George Dyson (c.1802-1874)

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.

George Dyson was a Halifax solicitor who acted as the District Coroner for the Honour of Pontefract for nearly 40 years, along with portions of Halifax and Bradford. He also served as a Registrar at Halifax County Court.


He was born at Greetland, Halifax.

He served as the coroner at the inquest into the Holmfirth Flood of 1852 in which upwards of 80 people drowned.

He never married. Towards the end of his life, he suffered illness and was increasingly deputised by fellow Halifax solicitor William Barstow. Following his death, Barstow then became the District Coroner.

He died on Friday 11 December 1874, aged 72.