Samuel Hollinrake

[1780-1841]. Samuel Hollinrake was the son of Abraham Hollinrake

In 1833, he married Susan Barker [1804-1877].


  1. Ann
  2. Thomas
  3. Charles
  4. Joseph
  5. Hamer
  6. Samuel

In 1860, he disappeared from home at Law Hey. It was reported he had been depressed for a week or more. He got out of bed at 3:00 am, telling his son he would be back in a minute. He took the dog with him but had no clogs or shoes on. He was missing several days.

In 1864, he was subjected to enormous cruelty by his sons Samuel and Charles.

The Liverpool Mercury [19th January 1864] reported

Case of cruelty at Todmorden

The Todmorden Advertiser of Saturday contains the following particulars of this case: At the magistrates office yesterday, Samuel Hollinrake, Law Hey, was brought before Mr Ormerod by Mr Heap, who stated that through information received he had visited Hollinrake's house. His wife came to the door and he asked to see Hollinrake but was refused, his wife stating that one of their sons would be home immediately, when perhaps he would be allowed to see her husband. Going upstairs, he found Hollinrake in a wing of the building, chained to the wall, handcuffed, and seated on an iron bedstead; the room was without fire with a stone floor. He inquired how long he had been there; one of the family said 3 weeks. This was contradicted by Hollinrake who said it was much longer – he had not been to a place of convenience for 3 weeks. Hollinrake said he was fastened by a chain through a hole in the wall. The handcuffs were put on by his son Charles. He believed he had been confined 5 weeks, and had only been loosed once to wash himself. The handcuffs were put on his hands a second time by his son Samuel. He made no resistence but let them do as they pleased; during his confinement he had enough to eat and drink, but had become weak through cold and sudden change to sedentary. He had frequently asked to be relieved but his entreaties were evaded by saying "they would loose him tomorrow". His wife had nothing to do with the matter; it was his sons who had ill treated him. During his confinement, his wife had not been into the room. He did not know why they had handcuffs in the house and had never seen any like them before. He could assign no reason for his confinement; he had not touched or threatened anyone, yet they said he was not fit to be loose. The only disturbance he had made was during his confinement, at the thought of the injustice of his family; and from the intense cold he struck his foot through a pint pot near the bed, for which he had been sadly knocked about. Mr Heap said he found Hollinrake only half dressed, and to keep himself warm he had worked a large hole in the wall with a piece of iron

The Liverpool Mercury [8th February 1864] reported

The case of cruelty to a father

At Todmorden Petty Sessions, Samuel Hollinrake and Charles Hollinrake were brought up on remand and charged with assaulting and ill-using their father at Law Hey in Walsden. The particulars of the case, as previously published, were again gone in to, showing that the man was found chained and handcuffed by Inspector Heap, sat upon an iron bed in a room without a fire and on a stone floor. The old man had taken some stones out of the wall. He said he had worked at that to keep himself warm. On being called as a witness he for some time refused to be sworn, but on being induced to take his oath, his depositions agreed with the statements made by Mr Heap. He said he had been twice let loose since first chained up. He could only get out on one side of the bed. He had been a fortnight or more without going to a place of convenience. In reply to the charge, Charles Hollinrake pleaded guilty but said he had chained his father to save himself. His father was not always sane. Samuel Hollinrake pleaded not guilty. Charles was committed to prison for 2 months with hard labour.

Following the above, Samuel left his wife and family, and moved to live with his married son, Thomas, in Todmorden. He eventually returned to Law Hey, where he died in 1879

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