Extracts from

Wellington Journal & Shrewsbury News




relating to Broseley and District






Broseley Local History Society


7th  January 1922


THE GALE.—The terrific gale on Dec, 30 did a good deal of damage in the district. The roofs of houses came in for much attention, whilst over £20 worth of damage was done at the Co-operative Stores. The plate-glass window of the boot department was blown, into atoms and considerable damage was also done to mirrors inside the window.

7th January 1922


OLD FOLKS' PARTY.— In connection with the Wesley Guild the old folks' party was held on Dec. 29, when up wards of 50 old people enjoyed a splendid tea served up in the schoolroom. They were afterwards entertained to a miscellaneous entertainment which they thoroughly enjoyed. A humorous sketch caused much laughter. Before leaving the guests were presented with a bag of sweetmeats and conveyed to their homes through the generosity of Messrs. Oakley and H. Ball.—The Wesley Guild also entertained the young folks to a splendid tea who afterwards spent the evening in games and competitions. A thoroughly happy time was spent.

SOCIAL CLUB. — A well-attended "smoker" was held here en Monday. Dr. J G. Boon presided, and he was supported by Lord Forester (Mayor). Lt. Cecil Forester, Rev. W. Warner (Willey). After a few appropriate remarks from the chairman, Lord Forester presented the billiard prizes to the winners, after which a capital programme. was gone through. Messrs. G. W. Tonkis and W. Davies were the accompanists. Selections were given by Harrison's band and the local glee party also rendered good service. Songs were rendered by Messrs. W. Davies, F. Francis, J. Watkins, T. Meredith, and W. Taylor. The usual votes of thanks and singing of the National Anthem concluded a most pleasant evening.

PETTY SESSIONS, Tuesday.- before Lord Forester (Mayor), Dr. Collins, and Ald. J. Nicklin.- The licensing meeting was fixed for February 14. at Broseley.— Mr. Mole; relieving officer, instructed by the Madeley Guardians, made application for a maintenance order to be made against Albert Underwood, single man and a labourer. Hinkshay, Dawley, whose mother was an inmate of the County asylum and who was chargeable against the union.- The officer said the Guardians had asked the defendant to pay 5s. weekly. He was in arrears £2 Underwood was in good work. An order for 5s. weekly was made on defendant, who was ordered to pay the costs.

DISTRICT COUNCIL, Wednesday, Ald. J. Nicklin presiding.—Mr. Herbert reported the district free from notifiable infectious disease. The meeting decided to withdraw the closing order provisionally on three cottages in King Street—The Chairman said there was still a heavy overdraft at the bank and the collector was instructed to proceed more rapidly with the collection of the rates.—The Clerk reported that there was a debit balance on the water and general accounts of £349.—Mr. Richards (surveyor) reported that his expenditure for the past month amounted to £20. He also stated that he had requested the owners to cut their fences forthwith and some had already done so.—Dr. Collins pointed out the dangerous condition of the Benthall road to the Iron-Bridge station. He suggested that the clerk write the Bridge Trust to ash the road in slippery weather. The meeting concurred.—The Water Engineer (Mr. Callear) reported that the amount of water taken by Shifnal for last quarter was. 7.689,000 gallons, by Dawley and Wellington rural area No. 1 4,493,000 gals., and by Wellington rural area No. 2 208,000 gals.    He gave details of work done in the ward throughout the month and that he had submitted the collected accounts, for £140 on behalf of the Council. The report was adopted. Mr. Callear was congratulated on the manner in which he had collected the water rents. Mr: Callear stated that everything at Harrington water-works was going on satisfactorily. They had finished night pumping altogether.



SUPPER.—After many years the local Brass Band revived their annual supper, which took place on Dec. 30 in the Institute, when 40 sat down to an excellent spread; one half of which was provided by Messrs. H. Davies and J. Harrison. The rector, Rev. C. R. Hollis, presided and proposed the toast of the King. The toast of the "Band" was proposed by Mr. A. J. Humphries, who in doing so outlined the history of the band from its commencement and hoped before long the band would re- cover an honour it once held of being the premier band in the county. He was pleased to hear that the band had decided to get new instruments before uniforms. Mr. W. Tranter, chairman of the committee, replied, and the Chairman supported it. Mr. T. J. Hearn proposed the "Chairman" saying that, although he had only been there a short time the rector had endeared himself to all, and was deservedly popular. In reply the rector said although he had not yet been here 12 months he had made many good friends and hoped to be able to make more; he wished to take this opportunity of congratulating the band quartette on their recent success, and hoped their success would continue. The "Band Committee" was proposed by Mr. A. Ball, who spoke of the good feeling which prevailed between members and committee and hoped they would continue to back up the members. Mr. Tranter, in reply, said the committee were determined to do this. The rector here presented Mr. A. Budge with a purse of money subscribed  by friends at Jackfield to show their appreciation of what Mr. Budge had done for Jackfield in coming down so many times to help in all and every cause. Mr. Budge said this was a surprise to him, but he had always like to come to Jackfield, and hoped to do so and thanked all subscribers. Songs and quartettes were given at intervals by the Jackfield Glee Party: Messrs. P. Price A. Budge, J. Harrison, T. Pritchard, H. Keates, and the Rector. Votes of thanks were given to the ladies who prepared the supper. Messrs H. Davies and J. Harrison, the chairman and the artistes. Mr. C. Jones, secretary, carried out the arrangements for the supper, etc., and Mr. H. Keates for the presentation.

ST. MARY'S.--After the ordinary service on Sunday conducted by the Rev. C. R., Hollis (rector), who preached an admirable sermon, a musical service followed, when solos were admirably rendered by Mrs. Harper. Mrs. Hadley, Mr. A. Hewitt, and Master H. Hudson. Mr. G. Edge presided at the organ. A large congregation contributed £3 towards the memorial bridge fund.

PROPOSED BRIDGE.–Mr. Tranter presided at a meeting of the Jackfield-Coalport  Bridge Committee on Tuesday , when there was a good attendance. After the result of the various entertainments had been reported, the total now raised is £140 towards the £200 required before a start can be made. A vote of thanks was passed the ladies of Broseley for the £30 realised by sale of work, also to the singers who helped in the Church service. Mr. J. Dodd was added to the committee.

14th January 1922


ST. MARY'S.—On Sunday, at the conclusion of evensong, the Epiphany carol, "We three Kings of Orient are" was rendered by the choir.

ORGAN RECITAL—On Monday an excellent organ recital was given-by Mr. G. W, Tomkiss, A.R.C.O. (organist of Shrewsbury Abbey Church) together with cello solos by Mr. P. Griffiths. The various items were most ably and tastefully rendered, and, were greatly appreciated by a large congregation. The collection, which amounted to £2 4s. 6d., was devoted to St. Mary's Sunday School Fund. The hymn, "Praise my soul the King of Heaven", sung whilst the collection was being taken, was sung to Goss's splendid tune in the English hymnal.

21st January1922


PETTY SESSIONS, Tuesday.—Before Ald Cooke (chairman), J. Davies and Mr. J. H. A. Whitley.—Before commencing the business of the court, Ald. Cooke said he should like to make reference to the death of the late Ald. Dyas who was elected borough magistrate in 1893. He had served the public well and they much regretted his loss. He moved that a vote of condolence be sent to the relatives. Mr. Thorn-Pudsey (magistrates' clerk), and Supt. Phillips (on behalf of the police) associated themselves with what had been said Lord Forester associated himself with the vote. He added that Ald. Dyas was a fair and impartial magistrate and one who always attended to his duties. The motion was silently carried, the court standing.— Emily Annie Firmstone, married woman, Homer, was charged with being, drunk and. disorderly.—Sergt. Lovatt stated that after 11 o'clock at night on the 24th ult., he found defendant in a drunken condition and: she was also using bad language. Owing to her condition he took her home to Homer. Defendant wrote a letter to the Bench declaring she was not drunk. She had been carol singing. She was gined 10s. — Cecil Wilde, Benthall, motor mechanic, was charged with driving a motor cycle without a license at Iron-Bridge. He was also charged with having no rear light on the motor cycle and sidecar.- P.C. Powell proved the case.—Defendant said the light must have gone out.—Supt. Phillips said defendant  tried to square the officer, which was a serious offence. Defendant was fined 15s. in each case.—Rupert Parsons, motor car proprietor, Wellington, was charged with driving a motor cycle and sidecar without a rear light. — P.C. Powell, (Iron-Bridge) proved the case.- Defendant was fined 10s.—Edgar Hands, Broseley, manager of motor garage, Wenlock, was charged with driving a motor car without having a rear light.—P.C. Powell proved the case.—Defendant said all lamps were lighted when he, started. The Bench dismissed the case, but said it was a proper case for the police to bring forward.


28th January 1922


Messrs. Barber and Son, auctioneers, Wellington, offered some excellent property for sale at the Tontine Hotel, Iron-Bridge, on Wednesday. There was a fair company, and Messrs. Potts and Potts, Broseley, were the vendors solicitors. The residence known as "Fernleigh" Broseley, was withdrawn at £670. A well built and nicely situated dwelling house in Church St. Broseley, was purchased by Messrs. R. A. Instone and Son, Broseley, for £390, who also bought three terrace houses, situated in the same street, for £650. Two semi-detached brick built and tiled cottages at Hockley, Broseley were withdrawn at £70.

4th February 1922




APPLICATIONS are invited for the appointment of GENERAL DISTRICT and WATER RATE COLLECTOR for the Broseley Sanitary Division; salary £70 per annum. Applicants must be prepared to reside in the Division, be competent bookkeepers, and devote adequate time to the performance of the duties. The appointment will be subject to three calendar months' notice, and the person appointed must give security in the sum of £500 in a Guarantee Society, the premium on which will be paid by the Committee. The appointment will date from 31st March, 1922, and selected Candidates will have notice when and where to attend. Canvassing will be a disqualification.

Forms of application can be obtained from the under-signed, to whom they must be returned with copies of three testimonials of recent date, not later than the 25th February, 1922.


Town Clerk.

Town Clerk's Office, Much Wenlock, Shropshire. 3rd February, 1922.


PETTY SESSIONS, Tuesday (Before Lord Forester (Mayor), Ald. B. Maddox, Messrs. W. Bishop and W. Roberts),—On taking his seat Lord Forester said he should like to make reference to the late Ald. Dyas, who was one of their senior magistrates. He always attended this court, and he was sure they all know how very attentive he was to his duties, he was most fair and impartial, He was particularly interested in this part of the borough, and he moved that a vote of condolence be sent to the relatives of the deceased. Mr. Thorn Pudsey (magistrates  Clark), Mr. J. C. Bowden (solicitor), and Superintendent Phillips also associated themselves with his lordship’s remarks. The vote was carred in silence, the court standing.—The license of the: White. Hart, Iron Bridge, was transferred to Mr. T. Aston, who had been manager of the hotel for 20 years.—Albert B. Onions, farmer, Broseley, was charged with driving a horse and float on the highway to the danger of the-public. Walter Harding said he was employed by Mr, Murphy, Wellington. On Dec. 12th he had been delivering goods in the district, and was going home along the Wharfage about 5.30, driving a pair of horses, attached to a lorry. He was walking on the left side of the road. He saw a vehicle of some sort coming with one light on. He was galloping, and struck the right shoulder of his horse, knocked the splinting bar off, and also the lamp was broken, as well as the coupling chain. Witness said he was thrown off his seat. Defendant went for some distance, and left his wheel in the road. Defendant was driving dangerously.—James Aston, moulder, Benthall, said on the date in question he was returning from his work when defendant passed him at a fast rate, and when he had gone 100 yards he heard a collision. He afterwards saw Onions's wheel broken in the road Murphy's man was on his proper side.—Samuel Jones, haulier, Iron-Bridge, also stated Murphy's' man was on the right side of the road, and was walking. He heard the crash, and defendant appeared to be going fast.—P.C. Kershaw (Iron-Bridge) also gave evidence as to interviewing both men. He described the damage done, and said Onions appeared to have had quite enough to drink, although he was not drunk.—Defendant went in the box and denied that he was driving fast and stated that Harding was in the middle of the road: — The Bench were of unanimous-opinion that defendant was going too fast.. The public must be protected, and he would be fined £1 and to pay costs amounting to 12s.—Geo. Hy. Wilkes, railway porter, Bridgnorth, made application for a varying order of 30s. on ground of getting less wages. His wages were now £2 12s. 9d., and he also had a pension of 10s. a week. His wife objected to a reduction in the order. She could not possibly live on less than 30s. She had two growing children to keep.—The Bench considered the wife should have 9s. 6d. out of the pension. His lordship: We cannot reduce the order. Applicant: Then I will pay nothing at all. — Walter Jones, farm labourer, Bewdley, was charged with being the putative father of the bastard child of Ellen Perry, single woman, Iron-Bridge.— Mr. J. C. H, Bowdler, Solicitor, Shrewsbury, appeared for the prosecution.—Defendant denied the paternity, but was ordered to pay 5s. weekly for 14 years, and also to pay the usual fees.—There were several income-tax cases dealt with; orders were made in some cases, and others were adjourned. Mr. Patten Smith proved the cases.


FOOT-BRIDGE.— Another whist drive and dance were held on the 27th ult., in the Gymnastic Room, kindly lent by Messrs. Maw and Co.; on behalf of the bridge, and considering the climatic conditions, was fairly successful. Mrs. Aston kindly presented the prizes as follows:—Ladies: Miss N. Bentley, Mrs. Humphries; consolation, Miss D. Tranter. Gents.: Mr. G. Hall, Mr. F. Bradley: consolation, Mr. A. Bagnall. Mr. P. Price acted as M.C. for the whist, and Mr. H. Southorn for the dancing. The local brass band voluntarily supplied the music. Mr. H. Keates successfully carried out the secretarial duties, and the following ladies were in charge of  the buffet:—Mesdames Tranter, Keates, Wilson, Perkins, Hearn and Lewis.



An inquest was held at Wolverhampton- ton on Thursday concerning the death. of Kezziah Doughty (73), 204, Ferry Road, Jackfield.

It was stated that the woman slipped on the frosty ground on January 18 and broke her thigh. A doctor ordered her removal to the Broseley Hospital, and her daughter, Mrs. Margaret Quinn, said the matron refused to admit the old lady, saying, "It was not a hospital case." She was eventually conveyed in a motor car to the Wolverhampton General Hospital.

 Dr.Hugh Zanasi, house surgeon of the latter, said he was not in a position to explain why deceased should have been refused admission Broseley.—The Coroner: "You had no hesitation in admitting her, I suppose?"—"No."

Further evidence having boon given that, the woman had died as the result of heart disease, which was not influenced by the fall, the Coroner recorded a verdict of "Death from natural causes."

11th February 1922


MEMORIAL BRIDGE. — Mr W. Tranter presided over the monthly meeting of the above committee on Tuesday. The Secretary, Mr. C. Jones, reported that there was now about £960 promised or paid towards the £1,186 required. With the various schemes now in operation, he hoped to make up the £1,000 required before a start could be made to erect the bridge by the end of the mouth.  A letter was read from Messrs. Hill and Smith    about a slight reduction on their estimate which the committee did not consider satisfactory, and the secretary was asked to take up the matter with them if necessary, after consulting Mr. S. R. Maw.

18th February 1922




Ladies and Gentlemen,-

I beg to offer you my services once more, if you consider, that I am a fit and proper person to represent your interests. I have endeavoured in the past, and particularly-during the last 12 months to work for economies which I consider can be carried out without impairing efficiency. In my opinion no stone should be left unturned in order to find any possible means of relief to the ratepayers, of which they are in such urgent need, and should you do me the honour of again electing me to act as your representative, I shall continue to urge that policy on the Council by every means in my power.

Yours faithfully,

FORESTER. Feb., 1922.



Don't Forget J. B. Dickin and Co.'s Great Annual Clearance Sale Commences or Friday Next, Feb. 24th. The Greatest Sale of the Season. Thousands of Bargains in every Department. See large Advt. Oakengates and Shifnal.

TOWN HALL—In aid of the funds of the new memorial bridge for Jackfield and Coalport, a whist drive and dance was held on Wednesday in the above hall. The capable M.C.'s were Messrs. H. Southern and L. Ashwood, and Mr. L. Dixon supplied the music.

 HOMING SOCIETY.—Under the auspice of this society, a show of racing pigeons and cage birds was held at the Pheasant Hotel on Saturday, and was in every respect a success. Mr. H. H. Powell, who takes a keen interest in the society, was capable judge, whilst the secretarial duties were ably discharged by Mr. G. Cadwallader. The awards were:—Pigeons. — Cock bred prior to 1921-1 Wall. 2 Pope, 3 Hollins. Hen (ditto)-1 and special for best hen Davies, 2 Cadwallader, 3 Wall. Cock, rung 1921-1 and 2 Wall, 3 Instone. Hen rung 1921—1 and 3 Wall, 2 Hollins. Cock 1921-1 and special (best cock, to show best flights) Wall, 2 Cadwallader, 3 Wall. Hen, 1921, to show best flights-1 and 2 Wall, 3 Harrison. Cage birds.—Goldfinch-1 and 2 G. Harrison, 3 Powell. British bird, any other variety —1 and 3, Harrison, 2 Salter. Canary, any variety-1 and special (best cage bird). A. Dewey, 2 and 3 Harrison.

SUDDEN DEATH. —There passed away early on Sunday morning a respectable inhabitant in the person. of Mr. George Gilbert at his residence in Queen Street. Deceased had been at work on the 10th inst., but he was not in the best of health. He had been in the employ of Messrs. Craven and Dunnill, tile works, Jackfield, for over 50 years. Deceased was 76 Years of age

LICENSING SESSIONS, Tuesday before Lord Forester (Mayor), Ald. Prestage, J. Davies, B. Maddox, and Messrs. Whitley, Bishop, and Williams.—Supt: Phillips presented his annual report, Which stated that there were in the Borough of Wenlock  56 fully-licensed houses. 24 beerhouses (on), 2 beerhouses (off), and 8 grocers' licenses (off); total 90 an addition of one "off" license, which was granted at the adjourned licensing meeting last year, for a wine license at a chemist's shop at Broseley. There were also two registered clubs, an increase of one club, this having been registered last year. The population of the borough was 15,244 (census 1911), which gave an average of 186 per sons to each licensed house. This did not include the grocers' licenses. During the year ended 31st December, 1921, 11 persons had been proceeded against for drunkenness  and convicted. The convictions for drunkenness for the three previous years were as follow:-1918 1, 1919 0, 1920 12, During the year one licensed person had been proceeded against for an offence under the Licensing Act, and was ordered, to pay costs. With this exception the houses had been conducted satisfactorily. At the adjourned licensing meeting on 1st March 1921, the license of the Nelson Inn; Madeley was referred for compensation but the house had not yet been closed. Mr. Kitching chemist, Iron-Bridge, applied for a wine license for his premises at 24, High Street, Iron-Bridge. He offered no objection provided the license was restricted to the sale of medicated wines only. A similar application was made at the last licensing sessions, but was refused. The whole of the licenses were renewed,—Mr. G. H. Espley, behalf of Mr. C. F.  Kitching, chemist, Iron-Bridge, made application for a wine license. He said they only wished to sell medicated wines, which he enumerated. Mr. Kitching stated he was often asked for medicated wines. Mr. H. Phillips, solicitor, Shifnal, opposed the application on behalf of Messrs. Butler and Co., brewers, who owned houses at Iron-Bridge. Arthur Bailey manager of the Vaults, Iron Bridge, said he sold medicated and other wines, and their demand was considerable. T. Aston; landlord of the White Hart Hotel, Iron-Bridge, also stated that he sold wines. The license was, however, granted.

25th February 1922

COUNTY COURT.—Feb. 17.      

Before his Honour Judge Ivor Bowen K.C.

George A. Lane, haulier and contractor, Broseley, claimed £79 for the return of a horse and damages, from William Howells. market gardener, Linley. Mr. Hasl(am instructed by Mr. Leake. Shifnal) appeared for plaintiff, and Mr. H. J. Ivens (Kidderminster) defended.—George A. Lane said he had a mare two years, and gave 45 guineas for it. It had been working all the time. He met the defendant one day when he had the mare in a cart.  They had a little conversation and agreed to exchange. He was to have defendant's horse for his mare and 30s. He went and saw the horse, and they came to terms. He sent the 30s. and his son brought the horse back. Later on defendant's wife put a note in his hand, and after looking at it he gave the note back. He wanted to return the mare because it would not work. He would not take it back. Defendant came .to see him in the evening and asked him what he was going to do. Witness told him "Nothing". She was an honest and good worker when he had her. He told Howells that he was going to do nothing and if there was any thing wronghe could take it to the County Court, which a policeman, who was present said was the proper thing to do. The officer warned him to do nothing at the stable. The next morning the horse was taken away, and the mare brought back, and consequently he had to hire. He was getting £1 a day with the mare. No trial was asked for. There was no counter-claim. Harry Lane, son of plaintiff, said he took the mare to defendant and brought the horse back, and one morning when he went to feed the horses as he unlocked the door it was pushed open by Richard Childs. He went to stop them coming in, but Childs struck him, and Howells rushed up and got the horse. He said he had been waiting all night for the job. He offered him the 30s. but he refused to take it—Arthur Davies, saddler, Broseley, also gave evidence.— Defendant said he bought his own horse for £40. He met Lane on the road, who asked him if he would change horses. He could do with a bigger one. They agreed, and Lane was to send him 30s., which he had. When defendant put the saddle on the mare she jumped, and then he noticed a wound on her. He considered it vas a mare 16 years old. It was absurd to say she was only 9. He denied that the son was assaulted.  The mare did not suit him, it was not big enough for his cart. — Annie Howells, wife of defendant said Lane came to their place on Sunday, when the deal was done. The mare was too weak, and she went and asked Lane for the horse back but he refused, stating  that her husband made the deal, and not her. She went for the police as they did not want to do anything wrong.—Edward Garbett, tile labourer Broseley, said he heard Mrs. Howells and Mr. Lane talking together. Mrs. Howells said. "Why don't you turn my horse up” when Lane said he would turn up the horse to the man he dealt with.—Annie Louisa Garbett, wife of last witness, and Isabella Edwards also gave evidence for the defendant. — After reviewing the case, his Honour gave judgment for plaintiff, defendant to return the horse in three days or £20, and the damages, 12 guineas, altogether £32 32s.     


