Some history of Park Street
More information will follow for Park Street. I have probably created this page as there is a link from another of Birmingham's streets. In the meantime, I have uploaded photographs and newspaper articles so there is something for you to browse at the moment. I realise this is frustrating but I am always updating the website but it takes so long to undertake each element - and there is only me working on it!
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Related Newspaper Articles
"At the Public Office, Moor Street, before Sir John Ratcliff and Mr. T. C. S. Kynnersley, John Bellamy, hawker, was brought up charged with
the manslaughter of Patrick Davitt, aged 64, a rag gatherer, in Park Street, on the 2nd May. The only additional evidence to that given before the Coroner, was that of
John Mills, Phillips Street, Summer Lane, who was in Court, and volunteered to make a statement. He said he did not hear anything of the case until he happened to be in
Court that day. On the evening of Friday week he was passing along Park Street, on an errand for his master, Mr. Ingram, Bordesley Street. As he went down the street he
saw the deceased and the prisoner talking together. Witness saw the prisoner strike the deceased, and snatch a hat from him. The deceased was doing nothing to the prisoner,
and when witness came to Park Street they were standing at the corner. He stood and looked at them. The prisoner gave the deceased a blow in the face, and knocked him down,
and his hat fell on the ground. The deceased got up, and was talking to prisoner, and the deceased picked the hat up and went on. The prisoner followed and snatched it
from him, and struck him again. Witness should think the prisoner struck him three times, but he did not know on what part of the body. He saw the prisoner carry away the
hat and go into a public house in Park Street. The deceased went up the street and was talking to some men at an entry end. In answer to questions from the prisoner, the
witness said it was about half-past seven o'clock in the evening when he saw him in Park Street, and was sure he was the man. Mr. Kynnersley said there was nothing
to account for the time between that hour and the time when the prisoner was alleged to have struck the deceased. Also, that he might afterwards have received a blow from
some one else. Detective Sergeant Seal obtained the attendance of Patrick Davis, Park Street, who stated that on the 2nd May, somewhere about seven o'clock, he spoke
to the deceased, Patrick Davitt, and he complained of having been struck by some man. They went far as the Fox public house, when witness asked him to go into the Duke of
Cumberland to look for the man, as he said he had gone in there. Deceased replied that if he stirred from there he should fall, and complained of being very ill. Witness
sent for a cab and took him home, and was with him until the doctor came. The prisoner pleaded not guilty, and was committed for trial at the next Warwick Assizes."
"The Fatal Quarrel in Park Street?"
Aris's Birmingham Gazette : May 17th 1862 Page 6
"The City Coroner [Mr. L Bradley] yesterday held an inquest at the Victoria Courts touching the death of Jane Nash , of 13,
Park Street, in connection with which her paramour, William Harrison , had been arrested by the police. The accused, who had just been remanded for a day by the
Stipendiary [Mr. H. A. Pearson], was present at the enquiry, Inspector Clarke and Police Constable Evans [20A] having him in custody. The first witness,
Samuel Nash, cabinet-maker, Smethwick, stated that the deceased was the wife of his brother Joseph, an iron-worker, whose whereabouts had not been known for two
years. The couple were married in 1888, but for the past four years had not lived together. The female searcher at the Moor Street Police Station having deposed to finding
a tattered certificate of marriage concealed in the deceased's dress. Sarah Ward, who lives at 13, Park Street, was called. She stated that the deceased who earned her
living by carding hooks and eyes, and by occasional charring, was a sober woman. Last week she complained of a pain at the back of her neck, and after visiting the
Queen's Hospital, told witness that she was consumptive. The man Harrison, who had lived with her, was anything but sober, and witness had heard him more often than she
had seen him. He had not been sober since he came to the house. Almost every morning and night they quarrelled, and the deceased had told witness that she did not know what
to do to please him. She had complained of him having struck her, and said that on Saturday night he had threatened her with the lamp. When he came home on Monday night he
was the worse for drink, and as he was passing by witness, he remarked that if the deceased came in his sight that night he would kill her. He went upstairs and broke open
the door, and about five minutes afterwards the deceased came home. After expressing a hope that prisoner would not break a bottle of medicine in their room, she went away
to the landlady, as she said she was afraid to go up to her husband. Elizabeth Green, who lets 13, Park Street, as furnished apartments, said she informed the deceased where
she could pass the night. Deceased had told her that the doctor at the hospital had said she would be killed if she were knocked about, and she added that her husband
"had such a nasty temper when he was drunk." Witness saw no more of her until next morning, when she heard that "the quiet woman" [as deceased was
called] had been killed by her husband. Witness afterwards spoke to the latter about it, and he replied, "Then it's a bad job about me." Frank Butler,
pot-man at the Black Horse Inn, Banbury Street, stated that he saw the prisoner meet the deceased near the railway bridge in Park Street, on Tuesday morning. After
making use of a filthy expression, prisoner asked her where she had been all the night, and then struck her twice about the head with his handkerchief, in which something
was wrapped up. He walked away about five yards, but returning, knocked her down with a third blow in the face with the handkerchief. Witness was about to raise the woman,
when prisoner said "Leave her alone; let the ----- die." He then walked away, and witness raised her from the ground, though she slipped
down again in a lifeless condition. Replying to Mr. Eastman, witness said the prisoner was fairly sober at the time. Corroborative evidence was given by three witnesses,
one of whom added that the prisoner was not sober. Police Constable Evans [20A] spoke to arresting the prisoner at his house, and said that when he charged him
with the murder of his wife he replied "That's a bad job." On the table witness found the bundle with which the prisoner had hit the deceased; it contained
a large piece of bread and some meat. On the way to the police station prisoner remarked "On my oath I never hit her at all." Inspector Clarke informed the Coroner
that whilst evidence was being collected the prisoner said "I am as innocent as a new-born child." When formally charged with causing the death of his wife he
replied "Yes; I never done it though." Dr. Flewitt slated that in conjunction with Dr. Kauffmann he had made a post-mortem examination of the
deceased. The body, which was well nourished, bore signs of slight external violence, but there was no fracture of the skin. The liver indicated slight alcoholic excess.
