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The Stockport Advertiser, Friday April 22nd 1825.
INDICTMENT OF ROADS. - At the late Chester Sessions true Bills of Indictment were found against the Inhabitants of the Townships of Offerton, Torkington, Marple, and Disley, for not repairing the Road leading from this town through those places to New Mills, and Heafield; and also against certain persons liable by tenure to repair particular parts of the same road. The state of this road has long been the subject of great and just complaint, being almost impassable, and in many parts very dangerous; owing as well to its being unguarded where there are deep declivities, and to many parts having slipped down, and made breaches in the road of considerable magnitude. Some time ago a loaded cart and horses rolled down one of these breaches in Marple; two carts, with their horses, fell down one of the breaches in Offerton, a depth of seven feet.
The Liverpool Mercury, Friday May 13th 1825.
A considerable sensation was created on Thursday evening se'nnight, by the arrival of the Manchester mail at the Post-office (in Chester), without either the coachman or guard, and serious apprehensions were for some hours afterwards entertained for their safety. The coach was driven into town by a person who encountered it near (Mickle) Trafford, jogging merrily along, as if nothing was the matter; and here it was that the inside passengers, a gentleman and an elderly lady, first became aware of the extent of the danger they had passed. It was ten o'clock before the guard reached the Post-office, from his account it appears that, in making way for a cart to pass, a little on this side of Frodsham, one wheel of the coach got upon a large lump of frozen snow, scraped off the road, and the coachman was thrown from his seat. The guard got down in order to take the reigns, but the horses set off at full gallop, and he was unable to come up with them afterwards. The coachman was not materially injured by the fall. - Chester Courant.
The Stockport Advertiser, Friday May 20th 1825.
Six Companies of the Seventh Royal Fusiliers marched through here on Wednesday and yesterday, in two divisions, from Manchester to Portsmouth, for embarkation it is supposed.
The Stockport Advertiser, Friday July 1st 1825.
The Stockport Advertiser, Friday July 22nd 1825.
Coaches - A novel and unusual sight presented itself on Monday afternoon in our streets. Five of the London and Manchester Down-Coaches followed each other in close succession through the town, viz. the Defiance, Telegraph, Regulator, Independent, and Enterprize. The Lord Nelson, had passed only a few minutes before, and the Champion, also from Nottingham, followed within the same distance of time after them. The circumstance is the more extraordinary, as only three of them travel on the same road together until the branches of the roads meet at Bullocksmithy. The number of coaches and vans which may be said to run through our streets daily is upwards of sixty - A list of them, stating the times they go and return, may be had at the Advertiser Office.
The Stockport Advertiser, Friday July 22nd 1825.
The Stockport Advertiser, Friday July 29th 1825.
Caution to Coachmen. A conviction took place at Warrington, on Saturday last, before Thomas Lyon, Esq., of some consequence to those in the habit of travelling by stage coaches. The driver of the Sovereign coach, from London to Liverpool, was convicted in the mitigated penalty of five pounds, for carrying twelve passengers outside, with a very considerable quantity of luggage on the roof of the coach. The object of the conviction was, to compel the proprietors of coaches in Liverpool to abandon the prevalent practice, of the illegality of which the public do not seem to be aware, of carrying any luggage on the roof with twelve outside passengers. The legislature, to secure the safety of passengers, has directed, that no luggage whatever, under such circumstances, shall be carried on the roof: but, with only ten outside passengers luggage is permitted, provided the extreme height of the same does mot measure more than ten feet nine inches from the ground. In the above case, the proprietors have thought proper to direct the driver to enter into recognizances to appeal at the Quarter Sessions in October next, when, we have no doubt, the conviction will be confirmed.
The Stockport Advertiser, Friday September 9th 1825.
Market Coaches. - We are happy to find that the system of "Kedging" for passengers which has so long been practices by the proprietors of the Manchester Market Coaches, is about to be abolished. We have had occasion to reprobate this practice, which certainly was one of most intolerable nuisances to which the public are subjected; and we hope that the public will not be backward in patronizing those coach proprietors whose sense of propriety has induced them to discontinue the disagreeable importunities, almost amounting to insult, of which every one has had so much reason to complain. Probably this system would not have continued so long had the police officers possessed such control over the regulation of the town as the provisions of a Police Act seem alone calculated to afford them.
The Stockport Advertiser, Friday September 9th 1825.
