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Extracts from

The Wenlock Advertiser

1882

 

 

relating to Broseley and District

 

 

 

 

 

Broseley Local History Society

2007

 




7th <= span style=3D'mso-spacerun:yes'>  January 1882

TO THE INHABITANTS OF IRON-BRIDGE, COALBROOKDALE ,<= /span> MADELEY,
BROSELEY, JACKFIELD

AND THE SURROUNDING NEIGHBOURHOOD.

MRS C. SHEPSTONE,

BEGS to thank the Inhabitants, as above, for their kind Patronage to her late Husband for 36 years, as Repairer, Manufacturer, deal= er in Umbrellas, &c., and also begs to inform them that the Business will = be carried on, and work done in the best style of workman hip as formerly. Mrs= . Shipton, having he heard that tramps are going about representing themselves as relatives to her late husband, asking for work, makes it known that he has no relatives at all connected with the trade.

WENLOCK

QUARTER SESSIONS.

These sessions took place on Friday last week, at the Guildhall, before the Recorder, Alfred Chichele= Plowden, Esq. The grand jury were composed as follows:—John Doughty (foreman), Jackfield; Thomas Trevor, Madeley; Edward Deakin, Much Wenlock; Thomas Jukes, Cote= s, Much Wenlock; Richard Franks, Madeley Road, Iron-bridge; George Gough, Coal= port; Richard Jones, Madeley; Thomas Rowe, Park Street, Madeley; Frederick Chubb, Lincoln Hill, Ironbridge; Samuel Nevett, Madeley Road, Ironbridge; Enoch Hewitt, Coalbrookdale; Joseph Henry Robinson, Madel= ey; Edwin Bates, Madeley Green.

The Recorder was accompanied on the Bench by Ralph Ben= son, Esq.

The charge was very short, and referred only to the ca= ses to be dealt with. True bills were returned against all the prisoners.

STEALING TROUSERS.

Sarah Sumnall was charged = with having, on the 6th December, stolen two pair of trousers from the shop door of Mr. = John Deakin Dicken, at B= roseley. Mr. Spearman (instructed by Messrs. Phillips, Osborne, and Thorneycroft) of Shifnal, appeared for the prosecution.

Abraham Beaman said that o= n the 6th of December, as he was standing near Mr. Dickens's shop, he saw the prisoner take a pair of trousers from a board at the door of the shop, put = them under her shawl, and walk off. He at once acquainted the assistant, Mr. Lew= is, and they went after her. She denied having seen the trousers, but they were seen under her shawl, and Mr. Lewis took them from her. Lewis found another pair upon her, and she was given into custody.

P.C. Brew spoke as to his apprehending prisoner.

The prisoner, against whom there were several  previous convictions, did n= ot deny the charge.

She was sentenced to twelve calendar months hard labou= r.

BROSELEY LOCAL BOARD.

The monthly meeting of this Board was held on Wednesday evening at the Town Hall, the meeting being made s special one to consider = the water question. There were present—Dr. Thursfield (chairman), Messrs.= H. P Denial, R. Instone, R. Barton, J. C. W. Lister, H M. Bathurst, R. Rushton; Mr. Owen Harries, clerk; Mr. J. Ledger, surveyor; Mr. G. Stevenson, inspect= or of nuisances.

THE WATER QUESTION.

The first business was the consideration of the water question, but the Board were unanimously of opinion that it was useless to discuss the matter till the supply from the Main Fault had been gauged and analysed, the analysis supplied with the report of the Committee at the last meeting having been but a very cursory one. After some conversation the com= mittee were empowered to hire an engine and pump to empty the trial shaft and gauge the flow and to submit a sample of the water to Mr. Blount, the county anal= yst.

THE PUBLIC LAMPS.

Mr. Lister produced the report of the committee appoin= ted at the last meeting to enquire into the best and most economical way of lighti= ng the public streets. It was read by the clerk, as follows:-

Gentlemen,—Your commi= ttee have commenced their enquiries as to the most efficient and economical mean= s of lighting the public lamps. We hay pleasure in reporting that since the commencement of our enquiries considerable information is visible in the lighting of the district. We are making careful enquiries as to the cost and quality of the gas supplied in neighbouring towns, the result of which we h= ope to give more fully in our report. In the meantime, we are arranging (with t= he assistance the directors of the Broseley Gas Company) for an experimental trial of the most approved system of gas lighting.—We a= re, &c,

W BURNET,

R RUSHTON,

J C W Lister

The Chairman remarked that the lighting had certainly = been better since the last meeting. He also stated that two lights at Jackfield = the other evening were not lighted, and in reply to Mr. Lister as to whether he knew if they had been put out by boys, he said he did not know, but he saw = that to save the trouble of carrying a ladder the Jackfield lighter took four or five boys round with him, who "shinned" up the posts and lighted = the lamps, which he thought was calculated to give them an idea of putting the lamps out, and rubbed off the paint.—Mr. Burton: Besides wearing out their trousers.—The Chairman (laughing): The Local Board hasn't to pay for it.

Mr. Lister promised to look after this matter.

Mr. Lister also asked if the Clerk had received answer= to his inquiry as to the legality of the members who are shareholders in the G= as Company voting at the last meeting.

Mr. Harries read the letter he sent and the reply, whi= ch was to the effect that members who were interested in any matter should not vote upon it, and that though the Local Government Board was willing to give any information to the Local Boards they could not undertake to be their legal advisers. In this case it was the opinion of the Local Government Board that the members were interested and should not have voted.

Mr. Lister remarked that it was only an opinion expres= sed, and they were not prevented from voting—they were all entitled to the= ir opinions.

THE CEMETERY.

