1854, April, 1st: The Kings Head Records.

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..


The Kings head just off to the left- Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

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.


Wollaton Pit from railway bridge- Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

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”.


Wollaton Pit from the canal bridge- Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

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.


William Burtons letter- Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

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. 

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Originally formed in 1965 to try to save or at least record before destruction the cave sites continually discovered during the major redevelopment of the City that took place in Nottingham in the 1960′s. Almost every day new sites were unearthed and destroyed before anyone was notified; last thing they wanted was someone telling them to stop what they were doing; TIME is MONEY. The word HIDDEN in the Team’s title is because a lot of what was being invisibly lost in the redevelopment was our early history in the caves, they are under most, if now all, of Nottingham. In the 80’s and 90’s the Team conducted with the help of Dr Robert Morrell and Syd Henley, research and work on Nottingham’s history, folklore and local archaeology. The Team published quarterly magazines on their findings. The Team lapsed for a few years after the death of Paul Nix who was the team leader for thirty plus years. The Team has reformed and is now back working on Nottingham local history. On this blog you will find a series of history, folklore and archaeological related articles and information. Most of the material published will be specifically related to Nottingham/shire local history.
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1 Response to 1854, April, 1st: The Kings Head Records.

  1. Jerry White. says:

    Very interested to see photo of the Kings Head. John and Hannah Burton were my gt. gt. gt. grandparents. Thomas Burton married Hannah Hand from Eastwood, and they had three daughters, Ellen, Anne and Phoebe. Anne Burton was my gt. grandmother. I have the Burton family bible, with the names of Burtons in Wollaton going back to the 1600s.

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