Leeds Intelligencer (08/Apr/1848) - Holmfirth

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The young girl was Emma Roebuck (aged 15), daughter of farmer William Roebuck of Wood Nook, Honley, who was buried on 6 April 1848 at All Saints, Netherthong.

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 Sunday last, a terrific visitation of thunder, lightning, hail, and rain occurred in this neighbourhood, which unfortunately resulted in the loss of human life. The storm commenced about noon, and attained its height about 4 P.M., at which time a fearfully long explosion of electricity literally electrified the inhabitants, and struck dead a fine young girl of 17, daughter of Mr. William Roebuck, of Honley Wood Nook, near Holmfirth.