Sheffield Independent December 22, 1838
Death by Drowning
An inquest was held on Wednesday last, at the Ship Inn, Kilnhurst Bridge, before T. Badger, Esq, on view of the body of Samuel Loxley, of Adwick upon Dearne, Butcher.
It appears that the deceased, along with a person called Robert Wilson, a mason from Mexborough, and others, had been drinking at the above public house till between 10 and 11 o’clock at night, about which hour, Loxley and Wilson left in a state of intoxication to go to Mexborough along the canal side.
The landlord accompanied them on the Kilnhurst Bridge with a light, and had not parting with them more than a few minutes when Wilson return in great haste to the inn , stating that Loxley had fallen into the canal.
Assistance was promptly obtained, but Loxley, when got out, was dead.
Verdict, accidental death.