1852 Flood Orphans

In the aftermath of the Holmfirth Flood of 1852, a number of children and young people became orphans. In total, eleven were officially recognised as requiring financial support.

The orphans are summarised in the following table, along with the the weekly financial award which was to be paid until they reached the age of 16.

orphan award born died mother father
Clementina Cartwright 3s. 6d. 1837 1925 Mary (née ?) John
Emma Cartwright 5s. 1847 ? Mary (née ?) John
Hannah Maria Cartwright 5s. 1849 ? Mary (née ?) John
Johnson Cartwright 3s. 6d. 1849 1889 Mary (née ?) John
Ruth Crosland 5s. 1851 1927 Sarah (née Earnshaw) Jonathan
Ann Earnshaw 4s. 1852 1933 Ann (née Cartwright) John
Mary Earnshaw 4s. 1850 1914 Ann (née Cartwright) John
Hannah Hartley 5s. 1841 1897 Mary Ann (née Lodge) Sidney
Mary Ann Mettrick 5s. 1846 1880 Mary (née Hirst) James
Wilson Mettrick 5s. 1851 1872 Hannah (née Boothroyd) William
Ann Shackleton Green 5s. 1840 1922 Tamar Green Richard Shackleton

At a meeting held on 4 May 1855, it was reported that an annual sum of £120 18s. "is now annually paid on account of the orphans":[1]

  1. Ann Earnshaw (aged 3)
  2. Ruth Crosland (3)
  3. Wilson Mettrick (3)
  4. Mary Earnshaw (4)
  5. Hannah Maria Cartwright (5)
  6. Emma Cartwright (8)
  7. Mary Ann Mettrick (aged 9)
  8. Hannah Hartley (13)
  9. Ann Shackleton Green (14)
  10. Johnson Cartwright (15)

Further Reading

Notes and References

  1. "Holmfirth Flood Orphan Fund" in Huddersfield Chronicle (12/May/1855).