A gallery of miscellaneous pictures

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New pictures are constantly being acquired by Jerripedia and uploaded to the site. Some do not fit into any current pages and a selection is displayed here.

Pictures from a 1900 album

These pictures are from a 1900 album. They were taken by a photographer who visited the island on the yacht which can be seen in the first pictured moored off Elizabeth Castle

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This horse bolted with its cart down the steps at Queen's Road in February 1905. There have been suggestions that the picture was faked and used on postcards for other locations in England. That may be so, but we are now in no doubt that the incident happened, even though this is clearly not a photograph but an artist's impression superimposed on a picture of the steps. The Evening Post report of 7 February 1905 confirms the truth of the story:

Last evening, about 5.30, Mr Le Brun, of Clubley Farm, Mont a l'Abbe, was returning from a patch of outlying land, where he had been planting potatoes. The empty boxes were placed in an ordinary heavy cart used in farm work, and when almost opposite the gates of the Parochial Cemetery, thehorse bolted. It appears that oe of the boxes fell from the top of the load on to the animal's back, and this startled it, causing it to bolt. Mr Le Brun, who was walking at the side of the cart, made an attempt to restrain the horse, but without avail, and it started at a gallop down St John's Road. When near the corner of Trafalgar terrace the animal found it impossible to take the bend of the road, and it accordingly made for the gap in the wall that gives admittance to the flight of 66 steps that lead from St John's Road to Queen's Road.

Mr Manning, one of the employees of the Roads Inspectors of the Vingtaine de Mont a l'Abbe, was returning from work via the steps when on the third platform from the top, he heard the rumbling noise of a cart in the road above. Almost immediately afterwards he was astonished to see the horse descending the steps. He made an attempt to check the horse, but the weight of the cart pressing upon it made this impossible, and he was obliged to climb over the low wall on the left of the steps to avoid being crushed. The horse, with harness considerably damaged, but with the cart practically uninjured, managed to reach the bottom of the flight of steps with but a few cuts on its hind quarters. The noise had attracted a number of people to the bottom of the lane leading from the steps. On the horse reaching the level, where it fell, Mr Dimond, who was among the onlookers, made an attempt to raise it; but it suddenly rose of its own accord and again bolted off along rouge Bouillon, continuing through the Parade, Charing Cross and King Street. Several ineffectual attempt were made to stop the animal, but this could not be brought about until it had reached the lower end of Queen Street, where it was brought to a standstill by a man named T Perree.

The escape of the horse is a most miraculous one, and many of those who heard that the animal had come over the steps at first denied it as not being possible. However, the track of the runaway is plainly visible on the steps, which are chipped at every step, while the cement platforms are scratched by the horse's shoes.

The horse and cart none the worse for wear the day after
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