History of the Beech Tree Inn at Rowley Regis in the county of Staffordshire.

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Some history of the Beech Tree Inn

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Licensees of this pub

1888 - Harry Letts
1900 - Walter Harrison
1905 - 1922 Isaiah Baker
1922 - 1930 George Walker
1930 - 1936 James Fleetwood Cross
1936 - 1940 Isaac Sidney Lukeman
1940 - 1943 Ernest Slater
1943 - 1946 Alfred John George Garratt
1946 - 1949 Maurice Dillon
1949 - 1950 Ernest Harry Savage
1950 - 1954 Joseph Henry Sutton
1954 - 1956 James Alfred Wilson
1956 - 1956 Donald John George Harper
1956 - 1958 Jack Lewis
1958 - 1965 Dennis Reginald Powell
1965 - 1970 Doris Marjorie Powell
1970 - 1972 David Hill
1972 - 1983 Robert Wallace
1983 - 1989 Andrew Alexander Smith
1989 - 1990 Janet Smith
1990 - 1991 Leon Abecosis
1991 - 1992 Gillian May Norton
1992 - 1993 David Edward James
1993 - 1994 Ian Glenn Poole
1994 - 1995 Mark James Widnall
1995 - 1996 Derek Moffat
1996 - 1997 Ian Glenn Poole
1997 - Alan White
Note : this is not a complete list of licensees for this pub.

