Chaddesley Corbett

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Chaddesley Corbett
Chaddesley Corbett Church View.JPG
Church View, Chaddesley Corbett
Chaddesley Corbett is located in Worcestershire
Chaddesley Corbett
Chaddesley Corbett
Location within Worcestershire
Civil parish
  • Chaddesley Corbett
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townKidderminster
Postcode districtDY10
EU ParliamentWest Midlands
List of places
52°21′39″N 2°09′35″W / 52.360725°N 2.159672°W / 52.360725; -2.159672Coordinates: 52°21′39″N 2°09′35″W / 52.360725°N 2.159672°W / 52.360725; -2.159672
Arms of Corbet of Chaddesley Corbet: Or a raven proper within a bordure engrailed gules.[1] A cadet branch of the ancient family of Corbet of Caus Castle was seated at the manor of Chaddesley.

Chaddesley Corbett is a village and civil parish in the Wyre Forest District of Worcestershire, England. The Anglican and secular versions of the parish include other named neighbourhoods, once farmsteads or milling places: Bluntington, Brockencote, Mustow Green, Cakebole, Outwood, Harvington, and Drayton; this is also the birth place of the mighty Chaddesley Ravens, the current Worcstershire County Cup champions.


The village was named Chad Lea, or the place of Chad, in Saxon times,[2] and is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086–7 as Cedeslai, when it was held by a woman, Eadgifu, who also held it in the time of King Edward before the Norman Conquest of 1066,[3] it consisted of eight berewicks and 25 hides of which 10 were free of geld and had the value of £12.[3] The area was subject to forest law for around a century to 1301, as part of Feckenham Forest.[4]


Chaddesley Corbett is centred on the north side of the A448 approximately midway between the north Worcestershire towns of Bromsgrove and Kidderminster.

In 1913 the parish was stated to have just under 5% woodland, namely 242 34 acres (98.2 ha).[5] Of this the main feature is Chaddesley Woods recognised as a nature reserve to the east of the village, thought to be a remnant of the medieval Feckenham Forest. It is under the care of the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, founded in 1968 to conserve, protect and restore the county's wildlife; the main section of the woods has a network of public footpaths to facilitate access.[6]


Chaddesley Corbett covers a relatively large 6,079 acres, that is 24.6 square kilometres (9.5 sq mi) and had a population of 1343 persons and 280 houses in 1821.[5][7]

The same area had a population of 1,440 persons across 607 households in 2001.[8]


St Cassian's Church[edit]

St Cassian's Church from the lych gate.

Within the village urban area is the Church of England church of St Cassian; the Domesday Book implies that there was a church at Chaddesley Corbett before 1086, although the present nave dates from the 12th century with later additions.[9] St Nicholas Chapel was added in the 13th century, the chancel and north and south aisles in the 14th century, and the vestry probably added in the 16th century when the south aisle and St Nicholas Chapel were also altered; the tower and spire were added in the 18th century and the north aisle widened and vestry altered in the 19th century.[10] The pipe organ, currently 3 manuals plus pedals, was first built in 1817 and relocated from a west gallery during major restoration and alterations in 1863-4. More recent additions include a roll of honour, housed in the tower, that lists those who served in World War I, and two windows commemorating soldiers killed during World War II.[11]

The monuments include former owners of Harvington Hall as well as members of the Corbett family, local lords of the manor and benefactors of the church; the fittings include a Norman stone font, which is thought to be the work of the Herefordshire School of sculptors, active c.1125–1150, which drew on Romanesque models from southern Europe. It features a main motif of interlaced dragons—symbolising, perhaps, the evil of original sin which is washed away in baptism—with other interlacing patterns along the rim and base; the dragons resemble Romanesque north Italian models, especially the pulpit of San Giulio abbey in Piedmont, but their interlacing is a motif of indigenous Anglo-Irish origin.[12]

The churchyard contains the war graves of 4 British Army soldiers of World War I and 2 Royal Air Force officers of World War II.[13]

Harvington Hall[edit]

Harvington Hall near Chaddesley Corbett

Harvington Hall, located in the hamlet of Harvington in the civil parish of Chaddesley Corbett, is a moated medieval and Elizabethan manor house. Harvington Hall is particularly notable for its vestment-hide and seven priest-holes, four of which are built around the main staircase and are thought to be the work of Nicholas Owen.[14][15][16][17]


There is also a Methodist Chapel in Bluntington and a Catholic chapel associated with Harvington Hall.


