I was doing a bit of family genealogy today using the absolutely wonderful village history site of Badsey, the village where I was brung up in Worcestershire. During my researches I came across this little item referring to a young man whose remains lie only yards from those of my granny and grandad. In fact I could even be a distant relative of this Richard Knight, because there are Knights in our family in the first half of the 19th century. Anyway I thought you might be interested because it relates to a canal incident of sorts. Here is the text
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It’s clear from the text that the employing company accepted no responsibility for this poor chaps death “the men being supposed to look after themselves”. It’s also interesting that a young man from the Vale of Evesham should have been working up on the Manchester Ship Canal. Clearly the canals weren’t only dug by the Irish.