What a great website! It is my husband’s side of the family that comes from Hyde so he is now at his computer looking through everything.I have just started again to do research and would really appreciate it if one of you could point me in the direction of reports of a Coroner’s Inquest in 1909. The story is that on New Year’s Eve 1908 my husband’s great -grandfather had a snootful and while walking near Captain Clarke’s Bridge on the Peak Forest Canal he accidentally fell in and drowned. Below is the transcription of the death certificate where it says that an inquest was held 2nd January 1909. Would you be able to tell me what Hyde newspapers would have covered such things in 1909? I would imagine the reports themselves are long gone. Would such newspapers be online somewhere?The death certificate for 1909 in the Sub-district of Hyde, in the County of Chester, for Registration District of Stockport reads#450When and where died: Thirty first December 1908, Peak Forest Canal near Captain Clarke's Bridge, Hyde U.D.
Name and Surname: Alfred Bradley
Age: 57 years
Occupation: Hatter (Journeyman) of 70 Charles Street, Stockport
Cause of death: Asphyxia from drowning resulting from accidentally falling into the Peak Forest Canal at Hyde.
Signature, description and residence of informant: Certificate received from A. E. Ferns, Coroner for Cheshire. Inquest held 2nd January 1909When registered: Fourth January 1909.Signature of registrar: J.W.Barron, Registrar.Thanks very much for reading this! Hope you can help.