She had suffered from a series of miscarriages throughout her life and in the months leading up to her death, started buying Valium off the internet.

At an inquest into her death, her husband Nick said: “She thought she wasn’t a good mother. It was her own perception, she was a very loving mother and a very attentive mother. She had so much love to give and this is why it was such a tragedy.”

A week before she went missing, Mr Wilkinson spoke to his wife’s pastor and told him he was worried Julie was going to try and take her life again.

The youngest of eight siblings, she had taken the death of her own mother particularly bad.

But on Saturday 23rd November, the day she went missing, she seemed in “good spirits” at a lunch with friends at The Baraset Barn.

When Mr Wilkinson got back, she wasn’t in. He reported her missing to the police later that night, who then found a collection of suicide notes in a handbag in the cupboard. They spoke about being in water.

Specialist underwater rescue teams combed Stratford Canal before she was found in the cattle trough at 3.50pm on Wednesday.

Assistant coroner Simon Charlton concluded that Julie died of drowning caused by depression.