Extracts from

The Wellington Journal


Shrewsbury News




relating to Broseley and District
with additional illustrations






Broseley Local History Society




7th January 1899


 JAMES DAVIES’S 6½d, Bazaar has been appreciated so much, and so well patronised that it will be continued for a further period. New Goods. Great Bargains.

DANCE.– A very successful dance in aid of the funds of the Broseley Albion Football Club took place in the Town Hall on Boxing Night. The room was very prettily decorated by the members of the committee, assisted by the players and friends.

PRIZE DISTRIBUTION.– The annual distribution of prizes in connection with Broseley Congregational Sunday School took place on Sunday, when upwards of 100 scholars were presented with their rewards of merit. Before distributing the prizes, the Superintendent (Mr. R. Bunnagar) impressed upon the scholars the necessity of reading sound and healthy literature, and spoke of the evil effects of reading bad books. Mr. Gilpin (Iron-Bridge) also gave an address.

ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH.– A bright and cheerful service was held by the Rector (Rev. G. Fleming Lamb, M.A.) in Broseley Parish Church on Christmas morning. There was no sermon, but appropriate hymns were very heartily sung, the choir sustaining their well-known reputation. Mr. Theo. Watkiss presided at the organ. The chancel, font, and pulpit were neatly and tastefully decorated by the Misses Potts (The Bank), and the windows, which gave evidence of careful and skilful treatment, were kindly undertaken by the Misses Lister (High Street). The chrysanthemum plants adorning the chancel (adding greatly to the general effect) were kindly lent by Mr. E. B. Potts (The Bank). The altar vases were very neatly arranged by Miss Lamb. There was a fair congregation, end a collection was taken in behalf of the aged poor.

DISTRIBUTION OF PRIZES.– On Sunday afternoon the annual distribution of prizes to the scholars attending the Broseley Wesleyan Sunday School took place. Mr. J. E. Hartshorn (The Lea) presided, and in a few well-chosen remarks, distributed the prizes to the following recipients, in addition to which each child was presented with a motto card:– Madge Jones, Harry Aston, Bertie Jones, Ernest Oakley, Alice Jones, Dorothy Aston, Annie Trevor, Emmie Oakley, Elsie Rowe, Hilda Beard, Lily Jones, Percy Blackford, Cecil Jones, Frank Price, Edgar Blackford, Percy Boden, William Morris, George Bennett, Stephen Jones, Edgar Price, Greville Aston, Willie Oakley, Alfred Roberts, Jack Aston, Herbert Price, Charles Davis, Sydney Blackford, Cecil Davis, James Roberts, Charles Rice, Arthur Harris, Arthur Davis, Bertie Beard, Fred. Harris, Edith Oakley, Annie Roberts, Daisy Hough, Edith Shaw, Lucy Mason, Emma Bradeley, Lizzie Evans, May Evans, Mary Ann Shaw, Patty Gittins, William Price, Albert Boden, W. Corfleld, Abraham Minton, W. McLelland, Harry Rowe, Robert Blood, John Bowen, Cecil Rowe, Samuel Jones, Harry Roberts, James Gittins, Alfred Seabury, Virtue Harvey, Norman Taylor, Willie Jones, Walter Williams, Harry Hill, Percy Roberts, Marjorie Taylor, Mabel Rowe, Florrie Ball, Hilda Wood, Marie Tench, and Popsy Oakley.

7th January 1899


The monthly meeting was held on Wednesday; present:– Captain D. L. Prestage (chairman), Aldermen G. H, Maw, J. A. Exley Councillors W. Mear, P. Jones, E. G. Exley, W. E. Southorn, with Messrs. A. Owen (deputy clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), J. Dixon (collector), and Dr. Gepp (medical officer of health).

THE BROSELEY WATER SUPPLY.– An exhaustive report was read front Mr. Stooke (engineer) estimating the cost it would take to bring the Harrington water to Broseley. He said Broseley and Wenlock would require 100,000 gallons a day, and he estimated the cost of providing mains, &c., from the Meadow Pit Mound, Madeley, to Broseley at £4,049, but it would be £517 less if not taken to Much Wenlock. He estimated the pumping plant at the Meadow Pit, and capital expense incurred of sinking the well, &c., to be £13,200. With reference to the Sutton Hill scheme, the report went on to state that the yield was 30,000 gallons every 24 hours, and that with a population of 4,000 people the supply would only be 6½ gallons per head. He suggested a storage tank near the Jackfield Gasworks and he estimated the cost of pumping station, &c., at £3,000, which did not include the payment of a caretaker. He recommended the Harrington supply in preference to the Sutton Hill.– The Chairman considered it a lengthy report and suggested they have printed copies of it. He added that in the first instance bringing water from Harrington to Madeley represented a capital charge of £13,200. He did not see from the report any suggestion how the capital would be divided, a question which he considered they should know something about.– The Clerk mentioned that the ex-mayor had discussed the matter with Mr. Stooke who was of opinion that the capital expenditure should be borne in proportion to the quantity of water required. The estimated cost to Broseley if Wenlock did not join would be about £7,000.– The Willey scheme it was stated was estimated at £5,000.– Dr, Gepp remarked that the water at Harrington or Willey was pure, but Harrington water was less hard.– Alderman Exley asked if Dawley intended to take the water.– The Clerk observed nothing was settled.– Mr. Jones maintained they should go in for the best scheme.– The Chairman was of opinion that the Local Government Board would favour the Madeley scheme. He wondered whether Benthall would not join them in the Harrington scheme. It would reduce the rate.–Mr. Jones said Benthall had no water.–Alderman Maw suggested that a communication be sent to Benthall Committee asking them to join with them in the scheme. -The Chairman remarked by joining Madeley they would assist them.– Alderman Maw said there was not much difference between the schemes.– Mr. Jones remarked that the Willey scheme appeared to be a complicated affair altogether.– Alderman Exley: Would the ratepayers be contented  to pay the extras 1s.?- Mr. Jones stated they were spending a lot of money, and yet were in the same place. They were getting blamed, and he contended that if they joined the Harrington scheme it would all be swept off their backs. (Laughter.) They were now paying for water at the door.– Alderman Maw said the Harrington scheme meant an extra rate of 1s. 4d. in the pound, and the Willey 1/3 - a fact which the ratepayers should know.– The Surveyor stated that a halfpenny for a bucket of water meant 17s. 6d. for 1,000 gallons.– The Chairman said the question was whether Jackfield would want the Harrington water.– Mr. Jones said he did not see why, for they had plenty of water.– The Chairman did not think the rate­payers’ pockets would be saved by going to Willey.– On the suggestion of the Chairman, it was decided to discuss the question with Benthall and the Madeley Committee.

FINANCE.– The Clerk said there was a balance in hand that day of £205 10s. 5d.–Mr. Dixon said there was £124 to be collected in the next two months.– A cheque for £45 was drawn in favour of the surveyor.

A BAD ROAD.– Alderman Maw spoke as to the bad condition of the road at Jackfield below the Boat.- The surveyor was Instructed to inspect the place.

IN CASE OF SNOW.– The surveyor, on the suggestion of the Chairman, was instructed to have the pavements cleared without delay when covered with snow.

7th January 1899


LECTURE.– On Monday evening the Hon. Orlando St. Maur Forester (the younger son of the late revered Canon Lord Forester) gave a very interesting and able lecture at Willey Hall, the subject being, “The Church Missionary Centenary.” The lecture was very interesting.

SCHOOL TREAT AND ENTERTAINMENT. – On Monday evening this annual and interesting event took place at Willey Hall, through the kindness of Lord and Lady Forester. The school children of Barrow and Linley, with their respective teachers, arrived at the hall at 3 p.m., and partook of an excellent tea, with an abundance of plum cake, buns, &c., after which a magic lantern entertainment was given in the front hall. The pictures were described as “Puss in Boots,” &c., and the story was kindly read by Lord Forester in a very effective manner. Mr. Thomas Laurence of Broseley skilfully manipulated the slides.–  Songs and music followed, after which the Hon. Charles Forester introduced the phonograph, and the children and the numerous visitors present greatly appreciated the efforts made to provide amusement for them.

7th January 1899


DEATH OF MRS. OSWELL.– The respected wife of Mr. Joseph Oswell (Derby) passed away very suddenly on Sunday at her residence, White House, Derby. Deceased, who was only 33 years of age, was the youngest daughter of the late Mr. Hiram Hill, Half Moon, Jackfield, and a sister of Mr. Stephen Hill, Grocer, Broseley.

14th January 1899


OLD BAPTIST CHAPEL. – At this chapel on Sunday evening in the New Year sermon was delivered by the Rev. W. H. Bishop.

SPECIAL SERMON.– On Sunday evening a very earnest and appropriate discourse to young men and young women was delivered at Birch Meadow Chapel by the Rev. A. Seine (pastor).

P.W.E. ADULT BIBLE CLASS. – On Wednesday the usual meeting on connection with this class was held in the Congregational Chapel.  The Rev. W. Prothero gave a New Year’s address after which an adjournment was made to the schoolroom, where light refreshments were provided, and a general meeting took place under this presidency of Mr. M. Jones, M.A. Iron-Bridge.  The officers were duly elected.


Before Lord Forester (mayor), Colonel J. A. Anstice, Major R.. E. Anstice, Colonel Wayne, Alderman A. .B. Dayas, and Mr W. G. Norris.

THE VACCINATION ACT.– Mr. William Chilton, Coalbrookdale asked the Justices to grant him a certificate of exemption under the Vaccination Act respecting his two children, aged seven months and one year and eight months respectively. – Colonel Anstice: You are too late, - The Applicant: I have been away nearly 12 months, and have not had the opportunity of applying. – Lord Forester: Too late.  We cannot do anything.  I think it is a very bad Act. – The Applicant: I think it is a beneficial one. – The Clerk: I advised him this morning to talk to a medical gentleman about it.

DRUNKENNESS. – The following persons were summoned for this offence: - Samuel Griffiths, Broseley (by Police constable Roberts); fined 5s. and costs. -  William Tench, sweep, Broseley (by Sergeant Darbyshire); 28 days’ hard labour.

 NO LICENSE. -  William Onions, labourer, Iron-Bridge, was fined 1s. and costs for keeping a dog without a license. – Police constable Teece proved the case.

ASSAULT ON A WIDOW.– Benjamin Williams, single man, Jackfield, was charged with assaulting a widow named Mary Lloyd, next door neighbour.– Complainant stated that defendant (who did not appear) threw her things into the Severn and knocked her down and hit her on the head.  This was not the first time he had assaulted her. -  Sergeant Rowen stated that the parties cohabited, and defendant had ill-used her more than once. – Complainant said defendant did not live with her now. – Defendant was sentenced to 14 days’ hard labour, and a further seven days’ if he failed to pay the costs.

14th January 1899


THE GALE.– During the severe gale which occurred at mid-day on Thursday a large corrugated iron structure, in course of erection opposite Messrs. Maw and Co.’s works, was blown down and completely wrecked, a portion being carried to the river side. Fortunately no one was injured.


An inquest was held at Arley-on-Severn yesterday, on the body of Samuel Bowyer, aged 22 years, who, up to the beginning of December, was a groom in the employ of Mr. W. O. Foster of Apley Park, near Bridgnorth. It appears that on December 7th the deceased left Apley, and was supposed to have been drowned in the Severn at or near Sweeney Cliff, near Coalport. A stick, identified as belonging to Bowyer, was found on the river embankment near Coalport, and the river was dragged, but the body could not be found until Thursday, when it was recovered from the Severn at Arley. Information to this effect was forwarded to Chief-Superintendent Edwards at Wellington, and Sergeant Humphreys of Shifnal, and another person from Apley proceeded to Arley and identified the body.- After hearing the evidence, the jury returned a verdict of “Found drowned.”

21st January 1899


WESLEYAN CHAPEL.– A public meeting was on Wednes­day held at this place of worship under the auspices of the Band of Hope and Temperance Society. Mr. W. Thomas (president) occupied the chair. Some of the members have thought it desirable to start a branch of the Independent Order of Rechabites in the neighbourhood, and several gentlemen from Wellington were present and explained the objects and benefits of the order.

21st January 1899


THE LATE MR. S. BOWER.– The remains of the late Mr. Samuel Bowyer of Shirlett, whose body (as recorded in the Journal on Saturday last) was found in the River Severn at Arley, near Bewdley, on the 12th inst., were interred in Barrow Cemetery on Sunday afternoon. The funeral service was conducted in a very impressive manner by the Rev. W. H. Wayne (rector of Willey and Barrow). The mourners were:–Mrs. Bowyer (mother of deceased), Mrs. Lewis, Misses Pollie, Sallie, and Annie Bowyer (sisters), Messrs. Harry and William Child (uncles), Bert and Ted Child (cousins), Mr. John Lewis (brother-in-law), Mr. George Gittings (Caughley), Mr. Platt and Mr. Lucas (Apley), Miss Rowe and Messrs. Jeffrey and Edward Rowe (Shirlett). A number of beautiful wreaths were sent by relatives and friends.

28th January 1899


The fierce south-westerly gale which prevailed on Saturday and Sunday caused extensive damage in various parts of the country. In Shropshire its effects can only be described as most disastrous. In the low-­lying portions of the county the floods have been more extensive than have been known for years, vast tracks of land being submerged. …….

At Iron-Bridge, owing to the rapid rise of the river, people who lived near the Severn had to seek refuge in other houses. The water was on the Wharfage and vehicular traffic was stopped. The Severn foundry was flooded and the men could not work. Cellars along the Wharfage were filled with water, and so was Mr. Poole’s shop. As for the White Hart Hotel no one could approach it. In the bar the water rose rapidly. Several people sat up all Sunday night and were afraid to go to bed. Crowds have come from all parts of the district to witness the great flood-the largest for 12 years. The flood in February, 1881, was 9 inches higher than the present one, and on May 15th, 1886, it was 8 inches lower than in 1881.

The main roads at Jackfield were covered with water, and some of the people, had to live upstairs. The passage boats were of little use and the bridges have the extra pedestrians.

The floods at Coalport reached as far as some of the shops in the famous china works, consequently the work had to be partially suspended.

4th February 1899


GENEROSITY.– Messrs. Dunnill & Co. presented all the householders who had the flood in their houses with 5 cwt. of coal each, an act which was much appreciated.

A CONCERT took place in the Wesleyan Chapel on Mon­day, and was pronounced one of the best that had been given in this building for some years. The chapel was crowded, and vocal and instrumental music was thoroughly appreci­ated. Mr. W. H. Southouse occupied the chair. Those who took part included-Mr. A. Skitt, Miss Barns, Mr. G. Pritchard, Miss R. Cullis, Mr. A. Evans, Miss A Maiden, and Miss A. Cleobury.

