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Accidents - 1890s
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The Argus, 11th April 1890, transcribed by Kay Collins

ACCIDENT—On Thursday of last week an unfortunate accident occurred to a little boy named Gilbert. It appears he was at play with some other boys when he was pushed down, a broken leg being the consequence of the fall. The limb was set by Dr. Freeman, and upon enquiry we are pleased to hear that the little sufferer is making favourable progress.

Wellingborough News, 8th August 1890, transcribed by Kay Collins

A NARROW ESCAPE—A narrow escape from what might have been a serious accident occurred in Church-street on Tuesday evening. Two spruce carts going to Wellingborough turned into the street at a rapid rate, one of them, belonging to Mr. Cobley, running on to the footpath, where a woman was standing in charge of a child in a perambulator. Seeing the imminent danger the child was in the woman promptly rescued the little one from its perilous position, just as the wheels of the van collided with those of the perambulator. The latter had two of its wheels broken, but fortunately no other damage was done.

ACCIDENTS—On Thursday afternoon week as a man named John Whiteman was engaged in thatching some ricks for Mr. G. H. Skinner, he had the misfortune to fall from the ladder to the ground. It was at first feared he had sustained serious injuries, but it was found upon examination by Dr. Owen that although Whiteman had sustained a severe shaking, yet no bones were broken.—On the same afternoon an accident happened at the factory of Mr. S. Skinner. It appears a young man named Ralph Walker was working a cutting press, when he got his left hand in, the first finger being taken off at the bottom joint, and the thumb severely crushed. It is feared the latter will have to be amputated. The case is receiving the attention of Dr. Owen.—Yet another accident happened on Saturday to a little fellow six years old, named Joseph King, who lives in High-street. He was playing in a wheelbarrow, and in getting out fell and broke his arm. He was at once taken to Dr. Owen's surgery, but neither the former gentleman nor Dr. Thomas being at home, the injury was attended to by Dr. Wilson, and is doing well.

Wellingborough News, 29th August 1890, transcribed by Kay Collins

RUN OVER—On Wednesday evening a little girl named Brown was run over in High-street by a trap belonging to Mr. Evans, of the "Wheatsheaf," the wheel going right over her body. Dr. Owen was called in, but was unable at that time to ascertain the full extent of the child's injuries, but happily, though severely bruised, we are pleased to say the little one was not hurt so badly as was supposed, and is progressing favourably.

Wellingborough News, 14th November 1890, transcribed by Kay Collins

AN UPSET—About midday on Tuesday, a horse attached to a cart laden with meat, all belonging to Mr. Knight, butcher, was standing in Mr. H. Knight's yard in Church-street, when the horse took fright at something or other, and darted into the street. Things began to look middling for Mr. Darnell's shop windows, but the animal came into collision on the opposite side of the street, fell, and overthrew the cart, the contents of which were scattered all over the road.

A RUNAWAY—On Tuesday last Mrs. C. R. Owen had a narrow escape from accident. It appears she was driving into Rushden, when the horse bolted, and dashed up into the town at a great rate. Fortunately the animal was stopped in its mad career near Mr. Checksfield's shop by Messrs. W. Goodwin and Harry Knight, before any catastrophe occurred, and Mr. Knight also took charge of the horse and carriage till Mrs. Owen reached home.

Wellingborough News, 21st November 1890, transcribed by Kay Collins

ACCIDENT—On Saturday last a man named Fred Payne, in the employ of Mr. A. Groome, was engaged in oiling the engine while it was in motion, when his foot slipped and went under the crank, smashing his big toe to a pulp. Mr. A. C. Groome rendered first aid by cutting the boot and stocking off, and doing what could be done to stop the bleeding until the arrival of Mr. Parkin, assistant to Dr. Crew, who at once pronounced it a serious case, and on the arrival of Dr. Crew, Payne was taken to his brother's residence in Corporation-row, where the toe was amputated. We hear the patient is doing well.

Wellingborough News, 28th November 1890, transcribed by Kay Collins

A CHILD BURNT—A child named Langford, about two years of age, was severely burnt on Tuesday afternoon. The mother had left it sitting at the table in a high chair, and by some means it pushed the chair backwards, and fell with its head on the fire. The poor thing is under the care of Dr. Owen and Dr. Thomas, but very little hope is entertained of its recovery.

SERIOUS ACCIDENT—An accident of a serious nature happened to Mrs. Munns, of Queen-street, on Tuesday. Mrs. Munns was about to descend the stairs in her house, when, owing it is thought to a sudden faintness, she fell from the top to the bottom. She was picked up insensible, and was found to have sustained severe concussion of the brain. Dr. Wilson was called in, and under his careful attention the patient is making fair progress towards recovery.