The memorandum of agreement for the purchase of the Bo= ard from Major General  Jenkins of= an acre of land, portions of the Duckhouse and Brandlee Meadow (near the Catch gate) for the sum of £175, excluding the minerals prepared by Messrs. Potts and examined by the clerk was read and the seal of the Board attached.

It was also decided that the Clerk should write to sev= eral architects asking for plans and estimates of the necessary walls, frontage,= and mortuary chapel.

The Clerk was also directed to make enquiries as to the terms on which the money (estimated at £1000) could be raised so as to make the repayment run over a series of years.

Mr Dunnill introduced the question of a good road to Jackfield in connection with the cemetery, a matter which has previously be= en discussed.

Some conversation ensued from which nothing resulted.<= /p>

THE ROADS AT JACKFIELD

A consultation took place as to the repair of the towi= ng path road at Jackfield, which is the only means of approach, the Chairman remarked to the larger portion of the population of Jackfield, who would ha= ve something to do to carry on if it were not for Messrs. Maw's private road.<= /p>

In the course of conversation it was suggested that the Jackfield committee should do what they thought necessary, but Mr. Dunnill remarked that through the instrumentality of a member of the Board the surv= eyor had been surcharged for the same matter and it was not likely the Jackfield committee would lay themselves open to a surcharge.

Ultimately it was decided that a committee of the whole Board should visit the spot, which was declared to be impassable, and see w= hat should be done.

FINANCIAL.

It was reported that the balance in favour of the Boar= d was the amount of the rate which it was calculated could be collected was £42, and the liabilities £74, and after conversation it was dec= ided that the Clerk should issue the necessary notices for a 10d rate at the next meeting.

COTTAGE PROPERTY.

In reference to the rate the Chairman said it was in t= heir power to pass a resolution reducing the amount of the rate to be paid to one half on cottage property, the rate to be paid whether the cottages were occupied or not. This would give them a much better idea of the amount they could realise by a rate, and be more satisfactory. He begged to propose a f= ormal resolution to this effect.

Mr. Instone seconded, and it was carried unanimously.<= /p>

There was no other business of public interest.

Mr Clayton pointed out that unless Mr Poole attended t= he present meeting the seat would be vacant.

The Clerk was instructed to write to Mr Poole.

This was all the business.

14th January 1882

BROSELEY.

A house to house canvas has been made to get the opini= on of each householder in Broseley and Jackfield respecting the stopping the sale= of intoxicating liquors during the whole of Sunday. Number in favour, 568; against, 59; neutral, 149.—Communicated.

MUH WENLOCK

STEALING WEARING APPAREL. &= #8211; Mary Ann Roper, 17, was brought up in custody charged with stealing wearing apparel, the property of her mother, Sarah Roper, tripe-seller, Broseley Wood.—Prosecutrix said she was not marrie= d, but prisoner was her daughter, and was 17 years of age. She lived with witness = and took the articles in question last Saturday evening. There were two black jackets, a hat, and other articles. She took them to Mrs. Harrison's, a rag= and bone merchant, who was a very bad woman, and wanted the girl to go to Nottingham. The clothes were the girl's own apparel.—The case was dismissed.

21st January 1881

BROSELEY.

STREET ACCIDENT.-On Wednesday last, as Mr. and Mrs. Ma= w, of Barratt's Hill, were driving down High Street, a little girl, named Sarah H= ill, attempted to cross the street in front of the pony carriage, and was knocked down. Dr. Thursfield happened to be passing at the time, and jumped out of = his carriage; but the girl seemed determined not to require his services, for she struggl= ed to get free, and "bolted" home as fast as she could, only receivi= ng a severe shock. The affair quite upset both Mr. and Mrs. Maw.

IRON-BRIDGE

RAILWAY EMPLOYEES DINNER.-On Monday evening last the a= nnual dinner subscribed for by the customers of the Great Western Railway served = from the Ironbridge Station took place at the Station Inn, when an excellent din= ner was well served up by Mr. and Mrs. F. Davies, the host and hostess. The cha= ir was occupied by Mr. Coldicott, stationmaster, a= nd the vice-chair by Mr. Hudson, agent for Messrs. R. T. Smith and Co. and the com= pany numbered about 20. After the removal of the cloth the usual loyal toasts we= re given, as was also " the Great Western Railway Co.," " Messr= s. R. T. Smith and Co.," " the trade of the district," which was stated to be improving, &c. Songs, &c., were given by the " railway men," and a very enjoyable evening was spent. The health of the Host and Hostess was enthusiastically drunk.

BROSELEY.

WORKING MEN’S INSTITUTE— On Monday lasts dissolving view entertainment was given at the above institute by Thos Lawrence. The entertainment comprised views in London= , Switzerland, the Holy = Land, Jerusalem, &c= . A series of chromotropes brought a very successful entertainment to a close.

DEATH OF H. M. BATHURST, ESQ.

