KNOTTINGLEY INQUEST REPORTS
FROM THE WAKEFIELD ARCHIVES
Ref: C493 - K2/1/29 number 1478
Inquest into the death of THOMAS JACKSON, 30th October 1868, at the
house of John Shay, Wagon & Horses Inn, Knottingley.
Hannah Daw of Knottingley a widow says: Deced was my father. He was 75
years old a Shoemaker. He has always been healthy. Yesterday morning he got
up about ½ past 7 o'clock as usual. Having eaten a good breakfast he made
the fire in his shop and started work. About ½ past 11 o'clock a man called
on the deced to be ferried over the Aire. I went with them to the staith.
Deced unfastened the boat. The wind was blowing westerly and strong and the
water was flowing very fast down. When deced got about 3 yards from the side
I asked him to come back. The man in the boat also asked him to return -
deced said "I was to go home and mind my own business as he was capable of
managing the boat." I watched him land the man on the other side of the
river but in the regular place. I watched him returning. He was standing up
sculling the boat which was blown down the river and caught a post of the
weir and deced was thrown out into the water. The boat stuck. Deced went
along toward the weir and called out for help. I ran for help. His body was
about 10 minutes in the water.
John Burston of Knottingley a Joiner says: Yesterday noon I heard an alarm
and went to the river side and saw deced in the water. His head and arms
were then out. I immediately ran about 200 yards and got into a small boat
with another man and went toward deced who was then in the middle of the
little river where I pulled him out with a boat hook. The water was muddy.
Deced's nostrils were full of mud. He seemed to breathe once afterwards.
Verdict: Accidentally drowned.