AN elderly Meltham woman died after falling down cellar steps in a pub.
An inquest at Huddersfield yesterday heard that Esther Wright-Stead, 84, had been looking for the toilets in the Waggon and Horses pub in Meltham.
But she went through the cellar door by mistake and fell.
Sunderland-born Mrs Wright-Stead and her husband Frank - who had been married 57 years - visited the pub every day for an afternoon meal, after meeting friends at Meltham Conservative Club.
The inquest heard they both suffered from Alzheimer's Disease.
The trip to the Waggon and Horses was part of a daily routine devised by the couple's two children and social services to help them cope and to ensure they had a hot meal every day.
The couple, who lived in sheltered housing on Carlile Street in Meltham, were well known at the pub.
The inquest heard that barmaid Vicky Luty had seen them both set off for the toilets after they finished their meal at about 2.30pm on June 23 last year.
Mr Wright-Stead came back to the bar, but five minutes passed and his wife had not returned.
Knowing Mrs Wright-Stead suffered from Alzheimer's, Miss Luty went to look for her.
She passed the cellar door, which was near the toilets, and saw that it was open and the cellar lights were on.
She saw Mrs Wright-Stead lying at the bottom of the stairs.
Miss Luty said the door had been unlocked because she had been coming in and out of the cellar while cleaning the lines to the bar pumps.
Paramedics took Mrs Wright-Stead to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, where she was declared dead on arrival.
A post-mortem showed that she had suffered a brain haemorrhage.
Coroner Roger Whittaker, who recorded a verdict of accidental death, said Mrs Wright-Stead also had severe narrowing of the coronary artery, which would have made her prone to collapse.
He said this may have caused the fall, but the fatal brain haemorrhage was caused during the accident.
He said: "If she had collapsed while sitting down, that would not have been a problem.
"It was the injuries sustained in the fall which caused her death."