11th February 1899


P.W.E.C. – On Wednesday the usual meeting in connection with this society was held under the presidency of Mr. T. Legge.  An appropriate address was given by Mr. Gilpin of Iron-Bridge.  Mr. M. Amphlett (Broseley) and Miss Vaughan (Iron-Bridge) gave a violin duet, which was much appreciated.  Mr. George Tonkiss presided at the harmonium.  There was a good attendance.

WEDDING. – On Wednesday Broseley was astir on the occasion of the marriage of Miss Emily R. Jones, third daughter of Mr P. Jones of The Rock, Broseley, with Mr W. Francis of Broseley.  The time appointed for the ceremony was 11 o’clock, and by this time All Saints’ Church was nearly filled with spectators. The bridegroom was accompanied by his best man, Mr H. E. Morgan of Hereford. The bride entered the church and was escorted to the alter by her father, who gave away. She wore a fawn cloth costume with hat to match, and a turquoise silk blouse, trimmed with gold passementrie and chiffon, and carried a shower bouquet.  The bridesmaid was Miss May Jones sister of the bride.  Miss Hilda Watkiss played a selection of music on the organ, and on leaving “The Wedding March” was given.  The ceremony was conducted by the Rev. J. Richardson of Manchester.  After breakfast, the wedding pair left by train for London, amidst showers of confetti and the good-wishes of the guests and friends. The presents, numbering over 70, were both useful and valuable.

18th February 1899


BROSELEY WOOD SCHOOL. – The inspector’s report of this as to the good order of the children, and the very fair success of the teaching is satisfactory.

P.W.E.C.– On Wednesday, the usual meeting in connection with this society was held under the presidency of Mr. Richard Bunnagar.  The Rev L. Jones delivered an address and Miss Nellie Bunnagar gave a recitation.

FANCIERS’ SOCIETY.- At a meeting held on Thursday evening under the presidency  of Mr. Austin Powell. It was decided that a society, to be called “The Broseley and District Fanciers’ Society,” be formed, and that Mr. T. Jones be elected secretary. A strong working committee was chosen.

WESLEYAN CHAPEL.– As will be seen from the advertising space the Rev. G. Campbell Morgan of London will preach two sermons in the chapel on Sunday, and deliver a lecture the following Monday evening. Mr. Morgan is well known in this locality, where he laboured very successfully some years ago.

NATIONAL SCHOOLS.– The report of her Majesty’s inspector upon these schools for the past year is a very excellent one. He remarks that satisfactory progress has been made during the year in the boys’ school and that the general condition of the school is creditable to Mr. Clark and his staff. The girls’ school department “is as usual in excellent order, and has been well taught.” The infants’ school department “is in good order and has been well taught.” The highest and excellent grant has been earned in each department and the efforts made by Mr. Clark, Miss Street, and Miss Bettridge in their several schools to encourage regular attendance has been successful, and has resulted in a substantial increase in the Government grant for average attendance for the past year.


Before Lord Forester (mayor), Major R. E.  Anstice, Messrs. W. G. Norris and E. W. Shorting.

FURIOUS DRIVING.– Richard Lane, Iron-Bridge, a member of the Wenlock Town Council was charged with driving furiously at Aqueduct, and Edwin Hartley, Dawley, was charged with riding furiously at the same time and place. For Lane, Mr. Carriage pleaded guilty adding that his client regretted having done anything that caused the correction by a policeman.  He asked the bench to withdraw the case, and he would pay the costs, or Lane would give anything towards any charitable institution. – Mr. Spender made a similar appeal on behalf of Hartley, adding that it would save the stigma of a conviction.– Defendants were, however, each fined £2, including costs, in default 14 days.

DRUNK.– George Goodwin, Iron-Bridge, was charged by police constable Teece with being drunk.– Fined 1s. and costs.

NO LIGHTS.– Alfred Pountney, jun., Broseley, was charged with driving a mail cart without lights.– Sergeant Bowen proved the case, and defendant was fined 10s. including costs.

WARNING TO PATIENTS.– Thomas Mullard, Buildwas, was summoned for disobeying an attendance order.  The Bench made an order for the lad who is 12 years of age, to go to an industrial school till he is 16 years of age.–  Edward Norrey (Much Wenlock) and William Potts (Iron-Bridge) were each fined for neglecting to send their children regularly to school.– Mr. T. Owen (attendance officer) proved the cases.

4th March 1899


The monthly meeting was held on Wednesday, when there were present:–Alderman G. H. Maw (chairman), Alderman J. A. Exley, Councillors E. G. Exley, W. Mear, P. Jones, and Messers, G. Cooper (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), W. L. Woollam (assistant surveyor), J. Dixon (collector).

RATE DEFAULTERS.– Mr Dixon stated that he had collected £340 10s., but there remained £19 17s. 1d. outstanding. He produced a list of rate defaulters, and he was instructed to issue summonses against them for the next court.

FINANCE.– The Clerk said there was a balance in hand amounting to £167 18s. The surveyor asked for a cheque to the amount of £30, which was granted him, in fact cheques amounting to £142 in payment of bills were ordered to be drawn, including £3 3s. 4d. for income tax.– Alderman Exley did not think they turned over enough money to pay income tax.– The Chairman remarked it was simply taking it out of one pocket and putting it into the other.– The Sur­veyor said he had spent on the roads since the last meeting £25 16s. 8d.

NUISANCE AT JACKFIELD.- The Surveyor was, on the motion of the Chairman, instructed to take proceedings against Mr J. D. Smith, landlord of the Duke of Wellington Inn, if be did not abate a nuisance which existed near his premises.

A ROADMAN’S APPLICATION.– A letter was received from Robert McLelland (roadman) asking for a rise of 2s. a week, which was refused, and it was decided to accept the man’s resignation,

NIGHT SOIL.- Mr. Dixon asked if the Council could promulgate a plan whereby cottage owners could be assisted in emptying cesspits.– The inspector produced plans and estimates for supplying iron night soil cart.– It was decided to purchase a night soil cart at £25 and let it out on hire to cottagers.

18th March 1899


FOUND DEAD IN BED.– When Mrs. Gittens went to take her widowed father, William Venn, some food on Thursday morning, she found him dead in bed. Deceased had been to her house on the previous night, and complained of a pain in his side, but would not see a doctor. He lived with a son, and before the latter went to his work deceased told him he was better.

CONCERT.– The annual concert of the boys’ depart­ment of the National Schools, for the purpose of providing prizes for regular and punctual attendance, took place on Monday and Tuesday evenings. The first part of the programme consisted of an operetta, entitled “The Musical Village.” in which the principal roles were undertaken as follows:– The May Queen, Miss E. Instone; The Foster Parents, Miss M. Jones and Miss G. Preston; Captain Kindheart, Mr. W. Davis; The Duke, Mr. E. Scott. Miss E. Instone’s singing was most enjoyable, whilst the impersonation of her foster parents by Miss G. Preston and Miss M. Jones was exceedingly clever. Captain Kindheart was admirably portrayed by Mr. Walter Davies, who was in good voice, and sang very pleasingly. Mr. Ernest Scott made a most imposing Duke, and sang well. The village policeman was present in the person of Mr. George Penson. The choruses were given with great nerve and expression, and the dances by the milkmaids and farmers were very grace­fully performed. The soldiers of the Duke of Stand-at-Ease looked very smart indeed, and marched in good time. The effect as a whole was greatly entranced by the skilful accom­paniments of the orchestra. The second part of the programme opened with a pianoforte duet “Sleighing on the Lake,” which was effectively rendered by the Misses Nellie and May Bunnagar, after which Mr. J. Ellis gave a piano­forte solo in his usual masterly style. The concluding item was the exceedingly humorous sketch, entitled “The Lawyer’s Bag,” in which the following artistes appeared, their delineations of the various roles being first class:– Mr. Paul Briefiess, Mr. H. E. Clark; Mr. Plausible Prosy, Mr. J. Nicklin ; Mr. Pliant Prosy, Mr. W. Davis; Mrs. Briefless, Miss G. Preston; Mrs. Prosy, Miss M. Jones; Jonas Twigg, Mr. E. Scott. Mr. H. E. Clark, the head­master, is to be congratulated on the success which had resulted from his painstaking training of the scholars.

1st April 1899


ATTEMPTED SUICIDE. – Caroline Parker, a widow, who lived by herself in Church Street, has recently been in a depressed condition, and on Tuesday she attempted to commit suicide by cutting her throat with some blunt instrument.  Dr. Boon was soon on the scene and attended the wound, but the woman now lies in a precarious condition.  Not long ago Mrs Parker’s lodger committed suicide by drowning himself in a pool, and this appears to have preyed upon her mind.


Before Col. J. A. Anstice (chairman), Alderman A B. Dyas and Mr. W. G. Norris

BAD LANGUAGE. – John Bradney, an old soldier, was charged with using bad language at Hockley, Broseley. – Sergeant Bowen proved the case, and defendant was fined 5s. and costs.

THE FACTORY ACT. – H. L. Bolomey grocer and baker, Jackfield, was charged with breaches of the Factory and Workshops Act.  Mr. Spender defended.  Mr Ashworth (inspector) said when he visited the place he found the defendant had not fixed an abstract of the Factory and Workshops Act in the bakehouse, also that the found a lad 18 years of age Thomas Edwards, in the bakehouse at 10 to nine.  He told Mr. Bolomey the lad had no right to be in the bakehouse at that hour.-  Mr Spender pleaded ignorance.–  Defendant was fined 10s and costs.

8th April 1899


A DANCE in aid of the Jackfield band was held on Tuesday in the Town Hall and was well attended. Mr. Honor Wass conducted the band, and Mr. W. Rate officiated as M.C.

WESLEYAN BAND OF HOPE.– On Wednesday evening a very interesting entertainment was given in the Wesleyan Schoolroom. Mr, E. R. Hartshorne sang with much taste and feeling “The Lost Chord.”

FUNERAL OF THE LATE Mr. JOHN GRIFFITHS - On Thursday the remains of the late Mr. John Griffith, of Carver’s Rood, were interred in the graveyard adjoining the Birch Meadow Baptist Chapel. Deceased conducted the singing at this chapel for some years, and was an adept at hand-bell ringing; he and his class having several times competed for prizes at Belle Vue, Manchester, and won one or more of them.

ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH - Services were held on Good Friday, morning and evening, and on Easter Sunday evening in the Parish Church, when appropriate sermons were preached by the Rev. E. A. Richardson. The Rev. G. F. Lamb, M. A. (rector), took the service on Sunday evening.- There were early and midday celebrations of the Holy Communion; at the former there were 80 communicants, and the latter 40. The choral portion of the services, including the anthem, “Awake up, my glory” was admirably rendered by the choir, Mr. Theo Watkiss presided at the organ. The decorations were most neat and artistic, reflecting much credit on the executants, the Misses Potts (The Bank) and the Misses Lister (High Street). The congregation and offertories were good.

PLEASANT WEEKLY EVENING CLASS.–On Good Friday the quarterly meeting of this society was held in the Congregational Chapel. The president, Mr. M. Jones, M. A., of Iron-Bridge occupied the chair, and there was a good num­ber present. An excellent, tea was provided, after which the secretary (Mr. T. Legge) submitted his report, which stated that, notwithstanding the many drawbacks, increased activity and zeal had been manifested in the various depart­ments of the work, with the result that continued and substantial progress had been made. They commenced the quarter with about 30 members, and at the close had 65 members on the books. During the evening excellent addresses were delivered by the chairman, Revs. W. Prothero, W. H. Bishop, and Mr. K. Bunnagar. Pianoforte solos mere contributed by Mrs. Legge and Miss Bunnagar, and songs by Misses Hall and Pearce, with a dote solo by Mr. H. Bunnagar, jun., all of which were highly appreciated.

SAD DEATH OF A YOUNG WOMAN.– Mr. F. H. Potts borough coroner, held an enquiry on Tuesday at the Hand and Tankard (Mr. J. Matthews) touching the death of Sarah Gittens, single woman, who expired on the previous day. Mr. R. P. Smitheman was chosen foreman.– Jane Gittens, mother of the deceased, said she lived at Hockley. Her daughter was 20 years of age and worked at the Benthall Potteries. Deceased was taken ill on Sunday morning in her sisters house. She then complained of pains in the side and stomach. Witness gave her some brandy and attended to her otherwise, but it did not appear to do her any good. She was very sick afterwards. Dr. Jacobson attended to her in the evening, and she died on the following day.– Dr. Jacobson deposed that when he saw her (six o’clock in the evening) she was in bed suffering considerable pain, but he did not notice anything particularly urgent about the case. He attended deceased in December when she was suffering from lead cholic and he assumed the symptoms of cholic had returned and prescribed for her. He saw deceased about one o’clock the next day, when her condition was quite different and she was evidently dying. He held a post-mortem examination at the request of the coroner that morning, and he was of opinion that death was due to the shock caused by the sudden perforation of the stomach. The body all through was very anaemic and bloodless, but it was almost impossible to say what was the exact cause of death. - The jury returned a verdict of “Death from natural causes.” Deceased was to have been bridesmaid at the hour she died, when the wedding was postponed.

8th April 1899


On Wednesday the monthly meeting was held; present: Captain D. L. Prestage, Alderman J. A. Exley, Councillors W. Mear, W. E. Southam. H, J. Exley, and P. Jones, with Messrs. G. Cooper (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), and J. Dixon (collector).

THE RATE COLLECTOR reported be had got all the money in, and there were no defaulters.

THE SANITARY CART.– The Surveyor said the sanitary cart had arrived, but it had but yet been used.– Mr. Exley remarked that a horse was now wanted.– The Surveyor asked the Board to reduce the charge of hiring.– Mr. Mear said he was in favour of letting it out to the cottagers free of charge.– Alderman Exley did not think it should be free. The Chairman thought the charge should be reduced.– Alderman Exley proposed the charge be reduced to 1s.– Mr. Exley seconded, and it was carried.

MEDICAL OFFICER’S REPORT.– The Chairman suggested that they should consider Dr. Gepp’s report, which was voluminous, at the next meeting; in the meantime they should study it, and see what they could do at the next meeting towards carrying some of the suggestions out.– This was agreed to.

BROSELEY WATER SUPPLY.– The Clerk told the meeting that the report of the scheme had gone to the Local Government Board, and they were now waiting for the inquiry.– The plans were submitted and discussed by the meeting.– The Chairman said Mr. Wyatt had sent in his account for £100. He considered the engineer had done his work well, but the Local Government Board would not sanction the scheme.– Mr. Jones said he had done the work, and they should pay him.– Several members were of opinion he should be asked to reduce his charge, and the town clerk was instructed to communicate with Mr. Wyatt on the matter.

