Some history of the British Oak
Licensees of this pub
1845 - William Hartland
Note : this is not a complete list of licensees for this pub.
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Related Newspaper Articles
"William Vernon , labourer, Gullet, Fordrough Street, was charged with having violently assaulted Elizabeth Callen, married
woman. Mr. Benbow Hebbert appeared for the defence. The prosecutrix, who up appeared in court with her head enveloped in bandages, and was apparently in a very feeble
condition, stated that on Saturday night week, at about eight o'clock, she was the in "snug" at the British Oak, Suffolk Street. The prisoner came
in, behaved indecently towards her, and used very obscene language. Prosecutrix pushed prisoner away from her, and upon his again approaching her she struck him on the
face with her hand. Prisoner then caught hold of her, and "punched" her several times. He then dragged her outside by her hair, knocked her down, and kicked her
twice on the mouth, and on the right ear. She had since been an in-patient of the Queen's Hospital. By Mr. Hebbert: She was sober on the night in question
and did not strike anyone. Sarah Mattie said she saw the prosecutrix give the prisoner a "smack" on the face, and he then turned away when she struck him on the
back. He then knocked her down and violently beat her about the head. Police Constable George Farmer said he saw the prosecutrix at the hospital shortly after she was
admitted. A large nail had penetrated the woman's face just above the chin, the head of the nail being inside the mouth and the point outside. She had to have her
lip stitched. There was a large wound on her right cheek, and her right ear had been "kicked through." Her head was also swollen in several places. A servant
employed at the British Oak, named Emma Knight, said the prosecutrix struck the prisoner several times before he assaulted her. Prosecutrix had previously struck a
girl named Conner, and had been drinking during the day. In reply to the Magistrates' Clerk [Mr. Barradale], witness said she did not hear the prisoner
make use of filthy expressions, neither did she see him behave indecently towards her. Witness admitted that she was near the "snug" during only part of the
time of the disturbance. Mr. Hebbert said that, after the evidence of the constable, he practically had no defence to offer, but he was sure the magistrates would take
into consideration the allegation that the prosecutrix annoyed the prisoner to some extent before he did anything. Mr. Bunce said the prisoner was undoubtedly guilty
of a savage and, as far the magistrates could see, an unprovoked assault, and he would have to go to gaol for four months' imprisonment with hard labour."
"A Woman Savagely Assaulted"
Birmingham Mail : September 3rd 1889 Page 7