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Old 16-10-2015, 05:24 PM
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Default any info on death of anna harbottle, 12 dec 1906. please.

hi there,

could someone please help, iam looking for info
on the death and report off how she died.

anna harbottle was found by her husband robert
12 decenber 1906. there was a inquest but was
adjourned till the next week.for police to check.

the address given was dandsfield place.
any thing would be great.

yours, william.
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Old 16-10-2015, 09:50 PM
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Well, I can give you the first part of the newspaper report published on the 29/12/1906

Problem is the digitisation of the page I'm looking at online is distorted and I cannot read the last few sentences

so it starts:

Radcliffe Woman's Death.
The Adjourned Inquiry.

The adjourned inquest which was held at Radcliffe touching the death of married woman named Anna Harbottle excited no small amount of excitement and anticipation in the district. However, the result was of such a nature as to allay any suspicions that had been caused thereby. Mr Coroner Percy held the inquiry at the Institute, and Robert Harbottle, re-called, stated that his wife had been ailing in health for a considerable time. In reply to the coroner he said deceased had been troubled with her heart and nervousness lately. She had been able to go about, but she was quite an invalid. On the Saturday previous nothing had occurred so far as he knew. She never complained of anything unusual to him. She never complained of having been assaulted by anybody. Robert Taylor, his son-in-law, told witness of an indecent assault that had been committed on his wife on the previous Saturday, the 3rd inst. He spoke to his wife about it and asked her why she had not told him, and she replied that she was afraid of causing mischief. He did nothing that night, but on the Tuesday he went to P.C. Purvis at Radcliffe and made a complaint to him about the assault. On the same night he got a message from the Superintendent of police to the effect that he would have to take out a warrant before he could do anything. He did nothing more, on account of the deceased being so feeble. Matthew McCloud came to him the same night (Tuesday) at his house, and he said he was very sorry for interfering with witness's wife. He said he was drunk at the time, and that he would never take drink anymore. McCloud was not in the habit of coming to his house.
Doctor Stumbles was called , who stated he was a physician and surgeon practising at Amble..........
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Old 16-10-2015, 10:35 PM
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Default Anna harbottle

Hello coquet,

thank you very much for that message, that was a
lot to copy down. have gone over it a few times.
iam sure they thought robert might have done something.

with the small bit i had, it looked like robert was in trouble.
just glad it was ok in the end.

again many thanks, William.
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Old 17-10-2015, 10:27 AM
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Yes, my version of the adjourned inquest has the same problem. An earlier report of the initial inquest in the Morpeth Herald of 15 December suggested there were some doubts about the death:
"Mr Chas. Percy, Coroner for North Northumberland, held an inquest at the Workmen's Institute, Radcliffe, on Thursday, touching the death of a married woman, named Anna Harbottle, who died on December 12th.- Robert Harbottle said he was a miner living at Dandsfield Place, Radcliffe. He identified the body as that of his wife, Anna Harbottle aged 62 years. - The Coroner said it was a case where possibly some inquiries would have to be made by the police, and he suggested that they adjourn the case in order to enable the police to make full inquiries. - The inquest was accordingly adjourned until next Friday."
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Old 17-10-2015, 04:40 PM
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Default anna harbottle

hi janwhin,

many thanks for your message, iam getting the picture now.
it must had been hard on robert, waiting on the police
getting the facts, and having to face everyone.

cant help thinking as i read that and then the report
did he have had something to do with it,and what
part mccoud played?

thanks, william
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