Contemporary Account of SCR Construction: Lancaster Guardian - 1870, December 3rd

The following contemporary account relating to the construction of the Settle - Carlisle railway appeared on page 3 (column 3) of the December 3rd, 1870 edition of the Lancaster Guardian.

FATAL ACCIDENT. - At the Moorcock bridge of the Settle and Carlisle Railway, Garsdale Head, early on the morning of the 16th inst., Joseph Jackson, while assisting to remove the three or "sheer" legs used by carpenters for raising timber, was killed by one of the legs slipping, which caused them to fall in a contrary direction to what the men expected. Jackson was a promising young carpenter and much respected. Mr. J. H. Inman, surgeon of the line was soon on the spot, but was of no avail as [life] was extinct.


The text quoted above was manually transcribed from a 35mm microfilm copy of the newspaper by Mark R. Harvey during a visit to Lancaster Library on July 10th, 2007.

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