BOROUGH COUNCIL. Wednesday, Right Hon. Lord Forester (Mayor) presiding His Lordship said they all knew of the loss they had sustained since the last meeting by the death of their old friend, the late Alderman A. B. Dyas. He begged to move a resolution of condolence and sympathy to his relatives on behalf of the Council. The resolution was carried whilst the members stood.— By ballot Councillor Bryan (Madeley) was unanimously elected Alderman in the place vacated by the late Alderman A. B. Dyas. Alderman Bryan returned his sincere thanks for the honour they had conferred upon him. He appreciated their action very much. He had always endeavoured to do his best for those he represented, and he hoped he should I be spared to continue, the good work.—On the motion of Alderman Maddox, it was decided to declare a vacancy in the Madeley and Barrow wards.—Alderman Maddox was appointed to act as returning officer for the Madeley ward, and Mr. W. G. Dyas was elected governor on the Coalbrookdale County School Governing Body. Mr. Parker was elected on the Finance Committee, and Mr. Dyas on the Contagious Diseases (Animal) Committee. Alderman Prestage was appointed returning officer for the County Council elections in the borough.—Alderman Cooke remarked that the quarterly payments amounted to £999, and £617 was required to be raised by a borough rate. He moved that a rate of 3d. in the pound be levied. The motion was seconded by Mr. Edwards and carried. For the Barrow ward, Alderman Davies moved that a rate of 1s. 10d. in the pound be levied. He said they required £600. Agreed—Alderman Prestage moved that a district rate of 4s. 6d. in the pound be levied for Broseley, an increase of 6d. He said the amount to be raised was £1,864, out of which £1,200 went towards the water supply, which was a good one. He also moved a water rate of 2s. 6d. in the pound. Mr. Doughty seconded the motions, which were adopted.—Alderman Maddox said Madeley's expenditure was £4,687, out of which £2,054 went towards  water loans and principle interest; 1s. 4d. in the pound of this rate went towards supplying outside authorities with water. They hoped very soon they would be able to get more money from those authorities, something like fair play to their own ratepayers. He moved they levy a general district rate for Madeley of 5s. 4d. in the pound, 1s. increase, and a water rate of 2s. 6d., 6d. increase. Alderman Bryan seconded. Carried.—Alderman Cooke then moved a general district rate for Wenlock of 4s. 6d. in the pound, a decrease- of 6d., and a water  rate of 2s. 6d., also 1s. 8d. per 1,000 gallons.   Mr. Edwards seconded. Carried. — Messrs. Roberts and Norgrove were appointed representative trustees of the Charity Commissioners for Little Wenlock, whilst Messrs: F. Roberts and Norgrove were nominated representative managers of the Little Wenlock Church of England School. It was decided to affix the Corporate seal to the purchase of a site for the tip in the Madeley Sanitary Division, and to affix Corporate seal to the deed of conveyance. It was also decided to affix the Corporate seal to the deed of conveyance of the site of the Coalbrookdale War Memorial and also the Corporate seal to the 24 grants of Right of Burial in the Broseley Cemetery. The Corporate seal was also affixed to 44 petroleum licenses.—Alderman Maddox presented the auditor's report, which was passed, and Alderman Maddox was thanked for it.- Alderman Cooke presented the report of the visitors to the County Asylum which he said was now called the Salop Mental Institution. He added there were 818 patients. Mr. Whiteley supported the report, which was approved of.—The Main Roads Committee's report was read by Alderman Davies, who said the surveyor's estimated expenditure for the roads was £4,060 and he suggested they ask for an increased grant from the county of 1,000, and the committee recommended they ask for a grant of £3,925. He moved the adoption of the report, which was seconded by Mr. Bishop and carried.—The roadmen's wages were referred to the District Committee. The Finance Committee's report was also adopted.— A committee was appointed to deal with the Borough Distress Fund. His lordship announced he had obtained £100 from his appeal.—Dr. Gepp reported the health of the borough was very good, and that the borough had escaped fatal influenza cases. Of course, he said the day schools had to be closed. Dr. Gepp was given power to ensure the taking of samples in the future.—Lord Forester said he did not intend as yet to bring up the question of non-compounding of rates, as he could see the borough was divided on the matter.

4th March 1922


 CONCERT.—In aid of the funds of the local cricket club, a concert was given on Monday, in the Town Hall, by Mr. J. Coleman and party. The hall was crowded and the venture was a huge success. All the artistes were in good voice and encores were frequent. The duets were particularly good, the voices blending splendidly, Mr. Jas. Coleman soon established himself a favourite. Mr. W. Davies was a capable accompanist. Programme:—Duet, "Love is the means to make us glad," Miss Margaret and Mr  James Coleman; song, " My heart is weary,” Miss Phoebe Capper; song; "The Sailors Grave," Mr. Ben Aucott; song, "Love's a Merchant," Miss 'Margaret. Coleman; songs, "My Aim", "The Scent of  the Roses", "The Great Game", Mr. James Coleman; recital, " Godiva,", Miss Dukes;  duet, "The Two Beggars", Messrs. Ben Aucott and James Coleman; duet, "Break! Diviner Light", Miss Capper  and Mr. J. Coleman.; recital, "Struck", Miss Dorothy Dukes; songs, " Old Cronies", " My Hope," Mr. James Coleman; song. "Daddy's Sweetheart", Miss Margaret Coleman; songs, " A Posy of Roses," "Twilight Shadows”, Mr. Ben. Aucott; song, "Entreat me not to leave Thee", Miss Phoebe Capper; recitals, "Fairies," "Nine, Ninette, Ninon", Miss Dorothy Dukes; duel, "I wish to tune my Quiv'ring Lyre ", Messrs. Ben Aucott and James Coleman; "God Save the King".

A WHIST DRIVE AND DANCE in connection with the Broseley Victoria Institute Football Club was held in the Town Hall on Tuesday. The whist prizes were: —Ladies-1 Miss C. Mear, 2 Miss N. Davis, consolation, Miss E. Evans. Gentlemen-1 Mr. Cecil Wilde, 2 Mr. Storey, consolation; Mr. B. Gough. The prizes were distributed by Mrs. George Potts, Benthall House. The M.C. for the whist was Mr. G. C. S. White, and for the dance Mr. S. Ashwood. The music was supplied by Messrs. J. Lister, Harrison, and Hurdley.

DISTRICT COUNCIL, Wednesday, Alderman Prestage presiding.—The Sanitary Inspector stated that no infectious disease existed in the Broseley Ward, but reported several nuisances, and the usual orders mere made. On the officer's recommendation a license for a slaughterhouse was granted to Mr. J. Morris, Jackfield, for a period of one year.—In his report, the Borough Surveyor said that the Broseley to Iron-Bridge road was in a very bad condition. His estimate for the next financial year to be spent on this particular road was £340, which amount was required annually for some years to get it to a proper standard. He strongly recommended that application be made to the County Council for an extra grant. The committee decided to ask the Wenlock Town Council to make in application to the county authorities for an increased grant for this purpose- Mr. Instone of Woodlands Farm attended the meeting and called the attention of the Council to the flood of water from the Stocking field over Woodlands Green; also that certain roads he traversed should be metalled.—The Chairman said that at these times they could not spend much money, and the matter was left in the hands of the surveyor.—As to roadmen's wages, these were fixed, minimum 30s. per week and maximum 33s. per week, the surveyor to deal with his men according to merit.—The Town Clerk reported a debit balance on the two accounts after meeting liabilities of £939, but Mr. Oakes had paid in £58 since the books were made up. As to the water rate the Town Clerk gave his ruling that the first instalment should be paid by law on the lst of July, and the second on the 1st January. Proceedings could be taken immediately after these dates were passed: —Alderman Prestage said the, rates must be got in promptly to save bank interest; and Mr. Oakes was instructed to clear both district and water rates up this month, and if not paid to take proceedings against the defaulters.—The water engineer stated that the Posenhall reservoir had been kept a good average height, and stood at 7ft. 6in. that morning, he gave details of certain work and renewals carried out during the month and notices served for certain lead services to be taken out and iron substituted which he stated was more economical both to the Council and to the consumers. He had received an application from Mr. Bennett, who was now trading as a butcher at Mill House, Benthall, for an extension of water service pipe to a building to be used as a slaughterhouse if passed as suitable. The engineer was instructed to carry out the work in accordance with the regulations providing Mr. Bennett paid the cost of the extension and the sum four (4) Pounds per annum for the water.—Mr. Callear told the meeting that in the year-ending March, 1913 (pre-war), Dawley consumed 8,441,000 gallons of water, which had risen for the year ending March, 1921, to 19,368.000 gallons. As to Shifnal, their consumption had risen from 19,008,000 gallons in 1913 (pre-war), to 29n410,000 gallons in 1921. These figures for outside authorities alone proved the extra power required at the pumping station at Harrington.—The Council went into committee to consider the eight applications for the post of rate collector.

11th March 1922

one mile from Coal port Station (L. and N.W. and G.W. Rlys.) and two from Broseley.



Have been instructed by Mr: T. Parton (who is leaving) to Sell by Auction, on

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22nd, 1922,


Viz.: 28 Dairy Cows and Heifers, 7 two-year-old Hereford Bullocks, 11 Yearlings; and Bull,

6 HORSES, including the Shire Mare, "Swinney Forest Queen" (by "Ratcliffe Forest Ring"), and the Entire Horse, "Swinney Draughtsman"(by "Bailsdon Draughtsman").

66 SHEEP, viz.: 31 Ewes and their Lambs, 34 very fresh Tags, and Ram

5 In-Pig SOWS and GILTS.

About 20 Bags of Oats, about one Ton of Eating and Seed Potatoes. IMPLEMENTS, and other Effects.

Sale at 12 o'clock.

Catalogues may be obtained from the Auctioneers' Offices, Church Street, Wellington, Salop.


THE DEATH occurred on the 2nd Inst. of an old and respected, inhabitant in the person of Mrs. Jane Denstone, at her residence at 14 Woodlands Green Deceased was buried at Broseley. Cemetery on Saturday, when the Rev. W. A. Terry (vicar of Benthall) took the service.

CONCERT.—At the Wesleyan Chapel en Wednesday the members and friends of the chapel choir gave .an excellent concert to a large congregation The artistes were:— Miss Swift, Miss Mellor. Mr, F. Francis and Mr. W. Davis. Rev. T. F. Lewis presided. and mentioned that the proceeds were in aid of the Church Funds. The first portion was the cantata. "The Ring of Glory"; the choruses were well rendered and every item went well, reflecting credit on the conductor. Mr. J. A. Hartshorne. Miss Millward presided at the organ. Miss Mellor's singing was particularly good. The second portion was sustained by the choir. Miss Meller, Mr. F. Francis, Miss Swift and Mr. W. Davis. Mr. N. Taylor was secretary.

21st March 1922

RE MISS ISABELLA THORN (DECEASED). Pursuant. to the Law of Property Amendment Act, 1889 (22nd and 23rd—Victoria, Chapter 35).

NOTICE is hereby given that all Creditors and Persons having CLAIMS or DEMANDS upon or against the Estate of Isabella Thorn, late of Broseley, in the County of Salop, spinster, deceased who died on the 13 day of October, 1921, and whose Will was proved by Donald Llewellyn Prestage, the sole Executor therein named, on the 5th day of January, 1922 in the district Probate Registry at Shrewsbury, are hereby required to send in the particulars of their Claims and Demands to the under signed, the Solicitors to the said Executor, on or before the 28th day of April,1922. And notice also hereby given that after that day the said Executor will proceed to distribute the assets the deceased amongst the persons entitled thereto, having regard only to the Claims of which he shall then have notice, and that he will not be for the assets or any part thereof so distribute to any person of whose Debt of Claim he shall not then have had notice.

Dated this 14th day of March, One thousand nine hundred and twenty-two.

POTTS & POTTS, Broseley, Shropshire. Solicitors to the Executor.


COALPORT BRIDGE.—Mr. W. Traner presided over the monthly meeting of the above committee on Tuesday, when the secretary. (Mr. C. Jones) stated that ate had received an estimate from  the Cleveland Bridge and Engineering Co. for the erection of same price of which was £1,046 exclusive of floor boards; also that Hill and Smith's had promised to send revised prices. He was instructed to call a further meeting on receipt of same. He reported that if all promised subscriptions were realised they had now £1,000  towards the amount required. Mr. Taylor reported that £9 13s. 10d, had been made as a result of the draw for a pig given by Mr. W. Gough, and the secretary reported that up to now the profit from sale of calendars was about £3, and that Messrs. W. Exley and Sons had subscribed £10. It was decided to proceed with other schemes to raise the remaining money as soon as possible.


PETTY SESSIONS, Tuesday (Before Lard Forester (Mayor), Messrs. F. B. Smith, B. Maddox, W. Roberts, W. Bishop and J. n Barker).—Sarah Speed married woman, Iron-Bridge, was charged with obtaining 1s. 6d. by false pretences from Annie Instone with intent to cheat and defraud her of same.— Florence Taylor, Legge's Hill, Broseley, said she was working at Mrs. Instone's House, and about 5, defendant's daughter, Mary, asked her to ask Mrs. Instone if she would let her granddad have as they had no fire or bread in the house. She told Mrs. Instone, who gave her 1s. 6d., which she handed to the child. She said granddad told her to come.—Mrs. Annie In-stone, Lincoln Hill, gave corroborative evidence. — Abraham Smith, labourer, Iron-Bridge, denied he sent his daughter Sarah to Mrs. Instone. He had not had the money. P.C. Kershaw (Iron-Bridge) stated defendant admitted to him she had the money, and that she was going to make a rug for her.—Defendant was bound over in the sum of £25 for 12 months, and placed under the supervision of the police court missioner.



APPOTNTMENT.—Capt. Penn (Iron- Bridge), has been appointed general district rate collector at a salary of £70 per year. There were eight applicants.

AT the annual Easter Conference of 'the National Union of Teachers to be held at Torquay, East Shropshire will be represented by the following delegates:—Mrs J. G. Crosse, Barrow School, Broseley; Mr. F. F. Vickers, St. George's School, Wellington and Mr P. H. E. Dunkey, Ketley Bank Schools.

WESLEYAN CHAPEL. — Special services were held on Sunday and collections taken on behalf of the trust funds. Able sermons were delivered by the Rev, H. Kirby (Dawley), and the choir rendered special music

A KIND ACTION.— For the benefit of St. Dunstan's funds a Broseley lady has sold £4 worth of button holes from her garden the receipt of which has been acknowledged by the secretary of the hospital who thanked the lady for the very gratifying contribution of £4. The secretary hoped she would accept and convey the expression of their sincere thanks on behalf of the gallant men who will benefit by such practical interest in their welfare. They considered it very good of her to say she would continue to collect for their funds.

25th March 1922


TOWN COUNCIL.—A special meeting was held on Wednesday, Ald. Prestage (deputy mayor) presiding.—The Deputy Mayor welcomed the two new councillors, Messrs Murphy and Raleigh, who suitably replied.  A letter was read from the Home Office, relating to explosive regulations In the Borough, in which they requested that immediate attention should be given to the Mater by the Council. The Town Clerk reported that 44 licenses had been issued under the Act referred to. The Ministry Health wrote stating that they declined to confirm the bye law passed by the Courts to adopt the humane killer in slaughter houses in the borough. A letter was read from the Higher Education Committee the county, asking for the names of the borough representatives on the Board of Managers of the County School. Coalbrookdale. Ald, Maddox asked a question relating to the position of the borough representatives, and whether the Council could request a report from the representatives of the work of the school and the cost of the upkeep. He pointed out that is was impossible to find out from the county financial statement the particulars of the salaries paid to the staff in this school, as they were all lumped together in the sum of £4,157 16s. 7d. Ald. Davies asked if the Governors of the school dealt with the salaries in question. Ald. Prestage gave the name of the governors, and stated that the authority was vested in the County Council and the Borough Council could only nominate representatives. He also said that the Governors had no power to deal will the salaries of the staff as they came under the Burnham scheme. Councillor Roberts described the system of representation as an absolute farce—Ald. Davies proposed a rate of 1s. 10d. in the pound for the Barrow Ward. Councillor Murphy seconded, and said that complaints had been made to him of certain ratepayers in Little Wenlock who had not been asked to pay their rates last year. This was not fair on those who had paid their rates. The resolution was adopted.—On the proposition of Akd. Nicklin it was resolved to levy a general district rate for Broseley of 4s. 6d. it the pound, and a water rate of 2s. 6d, in the pound. Ald. Maddox regretted he could not reduce the figures for Madeley, and proposed a general district rate of 5s. 4d. and a water rate of 2s. 6d, Councillor Edwards proposed a general district rate for Wenlock of 4s. 6d. in the pound, and a water rate of 2s. 6d, in the pound. The representative managers of the elementary schools were re-elected, with the exception of Councillor Roberts, who declined, and Councillors Rich and Bagnall were elected in his place. Ald. Davies proposed the adoption of the Main Roads and General Purposes Committee's report. The expenditure amounted to £656 13s. 7d. It was resolved to ask the County Council to increase their grant for repairing the road from Iron-Bridge to Broseley. The question of tar-spraying the roads was referred to a small sub-committee to report to the next meeting of the council. The report was adopted.—The Printing and Stationery Committee recommended that the tender of Messrs. Slater and Co. for printing financial statements, Marshall for diaries, and Walker for paper be accepted; also that all the rate books required in the borough be obtained from one firm. Ald. Prestage stated that a substantial reduction in the prices had been effected. The report was adopted. Ald. Maddox moved the following resolution, of which he had given due notice: "That the County Council be approached with a view to grant an additional representative for the Madeley ward on the County Council.” He stated that the Madeley ward in population and rateable value comprised more than half the Borough, and yet it had but one representative on the County Council, while the smaller portion of the borough had three representatives on the County Council. Dawley, whose area, population, and rateable value were considerably less than Madeley, had two representatives on the County-Council. On the old Census the population of Madeley ward was given as 8,121, and last year it contributed to the County Council a rate of 6s.1d. in the pound. Councillor Roberts seconded, and Ald. Prestage supported, and the resolution was carded unanimously. Ald. Prestage read a letter from the headquarters of the Empire Day movement and said it was rather difficult to deal with. On the proposition of Ald. Maddox, seconded by Councillor Whitley, it was resolved to appeal to all the schools in the borough, asking the managers to recognise Empire Day, and to give the children a half day holiday on the occasion. At the close of the Council meeting Mr Ozzard addressed the members and others who were present on the question of continuing the War Saving Committee In the borough, on the grounds of encouraging thrift.– The Town Clerk stated that 571 certificates were taken out in Dec., 1521. 2.475 in Jan., 1922 and 2,668 in Feb 1922 A discussion took place in which the condition of trade in the borough was reviewed and it was resolved to refer the question to the district authorities for their consideration.  The thanks of the Council were accorded the speaker.


OBITUARY.—Mr. Ralph Rockingham passed away at the Duke of Wellington on Sunday at the early age of 33 years. The deceased, who had only kept the house for about three years, had endeared himself to all with whom he came in contact and had made many fiends. Be was badly wounded in the late war and lately had one of his feet a amputated and from the after-effects of the wounds he never really recovered. He took to his bed about three weeks ago and died from haemorrhage. He was at one time a fair all-round sportsman and since he came to the district had done much to foster sporting being chiefly instrumental in forming the Wrekin Junior Football League; he was a member of the Half-Moon Bowling Club. The widow and family have the sympathy of the whole district in their sad bereavement. Ha was buried on Thursday at Nuneaton, his native place.


A KIND TURN. — At the request of the Jackfield and Coalport Bridge Committee Mr. Holloway generously gave a free night for the benefit of the above fund on Wednesday week at his theatre, when the place was crowded, and on Wednesday he kindly did the same for the benefit of the Jackfield Band new instrument fund, when it was again well patronised. Mr. W. Tranter, chairman of the committee moved a vote thanks to Mr. Holloway.

1st April 1922


MOTHERS' UNION.— A special service was held in the Parish Church on Monday, the service being taken by the vicar (Rev. W. A. Terry). A very interesting and instructive address was given by the Rev. C. R. Hollis (rector of Jackfield). Five new members were admitted, and there was a large number of members. present. The collection was on behalf  of the Mary Sumner Memorial.

