Some history of the Red Cow on High Street at Smethwick in the county of Staffordshire.
More information on the Red Cow at Smethwick to follow. I probably created the page as I had a link to the Red Cow 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 the Red Cow. There is information on Smethwick and Staffordshire dotted around the website - click here for a suitable starting place.
"Telling her it was no fault of hers that she didn't kill the man, Mr. Justice Hallett, at the Staffordshire Assizes, at Stafford,
today, passed sentence of four months' imprisonment in the second division on Hilda Florence Steele, 19-year-old married woman, of Poole Road,
Smethwick, who was found guilty of unlawfully wounding Joseph Edward Leonard Cutler, at Smethwick on 23rd February. The jury found her not guilty of
wounding with intent to murder, and wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm. They had taken the most lenient view they could, said the judge.
Mr. J. E. Bourke, prosecuting, said accused, after quarrelling with her soldier husband, home on leave, went to the Red Cow Inn at Smethwick, where she met Cutler,
also a soldier on leave. They went together to the Victoria Park, Smethwick, where they lay down on Cutler's overcoat. After the young woman had remarked "I
feel as though I could kill you," and had asked him where his heart was, Cutler felt a violent blow in the chest from a clasp knife. She then ran away. Mrs.
Steele, giving evidence, said Cutler tried to take advantage of her. She resented his conduct, and struck him with the jack-knife to free herself and get away.
She had no intention of murdering him doing him grievous bodily harm."
"Smethwick Woman Gaoled for Wounding Soldier"
Evening Despatch : July 5th 1940 Page 6