The Terrible Leap

The terrible leap from an express

The following story first appeared in the Liverpool Echo on the 7th August 1884.

Further particulars concerning the shocking accident on the London and North-Western Railway, near Worleston, showed that the injured person is a young lady named Hannah Jane Beckett, the daughter of a farmer residing at Holmes Chapel. She left that place with object of attending a fête at Reaseheath Park, the residence of Captain Cotton. At Crewe, however, she mistook her train, and got into a fast express for Chester. The train passed Worleston without stopping and it is supposed that when the young lady discovered her mistake she jumped out. She was found about a mile and a quarter north of Worleston by a platelayer, whose attention was directed to her by the driver of a passing luggage train, and moved to the stationmaster’s house at Worleston. Her hat was found 400 yards nearer. The young lady was to have met her lover at the fête and as she did not come he went to the station twice. On the second visit, in answer to inquiries, he learned the nature of the terrible accident.   Yesterday afternoon the young woman had not regained consciousness, and there is little hope of her recovery.

In case you’re wondering Hannah Jane Beckett was buried at Church Hulme on 12th August 1884, so she did not survive.

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