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Old 11-06-2015, 06:10 PM
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Another fatality in 1925:

Hartlepool Mail, 6 April 1925:

"The body of George Willis Hall, a carter, of High Street, Amble, aged 39 years, was recovered from the Coquet, the discovery being made by Mr Thomas Smith, of Warkworth. Four weeks ago, Hall, while attempting to cross the flooded ford at the Moor Bridge, Warkworth, with a horse and cart, was carried down the river, both deceased and the horse being drowned."
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Old 11-06-2015, 08:07 PM
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Another fatality in 1925:

Hartlepool Mail, 6 April 1925:

"The body of George Willis Hall, a carter, of High Street, Amble, aged 39 years, was recovered from the Coquet, the discovery being made by Mr Thomas Smith, of Warkworth. Four weeks ago, Hall, while attempting to cross the flooded ford at the Moor Bridge, Warkworth, with a horse and cart, was carried down the river, both deceased and the horse being drowned."
That will be whats known as Black Bridge now?
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Old 18-06-2015, 02:25 PM
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yes I think that area is Coquet Moor, Coquet Moor Farm, Coquet Moor Caravan site and Coquet Moor Ford, so I'm guessing some forerunner of Black Bridge was Coquet Moor Bridge?

I remember as kids playing in the salmon chute through that ford. You could wedge yourself inside and still have a few inches of airspace above to breathe. I shudder at the thought of it now. What a dangerous thing to do. Kids.
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Old 18-06-2015, 11:11 PM
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Just having a look at the 19c maps of this area and it's just "Warkworth Moor" over there. Not sure why or when things changed to "Coquet Moor"

A footbridge is shown on the 1866 map - in the same position as the modern one as far as I can tell.
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He was my grandfather and the area is indeed the ford at the Black Bridge. He worked for Walter Wilsonís and initially survived being washed off the ford but returned to the water to try and rescue his horse and was entangled in the reins.
Having been a horseman in WW1 its likely that he was sentimentally attached to the animals. He left his wife and my father aged 4 years old.
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