Huddersfield Daily Examiner (01/Feb/1952) - New Story of Holmfirth Flood Disaster of 1852
New Story of Holmfirth Flood Disaster of 1852
During the early hours of February 5, 1852, the banks of the Bilberry Reservoir, only a few miles below the present site of the Holme Moss Television Station, burst, flooding the valley. About eighty people were drowned in that disaster, and the waters carried devastation to within a few miles of Huddersfield.
Heppel Mason, a Manchester schoolmaster, has prepared a new story of this disaster. It will tell not only of the flood but will throw a new light on the social life of the times.
The programme the product of much original research, took four months to prepare. Beginning with a short entry in the "Annual Register for 1852," Mason followed up one lead after another in Manchester, Huddersfield and Holmfirth. But the task, he says, would have been beyond his resources without the great help and advice of others especially of Winston Wood (a Holmfirth solicitor), Cyril Armitage (editor of "The Holmfirth Express"), S. G. Dilnot (Clerk to the Holmfirth Council) and H. Goulden (the Huddersfield librarian).