Saturday, 23 October 2021

Death on the Canal - 1873, Stephen Moreman

Death on the (Mon & Brec) Canal

I did the basic research for this blog series a couple of years ago. Then, as usual, flitted along to the next thing that caught my interest. Now I'm trying to flesh the cases out and present to you my justification for not being a fan of walking along the canal on dark and lonely nights... For more canal deaths, check out the master post.


The Monmouthshire Merlin of 14th November 1873 reported that an old man named Moreman had been found dead in the canal. He was last seen alive on the night of Saturday 8th November, buying goods at Clark's shop. The assumption was that, in the darkness, he accidentally walked into the canal and drowned.

Monmouthshire Merlin 14th November 1873

Death records revealed that the man's first name was Stephen and he had been born in 1803. The burial register recorded that Moreman, of Upper Cwmbran, was buried on Wednesday 12th November by F. W. Fryer.

Stephen Moreman burial record 1873

So far the only other thing I've been able to find is a report in the Western Mail of 14th November 1873 with the same scant details of Moreman's death.

Western Mail 14th November 1873

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