1866: Shocking Death of a Dentist

In 1866 a well-known dentist and surgeon from Shrewsbury was in the pub late one Monday night and heavily intoxicated. Thankfully for any patients he might have had the next morning, but sadly for him and his family, he wouldn’t be making it into work on Tuesday.

Barge Inn on Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, where the accident happened and subsequent inquest took place.

He was enjoying himself too much while at the Barge Inn and wanted to continue the party in the kitchen. Unfortunately he took a wrong turn and ended up dead!

Below is the story of what happened…

Oswestry Advertiser - Wednesday 31 January 1866
Oswestry Advertiser – Wednesday 31 January 1866
A Victorian tooth extraction
This is what site of the Barge Inn, bottom of Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, looks like now. It was demolished in 1960.


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