Some history of Smethwick
More information on Smethwick to follow. I probably created the page as I had a link to Smethwick 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 Smethwick. There is information on Staffordshire dotted around the website - click here for a suitable starting place.
This image shows repairs being carried out on the railway line following the storm of July 11th 1927. Heavy rain and hailstones fell on Smethwick for over two hours causing two pools to overflow and flood the streets in the vicinity of the Council House. In addition, the heavy rain caused the soil to subside beneath the railway line near Galton Bridge. Tons of soil fell into the canal below. Large crowds descended on the town in order to witness the extensive damage caused by the freak weather conditions.
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Related Newspaper Articles
"Today, at Smethwick, William Howard Beddard , described as an agent, and Mary Beddard , his wife, of Ledsam Street,
Birmingham, were charged with stealing £230., the money of John Davis, of Victoria Street, Smethwick, on various dates. It will be remembered that a few days ago the
prosecutor applied for a warrant at the Police Court at Smethwick, but on that occasion the magistrates refused to grant it. The matter was however, referred to the police
to investigate. As a result of these enquiries. Police Inspector Moss, of Smethwick, arrested the prisoners at their home last evening. It is alleged that the female
prisoner, who claims a relationship by marriage with the prosecutor, was in the habit of visiting his house in company with her husband, and it was during these visits,
it is alleged, that the money was taken. Upon the application of Inspector Moss the accused were remanded until Monday next, bail being refused."
"Serious Charge at Smethwick"
Birmingham Mail : October 17th 1905 Page 4