Some history on Adams Street at Duddeston in Birmingham in the County of Warwickshire
This Duddeston thoroughfare was formerly known as Adam Street but later evolved into Adams Street. That was probably around the time that the name was applied to the entire length of the street, connecting Richard Street down to the Star Tube Works on Heneage Street, crossing both Lord Street and Great Lister Street. The southern section of the thoroughfare was previously known as Brewery Street. In the 21st century the street was made up of entirely industrial units but it was once a thoroughfare of mixed use with plenty of housing, one fully-licensed pub and several beer houses.
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"At the Birmingham Police Court, yesterday, before Mr. T.C.S. Kynnersley [Stipendiary], Francis Thomas Yem , paperhanger,
45, Adam Street, was brought up on remand charged with having, on Sunday, the 7th inst., caused the death of Richard Smith, 73 years of age, and a carpenter, who lodged
with the prisoner. Mr. Alfred Walters appeared to watch the case on behalf of the Crown. The evidence adduced in support of the case was a repetition of that given at the
inquest, with only a few additions. In the course of her evidence, the first witness, Rose Anne Bedward, said there were no angry words used between the prisoner and the
deceased. The Prisoner: "Oh, you wicked woman [turning to the Magistrates], she is telling the grossest lies that can be uttered. She does not know what
taking an oath is." The axe with which the fatal deed was committed was laid upon the table, but soon afterwards it was removed by the direction of Inspector Percy,
and at the request of the prisoner, who did not like the appearance of it. The prisoner subsequently applied that the witnesses in the case might be ordered to leave the
Court, and his application was complied with. He several times interrupted the witness with the view of correcting her evidence, remarking "I don't expect to be
spared, but I like people to tell the truth. I know my position." Prisoner to the witness: "You say that he [deceased] was not drunk; but would he
not have fallen into the fire if I had not stood by him? He tumbled against me." Witness: "He didn't." Prisoner: As soon as he came into the
house he commenced to abuse me in the worst way he could. You [pointing to witness] are on your oath now. The people who were in the house saw how excited I was.
I could not walk up for the steps - they were fetched for me." Witness: He didn't seem excited any more than I am now - he was as calm as he is now."
The prisoner: "Didn't you return to that wicked man [the deceased] - didn't you return to him and ask him why he abused me? He called me
everything - but I shall have to repeat every word. Magistrate's Clerk: "Have you any question to ask?" Prisoner: "No, sir, she denies my
being insulted." The boy, William Thomas Bedward, having repeated the evidence given before the Coroner, the Magistrate&s Clerk asked the prisoner if he had any
questions to ask. The prisoner: "I really don't know what he has said, but I will ask one question - you said the deceased had only had a little drop of
beer. Didn't you see him fall against me, and would he not have fallen into the fire but for me?" Witness: "He slipped a bit, and you pushed him up
with your knee, but I thought you did that to knock him over." The prisoner: "I am well known from my birth, and nothing can be produced against me from my
birth up." Letitia Davis, of 45, Adam Street, and the prisoner's landlady, was afterwards examined, and stated amongst other things, that the prisoner was excited
on the evening in question and swore. The prisoner: "Oh, you wicked old woman!" [Laughter, which was instantly suppressed, Mr. Kynnersley remarking
that the subject was not one to laugh about.] Witness [continuing] said she knew the prisoner was rather spiteful at times. The prisoner: "Was I ever
spiteful towards you? Did I not save your life once when you fell down stairs?" Witness: Well that was very kind of you. Andrew Fitzmaurice stated:
"About half-past eleven o'clock on Sunday night, I was in Newtown Row, when the prisoner came up to me and asked me the way to the police-station. I asked
him what he wanted, and he said he had committed murder and seemed excited. Not believing him, I asked him where it was. He said it was a fellow lodger in Thomas Street.
I asked him the man's name, and he replied, "Smith." I told him I didn't believe it and was under the impression that he was destitute, and wanted a
night's lodging, but he persisted in the truth of his statement. I told him I thought he had been drinking, and that he was suffering from delirium tremens.
I asked him what he had committed the murder with, and he said "with an axe." I asked him to go with me, and I took him along the row until I met a policeman,
when I gave him into custody. Prisoner said he had no questions to put to the witness, as he had said nothing but the truth. Alfred Heaton, beer house-keeper, Adam
Street, said he had known the prisoner about a month. On Friday afternoon and night the prisoner was at his house drinking. On Sunday, about nine o'clock at night the
prisoner came again. He was trembling, appeared excited, and said, "Do you know that carpenter's come again." He [witness] told him not to put himself
about, but to go home and then to bed. He sat, however, an hour, and the theme of his conversation was respecting the carpenter, and in the course of it he said several
times that something would be sure to happen before morning, and he should be in prison, and should want some friend to go and see him. He [witness] begged of him
to compose himself. He had some more fourpenny, and left about half-past ten o'clock. His own opinion was the prisoner was hardly compos mentis. The
prisoner began to make a rambling statement as to his condition on the night of the murder, and wished to offer some explanation concerning various matters introduced by
the witness, and when told that he would have an opportunity of saying anything he desired to say at the proper time he said that opportunity would not be of much service
to him, as he should forget several questions which were "immaterial" to him. The depositions having been read, the prisoner was charged with killing: and slaying
the decease [Richard Smith], and in reply to the charge said, "I didn't intend to kill him, I am certain of that. I could never kill anything. When I kept
fowls I was obliged to send the away to have them killed. It was the same with the pigs in the Forest of Dean. I always absented myself while they were being killed. I
never had anything against him. My father is a county Magistrate of Hereford, and I have his
handwriting and crest in my pocket, but I offended him many years ago."
The prisoner was ten committed for trial at the Assizes."
"The Murder in Adam Street"
Birmingham Daily Post : January 12th 1872 Page 6