Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Last seen alive at Stony Stratford

On Thursday 5th December 1822 William Cooke got into the coach at Stony Stratford to continue his journey south. He didn't get ut by himself. By the time they arrived at Dunstable he was found dead.
At the coroner's inquest a few days later it was learned that he looked very ill when he got into the coach at Stony Stratford and needed assistance to climb in. The surgeon who gave evidence was of the opinion that he had been ill for some time. the verdict was that he died of natural causes.
William Cooke was described as a poor man and apparently at death had only one shilling in his pocket and a few papers. No information was given of his origin or family.

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