Sheffield Evening Telegraph – Friday 28 November 1890
Snowstorms all Over the Country
Conisborough Mail Cart Problems
The heavy snowstorm which visited the Eastern and Southern counties, extended to London and the Western counties last night, when a heavy fall took place, accompanied by a strong wind, which caused much drifting.
The roads in Kent are in many places impassable, and trains in North Kent were blocked some places by drifts causing delays. The Camborne and Cornish mining district is with a deep mantle of snow. Messages from Grimsby and Lowestoft state that snow covers the ground a depth of over two feet, and vehicular traffic has bad to be suspended.
The accumulation of snow in Westmoreland is exceptionally heavy, but the railways are kept clear by gangs of men. Over the North Staffordshire moorland the snow in the roads reaches the top of the stone walls. The meets of Her Majesty’s staghound and foxhounds are suspended.
Snow in Dublin yesterday nearly a foot deep on the ground. The depth of snow was great at Leicester this morning that the clerks of the racecourse had no other alternative but to abandon the meeting. Snow has fallen almost continuously Ipswich fox 60 hours, and 18 inches deep. The heavy downfall caused a block on the South- Eastern near Thorncliffe, and traffic was interrupted.
Later telegrams show that the snowfall is general throughout the country .The driver of the mail cart between Rotherham and Conisborough bad rather an unpleasant experience. His name-is Joseph Cowcam, and started off for this morning about the usual time, intending to proceed along the route be baa generally
The driver of the mail cart between Rotherham and Conisborough had rather an unpleasant experience.
His name is Joseph Cowcam, and he started off for this morning about the usual time, intending to proceed along the route he had generally taken.
On arriving at Hooton Roberts, however, be was unable take his mail cart further, and leaving it at the inn there he set off to Conisborough by foot, with the mail bags on his back.
Between Hilltop and Conisborough found the snow in many places three to four feet deep.
On arriving at Conisborough he put at the Alma Inn, afterwards returned to Rotherham by train.