Sarah Jane Sandford (1842-1852)

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.

Sarah Jane Sandford of Dyson's Mill, Burnlee, Holmfirth, perished in the Holmfirth Flood of 1852 along with her father and half-sister Emily.


She was born on 26 April 1842, the daughter of scribbling mill owner Jonathan Sandford and his first wife Nancy (neé Roberts), and was baptised on 17 July 1842 at Holmfirth.

Following Nancy's death on 24 June 1843, her father married Elizabeth Kinder.


Together with the other residents of the house, Sarah Jane Sandford was killed in the early hours of 5 February 1852, when a flood torrent of water washed the Sandford house away.

Her body was found by John Earnshaw and taken to the Crown Hotel, Holmfirth, where it was identified by Ruth Barrowclough.[1]

She was reportedly buried at Holmfirth Wesleyan Chapel on 8 February.[2]

Notes and References

  1. Ruth Barrowclough is listed in the 1851 as a 43-year-old shroud maker, a visitor at the house of school master Jonas Woodhouse of Lane End, Holmfirth.
  2. No burial record was found during research, but she is named on the Sandford gravestone.