Death in a barn at Wormsley

 1855 – Death in a Barn at Wormsley

Eliza Evans, a child aged 16months, was with her father, a hawker and drover,  and mother when they arrived at Wormsley from King’s Pyon, and they went to sleep in a barn.

They had eaten well on food donated by kind people, and the child had seemed to enjoy it before going to sleep in her mother’s arms.  However, in the night she became very unwell and died almost immediately.

The jury at the inquest returned a verdict of Died by the Sudden Visitation of God, but added that death was probably accelerated by the child being out in a barn in severe weather.