Cheslyn Hay &DLHS – 19 November 2017

EVENTS Peter Cadman is giving a talk to the Cheslyn Hay Brownies and explaining the history of the artefacts we have in our display cases at Glenthorne School on Thursday evening, 23rd November.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday. Everyone welcome and this week we are furthering our research into the Foster family, including Dorothy who married Jack Hughes in 1943.

REQUESTS No requests received this week.

RESPONSES After Debra’s request for information on the Towle family we have the details of Charlie’s boxing career in ‘Old Newspapers’ below. Also our researchers have been able to add to the basic information provided last week on the family. Samuel Charles Towle (b 11 Nov 1909 – 1985) married Isabella Jackson (born 3 May 1914) in 1932 and they list the history of the Towle family back to the mid 1700s.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS A set of photographs from the Sambrooke family including brothers Ollie & Alfred as well as Percy Sambrooke, a Landywood football team with only Alfred named, a Cheslyn Hay cricket team around the thirties all unnamed except for Alfred, Ollie & Rose Sambrooke wedding, Ernest Alfred Sambrooke & Vera Hitchens wedding in 1937 with the Sambrookes, Maud & Ennis Bradbury, Bertha Sambrooke, Nellie Hitchens and Roy Hitchens, who was killed at El Alamein in 1942, one of Alfred Sambrooke at the Hawkins Brickyard and an official photograph of the Cheslyn Hay Charity Cup Committee taken by S Morris with all named – J Wesley, J Perry, G Brough, E Hassell, J Wesley, F Cookson, W Wesley, A Emery, R Wesley, T Goodman, P Sambrooke, E Moore, W Walker, S Whitehouse, T Doughty, A Illidge (Sec), J Pratt (Treasurer), S Steadman (Chairman) and E Holland. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.

OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington

Four newspaper reports of Charlie Towle’s fights in 1930 and one of a ‘very disappointing performance’ from Tom Whittingham.


23rd November 1967 Problem of parking in the village with discussion.
23rd November 1967 The Landywood Residents Welfare Association is taking action in an effort to get a footpath along part of Landywood Lane.

23rd November 1967 Speakers Night for the members of Cheslyn Hay Young Wives.
23rd November 1967 With this year’s Cheslyn Hay carnival falling short of expectations the Community Association held a special meeting.
24th November 1917 Private George Henry Davis, of the 7th Stafford’s, died from wounds received in action, aged 33 years.

24th November 1917 Details of the funeral for Private George Davis.
24th November 1917 On Saturday morning news was received by Mr George Benton, of High Street, that his son, Rowland Benton, was killed in action.

24th November 1917 Mr and Mrs Harry Russell, of Cheslyn Hay, have received many evidences of sympathy in their bereavement of the loss of their son, Lance Corporal Albert Russell. Details of one particular letter
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Cheslyn Hay & DLHS – 12th November 2017

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EVENTS Great Wyrley LHS are holding their Annual Exhibition on Saturday, 18th November at Harrison’s Sports and Social Club in Wharwell Lane, Great Wyrley, from 11am to 4pm and the theme is ‘The Seventies’. We will be supporting them as usual with a display.

Bridgtown LHS are holding a ‘Local Area Quiz’ compiled by Derek Davies OBE next Wednesday, 15th November at the Bethel Church, Union Street, starting at 10am. £1 admission.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we are appealing to all bowling enthusiasts to review all of the photographs in our Bowls Volumes in an effort to name any of the unnamed players. If successful we intend to extend such gatherings in other aspects of the village.

REQUESTS Petra and Nicole from Germany are researchers into the Edalji case and raises questions about the unpopularity of Shapurji with one incident in particular. It concerns a baby, Joseph Whitehouse, who died and was buried on 31st August 1895, and Shapurji refused to have the hymn the family wanted at the ceremony. There is nothing recorded in the local newspapers, so can any of our many Whitehouse researchers enlighten us please?

Request from Debra, at the Base this week, who asks for information on her family tree of the Cheslyn Hay Towle family who married into the Steadmans. Charles Steadman (1860-1922) married Mirenda Stokes (1863-1932) and their daughter Mirenda (1899-1918) married Edward Towle and had a son Charlie (1909- 1985).

