Some history of Kinver
More information on Kinver to follow. I probably created the page as I had a link to Kinver from another page. When building the site it is easier to place links as they crop up rather than go back later on. I realise this is frustrating if you were specifically looking for information on Kinver. There is information on Staffordshire dotted around the website - click here for a suitable starting place.
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Related Newspaper Articles
"A startling accident occurred late on Monday night in the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal at Kinver. James Merrick, and his sister,
a single woman, were on their way homewards along the canal side, when in the darkness of the night, Merrick missed his footing and fell into the water. His sister, it
is believed, for the facts are not exactly known, jumped in after him to try and help him. However this was, it led to the loss of her own life. Merrick was able to get
out, and some boatmen on a bridge near, hearing the splash, ran to the spot, and succeeded in getting the sister out. She was alive but in a serious state. Dr. Holyoake
was called and did all he could for her, but she died within a couple of hours."
Worcestershire Chronicle : April 11th 1891 Page 5
"Last Monday a man named Edwin Siddons made a very determined attempt on his life, at Kinver, first by attempting to drown himself, and then
by an attempt to cut his throat. He came into Kinver on Saturday last, and was noticed to be wandering about. Lodgings were found for him by the police, but in the night
he greatly alarmed the inmates of the house by walking about the rooms. His strange conduct culminated on Monday by his jumping over the bridge across the Stour. The water
at this particular place is not sufficiently deep enough to drown a man. Siddons lay down in the water in a most determined fashion. A man named Male saw what Siddons was
doing, and raised an alarm, where upon Mr. Roberts, a local publican, went to Siddon's rescue. He got over the bridge and was endeavouring to get down to the water
when he fell and broke his right leg above the ankle. Two other men came upon the scene, and Siddons taking in the situation, drew his knife, and made an attempt to cut
his throat, but was unable to accomplish his purpose. He was taken to Brierley Hill police station, and there detained all night. On Tuesday morning he was brought before
Mr. J. S. Williams, magistrate, and was examined by Mr. H. D'Arcy Ellis. the police surgeon. Siddons had been subject to hallucinations of late, and had the notion
that somebody was following him, and that something was going to happen to him. An order was now made for his removal to Stafford Asylum. Mr. Roberts, who broke his leg
in attempting to rescue Siddons, was taken to the Kidderminster Infirmary, and was detained there, his injuries being of a very serious nature."
"Determined Suicide Attempt"
County Advertiser & Herald for Staffordshire : July 8th 1893 Page 3