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Workington Newspaper report 1931!

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Patricia Report 22 Mar 2014 10:53

I contacted the workington library for any news reports on the death of Mary Philomena McGeown 18th July 1931 and they scanned two paper clippings. Unfortunately these are unreadable and werent scanned at high enough resolution for me to read, this has now become a want more than a hunt. I have contacted them again a number of times regarding re scanning but no luck! So here is my question, can anyone on here access them for me. The larger of the only two they have is headed "Workington Mystery solved" It contains an interview with her dad Michael Mcgeown and his thoughts on her death, the coroners name and verdict. It was printed in the (?) Times wed July 29th 1931 this is the one I am after. I live in Devon so am not able to visit in person.
Many thanks Pat


Reggie Report 22 Mar 2014 11:57

Nothing on FMP


Gins Report 22 Mar 2014 12:22

She left a Will, not sure if you have this information

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966

Name:Mary Philomena McGeown <<Spinster

Probate Date:24 Aug 1931

Death Date:18 Jul 1931

Death Place:Cumberland, England


Administration to: Michael McGeown - Blast furnaceman

£127 19s 9d


Gins Report 22 Mar 2014 12:24

The article is on GR but you need credits to view the full details

Hull Daily Mail East Riding of Yorkshire, England

28 Jul 1931

The body of Mary Philomena McGeown, 30, of Pilgrim-street, Workington, who Las been missing for a week, was recovered from the Eiver Derwent on Saturday.

I see you already have a thread


Thelma Report 22 Mar 2014 13:50

Hull Daily Mail East Riding of Yorkshire, England

28 Jul 1931

The body of Mary Philomena McGeown, 30, of Pilgrim-street, Workington, who has been missing for a week, was recovered from the River Derwent on Saturday.


Patricia Report 22 Mar 2014 14:00

I don't think the clipping I am after can be found online at this time. Is anyone going to Workington records office??


Thelma Report 22 Mar 2014 14:29

Are you sure the other article was in the Times?
The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2008 JANUARY, 2014
First published in 1785, The Times of London is widely considered to be the world's 'newspaper of record'. The Times Digital Archive allows users to search over 200 years of this invaluable historical source.
Available from any library,I think and available from home for free from some.
Just join the library
I cannot find the article.


Patricia Report 22 Mar 2014 14:54

I have the article in front of me, unreadable apart from the date and headline. Can't work out the name of the paper, it is something Times (not been scanned).


Flip Report 22 Mar 2014 16:01

I think if you got it from Workington library they would only hold local newspaper history on microfilm - they are not an archive centre. This is probably why you can't read it, it will be a print from a rather badly micro-filed newspaper.

The nearest archive centre is at Whitehaven, but again they only hold microfilm newspapers I believe, and not the originals.

I think it may be from the Times & Star, which was the Workington local newspaper - you could try contacting the publishers to see if they still have their archives. (google workington star, and you should find it)


KathleenBell Report 22 Mar 2014 17:25

If you scroll to the bottom of the page on this link you can send a message to the newspaper asking if they have old copies - but I doubt it:-

Kath. x