Leeds nostalgia: Abbey Inn, Newlay was used for inquests in the past

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In response to a reader request, we this week present information relating to The Abbey Inn, Pollard Lane, Newlay, between Kirkstall and Bramley, which has a long history.

The online archive contains a vast amount of information, including the entire back catalogue of the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post and all of their respective prececessor titles, such as the Leeds Intelligencer and the Leeds Mercury, among others. The Abbey Inn was used to stage inquests. Details of two follow.

On January 10, 1857, before Mr Horsfall, deputy coroner for the borough of Leeds, “held an inquest into the death of Sarah Roundhill, wbo had been killed on the railway near the Newlay Station on the previous afternoon.

“The deceased, who was about 18 years age, resided at Eccleshill, and on Monday last she left home to visit her sister, wife of the station master at Newlay. At a short distance from the station, to avoid going round by the road, she contrary to notice board at the spot, got over the parapet of a bridge, which crosses the line, and proceeded walking down the line towards Newlay.”

She managed to get off the track, against a wall but “the train coming up, the engine and first carriage passed ber but the step of the third carriage caught her dress aud whirled her into the air. She then fell under the carriage wheels, and her head, with the exception of a small portion of the righ cheek, was completely cut off; her chest was also crushed and her legs and arms were broken. Death was instantaneous.”

Oct 30, 1858, there was an inquest into “the death of a six-year-old named Lilian Mary Haigh, daughter of Edward Haigh, dyer,” whom it said was badly burned in her bed.

While the above reports make grim reading, the archive provides an invaluable resource for researching local history. If there is a subject, time or place you would like us to research for you, please get in touch.