Deaths and Inquests 1855

Northern Daily Times

March 21st 1855

Deaths and inquests

The Coroner held an inquest on an aged woman, Elizabeth HARRISON, who resided in a court of Chapel Lane, and who on Saturday fell from a window into the yard and fractured her skull from which she died.

Inquests to be held on the death of a Spanish Sailor Johanna ? Found dead in an entry in 33 Mersey St.

On John DOHERTY a dock worker who was injured on the 26th inst on a ship at the Princes Dock and died at the Northern Hospital yesterday of his injuries.

April 2nd 1855

Sudden death of Rev George DOVER

Rev George DOVER, incumbent at St Mary’s Kirkdale, expired yesterday morning in his own church during the performance of Divine service. He was about to preach and entered the pulpit, he was in the act of giving the text, turned around, gave two groans and dropped down dead. We understand he had not evinced any signs of illness, and was in his prime of life, he had been at St Mary’s only a few years having previously been incumbent at St Barnabas, Parliament St. He was the brother of Alderman DOVER

Thursday April 5th 1855

Yesterday Mary ALSOP, aged 73, died suddenly in High Park St and a child Mary Ann DEANE died suddenly in Hornby St, inquests to be held this day.

The coroner held the following inquests on Tuesday

On the body of Patrick CARROLL a labourer who was killed at the Sugar House of Mr FAIRLEY, Vauxhall Rd. There was a hole in the floor 20ft deep and the deceased on trying to jump over it fell and broke his skull - accidental death

On the body of William CONNOR who was killed in the Saw Mill of Mr JORDAN, Great Howard St - accidental death

On the body of Mary GORMAN who died in the workhouse - verdict disease of the brain and bowel brought on by drink.

Monday April 9th 1855

On Saturday the Coroner held inquests.

On the body of Thomas EDGE, a carter employed at Messers ROBINSON and BURNS, Coal Merchants, Crown St. He was 35 years old and died from injuries caused by the kick of a horse - accidental death

On the body of Anne MC CANN who dropped dead in Greek St on Good Friday - verdict died from the visitation of God.

On the body of Thomas LYONS, found drowned in the Stanley Dock - accidental death.

On the body of Thomas LOCKLEY, who died in the Royal Infirmary as a consequence of injuries by the explosion of fireworks at the Zoological Gardens - accidental death.

Suicide of Navy Carpenter

On Saturday a warrant carpenter cut his throat in the Red Cross Inn, Redcross St, his name was William RICHARDSON who was in the Royal Navy and had come from Chatham to superintend the filling up of transports. Evidence at the inquest showed he was in low spirits and was missing his wife and family, he had been addicted to drink for some time. A letter was found on the table address to Mr MOFFAT. R.N, one of the Warrant Officers, which showed plainly he was unhappy and deranged when he destroyed himself - verdict accordingly


Northern Daily Times

Friday April 6th 1855

Death at Sea

Letter dated Swansea 25th March, from correspondent of Mr EWART of Belfast, master of the ship JOHN ALEXANDER, of this port, gives an account of the drowning of the master of the vessel who leaves a widow and three orphans :-

“I am sorry to have to record the death of Capt William FINLAYSON, of your vessel JOHN ALEXANDER, it appears the vessel sailed by last nigh’s tide from this port, when about 5 miles before the Mumbles, they where tacking the vessel, the two met in the fore part of the vessel and the Captain aft, when they heard a shout by the Captain, who they think was knocked overboard by the main boom. They threw a rope where he had fallen and immediately got the boat out but could not find him. They fell in with a schooner from which they got a man to assist them back to this port


Northern Daily Times

April 10th 1855

Melancholy suicide

Last evening the inhabitants of Wavertree were much alarmed by the news that the Sexton, Mr Edward WATERHOUSE, had committed suicide in the Parish Church by hanging himself. The deceased had been a journeyman plumber and glazier but had recently entered the business himself. Having met with some loss, a mere trifle, it had affected his mind and he was in a low state, so much so that his previous employers had, out of compassion, sent for him to work for them, but he refused. About 4pm yesterday he was, as sexton, engaged in digging a grave, after which he went into the cellars of the church, where the grave diggers kept their instruments, and hanged himself. We regret to say he has left a wife and family unprovided for.

