Some history of the Ivy House Inn on Brearley Street in Aston New Town in Birmingham in Warwickshire
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"William Johnson, Ivy House Inn, Brearley Street, was summoned for selling a gun, the barrel of which did not bear the proof mark.
Mr. Fitter appeared for the Proof House authorities, and Mr. J. Cutler defended. The case was brought under the Gun Barrel Proof Act 1868, which provided that no small
arm shall be sold or exchanged unless and until the barrel thereof has been duly proved at the Proof House, and duly marked as proved. It was shown by evidence that
the defendant exchanged the gun in question for a table cloth, with a travelling draper named Christopher Collings, who lives at the back of 17, Gough Street.
The barrel did not bear the proof mark, though the breech did, and it was stated that the barrel was an old one, much inferior to the breech. Mr. Fitter contended
under the Act the defendant was liable to a penalty of £20. Mr. Cutler's contention was that before defendant could be made liable, a guilty knowledge must
be shown. Mr. Kynnersley said he at first took this view of the matter, but after looking carefully into the matter, he had come to the conclusion that proof of
guilty knowledge was not requisite. The law made it incumbent upon a person to ascertain that any gun in his possession was marked. The defendant had omitted to
do this, and though it was not serious case, still the defendant was liable, and must pay a mitigated penalty of 20s. and costs."
"Important to the Gun Trade"
Birmingham Journal : November 14th 1868 Page 6
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"At the Birmingham Police Court yesterday, before the Stipendiary, William Whild, [34[, jeweller's stamper, of Lomax
Street, was charged with being drunk, and personating a policeman at the Ivy House beer house, Brearley Street. Mr. Johnson, the landlord, stated that at twenty minutes
to twelve on Wednesday night, someone knocked at the door. Witness sent his daughter to the door to see who was there. A voice replied, "Police," and the door
being opened, prisoner walked in, and in answer to questions said he was a police-officer. He wanted to see what company was in the house. In order to do this he
walked into the bar and into the cooking kitchen, followed by a large dog. [Laughter in Court.] Witness said he had no one in the house, and prisoner replied,
"It's a good job." [Renewed laughter.] Prisoner having looked around the tap-room, witness said he did not believe prisoner was a policeman, and
should like to see his warrant card. He said he would show it another time. Two "real" policemen having put in an appearance, prisoner admitted that he was not
an officer, but said he belonged to the "Alliance," and had a right to go where he asked [Laughter.] Fined 5s. and costs, or seven days."
"A Drunken Alliance Man"
Birmingham Daily Post : May 30th 1873 Page 6