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Turkey Field (situate at Babbington) Page 21

Inquest Reports From Newspapers
Re Nottinghamshire Fatal Accidents

Nottingham Review - Saturday 12 May 1815


A few days ago, a youth by the name of Green, that worked in one of the coal pits at Strelley New Colliery. Having just come up from his work, by some strange impulse, for which there seems no accounting, literally walked into the pit which cost him his life.

Nottingham Journal - Saturday 13 September 1823


On the 5th instant an inquisition was taken Thomas Wright Gent, on view of the body of Joseph Rigley, a workman in the employ of Messrs. Gervas Bourne and Co. at Babbington Colliery in the parish of Greasley, who lost his life in the following manner. He had been engaged in landing the coals at the top of the shaft, and whilst standing on the brigtree (the usual place for receiving the corf) the iron chain by which the coals were raised suddenly broke, and the end of the chain recoiling with great force over the machinery, struck the deceased on top of the head, by which he received a violent and mortal fracture of the skull, which instantly deprived him of life. Verdict “Accidental death”.

Nottingham Review - Friday 31 October 1828


On Sunday, an inquest was taken at the house of Mr. George Trotter, Babbington, in the parish of Greasley, before Mr. C. Swann, Coroner, on view of the body of Job Widdowson, aged twenty three years. From the evidence of his brother, it appeared that on Saturday, about ten o’ clock, they were in a pit of Mr Bourne’s, the deceased was breaking out the coal, which witness was loading, when the stone overhead gave way: witness succeeded in getting out of the way, but deceased was crushed under four of five tons of weight. They immediately commenced clearing it away, but that occupied some time, and when he was taken out he was dead, There was a wood prop within three yards, and it was considered to be safe. Verdict. “Accidental death”

Nottingham Mercury - Saturday 04 September 1830

Inquest Raynor

Inquest held before C. Swann, Coroner, on Saturday last at the house of James Smith, agent to Mr. Gervas Bourne, in the parish of Greasley, on view of the body of William Raynor, aged twenty eight years. It appears that the deceased worked in a coal pit at Babbington, and about half past three o’ clock on Friday morning was prepared to descend into the pit, with two other men, but instead of fastening the chain securely around him, it is supposed he got between two chains which were twisted, and when the whimsy raised them up, he slipped between the chains, and fell to the bottom of the pit, a depth of two hundred and sixty feet and was killed. He hit his head against the bridge in falling, and the workmen in the pit who were waiting to be drawn up, attested that he was quite dead when they raised him. His breast bone was broken to pieces, and the bone of his left leg was shattered through to the skin. All the witnesses concurred that in stating that no blame attached to any of the survivors. A verdict of “Accidental death” was returned.

Nottingham Journal - Friday 16 November 1838

Inquest Raynor

Inquest before C. Swann, Gent, Coroner, On Thursday at the house of Thomas Wilson, The Brick and Tile, Underwood, touching the death of Henry Maltby. The deceased was a whimsy man at the new pit of Mr. Fenton’s, at Bagthorpe, and he and William Riley were at work all night on Friday, last. At five o’ clock in the morning, Riley saw a box of dirt go over the pulley wheel in the head stock, and fall to the ground, he called out to the deceased to stop the engine before it went over, but he could not until it had revolved three times round. The deceased then came out of the engine house, and said he was oiling the whimsy, and he did not think the box was so near up, and that he could not stop the engine. He then went and fastened a small rope to the pit rope, and took it up to the head stock to draw the rope over the pulley wheel, and when he got about half way up, Riley saw him fall down against the hand rail which is put up as a guard, and then he fell head first over the hand rail, down the shaft of the pit, which is 121 yards deep. It was impossible to save him. Riley could not say what caused the fall, but he thought as it had been raining all night, and had made the head stock very slippery, and as he had strong nails in his shoes, he must have slipped, and so he fell. He was taken up a mangled corpse, his lower jaw broken off, his right leg, left thigh, and one of his arms broken, and his right eye knocked in; he would have been twenty one at Christmas. Verdict “Accidental death”.

Nottingham Journal - Friday 07 December 1838

Inquest Joe Straw

On Wednesday last, at the house of James Slater, the Horse and Groom, Kimberley, on view of the body of Joseph Straw. The deceased had worked in the Babbington Colliery for upwards of twenty years, and on Tuesday morning last he descended within forty yards of the bottom of a coal pit belonging to Messrs. North and Wakefield, to take out a stay {which is a piece of timber fixed into the side of the shaft for the pumps to act upon}, and, though no one saw him, there is no doubt, while in the act of taking out the stay, he fell to the bottom of the pit. He was taken out, quite dead, with his thigh broken, and his hip pushed up. He has left a wife and nine children, Verdict accordingly.

Nottingham Journal - Friday 29 November 1844

Inquest Mark Day

At Babbington Colliery on Tuesday last, about seven o’ clock, a young man named Mark Day, of Kimberley, being at work at the bottom of the shaft at Babbington, what is termed hanging on, a piece of coal fell from the shaft upon the back of his head and inflicted a severe wound about six inches in length. He was conveyed home, and we regret to hear he has since expired. The inquest was held this date at the Horse and Groom Inn, Kimberley.

Nottingham Journal Friday 14 March 1845

Inquest Sam Steph

On Sunday last, an inquiry was held before Mr. Swann, at the Broad Oak, Strelley, on view of the body of Samuel Stephenson, a boy twelve years of age, who had been employed in a coal pit of Messrs. North, Wakefield, and Morley, at Strelley called the “High Holborn pit”. It appeared that on Saturday the youth might have had a holiday for the day, but he chose rather to stay in the pit in order to look at James Bannister, a boy also aged twelve, turn the checks on the gangway, for the waggons to pass on to another line as the deceased was about to be employed in a similar manner. While he stood on the side of the gangway, some loaded waggons were started which ought to have drawn up some empty waggons, but the hook on the chain of the empty waggons having accidentally become unfastened, the loaded waggons ran down with great velocity. Two of them passed the deceased who stood at the side, to be out of the way. In consequence of the coal continually falling from the waggons, the third waggon was upset when over the place where the deceased was standing, and the poor lad was completely buried by the coal which fell upon him, and also the waggon which lay on top of the coal. The deceased screamed, and was soon after got out by the pitmen; both his arms were broken, and he received such serious internal injuries, that he died in a minute or two afterwards. Verdict. “Accidentally killed in a coal pit, in consequence of the overturning of a waggon of coal”