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.
Saturday 26 April 1884
FOX LANE AND GEORGE LANE FOX
Our precious footpaths through the fields are in danger in many parts of the country, and it will require strong and vigorous efforts to retain them from the grasp of rapacious landowners. The villagers of Wrenthorpe, near Wakefield, are of this opinion, as their vigorous proceedings have plainly demonstrated. An unsuccessful attempt has been made to close a footpath at Wrenthorpe. It is called Fox Lane, and crosses a field from Bradford Road to Wrenthorpe, being 632 yards in length, and passes through land owned by Mr George Lane Fox, of Bramham Park. On Saturday an adjourned meeting of the ratepayers was held to consider the subject, the proceedings being extraordinary. Before the business began, Mr Bryan Ramsden, who is not a ratepayer, and who persisted in being present, was forcibly ejected. He was seized by a number of sturdy villagers, who literally threw him into the lobby, where for a time he paced up and down, but ultimately disappeared. On behalf of a motion for closing the path it was urged that the ratepayers might soon have to ask Mr Fox to aid them in widening Potovens Lane [now Wrenthorpe Road], and that he would be more ready to do so if the footway was abandoned. Mr B Lees spoke strongly against the proposal, and on a vote being taken the numbers were 57 for closing and 68 for keeping it open. Mr G Lane Fox is one of the best of our Tory magnates, and if the case is put fairly and fully before him, free from what interested persons may say, he is not the man to refuse justice to any individual or any body of men.
The Lane Fox family had previously lived at Red Hall and were big local (absentee) land owners. Much of the Red Hall estate came up for auction in 1896.
Note how the Times can’t resist having a parting political swipe at local residents.
Yorkshire Evening Post
Monday 14 January 1895
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.