VESTRY MEETING.— On Thursday the annual vestry meeting for the purpose of appointing churchwardens and sidesmen and nominating overseers for the ensiling year was held in the schoolroom. The vicar (Rev. W. . A. Terry), who occupied the chair, thanked the churchwardens and sidesmen for their services during the past year. The churchwardens' accounts showed a credit balance of £6 3s. 11d. Colonel G. G. Heywood (Tickwood Hall) was unanimously re-elected people's warden, and the vicar stated that he had appointed Mr. J. B. Oakley (Benthall Farm) as his Warden. The following were re-appointed sidesmen:—Messrs. Wm. Cross, J. A. Barber, T. Minton, with the addition of Mr. J. Cross junr. The following were nominated overseers for the parish:- Messrs, C. O. Dyas, J B. Oakley, R. Walkinshaw, and T. Wilde.


VESTRY.—On Thursday the annual vestry was held, the Rev. A. C. Howell in the chair. Capt. Rouse-Boughten and Mr. H. J. Norgrove were appointed churchwardens. Overseers nominated were Messrs. J. Norgrove, T. Crierson, and H Hayes. This concluded the business.


VESTRY.—The Rev. A. C. Howell (rector) presided at the annual vestry on the 24th ult., when the retiring officers were thanked for their services. The rector re-appointed Dr. Collins as his warden, and Mr. J. A. Downes was also re-elected people's warden. The overseers nominated were Messrs. E. S. White, H. Davis, W. Kenyon, W. E. Price, J. E. Rowe, and W. H. Smith. The meeting was adjourned.

OBITUARY.— After a few days' illness the late Mr. T. Garbett expired. Deceased was a prominent friendly society man, and did a lot of good in collecting money for the hospitals. He was an ardent worker at Broseley friendly societies Hospital Sundays. He was held in high esteem, and will be a much missed man.


THE FUNERAL of Mrs. Penson took place on Wednesday at Willey Church, and the interment took place in Barrow Cemetery, the Rev. — Warner (rector) officiating. Deceased was extremely well liked and a large concourse of people attended the obsequies. The mourners were Mr. J. Penson (husband). Mr J. Penson (son), Miss M. Penson (daughter), Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Lewis (daughter and son-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. G. Hurst, Miss Powner, Mrs. Powell, Mrs. F. Davies, Mr. E. Oakes. Beautiful wreaths were Contributed by:— Dad, Jack, and Margaret; George and Ada; May and Charlie;  David and Jackie; Nellie, George, and children; Lord and Lady Forester and Capt. Cecil Forester; Mr. and Mrs. W. Andrews; All at the Home Farm; Mr. and the Misses E. J. and P. N. Bennett, Broseley, and Bridge House, Shrewsbury; F. and E. Thomas and family Dean Corner; Mr. and Mrs. Garbett, Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Wynn, Shrewsbury; Mr. and Mrs. J. Broadhurst, Broseley; Mr. and Mrs. T. Smith, Broseley; Mr. and Mrs. T. Grierson. Linley; Pheasant Hotel Flower Show Committee; Barrow House Staff; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Davies; Mr. and Mrs. Powell. Lydia and Agnes; Church Council, Willey-Barrow. and Social Committee; B. Powner; Mrs. and Mrs. Oakes, Broseley; The Staff at Willey Gardens; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas and family, The Bank; Ted and Elsie, Bould Farm; J. D. and M. Thomas, Quatt; Mr. and Mrs. J. Jones and family, Broseley; Mrs. Norgrove, Mrs. Green, Mrs. Corfield, Mrs. E. James. Miss M. James, Miss A. Corfield. Miss Olive Lane, Miss E. Abbotts, Mrs. Warren, and others.

8th April 1922


THE BAND.— At the general meeting last month it was suggested getting new instruments, and this has been followed up, and at a committee meeting held on Wednesday the secretary reported that an order had now been placed with Messrs. Boosey and Co. for 18 new instruments, silver plated, etc. Mr. Tranter (chairman) remarked that as the band were always willing to help at all local functions free he hoped the public would give them the best help possible to pay off the debt as soon as possible. A sub-committee was appointed to arrange a programme for raising the necessary funds.


Dick's Great Clearance Sale of Boots, Shoes, Slippers, and Leggings, now on. Best quality. Real leather goods. All reduced for Sale. High St, Iron-Bridge.

ODDFELLOW'S FUNERAL. — The funeral of Mr. Thomas Garbett took Place on March 30 in the cemetery, Rev. A. C. Howell officiating at the church and the graveside. There was a large attendance of fellow workmen from Messrs. Maw's, where the late. Mr. Garbett had been employed for thirty years, also about fifty of his colleagues from the Oddfellows Friendly Society, the Hospital Sunday Committee, Flower Show Committee, Broseley Social Club, War Memorial Bridge Committee, Jackfield Brass Band Committee, Broseley War Memorial Committee were ail represented. Mr. Homer Wase took the Oddfellows portion of service at the graveside. The following contributed beautiful floral wreaths:—His beloved wife and family, Mr. and Mrs. S. Garbett and family, Mr. and Mrs. Meredith and family, Manchester; Mr. and Mrs. Beard and family, Birmingham, (late of Broseley), Doris and Amy, nieces, Gertie, Mr. and Mrs. E. Leadbetter and family, Broseley, Mr. and Mrs. Lane and family, Mr. and Mrs. Corfield and family, Mr. and Mrs. J. Colley and family, Mr. and Mrs. E. Millward, members of Broseley Social Club, Committee, of Jackfield-Coalport Memorial Bridge, Jackfield Brass Band, Broseley United Friendly Society, Committee of Pheasant Hotel Flower Show, his fellow workmen of the Press-shop.

DISTRICT COUNCIL, Wednesday, Alderman Prestage presiding.— With reference to the Foundry. Lane drain the Surveyor expressed the opinion that the owner should be requested to clean out the catch pit periodically.— The meeting decided to take no action at present. Mr. Richards reported he had fixed up the roadmen's wages from 30s. to 38s. per week. The surveyor was instructed to attend to the Stocking Road. The Chairman said he believed, there were eight applications for the post of rate collector, and out of those three were considered suitable for the appointment, but they appointed one that had seen service, and that was Capt. Fenn. He thought that would be some sort of a reply to the letter which appeared in the JOURNAL. Capt. Fenn said there were other inaccuracies in the letter in regard 10 pensions. Mr. Herbert reported two deaths since the last meeting from consumption. He also reported a number nuisances which were ordered to be abated. The Town Clerk reported a debit balance on the two accounts of £885. The surveyor reported that his expenditure for the past month was £178. He had over-spent his money on the Iron-Bridge Road. It was decided to deal with the tenders for scavenging at the next meeting. The meeting then considered their financial position, both collectors being present. Mr. Callear reported that the Great Western Railway Company had approved of his specification and estimate of extension of supply to Jackfield Crossing, and he was instructed to proceed with the work. He enumerated repairs and renewals effected in the area during the month and gave the respective figures of consumptions of outside Councils for the past quarter. There had been no all-night pumping at Harrington during the month. He stated that ho had that morning in Broseley found drastic alterations being made at certain premises in connection with the alteration of existing fittings or extensions on private property, one of the water regulations was that notice must be given and consent first obtained before any such work should be proceeded with. The Council agreed, and the engineer was instructed to take certain steps in the matter.

15th April 1922


Lest we forget

ROBERTS.— In loving remembrance of a clear son and brother, Pte. George Roberts, New House, Coneybury, Broseley, believed drowned in the Mediterranean, April 15th, 1917; torpedoed (Arcadian). "We cannot, Lord. Thy purpose see, But all is well that's done by thee". From mother, brothers, sisters.

Originally named the "Ortona", the Arcadia was a 7,945 gross ton, two funnel, two mast, twin screw, 18 knot steamer, built in 1899 by Vickers, Barrow for the Pacific Steam Navigation Co, who were running a joint Australian service with the Orient Steam Nav.Co. She started her maiden voyage from London via Suez to Melbourne and Sydney on 24/11/1899. In June 1902 she became a Boer War troop transport and on 9/10/1903 resumed service to Sydney. She was transferred to Royal Mail Steam Packet Co in February 1906 and started her last sailing to Sydney 30/4/1909. Between 1910-1912 she was converted into a cruising vessel by Harland & Wolff, Belfast and was renamed "Arcadian". She was the largest cruising ship in the world at the time and carried 350 one-class passengers. In May 1912 she grounded on a reef off the coast of Columbia, and the passengers were disembarked in the ship's lifeboats and had to wait several days in Cartagena before she could be towed off. In August 1914 she was requisitioned as a troopship and helped to carry the first Canadian force to Britain; in 1915 she carried troops for the attack on the Dardanelles. She was torpedoed in the Mediterranean on 15th April 1917, in the Eastern Mediterranean, 26 miles NE of Milo, during a voyage from Salonika to Alexandria. The ship sank in a few minutes. The number of men lost is variously quoted from 35 to 279.

George was a private (242736) in the 5th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He is buried, or listed, on grave II. A. 10 at Syra  cemetery .

Syra is an island of the Cyclades. The Cemetery is in the town of Hermoupolis the capital of the Saronic island of Syros. Syra New British Cemetery was made in June 1921, to take the scattered Commonwealth war burials from the islands of the Cyclades. Graves were brought in from Amorghos (7); Antiparos(5); Ekinosa (9); Heraklia (26); Kassos (1); Ano Kouphonisia (1); French Consular Cemetery on Milo (Melos) (20); Naxos (2); Paros (1); Santorini (1); Skarpanto (Kerpe) (9); Stampalia (Astypalaa) (3); Syra British Consular Cemetery (12) and St. Trias Churchyard at Livadi, Zea (Keos) (1). More than half of the graves are those of men drowned when the Transport "Arcadian" was torpedoed and sunk on 15 April 1917 in the middle of this group of islands. There are now 111 First World War servicemen buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 45 of the burials are unidentified, but special memorials commemorate 11 casualties known to be buried among them. Three special memorials bear the names of casualties buried on Antiparos and Skarpanto whose graves had been washed away.


OBITUARY.—After a brief illness the wife of Mr. F. Watkins expired on Sunday. Deceased, who was 47 years of age, was held in high esteem.

ST. DUNSTAN'S.—The district whist drive championship in connection with St. Dunstan's is fixed to be played at Broseley Town Hall on the 26th inst. The towns in. eluded are:—Bridgnorth, Alveley, Wenlock, Coalbrookdale, Dawley, Horsehay, Madeley; and Broseley. Mr. E. S. White is the organiser.


PETTY SESSIONS, Tuesday.—Before Lord Forester (Mayor), Ald. J. Davies and B. Maddox—The license of the Duke of Wellington, Jackfield, was transferred to Mrs. Rockingham.—The transfer of the license of the Miner's Arms, Madeley, to Mr. Gainham, was granted.—Edwin Bagnall, 48, labourer, Broseley, was charged with stealing a wooden rail at Benthall, valued £1, the property of Lord Forester.—Richard Clinton. gamekeeper, Benthall, stated the facts of the case.—Thomas Grierson, woodranger, estimated the damage at £1.—P.C. Penny, (Broseley) said defendant did no work.—Defendant denied the charge.—Ald. B. Maddox (chairman) told the defendant Lord Forester did not press the case, but he was desirous of stopping this pilfering. He would be fined £1, and ordered to pay the damage £1, or one month's imprisonment. He would he allowed 14 days to pay. Bagnall was also told if he repeated the offence, he would be liable to 12 months' imprisonment.—Lord Forester did not sit in this case.

22nd April 1922


Lest we forget

HILL—To the clear and sacred memory of our brother-in-law, Sapper George Hill, killed in France. From his brother and sisters, Benthall, "Greater love hath no man."


CONCERT.—In aid of the Wesleyan Chapel renovation fund a successful concert was given in the National School on Wednesday. The Rev. T. P. Lewis presided over a packed assembly. The juveniles acquitted-themselves in a manner that reflected credit on the trainer, Miss Owen.

ST. MARY'S.—On Easter Sunday the church was most effectively decorated throughout; the spring flowers had been arranged with considerable taste and skill by all concerned. The numbers at the early celebrations exceeded all previous figures, and there were large congregations at the sung Eucharist and evensong. The music at the Eucharist was reverently rendered by the choir, also Stainer's "They have taken away my Lord" at evensong, when the soloists were Mr. Basil Tranter and Harry Hudson. The choir was under the direction of Mr. W. and Mr. Gerald Edge accompanied the services at the organ. The collections for the day more than doubled the average amount of previous years.


THE FUNERAL of the wife of Mr. J. Watkins took place on Thursday at the Parish Church, and was well attended by friendly society members and representatives of local institutions. The Rev. A. C. Howell (rector) officiated. Wreaths were sent by:—"Dad, Reggie, Harry, Stanley, and Vera", "Tom, Nellie and children", "All at 242 and 244, Dundern St., Hamilton, Canada", "George and Jennie", "Arthur  and May and family ", "Harry and May", “Nellie", "Pollie and Annie" , "Nancy ", "Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wilde", "Mr. and           Myatt", " Mrs. Lloyd family ", “Mrs. Biddle ", " Mr. and Mrs. Peter Corfield " Members of the Broseley Social Club".    

CANTATA.—At All Saints' Church on Good Friday an augmented choir gave Stainer's cantata "Crucifixion". There was a good congregation. Mr. F. S. Francis (tenor) sang with great taste and precision. Messrs. W. Davies and J. W. Price gave distinction in the bass solos. The singing of -the great choir was a tribute to Mr. W. Davies's efforts as conductor, whilst Miss Watkis accompanied on the organ.

CHILDREN'S CONCERT.—The members of the Young Leaguers Union of the Broseley Branch in connection with the National Children's Home and Orphanage, of which Mr. J. A. Hartshorne is the local secretary gave two delightful entertainments at the Wesleyan School on Wednesday and Thursday last week. The Rev. T. F. Lewis (Iron-Bridge) presided. Mrs. Wood, who-assisted Mr. J. A. Hartshorne in the training of the children, presided at the piano. The children gave a good account of themselves, reflecting considerable credit on their trainers. In addition to what the concert will bring, in, they have already contributed £14. The concert was a thorough success, undoubtedly due to the energy displayed by the secretary, Mrs Hartshorne.


THE DEATH of Mrs. Stevenson took place Saturday after a prolonged illness. Deceased who was 76 years old, was the wife of Mr Geo. Stevenson, ex-borough surveyor. Deceased was buried on Tuesday in the churchyard.

29th April 1922


COURT LEET.— This, one of the oldest institutions in county, held its annual meeting on Tuesday at the Old Court House, the residence of Mrs. Smith. The Steward (Mr. F. H. Potts) having called the amercement roll, the following constables were elected for the year:—Messrs. H. Roberts (Broseley), W. H. Meredith (Jackfield), R. Clinton (Benthall), R. Smith (Willey), E. Walker (Caughley). T. Groves (Wyke), A. Hill (Homer), R. Williams (Walton), P. Pardoe (Atterley); J. Poyner (Posenhall), and J. James (Barrow). There was no dinner with the jurymen were each presented with 2s. 6d.

A CONCERT was given in the Congregational Sunday School by the children, on the 20th inst., in aid of Renovation Fund. Mr. Marsh, Bridgnorth presided. The following programme was well rendered:.—Pianoforte solo, Miss L Jones; action song, "Dolly's Washing Day"; song, Mr. L. Walmsley; action song, "Little Soldiers"; sketch         :"Dreamland"; song, Miss B. Corfield; duet, Miss J. Taylor and Mr. A. Gittings; recitation, Miss E. Goodall; sang, Dolly Jones; sketch, "Tilley O'Toole" by S. Madeley, M. Shaw and N. Denstone; pianoforte solo, Mrs. N. Williams; song, Miss L. Jones; action song, "Drunkards"; recitation, Miss E. Goodall; duet, Misses L Jones and Corfield; action song, "Dolly's Tea Party"; sketch, "Ionquilla's Necklace"; song, Jenny Denstone; action song by elder girls. It was again repeated on the 21st inst, Mr. Madeley presiding. The training of the children reflected great credit on their teachers, Misses E. Goodall, B. Corfield and L. Jones (accompanist)


ST. MARY'S EASTER VESTRY AND PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING were held in the Institute on the 20th inst. The Rector (Rev. C. R. Hollis) presided and nominated Mr. Hearn as his warden. Much to the regret of the meeting, Mr. Perkins particularly requested to be relieved of his office, as he felt the immediate need of more leisure. So Mr. J. A. Smith, who kindly consented to act, was unanimously elected parish warden. The accounts made up and audited to Dec. 31 showed good balances and were duly passed; a report was also given of the work of the Church Council during the past year. The representatives elected to the ruridecanal conference were Messrs. Hearn, Hudson, Hollis, G. S. Williams, Miss Jones, and Mrs. A. Smith. Mr. Hearn was chosen as representative to the diocesan conference. The Church Council auditors and sidemen for the coining year were also appointed. Votes of thanks to the churchwarden:- (Messrs. Hearn and Perkins), Mr. Dodd Mr. Ball. Mr. T. J. Hearn, Miss Hollis, and the auditors (Messrs. G. Roe and T. J. Hearn) were carried, together with one to the Rector for his work as chairman.

6th May 1922


CONCERT.   Iron-Bridge and district orchestra, of which Mr. R. Candlin is an able leader, gave their first concert in the Town Hall on Monday, which was well patronised. The execution by the hand was realty brilliant and the audience showed, their appreciation by rapturous applause. “The Motor Ride" was particularly good. Mr. Tom Griffiths conducted with conspicuous ability, whilst Mr. W. J. Hawkins proved a skilful accompanist. The singing of the local glee party (Messrs. A. and W. Garbett,       S Francis, and W. Price), was fine, every item being excellently rendered. Mr. and Mrs. W. Davies were successful their songs duets They sang with much taste. Programme "'Old Comrades" the Orchestra: quartet, "'Robin Adair", Broseley Vocal Quartet; overture, "Stradella", the Orchestra sang, “Drake goes West"; Mr Davies quartet, "The Goslings" Broseley Vocal Quartet: descriptive. "A Motor Ride" the Orchestra; duet, "In the Hush of the Starlight". Mr. and Mrs. W. Davies: waltz song, "Silver Star" the orchestra: selection. "The Arcadians", the Orchestra "Love's Coronation". Mrs. W. Davies; quartet. "The Long Day Closes."Broseley. Vocal Quartet; air de ballet "Liselotte”, the  Orchestra; duet “It was a lover and his: Lass” Mr. and Mrs.. W.            Davies; Parisian sketches, the Orchestra; quartet, “Home sweet Home", Broseley Vocal Quartet “Coal Black         Sammy" the Orchestra; "God Save the King”.

ANNIVERSARY.- The Old Baptist Sunday School Anniversary was held on Sunday, when three able. sermons were.. preached by Mr. R. N. Moore, of Madeley. Special singing of the children reflected credit on the trainer and conductor, Mr. R. Tonkis (supt.). Mrs. Ellis Clarke was an excellent accompanist. The event was in every way a great success.

DISTRICT COUNCIL, Wednesday,— Ald.. J. Nicklin presiding.—Mr. F. W. Derry (town clerk) reported there was a debit balance on the general district and water rates of £870; last year the amount was £1,236, so they were better off today. Mr. Herbert told the meeting that there was no notifiable infectious disease in the district. He also reported a number of nuisances, and the usual orders were made. With reference to Mr. C. R. Jones's application re drain at Fox lane, two delegates were appointed to visit the place and give their sanction for the repair or otherwise. The surveyor (Mr. Richards) reported that his expenditure for the past month was £109 19s. 11d. There were four tenders received for scavenging  the town, viz., Mr. S. W. Instone £42, Mr. H. M. Ball £44, Mr. J. Oakley £56, and Mr. J. A. Lane £49. Mr. Ball's tender was accepted. It was also decided to give him the carting at the rate of 12s. 6d. per day. The question of repairing the Red Lane was discussed. The chairman remarked that they had previously refused the application.  Lord Forester and Mr. J. Davies considered it was hard on the farmers who paid their rates. After further discussion, the surveyor was instructed to visit the place and give a report at the next meeting. Mr. Nock at-tended the meeting and complained of a closet nuisance at Hockley, which was dangerous to the public health. Mr. Herbert was instructed to visit the place. Mr. Oakes presented a list of rate defaulters, and also list of voids, which were scrutinised by the members. Mr. Oakes was ordered to make a personal application for the money ere proceedings were taken. The water engineer (Mr. Callear) stated he was proceeding the extension of main to Jackfield Crossing, the amount of three inch main required for "The Winde" extension was 150 yards.


A WHIST DRIVE was held in the institute on Wednesday, when there was a large company present. Mrs. J. D Perkins presented the prizes to the following: Ladies—1 G Stewart (playing as lady), 2 Mrs. H. Keates. Gentlemen-1 Mr. A. Hughes, 2 Mr. S. Jones. The arrangements were carried out by the Institute committee, With Mr. J. Dodd as secretary.

PRESENTATION.—On April 28 the local Prize Band were presented with new set of Boosey instruments, silver plated, with cases.       Ald. J. Nickin in making the presentation, referred to the good work done by the band for local affairs, and recalled the time when the band was instituted in 1894, and said he was pleased to see that the interest then taken had been followed up with such success ass to he now in possession of a set of the best instruments made by the very best makers. He said he must congratulate the band on having a good committee, who had undertaken to raise the money (about £340), and he hoped the members and general public would give them all the help possible. Mr. Tranter moved a vote of thanks to Mr. and Mr W. T. Hudson seconded, and it was carried. The band gave a short concert in good style, conducted  by Mr. J Wilde. The cornet solo "A Perfect Day" and euphonium solo "Land of Hope and Glory" were very pleasing. A good company was present, and a collection was taken towards the new in fund.

