Aireborough Historical Society

1845 Mill Accident and Vandalism

Mill Accident and Vandalism
Date June 1845
Location Yeadon
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                         Fall Of A Floor In A Mill -- Extraordinary Escape

    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 injured.

     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.


                                        Wanton Conduct

       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. 

On Tuesday 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


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