Huddersfield Chronicle (01/Sep/1894) - Sad Drowning Case at Armitage Bridge

The article incorrectly gives Maud Ellis' name as "Fanny".

The following is a transcription of a historic newspaper article and may contain occasional errors. If the article was published prior to 1 June 1957, then the text is likely in the Public Domain.


The sad death from drowning of a child named Fanny Ellis, aged eight years, whose father resides at Dog Hall, Meltham Road, and is in the employ of Messrs. Bentley and Shaw, brewers, Lockwood, occurred on Thursday. The deceased was at the time returning from Armitage Bridge National Schools with a sister, seven years of age, and another girl named Annie Sykes, 11 years of age. It appears that the three went up the river side to Dungeon Mills, where there is a footpath leading to the house in which the deceased's parents live. At an unprotected part of the river bank the deceased stooped down to soften some dough which she had in the water, when she slipped and fell in. The other two children saw her slip, and Annie Sykes caught hold of her by the boot as she came to the surface, but she unfortunately lost her grasp, and the poor child sank again. The children raised an alarm, but there were no signs of the body. The police dragged the river both Thursday evening and throughout yesterday, coming as far as Lockwood, but up to last night had found no traces of the child. The search will be continued this morning.