Wellingborough & Kettering News 13/02/1891, transcribed by Peter Brown

Narrow Escape — On Monday, as Mr. Harry Percival, residing at the top end of the town, was cleaning out the chambers of a revolver, one of them discharged, the bullet going through his finger, and passing close to his head. Percival was quite unaware the weapon had any charges left in the chambers. Under surgical aid the finger is getting on well, but the young man had a providential escape.

Wellingborough & Kettering News 16/10/1891, transcribed by Peter Brown

ACCIDENT — Another accident happened on Monday afternoon. Mrs. F. Eyte, of the "Feathers” was coming home from Higham in a trap, two of her children also occupying the vehicle. The horse bolted in Higham, and came at full speed down the hill to Rushden. When nearing the residence of Mr. Paul Cave, the trap collided with a miller's waggon. As a consequence the trap was overturned, throwing the occupants violently into the road, and bending the axle and breaking the shafts clean off. Mrs. Eyte sustained severe bruises, but the children were unhurt. The horse proceeded quietly to its quarters at the stables.

Wellingborough News, 5th February 1892, transcribed by Kay Collins

On Thursday afternoon as a young man, believed to be a native of Woodford, near Thrapston, was engaged driving a horse, attached to ballast waggons, along the new Midland branch line between Rushden and Wellingborough where it crosses the Wellingborough road, he stumbled and fell beneath the waggons, both his legs being terribly mangled, and one was nearly cut off. The bone of one of his legs protruded right through the flesh, and his clothes were matted into the wound. Dr. C. R. Owen and Dr. A. Wilson attended to the man's injuries at Rushden. The unfortunate man was removed to Wellingborough Ambulance station, and from thence conveyed on the carriage to the Northampton Infirmary, Mr. F. Robinson and Mr. A. Belton accompanying him. It is thought that if the injured man survives, both legs will have to be amputated. On enquiries being made last night at Northampton Infirmary as to the condition of the man on arriving, it was stated that he lay in a very exhausted condition, and the House Surgeon did not think he would live.

Wellingborough News, 14th December 1894, transcribed by Kay Collins

ACCIDENT— On Saturday night as Mr. H. Deacon, a butcher in the employ of Mr. C. E. Knight, was going home he slipped on the pavement near Mr. Wilkerson's, chemist, sustaining a fractured leg and dislocated ankle. Dr. Baker was immediately in attendance, and the injured man is progressing favourably.

Rushden Echo and Argus, 4th February 1898, transcribed by Kay Collins

AccidentOn Saturday, a lad named Frank Sears was at work outside the shop of Messrs. Webb Brothers, when he fell off some steps and hurt his shoulder. An examination was made at the surgery of Dr. Owen, and it was found that a small bone in the left shoulder was fractured. The injury was skilfully attended to and the lad is progressing favourably.

Rushden Echo and Argus, 18th February 1898, transcribed by Kay Collins

ACCIDENT TO A COAL CARTOn Saturday afternoon a coal cart was being drawn down Victoria-road when the horse turned on to the causeway and the cart, catching the kerbstones toppled over. The coal was thrown all over the street and one of the shafts of the cart was broken, but no other damage was done.
The Rushden Echo, 13th May 1898, transcribed by Kay Collins

CASUALTYA little child named Davis, living in South-terrace, met with a nasty mishap this week. A ladder fell on the child, with the result that one of the thighs was broken. Dr. Baker attended to the injuries, and the sufferer was subsequently removed to Northampton Infirmary.
The Rushden Echo, 20th May 1898, transcribed by Kay Collins

AN ACCIDENT happened on Tuesday afternoon to a man named Pratt, who is engaged on the alterations at Messrs. Cave’s factory. A heavy piece of wood fell upon him, cutting his head open rather severely. First aid was rendered by Mr. Baxter, a member of the Ambulance Corps, and in a short time Pratt was able to go home.

The Rushden Echo, 20th May 1898, transcribed by Kay Collins

CYCLING MISHAPMr. F. Bayes and Mr. Arthur West went out for a cycle run on Monday, to Swineshead. On reaching the village Mr. Bayes's machine suddenly collapsed, and its rider went through a series of acrobatic performances. Although Mr. Bayes came to ground with considerable force, he was not seriously injured. Needless to say the unhappy pair came home at footpace.

