Emily Sandford (1848-1852)

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.

Emily Sandford of Dyson's Mill, Burnlee, Holmfirth, perished in the Holmfirth Flood of 1852 along with her father and half-sister Sarah Jane, and their housekeeper Ellen Wood.


She was born on 21 March 1848, the daughter of scribbling mill owner Jonathan Sandford and his second wife Elizabeth (neé Kinder), and was baptised on 9 July 1848 at Holmfirth.


Together with the other residents of the house, Emily Sandford was killed in the early hours of 5 February 1852, when a flood torrent of water washed the Sandford house away.

Her body was found by Thomas Fallas and taken to the White Hart Inn, Holmfirth, where it was identified by Ruth Barrowclough.[1]

She was reportedly buried at Holmfirth Wesleyan Chapel on 9 February.[2]

Notes and References

  1. Ruth Barrowclough is listed in the 1851 as a 43-year-old shroud maker, a visitor at the house of school master Jonas Woodhouse of Lane End, Holmfirth.
  2. No burial record was found during research, but she is named on the Sandford gravestone.