A PRETTY WEDDING took place on Monday at Mow Cop Church, the contracting parties being Gertrude Thursfield, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Thursfield, Tower Hill Farm, Mow Cop, and Mr. Arthur Harrington , the third son of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. Harrington, a Jackfield. The Rev. Legge was the officiating clergyman. The service was choral, Mr. P. Bencall being at the organ. The bridegroom is well known at Jackfield where he held several public appointments. Mr. T. Harrington (brother) is manager at Messrs. and Co's encaustic tile works.

13th May 1922


Jackfield Prize Band will parade the streets, Saturdays, May 20 and 27; also Concert in the Square, Sunday, May 14th. -Collections for New Instrument Fund.

SPORTS.—The annual sports meeting was held on May 5 with Mr. H. Powell in the chair. It was decided to hold the sports meeting on a Saturday in August. Lord Forester (Mayor) was elected president, Mr. H. H. Powell chairman, Messrs. L. Harris and I. Cross secretaries. It is anticipated that the sports will be confined to residents in the borough of Wenlock.

PETTY SESSIONS. Tuesday, before Councillors J. H.A. Whitley (chairman), W. Bishop. W. Roberts, and Ald. B. Maddox.—John W. Greenhalgh, beerhouse-keeper, Linley Brook, was charged with riding a bicycle without lights by P.C. Dodd (Jackfield). Defendant pleaded guilty and was fined 5s.— Joseph Cox, railway crossing keeper, Strethill, Iron-Bridge, was charged with keeping a dog without a license. P.C. Ewels (Iron-Bridge) proved the case, and defendant. who did not appear, was fined 7s. 6d.—Mary Newton Wall, MarriedWoman, Little Wenlock, was fined 7s.. 6d. for keeping a dog without a license. P.C. Weston (Little Wenlock) proved the case.—Philip Joseph Hall, labourer, was charged with riding a bicycle without a light by Sergt. Lovatt (Much Wenlock). Defendant pleaded guilty and was fined 5s.—William Henry Northall, cowman, Madeley, was charged with stealing a piece of timber, value 2s. 6d.. the property of E. Finch, timber haulier, Madeley. Mr. Finch said the pole was taken from the Blest's Hill Coppice and was his property. George Pickering, Madeley, stated he went down the Coalport Road with defendant, who turned into the coppice, brought out a long piece of wood, and said it was his. He took it home and had a job to get it in the house. He sawed it up in two. P.C. Ridgway (Madeley) deposed that he saw the defendant, who admitted he took the wood and sawed it up.  It was 11 feet long and four inches thick. Defendant pleaded guilty and expressed his sorrow. Northall was then also charged with being unlawfully in possession. of a piece of wych elm timber, value 2s. 6d., the property of Thomas Jones, roof and tile manufacturer, Jackfield. P.C. Ridgway stated that he recovered the wood (which was identified by Mr. Jones) from defendant. Defendant was discharged under the First Offenders Act and bound over in the sum of £5 to be of good behaviour for 12 months, and ordered to pay the costs, 30s,

BAZAAR.—A two-days' bazaar was on Wednesday opened in the Town Hall by Mrs. Heywood (Tickwood Hall) in the absence of Mrs. Rouse Boughton (Linley Hall), who was ill. The Rev. A. C. Howell (rector) introduced Mrs. Heywood and stated the proceeds of a bazaar were in aid of structural alterations to the Town Hall, which needed renovation. After the bazaar had been declared open Mr. A. C. Downes (warden) proposed a vote of thanks to Mrs. Heywood, which was carried with applause. The well-laden stalls were in charge of Miss Potts (2). Mrs. F. H. Potts. Mrs. T. Powell. Mrs. Howells. (Field House). Mrs. Thorn-Pudsey, Mrs. Prestage, and Miss Collins, Mrs. G. Potts, and Mrs. B. S. White. There were several sideshows and competitions, which added to the brightness of the event. Messrs. W. Davis and F. S. Francis superintended the musical arrangements. Selections were given by the Iron-Bridge Orchestra (conducted by T. Griffiths), the local glee party, whilst songs were contributed by Miss Winnie Wood, Miss Flo Millward. Mr. Mrs. W. Davies, and a piano solo by Miss Watkis. There was not a moment. and a committee of ladies, with Dr. G. D. Collins and Mr. A. C. Downes (wardens) are to be congratulated on their successful efforts. The takings on Wednesday amounted to £133.


CONCERT.- By the Free Bridge on Sunday evening, the local prize band, with their new silver instruments, gave a delightful concert, under the able directorship of Mr J. Wylde. A large crowd contributed to the band funds.

20th May 1922


POLICE COURT, Saturday, before Messrs. F. R. Smith and J. Nicklin.— Arthur Richard Shaw Corner, a one-legged ex-service man, and by trade a watch-maker, a native of London, was brought up in custody charged with leaving his wife and two children chargeable to the Madeley poor-law institution. — P.C. Weston (Little Wenlock) gave evidence as to the arJst of defendant in London, and when he charged him Corner replied "It was entirely her own fault". —Defendant's wife gave evidence, stating that when her husband had left her, she and her two children went to Dawley Bank, her native home. After she had had out-relief, she went into the Madeley Union with her two children; she was there still.—Mr. F. Mole (relieving officer) gave evidence, and defendant, who made a long statement, denied the charge.—The magistrates adjourned the case for three months, telling defendant if he took his wife and children out of the institution, he would probably hear no more about it.


DANCE—The local Prize Band held the first of a series of dances in aid of the new instrument fund at The Gymnasium Room, Jackfield (kindly lent by Messrs. Maw & Co., Ltd.), and considering the uncertain weather it was a great success, about 50 being present. The Band supplied the music and the buffet was in the capable hands of the Ladles' Committee, composed of Mesdames Tranter, Keates, Hearn, Wilson, Perkins and Lewis, and proved a profitable asset. Mr. C. Jones was a capable M.C.

27th May 1922


AFTER FIVE YEARS.— Lance-Corpl. John Griffiths, was in 1917 wounded in the Battle of Ypres, and last week in a Birmingham Hospital Dr. Stewart extracted the German bullet which had been in his leg five years. He is making steady progress. He joined the army at the outbreak of the war.

ANNIVERSARY. — The Congregationalists celebrated their Sunday school anniversary on Sunday and was as usual well attended. The collections taken on behalf of the school funds amounted to £9 5s. Mr. W. H. Hudson of Shrewsbury was the preacher, who gave an address at the musical service held in the afternoon. At all the services the children, with the assistance of the choir, sang a number of hymns with pleasing effect. Mr. T. Denstone proved an able trainer and conductor, whilst Miss L Jones was a capable organist. Solos were creditably rendered by Miss Mabel Denstone and Miss L. Jones. 'Mr. G. Taylor was an energetic secretary and was responsible for the arrangements.

3rd June 1922


St Mary's. Whit-Sunday. Special Preachers at Sung Eucharist and Evensong, Rev. H. T. Valentine. Collections for U.M.C.A.


The present year being the jubilee of the incorporation of Craven Dunnill and Co., Ltd., wall and floor tile manufacturers, the board of directors decided, on the recommendation of their managing director, Mr F. C. Howells, to celebrate the occasion by giving all their employees some form of entertainment. With this in view a meeting of the staff and workers generally was, some little time ago, convened, and suggestions invited as to what form they would like the celebration to take. Several suggestions were put forward and finally an excursion to New Brighton was agreed to, and on Saturday last the employees, to the number of 140, accompanied by Mr. Howells and his son, Mr. T. W. Howells, works manager, left Iron-Bridge at 6.50 a.m. in four specially, chartered saloons. On arriving at Shrewsbury they were joined by Messrs. Flavell and Bagley, officials of the Worker's Union (of which the staff and other workers' are members), they having been invited by the management to accompany the party, thus manifesting the very happy relationship now existing between the employers and their workpeople. During the journey Mr. Howells took advantage of the stops to visit each saloon and did all he could to make it as pleasant and interesting as possible for all.

Birkenhead was reached in good time and by 9:30 the party had crossed over to Liverpool. The Liverpool representative, Mr. J. T. Powell, had arranged for a visit to be made to inspect the s.s. "Carmania", but on meeting the party at the landing stage it was his displeasure to inform it that owing to some delay in the arrival of the vessel, that part of the programme had to be abandoned. No time, however, was lost in forming small parties to visit the principal places of interest in the city. A re-union took place at the Marine Hotel, New Brighton, where an excellent lunch was enjoyed. Mr. Walter Yates, chairman of directors, presided, and was supported by Mr. Oliver G. Edwards, director, Mr. F. C. Howells, Mr. T. W. Howells, Mr. J. A. Yorke, and members of the staff, also Messrs. Flavell and Bagley. At the conclusion of the repast the chairman proposed the health of the King, which was received in a patriotic spirit.

The secretary of the company, Mr. J. A. Yorke, proposed the health of the chairman and his co-directors, and spoke of the very successful manner in which the affairs, of the Company had progressed under their very able direction and also mentioned the fact that not only had the Company had the benefit of their wide business experience and ability, but in addition these gentlemen came forward with financial help at a time when it was greatly needed. The toast was splendidly received and Mr. Yates, in reply, thanked the assembly for the very hearty manner in which they had received it, remarking that the directors worked very harmoniously together and that they had always been very pleased to acquiesce in any suggestions that were brought forward  for the successful conduct of the business and the welfare of ail concerned.

The chairman proposed the health of Mr. F. C. Howells, and in an eulogistic speech congratulated him on the excellent way in which he carried out his duties as managing director. He had known Mr. Howells for about 25 years and had always known him to be a hard worker; he had the fullest confidence in his ability. Therefore he had no qualms on the subject of investing his money in the Company when approached to do so by him. He also spoke in the highest  praise of the work accomplished by Mr. Howells in retrieving the fortunes of the Company.  Mr. Yates coupled the name of Mrs. Howells with that of Mr. Howells, remarking that he knew she had been a great help to him by giving inspiration and encouragement at a time when ho greatly needed it. The toast was enthusiastically received and accompanied with musical honours.

Mr. Howells, on rising to respond, was visibly affected at the warmth of his reception, which, he said, had completely overwhelmed him, and he scarcely knew how to thank the chairman for his very kind remarks, and the assembly for the exceptionally hearty manner in which they had received the toast and drank his health and that of his wife. He was very sorry indeed that Mrs. Howells was not well enough to be present and he assured them she also was very disappointed, for certainly if she could have possibly been there she would have been. He then referred to the exceptionally bad conditions of trade and the gloomy aspect prevailing at the time the present directors took over the management of the Company and the serious loss sustained during the war years, and expressed his gratitude and thanks to his friends the directors and shareholders generally for the confidence and the unstinted support they had given him during the depressing times through which they had struggled to success. He much regretted the present unsatisfactory state of the tile trade and ventured to say that in normal times it had never been worse. Consequently he was very sorry it was not possible to find full time employment for all departments. Never the less he felt they had reason to be pleased with their position when compared with that of the other tile manufacturers. There were signs of improvement, but he feared the progress would be rather slow for some little time. Referring to the success of the Company, he remarked that he could achieve little by himself, but with the united assistance of all the employees he believed he could accomplish much and he would take that opportunity of asking them to put their shoulders to the wheel and to do all they could to assist him to further success, and in return he would do ally he possibly could to help them. He was pleased to say, and he was sure they would be glad to know, that his co-directors were just as anxious for the welfare of all their workpeople as for their own and that they were certainly out to do the best they could for everybody in their employ. He said: One thing I want you all to do is to carefully watch and guard against wastefulness. I always endeavour to impress the importance of this upon you. Another thing is to avoid carelessness in your work. These are two very important matters and cannot be over-emphasised, for when observed they tend greatly to the success of any firm. I do not wish to make any rash promises, but I am going to make one which is, that if you will do your duty in future, I will endeavour to persuade my co-directors to give you an outing annually and I believe I shall succeed in this." In concluding, Mr. Howells said:—"At the moment I call to mind one or two of our old-employees I should like to have seen with us today. Our old carpenter, John Smith, for one, and Ted Lister for another. Unfortunately their absence is due to sickness, for which I am very sorry. I assure you that nothing could possibly have given me greater pleasure than I have experienced in meeting you on this occasion and again I express my sincere thanks to Mr. Yates for the very kind remarks he made when proposing my health and that of my wife and also to you, ladies and gentlemen, for the hearty manner in which you received them."

The toast "The Employees" was proposed by Mr. Edwards, director, who spoke of the distress it caused him to see the low wages that were being paid in the district at the time the works were taken over by the new management. He, however, was very glad to see that matters had been very much improved in this direction and also spoke of the pleasure it gave him to be present that day and hoped it would be possible to repeat the excursion next year. Messrs. J. H. Owen (Birmingham representative) and W. H. Langley (head draughtsman) suitably responded.

Mr. Howells proposed the health of the visitors, coupling the names of Messrs. Flavell and Bagley. In replying, Mr. Flavell expressed the pleasure it had given him to be present that day and  said that their policy was not to destroy was called capitalism, but to get to get the work people to pull together in harmony with the management and as the name of their name implied they desired their members to be workers and had no sympathy with the man who would not work. Mr. Bagley also supported Mr. Flavell in his remarks.

This concluded the toasts and the assembly broke up and proceeded to visit the various places of amusement in New -Brighton and to view the May horse parade in Liverpool. The return journey was made from Birkenhead at 10 p.m. and Iron-Bridge was reached about 12-20 after a thoroughly enjoyable day. The outing by one and all was declared to have been a huge success.

It may be mentioned that, in addition to defraying the railway expenses, every employee was entertained to lunch and tea and also received a full day's wage. A savings club was started in November last of which, practically all employees became members, with the result that a substantial amount was distributed the day before the excursion.


CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH.—Continuation services were held on Sunday the preacher being Mr. A. Marsh of Oldbury. Anniversary hymns were repeated by the children and choir, and a solo was rendered by Miss Mabel Denstone. The conductor was Mr. Thomas Denstone, and the organist Miss L. Jones.


POLICE COURT, Thursday (Before Councillor W. Roberts).—Ralph Keay and Arthur Rhodes, inmates of the Madeley Poor Law Institution, were brought up in custody charged with absconding from the institution with the workhouse clothes, value £3 19s. 6d.—The Master, Mr. Hopley, stated he sent the youths to work in the garden, and when he went later into the garden to see how they were going on, he found they had decamped with the clothes.—P-C. Kershaw stated he arrested the prisoners that morning, and charged them with the offence, which they admitted.— They were bound over in the sum of £5 to be of good behaviour for six months. They returned to the house.


CRICKET.- The great match between Mr. Darlington’s XI. and Benthall was played on May 31st. at Benthall, when Benthall won by the margin of four runs.

10th June 1922


BURIAL BOARD.—Dr. G. O. Collins pre- sided at a meeting of this board, when the business transacted was of a purely formal character

SOCIAL CLUB.— The anniversary was celebrated on Tuesday in the form of a dance on the green, which was well at- tended. Mr, J. Lister's jazz band supplied the music, and Mr. L. Lloyd officiated as M.C..

DANCE.—Under the auspices of the local cricket club, a successful dance was held this week on the cricket flat. Mr. S. Ashwood was a capable M.C., whilst Mr. L. Dixon supplied spirited music. Mr. P. Jones was an up-to-date secretary. The proceeds were in aid of the club.

ANNIVERSARY.—On Sunday Birch  Meadow Street Baptist Sunday school held their 108th anniversary, when two very able sermons were preached by Pastor W. C. Plail of Ebenezer Chapel, Tottenham, London, to good congregations. Special hymns were sung by the children, assisted by friends, in a way which reflected great credit upon themselves and their teacher (the school superintendent). Mr. A. E. Broadhurst, junior, presided at the harmonium. The amount collected, including donations received up to present, is £16 12s. 4½d.

DISTRICT COUNCIL, Wednesday.—Ald. D. L. Prestage presided.—Mr. Herbert reported a nuisance at Hockley, complained of at the last meeting, had now been abated.—Mrs. Johnstone attended the meeting, and complained of a nuisance existing in Simpson's Lane, the smell being very offensive. Inspector Herbert and Mr. A. Davis were instructed to visit the place, and report at the next meeting. — The surveyor (Mr. Richards) reported that his expenditure for the past month was £23 9s. To repair a portion of Red Lane he estimated it would cost £104, and to merely fill up the ruts £50. The Chairman asked if they were responsible for this road. The surveyor replied that the Council had never yet repaired it. He maintained that the road was in a very bad state. The clerk suggested that the Council find the material, and the farmers do the work. After further discussion the question was deferred in order to give the clerk time to look up the matter legally.- Mr. Callear (water engineer) reported that the consumption had risen enormously: a lot of the water was being used in watering the gardens. Posenhall reservoir was kept at a good height. He also reported that the extension at Jackfield crossing was partly completed, but had been help up by him in abeyance, for the consent of the owner of a cart road to be obtained. A sharp leakage had occurred when pumping under full pressure to Posenhall reservoir on the seven inch pumping main. He had met Lord Forester and his agent at Posenhall re the extension of pipes to supply the two farms there. The cost of excavating the cast iron mains from the side of the river at Coalport and laying at the Wynde, Jackfield, Would be approximately £20, but he recommended that under the present conditions, this work be not carried out. Several connections to mains had been laid and he read out some further applications which were approved.—The clerk reported that there was a debit balance in the general district and water rates of £705.- Mr. Oakes reported that the general district rate was now closed. He was instructed to take proceeding for the recovery of the rate from the few defaulters.- The clerk brought up the question of insuring the members of the fire brigade, and the meeting decided to insure the men.

Letters to the Editor


I should like to call attention of the powers that be to the disgraceful state of the Broseley district roads. There are nettles, docks and dandelions, to say nothing of other rubbish growing a foot high in some of the streets. Surely this is not what we are paying about 17s. in the pound for. Water courses arc choked up, not having been cleaned out for a considerable time. If there are a few bricks loose or a drain stopped, then we have an expensive bricklayer put to do it. Forty years ago, when the rate was about 2s. 8d. in the pound, the district roads were better than they are to-day, and there were three men employed at 15s. per week to do it. Today we have 7 men at from 30s. to 36s.. per week. No wonder our rates keep going up.


17th June 1922


I was glad to see that someone has nerve enough to write about the state of Broseley roads which are rightly termed "disgraceful." It is getting a habit with most people, I daresay, to look out carefully for the many pitfalls in walking through the streets in order to avoid sprained ankles, and in wet weather to avoid wading through the pools on some of the pavements. It is difficult for a mere man to understand why roadmen spend so much time in the roads between Broseley and Jackfield, in trimming up the roadside and cutting the grass and brambles in the hedgeside instead of spending more time weeding along the pavements of Broseley streets. I have known a load of ashes to remain in our streets twelve months until after being trodden hard by the boys it has been flattened out and finally assumed a bump in the road. The drain in our street which of course lies on top of the road is full of holes and the accumulated sewerage is beautifully scented these hot days, and we take turns to do the roadman's work, for be is not seen in our street half-a-dozen times in the year. A roadman did sweep this particular drain down a few days ago and we all gaped in astonishment, but as he is a new roadman it is probably the new broom which sweeps clean, and we shall not see him again for an indefinite period. I suppose it has become customary for ratepayers to protest that they get nothing for the rates they pay, but a very casual inspection of Broseley streets will convince anyone that little of the money spent on them is justified by the results.


I am pleased to see someone has drawn attention to the state of Broseley roads and also to the question of the rates, which are much too high. Frequently when going about the place I have heard chance remarks as “What do we get for the rates? Look at the roads." The roads are far worse than some country lanes, and deep ruts make them most unsafe for all kinds of traffic. One of these ruts was noticed a short time ago to be filled up with loose soil, which had a goodly collection of grass blades, etc. mixed with it—sweeping from the roadside which the roadman or someone had evidently deposited there, no doubt unconsciously sowing seeds which would produce docks and dandelions similar to those which ‘Fairplay’ writes about. Interested ratepayers should look to this matter by forming a ratepayers' association with little delay.      A RESIDENT.

"Fair Play to the Ratepayers" says he should like to call the attention of the powers that be to the disgraceful state of the Broseley district roads, and asks if this is what we are paying 17s in the pound for. He also says that if there are a few loose bricks about or a drain stopped then we have an expensive bricklayer put to do it. It seems to me that "Fair Play" doesn't understand that bricklaying is really a bricklayer's work and not a roadman's. He goes on to say that forty years ago, when the rates were about 2s. 8d. in the pound, the district roads were much better than they are today, and there were only three men employed, at 15s. per week, to do it. My reply to this is that it was not done, only a part "Fair Play" says that today we have seven men at from 30s. to 36s. per week. Now I think that "Fair Play" is either guessing or dreaming. He may as well wake up and put his hand out and feel where he is, as his statements are misleading to others. I don't know where he has been to count the seven men he mentions, he must have got across the boundary into another ward, for they cannot be found in this. There have been two extra men on for a month or two, ditching, aiding and repairing, drains, etc.; doing work that those three fifteen shilling a were men could not and did not get through during the last 40 years. The reason is that each man had more miles of road than he could properly do. That is the cause of the present state of the roads.



APPOINTMENT.—Mr. L. G. Harris has been appointed secretary of the Rose and Sharon, Lady Forester Lodge of Oddfellows, in place of Mr.      Bagnall, who has left the district.

