Maythorn Mill & the Nottinghamshire SWARBROOKES

My Swarbrooke Ancestors

Sad Death of Trowell Child

As a result of a story told to my older sister by our Paternal Grandmother in the early 1940's as they sat by the fire in a small terraced cottage in Fox Yard, (sometimes called Pudding Bag Yard) Normanton on Soar, Notts, concerning a little boy who had died after he was run over by a horse and cart, just before her own father William was born.  My sister had told me this and other stories many times over the years, so when I started to research the family name, the first things I did was to extract every reference to our surname from the Birth, Marriage and Death Registers at St Catherines House from when they started in 1837, right up to 1920, and, as our father was born in 1908, I paid extra attention to entries before that date, and among them was the following:-

Birth .. William Swarbrooke 4th Quarter 7b 213 - 1904

Death .. William Swarbrooke 4th Quarter 7b 132 - 1907 (age 2yr 11 months)

Upon obtaining both the Birth and Death Certificates they confirmed that a boy, William Swarbrooke was indeed born to William and Charlotte Emma on the 20th October 1904, and they were then living at 12a Hallam Lane in Ilkeston; and they also confirmed that William Swarbrooke, son of William and Charlotte Emma of Trowell Moor, Notts, died on 11th October 1907 as a result of "Injuries caused by being run over accidentally by a waggon on Wollaton Bridge on Oct 3rd." and the certificate had been issued following an Inquest held on 14th October 1907 in Nottingham.

I now had 3 very important dates concerning William:- an accident on 3rd Oct, admission to hospital where he died on 11th Oct, and an Inquest on the 14th October - Armed with these dates I visited the Local History Dept on the top floor of Nottingham County Library in Angel Row to try and find some information concerning this tradgedy, and looking through the Microfilmed copies of Nottingham Newspapers I found the following:-


Nottingham Evening Post.  Thursday 3rd October 1907 - Serious Injury to Child

William Swarbrooke whose parents live at Trowell Moor, aged three years, was run over by a cart at Trowell this rooming, and received such a severe injury to his leg that it was found necessary to remove him to the Nottingham General Hospital. Upon arrival it was found that the injury wan of a severe nature.

 Nottingham Evening Post. Monday October 14th 1907 - Stop Press - Boys Fatal Fall

The Inquest was held this afternoon on the body of the three year old son of William Swarbrooke, a waggoner of Trowell Moor, who died at the Nottingham General Hospital Yesterday. The father said he was driving his wagon over Wollaton Bridge when by some means or other the lad clambered over the side, and falling on the road sustained injuries to the leg which resulted in his death. A verdict of "Accidental Death" was returned.



Nottingham Guardian, Tuesday October 15th 1907 - Killed by his Father's Wagon – Sad Death of A Trowell Child

An Inquest was held at Nottingham General Hospital on Monday afternoon by Mr F W Rotbers, City Coroner, upon the body of a 3yr old child, William Swarbrooke whose parents live at Trowell Moor and who was run over at Wollaton on Oct. 3rd. Dr K Black said that the patient was suffering from a Fractured Thigh and a Bruised leg when admitted to the Hospital on Oct. 3rd and this led to exhaustion, the primary cause of death which took place on Friday.

William Swarbrooke of Trowel! Moor, a Waggoner, and the father of deceased said that on Thursday he visited Nottingham with a man named William Dallman each having a Waggon and two horses. Witness's little boy was riding with him. The Vehicles were loaded in Nottingham with Roof Tiles, and witness and his friend left the city for home at about 11 o'clock. They stopped for a glass of Beer at Wollaton. Tlie vehicles were crossing over Wollaton Bridge when witness saw the boy crawling in the roadway, having fallen from his seat at the front of the Waggon. Witness picked him up, and found that he had hurt his leg. He was taken home, and subsequently brought to the Hospital. Witness had no idea what made the child lose his seat. 'William Dalhnan, the other waggoner said that the child was sitting inside his fathers wagon before the accident took place. Witness did not see him fall. Jury relumed a verdict of Accidental Death.


