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The Great Sheffield Flood

The Great Sheffield Flood

Dale Dyke Dam Memorial Unveiled - find out more about the Sheffield flood disaster of 1864

Dale Dyke Dam Memorial Unveiled - find out more about the Sheffield flood disaster of 1864

This day in 1864 Dale Dike on Humber River crumbles drowning some 240 in the Great Sheffield Flood.

This day in 1864 Dale Dike on Humber River crumbles drowning some 240 in the Great Sheffield Flood.

The Great Sheffield Flood was a flood that devastated parts of Sheffield, England, on 11 March 1864, when the Dale Dyke Dam broke as its reservoir was being filled for the first time. Two hundred and thirty-eight people died and more than 600 houses were damaged or destroyed by the flood. The immediate cause was a crack in the embankment, but the source of the crack was never determined.

The Great Sheffield Flood was a flood that devastated parts of Sheffield, England, on 11 March 1864, when the Dale Dyke Dam broke as its reservoir was being filled for the first time. Two hundred and thirty-eight people died and more than 600 houses were damaged or destroyed by the flood. The immediate cause was a crack in the embankment, but the source of the crack was never determined.

The Great Sheffield Flood of 1864 claimed the lives of 240 people and left more than 5,000 homes and businesses under water when a poorly-constructed dam collapsed.

The Forgotten Flood: Sheffield's tragic past remembered

The Great Sheffield Flood of 1864 claimed the lives of 240 people and left more than 5,000 homes and businesses under water when a poorly-constructed dam collapsed.

Aftermath of the Great Sheffield Flood. 11 March 1864.

Aftermath of the Great Sheffield Flood. 11 March 1864.

Great Sheffield Flood (1196×632) Photograph of the Dale Dyke reservoir embankment, shortly after its collapse in March 1864

Great Sheffield Flood (1196×632) Photograph of the Dale Dyke reservoir embankment, shortly after its collapse in March 1864

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