15th April 1899


P.W.E. CLASS.– The usual weekly meeting was held in the Congregational Chapel on Wednesday, when Mr. T. Legge delivered an appropriate address. There was a good attendance.

BURIAL BOARD.– Captain D. L. Prestage presided over a meeting of this Board.– The Clerk (Mr. Godfrey Cooper) re­ported that the new portion of the Cemetery will be con­secrated by the Bishop of Hereford.

PARISH MEETING,- The adjourned vestry meeting was held on Thursday evening, when the churchwardens submitted their accounts, which were duly audited and passed, showing a balance in hand of £3 4s. 5d. The Broseley charities’ account were next gone through, and passed, showing a balance of £36 19s. 6d. in hand.

GIRLS’ SCHOOL.– Miss Street, who has been head mistress of this school for several years, having resigned her appoint­ment, owing to her approaching marriage, the managers and friends of the school wished to show their appreciation of her personal worth and her excellent services on behalf of the schools. Accordingly, on Tuesday last, the rector (Rev. G. F. Lamb), on behalf of the subscribers, presented Miss Street with a handsome set of table cutlery and silver, and spoke of the kindly feeling of the parish towards her, the influence for good she had exercised over the children en­trusted to her care, and of the regret which every one felt in parting with her, at the same time wishing her many years of happiness in her new sphere of life.– Mr. F. H. Potts (hon. treasurer of the school) also referred to the satisfactory work Miss Street had accomplished, and the pleasure the managers felt in the uniformly good reports of H. M. inspector on the department under her charge.– On behalf of the scholars and fellow-teachers the Rector presented Miss Street with a handsome pair of silver candlesticks, and an oak tea tray on behalf of the Sunday School teachers.

22nd April 1899


P. W. E .C.– The usual weekly meeting was held at the Congregational Chapel on Wednesday. Mr. M. Amphlett occupied the chair. Rev. W. H. Bishop delivered a stirring address, and Miss Stokes sang a solo in excellent style. Mr. George Tonkiss presided at the organ. On the motion of Rev. W. Prothero a vote of condolence was passed with the secretary (Mr. T. Legge) on the death of his son.

MARRIAGE.– A very pretty wedding took place at Birch Meadow Baptist Chapel on Tuesday morning, when Miss Mary Hurdley, youngest daughter of Mr. John Hurdley, Coneybury Farm, Broseley, was married to Mr. Richard Porter of Bushbury, Wolverhampton. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Arthur Shinn (pastor). Both bride and bridegroom are members of Birch Meadow Baptist Chapel, and the former has been a scholar and teacher in the Sunday School for years. The bride, who looked exceed­ingly well in a dress of blue cashmere, trimmed with white silk and chiffon, white bonnet with orange blossoms, and white veil, and carrying a handsome bouquet was given away by her brother, Mr. John Hurdley of Manchester. There were four bridesmaids- the Misses Ada and Emmie Hurdley (nieces of the bride), Miss Alice Porter (sister of the bridegroom), and Miss Mary Hudson, who were very prettily attired in dresses of white spotted muslin, with yellow sashes and hats to match. Mr. Harry Rowe of Wolverhampton acted as best man. As the wedding party left the chapel several of the school children strewed flowers in the path of the bride, after which an adjournment was made to the residence of the bride’s father, where an excellent repast awaited them. The usual shower of confetti was bestowed upon the happy pair. The presents (which included a very handsome Bible, the gift of the teachers and scholars of the Sunday School) were numerous, useful, and valuable.

CONSECRATION.– On Wednesday the Lord Bishop of Hereford consecrated the new portion (Church of England) of the Cemetery, in the presence of a large concourse of people. It is 15 years since the cemetery was first opened. Meeting at the chapel the procession marched round the new ground (reciting two special psalms), in this order:– Captain D. L. Prestage (chairman of the Broseley Burial Board), Mr. Godfrey Cooper (town clerk), the church choir in surplices, Rev. G. F. Lamb (rector), Bishop’s Chaplain carrying the mitre, the Bishop, his Chancellor, churchwardens (Messrs. E. Davies and E. R. Instone), Messrs. E. J. Exley, P. Jones, and R. A. Instone (members of the Burial Board), Mr. J. Dixon, Mr. E. W. Shorting, and Mr. W. Francis. Having halted, the Chancellor read the legal document, and the choir having sung “Great God, what do I see and bear?” His Lordship thanked the congregation for attending at this special and solemn service, which was a little out of the regular course, but he hoped it would prove more beneficial to them, because it gave them a lesson of reminder. They were apt to take the Christian service too much as a matter of course, and therefore it did not affect their every-day life. The course they had taken that afternoon would remind them of a future resting place, and would also bring back memories of those dearly loved ones gone before. He hoped they would go from that service, carrying away the reminder that their business in life was to prepare for death, and that their great character in life should be so to live, that when they passed behind  the veil they might be received with this welcome – “Well done, good and faithful servant” He was glad to see parents present, and he trusted they would go back with fresh feeling in their hearts of the duties they had to perform to their children as Christian parents in a Christian home. As to the young he trusted they would endeavour to live free from sin, walking always by the grace of God in the blessed footsteps of the Lord and Master, footsteps which would lead to their heavenly home in their Father’s kingdom.  The service concluded with the blessing.




29th April 1899


DEATH OF A LANDLADY.– Mrs Roberts, landlady of the New Inn, died somewhat suddenly on Tuesday morining.  Deceased had been a widow for many years.


PLEASURE FAIR.– This annual event took place on Tuesday, when there was a large number of visitors from the surrounding districts, especially in the evening.

ACCIDENT.– ON Monday, as a youth named Charles Bagley was stepping out of a swing-boat, his foot slipped, and he fell to the ground, striking his forehead against some ironwork, which in­flicted a very nasty gash. He was carried off the ground insensible to the surgery of Messrs. Collins and Boon, where every attention was paid to him.

COURT LEET DINNER.– The annual dinner in connection with Court Leet took place on Tuesday at the Lion Hotel, when a fair company sat down to a capital dinner provided by Mrs. Haugh­ton, under the presidency of Mr. George Potts. Mr. J. Mear occu­pied the vice-chair. Between the toasts songs were contributed by Messrs. J. Garbett, H. Danks, H. Roberts, J. Mear, R. Kitson, F. Lawley, and J. Mason.

A BREWER SCALDED.– On Monday a man named William Davies of Tuckies Fields, Jackfield, was seriously scalded about the face and arms. It appears that he was attending to his duties as brewer at the Duke of Cumberland Inn, Broseley, and was lading some malt liquor out of the boiler when the board he was standing upon suddenly gave way, thus throwing the contents of the utensil over him.

6th May 1899


On Wednesday the monthly meeting was held at the Town Hall, Captain D. L. Prestage presiding. There were also present:– Aldermen G. H. Maw and J. A. Exley, Councillors E. G. Exley, P. Jones, R. A. Instone; W. Mear, and Messrs. Godfrey Cooper (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), J. Dixon (collector), and Dr. Gepp (medical officer).

THE SANITARY CART.– The Surveyor reported that up to the present time there had been no applications for the above cart.– The Collector said that no horses could be got to pull the cart; farmers were busy.- The Clerk thought it was a pity to purchase this cart if no one desired to use it.– The Chairman remarked that it was suggested at the last meeting that they undertook the cleansing of the closets, but he thought they had put enough on the rates.­ Mr. Exley said no doubt the cart would be used.

A JACKFIELD HOUSE CONDEMNED.– Dr. Gepp handed in a certificate condemning a house at Jackfield, occupied by Frederick Pritchard, and recommended the owner, Mr. T. Beard, to put it in habitable repair.– Mr. Maw said houses were badly wanted in Jackfield.– The inspector was in­structed to serve a notice on the owner in accordance with the certificate.

MONEY MATTERS.– The Clerk remarked there was a balance in hand amounting to £116 8s. 10d.– The Surveyor asked for £15, and a cheque was ordered to be drawn in his favour to this amount.- Mr. Dixon reported he had collected £90 5s. on the new rate.

WATER SUPPLY.– With reference to this supply the Town Clerk remarked that he had nothing to report excepting that Mr. Stooke (engineer) was in London last week, when he interviewed the Local Government Board on the matter, who promised that they would write to the clerk that week, but be had not yet received any communication from them. He believed they would give them permission to start the well sinking without waiting for the inquiry. They were very much impressed with the scheme, and the inquiry might not be held for some months. If the Local Government Board gave them permission to borrow £1,200 for sinking purposes, he believed they would be sure to sanction the scheme.– The Chairman: Then we might say the water supply is satisfactorily progressing. (Laughter.)

THE PAVEMENTS.– The Chairman raised the question of repairing some of the pavements, and after some conver­sation it was decided to approach the Main Roads Com­mittee on the matter.– On the suggestion of Mr. Exley, the surveyor was instructed to repair the crossing opposite Mr. Potts’s house.

13th May 1899


ACCIDENT.– ON Monday a serious accident occurred to Leonard Hedge, groom to the Dr. Jacobson.  It appears he was driving a horse and trap down the New Road, when, taking too sudden a turn at the bottom, he came into collision with some new building in the course of erection, and was thrown of the ground with great violence, nearly cutting off one of his ears. The horse immediately afterwards took fright and proceeded down Church Street but a little boy named Kite, only 12 years old, who was in the trap, with great presence of mind for one so young, took hold of the reins and succeeded in stopping the animal and brought the horse and trap back to Dr. Jacobson without further injury to either

THE SWING BOAT ACCIDENT.– At the Clarenden Hotel, Shrewsbury, on Tuesday, an inquest was held by Mr. R. E.­ Clarke relative to the death of Charles Bagley of Broseley, who died in the Salop Infirmary, on Sunday, from injuries received in a swing boat accident. On Monday fortnight deceased was at Broseley Pleasure Fair, and in getting out of a swing boat, he fell and under the next one, which was in motion. In getting up, deceased was struck on the head by the descending boat; a deep wound was inflicted, from which blood flowed.- Cecil E. Salt, house Surgeon at the infirmary, said Bagley was brought there the day after the accident. He was dazed; he had a wound in the forehead, and below it the skull was fractured. For some eight days deceased went on very well, when inflammation of the membrane of the brain set in.– A verdict of “Accidental death” was returned.


Before Lord Forester (mayor), Colonel J. A. Anstice, Major R. E. Anstice Colonel Wayne, Alderman A. B. Dyes, and Alderman J. Bodenham

DRUNKENNESS.– Francis Smith. Broseley, was sentenced to 14 days’ imprisonment with hard Labour for being drunk and disorderly.

NO NAME.– William Nevett, Madeley, was fined 5s. for having no name on his cart.– Police-constable Jones proved the case.

BOYS’ QUARRELS.– Ralph Kendall was charged with assaulting Thomas Henry Bowers, and Bowers was charged with beating Kendall. The assault took place at Coalport.- Bowers stated that Kendall called him names, and threw a stones at him, which badly cut his forehead.­ Kendall said Bowers struck him first with a whip, and then he struck him with his fist.– Witnesses were heard on both sides.– Kendall was fined 12s including costs, and the case against Bowers was dismissed.

A MAN AND WIFE AT VARIANCE.–Richard Downes, platelayer, Tarbatch Dingle, near Broseley, was arrested on a warrant charged with beating his wife.– The wife stated she had been married 20 years, and on Sunday morning, when they were having breakfast, she took the teapot away because prisoner was calling her disgraceful names. He ran her out of the house, and punched her about the head and kicked her. She had to take refuge in a neighbour’s house. He had threatened to kill her, and often pulled her about by the hair of her head. He kept his money, and they had a difficulty to live.- George Downes, son, stated he saw his father beat his mother,-Marian Downes, a neighbour, said the pair were always quarrelling. Prisoner said for the last two or three years complainant had taken to “drink.” She came home late at night, and he could do nothing with her. Because she put the teapot away he merely boxed her ears; he did not kick her. He could not live with her.– Wife: Then why don’t you go? The case was dismissed, the husband having to pay costs.

ILLUSTRATING A POINT.– Thomas Bickers, coal merchant Iron-Bridge, was charged with ill treating a pony and causing the same to work when in an unfit state.– He was fined £1 and costs.

20th May 1899


FORESTER’S FUNERAL.– On Monday, the remains of the late Mr. Edward Evans were interred in the Cemetery, the Rev. G. F. Lamb, M.A. (rector) officiating. Deceased, who had been employed by Mr. Thomas Instone for some years, was well known and respected, as was evidenced by the large number of friends who attended the funeral, including a deputation from Court “Rose of the Green” No. 3353, A.O.F. (of which deceased had been a member) attired in the usual regalia. Mr. Albert Evans, C.R, effectively read the funeral oration of the Order.

ACCIDENT.– On Monday morning about 8.30 a serious accident occurred to a youth (about 14), named Alfred Gough (son of Charles Gough, Severn side, Iron-Bridge), who was employed in a coalpit at the Fish House, Broseley, worked by Mr. Richard Jones of Ferney Bank, Broseley. It appears that Gough was passing along the tramway when there was a slight fall, of earth, caused by a slip on the side, and before he could get out of the way it fell upon him, fracturing one of his thighs, besides other slight injuries. Dr. Jacobsen was immediately sent for, and he was promptly in attendance at the pit, but for more effectual examination of his patient he had him conveyed to his surgery, where he, together with his partner (Dr. Holt), did all that was necessary in the case, and upon their advice he was sent to the Salop Infirmary, his father and his employer (Mr. Richard Jones) accompanying him. It appears that shortly before the accident the place where the earth fell was examined and thought to be safe.

27th May 1899


CONCERT.– The Iron-Bridge Glee Union gave a concert at the National School yesterday week, and perhaps the un­propitious character of the weather had something to do with the very poor attendance. Mr. G. Brindley conducted the Union, and Mr. W. Roberts was the accompanist. The programme was as follows:– Pianoforte solo, “Adeste Fideles.” Mr. W. Roberts; part song, “Comrades in Arms,” Glee Union; song, “The Flight of Ages,” Miss A. Watkis; glee, “Winds gently whisper,” Glee Union; song, “The Midshipmite,” Mr. A. Hewitt; violin solo, “Donx Souvenir Romance,” Mr. M. Amphlett; song, “Ora Pro Noble,” Miss E. Hill; part song, “The Hunter’s Farewell “Glee Union; song, “The lass that loved a sailor,” Mr. F. Roberts ; song (comic), “Finnigan’s Party,” Mr. E. Nickless; glee, “ Hark! hark I each Spartan hound,” Glee Union; pianoforte solo, “War March.” Mr. W. Roberts ; part song, “Spring De. lights,” Glee Union ; song, “Daddy,” Miss E. Hill; duet, “Gipsy Countess,” Miss Watkis and Mr. F. Roberts; violin solo, “Emancipation March,” Mr. M. Amphlett; glee, “The Red Cross Knight,” Glee Union; song, “Little Hero,” Mr. A. Hewitt; song (comic), “Dobbs in Paris,” Mr. E. Nickless; rice, “Gipsies’ Laughing Glee,” Glee Union; song, “The Toilers,” Miss A. Watkis; part song, “How can I bear to leave thee?” Glee Union.

