KNOTTINGLEY INQUEST REPORTS
FROM THE WAKEFIELD ARCHIVES
Ref: C493 - K2/1/29 number 1555
Inquest into the death of WILLIAM WAINWRIGHT, 1st February 1869, at
the house of Edwin Fell, Anvil Inn, Knottingley.
Sarah Ann the wife of Robert Shaw of Castle ford a Bottle Sorter says:
Deced was my father and was 51 years old a Canal Boatman. He lived at
Brotherton with his wife and two children. I did not often see him. He
was a healthy man.
George Townsley of Brotherton a Canal Boatman says: I have known deced for
the last 20 years. I have not seen him for more than a week. I came here
from Leeds last Saturday night and heard that he was missing. I saw his
waistcoat on board of Mr Carter's vessel with which deced went. I went
to Brotherton yesterday morning and called at his house and saw his wife
who said she had not seen him since last Monday. I then came back to
Knottingley and went to the staith where the vessel was in the Aire &
Calder canal. I felt with a boat hook and afterwards with a grappling
iron and found deced's body in the middle of the canal near the vessel.
His clothes were allright.
William Jackson of Cow Lane, Knottingley a Shipwright says: I began to
work on board a keel last Wednesday. Deced was minding the vessel.
Between 4 and 5 o'clock last Saturday afternoon I had finished my work
and left deced alone on the vessel. He said he was going to put on the
fore hatches and then go to Brotherton. Yesterday morning as I past the
vessel I saw that the hatches were still off. Deced was quite sober when
I left. I had taken the man ropes off. Deced appeared to be in good
Ann Dodgson of Knottingley a Widow says: I undressed and laid out the
deced's body and saw no mark of injury.
Verdict: Found drowned - accident.