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Fall of a House and Dreadful Loss of Life at Islington

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Fall of a House and Dreadful Loss of Life at Islington

Posted: 24 Oct 2010 5:09PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Jauncey, Hodges, Glover, Lane, Stoker

From Berrow's Worcester Journal Saturday 17th February 1855

"On Sunday night a house in the Lower Road, Islington, fell with a crash that resounded through the neighbourhood. At first, the staircase and central portion of the house fell down. The conductor of the fire-escape, stationed on Islington Green, proceeded to the spot where he found a man, his wife and two children at the second floor front
window. He ascended, and brought down in safety the four persons whose lives were so much jeopardised. As other portions of the house continued
falling, the machine was obliged to be removed and immediately
afterwards the whole front of the building fell to the ground, burying
in the ruins a number of people. The following is the correct list of
the killed:- Thomas HODGES, aged 14 years; *George HODGES, aged 8 years;
Joseph GLOVER, aged 26 years; Jane GLOVER, aged 23 years, the wife of
the former; Joseph GLOVER, aged 4 years, a son of the before-named;
*Sarah LANE, aged 40 years; and Francis STOKER, a police-constable of
the N-division, No. 262, aged 38, who has left a widow and one child to
deplore his untimely death. The circumstances attending this officer's
death are of a very deplorable nature. The brave fellow, having heard
the cries of a woman in the house, rushed through one of the doors,
reached the place the woman was in, took her in his arms, and was in the
act of carrying her downstairs, when a portion of the side wall fell,
and both were forced down and instantly covered with the rubbish. When
extricated, both were found to be quite dead. The building in question
was a very old one, consisting of a double house, one half of which was
over a shop; the other half was over a gateway forming an entrance to
some stables at the back"


*The people who died were actually Samuel LANE aged 46 and James HODGES
aged 8.


The story & subsequent coroner's inquest was covered in great detail by
The Times and many other papers.


In the house at the time of the collapse were (amongst others) married
sisters Jane GLOVER nee JAUNCEY & Eliza Ann HODGES nee JAUNCEY and their
families. Benjamin JAUNCEY, brother of the 2 women, lived around the
corner and was injured trying to rescue his sisters and their families.
Eliza Ann & Charles HODGES and 2 of their children survived the collapse. Jane & Joseph GLOVER, Joseph GLOVER jnr and Thomas & James HODGES all perished.

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