Weaste Cemetery

Biographies of people buried between 1880 & 89

Samuel Hayhurst (Killed at work) (1867 - 1888)

Samuel Hayhurst was a Carter by profession and was killed at Messrs Samuel Dewhurst and Co. Ltd, Blackburn Road, Salford.


He was born on 27th December 1867 at Hough Lane, Broughton. He was one of nine children of Thomas and Eliza Hayhurst.


The Salford Reporter of 9th June 1888 records: "On Wednesday afternoon (6th June 1888), Mr F Price, Coroner for Salford, held an Inquest at the Rechabite Hall, Salford, touching the death of Samuel Hayhurst, aged 20 and residing at 20 Skelhorn Street, Salford. The deceased was a Carter in the employ of Messrs S. Dewhurst and Co. Ltd, Broughton Dyeworks, Adelphi Street, Salford. On Monday afternoon he was seen carrying a heavy piece of *fustic (wood used for dyeing purposes) at the works and shortly afterwards he was found on the floor near the revolving keys of a #"Rasp" machine. His skull was smashed to pieces. The flooring near the machine where the deceased was found was very uneven.


Giving evidence, Mr J.B. Makin, the Manager at the works, said it was no part of the deceased's duty to carry fustic about. Further, no complaints had been made to him about the condition of the floor.


The Jury brought a verdict of Accidental Death".


The funeral of Samuel Hayhurst was held on 9th June 1888. He was interred in a common grave in the Church of England portion. The Rev. C.F. Watson conducted the service.


*Fustic, (aka Old Fustic or Dyer's Mullberry), is a yellow dye obtained from the heartwood of the Maclura tinctoria, a medium to large tree of the mulberry family. It was originally found in the forests of Brazil and the West Indies and used extensively from about 1600 to 1850, as it produces a strong colour at low cost. During the First World War, fustic was one of the dyes used to produce khaki for army uniforms.


# Rasp. A machine that grinds material into a manageable product. It contains arms rotating over a perforated plate which has an abrasive effect.