Some history on Heneage Street
More detail on Heneage Street to follow. In the meantime, I have uploaded a few photographs of the street, along with a couple of newspaper items.
More detail on Heneage Street to follow.
More detail on Heneage Street to follow.
More detail on Heneage Street to follow.
More detail on Heneage Street to follow.
List of Pubs
Shepherd and Shepherdess
Wagon and Horses
Aston Brook through Aston Manor
Birmingham City Council
Birmingham History Forum
Birmingham Places and Place Names
Carl Chinn Archive
Ladywood Past and Present
Perry Barr and Beyond
Winson Green to Brookfields
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"The repose of sleep refreshes only the body. It rarely sets the soul at rest.
The repose of the night does not belong to us. It is not the possession of our being.
Sleep opens within us an inn for phantoms. In the morning we must sweep out the shadows."
"A most shocking occurrence took place yesterday afternoon in Heneage Street, by which a boy, only 10 years of age, was deprived of life, by
another boy who is his junior by a year. The murdered boy is named John Davis. He was a fine boy, 10 years of age, and lived with his parents in No. 4 court. Henry Street,
Ashted, and worked at Mr. Stevens', the Dartmouth Street Glassworks. His murderer is a little Irish boy, named Thomas. McGee, who lived with his parents in Howard's Place,
Hill Street, and worked as an "edger" at the hinge manufactory of Mr. Gold, in Great Lister Street. He had only been in Mr. Gold's employ during a few weeks, but
in that time had acquired the reputation of being a quiet, good-tempered lad. The dinner-hour for the employees at both places of business was the same, and Heneage Street
Bridge seems to have been a favourite resort of the lads in their leisure moments. The bridge is distant a few hundred yards from Mr. Stevens' and about double that
distance from Mr. Gold's place of business. To this accustomed spot a large number of boys repaired at dinner-time yesterday, and commenced, boy like, all sorts of
practical jokes the one with the other. McGee would seem to have been eating his dinner, in the carving of which he used a small one-bladed pocket-knife, with a white
bone handle, when the unfortunate deceased gave him a slight tap, whereupon, in a moment of passion, he turned round, and struck his assailant a severe blow in the left
breast with the hand in which was the knife, Davis, on finding himself wounded, at once turned about and ran away in the direction of his workshop. As he passed along the
street he was seen to be bleeding profusely and staggering in his gait, but before anyone could reach him, he managed to get within his master's gate, where he fell to the
earth. He was promptly raised and taken in a cab to the General Hospital, but died on the way. On examining him, he was found to have been stabbed in the region of the
heart. McGee, when he found what he had done, at once tried to escape, and, getting upon the canal towing path, made off in the direction of the bridge in Great Lister
Street, near to where he worked. A man named Thomas Crompton, who lives in the Hop Pole yard, Lawley Street, hearing the hue and cry, and seeing the lad running away, but
not knowing what had been done, at once gave chase and speedily captured him, who asked to be thrown into the canal. Crompton held the boy prisoner until the arrival of
Police-constable Cluff, who took him into custody, and conveyed him to Lawley Street Station. On being asked where was the knife McGee coolly replied that it was in his
pocket, and there it was found, closed and covered with blood. On being asked his reason, the lad maintained a dogged silence, and on being locked up in one of the cells
betrayed no signs of either sorrow for his crime, or fear of its consequences. These are the facts which we have been able to gather of this melancholy affair. McGee will
be brought before the Magistrates this morning, and the inquest will be held upon the murdered boy in due course."
"Shocking Murder in Heneage Street"
Birmingham Daily Post : May 31st 1866 Page 8.
