The Role of the Coroner
Coroners are responsible for investigating deaths in sudden or suspicious circumstances and for dealing with finds which might be treasure trove. The Borough of Doncaster was authorised by its charter of 1467 to have a coroner for the borough. Up to 1835, this was the mayor and then up to 1974, a person appointed by the council.
The borough coroner acted only for the town of
Coroners' records have not survived in large quantities, and those that have are exempt (which means they are not open for public inspection) for thirty years under the Freedom of Information Act, s.32. Furthermore, in order to access coroners' records between 30 and 75 years old, written permission must first be obtained from HM Coroner,
There are also verdicts for the borough of
An index to the records of the coroner for the borough of
In many cases, the best source of information about a coroner's inquest may be the local newspapers. See the webpage on Newspapers for more information.
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