Bradford Observer (25/Jul/1844) - Huddersfield

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Serious Gig Accident.

A fortnight ago, a very serious accident happened at Lockwood, near this town, two young gentlemen named Godfrey Berry and Henry Crowther were returning in their gig from attending a sale of machinery, and on arriving near the church of the above village, they stopped for a few moments to listen to the epilogue or speech of a number of persons who were "riding the stang," in consequence of a mason having ill-used his wife. The horse got startled at something, and instantly set off down the hill at a furious pace. Mr. Berry, who was driver, commenced whipping the animal, which only tended to accelerate the speed it was going at, and at length it became entirely unmanageable. On arriving at the bottom of the hill, at a sharp turn of the road, the gig was completely thrown over, and the two gentlemen were cast with great violence on to the road. Mr. Berry escaped with a few severe bruises, but Mr. Crowther was taken up quite insensible, having struck his head against a wall, in which state he was conveyed home, and Mr. Wright, surgeon, being promptly in attendance, his injuries were speedily attended to, and he is now slowly recovering. The gig was broken to pieces, but the animal escaped injury.

Human Bones.

The little village of Newsome, near this town, was, on Friday week thrown into a state of great excitement by reason of a human skull and other bones being found in a well, which immediately raised the supposition that some person had been unfairly dealt with. The circumstances lead-ing to the finding of the bones are as follows :— Some twenty or thirty years ago a shaft was sunk for coal, but after proceeding forty yards the workmen were prevented by the flow of water from going further. Since that time the inhabitants have been principally supplied from the well. The reservoir belonging to Mr. Arlom's mill having become almost dry, he hit upon the expedient of pumping from the well, which, after three or four days working, was left dry. A person then descended to ascertain the strength of the spring, when he found a "dressing frame," which was soon claimed by Mr. Dan Liversedge, who lost it twelve years since. A skull and two arm bones were also found, and on their appearance wry faces were made at the remembrance of having so many years drank out of them. On Saturday night a man came forward and owned to having about twelve or thirteen years ago thrown them into the well. They had belonged to a secret order, of which he was a member ; and thus the terrible affair ended.

Awfully Sudden Death.

Another instance of the uncertain tenure of human existence occurred to a coal master on Tuesday last. The deceased, whose name is Joseph Kitson, of Liley Lane, Lepton, had that day returned from Buxton, where he had been for the benefit of his health, being troubled with rheumatism, and was entering the White Hart Inn, Cloth Hall Street : before he reached the end of the passage, he fell down a corpse. He has left a wife and one child to deplore his loss. Deceased was about 35 years of age. An inquest was held at the above inn on Wednesday, before George Dyson, Esq. and an intelligent jury, when the above facts being deposed to, a verdict of "Died by the visitation of God' was recorded.