Some history of the Black Swan at Cradley in the county of Worcestershire.

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I cannot believe I do not have a photograph of this public-house as it was one of the more prominent buildings on the old High Street. However, most of the Edwardian photographers seemed to concentrate on the area further up the hill and around the church. There are seemingly few images of this section of the High Street.

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Licensees of the Black Swan

1843 - 1850 - Nathaniel Ward
1850 - Mary Hingley
1854 - Thomas Howell
1856 - 1865 William Jones
1865 - 1868 James Perkins
1868 - 1868 Joseph Steadman
1868 - 1869 Edward Oakes
1869 - Richard Newnam
1871 - Samuel Jones
1878 - David Brookes
1888 - William Henry Hickton
1889 - Maria Louisa Hickton
1900 - Francis Griffiths
1903 - William Henry Davis
1904 - John Auden
1911 - 1918 Herbert Joseph Harrison
1918 - 1919 Harvey Hall
1919 - 1920 Alfred Hinks
1920 - 1922 Joseph Bennett
1922 - 1923 Llewelyn Robinson
1923 - 1930 Alice Robinson
1930 - 1933 Joseph David Robinson
1933 - 1936 Henry Beskeen Treglown
1936 - 1939 John Mather Forbes
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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"On Monday week, the members of the Loyal Adelaide Lodge, held at Host Howell's, the Black Swan, Cradley, to the number of about 70, met early in the morning and proceeded, headed by a brass band, to church, where, after listening to an excellent sermon, the procession reformed and paraded the district. The members afterwards partook of a substantial repast at the Black Swan, and spent a pleasant evening, under the presidency of Brothers Adams and Rock. The usual loyal and other toasts were drunk, and duly responded to, as also was "The health of the surgeon, Mr. Hudson." It was stated that during the ten years of the existence of this lodge there had been no funeral, and consequently its funds were in a very satisfactory condition."
"Lodge Anniversaries"
Worcestershire Chronicle : July 12th 1854 Page 6

"Richard Boncer, a chainmaker, was charged with being drunk and refusing to leave the Black Swan public-house, Cradley, when requested to do so. Ordered to pay a fine of 2s. 6d. and costs, or, in default, fourteen days."
"Refusing To Leave Public-Houses"
Worcestershire Chronicle : February 3rd 1864 Page 4

"Yesterday at the Police Court, Benjamin Harrison and Elijah Harris, who did not appear, were each fined 5s. and costs, or fourteen days, for being drunk and riotous at the Black Swan public-house, Cradley, on Saturday night last. Police-Constable Rowe proved the case."
"The Drink"
County Advertiser : March 30th 1872 Page 5

"Jones vs. Drewery: This was a new trial. The plaintiff keeps the Black Swan, Cradley, and the defendant who is a carpenter and publican, lives at Stourbridge. The action was brought is recover the value of ale applied to defendant while at work at a new house at Cradley, near the Black Swan. Mr. Homer appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr. Wall for the defendant. The plaintiff's wife swore that the ale was supplied to the defendant, and was consumed off the premises, and in support of her statement, Mrs. Moore and Mrs. Harper were called. Mr. Wall, for the defendant, contended that there was no debt due to the plaintiff, and that the defendant had ale in the house, for which he had paid the defendant. Two witnesses named Sturt and Morgan, were called in support of this, but after being cross-examined by Mr. Homer, his Honour said he considered the weight of evidence was in favour of the plaintiff and gave a verdict for the full amount claimed and costs."
"Jones v. Drewery"
County Advertiser : June 24th 1871 Page 7

"Isaac Bloomer, 24, chainmaker, and Charles Bridgwater, 19, puddler, were indicted for unlawfully and maliciously inflicting bodily harm upon Thomas Hatton, on the 13th of April, at The Lye. Mr. Clive prosecuted, and Mr. Jelf defended. The prosecutor, a spademaker, living at Hay Green, stated that he was returning home from Halesowen, and when near Cradley he was assailed by the prisoners. Bloomer endeavoured to force him into the hedge, and immediately afterwards he received two severe blows on the head, and the latter rendered him insensible. When he recovered he was lying in the road; this was about half a mile from his residence. There were eight or ten wounds on his head, and he could not resume business for three weeks afterwards. He had never seen either of the prisoners before the occurrence. Charles Southall, chainmaker, deposed that he was at the Black Swan Inn, Cradley, on the evening in question. The prisoners were at the public-house, and he heard Bloomer remark, in answer to the other prisoner, "I should think we have given him enough." A fellow-workman with Bloomer stated that on the 14th April he came to him at work, and in the course of some conversation about some races that took place on the day on which the assault was committed, stated that he and Bridgwater had knocked "a man down again the brick-kiln, and had left him for dead, and they were obliged to run away." The Court rose at seven o'clock, and the further hearing of the case was adjourned until nine o'clock on Wednesday morning."
"Wounding At The Lye"
Worcester Journal : July 4th 1874 Page 7

"At the County Court, on Tuesday, before Mr. R. Kettle, John Beasley, a member of a friendly society held at the Black Swan Inn, Cradley, sued the secretary, Ezra Bloomer, for £4. 8s. 6d., being eleven weeks' sick pay. Mr. Addison appeared for plaintiff, and Mr. Homer for defendant. Payment of the claim was resisted on the ground that plaintiff had been engaged in a fight with another man, and that under the rules he was not entitled to sick pay on this account. It was proved, however, that plaintiff was attacked without any provocation on his part; and his Honour gave a verdict for the amount claimed."
"Friendly Society Case"
Worcester Journal : December 21st 1878 Page 3

"At the Police Court, before Colonel Fletcher and Mr. C. Cochrane, Ezra Bloomer, Cradley. was charged with appropriating to his own use £26 15s., the moneys of a friendly society held at the Black Swan Inn, Cradley. Mr. Stokes prosecuted, and Mr. Caldicott defended. Bloomer, it appeared, had been secretary to the society in question, and formal evidence was given that he had appropriated the money. He pleaded guilty, and was ordered to pay the amount and costs, or three months' in default."
"Charge of Appropriating Money"
Worcester Journal : December 24th 1881 Page 5

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