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A fatal pub crawl

Source: Cambrian News 12/03/1880       Date: 1880
Copyright:       Type: Newspaper
Description: Report of an inquest, detailing the preceding pub crawl. "Beynon's" is the Fountain.

TREGARON. INQUEST.—On Saturday, March 6th, Dr. John Rowland, the coroner for the district, held an inquest into the death of William Rogers, a farmer living at Brynhope near Pontrhydfendigaid. The foreman of the jury was the Rev. John Bowen. It appeared that on the preceding Tuesday the deceased went to Tregaron monthly market to sell a couple of bullocks, but was unsuccessful. He was last seen alive at the Railway Hotel, and at three o'clock on Friday afternoon his body was found in the river Brenig, about half a mile below Tregaron. The unfortunate man was missed from home on Wednesday, and his wife went into Tregaron to make enquiries. It was thought at first that he was at Machynlleth, some man having said he saw him at that place. This turned out on investigation to be a mistake. P.S. Phillips and parties of men commenced a search on Thursday, and continued it until the body was found on Friday afternoon. It is thought probable that Rogers, after leaving the Railway Hotel, missed his way in the dark and finally stumbled into the river. Deceased leaves a wife and eleven children. At the inquest Joseph Hopkins said he was with Rogers about half past six o'clock on the 2nd March at the Crown Inn. They each had a quart of beer. They then went to the Red Lion, thence to Mr. John Beynon's, and last of all to the Railway Hotel. They had nothing to drink at Beynon's. Witness eventually left deceased's company to go by train. Daniel Morgan, Carpenter, Rhosgellyfron, said he was with the deceased at the public houses mentioned. As he was leaving the Railway Hotel about nine o'clock deceased seemed to be a little bit queer. He could not find the door. The night was very dark, and the weather was wet. John Ingram, porter at the railway station, said he saw deceased and the two men who had given evidence standing together at the Railway Hotel. Deceased appeared as if there was something the matter with his mind. Witness thought that deceased was under the influence of drink, because he could not find the door -P S Phillips said he was present when the body was found He searched the pockets and found 13d., a pipe, and certain articles therein.—The jury returned a verdict of Found drowned. —The body was interred at Ystrad Meurig on Wednesday March 10
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Crown Inn , Tregaron
Fountain Inn , Tregaron
Railway Hotel , Tregaron
Red Lion Inn , Tregaron

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