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Farmer Hangs Himself

Sheffield Independent – Saturday 10 July 1858

On Saturday afternoon, an elderly man, a farmer, named Edward Ridsdale, residing at Crook House, Darfield, committed suicide by hanging himself in a wood adjoining his own house.

Deceased, who was a person in good circumstances, and possessed of considerable property in the neighbourhood, has for some time been in a desponding state of mind, said to have been made worse by the low price of corn and agricultural produce, and he seemed to have got the idea in his mind that he was becoming poor.

He went out after dinner, but had not been out long before he was missed, and on a search being made, be was found suspended from a tree. He was immediately cut down and the usual remedies applied, but life was extinct.

Deceased was sixty two years of age.