Date Made/Found: 1855-1864
Material and Medium: Wood, leather
Dimensions: Overall: 55 x 165 x 63mm
Department: Social History
Accession Number: 1999.327
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.
These little clogs were found in the debris left afterwards. They would have been worn by a toddler. Of the 240 people who died, 43 were children aged five or under.
Weston Park Museum