Inquest Reports From Newspapers Re Nottinghamshire Fatal Accidents 1800-1900
These are copies of the originals the oldest is almost 215 years old, the readability varies from just readable to excellent. In the earlier accounts terms are used that no longer apply i.e. ult, means the month previous to the report date, instant that month, and sen.night two weeks previous to the date of the article.
The early reporting of injuries incurred is quite graphic by modern standards but applied to all accidental or suicide deaths.
Newspapers published weekly, note publishing days altered over the years for some papers. Some ceased to exist or amalgamated with other titles.
All information given is from film readers in the local studies section of Nottingham Central Library, Angel Row Nottingham. Detail 1800-1852 is from detail recorded some time ago, detail from the Derby Mercury and Nottinghamshire is from online sources I have access to.
The Mercury files date from 1800-1900 with some issues missing, the Guardian starts January 1849 to 1900 with several gaps in issues. Years 1872. 1888. 1890. 1891. and 1897. are missing. If any errors found they are noted.
To find reports look at the side of a name if a book sign is indicated click and detail will appear
Anyone wishing to check other publications will find them at this library.
The later publications Evening Post and News and others were daily editions, often several a day plus regional.
Alan Beales February 2015
Derby Mercury Thursday 06 August 1807
Skegby Colliery - 1807
Peter Smith, and his son Samuel
On Saturday evening the 24th ult. a melancholy catastrophe happened at Teversall, Nottinghamshire:- Peter Smith, and his son Samuel, were cleaning the water-way in an old coal-pit, symptoms of the damp appearing, they came up, when Peter recollecting he had left a spade in the pit, his son returned for it, and got into the trunk to be drawn up. His father however, had hardly raised from the ground ere the foul air overpowered him, and he fell lifeless from the trunk. The father called assistance and in the hope of saving his son, insisted upon being let down; when he also fell from the trunk, and perished.
Nottingham Review 05 July 1823
On the 29th ult. an inquest was taken at Eastwood, before Thomas Wright, Gent. Coroner on view of the body of Isaac Kneighton, a lad, 9 years old, in the employ of Mr. Deakin, at his colliery, at that place, who, after finishing his day's work, was diverting himself by riding upon a part of the machinery, called the cop-stern, at the mouth of the engine pit, from off which he fell down the shaft (a depth of seventy yards), and was taken up dead. Verdict, accidental death.
Nottingham Review 18 March 1825
On the 10th instant an inquest was taken before T. Wright Gent, Coroner, at Selston, on view of the body of William Ellis a collier, who on the 8th, was descending the shaft of a coal-pit, when the chain by which he was suspended broke, and he fell to the bottom, it is supposed about 80 yards, from the effects of which he instantly died. Verdict – Accidental death.
Nottingham Review 01 January 1830
Nottingham Review 22 Feb 1833
Same day, another inquest was held before Chris Swann, Gent, coroner, at Mr. Sampson Severn's, the sign of the Three Tuns, Newthorpe, on view of the body of Thomas Clifford, aged sixteen years. The deceased worked in a pit belonging to Messrs. Barber and Walker, and on Wednesday night he went into another pit, to assist his brother in holeing, in order that they might both have a holiday next day. About half-past eight the roof of the pit fell in upon the deceased and three others. The deceased was so completely buried under the bind, that it was an hour before they got him out, and there was one piece upon him which took eight men to remove. The deceased was quite dead. Verdict, "Accidental death."
Nottingham Journal - 01 November 1838
Nottinghamshire Guardian - Thursday 03 January 1850
Nottingham Review Friday 31 March 1854
On the 17th instant and by adjournment on Friday, the 25th instant, an inquest was held before Mr. C. Swann, at the house of Thomas Bostock, of Eastwood, on the body of James Wyld, of Nether Green, aged seventeen years, a collier. The deceased worked in a coal pit belonging to Messrs. Barber and Walker, called the Coppice pit, situated in the parish of Greasley. Shortly before six o’ clock on the morning of the 15th he went down the pit to his work and was walking down one of the tramways when a portion of the bind, or roof of the pit, about two tons in weight, fell upon him causing instant death. The roof of the pit had been examined shortly before the accident and was considered perfectly safe. Verdict. “Accidental death”
Nottinghamshire Guardian Thursday 22 March 1856
Nottinghamshire Guardian Thursday 24 April 1856
On the 12th and by adjournment on the 18th instant, Mr Coroner Swann, held an inquest at the Barley Mow, Trowell, on the body of John Stones, a collier It appeared from the evidence that on the morning of the 11th instant the deceased and three other men got into “the chains” for the purpose of being lowered into a pit called the “Top Pit” situated on Trowell Moor, and after descending a few yards the deceased slipped from his position and fell to the bottom of the shaft, his feet having caught the “bridge tree” in his decent. Death was instantaneous. The jury returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased was “Accidentally killed” in a coal pit belonging to Lord Middleton.