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1904 - 1906 Joseph Ward
1906 - 1907 Daniel Hickman
1907 - 1907 John Marsh
1907 - 1912 Richard James
1912 - 1917 Joseph Ward
1917 - 1918 William Howard Smith
1918 - 1922 Noah Terry
1922 - 1923 Rowland Job Foster
1923 - 1925 Seth Robinson Jones
1925 - 1935 Joseph Ward
1935 - 1940 Robert Dudley Ward
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Genealogy and Gornal
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Sedgley Local History Society
"If a queen bee were crossed with a Friesian bull, would not the land flow
with milk and honey?"
Oliver St. John
"James Bodin, the younger, aged 32, painter, was charged with having, on
the 4th day of October instant, in the parish of Dudley, feloniously stolen a
table, the property of Mrs. Wilde, wife of Mr. James Wilde, New Mill Street,
Dudley. Mr. Streeton prosecuted, and the prisoner was undefended. It appeared
that on Sunday, the 3rd of October Instant, about eleven o'clock at night, the
prosecutor had a table standing in the yard, and missed it next morning. Mr,
William Vicarage, shoemaker, living in the entry leading to High Street, stated
that on the morning of October 4th at half-past six o'clock, he saw the prisoner
at the bar carrying the table into the yard against the house in which he lived.
Vicarage asked the prisoner whose table that was, and he retorted: "Oh, I'm not
going to tell everybody my business." Police-constable John Morris , Dudley,
produced the table, and said he apprehended the prisoner on the 6th of October,
and on charging him with the robbery, he denied it. The table had been
re-painted since the time it was missed, but it was nevertheless identified by
the prosecutrix from its peculiar construction and the newness of two of its
legs. The prisoner said the table was given to him by a man to paint, not
mentioning his name. The learned Chairman summed up, and the jury returned a
verdict of guilty, A previous conviction was proved against the prisoner. There
was a second charge against Bodin of stealing on the 3rd day of October, at
Stourton, twenty-two tame fowls, the property of William Forster, Esq. The
prosecutor's butler, Mr. Pelham, went to feed the fowls on the 3rd of October,
and found that the door of the house had been broken open, and the number stated
above stolen. One fowl, of the golden-spangled Hamburg description, value 10s.,
was produced, which a man named Hillock, a collier living in Dudley, deposed
that he bought of the prisoner on the evening of the 3rd of October, for the sum
of 1s., the prisoner stating to him that he bought the fowl of Mr. James Price,
of Lower Gornal, who lived within a door or two of the Bull's Head, kept by
Isaac Hughes. James Price, a collier, stated that he lived within between two
and three hundred yards of the Bull's Head, and was the only person of the name
of Price, he believed, who lived there, but declared he never disposed of the
fowl to the prisoner. Sergeant Davis deposed to apprehending the prisoner in
King Street, Dudley, when he denied any knowledge of the robbery, but admitted
that he had sold a fowl to Hillcock, which he bought of a man on the road, whom
he did not know. Moreover, he denied having bought the fowl of a man of the name
of Price. Police-constable Coupland stated that he was present when the prisoner
was taken into custody. He had made enquiry at Gornal, and the only person of
the name of Price was the witness last examined. Coupland also produced a
quantity of feathers which were identified as being of the kind upon the species
of birds stolen. The prisoner was sentenced to one month on the first charge,
and being found guilty of the second, to four years' penal servitude."
Household Furniture at Dudley" in
Daily Post 20h October 1858
"An inquest was held on Monday by Mr. Phillips, Deputy-Coroner, at the
Bull's Head Inn, Lower Gornal, on the body of a
man named John Carter. Deceased was taken out of the pool on Saturday, near the
spot where Miss Smith was found, and his body found to be in an advanced state
of decomposition. It was shown in evidence that Carter was forty-seven years of
age, and that on leaving his home on Tuesday he remarked to his landlady that if
did not return she would find his keys in a particular spot. He also gave
directions, provided he did not return, for the disposal of his clothes, and his
burial with the proceeds. He was seen again on the following night at a public
house, but, until his body was found, no further tidings were heard of him. He
had been recently in great distress, and that was the only reason assigned for
the rash act. An open verdict was returned."
Body found in the Askey Bridge Pool" in
Birmingham Daily Post 20th July 1859
"Yesterday the enquiry touching the death of Isaac Hickman, thirteen years of
age, son of William Hickman, and living at Gornal Wood, who came by his death
from an explosion which occurred in one of Lord Ward's pits, of the Himley
Colliery, in the parish of Sedgley, on the 16th ult., and who, from the effects
of the burns, died on the following Thursday. It was held before W. B. Phillips.