27th May 1899


SPECIAL SERVICES.– On Thursday the Rev. Thomas Jones, London, delivered a very able discourse at the Birch Meadow Baptist Chapel, Broseley, at the close of which the Ordinance of Believers’ Baptism was administered to a lady candidate by the pastor (Rev. A. Shinn). Suitable hymns were sung, and Mrs. Shinn presided at the harmonium.

BIRCH MEADOW SUNDAY SCHOOL.–On Sunday the 85th Sunday School anniversary festival was celebrated, when the special preacher was the Rev. J. E. Hazleton, London (secre­tary of the Aged Pilgrims’ Friend Society). Special music was very pleasingly rendered by the scholars, who had bean carefully trained by the pastor (the Rev. Arthur Shinn). Mrs. Shinn effectively presided at the harmonium. The offertories amounted to over £14.

ST. JOHN AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION.–The nursing class held at the National Schools was recently examined by Dr. Cureton of Shrewsbury, when the following ladies success­fully passed, and became entitled to the nursing certifi­cate of the St. John Ambulance Association:– Mrs. A. Clark, Misses H. C. Potts, K. S. Potts, M. A. Potts, D. Potts, A. Dixon, L. Dixon, Ethel Rushton, E. S. Blackford, Jennie Jones, Emily Davies, B. Powner, and Emily Smith. The Indefatigable secretary was Mrs. Adam Jones of the Lindens, to whom much of the success of the class is due. Dr. Jacobson was the lecturer.

“ROSE OF SHARON” LODGE OF ODDFELLOWS.– On Saturday a very interesting meeting of the members and friends of the above lodge of Oddfellows was held in the lodge­room, Lion Hotel, High Street. The chair was occupied by Mr. William Price, Madeley, the district C.S.– The Chair­man, in his opening speech, said be was pleased to see such a representative gathering before him that evening. They would all be interested to know that their district was making satisfactory progress, both numerically and financially. They would all recollect that at the beginning of last year he (Mr. Price) offered to present a framed emblem of the order to the member of their lodge (“Rose of Sharon”) who should introduce the largest number of new members into the lodge during 1898; and their member, Mr. William J. Barnett, P.P.G.M., at the same time offered to present a similar prize to the juvenile member of their branch on the same terms. The member who had succeeded in winning the framed emblem of the order in connection with the adult lodge was Mr. John Wylde, P.P.G.M.­(applause) -who was closely followed by Mr. John Jones. P.P.G.M. He could assure then that it gave him (Mr. Price) much pleasure In asking Mr. Wylde to accept that emblem.–Mr. Wylde, in accepting the present, thanked the chairman for the interest he had taken in the lodge, and for his kind and beautiful gift, which would adorn the walls of his residence, and would always remind him of his duty to his lodge.– Mr. W. J. Barnett said it gave him great pleasure to present a framed emblem of their order to the son of their respected brother, Mr. H. H. Wage, P.P.G.M., who had been instrumental in introducing the largest num­ber to the juvenile branch during 1898.– The Vice-chairman briefly returned thanks an behalf of his son.–This proceed­ings were interspersed with songs and at the close a hearty vote of thanks was accorded the chairman.

3rd June 1899


PROPERTY SALE.– On Monday evening Messrs. Barber and Son Wellington, submitted for public auction at the Lion Hotel Broseley, several dwelling houses, situate at Jackfield, Madeley, and Broseley.  Three houses situate at Jackfield, in the respective occupation of George Pembroke Stevens, James Poole, and Joseph Bizzill, with the outbuildings and gardens were purchased by Mr. James Durnall of Madeley for £305.  Mr Durnall also became the purchaser of a dwelling house called “The Hollies” in Park Lane Madeley, with stables, coach house, garden, and appurtenances for £450.  The 15 shares in the Iron-Bridge Gas Company were purchased by Mr. E. G. Exley of Broseley at £11 2s. 6d. and £11 respectively per share.  Mr T. R. Burroughs of Broseley purchased 10 shares in the Broseley Gas Company at £5 2s. 6d.  Mr. Chubb bought 20 shares in the same company at the same price.  Mr E. G. Exley purchased 10 shares at £5 2s. 6d. per share.  Mr J. B. Slater of Iron-Bridge became the purchaser of 23 shares in this company at £5 5s., £5 7s. 6d., £5 10s. and £5 12s. 6d. per share respectively. Messrs. Potts and Potts, Broseley, were solicitors for the vendors.  There was a good attendance

10th June 1899


RENT AUDIT.– Colonel Jenkyn’s rent audit was held on Tuesday at the Trow Inn, where the rent, were received by the agent (Mr. B. B. Potts) and dinner served up.

10th June 1899


SUNDAY SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY.– On Sunday the anniversary sermons were preached in the Congregational Chapel, those in the morning and evening by the Rev. M. Williams, B.A., of Oakengates, and in the afternoon by Mr. Maurice Jones, M.A., of Iron-Bridge. Suitable hymns, and the anthem, Peace, be Still,” were admirably rendered by the choir and children under the leadership of Mr. Aquila Evans. Mr. George Tonkiss presided at the organ morning and afternoon, and Miss Dunnill officiated in the evening in a very efficient manner. There was a good attendance at each service, and collections were taken in aid of the School Fund.

FUNERAL.– The remains of the late Mr. A. G. Evans of Lightmoor were interred in Broseley cemetery on Thursday. The Rector conducted the service and Miss Hilda Watkis played “I know that my Redeemer liveth” and the “Dead March” (Saul) with much taste and feeling. The deceased, who was 30 years of age, had been in the employ of the Coalbrookdale Company for some years, and being of a very genial disposition he was greatly respected by all who knew him. He leaves a wife and three young children to mourn his loss, for whom the greatest sympathy is felt throughout the district. Several of the tradesmen and inhabitants of Broseley had shutters up or blinds drawn during the obsequies. Numerous wreaths of a choice description were sent by relatives and friends.

SANITARY COMMITTEE.– The usual monthly meeting of the members of this committee was held at the Town Hall on Wednesday; present:– Councillors D. L. Prestage (chairman), P. Jones, W. Mear, W. E. Southorn, and E. G. Exley; Messrs. G. Stevenson (surveyor and inspector), J. Dixon (rate collector), and Godfrey C. Cooper (town clerk).–The Collector reported that he had paid into the bank £66 14s.1d. since the last meeting on account of the first instalment of the rate, and the Town Clerk reported that the treasurer had a balance in hand of £165 9s. 2d. Cheques were drawn for the Gas Company for £85 11s. 9d., the balance of their account, and for £10 for the Burial Board.–The Chairman reported that he had been in correspondence with Mr. W. Wyatt, C. E., as to his account of £100 for engineer’s commission, &c., in re the Willey water supply scheme, and had obtained a reduction of £10. A cheque for £90 was therefore drawn to pay the account.– A quarterly meeting of the members of the Burial Board followed the Sanitary Committee meeting. Councillor D. L. Prestage presided, and reported that £12 19s. 8d. had been received in fees during the past quarter. He also stated that since the last meeting the additional portion of the cemetery had been consecrated by the Lord Bishop of Hereford. An account for £12 1s. was submitted from the Diocesan Registrar for fees, &c., in connection with such consecration, and the same was order to be paid.

17th June 1899


Quite a sensation was caused in the neighbourhood of Jackfield, late on the night of the 9th inst., when the report was circulated that the body of a child had been found in the Severn, opposite Maw’s Works, and on Saturday evening Mr. F. H. Potts (borough coroner) held an inquest at the Half Moon public-house, Jack­field, on the body of the child.– Superintendent Walters represented the police.

Albert Smith (14), the son of William Henry Smith, ironfounder, Jackfield, said a week after Whitsuntide he was fishing in the River Severn, opposite Maw’s Works, when he noticed a bag which was only five yards away from the shore. He left it there and saw it again a few days afterwards, and it appeared to be nearer the bank. Wednesday was the last time he saw the bag, and on Friday night his sister Florence told him she and others had opened a bag and found the dead body of a child. He next went down to the place and found it was the bag he had previously seen.

Florence Smith (11), sister of the last witness, said she saw a bag in the river near Maw’s works. They got some pieces of hoops and pulled it near the shore and made the holes which were in the bag larger, when out came a cloth and something else, which they thought was a cat. They shouted to Alfred Harrison, who said it was a child. There were two whole bricks and two half-bricks in the bag.

Alfred Harrison (16) having given evidence, Sergeant Bowen deposed that he had the body con­veyed to a shed. That morning he and Sergeant Hamlet examined the bundle. The outside was an old rough apron and inside was a cloth- a piece of calico binding about a yard in length. The bundle had been tied with a piece of cord.

Dr. Jacobsen stated that he made a post-mortem ex­amination on the body that morning, and he was of opinion that the body was that of a child between seven and eight months old. He estimated it had been in the water at least a month. There were no signs of the child ever having a separate existence, although it was possible that the long immersion in the water may have obscured any such evidence. The skull had all gone to pieces. He should say it was not a fully-developed child. It was in a terrible condition.

The coroner having summed up, the jury returned a verdict of “Found dead in the River Severn.” The body was buried the same night.

17th June 1899


MARRIAGE REJOICINGS. – The clerks, designers, and foremen of the firm Messrs. Maw and Co. Ltd., Benthall Works, held a social evening on the 8th inst., to celebrate the marriage of Mr. A. John Maw (one of the directors of the firm), Severn House, Iron-Bridge.  The works were thoughtfully decorated with flags, &c., and the cannons were fired throughout the day.  Mr. Edward Oakes, the esteemed cashier, was voted to the chair, and Mr. S. Adams occupied the vice-chair.  The chairman, in proposing the health of the bride and bridegroom, referred in felicitous terms to the high esteem in which Mr. Maw is held by all the employees, and to the pleasant feeling which had always existed between them.  The toast was drank with musical honours after which the toasts of “The Firm,”  “The Chairman,” and “The Art Director” (Mr. C. H. Temple) were duly honoured.  Songs were subsequently given by the Chairman, Messrs T. Boycott, John Mason, J. Jacobs, and others.

24th June 1899


WESLEYAN CHAPEL.– The anniversary services in con­nection with the Sunday School were held on Sunday, when the special preacher morning and evening was the Rev. A. Garland of Cardiff. Special music was contributed at each service by the children and choir, and in the afternoon the sacred cantata, “The Blessing of the Children,” was rendered, the following being the soloists:– Miss F. Leadbetter (soprano), Miss Denstone (soprano), Mrs. E. R. Hartshorne (contralto), and Mr. William Garbett (tenor), and the singing was creditable alike to the vocalists and the conductor (Mr. Geo. Brindley). There were good con­gregations, the collections amounting to about £14. Mr. A. J. Hartshorne presided at the harmonium.


Before Major R. E. Anstice (chairman), Colonel Wayne, and Alderman A. B. Dyas.

DRUNK AND DISORDERLY.– The following persons were summoned for this offence:– Gabriel Carr, at Much Wenlock, by Police-constable Lewis. Fined 5s. and costs.­ William Henry Mason and Edward Gough, at Broseley, by Police-constable Roberts. Each fined 5s. and costs.

FIGHTING.– William Thomas, jun., and Charles Reynolds were charged with fighting in Broseley. Police-constable Roberts proved the case, and Thomas was fined 5s. and costs, and Reynolds 2s. 6d. and costs.

MAN AND WIFE.– William Thomas, sen., and his wife Bridget, were charged with making use of abusive language at Broseley, Police-constable Roberts proved the case, and defendants were each fined 9s. 3d., including costs.

SCHOOL CASE.– Joseph Clarke, collier, Madeley, was fined 5s. for neglecting to send his boy Bertie regularly to school. Mr. T. Jones (school officer) proved the case.

EJECTMENT.– Edmund Tart, Bradley Farm. Much Wen­lock, applied for an order of ejectment against Samuel Langford, a labourer, of Bradley.– Mr. Spender (Madeley) appeared for the applicant, and explained the circumstances of the case to the Bench.– Notices were duly proved, and an order was granted.

1st July 1899


LEDGER & LEDGER, The Bon Marché, Shrewsbury, having arranged to purchase the Stock of E. A. Thompson, Draper, &c., of this town, will shortly Re-open the Premises with a big Sale.

*ALL CYCLISTS should call at JAMES DAVIES’S to inspect the Free Wheel, and have its advantages explained; trial allowed. Machines built with long cranks up to 9in. and high gears. All leading Agencies. Machines on Hire. Repairs a specialty.

OPEN-AIR MISSION.– The second of a series of meetings in connection with this mission was held near Willey Park Gates, Broseley, on Sunday, when there was again a large attendance. The Rev. A. Shinn (Baptist minister) delivered a very earnest and practical address on “The First Baby who Became a Murderer.” Special hymns were heartily sung, and Mr. J. Nicklin (organist at Willey Church) presided at the organ.

8th July 1899


PRESENTATION.– A very pleasant and memorable evening, was spent on Wednesday at the Primitive Methodist Schoolroom, Broseley Wood, when Miss Shaw (organist), on the approach of her marriage, was presented with an electro-plated silver tea-pot., copper kettle, and salt and mustard spoons, subscribed for by the members of the choir and congregation and friends. After an enjoy­able spread, Mr. George Higgins made the presentation in a few well-chosen words. He then handed the presents to the recipient, who thanked the subscribers, and promised to do all she could to advance the interests of the society. Mr. Powell and Mr. W. Crondace also addressed the company. The arrangements were successfully executed by Mr. G. Higgins.


The usual monthly meeting was held on Wednesday: present:– Councillor Prestage (chair­man), Aldermen G. H. Maw and J. A. Exley, Councillors P. Jones, W. Mear, E. G. Exley, and R. A. Instone; Messrs. G. Stevenson (surveyor and inspector), J. Dixon (rate collec­tor), and Godfrey C. Cooper (tower clerk).

The Collector reported that he had received £104 5s. 10d. since the last meeting on account of the first instalment of the rate. There was a balance in hand of £57 15s. 3d., and cheques were drawn for salaries, &c., and for £57 1s. 9d., an instalment of principal and interest on the first cemetery loan.– On the suggestion of the Chairman, the Broseley representatives on the Main Roads Committee of the Town Council were requested to call the attention of that committee to certain new paving required in the district.

