Some history of Hurst Street
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"At the Birmingham Police Court, yesterday, before Messrs. Bunce and W. H. Hart, William Farmer and John Farmer, of Centre Row, and Thomas
Graley and Joseph Richards, Robin Hood Yard, Inge Street, were summoned for taking part in an affray in Hurst Street, to the terror and disturbance of citizens; and
to show cause why they should not find sureties to keep the peace. John Farmer did not appear. Police Constable I. Cohen [E19] said that at about twenty-five
minutes to three o'clock on Sunday, the 29th March, he was standing near Thorpe Street when he saw William Farmer and another man quarrelling. Richards then came up,
and commenced to fight with Farmer, who produced a loaded stick from his pocket. Graley then appeared on the scene. He produced a buckle-ended belt, and commenced
fighting with one of the Farmers. The fight lasted about five minutes, and before the finish a great crowd had collected. Witness, who was in plain clothes, blew his
whistle and several officers came, but as soon as the combatants saw the uniforms they went off down Ladywell Walk. Mr. King [assistant magistrates' clerk]
: Did you try to prevent them fighting? Witness: No, it was no use in me trying. Witness further stated that Richards went off before the belt and stick
were used. John William Jones, manager of the Criterion, said that he saw the disturbance outside the public house door. There were about one hundred and fifty persons
gathered around, and an obstruction was caused. Mr. Bunce: So that no quiet passenger could go through without great difficulty? Witness: No, they would
have to push their way through. Richards admitted fighting with his fists, Farmer said that he used the loaded stick to protect himself, and Graley said that someone
threw him the belt to use after Farmer had endeavoured to hit him with the stick. Charles Price said that all the defendants lived in the locality of Hurst Street;
and he thought that in the case of Graley and Farmer there was likely to be a renewal of the disturbance, as there was considerable animosity between the families.
The row would have been renewed on Sunday last but for the presence of the police. Price also stated that Farmer had sustained three bad scalp wounds, which he had had
dressed at the hospital. He there gave his wrong name, in order to mislead the police. Mr. Bunce: So that they can fight the matter out themselves? Price:
Yes, sir. There were no convictions against Richards and Graley, but Farmer had appeared several times on summonses for assault. Mr. Bunce said that the Bench were
determined to stop these disgraceful disturbances, and all the defendants would be bound over to keep the peace. Farmer would be bound over in £10., and would
have to find a surety of £10. to keep the peace for six months, or in default of finding the surety to go to gaol for twenty-one days; and he would have
to pay the costs or go to gaol for a further seven days. Graley and Richards, who were not so much to blame, would be bound over themselves in £10., and would
have each to find a surety in £5. to keep the peace for six months, or go to gaol for twenty-one days; and pay the costs, or go to gaol for a further
seven days. The Bench granted a warrant against John Farmer."
"Recent Disturbance at Hurst Street"
Birmingham Daily Post : April 7th 1891 Page 7.