Norfolk: West Lynn
Parish Register Extracts
October 1811: Ferry Accident
This has been found by the Norfolk transcribers for FreeREG, in the
West Lynn parish register of baptisms 1782-1812 and burials 1783-1812.
It is inserted after the burials for 1812.
[Transcription copyright © Gail Oliver]
Memento: On Saturday evening the 5th of October 1811
ten persons were drowned in crossing the river from
West Lynn to King's Lynn, being in a very small
boat and overloaded. N.B. John Smith the Ferryman
was among the number, leaving a wife and five
children to lament his loss. On Sunday morning
at the hour of service five of the poor souls lay in
the Church of West Lynn.
It would suggest that the bodies of the first two men were among
those lying in the church on the Sunday morning, and that the other
two were only found some time later. The other six people would have
been buried in their home parishes.
- In the burials for 1811 are the following entries
- James Keel Oct 5th } Drowned
Robert Pilcher Oct 5th }
Jonathan Wright Oct 16th. Drowned the 5th
John Smith, Ferryman Nov 13th. Drowned Oct 5th
See also the West Lynn parish page.
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