Peg Leg

Arthur Austin, Boot and Shoemaker of 23 Church Road, Romsey (1860 to 1935) From Hampshire Independent 13 July 1872: “On Saturday evening Arthur Austin, aged 13, of Longbridge, Lee near Romsey was thrown from a horse belonging to Mr Hoddinott of Moor Court Farm.  He was taken to the Royal South Hants Infirmary, where his left leg was amputated just below the knee.” Arthur became known as “Peg Leg”.  All the previous census returns indicate he worked as a boot and shoe maker operating from his home address.  He died in 1935.  The news report stated that he was found lying dead at the bottom of the staircase and the inquest revealed that he had died of a heart attack when about to ascend the stairs. Sources: Image courtesy of Romsey History Society