Elizabeth Dodd (1844-1852)
Elizabeth Dodd was a victim of the Holmfirth Flood of 1852.
By 1851, the Dodd family was residing on Water Street, Hinchliffe Mill.
On the afternoon of 4 February 1852 — the day before the flood — Charles Battye of Bottom's Mill visited Bilberry Reservoir. He returned to Holmfirth and called at the Dodds' house to warn Joseph that the water was only two feet from the top of the embankment. He left and told Joseph to look after himself and the latter reportedly replied, "Nevermind, Charles [...] Tell old Shaw to keep a good fire, and I'll be down in the morning."
All four members of the Dodd family perished in the flood that swept down the Holme Valley in the early hours of 5 February.
The body of her father was eventually recovered from the river at Horbury Bridge on 28 February.
Notes and References
- "The Holmfirth Catastrophe" in Huddersfield Chronicle (28/Feb/1852)).