Coroner's Expenses - Notes and Explanation

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The Office of Coroner is one of the oldest civil administration roles in England and Wales, having been established in 1191. Unfortunately, because the Coroner has traditionally been independent of other bodies involved in civil administration, few records survive. This database is an attempt to reconstruct records of inquests from newspapers and other sources. To protect living relatives, Record Offices normally limit access to inquest files to those over 100 years old, that convention has been followed here and reports generally cease at 1914.

For the Isle of Wight two registers of Coroner's fees are held at the Record Office; for 1850 -1864 (AC92/13) and 1886-1906 (AC92/12). David Quigley produced an index of these some years ago and has kindly agreed to allow the index to be loaded to this database, the Index entries are shown with a source of "Quigley Index".

In addition to newspaper reports of inquests, reports of sudden deaths, funerals and trials and Boards of Inquiry arising from an inquest are also included, as are sudden deaths and inquests of Islanders which occurred elsewhere. The Coroner could only hold an Inquest where there was a body; often sailors were lost at sea and the body was never found, and these deaths have been included. For some deaths extracts from contemporary Gazettes and Almanacs are also included.

Ryde Social Heritage Group have been researching Ryde cemetery and have kindly allowed us to include a link, where appropriate, to their research.
Using a search engine to find inquest is not 100% reliable, so if members have IOW death certificates, for before 1914, which mention the coroner, please let us know at

Newspaper Reports Project Coordinator and we will try to research the death and include it on the database.

Tony Bevis, Newspaper Reports Project Coordinator