Date Made/Found: 1840-1860
Material and Medium: Wood (Holly)
Dimensions: Overall: 40 x 110 x 790mm
Department: Social History
Accession Number: 1973.640
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 walking stick belonged to William Stratford, and is said to have been used to pull three people from the waters.
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