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Medieval Accidental Death in Colmworth

Volume XLI of Bedfordshire Historical Records Society series comprises translation by R.F.Hunnisett of medieval coroner's rolls for the county. Colmworth is the scene of a number of accidental deaths.

Entry 9 reads: "On 14th January 1267 Sabinia, an old woman, went into Colmworth to beg bread. At twilight she wished to go to her house, fell into a stream and drowned by misadventure. The next day her son Henry searched for her [and] found her drowned…"

A similar fate befell someone at the other end of the age range a few months later: "On 7th April 1267 Emma daughter of Gilbert the Carter, aged 2, went to play in the street in Colmworth, fell into a ditch and drowned by misadventure…"

Entry 26 reads: "About vespers [dusk] on 8th June 1268 Richard son of John the Miller, aged 5, went from his father's house to a well in his father's courtyard in "le Sutende" of Colmworth, slipped, fell into the well and drowned by misadventure…"