Esq., Deputy Coroner, and a body of Jurors, of which Mr. Thomas Gordon Bunch was
the foreman, at the house of Mrs. Hughes, the Bull's
Head Inn, Himley Road, Lower Gornal. The Inspector of Mines for this
district, Mr. Longridge, was present during this third day of investigation of
the affair. From the evidence taken on the previous days of enquiry it appears,
from the testimony of several witnesses, that on the 16th of last month a boy,
of the name of James Davies, had had instruction from the doggy to keep open a
certain door, communicating with a worked-out portion of the mine, and that on
the Saturday [16th] evening he shut it in entire opposition to his instructions.
The result was that the sulphur caught fire, which, together with powder that
was in the pits, caused a shocking explosion, burning the four men and two boys,
who happened to be still remaining in the pit. The boy, whose blameable
carelessness had so endangered the lives of his fellow workers, was badly burnt
himself. The evidence elicited yesterday from Mr. Richard Groucutt, ground
bailiff to Lord Ward, was to the effect that the said doors had only been placed
there a few hours before the sad explosion. His opinion was that the catastrophe
was wholly attributable to the door being shut. The Foreman of the Jury here
enquired of the Coroner if there was any one on the Jury who were in the employ,
or otherwise connected with, Lord Ward, as it had been rumoured that they dare
not give their verdict in that case according to their own convictions, but must
return the verdict as laid down for them. The Coroner said it would be a
difficulty to find a body of jurors there who were not in some respects, either
as workmen or as in business, who has no dealing with his Lordship. He would not
believe in any such rumour, beside the Jury were sworn to give a conscientious
verdict, and that he believed they would do. Mr. Longridge. mine inspector
deposed that having seen the plan of the pits produced, and heard the evidence
given by the several witnesses, he was of opinion that the explosion was the
result of the doors being closed. I don't think that the sulphur would have
stirred down to the place if the doors had been shut. James Davies, a youth,
endeavoured to excuse himself by the plea that, "I shut the doors without a
thought. I went from the doors, and was busy with the horse, and did not think
of anything being the matter." After a very careful enquiry of the whole case,
the Jury conferred for about twenty minutes, and returned a verdict of
"Manslaughter" against one of the sufferers, James Davies."
Boiler Explosion at Himley Colliery" in
Birmingham Daily Post 17th August 1859
"Mad O’Rourke’s has closed two of its three iconic Black Country pubs,
leaving 35 workers out of a job, it was revealed today.
The famous pie factory chain has handed its Gornal and Wordsley pubs back to
Marston’s Brewery after revenue fell and profits were hit by the recession.
But bosses said today that the quirky chain’s original Tipton branch will remain
Mad O’Rourke’s boss Pete Towler, from Tettenhall, said: “It is with great regret
that we have to announce that due to the recession, business has not been as we
hoped and we have had to hand back our Gornal and Wordsley premises to Marston’s
and retrench back to the original Mad O’Rourke’s Pie Factory in Tipton where we
hope you will continue your support.”
The Wordsley branch, in Camp Hill, has already been taken over by new owners and
is due to reopen tomorrow under its former name The Vine. The future of the
Lower Gornal branch, in Himley Road, is unknown.
Rachel O’Conner, one of the new owners of the Wordsley branch, said traditional
decorations would be retained but that all evidence of the Mad O’Rourke’s name
would be erased.
“It will still be a food house, and we will still serve a selection of pies, but
it won’t be exactly the same,” said Miss O’Conner, aged 34, from Solihull.
Workers from the branch are now re-applying for their jobs under the new
management. Former manager Richard Smith, 21, from Woodsetton, said he had
received a call from bosses on Monday morning to say the pub would be closing.
“It came out of the blue, no-one expected it,” he said.
“I knew the company was struggling though, we were doing half the amount of
business we were before.”
A former worker from the Gornal branch, who did not wish to be named, added:
“Pete told us on that everybody was being made redundant but we’re hoping
someone will step in.”
O’Rourke’s Shuts Two Pubs"
by Charlotte Cross in
Express and Star 1st July 2010
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"An iconic Black Country pub has been rescued just days after it closed.
The former head chef at Mad O'Rourke's Steak and Pie Factory in Lower Gornal
will be taking over tenancy of the pub, it was revealed today.
Ian Butts, aged 57, will be running the pub under the name "The Steak and
Pie Factory" and was due to reopen the pub at 5pm today. All evidence of the "Mad O'Rourke's'" signage has been removed.
It come after news yesterday that a buyer had been found for the branch in Camp
Hill, Wordsley, which was also due to open this evening - under the name "The
Around 35 people were made redundant at the start of this week when Mad
O'Rourke's boss Peter Towler suddenly announced he was closing his two newest
branches due to falling profits.
Mr Butts, of Sandstone Close, Lower Gornal, said he was taking on around half of
the former workforce, including three full-time employees. "It seemed like a
great opportunity, and I owned a pub in Shropshire for six years so I know how
it all works," he said."
Chef Rescues Venue"
by John Scott in
Express and Star 2nd July 2010
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