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of Cradley Heath, Staffs
1889 Court case. '...The defendant William Griffin was the owner of the two works upon either side of Mill Street, and at these works the elder Griffin carried on the ordinary business of forging iron. On the 2nd of February, this year, the elder Griffin gave up all the business to his son, the co-defendant, William Griffin the younger. In the November of 1876, the defendant PURCHASED A STEAM HAMMER, which was a 30cwt. double action steam hammer. The defendant proceeded to use it in December of the same year. He should call a number of witnesses who resided in the property ten, twelve, and fifteen years ago, to say that that time the property was in very fair repair, and that there was no damage visible which could be attributed to the steam hammer. They would find that within the last four or five years the houses had become cracked many places....'