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GORNAL IN THE NEWS - OLD NEWS AND GOSSIP FROM AROUND THE VILLAGE
1910s
These reports were taken from newpapers of the time....
19th June, 1911
WEEK-END STORMS.
The heavy thunderstorms on Saturday afternoon [17 June 1911] did a vast amount of damage in Lower Gornal and Gornal Wood districts, the sewers being unable to deal with the great volumes of water which rushed down the hills, with the result that several streets of Gornal Wood were flooded. In several houses in Brook Street the water was three feet deep in the living rooms. The damage done to some of the roads and also property by the great rush of water is very considerable. The hail also damaged the fruit trees. Under the direction of the Council surveyor a number of men were engaged on Saturday evening in repairing the roads and removing obstructions.
Birmingham Gazette and Express.
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12 January 1917
CLAIMS AGAINST A RUNNING MATCH AT DUDLEY
At Dudley County Court yesterday - before Judge Ingham - Joseph Bradley, Graveyard Road, Lower Gornal, claimed 6 10s. and John Bradley same address 3 10s, from Harry Timmins, West Street, Redhall, Lower Gornal, the total representing the amount plaintiffs staked on a running match in which defendants acted as referee and stake-holder.-The case for the plaintiffs was that a hundred yards race, with stakes of ./ aside, between a son of John Bradley and a man named Hodgetts was arranged for November 18 at Rough Hills, near Wolverhampton.
Plaintiffs claimed that the match was a "dead heat", alleging that defendant first gave the decision in favour of Bradley but subsequently declared that Hodgetts was the winner. Defendant now denied that he gave a decision in favour of Bradley. Hodgetts he said was the winner and the money was paid over to him within ten minutes of the finish of the race without any objection being raised.
Judgement was given for defendant in both cases, with costs.
The Birmingham Daily Post.
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