Ann Williams

Photo:The tramway in Barton Street

The tramway in Barton Street

Gloucestershire Archives (reference NV3/3/1)

The Barton Street tramway and the tragic demise of Ann Williams

By John Putley

In September 1847 steam locomotives began running along a section of an old tramway that ran from the Midland Railway’s Gloucester station to the Docks.  This raised concerns for public safety as the line not only crossed the Barton Street turnpike road, which was a busy public thoroughfare, but also because the tramway had for many years been used as a footpath and horse road.  In the event, it was just two weeks before a fatality occurred.  However, this was not caused by a collision as most people presumed would be the danger, but by fire.  The victim was a little girl called Ann Williams and you can download the story of her untimely and tragic death here.

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The Barton Street tramway and the tragic demise of Ann Williams

This page was added by Paul Evans on 22/01/2015.