Huddersfield and Holmfirth Examiner (03/Apr/1852) - Local News: Holmfirth

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A Wonderful Guide. — Since the flood at Holmfirth several parties have earned considerable sums of money by officiating as guides to persons visiting the neighbourhood. One of those guides has dealt not a little in the marvellous. We will give one specimen of the wonderful stories which this man has been in the habit of narrating to the strangers engaging him. On one occasion being with a party at Digley, he said, assuming an air of extreme wonderment, “Look at that tall chimney,” accordingly the ladies and gentlemen looked, “you perhaps won’t believe it,” said he, “but it is as true as I am here — that chimney was swum away six yards from the spot where it used to stand, and was planted in the place where you now see it.” Since then, this prodigy of a guide has often been asked by the children in the road, “Nah, Joel, yah far wor ‘th chimney swum?” but as they give him no fee for telling, he is not quite so ready to communicate his information as on the previous occasion above alluded to.

A Fortunate Circumstance. — This week a gentleman called at our office and showed us a settled account which had been found in a pocket-book amongst the rubbish left in his house after the flood. It was very fortunate that it had been preserved, as owing to some mistake the amount, which was considerable, had been included in a bill recently delivered. The document, which might easily have been swept away, having been found, has proved of importance to both parties concerned in the transaction to which it has reference.

The Old Genn. — This public monument, erected in the very centre of the village, in commemoration of the restoration of peace in 1701[1], and which was completely thrown down by the recent flood, is, we understand, again to be reinstated and renovated. A liberal subscription for the intended object has already been opened which we hope will be heartily responded to by every inhabitant. A ball and weather vane is to be placed upon the top, and the date of its first erection, together with the height to which the water rose, and the time when the late catastrophe occurred engraved upon it. The monument when completed, will have a beautiful appearance reflecting great credit upon the promoters, and reminding succeeding generations of the awful calamity with which we have been visited.


  1. The correct year is 1801.