1874: Shocking aftermath of Sergison blaze tragedy ...

Updated: Mar 9


John Bull - Saturday 23 May 1874

The Sussex Express gives a touching account of the funeral of the Misses Sergison, the daughters of Prebendary Sergison of Slaugham, who were burnt under the circumstances stated by us last week through their dresses taking fire at their uncle’s on Sunday week at Netherseale Hall, Leicestershire. On Saturday evening the bodies were brought to Slaugham rectory and placed in a room appropriately dressed, and decorated with flowers, where on the following day more than 500 friends and neighbours had the melancholy satisfaction of seeing them. At the funeral on Monday the congregation was enormous. The Rev. T. A. Maberley officiated, and the sobs and tears almost drowned the singing of the hymn “Jesus lives” Mr. and Mrs. Sergison have the sympathy of multitudes who never knew their daughters.


Ruins of Slaugham Place c2020, the home of the Reverend Sergison

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press - Saturday 20 June 1874

Unfortunate Family.—To the record of the death by burning of the two daughters of the Rev. W. Sergison, of Slaugham, while on a visit to their uncle at Netherseale Hall a short time since, and later on the decease of that gentleman from the effects of burns received while endeavouring to save their lives, there now remains to add the sudden death of the father of the young ladies, the Rev. Prebendary himself.


He had sustained severe shock in consequence of the death of his two girls and his brother-in-law, Mr. Robertson, and on Sunday evening the muscular power of the heart decreased rapidly, and he died early on Monday.


It is feared that the health of Mrs. Sergison will give way under her great trial, whilst Mrs. and Miss Robertson continue in most critical state at Neatherseale Hall.