Glossop Heritage Trust

The Flood of 1944.



The 1944 Whitsuntide weekend had brought a heatwave and the dawn of Bank Holiday Monday, May 29th, promised more of the same. By noon, though, it was obvious that all was about to change.
At about 4:30pm, a storm which was to last for around two and half hours started. More than 6 and a half inches of rain fell in that period. The photos below show some of the resulting damage.


Damaged bridges - Wesley Street, Old Glossop and Salford Bridge, Wellgate
Flood damaged bridges 1944 Flood damaged bridges 1944

Damage at Woods Mill
Flood damage at Woods Mill 1944 Flood damage at Woods Mill 1944
Flood damage at Woods Mill 1944
Flood damage at Woods Mill 1944

High Street West, including the destroyed Grab Alley bridge
Flood damage at High Street West 1944 Flood damage at High Street West 1944

Damage at Lower Chunal, John Walton's and Charlestown with the ARP canteen providing help
Floods at Lower Chunal 1944 Floods at John Walton's 1944 Floods at Charlestown 1944
Floods at Charlestown 1944
Floods at Charlestown 1944
Floods at Charlestown 1944

The devastation from Turn Lee to Bridgefield/Slatelands
Floods at Turn Lee 1944 Floods at Turn Lee 1944 Floods at Flag Fields bridge 1944
Floods at Flag Fields bridge 1944 Floods at Bridgefield/Slatelands 1944 Floods at Bridgefield/Slatelands 1944

Scenes at the Junction
Floods at The Junction 1944 Floods at The Junction 1944 Floods at The Junction 1944
Floods at The Junction 1944 Floods at The Junction 1944 Floods at The Junction 1944

Logs from Turn Lee carried down to Dinting Vale, the ARP mobile kitchen in action and damage to Dinting Lane bridge.
Floods at Dinting Vale 1944 Floods at Dinting Vale 1944 Floods at Dinting Vale 1944
Floods at Dinting Vale 1944 Floods at Dinting Vale 1944 Floods at Dinting Vale 1944

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