History of Islington Row in Birmingham in the county of Warwickshire.


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Brummagem Boozers

List of Pubs

White Swan

Ansell's Bitterman - You Can't Beat 'Em

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Atkinson's Ales

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Mitchell's and Butler's Traditional Cask Ales

Dare's - Perfect Beer

Ansell's Mild Playing Card

Mitchell's and Butler's Special Ale

Davenport's Traditionally Brewed Ales

Atkinson's Punch Stout

Be an Ansell's Bitterman

Mitchell's and Butler's - Good Honest Beer [1950 Advertisement]

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Thomas Aquinas

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Thomas Aquinas

Newspaper Articles

"A robbery, and attempt to destroy life and property, took place early on Friday morning, at the houae of Mr. Wm. Sanders, surgeon, corner Frederick Street, Islington Row. From an inspection of the premises, and Mr. Sanders's account, we hare collected the following particulars of the atrocious transaction. Mr. Sanders's house is two stories in height, having on the ground floor seven apartments, and five bedrooms in the upper storey, on the same landing. At the side of the house is a large gateway, leading into a garden, which is at the rear of the house, the whole enclosed by a high brick wall. On Thursday night Mrs. Sanders and the servants went to bed at half-past ten o'clock, leaving Mr. Sanders and his daughter up. About half-past twelve o'clock Miss Sanders retired to her room, and her father remained in his library, the lower room fronting the street. A little before one o'clock, Mr. Sanders examined the doors of the house, and finding all secure he retired to bed. About two o'clock he was awoke by Mrs. Sanders, who told him that she feared he had left his candle burning in the library, and that the house had taken fire. As he knew that he had not, he paid no attention to the caution. Soon after, however, both he and Mrs. Sanders heard a noise in the lower part of the house, as if some person had stumbled over chair. He was then satisfied that there were robbers in the house, and he and Mrs. Sanders got out of bed; and on opening his door found the landing full of smoke, and perceived flames coming up the stairs. The smoke was so great that he was forced immediately to close the door to avoid it. Mrs. Sanders then rang the bell to give an alarm, and Mr. Sanders, again opening the door, called aloud his daughter and servants, whom with some difficulty awoke. When they got up the smoke had so greatly increased, that they could not venture on the landing. Mr. Sanders finding that their destruction was inevitable if they remained in their rooms, encouraged them to come out, and by his advice they rushed through the smoke, and reached his own room. To get out thence was now the consideration, and to enable the parties to do so the bed and clothing were thrown into the street, in the hope that they might be able to leap from the window, without being hurt. Owing, however, to the confusion of the moment, the things were thrown too far from the window for that purpose. The family at length contrived to get into a back room, from the window of which Mr. Sanders got to the verandah, and thence jumped into the garden. He then procured a ladder which had been used by some painters employed at the house, and, carrying it to the verandah, by its means the whole or the family were enabled to descend into the garden, in their night dresses. By this time, the fire was raging in different parts of the house. Mr. Sanders ran into the street, and called for the watchmen, but there were none within hearing. In a few minutes, however, five or six of Mr. Lucy's men, who were going to work at the mill, came by, and seeing the flames issuing from the library, they got buckets, basins, and every other description of vessels they could procure, and with the utmost vigour commenced throwing water from the two taps and the pump, and in no great length of time, by their incessant exertions, completely got the fire under, but not until a great number of valuable books, manuscripts of much labour, surgical instruments, furniture, and other articles, had been burned to ashes. The window and door were also destroyed, and the binding of some two hundred excellent hooks, was completely shrivelled. Having subdued the fire in the library, the men proceeded to the room above it, where they found the flames were issuing through the floor, but the fire there yielded to a few buckets of water. The window in this room was found open. Proceeding to the dining room, they found that a mahogany cupboard had been opened, and its contents, which consisted of wines and spirits, taken out, and placed upon table in the middle of the room. A considerable quantity of wine had been consumed by the thieves, who had helped themselves out of half-pint goblets. In this room, the villains had collected together a large quantity of plated articles, all of which they would seem to have carefully examined, and finding no silver article amongst them, with the exception of two silver spoons, they threw them aside. Before, however, leaving the room, they attempted to fire it in two places, but providentially did not succeed. They set fire to the bottom of the hangings, one of the windows, and the carpet under it, but, owing to the nature the materials, they did not burn rapidly, but created a great smoke. They also deposited something of a combustible nature behind one the shutters of another window in the room, which had burned a hole in the wood, and was no doubt designed to set fire to the whole of the framing. From this there issued a great smoke, but no flame. Having finally extinguished the fire in this room, the men went to the stairs, where they found that some inflammable matter had been deposited on nearly the top step, which also was consuming the wood. This they also extinguished, together with every spark they could find on the premises, and the whole was finally subdued at three o'clock. The fire engines arrived in good time, but their services were not required, the men had got the flames under before their arrival. The thieves took out of library 5l. in silver, seven or eight sovereigns, and a bank note. This, with two silver spoons, is all the property which has been yet missed. As yet, there is no certainty to the means by which the robbers effected their entrance but the most probable conjecture is, that they first got over the wall into the garden, procured one of the ladders, and, by means of it, got in through one of the windows fronting the street, and concealed themselves under a bed until the family had retired to rest - that they then went downstairs, and, as they passed down, designed to set fire to the landing, to prevent any one from going down, while they were engaged in plundering and firing the bottom part the house. One remarkable circumstance connected with the affair is, that Mr. Sanders had a very fine dog in the yard, which, during the whole time, never gave the least alarm. Since July last, Mr. Sanders's house has been three times attempted to be robbed. The attempt of Thursday night was the fourth. His garden has been repeatedly stripped. The officers have examined the premises, but no clue has been discovered to the offenders. It is said there was not a watchman to be found near the spot until the fire was nearly extinguished."
"Daring Robbery and Arson"
Birmingham Journal : October 5th 1839 Page 5.