False Reports. - We are authorised to contradict in direct terms a malicious and ill-founded report which has been actively circulated during the week, relative to the Despatch Liverpool Coach, which is stated to have run over a person, near Warrington. The fact is that a man fell off another coach, just at the time the Despatch arrived on the spot, and this circumstance has been maliciously perverted for the purpose of injuring the high reputation enjoyed by Isaac Shuttleworth & Co.
The Stockport Advertiser, Friday September 9th 1825.
COACH ACCIDENT. - On Wednesday evening, as the Defiance London Coach was proceeding at a very slow pace down that part of Lancashire Hill which is under repair, the wheels slipped off the pavement into the lower part of the road, and the coach was upset. Four of the passengers were very slightly wounded, and Douglas, the coachman, was so severely hurt as to be incapable of proceeding on his journey.
The Stockport Advertiser, Friday September 16th 1825.
THE LATE COACH ACCIDENT. - We understand that one of the individuals whom we stated to have been but slightly injured by the overturning of the London Defiance Coach, was on Tuesday removed by her husband to Dunstable, of which place she was an inhabitant, and that the consequences of the accident are likely to be fatal to her. The other individual still lies at the Red Lion Inn, in a dangerous state, and Douglas, the coachman is in a fair way for recovery.
The Stockport Advertiser, Friday October 7th 1825.
FURIOUS DRIVING. - We understand that the drivers of some of the Market Coaches are in the habit of driving at a most furious rate down Lancashire Hill, to the imminent risk of the lives and limbs of their passengers. We have heard of one accident from this reprehensible practice, and if we have any more complaints on this subject, we shall take the liberty of publishing the names of the offending parties, in order that the public may be on their guard.
The Stockport Advertiser, Friday January 12th 1827.
The Liverpool Mercury, Friday March 9th 1827.
Melancholy Accident - On Sunday, 25th ult, as the Mail was proceeding from Manchester to London, the horses took fright about two or three miles beyond Leicester, and galloped at a furious rate for several miles, the coachman having no power or control over them. There were inside the coach four gentlemen, two of whom were Mr G F Bury, a respectable solicitor of Manchester, and honorary secretary to the Royal Institution, and Mr Morton, secretary of the Manchester Insurance Company. When the horses got as far as the village of Great Glen, being six miles beyond Leicester, the coach overturned, and with great difficulty they were stopped, the roof of the coach having been torn off, and Mr Bury thrown under it. We regret to state, the injury Mr Bury received was so great that he lived but a few minutes after he was taken from under the coach. Mr Morton and another gentleman, as well as the coachman, were also severely injured. A coroner's jury returned a verdict of accidental death, and affixed a deodand of £4 on the horses, and £1 on the coach.
The Liverpool Mercury, Friday August 24th 1827.
Coach Accident - On Sunday week the Royal George, Stockport market-coach, was overturned on the new line of road near Heaton-lane. A man named Robert Pollett, and a female named Mary Palfreyman, were so much injured that their recovery is doubtful, and several other passengers were seriously hurt.
The Liverpool Mercury, Friday December 28th 1827.
Another Coach Accident - As the Eastham coach was proceeding from that place to Chester, on Thursday, when near Sutton, the axle-tree broke, and the coach upset; a number of passengers were on the coach, and also inside, but we are happy to state, though several were severely bruised, the whole were able to persue their journey to Chester.
The Liverpool Mercury, Friday February 22nd 1828.
Unfeeling Coachman - A female coming from Bury, on Friday night last, to the Golden Lion, Dale-street, delivered herself, on top of the coach, near the Old Swan, of a fine male child. On telling the coachman her case, and asking him to stop, he would not do so; neither would he grant her request to be put into the inside of the coach, although he had no inside passengers. On reaching the Golden Lion yard she was assisted home to Johnson's-court, Edmunt-street, whither she walked, the child being carried for her. The woman and the child are as well as can be expected. - We want words to express our abhorrence of the conduct of this libel on the character of man. Had the poor woman, who was the object of his barbarous inhumanity, or her child, perished in consequence of it, we suspect that he would have cut rather a sorry figure before a coroner's jury. He richly merits a sound portion of that discipline which he, no doubt, administers to the cattle under his charge.
The Liverpool Mercury, Friday February 29th 1828.
