Ernest Hexall’s funeral by The Ridge

1910s

Rev Hexall’s funeral cortège paused by one of the passing loops on the KLR between Wollaston and The Stewponey. Lead car – No.12 – is also dented and bears ‘LYE’ as a destination whilst the car behind – one of the cut-down double-deckers – bore ‘DUDLEY’. The char-a-banc to the right was Bethany’s own transport

photo credit: Dr Paul Collins

supplied by: Dr Paul Collins

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This is an unusual use of trams as part of a funeral ceremony, about which I’m carrying out some academic research.  Did the cortege travel the whole length of the line purely for display, or was the coffin being transported to a particular church for burial?  Some more information about this event would be appreciated.

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