Sarah Hannah Dodd (1850-1852)
Sarah Hannah Dodd was a victim of the Holmfirth Flood of 1852.
By 1851, the Dodd family was residing on Water Street, Hinchliffe Mill.
On the afternoon of 4 February 1852 — the day before the flood — Charles Battye of Bottom's Mill visited Bilberry Reservoir. He returned to Holmfirth and called at the Dodds' house to warn Joseph that the water was only two feet from the top of the embankment. He left and told Joseph to look after himself and the latter reportedly replied, "Nevermind, Charles [...] Tell old Shaw to keep a good fire, and I'll be down in the morning."
All four members of the Dodd family perished in the flood that swept down the Holme Valley in the early hours of 5 February.
Sarah Hannah's body was found on Saturday 7 February in the Bottom's Mill dam by Firth Barber and taken to the New Inn, Hinchliffe Mill, where John Shaw provided an identifation. The body of Charles Crosland was also found in the same mill dam.
The body of her father was eventually recovered from the river at Horbury Bridge on 28 February.
Notes and References
- "The Holmfirth Catastrophe" in Huddersfield Chronicle (28/Feb/1852)).