"On Tuesday evening about half-past six o'clock, a murder was committed in Heneage Street, under circumstances of a peculiarly startling and
disquieting nature. The victim was a Hiss Milbourne, a maiden lady, between fifty and sixty years of age, and there is every reason to suppose that the object of the
murderers was plunder. For some forty years Miss Milbourne had resided in a house next door but one to the Ashted Brewery, in Heneage Street. For five-and-twenty years she
and her brother lived together, but about twelve months since her brother died, and since that time she has resided alone. Possessed of considerable property, a report
became current that she was in the habit of keeping a large sum of money in the house. At the time of the death of her brother she had sum between £700. and
£800. in the house, but last January she deposited £615. in Lloyd's bank, and it is supposed that she lived on the remainder of the money. In July last she
drew half year's interest on this sum from the bank, and another half-year's interest was due, but had not been drawn at the time of her death. There is every reason to
suppose, therefore, that there was a great amount of money in the house at the time of the murder. Between the house occupied by Miss Milbourne and the one next to the
Ashted Brewery there is a wide passage, opening with double gates to the street. The yard is common to both houses, and also to malthouse, occupied by Mr. Power. A wall,
eight or nine feet high, separates the yard from the one adjoining. Shortly before six o'clock Tuesday evening Mrs. Bullock, who lives in the adjoining yard, was in an
out-house, when she heard some persons in the yard. She states that she looked through crevice in the door, and saw three men, two about the same height, and one a trifle
shorter, climbing over the wall. The men became aware of her presence, for one of them said, "There's woman in there, and she will blow on us." Without waiting
to look into the out-house the men ran up the entry into the street and disappeared. Mrs. Bullock told her husband of the occurrence, and said she hoped they had not been
the old lady, next door. Alter that she and Mrs Dickman, another neighbour, went to Miss Mllbourne's door and called to her. Not receiving any reply, they feared some
outrage had been committed, and their statements brought other people to the spot. About half-past six a lad arrived at the police station in Duke Street, and stated that
a woman had been murdered in Heneage Street. Superintendent Sullivan at once sent Police Constables Ruscoe and Brown to the address given by the lad. Arrived there, the
officers found a large crowd congregated, but no one had had the courage to enter the house. The front door was locked. The officers then went through the gates into the
yard, and found the back door open. On the kitchen table a bonnet was found, and a shawl lay upon the door. At first the officers saw no trace of the old lady, but between
the kitchen and front room stone steps led down the cellar. At the top of these steps Brown discovered Miss Milbourne lying on her back, her head resting on the second
step. She was quite warm, but lifeless. There was one mark of a blow upon her nose, and finger-marks upon her throat, plainly showing that she had been strangled. The body
was brought into the front room and laid upon a bed. Mr. Hopkins, assistant to Mr. Lloyd, surgeon, 38, Ashted Row, was quickly in attendance, but of course his services
were of no avail. Upon examination of the house being made, it was discovered that it had been completely ransacked. There were three rooms upstairs, and the contents of
the boxes and beds in all of them were turned over and thrown on the floor. The bedroom which the deceased woman occupied had been subjected to a very minute examination.
Drawers were burst open, and boxes rummaged, and part of a pillow was torn open. Detectives are of the opinion that the searching of the house was the work of persons
experienced in business of that character. Not a trace of the murderers in any form was left behind, and they must have been but very short time in the house, the old
lady was but just dead when the police-officers arrived. On the table in the back kitchen was found a black bag, which, on Mr. Superintendent Sullivan searching, was found
to contain a receipt on Lloyd's Banking Company for the sum of £615, deposited January last. Miss Milbourne seems to have been preparing tea when attacked, and to
have put the tea into the teapot, the caddy and spoon being found on the table, and from the position of the bonnet and shawl is supposed that she had been out for a walk
shortly before. The unruffled condition which the deceased's hair and dress were found shows that no struggle took place between her and her murderers. She was apparently
surprised from behind, and her neck seized a powerful grasp, and she probably then became insensible. The neighbours state that she was a very quiet but eccentric woman,
and steadily refused entreaties that someone should be allowed to live wish her. A strange fact in connection with the tragedy is that nothing was seen of it by anyone on
the premises next door or the malthouse. The next house is occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Churchley. Mr. Churchley was out at the time, and Mrs. Churchley states that shortly
before the time of the occurrence a woman knocked her front door, and asked whether she knew where Mr. Cooper lived. Notwithstanding her replying in the negative, the woman
kept her engaged in conversation for upwards of half an hour, during which time the murder was being committed, and so prevented her from seeing or hearing anything of it.
