Netherton (Dudley) Worcestershire Billings Directory 1855

Netherton is a village in the parish of Dudley, from which it is distant about 2 miles; it includes Darby Hand, Bumble Hole, &c. The population is returned with that of Dudley.

The Church, dedicated to St. Andrew, is a very handsome and spacious stone building, and being erected on very high ground, commands a fine view of the surrounding neighbourhood. It was erected in 1830, at a cost of about £8,000; Lord Ward gave the land, and was likewise a very handsome contributor. Rev. George S. Traneker, Incumbent; Mr. Henry Weaver, Clerk. Service – 10 45 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The Baptist Chapel is at Sweet Turf. No stated minister. Service – 10 30a.m., 2 30 and 6 p.m.

There is also an Old Baptist chapel in this village. No stated minister. Service – 10 45 a.m., 2 45 and 6 p.m.

The Wesleyan Chapel, situate at Windmill End, is a small building. No stated minister. Service – 2 30 and 6 p.m.

There is a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel at Darby Hand. No stated minister. Service 10 30 a.m., 2 30 and 6 p.m.

The Primitive Methodist Chapel, at Windmill end, has no stated minister. Service – 2 30 and 6 p.m.

The Primitive Methodist Chapel (Noah’s Ark) is a small brick building, situate in the Cradley Road, erected 1851. No stated minister. Service – 11 a.m., 2 30 and 6 p.m.

The Methodist New Connexion have a small chapel here, erected 1848. No stated minister. Service – 10 30 a.m. and 2 30 p.m.; Thursday, 7 30 p.m.

There is also a Chapel belonging to the same sect at Darby Hand. No stated minister. Service – 10 30 a.m., 2 30 and 6 p.m.

The Netherton Church of England School, for boys and girls, is a large brick building, well adapted for the purpose for which it was erected; there is a house adjoining for the master. It is supported by contribution and the children’s payments. Average number of scholars – boys, 160; girls, 110. Mr. William Meese, Master; Silvia Meese, Mistress.

There is a Police Station in the Cradley Road. James Miles, Officer.


Traneker Rev. George S., Incumbent of St. Andrew’s, Primrose Hill

Whitfield Edwd., Esq., Withymore House

Woodall Mr. Thomas, Sweet Turf

Ames Davis, victualler, Druids Tavern

Ault Herbert, builder

Barker William C., linen draper, haberdasher, and hosier, Primrose Hill

Barnsley Thomas, gas-tube maker and beer retailer, New Town

Barnsley John, ironfounder and Jew’s-harp maker, Dudley Wood

Beddard William, grocer, and tea and provision dealer; and at Dudley

Birchill William, beer retailer, Traveller’s Rest. St. John’s St

Bird Ann, beer retailer, Rose and Crown, Darby Hand

Bishton William, victualler and chain maker, Crown

Bissell Benjamin, cooper, Darby Hand

British Company’s Works, Bumble Hole

Burgess Richard, day school, Darby Hand

Charles Jeremiah, beer retailer, Primrose Hill

Clee Thomas, chain manufacturer, New Town

Clifton John, boot and shoe maker

Cole William, butcher

Cole John, butcher, Sweet Turf

Cole Mary, butcher, Darby Hand

Cole Benjamin, butcher, Windmill End

Coley Benjamin, victualler and chain manufacturer, Elephant and Castle, Dudley Wood

Cooper William, victualler, Crown

Crew Sarah, victualler, Bull’s Head, St. John’s St

Crew James, shopkeeper, St. John’s St

Cutler Joseph, wheelwright

Dallow Thomas, beer retailer, Old Bush, Darby Hand

Danks Richard, beer retailer, Jolly Collier

Danks Benjamin, beer retailer, Royal Exchange

Danks James, beer retailer, Bird in Hand

Darby John, victualler, Royal Marine, Darby Hand

Darby John, tailor

Darby Susannah, victualler, Bull’s Head, Windmill End

Darby William, shopkeeper, Darby Hand

Davis Caroline, butcher, Darby Hand

Devenport James, victualler, Swan, Baptist End

Doody George, woollen draper and tailor, Primrose Hill; and at Stourbridge

Dorsett John, shopkeeper

Dunn John, agent to the People’s Assurance Society

Dunn Silvanus, hair dresser

Easthope Thomas, painter, plumber, and glazier

Edwards John, victualler, King William, Darby Hand

Egginton Joseph, shopkeeper

Fellows John Jeavons, victualler, Golden Cross, Dudley Wood

Fisher James B., oil and grease manufacturer, Blackbrook; house, Bank House, Dudley

