History of the Shakespeare Inn on Summer Row in Birmingham in the county of Warwickshire.


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Some history of the Shakespeare Inn

The Shakespeare Inn stands on the corner of Summer Row and Lionel Street.

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Licensees of this pub

1944 - 1953 John Grinsell
1953 - 1958 Arthur Cox
1958 - 1965 Dennis James Nicholls
1965 - 1967 Barrington Samuel Moore
1967 - 1969 James Rossiter Biggs
Note : this is not a complete list of licensees for this pub.

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Related Newspaper Articles

"Mr. Hawkes [coroner] held an inquest at Moor Street, yesterday, touching the death of Elizabeth Allbutt [66], 77 Blythe Street, whose death was occasioned by a tramway accident, on Tuesday night. Mr. C. E. Mathews represented the Birmingham and Midland Tramway Company, Mr. B. E. Shakespeare the Leeds and North British Insurance Company, and Mr. Lane the relatives of the deceased. Mr. Heath, house surgeon at the General Hospital, said that deceased was brought there dead a quarter to eight o'clock on Tuesday night. He examined her, and found that her chest had been crushed. Six of her ribs were smashed in several places, and her collar bone was broken. The ribs were driven into her chest, and penetrated her lungs. This was the cause of death. Mr. Palmer, of Winson Green Road, said that he saw the deceased standing on the footpath in Lionel Street on Tuesday night. She went towards the tramcar, leading a little boy by the hand. They went round the back of the car, which moved backwards without the bell being rung, and knocked deceased down. Witness and other persons ran to her and she was conveyed to the hospital. By Mr. Mathews: The old lady must have knocked the boy away the moment the car touched her. The points boy rang the bell at once, and the engine was stopped. Edward Webster stated that the deceased to cross Lionel Street, and was struck by the back of the car, which was being shunted. He did not see a man with a red flag present, nor did he see anyone behind the car to warn pedestrians, but he heard the bell ring. By Mr. Mathews: he was sure that he saw the car strike the deceased. James Coles, a points boy, in the employ of the company, said that when the car arrived at the terminus the conductor left the car as was the custom, and went to pay his money in at the office. Witness then took charge of the car, as was his duty, and rang up the driver to shunt. Immediately he did so he saw the deceased begin to cross, and shouted to her, but she was under the buffer before the driver could stop. By Mr. Mathews: He did not see the car strike deceased, who appeared to fall down. Mr. Mathews said he had been instructed that the car did not strike deceased, but the evidence of the medical man met him that point. Henry Shipley, the driver, said that the boy gave him the signal to back, but before he had gone a yard, he heard shouts of "For God's sake, go ahead," and reversed his engine. He also heard the boy ring the bell to stop. Thomas Hughes also stated that heard the bell ring for the driver to stop his engine, which was pulled up in a yard. The Coroner, in summing up, said that he supposed there was no place in England where such a contrivance would be permitted as that at top of Summer Row, and which had been in use for twelve months. To say the least, it was only a temporary arrangement, but so long as it was permitted by the city authorities the public would have to put up with it, subject to reasonable care being exercised by the company and their officials. It struck him as being strange that the conductors should leave the cars there in charge of a boy, who was certainly not as efficient as an ordinary conductor. If the boy rang then there was no negligence; but even if the driver started without the signal the negligence would only be of that character which lawyers would designate mere and not culpable negligence, would expose him to indictment for manslaughter. There had appeared in the papers a letter that only 10 per cent. of the street accidents were caused by trams; but he wished to point out that such figures were useless unless the number of other vehicles was given. Their number could reckoned by thousands, and the trams by units, so that the 10 per cent. was an enormous proportion. Mr. Mathews said that the trains might now be reckoned by hundreds. The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death," but added a rider to the effect that a more experienced and reliable person should be employed to superintend the backing of the cars, in consequence of the dangerous nature the system."
"The Tram Accident in Summer Row"
Birmingham Daily Post : November 7th 1889 Page 7

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