History of the New Cottage Spring at Dudley in the county of Worcestershire. Research is augmented with photographs, details of licensees, stories of local folklore, census data, newspaper articles and a genealogy connections section for those studying their family history.


New Cottage Spring
New Cottage Spring

Some History of this Pub
When this pub closed in the mid-1950's, the licence was transferred to the Jolly Goodfellow at Woodside.
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Licensees of this Pub
1861 - William Harper


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Oscar Wilde
"They afterwards took me to a dancing saloon where I saw the only rational method of art criticism I have ever come across. Over the piano was printed a notice ~ 'Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best.
Oscar Wilde

Newspaper Articles
"William Brookes, a resident of the Mamble, was charged, on Monday, with robbing and assaulting William Bishop, a butcher, of Lower Gornal, on Wednesday, the 20th instant. The prosecutor was in Dudley on that day and left with a man named W. Beddard, at a quarter before ten o'clock, and proceeded homewards. When a mile on the road three men jumped out of the hedge, one of whom seized Bishop by the throat, and another struck him. They then knocked him down and kicked him. When down he felt a hand in his pockets, and after they had done this they again kicked the prosecutor, one of them exclaiming, "damn his bloody eyes, let's finish him." They again maltreated the prosecutor, and then left him on the ground. He missed 26s. and a knife from his pocket. The prosecutor gave Sergeant Davies a description of the three men, and he apprehended the prisoner on Saturday evening. The prosecutor identified him, but the case was remanded."
"Another Highway Robbery" in
Birmingham Daily Post 27th January 1858

"William Brookes, fire-iron polisher, was indicted for assaulting and robbing William Bishop, of 26s., near Dudley, on the 20th January, Mr. Sawyer was for the prosecution, and Mr. Kenealy defended the prisoner. The prosecutor deposed that he was a butcher, and lived at Lower Gornal. On the night of the 20th January he started from Dudley about a quarter to ten o'clock, to return home. A man named Bennett was with him. When they had got to Baggaley's Lane, about a mile out of Dudley, three men sprang out of the hedge at them. One of the men took hold of prosecutor by the throat from behind, and throttled him; one of the others then knocked him down. While he was on the ground someone rifled his pockets, and stole a knife and 26s. Prosecutor would swear that the prisoner was the man who struck him. During the time he was on the ground prosecutor was kicked very badly. William Bennett, the person who was with the prosecutor on the night named, next gave evidence in corroboration of the prosecutor's testimony, as far as he could remember, for he was immediately knocked down and rendered senseless on the road. Police-sergeant Davies, of Dudley, stated that he took the prisoner into custody on the Saturday following the robbery, from a description given by the prosecutor. Witness charged prisoner with the robbery, and he said that on the day named he was at Harper's beer house from three in the afternoon till two o'clock next morning. This witness was cross-examined and said that a man named Patsy, who was said to bear a striking resemblance to the prisoner, had absconded immediately after the robbery. For the defence an alibi was attempted to be set up, and two witnesses, named Thomas Clarke and John Moore, were called in support. They stated that the prisoner was playing at cards at Harper's beer house, at the time the robbery was alleged to have been committed. His Lordship put it to the Jury whether they believed the latter testimony, or that of the prosecutor, who was positive as to the prisoner's identity. The Jury returned a verdict of guilty; and a former conviction was also proved against the prisoner. The learned Judge, in passing sentence, said it was really frightful to see so large an amount of crime from the neighbourhood of Dudley, and a stop must somehow be put to it. The prisoner was sentenced to six years' penal servitude."
"Highway Robbery near Dudley" in
Birmingham Daily Post 15th March 1858

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