From the category: Agriculture

Sad Death of Young Arthur Riseley in 1878

The Cambridge Independent in 1878 reported the sad death of 11 year old Arthur Riseley who was killed by a kick by a horse. It is believed that he  was the  younger son of Charles and Ellen Riseley who at the time of the 1871 Census were living in the Old Toll Bungalow at Weald which still stands on the Cambridge Road at Wintringham about half a mile east of what is now the Loves Farm development. After Arthur's death it seems that the family moved by the 1881 Census to Keepers Lodge at Abbotsely Downs where Charles Riseley occupation is given as Gamekeeper.

It is not shown at which farm the accident occurred, Charles Bradshaw on whose land it happened does not seem to appear in the 1871 or 1881 Census for Abbotsley itself so may have owned or farmed   land in the village but lived elsewhere .There is a record of a Charles Bradshaw , farmer, aged 26 living at Monks Hardwick Farmhouse near St Neots in 1871 ( not far from Abbotsley across the Cambridge Road) with his parents Isaac and Mary Bradshaw and it does seem probable that he is the farmer referred to in the newspaper.  If anyone has information on him do let us know.

The newspaper report of the injuries suffered by Arthur is very graphic and shocking by today's standards.