This month, on the anniversary of The Great Sheffield Flood of 1864, Hugh Waterhouse will be leading the first of this year’s Wardsend Cemetery tours.
Hugh will recount how the wall of water that raced down the Loxley Valley, ripping up everything in its path, was responsible for the massisve destruction of property and the loss of hundreds of lives. The inundation had a devastating impact on the communities that lay just across the river from Wardsend, crashing against the hillside on which the cemetery stands and continuing on its deadly journey towards Sheffiled and beyond.
You will hear too the stories of some of the victims buried in the cemetery, the experiences of some of the survivors who were laid to rest there later and how the poor and the wealthy were treated by the flood commissioners.
This tour won’t be repeated again this year so be sure not to miss it.
The tour starts at 10.30 am and finishes at 12.00 pm.
Suggested donation £2.00 to help conserve Wardsend Cemetery. The Friends group are all volunteers.
There is a small car park just below the cemetery on Club Mill Road as well as some on street parking before the bridge on Livesey Street.