Deep sorrow and grief prevailed in this town and surro= unding district on Thursday last when the news spread with quick rapidity that one= of its most respected townsmen had suddenly expired by an attack of apoplexy w= hich caused the bursting of a blood vessel in the head, not withstanding that the aid of experienced medical men were quickly in attendance and every effort = put forth to save the life of this honoured gentleman, all efforts were in vain. This sad occurrence has given rise to wide-spread grief and sorrow. The dec= eased daring life was eminently respected and esteemed. There was a courteousness that characterised him throughout all his dealings which declared him to be= a gentleman of the highest type. In the privacy of his own home he had exhibi= ted the same urbanity, the same thoughtfulness, which marked him before the pub= lic. In business circles he was also held in high repute and beloved and respect= ed by his workpeople in his capacity of managing director of the Broseley Tile= ries Company, formerly Mrs. P. J. Thorn's, his business abilities eminently fitt= ed him to discharge his duties with extraordinary precision and energy. Our lo= cal charities have lost in him a generous benefactor and the poor a kind and devoted friend. In the Council Chamber, in which he held a seat for the Broseley Ward, he was highly respected, and although never taking a promine= nt part in public matters his wise counsels and advice were esteemed of great value. As a member of the Broseley Local Board he ever took a deep interest= in watching over the interests and welfare of the ratepayers, and was most assiduous in his attention to the business of the Board. In religion the deceased was a staunch churchman, and was for upwards of twenty-three years organist of Broseley Church, although he= was ever ready to concede to others the large liberty that he claimed for himse= lf; on everything, touching religion, he was always willing to follow after the things that made for peace. He did not consider anything a matter of indiff= erence that was worth doing at all, and everything that he attempted to do ho tried to do well—that was his character from the= very commencement. Mr. Bathurst held  the credentials of virtue untarnished at the end of a long life. A man that lived among them of that = sort would be beneficial as an example. In politics Mr. Bathurst held strong Conservative views, although never taking so active a part in political questions, his attachment to the principles of our time-honoured constituti= ve added to his unswerving loyalty made him a most valuable member of the Cons= ervative party. In every sphere of life and duties he held a prominent position, and Broseley has now to mourn the loss of a distinguished townsman, whose name = will ever be remembered with honour and respect. The deceased will be interred in Broseley Churchyard this day (Saturday), at 3-30.

BROSELEY.

ELECTION OF TOWN COUNCILLOR- A vacancy having been occasioned in the Town Council of Wenlock by the lamented death of Mr. Bathurst, Mr. George Maw applied for the suffrages of the burgesses of the ward. Being the only candidate, he was duly elected on Thursday last at the Guildhall at Much Wenlock.

WESLEYAN  MISSIONARY MEETING.—On Thursday evening the annual Wesleyan Missionary meeting was held in the cha= pel, when there was a good attendance. Addresses were delivered by the Rev. J. B= ate, the Rev. J. Aldington, and other friends. The annual mission sermons will be preached on Sunday by Mr- Thomas and the Bev. J. A. Aldington.

FUNERAL OF THE LATE H. M. BATHURST, ESQ.

The funeral of this much lamented gentleman, whose dec= ease it was our painful duty to chronicle last week, took place on Saturday last= in a new vault in the parish churchyard. It was desired by the family that the funeral should be as private as possible, but every token of respect was sh= own by the inhabitants, shutters being put up and blinds drawn all over the tow= n. The deceased's residence being so close to the church, the coffin was carri= ed by workmen of the Broseley Tileries Company. The mourners were Mrs. Bathurs= t, Mr. W E Bathurst, Miss Bathurst, Mr. H. Bathurst, Mr. Hughes (Liverpool), t= he Rev. H S Berry (formerly curate of Broseley), and among the large number of tradesman and others present we noticed Dr. T G Thursfield, Master Thursfield,  Mr. Heron. Mr Gear, Mr. Councillor Lister, Mr. E W Shorting, Mr. R Insto= ne, Mr. S Instone, Mr. Wiggins. Mr. J and Mrs Burton, Mr. J Doughty, Mr.= T Beard, Mr Preston, Mr. Randell, Mr. Marlin, Mr. Warren T Jones, Mr. G Smith sen., Mr. G Smith, = jun., Mr. W Francis, &c., &c.. The burial service were  performed by the Rev. G Fleming  Lamb, M.A., rector, assisted by the= Rev. A H Prior The coffin was of panelled polished oak with brass furniture, with the deceased’s name, age and date of death engraved on a heavy brass plate. At the close of the services a muffled peal was rung on the church bells.

JACKFIELD.

SUNDAY SCHOOLS.- On Saturday last a treat was given to= the children attending the Sunday School connected with St. Mary's Church by the Rev. E Lloyd Edwards, Rector of the parish. The children were regaled with = tea, plum cake, &c., and various games were got up for their amusement. At t= he close each of the children were provided with an orange and a bun, and the happy children were dismissed to their homes. In the Christmas week, the Re= v, Mr. Edwards gave a supper to the junior members of the choir, and entertain= ed his juvenile guests in his usual happy manner.

FORESTRY.—The quarter= ly meeting of the Ironbridge and Broseley district of the Ancient Order of Foresters was held on Monday evening at the Duke of Wellington Inn, Jackfie= ld (Mr W Hill's). There were present—Mr W Edwards, C.R.; Mr I Thompson, S.C.K.; Mr W Hartshorne, secretary; Mr Aquilla Evans, secretary; and the de= legates from the several courts. It was resolved, on the motion of Mr H Roberts, seconded by Mr Hurdley, that the next committee meeting should be held at the Lion Hotel, Broseley, on February 6th, to rec= onsider the juvenile rules now in operation. The remainder of the business was of routine character.

4th February 1881

LORD FORESTER'S RENT AUDIT.

The usual rent audit dinner of Lord Forester's Broseley Estates took place at the Lion Hotel, Broseley, on Thursday afternoon. The audit we understand was of a satisfactory character, the reductions which h= is lordship made for several years being repeated as previously, in accordance with the circumstances of the several holdings. After the audit the tenants= to the number of about 120 sat down to dinner, in the club room at the Lion, w= here a capital spread was laid upon the table by Mr. and Mrs. Instone. T. H. Thursfield, his lordship's steward, presided, and among those present were = Mr. Councillor Roden, Mr. Walner (Willey), Mr. Dixon (Barrow). Mr. S. Metre (The Quatt), Mr. W. T. J= ones (Benthall), Mr. G. Davies, Jun. Mr. F. Davies, Mr. James Meredith, Mr. T. R, Burroughs, Mr. L. Doughty, Mr. Norgrove (Rowton), Mr. W. Davies, Mr. Broadhurst, Mr. Raby, Mr. T. Rushton, Mr. R. Page, Mr. Joseph Garbett= , Mr. S. Hill, sen.; Mr. Hiram Lloyd, Mr. Hiram Hill,= Mr. Haughton, Mr. J. B. Nevett, Mr, Hinsley (Forester's Arms) Mr. W. Jones, Mr. Henry Burnet (Shrewsbury), Mr. Hinberry (Coppice House), Mr. R. Aston, Mr. Burnet, j= un.