RESPONSES Further to last week’s Dorothy’s enquiry on her Stokes/Allen/Steadman/ Craddock connections, our researcher Vi points out that there is confusion as there were two Joseph Stokes, both born in Cheslyn Hay around the same time. However Vi and Andrew have been able to supply most of the answers for Dorothy and provide her with her Stokes family tree going back to 1762.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Photographs of the Steadman family including Jack in the First World War plus George, Sarah, Evelyn, Annie & Ernie, Renee, Don, Will & Ethel Steadman (PE-STE-8, 9, 10), the Ridgway family with Gladys, Alice, Job & Geoff Ridgway (PE-RID-19), Blowers Dart team with Rex Wiggin, Frank Bowen, Bernard Hassall, – Farmer, Ray Connelly, Joe Wright & Dicky Plant (GW-PPB-9) and two of the Coronation Party in the Red Lion in 1953 with only Jean Parry, Janet Marshall, Alan Courtney, Harold Sambrook, Mike Belcher, Brian Parry & Muriel Malpass named (PB-RDL-12, 13) and Dean Swift’s Latin inscription at the Four Crosses pub (PB-FOU-3). Also 19 photographs for the Roger Moore Collection (PE-MOO-45 to 63) including Roger, Christine, Tanny, Dorrie Moore, Brian Davies, Pauline Brown, Angela & Marion Kidd, Heather Goodman, Roger Haywood, Alan Lane, Pat Young, Minnie & Frank Kingston and Arthur Waldron. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS More copies of deeds now being donated. This week we have received the deeds to 126 Littlewood Lane going back to 1925. Also a series of personal letters dated 1902-3 written by Samuel Lowe to his wife Beatrice nee Hawkins (1869-1955) just prior to their divorce.

OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington

Two newspaper reports from the Staffordshire Advertiser. One naming seven men, all from Wyrley, charged with a causing a riot and together with assaults at Shareshill Wake (2 Nov 1839). Also full details of five Shareshill properties for auction including ‘A dwelling house now used as a beer shop called ‘The Bulls Head’ with a butcher’s shop, outbuildings and yard’.


16th November 1967 Meeting of the Cheslyn Hay Over 60 Club mentioning Mrs D Smith, Mr W Kingston, Nurse Brookes, Nurse Wooton, Mrs Collins, Mrs G Plant, Mrs Whitehouse and Mr and Mrs J Edwards.

17th November 1917 Details of Lance Corporal A Russell, sixth son of Henry and Mary Russell, Queen Street, Cheslyn Hay. Deeply mourned by his mother, dad, sisters and brothers.

17th November 1917 A large gathering assembled at the Working Men’s Club Assembly Rooms. Those named are Mr F J Altree, Mrs Jenkins, Mrs Harvey, Mrs G Brown, George Fletcher, Mr Bown and Mr H Horton.

17th November 1917 A remarkable incident happened on Sunday afternoon in the township with a horse belonging to Mr H Stokes starting from Hill Street.

MEMORIES We now complete the interview by Robert Jones with Mrs Joyce Cooper (nee Walley) dated January 2005, when Robert was researching his Jones family history with stories from and about Herbert Norman, Alfred ‘Granny’ Jones, William Jones, and the number of suicides in the local pools.
WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES We are renewing our interests in developing our Shareshill and Essington connections and would appreciate more photographs and archive material in these areas.
GENERAL NEWS We have a full set of 24 editions of the Family Tree magazines for 2015 & 2016 which are ideal for researchers. Available FREE to members to collect from the Base.

MARGARET MATTHEWS A long standing member, Margaret, has recently passed away on October 25th aged 87 years. She was the daughter of the Cheslyn Hay caretaker of the local cemetery in Station Street, Cheslyn Hay, Mr Joseph Middleton, and she served as secretary for Arnold Hawkins of Hawkins Tileries for many years. Margaret has always been a prominent citizen involved with village life and will be sadly missed. Funeral will be at the East Chapel, Bushbury Crematorium on Monday, November 20th at 11.30am.

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 5th November 2017

EVENTS  Remembrance Sunday is next Sunday, 12th November with the parade assembling at Eatons at 10.30am for the 11am start at our War Memorial.  Bob Brevitt will be laying our wreath for us and the service will be held at the Salem afterwards.

This month’s Chat n Char is on Thursday 9th November at 10.00am in the Main Hall of the Salem and Roger’s theme is ‘Flower Power’!

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.  