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"The adjourned inquest on the body Samuel Bowater [67], watchman, in the employ of the New British Iron and Coal Company, who was murdered at their Black Wagon Colliery, Old Hill, on the 7th or 8th instant, was held at the Beech Tree Inn, Gorsty Hill, Blackheath, yesterday, before Mr. Edwin Hooper district coroner. Mr. Homfray, Brierley Hill, appeared to watch the enquiry behalf of the company; Superintendent Woollaston [of Brierley Hill], Superintendent Kemp [Halesowen], and Inspector Price [of Old Hill] watched the enquiry on behalf of the police. The Coroner said the inquest was adjourned from the 10th instant to that day in order that further evidence might be obtained. Since then the jury had had an opportunity of seeing the premises where the unfortunate man was found. The only evidence personally taken was that of James Walters, son-in-law of the deceased, who identified the body. The following evidence was then adduced : Ann Walters, wife of Thomas Walters, and daughter of the deceased, said she did not know the age of deceased, who lived with her in the Tump Road. She last saw her father alive on the 7th inst., her father leaving home about half-past five o'clock that afternoon to go to work at the Black Wagon Colliery, where he was the watchman. She did not have any conversation with the deceased before he left. When he left he took his supper and his dog, which was usual, with him. She did not know whether he had any money with him, but he used to carry it in a bag. He had a watch upon him; and she should know it again if she saw it. She wound it for him about a quarter-past four that afternoon, but the deceased always carried the key with him, attached to a short chain. There were some silver coins also attached to the chain. He had had the watch for some years, having bought it at Rowley. The watchmaker where he bought it cleaned it a little before Christmas. The deceased was on good terms with everyone when he left home that afternoon. The next morning her brother went to the door, and said her father was "welly killed." She got up, but deceased was not brought home until about seven o'clock that morning. He was brought by many people. Her father had been watchman there for some years, and about a fortnight ago he said someone had threatened him - her father saying someone had threatened to "put his time in." She did not know what they meant, unless they meant to kill him. He did not say who had threatened him. The bag produced was the one that belonged to her father, and was the one in which he usually carried his money. The keys and knives produced also belonged to the deceased. George Welling, doggy at the colliery, said the deceased was employed at the colliery as a night watchman. He last saw him alive on the 5th instant. The duty of the deceased was to watch the coal, and to go backwards and forwards to the pit. It would be contrary to the rules to have anyone with him in the hovel at night, and when engaged, he was cautioned about that. He was a sober man; and, as far as witness knew, was on good terms with everyone. He heard the deceased say a few mornings previous to his death that some men wished to go and sleep in the hovel, but he would not let them; they were parties he did not know. When he drove them out they said they were a good mind to kill the old bastard. Witness told him not to have them, and deceased said, "I will not; I drove them off." He asked deceased if knew them, but he said he did not. He had mentioned more than twice that men wished to sleep there. The first he heard of the murder was when the engine-man, George Harris, went and called him. Witness did not live more than 400 or 500 yards from the colliery. The engine-man asked for something to drink for the deceased, as he was hurt very bad, but did not know how. Witness sent some whisky, and then ordered the man to send the horse and cart to get him home. He got up and went there, when he saw deceased taken to the big hovel on a door by some of the men. At that time the deceased was alive, but insensible. Witness then deceased's son to fetch a doctor. There was blood on deceased's face, and blood was flowing from his temple. Deceased was then taken home in the cart, but he could not say whether life was extinct when he left the colliery or not. It was about a quarter-past six when he was taken from the hovel. Deceased was a very quiet, harmless old man, he never heard anyone use strong words against him. By the jury : "There is engineman there as well." George Harris, fireman at the Black Wagon Colliery, said Moses Round was the engineer. On the 7th inst. he was called about half-past four o'clock in the morning. He was called by the engineer. He did not live far from the colliery. When the engineer called he said, "Will you get up, for the watchman has got badly hurt somehow?" When witness came out the engineer said, "We had better take some fire with us." He gave witness the lamp he had and went and fetched some fire, and both them went to the hovel together. When they got to the hovel, which without a door, he saw the back of the deceased's head. Deceased was lying on his left side, his back thus being to the doorway. There was a bad cut in the back of deceased's head, and there was quantity of blood under his head. It appeared as though the blood had come from him an hour or more. Witness lit the fire, and got a flannel to put on him to keep him warm. Deceased was alive, but was senseless. He did not speak to deceased. He sent Round to fetch the horse fettler, and when they came back there was consultation as to what should done, and eventually he went to call Mr. Welling. There was a poker there that he had not seen there before, and the engineer had used it to stir the fire in the hovel. He had worked there some years, and so had the engineer. All were on good terms with the deceased. By the Jury : I noticed the deceased was breathing when I went into the hovel, but I did not speak to him. The dog was by the engine with the engineer. It was very savage at strangers. I do not think he would bite, but he would bark and make great noise. The dog would bark at me, but would leave off if I spoke. By the Coroner : "No one would be there, besides the watchman and the engineer" Thomas Parkes, collier, was at the colliery the night of the 7th inst. He worked the colliery to "brake down," and was in deceased's hovel that night about twenty minutes past six. Deceased was there, and asked witness to make a fire, which he did. About a quarter of an hour afterwards he left. Deceased used to carry his watch with him, and did not hang it up the hovel. He did not fetch any tobacco for deceased that night, but he did a few nights before. Whilst in the hovel deceased pulled his tobacco box out of his pocket and pulled a shilling out and asked if it was a shilling, when witness told him it was. After that deceased put the shilling in a bag which he had in outside pocket. He did not hear any other money in the bag, and deceased did not say anything about any money. Had not told the police he heard money. He did not see the watch, but did the chain. [Here the witness burst out crying]. By tbe Jury : The dog knew me well and would not bark at me. I have been there at night and it did not bark. Welling recalled : I did not hear any person ask deceased how it happened, because he was unconscious. By the Jury : I did not speak to him nor shake him to see if there was much life in him. Samuel Bowater, residing in Powke Lane, son of the deceased, said he worked as a collier under the British Coal and Iron Company. He was going to work on the 8th inst. His attention was called to the murder by Mr. Welling, who asked him into the hut to his father. He did so, and saw deceased on the bench. After that he went for the doctor. He did not speak to his father at all, but his impression was that he had been killed. He did not go to the police to give information, but the police came to him. By the Jury : My father did not open his eyes when I saw him. I did not ask him who did it, as I was in such a way I did not know anything. Inspector Price, stationed at Old Hill, said he received information of the murder soon after eight o'clock on the morning of the 8th instant. He went to the Black Wagon Colliery, and there saw Mr. Welling, the manager. He went to the hovel, and there found a poker, dresser, shovel, and walking-stick, which he produced. The dresser and shovel were under the bench, covered with blood. Mr. Thomas Standish, surgeon, Cradley Heath, said that on the 11th inst. he made post-mortem examination of the body of deceased. The external appearances were those of a strong, well-nourished man. There were no external marks of violence, except upon the head, where there were six lacerated wounds. On removing the scalp, he found a number of fractures, corresponding with the outside wounds. Either of the fractures was sufficient to have caused death. By the Coroner : I have seen the instruments produced by the police, and either of them would have caused the injuries. I could not say how long a man might live after receiving those injuries. I have carefully looked at the articles produced, and my impression is that the injuries were given with the poker. Burgess, surveyor, produced plans of the Black Wagon Colliery, showing the two hovels, which he explained to the jury. At this stage of the proceedings, the Coroner said the police, as they were aware, had only had one week in the matter and had no very important evidence offer. His own impression was that the ends of justice would be better answered by having a further adjournment. It was within the province of the jury to return a verdict of wilful murder against some person or persons unknown, because that there had been a murder there could be no doubt. He certainly thought it would be better to have a further adjournment, and he hoped when they met again there would be some further evidence. Before that, however, he must read the depositions and get them signed. The depositions were then read over, after which Police Sergeant Cooper was called, and stated that he searched the clothes of the deceased on the 8th inst. He found in the pockets a bag containing two half-crowns, two shillings, and in the waistcoat pocket two penny pieces. In the trousers there were two knives and a bunch of keys. Pipes and whitening were found in the jacket. The waistcoat and jacket were saturated with blood. He produced the clothes deceased wore at the times. The enquiry was then further adjourned."
"The Brutal Murder at Old Hill"
Birmingham Daily Post : January 16th 1878 Page 6

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