Accidents

There are a number of deaths that are recorded as being an immediate result of an accident:

John BOLTON, aged 12, was believed to have fallen from one of the horses pulling a manure cart on the farm of George Rose at Tinkershole, and was then run over by the cart which crushed him to death on 4 June 1864 [LBO 7 Jun 1864]

Mary BONE, aged 51, was killed by lightning around 5pm on 22 Jul 1828. Her husband Thomas was also hit but survived. The story was also widely reported in newspapers outside the immediate region.

William BRASINGTON, inquest 31 Jan 1816 in Crafton after he accidentally “drowned in a certain pit of water”.

Bartholomew CLARK, inquest 19 Sep 1755 at Ascott after falling from a ladder

Richard HARRIS, inquest 4 Sep 1760 at Crafton after falling from his horse.

Thomas LOCK, aged 46 buried 27 November 1793, had “drowned in the river at Leighton Buzd”.

Robert MAIN, buried on 26 Feb 1665/6, was “killed in a sandpit”

Henry PULLER, buried in Wing on 29 May 1821 aged 23 but described as being of London, died “of hydrophobia having been bitten by a mad dog in March last”.

William RADWELL, aged 17 buried 19 Aug 1800, “drowned in the garden pond in Wing Park” while bathing.

Joseph SMITH, inquest 22 Nov 1789 after being killed by a horse’s kick

Jane WEBSTER, aged 41, buried in Wing on 6 February 1864 after drowning in Oxford [LBO 9 Feb 1864]

George WILLIS’s mother was about to start washing linen in a tray of boiling water when the little boy fell headfirst into it. He died a few days later. [LBO 25 Jul 1865]

Walter WOOLHEAD aged 15 was employed at West Park Farm and had fallen from the hayloft in the stables. Initially he appeared fine but had head injuries which caused his death the next day on 29 October 1863 [LBO 3 Nov 1863]

And an anonymous death as a result of an accident: “A poore childe founde drowned” was buried 21 July 1599.

Happily not all accidents resulted in death, although they would not have been pleasant for the injured party. Here are some of the injuries reported in local newspapers, with a common theme of transportation accidents (Wing hay ricks were also hazardous):

Richard ATTWOOD, publican at the Cock Inn, sprained his ankle after being thrown from his horse who stumbled on some stones while on their way to the staghounds meet in Rowsham [LBO 9 Feb 1864].

Edward BIGGS, farmer of Burcott, was thrown out of his gig after his horse was spooked on the way home from Leighton. His daughter was also in the gig but managed to stay seated [LBO 19 Jan 1864]

A labourer, CUTLER, fell from a wagon and was pierced by a fork through the thigh during the harvest home festivities on Edward Biggs’ farm [LBO 22 Sep 1863]

Seth DENCHFIELD’s thigh was pierced by shears on John Prentice’s farm when the sheep did not cooperate [LBO 1 Aug 1865]

The small son of T DICKENS was lying in the road at Littleworth and was run over by a basket chaise driven by Miss Dickens of Heath Cottage. He was not badly hurt [LBO 3 May 1864]

Adam ELLIOTT sprained his wrist when falling from a hayrick on the farm of Mrs Jane Smith in Burcott [LBO 28 Aug 1866]

Builder Joseph HARDWICK [my direct ancestor] was badly injured when the cart he was in overturned while leaving Aylesbury “at a rapid rate” [LBO 1 Dec 1863]

Farmer John PRENTICE fell from his cart while riding from Wing to Leighton [LBO 3 May 1864]

Sarah Ann ROW (daughter of Joseph) was pierced in the thigh by a hay making fork after falling from a hay rick [LBO 14 Jul 1863]

Horsedealer Thomas SMITH was shaken but unhurt after his cart overturned as he was entering Wing from Leighton [LBO 9 Feb 1864]

William STURNHAM of Cottesloe injured his foot while at work on Thomas Hart’s farm at Ascott [LBO 3 May 1864]

Young George TEARLE was playing with other boys when he fell and broke his left arm in 1867 [LBO 7 May 1867]

James Woodhead (which I suspect should be WOOLHEAD), aged 9 or 10, lost the top of his middle finger to a chaff cutting machine on James Heley’s farm [LBO 1 Mar 1864]