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1894

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The following events took place in 1894...

January

  • 12th — Labourer Robert Baker is killed by an explosion during the construction of Butterley Reservoir. Gelignite charges had been detonated on the 5th but one had failed to explode.

May

June

August

November

  • 8th — During an auction of woollen machinery and raw materials being held at Sefton Mills, Meltham, the wooden floor suddenly collapses and between 30 to 40 people tumble into a muddy gasometer tank below. James Bentley Crosland, son of Alderman James Crosland, is trapped face down in the mud under a pile of debris and dies before he can be rescued. The auctioneer, James Waterhouse Taylor, later dies of his injuries on 6 December.

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