High Road, Loughton, c.1955Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
History of Loughton >> Loughton Snippets
When researching for this website we often find a little snippet of information on a location or subject which may be of interest. Some are quirky, some show that there is nothing new in this world, and some about the attitudes and morals of the time. [index to snippets] Here is one for Loughton about road rage.
Times Oct 11 1804
A very shocking accident took place a short time ago:- A Mr. Mellish was driving to Newmarket his coach and four, he came up with a higgler*, driving a chaise-cart, near Loughton, in Essex. The man was obstiuate, and would not suffer for Mr. Mellish to pass him; and, on driving his cart across the road to prevent him, forced a heifer that was on the road to run between the coach-horses, and threw all the four animals down.
On Mr. Mellish pursuing his journey, he overtook the man about half a mile further on the road, he evinced the same obstinacy as before, in driving across the road at a very fast rate; the wheel of the chaise caught a post, and threw the driver out of the cart. Mr. Mellish sent for a surgeon, and desired that the man be taken care of, but he died the next day.
*Higgler: An itinerant dealer
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