Northern Star (31/Aug/1844) - Sunday Pleasuring: Two Horses Killed
Two Horses Killed.
The inhabitants of Huddersfield were much excited on Sunday afternoon, by the accidental destruction of two horses in different parts of the town. A party of young men had come from Leeds in a car to spend the day at Lindley, and were returning home, some of their friends accompanying them a short distance on the road. When they left Lindley, seven persons were in the car, and on coming down by the Crown Tavern, the bellyband (which had been spliced) gave way, and the weight of the party being behind, the horse was lifted off its feet; on the party leaning forward, the animal became frightened, and set off down Temple Street at a tremendous pace. On nearing the George Hotel, one of them jumped from the vehicle, as did another by the church ; two of the others held the reins, and exerted all their strength to check the animal, but to no purpose; for it passed the gas-lamp at "Amen Corner," tore away a strong wooden post, and ran with great violence against the iron rails in front of Mr. Machan's shop. A square iron bar projecting entered behind the animal's shoulders in the soft part of the belly, and came out at the hind part of the flank, lacerating the whole length in such a manner that its bowels hung to the ground. The vehicle was overturned, and the party received some severe contusions ; but, as far as we have learned, no broken limbs was the consequence. A knife was instantly plunged into the heart of the animal, which expired immediately. The vehicle was very little injured.
The same evening, but an hour or two later, a person had left a gig, the property of Sykes, and Co., standing at the door of the Warren House public house, near Milnes Bridge, without any one to mind it, when the reins falling down, became entangled in the horse's feet, which startled it, and it set off at full speed along the Manchester Road to Huddersfield, where it turned up Cloth Hall Street towards the stables, but taking the wrong turn at the top of the street, went behind the Cloth Hall, up to the gate of Mr. Marshall's yard, and then, by some means, broke its neck, and died almost immediately.