Fall Of A Floor In A Mill -- Extraordinary
On Wednesday last, soon after the commencement
of a sale by auction of machinery &c in *Dean Mill, Yeadon, by Mr Samuel
Lumb of Leeds, the second floor on which the company were assembled gave way
and upwards of fifty persons were precipitated into the room below, along with
a great quantity of heavy pieces of wood and other weighty property, but
astonishing to say, not a limb was broken or anyone otherwise seriously
There were upwards of one hundred
persons in the room at the time the accident occurred, many of whom saved
themselves by clinging to various parts of machinery fastened to the walls. The
sale was necessarily postponed to Monday next".
* The only mill in the vicinity of Yeadon named Dean Mill
was at Dean Head, usually considered to be in Horsforth, it was a flax
mill once owned by a Mr Pullen.
On Monday last, the engine driver
employed in conducting rubbish waggons on the Leeds & Bradford railway, now
in course of formation, observed an individual turn one of the points on the
line near Yeadon, which would have had the effect of precipitating the train
into the river below. The driver, however, jumped off the engine and ran and
replaced the point in time to prevent the mischief.
The individual was pursued and turned
out to be a lad of 17 named Smith Claughton, a clothier in Yeadon.
he was brought before the West Riding Magistrates at their office in Leeds but
having received a character for previous good conduct he was dismissed with a
severe reprimand on promising to pay the expenses and beg pardon in two of the
Leeds newspapers and by placards in the villages"
Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling