3rd June 1884 - fatal train crash near Downton

Downton railway station in 1964 On the 3rd June 1884 there was a fatal railway accident between Downton and Breamore [1].

19th Century historian TJ Northey (who actually has the accident happening on the 10th of the month) writes the following:

a shocking accident occurred on the London and South Western Railway, to the train which left Salisbury for Weymouth at 4.43 p.m.

About a mile beyond Downton, near the College of Agriculture, after having just passed a well-known bridge over the Avon, the train by some means fell over the embankment (on the College side), and became a wreck.

Four persons were killed, and a number of others injured, the latter including Mr. Hillier, bookseller, of Fisherton ; Miss Kate Fawcett, Church Fields, Salisbury ; and Samuel Fennel, Wyndham Park, Salisbury. Among those who were killed was Mr. G. Waters, of Toyd Farm, Fordingbridge, a member of the Salisbury and Hindon Troop of Yeomanry[2].


[1] “Fatal Railway Accident.” Times [London, England] 4 June 1884: 5. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 22 Jan. 2013.http://find.galegroup.com/ttda/infomark.do?&source=gale&prodId=TTDA&userGroupName=wiltsttda&tabID=T003&docPage=article&searchType=BasicSearchForm&docId=CS84199108&type=multipage&contentSet=LTO&version=1.0

[2] The Popular History Of Old & New Sarum. T. J. Northy, page 275 Published by the Wiltshire County Mirror & Express Co. Ltd., 1897. Available digitally on the Internet Archive - URL: https://archive.org/stream/popularhistoryof00nort/popularhistoryof00nort_djvu.txt.

Image Credit

Downton Railway Station by Dave Bevis [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons