Some history of the Cottage Spring Inn on Mill Street at Brierley Hill in the County of Staffordshire
"An inquest was held at the Cottage Spring Inn, Brierley Hill, on Monday, concerning the death of John Ameson , of Level
Woods, Brierley, who was found with his throat cut on Saturday. William Ameson, brother of the deceased, gave evidence of identification, and said he last saw his
brother in his normal condition in the kitchen about 8.15 on Saturday morning. When he came back at 10 o'clock, the deceased had cut his throat. Witness was at
deceased's death, which took place shortly before midnight. His brother had been strange in his manner off and on for some time. He suffered from bronchitis, dropsy,
and heart disease, and complained of pains in the head. He had lost his wife about 8 months ago, and witness thought that may have preyed on his mind. Annie
Grosvenor, a neighbour, said that the Thursday previous to his death, the deceased asked her to go for the doctor, and ask him for something that would make him pass
away peacefully, as his head was so bad. Deceased had seemed strange for the last fortnight. Providence Cartwright, another neighbour, said that she went to
deceased's house at about 9.30 on Saturday morning to see how he was. She went upstairs, and found deceased lying on the floor in a pool of blood. She then went
downstairs for the next door neighbour. By a juryman: "Deceased did not speak to her?" Ameson, recalled, identified the razor produced as the property
of a man named Bedford, with whom the deceased lodged. P. S. Challinor said he was called to the house at about 10.20. He found the defendant lying on the floor of the
room partially dressed. His throat was cut, the windpipe bring partially severed. He had lost a large quantity of blood, and was unconscious. The razor produced was by
his side. The jury returned a verdict of "Suicide whilst temporarily insane."
"Old Man's Suicide"
Dudley Chronicle : August 1st 1914 Page 6