Huddersfield and Holmfirth Examiner (27/Mar/1852) - The Lamentable Catastrophe at Holmfirth
The following are selected items relating to the 1852 Flood from this issue.
THE LAMENTABLE CATASTROPHE AT HOLMFIRTH.
LIST OF SUBSCRIPTIONS.
not yet transcribed
GRAND CONCERT FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE SUFFERERS BY THE LATE FLOOD.
ON Friday, the 2nd of April, 1832, a Grand MISCELLANEOUS CONCERT of Vocal and Instrumental Music, will take place in the Town Hall, Holmfirth.
The following eminent Performers have kindly promised their Services gratuitously :—
- Miss MOUNTAIN, from the Leeds and Wakefield Concerts ;
- Miss ATKINSON, from the Leeds and Manchester Concerts ;
- Mr. WINN, from the Provincial Concerts ; and
- Master RAMSDEN, from the Leeds Parish Church Choir ;
- who will be assisted by Mrs. Coldwell, Mr. H. Ramsden,
- Mr. Spivey, and Mr. J. Ramsden.
- Mr. PHILLIPS, from the Theatre Royal, Bradford ;
- Mr. J. Bailey, Mr. T. J. Brook. Mr. Perkin,
- Mr. J. Beaumont, Mr. Fisher,
- Mr. A. Mellor, and Mr. Bedford.
- Pianoforte … Mr. J. MELLOR.
Doors open at Seven o’Clock ; Performance to commence at Half-past Seven precisely.
Admission to the Reserved Seats, 2a ; Beck Seats, 1s. ; Gallery, 6d.
Tickets to be had of Mr. J. Crosland, Mr. A. McClellan, Mr. F. Hanstock, Holmfirth ; and Mr. Cuttell, Longwalls.
About two o’clock in the afternoon of Saturday last, the inhabitants adjacent to the late unfortunate Water Street, at Hinchliffe Mill, were thrown into great excitement by an alarm of fire. On proceeding to the spot we found a large number of persons congregated together, who, with cans, buckets, and other utensils were engaged pouring a continuous stream of water into the chimney of a house occupied by an individual named Balmforth, smoke rapidly issuing from the roof, fears were entertained for the whole building, but the fire was extinguished without any material damage being sustained. The fire originated amongst the soot which had been allowed to accumulate in the chimney, and had accidentally taken fire. It would be well if occupiers generally would take the hint and clear their chimneys in time, for “a stitch in time” sometimes “saves nine.”
The Committee for the Inspection of the Highways visited Burnlee on Monday last, and found the place in a most disgraceful state. Many of the Inhabitants are emptying all kinds of dirt down the drains, and in one place the drain is burst and gives forth a most nauseous effluvia. In other places the drain is choked up, and in some places there are dirty pools of stagnant water. The fever is raging violently. Two deaths have already taken place, and others are expected daily. Seven or eight persons are lying in a most dangerous state. We are glad that the inspectors, in conjunction with the assistant overseer, have served notices upon the owners and occupiers of property in the neighbourhood, end we hope that the inhabitants, for the sake of their own safety, will second them in their efforts to promote cleanliness, and consequently the public health.
THE HEALTH OF THE DISTRICT.
The health of the inhabitants of this district, (with the exception of small pox and typhus fever) is much the same as usual. The latter malady we attribute chiefly to the effluvia arising from putrid nauseous matter, brought down the water-coarse by the late flood. We trust the officers appointed to inspect such places, will order its speedy removal ; and it would be well if the inhabitants generally would remove every thing lending to increase the malady.