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602408-01-17761776 January 8 Flood at Canterbury, washing down houses and causing loss of life, as in 1272 [Great Stour]040 - Kent Rivers GroupFrank Law
602516821682 "In 1681 he made 8 sluices below Tregony Bridge and three above it, but violent floods in the following winter swept them all away. He repaired them once more, only to see them utterly ruined in the next flood". [River Fall]048 - Fal GroupFrank Law
602608-07-18471847 July 8 "The greater Inney has its head spring at Davidstow, on the Cornish Watershed, so near the source of the North-flowing Camel that one waterspout, on 8th July, 1847, sent walls of water to both the seas, carrying away all the bridges on the Inney except Trekellarn." [River Inney]047 - Tamar GroupFrank Law
602708-07-18471847 July 8 "Gam Bridge, spanning the united streams [of the River Camel] is named in 1613, but the old bridge was swept away by the great flood in 1847 and has been rebuilt with 7 square openings instead of arches. On 16th July, 1847, a waterspout burst on Davidstow Moor, the watershed where the Camel and Inney (despite their opposite destinies) take their rise. The water collected in the valleys and forced a passage in two directions, down the Inney and the Camel. A wall of water from 12 to 18 feet above the usual level of the river swept down the Camel Valley carrying everything before it. It was a hot sultry afternoon with a clear sky, and men working in the fields at Gam Bridge could hardly believe their senses when they saw the water approapching them. Gam Bridge stayed the flood for a moment but soon gave way and the infuriated water attacked Wenford Bridge with a regular bombardment of tree trunks and other things plundered from the meadows. A mineral train happened to be in the station at Wenford Bridge, and the driver with great presence of mind drove his engine at full speed down the valley shouting to the people to leave the riverside. He was not a moment too soon. Wenford Bridge broke beneath the strain and Poleys Bridge followed suit. Tresarret Bridge was swept away. Helland Bridge showed that the mediaeval bridge builders knew their business, for despite the depth and narrowness of the valley, the waters failed to break it, but rising above the parapet, swept on and brought their battery of trees and hayricks against the ancient bridge of Dunmeer. This was soon swept away together with the railway bridge by its side. A train was approaching the bridge at the moment of its destruction but the driver was able to bring it to a standstill. The lowest railway bridge at Pendevy floated gaily down stream and would have done much damage to Wadebridge had not men in boats secured it with ropes and chains. When the flood subsided, it was found that the valley from end to end had been devastated. All the bridges but Helland and Wadebridge (the two oldest) were in ruins, and for 12 months remained impassable. Many years later pieces of hay, straw and mud could be seen in the branches of trees at Dunmeer 20 feet above ordinary water level."[River Camel]049 - Camel GroupFrank Law
602817-11-1771Extract of a letter from Newcastle, Nov 18th [Monday]"On Saturday night, and early on Sunday morning last, the greatest land-flood ever remembered in the memory of man, or any history, came pouring down the river Tine, and has done more damage than can be justly estimated; it swelled over all the lower parts of the town; the Sand-hill, which is a large square, where the Exchange and the Courts of Justice stand, was several feet under water, the merchants cellars, warehouses, and shops of eminent tradesmen there, and in a long street, called the Close, contiguous to the banks of the river were, were six feet under water; the inhabitants were obliged to fly for security to their upper stories. The famous quay here, noted as being the second-best in Britain, for length and breadth, was greatly damaged; several ships lying moored at the cranes were driven from their moorings with only cabbin-boys on board; those whose moorings held firm, were driven upon the quay, and there must remain till properly launched. The wind and force of the river has greatly shattered the quay, and made a lodgement on it like a wet-dock. The main arch of the seven which our bridge consists of, being a span of seventy five feet, was washed away; the two south arches, with all the houses and shops on the west side, were destroyed and carried down the flood, together with their furniture, stock in trade, account-books, &c. Eight or nine of the shopkeepers, attempting to