Waterways of Stoke-on-Trent - Newcastle
NEWCASTLE UNDER LYME CANAL ROUTE
Purple square on the 1898 map
is the Monument to Timothy Trow (still standing)
Monument to Timothy Trow, London Road, Boothen
looking south along London Road - the canal was to the left of the photo
Coronation Gardens were opened in 1953 (named after the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II) along the line of the old Newcastle Canal, which was long ago filled in.
"Imagine the scene in 1894. In those days London Road was a cobbled highway, resounding to the screech of steam-trams as they slowed to a halt near this spot. Between pavement and water's edge were iron railings and a row of tall trees. As a tram drew close at 4 o'clock, one April afternoon, its young conductor heard screams coming from the canal. He looked up and, seeing a little girl, terrified and flailing desperately to stay afloat, wasted no time in vaulting the railings and plunging into the chill water to her rescue. By fate's intervention, he was tragically seized by a violent cramp and sank like a stone to the bottom. The child was later pulled out alive."
The inscription reads:
"Erected by Public Subscription in grateful memory of Timothy Trow, Tram Conductor, aged 21 years, who lost his life by drowning, near this spot in an heroic attempt to save that of a child. April 13th 1894."
photos: Nov 2000
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