65 Photos Spanning Two Centuries Of Flooding In Britain

Flooding has always been part of British life. From damsels in distress being rescued in bicycle baskets, to Brits playing tennis in waterlogged courts - we look at photographs of floods as far back as 1877.

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25th January 1937. Two men monitoring the river flow at the Old Passingford Bridge Mill at Stapleford Tawney when severe floods in Essex transformed the River Roding into a rushing torrent.

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17th January 1955. A woman is carried down the street by a helpful gentleman after a severe flood in Tonbridge, Kent. The flooding was caused by a sudden thaw of snow.

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14th October 1936. Old Carmarthen Bridge being demolished several years after severe flood damage rendered it unsafe. It will be replaced by a new bridge.

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March 1947. Firemen rescue inhabitants in Clapton, London, after the thaw from heavy snowfalls caused the river Lea to overflow its banks, flooding many houses and driving the occupiers into upstairs rooms.

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13th March 1947: Policemen in a rowing boat rescue inhabitants of Spring Lane, Clapton, London, where flood waters have reached alarming heights after the River Lea burst its banks.

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3rd December 1954: A sign saying 'Private No Parking' rises out of floodwater and provides a handy resting place for empty milk bottles being collected by milkman Bill Turner at Old Windsor, Buckinghamshire.

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4th October 1935: A milkman pushes his milk-float through a flooded street in Edmonton, London after torrential rain disrupted traffic.

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8th August 1918: An open topped bus crosses a flooded road on an outing given by Mr Weinthal for convalescent colonials from Richmond Hospital.

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circa 1877: Impoverished people in front of a rag shop in Lambeth, London, where the Thames annual tidal overflow causes hardship to the locals. 'Sufferers From The Floods', a photographic plate from 'Street Life In London' by Smith and Thomson

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January 1928: A street in London after the Thames flooded. The water is nearly up to the windowsills on the ground floors and men are using doors as rafts.

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January 1928: A mobile PDSA (People's Dispensary for Sick Animals) clinic attends to animal flood victims in London. (The Thames flooded in January 1928). A sign says 'Animals Treated Free. Flood Victims Collected'.