Pearlware child’s plate commemorating the Sheffield Flood March 12th 1864

The Great Sheffield Flood was a flood that devastated parts of Sheffield, England, on 11 March 1864, when the Dale Dyke Dam broke as its reservoir was being filled for the first time. At least 240 people died and more than 600 houses were damaged or destroyed by the flood. The immediate cause was a crack in the embankment, the cause of which was never determined. The dam’s failure led to reforms in engineering practice, setting standards on specifics that needed to be met when constructing such large-scale structures. The dam was rebuilt in 1875. Flood Victims Buried in Loxley Cemetery: Chapman Family (CNT, plot 1-2, no headstone) Daniel, Ellin and Samuel were all buried on 15 March 1864. Daniel Chapman was the mill owner and manager of the Little Matlock mill.

Diameter: 7 ⅜”

Condition: Faint hairline to the rim