Some history of Handsworth
More information on Handsworth to follow. I probably created the page as I had a link to Handsworth from another page. When building the site it is easier to place links as they crop up rather than go back later on. I realise this is frustrating if you were specifically looking for information on Handsworth. There is information on Birmingham dotted around the website - click here for a suitable starting place.
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Related Newspaper Articles
"At the West Bromwich Police Court on Saturday, an old man named Samuel Dawson, sixty years of age, appeared to a summons charging him with
having indecently assaulted a little girl named Ann Gallimore, twelve years of age, daughter of Mr. W. Gallimore, inspector of the paving way department, in the employment
of the London and North-Western Railway Company. Mr. G. Watson appeared on behalf of the complainant, and Mr. Travis defended. It appeared from the evidence of the
little girl that on Monday night at about eight o'clock she left home on an errand, and met the defendant, who had been in her father's employment for five years,
near the Soho railway station. After inquiring where she was going he attempted to kiss her. Complainant said she should not be long before she returned and ran on;
but after completing her purchases she was returning home another way, in order to avoid the defendant, as he had been guilty of misconduct towards her, previous to the
present offence. The defendant, however, intercepted her on her return home near the railway bridge, and there behaved in an indecent manner towards her. He also extorted
a promise that she would not tell her parents what had transpired. The girl, however, informed her parents of the nature of her grievances, and hence the present summons.
The defendant subsequently saw complainant's father and entreated forgiveness. Mr. Travis argued for the defence that the defendant had hitherto borne an
irreproachable character, and was a married man with a family. His instructions were that it was not an offence of so serious a nature as might be at first supposed, the
defendant having been in the habit of frequenting the house of Mr. Gallimore, and fondling and petting the child. The Bench decided to take the case as one of a common
assault, and imposed a fine on the accused of 20 shillings and costs, or in default twenty-one days' imprisonment."
Birmingham Daily Gazette : February 15th 1864 Page 7