Radford, Jane

Radford, Jane          1888 February 11th

On Monday morning Mr G smith (city coroner) held an inquiry at the Fisherton House Asylum on the body of Jane Radford, aged 78 years, an inmate of the asylum who met with her death on Friday night.

Mr W C Wells was chosen foreman of the jury.

Rose Baker, attendant on deceased, said that she was with her on Friday night. Deceased went to bed at six o’clock and appeared to be in her usual good health. The last time witness saw her alive was at half-past nine, she being then asleep. She was dead when she saw her again. The other nurse, Sarah Needle, went for the doctor.

Sarah Needle said she attended deceased on Friday night. She saw her in bed at eight o’clock and she appeared to be in pretty good health. There were other patients in the ward with her. Witness was not in the room when she died, but was the first one to discover that she was dead. She was passing through the ward and went to cover deceased up, when she found she was dead. On making this discovery she went for Dr Richard Finch, who came immediately.

Richard Tanner Finch, one of the medical attendants, stated that he was called at about ten minutes to eleven on Friday night to see deceased. Deceased was never very strong at the best of times, having a very diseased heart, and his opinion was that death was the result of a rupture of the wall of the heart. She was a native of Plymouth, was 78 years of age, and was admitted into the institution on the 25th August, 1877.

The verdict of the jury was “Death from natural causes.”


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