Terrific Boiler Explosion - Rochdale Sentinel, 22 July 1854

Terrific Boiler Explosion - Rochdale Sentinel, 22 July 1854

Early one Saturday morning in 1854, the boiler in Bridgefield Mill (owned by Mr George Williamson), exploded with a loss of 10 lives and fifeteen severely wounded. Sending debris over a quarter of a mile away, two children and a man were rescued from the river, where they "had been lifted a distance of twenty-six yards" still in bed! The Mill at that time was occupied as a weaving shed.

This poem appeared in the Rochdale Sentinel.