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Anthony Cowburn

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Anthony Cowburn ( -1835) , coach builder

c1815 Birth of his son Robert Cowburn

1835 Died. 'An inquest was held fore Mr. W. S. Rutter on Tuesday last, on view the body of Mr. Anthony Cowburn, a respectable coach builder residing Todd-street, in this town. Monday evening, between six and seven o'clock the deceased and Mr. Benjamin Shaw, the Sun Tavern, Smithfield Market, were riding in Bridge-street in a gig, the latter having hold of the reins, when they arrived near Mr. Pickett's iron warehouse they had to pass between two carts, one which was going down street and the other up, and just they got between them the driver of the cart which was going down the street turned his horse's head towards the middle of the street, to avoid a hard-cart that was standing at the edge of the foot-path. The consequence was that the the gig caught the wheel of the cart, and Mr. Cowburn was thrown out against the wheel of the other cart, which would have passed over him had not the horses been stopped by a man who was walking along the street. Mr. Cowburn, when taken up, was able to stand, but almost immediately drooped, and on being carried into the house of Mr. Jordan, the surgeon, it was found that he was dead. All the witnesses examined before the coroner concurred in the opinion that neither of the carters was in fault, and the jury accordingly returned verdict "Accidental death." The ribs of the deceased were very severely fractured, and this was doubtless the cause of death. Both he and Mr. Shaw were perfectly sober, and the gig was not going faster than six miles an hour when the accident happened.'[1]


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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 11 April 1835