Some history on Old Hill in the County of Staffordshire
More information on Old Hill to follow. I probably created the page as I had a link to Old Hill from another page. When building the site it is easier to place links as they crop up rather than go back later on. I realise this is frustrating if you were specifically looking for information on Old Hill. There is information on Staffordshire dotted around the website - click here for a suitable starting place.
This is a hill I have whizzed down on my bike many, many times. I have almost overcooked it a couple of times. As you can see, although it is a road today, it was created for the trams to get up the hill. The image was taken from the top of the hill at Blackheath but looking back across Perry Park and Old Hill. This shows the recently constructed tram line built to connect Old Hill with Blackheath. This was later transformed into Perry Park Road and is known colloquially as The Tump. The landscape is littered with sheds and chimneys of local brick factories. The working of coal can also be seen at Haden Hill and Riddins. The train line from Birmingham to Stourbridge can also be seen on the left.
"Samuel Willets, alias "Lawyer," a well-known attendant at the Petty Sessions, was charged with being drunk in the highway.
Police Constable Sylvester said that on the 29th ult. he found defendant in Halesowen Street, Old Hill, drunk, and causing a great disturbance. Defendant [addressing
Mr. Hingley] : I wasn't drunk. They 'ont fill me no drink in Old Hill; and them as I lives with, they 'a none in the house. I've joined the
pledge. Mr. Hingley : "You have been here before eighteen times." Defendant : Well, I'm sure I've never had a spot of drink. They allus shown me
in the lock-up if I has any drink." Inspector Price said he believed defendant had signed the pledge. Mr. Hingley asked defendant if he would keep it, and on his
replying that he would, he fined him 1s. and costs only; payment not to be enforced for a month. Thomas Bryan was also charged with being drunk at Old Hill,
on the 3rd inst. Police Constable Sylvester proved the offence, and a fine of 5s. and costs was inflicted."
County Advertiser & Herald for Staffordshire and Worcestershire : December 9th 1876 Page 3