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Thursday, May 18, 2006

The Flooding of Cavendish in 1881

A short while ago, I asked in the local paper if anyone had any memories of the flooding of Cavendish 1n 1968. Nobody had. I seem to remember reading the account of the 1967 flooding in an old copy of the local paper, in which an old chap said there had been nothing seen like it since the 1880s. At last, we've come across an account of this flood. From the concentration of the account on the congregational chapel, it would seem as if it was a cloudburst over the north of the village that flooded the tributary that runs past Blacklands. The Chapel would have caught the full force as it swept over, and round the side of the road bridge that used to take the Lower Road over the tributary


December 24th 1881

Floods at Cavendish. The parishioners in this village suffered on Sunday a great inconvenience caused by the floods on the road and several cottages being inundated, the water in some places was 3ft or 4ft deep, several occupants had to escape by means of a scaffold while others could not get out and had to have provisions taken by a man on horseback, the Congregational Chapel suffered from the effects that the service had to be held at the Lecture Hall, Mr J.S.Garret was very considerate and kind to those who suffered from the flooding and sent them a quantity of coals while Mr and Mrs Green supplied soup to the suffering poor which was thankfully received.
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