Charles Thorpe (1849-1852)

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 Thorpe was a victim of the Holmfirth Flood of 1852, together with his mother and sister.


He was born on 27 April 1849, the illegitimate son of Amelia Thorpe, and was baptised on 25 November 1849 at Holy Trinity, Holmfirth.[1]

By the start of 1851, Amelia and Charles were living on Hollowgate, Holmfirth, with her uncle, grocer and corn dealer John Kaye.

A month after the census was taken, Amelia married clothier and hand loom weaver Matthew Fearns of Under Bank at All Hallows, Kirkburton. At the time of the marriage, she was already several months pregnant and Lydia Ann was born in July 1851.


On the night of the flood, John Kaye's house reportedly collapsed in the torrent and all of the occupants were washed out into the river. According to The Flood Came and Took Them All Away (1852):

[John Kaye] was driven by the force of the current into Victoria Square, on the opposite side, and a little lower down the street. He was espied floating on the water by the landlord of the Rose and Crown Inn, who at once stretched out a pole to the drowning man, and rescued him from almost certain death.

Charles' body was found in the Honley area and was taken to the Jacob's Well Inn.

He was buried on 8 February at St. John's, Upperthong, together with his mother and sister.

Notes and References

  1. The baptismal register entry reads "Charles illegitimate son of Amelia Thorp" and no father is named.