Date Made/Found: 1850-1864
Dimensions: Overall: 110 x 100 x 100mm
Department: Social History
Accession Number: 1989.590
Around midnight on 11 March 1864 the wall of Dale Dyke dam collapsed, sending a torrent of water down the Loxley valley, through Malin Bridge and Hillsborough. The water travelled along the Don through to Wicker and on towards Rotherham. Many homes and business were destroyed and the water killed at least 240 people. It was the worst civilian disaster of the time and became known as the Great Sheffield Flood.
This basket was probably part of a doll's outfit and may have been washed from one of the homes damaged or destroyed by the flood waters. It was found by Ellen Cooper at Lady's Bridge.
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