Stevie Carroll (stevie_carroll) wrote,
Stevie Carroll

150 Years Ago This Week

On 11th March 1864, the Dale Dike Dam burst and flooded Sheffield. My Great Great Grandmother Spencer saw some of the devastation and years later told other relatives all about it.

According to the BBC report published on the anniversary this year, over 100 buildings were destroyed and between 240 and 300 people were killed. Claims for compensation initially totalled around £450 thousand, and details are available online here if you want to see a snapshot of life in the city at the time, including businesses, farms and ordinary households.

Transcripts of contemporary newspaper articles can be found here, a film is available to purchase (with a preview online) here, and additional resources and links can be found here and also at the Sheffield Archives, the link to which LJ des not seem to like.

Or if you want to see where it all happened for yourself, walking guides (for routes of increasing length) can be found here, here and here.
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