1898

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From the 1898 copy is a very interesting section for 1-2nd November:

'SERIOUS FLOODS IN THE LAKE DISTRICT - bridges swept away at Kendal. Extensive damage.'

It re-prints an article from the Manchester Guardian of Nov' 3rd, which at 1.5 pages is too much for me to copy out, but the best bits are:

"The heaviest flood known for the past 30yrs occurred in the northern part of the LD. rainfall in Keswick over 24hrs was close upon 3".... as Thirlmere was at its full height and unable to retain the enormous gathering of the watershed, the overflow had to come by St. Johns Beck to Keswick....... so deeply at Threlkeld railway Stn, it covered the rails...........the dam burst behind the pencil mill at Braithwaite and inundated a No. of houses and was reported that Powe bridge had been partially swept away

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Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite became one great lake.


The river kent in Kendal was in high flood. By 2 o'clock in the afternoon it had reached a height never previously exceeded - in fact the water was higher by 12" than in the record flood of 1874 The scene was of remarkable character. part of the town lies very low.The main thoroughfare through the town was impasable on foot. Stramongate, leads from the town centre to the railway stn was covered to 4-5ft, a postal pillar box being entirely out of sight Two bridges, one a strong iron structure- carried away and the stone bridges and walls, all broken down by the force of water."

COCKERMOUTH
Cockermouth seems to have suffered most from the result of Wed's rain. Derwent rose to to the highest point known since the great flood of 1852.
A temporary dam was constructed and an enormous head of water collected behind it. Late at night the dam was swept away and the water poured in great volume down the road into a thickly populated working class area, water to height of window sills.
Yesterday the dwellings were in the midst of a great lake which was still been fed by the river. early in the morning one of the houses collapsed and the inmates narrowly escaped with their lives. They were alarmed by loud cracks and fled to another room in the upper part of the house. they had scarcely reached this place when the roof and side walls of the rooms they had left fell in, while the other half of the house rocked dreadfully.

Daily Mail Nov' 4th

Windermere
reached a height one foot higher than previously recorded.

One of the bizarre things though is that in the observers yearly notes hardly any mention the floods of Nov'. The two Kendal observers do, but the Cockermouth and Keswick ones don't!!!
They all seem to mention how good the Autumn was and probably a sign of the times, that it was good year for agriculture despite being very wet.
Keswick Shu-le-crow - states there was no snow in january and 22nd Nov' saw the first snowfall on the fells and states it was very late.