The three village pubs, The Talbot, The Swan and The Fox were named in the 2007 Good Beer Guide.[18]

There is also a post office and general store, a butcher, hairdresser and beauty salon, a flower shop, delicatessen and a GP surgery.


There are two schools in the village: Chaddesley Corbett Primary School and the independent Winterfold House School; the primary school caters for Reception to Year 6 and replaced the previous Chaddesley Corbett Endowed First School under the Wyre Forest education review. Each school has an associated pre-school nursery.


Chaddesley Corbett Sports Club is located in Fox Lane and has rugby, football and cricket sections, all of which play in one or more local leagues; the football section has a number of ex-professional players on their books, with Tristan Murray, Adam Simpson, Ken Ash, Harvey Austin and Robert Hirons.

The village is the location for the Lady Dudley Cup, a point to point race that was first run in 1897.[19]

Notable people[edit]

  • Sir Geoffrey Corbett (1881–1937), a member of the Indian Civil Service and a mountaineer, was brought up at Chaddesley Corbett
  • Ellen Ferris (1870–1955), owner of Harvington Hall, who gave it to the Diocese of Birmingham
  • Robert Grant-Ferris, Baron Harvington (1907–1997), Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons 1970–1974, only son of Ellen Ferris (1870–1955)
  • Ernest Perry, first-class cricketer, was born in Chaddesley Corbett.
  • Jim Yardley was born in Chaddesley Corbett and played cricket for Chaddesley Corbett CC before going on to play first-class cricket for Worcestershire, and Northamptonshire.[20]


  1. ^ Burke's General Armory, 1884
  2. ^ Noake, John (1868). J Noake's Guide to Worcestershire. London: Longman. p. 82. ISBN 978-0-14-143994-5.
  3. ^ a b Williams, Ann; G H Martin (2002). Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. London: Penguin. pp. 492, 1326. ISBN 978-0-14-143994-5.
  4. ^ Humphreys FSA, John. "Forest of Feckenham". Transactions and proceedings. Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeology Society. 44–45: 115–132. (page 120)
  5. ^ a b Parishes: Chaddesley Corbett - A History of the County of Worcester. British History Online. 3. London. 191. p. 35-43. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  6. ^ Surveyed in August 2008 for OpenStreetMap, Chaddesley Wood Archived 8 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Tymm, Samuel (1834). The Family Topographer: Being a Compendious Account of the Antient and Present State of the Counties of England. London: J.B. Nichols and Son. p. 280. Retrieved 18 May 2008.
  8. ^ United Kingdom Census 2001. "Chaddesley Corbett CP (Parish)". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 January 2008.
  9. ^ Roper, John S., A History of St Cassian's Church Chaddesley Corbett,2006, The Friends of St Cassian's Church (May 2009), p.3
  10. ^ Roper, op. cit., p.36
  11. ^ Roper, op. cit., pp. 19, 31
  12. ^ G. Zarnecki, "Germanic Animal Motifs in Romanesque Sculpture", Artibus et historiae 22 (1990), pp. 189–203
  13. ^ "CWGC Cemetery record, breakdown obtained from casualty record".
  14. ^ Home > Corporate Hospitality > West Midlands Archived 28 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Hudson's Archived 17 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 19 July 2009. "Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham"
  15. ^ Julian Yates, Error, misuse, failure: object lessons from the English Renaissance, U of Minnesota Press, 2002, ISBN 0-8166-3961-2, ISBN 978-0-8166-3961-8. p. 187
  16. ^ The Priest Holes Archived 21 October 2010 at the Wayback MachineHarvington Hall, official website. Retrieved 19 July 2009.
  17. ^ Harvington Hall- Inside the roof hide. Tudorstuff blog, Retrieved 19 July 2009.
  18. ^ Smith, Adam (26 September 2006). "Village is hailed for its great ale". Birmingham Mail. Archived from the original on 16 May 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2008.
  19. ^ Connaughton, Mick (1 April 2006). "Horse Racing: Cannon Bridge to extend winning run in Cup". The Independent. Retrieved 7 January 2008.[dead link]
  20. ^ "Wisden: The Independent Voice of Cricket - Scores, News, Opinion, Fixtures".

External links[edit]

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