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Abstract by Eric Jenkins, 4th July 2015, from The Northampton Mercury, 18th August 1883, page 7.
PARKES, Thomas (1811-1883)
Inquest, 1883, August 15th, Wellingborough

An inquest was held by J. T. Parker, Divisional Coroner, on 15th August 1883, at the Crown and Anchor, Wellingborough, on view of the body of Thomas Parkes, aged 72, of Irchester, who was drowned on Tuesday evening, August 14th, in the cutting leading from the river to Mr. Blott's mill. The deceased was found at half past six by Police Constable Thomas, alive, but helplessly intoxicated, by the side of the road leading to the L.N.W.R. Station. P.C. Thomas, with assistance, conveyed him to Mr. Blott's stables, and left him there asleep. An hour later P.C. Thomas returned, and found him still there. However, shortly afterwards, he was found in the cutting near to the barn, by a labourer employed by Mr. Blott. Dr. Parkins was called at once, but when he saw the body, "life was extinct". The preceding narrative is evidently a compilation by a correspondent of the "Mercury" from the evidence given at the inquest. The jury verdict was "FOUND DROWNED".

NRO Ref: ZB 1478/644
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