Elizabeth Hampshire (1837-1857)

Elizabeth Hampshire was one of twelve people killed by a boiler explosion at Upper Aspley Mill on the afternoon of 23 November 1857.


She was born on 10 December 1837, the illegitimate daughter of Selina Hampshire, and was baptised at All Hallows, Almondbury, on 11 March 1838.

By the time of the 1851 Census, Selina was living her brothers William and Richard, both fancy hand loom weavers of Almondbury. Elizabeth helped out a local Sunday School, where she was "quite a favourite" with the pupils.[1]

Elizabeth was killed when the boiler at Upper Aspley Mill exploded at around 2:10pm on 23 November 1857, demolishing part of the mill. Although pulled alive but unconscious from the rubble, she had suffered head injuries and later died at Huddersfield Infirmary.

She was buried at All Hallows on 25 November.

From a relief fund set up for sufferers of the accident, Selina was awarded £3. It was noted that when typhus fever had been prevalent in Almondbury, she was "always ready to attend upon those whom no one else scarcely dared visit."[1]

Notes and References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Second Meeting of the Relief Fund of the Sufferers" in Huddersfield Chronicle (28/Nov/1857).

Elizabeth Hampshire (1837-1857)


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