Ann Earnshaw Beaumont (1838-1852)

This page is part of the Holmfirth Flood Project which aims to make content available to researchers in advance of the 175th anniversary of the 1852 Flood which will be commemorated in 2027.

Ann Earnshaw Beaumont was a victim of the Holmfirth Flood of 1852.


She was born on 17 November 1838 at Upperbridge, Upperthong, the daughter of Ann Beaumont[1] of Upperbridge. No father is named on her birth certificate, but the choice of middle name combined with her whereabouts on the 1851 Census implies that she was the illegitimate daughter of one of Joshua Earnshaw's sons (possibly Charles).

By the time of the 1851 Census, she was residing on Water Street, Hinchliffe Mill, with her grandparents Joshua and Hannah, her cousins Joshua Crosland and Mary Crosland, and Joshua and Hannah's son Charles Crosland.[2]


Ann Earnshaw Beaumont perished in the early hours of 5 February 1852 during a flood, together with the other residents of the house.

Her body was found by Thomas Buckley — reportedly stuck "fast in a tree near Mr. Floyd's house, Sands, on Thursday morning" and a good 8 feet above the river's normal level — and was taken to the White Hart inn at Holmfirth, where her mother, Ann Beaumont, identified it.

She was buried on Monday 9 February 1852 at Holy Trinity, Holmfirth.

Notes and References

  1. Ann's identity remains uncertain, but she may be the unmarried woollen cloth burler Ann Beaumont (c.1817-?) of Upperthong listed in the 1851 Census at Upperbridge with a (illegitimate?) 7-year-old son, George Henry Beaumont. A possible match in the 1841 Census is the woollen weaver Ann Beaumont (c.1821-?) living with (parents?) Joseph and Alice at Scarfold with 2-year-old Ann Beaumont. A baptismal record for Ann Earnshaw Beaumont was not found during research.
  2. According to The Flood Came and Took Them All Away (1852) - Appendix: List of the Bodies Found.