REQUESTS  After the recent mention of Steadman, Dorothy Drage emails ‘When my g-grandmother Emma Matilda Stokes (father Joseph) married William Allen (father William) at St Lukes on 28th March 1859, the witnesses were Charles Steadman and Sarah Stokes.  Two years later, 18th February 1861, Charles Steadman (father Paul) married Sarah Stokes (father Joseph) and Sarah Steadman (nee Stokes) could be the sister of Emma Matilda Allen, my g-grandmother.  My grandmother Rose Craddock (nee Allen) lived at 35 Hill Street and she also had relatives who lived in Hill Street.  Can anyone confirm the relationship  of the above and maybe find a connection from the marriage of Charles and Sarah, however remote, to the Steadman, Stokes and Allen families?

RESPONSES  Jean has supplied all the answers to Norma on her Stollard/Bull query as John Bull was born to Ann Bull before she married William Stollard and Jean has forwarded the Banns of the marriage in 1840 as well as the transcription.  

John Kelsall adds to John Dickin‘s recollections emailing about his grandparents Wilfred and Rhoda Poxon and the butchers and bakeries on the village since the war.


9th November 1967  Harry Perks of 7 Park Street, Cheslyn Hay, relating his lifetime’s experience of pigeon racing.

10th November 1917  On Tuesday afternoon, Mr and Mrs H Russell, of Queen Street, Cheslyn Hay, received the following telegram from the Record Office, Lichfield that was reporting details of the death in France of their son Lance-Corporal A Russell, South Staffs.  Another brother Private Thomas Russell, has been missing, and has not been heard of for over six months.

MEMORIES  Following the recent appeal from Leanne asking for any stories of ghosts around the Littlewood Road area we have discovered a recorded interview by Robert Jones with Mrs Joyce Cooper (nee Walley) dated January 1905, when Robert was researching his Jones family history.  The full interview is published with details of William Jones suicide and his ghost.

Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly Newsletter – 29th October 2017

EVENTS  The Forest of Mercia are holding an Open Day at their base at Hilton Green, Hilton Lane, Hilton WV11 2BG on Saturday November 4th from 11am – 3pm and we will be having a display there.

OUR SALEM BASE is open to everyone from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.   

REQUESTS  Norma Barta has returned to her family tree on the Bull side and wants help on some confusing information which she has recorded and wants to know what the connection is between John Bull, William Stollard and Ann Bull.

RESPONSES  Further to Bill’s request from last week, our researchers and a member of the Wollaston family has provided all the information on Thomas Wincer and Elizabeth Hadley.


2nd November 1967  Mr H Westwood of Hatherton Street, Cheslyn Hay, recalling his time in East Africa.

2nd November 1967  The Salem Methodist Church annual autumn fair with   Mrs J Hewitt, Susan and David Wright,Mrs F Ridgway, Mrs H Perks, Mrs J Dace, Mrs H Lockett, Mrs H Wollaston, Mrs G Jenkins, Mrs K Spooner, Mrs Kelsall, Mr H Wollaston, Mrs A Parker, Mrs R Jones, Mrs M Bladen, Mrs T. Hackett, Mr H McCulloch, Mrs. B. Simpson, Mrs K Hackett, Mrs B Kingston.

3rd November 1917  On Sunday last, a memorial service was held at the Primitive Methodist Church, Cheslyn Hay,  in honour of Ernest Robinson, Walter Bickley, and Albert Benton, late members of the Adult Bible Class.  Three separate paragraphs are included with full details of their lives.  

MEMORIES  After a popular response from John Dickin’s last week’s recollections of yesteryear, John has forwarded more of his musings from the fifties with stories of Fred LockettW B HawkinsRay Dickin, Eric Garbett, Geoff Barnes and Tommy Goodman.

WWI COMMEMORATION  This November we commemorate the death of 4026 George Roland Benton of the 32nd Battalion of the Australian Commonwealth Military Force, who was killed on 12th October 1917 aged 30, Husband of Ada of Collie, Australia, and son of George and Sarah Benton, of Coppice Lane, Cheslyn Hay, and buried with honour at the Aeroplane Cemetery.

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Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 22nd October 2017

EVENTS  We welcome Derek Davis OBE as our guest speaker this Thursday, 26th October, at the Salem starting at 7.30pm.  Derek will be speaking about ‘Renowned Local People’ including our own Mons Perchant.  Admittance £1 including refreshments.

