Huddersfield Chronicle (27/Jul/1895) - Inquest at Holmfirth

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.
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.


Yesterday, Mr. Barstow, J.P. (district coroner), held an inquest at the Elephant and Castle Hotel, Holmfirth, concerning the death of Aner Bailey, aged 83 years, who was found dead in his house at Upper Bridge on Wednesday morning. Mr. Allen Brooke was chosen foreman of the jury, and Mr. J. H. Bentley, solicitor, was present on behalf of the executors and relatives. Evidence was given by William Moorhouse, mungo merchant, Batley Carr, a nephew of the deceased, who last saw him alive on Tuesday at nine o'clock. Deceased was in bed and complained of pain in the chest. Deceased refused to be seen by a medical man, and had not been attended by a doctor since January last. Deceased lost his wife and two children in the Holmfirth flood, February 5th, 1852, and had lived alone since then. James Mettrick[1], weaver, Gully, said he saw deceased on Tuesday, and pressed him to have a doctor, but Bailey replied that he had not forgot the last doctor bill. Alfred Lockwood, shoemaker, gave evidence to finding the deceased dead on Wednesday morning at seven o'clock. Deceased was sat on the floor, and was quite cold. Ben Lockwood, who assisted to lay out the body, said there were no marks of violence on the body. The jury returned a verdict of "Death from natural causes."


  1. Born circa 1839 at Underbank, this was not the person of the same name who was the son of 1852 Flood victim James Mettrick.