City of Westminster Coroners:
Coroners' Inquests into Suspicious Deaths

2nd January 1795 - 28th December 1795

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City and Liberty
of Westminster ,
In the County of
Middlesex .}
to wit.

An Inquisition Indented, taken for our Sovereign Lord the
King at the House of Michael Bryant< no role > Sign of the Swan in Upper Mount Street parish of St. George Hanover Square
within the Liberty of the Dean and Chapter of the Collegiate Church of St. Peter, Westminster ,
in the County of Middlesex , the twentieth day of February 1795 in the thirty fifth
Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord GEORGE the Third, by the Grace of God, of
Great-Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, and so forth, before Anthony
< no role > , Esq. Coroner of our said Lord the King for the said City and Liberty, on
View of the Body of James Edwards< no role > then and there lying dead , upon
the Oath of the several Jurors whose Names are hereunder written
and Seals affixed
good and lawful Men of the said Liberty, duly
chosen, who being then and there duly sworn and charged to enquire for our said Lord the
King, when, how, and by what Means the said James Edwards< no role > came to
his Death, do upon their Oath say that the said James Edwards< no role > on the eighteenth day
of February in the year aforesaid at the Parish and in the Liberty
aforesaid To Wit on the certain piece of Water called the Serpentine
in Hyde park (then being frozen) being then and there scating It so happened
that accidentally casually and by Misfortune the Ice gave Way & that he the
said James Edwards< no role > fell into the Water and in the said Water was then
and there suffocated and drowned: Of which said suffocation and
Drowning he the said James Edwards< no role > then and there instantly
died: And so the Jurors aforesaid upon their oath aforesaid
do say that the said James Edwards< no role > in manner and by
the means aforesaid accidentally casually and by Misfortune
came to his Death and not otherwise. In Witness whereof
as well the said Coroner as the said Jurors have to this
Inquisition set their hands and Seals the day Year & place above written

Anthy Gell< no role >
Coroner } [mark]
F Thomas Gray< no role > [mark]
John [..] [mark]
Thos Grooma< no role > [mark]
William Cook< no role > [mark]
[..] Robt Clark< no role > [mark]

Benjn Uphill< no role > [mark]
John Bill< no role > [mark]
John Suryer< no role > [mark]
Thomas Wind< no role > [mark]
Thos. Storer< no role > [mark]
Wm. Thomas< no role > [mark]

Edwd. Rorke< no role > [mark]

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