SERVICE.—On Sunday the war memorial in All Saints' Church was dedicated by the Bishop of Hereford. The memorial, which takes the form of a finely executed oak panel, is situated near the organ and bears the following inscription —"To the glory of God, and in grateful memory of the men of Broseley who made the supreme sacrifice in the Great War. 1914 —1919. 'Their name liveth for evermore' 'Eccles. xiiv. 14)"; together with the names of the 51 men of the town who fell in the service of their country. The service commenced with the hymn. "Stand up, stand up for Jesus," and the special Psalm chosen for the occasion was the cxxx. The special lessons were read by Mr. J. Nicklin. After the prayers following the "Nunc Dimittis," the bishop, clergy and choir marched in procession to the memorial, singing the hymn, "O valiant hearts," at the conclusion of which Pte. John Bowen (M.M. and bar) unveiled the tablet The Bishop then dedicated the tablet. Then followed the "Last Post" and "The Reveille." sounded by three hunters of the Boy Scouts. The procession than retired, singing "Let saints on earth in concert sing with those whose work is done." after which the Bishop gave a most impressive address, stating that it would be a day long remembered in the lives of those who had taken part in the service. The memorial in the first place was to remind them of the heroic self-sacrifice of the men who had given their lives that the homes of others might he safe: that it was an expression of thanks and gratitude to these men and that it stood as a challenge to others not to he unworthy of the sacrifice that had been made for them. The hymn, "For all the saints who from their labours rest," was sung: and after the Bishop had pronounced the Benediction the service (a most solemn and memorable one) was concluded by the singing of a verse of the National Anthem. The service was conducted by the Rev. A. C. Howell (rector). There was a large congregation. The memorial was designed and executed by Messrs. Blower and Son, Shrewsbury, in conjunction with Mr J. J. Garbett, of Broseley. A word of real praise is due to the choir, who, under the leadership of Mr. Walter Davis, rendered the music with great reverence and precision.

 G.F.S. FESTIVAL. — The Much Wenlock branch of the Girls' Friendly Society held its festival on Saturday, when about 30 hers from Broseley, 15 from Coalbrookdale, and 30 from Wenlock, journeyed to Willey Hall, which was kindly placed at the disposal of the branch by Lord Forester. Excellent arrangements were made by the local secretary, Mrs. Prestage, and the party was in charge of Mrs. Hayward (Tickwood), Miss Potts, and Mrs. Fox Edwards and Mrs. Hughes (Coalbrookdale). On arrival, a short service was conducted by the Rev. Warner in Willey Church. During the afternoon good business was done at a literature and invalid members needlework and basket stall, and awards were presented by Mrs. Hayward for 7 and 14 years' faithful membership, and for three years' faithful discharge of duties. Tea was provided, and games were indulged in. The journey home was made via Morville and Much Wenlock and at the end of the day all agreed that the festival had been a complete success.

24th June 1922


AS regards what was done on the roads about 40 years ago, the three men not only kept the roads better but they broke all the stone, which was carted whole and broken by them where it was put on. As regards guessing or dreaming about seven men, they don't, find it a dream when pay day comes and the seven men turn up for their wages should like to know what one of our councillors thought when he went down Mill Lane last week and saw one of the residents cutting the, docks off with a- brushing hook cutting. I wonder if be would like it in front of his residence.

Docks, thistles and nettles grow in Broseley streets, and they are nearly a yard high now.


Whilst the rates go up the condition of tire roads goes down. If anyone knows of a place where the rates are 17s. in the pound and they have such wretched roads as we have around Broseley, I should like to hear of it. Whilst the people of Broseley have every reason for grumbling at the scanty attention their roads receive, I should say that in some parts of Jackfield there are still stronger grounds for complaint. I think it might safely be said that there are children attending school in Jackfield who have never yet seen any roadmen at work on the roads near their homes.

The mysterious part of this road question is that certain parts of the local roads receive attention whilst others do not. To take a concrete case: Why should the stretch of road near the Jackfield Rectory be left in such a disgraceful state, whilst the road leading from the Foresters Arms to Caughley gets preferential treatment?

Might I suggest that at the next Council meeting these points be dealt with?



CONCERT.-The local band on Sunday gave a delightful promenade concert near the Boat Inn which was thoroughly enjoyed. Mr. J. Wylde, as usual, conducted. A collection was taken for the new instrument fund.

CHOIR SERMONS.—The collections taken at St Mary's Church on Sunday were in of the choir fund. The Rev, C. R. Hollis (rector) Preached at the morning service and the Rev. W. A. Warner (Rector of Willey) at evensong. Special music was rendered by the choir, including the anthems. "I will pray the father", and "Sun of my Soul", the solos being ably rendered by Master H. Hudson (soprano), and Mr. Basil Tranter (baritone). Mrs. G. Edge presided at the organ. The collections were over £5.

PROPOSED FOOTBRIDGE.—Through the untiring energies of the Bridge Committee, of which Mr. W. Tranter is chairman and Mr. C. Jones secretary, a start has this week been made to erect a footbridge across the Severn connecting Jackfield and Coalport. It is a steel bridge and is being- erected by the Cleveland Bridge and Engineering Co. at a cost of £1,046. It will be 5ft. wide, and will be a great boon to the district. It will be erected where the ferry-boat used to cross.


PETTY SESSIONS, Thursday before Messrs. J. Nicklin (chairman), .W. Roberts, and J. Davies.—Ralph Keay and Arthur Rhodes, inmates of the Madeley Poor-law institution. Were charged with stealing 11s. 9d. in money belonging to another inmate, Richard Dodd.- Dodd said he was engaged looking after the pigs. He hid the money in a tin box in !the piggeries. On the 30th ult. he went to the pig-sty and missed the box and money. He told the master:—Samuel: Hopley (master) said he suspected the two youths, who absconded the same day. He gave infuriation to Inspector Barber. When the defendants returned he found 10s , the box, and cigarettes in their possession.—P.C., Kershaw (Iron-Bridge) said he interviewed the defendants, who acknowledged they had the money and admitted spending some.— Defendants pleaded guilty.—The Chairman told them they had a narrow escape of being sent to prison. They woul bound over in the sum of   to be of good behaviour for the next six months. The money was ordered to be returned to Dodd --Agnes Hill, Homer, Much Wenlock, was charged with assaulting. Mary Eliza Gibbons, married Woman of the same place.—Gibbons stated  she lived at 29. Homer and on the 7th just after 10 o'clock at night, she was returning from the when defendant threw a stone at her which hit her on the back.      She then threw some water over her. Defendant met her again and- threw brick-ends at her. She also made a grab at her bucket and the water went over her. Defendant also threw stones at her and blackened her eye.—George Mullard, a Homer holder, gave corroborative evidence.—Hill did not appear and was fined 10s. and 5s. costs, in default 14, days' imprisonment.

SABBATH SCHOOL.— The Wesleyans held their Sabbath school anniversary on Sunday. Special hymns sung by scholars and choir were thoroughly enjoyed and reflected credit on the trainer and conductor, Mr. T. A. Hartshorne. Mrs A. Harris skilfully accompanied on the organ. Rev. W. H. Totty (Worcester) was the preacher for the day and also presided at the musical service held on Monday, giving a suitable address. Solos were well rendered "Shepherds' Cradle Song” Emmie Leadbetter; "'Neath Angel, Wings", Maud Watson; "Father, pray with me tonight". Rose Meadows; and recitations, "The Last Hymn”, Emmie Oakley, and "Mischief Makers", Emmie Oakley. Collections were taken for the school and amounted to £25.

1st July 1922


"Fair Play to the Ratepayers" still sticks to it that there are seven men on these roads. This I deny. Of the seven men he has mentioned four have been working in the Barrow ward, and their wages were paid by that department, and not by the Broseley ratepayers

As regards "Another Ratepayer's" letter, he asks: "Why should the stretch of road near Jackfield Rectory be left in such a disgraceful state whilst the Caughley road gets preferential treatment". This last-named road is in the Barrow district, and it is up to the Barrow Council to decide what treatment their roads shall get, without consulting the Broseley ratepayers.


8th July 1922


PETTY SESSIONS, Tuesday Before Alder man J. Davies (chairman) and J. Nicklin.— Two little Broseley girls, aged 12 and 8, were charged with stealing 1s. belonging to Caroline Elizabeth Humphries, Broseley The elder defendant was bound over in the sum of £5 to be of good behaviour for 12 months. The other defendant was discharged.- Saml. William Instone, farmer, Woodlands, Broseley, was changed with allowing three cattle to stray in Duke St , Broseley. Mr. J.C. H. Bowdler (Shrewsbury) defended. P.C. Penney (Broseley ) stated that about 5.15 a.m. he was on duty in Duke St., Broseley, when he saw three cows straying. He drove them down on a piece of unenclosed land. At 8:15 the same morning he saw defendant driving same three cows up Duke St. in the direction of his farm, and later the same day he interviewed Instone and asked him if the cows he was driving that morning were his property. He replied "They were". He then asked him why he allowed them to stray on the highway. He replied they were not straying. Defendant went in the bar and denied the charge. Just after 6 o'clock he went down the field to fetch his cows up, and he found three cattle short. He afterwards found them in another of his fields. Alfred Edward Pountney, Broseley, stated he saw three cattle in Mr. Instone's field at five minutes past six. Percy Reeves, Broseley, said at 6.30 a.m. he saw defendant's cows in his field.—Mr. Bowdler contended that the officer had not, proved his case. He was not sure of their identification. The Bench said as there was a doubt in this case it would be dismissed.- Bert Watson arid Edward Bradley, labourer, Broseley, were charged with throwing stones.—P. C. Penney stated he saw the defendants throwing stones at Willey Lodge railings. Defendants pleaded guilty, and were ordered to pay the costs, 4s. each.--Five respectable lads from IronBridge were charged with stealing 18 hen eggs from a fowlhouse at the Wyke Farm. belonging to Thomas H. Groves, farmer, Much Wenlock. Mr. Groves stated he went to see his mother at Iron-Bridge on Sunday, the 18th of June, and when he returned he discovered defendants had broken into his fowlhouse and had stolen 18 eggs. They were prize fowls, and the eggs most valuable.—Henry Perks, labourer, stated he saw the lads at the hen house, and they ran away when they saw him, P-C. Penney stated he interviewed the defendants, who admitted the charge. Defendants pleaded guilty, and expressed their sorrow for what they had done. Inspector Barber spoke well of the boys, and Mr Groom said he did not wish to press the case. He hoped it would he a warning to them and others. The defendants were bound over for six months, and put in charge of the police court missioner. They were also ordered to pay the costs, 6s. each.


When shopping in Iron-Bridge, don't forget to leave your Watch, Clock and Jewellery Repairs with G. A. Davies, High Street, Iron-Bridge Satisfaction guaranteed.

DISTRICT COUNCIL, Wednesday.—Ald. D. L. Prestage presided.—Mr. Herbert reported the district free from notifiable infectious disease He also reported a number of nuisances and the usual orders were made.—The Clerk (Mr. Devy) reported a debit balance on the general and water rate accounts of £864 15s. 3d.—Alderman Nicklin remarked that their position was considerably better than last year.—The Surveyor (Mr. Richards) told the meeting that his expenditure last month amounted to £23 7s. 6d.—The Surveyor was instructed to improve the draining in Simpson's Lane, as be suggested, the result of a motion moved by Mr. J. Davies, supported by Alderman Nicklin.—With reference to repairing the Red Lane the meeting regretted they could not accept the responsibility of repairing this road.—Mr. Callear (engineer) stated that he had completed the Jackfield crossing extension. There had been a break on the three distribution main near Jackfield Church. Several connections to mains had been carried out. The consumption by Shifnal for the quarter was 8,214,000 gallons, Dawley 5,375,000, and Wellington Rural 259,000 gallons. The Engineer stated it was now over twelve months since the supplies had been cut off by any of the outside authorities for a single moment.

18th June 1922


Lest we forget

BRITTON—In loving memory of T. H. Britton. Broseley, killed July 14th, 1916. "The world may change from year to year, and friends from day to day; But never will the one we love from memory pass away". From mother, father and brothers.

Thomas Henry Britton was a private in the 7th Bn. King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, service number 19547. He was 22 when he died and was the son of James Edward and Lucy Britton of 3 Cemetery Road, Broseley.

He is recorder at the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Pier and Fave 12A and 12D. This is in the Somme France.


On 1 July 1916, supported by a French attack to the south, thirteen divisions of Commonwealth forces launched an offensive on a line from north of Gommecourt to Maricourt. Despite a preliminary bombardment lasting seven days, the German defences were barely touched and the attack met unexpectedly fierce resistance. Losses were catastrophic and with only minimal advances on the southern flank, the initial attack was a failure. In the following weeks, huge resources of manpower and equipment were deployed in an attempt to exploit the modest successes of the first day. However, the German Army resisted tenaciously and repeated attacks and counter attacks meant a major battle for every village, copse and farmhouse gained. At the end of September, Thiepval was finally captured. The village had been an original objective of 1 July. Attacks north and east continued throughout October and into November in increasingly difficult weather conditions. The Battle of the Somme finally ended on 18 November with the onset of winter. In the spring of 1917, the German forces fell back to their newly prepared defences, the Hindenburg Line, and there were no further significant engagements in the Somme sector until the Germans mounted their major offensive in March 1918. The Thiepval Memorial, the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave. Over 90% of those commemorated died between July and November 1916. The memorial also serves as an Anglo-French Battle Memorial in recognition of the joint nature of the 1916 offensive and a small cemetery containing equal numbers of Commonwealth and French graves lies at the foot of the memorial. The memorial, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, was built between 1928 and 1932 and unveiled by the Prince of Wales, in the presence of the President of France, on 31 July 1932. The dead of other Commonwealth countries who died on the Somme and have no known graves are commemorated on national memorials elsewhere.


Source; Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

July 1920


Don't Forget J. B. Dickin and Co.'s Great Annual Clearance Sale Commences on Friday Next, Feb. 24th. The Greatest Sale of the Season. Thousands of Bargains in every Department. See large Advt. Oakengates and Shifnal.

TOWN HALL.—In aid of the funds of the new memorial bridge for Jackfield and Coalport, a whist drive and dance was held on Wednesday in the above hall. The capable M:C.'s 'were  . Messre H. Southern and L. Ashwood, and Mr. L. Dixon supplied the music.     

 HOMING SOCIETY.— Under the auspices of this society, a show of racing pigeons and cage birds was held at the Pheasant Hotel on Saturday, and was in every respect a success. Mr. H. H. Powell, who takes a keen interest in the society, was a capable judge, whilst the secretarial duties were ably discharged by Mr. G.  Cadwallader. The awards were:—Pigeons, Cock bred prior to 1921-1 Wall. 2 Pope, 3 Hollins. Hen (ditto)-1 and special for best hen Davies, 2 Cadwallader, 3 Wall. Cock, rung 1921-1 and 2 Wall, 3 Instone. Hen rung 1921-1-and 3 Wall, 2 Hollins. Cock 1921-1 and -special (best cock, to show best flights) Wall, 2 Cadwallader, 3 Wall. Hen, 1921, to show best flights-1 and 2 Wall, 3 Harrison. Cage birds.—Goldfinch-1 and 2 G. Harrison, 3 Powell: British bird, any other variety —1 and 3, Harrison, 2 Salter. Canary, any variety-1 and special (best cage bird). Dewey, 2 and 3 Harrison.

SUDDEN DEATH. —There passed away early on Sunday morning a respectable inhabitant in the person of Mr. George Gilbert at his residence in Queen Street. Deceased had been at work on the. 10th inst. but he was not in the best of health. He had been in the employ of Messrs. Craven and Dunnill, tile works, Jackfield, for over 50 years. Deceased was 76 Years of age.

LICENSING SESSIONS, Tuesday, before Lord Forester (Mayor), Ald. Prestage, J. Davies, B. Maddox, and Messrs. Whitley, Bishop, and Williams.—Supt: Phillips presented his annual report, which slated that there were  in the Borough of Wenlock  56 fully-licensed houses, 24 beerhouses (on), 2 beerhouses (off), and 8 grocers' licenses (off) , total 90 an addition of one "off"  license, which was granted at the adjourned licensing meeting last year, for a wine license at a chemist's shop at Broseley. There were also two registered clubs, an increase of one club, this having been registered last year, The population of the borough was 15,241 (census 1911), which gave an average of 186 persons to each licensed house. This did not include the grocers' licenses. During the year ended 31st December, 1921, 11 persons had been proceeded against for drunkenness and convicted. The convictions foe drunkenness for the three previous years were as follow:-1918 1, 1919 0, 1920 12. During the year one licensed person had been proceeded against for an offence under the Licensing Act, and was ordered, to pay costs. With this exception the houses had been conducted satisfactorily. At the adjourned meeting on 1st March 1921, the license of the Nelson Inn; Madeley was referred for compensation but the house had not yet been closed. Mr. Kitching chemist, Iron-Bridge, applied for a wine license for his premises at 24, High Street, Iron-Bridge. He offered no objection, provided the license was restricted to the sale of medicated wines only. A similar application was made at the last licensing sessions, but was refused. The whole of the licenses were renewed.—Mr. G. H. Espley, on behalf of Mr. C. F. Kitching, chemist, Iron-Bridge, made application for a wine license. He said they only wished to sell medicated wines, which he enumerated. Mr. Kitching stated he was often asked for medicated wines. Mr. H. Phillips, solicitor, Shifnal, opposed the application on behalf of Messrs. Butler and Co., brewers, who owned houses at Iron-Bridge. Arthur Bailey manager of the Vaults, Iron-Bridge, said he sold medicated and other wines, and their demand was considerable. T. Aston, landlord of the White Hart Hotel, Iron-Bridge, also stated that he sold wines. The license was, however, granted.

22nd July 1922


R. A. Instone and Son, Family-Grocers, The Square, are Agents for the celebrated Drew's Self-Raising Flour, which has over 60 years' reputation.

A DANCE was held on the Lord Hill bowling green on July 14 in aid of the bowling club. There was a large crowd who enjoyed Mr. Lister's (Iron-Bridge) Jazz Band. Mr. S. Ashwood was a capable M.C..

WHIST DRIVE.—A successful whist drive and dance were held on Monday on the beautiful grounds of the Broseley Social Club. The prizes for the whist were kindly given by Dr. and Mrs. Boon, and were won by:—Ladies-1 Mr. E. Instone (playing as lady), 2 Miss Maggie Edwards. Gent's-1 Mr. H. Watkins, 2 Mr. F. Bright. Mr. W. Roberts made at efficient M.C. for the whist drive, whilst Messrs. W. Davies and J. Roberts proved capable M.C.'s for the dancing. Lister's Jazz Band provided excellent music. Dr. Boon kindly presented the prizes. The proceeds were in aid of the club.

HOSPITAL SUNDAY.—The annual meeting of the United Friendly Societies Committee was held on Monday, when the following were appointed into office  for the year:—Mr. J. Watkins (chairman) Mr. J, Wylde (vice-chairman), Mr. J. Burns treasurer, and Mr. T. Minton secretary. It was decided to hold the Hospital Sunday on the third Sunday in September.

29th July 1920


THE NEW BRIDGE.—Mr. W. Tranter presided at a meeting of this committee on Monday, when the secretary, Mr. C. Jones, reported that the amount standing to their credit was £969 7s. Owing to the state of trade, the promised subscriptions were not likely to all come in and he estimated that about £40 would be required to be raised quickly as the bridge would he completed early in August. He was instructed to write several people about subscriptions and to call a further meeting next week for report of same.


