Errington, George 1880 December 24th
An inquest was held at the Council Chamber, on Thursday afternoon, by Mr G Smith, city coroner, on the body of an old man named George Errington, aged 62, who suddenly fell down at the corner of Salt-lane on the preceding evening, between the hours of 7 and 8, and who, shortly after being picked up, expired. Mr W Lane was foreman of the jury. The facts placed before the jury were to the following effect,
James Munday, a gardener, working at St Edmund’s College, saw the deceased lying down in the lane in a kneeling position with his face on the pavement, and, on going over to him and touching him, he groaned. With the assistance of a man named Watts, he lifted the deceased up, he, in the process, groaning twice. Mr Pinnell, of the “Pheasant” inn, obtained some water, and with it they wetted the poor old man’s face and hands. Finding he was in a dying condition, the two men, with some further assistance, carried him to his house in Rollestone-street, unlocking the door with a key which they found by the old man’s side on the pavement. Before, however, they had laid him down he had expired.
Mr F C Bennett, surgeon, who resides in the same street, was immediately called in, and confirmed the impression that he was dead. Mr Bennett, from the information of the neighbours – who told him that the deceased frequently complained of pains in the left side and occasional feelings of faintness – and the appearance of the body, believed that death resulted from failure of the heart’s action.
Mrs Tutt, who resides with her husband in Highfield, and is a daughter of the deceased, said her father, on Tuesday evening, complained very much that his chest was exceedingly tender and that he had a difficulty in breathing. No doctor had, however, of late attended him. He, however, had been a fairly hearty man; and on Wednesday ate a dinner and tea, though the soarness of his chest had, it was evident from the evidence of Mrs Hayes (who frequently attended him), not decreased.
The jury returned a verdict of “Death from failure of the heart’s action.”