Unsolved Murders

William Redmayne Knipe

Age: 53

Sex: male

Date: 7 Nov 1906

Place: River Roach, Roach Mills, Heywood

Source: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

William Redmayne Knipe was found drowned.

William Knipe was from Dunster Avenue in Rochdale and had been missing for nine days when he was found in the River Roach. He had left home on 6 October 1906 to go to Manchester and had been expected home that night.

It was thought that his body had been washed down from Rochdale to Heywood where it was found. He was a well-known gentleman and a commission agent.

It was a mystery how he got in the river but he had two severe wounds on his head. An open verdict was recorded and the matter handed over to the police.


*map pointers are rough estimates based on known location details as per Place field above.


see Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Wednesday 07 November 1906

see Northern Daily Telegraph - Wednesday 07 November 1906