The captain's tumble

Photo:Gloucester Place c. 1932

Gloucester Place c. 1932

From the Sussex Weekly Advertiser, 23 October 1820

A sad accident happened to Captain Tweedale at about 12 o’clock on Wednesday night as he was returning home from a party where he had spent the evening, to his house in Gloucester Place.

On crossing Marlborough Place he was knocked down by one of two empty carriages driving at a furious rate and was run over by the other. One of his legs was so dreadfully fractured that it was feared amputation would be deemed necessary. Some unfeeling villain, while the captain remained bleeding and in the utmost agony on the ground, picked his pocket of a Morocco case containing two or three £10 Bank of England notes. The drivers, servants of persons of fashion, regardless of the accident continued their mad career and being unknown have escaped punishment.

[Previously published in the North Laine Runner, No 203, March/April 2010]

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