Saturday, 13 November 2021

Death on the Canal - 1893, John Lovell

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.


This week's case starts with a short report from the Western Mail of Monday 6th March 1893. Between 19:30 and 20:00 on the evening of Saturday 4th March John Lovell and his wife were on their way home from the shops. Near the Forge Hammer Inn they had to cross the Monmouthshire Canal. John crossed the little bridge first and stretched out his hand to take the shopping basket for his wife - and fell head first over the embarkment into the water. His wife raised the alarm but it was 20 minutes before John, now dead, was retrieved from the canal.

Western Mail 6th March 1893

The same details were reported in the South Wales Evening Express of the same day:

Evening Express 6th March 1893

So far I've had no luck tracing John or his wife in the records. If you know more I'd love to hear from you!

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