In November 1852, advertisements began to appear for a new composition by Perkin:
Just Published by F. HANSTOCK, Book and Music Publisher, Copper-plate, Lithographic, and Letter-press Printer, Victoria Street, Holmfirth, a NEW SONG, entitled "Holmfirth Flood," written in commemoration of that awful catastrophe, which took place on the 5th of February, 1852. The Words by A. B. N. Wildman, the Music by Job Perkin, Cliff, Author of "The Song for the Times," "Hope, brothers, hope for the happier day," "O where is the land of the brave and the free," &c., &c.
"A. B. N. Wildman" was Abraham Wildman (1803-1870), a now largely forgotten poet who was born in Keighley and campaigned against the mistreatment of children in mills alongside Richard Oastler. In later life, following his wife's death in 1868, he was reduced to poverty and would likely have died in misery if not for his friends, who made an urgent appeal for charity. When Sir Titus Salt heard of Wildman's plight, he immediately arranged for him to be moved into one of the Almshouse in Saltaire and be given a weekly allowance. He died on 13 March 1870, aged 69.
Following Joe Perkin's death in 1868, his widow Eliza spent her final years in the Holmfirth Almshouses which were built in 1856 to commemorate the flood. Their son, Mendelssohn Perkin, who became an itinerant musician in later life, also spent time living in the Almshouses.
A copy of Perkin's original arrangement was not located during research. However, a 1909 re-arrangement by George Wadsworth was found and is reproduced below.
Wadsworth was a Holmfirth stone mason and sculptor who was born in Cartworth and later lived in Upperthong. His stone mason father, also named George, was a well-known local musician and member of the Holmfirth Old Brass Band, and the younger George followed in his footsteps. In later life, he regularly acted as a judge at music competitions throughout the country