Helmdon Northamptonshire in 1297, when Simon Whetebred and Nicholas
le Rede fought over a debt that Nicholas owed Simon. Using a stick as his weapon, Simon fatally wounded Nicholas. In order to prevent Nicholas’ wife raising the hue and cry, Simon’s sister Matilda throttled her
National Archives, Coroners Roll, Northamptonshire Just2/120.m. 17r.
As this is close by it may be of interest too...
Sarah Woodward was found dead in a ruined house at Radstone on
Saturday ' the eve of Easter in the fifteenth year of King Edward,
son of King Edward, and she had no wound. Margery Flouter, who
first found her, produced pledges : John Alby and Pilchard Piote. Inquest
was taken before Richard Lovel, the coroner, by the oath of
twelve [men] and four townships, to wit, Radstone, Brackley, Halse
and Helmdon, Falcott and Astwell.- They say that the said Sarah
was lodged in a frail and dilapidated house, and on the preceding
Sunday it fell in upon her by misadventure, and she died forthwith.
They also say that no one was guilty of her death in any way. The
fallen wood and stones are appraised at twelve pence, for which Radstone
SELECT CASES FROM THE CORONERS' ROLLS A.D. 1265-1413, Selden Society 1896