The Great Sheffield Flood
Notes & Sources

  Notes / Sources

GENERAL NOTES


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, and you will pass 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, before reaching the current reservoir embankment. A little way before 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).


FLOOD REMINDERS

There are a number of flood reminders at various locations along the flood trail. A memorial plaque hangs on the side wall in St Polycarps church, Loxley Road (bottom of Wisewood Lane), in memory of the victims of that area. A similar one exists in St Nicholas Parish Church at High Bradfield. On the 'Public Footpath' leading to the current Dale Dyke Dam (see item above) stands a small memorial plaque/stone 'erected with donations from The Bradfield Historical Society in 1991': also at this location, is one of the four 'CLOB' stones which span the valley and mark the 'Centre Line Old Bank'. At Hillsborough, The Shakespeare and The Old Blue Ball public houses have recently had symbolic plaques fixed to their walls (outside) by the Hillsborough Community Development Trust, to mark their part in the flood. At the junction of Bardwell Road with Neepsend Lane is a small brass plaque, mounted on the building wall (directly on the corner) and indicating the height that the flood water reached at that location (about 8' from ground).


SHEFFIELD FLOOD TRAIL LEAFLETS

A set of two leaflets, giving basic details of the 'flood trail' - access by bus, etc. can be obtained from the Hillsborough Community Development Trust. Their address and contact details are as follows:

HILLSBOROUGH COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TRUST
(HILLSBOROUGH PARK)
WALLED GARDEN
150 MIDDLEWOOD ROAD
SHEFFIELD
S6 4HD
TEL & FAX (0114) 281 2166


LOCATION OF FLOOD VICTIMS' GRAVES

For the location of some of the flood victims' graves, go to the 'Maps' page on this site
(from 'main page', follow the link 'MAPS').


INTERESTING ITEM ABOUT THE OLD OUTLET PIPELINES

In G. M. Binnie's report of 1978 - 'Collapse of the Dale Dyke Dam In Retrospect' - he remarks that 'The inlet ends of the old pipelines still exist. They are in an open topped masonry chamber a short distance up-stream from a weir constructed in the 1930s which submerges them to a depth of about 10ft. No trace can now be found of the outlets but the pipes are evidently blocked as no water escapes through them.' I have not been able to trace this 'chamber'.


CROOKESMOOR DAMS

Throughout the latter half of the 19th century, and well into the 20th, there were a number of small 'service' reservoirs at Crookesmoor. At least one of these (possibly more) were designed and built by John Towlerton Leather,47 though it is not clear which one (possibly the 'middle' one of the row of three). Only the lower one (named the 'Old Great Dam' on O.S. maps of 1905) still remains, and this now serves as a large 'pond' in Crookes Valley Park.


NOTES / SOURCES

Each individual note/source, as presented below, can be accessed by clicking on the small, superscripted, numbers found with the relevant text throughout this web-site. The 'return' link at the end of each individual note/source (below) will take you back whence you came.

1) For the location of this, and the other flood victims' graves pictured on this site, go to the 'MAPS' page on this site (from the 'main page', follow the link 'MAPS'. (return)

2) Its actual address is 248, Neepsend Lane, and the current (2001) sign on the building reads 'Le-Pla Hydraulics'. (Wilf Banks, 'A Pub on Every Corner' - Local publication). (return)

3) The actual 'brass plaque' has been missing for quite a few years - though the place where it should be secured on the building is very evident - as seen in this photograph. It is located about 8' from the ground, and about 18' above the level of the nearby River Don. (return)

4) This section is quoted from Harrison's book. There is no listed flood victim by the name of Whittington - as Harrison indicates here. Geoffrey Amey gives the name of the old lady who was drowned from these houses as Ann Cook - 87 years old, and believed to be the oldest victim of the flood. This seems to be correct as 87 year old Ann Cook is listed as a victim from Rutland Road - the location of Waterloo Houses. (return)

5) The actual building that this roof covers currently (2001) has written on its front - in large white letters: 'TURTON TONKS SPRINGS'. (return)

6) Harrison, 'A Complete History of the Great Flood at Sheffield', Chapter: 'The Flood Described by a Little Girl'; also in: Machan, 'The Dramatic Story of The Sheffield Flood', p.57. (return)

7) There is another, similar, picture which is titled: 'A Flood' by Milais, and currently housed in Manchester: see Machan, 'The Dramatic Story of The Sheffield Flood', p.56.(return)

8) Machan, 'The Dramatic Story of The Sheffield Flood', p.70. (return)

9) Machan, 'The Dramatic Story of The Sheffield Flood', p.71. (return)

10) Machan, 'The Dramatic Story of The Sheffield Flood', p.72. (return)

11) Machan, 'The Dramatic Story of The Sheffield Flood', p.77. (return)

12) Machan, 'The Dramatic Story of The Sheffield Flood', p.84. (return)

