Some history of the Black Horse at Overend in Cradley in the county of Worcestershire.
The Black Horse was located in Banners Lane, just off Overend Road. I have used a relatively recent map extract to show the building's location in relation to the iron foundry that helped boost trade in the jug department and when the hooter sounded at the end of the shift. The Bull's Head Inn stood around the corner and the building at the western edge of the map was once the Sun Inn.
"Mr. A. H. Hebbert, deputy coroner, held an inquest at the Black Horse Inn, Cradley, on Tuesday afternoon upon the infant child of Thomas
Barnsley Nock, puddler, of Mill Street. The child was born on Wednesday, the 13th inst. and during the day he became very restless, and cried. The midwife, a Mrs.
Gretton, wishing to give it castor oil, sent Mrs. Barnsley's little girl, aged 5 years, to fetch the bottle from the kitchen. The grandmother, Mrs. Emma Barnsley
Nock, an old lady aged 70, said to be illiterate, was in the kitchen at the time, and gave the girl what she thought was the bottle of castor oil from the mantelpiece,
but as a matter of fact, handed her a bottle containing 'oil of tar' which was so labeled, and also with the word 'poison,' which was on the mantelpiece
together with the bottle of castor oil. The child took the bottle upstairs, and gave it to her mother, who gave it a dose of its contents to the infant. Instead of
getting better, the child got worse, and on the mistake being discovered, Dr. de Denne was called in, and attended the infant until Saturday morning, when it succumbed
to the effects of poison. Evidence was given bearing out theses facts. P.S. Clark said he took possession of the bottles, and found them to be of similar size and shape.
Dr. de Denne said there was no need to give the child castor oil so soon. The Coroner in summing up, said it was clear the old lady should have taken more care. It was
plainly a mistake, and, therefore, the jury should return a verdict of Accidental Death. The jury returned this verdict, but the Foreman said they thought the coroner
should censure the grandmother. The coroner called the grandmother in, and said it was rather neglectful on her part, and told her to take more care in the future."
County Express : November 23rd 1901 Page 2