Tragedies, accidents and incidents from the past
press cuttings from the local archives reveal tragic events
associated with the village over the centuries
1736 - Decoy pond flood killed 5 men. . .
More about. . . Decoy ponds
1850 - Mrs Leigh, the Revd. CB Leigh's wife was struck and killed by a cow. . .
More about. . . Revd. Leigh & family
1855 - Three local men were drowned in the Blackwater. . .
More about. . .The Estuary
1875 - Three Goldhanger men drowned on a capsized barge at Brightlingsea. . .
1887 - A six year old Goldhanger boy killed in gun accident. . .
1907 - Major Clifton Alban attempted suicide over his wife's grave. . .
Clifton F S Alban was born in 1854 in Karachi, East India (now Pakistan). He attended Winchester College, Hampshire and had gained his first commission in the Bombay Staff Corps by 1874. He served for many years in the 7th Bombay Native Infantry, attaining the rank of Major and retiring to England in 1895 at the age of 41. For his service in the Battle of Kandahar (1880) in the Afghan War, he had been awarded a medal with clasp. As a member of the Nile Force in 1885 he was invalided back to England.
1924 - A former Goldhanger curate and Osea Island manager found dead. . .
More about. . . Osea Island & Mr Charrington
1924 - George Johnson of Goldhanger drowned when HMS Marlborough sank. . .
1929 - Mrs Gardner, the Rector's wife lost an arm in Rectory basement accident. . .
More about. . .Revd. Gardner & family
1974 - Alfredo Zomparelli, a Fish St. resident at the time, was murdered in London. . .
1985 - Jeremy Bamber was convicted of killing five members of his family. . .