Weston-In-Gordano Church Fire Tragedy

Western Daily Press and Bristol Mirror

FEB. 28, 1934

Mrs Quartly-Carter's Funeral

“Death from natural causes” was the verdict at the inquest at Weston-in-Gordano or Mrs Rose Harriet Quartly-Carter, mother-in-law of the Rev. Lach-Szyrma, vicar of the parish, living at Avon View, West Hill, Portishead, who collapsed and died after making the journey from her home to Weston-in-Gordano on Friday when a fire was discovered at the church.
Evidence was given that Mrs Quartly-Carter entered a carriage on the train at Portishead and seemed out of breath. On alighting at Weston-in-Gordano she complained of feeling ill.
Mrs Carter was assisted into a car accompanied by Mrs Annie Kitchen of Myrtle Cottage, North Weston and travelled to the rectory where she collapsed on the steps.
Doctor Douglas Bruce of Portishead said he had warned Mrs Carter against sudden exertion or excitement because of the condition of her heart.