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Towns and Cities Underwater

Historic Floods in Bath and Avon

Leslie Jones remembers the 1947 floods in Gloucester

With the Rivers Severn and Avon, Frome, Wye, Exe, Kennet, Parrett and others flowing through them, towns and cities in the West of England are very vulnerable to flooding. Some of the worst cases have been recorded in the parish records, like those at Arlingham, since as far back as 1483.

The floods of March 1947 and autumn 1960, caused by snowfall melting, inflicted great damage on cities like Bath and Gloucester.  More recent floods in Tewkesbury, Taunton and other towns across the floodplains, the Levels of Somerset, are witness to the continuing power of the rivers.

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Images:  Copyright Bath Record Office, BRO PX4596.  Audio Copyright: Gloucestershire Archives - Leslie Jones remembers the 1947 floods in Gloucester

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