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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 have been arranged, and will take place in the early weeks of March 2014, to commemorate the 150th anniversary - for full details see 'Programme of Events', below:
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|Programme of Events
Details of exhibition to be held 8th and 9th March:
The exhibition will be held in the Lower Bradfield Village Hall
The following groups/organisations will be in attendance at the exhibition;
Bradfield Parish Council
Bradfield Parish Council
The Parish Council are to install a plaque which will be located on the roadside wall outside the Parish Council Offices. This plaque marks the use of the building as a temporary school following the flood. There are other plaques on the route of the flood and further information on these can be obtained at the exhibition.
Bradfield Historical Society
Have produced a commemorative tankard and plate. These will be available to purchase at the exhibition at a cost of tankard £7, plate £10 or £15 for both (post and packaging extra).
Refreshments will be on sale both days
Peak Park will be providing walks commencing from the village hall at 11:00am and 2:00pm on both days.
Monday 3rd March
Illustrated talk by Malcolm Nunn at 7:30pm at Low Bradfield Village Hall.
Thursday 6th March
The institution of Civil Engineers and the British Dam Society will be holding a free public talk at 6:30pm at Sheffield University.
(For free booking, or further info, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 0114 2325044)
Saturday 8th March
St Nicholas' Church will be open 10:00am-4:00pm. Visitors will be able to see the flood plaque, flood graves, and church registers from 1864.
Sunday 9th March
St Nicholas’ Church High Bradfield will hold a service at 10:30am that will include memorial prayers. Guest preacher will be the Bishop of Sheffield, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Crofts. In attendance will be the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Cllr Vickie Priestley, and the Chair of Bradfield Parish Council, Cllr Stuart Cole.
Tuesday 11th March
Guided walk at 10:30am from Low Bradfield Village car park
to Dale Dyke and return around 12:30pm. The walk to re-commence
at 1:30pm for High Bradfield, to view flood graves and the Church
– return around 3:30pm.
Also at 10:30am The Lord Mayor - Councillor Vicky Priestley
- is laying a floral tribute on the memorial to the victims of the Sheffield
Flood on its 150th Anniversary.
More details are available from Ron Clayton - email@example.com
Also at 12 noon:
Painters, sculptors, craftspersons, street artists, poets and musicians will create/perform contemporary works of art/music *LIVE*. Inspired by, and reflecting upon, a collection of original photographs of the aftermath of the flood, some of which have never been published. Artists will be creating works until 6pm. The day is completed with a private view from 6:30pm - 9:30pm featuring Live music.
The event will take place at 99 Mary Street, Sheffield, S1 4RT.
Tuesday (11th) evening at St. Polycarp's Church
7:00pm. Welcome Drinks
Wednesday 12th March
Guided walk at 10:30am from Malin Bridge Supertram Terminus
up the Loxley Valley and finishing near to Damflask Reservoir Embankment
Sunday 16th March
11:00am. Meet the shade of Mrs Armitage - landlady of The
Stag Inn at St Ploycarp's Church.
Wednesday (19th) at The Malin Bridge Inn
7:30pm Illustrated talk (Sheffield Flood Part 2) by local
historian Malcolm Nunn
The Great Sheffield Flood Website:
This website has been set up by keen flood enthusiast Mick Armitage and he will also be in attendance at the exhibition to discuss any points you may wish to raise.
The Sheffield Flood plates and tankards that will be available to purchase at the exhibition:
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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 stage 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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'