

3. Any person receiving an infant under two years for a lump sum, not exceeding £20, without any agreement for further payment, shall give notice within 48 hours. In default, any sum received is liable to be forfeited.

4. All such notices shall be in writing, and shall either be delivered at The Beeches, Iron-Bridge, or be sent by registered letter to the Clerk to the Guardians, The Beeches, Iron-Bridge.

5. In case of the death of such infant, notice must be given to the Coroner of the district, within 24 hours, by the person having care of the infant.

6. All persons receiving such infants must admit, without obstruction, the Inspector or other person appointed by the Board of Guardians to inspect' the infants and the premises in which they are retained.

7. They must also obey the directions of the Board of Guardians with regard to the number of infants who may be received in any premises, and with regard to the removal of any child from their care to a workhouse or place of safety.

8. All persons whatsoever must admit to their premises and refrain from obstructing an Inspector or other person acting on the authority of a search warrant issued under this Act.

9. No infant shall be received for hire by any person who has been deprived of the care of any child under this Act, or has been convicted of any offence under the Protection of Children Acts, unless the Board of Guardians consent in writing.

10. Every person who disobeys the foregoing provisions of the law is liable to be fined £5, or sent to prison for six months.

This does not include hospitals and charitable institutions, nor the parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, or guardians of an infant.


Clerk to the Guardians.

The Beeches, Iron-Bridge, 9th December, 1897.



ACCIDENT.—On Wednesday the early goods train from Shrewsbury ran into the gates at No.1 Crossing (G.W.R.), which were closed at the time, causing damage thereto.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS.—On Tuesday Maw and Co., with their usual kindness at this season of the year, presented each of their foreman, and others with a turkey, goose, fowl, or other Christmas cheer.

DEATH OF A DRAUGHTSMAN.-Mr. Charles Goring, formerly agent for this journal, and of late a draughtsman at Craven and Dunnill's works was buried on Saturday at Broseley Cemetery. He was a very promising young man and respected by all who knew him.

TEMPERANCE MEETING.- A temperance meeting connection with the Coalford Band of Hope was held on Monday in the National Schoolroom. There was fair attendance. Mr. W. Thomas presided. and after the singing of a hymn, the Rev. E Collett, M.A. (rector of Hughley),engaged in prayer.—The Chairman delivered an address, in the course of which he described the drink as a terrible enemy.-Speeches were also delivered by Mr. J. Gilpin, Rev. E. Collett, and Mr. E. B. Benson (Shrewsbury). Recitations and Band of Hope songs were rendered during the evening. The meeting closed with the usual votes of thanks. Miss Harrison presided at the harmonium.


ACCIDENT.- On Tuesday Mr. Arthur Maw’s coachman was proceeding along the New Road with a horse and carriage, when he came into collision with a horse and cart, breaking the axletree of the cart &c. No injury occurred to the horse or driver.


CHRISTMAS SHOW.— The tradesmen of Broseley have made ample provision to satisfy the requirements of their customers at this festive season. The butchers are, as usual, in the foreground, their exhibits being in excellent condition. The confectioners follow with everything calculated to tempt and gratify the appetite. The drapers, too, have a grand display. The stationers and fancy dealers also have on hand a fine selection of goods, suitable for presents, and the tobacconists are showing their best brands.