Dramatic accident at Kilburn, 1830

Here’s a recent (?re-)discovery from the burial register for Holbrook.  The minister, William Leeke, made a marginal note relating to William Shaw, who was buried on 5 Sep 1830, aged 15.  It reads: “Killed with three others in descending Kilburne Pit on the morning of the 3rd.  Two other boys, Kilburne lads, were wonderfully preserved from death, by their legs becoming fixed in the machinery, and they were suspended with their heads downwards for two hours and more.  Their names are Charles Hailley and Henry Hickenbottom”.

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