MEETING OF ODDFELLOWS.– The half-yearly meeting of the Broseley District of Oddfellows was held on Monday at the Lion Hotel, the head-quarters of “The Rose of Sharon” Lodge, under the presidency of Provincial Grand Master Mr. C. H. Skitt, the vice-chair being occupied by Provincial Deputy Grand Master Mr. F. Jones. Mr. Wm. Price, P.C.S., was to attendance, as was also P.P.G.M. Benjamin Tranter (district treasurer). The following delegates represented the lodges comprising the district:–Messrs. John Wilde, P.P.G.M.. “Rose of Sharon;” Fred. Clarke, N.G., “Rose of the Vale;” and Harry Hancock, P.P.G.M., “Royal Oak.” The Prov. G. M., in opening the meeting, said he was pleased to see from the returns of the lodges in the district that there had been, during the past six months, a substantial increase in the membership, and that satisfactory progress was being made financially in each of the lodges.– The auditors, Messrs. H. Hancock and F. Clarke, presented their report, which was received and adopted.– Funeral claims from the lodged in the district, amounting to £30, were made and allowed, and the C.S. was instructed to remit two guineas to Salop Infirmary.– Mr. F. Jones, Prov. D.G.M., was nominated for the Prov. G.M. chair for 1900, and Mr. Samuel Davies, “Rose of Sharon,” was nominated for the Prov. D.G.M. seat.– At the close a vote of thanks was awarded the district officers for their able conduct of the business of the district during the put six months.– The annual meeting was fixed to be held at “The Rose of the Vale” Lodge-room, Iron-Bridge.

15th July 1899


SUDDEN DEATH.– On Saturday morning Mr. Frederick Harper, bricklayer, got up at the usual time for the purpose of proceeding to his employment at Messrs. Maw & Co’s., Limited, Benthall Works, Jackfield, when he remarked to his wife that he did not feel very well, and should not go till breakfast time. He went upstairs again, and lay down upon the bed, and shortly afterwards he died. The deceased retired to rest the previous evening in his usual health. He was 51 years of age, and leaves a widow and seven young children to mourn his loss, and for whom the greatest sym­pathy is felt.– On Monday afternoon the funeral took place, when the body was interred in Barrow Cemetery. The Rev. W. B. Wayne (rector of Willey and Barrow) impressively conducted the funeral service. Deceased was one of the oldest members of Court “Rose of the Green,” A.O.F and as a mark of respect a number of members attended the funeral, attired in the usual regalia of the Order. The address prescribed by the A.O.F. was read by Mr. Henry Watkins, C.R

15th July 1899.


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OPEN-AIR MISSION.– The third of a series of meetings in connection with this mission was held near Willey Park Gates, Broseley, on Sunday afternoon. The Rev. A. Shinn (Baptist minister) delivered an earnest address. There was a good attendance.

SUNDAY SCHOOL TREAT.– On Tuesday the annual treat to the scholars attending the Broseley Congregational Sunday School was held. Tea having been partaken of an adjournment was made to a field at Benthall, where a variety of games where indulged in. During the evening several balloons were sent up by Mr. T. Legge. The teachers and scholars thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH.– On Monday the annual tea meeting took place. Afterwards an organ recital was given in the church by Mr. Jones of Wednesbury. Mr. Duncan Sinclair of Coalbrookdale presided. The organ solos were interspersed with vocal solos by Miss Stokes, Mr. Aquila Evans, and Mr. Thomas Minton. The choir and children also rendered the anthem, “Peace, be still,” in capital style, under the leadership of Mr. Aquila Evans. Miss Dunnill (Iron-Bridge) accompanied the various selections. The pastor (the Rev. Wm. Prothero) proposed a vote of thanks to all who had in anyway assisted in making the day’s proceedings successful. This was seconded by Mr. Maurice Jones, M.A. (Iron-Bridge). There was a good number present.

15th July 1899


BIRTH OF A SON AND HEIR TO CAPTAIN FORESTER- Much satisfaction has been expressed at the news of the birth of a son and heir to Captain the Hon. George Forester (eldest son of Lord Forester) on Wednesday night. Mrs. Forester and the child are both doing well. Merry peals were rung on the bells at Much Wenlock in honour of the event.

2nd July 1899


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PICNIC.– On Wednesday Mr. John Rowe, Barber Street, held his annual picnic in a field adjoining Cockshutt land, when there was a large company present. During the evening the Jackfield Brass Band, under the direction of Mr. Homer Wase, played a grand selection of music for dancing.

OPEN-AIR MISSION.– The fourth of a series of meetings in connection with this mission was held near Willey Park Gates, Broseley, on Sunday afternoon, when the Rev. A. Shinn (Baptist minister) delivered an earnest and practical address. Mrs. Shinn presided at the harmonium. There was a good attendance.

WEDDING.– The marriage of Mr. Walter Oliver of Wrexham and Miss Sarah Ann Bennett, third daughter of Mr. Wm. Bennett, Easthope Coppice, Broseley Wood, was solemnized on Saturday at the Parish Church, when the officiating clergyman was the Rev. G. F. Lamb (vicar). Miss Louisa Thomas (Bridgnorth) was bridesmaid, and Mr. T. Evans (Wrexham) was best man. An arch was erected near the bride’s residence, bearing the motto “Long life and happi­ness,” and in honour of the event cannon were fired during the day. The presents were numerous and useful.

       WESLEYAN CHURCH.– On Monday the Wesleyans of this town were favoured with a return visit from that celebrated preacher and lecturer, the Rev. G. Campbell Morgan of London, who generously gave his services in furtherance of the organ and renovation scheme. In the afternoon the rev. gentleman delivered an eloquent discourse to a large congregation, after which a public tea took place in the schoolroom to which about 120 sat down. In the evening a large congregation assembled to hear Mr. Morgan deliver his popular lecture entitled “Notice to Quit to Seven Men-but What About the Boy?” Mr. J. W. White (Iron-Bridge) occupied the chair. The lecture was both interesting and instructive, and was attentively listened to. At the con­clusion a hearty vote of thanks was accorded to the rev. gentleman for his kindness in again coming to help forward the project of a new organ, and a similar compliment was paid to the chairman.

5th August 1899


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OPEN AIR MISSION The usual weekly meeting was held on Sunday afternoon near the Willey Park gates, Broseley. The Rev. A. Shinn (Baptist minister) delivered an appropriate address. Mrs. Shinn presided at the harmonium. There was a large attendance.

Willey Park Gates


CHAPEL ANNIVERSARY.– On Sunday the anniversary services in connection with the Old Baptist Chapel were held. The Rev. B. Wilson of Iron-Bridge preached morning and evening, and the Rev. L. Jones (pastor) in the afternoon. Mr. R. Tonkiss and Mr. C. Davies presided at the harmonium. There was a moderate attendance at each service, and collections were taken on behalf of the chapel funds.


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

HE HAD TO PAY.– William Poyner, confectioner, Much Wenlock, was charged with allowing his man to deliver bread in a carriage without being provided with scales.– Defendant said it was fancy bread, and not household bread, and scales were not required.– When the Bench were considering the case, defendant excitedly said, “ I have the Act here.”- Mr. Norris: And so have we, and I am trying to explain it to you, and you will be fined 2s. 6d, and costs.

A CASE OF CRUELTY.– Alfred Snead was charged with working a horse when in an unfit state, and William Palmer was also charged with causing the same to be worked knowing it to be in such a condition. The parties are in the employ of Mr. R. R. Lander, farmer, Sutton, for whom Mr. F. B. Spender appeared. - Inspector Johnson, for the R.S.P.C.A., stated that he was passing near Jackfield Schools, accompanied by Sergeants Bowen and Hamlet, when he saw two horses attached to a waggon, loaded with straw, the animal in question being in the shafts. He noticed she seemed very uneasy. Consequently he examined her, and on raising the saddle found on the near side of the back an old sore, which he measured, and found it was 1¾, inches long and 1¼ wide. There was matter in the wound, the surrounding parts being swollen and very tender. There was no provision to save the saddle from pressing. The officer pointed out the sore to Snead, who admitted that it existed. Witness subsequently saw Palmer on Mr. Lender’s farm, who admitted sending Snead out with the mare that morning, and that he told him to put something on the saddle to prevent it from chafing.– Sergeants Hamlet and Bowen and Frederick Walton corroborated.– For the defence, William Palmer stated that the mare was in a similar condition now to the day the officer saw it. He examined the mare’s back before she went out, when she was dry as she was now. The hair was off, but the skin was not broken as when it came back.– Alfred Snead corroborated.– Palmer was fined 10s. and 12s. 6d. costs, and Snead 5s. and 12s. 6d. costs.

ABUSIVE LANGUAGE.– William Gough, an old man, of Broseley, was charged with making use of abusive words to a young woman named Sarah Boddison of the same town. It appeared they had had words about a child of complainant’s.– John Dean, a farm labourer, corroborated the girl’s statement.– Defendant was fined 5s. and 10s. costs.

SCHOOL CASES.– Thomas Bache, Much Wenlock, and Edward Hood, Broseley, were each fined 5s. for neglecting to send their children regularly to school.– Mr. T. Jones, attendance officer, proved the cases.

VACCINATION. - William Henry Richards, shoemaker, Iron-Bridge, applied for an exemption order under the Vaccination Act in respect to his child.– The Clerk: What are your objections?- Applicant: I don’t think it is a divine institution, and no benefit to a child. My argument is that it is not relative to smallpox. -Mr. Norris: Have you read the Wellington Journal this week about the smallpox in the parish of Oswestry?- Applicant: I have. It is 40 years since I was vaccinated.– Mr. Smith: Have you ever had smallpox? Applicant: No, never.– Mr. Smith: And you wish your child not to be vaccinated in order it might have smallpox. You are responsible for its death if it has the disease.­ Applicant: I believe it is prejudicial to the health of this particular child.– Mr. Norris: Has the medical attendant given you all opinions of that kind?- Applicant: Very few that will.– The order was granted.

5th August 1899


The monthly meeting was held on Wednesday; present:– Captain D. L. Prestage (chairman), Alderman G. H. Maw, Councillors E. G. Exley, P. Jones, and W. E. Southorn; Messrs. G. Cooper (town clerk), W. E. Woollam (assistant surveyor), and J. Dixon (collector).

THE FINANCES.– The Town Clerk stated there was that day only a balance in hand of £22 7s., and that the surveyor asked for a cheque amounting to £15.– The Collector stated there were £60 to come in by the rate, and he could get £44 in in a week.–The Clerk said they would want it all. A cheque for Mr. Wylde made them run short of money.– Alderman Maw did not think they would want much money for the next month or so, and the Chairman was of opinion they had enough to carry them over till the next instalment of the rate.– The collector was instructed to get the rate finished as soon as possible.

THE PAVEMENTS.– The Surveyor’s estimate to relay the pavements amounted to £103, and for doing certain portions at £37 13s. 4d. An estimate for Mr. Chas. Smith was also considered.– The Chairman suggested that the Main Roads Committee be asked to help them in the matter. He said they could not spend their rates on these pavements, which, he held, belonged to the Main Roads, and the committee were also of that opinion.

A COMPLAINT.– A nuisance was complained of by Mr. Hartshorne near the Wesleyan Chapel.– The matter was left to the surveyor to do what was necessary.

PRINTING.– Alderman Maw, holding a local printer’s account in his hand, suggested that they should go into the cheapest market for their printing, and mentioned Wellington.– The Clerk said he gave all the local printers a turn, as they were ratepayers; however, he would ask a firm at Wellington for their prices.

19th August 1899


An inquiry was held at the Bridge Inn, Coalport, on Saturday, by Mr. F. H. Potts, borough coroner, concerning the death of Thomas Goodall, who was killed on the previous day when working at Messrs. Exley’s brick and tile works, Gitchfield, Coalport.

Mr. Jestyn Nicholl, junior inspector of factories, was present, and Alderman J. A. Exley, a member of the firm.

Jeremiah Goodall, father of deceased, stated that his son lived at Mornwood, Jackfield, and he was an assistant engineer, and had worked for Messrs. Exley and Sons all his life. He was 24 years of ago.

Arthur Exley stated that he assisted his father Jos. Exley in the business. On Friday afternoon he was watching the mill, which was grinding clay at the Gitchfield Works, and deceased was superintending the men at the mill. Witness saw Goodall jump from some scaffolding on to a girder. Deceased shouted, and immediately he saw that he was entangled with the little belt. Witness at once stopped the machine and engine. Goodall was got out of the machinery by some of the men- he was alive and asked for water. He could see he was badly crushed- his two arms were pulled out, and he died about 15 minutes afterwards. Deceased had no right to go on the platform whatever, nor on the top of the machine. He believed he went there to put the belting right.

Richard Price said he was working close to the spot where the accident occurred, and saw deceased walk on the scaffolding and step on to the casting above the mill, and caught the little belting to give it a start. Then he saw him fall on the large cog wheel.

John Smallman corroborated the last witness’s evi­dence.

The Coroner said there was no doubt but what it was quite an accident, and what deceased’s notion was they did not know, and the only verdict they could bring was accidental death. Deceased had no right to be where he was and thus paid the penalty. Verdict, “Accidental death.”

Deceased was buried on Sunday at the Broseley Cemetery, when a large number of his fellow-workmen followed his remains to the grave.

19th August 1899


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OPEN-AIR MISSION.– On Sunday afternoon the usual weekly meeting in connection with this mission was held near the Willey Park Gates, Broseley, when the Rev. A. Shinn (Baptist minister) delivered an earnest and appro­priate address, and Mrs. Shinn presided at the harmonium. There was a good attendance.

OUTING.– The members of the Primitive Methodist Choir and Sunday School journeyed in brakes on Tuesday to Presthope, where an enjoyable day was spent. The little company partook of tea in the chapel, after which the choir and children, conducted by Mr. Powell, gave a selection of hymns and anthems. Mr. W. Crowther presented the youngsters with sweets, and the general arrangements were carried out by Mr. G. Higgins.

