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Coroner's inquest but no newspaper report?
« on: Thursday 02 August 12 12:41 BST (UK) »
Hi

The death certificate of Happy Nicholls shows that she died of accidental drowning at Latchford in the county of Chester on 21 October 1867. The death was subject to an inquest on 24 October 1867 by W. Dunstan, coroner for Knutsford Division. She was a widow aged 57.

To find out more, I've tried an extensive search of the Cheshire Observer and the Cheshire Chronicle online for late October and early November both an index search using a variety of terms and a page-by-page browse but can find no sign of her inquest, although other inquests in the county are covered in some detail. I've also tried Lancashire newspapers.

Does anyone have any ideas why Happy's inquest is missing from the press? 

Many thanks in advance.

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Re: Coroner's inquest but no newspaper report?
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 02 August 12 21:17 BST (UK) »
Hi Sharon,

Were the others you have found of a similar date or later? My own experience is that 1867 is a little early as far as local newspapers are concerned for much detail about ordinary folk .

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Re: Coroner's inquest but no newspaper report?
« Reply #2 on: Friday 03 August 12 08:42 BST (UK) »
Hi Odessa

Many thanks for responding.

I checked a period of about six months and the other people in the inquests seemed to be largely working class folk. Even children's deaths were covered.

I have to say that in the week that Happy died, there was a dramatic accident at Northwich where a carriage went into the canal, killing one of the young women in it and also the horses. Perhaps that attracted all the media attention.

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Re: Coroner's inquest but no newspaper report?
« Reply #3 on: Friday 03 August 12 15:38 BST (UK) »
I have a similar story.  Death and inquest but no newspaper report.  When I was looking for one I was told a US president got assassinated at the time and the papers were full of that.  Hmmmm. 
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Re: Coroner's inquest but no newspaper report?
« Reply #4 on: Friday 03 August 12 16:09 BST (UK) »
Personally I would not look farther than that days evening papers and the next day

As for it not being important enough to appear - local papers would have loved it.   Coroners Inquests were their bread & butter.

You may find it worthwhile to look again but look for maybe a small article.

I have one for a relative of mine.  It is contained within a lager article covering several inquests on the same day in Brighton.
Fleming (Bristol) Fowler/Brain (Battersea/Bristol)    Simpson (Fulham/Clapham)  Harrison (W.London, Fulham, Clapham)  Earl & Butler  (Dublin,New Ross: Ireland)  Humphrey (All over mainly London) Hill (Reigate, Bletchingly, Redhill: Surrey)
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Re: Coroner's inquest but no newspaper report?
« Reply #5 on: Friday 03 August 12 16:13 BST (UK) »
You may find something in a more local paper - possibly the Northwich & Knutsford Guardian. Cheshire Archives say "Information about newspaper titles held on microfilm in Cheshire libraries can found by searching the Local Studies Catalogue."
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Re: Coroner's inquest but no newspaper report?
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 04 August 12 07:17 BST (UK) »
Many thanks for your replies. I'll try another review of that week's press and other titles. Much appreciated.

Sharon
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Boswell
Lovell
Robinson
Chilcott
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