Huddersfield Chronicle (27/Sep/1856) - Local and District News
LOCAL AND DISTRICT NEWS.
HISTORY OF THE HOLMFIRTH FLOOD, AND THE NATION’S MUNIFICENCE.
It will be remembered that a sermon was preached before the Provincial Grand Lodge of Freemasons of West Yorkshire, on the occasion of laying the foundation stone of the Monumental Alms-Houses at Holmfirth, by the Rev. J. G. Fardell, P.P.S.G.W., and P. Prov. Grand Chaplain of West Yorkshire. At the request of the lodge the sermon has been published, to which is added an appendix by the Rev. Thomas James, incumbent of Netherthong. The wide spread interest awakened in the public mind on the occasion of the fearful calamity which called it forth, cannot tail to bespeak for this sermon an attentive perusal. The touching incidents of the dreadful catastrophe pass vividly before the imagination of the preacher, who dilates upon them in sober and earnest language befitting the subject he has to deal with. The appendix, too, supplied by the Rev. Thomas James, is a well-penned resume of the whole proceedings from the formation of the Bilberry Reservoir to the laying of the foundation stone of the alms-houses. United — the sermon and appendix — they form a handsome pamphlet, which should be in the household of every inhabitant of West Yorkshire, to be preserved as a permanent record of one of the most disastrous floods, and of the national liberality which stepped in to relieve the sufferers. The pamphlet is published at 6d„ and may be had at the usual places.