Aireborough Historical Society

1863 Fatal Accidents




Title
Fatal Accidents
Date 1st August 1863
Location Guiseley & Baildon
Photo ID
S217
Comment

"Fatal Accident - On Tuesday Morning, about six o'clock, a fatal accident occurred on the line of the railway in the course of construction between Apperley Bridge and Guiseley to a man named James Rolls. The deceased, who was about thirty years of age, was engaged on one of the earth waggons in the tunnel at Esholt Springs cutting, when by some means one end of the waggon suddenly jerked upwards, and his head came in violent collision with the roof of the tunnel. He was at once removed to the Junction Inn, Guiseley but only survived the injuries received about forty five minutes.

      During the evening of the same day, William Moorhouse, Waggonner to Messrs  Wm. Fison & Co.  of Greenholme Mills, Burley, near Otley also accidentally lost his life on the Shipley and Otley turnpike road, near what is called "The Halfway House" at Baildon, being then on his return from Bradford with a waggon loaded with wool and drawn by two horses. It appeared from the statement of a man who was passing at the time and witnessed the catastrophe that the shaft horse trod upon and ccompletely tore off Moorhouse's boot heels, threw him down, and the wheels of the vehicle passing over his body, he was almost instantaneously killed. The deceased who was about forty years of age, and bore a good character for sobriety and good conduct leaves a widow and numerous family."

     *The Junction Inn is not on the usual  records of Guiseley pubs.

 Image reproduced with kind permission of The British Newspaper Archive, research by Edwy Harling


 

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