History of the Crown and Anchor in Watery Lane at Bordesley in Birmingham in the county of Warwickshire.


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Birmingham : The Crown and Anchor on Watery Lane at Bordesley [c.1936]

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Licensees of this pub

1949 - 1953 Charles Albert Wright
1953 - 1954 Desmond William Lee
1954 - 1955 Arthur Norman Bowser
1955 - 1956 Ronald Francis Hemmings
1956 - 1956 Harold John Taylor
1956 - 1957 Michael Alfred Burke
1957 - 1960 John Henry Harrison
1960 - 1962 Frederick William Brown
1962 - 1963 Francis Patrick McElroy
1963 - 1966 Gladys Mary Maunder
1966 - 1967 Patrick Calum Smyth
1967 - 1968 Patrick Thomas McCann
1968 - 1968 Geoffrey Frederick Chapman x
1968 - 1969 Frederick Robert Reid
1969 - 1970 William Ernest Gardner
1970 - 1970 Patrick Joseph Bicheny?
1970 - 1970 Raymond Alfred Sadler
1970 - 1971 Clara Amelia Hoccom
1971 - 1971 Irene Marina Ford
1971 - 1981 Stanley Twitley
1981 - 1983 Theresa Mary Murphy
1983 - Kathleen Anne Murray
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"In the Crown Court of Birmingham yesterday, before Mr. Justice Sutton, a case which occupied two days in hearing came to a conclusion by the prisoner, who was charged with shooting another man with intent to do grievous bodily harm, being discharged. The evidence disclosed a disgraceful state of ruffianism. The prosecution was conducted by Mr. Hurst, and showed that some bad feeling apparently existed between Charles Conner, the prisoner, and Thomas Barlow, whom he was alleged to have shot with a pistol on Christmas Eve. Barlow had fought Conner's brother and brother-in-law, and beaten both. On the Sunday night of the incident Conner fired twice at Henry Clark, Barlow's friend, and at 11.30 went round to Barlow's house, where there was a "sing-song" There were others with Conner, and after knocking at the door one of the party threw a bottle through the window. Those inside rushed out, and the last to leave was Barlow. When Barlow got to the door a bottle hit him on the head and then he noticed Conner two or three yards from him. Conner, it was alleged, fired at the man and hit him in the leg, but when arrested at home the same night no revolver was found in his possession. "Eight Barlows have been celled," Mr. Dorsett said, in cross-examining Barlow's younger brother. "How many more of you are at home?" "I don't know," was the reply; "I never counted 'em." Don't you go out with your brother? No. I never do. My brother is not my class; he goes with older people than me. What is your class? Do you belong to the criminal class? Have you ever been convicted? Not for assaulting people with a revolver. In re-examination by Mr. Hurst, witness admitted being convicted for assault, and also for playing football in the street and gambling. A police officer, in cross-examination, said Conner was a steady, sober, and peaceful young man. The case for the prosecution having closed, Mr. Dorsett called the prisoner. Conner said he was a labourer at the electric works. He had no quarrel with the men before the Saturday night, December 23rd. "I have been shot myself," announced Conner. "I was shot through the neck by Lea about two years ago, and he got five years for it. Lea was a friend of Clark, Barlow, and the remainder of them. I have been attacked two or three times by Clark and the lot of them. They have tried to get me into a bother ever since Lea's affair. I have been attacked since the present charge had been preferred against me." Prisoner told how he was attacked in the Crown and Anchor, Watery Lane when Binns, Clark, and several others were there. Glasses and jugs were thrown at him, and he had a cut on the head. On the Saturday night before the shooting affair Clark came up to him and asked him if he wasn't a fighting man. Prisoner told him he thought he would have a chance with a man like Clark. A man named Beach hit him on the head at that, and he fell like a bullock, and they kicked him 150 yards down the lane. Prisoner denied ever carrying a revolver or threatening Clark or any of the others. Barlow had threatened to chop his younger brother's head off, and on the Sunday night at ten o'clock this matter came up in Watery Lane. Clark took a running kick at his brother, and Mole said, "you had better play the same game." The two set to and kicked one another, and after a bit Clark ran away. Prisoner said he took no part in that affray. After eleven o'clock on Christmas Eve prisoner was saying goodnight to a friend outside Barlow's house in Watery Lane. All at once Barlow, the prosecutor, rushed out with a chopper in his hand. Several others came out at the same time. Prisoner said he closed with Barlow and tried to prevent him using the chopper. In the tussle he got a cut at the back of the ear, and his sister, who came to help him, also received a wound on the top of the head. Someone fired a revolver while Barlow and he were wrestling for the axe, and, added witness "I have no doubt the bullet was intended for me!" Price, a friend of Conner, said that when the shot was fired Barlow and the prisoner were struggling for the chopper, and Conner's sister had hold of him trying to pull him away. In reply to his Lordship, the witness said Conner could not have fired. There was a crowd, and it seemed to him that the shot came from the other side of the road from that on which Conner and Barlow were. His Lordship, in summing up, pointed out that there was such a conflict of evidence that either one set of witnesses or the other must have grievously and deliberately attempted to mislead the jury. The jury returned a verdict of "not guilty," the gallery applauding uproariously as the prisoner was discharged with the whispered words, "Thank-you".
"City Ruffianism"
Birmingham Mail : March 21st 1906 Page 9

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