TO THE EDITORS
GENTLEMEN. - A paragraph appeared in last week's Mercury, partly taken from another journal, to which I consider myself called upon to contradict, not only as a duty I owe to myself, and in exoneration of the coachman from the charge of unfeeling conduct which has been made against him, but also to convince you that the information was not only very incorrect, but that it must have arisen from some unfeeling and malicious source. The female alluded to came by the Neptune, from Rochdale. When the coach stopped at the Old Swan to leave a passenger, the woman requested the coachman not to stop long. He told her that he should proceed on, as soon as the passenger had left the coach. The coach again stopped at the Blue Bell, London-road, where she made the same request, and received the same answer. When the coach arrived at the Golden Lion yard, the coachman heard the infant cry. He then assisted her from the coach and offered to procure her a coach to carry her home, but she refused to have one. The landlady at the Golden Lion also begged of her to have a coach, but she still persisted in her refusal, and preferred walking home, accompanied by one of the waiters belonging to the Golden Lion. These are the simple facts of the case, which I can corroborate by the evidence of a resectable gentleman who was a passenger by the coach. Had the conduct of the coachman been such as was reported, he would then have merited the severe chastisement you awarded him, and, in addition, would have been excluded from ever again acting in my service, in any capacity whatever. I have long employed him, and consider him a very humane man. Yours, &c. PETER BRETHERTON
The Liverpool Mercury, Friday September 19th 1828.
Coach Accident - On Friday, the 5th instant, the Bang-up coach from Birmingham to Liverpool, was overturned on a common between Newcastle and Brereton Green, about a mile short of the latter place; and although there were sixteen passengers, besides the coachman they all escaped without a single fracture; some of them, however, suffered seriously from the violence of the concussion and from bruises. The accident arose solely from one of the horses being unruly; the passengers concur in stating that the coachman was entirely free from blame.
The Liverpool Mercury, Friday October 31st 1828.
Kite Carriage - Yesterday week about one o'clock, the inhabitants of Stockport were gratified with a view of one of these curious conveyances. Mr William Yates, of Manchester, who has made several excursions in his carriage with kites, made by the patentee, Mr Pocock, of Bristol, passed along Wellington-road, Stockport, on his way towards Buxton, accompanied by Mr Samuel Lees, of Ardwick-place. The carriage proceeded at a rapid pace along the road, and, it is understood that sometimes they proceeded as quick as at the rate of fourteen or fifteen miles an hour. The wind did not blow very steadily, and entirely ceased when the travellers arrived at Disley, so that they were compelled to return. - Manchester Guardian - One of our contemporaries calls this "a striking exemplifiaction of the fatal defect in the principle on which the invention is founded." Undoubtedly, the want of wind is fatal to every species of machine of which wind is the primum mobile; but why bring the objection exclusively against kites? Without wind a ship is becalmed, and with a contrary wind driven in the wrong cource; but is the objection fatal? No, it is only partial. When a vessel is becalmed, she cannot proceed at all; not so with those who are becalmed with Mr Pocock's kites, as they had only to apply a horse to the car, and proceed homewards.
The Liverpool Mercury, Friday October 31st 1828.
Dreadful Coach Accident - About six o'clock on Monday evening last, the Doctor, post coach, from Manchester for this town, was proceeding up the hill to Eccles, on the Manchester old road, when it was suddenly run against by the Volunteer, which was proceeding to Manchester, and which coach had no lamps lighted. Several of the Volunteer's passengers were thrown into the road, and that coach, after being dragged some distance, was overturned, and the coachman, George Robson who fell under it, was so dreadfully crushed that he died the same evening about eleven o'clock. Several of the passengers were injured, some of the most dangerously so. From the testimony of the passengers by the Doctor, no blame can be attached to the driver of that coach, who was on his own side of the road, and did his utmost to prevent the accident. The driver of the Volunteer was disappointed in not being able to procure lamps at Eccles, where they ought to have been ready for him.
The Liverpool Mercury, Friday November 7th 1828.
Disinterested Conduct - Mr Maitland, of great Crosshall-street, having lost, from the top of the coach, on his way from Preston to Ormskirk, a travelling bag, containing cash and other articles, issued an advertisement describing his loss, and proceeding back from Liverpool, in quest of his missing property. It was returned to him by Miss Elizabeth Kemp, of Burscough-street, Ormskirk, who had picked it up soon after it fell from the coach; and who, in the most handsome and disinterested manner, refused to accept the reward which Mr M had promised. Mr G Allen, of the George and Dragon, and a clerk at the coach-office, also behaved in a kind and disinterested manner on the occasion.
The Liverpool Mercury, Friday November 28th 1828.
