The Whitby Gazette
An article from the 22nd of June 1900.

The sad death of a Whitby cartman.


The article above was sent to us by Bryan Hoggarth. His transcript follows:




    An inquest was held on Tuesday evening at the Pier Hotel (Mr. A. Benson), by Mr. George Buchannan, coroner, touching the death of John Hoggarth, cartman, of Bakehouse Yard, which occurred the previous day. Mr. G. Trueman was foreman of the jury, and after the body had been viewed, the first witness called was Mary Hoggarth, widow of the deceased, who stated that he was seventy years of age, and on Monday morning went to work about seven o'clock, after having had his breakfast. He seemed in his usual state of health, which was good, and she expected him to dinner between twelve and one o'clock. As he did not arrive, she became uneasy, and about half-past two went up to his stable in the Paddock. On looking in at the door she saw something in the rack. The horse was not in its usual place in the stall ; it was further from the manger than it should have been. She thought it was her husband she saw in the rack, and she went up the ladder leading into the hay chamber, and saw his feet sticking up above the level of the floor. She went out and called Mr. Harrison, and stood till the body was taken out, but, on Mr. Harrison telling her that life was extinct, she went home. She thought her husband had accidently fallen whilst he was forking some hay down into the rack for the horse. No one was in any way to blame.

    William George Harrison, joiner, said he was the owner of the stable occupied by deceased, whom he last saw about one o'clock on Monday. He seemed to be in his usual health, and spoke to witness. He was going up to the stable, but he had taken his horse out of the cart before dinner. He (witness) saw nothing more of him until he was called by the last witness, about half-past two. He went to the stable with her, and went upstairs into the hay chamber, as she had told him he was in the rack. His legs were above the floor, sticking up. The opening in the chamber floor to the rack was about six feet long and eighteen inches wide. Deceased, while forking hay; had evidently fallen down into the space, head first - he was lying with his head jammed hard down on the bottom of the rack. Witness got assistance, and drew him out into the chamber floor. He was quite dead. After he had been seen by Dr. Wilson they first noticed a scar on the top of the cheek, like the teeth mark of a horse, but it was nothing serious. It had probably been done when the horse was reaching into the rack for hay. The doctor said deceased had been dead some time. His face was of a dark blue colour, and witness judged he had been suffocated.

    In reply to a juror, witness said the space mentioned was by no means small; it was really larger than usual for a hay rack.

    The coroner briefly summed up, and the jury found a verdict of "Accidental death".