Some history of the White Hart on Watery Lane at Bordesley in Birmingham in Warwickshire
The White Hart was located on the eastern side of Watery Lane, on the south corner of Keeley Street, a thoroughfare formerly known as Minott Street. Indeed, the White Hart was run by the Minott family so perhaps the street was initially named after them.
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"Dr. Birt Davies, Coroner. held an inquiry yesterday afternoon at the White Hart Inn, Watery Lane, into the circumstances attending
the death of a man of the name of John James Dutton, thirty-one years of age, a provision dealer, who resided with his mother at the above inn. It
appeared from the evidence that on Tuesday evening the deceased with his wife and child retired to rest. The deceased appeared to very restless in his sleep.
About six o'clock his wife was awoke by his getting out of bed. Turning round she saw him kneeling by the side of the bed, bleeding from the throat. At
the same time she saw him draw a razor across his throat. She at once jumped out of bed with the intention of taking the razor from him. Before she could do
so he, however, fell to the ground. She raised an alarm, and a surgeon was promptly in attendance, but he pronounced him to be quite dead. The deceased had
for the last month been in a restless state at night, hardly getting any sleep. Within the last fortnight he had been drinking very heavily. The day before
he committed suicide he had been to the funeral of a friend, and it appeared to have a great effect upon him. The jury returned a verdict that "the
deceased committed suicide whilst in a state of insanity.".
"Shocking Suicide in Watery Lane"
Aris's Birmingham Gazette : May 9th 1863 Page 8