save some part of their stock, were unfortunately drowned by the fall of the arches and houses; upwards of a hundred coal lighters, that were above the bridge, and treble the number below, were driven down, and many went to sea and sunk. The loss of our stately bridge, which was built by King John, with the shipping, &c. is computed, by good judges, at two hundred thousand pounds; the bridge of Hedon, which was also seven arches, and stood seven miles above Hexham, together with most of that town, are washed away; the new bridge at Hexham, consisting of the like number of arches, is levelled with the bed of the river; Corbridge, another long, noble bridge, is much damaged, and would have shared the same fate, but was preserved by the indefatigable care of the gentlemen, who raised the country, and cut a way at each end, where the river made a free passage, which weakened the stream from the bridge; all these bridges are on the river Tine."[River Tyne] 023 - Tyne (Northumberland)Frank Law
60291771"The new bridge of five arches, at the city of Durham, was levelled with the river; and Sunderland-bridge, on the great north road, is very much damaged; these are on the river Wear. Many thousand of deals and baulks of large timber, with household furniture, horses, cows, haiths [sic], came floating down, and almost covered the river for some hours. . . "[River Wear]024 - WearFrank Law
603016-11-1771"Extract of a Letter from Barnard-Castle, Nov 19 [Tuesday]. . . By an incessant rain which fell from Friday morning to Saturday night, the river Tees swelled to such a degree, as to rise upwards of twenty feet perpendicular higher than the oldest man living can remember."The first appearance of its rise was perceived about four o'clock on Saturday afternoon, and in the space of four or five hours, the butt end of the bridge, on the south side of the river, was swept away; Mr Newton, Mr Birbeck, Mr Chapman, Mr Sparrow, Mr Scott, Mr William Monckhouse, Mr Coates, Mr Baxter, Mr Wrighton, and several more, had their dwelling-houses, work-houses, with all their stock in trade, furniture, and wearing apparel, likewise swept away; nothing, in short, was safe, but the cloaths they had on. On the north side the river from below the bridge down to Thorngate wind, about a quarter of a mile in length all the work-houses, dry-houses, tan-yards, and everything adjoining to the river are intirely gone. About a quarter of a mile below the town, a corn-mill, with out-houses, and stabling belonging to the Rt. Hon. Lord Darlington, is also taken down by the impetuosity of the current. At Gretnabridge several houses, along with the bridge, is taken away; likewise the bridge between Morton and Rooksby-hall. We have dismal accounts of what has happened below us. At Yarum one half the town is intirely swept away, and unfortunately forty-six persons missing. We have received divers accounts of the same accidents happening in Northumberland, Cumberland, and Westmoreland."[River Tees]025 - Tees GroupFrank Law
603123-11-1771"Advice is received from the Isle of Ely, that the floods have been out so much, that all the lower grounds in one night were over-flowed, by which many head of cattle were drowned, and a great deal of other damage done."[River Ely, Ouse]033 - Great OuseFrank Law
603227-02-1773"Edinburgh, Feb 27. On Tuesday last, being the Candlemas fair of Thornhill, several persons on their return from the fair, in the hurry they were in to get over the river of Nith, at that time very much flooded, crowded into a small boat, and overloaded her, by which means she overset, and of 16 persons who were in her, nine perished."[River Nith]079 - NithFrank Law
603324-10-1762"The waters in the several parts of England, particularly in the low grounds to the east of London, began to rise with great fury, and continued so doing for two or three days, in consequence of heavy rains, and strong north winds, which hindered several of the rivers from flowing as fast as usual into the sea. In some places the inundation began suddenly in the dead time of the night, and rose twelve feet in four or five hours. At Norwich all the lower parts of the city, and between two and three thousand houses, were under water for two or three days. Several persons lost their lives on this occasion; many houses and bridges, with all the cattle, hay, linens on the printing and bleaching grounds, &c that lay in the way of the floods, were swept away by them, to the amount of several thousand pounds."[River Wensum]034 - Norfolk Rivers GroupFrank Law
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