Wadham, Eliza

Wadham, Eliza             1911 February 17th

The City Coroner (Mr S Buchanan Smith) held an inquest at the Council Chamber on Monday morning, on the body of Eliza Wadham, who died suddenly at her home, 8, Toone’s Court, Scot’s Lane, on Saturday evening.

Mr T Stainer was chosen foreman of the jury.

Edward Wadham, carpenter and joiner, said that the deceased was his wife, and was 37 years of age last May. She had been ailing for the last few weeks, having a violent cold and cough. On Saturday he cooked her an egg and took it up to her about 9 o’clock, and she dressed herself and came downstairs about an hour later. She said she was better. At about four o’clock in the afternoon she was taken ill, and lay down on a mattress on the floor by the fire downstairs. She did not complain of her throat. Miss Read, a neighbour, was in and out, and was with her when she was taken worse. He was out at the time, but on returning went for Dr Ellis, who came a little after seven o’clock. His wife was dead when he arrived, having died while he was going for the doctor. She had not been attended by a doctor previous to her death.

Dr S Ellis, surgeon, said he was called to the house at about 7.20 on Saturday, and went as soon as possible, it being about 7.40 when he started. He found the woman dead and lying on a mattress on the floor in the sitting room. From what had been told him he imagined she had had bronchitis, and died from sudden heart failure. He had known her for the past ten or twelve years through attending her husband, and she was always very thin. He was afraid she did not have enough to eat. She had been dead about an hour and a half when he arrived.

A verdict was returned in accordance with the medical evidence.

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