Nancy Marsden (1798-1852)
Nancy Marsden was a victim of the Holmfirth Flood of 1852.
She was born on 4 June 1798, the daughter of manufacturer Joseph and Elizabeth Marsden of Cartworth, and was baptised at All Hallows, Kirkburton, on 12 June 1798. It is believed this was the Joseph Marsden recorded by local historian Alan Brooke as being linked to Choppards Mill, Cartworth, in 1815.
Her father died in May 1824, having previously been declared bankrupt.
At the time of the 1851 Census, the Marsdens were living on Water Street, Hinchliffe Mill, where the three spinster sisters worked as dressmakers.
Mary died on 4 August 1851 aged 52.
The occupants of the Marsden household were killed when a flood devastated the properties on Water Street in the early hours of 5 February 1852 after the embankment of the Bilberry Reservoir failed.
In one report of the flood, it was stated that Nancy’s body was recovered from a mill dam "a little below the houses in Water Street", along with those of Charles Crosland and Sarah Hannah Dodd (both also of Water Street). However, the Huddersfield Chronicle reported that "in removing the ruins of Water Street, to-day, the excavators discovered, about two in the afternoon, the body of Nancy Marsden, one of the residents of Water Street." Similarly, the Morning Post reported that Nancy "was discovered beneath a pile of ruins in Water Street" on Saturday 7 February whilst the Halifax Guardian stated "the body of Nancy Marsden was found in the ruins of the destroyed cottages".
Notes and References
- Alan Brooke: A Catalogue of the Textile Mills and Factories of the Huddersfield Area C.1790-1914.
- No burial record for Mary was found during research.
- "More Bodies Found" in Leeds Mercury (14/Feb/1852).
- "Discovery of Four More Bodies" in Huddersfield Chronicle (14/Feb/1852).
- "The Holmfirth Catastrophe" in Morning Post (16/Feb/1852)
- "Inquests on Thirteen Bodies" in Halifax Guardian (14/Feb/1852).