An Accident on Vicarage Hill

And it wasn't even winter

By Robert Hallmann

It must have been in the early 1970s when I chanced on this accident on a very leafy Vicarage Hill. I never found out what had happened, but the Fire Brigade attended and sprayed the ground, righted the upside-down car and maneuvered it onto a trailer. Before Essex Way there was Vicarage Hill and I have been told that in winter bus passengers to Southend had to get off at the bottom and re-join at the top for safety reasons. Early last century there were signs at the top of both Vicarage Hill and Bread and Cheese Hill warning penny-farthing cyclists of the steep gradient ahead.

Photo:Did it drive up or did it come down?

Did it drive up or did it come down?

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Photo:How did someone manage to do this?

How did someone manage to do this?

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Photo:And in broad daylight?

And in broad daylight?

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Photo:Spray the flammable substances.

Spray the flammable substances.

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Photo:Let's try it another way.

Let's try it another way.

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Photo:All together now. Even a Policeman had to help.

All together now. Even a Policeman had to help.

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Photo:Almost there.

Almost there.

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This page was added by Robert Hallmann on 03/09/2016.