Charles Crosland (1839-1852)

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.

Charles Crosland was a victim of the Holmfirth Flood of 1852.


He was born on 31 May 1839, the son of hand loom weaver Jonathan Crosland and his wife Sarah (née Earnshaw), and was baptised on 31 May 1840 at Holy Trinity, Holmfirth.

At the time of the 1851 Census, Charles was residing with his parents on Water Street, Hinchliffe Mill.

His mother Sarah died three weeks after giving birth to Ruth in November 1851. Without her mother to nurse her, Ruth was placed in the care of Ruth Nichols[1] of Longwalls, and so was not in the Crosland household on the night of the flood.


Charles Crosland was killed by the flood which devastated the Holme valley in the early hours of 5 February 1852, along with his father and six of his siblings.

His body was found by Samuel Hardy on Saturday 7 February in Bottom's Mill dam and was taken to the New Inn at Hinchliffe Mill. The body was formally identified by Charles' paternal grandfather, Daniel Crosland.

He was buried at St. David's, Holmbridge, on Monday 9 February.

Notes and References

  1. Born Ruth Crosland, she is believed to be a distant relative.