Two men John HOGG and Michael MC LOUGHLIN, were killed at a “delf” or quarry in Newby Terrace, Belmont Rd. The quarry was 30ft deep and for the sake of economy had been arched over instead of being filled. The arch was considered secure and the props taken away some weeks ago. The two men were working on top of the arch when it gave way and they fell into the quarry and were buried in debris. They were got out quite dead - inquest adjourned till next Friday for further investigations.

Accidental deaths recorded yesterday on

Joseph ASHBRIDGE aged 21 mths who was burnt to death in a house in Bond St.

Yesterday morning on the steam packet arriving from Cork, when she got into the half-tide at the Clarence Dock, a passenger Timothy DRISCOLL [from a ticket found on him] was drowned in the dock. He fell overboard in his great anxiety to get on the quay, a boatman named HARVEY is praised for his attempts to save the poor fellow, but he was unsuccessful.

John HULME, Baker, working at 46 Bridgewater St, was killed yesterday in the bakehouse, having been caught in machinery.

Mary Anne MC PHARLANE died suddenly yesterday in West Derby Workhouse.

Philip MC GHAN, aged 60, died suddenly yesterday in West Derby Workhouse, the deceased was a marine store dealer and lived in Highgiver St, on 3rd Nov last he was passing Manesty’s Lane when some tea chests fell on his head and injured him severely He had gone into the Workhouse to be cured by the Doctors but his case was past cure.

April 12th 1855

Inquests held yesterday

On the body of Frederick GOING, shipkeeper on board the CRESSIDA, who on Saturday fell into the hold to a depth of 18 ft and died from his injuries in the Southern Hospital - accidental death

On the body of John JENKINS, who resided at No 8 Court, Dairymple St, who died suddenly in bed at 11pm on Tuesday - natural causes

On the body of Elizabeth SOULBY, who died of delirium tremens in a court off Burlington St - verdict to that effect

On the body of Andrea PERSICK, a Spanish sailor who died on a voyage home from Alexandria - cause consumption

April 14th

Fatal accident at Edge Hill station

Yesterday, John HACKETT, aged 50, an engine fitter at Edge Hill station lost his life, the deceased was steady and well conducted, he had been employed at the station for 17 yrs. On repairing an engine and in the act of getting down, some wagons were shunted and he was trapped between the iron bar which acts as a break and some iron pillars, his legs where crushed and he died immediately - accidental death

April 15th

Suspicion of poisoning

A good deal of excitement was caused in the neighbourhood of Williamson Square yesterday in consequence of a rumour that a man had been poisoned by himself or someone else.

It appears a man named William WILLIAMS, a tailor who resided on the premises of Mr BRETHERTON, Merchant tailor, having his business at 22 Houghton St, Williamson Square. WILLIAMS resided on the premises and had charge of the place and stock. He was said to be steady and well conducted and a teatotaller. On Wednesday night he had been out and returned between 11pm and midnight, but did not make an appearance on Thursday. The foreman went up late in the evening and found him in a dying state, he died within a few moments. There was a small bottle found in the place which had contained laudanum. It has been stated there was an argument between him and his wife as she was given to drink. His wife saw him early on Thursday morning and there was nothing the matter with him she did not see him alive afterwards. Inquest to be held Thursday

April 16th

Coroners inquests

On Saturday.

On the body of Richard HUGHES, aged 46 who died in the Northern Hospital. On the 23rd March he was knocked down by an omnibus in Great Homer St and died from his injuries - verdict to that effect.

On the body of Ellen Jackson, aged 50, of 22 Shaw Hill St, whose death was caused by excessive drinking.

April 17th

On the body Elizabeth COUN, aged 5, who died from injuries received at 54 Gerard St, when her mother left a pan of scalding water on the floor and deceased fell into it - accidental death.

On the body of Thomas HAUGHTON, an aged man who died suddenly in Rose Hill Station, where he was brought for his own safety after being found in the street drunk and insensible - died from dropsy brought on by drink.