Great Wyrley LHS have an ‘Archive Viewing’ on Thursday 26th October, at the Senior Citizens Centre in Broadmeadow Lane from 3pm to 8pm with the burial records on display, together with some of the old maps of the local area.  Photographs and other ephemera will also be available.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.  Everybody is welcome and Vi is available to help with any family history enquiries.

REQUESTS  A request from Bill Thomason who is looking for information about Thomas Wincer, born about 1780, father of Elizabeth Wincer, who married William Wollaston.  Can any of our Wollaston researchers help?

RESPONSES  Don Savage remembers playing, as a youngster, with most of the players named in Harrison’s cricket team last week, and has helped by listing nearly all of the players.

Don also comments on ‘the new ladies’ choir’.

Terry Ridgway has picked up on Debra’s research on her Steadman family and emails ‘My grandmother was a Steadman and lived in Hill Street and her sister, Betty, also lived in the same street and their brother lived at the bottom of Hatherton Street.  And Terry wishes to contact Debra which I have now arranged.

We have helped Leanne with her request as to the previous occupants of The Mooring Pin which I list.  We also have records going back to 1838 but Leanne expands on her enquiry with her interest touching on the paranormal.  She believes that there has been some tragic happening at the cottage and there has been a ‘presence’ of a Victorian girl there.  Leanne’s research has involved a paranormal team, who have their own historian, but he has found it too difficult to trace the cottage back to earlier times and she asks ‘How close was the property to any of the local mines or any canals?’ or even if anyone knows of similar stories around the area.

Adrian Baillie sends this appreciative email ‘Using the information you sent me I was able to trace my g-g-grandmother Ann Pinson’s family right back to 1753 in South Wales and also New York!’

Also Glenice Whitehouse comments on Letitia Bowater on the night she set the curtains alight.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS  The personal Bible of William Stokes, later to become Police Chief Superintendant, containing an inscription from the Salem Sunday School teachers dated 23rd May 1905, donated by Tony Pearson.  Also a 2007 cutting from the Black Country Bugle with picture and all the names of the 1931/32 Cheslyn Hay Juniors FC.


27th October1917  Under the auspices of the Women’s Working Committee, a very successful social took place at St Georges Hall naming all fourteen involved with full details.

27th October1917  On Saturday and Monday evenings, especially, the local Picture Palace was very well patronised with information on the ‘Wake’.

MEMORIES  Following on from the response we received to Moss’s fishing shop enquiry, Derrick from the Bridgtown LHS has informed us that they have a photograph of the shop in North Street and he is providing us with a copy.

This week, we have some entertaining memories from John Dickin about some of the characters that used to live on the Bonk back then including ‘Iron Man’ Harry BatesLaughing Jack Chetter and his son, Archie‘Jesus’ David,  Jacky BrownFloss Hayden, Bunter KingstonClaude Green and Albert Scott (Scotty).

BRIDGTOWN & DLHS launched their new book at their Annual Exhibition last week and can be obtained from ourselves.  Entitled ‘A Walk into Cannock’ and written by John Devey, it is a 68 page book with dozens of photographs covering all the local history and interesting stories in a nostalgic stroll from Bridgtown.  An excellent book priced at just £6.  Available at the Base or either delivered locally or posted for the price of a stamp.

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Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 15 October 2017

EVENTS  Bridgtown are holding their Annual Exhibition and launch of their new Bridgtown book TODAY (Sunday, 15th October) at the Bridgtown Social Club, Walsall Road.  10am – 4pm.  We will be there and will be selling their new book from our Base.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.  All welcome.

REQUESTS  Jenni Bond forwards a 1900 photograph of the Rev Shapurji Edalji with the St Marks Choir that includes Jenni’s grandfather, Tom Garratt as well as Billy Bullock (Churchwarden) and Joe Beard and Jenni asks for help in naming the ladies.

RESPONSES  At our Exhibition we had a request from Debra who was researching her Steadman family tree starting with her g-grandfather John Ernest Steadman and our researcher Vi has now produced a tree going back to 1797 and Debra emails ‘Goodness we were so pleased when Vi showed us the research she had done since last week.  We would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude for all the hard work Vi has done – I can’t believe that only a week has passed since we knew next to nothing.  Now my mom is going to sort through old photos so we can meet up with you again so that these can be added to your archives.’

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS   The Official Cricket Scorebook of Hawkins CC for the 1938, 1939 & 1940 seasons has been kindly donated by Geoffrey Sambrooke ane records all the matches and details of everyone’s scores etc.


