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From: Eve McLaughlin <>
Subject: Re: [Lon] Death Inquests held in Pubs
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 18:16:38 +0100
In-Reply-To: <002c01c65493$e4936b30$0200a8c0@FIDLER>

In message <002c01c65493$e4936b30$>, Mo Fid
<> writes
>Hi Everyone
>I have found a report in the Times Newspaper of an inquest held in to the death
>of a waterman in September 1827 after the Wherry he was in was struck by a Steam
>Packet, capsized and he drowned. The incident took place near the Tower and
>Pickle Herring Stairs
>I am interested in the report as the other man involved, who survived, could be
>an ancestor.
>Do you think anything can be inferred by the fact that the inquest was held at
>the sign of the Waterman's Arms public house Dockhead in Bermondsey?
>Were impromptu inquests often held at public places such as Pubs near where the
>deceased and witnesses lived?.

Very common - the pub would have a large room capable of holding the
body, the officials, witnesses and curious members of the public.
And there was the additional point that the floor would probably be
sawdust coivered, which would mop up the water from the body and
The landlord wouldn't mind - nothing like a good inquest to drive
people to drink.

Eve McLaughlin

Author of the McLaughlin Guides for family historians
Secretary Bucks Genealogical Society

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