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A tragic accident during the Quorn floods of 1875

1875 saw some of the worst floods in Quorn for many years. The newspapers recorded the death of Quorn saddler, Mr William Brown. This sad story is also recounted in Artefact 401.

Leicester Chronicle Saturday 24th July 1875
The stream passed through one part of the village with the greatest impetuosity, attended with the sacrifice of life. At this place there is a third water course from the Forest, running through the property of E.B. Farnham, Esq. This property is bounded by E.B. Farnham, Esq. This property is bounded by a high stone wall, and the water passes through an iron grating at the bottom, and there not being sufficient space for such a large body of water to pass it had accumulated to a great height, and the wall gave way, causing the water to rush across the road, and into and through the houses on the opposite side of the road. Mr. Brown, of the White Swan [Horse] Inn, assisted by Mr. Brown, saddler, was getting some furniture out of the lower rooms to the bedrooms. The latter having occasion to go into the passage just as the wall fell, the water rushed in, and he was carried into the back-yard and drowned. The body was found this morning by P.C. Higgs, who is stationed at the village. We learn that Mr. Brown leaves a wife and four children to mourn his loss.

Leicester Chronicle Saturday 14th August 1875.
The Late Fatal Accident The subscriptions in aid of the widow and eight children of the late Wm. Brown of Quorndon, who was so unfortunately drowned during the recent floods, amount to 23 7s. 7d.

 Submitted on: 2016-04-09
 Submitted by: Christine Sibcy
 Artefact ID: 1930
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