The woman was in a very weak state of health, and died from failure of the heart's action, there being no indication that the blows of themselves would have caused
death. Witness thought, however, that the shock of abusive words and blows might have accelerated the end. Dr. Kauffmann, in supporting the last witness's statement,
said he thought the apprehension of a blow might have contributed to the fatal termination of the affair. The Coroner summed up, and the jury, after consulting for less
than a minute, returned a verdict of "Manslaughter" against prisoner, who was then committed for trial to the next Birmingham Assizes."
"The Park Street Tragedy"
Birmingham Daily Post : April 6th 1900 Page 7
"To those who are acquainted with the dilapidated condition of great number of the houses in Park Street and the vicinity no surprise will
occasioned by the announcement that one of them has become a complete wreck. About half-past five yesterday evening, the house No.68, Park Street, suddenly fell to
the ground. The building is three storeys high, and was occupied by a man named James Stevens, his wife and child, who lived on the ground floor; and by a man named
Samuel Dovey, his wife and three children, who resided on the second floor, all of whom were at home at the time of the occurrence. Fortunately both families were at the
time sitting by their respective firesides, for had they been in any other part of the house they must have met with almost instantaneous death. The house gave way at the
gable end, falling outward into a small piece of waste ground which separated it from the railway. The beams continued to rest on the opposite wall, protecting the
affrighted persons who sat beneath. An immense crowd was soon upon the spot, and on the screams for help being beard from the persons who had occupied the house they were
quickly but cautiously rescued from their perilous position. It was found that all the inmates bad escaped with a few slight wounds. The injured persons were at once
conveyed to the General Hospital, where they were attended to by Surgeon Addenbrooke, but the bruises were so slight that it was not thought necessary to retain them as
in-patients, and, their wounds having been dressed, they were taken back to Park Street, where the whole of the occupants of the ill-fated house wore provided with
accommodation by several neighbours. Of course the unfortunate people have been deprived of all their household goods, and have been left almost destitute, but they seem
consoled by the thought that their lives have been spared. It is possible the occurrence may be the means of preventing a much greater calamity, as no doubt the property
in the immediate neighbourhood will be carefully inspected by direction of the authorities. A number of policemen, under the direction of Superintendent Sheppard, were on
the spot almost immediately after the falling of the house, and the debris that had fallen into Park Street was as soon as possible cleared away by a number of labourers,
the police being engaged in keeping back the crowd."
"Fall Of a House in Park Street"
Birmingham Daily Gazette : September 14th 1868 Page 8
"I hate small towns because once you've seen the cannon in the park there's nothing else to do."
"At the Public Office, on Thursday, before Messrs, T. C. S, Kynnersley [Stipendiary] and C. Ratcliff, Thomas Crook , no
fixed residence, shoemaker, and Mary Crook , no fixed residence, were charged, on remand from Worcester, with stealing from the person of Thomas Rorke,
Ballyjamesduff, of the county of Cavan, Ireland, about £100. On the night of the 11th December prosecutor, who is a sheep dealer, arrived in Birmingham from
Wolverhampton. While in Birmingham some woman, whom he identified as being the female prisoner, met him and asked him to "stand" something to drink for her.
After some pressing he did do so, and went into public house in the Bull Ring. He afterwards went with her to the Museum, and when he came out of there she asked him
where he was going to, and he told her into Allison Street. She then persuaded him to go along Park Street with her which he did, and he was talking to her in the street,
when a man, who was identified as being the male prisoner, came up and put his arm round his [prosecutor's] neck, and held him against the wall while the
female unbuttoned his waistcoat and took from an inside pocket a leather bag which contained £100. The man continued to hold him until the woman had got out of sight,
and then also made his escape. The prisoners were apprehended by Detective Williams, of the Worcester force, at Worcester, on a similar charge, but as the prosecutor in
the case was unable to identify them the case was dismissed. Over £56, was found in the possession of the prisoners when taken into custody. They pleaded not guilty,
and were committed to the Assizes for trial. Mr. J. W. Cutler prosecuted, and Mr. Tree, of Worcester, defended."
"The Daring Garotte Robbery in Park Street"
Birmingham Journal : January 11th 1868 Page 3.