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A Medieval Drowning in Beeston

Volume 41 produced by Bedfordshire Historical Records Society in 1961 is devoted to 13th and 14th century coroner's rolls for Bedfordshire from the National Archives, edited and translated by R. F. Hunnisett.

Entry 166 reads: "Towards vespers on 26th July [1274] Hugh, son of John Buk of Ramerick, aged over six, went near the River Ivel in Beeston to play, fell into it by misadventure and drowned. The next day his father went to look for him, found him drowned in the river, raised the hue, to which the township came, and found pledges, John Dendon and Hugh Markere, both of Beeston".