The usual loyal toasts were given from the chair and d= uly responded to.

Mr. Roden said by the permission of the chairman he wo= uld be allowed to propose the next toast, that of the health of the Right Hon. Lord Forester. (cheers). The name was a household wor= d in this borough. They knew how well to appreciate his lordship's conduct in the high pressure to what they had lately been subjected. His lordship's name deserved to be handed down to posterity—would certainly live in the memory of those present while they lived. He had come forward nobly and una= sked to relieve them, and they were living witnesses of the fact. (cheers). The house of Willey had always been foremost = in the borough. A member of the family had always represented them in the House of Commons and in the House of Lords. Willey had been the desire in bye-gone d= ays; and he believed it was now in the minds of some to do away with the House of Lords, but if   they did = so, he could only say that if the House of Peers was done away with, down would co= me the British constitution, and they would never get another to equal it. England= would no longer be respected abroad as she was or four hundred years to bring it = to its present condition, and it would be an ill day that saw it upset for a l= ot of demagogues (cheers). And as long as the House of Willey stood, it would = be a hard battle to bring this about. Speaking as a farmer to farmers, he thought there was a bright time ahead for them. They had never in their memories ha= d so mild a winter, and he had never seen the wheat looking so well for the time= at year. He hoped the roots were well set, and that a bounteous harvest would = follow and that at the next rent audit there would be a plethora in their purses. = He begged to give the health of Lord Forester, with which he begged to couple = Lady Forester. (Loud cheers).

Mr. Meire proposed the hea= lth of the Dowager Lady Forester, whose kindness among them was known and well rem= embered. (loud cheers).

Mr. F. Davies proposed the health of C. T. W. Forester= . He wished there was a few more families like the Foresters in the county, and = it would be better for them. He referred to the exertions of Lord Forester for some years in the promotion of the Severn Valley Railway, by which they were able to put their better goods in competition with other counties to their = very great advantage (cheers).

Mr Roden next proposed the health of the Chairman, who= m they all very much respected. Good servants, it was said, made good masters, and good landlords always had good agents The speaker laughingly referred to Mr Thursfield having successfully appealed against the income tax, and spoke of the respect in which he was held in the district (The toast was heartily drunk).

The Chairman, in responding, said it was perfectly tru= e, and Mr Roden had said that a good landlord made a good agent, for they could not have a good agent unless they had a good landlord. Mr Roden had referred to= his having had a remission of income tax, and he was keeping his accounts very close to see if he could not have remission next year. He thought many of t= hem did not keep their accounts sufficiently close to go before the commissioner and perhaps many of them did not care to balance in fear of finding themsel= ves on the wrong side; but be hoped with good reasons they would be able to find the balance on the right side in the future. Mr Davies had spoken of the efforts of the Willey family in promoting the trade of the district but he might say that people had got so used to it that they did not notice it, wh= ile a new man coming into the district and spending one-half, or perhaps one-ei= ghth of the amount, was considered to have done a very area deal (hear, hear). T= he speaker then referred to the question of a railway to Broseley and said tha= t he had paid much attention and gone to much trouble over the matter. He did not think they could get a useful line from the Severn Valley on account of the gradients, if it had been feasible it would have gone last autumn and a line from across the river would be too expensive to carry, but there was a sche= me to carry line from Wolverhampton through Bridgnorth to Craven Arms, and if = this were carried out they would probably obtain a line, and he thought it would place them in communication with most of the centres of population to which they desired direct access. Perhaps they would allow him to say a few words= on the question of agriculture as most of those present were farmers. They had= had very bad times lately and other trades had declined in consequence, but if = the agricultural position improved other trades would do so in proportion. It w= as proposed to help the agriculturalists by legislation but he did no anticipa= te great results from that, they must help themselves and not trust to Mr Gladstone. Referring to the Farmers' Alliance, who are pressing the Government for legislation he said if the alliance wer= e calculated to help the tenant farmer in the least he should be one of the first to help them, but he did not find this to be so. For instance there was Mr Howard; = he was not a tenant farmer but an implement maker, and by the way, they could = not do better than buy their implements of him. But if the tenant farmer wanted= to buy an implement of him he was told that he could only be dealt with throug= h an agent, who would pocket a large commission, and he did not think that was a= way of helping the tenant farmer. (hear, hear). Char= ity begins at home was an old adage, but it did not seem to recommend itself to= the Farmers Alliance. The whole object of the Alliance seemed to be to enable farmers to make the best bargains they could on leav= ing their farms. Now they did not want to leave their farms, they wanted to stay and make something out of them. The real cause of the agricultural depressi= on was the wet seasons they have had, (hear, hear.) Referring to the question of unexhausted improv= ements in building, &c., the speaker said what the tenants wanted was more cap= ital to work the land. As to tenant right, it was a difficult matter to get an incoming tenant to pay for unexhausted manure, = or really something he could not see, though he thought it should be paid for = if the off-going tenant could satisfactorily prove that he had pieced the manu= re on the land. In view of this he quoted the case of a young farmer, fresh fr= om the agricultural college and full of scientific knowledge, to whom a neighbouring farmer remarked that his crops did not seem anything like his, done in the ordinary way. "Oh," said the young farmer, “its in the ground;” and so it was, but he could = not get it out again. (laugher). Another question wa= s a twelve month’s notice, with which he did not agree, for in his experi= ence a good many got quite enough out of the land in six months, and that was why there were so many bad farms about. The law of distrai= nt was next treated upon, and the speaker remarked that pretty nearly his whole experience was to levy distraint at the tenant's desire, to protect him from someone else. This matter was one got-up for the purpose of getting the land into the hands of the moneyed classes. The spea= ker strongly condemned the credit system pushed upon farmers at the markets by middle-men, and by which they were often ruined, by being induced to have things they could really do without, instead of keeping to the good old sys= tem of not having a thing until you could afford to pay for it. On the question= of rates, the speaker thought this was more a landlords' question than a tenan= t, for a tenant reckoned in taking the tithes and rates and paid less than he would do if they were not in existence. If the rates were raised after, of course it was a tenant's question. As to legislation for farmers grievances= he pointed out the repeal of the malt tax, which had had the effect of reducing the price of barley in this district is per bushel (bear hear); and he ment= ioned that a large firm of brewers had been experimenting on various substances w= ith the view of finding a substitute for barley, in which they had succeeded, a= nd which it was estimated would save the firm £25,000 a year. Legislatio= n, though it might give some little help, would not supersede industry and perseverance, and what they wanted more than legislation was dry seasons (h= ear, hear). There was also the question of increased cost of labour, through whi= ch and the bad seasons they had not got the labour on their farms (and be spoke for himself as well as others), and consequently they were not in such good form as they used to be. Mr Thursfield then referred to the keeping of poul= try, in which he thought we could easily beat the Americans to the question of c= heap manure, a specimen of which he had had analysed and found to be nearly all sand, and to the desirability of an examination of seed, with regard to whi= ch he had made a recommendation to the Royal Agricultural Society, which he thought would be adopted. In conclusion, the speaker proposed the health of= the tenant farmers, coupled with the name of Mr James Burnet, and made a feeling allusion to the death of Mr Bathurst.

