Benjamin Robertshaw (c.1787-1857)

Benjamin Robertshaw was the name attributed to "a decrepit old man in a very abject state" who was found lying down on the turnpike road around 200 yards from the Wessenden Head Inn at around 6:30pm on Thursday 6 August 1857. He was taken to the inn but died the following afternoon at around 4:15pm without uttering a single word.[1]

When he was searched, an "appeal" (presumably a handwritten note for aid) was found which gave his name as being Benjamin Robertshaw from Haworth.

Although the Huddersfield Chronicle gave the man's estimated age as 79, he was buried on 8 August at Holmbridge and his aged was recorded as "about 70". His entry in the burial register reads:

Found on road nearly dead [...] (supposed to be) Benjamin Robertshaw. Died at the Isle of Skye Inn, Wessenden Head, Austonley. Supposed to be from Haworth, Keighley.

Notes and References

  1. "Holmfirth: Man Found Near the Isle of Sky" in Huddersfield Chronicle (08/Aug/1857).

Benjamin Robertshaw (c.1787-1857)

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