Nottingham Weekly Express, 18th October 1907  -


At the Nottingham General Hospital on Monday afternoon Mr F. W.Rothers, Deputy City Coroner, conducted an inquest on the body of William Swarbrooke, aged 2 years 11 months, who died at the Institution on Saturday.

Dr K.Black, house surgeon at the hospital, said tliat the deceased was admitted to the Institution on Oct. 3rd at 12.50pm suffering from compound fracture of tlte right thigh bone and a crushed leg. He died on October 11th from shock and exhaustion resulting from the injuries which were probably caused by a wheel passing over the limb.

William Swarbrooke, father of the child, said he lived at Trowell Moor, and was a Waggoner in the employ of Charles Raynor, a farmer. He came to Nottingham on Thursday, the 3rd inst., driving a wagon and two horses, his son accompanying him.

Driving a second wagon was a man named Dallman, and they had to take back 2000 roof tiles. They left the Nottingham Midland Station about 11.30, and reached Wollaton just before twelve o'clock. The lad bad been sitting on the front of the wagon, and as they were passing over Wollaton Bridge be suddenly noticed the lad on the ground crawling towards the wall.  Witness jumped down and carried deceased to a neighbouring house. Seeing the child's leg was injured he bound it up and subsequently conveyed the lad to the General Hospital, where he was detained.

William Dallman, a waggoner, also in the employ of Mr Raynor, said he accompanied the previous witness. They were passing over Wollaton Bridge when he noticed the deceased on the ground, but did not see him fall.

The Jury returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased died from shock and exhaustion following injuries accidentally sustained.

Williams mother, Charlotte Emma Swarbrooke was 6 months pregnant when William died, and on the birth of that child, she named him William Herbert Swarbrooke (my father)

Other Newspaper Archives / Reports

Nottingham Evening Post – Wednesday 13 February 1895.

Todays Police News

The Cowman and his Wife:

William Swarbrook, of 1 Balloon-houses, Wollaton, was summoned to show cause why an order should not be made upon him for the maintenance of his wife, Sarah Ann Swarbrook, of 28 Wollaton Road, whom it was alleged he had deserted. The wife stated that she had been married seven years to the defendant, and there were five children. Her husband turned her out at Christmas, threatening her at the same time with violence if she did not go.  Defendant stated that his wife was very dirty in her habits, and that she allowed the children to get into filthy conditions. He further alleged misconduct against her. Evidence was given on behalf of the defendant but the misconduct referred to was not of such a character as to free the defendant from the obligation in regard to maintenance.  The magistrates advised the parties to endeavour to live peacefully, and Mr Carver admonished the wife seriously as to her future conduct. The defendant said that he would prefer to make his wife an allowance. “ he had tried her so many times” He was a cowman at Wollaton and only earned 16/- per week. The children were with him. An order for the payment of 2/6 per week was made.


NB - There are several mistakes above - They had been married 12 years not seven as stated and they had six children not five; they also went on to have another 4 children between 1895 and 1905

Derby Mercury – Wednesday 28 August 1889


A Child drowned in the Nottingham Road Canal


On Monday afternoon, about half past three, Charles Swarbrook, aged three years, the son of a married woman named Limbert, accidentally fell into the canal near his home on the Nottingham road, whilst playing with some other children of a similar age.  Police constable Chappell who happened to be on duty near, procured a drag, and the body was recovered shortly afterwards, but life was extinct.


NB - He was the son of Elizabeth Ellen Swarbrook and John Henry Rose Limbert 

Derby  Mercury Wednesday 14 Sept 1892

Police News


Annie Swarbrook, who did not appear, was summoned by Elizabeth Libbett for assaulting her on August 3rdThe complainant stated that she lived on the city Road and the defendant was her sister in law.  On the day in question the defendant and another woman came to her house and made a disturbance.  She threw the door open and called witness a lot of names. She also struck her in the mouth. Edith Pepper residing on the city road corroborated the last witness’s statement and the defendant was fined 10/- and costs or 14 days


NB - I think this has a connection with the entry above