13) Machan, 'The Dramatic Story of The Sheffield Flood', p.80. Also in Harrison, 'A Complete History of the Great Flood at Sheffield', Chapter: 'Preliminary Meeting at Sheffield'. (return)

14) Machan, 'The Dramatic Story of The Sheffield Flood', p.80. Also in Harrison, 'A Complete History of the Great Flood at Sheffield', Chapter: 'Preliminary Meeting at Sheffield'. (return)

15) Machan, 'The Dramatic Story of The Sheffield Flood', p.87. Also in Harrison, 'A Complete History of the Great Flood at Sheffield', Chapter: 'The Inquest'. Also in Amey, 'Collapse of the Dale Dyke Dam' - Chapter 4, 'A National Disaster'. (return)

16) Binnie, 'Early Victorian Water Engineers', p.271. (return)

17) Binnie, 'Early Victorian Water Engineers', p272. (return)

18) Binnie, 'Early Victorian Water Engineers', p.272. (return)

19) Machan, 'The Dramatic Story of The Sheffield Flood', p.92. Also in Harrison, 'A Complete History of the Great Flood at Sheffield', Chapter: 'Mr. Gunson Recalled'. Also in Amey, 'Collapse of the Dale Dyke Dam' - Chapter 6 ''Then, it's the Eighth Mistake'. (return)

20) Binnie, 'Early Victorian Water Engineers', p.269. Also in Amey, 'Collapse of the Dale Dyke Dam' - Chapter 6, 'Then, it's the Eighth Mistake'. (return)

21) Binnie, 'Early Victorian Water Engineers', p.270. (return)

22) Binnie, 'Early Victorian Water Engineers', p.270: also, Amey, 'Collapse of the Dale Dyke Dam' - Chapter 5, 'Cynosure of All Eyes'. (return)

23) Binnie, 'Early Victorian Water Engineers', p.270. (return)

24) Machan, 'The Dramatic Story of The Sheffield Flood', p.94. (return)

25) Binnie, 'Early Victorian Water Engineers', p.269: also, Amey, 'Collapse of the Dale Dyke Dam' - Chapter 6, 'Then, it's the Eighth Mistake'. (return)

26) Binnie, 'Early Victorian Water Engineers', p.270: also, Amey, 'Collapse of the Dale Dyke Dam' - Chapter 5, 'Cynosure of All Eyes'. (return)

27) Binnie, 'Early Victorian Water Engineers', p.267. (return)

28) Amey, 'Collapse of the Dale Dyke Dam' - Chapter 11, 'The Case of the Slipping Ground': Also see Binnie, 'Early Victorian Water Engineers', p.270. (return)

29) Binnie, 'Early Victorian Water Engineers', p.270. (return)

30) Binnie, 'Early Victorian Water Engineers', p.275. (return)

31) Binnie, 'Early Victorian Water Engineers', p.275. (return)

32) Binnie, 'Early Victorian Water Engineers', p.277. (return)

33) Binnie, 'Early Victorian Water Engineers', p.265. (return)

34) Binnie, 'Early Victorian Water Engineers', p.271: also Harrison, 'A Complete History of the Great Flood at Sheffield', Chapter: 'The Opinions of the Bradfield Villagers as to the Cause of the Disaster'. (return)

35) Binnie, 'Collapse of the Dale Dyke Dam In Retrospect', p.313. Also see : 'Early Victorian Water Engineers', p.271.(return)

36) Binnie, 'Early Victorian Water Engineers', p.273. (return)

37) Binnie, 'Early Victorian Water Engineers', p.275. (return)

38) Binnie, 'Early Victorian Water Engineers', p272. (return)

39) Binnie, 'Early Victorian Water Engineers', p.272. (return)

40) Binnie, 'Early Victorian Water Engineers', p.273. (return)

41) Binnie, 'Early Victorian Water Engineers', p.275 - 277. (return)

42) Binnie, 'Early Victorian Water Engineers', p.277. (return)

43) Binnie, 'Early Victorian Water Engineers', p.277. Also: 'Collapse of the Dale Dyke Dam In Retrospect', p.317/318. (return)

44) Binnie, 'Early Victorian Water Engineers': also, 'Collapse of the Dale Dyke Dam In Retrospect'. (return)

45) This list of flood victims was prepared soon after the flood by the Chief Constable of Sheffield, John Jackson. Later research has shown that some of the ages given are a slightly inaccurate; also, some names are incorrectly spelled. The total number of victims, as shown in this list is 241; of whom 141 were males and 100 females - between the ages of two days and 87 years. Of that total, 35 bodies were found but not identified and a further 27 unrecovered. It is believed that there were about another 5 to 10 victims who were never found or identified. In some instances entire families were wiped out, leaving no one who could inform of how many members of their family were lost: for this reason the exact number of victims has never been known. (return)

46) Binnie, 'Early Victorian Water Engineers': also, 'Collapse of the Dale Dyke Dam In Retrospect'. (return)

47) Binnie, 'Early Victorian Water Engineers', p. 256/257. (return)

  

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