Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Book - tales of tragedy (Nottingham)

Alan Charlton's research uncovered a fascinating mix of personal stories.

But it also tells a tale of the sometimes precarious existence of people living in an industrial conurbation.

Nineteenth and 20th Century Nottingham was surrounded by industries like textiles, mining and engineering – industries which dictated hard work and hard lives.

In some cases, they also led to death and misery. The booklet which details the Charlton family tree also contains graphic accounts of the deaths of several family members.

Moses Smith and his son of the same name, who lived at West Hill, Derby Road, Heanor, both died at the Bailey Brook pit three days after Christmas in 1890, killed in a 'fall of bind'.

Harry Charlton had been working at Toton Sidings for 50 years when he died in June 1929, shattered by a locomotive while crossing a line.

Walter Dutton Booth died at Anglo Scotian Mills during the Second World War, crushed after his clothes became caught up in lace making machinery.

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