Alkborough (SE8618), Lincolnshire
Retford & Gainsborough Times (1887a)
GAINSBOROUGH TIMES: SHOCKING DEATH OF A "PLOUGH JAGGER" IN THE SNOW
Retford & Gainsborough Times,
14th Jan.1887, No.872, p.8e
Report of an inquest held at the Butcher's Arms, West Halton.
On 7th January about 14 men went out 'plough jagging' visiting
from house to house. They started from Alkborough at 8 a.m. and
visited Winterton and other villages. The deceased fell heavily
on the back of his head chasing some boys at Winterton. At 6 p.m.,
he laid down in the snow on the way home from Burton Stather to
Alkborough and his companions left him because they thought he was
acting. In fact, he had suffered compression of the brain. He was
not found until the next morning and died in hospital a day later.
All the men had drunk considerable amounts during the day.
I.T.Jones Collection (1983, I.T.Jones - e)
Mr. Idwal Jones (Col.)
Shocking Death of a Plough Jagger in the Snow: Notes
Written 1983, Ref.L6-1
The Retford & Gainsborough Times (1887a) describes an inquest
held at the Butcher's Arms Inn, West Halton on 11/1/1887
into the death of Henry Fowler while out plough jagging. He was
found in the snow next morning on the road between Burton Stather
Coroners' inquests for the Kirton district are deposited at the
County Archives at Lincoln Castle but are closed to public inspection
for 100 years after the date of the inquest. The 1881 census for
Alkborough has no record of Henry Fowler or Albert Henry Robinson,
a witness at the inquest. No record could be found in the
Lincolnshire Chronicle in 1887. Write to the Butcher's Arms in
West Halton to see if they know anything of inquests held there.
This research is described in I.T.Jones (1983) - TD00586