Tilling, Kate

Tilling, Kate        1882 March 11th         Andover

An inquest was held on Thursday, March 2nd, at the “Chequers” Inn, before Mr H Footner, on the body of Kate Tilling, who died at the residence of Mr Charles Chandler, Chequers-yard.

Mary Chandler said she lived in the same house as deceased, who was in her 20th year, and during the past nine months had been unwell on and off. Witness saw her at noon on Wednesday when she was ill. Witness went downstairs and told her aunt to go for a doctor, and about ten minutes afterwards returned and found deceased apparently dead.

Sarah Chandler, the employer of the deceased, said that on Monday morning she saw the deceased was unwell, and at about 7.30pm she told her to go to bed. Deceased did so, after taking some of Dr Scott’s pills. On the following morning she complained of illness, and went to lie down on the bed. Witness saw her at various times during the day. On the following morning witness took her some tea, which she drank, but did not eat anything. Deceased never suggested that a doctor should be sent for, nor was it mentioned until about 12.30, when her niece suggested it, and she at once sent for one. On her return she found deceased dead.

Louisa Knapp, who also worked for Mrs Chandler, corroborated the previous witness in the main and added that deceased had suffered from diarrhoea during the past week.

Dr Churchouse said he had made a superficial examination of the body which appeared well nourished. There were no signs of violence or anything to indicate the cause of death. He should say that she had died a natural death, but there was nothing to indicate the disease. In reply to a juror, witness could not say whether life could have been saved had medical assistance been obtained earlier, as he had not made a post mortem examination.

The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence, and expressed regret that medical aid had not been obtained a little sooner; but they attached no blame, nor cast the least reflection on the conduct of those connected with the deceased.

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