Lydia Brook (1823-1852) née Booth

Lydia Brook (née Booth) was a handloom weaver who perished in the Holmfirth Flood of 1852 along with her daughter Hannah.


She was born Lydia Booth on 28 February 1823, the daughter of clothier Thomas Booth and his wife Hannah, and was baptised 27 April 1823 by the Rev. John Cockin at Lane Independent Chapel, Holmfirth.

She married weaver Joseph Brook[1], son of cloth dresser George Brook, on 30 August 1841 at All Hallows, Almondbury. They had one known daughter:

The 1851 Census listed Joseph and Lydia as hand loom weavers, residing on Water Street, Hinchliffe Mill.


According to contemporary newspaper reports, Joseph and Lydia slept downstairs whilst Hannah slept upstairs. On the night of the flood, Hannah had been woken by the sound of water and ran downstairs to wake her parents. Joseph had jumped from the bed and, realising the danger, called for Hannah and Lydia to follow him upstairs. Within seconds water was flooding into the house and Joseph realised they had not followed him — Hannah had instead run to her mother, who was still in bed, and the pair had drowned.

Her body, and that of her daughter, was found and identified by Jonathan Roberts, and taken to the New Inn, Hinchliffe Mill.

Lydia and Hannah Brook were buried on Monday 9 February at the Hinchliffe Mill Wesleyan Chapel.

Notes and References

  1. Born in Netherthong. He married again and is listed as a weaver living at Corn Buildings, Hinchliffe Mill, in the 1881 Census with his second wife.

Lydia Brook (1823-1852) née Booth


Drowned | People | Victims of the Holmfirth Flood of 1852
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