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Trickett's Farm
photograph
Date Made/Found: 1864-1875
Dimensions: Overall: 58 × 87mm Mount: 63 × 104mm
Department: Social History
Accession Number: K28.11.75.9.19
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 photograph shows Trickett's Farm, the property of Mr. James Trickett. During the flood, the farmhouse was swept away and all ten of its occupants drowned.
"The Great Sheffield Flood: Its History Re-told", by Samuel Harrison (page 22) describes how "The scene presented next morning was one of extraordinary ruin and desolation. The farmhouse was gone to its very foundations, a large hole in the earth only marking the position of the cellar."
After the flood, Jemima Addy (the administrator of the estate of James Trickett) made a claim, which you can see here.
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