BOROUGH COUNCIL, Wednesday.—Lord Forester (mayor) presided: A letter was read from Miss. Johnson (Little Wenlock) thanking the council for their expression at sympathy in the loss of her father, Rev. Johnson.—The finance committee recommended that tenders be obtained for the renovation of the municipal building at Iron-Bridge and also the police station, the tenders to be submitted to a sub-committee. The finance committee also recommended that £20 be reduced from the sanitary inspector's bonus. On the motion of the Mayor, the report was adopted.—Lord Forester proposed that a borough rate of l½d. in the pound be levied. The town clerk (Mr. Derry) stated that £294 16s. 11d. was required to he raised by a rate. Ald. Maddox seconded the motion which was agreed to.—A resolution from Cleobury Mortimer MC, protesting against the proposal of the County Council to contribute from the rates toward the cost of widening the English Bridge at Shrewsbury, was considered. Lord Forester said the question came before the County Council on Saturday and they were told that the borough of Wenlock had no say the matter as the cost would come out of a special county rate, and they as a borough would not have to bear any of the cost. He reminded the meeting at Shrewsbury that there were other bridges in the county and that the council would probably be approached if they spent any money from the rates on the English bridge. He suggested that the clerk write the Cleobury Mortimer Council telling them they had no status in the matter. This was agreed to.—Ald Cooke gave a verbal report on the County Asylum. He mentioned that the charge to the unions had been reduced to 18s. 2d. per patient. The asylum was certainly full but they were about to lose 30 or 40 patients from Birmingham, and they were a source of revenue to them. He moved the report be adopted which was seconded by Mr. J. H. A. Whitley; agreed.—A cheque for £600 was ordered to be drawn in favour of the surveyor, who was instructed to obtain tenders for stone and a steam roller. Mr. Richards was also granted a fortnight's holiday.—Ald. Maddox presented the auditors report and suggested that the officers kept separate accounts which would prevent any mistakes. There was a great difference in the rateable value of the general and poor-rate book, in some of the wards there were two collectors. Wenlock was all right. It was therefore most essential that separate books be kept by the officials. On the motion of Ald. Legge, the report was adopted, and the Mayor thanked Ald. Maddox for his pains and suggestion which was a good one.—Ald. Prestage reported he had attended the conference at Shrewsbury held to devise means for raising funds for the Royal Salop Infirmary. He said the district was divided into four parts, the borough of Wenlock was in the eastern division with Wellington and Newport. A representative was elected for the division in the person of Mr. Van Homrigh. The board of management was increased from 17 to 21. The question of raising funds for the Infirmary was discussed. He told the meeting there were 120 committees but none in the borough of Wenlock. He believed there was an efficient scheme working in the Dale works. They were all aware of the depressed conditions existing in this district, and he thought as they benefited by the hospital accommodation in the borough, they should do all they could to help the Salop Infirmary, and he suggested the holding of meetings and forming committees in the borough with the purpose of raising funds. Lord Forester said he was sure they were all grateful to Ald. Prestage for attending this meeting and telling them what had taken place. Of course, Salon Infirmary was badly off for funds, and they should do all they could to help it. Ald. Maddox said the most practical course to take was to refer the matter to the district councils and form committees. He would put his suggestion into a form of a resolution. Ald. Prestage seconded it. Mr. Murphy suggested collecting boxes be placed at the different works. The resolution was carried.—A letter was considered from the clerk to the County Council with reference to the alteration of the Madeley electoral division. The town clerk was instructed to supply the necessary information.—The Mayor said the next business was to “instruct the borough surveyor to take all necessary legal proceedings against Barclays Bank Limited for obstructing a highway known as the Falcon Shutt. Those proceedings to be under the direction of the Wenlock Sanitary Committee." The town clerk considered the Town Council was the authority to take these proceedings and the resolution to go on the minutes of the council. Mr. Thomas contended it was a purely local affair, and they had no right to come to the borough council at all, and he suggested that the matter be left entirely in their hands to deal with. He had known and used the place all his life. It was a well-known public thoroughfare. The clerk contended that the matter must be taken up by the Town Council. The District Council had no power to institute legal proceedings. Ald. Maddox maintained the district council possessed all the powers with the exception they could not levy a rate and loan money. Ald. Cooke said he opposed the motion at the last meeting. In this matter he saw no public interest at stake. If the road was thrown open to-morrow, only one person a week would use it. He did not believe in throwing the ratepayers money away. The few years it had been done no one ever made a complaint to him about it. He would tell there were two sides to this question, Ald. Prestage said there was no proposition from the council and they were thus wasting time in debating. There was no seconded to Mr Thomas motion and the matter was abruptly dropped.


5th August 1922




(under  M.C.A.A.A.Laws).


Will be held





Open to the County of Salop:

120 yards flat handicap—1st £2, 2nd. £1, 3rd 10s.

220 yards fiat handicap- 1st  £2, 2nd £1, 3rd 10s.

Half-mile  flat handicap-1st. £2, 2nd £1, 3rd 10s.

One mile flat handicap—lit Coalport China Bowl, 2nd 3rd 10s.

High jump-1st 2nd 10s.

Long jump—lst 2nd 10s.

Events Open to the Parishes of Broseley, Jackfield, Benthall, Willey, Barrow and Linley:

80 yards boys' race, ages 7 to 10 years-

100 yards boys' race, ages 10 to 12 years-

120 yards boys' race, ages 12 to 16 years-

1st prize 10s., 2nd 5s., 3rd 2s. 6d.


80 yards girls' race, ages 7 to 10 years-

100 yards girls' race, ages 10 to 12 years-

120 yards girls' race, ages 12 to 16 years-

1st prize 10s., 2nd 5s., 3rd 2s. 6d.

Obstacle race, open to residents in borough of Wenlock-1st £2, 2nd £1, 3rd 10s.



1st race (ponies 13-2 hands and under)-1st 50s., 2nd 30s.

2nd race (ponies over 13-2 and under 14-2 harms)- lst 50s., 2nd 30s.

3rd race (ponies any height)-1st 50s., 2nd 30s.

(All Ponies must have been the property of the person in whose name it is entered at least one month prior to the day of the Sports).

First Race Two o'clock prompt.

Entrance Fees: 1s. each event, or 3s. for four; Obstacle race, 1s.; Children's races, 3d. each; Pony races, 5s. each pony for each event.

All Entries Close First Post Saturday, August 12th, 1922.

NOTE.—All Fees must accompany Entry Forms to I. CROSS, 51, Crewe's Park, Broseley Wood; or L. G. HARRIS, 1, Swan Street, Broseley (joint Hon. Sees).


Will Play Selections during the Afternoon and for Dancing, from 6 to 9 in the Evening.

Admission to Dancing Enclosure 6d. extra; Reserved Enclosure 6d. extra.

Entrance to Ground, 8d. (including Tax).

For details of Carnival, see Small Bills.







Will be held on

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2nd to 4th, 1922. Proceeds in aid of Hospitals.


G. TAYLOR, Hon. Secs.



 ¶ R. A. Instone and Son, Family Grocers The Square, are Agents for the celebrated Drew's Self-Raising Flour, which has over 60 years' reputation.

CHOIR EXCURSION.—The Members of the Parish Church choir took advantage of an excursion train to Liverpool on Saturday, and were delighted with the sights of the great city. A very agreeable time was spent.

DISTRICT COUNCIL, Wednesday, Ald. D. L. Prestage presiding.—Mr. Herbert reported the district free from notifiable disease No business of any public interest was transacted.

WHIST DRIVE AND DANCE.—On 28th ult., at the Broseley Social Club, Dr. and Mrs. Boon entertained the members and friends to a whist drive and dance. They gave the prizes, and also supplied the music with Lister's jazz band. Quite 2o0 were present; and a thoroughly good time was spent. Mr. Will Roberts was an able M.C. of the whist, whilst Mr. Walter Davies was a capable M.C. of the dancing. Mrs. Boon gracefully presented the prizes to the following winners:—Ladies: 1 Mrs. Taylor, 2 Miss Wilde, 3 Miss Evans. Gentlemen: 1 Mr. Cyril Garbett, 2 Mr. E. Francis, 3 Mr. D. Potts. Special consolation: Mr. Wilfred Garbett. Mr. Griffiths proposed a hearty vote of thanks to Dr. and Mrs. Boon for providing the entertainment of the evening, adding that he did not know what they would do without them. Mr. F. Francis seconded the vote. Dr. Boon, in reply, said he hoped the wives would go away that evening with a good impression of the club, and that their husbands were not quite the. devils they were painted. (Applause). Cheers were given for the Doctor and his wits, Mrs. Boon, and -the evening's proceedings concluded.

PETTY SESSIONS, Tuesday, before Messrs. D. L. Prestage (chairman), T. R. Smith, W. Roberts, W. Bishop, B. Maddox and J. Nicklin.—Henry Nickless, 14, labourer, Iron-Bridge, and William Gogerty, Madeley, were charged with doing wilful damage to mowing grass the property of T. F. Poynton, farmer, Castle Green, Coalbrookdale. After hearing the evidence of Mr. Poynton and P.-C. Ewels the parents were each ordered to pay 7s.—William Welch, labourer, Iron-Bridge, was charged with doing wilful damage to mowing grass the property of Mr. Poynton, Castle Green, Coalbrookdale. Mr. Poynton estimated the damage at 1s. P.-C. Ewels stated lie saw the defendant in the field in search of mushrooms. Immediately he saw him he ran away. He gave chase and caught him. There was no footpath across this field. Welch, who expressed his sorrow, was fined and ordered to pay 5s. damage. In future the Bench said all trespassers would be more severely dealt with.—An hour's extension was granted all the licensed holders in the borough for to-day and Bank Holiday.

DISTRICT COUNCIL, Wednesday, Alder man Prestage presiding.—The Town Clerk  stated that after meeting payment of cheques due that day there would be a debit balance on the two accounts of £571 11s. 1d. —The Chairman said they were £340 better off than at the corresponding period of last year.—The Surveyor (Mr. Richards) stated his expenditure for the last month on district work was £42 6s. 8d.—Ald. Nicklin congratulated the surveyor on the tar-spraying of the main street of the town, and the chairman said the main roads were good, and very much better than some in the adjoining districts.— The Sanitary Inspector (Mr. Herbert) reported there was no infectious disease in the district, and he read out a list of nuisances which were ordered to be abated.—The Water Engineer (Mr. Callear) reported that he had removed the standpost from King Street and had fixed one at the fop of  Leggge's Hill. He gave details of work carried out. The averageof hours of pumping to Posenhall Reservoir was 17 per week.  The Broseley pumpingmain was in good condition, and recorded full pressure, and the Jackfield distribution mains were also in good condition.—With regard to support for the Salop Infirmary the chairman thought they could not do better than refer the matter to the local United Friendly Societies, and keep in touch with them.—As to the question of isolation hospital cases the Council were of opinion that it was absolutely a borough matter, and should be dealt with by the Borough Council.


¶ Jackfied Prize Band Concert  on Sunday, August 6th, near Free Bridge, Mr. H. Scott will conduct and play solos at 7-30. Silver collection.

CONCERT. — A large concourse of people gathered on the institute ground on Sunday evening and attentively listened to the local prize band, which gave a delightful concert. Mr. H. Scott, conducted and played several solos on the euphonium with great effect.

A DEDICATION SERVICE was held at the Wesleyan Chapel on Sunday, when choir seats were formally dedicated for the service of divine worship. The service, which was conducted by Rev. T. Frederick Lewis, minister in charge, opened with the singing of the hymn, "Forward be our watchword." Prayer followed, and after this the formal declaration of dedication. During the singing of the second hymn, "We love the place, O God," the members of the choir occupied the new seats, which were presented by the relatives of the late Mr. Ball. The solo, "O rest in the Lord" was feelingly rendered by Mr. Arthur Skitt. After the reading of selected psalms followed the anthem, "Jesu, Lord of Life and Glory." A short address was given by Rev. T. Frederick Lewis. A collection taken on behalf of the Renovation fund amounted to £2 18s. 4d. Rev. T. F. Lewis leaves for another sphere of work next month, but it is confidently expected that by that date on the work of renovation the debt will be entirely extinguished. Considerable praise is due to the Rev. T. F. Lewis for his indefatigable labour; he has            worked unceasingly throughout the scheme.

OBITUARY.— The well-known football. enthusiast, Mr. J. Jones, passed away on Sunday, after a painful illness. He was in the employ of Messrs. Dunnill and Company, and was the lobby man. For years he had been connected with the old Iron-Bridge football club and watched their doings with intense interest. He was on the committee, and was held in high esteem, and the sympathy of the whole district is extended to the widow and family. Deceased was 63 years of age.

THE BRIDGE.- Mr. W. Tranter presided at a meeting of the committee on Tuesday. It was decided to have a public opening and to invite Lady Forester to perform the same. It was also decided to invite the Mayor and Corporation and the local band. Several fresh subscriptions were reported and the see-rotary was instructed to call a further meeting, when the date could be fixed for opening the bridge.

2nd September 1922


The daily train service between Wellington and Craven Arms is very inconvenient, there being no train for the stations beyond Wenlock after 3 p.m. Until a few years ago a train left Wellington for Craven Arms at 4.30 p.m. There were also trains to Presthope at 8.35 a.m., 11.15 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily. When the 4.30 p.m. was taken off some time during the war, the 3 p.m. Wellington to Presthope was extended to Craven Arms. The 8:35 a.m. was discontinued, and the 11.15 a.m: now runs to Much Wenlock.

I am sure many. of the travelling public would like to see the old train service on this branch restored. The trains being of the "turn-back" order, an outward train means also a service in the reverse direction.                                                Q.

2nd September 1922


 HOSPITAL SUNDAY. The Members of friendly societies, discharged soldiers, and the general public were on Sunday invited by the movement of which Mr. W. T. Tranter is chairman to meet at the memorial bridge to join in the parade to St. Mary's Church and attend divine service. The procession through the village, headed by the Jackfield Prize Silver Band (conductor, Mr. J. Wylde), was unfortunately a poor affair. It included Iron-Bridge Territorials, and a few Comrades and  friendly society members. The church was crowded, and a practical sermon was preached by the Rev. J. S. Jobling (Bridgnorth). The Rev. T. P. Lewis (Wesleyan), read the only lesson and the Rev. C. R. Jollies (rector), intoned the service. Mr. G. Edge presided at the organ. A collection was taken in church and enroute for charitable institutions. Messrs. T. Wright, J. Harrison, E. Keates and P. Price officiated as marshals, and the secretarial duties were admirably discharged by Mr. Hedley Bowen.        After the parade a sacred concert was held in the evening in the school. The selections by the Jackfield Prize Band reflected great credit on the conductor, Mr. J. Wylde. The anthems "Awake", .and "Lord, Thou hast been our refuge", were well rendered by the combined church and. chapel choirs, conducted by Mr. A. Skitt.         The soloist  was Mr. Travis Pitchford, Oakengates, who fully upheld his reputation. His renderings of "Sun of my Soul" and "Radiant Morn" were magnificent, and greatly delighted the audience. He was recalled both times, and sang "Away", and "Shepherd of the Flock." Mr. G. Edge was the accompanist, the piano being kindly lent by Mr: J. Dodd. At the conclusion Mr. W. T. Tranter thanked the artistes who had given all their services free. During the day the following made strenuous efforts to augment the funds with their collecting boxes, Miss Lucy Goodall, Olive Hudson, Doris Pritchard, Hilda Keates, Winnie, Pritchard, Winnie Meredith, Doris Cox, Muriel Jones, Lucy Pritchard, Jessie Bowen, Master Jack Dodd, Messrs. L. Preston and C. Hughes. The proceeds from all sources amounted to about £30, which reflects, great credit to the committee, of which Mr. W. T. -Tranter is chairman, Mr. W. Hudson hon. treas., and Mr. H. P. Bowen hon. sec.  


OUTING.—On the 23rd ult., the scholars attending the Birch Meadow Baptist Sunday School had their annual treat, the place selected being the Wrekin, whither they journeyed in brakes and waggonettes. After a visit to the Needle's Eye and other places, the company met at the Forest Glen and partook of an excellent tea. Tea over, a visit was made to the top of the hill. At 7.30 a start was made for home, which was safely reached about 9. The success of the outing was due to the energies of the superintendent.

SUDDEN DEATH.- Early on Sunday morning Mr. W. Gallier died with tragic suddenness. He came down to the kitchen and complained of feeling ill and in a minute he fell dead on the floor. His son was present at the time. Deceased, who was 67 years old, had suffered from heart trouble for several years, and had done no work. He was under medical treatment, hence no inquest was hold. He had lived in High Street.

9th September 1922


OUTING.—The children of the Parish Church Sunday school, to the number about 160, went by brakes to Bridgnorth their annual outing on Sept. 1. Despite the rain they spent a very enjoyable day. The party, who were accompanied by the Rector, the Rev. C. R. Hollis, visited Apley Park, by kind permission of Mr. W, Foster.


WEDDING.—The marriage took place the Broseley Wesleyan Church on Saturday of Clara, youngest daughter of the late Mr and Mrs. E. Oakley, Woodlands Road, Broseley Wood, to George Norman, youngest so of Mr. and Mrs. George Ball, High Street Broseley. The bride, who was dressed in pale blue crepe-de-chine with hat to match was given away by her brother, Mr. G. Oakley, the bridesmaid being Miss F. Ball (sister of the bridegroom). The best ma was Mr. T. Everall. The Rev. J. Bicknor Edwards officiated.

DISTRICT COUNCIL, Wednesday (Alder man Prestage presiding).—The Town Clerk reported that after meeting liabilities there was a deficit of The collector (Mr Fenn) was instructed to advertise, giving  14 days' notice, to close both rates. The surveyor reported his expenditure for the month was £46 17s., and he required £200 for the ensuing month. Mr, Herbert reported the ward free from infectious disease, and a list of nuisances which were ordered to be abated. The water engineer (Mr. Callear) reported work and renewals came out during the month. The pumping mains remained good and in order. It was decided to lay the water on to the Town Hall at a charge of £1 per annum, The engineer was instructed to carry out other service to property applied for Prestage asked if the Fire Brigade had carried out an drills lately, for he thought it was necessary for them to be kept up to pitch in case of any outbreak of fire.           Ald. Nicklin promised to call a meeting of the Brigade.


NEW BRIDGE COMMITTEE.— A very enjoyable function took place on Monday in the shape of a dinner at which about 40 sat down. After the cloth had been removed Ald. D. L. Prestage was voted to the chair and was supported by Mr. F. C. Howells. The usual loyal toast was moved by the Chairman, and during the evening the following toasts were also given:—"The Committee", by the Chairman, to which Mr. Tranter responded; "The Bridge Builders", by Mr. Howells, Mr. A. Rhodes responding; "The Chairman", by Mr. C. Jones, who thanked Mr. Prestage for the helping hand extended at the meeting of the advisory committee at the time when it was most needed. This was received with musical honours. Mr. Prestage, in reply, congratulated the committee on the result of their enterprise as they had attained what he had considered the impossible. "The Secretary", moved by Mr. Tranter, was also received music- ally, and Mr. C. Jones responded. "Mr. Howells", moved by Mr. A. Harrison, was also well received, and Mr. Howells feelingly responded and said he was always pleased to attend these functions of working men and to do all he could for their welfare as far as he possibly could, "The Ladies' Committee" was moved by Mr. E. Jones and Mr. Tranter responded on their behalf. Votes of thanks were passed to Mr. H. Davis and Mrs. Bill for providing the dinner. A splendid musical programme was intermixed with, the above toasts, in which the following took part:—The Jackfield Glee Party, Mr. Budge, Mr. Howells, Mr. J. A. Yorke, Mr. P. Price. Mr. G. Edge was the able accompanist. The arrangements were carried out by the secretary with credit.



On Saturday Lady Forester— (Mayoress) opened the War Memorial Footbridge which connects Coalport and Jackfield over the Severn. The new bridge is a steel bridge, five feet wide, and erected in the place where old ferry-boat crossed for 120 years. It has been erected by the Cleveland Bridge and Engineering Co. at a cost of £1,046. The memorial plates were cast at the Court Works, Madeley, and generously given by Mr. C, H. Parker. The construction of the bridge has occupied nine weeks.

There was a big crowd at the opening ceremony on Saturday, people coming from all parts of the borough, and included Lord Forester (Mayor), Lady Forester (Mayoress), Mr. C. C. Bruff, C.C., Rev. C. E. Hollis, Hon. Cecil Forester, Ald. D. L. Prestage, Ald. J, Nicklin, Councillors Tranter, Thomas, Bagnall, Exley, Rally; Dr. Collins, Messrs. P. W. Derry (town clerk), A. H Thorn-Pudsey (Magistrates' clerk), J. S. Barker (borough treasurer), T. J. Bott, J. C. Cheadle, F. Howells, J. A. Yorke, H. Herbert (sanitary inspector), J. H. Grainger (auditor), etc.         

Mr. C, Jones has proved a most indefatigable secretary, who was backed up by a strong committee of which Mr. W. Tranter was chairman. The Jackfield and Madeley bands were present and enlivened the proceedings with spirited music, Mr. C. C. Bruff presided and said perhaps it would be well to recall the old ferry-boat which served a good purpose for 120 years, during which period it had carried 2½ millions of people across the river. Its services were. not fully appreciated until it came to a sudden and untimely  end. The bridge had cost over £1,000 and there was still £40 to be collected, and he hoped they would wipe it off that afternoon. (Applause.) He congratulated the makers of the bridge and also the committee for their indefatigable labour, (Applause.)— Mr. W. Tranter (chairman of the committee) on behalf of the committee then presented Lady Forester with a pair of silver scissors,

Lady Forester then said it gave her considerable pleasure to open the War Memorial Bridge. She congratulated the builders on their excellent work, and also the members of the General Committee. Lady Forester then cut the ribbon, saying:- "I declare this bridge open and  wish it a long and useful life".— The Rev. C. R. Hollis then offered up a prayer of thanksgiving. -

Ald Prestage proposed a hearty vote of thanks to Lady Forester for opening the bridge. There were, he said, various bridges within a short distance. The earliest bridge constructed in the neighbourhood was the, old iron bridge, the first iron bridge that was ever built, when all the material and work was executed in the immediate neighbourhood. Then there was the Coalport bridge, and then they had a concrete bridge, the first free bridge put up in the neighbourhood; and they might rest assured that this last bridge would be of great use, as others had been. He believed that this bridge was very much wanted in the neighbourhood It was very fitting that Lady Forester should have been invited the committee to open the bridge, (Applause.) Lord Forester had rendered great assistance in the erection of the bridge. He had provided the very floor they would walk on. (Applause.)- The Motion was carried with ringing cheers.

Lord Forester returned thanks on behalf of his wife; she was only too glad to do anything in this neighbourhood. He said he was also pleased to be present at this ceremony as Mayor of the ancient Borough of Wenlock. It was a very large borough and this bridge would help them to come closer. He was sure it would be of great service, particularly to the workers in the district. (Applause.) It was a fitting memorial to help them to remember, those who had fought and died for them. He wished the bridge every success. He thanked them for the grand reception they given his wife (Applause.)

Rev. C. R. Hollis proposed that a vote of thanks be given to Mr. C. C. Bruff who had rendered great assistance to the committee. He had not only given them the landing rights but also a very large subscription.—The resolution was carried with acclamation.- Mr. Bruff responded.

The Jackfield band then played by request "The end of a perfect day". The National Anthem concluded a memorable ceremony. Carnation button-holes were kindly given by  Mrs. Hinsley, Madeley, and sold by two little girls, Freda Jones and Joan Withers, and realised over which sum was handed over to the Bridge Committee.


