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Name: Fanny Goldring

Burial Number: 0936

Gender: Female

Born: 00/04/1871

Died: 25/01/1919

Buried: 26/1/1919


Fanny was born in April 1871 in Worthing to James and Sarah Medhurst, she was one of 8 children. James worked as a Turner (possibly a Tunbridge Ware Turner following in his Parent’s footsteps). James and Sarah Medhurst had a troubled marriage and in 1859 James had been arrested and brought before Worthing Magistrates charged with assaulting his wife.  They had several rows resulting in James hitting her on one occasion and throwing her out of the house, usually when he was worse for drink.  Sarah herself was quite a volatile woman who would swear profusely.  James must have been before the courts before as he had signed a pledge previously not to drink, which had been broken.  The courts took pity on him and didn’t give him a custodial sentence but fined him to keep the peace for 3 months, and to take care of his Wife and child.

Fanny married Henry Percival Goldring on the 5th August 1894 in Broadwater.  They  had 3 children – Gertrude born 1891 Worthing and Edmund (also known as Edward) born 1895 Worthing and Alfred born 1903 Worthing. Henry was working as a Brick moulder and the family were living at 2 Wallace Cottages, Elm Grove, Heene. By 1911 Henry had changed his job to a Market Gardener.

Fanny died on 25th January 1919 whilst living at  61 The Drive Worthing of Pneumonia and cardiac failure.

Henry died in 1920 in Worthing

Researcher: Jackie Rooney

The Grave

No headstone image available

Location in Cemetery

Area: SES Row: 10 Plot: 7

Exact Location (what3words): maple.ended.stove

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



None Found - Listed in Heene Cemetery Index of Graves


None Found - Listed in Heene Cemetery Index of Graves

Further Information


Name: Fanny Goldring

Gender: Female

Born: 00/04/1871

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Maiden Name:Medhurst

Marriage Date: 05/08/1894

Spouse First Name: Henry

Spouse Second Name: Percival

Spouse Last Name: Goldring

Town of Marriage: Worthing

County of Marriage: Sussex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 25/01/1919

Cause of death: Pneumonia and cardiac failure

Address line 1:

Address line 2: 61

Address line 3: The Drive

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Worthing Gazette 29th January 1919

Resident’s Sudden Death – A wife’s Sacrifice – Keeping about in spite of her illness

The sudden death on Saturday morning of a resident in The Drive, West Worthing, named Mrs Fanny Goldring, formed the subject of an inquiry which Mr F.W. Butler (Coroner for West Sussex) conducted at the Central Fire Station, in High Street, on Monday afternoon.

Declined to see a Doctor – Henry Percival Goldring, a hire carter living at 61, The Drive, stated that the deceased was his wife, and that she was 48 years of age. She had been unwell since the previous Monday, but she got up on Saturday morning with the intention of going out and doing some shopping. She went downstairs to make a piece of toast, and had only had time to do this when witness heard a rumble and a fall. He ran downstairs as fast as he could, and found her lying on her face on the floor, in front of the fire. Witness got her up into a chair, but found she was dead. He had asked her several times during the week to see a doctor, but she always replied that “she could doctor herself” and did not want one.

The Coroner: It’s a pity you did not send for a doctor.

Witness: Yes, I wish I had  now; but I gathered she did not want one.

Replying to further questions by the Coroner, Witness said his wife had complained a bit of her heart, but otherwise she enjoyed good health.

What the Doctor said – Mr Henry Wiggins detailed the results of a post-mortem which he made on Monday morning. There was a slight abrasion under the left eye, which might have been caused in falling. All the organs were healthy, except the lungs and heart. The bases of both lungs were congested, especially the right, and the heart was generally fatty. He had formed the opinion that death was due to pneumonia and cardiac failure. Deceased must have been feeling ill for some days. He knew the husband had been ill, and witness took it that she had been getting up and doing what she could when she ought to have seen a doctor herself.

The Coroner recorded his verdict as “death from natural causes “in accordance with the medical evidence”.


Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


5 Kings Road Worthing

Sarah Medhurst (Head) age 44, Sarah Medhurst (Daughter) age 21, James Medhurst (Son) age 19, Harriett Medhurst (Daughter) age 15, Edmond Medhurst (Son) age 12, Fanny Medhurst (Daughter) age 9, Frank (Son) age 7, Alice (Daughter) age 4


Wallace Cottages Elm Grove Worthing

Henry Goldring (Head) age 34, Fanny Goldring (Wife) age 29, Gertrude Goldring (Daughter) age 10, Edmund Goldring (Son) age 6, Margaret Medhurst (Niece) age 10 months


2 Wallace Cottages Elm Grove Worthing Sussex

Henry Goldring (Head) age 44, Fanny Goldring (Wife) age 39, Gertrude Goldring (Daughter) age 20, Alfred Goldring (Son) age 8