On the body of Eliza HORTON, aged 39, of Hardwick St, who died of disease of the heart.

April 21st

Yesterday Rebecca WARE the wife of a Captain, at present at sea, dropped dead in her lodgings, 30 Park St, Park. It appeared the deceased had been engaged in washing, and some time in the afternoon she went downstairs, but quickly returned to a room where her two little children were. The landlady hearing the children shout “Ma” with no response went upstairs and found the poor woman lying across the hearth, quite dead. - an inquest will be held this day.

April 25th

Mary MC CORMICK the wife of an earthenware dealer of 5 court, Johnson St, died yesterday in a state of delirium brought on by drink

Anne HALFPENNY, aged 10, died yesterday in hospital in consequence of injuries received by a burning in 86 Portland St.

Henry BENSON, aged 35, of 12 court, Norfolk St, was found dead yesterday morning. On Monday night the deceased went home drunk and threw out his wife and children into the street, they dared not go back. Yesterday his wife and another person forced open the door and found him dead on the floor. There was a hole found burned into the floor and a box containing clothes burnt to ashes, it is supposed he suffocated.

April 26th

Yesterday the coroner held inquests on.

The body of Bartholomew SPELMAN, aged 45 of 64 Chisenhale St, who died from excessive drinking.

April 27th

Inquests held yesterday

The body of James ELLIS, aged 66, who died in the Workhouse in consequence of injuries he received from falling down stairs - accidental death.

The body of who John MC IVOR, aged 50, employed in the warehouse of MOLYNEUX TAYLOR and Co, deceased was employed in a warehouse in Lancelots Hey, when he slipped and fell into the cellar and died from his injuries - accidental death

April 28th

Yesterday, James EWART of Lichfield St, died in the Northern Hospital in consequence of injuries he received some time ago in the Sandon Graving dock. inquest this day.

Henry PETERKEN, who died in the Northern Hospital in consequence of injuries he received on the 20th inst in Rumford St, he resides in Paddington, inquest this day.

April 30th

A fatal accident took place yesterday at Mr FRANKLIN’S stone cutting mill, Clement St. Henry GRIFFIN, aged 40, a blacksmith appears went between the wall and some machinery for the purpose of doing something about an iron bridge, he got entangled and was torn to small pieces. This is the second fatality in the same place within a month.


Liverpool Mercury, Aug 28th 1855

On Saturday an inquest was held before Mr C. E. DRIFFIELD Esq on the body of James TICKLE, a stoker employed at the Sutton Glass Works who met his death of the previous day by being crushed between the buffers of two railway wagons verdict of “Accidental death.”


Oct 18th 1855

Deaths from shooting, on the occasion of the visit of his Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge.

Two inquests were held by the borough coroner yesterday resulting from gunfire.

An adjourned inquest on the body of Nathaniel ROBERTS, aged five and a half years, who died from receiving a charge of cotton waste in the throat whist crossing Dickinson St on the 9th inst. It appeared guns of every description were being fired in the street at the time, it being impossible to say which firearm produced the accident a verdict of, “Manslaughter be person or persons unknown” was given.

On the body of Jonathan LESHAM, accidentally injured by the firing of a cannon at the Liverpool Industrial Schools, Kirkdale, during the Duke’s visit.


Liverpool Mercury, Oct 27th, 1855

Death from Lockjaw, Elizabeth HEPBURN, aged 3, daughter of Bernard HEPBURN, No 6 court Shannon St, died on Wednesday last of tetanus, which resulted from a gathering under the large toe of the right foot, a verdict to that effect returned by the coroner's jury on Saturday last.

