Hannah Brook (1841-1852)

Hannah Brook perished in the Holmfirth Flood of 1852 along with her mother, Lydia.


She was born on 10 November 1841, the daughter of hand loom weaver Joseph Brook and his wife Lydia (née Booth), and was baptised 6 February 1842 at the Wesleyan Chapel, Hinchliffe Mill.

The 1851 Census listed Hannah as a scholar, residing with her parents on Water Street, Hinchliffe Mill.


According to contemporary newspaper reports, Joseph and Lydia slept downstairs whilst Hannah slept upstairs. On the night of the flood, Hannah had been woken by the sound of water and ran downstairs to wake her parents. Joseph had jumped from the bed and, realising the danger, called for Hannah and Lydia to follow him upstairs. Within seconds water was flooding into the house and Joseph realised they had not followed him — Hannah had instead run to her mother, who was still in bed, and the pair had drowned.

Her body, and that of her mother, was found and identified by Jonathan Roberts, and taken to the New Inn, Hinchliffe Mill.

Lydia and Hannah Brook were buried on Monday 9 February at the Wesleyan Chapel, Hinchliffe Mill.

Hannah Brook (1841-1852)


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This page was last modified on 17 January 2016 and has been edited by Dave Pattern.

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