Harding, Mary

Harding, Mary           1917 June 15th         Wilton

Old Lady’s Fatal Fall

Miss Mary Harding, an aged resident of Wilton, was found dead at the foot of the stairs in her house on Monday morning, having apparently fallen the night before when she was going to bed.

An inquest was held by the Coroner for South Wilts (Mr F H Trethowan) on Tuesday. Mr G H Buckeridge was chosen foreman of the jury.

Annie Sutton, wife of Edwin Sutton, of 47, North Street, carpet weaver, said that Miss Harding lived at 61, North Street, and was 83 years of age. She lived opposite and used to help her every day with her work. She called on Sunday night at 9 o’clock and found Miss Harding had had her supper but had not gone to bed. She got it ready for her and her breakfast for the morning. She went to the house again at 8 o’clock the following day and found the door unlocked and Miss Harding lying at the foot of the stairs, undressed and apparently dead. The bed had not been slept in, and the lamp she lighted on the previous night was still burning.

Dr Straton expressed the opinion that Miss Harding fell down the stairs and fractured the base of the skull, which was no doubt the cause of her death. It was quite possible she had forgotten something and was attempting to go downstairs again when she fell, and it being a very dangerous stairway there was nothing to save her.

The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence.

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