Coach Accident - Yesterday se'night, the Bang-Up coach, from this town to Birmingham, was upset at Knutsford, in consequence of the pole breaking; fortunately, only one of the passengers was hurt, and he not seriously.
The Liverpool Mercury, Friday January 16th 1829.
Mr Gough's Steam-carriage - On Friday, the inhabitants of part of the town of Salford were somewhat surprised to see a very hansome vehicle, resembling a stage-coach, (except that it had a chimney rising about six feet above the roof,) progressing past their houses, without any visible means of propulsion. Very few persons knew at first what it was, or whence it came; but, on enquiry, it turned out to be a steam-carriage, invented and constructed by Mr Nathan Gough, which was making its first appearance on the road.
Mr Gough set out from his factory about eleven o'clock; and the carriage having gallantly mounted a steep ascent into the roads, six persons mounted upon it, and Mr Gough, taking the helm, the carriage proceeded up Regent-road. The experiment, was, upon the whole, a most satisfactory one: the carriage, when passing over level ground, travelled at the rate of from five to six miles an hour. It was stopped or set in motion in an instant, was guided with the greatest facility, both in turning corners and travelling along the open road. Indeed, during the greater part of the journey, Mr Gough directed it with his feet.
The appearance of the carriage is very good; the hind-boot, which is considerably larger than in a stage-coach, contained the coals, the boiler, the fire, &c; and the whole of the machinery is concealed from view. The carriage is mounted on springs like a stage-coach, and its motion seemed to be perfectly easy, either on the Macadamised road, or on pavement.
The Liverpool Mercury, Friday January 16th 1829.
Coach Accident - The Umpire Liverpool coach was overturned yesterday week at the Crescent Salford, in consequence of the linch-pin slipping out from one of the hind wheels. The coach was fully loaded, and came down with a dreadful crash; luckily, however, no one was injured but the coachman, and he not severely.
The Liverpool Mercury, Friday August 31st 1829.
New Stage-Coach - A stage-coach drawn by six horses, and containing sixty persons, has been exhibited in Paris. It is meant to run between Paris and Lyons.
The Liverpool Mercury, Friday September 18th 1829.
Coach Accident - On Friday last considerable alarm and excitement prevailed in the town, on account of the non-arrival of the Liverpool and Birmingham mail. From information subsequently received, it appears that the coach conveying it, whilst passing a small bridge, called Smallwood-bridge, near Lawton Gate, in Cheshire, which crosses a narrow but somewhat rapid stream, flooded at the time by the late heavy and continued rains, the bridge broke down, and the coach was precipitated into the stream.
The coachman with great difficulty succeeded in reaching the opposite side: the guard was hurried down the stream, but was saved, though with very great difficulty, by the persons who hurried to his assistance. Of the three inside passengers one, a slight-made, active young man, succeeded in effecting his escape through the window of the coach, but two others were drowned in the coach, being too bulky to avail themselves of the same means of escape. Their names, as entered on the way-bill, were Trueman and Bennett; they were booked at Birmingham, for Liverpool, to which latter place Mr Bennett belonged. There were no outside passengers.
One horse was drowned, and two others were so much injured as to be rendered almost useless for the future. The coach was broken into pieces. The mail was recovered, and the letters and parcels were delivered, completely saturated with wet. The London mail which left this town on Thursday, would probably have experienced a similar fate, had not the surviving passenger walked to meet it, and informed the driver of what had occurred.
The Liverpool Mercury, Friday October 9th 1829.
Shocking Accident - About two o'clock on Saturday morning last, Mr John Hesketh, of Holt, a higler by trade, was drowned with his horse in the river Dee, at Eaton Ferry. It seems that the unfortunate fellow was returning from Liverpool market in a state of intoxication, and asleep in his cart; for when he approached the ferry, the boatman heard the cart rapidly descending the hill, and called out to him to stop, as the ferry boat was on the other side. The horse, however did not stop, but went directly into the water; and when the boatman had crossed the stream, neither the horse, cart, or driver was to be seen. A few hours afterwards the body was found at Eccleston-lane-ends, only a few roods from the boat; the horse and cart were picked up at a greater distance from the spot where the accident occurred.
The Liverpool Mercury, Friday October 23rd 1829.
The Railroad - The result of the late experiments at Rainhill has left no doubt of the success of the locomotive engines on the railway; and one of the consequences which have immediately resulted is, that the premium on shares in the Manchester and Liverpool Railway has advanced, within the last ten days, from 38 to 50 per cent, a share.
