Dyson's Mill, Holmfirth

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  • also known as: Sandford's Mill, Perseverance Mill
  • location: off Woodhead Road, Holmfirth
  • status: no longer exists
  • category: woollen mill

Holmfirth Flood of 1852

Extract from The Holmfirth Flood (1910):

Not far from Victoria Mill stands another factory, called Dyson’s Mill, which at the time of the flood was occupied by Mr. Jonathan Sandford, who resided in the mill yard with his two daughters, aged ten and five years, and a housekeeper named Ellen Wood. The house was completely swept away, and nothing left standing except a portion of one of the walls. On the evening of the 4th February, Mr. Sandford had been informed of the unsafe condition of the reservoir, and was advised not to sleep at home ; but Mr. Sandford did not consider the danger sufficient to remove his family, and they all retired to rest, but in the morning not one of them remained to tell the tale. Mr. Sandford was a person of considerable property, and it was said had a sum of £3,000 or £4,000 in the house at the time of the deluge. Just before the flood he had been in treaty for the purchase of a considerable estate near Penistone, and only that same week had given instructions to a Huddersfield sharebroker to buy for him a large amount of London and North-Western Railway Stock. It was also stated at the time that his life was insured for £1,000.

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