Boardhill Moor Steam Wagon Accident (1916)



Two high-resolution downloadable scans of photographs of the aftermath of the Boardhill Moor steam wagon accident.

On the evening of 4 July 1916, a seven ton steam wagon hauling over four tons of machinery ran out of control whilst travelling from Manchester to Sheffield. It crashed near to the Dog & Partridge Inn on what is now the A628 to Penistone, killing the driver Ernest Jarvis (aged 20), steersman Fred Hughes (38), and haulage contractor Robert Hookham (51) who was the owner of the wagon. Although several theories were suggested at the inquest, the jury felt that none could fully account for the cause of the accident and a verdict of “death by misadventure” was returned. For further information, see the Huddersfield Exposed article on the crash.

At least four photographs of the crash site are known to exist, with the two shown here rather morbidly published as souvenir photo postcards. The postcards are rare and are usually priced around £30 each on eBay.

The photographs were scanned at 2,400 dots per inch (DPI), giving a final image with dimensions of 12,901 by 8,341 pixels and 12,971 by 8,331 pixels. Several minor blemishes were sympathetically restored using Adobe Photoshop.

Once purchased, you will have access to the following files to download:

  • 2 x JPEG images (68MB & 62MB) 16 bit colour (full size)
  • 2 x JPEG images (16MB & 14MB) 16 bit colour (resized to 50%)
  • 2 x JPEG images (4MB each) 16 bit colour (resized to 25%)

All JPEG images were saved with 3% compression to ensure minimal loss of quality. The files are stored in a ZIP archive to ensure that they download without error.


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The following samples show the quality and level of detail of the full-sized images.