Some history of Allison Street
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"On Sunday evening one of those drunken quarrels, which, unfortunately, are only too common and frequent in Allison Street and streets of
character in the town, had a fatal termination. As is usual, the parties concerned in the fight had been drinking, and if not drunk were considerably affected by
"fourpenny." The deceased man, Thomas Rouen, was 42 years of age, a married man, with three children, a bricklayer's labourer by trade, and lived at 1 Court,
4 House, Coventry Street. The man charged with "killing and slaying" him is named Michael Moran. He is twenty-four years of age, also a bricklayer's
labourer by trade, and lived at 7 Court, Allison Street. According to the statements of several neighbours, the deceased man was the aggressor, and provoked Moran to
strike him. During the afternoon, Rouen was in the house of a friend in the court where Moran lived. There had been no quarrel between the parties; but in a fit of
drunken bravado, Rouen shouted out that he would fight any man in the court. This statement he repeated several times in the afternoon, and about half-past six he
went out to fetch some beer. On his way back to the house of his friend, he stopped at the house where Moran lived, and challenged him to fight. Moran refused, and Rouen
then taunted him with being coward. Moran still took no notice, and declined to come out, and Rouen went challenging and taunting him. At length he exasperated Moran to
such degree that he went outside the house into the court. The men then rushed one another, and Moran struck Rouen on the side of the head, and Rouen fell to the ground.
Moran said he would not strike him when down, and he raised him up, and placed him on his feet. Rouen, half drunk and half insensible, from the effects of the blow, at once
fell heavily to the ground, striking the back of his head on the stone kerbing. As he did not rise or speak, or show any signs of life, a neighbour fetched Police Constable
Roe , who was on duty in the neighbourhood, and the officer caused Mr. Gibbs, surgeon, to be sent for. Upon his arrival, he found that life was extinct, and the
body was removed to the deceased's house. The officer went into Moran's house, and found him lying on the bed in his clothes, either asleep or feigning to be so.
Moran denied that he struck the man, or that he was the person that the deceased challenged. He said he belonged to Wolverhampton, had only been a short time in Birmingham,
worked at some building near the New Street Station, and was half a mile away from home when the deceased was struck. Moran was taken into custody, and lodged in the
"A Man Killed in Allison Street"
Birmingham Journal : July 18th 1868 Page 7
"At the Warwickshire Spring Assizes before Mr. Serjeant O'Brien, Michael Moran surrendered to his recognisances on an indictment charging
him with feloniously killing Thomas Rouen, at Birmingham, on the 12th of July. Mr. Buszard prosecuted, and Mr. Stubbins defended the prisoner. On the above-mentioned
day the deceased and the prisoner had a few unpleasant words in a court in Allison Street, in which the prisoner lived. The deceased appeared to have been the aggressor.
Deceased said he did not care for any man who had said anything of him. Prisoner replied that he had never said anything about him. Thereupon deceased said, "Come out
and I will fight it out." Prisoner several times said, "I will not fight you on a Sunday." Deceased then called him a "bloody coward," and challenged
him several times. Prisoner then struck him on the right ear, and he fell heavily on the ground, saying, "Moran, that will do." He died in few minutes. The jury
found the prisoner guilty, but strongly recommended him to mercy on account of the provocation he had received. The prosecution joined in this recommendation. The learned
Serjeant strongly admonished the prisoner, and sentenced him to three calendar months' imprisonment."
"Manslaughter at Birmingham"
Birmingham Daily Gazette : March 2nd 1869 Page 4