Road death outside Bay Horse

Leeds Intelligencer
Saturday 6 April 1844

DISTRESSING AND FATAL ACCIDENT

On Monday last, a very distressing occurrence took place at Snow Hill, by which a son of Benjamin Dixon, Esq, of Wakefield, solicitor, lost his life. It appears that in the afternoon of that day, he had been walking towards Potovens, in company with some other children; and as they were returning, a cart was descending the hill from the bar just at the time the young people had reached the junction of the Bradford Road with Potovens Lane [now Wrenthorpe Road]. As they were playing, they unfortunately did not notice the approach of the cart, and Mr Dixon’s son ran backwards against the horse, which knocked him down on his face, and the wheel passed over his loins in slanting direction upwards; and though no bones were broken the injuries done to the spine were so great that death ensued before medical aid could reach him. An inquest was held on the same day, which was adjourned to Tuesday, before Thomas Lee, Esq, coroner, at the Bay Horse at Snow Hill, when the above facts were given in evidence, and a verdict of Accidental Death was returned. The driver, who was also the owner of the cart, was stated to be a very respectable and steady man, and showed deep concern at the lamentable occurrence. The coroner cautioned him to be more careful in future to be near the head of his horse when driving, remarking, at the same time, that nothing was more common than to see drivers loitering at an unwarrantable distance from their teams.

Franchising 19th-century style

With the repeated fiascos of the East Coast Mainline rail franchise, here’s how a very local franchise was put up for franchise for over 100 years. Bradford Road, formerly known as the Bradford and Wakefield Turnpike Road, had gates at various intervals including Snow Hill and Carr Gate. Here are the earliest and latest notices for franchise setting meetings found in the online newspaper archive. They date from 1766 and 1871.

Leeds Intelligencer
Tuesday 1 July 1766

TURNPIKES

THE Trustees for repairing the Roads from BRADFORD to WAKEFIELD, intend to meet at the house of Mr Whiteleg in Adwalton, on Wednesday the 9th Day of July inst. at Two in the Afternoon, in order let the Tolls to arise at the Barrs at Carr-Gate, Tingley-Gate, and Wisket-Hill, either together or separate, entered to immediately. Also to appoint a Surveyor; when any Person properly qualified for, and desirous to serve that Office, may attend; and on other special Business relating to the said Road.ss

SAMUEL LISTER,
Clerk to the said Trustees.

Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer
Saturday 9 December 1871

BRADFORD AND WAKEFIELD TURNPIKE ROAD

Notice is hereby given, that a MEETING of the Trustees appointed under and by virtue of an Act passed in the fifty-ninth year of the reign of His late Majesty King George the Third, intituled “An Act for more effectually repairing and improving the road from Bradford to Wakefield, in the West Riding of the county of York”, will be held at the BULL HOTEL, in Westgate, in WAKEFIELD aforesaid, on Friday the Fifteenth day of December Next, at the hour of Twelve o’clock at noon, for the purpose of transacting any business relating to the trust that may then and there appear necessary. At the same time and place the Tolls to be taken from and after the 31st day of December next at the several tollhouses, toll-gates, and chain bars, now standing and being upon and across the said road, called or known by the names of the Tong Street, the Gildersome Street, the Carr Gate, and the Snow Hill Toll Bars, and the Gildersome Street, the Scotchman Lane End, the Bruntcliffe Thorn, and the Woodhouse Lane Chain Bars will be LET BY AUCTION, in the manner directed by the Statutes for regulating turnpike roads by the said trustees, subject to conditions to be produced at the said meeting, which said tolls produced at the last letting, and now produce the yearly sum of £2,780 above the expenses of collecting, and will be put up at the same sum. Whoever happens to be the highest bidder must at the same time pay one month in advance (if required) of the rent at which such tolls may be let, and give security, with sufficient sureties, to the satisfaction of the trustees of the said turnpike road for payment of the rest of the money monthly, or in such other proportions as shall be directed by the said trustees. – Dated this 9th day of October, 1871. – By Order.

JOHN DARLINGTON,
Clerk to the said Trustees.

Mill owner threatened with blunderbuss

Leeds Intelligencer
Thursday 13 November 1828

DARING HIGHWAY ROBBERY

About half-past seven o’clock, on the evening of yesterday week, as Mr Joseph Rhodes, of Silcoates [the owner of Silcoates Woollen Mill], was returning home from Wakefield, he was attacked by three men, one of them armed with a blunderbuss, about half-way between Snow Hill bar and Potovens. They demanded his money and watch, the armed men exclaiming, that it was useless making any resistance or calling for aid: if he did, “they would blow him to pieces.” He fortunately had no money on his person, but he gave them some memorandums, of no use to any one, with which they decamped in a direction towards Wakefield, and have not since been heard of.

Horse-drawn traffic accident

Yorkshire Evening Post
Monday 14 January 1895

THE SNOW
WAKEFIELD ’BUS OVERTURNED

On Saturday night one of the Wakefield Omnibus Company’s vehicles was overturned at Snow Hill, with the result that several persons were more or less severely injured. It appears that the ’bus, which was drawn by two horses, left the Corn Exchange, Wakefield, at 7.15p.m., and was driven steadily in the direction of East Ardsley. On going down Snow Hill the driver applied the brake, and the ’bus wheels slipped on the snow until they got about three yards from some railings in front of the Bay Horse Inn at the junction of Potovens Lane [now Wrenthorpe Road] and Bradford Road. Potovens Lane is about two feet lower than the other road, which causes it to be very steep, and when turning the corner the ’bus suddenly overturned on its side. There were 16 passengers in the ’bus the time, and they were thrown upon each other with considerable force. Most of the occupants sustained cuts, sprains, and bruises, and following appear to have fared the worst – James Henry Hobkinson and Elizabeth Hobkinson, of Calvert’s Buildings, Potovens; Alice Green, widow, and Joe Barnaby of Bragg Lane End, Potovens.