Some history of the Black Horse at Overend in Cradley in the county of Worcestershire.

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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.

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Licensees of the Black Horse

1884 - Samuel Jones
1900 - 1906 John Homer
1906 - 1908 Edward Stevens
1908 - 1910 Mrs. Annie Stevens
1910 - 1911 John Jones
1911 - 1915 Joseph Jones
1915 - 1942 William Palmer
1942 - 1945 Amelia Palmer
1945 - 1947 Stanley Allbut
1947 - 1948 Frank Ernest Perkins
1948 - 1957 Martin Ridley Barnsley
1957 - 1961 John Thomas Berry
1961 - 1963 Edward Sidney Allen
1963 - 1977 John Rollason
1977 - 1978 Douglas Edward Gamson
1978 - 1979 John Michael McWalter
1979 - 1981 Allan Brown Henderson
1981 - 1982 Ronald Tilley
1982 - 1983 Philip Millard
1983 - 1984 David Moss
1984 - 1984 Peter Childs
1984 - 1987 Colin Stuart Day
1987 - 1987 David Thomas Lewis Jackson
1987 - 1987 David Boot
1987 - 1988 Patrick Joseph Roberts
1988 - 1990 Andrew David Venton
1990 - 1992 Brian Harrold Holliday
1992 - 1993 Paul Cedric Whitehouse
1993 - 1993 Steven Barry Lowe
1993 - 1994 John Harrold Lees
1994 - 1994 Christopher David Ashwood
1994 - 1995 Elaine Valerie Gordon
1995 - 1996 Pauline Webb
1996 - 1997 Malcolm Chas.Thomas-Chapman
1997 - S. Nicole Robinson
2000 - Philip Chilton
2004 - Steve Edmunds
Note : this is not a complete list of licensees for this pub. The dates of early licensees are sourced from trade directories, census data, electoral rolls, rate books and newspaper articles. Names taken from trade directories may be slightly inaccurate as there is some slippage from publication dates and the actual movement of people.

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"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

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