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Some history of Suffolk Street

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Suffolk Street : Entrance to Technical School [1966]

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Street Scenes in Suffolk Street

Navigation Street from Suffolk Street [1952; Photo by Dennis John Norton © Mark Norton]

This photograph is displayed courtesy of the Photo by D. J. Norton website maintained by his son Mark Norton. Taken in 1952 this image shows Navigation Street from the junction of Suffolk Street. The retail unit on the corner at No.58 Suffolk Street was the premises of the taxidermists Edward Francis Spicer & Sons. The premises were partly shared with the plumber John Henry Brown. Living at No.199 Pershore Road, Edward Spicer had also operated from premises in Great Colmore Street. Dennis Norton would have had his back to the Central Goods Station which was built over the south-western section of Navigation Street. To the photographer's left would have been the large building of the College of Technology. Part of the site for this educational establishment was once occupied by the Old Red Lion. In this view of Navigation Street there is a tantalising view of the White Swan on the right-hand side. The street numbering was the same on this corner in the mid-19th century. Indeed, the business conducted on the corner was exactly the same. In fact, a shop providing exactly the same service operated on the opposite corner. That shop was occupied by Alfred Yeoman who was described as an animal preserver.

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Suffolk Street Pubs

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"About three o'clock on Saturday morning a most daring attempt was made to enter the premises of Messrs. Day and Millward, scale-beam makers, Suffolk Street. The premises of the firm are very extensive, and extend as far back as Ellis Street, where there is a back entrance nearly at the back of the Synagogue. On entering from the back in Ellis Street, a person has to pass the foundry, and then proceed down the passage between the workshops, in order to arrive at the Suffolk Street entrance. A view of this passage is commanded by the window of a man who resides on the premises. It appears that between two and three o'clock on Saturday morning Police Constable Baskerville noticed two or three men loitering about, and communicated the fact to his fellow officer. Shortly before three o'clock, on passing the back door of Messrs. Day and Millward's premises, he was induced to try the door, and it opened, and he then saw five or six men, who rushed at him, and one of them threw a crow bar at him, which struck him on the head. On recovering from the blow, he ran after them, two them going towards Singer's Hill, and the others in the direction of Exeter Row. He followed the latter, at the same time raising an alarm. Sergeants Fletcher and Rouen were coming up Gough Street at the time that the thieves ran down Ellis Street, followed by Police Constable Baskerville, and they joined in the pursuit. The two prisoners turned up an entry in Ellis Street, and on following up they were informed that the prisoners had scaled a wall leading into Exeter Row. On going thither they found that Police Constables Canning and Lines had come up, but one of the prisoners struck Canning on the head with a crowbar, rendering the officer insensible. The prisoner [Cane] was, however, instantly secured by Police Constable Baskerville, who promptly arrived on the spot. The other prisoner seeing the officers, attempted to retrace his steps up the passage, but was followed by Lines and the two sergeants. In the scuffle which ensued Lines received a severe blow across the right eye from crow bar, which rendered him insensible. The prisoner was, however, overpowered by Sergeants Fletcher and Rouen. He proved to James Lamorciere, of Oxford Street, fitter, and other man being William James Cane, of Bordesley Street, painter. Both were taken to the lock-up, and brought before the magistrates on Saturday, when they were remanded till Thursday next. The Police Constable Canning now lies at the Queen's Hospital in a dangerous state, resulting from the injuries, and Lines is at present under medical treatment, and unfit for duty. The robbery was evidently planned some one acquainted with the premises, the thieves, after trying the back door with a "jemmy" were forced to get over wall and remove an iron bar. After getting access to the premises the thieves had to pass the house of the man who resides on the premises, and then go between the workshops to the front of the premises adjoining Suffolk Street. There they mounted the roof of a small shed, and opened a small window by which they obtained admission to the counting-house. Here they endeavoured to remove the iron safe, but it was evidently too for them, and they were glad to escape with a few dozen files. The man who resides on the premises was disturbed about the time of the robbery, and watched his window for about ten minutes, but hearing nothing retired to bed. In a few minutes he was again aroused by the cry of the pursuit. A bunch of skeleton keys was found by Sergeant Rouen in the entry where thieves were captured."
"Daring Burglary in Suffolk Street"
Birmingham Daily Gazette : November 6th 1865 Page 5

