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Califat Stone Fall Fatality 1870

The Death Of George Lawrence Aged 41 Years


The 4th November 1870 Leicester Journal reported:

  • Thringstone – On Wednesday an inquiry was opened before Mr. Gregory, county coroner, into the cause of the death of George Lawrence, a miner employed at No. 2 Pit Coleorton Colliery.
  • On the 26th of October the deceased man was at work for another man making a road up to the stall, where he and the others were getting the coal.  As the deceased was walking from his stall to get a pick to work with, a stone that was being loosened, weighing 10 cwt. to 12 cwt., fell upon him.
  • The unfortunate man received a compound fracture of the right thigh, a fracture of the left thigh, dislocation of the left hip, and fracture of the ribs on the right side.  There were also internal contusions.
  • He lingered till Monday night.   He was 41 years of age.  Verdict – Accidental death.


The 9th November 1870 Derby Mercury reported:

  • Coleorton – Inquest – An inquest was held Wednesday last, at Thringstone, before Mr. Gregory, coroner, upon George Lawrence, deceased, aged 41.
  • From the evidence of William Wain, it appears the deceased was employed in No.2 pit, Coleorton Colliery, and received extensive injuries from the falling of a heavy stone weighing 12 cwt.
  • Dr. Hatchett saw the deceased, the right and left thighs were fractured, and the left hip dislocated.  There were also internal contusions.
  • Verdict – Accidental death.