Mr Burnet suitably responded.

Other toasts followed, and a pleasant afternoon was sp= ent by the company.

 

BROSELEY

LECTURE AT THE WORKING-MEN'S INSTITUTE.—On Tuesd= ay evening last a lecture, entitled, "A talk on China, with the rights and wr= ongs of the Opium Question," was delivered in the above Institute by the Ven. Archdeacon Cobbold, = rector of Ross, and formerly rector of this parish. The chair was occupied by A. M= aw, Esq., Mayor of Wenlock, and there was a fair attendance. The lecturer, who = was fur many years a missionary in China, first described the geographical posi= tion of the Celestial Empire, and referred to a number of characteristics of this wonderful nation, and then referred to the Opium Question. He remarked that opium was very largely and very usefully taken in this country in many form= s, and for many purposes, but that in China, with one or two except= ions, it was not "eaten" but smoked, in combination with treacle. The effects were not such as was generally supposed to result from its use, suc= h as elysian dreams, and a general impression of being in Paradise; but it eleva= ted the feelings and took away the sense of fatigue and desire for sleep, and enabled people to do greater tasks than they naturally could do. But it bec= ame necessary to keep this up, and a person who took opium would be obliged at certain regular intervals to repeat the dose or he would become debiliated, trembling, and unable to do the slightest= mental or bodily exertion. In illustration of this Mr. Cobbol= d mentioned the case of a student going up for his examination. He bad been in the habit of smoking opium to enable him to pursue his studies, but before = the close of the examination the fatal time came round at which he must repeat = the dose, and his paper was finished  in the most indifferent styl= e. The examiner when reading the first part, was astonished it the ability display= ed, but when towards the close proclaimed the poor student as an impostor, as he said he must have copied the first part cat his paper. The speaker proceede= d to review the political aspect of the question, pointing out that the trade was introduced by the Portuguese, who, 150 years ago, only introduced 200 chest= s a year, whereas now the import was 80,000 chests. For the first 60 years of t= he present century the import of opium was illegal, and it was a great blot on= the English Government that they allowed the East India Company to smuggle opium into China, against the edicts of the Emperor and his advisers. In 1860 the traffic was made legal in China<= /st1:country-region>, but at the same time the upper classes, the literati and army, were forbidden = its use. In the "pros" for the question, the speaker included the lar= ge industry engaged in the cultivation of the poppy, the doing away with smuggling, and the duties arising from its import; and against it, the evil= in sending a deleterious drug among a heathen population, to the injury of the= gospel; and to the fact of the establishment of hospitals, which were always crowde= d, for the relief of sufferers from opium smoking. In his remarks the speaker = condemned the remarks of Sir G. Burden in a letter on the question to the Times. At the close, Mr. Dunnill proposed a vote of thanks to Mr. Cobbold, which= was carried with applause. In responding, Mr. Cobbold proposed a vote of thanks to the Mayor far presiding, which was seconded by= Mr. G. Baker, and carried unanimously. The Mayor responded, and the proceedings terminated.

CHURCH MISSIONS.-On Sunday last the Ven. Archdeacon Cobbold, M.A., Rector of Ross, and formerly Rector of this parish, preached morning and evening to very large congregations on behalf of the Church Mission. The offertory in the morning= was devoted to the Church Missionary Society and that in the evening to the Soc= iety for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. The total collection was £10.

WESLEYAN FOREIGN MISSIONS.—On Sunday last the an= nual Wesleyan Foreign Missionary sermons were preached in the chapel, the annual meeting having been held in the previous week. The preachers were Mr. Thomas and the Rev. J. A. Aldington. The congregations were large, and the results satisfactory.

ENTERTAINMENT.—On Wednesday last an entertainmen= t was given in the Town Hall in aid of the funds of the Coffee House, which was w= ell attended. Mr. E. T. Smith, of = Birmingham, gave, by desire, one of J. B. Gough's orations (from memory) entitled, "For the sake of others." There were also selections by the Brose= ley Handbell Ringers, who also gave the glee, “Brea= the soft, ye winds," and songs by Mr. Griffiths and Mr. Homer Wase. The Mayor (A. Maw Esq.) presided, and the enter= tainment was quite a success.

