Aireborough Historical Society

1846 Runaway Horse Yeadon

Runaway Horse
Date February 1846
Location Yeadon
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                                "Accident At Yeadon

     On Monday, as Mr William Williamson, traveller for Messrs Waud's cheese and bacon factories of Bradford, was at Yeadon transacting business with Mr John Jackson grocer &c, he unfortunately left his horse and gig standing at the door unattended.

The animal took fright at an ass loaded with panniers which was passing at the time and turned suddenly round and ran through the principal street of the village at a frightful speed.

     For some distance the road was fortunately clear at the time but on arriving opposite the mill lately occupied by Mr John Clayton, millwright, the runaway came into contact with the gig of Mr John Lamb, corn dealer of Lindley near Otley and overturned it, throwing Mr Lamb a considerable distance.

      Mr Lamb escaped without much injury although the gig was thrown bottom uppermost and the horse laid upon his back.

The gig attached to the running horse was completely shivered.

Both shafts were broken off and the animal, thus liberated, continued it's mad career till it was stopped by a labouring man, almost exhausted from the loss of blood flowing from wounds received in it's flight.

Upon examination it was found that a piece of wood had penetrated several inches into one of it's legs and there was considerable difficulty extracting it".

 Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling


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