Updated 27 Oct 2008

WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900

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Inquests at Wirksworth

These Inquest Reports from the Derby Mercury were kindly emailed by Kath Marvill - Many thanks Kath.

    The Derby Mercury (Derby, England), Thursday, September 3, 1812; Issue 4190
    A few days since, a coroner's inquest was held on the body of J. Marsden [see under `George`], of Middleton, near Wirksworth, labourer, 50 years of age, who was found hanging in Hopton Wood in a very putrid condition. He had left home about a month ago in a very low desponding state of mind. Verdict: lunacy.

    PR entry: B 1812aug30 MARSDEN George(Middleton)[56]"hanged self,~found after 1 month"

    The Derby Mercury (Derby, England), Wednesday, May 20, 1863; Issue 6842
    Inquest - An inquest was held on Thursday, the 14th instant, at the George and Commercial Inn, before Mr A O Brookes, the deputy coroner, on the body of Andrew Macbeth, baker and confectioner. The deceased, it seems, had for upwards of a fortnight previous to his death been drinking; and on Tuesday night, about eleven o’clock, retired to rest in an inebriated state. His wife, whose accouchement had been very recent, awoke about five o'clock next morning and found him dead beside her. Dr Webb was immediately called in, and said that deceased had apparently been dead about two hours. The jury returned the following verdict: The deceased died from a serious effusion on the brain.

    No PR entry.

    The Derby Mercury (Derby, England), Wednesday, April 13, 1892; Issue 9248
    Inquest - An inquest upon the body of Robert Wardman was held by Mr Taylor, deputy coroner, at the Hope and Anchor Inn, Wirksworth, on Friday morning. Deceased, who was 13 years of age, went to the Hopton Wood Stone Quarries with his father's breakfast on the 2nd January, but instead of returning straight home called at Messrs. Bowne and Shaw's quarry. Whilst there warning was given of a shot about to be fired, and he and another moved away to what they considered a place of safety, but both were hit by stones from the shot. Deceased was carried home, and subsequently removed to the cottage hospital, where he remained under the care of Dr Brooks until death took place. - A verdict of Accidental death was returned.

    PR entry: B 1892apr10 WARDMAN Robert(Wirksworth)[13],#1267

    The Derby Mercury (Derby, England), Wednesday, March 8, 1893; Issue 9296
    An inquest was held at the Rising Sun, Rise-end, Middleton-by-Wirksworth, on Friday, by Mr S Taylor, deputy coroner, touching the death of William Charles Robert Ward, labourer, aged 20 years, whose death occurred at five pm on the 1st of March. On February 11th deceased was working at Messrs. Killer Bros works, at Middleton, when he was struck by a piece of machinery.
    Mr J H Rogers, inspector of factories, was present, and said a report ought to be sent to an inspector or certified surgeon directly a serious accident occur. - The Coroner said it was a case that came within the Factory Act - After viewing the body, Mr William Killer, of the firm of Messrs Killer Brothers, of Hopton Wood, was called, and said deceased was his stepson and worked at their saw-mills. Deceased was working during the night, and about twelve o'clock he was passing under the connecting rod and it knocked him down and stunned him. He continued working till 8.30 the next morning, and went footballing to Brassington in the afternoon. After that day he complained of a pain in the back of his head, and was attended by Dr Harvey up to the time of his death. He was seized with fits, and had about 100 during his illness. Deceased had worked for Killer Bros about six years, and on the day of the accident he passed through a door, which was not used for the men, and the machinery being in motion caught him on his head. - The other witnesses were Francis Spencer, Samuel Spencer and Daniel Millward, who all corroborated the first witness. - The jury returned a verdict of Accidental death caused by passing under a connecting rod.

    PR entry: B 1893mar05 WARD William Chas Rob(Middleton)[20],#1068"MPR"

    The Derby Mercury (Derby, England), Wednesday, March 22, 1893; Issue 9298
    Inquest - Mr Sydney Taylor deputy coroner, held an inquest at the Recruiting Sergeant Inn, Wirksworth, on Tuesday morning upon the body of an infant named Henry Clough, age five weeks, son of William Clough, quarryman. - Mary Clough, mother of deceased, identified the body, and said she last saw deceased alive at eight o'clock on Sunday morning. He was then lying on his side in bed, half uncovered, and appeared all right. The next time she saw him was at half-past ten, and he was still in the same position but quite dead. There was no froth about its mouth nor any appearance of its having struggled, but it was very white in the face, the child had been very delicate since its birth, but was not convulsed, nor had it received any medical attention. She had paid an insurance fee of 2d or 3d a week from the time it was four days old, but the child was not in benefit. - Mrs Dorothy Clough, grandmother of deceased, said she saw the child on Saturday night and it appeared all right then, but had always been delicate. She was called in at half past ten on Sunday morning, and saw the child dead in bed, lying towards the top of the bed but not covered up. It had thrush about three weeks and witness thought that it had scarcely recovered from it. - Mrs Bunting, who attended Mrs Clough at her confinement, said she thought the child got weaker from its birth and told its mother so, but did not advise her to call a doctor. She did not see anything wrong with the child except weakness. - Mrs Clough recalled said she gave the baby borax and honey to cure the thrush. She had four children. - This was the whole of the evidence, and the jury returned a verdict of died from natural causes.

    PR entry: B 1893mar15 CLOUGH Henry(Wirksworth)[5w],#1306

    The Derby Mercury (Derby, England), Wednesday, January 17, 1894; Issue 9341.
    On Thursday the Coroner for the High Peak Hundred held an inquest at Wirksworth touching the death of James Spencer, aged 67, grocer, who was killed on the Hopton branch line of the High Peak Railway, on Tuesday night. The deceased was seen taking a short cut towards the village of Middleton. He was blind in the right eye, and in turning out of the way of one engine stepped right in front of another one, which killed him instantaneously. His skull was fractured, and the right leg broken in two or three places. A verdict of Accidental death was returned, with a rider recommending the London and North Western Railway Company, who own the High Peak Railway, to take strict notice of trespassers - Deceased leaves a widow and a grown-up family of ten children. He was the water bailiff for Middleton.

    PR entry: B 1894jan12 SPENCER James(Middleton)[67],#1092"MPR"

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