A MOTHER was found hanged in the garden by her husband who desperately tried to save her, an inquest heard.

Barbara Dock had given no hint of what she would do, according to husband of 38 years William.

He broke down giving his evidence, telling how he cut his wife down from the gazebo and tried to revive her.

She was later pronounced dead by paramedics.

Winchester Coroner's Court heard Mrs Dock, of Wordsworth Close, Bishop's Waltham, had suffered from anxiety and depression around 10 years before but had improved and was not under medical care.

But it also heard she had made attempts to end her life years before.

The 62-year-old secretary was found by her husband after he awoke at 0.30am on January 25 to find she had not come to bed having heard her call the dogs at 11pm.

Mr Dock said she had seemed to have a bout of anxiety that month, but it had not seemed like "a major thing" and she told him she felt stressed in the office so they had discussed reducing her work.

Senior Central Hampshire Coroner Grahame Short gave a verdict of suicide.