The Rushden Echo, 20th May 1898, transcribed by Kay Collins

ACCIDENT TO A ROADMANCharles Wooding, an old roadman in the employ of the Urban Council, living in West-street, stepped out into the way of an approaching vehicle on Monday morning in High-street, but unfortunately stepped backwards against the front wheel of the machine of a passing cyclist. The latter tried to prevent him from falling, but failed, and the old gentleman fell violently to the ground, striking the back of his head on the road. The wound which was made bled a good deal and a member of the Ambulance Corps rendered prompt and efficient first aid, and the man was conveyed home on a stretcher.

The Rushden Echo, 24th June 1898, transcribed by Kay Collins

INJURY TO HORSEYesterday (Thursday) morning, a horse belonging to Mr. Jobhn Clark, green-grocer, was being driven in Washbrook-road when, in taking a sharp turn, the reins caught a hook on the side of the truck, and by some means or other the animal got its tongue between the bit and its teeth, with the result that a large hole was made in the tongue. The horse was taken to Mr. Bainbridge s veterinary surgery, Griffith-street, and the injury skilfully attended to.

The Rushden Echo, 24th June 1898, transcribed by Kay Collins

ACCIDENT TO A RUSHDEN CYCLISTAt the Midland Cycling and Athletic Sports at Aston, on Saturday, Jim Lovell, of Rushden, had a bad fall. He won his heat in the first round of the quarter-mile handicap, but in the third heat of the second round, in which he rode, there was a nasty spill. Two of the riders, Lovell and Robinson, were thrown right over a wooden palisade which runs round the track and fell on a number of school boys. Lovell hurt his feet badly and Robinson had his knee cut and his arm bruised. They were taken to the General Hospital and their injuries were attended to but it was not found necessary to detain them. Two of the boys were also hurt, one of them receiving a blow on the head which rendered him unconscious for a time.

The Rushden Echo, 24th June 1898, transcribed by Kay Collins

AN ACCIDENT happened on Sunday evening to a lad named Packwood, the son of a builder in Newton-road. The boy was mounting a fence when he slipped and fell to the ground, fracturing one of his arms. The lad's parents, who were in church at the time, were called out of the service and took the sufferer to Dr. Owen's surgery where the bone was set. The lad is now going on well.

Rushden Echo, Friday July 15, 1898 transcribed Sue Manton

Casualty:- A little boy named Millbourne, son of Mr. Millbourne, fruiterer, of Newton Road, slipped on Wednesday near the Coffee Tavern and injured one of his arms. Dr. Baker was called in and found the bone slightly splintered.

The Rushden Echo, 16th September 1898, transcribed by Kay Collins

Accident to a Boy
A six-year-old boy named Charles Jaques, living in Grove-street, fell off the embankment on the Green and cut his forearm open. The wound was treated at Dr. Baker’s surgery. The boy broke his arm not long ago and the splints had only been taken off a few days ago. A brother of the unfortunate boy had his hand crushed in a machine three weeks ago, and the machine had to be broken before the hand could be freed. [Note: Grove Road was sometimes called Grove street]

The Rushden Echo, 16th September 1898, transcribed by Kay Collins

CYCLING ACCIDENTMr. Whitehouse, an assistant master at the Alfred-street schools was on Wednesday riding out of Higgin's-lane into High-street on his machine, when he collided with a horse and trap. He was thrown violently to the ground and sustained several nasty cuts on the head. The machine was smashed up. The sufferer was at once removed to Dr. Baker's surgery.

Rushden Echo, Friday October 7, 1898 transcribed Sue Manton

Falling down in a fit at the corner of Church Street on Monday, George Williams, living on the Rock, sustained a nasty scalp wound by striking his head against the flag stone. P.S. Birrill rendered first aid, dressing the wound.

Rushden Echo, 10th November 1899, transcribed by Kay Collins

An Accident happened on Saturday afternoon to Mr Herbert Skinner, son of Mr G H Skinner. He had consented to act as mounted marshal for the cycle parade, and prior to the starting of the procession from the grounds of Rushden Hall his horse took fright and reared. Mr Skinner was thrown to the ground, and the horse rolled on to him hurting his leg, but not seriously, and in a few minutes he was able to walk to the Hall where he rested for a time. Meanwhile the horse bolted but was soon caught.

Rushden Echo, 22nd December 1899, transcribed by Kay Collins

A Fall from a HorseMr Evans, of the Wheatsheaf Inn, was thrown from his horse in High-street South yesterday afternoon. Although severely shaken he was able, with assistance, to walk home.

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