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607524-10-17971797 October 24 "The damhead and banks of the river were again damaged."[River Tyne, Lothian]020 - Tyne (Lothian) GroupFrank Law
607607-09-18101810 September 7 "The West weir at the long cram (i.e. at Distillery Park) was materially injured while the haugh .... was covered with water".[River Tyne, Lothian]020 - Tyne (Lothian) GroupFrank Law
607729-09-18461846 September 29 "The Nungate area was flooded and parts of the lower town to Sidegate Lane and the Custom Stone. The level reached five feet along Gimmersmill's orchard wall (now part of Bermaline mill). The railway bridge at East Linton was swept away but it is likely that this was under construction at the time."[River Tyne, Lothian]020 - Tyne (Lothian) GroupFrank Law
607823-09-19271927 September 23 "greatest since 1846, nearly equal to 1775 ..... frequently recurring floods this summer ..... on Thursday afternoon the Tyne was falling after a spate which caused low-lying parts to be inundated ..... Earth was saturated ...... rain started again late Thursday p.m. and by 4 p.m. water was rushing down roadway to Nungate. River flowed up Ford row and reached a spot 12 paces from the cross roads. Water over a foot deep in houses in Ford Row ..... Water hid the concrete retaining wall for half the distance between Victoria Bridge and the south-west end of the cauld ..... stretched from wall of Kitty's garden across and up Ford Row".[River Tyne, Lothian]020 - Tyne (Lothian) GroupFrank Law
607904-10-17751775 October 4 ""A major flood, well documented. A flood mark exists and several literate eye-witness accounts." E.g. from a "letter, written on the 5th of October 1775 by a visitor staying in the town.....The whole town is now in the utmost confusion. On Tuesday a heavy rain came on and continued without intermission till this morning.......The River Tyne swelled prodigiously, so that about two o'clock yesterday morning it overflowed the whole east end of the town, and continued so impetuous for two hours that it rose six or eight feet during that period, and seemed to threaten destruction to the whole town. For three or four hours there was nothing to be seen but everyone trying to save themselves. Numbers of carts came floating west ...... with fowls sitting on them where they had roosted for shelter, some of the people who lived in the lower end of town coming west wading in water up to the armpits, and cries of women and children, formed a picture of the most shocking nature. On the other side of town numbers of people were seen sitting on the tops of their houses and dead cattle, furniture, etc. were floating on the surface of the water. About four o'clock the waters took a turn and began to decrease gradually.Millar (1844) adds that the water rose up to the second storey of the houses from the bridge westward to the foot of the High Street (i.e. Church Street and part of Sidegate). Another level is given to 'the third step of the cross'."Sargent states that the commemorative 1775 flood stone still exists but has been moved slightly from its original position.[River Tyne, Lothian]020 - Tyne (Lothian) GroupFrank Law
608012-10-18881888 October 12 Rainfall observer at East Budleigh reported as noting "Rain 1.72 in., causing the highest flood in the Otter since 1851"[River Otter]045 - Exe GroupFrank Law
608128-10-18881888 October 28 Rainfall observer at Keswick (Derwent Island) reported as noting "An exceptional flood, Derwentwater standing at noon 8ft 1 in., above its level at 9a.m. on the 25th." [River Derwent]075 - Derwent (Cumberland) GroupFrank Law
608218681868 October "At Preston the reservoir became practically dry at the end of August, and costly pumping works were hastily established, which were required for 58 days." [River Ribble]071 - RibbleFrank Law
608318681868 October "In Manchester...the corporation, on the 3rd of August, limited the supply to the city to 12 hours per day, stopped the street watering, and diminished the trade supplies by half. They also made an arrangement with the millowners for reducing by one half the quantity given to the mills on the line of the river, and made compensation in money for the deficiency. In the middle of September the general supply to the town was further limited to eight hours per day, and the quantity for trades also diminished. The eight hours' supply lasted seven days, and the 12 hours' supply 76 days.At Rochdale, as early as the 25th June, the supply was limited to four hours per day for 15 weeks; but with this precaution, during the second week in October the store became entirely exhausted, and the town would have been almost without water but that recourse was had to pumping from a colliery in the neighbourhood.At Bury the store ran so low towards the end of August that it was reserved entirely for compensation to the mills, and the company obtained a supply of seven gallons per head from neighbouring works; for baths and for numerous manufacturing and trade uses in the town there was none. This continued for five weeks." 069 - Mersey and IrwellFrank Law
608418681868 October "At Halifax the reduction began on the 11th of May; the domestic supply was limited to 14 hours per day for 66 days, to 10 hours for 10 days, and to six hours per day for 86 days; the supply to large consumers being gradually reduced from 30,000 to 1,000 gallons per day." 027 - Ouse (Yorkshire)Frank Law
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