Suspicion was attached to this woman first, but she has since been ascertained to be respectable person. The occupants of the malthouse, three in number, were all absent
during the time of the murder, and returned shortly after seven o'clock. There was, therefore, no one at all the yard, or the premises overlooking the yard, who could see
any deed, hear any scream, in the back part of deceased's house. The circumstance of the men's absence at the time is of no significance, so far as they are concerned, as
the police know where they were; bus it is unfortunate having afforded an opportunity which may have been watched for and taken advantage of so far the commission of the
crime, with leas chance of detection than if these men had been on the premises. Miss Milboume's house was left in charge of Police Constables Brown, Foster, Blood, and
Phantam, and during the night it was surrounded by large crowds of curious people. The police were watching and enquiring all night, and in the morning a woman and two men
were arrested on suspicion, but were almost immediately discharged, there being no evidence to justify their detention. The vigilance of the police was not relaxed on
Thursday, bus was not rewarded by any success. Superintendent Sullivan, in searching the house, found in a cupboard two silver table spoons, one of them marked with a large
"H.," in scrips letter, and the other plain. He found with these five silver teaspoons, all marked with "M.," engraved over " R. E." is hoped
that if any similar spoons were stolen by the murderers, this description may lead to the identification of such stolen articles, should they have been disposed of by the
depredators. On Thursday, Mr. Lakin, whose wife was a cousin of Miss Milbourne, residing at Orgreave, near Lichfield, came to town, to assist in arranging the affairs of
his relative. is, however, quite unacquainted with any of the property possessed by the deceased, and as there is no one to speak to this, the police are left without any
clue such as wonld be afforded by the knowledge of what property was taken away. THE INQUEST. Yesterday, the inquest of the body of deceased was opened before Dr. Burt
Davies. Borough Coroner, Dartmouth Arms, Heneage Street, Mr. Glosaop, Chief Constable, and Superintendent Sullivan were present during the enquiry. The Jury having been
sworn, the Coroner said he did not intend to gp into any lengthened enquiry that day. He should adjourn the enquiry in order that the police might have ample opportunity
for making enquiries. He had directed merely superficial examination of the body to be made, in order that the Jury might make the usual request to him for post mortem
examination. There were many light and delicate traces when a body had been pulled about, and it was needful to have the best talent in the neighbourhood to bear upon the
case. By their request the services of some eminent practitioner - say Mr. Oliver Pemberton, or some other gentleman - might be engaged, in addition to the talent connected
with the case. The Jury then went to view the body and the premises, and on their return the following evidence was taken : William Lakin, Knowles Bank, Orgreave, Alrewas,
Staffordshire, farmer, said: he knew the deceased Mary Milbourne, She was first cousin to my wife on the father's side. Deceased was a single woman She was, as far as I
can ascertain, 61 years of age. I last saw her alive on Thursday, the 3rd of October. She sent for me to come over to have a little conversation about making wil). When I
came over she said she had had an accident the Tuesday before in the street and dislocated her shoulder, and the conversation was put off, as it had been on a former
occasion. She said she had been much bruised by a fall, and could not move her arm. I arrived at Birmingham by the ten o'clock train. I remained in her house several hours,
and left by train about three or four o'clock in the afternoon. She asked me during the day to come over again, and bring my eldest son with me. She was to send me word
when she was better, and when I was to come. She did not intimate to me what she was worth. She said the house she lived in, and the house and malthouse adjoining, belonged
to her, and that she had about £400. of her own, and something less, which came to her from her brother, who died twelve months ago last May, in money; altogether he
believed she said she had between £600. and £700. in the bank. She said she had very little money in the house, but her brother had some in a box which she
could not unfasten. She asked me and get the box open, and I did so, and after about a quarter of an hour I succeeded. I do not know what amount of money there was, but I
do not believe it was a large sum. Police Constable John Ruscoe [3rd Division Birmingham Police] said: On Tuesday last, the 21st, about ten minutes to six o'clock, a boy
named Thompson came into the Duke Street Station and gave some information, upon which Superintendent Sullivan sent Police Constable Brown and myself to the deceased's
house. We went through door in the malthouse gates to the back door of 241, Heneage Street, where deceased lived. We went into the house and found the woman lying on the
steps from the kitchen to the cellar. Her head was lying on the second step. The middle of her head rested on the edge the step. She was dead, but quite warm. I took hold
of her hand, and at the same time noticed marks of violence upon the front part of her neck. Her neck was not covered. There was also a mark as if she had had a blow on
the right side of the cheek bone. The right side of her nose was also red. There was no froth about her mouth. I raised her up and put her on the sofa in the kitchen, and
sent for a doctor. Mr. Hopkins, assistant to Mr. Lloyd, surgeon, came at once. He said she was dead. We found the shawl of the deceased lying on the floor by the clock,
about a foot from the cellar-head. It lay all in a "ruck." A bonnet lay on the table, bent, as if knocked about, and had mud on the ribbon for about three inches.
The bonnet was damp, There was an umbrella on the floor, between the table and sofa. The keys to the back door were upon the table in the kitchen. Upstairs, the boxes were
all open and the contents strewed about the room. The lid of one small box was broken through the middle. The drawers were also open. I left Police Constable Brown in
charge of the house, and went and reported to Superintendent Sullivan. Samuel Lloyd, surgeon, 38, Ashted Row, said: have carefully examined externally the body of the
deceased, I found general lividity on the surface of the body, excepting the extremity the nose. The apex of the nose was turned towards the right cheek slightly. There was
a reddish discolouration on the left side of the nose. The lips were very pale. There was purple discolouration about the neck and shoulders. There were three small bruised
marks on the blade bone, and also a small mark on the inside of the left thigh. He was of the opinion that the deceased had died from violence applied to the throat. The
Jury then signed the request for post mortem examination, and the enquiry was then adjourned until Friday next, two o'clock."
"Mysterious Murder in Heneage Street"
Birmingham Journal : January 25th 1868 Page 6.