LOCAL BOARD MEETING.

The monthly meeting of the Board was held on Wednesday evening last, at the Town Hall. There were present :—Dr. T. G. Thursf= ield (chairman), Messrs. H. P. Dunnill, Peter Jones, R. Instone, R. Rushton, and= J. C. W. Lister; Mr. Owen Harries, clerk, Mr. G. Ledger, surveyor.

THE LATE MR. H. M. BATHURST.

After the minutes had been read, the Chairman proposed= a vote of condolence to the wife and family of the late Mr. H. M. Bathurst, a memb= er of the Board. In proposing the resolution the chairman remarked that the deceased gentleman's business abilities and private character were so well known that it needed no eulogium from him in proposing the resolution, as t= he members present had also had the advantage of his advice and assistance in = the conduct of the business of the Board.

Mr. Dunnill seconded the resolution in appropriate ter= ms, and it was supported by Mr Lister, and carried unanimously.

PROPOSED CEMETERY.

The Clerk read a number of letters he had written to architects and agents for advancing money on public works. The matter was t= aken in committee form, and generally the plan of Mr. Haddon, of Malvern, for the erection of a mortuary chapel, was approved, and his suggestions as to the boundary wall taken into consideration, the matter being left over for furt= her communication with Mr. Haddon. As to the advance of the necessary funds, the Clerk was instructed to write to Mr. Valentine Robinson as to an advance of from £1,000 to £1,400, for fifty years, to be repayable by instalments, the whole bearing interest at 4 percent.,<= /span> with £25 for law and other expenses.

JACKFIELD.

Some conversation took place as to the slip near Jackf= ield Church, and sundry proposals were made, such as the formation of a new road= , to which objection was made that it would not provide for the wants of persons beyond the line of the slip, who had to pay the rates. It was stated that t= he plan of Messrs. Maw would not at all be likely to succeed, as the ground was falling away from the pillar, which it was also stated could not stand. Ultimately it was decided that a committee of the whole Board should visit = the spot and see what could be done.

STREET SCAVENGING.

The General Improvement Committee reported that they h= ad contracted for the scavenging of the streets at £18 10s. for twelve months, being 80s. less= than last year.

NEW RATE.

The new rate of 10d. in the £, which had been duly posted, received t= he official sanction and seal of the Board.

A GREAT IMPROVEMENT.

A letter was read from Mr. George Maw, stating that he= had bought and partially demolished an old cottage on the Quarry Road and offer= ing to set back the boundary for the improvement of the road by making it strai= ght at this point, and offering the Board the old material to make good the boundary. The Board expressed their full appreciation of Mr Maw's gift, and after a consultation with the Clerk on the authorities found they were able= to take advantage of it, and the offer was accepted.

Mr. Lister proposed, and Mr. Rushton seconded, a vote = of thanks to Mr. Maw which was carried unanimously.

Mr. Lister remarked that this would be a very great improvement, and if they only gave them time the Board would become popular with the ratepayers. (laughter.)

The Clerk was instructed to write to Mr Maw asking him= to do the necessary work, the cost of which would be refunded by the Board.

ELECTION OF A MEMBER.

It being found that it was necessary to elect a member= in the place of Mr. Bathurst, deceased at this meeting, Mr. Lister proposed Mr= . E. Roden, Benthall, and the nomination was seconded by Mr. Instone. Mr. Ruston objected to Mr. Roden as a non-resident and a small ratepayer, and proposed= Mr. J. A. Exley, who was seconded by Mr Jones.

On being put to the meeting, Mr. Lister and Mr. Instone voted for Mr. Roden, and Messrs. Rushton, Dunnill, and Jones for Mr Exley, = and the latter was accordingly declared elected.

Mr. Lister wished it to be known that he had not the slightest objection to Mr. Exley, and did not know he was to be proposed, a= s he understood he would not stand, but thought Mr. Roden had a claim on the ratepayers.

There was no other business of public interest.

J&CKFIELD.

MESSRS. MAW'S NEW WORKS.—We<= /span> are very pleased to hear that the long-projected new works of Messrs. Maw a= nd Co., Benthall Encaustic Tile and Majolica Works, will shortly be commenced.= We understand the last day for the reception of tender was Tuesday last, and t= hat there is great competition for the execution of the work, which, from its extensive character, must occupy a considerable time for erection. A vast quantity of material has already been made on the site, to which a new road= has been made, and into which a siding from the Great Western Company Severn Va= lley Railway runs. The erection of the works will give an impetus to the trade of the district, which we sincerely hope may be kept up afterwards, to the advantage of Messrs. Maw and the welfare of the neighbourhood.

11th February 1882

BROSELEY

MARRIAGE OF MISS HARRIOTT POTTS.—We have great pleasure in recording in our usual column the marriage of Miss Harriott Mary Potts, daughter of the late George Pott= s, Esq., of Broseley, with Mr. Allan Gow McGregor, eldest son of James McGregor, Esq., of Aldenham Abbey, Herefordshire, which took place on Thursday week. The ceremony was p= erformed at St. Margaret's, Westminster, by the Rev. F. Frost, M.A. (Wadham College, Oxford), assisted by the Rev. Canon Farrar, D.D. (Rector). The bri= de was attended by eight bridesmaids, and was given away by E. B. Potts, Esq.,= of Broseley, and the best man was Kirk Wood, Esq. The bridal pair are spending the honeymoon in Scotland.

