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1864: Cider barrel breaks loose

Updated: Dec 5, 2023

Dry cider next to a oak barrel in a Normandy cellar

On Wednesday, as some men were lowering! a cask of cider into the cellar at Mr Davey’s, of Bultrough farm, the rope suddenly slipped, and the cask rolled over a man named Hobden, who was steadying it at the foot of the stairs, so severely injuring him that he was obliged to be sent home to Lindfield in a fly. Although much hurt and bruised he is recovering - the injuries not being so serious as were at first supposed.

The Sussex Advertiser, 17 December 1864

Photo: pitcher and a mug of dry cider next to a oak barrel in a Normandy cellar. Wikimedia public domain image.

Contributed by Malcolm Davison.

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