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Churwell Hill, drawing showing the wreckage of Tramcar 191 after a fatal accident

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Churwell Hill, drawing showing the wreckage of Tramcar 191 after a fatal accident
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12th May 1923. Drawing by Eric B. Farr showing the wreckage of Tramcar 191 after it lost control on Churwell Hill, close to the old Town Hall and crashed near Ingle's leatherworks on 12th May 1923. The crash occurred when the tramcar was derailed and hit a wall before overturning. The impact separated the top deck from the lower deck and seven people were killed, with many others sustaining injuries. Two of the men lost their lives in a brave attempt to stop the tramcar, which was conveying passengers who workeed at W.L. Ingle Ltd., leatherworks. Image from the David Atkinson Archive.

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Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
My parents used to talk about this accident. I remember my mother telling me that it was instrumental in having the tram-car service from Morley down through Churwell discontinued.

Date:
28-Aug-2009

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GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Name:
John Broadbent

Comment:
My Great grand father was one of the first people to attend the scene of this accident and started to administer 1st aid to the injured. He was on his way to work at Ingle's when he heard the tram crashing. I have a letter that was sent to Ingles from Leeds Transport thanking them and their 1st aid members in the help that they gave at the time of the accident, I also have a newspaper photo of t he aftermath of the crash.

Date:
20-Apr-2010

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johnboy.broadbent@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
bella

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That looks like it would of caused trouble for many people in the Churwell area !

Date:
06-Apr-2011

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I remember my great great grandma telling me about this crash she dosent remember much about it but she said she once had a newspaper covering the crash also that it was horrific and felt sorry for those who had lost pepole and she had lost one of her good friends

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06-Apr-2011

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Roy Walker

Comment:
Churwell Hill, is a very steep gradient !-It now seems incomprihensible that tracked vehicles would have the grip needed, to cope with the incline !-Another example being "Eastborough", in Scarborough ! -Wotta slope !

Date:
23-Sep-2015

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Name:
granville holmes

Comment:
This accident was still talked about when I lived in Churwell. I used to wonder how trams made it up the steep gradient. It wasn't uncommon for bus drivers to come into our shop asking for water as their bus radiator was boiling when they reached the top bus stop just outside the church.

Date:
24-Aug-2016

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grnvlhlms@hotmail.com

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