"At the Public Office on Thursday, before Mr. T. C. S. Kynnersley, two men, named William James Cane, 22, painter, Bordesley Street, and James Lemercie, 18, fitter, Oxford Street, were charged, on remand, with breaking into the warehouse of Mr. John Milward, Ellis Street, and violently assaulting Police Constables Canning, Baskerville, and Lines. Police Constable John Baskerville stated that on Saturday morning, about three o'clock he was on duty in Suffolk Street. He tried the back gate leading to Mr. Millward's premises in that street, and found the wicket was open. He then looked and saw several men inside the yard. They immediately ran out through the wicket, and knocked him down in the street. The first two men who came out were the two prisoners. As he was on the ground the prisoner Cane threw a "jemmy" at him. He at once got up and pursued the two prisoners, making an alarm as he went. The other men made their escape in different directions. The prisoners went into Exeter Bow, where Lemercie was stopped by a policeman. He followed Cane until he was stopped by Police Constable Lines. He never lost sight of the prisoners. Cane struggled with him, but he secured him. He afterwards went with other constables to the prosecutor's premises, and found marks on the wicket-gate which corresponded with "jemmy" thrown at him. Police Constable Canning stated that he stopped the prisoner Lemercie in Exeter Row, running away from the other constable. Prisoner raised a bar and struck him several blows over the head, and also cut him with it in the throat. He struggled with him, but the prisoner made his escape. He pursued him, and he was caught in an entry by Police Constable Lines. The witness had afterwards to be taken to the Queen's Hospital. Police Constable Lines heard the alarm, and went to Exeter Row and saw Police Constable Baskerville running after Cane. He ran after him and knocked him down with his staff. He was then secured. A gentleman at a window told him that the other man was up an entry. He went there, when Lemercie came out and struck him under the right eye with a jemmy. They struggled together, and Police Constable Baker coming up they took him into custody. They also took a jemmy from him. Police Sergeant Rowan said that he had examined the prosecutor's premises, and on the gate found marks of the jemmy. In the entry in Exeter Row, where the prisoner Lemercie was apprehended, he found a bag containing skeleton keys. In the prosecutor's counting-house he found that some of the woodwork around the iron safe had been broken away. He also discovered a small box on the roof of a building underneath the counting-house window. The window could be readily reached from the roof, and the premises entered that way. Police Constable T. Pratt proved finding a brace outside the gates, in Ellis Street, and inside the gates were three packets of files. A piece of silk was also found at the bottom of Suffolk Street. Mr. Milward, jun., proved leaving the premises quite safe on Friday evening. The box was on a desk in the warehouse. The silk and files were his father's property. William Hales, the prosecutor's watchman, said he lived on the premises. At ten o'clock on Friday night he went over the premises, and they were then all safe. During the hearing of the evidence, the prisoner Lemercie conducted himself with the greatest sang froid, and continued to address Detective Inspector Kelly, who had charge of the case. He accused him in ironical language of taking into custody some years ago two ladies on a charge of picking pockets, and who proved to be respectable persons. He called Kelly a wolf in sheep's clothing, and said that he [the prisoner] did not deny his character, but he had read Kelly's in the London papers. He thought that it was time that the Birmingham people were put on their guard against such man as Kelly, as he was man who would commit perjury for anything. To catch him they ought to have set a honest man to catch a rogue, not a rogue to catch a rogue. He pleaded guilty to being on the premises, but would scorn to steal such trifling articles. The prisoner Cane also pleaded guilty, and they were both committed to the Sessions for trial."
"Determined Warehouse Robbery in Suffolk Street"
Aris's Birmingham Gazette : November 11th 1865 Page 5

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