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Details of the Accident

Place Bullhouse
Date 16th July 1884, 1.21 p.m.
Railway Company Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway
No. of Fatalities 24
Cause of Accident Derailment
Description An express passenger train, the 12.30 p.m. from Manchester, London Road to London, Kings Cross, with through carriages for Grimsby Docks, in connection with the evening steamer sailing, had left Woodhead tunnel and was gathering speed on the downhill gradient towards Penistone. As it entered the curve at Bullhouse, the driver felt the engine develop an uneasy roll, but before he could apply the brakes, he heard a crack. A driving wheel axle on the locomotive had snapped, and the resulting spread of the driving wheels distorted the track. The axle fracture was probably caused by metal fatigue and the axle broke.

Sources/Further Reading

  • The Manchester Guardian, 10th June 1886 (Passing reference in report of unrelated court case)

List of Fatalities

The 24 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) or Statutory Register (Scotland) reference where this has been identified.

Surname First Names Age Occupation Residence Notes GRO/SR Reference
BROMLEY Massey 40 Engineer , Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Great Eastern Railway from 1878-1881 1884/Sep Wortley 9c 166
SHORROCK Harriet 57 , Wife of John SHORROCK. Buried Darwen Old Cemetery 1884/Sep Wortley 9c 166
SHORROCK John 65 , Husband of Harriet SHORROCK. Buried Darwen Old Cemetery 1884/Sep Wortley 9c 165
WOODHEAD John Proctor 41 Fire insurance assessor Ashton-on-Mersey, CHS 1884/Sep Wortley 9c 166
STOWER Mary 45 , Married 1884/Sep Wortley 9c 166
EKINS Agnes Clotilda Constance 17 , 1884/Sep Wortley 9c 167
BARWICK Edith 6 , 1884/Sep Wortley 9c 166
BARWICK Beatrice 0 , 1884/Sep Wortley 9c 166
BARWICK Archibald 2 , 1884/Sep Wortley 9c 166
SPENCER Mary Ann 65 , 1884/Sep Wortley 9c 167
DURKAN Michael 55 , 1884/Sep Wortley 9c 167
GOULD Agnes 17 , Miss 1884/Sep Wortley 9c 167
THORNTHWAITE Mary 35 , 1884/Sep Wortley 9c 167
DAWSON Mary 35 , 1884/Sep Wortley 9c 167
GIRDLESTONE Albert James 12 , 1884/Sep Wortley 9c 167
EDELSTEN Carrie 38 , 1884/Sep Wortley 9c 167
JONES Emma Mary 17 , 1884/Sep Wortley 9c 166
COATES Rachel 43 , Married 1884/Sep Wortley 9c 166
MARSHALL Robert Aldred 31 , 1884/Sep Wortley 9c 166
RAWLINGS Ann 47 , Married 1884/Sep Manchester 8d 175
MARTIN Bertha 40 , Married 1884/Sep Manchester 8d 175
LEA Annie 23 , 1884/Sep Manchester 8d 175
POOLE James Nicholas 55 , Died of injuries 30th July 1884/Sep Manchester 8d 175
TETLOW ANN 59 , Unmarried 1884/Sep Manchester 8d 178