Flood to be recalled

Great Sheffield Flood March 12th 1864'Ruins at Neepsend Lane
Great Sheffield Flood March 12th 1864'Ruins at Neepsend Lane
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Victims of the Great Sheffield Flood will be remembered at a special service marking 150 years since the disaster.

Two new songs – The Dale Dyke Dam Disaster and The Moon Shines Down – will be performed by pupils from Bradfield Dungworth Primary School at the memorial service next week.

They were written by local residents David Markham and Mike Lydiat to pay tribute to the 240 people killed on March 11, 1864, when the Bradfield dam burst its banks.

The service will be held at St Nicholas’ Church, High Bradfield, on Sunday, at 10.30am.

On Saturday, the schoolchildren’s project work on the floods will be on display at the church, together with church registers from the 1860s, for people to view.

The Reverend Alan Isaacson, church rector, said, “The Flood of 1864 was a traumatic event which left its mark on families and communities. Many local people are descended from families affected by the flood.

“We honour the memory of those who lost their lives in the flood, and those whose lives were devastated by the event.

“We also hold in prayer all victims of catastrophe or disaster.”