SERIOUS ACCIDENT.– On Saturday Mr. Richard Owen, haulier, Madeley (who had conveyed the members of Madeley Cricket Club to Broseley in his waggonette), was in the act of bringing the conveyance round to the front of the Lion Hotel for the party to return home when it suddenly turned over, throwing the driver off the box with great force to the ground; he was cut about the head and face, and severely bruised. Owen was conveyed into the hotel, and Dr. Boon was immediately sent for. In the meantime Nurse Kincey (from Mrs. Morgan’s Home, Shrewsbury), who is in attendance upon Mrs. Haughton (proprietress of the hotel), ren­dered valuable assistance by stopping the bleeding and removing the dirt and grit from the head and face, thus mitigating much suffering and weakness. Fortunately the driver was the only occupant of the waggonette at the time of the accident, or the result would doubtless have been far more serious. The horse scampered down High Street, dragging the conveyance with him and turning sharply round he came into contact with Mr. S. Hill’s (grocer) shutter-box, displacing some of the brickwork. The animal continued its mad career into Church Street, where Mr. Archibald Burnet succeeded in stopping the horse. The waggonette was com­pletely smashed. The injured man was taken home in a carriage.

26th August 1899


At St. Mary’s Church, Jackfield, on Saturday, the marriage took place of Mr. John Francis Wallis of Birmingham, and Miss Edith Kate Doughty, youngest daughter of the late Mr. John Doughty, The Tuckies, Jackfield. The service was conducted by the Rev. J. Marsden Edwards, M.A., rector. Owing to the recent family bereavement the wedding was very quiet; there were no bridesmaids, only the members of the family being present. The bride looked charming in a dress of white Indian silk, and carried a large shower bouquet. She was given away by her brother (Mr. T. Doughty of Lady Wood House, Jackfield). Mr. Gray was best man. After the ceremony the happy pair left for Iron-Bridge station en route for Ilfracombe, where the honeymoon will be spent.

2nd September 1899


MARRIAGE.– On Monday the marriage of Miss Lily Scott (youngest daughter of the late Mr. Peter Scott, Willey) to Mr. Charles Jones of Bebbington, Birkenhead, was solemnized at the Parish Church, Willey. The ceremony was per­formed by the Rev. W. H. Wayne, At 9.30 the bride who was charmingly attired in a dress of dove cloth, trimmed with white corded silk, with hat and feathers to match, entered the quaint and picturesque old edifice, and was es­corted up the aisle by her brother (Mr. Archibald Scott), who eventually gave her away. There was only one bridesmaid- Miss Jessie Scott (niece of the bride), who was very prettily attired in a white pique dress with hat trimmed with blue, and bouquet to match. The best man was Mr. Peter Scott of Broseley. At the conclusion of the ceremony the organist played Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March.” Subsequently the happy pair left for Llangollen where the honeymoon is to be spent. There were a large number of wedding presents. The village was the scene of unusual excitement during the day. Several arches were erected, with suitable mottoes inscribed thereon, and floral decorations and bunt­ing were displayed on every hand, and presented a very gay appearance, being the voluntary work of the bride’s friends and neighbours, thus testifying to the kind feeling enter­tained towards her.

9th September 1899


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BURIAL BOARD.– Alderman J. A. Exley presided at a meeting of this Board on Wednesday, when the business transacted was of a purely formal character.

SPECIAL SERMON.–  On Thursday evening the Rev. Thomas Jones, Baptist minister, of New Cross, London, preached a very able sermon in the Birch Meadow Baptist Chapel, Broseley. There was a fair attendance.

DEATH OF MRS. G. HORNBY MAW.– Quite a gloom was cast over the town on Wednesday, when it became known that notwithstanding the best medical skill available, Mrs. G. H. Maw had that morning suddenly passed away. As announced in the last issue of the Journal the deceased lady gave birth to a daughter on the 29th ult. Much sympathy is felt for the husband and family in their bereavement.

FRIENDLY SOCIETIES’ HOSPITAL SUNDAY.– It will be seen on reference to the advertising space that the fourth annual church parade of the Broseley and district friendly societies will take place to-morrow (Sunday), when Divine service will be held in the afternoon in Broseley Parish Church, and the offertory will be devoted to Salop Infirmary, Shrewsbury Eye and Ear Hospital, and Iron-Bridge Dispensary.

QUARTERLY MEETING.– The quarterly meeting of the Primitive Methodists in the Madeley circuit was held on Monday at the Broseley Wood Chapel. There was a large attendance of delegates, over which the Rev. T. G. Dyke presided. The various reports presented were of a satisfactory character. The chairman was strongly invited to remain another year, an offer he accepted. The delegates sat down to a tea, which was provided by the Broseley people. The usual votes of thanks were accorded.

16th September 1899


Hospital Sunday Parade – Broseley High Street

FRIENDLY SOCIETIES’ HOSPITAL SUNDAY.- The fourth annual church parade of the Broseley and district friendly societies (comprising Court “Rose of the Green,” A.O.F., and “Rose of Sharon” Lodge of Oddfellows. Broseley, and “Modern Masons,” Jackfield) took place on Sunday. The members of the various societies met at two p.m. near the Mission Hall, Broseley Wood, attired in the usual regalia their respective orders, where they formed themselves into a procession, and, headed by the Jackfield Brass Band (under the direction of Mr. Homer Wase), marched through the principal streets to church, where a sermon as reached by the Rev. Isaac Hawker of Iron-Bridge. Mr. J. Nicklin (A.O.F.) read the lessons. Hymns were sung by the choir and the large congregation, the church being filled. Mr. Theo. Watkis presided at the organ. The offertory at the church, collection en route, and boxes, amounted to £27 15s. 2½d. The following kindly acted as collectors in the church:– Dr. Collins, Dr. Boon, Messrs. T. H. Thursfield, F. H. Potts, E. W. Shorting, W. Griffiths, S. Hill and B. R. Instone. On leaving the church the procession re-formed, headed by the band and marshalled by Mr. John Wilds (I.O.O.F.), marched up the street to the front of the Town Hall, where several pieces were well played, after which the company dispersed. There was a large concourse of spectators in the streets during the procession to and from the church. The offertory will be devoted to the Salop Infirmary, Shrewsbury Eye and Ear Hospital, and the Iron-Bridge Dispensary. The committee are to be congratulated upon the success attending their united efforts.

FUNERAL OF THE LATE MRS. G. HORNBY MAW.– Amidst every manifestation of genuine sympathy the remains of the late Mrs. Evelyn, Mary, Caroline Maw, wife of Mr. George Hornby Maw, J.P., were interred in the old church-yard at Benthall, on Saturday. Blinds were drawn or shutters put up at several houses and shops in Broseley, and en route to the church. The funeral service was impressively read by the Rev. T. Pinches (vicar). The mournful cortege left the late residence of the deceased in the following order: Bearers; hearse, containing the body; 1st mourning coach, containing Mr. G. H. Maw (husband), Miss Pugh (sister), Mrs. Spence (sister-in-law), Mr. C. Percival Maw (brother-in-law); 2nd mourning coach, containing Mr. B. R. Maw, Mr. F. D. Maw( brothers-in-law), and Mr. Norrington; 3rd mourning coach, containing Mr. A. J. Maw (Severn House) and Dr. Collins (Whitehall), after which came the principal employees of Messrs. Maw and Co., Limited, and other friends, among whom were- Messrs  J. H. F. Youden (Glasgow), Mr. C. C. Bruff, Mr. A. B. Garratt (Coalport), Mr. E. B. Potts, Mr. F. H. Potts, Mr. E. G. Exley, Mr. John Dixon (Broseley), Mr. W. Allen, Mr. Walkineshaw (Benthall) Mr. C. W. Coldicott (G.W.R. Iron-Bridge), &c, As evidencing the esteem in which the deceased lady was held, there were more than two carriages full of magnificent floral tributes, The grave was lined with daisies and fern by Mr. Thomas Roberts of Linley. The shield on the coffin bore the follow-inscription: “Evelyn Mary Caroline Maw, born January 15th, 1877; died September 6th, 1899.” Beautiful wreaths and crosses were sent by the following:– G. Hornby Maw (husband), Louisa and Leonard, Percy, Davy, and Regis, Sidney R. Maw, Fred and Emily, Severn House, Auntie Gertrude and Dorothy, Gladys and Sybil, her little godchild Joyce, Lille and Arthur. Constance, Dora, and Cisy, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Beazley and Family (Kenley), Mr. and Mrs. Norrington and Family, Mei Mei, Mabel, and Bee Bee, Rev. and Mrs. W. L. Richards, Mr. and Mrs. G. T. White and the Misses White (Kenley), Mr. and Mrs. E, W, Shorting, Two Servants (M. and J.), Employes at Benthall Works, Mr. G. D. Collins, Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Bruff, Mr. and Mrs. A. Bruff Garratt (Coalport), Mr. and Mrs. George Potts, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Boon, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Thorn, Mrs. Bathurst (Fifield), Mr. and Mrs. Oakes and Family S. Simmonds, Mr. and Mrs. Wild (Benthall), Mr. Blackford and Family, Mrs. Stuart, and others.

16th September 1899


Mr. F. H. Potts (borough coroner) held an inquiry on Monday at the Talbot Inn, Broseley, touching the death of Stanley Davies, a lad, four years of age, who died from burns received on the previous day.

John Davies, father of the child, stated that he lived at Raddle Hall, Broseley, and was a tile fixer. He was away from home at the time of the accident, and came from Blackpool on receipt of a telegram from his brother.

William Lane, who lived next door to the deceased, said he was a labourer in the brickworks. On Saturday afternoon he heard children screaming in the previous witness’s house. Immediately after Sarah Davies, sister of deceased, came and said “Mrs. Lane, come, Stanley is on fire.” Witness ran to the boy, and met him coming through the back kitchen in flames. He had no shoes or stockings on, and it was his shirt that was all ablaze. Witness pulled it off and handed him to Mr. Rowe, whilst he fetched a jacket and wrapped round him. Leaving deceased in care of his mother, he fetched Dr. Jacobsen.

Sarah Davies, 10 years old, said she was sister to Stanley, and it was about 5 o’clock when she was in the house with him. He went out to the back, and when she next saw him he was in flames. After the doctor had left the house deceased told her that he got matches from upstairs and lit a bonfire, when the flames caught his shirt. He asked witness not to tell his mother, who was upstairs at the time with the two babies.

Thos. Lane, carpenter, next door neighbour, said about 12 o’clock at night the last witness shouted “Come, Mrs. Lane, Stanley’s dead or dying.” Witness and his wife went, and found that deceased had just died.

Dr. Jacobsen deposed that deceased was terribly burnt. The cause of death was shock to the system caused by the burns, and a verdict to this effect was returned by the jury.

23rd September 1899


ST. MARY’S CHURCH.– The harvest festival services were continued in this church on Sunday, when the special preacher was the Rev C. J. Tomkins, B.A., curate of St. George’s. There was a large congregation at the evening service, and the offertories for the day were in aid of church expenses. The choir repeated the anthem, “The Harvest is the end of the World.” Mr. J. W. Shingler presided at the organ.

IMPORTANT SALE AT THE TUCKIES.–Messrs. Barber and Son of Wellington conducted an important sale at the Tuckies on Wednesday (in accordance with instructions from the executor of the late Mr. John Doughty), when several valuable lots of antique furniture and old silver were disposed of. There was a large company present, including gentry from all parts of the county and dealers from Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Shrewsbury, Chester, Wellington, and Oswestry. Some of the prices realised were as follow;- Mahogany Chippendale secretaire book case, £20; oak bureau book case, £2 5s.; fire screen, £2 4s.; pewter quart tankard and plate, £1; two old silver gilt rose water dishes, embossed with flowers and figures, £41 8s.; toddy ladle with George II 1758 guinea, 42s.; presentation cup, 12s. per oz, ; muffineer, tea spoon and sugar tongs, 15s. per oz. ; carved oak linen chest, £7; grandfather’s clock, £4 12s. 6d.; mahogany Sheraton sideboard, £7 15s.; Axminster carpet £7; gentleman’s mahogany wardrobe, £12 10s, ; mahogany four-post bedstead with dignity hangings, £6 5s. ; oak kneehole dressing chest, £4 2s. 6d ; inlaid mahogany secretaire, £5 10s. ; old black oak bedstead with carved panels, £5; carved oak linen chest, £3.

23rd September 1899


The marriage took place at St. John the Baptist Church, Holland Road, Kensington, W., on the 13th inst., of Mr. Hugh de Spencer Spencely (eldest surviving son of Col, Spencely of Knowsley, Prescot) and Miss Jessie Gladys Thursfield (youngest daughter of the late Mr. T. Greville Thursfield, M.D., J.P., formerly of White Hall, Broseley, Shropshire, and of Mrs. Thursfield, Tower House, Uxbridge Road, London). The bride was attired in a dress of ivory satin, trimmed with chiffon and orange blossoms, with full court train. She carried a beautiful bouquet of exotics (the gift of Dr. Richmond, the best man). The bridesmaids-Miss Thursfield, Miss Grace Thursfield (cousin), Miss K. S. Potts, Miss Mallam, and Miss Boyes Smith-wore dresses of white China silk trimmed with lace, hats of purple adorned with shaded asters, and carried shower bouquets. They also wore gold pins, true lovers’ knots (the gift of the bridegroom).

A reception was afterwards held at Tower House, the residence of the bride’s mother.

The presents were both handsome and numerous, and included the following:– From the bridegroom to the bride, gold watch and chain, opal and diamond ring, and travelling trunk; from the bride to the bridegroom, a gold ring. Other presents included - a massive silver salver, two pairs silver candlesticks, grape scissors and spoons, Norwegian tea spoons, sugar basin and spoon, crumb scoop, silver inkstand, fern pots, silver toilet tray, salt cellars, six serviette rings, pepperette, photo frames, bon-bon dishes, five silver mounted scent bottles, gold hair comb, toast rack, fruit dish, asparagus tray, jam dish, and four silver flower vases, silver apostles spoons, George II. punch ladle, fish servers, cream jug and sugar basin, silver claret jug, fruit dish, salad bowl, chafing dish, silver tea caddy and copper ditto, standard lamp, silver mounted bread tray, Coalport china dessert service, ditto coffee cups and saucers, fish service, trinket set, Bible, travelling clock, rose and china bowls, Burmese bowl, brass candlesticks, pictures, cushions, tray and afternoon tea cloths, Viennese table centre and needlework, painted and embroidered sachets, Japanese tray, toilet box, cheques, &c., &c.

The happy pair started amidst showers of confetti for Dover, en route for Brussels and the Italian Lakes. The bride’s going away dress was of pale grey canvass over grey silk, with picture hat trimmed with feathers, and grey cloak lined with pink to match, and trimmed with soft fur.

23rd September 1899


 To Those About to Marry.– If you wish to be happy, furnish throughout at JAMES DAVIES’S. You will get value for your money. No fancy prices. You know the address.

HARVEST FESTIVAL.– On Thursday evening the harvest thanksgiving service was held at Birch Meadow Baptist Chapel, when an appropriate discourse was delivered by Rev. A. Shinn (pastor). There was a good congregation. Harvest hymns were heartily sung. Mrs. Shinn presided at the harmonium.