19th October 1967  Story of a new Karate Club with instructor, Mr David Hayward, held at the Salem Methodist School Rooms, Cheslyn Hay.

20th October 1917  Cheslyn Hay Bowling Club’s dinner and presentation of prizes, all listed.

20th October 1917  Presentation made at Messrs T A Hawkins and Sons, Old Coppice Colliery, by the Manager Mr L K Fairley, to Mr John Warburton with full details.

20th October 1917  Howard Wilkes, of Upper Landywood, was summoned for cruelty with full story.

20th October 1917  Raymond Jones and Frederick Hawkesworth, of Cheslyn Hay, in court and found guilty.  Full details.

20th October 1917  Listing recommended increases in the price of the allotments.

MEMORIES  We’ve had an encouraging response to our recent ‘Memories’ with stories on the fishing tackle shop as well as memories of wartime and Alan Brown contributes with comments on the ‘Memories’ column in his own inimical style.

Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 8th October 2017

EVENTS  Roger’s Chat n Char this Thursday, 12th October, as usual, starting at 10am in the Salem’s Main Hall.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday andour researchers are on hand to help with viewing through our photographs and archives as well as for family history.  

REQUESTS  An interesting enquiry was made at our Annual Exhibition on Saturday as to one of the photographs on display.  GW-CHM-19 is entitled ‘The National Mouse Show held at St Marks – March 1948’.  We have no further information and none of the owners of their ‘prize winning pets’ are named.  Can anyone help?

Moss Fisher has rekindled his interest in angling again after almost 40 years away from the sport and emails ‘In 1967 when I was fourteen years old, my older cousin used to take me down the new roading from by the bridge in Station Street down to the brook towards the Watling Street where we used to fish for tiddlers.  A couple of years later I had a proper fishing rod, which, I believe, was hand made in Bridgtown by a chap named Allport.  I think they came from a shop in Cross Street which I believe is now called ‘Boardwise’.  I seem to recall this was a hardware shop where we used to get all hooks and bait from.  Can anyone else remember it?’

And an enquiry from Leanne Gilmour in Tamworth who emails ‘I am trying to find out about the history of a cottage located in Cheslyn Hay. It is called ‘The Mooring Pin’ at number 25 Littlewood Road.  I am trying to find out the age of the property and anything I can on the history of it and it’s previous occupants from years gone by.’

RESPONSES  We’ve now completed our research on Adrian Baillie’s request on the family of his g-grandparents, George Richard Mason and Jane Elizabeth (nee Hall) including their siblings going back to  1774 and also their eight children and their descendants.  We have also forwarded photographs of 45 different members of Masons that we have available in our archives to see if they fit into Adrians family tree.

Further to Norma’s last week’s comments on the war years, Ron Whitehouse adds further memories when he was at Pinfold Lane School during the war.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS   This week, two photographs of the Bulls Head in Shareshill – in in the 1930s (SH-PUB-2) and one with all the locals on the bowling green for the Coronation on 1st July 1911  (SH-PUB-3).  £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS   Birth certificate for John Ernest Steadman (1896) and his marriage certificate to Annie Morgan (1917). 


12th October 1967  Miss Letitia Bowater, of 16, Littlewood Lane, Cheslyn Hay, winning a competition at Bournemouth.

13th October 1917  Mr Ernest Fereday, Chemist, at Cheslyn Hay and Bridgtown, had conditional exemption by the Recruiting Officer, but this is of no avail now and he appealed.

13th October 1917  Details of a meeting of the local Relief Committee and Red Cross Society held at Salem Schools withSergeant Wright and Mr Charles T Lawson.

MEMORIES   More excerpts with some glorious tittle-tattle from ‘Auntie Kath’s Diary’.  Kath Wootton was married to headmaster Isaac (Jim) Stokes with stories of Raymond HawkinsMr and Mrs Cropper, Cliff DevereuxFred Ridgway, Marie Smith, Mrs Bird, Mrs BuxtonOliver Wood, Mr KerryWalter Bull and Reggie Plant.

GENERAL NEWS  Latest news on 1 High Street, the old residence of the Hawkins family is that a planning application has been put in for converting it into five flats.  Three one bedroom flats in the house itself and two in the outbuildings.

And our researcher, Jean, reports that the Lichfield Record Office will close to the public in January 2018 and the collections will be moved over to Stafford.