Miscellaneous Information

Sussex Express – 16th August 1859

Worthing – Town Hall – James Medhurst, a turner, residing in Gloucester Place (there being three persons of the same name and each turners, it may perhaps be right to state that this is the youngest of the family), was brought from the cells, charged with assaulting his wife, Sarah Medhurst, quite a young woman, with an infant in her arms, who deposed – I went home yesterday afternoon, and was sitting in front of the fire place, breaking wood to light the fire, when my husband came in and dragged me out of doors, and gave me a stripe on the side of my face. I gave him no reason to do this. On Sunday night, because I told him I was going to take the child out, he said if I went out I should not come in again. I did go out, and he locked me out. I go in afterwards. I told him i wanted to go to Brighton on Monday. He said if I go I should not come in any more. I went to Brighton on Monday, and when I came home he had fastened me out; he was inside tipsy. I could not get in, and I then went and got a bed in Ann Street. I went home on Tuesday, but could not get in doors. I gave him no cause for this; it is not once, it is always so, because I don’t go out to work and leave the child alone, to keep him, and I can’t to so, for the child’s ill under Mr Harris’s care. Several times last week he made these rows; he came home one day when I was washing; he knocked my bonnet over my head, and threw the clothes I was washing all over the house. He was in liquor then, but not so much.

Prisoner – She says there is no cause for it, but on Monday morning we breakfasted together as comfortable as could be and an hour afterwards I went home and found her gone, and every small thing in the house carried away, which she can’t deny.

Wife – I beg your pardon, James Medhurst, I did not carry a thing away from the house but what I stood upright in.

Chairman – Have you ever taken his things away and sold them?  –  Never, sir, I am quite certain.

Prisoner enumerated a host of things, plates, flat irons, boxes, and their contents etc.

Clara Wingfield who lives next door to the prisoner and his wife, said, she returned home from work at half past four o clock on the previous evening, when she heard a row and went round to see its causes, and found prisoner putting his wife out of his house, and saying she should not come in any more; he put her out by actual force, and shut the door. She did not see prisoner strike his wife. She heard a row between them between one and two the night before.

The Chairman asked complainant if she had sufficient food

Wife – I sometimes have sufficient, at other times nothing to ear.

Prisoner – She is as violent, that there’s no peace with her; a man who had been to Portsmouth and Plymouth and other sea ports, said he never in all his life heard such blackguard language from any woman. I hadn’t had any beer for three weeks, and didn’t mean to have any. I had signed the pledge, and meant to stick to it again as I did twelve months ago, but she leads me such a life, there is no comfort at home; nothing ever cooked to eat and everything, I am ashamed to say is so dirty; the knives and forks are never cleaned nor the candle sticks since we left “Heene” as for tongs, I carried them away to get cleaned, for they were as rusty as an old horse shoe (laughter), as for my clothes its worse still.

Chairman – How long have you been married? – 18 months.

Wife – No, it’s 14 months, and I never have a halfpenny; for if he sends for anything he gives me the bare money, and if I happen to spend a penny he swears at me shamefully. He well knows he has never given me five shillings to clothe the child since it was born.

Prisoner – You don’t go to my pocket, do you?

Wife – No I don’t.

Chairman – We can have no altercation here.

Prisoner, in a winning tone – She has been the cause of my being brought here. I was never in the hands of the police, or brought before the bench before.

Wife – That’s only because they were afraid of you; you know you stood over your mother for an hour, with a knife in your hand, threatening to kill her as she lay in bed ill.

Chairman – Can you find sureties to keep the peace; you cannot be allowed to go on like this.

Prisoner – I think my brother will.

Chairman – It is to be regretted that you have broken the pledge; your conduct was much better when you were a “tee-totaller”. I fear you have lately been giving way to drinking. You had far better try and leave off such habits, and sign the pledge again.

Prisoner – So I have, sir. I stuck to it, till last Monday she drove me to drinking again.

Chairman – There is no doubt, but there are faults on both sides; the magistrates call on you to enter into your own recognizance in £20, and fine one surety in £10, to keep the peace for three months, and you must support your wife, and not turn her out of doors.

Prisoner – She went away, and I fastened the doors and windows, but she got in.

Chairman – So she had a right to do.

Prisoner – Of course she had. I believe most of the things are brought back; I saw them last night.

Prisoner sent for his brother, but a message came back to say he would have nothing to do with him.

Prisoner said he thought Frederick Ede, the cabinet maker, would be bound for him if he was at home, but he had been out for two days. He sent for his bother-in-law “Boon” but he likewise declined to come.

Sergeant Stevens – Neither of his brothers will come; they told me so, for they would rather him go to prison for three months for his conduct to his mother.

Prisoner – That’s very kind.

The court was kept waiting some time, to enable the prisoner to find bail, which he was unable to do, whereupon the magistrates deliberated, and the chairman, addressing the prisoner, said, “You see the position you have placed yourself in by acting as you have done towards your wife; the magistrates, under all the circumstances, are inclined to deal leniently with you and to take your own recognizance in £20, to be of good behaviour towards your wife for three calendar months; and let me caution you, if you do not behave well to her, and are brought here again charged with a similar offence, you will assuredly be sent to the house of correction, and kept to hard labour during which imprisonment. Will you promise to behave better”

Prisoner – I will, sir.

Chairman – Then take care not to be brought here again.

Clerk – The costs are 19s.

Chairman – You will have to pay the costs, 19s,, and in default of payment you will be sent to the house of correction for ten days.

Prisoner applied for time, and was allowed till next week.

He then left the court, evidently feeling he had had a narrow escape, which had not a little frightened him.