The Liverpool Mercury, Friday November 6th 1829.
Extraordinary Escape of Convicts - At a late hour last night we heard the particulars recorded in the following paragraph, which we give just as it was related to us by a gentleman, upon whom we can fully rely:- "On Tuesday morning, about one o'clock, a singular affair took place near Birmingham. A coach conveying fifteen convicts from Chester to the Hulks was upset by accident, in consequence of which the person who had the custody of the convicts had both his thighs broken, one of which was immediately amputated. During the confusion, one of the convicts got possession of the keys of the manacles, and, after the coach had started again, contrived in a short time to release the whole of the convicts, who immediately pinioned the coachman, stopped the horses, robbed the coachman, and the three constables who had charge of them, and made their escape in different directions."
The Liverpool Mercury, Friday December 4th 1829.
Coach Accident - On Saturday evening, as the Regulator coach was on its way from this town to Manchester, a serious accident happened to it near Hollins Green. During the thickness of the fog the coachman, Wood, not perceiving a cart that was coming in the opposite direction, and on the wrong side of the road, drove straight against it. By the shock he was thrown from his seat and seriously injured, and the traces having been broken, all the horses got loose and gallopped off. They were stopped by running against a cart, but one of them is so much injured as to render him useless. The coachman, Wood, is likely to recover. None of the passengers were hurt.
The Liverpool Mercury, Friday December 25th 1829.
Mutinous Conduct of Convicts - It will be remembered, that about a fortnight ago some convicts who were going from Kirkdale Gaol to London by the Alliance stage coach, behaved in a very mutinous manner on the road to the George Inn, Knutsford, assulting their keepers, and attempting to overpower them. It having been erroniously stated in some of the papers, that the coachman had overturned the coach, and that the convicts were drunk, we have been desired to correct the mistake, and give a few particulars of the transaction.
It appears that the mutinous convicts were the same who attempted to break out of goal a short time ago, and that previously to starting they had made a plot to attempt to effect their escape on the way. When the coach arrived at Hoo Green, they complained of being hungry, and of an insufficient breakfast, and the keeper told the coachman to stop at the next public-house and he would give them each some bread and cheese and a pint of ale. The coachman drew up accordingly, at the first public-house, and the keepers and convicts went in. One of the latter contrived to slip off his handcuffs and seized a poker, and the whole party, nine in number, fell upon the keepers; but they were soon disarmed and secured.
They were got upon the coach and conducted to Knutsford, where the governor of the goal, Mr Christmas, behaved in a very hansom manner. He caused additional irons to be placed on the most riotous of the convicts, and sent one of his own turnkeys along with the coach for their better custody. We are informed that not the slightest blame is attached to either the keepers or the coachman on this occasion.
The Liverpool Mercury, Friday April 9th 1830.
Dreadful Stage-coach Accident - On Tuesday night se'nnight, the Standard, Liverpool and London coach, was overturned shortly after having changed horses at Birmingham, in consequence, it seems, of the irregular and unskilful driving of the coachman. Of the six outside passengers four were severely injured, and one of them died the next day. There was only one inside passenger, Captain Ingram, and he had his collar-bone broken. The coachman and guard, and the other passengers, were all slightly injured.
The Liverpool Mercury, Friday May 21st 1830.
Coach Accident - The Birmingham and Liverpool Mail was upset about two o'clock in the morning of yesterday se'nnight, at Lawton. The accident was owing to one of the horses becoming unmanageable, and drawing up the coach against the battlements of a small bridge. Two of the passengers were injured, one of whom was cut and bruised, but fortunately had no bones broken.
Advert in the Manchester Courier.
ALTERATION OF TIME
This coach does not carry convicts, nor has done so since the undersigned have been proprietors. There are but three coachmen and one guard to pay in the journey. The coaches are new, and though the proprietors are not in the habit of advertising or extolling, they feel called upon to say that the BRUCE yields to no Coach in celerity, regularity, accommodation, or safety - Performed by the Public's most obedient servants,
Royal Hotel Coach-office, Manchester, 5th Aug, 1830.
The Liverpool Mercury, Friday November 19th 1830.
Liverpool and Manchester Mails - An arrangement has been made for conveying these Mails by the Railway: and one of the advantages of which will be, that the Irish letters will be delivered in Manchester about half past 12 o'clock, which here tofore did not take place till five....... . . .
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