The following odd accident happened on new-years day last: several gentlemen being out a fox-hunting, unkennelled a fox near a place called Wellington, in Shropshire and pursued him as far as the Clee Hill, near Ludlow; upon which hill there are a number of coal pits, so that travellers are obliged to use much caution on some parts of the hill, for fear of falling in. Upon the top of this hill the hounds had the fox in view, almost tired, and close at his heels, when in the sight of numbers of sportsmen (who were obliged to keep off for fear of the pits) the fox threw himself into one of them, and the dogs being quite lost on the scent, no less than six couple of the foremost threw themselves after him; five of them were killed on the spot, and the rest much hurt. Several workmen were in the pit (which was nearly sixty yards deep) who were very much frightened at so unusual an affair.
(passed on by Francis Engleheart of Kinlet Hall)
Note: The pit mentioned cannot be identified. It is unlikely to be on the very top of the Clee hill as the pits there are typically around 100 yards deep. It may have either been on the edge of the Dhustone cap on the summit of the hill serving one of the drainage levels (Footrid or Cutley) or perhaps more likely, at Bluestone, on the eastern flank."What the Papers Said" Index