On Thursday last an inquest was held before T. Roscoe Esq. deputy
at the Queens Arms in Bollington, on the body of John HOUGH, aged 62, a
labourer in the employ of C R B Legh Esq. of ADLINGTON.
It appeared from the evidence that the deceased had been drinking at a
beer house in Water Street, Bollington, which place he left about 8
o’clock on Tuesday evening with the intention of going home.
The night being excessively dark it is supposed he stumbled over some
loose stones where the battlement of the bridge in Water Street is
down, and was precipitated into the water, a depth of 20 feet or
The body was not discovered until daylight the following morning.
This being the second fatal accident occurring within a few months,
the neglect of properly fencing dangerous places within the public
streets of this village, the Coroner commented in very severe terms on
the conduct of the surveyors of highways in thus neglecting to repair
compelling the parties liable) and thereby causing such serious loss of
life and hinted that if such highly dangerous places were not at once
properly guarded and further accidents occurred in consequence there of
future juries might take a different view of the matter and the
placed in a painfully disagreeable position.
Verdict: Accidental death. 
Email, James Hough, Various dates
Email, James Hough, 17 August 2009
Census, 1851 census Adlington Macclesfield library