Leeds Intelligencer (01/Oct/1821)

This page is part of the Holmfirth Flood Project and its content is believed to be in the Public Domain.
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.

On Friday week, owing to the increased pressure of the waters from the quantity of rain which had fallen, the reservoir, above Black Sike Mill, Holmfirth, broke, and a prodigious volume of water ran down the valley, with rapid course and overwhelming violence. The persons in the mill and houses adjoining just escaped with their lives ; but all their property was carried away by the devastating stream. The alarm was given by these unfortunate sufferers to the workmen in a dye-house at Burnlee, who instantly left the works, and the middle of the dye-house was almost immediately borne down by the inundation, the two ends being left standing. The account books, dying wares, wool, &c. were ultimately saved. The water filled the cellars of many houses in Holmfirth ; the low grounds were covered to a considerable extent, and the bridges washed away. The flood commenced at six, was at its height at seven ; and subsided at ten. No lives were lost ; but the scene of devastation which the morning presented was truly awful.