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Northampton Mercury, 1st August 1863, transcribed by Jane Linnitt
William Linnett

An inquest was held in Rushden, on Tuesday last, before W Marshall, Esq, county coroner, on the body of William Linnett, of that place, aged 53, a labourer working for Mr Walter, of Finedon Lodge, who on the previous morning was found drowned in the Nen river, near Ditchford Mill. From the evidence of Mark Coleman, shepherd to Mr John Grose, farmer, it appeared that on Monday morning, about six o’clock, witness saw some clothes lying on the bank of the Nen above the lock, and this caused him to look into the water, but he could see no one. He then went into the mill, and informed Samuel Brown, the waggoner, of the circumstance, and afterwards acquainted Mr Dickens, the occupier of the mill, and they went to the spot in company, when Mr Dickens at once identified the clothes as those of the deceased. They then searched for the body, and soon afterwards found it lying in about eight feet of water. Deceased appeared quite dead when taken out, but blood exuded from his nostrils. His watch was in his fob, and nearly £11, principally in gold, was found in his breeches pocket. The place where the body was found was shallow near the bank, but it shelved abruptly into deep water, so that a slip or a false step would overwhelm him. There is a footpath by the bank, and it is thought that deceased, on his way to work, halted and stripped himself to bathe, and got out of his depth, and, being unable to swim, drowned. He was a married man, with a family, and of a lively, cheerful disposition. He was in the habit of leaving home early on Monday morning, and, returning on Saturday night, and that morning he awoke his wife to bid her good bye and about six o’clock was seen passing along the foot road near the bridge by some labourers, whom he greeted. It was singular that, knowing the place, he should have ventured in above the lock, but there are no grounds to suppose that he contemplated self-destruction. An open verdict of “found drowned” was returned.

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