Fletcher Mark, victualler, Loyal Washington

Fletcher James, beer retailer, Why Not

Golding Samuel, victualler, Sampson and Lion

Golding John, shopkeeper

Grainger James, ironmonger, tinman, and brazier

Grainger Joseph, grocer and provision dealer, Cradley Road

Grainger William, fruiterer

Grazebrook Michael, ironmaster

Grazebrook Michael and William, iron and coal masters

Green John, beer retailer, Darby Hand

Griffin James, and Son, manufacturers of scythes, hay and chaff knives, spades, shovels, &c., Withymoor Works

Griffiths Hannah, victualler, Bell, Cradley Road

Griffiths Edward, butcher

Haden William, ironmaster, Bumble Hole

Hampton Enoch, victualler, St. Andrew’s Tavern

Harper Henry, fire-brick and coal merchants, Willows

Hazelwood James, shopkeeper, Darby Hand

Hazelwood Joseph, shopkeeper, Darby Hand

Heeley Richard, butcher

Higgs Solomon, shopkeeper, Darby Hand

Higgins Samuel, shopkeeper

Hill Isaac, blacksmith

Hill John, beer retailer, Queen Victoria, Baptist End

Hingley Noah, and Sons, chain and anchor manufacturers, Netherton Iron Works

Hipkiss Richard, butcher

Hodgetts John, victualler, Hand of Providence, Darby Hand

Hoggarth John, tailor and draper

Hollies Sarah, beer retailer, Beehive, Darby Hand

Homer Benjamin, butcher, St. John’s St

Hotchkiss Thomas, victualler, Castle

Hotchkiss Michael, beer retailer, British Oak, Sweet Turf

James John, woollen draper, hatter, and clothier, St. John’s St

Johnson John, shopkeeper

Jones George, victualler, Navigation, Windmill End

Knowles John, victualler, Britannia

Lavender Joseph, shopkeeper

Little Edward, victualler, Boat, Bumble Hole

Little William, boot and shoe maker

Mainwaring Richard, druggist and shopkeeper

Millington John, beer retailer, Jolly Miner, Darby Hand

Mills Joseph, fruiterer, Cradley Road

Mole Thomas, butcher and farmer

Montgomery James, victualler, White Swan

Morgan George, victualler, Old Crown

Nash Jesse, grocer and provision dealer, Primrose Hill

Northall Isaiah, engineer and brass caster

Onslow William, victualler and maltster, Bird in Hand, Primrose Hill

Paine William, clothes dealer

Parkes Enoch, victualler, Windmill End

Pearce George, victualler, British Oak, Darby Hand

Pearson David, victualler, Gate Hangs Well, Darby Hand

Portman Solomon, beer retailer, Loving Lamb

Rolinson John, beer retailer, Bricklayers’ Arms

Roper john, victualler, Old Swan

Round Davis, shopkeeper

Round William, beer retailer, The Boat, Cradley Road

Russell Julius G., chemist and druggist, and British wine dealer

Salt William, beer retailer, White Lion, Primrose Hill

Sheldon Thomas, beer retailer, Red Lion, Primrose Hill

Smith William, grocer and provision dealer, Branch Post Office

Smith William, victualler and maltster, Hope Tavern

Taylor John, beer retailer, Dog and Duck, Windmill End

Thomas, William, victualler, Blue Ball, Bumble Hole

Thornings Jeremiah, miller, Primrose Hill

Tilley James, shopkeeper, Windmill End

Tilley Nancy, beer retailer, Wheat sheaf, Windmill End

Tromans James, chain manufacturer and general iron broker, New Town

Walker Joseph G., nail and chain manufacturer, Primrose Hill

Walker Francis, victualler, Eagle, Sweet Turf

Washington William, boat builder, Darby Hand

Weaver Samuel, boot and shoe maker, Darby Hand

Westwood John, agent to Netherton Colliery

Westwood Thomas, beer retailer, Boat and Anchor

While James, beer retailer, Cottage of Content

Williams Thos., victualler, Malt Shovel, Darby Hand

Woodall Samuel, professor of music, Sweet Turf

Woodall Joseph, boiler maker, Sweet Turf

Woodall Samuel, boiler maker, Old Buffery

Woodall William, shopkeeper

Woodhouse Josiah, shopkeeper, Dudley Wood

Woodward Joseph, manager to M. Grazebrook, Esq., Blackbrook Farm

Wright William, victualler, Bell, Netherton Hill

Post Office – William Smith, Sub-Postmaster. Arrival, 7 30 a.m.; despatch, 6 p.m.

Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855

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