Ralph Crosland (1849-1852)

This page is part of the Holmfirth Flood Project which aims to make content available to researchers in advance of the 175th anniversary of the 1852 Flood which will be commemorated in 2027.

Ralph Crosland was a victim of the Holmfirth Flood of 1852.


He was born on 25 January 1849, the son of hand loom weaver Jonathan Crosland and his wife Sarah (née Earnshaw), and was baptised on 25 March 1849 at Holy Trinity, Holmfirth. Also baptised on the same day was another victim of the flood, Abel Earnshaw.

At the time of the 1851 Census, Ralph was residing with his parents on Water Street, Hinchliffe Mill.

His mother Sarah died three weeks after giving birth to Ruth in November 1851. Without her mother to nurse her, Ruth was placed in the care of Ruth Nichols[1] of Longwalls, and so was not in the Crosland household on the night of the flood.


Ralph Crosland was killed by the flood which devastated the Holme valley in the early hours of 5 February 1852, along with his father and six of his siblings.

He was buried at St. David's, Holmbridge, on Monday 9 February.

Notes and References

  1. Born Ruth Crosland, she is believed to be a distant relative.