The Linthwaite Murder 1891

My piece in the May edition of Welsh Country Magazine examines the terrible story of Catherine Dennis, a sixteen year old girl from Flint who was in service at the Ivy Hotel in Linthwaite, just outside Huddersfield. In August 1891 Catherine was murdered by James Stockwell. It is a tragic story, of two families torn apart in a casual moment of irrational violence.

We went up to Linthwaite (just down the road from Slaithwaite of course) to take a photograph of the poor girl’s grave next to a taggled mass of holly. And then we looked up at the forbidding bulk of the notorious Saddleworth Moor and mused upon the things we have to do and the places we must visit to uncover all these stories.

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