Posted on: July 16th, 2017 by Reg Jackson
1857 21 Jan. ‘On Monday at the Waterman’s Arms, Little King Street, on the body of Richard Williams, aged 45. The deceased had been employed for many years at Messrs Pountney’s Pottery, and was still able to do his work; he had long suffered from a disease in one of his legs, for which he had received medical advice, and had occasionally been in the Infirmary; on Monday morning he appeared as well as usual, and after breakfast went to work unloading clay for the pottery, from a schooner lying on the Back; he had filled six or seven carts, and was leaving the ship with a load of 1½ cwt on his back, which he was perfectly able to carry … when his foot slipped, and he fell off the plank and into the vessel, a distance of only 16 inches; the mate went to his assistance, but he got up, and said he was not hurt; as he rose however, the mate saw he was bleeding profusely from his bad leg, and recommended him to go at once to a surgeon.  The deceased had reached as far as the corner of Little King Street … when he appeared to faint, fell back and was at once taken into the Waterman’s Arms … where he died through loss of blood.  He has left a widow and three children’ (Bristol Mercury).


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