Newall, Elizabeth

Newall, Elizabeth         1886 April 29th

On Tuesday afternoon, Mr G Smith (city coroner) held an inquest at the “White Horse” hotel, Castle-street, on the body of Elizabeth Newall, a married woman, 76 years of age, who had suddenly died whilst eating her supper on Sunday. Mr W Wells was chosen foreman of the jury.

Charles Yateman, tailor, of the Ox-row, said that he was passing down Castle-street on Sunday evening at 20 minutes or a quarter to eight. Hearing a peculiar noise coming from a house which he found out subsequently was No 71, he listened for some time, and eventually entered, when he found the room quite dark. A light having been procured by a young person who accompanied him, through the direction of a paralysed man who was sitting in a chair, he discovered the body of the deceased lying on the floor. She was then breathing very faintly.

By a juryman : The noise he heard might have caused anyone to think that a child was being beaten. He had known the husband for some time. The man was totally unable to give the slightest assistance to his wife.

Mary Newall, daughter of the deceased, said she had been living with her mother. For some time past the latter had been very unwell, but refused to have medical assistance. Her complaints were of inward pains and shortness of breath. On Friday evening she (the deceased) went to Downton to work at the “Bull” inn. Deceased then said she was much better and expressed the opinion that the change would do her good. On her return home on Saturday evening she seemed much better. She showed no symptoms of illness on Sunday; on the contrary, her health seemed much improved. In the evening witness went out for a walk at a quarter to six. On her return she found her mother lying on a couch quite dead. Witness’s father was suffering from rheumatic gout and was quite unable to assist her mother.

By the jury : She believed her mother was partaking of a supper of cold roast beef when she died.

Dr Thomas Sanctuary said that he was called soon after eight o’clock on Sunday night to see the deceased. He found on his arrival that she was quite dead. Not having seen her alive, he was not in a position to certify the cause of death. From the evidence he had heard he was of opinion that the cause of death was failure of the heart’s action. He did not think that there was any possibility of her having taken anything that would likely to cause death while at Downton. He should attribute death to natural causes.

By the foreman : If she had been suffocated there might not have been any symptoms when he saw her as some minutes had elapsed since her death.

A verdict of death from natural causes was returned.


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