BROSELEY AND DISTRICT FANCIERS’ SOCIETY.– As will be seen on reference to the advertising space, the first open show will be held at Broseley on Wednesday and Thursday, September 27th and 28th. There are 45 classes, a large number of entries, splendid prizes, and over 20 specials. The exhibits are of a very interesting character, and the committee confidently anticipate the hearty support of the public generally.

JUVENILE FORESTERS’ OUTING.– On Saturday afternoon the juvenile members of Court “Rose of the Green” had their annual outing, the place selected this year being Bridgnorth. On arriving at the picturesque old town the Foresters disported themselves in various ways, some patronising the “Lift,” the “Castle Walks,” “Jubilee Recreation Ground,” and “High Rocks,” from which a magnificent view of the surrounding country was obtained; boating on the river was also indulged in. At five p.m. an excellent tea was partaken of at the Swan Hotel.

7th October 1899


The usual meeting was held on Wednesday; present:– Captain D. L. Prestage (chairman), Councillors W. E. Southorn, P. Jones, E. G. Exley, Messrs. Godfrey Cooper (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor), W. E. Woollam (assistant surveyor), and J. Dixon (collector).

A PROTEST.– The Town Clerk informed the meeting that the police throughout the whole borough had received instructions to put in force the Steam Whistles Act, and in order to blow the whistles the manufacturers must receive the sanction of the committee. If they did not obtain that permission they were liable to a £5 penalty and 40s. for every time they afterwards used the whistle.– The Chairman asked if the Act applied to shows, for they were often a great nuisance.– The Clerk replied in the negative.– Mr. Exley: Then they ought to.– The Chairman remarked that it was a new departure in the neighbourhood.– The Clerk said permission had been given the Coalbrookdale Company and Messrs. Boulton.– Major Anstice (of the Madeley Ward) attended the meeting and opposed the permission being granted to the manufacturers. He said at Jackfield it was a chorus of half-a-dozen keys blowing at different times.– The Chairman said there was no doubt the steam whistles were a great nuisance in the district. He had some time ago taken the matter up, when for a quarter of an hour they could not hear anyone speak. (Laughter.)- Mr. Jones suggested one whistle for the Jackfield district.– The Clerk here read the application from the Broseley Tileries Co. for a permit to blow their steam whistle to summon the workpeople to work.– Mr. Jones remarked that they would not be required to blow the whistle long to cease work, for the people would be gone almost before it began to blow. (Laughter.) -Some reference having been made to the whistle at Messrs. Maw’s works, Major Anstice said be could not understand why an application had not been made from this firm. They were all liable for an infringement of the law.– The Chairman observed that there was no doubt about the nuisance caused by these whistles, but the question was how were they going to overcome it. He thought it was a matter for the borough to take up.– Major Anstice: It is a question of obtaining permission.– The Chairman: We ought to have some uniform action in dealing with the matter.– Major Anstice contended that before permission was given to any of the manufacturers the public should have an opportunity of opposing the applications. He meant to give notice at the next Madeley District Council that the resolution passed at the last meeting be rescinded. He protested against the blowing of the whistles, and if they were not stopped he should report it to the chief-constable, as the law was being infringed.– After further remarks it was decided to discuss the applications and hear objections on the last day in this month-

IN WANT OF MONEY.- The Collector stated that the old rate was collected, and the Town Clerk observed that they were in a serious position, as there was only £40 2s. 2d. in hand to pay bills amounting to £105 19s. 11d. The collector was instructed to proceed with the collection of the next rate.

A BAD ROAD.– The landlord of the Summerhouse Inn, Jackfield, complained of a road in front of his house being in a dangerous condition. Some of his customers had informed him that unless it was put in proper repair they should not visit his house in the winter, and he could not afford to lose any customer.– A fence was suggested to be erected at the place complained of, and the surveyor was instructed to look into the matter.

VISITATION. - The Assistant Surveyor informed the meeting that he was going to commence a house to house visitation in Broseley this week.

7th October 1899


 To Those About to Marry.– if you wish to be happy, furnish throughout at JAMES DAVIES’S. You will get value for your money. No fancy prices. You know the address.

PRESENTATION.– On September 29, Miss Day (teacher at the Broseley National Schools) was the recipient of a silver-plated dinner cruet, the gift of the teachers and scholars on her approaching marriage.

CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH.– The first meeting this season of the P. W. E. Adult Bible Class was held on Wednesday. An address was given by Mr. Maurice Jones, M.A., and a paper was read by Miss Kinsey of Newcastle on “Martha and Mary.” Mr. R. Bunnagar (vice-president) occupied the chair. There was a large number present.

ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH.– The harvest festival was celebrated at this church on the evening of the 29th ult., and as usual, attracted a large congregation. The sacred edifice was most tastefully decorated, and presented a charming appearance, the executants being the Misses Potts (The Bank) and the Misses Lister. The service was fully choral, and was capitally rendered by the choir, the anthem being “Praise the Lord, O My soul.” The special preacher was the Rev. C. J. Winner (vicar of Market Drayton), and the Rev. G. F. Lamb, M.A.(rector), intoned the service; whilst the lessons were read by the Rev. J. Marsden Edwards, M. A. (rector of Jackfield). Miss Hilda Watkiss efficiently presided at the organ. The festival was continued on Sunday, when the rector preached morning and evening, and Mr. H. E. Clark read the lessons. The anthem was repeated at the evening service. Mr. Theo. Watkiss presided at the organ. The offertories were in aid of the Broseley Nursing Association.

7th October 1899


SUDDEN DEATH.– On the evening of the 28th ult. an old woman, named Mrs. Lewis, living at Jackfield, suddenly fell down at Messrs. Maw and Company’s Works, where she had been accustomed to clean out the offices, and died shortly afterwards. A doctor was sent for, but she died before his arrival.

SERIOUS ACCIDENT.- On Saturday a serious accident occurred to a man named Richard Thomas of Broseley, who was employed as a carter at the works in course of erection at Messrs. Maw and Company’s, Limited, Jackfield. It appears that Thomas was standing in the cart when the horse attached thereto suddenly started, throwing him with great violence to the ground, thereby breaking his collar bone, and he was also cut about the head

7th October 1899.


A shocking discovery was made at Shirlett, near Broseley, on Wednesday, when the lifeless body of a boy named Sydney Kite, aged seven years, was found in a walnut tree. The lad, it appears, had lived with his grandfather, Mr. Cleeton, a very old tenant on Lord Forester’s estate, and on Friday week went into Shirlett Wood to cut a stick. He did not return, and the wood was searched by the police and Lord Forester’s gamekeeper, but no trace of the missing boy could be found. A further search was instituted on Wednesday, with the result that the body was found, as already stated. The boy’s clothes became entangled in the branches of the tree, and he was unable to extricate himself. The father of the deceased was 12 months ago kicked to death by a horse.

Yesterday afternoon Mr. F. H. Potts (coroner) held an inquest on the body at Mr. William Cleeton’s house, Linley, near Broseley. The evidence was to the effect that the deceased was found in the tree hanging by his scarf, and a verdict of “Accidental death” was returned.

14th October 1899


TO THE EDITOR. Sir,- The thanks of the inhabitants of Broseley, Jackfield, Coalport, Madeley, Coalbrookdale, and other places near, owe a debt of gratitude to Major Anstice of the Madeley Ward for his manly protest against the use of steam whistles in this neighbourhood. The one at a large works in the district begins each morning from 5.15 to 5.20 a.m., and keeps on continuously until 6 a.m. It cannot be to call their employees to work. If any of the heads of the firm had been obliged to sit up night after night with the sick, as many have done, and to know the torture and unrest this particular whistle caused, the nuisance would have been abated long ago. At one or more of the works a bell is used for a few seconds, at others there is neither bell nor whistle. The only use they seem to be is for the engine-man or man in charge to try and see which can make the most screeching noise. For the comfort and quietness of the neighbour­hood, I trust the Board at their meeting on October 31st will either regulate the whistles so that they will be used for a few seconds, or sweep the whole lot away, or license each work where one is used at £20 a year each, and thus help to reduce the annual increase of parish expenditure.


14th October 1899


WEDNESDAY.–Before his Honour Judge Harris-Lea.

THE List.– There were 200 new cases and 20 judgment summonses dealt with by the Registrar and His Honour.

CLAIM AND COUNTER-CLAIM AY BROTHERS-IN-LAW.­ Thomas Poyner, carpenter, Broseley, claimed £11 for wages from his brother-in-law, William Griffiths, wheelwright, Broseley. Mr. Spender represented plaintiff, and Mr. J. T. Carrane defended, and stated there was a counter-claim of £12 for removing furniture from Birmingham, six weeks’ board, and loss of time.– Thomas Poyner stated that defend­ant was his brother-in-law, for whom he had worked. Before he went to Broseley he was working for the Midland Railway Company at 30s. a week. Defendant came to Birmingham twice and asked him to work for him, and he would give him the same money. He promised to pay for the removal of his furniture. The reason he left his brother-in-law was because he locked him out of the shop. He had only lost five days, and the counter-claim was incorrect.– Ada Mary Poyner, I wife of plaintiff, corroborated.– Mr. Carrane contended that they advanced plaintiff money to pay for the removal of his furniture to Broseley, and the agreement was to pay him £1 a week and not 30s. The plaintiff subsequently indulged in drink, and neglected his work. He also agreed to pay him 10s. a week for board. Plaintiff left defendant’s employment on his own account.– Defendant and his wife bore out the solicitor’s contention.–His Honour gave judgment in favour of plaintiff for £9 10s., and a verdict for the defendant for £8 11s. 3d. with costs.

14th October 1899


MODERN MASONS’ DINNER.–  The annual dinner in connection with this society was held on Saturday in the new club room at the Black Swan kept by Mr. W. H. Harrison. About 50 sat down. Mr. Clement Fennel (Coalport) presided, and the vice-chair was occupied by Mr. Geo. Stevens, who was made an hon. member. After the cloth was removed the usual loyal and patriotic toasts were duly honoured. The Chairman submitted the toast of the “Modern Masons,” which was responded to by the secretary, Mr. Geo. Clarke, who stated that the club was 130 strong and was in a good financial position. Mr. Stevens proposed “Kindred Societies,” and the Chairman in responding remarked that he was pleased to do so as a member of the Order of Foresters. There was a good deal in Friendly Society work for which they had to thank their forefathers. (Hear, hear.) It was impossible for the members of societies to expect 22s. for a pound. They must pay in before they could get it out. (Hear, hear.) They could not take a man at 40 years of age at the same contribution as the man at, 24. (Hear, hear.) He repeated that past experience of kindred societies was what they were working on that day. Mr. Chamberlain had stated there were in connection with the various societies seven millions of hard-working men, who through their thrift, industry, and forethought it made provision for their wives and families, and at the present time had accumulated something like £24,000,000, which was sufficient to show that members of these societies were the backbone of old England to -day. (Applause.) He could not follow the old age pension scheme as put forward so far. It was all very well for members to say stop a man’s wages 5d. in the pound. The day was gone by for that. Were they, as Friendly Society men, prepared to look to a scheme which would support the idle and indifferent? There were some 4½  millions of men who traversed the country and never worked in their lives, nor did they intend to do; where could they get their money from? The provident man would have to pay it. They as Friendly Society men would welcome any scheme that would assist them, but would they uphold a scheme to pay 5s. per week to every man, regardless of what he had done in his life? For instance the 5,000,000 men who did nothing but walk from gaol to gaol, and from workhouse to workhouse, would enjoy the same privileges as the thrifty and receive 5s a week at their expense. (No.) He asked them as Friendly Society men not to be led away, but keep to their societies. (Applause.) There were £24,000,000 behind them, and they had shown the legislators of this country that they were a provident and thrifty race of people. (Hear, hear.)- The Chairman then proposed “ The Host and Hostess,” and in responding Mr. Harrison remarked that, he had been a member of the club 25 years, a trustee 15 years, and was now their treasurer, and was ever ready to support then:. (Applause.)- Other toasts followed. -During the evening the Jackfield Brass Band (conducted by Mr. Homer Wase) played a selection of music, and several glees were rendered by the Iron-Bridge Glee Union. Songs were also contributed by Messrs. W. H. Harrison, G. Stevens, C. Fennell, G. Clarke, H. Ball, J. Poole, J. Gittens, H. Pellowe, E. Nickless, J. Thomas, W. Yates, and J. Ball.

14th October 1899


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P.W.E. ADULT BIBLE CLASS.– On Wednesday evening the usual weekly meeting was held, under the presidency of Mr. R. Bunnagar. The Rev. R. D. Wilson gave a practical address, and was listened to with rapt attention Mr. T. Minton rendered the sole, “If with all your hearts,” with excellent taste and precision. Mr. George Tonkiss presided at the organ. The secretary reported a further increase of members.

SERIOUS ACCIDENT. - Mr. J. H. Onions, confectioner, Church Street, Broseley, after attending Bridgnorth market on Saturday, was driving home in a trap, and when near Rudge Wood he came into collision with a float belonging to Messrs. Phillips and Co. of Bridgnorth. He was thrown to the ground with great violence, breaking two of his ribs, and sustained other injuries. There were two other occupants of the conveyance, but they were not seriously injured. The driver of the float escaped with a severe shaking. Mr. Onions is under the care of Messrs. Collins and Boon of Whitehall, Broseley.


28th October 1899


 If you wish to buy good Piano, American Organ, Harmonium, Violin, Banjo, or any other Instrument, go to JAMES DAVIES. Compare prices before going elsewhere. You know the address.

P.W.E. ADULT BIBLE CLASS.– On Wednesday the usual weekly meeting was held in the Congregational Church, under the presidency of Mr. Richard Bunnagar. Mr. John Gilpin of Iron-Bridge gave an excellent address, and Mr. George Tonkiss presided at the organ. There was a fair attendance.

BIRCH MEADOW CHAPEL.– During the week five special addresses of a highly instructive and practical character have been delivered in this place of worship by the Rev. Arthur Shinn (pastor). Suitable hymns were sung, and Mrs. Shinn presided at the harmonium. There were large and representative gatherings of all denominations, a goodly number being members of the Established Church.

ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH.– On Sunday morning and evening the Rev. P. L. Underhill (vicar of Ketley) preached two sermons in the parish church. He also took the services, and Mr. H. E. Clarke read the lessons. The musical portion of the services was well rendered by the choir, Mr. Theo. Watkiss presiding at the organ. There was a good congregation at each service, more particularly in the evening, and collections were taken on behalf of the Broseley National Day Schools.

