Sad Demise of Samuel Holberry
died for what he believed was the true interest of the poeple of
in 1816, Samuel Holberry was a Sheffield Chartist who believed in
physical action to obtain the vote.
and his fellow Chartists planned a rising for 12 January 1840. Their
scheme was to plunder the gun shops, seize the Town Hall and kill
all the policemen and troops who opposed them.
the landlord of a Rotherham pub told the police about the plot and
they arrested Samuel at his house on Eyre Lane at midnight on the
eve of the rising. They found hand grenades and other explosives
in the house.
was sentenced to four years' imprisonment and sent to Northallerton
prison. Prison conditions were very harsh and even though he was
not sentenced to hard labour, he spent five weeks on the treadmill.
He also spent many months in solitary confinement.
Holberry's treatment wore him down. He died of consumption at York
Castle in June 1842. He was given a martyr's funeral in the Sheffield
General Cemetery - 50,000 people are reported to have attended
Incendiary End of Charlotte Woodhouse
"The screams of the child alarmed the mother of her
moon casts an eerie light over the graveyard
Woodhouse, a young child, died on 3 February 1855 from burn injuries.
had been left by her mother with a friend in an upstairs room, and
while playing, her clothes had caught fire.
screams of the child alarmed the mother of her playfellows, and
the flames were extinguished. The child was taken to the infirmary,
where she died."
the 19th century, burning was the second most common cause of death
among women after childbirth. It was not unusual for their skirts
to catch fire.