John Moorhouse Woodhead (c.1819-1880)

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.


John Moorhouse Woodhead was the son of James Woodhead and his wife Harriot (née Moorhouse).

He married Laura Wimpenny[1], daughter of clothier William Wimpenny, on 7 October 1841 at All Hallows, Almondbury.

His occupations are recorded as:

  • slubber of Netherthong (marriage)
  • joiner (inquest into the Holmfirth Flood of 1852)
  • wool carder of Beech Hill, Upperthong (1851 Census)
  • wool scribbler and spinner employing 11 men of Spring Field Terrace, Upperthong (1861 Census)
  • woollen waster merchant of Cecil Street, Huddersfield (1871 Census)

The partnership of Thomas Wimpenny and John Moorhouse Woodhead, woollen scribblers and spinners of Thongsbridge, was declared insolvent on 16 July 1861.

He died on 13 June 1880, aged 61, leaving an estate valued at under £5,000.

Laura Woodhouse died on 13 September 1883.

Holmfirth Flood of 1852

John assisted with the recovery operation following the 1852 Flood and located the following bodies in the vicinity of Thongsbridge:

Notes and References

  1. Born 22 December 1815.