Huddersfield Daily Examiner (01/Feb/1952) - New Story of Holmfirth Flood Disaster of 1852

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.

New Story of Holmfirth Flood Disaster of 1852

The story of the great Holmfirth Flood of 100 years ago is the feature of the Home Service Programme at 10-30 on Sunday night.

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).