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Signs of flooding

This is the corner of The Fat Cat, a pub in Sheffield’s Kelham Island area – somewhere I seem to make a lot of photographs, despite living nowhere near the the place.

The Fat Cat dates back to the Victorian era, being built in 1850. As a result of it’s age, and it’s position close to the course of the River Don, it was affected by the flood in 1864 when Dale Dyke resevoir collapsed catastrophically, killing over 240 people as the water descended it’s course to the centre of the city.

One-hundred-and-forty-three years later the pub was once again engulfed by flood water, this time caused by torrential rain. Three people lost their lives in this event.

The pub has two markers painted on it’s wall denoting the water level of both floods.

High-water mark at The Fat Cat

Yashica Mat 124G & Ilford Delta 400. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 8mins @ 20°.

Taken on 1 November 2020

4 thoughts on “Signs of flooding

  1. It’s a sad, sober but interesting history you’ve shared here. A good frame. It’s stunning to see the height of the old flood. It seems entirely fitting that the pub has memorialized, made connections between the two flood events this way.

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