On 24th December 1874 there occurred what was possibly the greatest rail
disaster this country had experienced to date (the Tay Bridge disaster was
five years later).
The train was the GWR London to Birkenhead Express. The crash occurred soon
after leaving Oxford, at a place called Hampton Gay, near
Shipton-on-Cherwell, Oxfordshire. Thirty-four people died and over a
hundred were injured.
This December is the 130th anniversary of the event and Oxfordshire Record
Office are hoping to put on an exhibition (and/or some other events),
probably at the end of the year, to commemorate the event.
As the passengers came from all over the country, we are appealing for
information on any records that are connected with this event. We are
hoping that there may be in existence records such as diaries,
correspondence, photos, local newspaper articles, or reminiscences. If any
list members are aware of any such records, we would be very grateful if you
could notify us direct at the email address below.
Thanking you in advance
Linda Haynes and Chris Gilliam (Archivists)
Oxfordshire Record Office
St Luke's Church
OXFORD OX4 2EX
Tel: 01865 398200
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