Wollaton April 1st 1854:
At the inquest at the Kings Head public house held before Mr C Swann: On the body of Isaac Waters after a coal pit accident at Trowell. Isaac was a small boy of 11 years. He was employed in one of The Bramcote Moor pits. The son of John Waters of Trowell, on the afternoon of the 31st March Isaac was working when the roof of the pit fell in weighing about a ton and crushed the life out of him..
May 11th 1854:
This story is a shocking occurrence On Sunday night last in Trowell, a young woman by the name of Elizabeth Thorley, almost twenty years old, and a very attractive lass, had been living as a servant in Bramcote, under the pretext of being ill, about a month ago she left her place of residence and came home to her parents. Her father a labourer lived on Trowell moor, late one Sunday night she left the house to go to the privy having a pain in her stomock her mother missing her, went to look she found her but also heard cries of a infant coming from the ground, she hastened to get her husband, but when they returned Elizabeth had gone, the parents rescued the infant from the privy and the situation the it was in.
We understand that the infant after it remarkably well after it ordeal, search was made during the night for Elizabeth the mother but was unsuccessful, no trace could be found untill the next morning when about six of the clock some miners going to work a quarter mile from the parents home, were horrified to find the lifeless body of Elizabeth at the bottom of one of the many pit shafts, it was said “that she must have thrown herself in”. The inquest returned the verdict on Elizabeth,”That the deceased destroyed herself by throwing herself down a pit, while labouring under the strains of temporary insanity”.
One of the old tennents of the public house were John and Hannah Burton, it was the Kings Head pub on the Trowell Road. Thomas Burton, was a maltster, he ran a maltsters and corn merchants business with a Joseph Pidcock. The family left Wollaton in about 1860, to move to the local village of Strelley, and then to West End, Beeston, where he died.
A remarkable story has been told to me today. It is about William Burton wheelright who was the brother of Thomas Burton, while working in Wollaton Hall many years before he had wrote a letter in September 1830, it was found in the roof of the Hall and it mentiones that the burton family were Blacksmiths for the Wollaton estate and came to Nottingham from London when the great House was being built.
Article originally published by Peter Woodward of My Broxtowe Hundred Journal Website.