The Bridgnorth Brickworks Co. announce that the Great Western Railway Co. have completed the connecting up of the Severn Valley main line with the sidings into the brickworks yard opposite the kilns.

There is ready for immediate loading into truck a large supply of re-pressed common and facing bricks, made by up-to-date machinery, on the plastic process. Recent laboratory compression tests prove that very sound engineering bricks of standard size are being made, whose crushing strength is exceptionally high. For housing work these bricks are the deep terra-cotta colour, which are most pleasing to the eye, for facing walls.  Artistic colours, too, can readily be burnt. Laboratory absorption tests have further shown that these are sound and water tight bricks,

Terra-cotta floor quarries, with a very high crushing strength, are also, made. Agricultural drain pipes and other special ware will shortly be made.

The quality of the brick at Bridgnorth is high, and the percentage of sand in it enables the brick to be burnt to firebrick temperature, thus producing very hard bricks, which are of standard size.

16th September 1922


SOCIAL CLUB.- Mr. T. I. Griffiths presided on Wednesday, when he presented the bowling cup to the winner, Mr. E. Francis, and the second prize to Mr. W. Butler, and the  shooting cup to the winner, Mr. F. W. Price. A smoker followed, in which Messrs. J. W. Price, F. Francis, F. Davis, W. J. Ritching, etc., took part. Mr. W. Davies was the accompanist. Votes of thanks were accorded the chairman, and to Dr. and Mrs. Boon for providing the prizes in the bowling section.


ERRATUM. — The buttonhole carnations sold in aid of the new bridge fund realised 6s. 6d., and not £6 as stated in last week's report.


PETTY SESSIONS, Tuesday (Before Lord Forester (Mayor), Ald. D. L. Prestage, and Mr. Nicklin).—An hour's extension was granted Mr. Clinton on Saturday, on the occasion of a flower show at Benthall.—John Charles Marsden, Victor Aston and Ada Rogers, all of Broseley, were charged with stealing, growing fruit, value 1s., belonging to Eliza Corrrell, Laurels, Broseley.—The case was dismissed, and the parents were ordered to pay 2s. 6d. costs.- Henry Geo. Wolryche, East Wall, Much Wenlock, traction engine proprietor, was charged with allowing a locomotive to blow off steam on the highway at Iron-Bridge.-P-C. Powell (Iron-Bridge) stated that defendant was blowing off steam at Madeley Wood, and obscured the traffic. Defendant told him he had made too much steam, and was forced to blow off.—Defendant was fined £1.--Joseph, Wolryche, East

Wall, Wenlock, was charged with failing to have a registration plate fixed to the rear of the wagon attached to the locomotive.— P-C. Powell proved this case.—Inspector Barber pointed out that the identification plate must be attached to the last vehicle the engine was drawing.—Defendant was find  10s.— John Flaxman, traveller, Worcester, was charged with riding a bicycle without lights. — Inspector Barber deposed that just after 12 o'clock at night he saw the defendant riding a bicycle at Ladywood, Broseley; He had no-light, and in reply to him he. Said the light had just gone out. He examined the lamp and found it was cold. Defendant was staying at Iron-Bridge.—Defendant said it was true what the Inspector had said. He was not riding very quickly, and certainly not to the danger of the public.—Fined 5s.- Nancy M. Hayes, journalist, Worcester was, charged with riding a bicycle without lights at Ladywood; Broseley. Inspector Barber also proved this case, stating that defendant was in company with Flaxman —Fined 5s,-Owen B. Murphy, mineral water manufacturer, Wellington, was charged with driving a motor car without a license at Madeley.—Mr. R. G. Gwynne (Wellington) appeared for the defendant.—P-C. Hopley (Madeley) stated that he pulled up defendant at Madeley, and asked him for his license. He produced one dated May 23. He was asked if he had another, and defendant replied he had overlooked it, The license was taken out next day. Gwynne said defendant wished to express his regret.. The license had only expired a few days, and it was quite an oversight. He asked the Bench not to record a conviction.—Fined 10s.- John Edward Garbett, labourer, Broseley, was charged with stealing seven hen eggs, value 1s. 6d. the property of Hayward Davies, Ladywood, Broseley.—Defendant failed to turn up, and the case was adjourned.- Thomas Williams„ a Broseley tile worker, was charged with stealing 1s. in money, the property of Ellen Gittings.—Defendant failed to appear, and the ease was adjourned.—Edith Williams was summoned for assaulting Frances Selina Evans and Evans was charged with using abusive language to Williams. The parties were married neighbours, living at Jackfield.—It appeared a dispute occurred over a fowl nuisance. Williams complained of the fowl being outside her house, and that she could not keep her place clean. Strong words followed, and Williams took hold of Evans and swung her round and put her fist in her face It was contended that Evans made an abusive remark towards Williams.—Mrs. Evans called a witness on her behalf but the lad maintained he knew nothing about it, whereas Mrs. Williams's mother corroborated her daughter's evidence.—Both cases were dismissed, each party to pay their own costs. They were also bound over in the sum of to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for six months.


SPORTS.—Splendid weather favoured the sports on Saturday, for children on the Coronation Field, organised by the local prize band, the proceeds being in aid of the new instrument fund. The judges were Rev. C. R. Hollis, Mr. Davies and Mr. J. Jones; race steward and handicapper, Mi. F. Brooks; starter, Mr. W. B. Price; starter's steward, Mr. B. Morgan. The prizes were presented by Miss Hollis (The Rectory). The band was present, and played selections during the proceedings. Details:— Boys 100 yards: a Pritchard, A. Gittings, A. Harris. Boys 80 yards: Y. Fletcher, T. Green, C. Maiden. Boys three-legged race: Davies and C. Maiden, A. Stephan and T. Rogers, J. Tranter and R. Jones. Girls 100 yards: P. Jones. O. Dodd, B. Jesse. Boys 60 yards: H. Dodd, J. Wilson, H. Maiden. Girls 80 yards: M. Poole, N. Williams, F. Madden. Girls 60 yards: A. Green, M. Langford, M. Wright. Girls 80 yards egg and spoon: F. Poole, E. Hammond, M. Wilde, Boys 100 yards obstacle: J. Tranter, D. Jones, N. Hudson. Girls 80 yards skipping race: E. Perkins, P. Jones, O. Hudson. Boys 100 yards, under 16: W. Morgan, D. Hudson, D. Roe. The six a side football competition was won by Jackfield Rovers, who beat B. Maiden's team. 1-0, and Rovers' Reserves 9-0. A vote of thanks was passed to Miss Hollis for presenting the prizes, and a word of praise is due to Mr. Brooks for the smooth manner in which the programme was gone through. The secretarial duties were carried out by Mr. T. Jas. Hearn, assisted by Mr. H. Keates, and they were well backed up by the committee who worked hard to make the event a success.

23rd September 1922


ST. DUNSTAN'S. — The billiard handicap medal given by St. Dunstan's, was won at the Social Club by Mr. W. Darlington. There were a large number of competitors.

 RUMMAGE SALE.—For the benefit of parochial affairs, a successful rummage sale was held in the Town Hall on Wednesday, and was opened by the Rector, the Rev. A. C. Howell. The ladies of the church officiated as saleswomen, and in two hours every article was sold, bringing in a sum of £22.

HOSPITAL SUNDAY. — The 27th annual church parade of the Broseley and District Friendly Societies took place on Sunday in favourable weather, and was well attended. A procession was formed at Broseley Wood, and, headed by the Jackfield Band, marched to church, where divine service was held. The service was of a hearty character, and popular hymns were sung. Ald. J. Nicklin read the lesson and the Rev. C. R. Hollis, rector of Jackfield, preached an admirable sermon. Miss Watkins presided at the organ. Others taking part in the pro cession were: Iron-Bridge Territorials, Comrades, nurses, fire brigade, Lord Forester (Mayor), and members of the Council, hon. members, Foresters, Odd-fellows, and members of other societies. The marshals were Messrs. J. Cross, A. G. Taylor, A. Humphries and J. J. Garbett. Collections were taken in church and en route, on behalf of charitable institutions. £10 13s. 6d. was collected in church, and £11 9s. 4d. in the streets. The arrangements were successfully carried out by the committee, of which Mr. J. Watkins was chairman, Mr. J. Wilde vice-chairman, Mr. J. Burns treasurer, and Mr. T. Minton secretary.


POTATO SHOW—The annual potato show, held on Saturday at the Pits Yard, was splendidly attended. The entries were good, and the quality surpassed all previous years. The judges were Messrs. W. J. Crawford and Geo. Thomas. Mr. T. Minton, who has been secretary for 18 years, carried out his duties with distinct success, and he was ably supported by the members of the committee; of whom Mr. R. Clinton is chairman. Splendid collections of vegetables were sent for show by Mrs. G. H. Thomas, Mrs. Davies, Mrs. Jones, and Messrs. C. Salters, T. Wall, W. Shaw, J. Green, Arrowsmith, T. Boden, C. Griffiths and F. Clinton. Thanks were accorded all the workers as well as to the above; also to Mr. Hayward Davis, who was a capital salesman. The proceeds, £4, were in aid of the Hospital Sunday Fund. The prize list was as follows: Weight-1 E. Jakeway, 2 and 3 (equal) S. Corfield and E. Picken; 4 H. Davies, 5 F. Williams, 6 F. Clinton. Quality-1 W. Beddow, 2 E. Jakeway, 3 W. Beddow, 4 W, Cross,. 5 T. Corfield, 6 F. Williams; special, T. Minton and Geo. Goodall. Seed-1 W. Cartwright, 2 W. Shaw, 3 W, Beddow, 4 W. Cross, 5 T. Corfield, .6 T. Goodall. Special open class (kidney)-1 C. Davies, 2 T. Minton, 3 T. Corfield, 4 A. Davies and H. Venn (equal). Special class (round)-1 W. Beddow, 2 I. Minton, 3 E. Jakeway, 4 T. Perks. Kidney beans-1 T. Perks, 2 W. Shaw, 3 W. Beddow. Onions-1 T. Goodall, 2 W. Shaw, 3 R. Clinton. Parsnips- 1 T. Corfield, 2 W. Beddow, 3 T. Goodall._

30th September 1922


¶ Do not miss the Fancy Dress Ball at Town Hall on 1st November. First-class Jazz Band. Novelties.

WESLEYAN CHAPEL.—The harvest festival services were held on Sunday, and were well attended. The sacred edifice was well decorated. Sermons were preached by the Rev. J. B. Edwards (newly appointed minister). The anthem, "I will magnify Thee O God", was well rendered by the choir. Collections were taken on behalf of the Chapel Fund.

HARVEST FESTIVAL.—The harvest festival service was held at the Parish Church on Wednesday, and was well attended. The sacred edifice was most tastefully decorated by the ladies of the congregation. The Rev. G. A. Anning, rector of Rushbury, preached an excellent sermon, and Ald. J. Nicklin read the lesson. The choir, under the direction of Mr. Walter Davies, gave an excellent rendering of the anthem, "Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem," Mr. Fred Francis taking the solo with great credit. The singing throughout the service was exceptionally good. Miss Watkis was as usual at the organ.            A collection was taken.


Thomas Williams, Broseley, was charged with stealing 1s. belonging to Ellen Gittings, a widow, Broseley.— Ellen Gittings stated her husband died in July, and knowing her circumstances a collection was made on her behalf and later defendant collected some money and handed her 4s. Since then she had received 6s. from Mr. Dixon. She did not know how much had been collected. —William Davies, Half Moon, Jackfield, said defendant came collecting for Mrs. Gittings.. He gave him 1s., and when he saw the book later only 6d. was marked down.—Edward Oakes Ball, Coalport, said defendant came into the Boat Inn, Jackfield, and he gave him 1s.; When he saw the book later only 6d. was marked.—Albert Harrington, Jackfield said he gave Williams something, but he could not remember what it was.—Defendant pleaded guilty; he said he had been drinking, and asked for leniency.—Fined £1

7th October 1922


THE WESLEYANS held a sale of useful and fancy articles in the schoolroom on Wednesday, and a good business done. The proceeds were in aid of the trust funds.

FOR THE BLIND SOLDIERS.—A kind lady has sold flowers picked from her garden bringing in the handsome sum of £7, which has been sent to St. Dunstan's Home for the blind soldiers. The secretary of the institution has written to the lady thanking her for the kind contribution.

.HARVEST services were continued on Sunday at the Parish Church, when the preacher was the Rev. Hon. O. St. Maur Forester. The choir repeated the anthem, "Praise the Lord O Jerusalem", Mr. F, S. Francis again taking the solo. Miss Watkis was at the organ. The services were well attended, and collections were taken on behalf of the diocesan fund. The Rev. A. C. Howell intoned the service.

DISTRICT COUNCIL, Wednesday, Alderman Prestage presiding.—The Town Clerk reported that after meeting cheques the debit balance on the two accounts was reduced to £135. The collector had that day paid in £312.—A list of rate defaulters was presented by Mr. Fenn, and he was instructed to issue summonses if not paid within 14 days.—Mr. Herbert (sanitary inspector) reported one death in the ward from phthisis. He also gave a list of nuisances requiring attention, and the usual orders were made.—The Surveyor gave his expenditure for the month, and a cheque was drawn in his favour for £40 to meet next month's expenditure.—The meeting decided to light 14 lamps in Broseley and seven in Jackfield at a cost of £75, and the surveyor was instructed to get these lampheads put in order as early as possible.—Alderman Nicklin gave a report on the fire brigade, and said he had called a meeting of same. It appeared the brigade had been reduced in strength owing to the war and members leaving the district. A new hose pipe was also required. Captain Taylor had resigned, and his resignation had been received with regret. The Chairman said that the brigade should be kept up to strength, and a new hose pipe should be purchased every year. —Mr. Callear, water engineer, in his report, stated that there had been a break on the 5in. distribution main at Jackfield, near the church. The Posenhall reservoir had been kept at a good height throughout the month. He gave the consumption of water through meters in the area and to outside authorities, and details of work carried out, and of certain work required to be done in the district.

14th October 1922


In the County Court of Shropshire, holden at Shrewsbury.

IN Bankruptcy. No. 24 of 1922. Re HENR JAMES RUSHTON, of 72, High Street, Broseley, in the County of Salop, Butcher. Receiving Order, 9th October, 1522. Adjudication, 9th October, 1922. First Meeting 25th October, 1922, at 4 p.m., at Official Receiver's Office, 22, Swan Hill, Shrewsbury. Public Examination 15th November, 1922, at 10.30 a.m., at The Shirehall, Shrewsbury.

NOTE.—All debts due to the Estate should be paid to me.


Official Receiver.

22, Swan Hill, Shrewsbury.

Dated 10th October, 1922.



BOROUGH COUNCIL. — Lord. Forester (Mayor) presided at a special meeting on Wednesday. — Inspector Barber and Sergt. Lloyd were appointed inspectors under the Cinematograph Act—Councillor Guiness, Madeley, wrote asking the Council to accept his resignation as member of the Madeley District Council, enclosing a cheque for £20, which he hoped the Council would retain. He was obliged to leave the district for the benefit of his wife's health.—Ald. Davies moved that the resignation be accepted, and the cheque returned.—Agreed—The Town Clerk (Mr. Derry) was instructed to take the necessary steps to declare the vacancy. — Ald. B. Maddox moved that they affix the Corporate seal to two indentures made between the Corporation and the Shifnal Rural District Council and Dawley Urban District Council respectively, fixing the price to be paid for water at 8d, and  9d., respectively per 1,000 gallons, for a period of two and half years from the 30th June 1922. He said a satisfactory settlement had been arrived at—Agreed. —The usual petroleum licenses were renewed. Ald Davies presented the Main Roads Committee’s report in which they recommended that the sum of £150 be granted to the surveyor to pay wages, etc. The committee also recommended that the sum of £20 be allowed the surveyor per annum for an office which was in his agreement when appointed. He moved the adoption of the report, which was seconded by. Mr. W. Roberts and carried—The Ministry of Transport agreement with the Council in respect of the surveyor was deferred.-The report of the visitors to the asylum was presented by Mr. J. A. Whitley, in which he said there were 904 patients in the asylum. He moved the report be adopted, and Lord Forester seconded.—Carried—An application was made by the committee asking the Council to take over the Coalport—Jackfield Memorial Bridge, recently erected. — The Town Clerk said the committee had made the application. The bridge had been inspected by the surveyor, Ald. Maddox and others.—The question was asked who was going to pay for the upkeep.—Ald. Nicklin reminded the meeting that the Borough took over the other free bridge, and they were now asked to do the same with a smaller affair. It was erected as a memorial to the fallen, and it met a great public need, and great credit was due to the workers. It was a nice bridge, and in taking it over the borough was not undertaking any great responsibility; in fact he considered it was their public duty to do so He proposed that the Borough take over this memorial bridge. It was a great convenience to the public and workers.—Mr Roberts seconded the resolution. He thought the least thing the Council could do was to take it over —there must be some authority.—Ald. Maddox said his sympathy was with the men, who deserved great credit for building this bridge but he considered it should be better finished. Their surveyor informed them that the bridge would cost £150 the first year to put in order, and there were certain things he considered doing that were necessary. — Mr. Thomas maintained that the whole matter should be deferred to the next meeting.—Ald. Davies said he had no idea the bridge would cost this extra expenditure. The rates were already high enough, and he moved as an amendment that the matter be deferred to the next meeting. — Mr. Edwards seconded. — The Mayor said the bridge was a great need for the public of that district. Again, it was a memorial to the fallen, and the men are to be credited with the work done. He should like to see the Council take it over. Ald. Nicklin thought the amendment was a right request, and he would withdraw his resolution.—Mr. Roberts said he agreed.— Ald. Davies' amendment was then carried. — A letter was read from Councillor W. J. Milner, to the effect that his health was so bad that lie reluctantly asked the Council to accept his resignation. He thanked the officials for their kind services. — Lord Forester moved they accept his resignation with regret, and extend their serious sympathy with him in his ill health, which they hoped would yet improve.—Ald. Nicklin and Ald. B Maddox associated themselves with these remarks, and the motion was unanimously carried.—At an informal meeting held afterwards, Councillor W G. Dyas (Madeley) was unanimously nominated Mayor for the ensuing year.

21st October 1922

IN BANKRUPTCY. — A receiving order has been made in the Shrewsbury Bankruptcy Court in the matter of Arthur Davis, No. 2, The Woodlands, Iron-Bridge, and carrying on business at Broseley as a saddler. The order was made on debtor's own petition. The gross liabilities are put at £99 19s. 9d., expected to rank for dividend £95 12s. 7d., in respect of which amount there are claims from eight unsecured creditors. £14 1s. 1d., and the deficiency is put at £81 11s. 6d. The causes of failure alleged by debtor are "Insufficient business, largely owing to motor lorries being used by my previous customers in place of horses".


PRESENTATION—Parishioners of Broseley have presented to the Rev. A. C. Howell a cheque for £34 9s. 6d. as a mark of their esteem on his departure for the parish of Little Wenlock.

PRESENTATION.—Capt. E. D. Collins, one of the directors of the Prestage and Broseley Tileries, and who has recently been married, experienced quite a surprise on the 12th inst., when he was presented with a leather suit-case by the employees. The presentation was suitably made by the two oldest employees, and the popular captain acknowledged the gift in a kindly speech. He told the men he should never forget their kind and. unexpected action.

28th October 1922


Anyone who may have occasion to visit Broseley, will no doubt be impressed by the inadequacy or the lack of street lighting. There arc a number of lamp-posts at various points on the highway which presumably, at some remote date contained lamps, but which have been allowed to get into disrepair, and are now rusting away.

In most towns, even where the main streets and side streets are well defined, and the roadways and footpaths are in good repair, the need for street lighting is generally conceded. How much greater, therefore, is the need in a district like that of Broseley, where the highways and footpaths are not of the best? The roadway up the hill from Iron-Bridge station to Broseley is banked with trees on both sides, and a stranger attempting the journey on foot after dark would experience some difficulty in finding his way through the inky blackness of this forest, and incidentally may also, come into collision in the dark with some of the lamp-posts above referred to. In the part of Broseley known as Broseley Wood, there are steep ascents and descents accessible only by winding footpaths in moderate repair, which the inhabitants of those parts alone could negotiate without difficulty after dark, and even they not without some risk of personal injury.

Broseley forms part of the ancient borough of Wenlock, and it is possible that there are other parts of that borough, such as Iron-Bridge, which may be in similar case; if so, then the matter assumes a larger aspect accordingly. I do not know what the present rates of the borough are, but presumably they include a sum for public lighting, in which event it is difficult to understand how the present conditions, during the winter months especially, can be considered satisfactory. They are more reminiscent of the middle ages than of modern times. Perhaps the electors may have an opportunity of pressing upon candidates for municipal honours at the forthcoming elections the importance of public lighting.



