The Charles Lane Misadventure (1909) | Haslingden | Local History


The winter of 1909 had been severe and the worst to hit East Lancashire for over twenty-six years since the last one that had brought neighbouring towns and villages to an entire standstill, and by March – Charles Lane had become almost impassable for horse drawn carts which struggled due to the steep incline when approaching the center of Haslingden.

The icy conditions along with a decent amount of snow had, throughout the day, brought dozens of local residents to the area who were all eager to enjoy the inclement weather.

And its in this environment a tragedy would soon unravel, leaving the residents of Haslingden shocked and disillusioned.

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