Hannah Crosland (1835-1852)

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.

Hannah Crosland was a victim of the Holmfirth Flood of 1852.


She was born on 18 March 1835, the daughter of hand loom weaver Jonathan Crosland and his wife Sarah (née Earnshaw), and baptised on 19 April 1835 at Holy Trinity, Holmfirth.

At the time of the 1851 Census, Hannah was a hand loom weaver residing with her parents on Water Street, Hinchliffe Mill.

Her mother Sarah died three weeks after giving birth to Ruth in November 1851. Without her mother to nurse her, Ruth was placed in the care of Ruth Nichols[1] of Longwalls, and so was not in the Crosland household on the night of the flood.


Hannah Crosland was killed by the flood which devastated the Holme valley in the early hours of 5 February 1852, along with her father and six of her siblings.

Her body was found between 2am and 2:30am at "the Shuttle Head, at Mill Hill"[2] by innkeeper William Dyson and taken to the White Hart Inn. The body was formally identified by her paternal grandfather, Daniel Crosland.

She was buried at St. David's, Holmbridge, on Monday 9 February.

Notes and References

  1. Born Ruth Crosland, she is believed to be a distant relative.
  2. "The Inquest" in Leeds Intelligencer (14/Feb/1852).