Woman who worked on Highgrove estate died after drowning in undiscovered well

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Her body was only discovered when her daughter, Madelaine, looked out of an upstairs window and noticed a hole in the courtyard that had not been there before. On going out to the garden, she found her mother face down and submerged in water. An inquest in Gloucester yesterday heard Ms Nadiotis is believed to have fallen down the well two hours before she was discovered. A post-mortem revealed that other than minor bruising on the back of the head, Ms Nadiotis had not suffered any other internal or external injuries but she was showing all the features of having drowned. The report said her hands and feet were waterlogged and she had a “washer women look”. Her head and neck were congested, and her lungs were over-inflated, which are all characteristics of drowning. A woman who worked on the royal Highgrove estate died after falling down a well in her garden that had lain undiscovered for many years, an inquest heard. Irena Nadiotis, 58, was gardening at the back of a Grade II listed property in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, when the ground underneath her collapsed and she plunged 50ft down the well.  It seems the ground gave way underneath her and she fell into the well, rendering her unconscious and becoming submergedSenior Coroner Katie Skerrett Sergeant Adam Williams, who attended the scene, said he spoke to Ms Nadiotis’ daughter who said she had no idea the well, which was located under the flagstones of the 17th century property’s rear courtyard, existed.A guest staying in the property, which had been being used as a B&B, had taken a photograph which “made it apparent there was no well earlier that day”, Sgt Williams said.  Senior Coroner Katie Skerrett called it a “tragic accident”. “It seems the ground gave way underneath her and she fell into the well, rendering her unconscious and becoming submerged,” she said. “I agree with the post-mortem report that all the features consist with drowning and therefore record this as an accidental death”, she concluded.At the time of her death, Ms Nadiotis was described by Highgrove staff as being a “cherished” member of the team. last_img