Death of an Old Conisboro’ Resident – Aged Woman’s Fall Downstairs.

May 1908

Mexborough and Swinton Times May 23, 1908

Death of an Old Conisboro’ Resident.
Aged Woman’s Fall Downstairs.

On Friday, the 15th May, Sarah Ann Twiby, aged 83, living with her husband at Stone Hill Cottages, Holywell Lane, Conisboro’ fell downstairs and sustained a shock, which caused her death a week later.

A neighbour lying in bed heard her fall, and being unable, by reason of sickness, to come to the old woman’s assistance, she sent round another neighbour—Mrs. Blackburn— who found Mrs. Twiby gathered in a heap at the foot of the stairs. She was taken back to bed, and attended by Drs. Foster and McClure, but she died early last Friday , morning.

This story was told on Saturday morning in the Co-operative Reading Room, West Street, Conisboro”, to Mr. F. E. Nicholson the district coroner, and the jury returned a verdict of “Accidental Death.”

The news of her untimely end cast quite a gloom over the neighbourhood . Her death was not altogether unlooked for, for all the past week she had been lying unconscious, nevertheless, her death was received with deepest sympathy.

Though she had got past the age when most people put ail the cares and worries of life on one side, she still played an active part in life’s affairs. Although 83 years of ago, she went about her household duties in the same old way and it was while carrying out these duties that her death came.

It was supposed that she tripped over her dress and fell down the stairs, she I being found in an unconsciousness condition by her neighbour. The doctor had her removed to bed, ‘where she lay for a, week, when death took place the following Friday, she never having regained consciousness.

There was no hope from the first, as the doctor said that her skull was broken. Deceased was well known and very highly respected.

She was born at Mansfield, Notts., in 1825, and came to Conisboro’ when quite young. She lived with the late Mr. Ellershaw’s father, late Vicar of Mexboro’.