Yorkshire Post (08/Sep/1931) - This World of Ours: Berry Brow's Flood

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Berry Brow's Flood.

Oldest inhabitants are ransacking their memories for particulars of former floods; and one such, hailing from Berry Brow writes:

The visitation on Friday recalled to many the disastrous floods of Holmfirth of 1738, 1777 and 1821, and the one caused by the bursting of the Bilberry Reservoir of 1852; and to the people of Berry Brow it recalled the local flood that occurred on Sunday afternoon, April 2, 1848.
The Ochre Dyke, a feeder of the Holme, becoming suddenly swollen by heavy rains, overflowed its banks. It swept down Wain Gate (wagon road to the Castle), burst through the flooring of one of the houses, the occupant of which (Levi Jessop) was borne along with it through the culvert into the Holme, which miraculously deposited him on its banks near to Armitage Bridge Church. Asked later what had been uppermost in his mind he tartly replied, "Ah to get aht!"
A tablet commemorating the event can be seen above the doorway of a shop at the bottom of Wain Gate.