FIRE.—On Monday afternoon about four o'clock a l= ittle boy named Edward Haynes pushed a lighted match through the letter hole in t= he shop window of Mr Wright, stationer. &c., destroyin= g a quantity of valentines and other stock. The boy is only nine years o= ld. Fortunately there was someone in the shop, as from the fury of the flames t= he house would probably have been set on fire.

BOROUGH POLICE COURT.- Tues= day

Before A. Maw (Mayor), W Layton Lowndes, T. Instone, and E = Roden Esqrs, and Capt. Wayne.

William Thomas, charged by = P.C. Brew with being drunk and disorderly at Broseley, on January 14th, fined 20s and 10s costs.

George Edwards was charged by P.C. Steadman with being= disorderly and refusing to quit the Forester's Arms Inn, on January 24th. Mr Instone, = the landlord, and the officer gave evidence as to the offence, but the Bench dismissed the case.

A DISPUTED CASE OF DRUNKENNESS.—George Watson was charged by P.C. Steadman with being drunk and disorderly at Jackfield, on January 14th. —The officer's statement was that he heard a great nois= e, and found defendant with his upper clothes off ready to fight. At the same = time another man was led away by other persons present.—Defendant said the= officer's statement was quite correct as to his being stripped, but he and some frien= ds, who were going to do some "Christmas singing" at Jackfield, were late, and one of the persons they were to meet having got too much beer, be= gan to "haggle" him, and struck him several times, when he threw his music books on to a wall, pulled off his coat, and told the other man if he= did not leave off he would make him. Just then the policeman came up, and the o= ther man went away.—John Griffiths and Edward Southern, who were called for the defence, said the defendant was sober.—The Bench, in dismissing t= he case, remarked that the defendant's excitement might naturally have been ta= ken by the officer for drunkenness.

BENTHALL.

A WINDFALL.- A Mrs. Cockshall, wife of a labouring man residing here, has= received an intimation that a relative residing at Newport (Salop) has died and left her £2,000.

18th February 1882

BROSELEY.

THE BURIALS ACT-The first interment under the Burials = Act took place here on Sunday, the officiating minister being the Rev. S. Evans. The deceased was a packer in the employ of the Benthall Company. Everything passed off orderly and quietly.

BROSELEY PROVIDENT SOCIETY.-The following report of th= is Society, established 1850, has just been published: President, The Right Honourable Lord Forester; Trustees, The Hon. and Rev. Canon Forester, The R= ev. George Lamb, John Pritchard, Esq., William Nicholas, Esq. Treasurer, William Nicholas, Esq. Committee: The four Trustees above named, Mr. George Baker, = Mr. Henry Williams, Mr. James Maiden, Mr. George Langford, Mr. G. H. Wilde, Mr. James Williams. Stewards: Mr. William Williams, Jun., and Mr. Michael Evans= . Auditors, Mr. Isaac Watts and Mr. George Davis. Surgeo= ns: Mr. Bartlam and Dr. Thursfield. Clerk: Mr. Geor= ge Langford. Abstract of the treasurer's account for the year ending= the 31st December, 1881; Receipts-Balance in favour of the society, 31st Decemb= er, 1880, £1421 6s. 4d.; entrance fees, £0 0s. 0d.; contributions for sickness, £83 3s. 3d.; ditto surgeons, £16 4s.= 0d. ; ditto forfeits, £1 2s. 2= d.; ditto funeral of member's wife, £4 2s. 0d.; London and North W= estern Railway Co., a year's interest, £27 6s. 7d.; Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Co. ditto, £= 14 12s. 6d.; Bridgnorth savings bank, ditto, £= ;8 2s. 10d.; managers of Quatt school, half-year's ditto, £0 3s. 9d. Payments-Sick pay, £74 11s. 0d.; surgeons, £16 14s. 0d.; printing reports, £0 12s. 0d.; funeral of Thos. Hoggin's wife, £4 0s. 0d= .; sundry members, the surplus income of the five years ending 31st December, 1880, (including actual expenses) divided in pursuance of rule 37, £1= 22 125. 5d.; balance carried down, £1,358 4s.= 0d. Total receipts, £1,576 13s. 5d Total payments, £1,576 13s. 6d. Balance in favour of the socie= ty 31st December, 1880, £1,421 6s. 4d. ditto, 1881. = £1,358 4s. 0d.; excess of expenditure over incom= e, £6; 2s. 4d. The above-mentioned balance of £1,358 4s. 0d. is invested as follows:- Bridgnorth savings bank. £249 16s. 0d.; Lond= on and North Western Railway 4 per cent. debenture = stock, £700 0d. 0d.; Lanca= shire and Yorkshire Railway bond, £400 0s. 0d.; Trustees of Quatt School, £7 10s.; in the Stewards' hands, £0 18s. 0d. Total £1,358.<= /span>

WORKING MEN'S INSTITUTE.- On Monday evening last Mr. T= homas Parker, of Coalbrookdale, delivered his lecture on "Illustrations of Practical Chemistry and Electricity," in the Mission Room, Broseley Wo= od. There was a good audience. The chair was occupied by T. H. Thursfield, Esq.= The usual votes of thanks were given at the close of t= he meeting.

25th February 1882

MUCH WENLOCK.

 BOROUGH PETTY SESSIONS. —Tuesday. Before A. Maw, Esq (Mayor). T. Instone Esq., and Captain Wayne.

TRANSFER.—The licence= of the Black Swan Inn Jackfield, was transferred from Miss Cu= llis to Mr E H Harris.

A SQUABBLE IN THE WORKSHOP.—Edwin Boden charged William Tench with assaulting him at Broseley, = on the 16th inst.—From the evidence of complainant, which was corroborated b= y a lad named Edward Nickless, it appeared that on = the day in question defendant told complainant that his tiles were pressed too = soft, some words passed between them when defendant struck complainant twice, knocking him down each time.—Defendant alleged great aggravation.—The Bench inflicted a fine of 5s. an= d 11 s costs, or 14 days.

