Some history on Shenstone in the County of Staffordshire
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A view of the Main Street at Shenstone with the old Post Office on the right. The building on the left, known as Oak House, survived into the 21st century. A remodelled version of the Railway Inn has also survived, along with the three bay house next door. Sadly, the old post-office has long since vanished - the Cooper Room stands roughly on the site. In recent times the post-office has been housed at the end of a row of terraced houses next to the Plough and Harrow.
"A curious accident, in which a Shenstone pedal cyclist was run down and seriously injured by a motor-lorry travelling in the same
direction in the Birmingham Road, Shenstone, on July 14th, was the subject of proceedings at the Brownhills Police Court on Wednesday, when the driver of the
motor-lorry, George Edward Reed, 17, Bungalow, Waterside Road, Burton-on-Trent, was summoned for driving in a negligent manner. Mr. A. F. Griffin
prosecuted for the police and Mr. D. Hirst defended Reed, who pleaded not guilty. Mr. Griffin stated that the collision occurred at the Mill crossroad, Shenstone.
The victim of the accident, William Arthur Rogers, had just turned into the Birmingham Road and was proceeding towards Lichfield when the lorry crashed into
him. The road at the point of impact was eight feet wide and there was no other traffic about at the time. William Arthur Rogers, a saddler, The Poplars,
Shenstone, who had to be accommodated with s seat while giving his evidence, said that about a quarter to eleven in the morning he was riding from Shenstone, and at
the cross-roads had to turn to the left. He heard the lorry coming from behind and then heard a crash and remembered nothing more. He heard no warning given and
had he done so should have kept on his course, as he was well on his correct side and about two feet from the kerb. Cross-examined, witness said he could so see
no traffic but he did not look to the right. He saw no car coming from the direction of Birmingham and he did not take a wide sweep. He denied that he had resolved
that whatever the traffic he would not budge, or that he was "one of those people who think motorists have no right on the road." Joseph Henry Grundy,
engine-driver, Water Works Cottages, Shenstone, said he was standing at the cross-roads and spoke to Rogers just before the accident. He looked up the road
and saw the lorry coming at a very moderate rate. "I don't know how he explains it, but I can't. He ran into the back of the bicycle," added the
witness. The cyclist was going at six or seven miles per hour, and the lorry at about twelve miles per hour, and the cyclist was struck just after he turned the
corner. Witness agreed, in reply to Mr. Hirst, that the wheels of the lorry were locked after the collision and the car skidded. The lorry was about thirty yards
away when Rogers turned the corner. Albert Shorthouse, Lower Lane, Chorley, said the motor "run him [the cyclist] practically down," without
giving any warning of his approach. After the collision he saw Rogers rolling underneath the front axle of the lorry, which proceeded fourteen yards from the point
of impact before its stopped. Police-Constable Shaw said marks on the near side of the road showed that the push-cyclist was dragged fourteen yards by the
lorry, which travelled seventeen yards from the point of impact. There were no brake marks on the road. The cycle was almost completely smashed and the lorry
damaged on the near side front mudguard. In a signed statement made after the collision defendant put his speed at twelve miles per hour, and said he sounded his
horn. He saw someone walking on the corner and did not clearly know what he was going to do. He also saw the push-cyclist a few yards in front of him. A
motor-car was coming from the Lichfield direction towards him. He tried to cut in between the cyclist and the motor-car, but he could not, and he then
tried to pull up to avoid the cyclist, but he could not do so. He did not blame the cyclist or himself; it was a pure accident. Defendant, in the witness box,
said he was practically on top of the cyclist when the latter turned the corner, and he was already taking the cross-roads. Rogers came right out into the
middle of the main road and then turned to get on to his correct side, and it was not true to say that he came round only a short distance from his correct side.
Defendant alleged that the cyclist did not seem to be taking any notice of any traffic that might be about. Witness had sounded his horn before approaching the
corner. Rogers was only two or three yards away from witness when he turned the corner. Witness applied his brakes and did all he could to avoid him, swerving
out in an effort to make the blow as light as possible if he had to strike him. Evidence for the defence was given by Edmund Enoch King. Defendant was
fined £5 with £5 6s. special costs."
"Shenstone Cyclist Knocked Off Cycle by Lorry"
and South Staffordshire Chronicle : August 14th 1926 Page 4