The following is just a flavour of the events which took place and we hope to add more soon!
The following events took place in 1894...
- 12th — Labourer Robert Baker is killed by an explosion during the construction of Butterley Reservoir. Gelignite charges had been detonated on the 5th but one had failed to explode.
- 11th — The Holmfirth Technical Institute is formally opened by James Marsden of Wigan, standing in for the ill Marquis of Ripon.
- C.F. Claverhouse Graham lays the foundation stone for the extension of the Oddfellows' Hall in Meltham.
- 30th — 8-year-old Maud Ellis accidentally tumbles into the River Holme near Armitage Bridge. Her body is not recovered until four days later.
- 8th — During an auction of woollen machinery and raw materials being held at Sefton Mills, Meltham, the wooden floor suddenly collapses and between 30 to 40 people tumble into a muddy gasometer tank below. James Bentley Crosland, son of Alderman James Crosland, is trapped face down in the mud under a pile of debris and dies before he can be rescued. The auctioneer, James Waterhouse Taylor, later dies of his injuries on 6 December.