PETTY SESSIONS, Tuesday.—Before Dr. G D. Collins (chairman), Ald. B. Nicklin, and Messrs. W. Roberts and W. Bishop.—Thomas Garbett, labourer, Broseley, was charged with not sending his daughter to school.—Mr. F. S Francis (attendance officer) applied for a school attendance order.—The application was granted with costs.—Several Poor Law rate cases from the Madeley district were dealt with.—John Bunnagar, a tile maker, Jackfield, was charged with assaulting W. R. Evans, a young man of Jackfield.—Evans stated that on the18th. inst., about 1-45. in the afternoon, he had lit a bonfire in his garden. Defendant's son came by with other boys, and they threw stones and called him names. He told Bunnagar if he did not leave off he would tell his father and take him up to the schoolmaster. The lad took no notice, and called witness names Witness ran round and caught the boy. He hit Bunnagar on the side of the head, and took him up to the schoolmaster. He did not hurt the boy. About seven, the same night, witness started to go to bell-ringing practice, and near the Jackfield Boys' School defendant came up and violently assaulted him, and threw him on the ground. Witness called for help, and Mr. Tufnell pulled Bunnagar off. He was a disabled man, and could do nothing in self-defence. He had since been under the care of Dr. Fox-Edwards.—Robert Tufnell Iron-Bridge, stated he heard a heated argument, but he did not pull Bunnagar off Evans.—Jane Speke spoke as to the injury. —Defendant deposed that when his son came home from school, he told him that Evans had beaten him, as well as kicked him, only because he said what a poor fire there was in his garden. He (defendant) went up to Evans's house, only to find he had gone out. He went after him, and caught him up. After some argument Evans struck at him with a lamp. Defendant warded it off and then struck Evans, who called him a coward, and he hit him again.— Bunnagar's little son said Evans hit him on the ear, knocked his glasses off, and kicked him, which Evans denied. — The Bench told defendant he was liable to a penalty of £5. but they believed there was some provocation, and they would fine him £1. His right course would have been to take out a summons.

4th November 1922


THE RESULT at the annual house to house collection recently made on behalf of the National Children's Home and Orphanage was £6 10s., and the same has been duly forwarded to headquarters by the Secretary, Miss S. Jones.

TOWN HALL.—A whist drive and dance, in connection with the Cricket Club, were held in the above hall on Oct. 25, and were fairly successful. The M.C.'s were Mr. E. C. S. White (whist), and Mr. H. Southorn (dance). The music was supplied by Mr. L. Dixon (Iron-Bridge). The prize-winners were:—Ladies: 1 Miss Nestor Moore, 2 Mrs. A Wylde, 3 Miss Harrison. Gentlemen: 1 Mr. F. Corfield, 2 Mr. W. Garbett, 3 Mr. S. Whitmore. Mrs. J. Broadhurst very kindly presented the prizes, and was thanked for her services. Mr. P. Jones was a successful secretary.

SOCIAL CLUB. — Mr. P. Lawrence (Midlands ex-Champion Billiard player) visited the Social Club recently and at the afternoon session he played a game of 600 up conceding 300 start to 3 club players which game he won easily by 211. Messrs. Rowe, Gainham and Ritchings, were the opponents. A game of snooker was then played Lawrence conceding 28 start and this he also won by a good margin. Mr. Lawrence then entertained the members with a number of exhibition and trick shots which were highly appreciated. At the evening session he conceded 400 start to 4 players, Messrs Ritchings, Rowe Darlington and Southern, in a game of 800 up which he won by 307 points. During his visit he made 12 breaks of 40 and over which included breaks of 51, 70, 84, 103, 145 and 82, the latter including a run of 27 close cannons which were executed in fine style for which Lawrence was highly applauded. His two largest breaks were made by good all round play.

DISTRICT COUNCIL, Tuesday, Ald. D. L. Prestage presided.—Mr. Sugden, secretary of the Salop Infirmary, attended the meeting and appealed for the establishment of a weekly voluntary system to be carried out by the formation of committees. He said they were badly in want of finance, the expenses were double what they were, and the increased taxation had diminished the subscriptions. The Chairman explained the state of trade in the district, but eventually the matter was left to Messrs. Nicklin and Wase to deal with.—Mr. Herbert reported the district free of notifiable infectious disease. He also reported a number of nuisances, which were ordered to be dealt with. There was an adverse balance of £66 on the two rates, reported the Clerk. The surveyor reported his expenditure for the month was £63 7s., and a cheque for £50 was ordered to be drawn in his favour. He had completed the drain in Simpson's lane. Ald. Nicklin said some of the old firemen could not see their way to carry on and they had had some good volunteers; there was now a full complement. It was decided to purchase some hose: Mr. Callear (water engineer) reported details of work carried out during the month, application for services received, and details of work required to be done in the district. He stated the " Y" pumping main was in good order and Posenhall reservoir had been kept at a good height.

11th November 1922





Are instructed to offer for Sale by Public Auction, Subject to Conditions, at the Pheasant Hotel, Broseley, on

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22nd, 1922, at 4-30 o'clock prompt.

LOT 1.—THREE DWELLING-HOUSES with SHOPS, centrally-situated opposite the Town Hall, and being NOS. 60, 61, and 64, HIGH STREET, let to Messrs. Harrington, Hudson, and J. Davies, rentals £41 0s. 0d. per annum.

LOT 2.—A Semi-detached VILLA RESIDENCE, known as "HOCKLEY ROAD HOUSE" or "THE VILLA", NO: 15, CARVER'S ROAD, and near entrance from Hockley Road, let to Mr. P. Blackford. Annual rental £10.

LOT 3.—TWO SEMI-DETACHED COTTAGES with GARDENS, situate and being NOS. 2 and 4, HOCKLEY, let to Messrs, Taylor and Leadbetter, rentals £15 12s. 0d. per annum.

LOT 4.—TWO SUBSTANTIALLY - BUILT COTTAGES and GARDENS, NOS. 1 and 3, THE CLOSE. No. 1 void, and No. 3 let to Mr. G. Bennett, rental £7 16s. per annum.

LOT 5.—A BLOCK of BUILDINGS with LAND SUITABLE FOR TWO DWELLING-HOUSES with SHOP, situate opposite the Post Office, and being NOS. 9, 9a, and 10, CLENCHACRE.

LOT 6.—TWO DWELLING-HOUSES with SHOP and GARDENS, NOS. 6 and 8, CLENCHACRE. No. 6 in the occupation of Mr. Potham. No. 8 void.

LOT 7.—AN EXTENSIVE BUILDING, formerly Blacksmith's Shop, now in the occupation of the Scoutmaster.

LOT 8.—TWO COTTAGES with GARDENS, NOS. 1. 2, and 4, CLENCHACRE. Nos. 1 and 2 void, No. 4 let to Mr. Pope.

LOT 9.—An AREA of good GARDEN GROUND, situate at the rear of Lots 5 to 8, with double frontage to Dark Lane, Broseley, and containing an area of 1,945 square yards.

LOT 10.—GAS SHARES. Ten £5 Pref. shares in the Iron-Bridge Gas Co., Ltd. Further Particulars from the Auctioneers, Wellington, Salop; or from MESSRS. POTTS & POTTS,  Solicitors, Broseley, Salop.


PRESENTATION.—A pleasing event took place at the Half-Moon on Nov. 10. Mr. J. W. Harrison presided and presented the Half-Moon Club's best league average prize to Mr. P. Preece and with a few well chosen remarks called upon Mr. C. Jones to present Mr. W. Storey (captain) with a handsome oak time-piece, on the occasion of his recent marriage. Mr. Jones in doing so, remarked on the way Mr. Storey had always worked for the benefit of the club. Nothing had been too much trouble and it was in no small way due to Mr. Storey's efforts that the cub had been able to survive trying times. He wished Mr. and Mrs. Storey every success and hoped the clock would be a reminder of the good work ho had done for the club. Mr. Storey in replying thanked the members on behalf of his wife and himself and remarked that he had always tried to do his duty to the club. The rest of the evening as spent in harmony in which the following took part:—Messrs. H. Burton, E. Hudson, J. Goodall, T. Pritchard, C. Jones. Votes of thanks to the chairman and to Mr. Davies who supplied the best average prize brought a pleasant evening to a close.



AGREEMENT entered into between Employers' and Workers' Representatives on November 7th, 1922, as to the wages to be paid to Youths from NOVEMBER 1st, 1922, to FEBRUARY 24th, 1923, for a guaranteed week of 48 hours.

Age.     Rate     November 1st,      Sunday
            1922,to February 24th,   Rate.
20 to 21                                8d.
19 to 20            6d.                    7½d.
18 to 19            5½d.                 7d.
17 to 18            4½d.                 6d.
16 to 17            3½d                  5d.
15 to 16            3d.                    4d.
14 to 15            2½d                  3d.

The same rates per hour to be paid for all hours worked over the guaranteed week of 48 hours.

Employers' Representatives.

Workers' Representatives.

Dated this seventh day of November, 1922.

22nd November 1922


ALL SAINTS'.—The new rector, the Rev. W. A. Warner, preached his first sermon here on Sunday evening before a crowded congregation, including Lord and Lady Forester and the Hon. Cecil Forester. The choir gave a fine rendering of the anthem, "I was glad when they said", Miss Watkis being at the organ. The rector gave a most able discourse. At the morning service he read the Thirty-Nine Articles in place of a sermon. This service was also well attended.

29th November 1922


Messrs. Barber and Son, auctioneers, Wellington, conducted a well-attended property sale at Broseley on Wednesday. Lots 1, 2, 3, and 4 were not sold, but lots 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, containing cottages, buildings and land, were purchased by Mrs. Jarvis, Iron-Bridge for £300. Ten gas shares in the Iron-Bridge Gas Company were purchased by Mr. A. Leonard (Iron-Bridge) for £45. Messrs. Potts and Potts; Broseley, were the solicitors for the vendors.


PRIZE DISTRIBUTION.—On Sunday the members of the Church Sunday School received their annual prizes. Out of 85 members on the books 63 were recipients. The books were presented by Mrs. Terry, The Vicarage.

OBITUARY.—Mr. W. B. Allen, proprietor of the famous Benthall Potteries, died on Nov. 20, and his body interred in the family grave at the Parish Church on Nov. 22, Deceased was the third generation of this family to manufacture pottery in the district. He was of a very retiring disposition, and is greatly mourned by all his townspeople, some of whom have spent the greater part of their lives in the employ of the family. In his young days he was a keen cricketer, playing with Willey Wanderers and also the works' club. He was a member of the Caradocfield Club, and a prominent member of the British. Mychological Society, his special branch of study being "fungi", especially the microscopical branch. He had discovered many species, rare to parts of this country, and written valuable notes from time to time in the literature published by this society. He was also a keen angler, and at one time a member of the Iron-Bridge Angling Society. The Rev. W. A. Terry officiated at the interment, and many floral tributes were sent from all parts of the country. The service was of a simple character, in keeping with the retiring disposition of deceased. Mr. Allen leaves two sisters and a widow.

9th December 1922


A WHIST DRIVE AND DANCE were held at the Gymnasium Room, kindly lent by Messrs. Maw and Co., recently, and was well attended. Mrs. Keates presented the prizes to the following:—Ladies: Miss Evans, Mrs. Preece (sealed), Mrs. Edwards. Gentlemen: Mr. T. Reynolds, Mr. C. Harris (sealed), Mr. W. T. Hudson. Mr. J. D. Perkins was M.C. for the whist, and Mr. T. Austin for the dance. The buffet was in the charge of Mesdames Hearn, Keates, Wilson, Perkins, and Tranter. This was the second of the series arranged by the local prize band in aid of the new instrument fund.

APPOINTMENT.—The Rev. C. R. Hollis, who has been rector of Jackfield for two years, has been offered and has accepted the living of Ribbesford and Bewdley, where he will remove to in a few weeks.

DEATH AND FUNERAL—Mrs. S. Meredith, the esteemed wife of Mr. W. Meredith, blacksmith and wheelwright, who had been ailing for some time, expired on Nov. 29th. She had lived all her life in the neighbourhood, and was of a most affable and genial disposition; her extreme kindness at all times to her neighbours won her the high esteem and respect of all who knew her. Deceased, who was in her 68th year, celebrated her golden wedding in May this year. Deceased has been the mother of three sons and 8 daughters, and there are also 38 grandchildren, all living. The funeral took place on Monday at the Broseley Cemetery, in the presence of a large crowd. The Rev. C. R. Hollis (rector of Jackfield) was the officiating clergyman, and he conducted the service in a very impressive manner. The mourners were:—Husband, Sam, Will and Ted (sons), Mr. J. Cullis (brother), Mr. S. E. Meredith (brother-in-law), sons-in-law, and numerous other relatives, including Ald. J. Nicklin, Dr. J. C. Boon, Messrs. J. V. Williams, G. Adams', C. Harrison, R. Brazier, S. Cleobury, P. Francis, S. Evans, D. Jones, S. Stewart, W. Jones (Lawley), A. Jones, E. Bartlam, T. Wilde, sen., G. Brazier, etc. Beautiful wreaths were contributed by: W. Meredith, husband, Lizzie and Lilly; Sam, Louie and family, Manchester; Alice and George and Len, Will and Fanny, Eva and Arthur and family, Edith and Harry and family, Florrie and Joe, Ted and Martha, Floss and Albert, May and Philip, J. Cullis and family (brother), Manchester; Jane and Eliza (sisters), Ellen (sister), S. E. Meredith, wife and family, Stratford-on-Avon; Don  and Lizzie (grandchildren), Hilda and Dennis, Joe, Jennie and Winnie, Gladys, Cecil, Susie, Muriel, Dick, Phyllis, Ida, Betty, Gwennie, Billie (Summer House); Marge, nephews and nieces, Jack Hollis and family, Agnes, Mary, Ted, and Ernest, Rose, Mary and Lizzie, Lilly, Maggie, Cis and Ted, Mr and Mrs. Sharman and family, Nottingham; Mr. and Mrs. H. Davies, Port Sunlight; Mrs. T. Pryce, Jack and Minnie, Jackfield; Mr. and Mrs. Brazier, Moseley: Mr. and Mrs. S. Cleobury, Jackfield; Mr. and Mrs. T. Bartlam, Iron-Bridge; Mr. S. Ball and family, Iron-Bridge; Mrs. Williams, Broseley Wood; Mr. W. Goodall, Jackfield; G. Pritchard, Jackfield: M. Evans and family, Jackfield; Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert, and Mr. Pearce, Jackfield; Mr. and Mrs. Tranter, Basil and Doreen, Jackfield; Mr. and Mrs. Venn and family, Mrs. Oswell and family, Mrs. Humphreys, The Lloyds; Mr. G.Brazier, The Roven; Mr. L. Dixon, Iron-Bridge; Mr. and Mrs. Poole, Wellington; Mr. W. Denstone and Nancy, Broseley.


For Painting, Paperhanging, Graining, Glazing and Repairs on moderate terms, apply C. Harvey, Decorator, Maypole, Broseley Wood.

PETTY SESSIONS, Tuesday.— Before Mr. W. G. Dyas (Mayor), Lord Forester, Ald. D. L. Prestage, J. Nicklin and B. Maddox).—On the application of Mr. Growcott, one hour's extension was granted the licensed holders in the borough for Dec. 23, Dec. 26, and Jan. 1st—Edna Gwendoline Kelsall, school teacher, Wenlock, was fined 5s. for riding a bicycle without a light.—P.-C. Penney (Broseley) proved the case. — Lt.-Col. Thomas Riddle Webster, Staff College, Camberley, was charged with failing to give sufficient warning of the approach of his motorcar.—Inspector Barber stated that the offence took place at the Cuckoo Oak, Madeley.—P.-C. Hopley (Madeley) proved the case, and defendant was fined 10s. — The Bench expressed the opinion that warning posts should be put up at this cross-road.

BURIAL BOARD.—At the annual meeting of this Board Dr. G. D. Collins was re-elected chairman unanimously. The business transacted was of a general routine character.

DISTRICT COUNCIL, Wednesday, Ald. D. L. Prestage presiding.—This being the first meeting, Ald. Nicklin fittingly proposed that Aid. Prestage be re-elected chairman.  Mr. Exley seconded the motion, which was carried unanimously. The Chairman returned thanks for the honour they had again conferred on him.—Ald. Nicklin reported that Mr. Wase and himself had interviewed the Friendly Societies in regard to the Salop infirmary, and they were definite in their decision that they could not extend their operations any further. The matter was further adjourned.—The Clerk (Mr. F. W. Derry) reported there was a credit balance on the general account of £174, and a debit balance on the water account of £391.—In the absence of Mr. Herbert Mr. Richards stated there was one case of diptheria since the last meeting —In reply to the chairman the surveyor stated that the public lighting was very satisfactory. It was decided, on the motion of Ald, Nicklin, to remove a lamp to Fox Lane.—The surveyor reported his expenditure for the month was £59.—The sub-committees were re-elected.—The water engineer, Mr. Callear, reported that he had extended the water main for a distance of 122ft. at Cobwell Lane. He had also completed extension at Coalford Road, Jackfield, Several applications for new services were passed by the Council.

16th December 1922


PROMOTION.—Mr. Reginald B. Botwood, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Rogers, Botwood, The Fernery, Broseley. has been appointed manager of the Old Hill (Staffs) branch of Barclays Bank Limited

ST. DUNSTAN'S WHIST DRIVE AND. DANCE.—A successful whist drive and dance were held in the Town Hall on December 6, when 136 sat for the whist. Mr. E. S. White introduced Mrs Warner, who kindly presented the prizes. The Rev. W. A. Warner thanked the company on behalf of his wife and self for the splendid way they had received them. The prize-winners were as follows:—Ladies: 1 Miss Lily Walker, 2. Miss Jones, 3 Miss Taylor. Gents : 1 Mr. R. Thomas, 2 Mr. P. Blachford. 3 Mr. G. Whitmore. Mr. E. S. White for the whist, and Mr. S. Ashwood for the dance, were very capable M.C.'s. Messrs. Dixon and Woolley supplied the music. The organisers were Messrs. E. S. White and P. Blachford, and were successful in their efforts.


INDUCTION.—The induction of the Rev. Charles S. Jackson to the living of Wiley took place on Saturday a Wiley Church by the Bishop of Hereford, who gave a most appropriate address. There was a large congregation, including Lord and Lady Forester}, (patrons), Capt. Cecil Forester, E. B. Bartleet, rural dean (Much Wenlock), Rev. C. R. Hollis (Jackfield) and the Rev. W. A. Warner (Broseley), and, former rector of Willey. The choir was present and Mr. W. Wase capably presided at the organ.


COUNTY COURT. Monday:—Before his Honour Judge Ivor Bowen, K.C. — Moses Weaver, farm worker, Foundry Lane, Broseley, claimed £10 damages for personal injuries sustained in a bicycle accident from John Brown, of the same town.—Mr. R. A. Clarke (Wellington) appeared for plaintiff, and Mr. H. R. Phillips defended.—Weaver stated he was riding a bicycle on June 20th in company with a man named Evans, from Wellington into the main road in the 'Dale. Defendant was also riding a bicycle at the same time, and four of them were riding in single file, with Brown in front. Witness was next to him. It was about 5 o’clock in the evening when the accident occurred. Brown went out of his course, he believed, to escape some tar, and crossed in front of witness without warning, and a collision occurred. Witness fell into the tar, and hurt his hands and knee, tore his trousers, and was covered with tar. He lost a week's work, and he claimed £10. He interviewed Brown, who expressed his sorrow, and offered him a pair of trousers, which he did not accept.—James Evans said he was riding behind the plaintiff, and he distinctly saw defendant cross the road when he got near the tar, and he gave no warning.—Defendant stated he was returning from his work with a friend named Williams. He passed Weaver (who was dismounted) by the 'Dale works. No one ran into him, and he did not touch Weaver. It was not correct that he swerved, for he had been riding on the tar for some distance.—Noah Williams, fitter, Broseley, stated he did not see defendant collide with Weaver. He thought plaintiff must have skidded on the tar.—His honour expressed the opinion that this case ought not to have been the subject of an action at all, for it was a waste of time and money. He did not blame the solicitors. Both parties, in his opinion, were negligent. Therefore the claim failed each party to pay their own costs.

23rd December 1922


I would like to call public attention to an abomination which, up to the present, appears to have received little attention from the “powers that be", and the existence of which is nothing less than a public scandal and a grave reflection on the Council of the Borough of Wenlock. I refer to the disused canal at Coalport. I think I am correct in saying that it has not been in use, except as a receptacle of filth and refuse, for forty years past. Cases of fever and malaria arising from this hot-bed of disease have from time to time come under the notice of medical officers in the district, and if any report from these gentlemen, or from the Council's sanitary inspectors, have been forthcoming, it would be interesting to know whether these reports have ever been dealt with by the Council. It is time this matter were taken up in earnest, and an end put to a state of things so offensive in itself, and so inimical to the health of those who have to live and work in such close proximity to this public cesspool. There are dwelling houses abutting on the canal, a short portion of which passes through the Coalport China Works. If the canal belonged to the Coalport China Co., I fancy the nuisance would have ended long ago. It could very easily be filled in at little expense.

I would suggest a petition to the Local Government Board to send an inspector down.          




WHIST DRIVE AND DANCE.—A successful whist drive and dance in aid of the After Care Fund of Shirlett Sanatorium and the Lady Forester Hospital Christmas Fund, were held in the Town Hall on the 13th inst. Twenty-seven tables were used for whist, and Mrs. Donald Prestage distributed the prizes to the following :—Ladies: 1 Miss Molly Potts, 2 Miss Maud Hall, 3 Miss Downes and Mrs. Broadhurst. Gents.: 1 Mr. A. Tonkiss, 2 Mr. J. Hall, 3 Mr. A. Rowberry. A. vote of thanks was cordially passed to Mrs. Prestage, who suitably responded. Mr. E. C. S. White was M.C. for the whist, and Mr. C. Wilde for the dance. Mrs. W. E. Price, The Mount, organised the event.