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Inquest in Worcs
« on: Monday 05 January 09 15:41 GMT (UK) »
My gt gt grandfather John Cook drowned in Stourport and an inquest was held by the Worcs Coroner, William Samuel Price Hughes, on 7th Feb 1866. Would there be a record of the inquest somewhere? Or might it have been reported in a local newspaper?  I`ve no idea where to look!

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Re: Inquest in Worcs
« Reply #1 on: Monday 19 January 09 16:32 GMT (UK) »
Would most likely be a report in the paper. I found reports of 2 of my own ancestors who had inquests into their deaths.

Worcester History Centre has microfilm of old local newspapers. Mine appeared in two different papers - Berrows Journal & another Worcester one - the Worcester Chronicle?

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Re: Inquest in Worcs
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 20 January 09 08:53 GMT (UK) »
Thanks Netti - I`m hoping to go to Worcester History Centre next week.

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Re: Inquest in Worcs
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 20 January 09 15:10 GMT (UK) »
Hi Jane
This may help. http://worcestershire.whub.org.uk/home/wcc-cul-coroner
I think you need to apply to the coroner and then they will let you see the report. Good luck looking for it in the papers though you may get lucky.


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Re: Inquest in Worcs
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 21 January 09 09:15 GMT (UK) »
Thanks Tina - I have already contacted the coroner, got his permission, then was told the records don`t go back far enough!  I think my only hope is the newspapers
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Re: Inquest in Worcs
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 21 January 09 21:06 GMT (UK) »
One of the newspaper reports I found was from 1864 so you should find it quite easily - just look at the weeks around the date you have. In my case the inquest was held in a room at the local pub and gave witness details and statements. It appeared in 2 different papers, each giving a slightly different version, so check both if you can.

Good Luck and let us know how you get on!

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Re: Inquest in Worcs
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 29 January 09 15:23 GMT (UK) »
Netti - to update you - I found the information I wanted in Berrows Journal - there were no other newspapers available at Worcester History Centre for the date I needed. It appears there was a tremendous storm in the area on the night in question and "because of the extreme darkness and inclemency of the weather he either missed his road and walked into the Canal, or his hat blew off and in endeavouring to recover it he fell in". !!

Thanks for everyone`s assistance
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« Reply #7 on: Thursday 29 January 09 17:56 GMT (UK) »
Thanks for telling how you got on Jane!

I don't know about you, but when looking in old papers I get side-tracked by other stories.

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Re: Inquest in Worcs
« Reply #8 on: Thursday 29 January 09 20:06 GMT (UK) »
Absolutely - there were some particularly gruesome industrial accidents in the next column!
I thought the History Centre was great - I might have to move to Worcester!
Jane