Some history of the George Street Tavern at Smethwick in the county of Staffordshire.
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"John Parkes , of Corser Street, West Smethwick, was charged with being drunk in George Street on the 2nd inst., and
also with assaulting Richard Gillam, landlord of the George Street Tavern, West Smethwick, on the same date. It was alleged that on Saturday night last,
defendant was in the above-named public-house, when he used bad language and created a disturbance. Complainant ordered him to leave the house, and as
he refused to do so he went round into the bar to eject him. Defendant thereupon struck Gilliam, knocking him on to the fire. He also broke a number of jugs
which were upon the table. Police-Constable Heatherley stated that defendant was drunk and created a disturbance in George Street and it was some time
before he could be persuaded to go home. The Bench fined defendant 2s. 6d. and costs for bring drunk and 10s. and costs for the assault [amounting in
all to £ 9s. 6d.]; in default of payment, 21 days' imprisonment. Benjamin Billington, of George Street, West Smethwick, was also
charged with assaulting Richard Gillam on the same time. Billington was in the George Street Tavern on the night of the 2nd inst., and offered to make a
bet. The landlord told him that he would have to stop that or leave the house. Defendant thereupon used bad language, and struck Gillam on the nose,
making it bleed. Mrs. Gillam, attempted to separate the men when defendant turned and struck her. A fine of 2s. 6d. and costs was imposed; in default
of payment, 7 days' imprisonment."
"Assaulting a Landlord"
Smethwick Telephone : December 9th 1893 Page 3