SETTING FIRE TO A SHOP . —Edward Haynes, a little boy about eight years of age, was charged by P.C. Brew with setting fire to the shop of Mr Wright, watchmaker and statio= ner, at Broseley, on February 6th.—From the evidence of Mr Harry Wright it appeared that on the afternoon in question he was in the shop and heard a noise, and found the whole of the valentines in one side of the window in f= lames, which mounted to the ceiling of the shop He tore them down as soon as possi= ble no damage being done to the woodwork; the damage to the stock was 2s 6d. He= did not see who did it—The boy said an older boy named Heighway told him what to do and gave him the match, which he put through the "cotter" hole —After some deliberations, the Bench allowed = the case to be withdrawn on the payment of the damage and costs, amounting to 1= 3s. 6d and the lad's mother promised that he should be punished in accordance w= ith his age and state of heath, they being unwilling to hand over so young a ch= ild to be whipped by a policeman. The Mayor also gave the boy a severe lecture, telling him that persons had often been put upon their trial for their lives for such and offence, and that be might have caused the destruction of the = house, sad perhaps the lives of the inmates.

BROSELEY.

THE BRICK AND TILE TRADE.—Th= e staple industries of this town and district are in a very depressed state, = and with little or no prospect of a change. Immense stocks are on hand which are being daily increased rather than deprive the hands of employment.

EMIGRATION.—The emigration season has already commenced here, and the number of "void” houses will be speedily increased, unless the people to be employed at Messrs. Maw's new works at J= ackfield find shelter here for a time.

THE QUARRY ROAD.—We have great pleasure in beari= ng witness to the improvement in this road, caused by the purchase of an old cottage, and gift to the Local Board of its site on the Quarry Road, by G. = Maw, Esq. If the corner near the bottom ware "rounded straight," and t= he awkward corner at the top done away with, as it easily might, Broseley would have another good approach as a carriage road, independent of the visionary " Paradise " spoken of by a contemporary.

IRONBRIDGE.

VAGRANCY.—At the Police Station, on Friday last, before the Mayor (A. Maw, Esq.), W. Jones was brought up in custody of P.C. Steadman, charged with begging on the previous evening. The charged was pro= ved by Mr. F. Davies, of the Station Inn, whom prisoner threatened to strike wh= en refused alms. He was sentenced to seven days' hard labour.

ANOTHER TRAMP. - Thomas Smi= th, a tramp, was brought before G. Maw, Esq., on Monday, charged by P.C. Brew wit= h begging at Broseley. He was sentenced to seven days' hard labour. We are glad to see the letter of the tramp nuisance here, published last week, has drawn the a= ttention of the notice to the matter.

BROSELEY.

LOCAL BOARD.—The monthly meeting of this Board w= as held on Wednesday evening at the Town Hall, when there were present —= Dr. T. G. Thursfield (chairman), Messrs. H. P. Dunnill, R. Instone, Peter Jones= , R. Rushton, J. C. W. Lister, and R. Burton ; Mr. Owen Harries, clerk; Mr. G. Ledger, surveyor ; and Mr. G. Stevenson, inspector of nuisances. The minute= s of the last meeting were read and confirmed.--The Quarry Road: Thu great improvement made in the = Quarry Road by the purchase of an o= ld cottage and the presentation of some ground to the Board by Mr. G. Maw was referred to and it was suggested to replace the hedge between the ends of t= he two walls by a brick wall. Several members objected on the score of the exp= ense while admitting that it would be a great improvement. Ultimately it was dec= ided that the members of the Board should visit the place and come to some decis= ion on the matter.—Another Improv= ement: Messrs. Gordon, Nicholas, Potts, and Co., of the Bridgnorth and Broseley Ba= nk made an application to be allowed in rebuilding their bank buildings to com= e on to the pavement to the extent of five inches, and also to be allowed to put= a step 12 inches wide at the proposed door. A block plan was sent with the application. Mr. Lister thought they should not put themselves against any improvement in the town. The Surveyor was sent to measure the place, and it= appearing that there was seven feet of causeway, the Board decided to accede to the application.—The Proposed Cem= etery: The Clerk stated that he had written to the Local Government Board asking permission to borrow the money required for the proposed cemetery, and had = received an answer asking him to furnish the Local Government Board with a copy of t= he resolution on the subject. A letter and plan was also produced from Mr. Had= don, architect, Malvern, who approved of the site, but thought the area too small ; the usual rule was a quarter of an acre to a t= housand of the population, besides allowing for carriage ways, paths, &c., and = he considered the Board should take an acre and a half for the population of f= ive thousand. The plan was for a wall 8ft. 6in. high and a cast iron railing to= the required height of eight feet and cast iron gates to match in front with panelled brick walls for the inside portion of the walls. Some discussion ensued on the matter of the same character as reported several times previo= usly, and it was calculated that the chapel would cost £350, the land £350, the fences £200, the laying out of the ground £100,= and £25 the legal expenses. The Chairman proposed that the clerk should a= pply to the Local Government Board for permission to borrow £1,400 for the purposes of the cemetery. It was stated that the Board acted as a burial bo= ard under the internments Act of 1879, which included the Act of 1847. In connection with this matter it was stated that the amount sought to be best= owed would include the cost of a road to the Cemetery from Jackfield.—The Water Question: In respect to = this the clerk was instructed to report the Local Government Board that the tria= ls on the main fault were being proceeded with.—The Surcharges: The Surveyor read a letter from the Local Gover= nment Board as to the surcharges made in respect of the slip at Jackfield, and he= was instructed to reply that the Board had ordered the work and that it was nec= essary to preserve their footpaths.—= Nuisances ; The Inspector reported several cases, in respect to which he received the Board's orders.