Details on the Rising Sun Inn ...
Three adjacent dwelling-houses were known the Rising Sun Cottages, when offered
for sale by auction in 1940. The cottages, which were part of the estate of the
late Mr. W. M. Bennett, who was for many years schoolmaster at Findern, was sold
to Mr. A. E. Brown, of Derby, for £875.
More to follow on the Rising Sun Inn at Willington. In the meantime I have
posted a photograph of the pub.
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"An inquest was held at the Rising Sun, Willington, on Friday evening, touching
the death of William Eley, who died through accidentally taking poison. John
Eley said : I am a labourer, and reside at 26, Harriett Street, Derby. The body
just seen is that of my father. He was 50 years of age. Last Saturday night I
got some aqua fortis and quicksilver. I dissolved the quicksilver, and
added some water to it. I had it for silvering something. I had nothing
particular to silver. I was going to put it in a medicine bottle, but my father
fetched me a ginger-beer bottle, and told to put it in that. I did so. There was
rather more than half a bottle full. I corked the bottle and placed it on the
table in the kitchen. I went out of the house leaving it on the table. My father
was in the house. My sister was with him. I was away about an hour. I did not
notice the bottle when I came in. About five o'clock on Sunday morning I was
called by my father. He was downstairs. He told me he had drunk something out of
the ginger-beer bottle. and said: "I thought it was ginger-beer; I forgot till
it was in my mouth." He said he did not have much. He swallowed some and spat
the rest out of his mouth. I went for Mr. Garneys, surgeon, Repton. He attended
him till his death, which took place that morning. My father suffered much pain.
He said had not taken it wilfully. There was no-one downstairs with him when he
took it. We had ginger beer in the house. In the bottle there was about two
ounces of quicksilver, two ounces of aqua fortis, and about half a pint
of water. Mr. Charles John McFarlane deposed: "I am a surgeon, and am an
assistant to Mr. Garneys, Repton. Last Sunday morning I was sent for to see
William Eley. I found him sitting in the kitchen with his legs drawn and his
arms folded across his chest. He appeared to suffering very great pain. He told
he had taken some aqua fortis and quicksilver. I examined his mouth, and
found the skin was taken off by the action of the aqua fortis. I
prescribed the usual antidotes. He seemed to get better till the day before
yesterday. Then suppression of urine set in. The cause of his death was the
aqua fortis and quicksilver, accelerated by disease of the kidneys. The
aqua fortis and quicksilver stopped the action of the kidneys. I saw the
bottle containing the mixture, and think it might easily have been mistaken for
ginger-beer." The jury returned a verdict to the effect that death was caused by
the deceased accidentally taking poison.”
Poisoning at Willington"
in Derby Daily Telegraph
: July 17th 1880 Page 3.
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1899 - Robert Stone
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Willington Parish Council
"At each Inn on the road I a welcome could find; At the Fleece I'd my skin full
of ale; The Two Jolly Brewers were just to my mind; At the Dolphin I drink like
a wheale. Tom Tun at the Hogshead sold pretty good stuff; They'd capital flip at
the Boar; And when at the Angel I'd tippled enough, I went to the Devil for
Mail Coach Guard
"A tussle in the Rising Sun, Willington, was described at the Derby County
Police Court today, when Thomas Wirledge, of Repton, was summoned by Frank W.
Chambers, the landlord, for being drunk and disorderly at the inn on December
1st, and further for refusing to quit licensed premises on the same date. Mr. A.
R. Flint, for defendant, entered a plea of not guilty. For the prosecution Mr.
Bendle W. Moore said the prosecutor, Mr. Frank W. Chambers, had kept the Rising
Sun for 15 years. On the date in question Mr. Chambers' attention was called to
defendant, who was the smoke-room. Owing to defendant's condition, the landlord
asked him to leave, but he refused. Mr. Chambers told defendant he would have to
put him out, and succeeded in doing so after a scuffle, in which defendant
struck at Mr. Chambers and offered other resistance. Prosecutor gave evidence,
and said he asked defendant to leave the house, as he was not in a fit condition
to be on licensed premises. He succeeded in putting him out. A witness named
Cox, of Woolrych Street, Derby, said Mr. Chambers tried to persuade the
defendant to leave quietly. He was drunk and would not go. Other witnesses
corroborated. Mr. Flint said it was a private, not a police prosecution, and he
appealed to the Bench to deal with it carefully. On the night of the offence
defendant only had two bottles of beer. When he entered the Rising Sun the
landlord approached him with feelings of enmity and ordered him out the house.
Of course, there was loss of temper and a row. It was easy to say afterwards
that defendant was drunk. Defendant, in the box. said he went into the Rising
Sun to see a gentleman and, as he was not in, defendant said he would wait. He
ordered a glass of beer, but Chambers said. "You'll get no drink here." Chambers
then said he was going to put him out. They closed, and the landlord tried to
hit him with his fist. After a struggle he said, "All right. I'll go now." He
went straight to the Green Man, and was served with a glass of beer. Mr.
Desborough, agricultural implement dealer, Derby, said he was with the defendant
until he caught the bus for Willington, and he was sober. Walter Arthur Freeman,
a Trent Motor Bus Conductor, said he saw nothing to suggest the defendant, was
not sober when he was on the bus. Charles Raymond Fryer, of the Green Man,
Willington. said the defendant came in there about eight o'clock and was sober.
Defendant had one beer there. The charge of drunk and disorderly was dismissed,
and the defendant was fined 40s. for being drunk and refusing to quit.”
in Derby Daily Telegraph :
December 11th 1925