Mysterious Disappearance of an occasional Reporter

In the Mercury on Monday it was stated that Thomas JACKSON, a casual reporter in this town had suddenly and mysteriously disappeared, after having been sent to a meeting at Tranmere on Monday night week. Information has now been received which tends to confirm the worst fears, that he had fallen into the Mersey and drowned. It appears that Mr JACKSON, after the meeting had dissolved, called at the Britannia Arms and was furnished by Mr JONES, assistant overseer with the minutes of the proceedings, alleging he could not find the place of the meeting earlier. Later in the evening a man answering Mr JACKSON'S description spoke to a woman on the Birkenhead slip, both proceeded to the boat lying alongside the pier. Upon getting upon the plank the woman states, the steamer gave a lurch, which threw the man [supposedly Mr Jackson] into the water, and he immediately sank. An alarm was immediately given and the boatmen grappled in the river for a considerable time, but without success

Supposed death from taking Lobelia

John COOKE, aged 36, coach-wheel maker, of 22 Baptist St, who had been for some time afflicted with a cough, died on Friday afternoon last. The deceased had been taking medicine from Mr WOOD, herb doctor, Richmond Row. Mr THOMPSON surgeon, Salisbury St, was called in on Thursday last, and also attended him on Friday about 2 or 3hrs before he died. He was shown the medicine which the deceased had been taking and had sealed up the bottles with a view to an inquiry being made. The bottles contained a decoction of lobelia, and as the deceased had been vomiting blood when he called to see him on Thursday, he made a post-mortem examination of the body, and death was found to have arisen from extensive disease of the heart, the result of natural causes. The Coroner remarked that the case of suspicion existed from the fact of the herbalist having made a remark to the wife of the deceased not to inform Dr THOMPSON that her husband had been under his care. A verdict was returned that the deceased died from natural causes.

Fatal Omnibus Accident

An inquest was held on Monday last on the body of Ellen HUGHES, aged 86, servant to Mr C. GARLAND Schoolmaster, Sandown Lane, Wavertree. The deceased came to Liverpool on Friday last to make some purchases, and was returning home on Mr DILWORTH'S omnibus, and at the corner of Brownlow St, in Pembroke Place, she was observed by a passenger named WOOD, to lean forward, and he made a snatch at her just as she was falling, but her shawl remained in his hand. She was removed to the Infirmary where it was found her left jawbone was broken and she was suffering from bodily injuries. She expired on Saturday morning. The coroner put it to the jury whether they thought any blame was attached to the driver, because in a case which came before him some time ago where a person had received injuries from a similar accident, in which death had resulted, and an action had been brought against, Mr DILWORTH, in which he had £27 to pay, he thought Mr DILWORTH had a justifiable defence to the action as the woman was drunk at the time. The jury was of the opinion that no blame was attributable to the driver, and returned a verdict of, "Accidental death."

Supposed death from violence

An inquest was held on Saturday relative to the death of John TAGUE, a baker, aged 22, of No 14 court, Collingwood St. On Saturday week he went to his work between 5 and 6am, quite well, and returned in the evening with his nose bleeding and his coat torn. He said he had been struck by two men, Tom BRECKELL and Jack PIERCE. He went to his work as usual on Monday morning, continued at it all week, but did not take his food as usual. On Sunday morning following he took to his bed and remained there until Thursday last, under the treatment of Dr NEWTON, surgeon. He died on Friday last. PC. John GRATREX, stated he saw a crowd round the Black Bull spirit vaults, Scotland Rd, BRECKELL had hold of the deceased, the deceased said he had paid for a quart of ale for BRECKELL and another young man, and because he refused to give them more ale they assaulted him. Mr NEWTON, surgeon, was unable to decide whether the inflammation of the brain, from which the deceased died, was caused by violence or from natural causes. The jury returned an open verdict and Thomas BRECKELL, who had been brought up in custody was discharged by the coroner.


Liverpool Mercury Nov 5th, 1855

An inquest was held on Saturday on the body of John KEANE, aged 3, living with his parents in Hornby St, the deceased was standing on the fender in the kitchen on Thursday when his clothes ignited, he received serious injuries that death ensued on the following night, verdict "Accidental death".

On Friday night John EVANS was passing from Whitechapel to Preston St, when he came into contact with a horse and cart which knocked him down, one of the wheels passed over his neck and head killing him instantaneously. Inquest held on Saturday, no blame was attached to the driver as the deceased had imprudently attempted to cross the street immediately in front of the horses legs, verdict "Accidental death".


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