15 November 2018

1607: The Great Severn Estuary Flood

The flood of 1607 is generally acknowledged to have been the greatest natural disaster to affect communities along the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary.

Enduring images from the news pamphlets of the day ensure that it is remembered more than 400 years later, and its cause is still being debated. Was it a tsunami? Was it a storm surge?

Rose Hewlett is currently researching the response and recovery aspects of the event.

Using manuscript sources created at grass roots level in the aftermath of the flood, she will bring new evidence and provide a more balanced understanding of its cause, extent of the inundation and its social and economic impact.

Speaker: Rose Hewlett is studying for a PhD on the 1607 flood at the University of Bristol.

This is a UWE Regional History Centre talk.