Victoria Inn, Burnham-on-Crouch, c.1965Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
History of Burnham-on-Crouch >> Burnham-on-Crouch Snippets
When researching for this website we often find a little snippet of information on a location or subject which may be of interest. Some are quirky, some show that there is nothing new in this world, and some about the attitudes and morals of the time. [index to snippets] Here's one for Burnham-on-Crouch about a case of drowning.
Ipswich Journal 5 April 1851
A Policeman Accidently Drowned
On Saturday evening last, E.J. Wilmore, one of the Essex Constabulary force, whilst employed on the Crouch river, at Burnham, in the protection of the oyster fishery, was drowned by the upsetting of a boat. An inquest was held on the body at the Anchor Inn, Burnham ... when it appeared from the evidence of John Pryor, who saw the accident, that the deceased was in his own boat about a mile below the town, with the sails set, the wind blowing very hard at the same time, when a sudden squall filled the boat, and it went down under him; he (Pryor) immediately went to render assistance, but Willmore sank when he was just within a few yards of him.
The jury returned a verdict "Accidently drowned". The unfortunate occurrence is deeply lamented as the deceased bore a most excellent character, and was the support of an aged mother, a widow. He was one of the several constables appointed by the chief constable ... and paid for by the Burnham Oyster Company, for the protection of their property.
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Burnham on Crouch - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
Burnham on Crouch - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805
Postcard of the Archor Hotel, Burnham-on-Crouch.
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