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On March 11th 1864 - shortly before midnight - the newly built Dale Dyke Dam - situated in the Bradfield hills just outside Sheffield - collapsed. A colossal mountain of water thundered down the Loxley valley and on to Sheffield wreaking death and destruction on a horrific scale. The greatest devastation took place in the Malin Bridge, Hillsborough, and Owlerton areas. Excepting wars, this is now acknowledged as one of the biggest man-made disasters in British history, and has been recorded in the Guinness Book of Records.
||OPPOSITE: The ruins of the Malin Bridge Inn shortly after the flood.
Here seven members of the Bisby family were drowned and washed away by
the flood-waters. The body of the landlord - George Bisby, and those of
two daughters, were found several days later at Sheffield; those of the
other four Bisbys were never identified.
The following day, Emma Bisby - a daughter who had not been at home that night - was seen, 'in great distress' and 'eyes red with tears', searching amongst the rubble for whatever remains she could find of her home - and her lost family.
A series of events are being arranged, and will take place in the early weeks of March 2014, to commemorate the 150th anniversary.
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Plans are being put into place for an exhibition to be held in Low Bradfield village hall on the weekend of March 8th/9th from 10am to 4pm.
There will also be walks and talks taking place before and after the exhibition
Bradfield Historical Society are commissioning an inscribed commemorative plate and tankard to be sold nearer the time.
The Sheffield Flood plates and tankards are now available and anyone interested should contact Malcolm Nunn on 0114-2337463 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org for further information
This project is a collaboration between Bradfield Parish Council, Bradfield Historical Society, various other groups/organisations and enthusiasts.
(Please Note: This is NOT a commercial site, but one generated by a local group of people who merely wish to arrange a befitting series of events to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Sheffield Flood.)
We are appealing for anyone who has memorabilia relating to the disaster to consider loaning or bringing it along to display at the exhibition. If you can in any way help, or contribute, please contact:
Bradfield Parish Council, Council Offices, Mill Lee Road, Low Bradfield, Sheffield S6 6LB
Tel: 0114-2851375 or e-mail: email@example.com
Also, as part of a number of years research, Karen Lightowler has identified, and made contact with, many descendants of the flood victims. They are to be invited to attend the events as special guests.
If you are a descendant of anyone connected with the flood and have not previously been in contact with us Karen would be pleased to hear from you.
Immediately behind the shattered building in the centre of the picture
runs Holme Lane (Malin Bridge to the left, Hillsborough to the right).
To the right of this building, and on the far side of Holme Lane, can once
again be seen the ruins of Malin Bridge Inn. On the extreme left of the
picture are the foundations of The Stag Inn - the building having been
totally washed away. From here died 12 members of the Armitage family;
and the family tomb stone, naming all the deceased, is shown below: it
stands in the Loxley Old Chapel church-yard, and indicates that 5 of the
children were never found.
The Armitage family grave headstone
- at Loxley Old Chapel
A plaster-cast death mask of
flood victim Joseph Goddard
Joseph Goddard was a neighbour of the Armitages at Malin Bridge. Writing in the months following the flood, Samuel Harrison records an event that occurred in a dwelling about a mile further down the valley - at Owlerton:
'The flood burst open the door, and washed into the house the body of a man. A lodger named Ashton saw it first, and called out to Mr. Shaw that a pig had been swept into the house. On closer inspection it was found to be the body of a man, entirely naked, the shirt being torn off, and hanging only by the button on the wrist-band. The body was that of Joseph Goddard . . . '
The Great Flood at Sheffield - 1864 - a comprehensive Web Site about the 'Flood'