Some history of Lawley Street
More information on Rocky Lane to follow. I probably created the page as I had a link to Rocky Lane 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 Rocky Lane. There is information on Birmingham dotted around the website - click here for a suitable starting place. There is also a general page for Aston.
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Related Newspaper Articles
"At the Aston Police Court, yesterday before Messrs. Hill and Peyton, and Dr. Griffiths, Henry Tarpey. labourer, 6, Garden Walk, Longacre,
Birmingham, and Robert Kemp, stamper, back 106, Cook Street, Birmingham, were charged with obtaining money by menaces from a man named Charles Hartley. Mr. Hemmant
defended Tarpey. On the 7th inst. prosecutor was passing up Rocky Lane about midnight, when he saw the prisoners throwing stones up an entry at someone who was running
away. When prosecutor came up they said, "We will make you remember coming across our track." Tarpey said, "Here is one of the Summer Lane birds," and,
Kemp said they would either have the suit of clothes which he was carrying or some money, or would knock his brains out. He informed them that he had only twopence, and
Kemp replied, "Well, you know how it is when two chaps are on the road and want a night's doss," one of the two following this up with the information that
they had just met two young fellows and had knocked them down, and would do the same to him if he did not give them something. Prosecutor finding he had only three
half-pence was informed by Kemp that that would do, and he was then allowed to pass on. The prisoners then went on to the other side of the road, and witness heard
them stop a young woman. William Trueman, rivet-maker, William Henry Street, Birmingham, said he was in Rocky Lane about midnight on the date in question, when he
saw the prisoners stone a young man who came up the thoroughfare, and who had to run up an entry to escape from them. It was just upon this that Hartley came up, and
they asked him for money. Detective Inspector Evans said that on Saturday night he was passing up Rocky Lane from the direction of Nechells, when as he came to a dark
part of the road he saw several persons. From what a man told him he went back, and met the Mays and the prosecutor Hartley, and in consequence of their statements he
went towards the prisoners, who were approaching him, and knocked Tarpey down and arrested Kemp. He took both prisoners to the police station, and charged them with
obtaining money by threats from Hartley. They made no reply to the charge, but said a man named May had struck them. On searching them he found one penny on Tarpey,
and on Kemp twopence. Mr. Hemmant submitted that there had not been a sufficiently strong case made out to justify his client's committal for trial. The prisoners
were further charged with attempting to obtain money by menace from Benjamin May and Mary May, man and wife. The two people were going up the Rocky Lane shortly before
twelve o'clock on the 7th instant, when Tarpey accosted them, and asked for money, threatening that if this was refused he would strike the husband with a brick
which he flourished in his hand. They caught hold of May's wife, and he ran away. They liberated his wife, and he subsequently saw Inspector Evans to whom he
recounted what had taken place. Mary May, wife of the previous witness, said that the prisoners held her against a wall and demanded money for tobacco. She told them
she had nothing, and begged them to release her, as she had a family of young children, and they then let her go, saying that if her husband was one of the Summer Lane
lot they would follow him and dash his brains out. The next case proceeded with was one of attempting to obtain money from a young girl named Gertrude Bishop. The
prosecutrix was stopped about a quarter to twelve o'clock on the night in question, when the prisoner Kemp asked her for twopence, adding that if she did not give
it they would take her life. Tarney, who had a brick in his hand, knew her and let her go. Frederick Liddington, of 86, Charles Arthur Street, was also stopped by the
prisoners on the same evening, and money was demanded from him. Charles Cottam, 117, Great King Street, said he was passing up Rocky Lane about midnight on the 7th,
when he was molested by the prisoners, who asked tobacco from him, and when refused offered to fight him. Prisoners were committed for trial at the assizes on the
whole of the charges."
"Sloggers Sent To The Assizes"
Birmingham Daily Post : February 18th 1891 Page 3