Worralls' Dairy in Prospect Place, Beards Street and at 29 Horton Street

In June 1908 the same Robert Worrall, a dairyman from Beard Street who was to steal Thomas Small’s cows in 1910 had been prosecuted under the Public Health Act.

13th June, 1908. Walsall Advertiser:

DARLASTON: For Health’s Sake, Robert Worrall, milk seller, The Green, was summoned at the Police Court on Wednesday for having a defective manure pit on his premises, and not complying with certain sections of the Public Health Act, and also for obstructing the inspector in the execution of his duty.

From the evidence it transpired that several visits had been paid to the defendant's premises by the sanitary inspector and the medical officer, and the drain was found to be choked. Water and liquid manure lay about the premises which endangered the purity of the milk. The defendant refused to effect any improvement, and when ‘the inspector spoke to him became abusive and threatened to smash the inspector's face.

The summons under the Public Health Act was dismissed, on the grounds that the information was laid by the sanitary inspector, who had no standing in the matter. The clerk should have instituted the proceedings. The summons for obstruction was adjourned for a fortnight.

On the 1911 census, Richard’s younger brother Moses Worrall, (38), was living at Prospect Place, Beard Street with a housekeeper, his sister, Elizabeth Keay and her daughter Mary. Moses was described as a dairyman working on his own account. In 1911 Richard hadn’t returned from jumping bail so wasn’t on the census, but lived in Beard Street according to the 1910 court case.

Prospect Place, now 18 Midland Road, still with wide gate access.

The sign on the house above.

Prior to their mother’s death in 1903, the Worrall family were running a dairy business close by at No. 29 Horton Street, which had been in operation for over 20 years. On the 1881 census, William Worrall, (53), a cowkeeper dairyman was living at No.29 Horton Street with his wife Nancy and 8 of their 12 children. On the 1891 census, Nancy, a widow, was living at No 29 Horton Street with her two sons, Robert and Moses, where she was described as a cowkeeper and Robert (22) as her helper.

Likewise on the 1901 census, Nancy (73), was called a cowkeeper of cattle and her sons, Robert, (32), and Moses,(31), were both cowkeepers. Nancy was working on her “own account, at home” which confirms that the business was indeed based at No. 29 Horton Street. Nancy died in 1903 when the two brothers moved to Prospect Place, Beard Street (now 18 & 19 Midland Road).

Prospect Place was a pair of semi detached cottages specially built, one for dairying and one for rent, around 1904, with a wide access gate and large yard to the rear. Next door on the corner of Rubery Street was Providence Cottage.

Excerpt from 1918 OS map showing Beard Street and Prospect Place.

Prospect Place

Moses Worrall was also using a horse from about 1907 until 1918 when it was put out to ley (see Staffordshire Advertiser 12th March 1927).

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