London Evening Mail (06/Feb/1852) - Flood and Loss of Life in the North of England

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The heavy rains which fell on Tuesday and Wednesday, commencing about 6 o’clock on the morning of the latter day, and continuing almost incessantly till 8 or 9 o’clock in the evening, have produced a most alarming destruction of life and property in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cheshire, and Derbyshire.

The effects of the food have been most disastrous at the village of Holmfirth, near Huddersfield, where the Digley Mills and several other buildings have been destroyed by the bursting of the Bilberry-dam reservoir at Holmfirth. The water broke through the embankments during the night of Wednesday, and rushed in terrific force and volume down the valley of the Holme, carrying away, besides the mills, the residence of Mrs. Hirst, the owner, and that of her son-in-law, Mr. H. Bardsell ; several outbuildings, and two rows of new buildings at Holmfirth. Part of the village of Hinchcliffe Mills was also washed away. The fate of Mrs. Hirst and Mr. Bardsell is not yet ascertained, but at 10 o’clock yesterday morning 10 bodies hail been recovered from the raging waters. A bridge over the Holme, which formed the only communication between the parts of the village of Holmfirth which were situate on opposite banks of the river, was washed away. This added greatly to the confusion and alarm of the inhabitants, as those on one bank were unable to ascertain the fate of their friends on the other side of the stream. It was feared that much damage would be done through the Holme-valley ; but, according to our latest accounts, nothing specific had been ascertained.