The Great Sheffield Flood – 11 March 1864

Posted on March 11th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

The Great Sheffield Flood took place on 11 March 1864, resulting in the loss of 238 lives.

The tragedy occurred when the newly-built Dale Dyke Dam at the Bradfield Reservoir collapsed (it was being filled for the first time), thus releasing over 700 million gallons of water down the Loxley Valley and into the centre of Sheffield.

So to mark the day, here is a report of the disaster that appeared in ‘The Manchester Times’ of Saturday 12 March 1864.

newspaper report on the Sheffield flood

Manchester Times – Saturday 12 March 1864


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