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Details of the Accident

Place Hopton Tunnel, nr Wirksworth
Date Saturday 24th July 1880
Railway Company London & North Western Railway (Cromford and High Peak Railway)
No. of Fatalities 3
Cause of Accident Tunnel roof collapse
Description During construction of the line, the roof was blasted to remove stone so that it could be bricked over in an arch. A large piece of rock fell and killed the three workers.

Sources/Further Reading

  • High Peak News, 26th July 1880

List of Fatalities

The 3 fatalities are listed in the table below together with brief notes of any other information found so far.

The last column shows the General Register Office (England and Wales), Statutory Register (Scotland), General Register Northern Ireland or Civil Registration for Ireland reference where this has been identified.

Surname First Names Age Occupation Residence Notes GRO/SR/GRONI/GROIE Reference
GOULDJohn42Railway labourerWirksworth, DBYLeft pregnant wife and children. Brother of Peter GOULD1880/Sep Ashborne 7b 397
HALLOWSJoseph38Railway labourerMiddleton, DBYLeft pregnant wife and 8 children. Brother in law of Peter.1880/Sep Ashborne 7b 397
SWINDELLIsaac50Railway labourerBrasssington, DBYLeft wife and 5 children.1880/Sep Ashborne 7b 397