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Anniversary of The Great Sheffield Flood of 1864 - Flowers at memorial

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Tonight is the anniversary of The Great Sheffield Flood between the 11/03/1864 and 12/03/1864 in which at least 240 Sheffielders died.

 

I was walking along the river Don across from Nursery Street and noticed a bunch of flowers next to the stone memorial.

 

I just want to thank whoever left that beautiful bunch of flowers, because it encouraged me read the memorial and spend some time by the river reflecting on the events of the awful night.

 

So thanks to whoever did that.

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i'm always surprised at how few Sheffielders, let alone anyone from ouside the city, know about 'The Great Sheffield Flood.'

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i'm always surprised at how few Sheffielders, let alone anyone from ouside the city, know about 'The Great Sheffield Flood.'

 

Me too - we were taught about it at primary school - but probably because it was the 100 year anniversary of the flood at the time and I was brought up in the area affected by it.

There is a thread about it on the History Section of SF.

https://www.sheffieldforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=131&highlight=sheffield+flood+1864

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-26478728

 

http://www.mick-armitage.staff.shef.ac.uk/sheffield/flood.html

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There is a really fascinating site provided by Sheffield Hallam University , it has details of all the insurance claims relating to the Flood

 

https://www2.shu.ac.uk/sfca/

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I often walk my dog at a place that overlooks the valley that the water will have come down just before it reached Malin Bridge. Its mind blowing imagining it.

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There is bits and bobs on youtube

 

 

Thanks just bought the full documentary from Amazon, looks like we might have a bit of a Flood tonight if the rain keeps up.

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Remember doing it at school. Retry sure there’s a plaque outside the Malin Bridge Inn - iirc a family of 5 or so all perished in there.

 

There was also a lot done 4 years ago for the 150th anniversary, up at Bradfield.

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My Grandmother's family lived in Bradfield, several members of the family perished in the flood. There's a memorial to them in Sheffield Museum. Her maiden name was Trickett.

 

---------- Post added 12-03-2018 at 22:19 ----------

 

For those that don't know, it was one of the biggest man made disasters in British History.

 

At least 240 people drowned, (although the real figures were never known, bodies were found as far away as Doncaster.) 700 animals, 415 dwellings, 106 factories/shops, 64 other buildings and 20 bridges were lost. Vast swathes of the Don valley were devastated by the deluge, and laid waste.

 

Yet it never even got a mention in Parliament, as Sheffield had no recognised sitting MP in the House at the time. And there is no public monument in Sheffield to commemorate the disaster.

 

I think there should be.

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