|Flood Victims' Graves|
Map (Current) - Low Bradfield/Dale Dyke Dam Area
By clicking on the map, opposite, you can access a larger version of it. When the larger map appears, note the various controls on the left which allow you to zoom in/out/pan the map, etc. You can also select an aerial view photograph of the area - and zoom in/out with this too! Details of many local hotels, guest houses, weather forecasts, etc., can be accessed from these map pages. The 'map pages' are displayed in a new window; therefore, to return here, merely close-down the new window (or, you can 'toggle' between the two).
The following three maps were taken from the Sheffield Daily Telegraph of Saturday March 26th 1864, with some name additions being recently superimposed.
LOCATION OF 'WALK' TO THE DALE DYKE DAM
From Low Bradfield - travel along 'Annet Lane' and 'Dale Road' - which will take you past the 'Haychatter House' (Formerly Haychatter Pub) (Anyone in Bradfield will direct you to this): continue past this house for exactly one half-mile: on your left you will see a gate, sty, and notice saying 'Public Footpath'. Follow this path. This passes the northern-most CLOB stone (one of the four stones that span the valley, and mark the centre line of the old bank) and small flood victims' memorial, and goes on to the current reservoir embankment. Before reaching the current dam - you can turn left, following the pathway down to the river below the dam, where you will see a small wooden footbridge. The centre line of the old dam lies about 20 yards down-stream from this bridge. Unfortunately, there are no visible remains of the old embankment: what was left of it (after the flood) was eventually removed and used to build the current embankment - approximately 320 yards higher up the valley (this was completed in 1874 - 10 years after the flood).
LOCATION OF SOME FLOOD VICTIMS' GRAVES
Most of the grave photographs on this site were taken around 1991: since that time, the 'Loxley Old Chapel' has closed down, and the churchyard has become very heavily overgrown. On a recent visit (September 2000) I found that some of the graves I had previously taken good photographs of were almost impossible to approach/identify. However, the location of these graves with respect to each other, and to the surrounding paths and buildings, as presented on these maps, are quite accurately drawn.
LOXLEY OLD CHAPEL - LOXLEY ROAD - LOXLEY
ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH - HIGH BRADFIELD
N.B: Ken Bilbrough, a local Sheffield historian, has said that Chapman's (of Little Matlock area) grave is located close to the Armitage/Crownshaw ones in Loxley Old Chapel graveyard (see map above) - 'it's behind the chapel on the raised terrace in line with the back end of the chapel', but does not have a headstone. (Source: Karen Lightowler.)
N.B: In High Bradfield Churchyard is the grave of William Horsfield (see map above): this was the man who first discovered the crack in the embankment. His headstone indicates that he died on January 1st (not a very happy new year!) 1881 aged 65, so he would have been 48 years old at the time of the flood.
The 'Crapper' family grave headstone carries no details of the flood, but indicates that Joseph Crapper (aged 40), his wife Elizabeth Crapper (aged 44), and their son Joseph Crapper (aged 14) all died on March 12th 1864. The son is not listed in the 'list of the dead' in Harrison's book - though he is mentioned in the text. I have added his name to the list presented on this site ('Their Page'). (Also note: the ages of the parents are given the opposite way round in Harrison's list to those presented on the headstone.)
WADSLEY PARISH CHURCH - WORRAL ROAD - WADSLEY
Joseph Gregory Grave: 'In affectionate memory of Joseph William Bradbury, son of Elija and Annis Gregory, who was drowned in the inundation Saturday morning, about 1 o'clock, March 12 1864, while engaged at Mr. Harrison's tilt, Loxley Bottom . . . Age 20 . . . '.
Ann Mount Grave: ' . . . Ann Mount, relict of Samuel Mount . . . She was drowned in the great flood at Malin Bridge. March 12th 1864 . . . Aged 40 years . . . ' (N.B: this grave is also inhabited by several persons named 'Watson').
Charlotte Taylor Grave: ' . . . Charlotte Taylor . . . relict of Thomas Taylor . . . drowned at Malin Bridge . . . Age 42 . . . '.
Watson Family Grave: ' . . . Sarah Ann . . . age 32, beloved wife of William Watson . . . also their daughter Caroline Oakley 9 years 11 months . . . also their son George Henry . . . age 4 years who were drowned in the great flood at Malin Bridge March 12th 1864 . . . '.
Price Family Grave: 'In Memory of Charles Price, age about 50 years. Also Elizabeth, his wife, age about 50 years. Also Edward, son of the above, age about 24 years. Also John Charles, their son, age 1 year and 8 months. Also and infant, 2 days old. All residing at Malin Bridge: were drowned in the flood, caused by the bursting of the Bradfield reservoir. March 12th 1864 . . . '.
Atkinson Grave: ' . . . Maurice, aged 15 . . . Also William, aged 13 . . . who perished by the bursting of the Bradfield reservoir, March 12th 1864.' (N.B: In Harrison's 'list of the dead and missing' the only person by the former name is given as 'Morris Atkinson' age 48!)
ST. JOHN'S CHURCH - CHAPELTOWN
Hannah Maria Hill Grave: 'In memory of Hannah Maria, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Hill of Mortomley, who was drowned in the Bradfield inundation March 12th 1864 Aged 19 years. We know not what shall be on the morrow'.
N.B: This church currently (2003) stands derelict. In Harrison's book, 'Marie Hill - aged 18' (the same person) is reportedly buried at Mortomley, which is obviously incorrect.
In addition to the graves indicated here, I understand there are a number in the graveyard on Rivelin Valley Road (directly opposite the children's paddling pools) - though these may be difficult to locate; there is supposed to be at least one, and possibly several - 'marked with cast-iron headstones' - in the Wardsend Cemetery (behind Owlerton Stadium), but I know there have been attempts to locate it/them - without success: there is also supposed to be about 3 marked graves, and around 74 un-marked ('paupers') ones in the Sheffield General Cemetery on Cemetery Road. Also in the General Cemetery are the graves of John Gunson (see 'Meet the Gunsons' page - link from 'main page'), and local journalist Samuel Harrison - who wrote the classic book: A Complete History of The Great Flood at Sheffield in the months following the disaster.
Flood at Sheffield - 1864 (main page)