Joshua Crosland (1831-1852)

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.

Joshua Crosland was a victim of the Holmfirth Flood of 1852.


He was born on 5 July 1831, the son of hand loom weaver Jonathan Crosland and his wife Sarah (née Earnshaw), and baptised on 4 September 1831 at Holy Trinity, Holmfirth.

At the time of the 1851 Census, Joshua was a hand loom weaver residing with his maternal grandfather, Joshua Earnshaw, on Water Street just a few doors down from his parents.

His mother Sarah died three weeks after giving birth to Ruth in November 1851. Without her mother to nurse her, Ruth was placed in the care of Ruth Nichols[1] of Longwalls, and so was not in the Crosland household on the night of the flood.


Joshua Crosland was killed by the flood which devastated the Holme valley in the early hours of 5 February 1852, along with his father and six of his siblings.

His body was found "at Upper Mill, where he had been so tightly wedged into the wall that two men had hard work to drag him out" using a rope (the Halifax Guardian reported this as "found in a dyke, and was so tightly wedged in the place, that it was necessary to procure a role to pull him out"). This was about 1 mile downriver from Water Street. The body was taken to the George Inn where it was initially identified by John Kenyon and then by Joshua's paternal grandfather, Daniel Crosland.

He was buried at St. David's, Holmbridge, on Monday 9 February.

Notes and References

  1. Born Ruth Crosland, she is believed to be a distant relative.