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Floods in the Good old Days!

The Good Flood Old Days!

Boxing Day 2015 was a day that will be remembered by many. This was the day that floods devastated the Calder Valley destroying homes, businesses, schools and personal belongings.  The bad news kept coming and the day after York, Greater Manchester, and Leeds were all under water.

There is some good news though, and this is it. Flooding is part of our wet and rainy history, and due to a fantastic community spirit  we have always pulled through and come back better, stronger, and drier than ever before.

We have gathered together some flood photos from the so called ‘good old days’, mostly from our nostalgia books which show us just how bad the floods used to be.

Derby, 1932. Children seeing the lighter side to floods outside Woolworths on Victoria Street. From our Derby Memories book.
Derby, 1932. Children seeing the lighter side to floods outside Woolworths on Victoria Street. From our Derby Memories book.

 

Newcastle, 1941 Chatsworth Gardens, Westerhope, completely under water. 2 boys sail a homemade boat across the street! Taken from our Newcastle and Tyneside books.
Newcastle, 1941 Chatsworth Gardens, Westerhope. Completely under water. Two boys sail a homemade boat across the street! Taken from our Newcastle and Tyneside books.

 

january 1928 thornycroft bus reading flood
Reading. 1928. Floods sink a Thornycroft bus trying to get passengers from A to B. More in our Reading books.

 

macclesfield flood
Floods in Macclesfield, date unknown. More in our Macclesfield book.

 

princess street suitably named waterfall district blackburn flood
Princess Street, Blackburn. This area was suitably named ‘Waterfall District’. Photograph of crowds of people and policemen trying to rescue someone stuck in their house! Taken from our Blackburn book.

 

burnley road floods
Boy fishing in the Mytholmroyd floods, in the ‘good old days’. Date Unknown, but what an incredible photograph!

 

cleaning up operation of floods july 1969 bolton on wolfenden street. helping and chipping in. Dirty water, taken from nostalgic bolton book
The Day After The Night Before. The day when the water clears after the floods is often the hardest. Dirty water leaves floors and homes and possessions contaminated, so even if they are dry, they are no longer usable. This photograph shows the cleaning up operation of the floods in Bolton, July 1969, on Wolfenden Street. Taken from our Nostalgic Bolton book.

And that’s enough flooding for one blog. That’s enough flooding for one year, for one decade, for one century! Hope you enjoyed seeing some photographs of floods in the good old days…

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