"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