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These pages were originally published in 1910 by the Holmfirth Express and subsequently reissued as a limited edition in 1991 by Stanley F. Dickinson.

We have also obtained copies of a map from around the time of the Holmfirth flood and sections of it are included on the relevent pages. For a full map click here (NB 80Kb)

Holmfirth Flood Arrow1. THE HOLMFIRTH FLOOD
Holmfirth Flood Arrow2. HOLMFIRTH & THE HOLME VALLEY IN 1852
Holmfirth Flood Arrow3. WHY THE HOLME RESERVOIRS WERE CONSTRUCTED
Holmfirth Flood Arrow4. THE CONSTRUCTION OF BILBERRY RESERVOIR
Holmfirth Flood Arrow5. THE RESERVOIR BEFORE THE FLOOD
Holmfirth Flood Arrow6. ANXIETY AS TO THE RESERVOIR
Holmfirth Flood Arrow7. THE NIGHT BEFORE THE FLOOD
Holmfirth Flood Arrow8. THE EMBANKMENT GIVES WAY
Holmfirth Flood Arrow9. BILBERRY MILL
Holmfirth Flood Arrow10. BILBERRY BRIDGE & UPPER DIGLEY MILL
Holmfirth Flood Arrow11. DIGLEY MILL
Holmfirth Flood Arrow12. STATEMENT OF WITNESSES 1
Holmfirth Flood Arrow13. STATEMENT OF WITNESSES 2
Holmfirth Flood Arrow14. STATEMENT OF WITNESSES 3
Holmfirth Flood Arrow15. BANK END MILL
Holmfirth Flood Arrow16. HOLMEBRIDGE
Holmfirth Flood Arrow17. THE COFFIN AND REMAINS OF A GROWN MAN
Holmfirth Flood Arrow18. HINCHLIFFE MILL - A GREAT LOSS OF LIFE
Holmfirth Flood Arrow19. JAMES METTRICK'S STATEMENT
Holmfirth Flood Arrow20. BOTTOMS MILL
Holmfirth Flood Arrow21. POGSONíS FOUNDRY, VICTORIA MILL, AND DYSONíS MILL
Holmfirth Flood Arrow22. SANDFORDíS MILL
Holmfirth Flood Arrow23. UPPER MILL & LOWER MILL
Holmfirth Flood Arrow24. SCARFOLD
Holmfirth Flood Arrow25. UPPERBRIDGE AND HOLLOWGATE
Holmfirth Flood Arrow26. HOLMFIRTH
Holmfirth Flood Arrow27. THONGSBRIDGE, MYTHOLMBRIDGE, HONLEY
Holmfirth Flood Arrow28. ESTIMATED DAMAGE TO PROPERTY
Holmfirth Flood Arrow29. COLLECTING THE DEAD
Holmfirth Flood Arrow30. THE SUNDAY AFTER THE FLOOD
Holmfirth Flood Arrow31. THE INQUEST
Holmfirth Flood Arrow32. WIDESPREAD SYMPATHY AND MUNIFICENT SUBSCRIPTIONS

Digley Reservoir
DIGLEY RESERVOIR, WHICH REPLACED BILBERRY DAM

On the 5th of February, 1852, there occurred in this district one of the direst calamities upon record, when Bilberry Reservoir burst its banks, and spread death and destruction for miles down the Holme Valley.†

Up to that year, it may be safely affirmed, nothing more terrific and destructive had ever happened in England.†

This calamity attracted at the time the attention of the whole nation, and aroused the benevolent sympathy of all classes, from the Queen on the throne to the humblest persons in the realm who had a heart to feel for the sufferings of their fellow men.

To the older inhabitants of the district, this republication of the details of that calamity will prove somewhat interesting, but we anticipate that it will be more so to a younger generation, who have heard only disconnected incidents, from time to time, from the lips of their fathers or grandfathers.

Before proceeding with the details of this truly melancholy catastrophe, it may be convenient, and will materially facilitate the readerís comprehension of the narrative, if we give some preliminary particulars respecting Holmfirth, its population, its trade, and the construction of the three reservoirs, named respectively; The Holmestyes, Boshaw Whams, and Bilberry, the bursting of the latter being the cause of such a great loss of life and destruction to valuable property.

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