TEA AND ENTERTAINMENT.– On Wednesday a social tea (kindly given by Mrs. Richard Jones, Broseley Wood) was held in the Wesleyan Schoolroom, after which an entertainment took place. The following programme was well executed:– March, J. W. Hartshorne; glee, “ O, who will o’er the downs,” Miss Edge, Mrs. Hartshorne, Mr. Edge, jun., Mr. R. Hartshorne; song, “Heaven our Home,” Mrs. Hartshorne; reading, Mr. Hartshorne; flute solo, “Cherry Ripe,” Mr. F. Glover; song, “Best,” Mr. R. Hartshorne; glee, “As the moments roll;” song, “Gates of the West,” Mrs. Hartshorne; reading, Mr. Hartshorne; flute solo, “ O, for the wings of a dove,” Mr. F. Glover ; song, “A Friar of Orders Grey,” Mr. R Hartshorne ; selection, harmonium, J. A. Hartshorne. There was a far attendance. The, proceeds are to be devoted to the Organ and Renovation Fund


Before Messrs. E. W. Shorting (chairman), and T. Cooks.

AN IMPOSTOR SENT TO GAOL - Martha Weston, a well known character at Madeley, was charred with collecting alms in a fraudulent manner.– Mary Gough of The Dunge, Broseley, stated that defendant called at her house and asked to see Mr. Lascelles, who was out. Defendant then said she wanted some money to take her son to the infirmary, as he was far gone in consumption. She said her name was Meredith. Witness, believing her story, gave her a shilling. Defendant was still anxious to see Mr. Lascelles, and this made her suspicious, and she sent for the policeman.– Mary Elizabeth Norgrove deposed that defendant came to her house, and asked for relief, as her husband was so ill that he had to go to the infirmary. She wanted 5s., but witness gave her sixpence.–Police-constable Jones said he knew the defendant well, and also knew that her story was not correct.– Sergeant Brown corroborated, and defendant was sentenced to 14 days’ imprisonment, with hard labour, in each case.

ANOTHER IMPOSTOR.– H. Walters was charged with stealing a silver Geneva watch and chain, valued at 10s., and two halfcrowns, belonging to Mary Cooke, Much Wenlock.– Prosecutrix deposed that prisoner came to her house and inquired for rooms, stating that he wanted a sitting-rooms and bedroom. She showed him the rooms, and he agreed to pay 12s, a week. She asked what his profession was, and he replied that he was a veterinary surgeon, and also his master, who would arrive at Wenlock on Monday. He was going to stay at the Raven. Prisoner lodged at her house, and left one morning after breakfast, when she missed the watch and chain and the two halfcrowns. She gave information to the police.– Inspector Darbyshire stated that he arrested the prisoner at Wolverhampton with the chain in his possession. He also told him (witness) that he had sold the watch to Mr. Shaw, jeweller, Wellington. He went to that shop with the prisoner, and obtained the watch.–  Prisoner, who pleaded guilty, was further charged with obtaining food and lodgings to the value of 12s, from Mary Cooke under false pretences.– Prisoner pleaded guilty to this charge.– The Inspector said he had found out that prisoner was not a veterinary surgeon. He was a “cabby.”-Prisoner was sentenced to two months’ imprisonment in each case, sentences to run concurrently.

THE RESULT OF HEAVY DRINKING.– Charles Samuel Reynolds, labourer, Broseley, was charged with stealing eight, wooden pipes of the value of 6s., the property of Susannah Mary Clegg, tobacconist, Broseley.– Mr. F. R. Spender defended.– George Clegg, clerk in the Coalbrookdale Works, said the business belonged to his wife, and the shop at Broseley was a lock-up one. It was only opened in the evenings, and on Saturday he was in charge of it when the prisoner came in and asked to see some sixpenny pipes. Witness gave him 40 to look at. He purchased one and went out, and shortly returned again for another pipe, which he bought. He came a third time and asked to see some shilling pipes which witness subsequently missed, and on searching prisoner he found four pipes in his overcoat pocket, and, having missed other pipes, he gave information to the police.– Three young men- Abraham Harris, Ernest Bentley, and Henry Davies- deposed to being in the Albion Inn, Broseley, where they purchased pipes from the prisoner for 4½d, each.– Sergeant Bowen stated that he arrested prisoner the same night, and on Monday, before the Bench, he admitted the charge.– Reynolds went in the box and stated that be was intoxicated at the time, and did not know what he was doing. He was coming into a large sum of money and it made him indifferent.–  He was fined £2 and Costs, in default 21 days’ imprisonment with hard labour.

18th November 1899


ORGAN RE-OPENING.– During the last six weeks the organ at St. Mary’s Church has been undergoing thorough repair. A tubular pneumatic action has been added to the pedal organ, and every stop has been quieted and re-voiced throughout. The cost of the renovation is estimated at about £50. The fine instrument was reopened on Wednesday, when a special sermon on “music” was delivered by the Rev. H. J. Underhill Charlton, M. A., curate of Northwood. The sermon was most interesting, The Rev. A. W. Terrick (curate of Benthall) and the Rev. Marsden Edwards (rector) also took part in the service, which was choral. During the service Mr. J. W. Shingler presided at the organ. After the service Mr. Theo. Trevor (organist, Wesleyan Chapel, Madeley) gave a grand organ recital, which was highly appreciated. There was not a, large attendance, but the offertory in aid of the Organ Fund amounted to £6 1s. 6d.

25th November 1899


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SUDDEN DEATH- On Tuesday afternoon Mr. Abraham Burnet of Woodhouse Farm had been out shooting, when, after partaking of tea, he suddenly expired.

TEA AND ENTERTAINMENT.- This monthly function took place in the Wesleyan schoolroom on Wednesday in aid of the Broseley Wesleyan Chapel Organ and Renovation Fund. After tea a well-arranged programme was executed.

P.W.E. ADULT BIBLE GLASS.– On Wednesday the usual meeting was held in the Congregational Chapel Rev. W. H. Prothero presided, and there was a large attendance. Mr. Walker (Coalbrookdale) gave an address, and Miss Lucy Ball (Broseley) sang a solo. Mr. George Tonkiss presided at the organ. The choir, under the direction of Mr. Aquila Evans, rendered excellent service.

FUNERAL.– On Tuesday the remains of the late Miss Lucy Legge, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Legge, The Green, Broseley, were interred in Broseley Cemetery, The Rev. C. F. Lamb, M.A., rector, was the officiating, clergyman. The deceased had been employed in the Mosaic department at. Messrs. Craven, Dunnill, & Co.’s, Jackfield, for about 10 years, and was greatly respected by her fellow employees, and other friends, a large number of whom attended the funeral, and many wreaths were contributed.

2nd December 1899


 JAMES DAVIES has a large stock of Melodeons, Concertinas, Banjos, Mouth Organs, Music Stands, Strings, Fittings, &C. Musical Instruments repaired or taken, is part exchange. You know the address.

DEATH OF Mr, A. BURNET.–  The remains of the late Mr. Abraham Burnet of Woodhouse Farm were interred in Broseley Cemetery yesterday week. The Rev. Arthur Shinn (Baptist) was the officiating minister. The mourners were - Mrs. A. Burnet (widow), Mrs. Pfrangley and the Misses Burnet (daughters), Mr. Henry Burnet (son), Messrs. W. and H. Burnet (brothers), Alderman Joseph Exley (brother. in-law), Messrs, A. and F. Exley (nephews), Messrs. J. A. Burnet, A. A. Burnet, Aquila Evans, and W. and T. Francis (cousins)- A large number of friends including Dr. Boon, Mr. E. B. Potts, Mr. F. G. Exley. Mr. T. Beard, Mr. S. A. Powell, Mr. James Mason, Mr. T. Doughty, Mr. C. Smith, &c., attended the funeral. The coffin-plate bore the inscription: ‘Abraham Burnet; born June 3, 1848; died November 21, 1899.’

9th December 1899


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LONDON CITY MISSION.– ON Thursday the annual meeting of this Mission was held, and a collection taken in aid of the funds.

BURIAL BOARD.– The quarterly meeting was held on Wednesday; present:–Councillors D. L. Prestage (chair­man), W. Mear, P. Jones, W. E. Southorn, E. G. Exley, and Mr. G. C. Cooper (clerk). -Councillor Prestage was unani­mously re-elected chairman.– The Clerk reported that £15 11s. 6d. had been received in fees during the past quarter, and that the treasurer had a balance, in hand of £18 6s. 3d. Cheques were drawn for fees due to ministers, superintendent, &c, amounting to £l3 12s. 11d.

MISSIONARY SERVICES.– On Sunday services were held, morning and evening, in the Congregational Chapel. The Rev. W. Prothero (pastor) preached in the morning, and the Rev. J. Knowles (missionary from India). In the evening Special hymns and anthems were well rendered by the choir, under the direction of Mr. Aquila Evans. Mr. George Tonkiss presided at the organ. There were fair congregations, and collections were taken in aid of Foreign Missions.


Before Lord Forester (mayor), Alderman A. B. Dyas, and Mr. E. W. Shorting.

A WARNING.– The Coalport China Company summoned Frederick Harris, decorator, for a breach of contract, and claims £5 damages. - Mr. T. H. Coombes, solicitor, Worcester, defended, and said there was a counter claim for two guineas for a week’s wages. - Mr. T. J. Butt, manager to the decorative department, said the custom of the trade was to give a month’s notice, and defendant left in a week, after bring told that a month’s notice was necessary.– Mr. C. C. Bruff (director) corroborated.– Mr. Coombes contended when wages were paid weekly, as in this case, a week’s notice was sufficient.– Defendant went into the box, and stated that when he was engaged nothing was said about, any notice, in fact he had never seen a notice posted up in the works.– Judgment for plaintiffs for £3 and costs. The counter claim was admitted.

BAD LANGUAGE.–  Three young men from Horsehay, named Joseph Baker, John Caverley, and Thomas Davies were charged with making rise of abusive language,- Police-con­stable Norgrove proved the cases, and defendants were each fined 1s. and costs.

PREFERENCE FOR PRISON.– Benjamin Binnell, Madeley, was charged with having no name on his cart.– Police-constable Jones proved the case.–Defendant was fined 6s., including costs, or seven days.– Defendant said he would go to prison.

ASSAULTING HIS WIFE.– Henry James, labourer, Linley Brook, was charged with beating his wife. The prosecutrix stated that her husband came home in the evening cursing, and without the slightest provocation kicked her off the chair and so badly bruised her leg that she was compelled to go to a doctor. She had been married five years, and the last two years her husband had behaved badly towards her. She asked for a separation order. Defendant said his mother-in-law was the cause of it all. He was severely cautioned, and fined £1 and costs.

ALLEGED CRUELTY.– Thomas Garbett, cattle drover, Broseley, was charged with ill-treating a sheep. Mr. F, R. Spender defended.– Police-constable Harper stated that he saw defendant beat a tired sheep several times about the head with the stick produced when he was on duty at Hill Top, Madeley. The nostrils were swollen through the cruelty.– Defendant denied striking the sheep, but admitted beating the ground.–Edward James corroborated.– Fred. Cartwright stated the sheep were all right when they came to Mr. Page’s of Madeley. He killed them all and saw no bruises.– The Bench gave the defendant the benefit of the doubt and dismissed the case.

SLEEPING OUT.– William Tench, sweep, Broseley, was charged with sleeping out on the previous night. Sentenced to seven days, with hard labour.

SCHOOL CASES.– The following parents were summoned for failing to send their children to school regularly:– John Seabury, Broseley; John Jones, Posenhall; Henry Clee, Much Wenlock; and Edward Jones, Madeley. Mr. T. Jones (school officer) proved the cases.

DRUNK AND DISORDERLY.– Richard Williams, labourer, Iron-Bridge, was charged with this Offence, police-constable Rollings proved tale case and defendant was fined 19s., in­cluding costs.


Present:– Councillors D. L. Prestage (chairman), P. Jones, W. Mear, W. E. Southorn, and E. G. Exley; Messrs. G. C. Cooper (town clerk), G. Stevenson (surveyor and inspector), and J. Dixon (rate collector).

CHAIRMAN.– This being the first meeting, in the municipal year, Councillor Exley proposed in complimentary terms the re-election of Councillor Prestage as chairman of the Committee for the ensuing year.– This was seconded by Councillor Jones, and carried unanimously, and Councillor Prestage briefly returned thanks.

COMMITTEES.– The following committees were appointed: -Finance, the Chairman, Aldermen Maw and Exley, and Councillors Jones and Exley ; main roads, the Chairman, Aldermen Maw and Exley, and Councillor Mear ; water committee, the Chairman and Aldermen Maw and Exley.

FINANCIAL.– The Collector reported that he had received a further £60 8s. 1d. on account of the second instalment of the rate. The balance in the hands of the treasurer was stated to be £l69 1s. 11d., out of which cheques were drawn for interest, salaries. &.c.

EXPENDITURE.– The Surveyor reported that his expendi­ture since the last meeting had been £14 6s. A cheque was drawn in his favour for £15.

ASHPITS, &c.– A tender was submitted from Mr. Thomas Instone amounting to £20 for emptying and cleaning the ashpits and removing the street sweepings for the year 1900, and, on the proposition of the Chairman, seconded by Councillor Southorn, the same was accepted.

16th December 1899


ACCIDENT.–  On Tuesday afternoon an accident occurred to a young man named George Maiden of the Folly, Broseley, who was employed at Messrs. Maw and Co.’s Works, Jackfield, and was in the act of removing some dust used in the manufacture of tiles when a quantity fell upon him. He was with some difficulty extricated from his perilous position and conveyed to his home

30th December 1899


Yesterday’-week the mortal remains of Dr. W. N. Thursfield- late medical officer of health for Shropshire, an account of whose demise appeared in the last issue of the Journal- were interred in the Cemetery at Barrow, near Much Wenlock. The Rev. W. H. Wayne (rector of Willey) officiated, and Mr. Salter, as the procession left the church, played the “Dead March.” The mourners and a number of friends followed the body through falling snow to the grave, which was lined very prettily with moss and white flowers. The coffin was of highly-polished oak, beautifully designed, and bearing massive brass mountings. On the plate were inscribed the words :­“William Nealor Thursfield, born April 16, 1840, died December 19, 1899.” The obsequies were performed in the presence of Mr. T. H. Thursfield (brother), Mr. T. Middleton Howells (cousin) of Shrewsbury, Dr. McCarthy, Dr. Gepp, Dr. Whitaker, Dr. Collins, Dr. Monk, Dr. Reynolds, Dr. McLeod, Messrs. E. B. Potts, A. Gill, C. Smith, T. Shingler, and Councillor Allen, also Misses Morris and Light, and Messrs. Tudor and Morris (servants of the deceased). Messrs. Maddox and Co., Shrewsbury, were the under­takers.