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A Medieval Tragedy in Silsoe

Volume XLI produced by Bedfordshire Historical Records Society in 1960 was a selection of medieval coroner's rolls for Bedfordshire held at the National Archives and translated by  R. F. Hunnisett. Entry number 231 reads as follows.

"Towards vespers on 10th April [1276] Richard, son of Andrew, son of William of Faldo, aged 2, went near a pit on the east of Walter Winfrey's dwelling house in Silsoe, by misadventure fell into the water and drowned. His father first found him drowned, continuously raised the hue, which was followed, and found pledges, Richard Andr' and John of Stoke of Silsoe. Walter Winfrey in whose pit he was drowned found pledges Hugh the Merchant and William the White of Silsoe".