Saint Bartholomew's Church, Ripponden: The flood of 1722

St Bartholomew's Church, Ripponden was badly damaged when the Ryburn flooded after a severe storm on Friday, 18th May 1722.

The incident occurred around 4:00 pm.

The Ryburn suddenly rose 21 ft above the normal level, and damaged the Church, and also Stirk Bridge and many bridges, houses and mills along the river.

15 persons – 8 of whom were members of the same family – were drowned.

At the Church, graves were dislodged and several corpses were washed out of their graves. One coffin was found in a tree.

The Calder was driven back a quarter of a mile above Sowerby Bridge.

Watson wrote that

Some persons living near the Church saved themselves by forcing a way out of the roof of their houses, and sitting upon the ridges till the storm was over

See Glebe Cottage, Ripponden

See Chapel Farm, Ripponden, Chapel Field Mill, Ripponden, John Jagger, Ripponden Sunday School, Ripponden Vicarage, St Bartholomew's, Ripponden Memorial, St Bartholomew's, Ripponden: Churchwardens, St Bartholomew's, Ripponden: MIs, The flood of 1722 and St Bartholomew's, Ripponden: Graveyard

© Malcolm Bull 2021
Revised 15:48 / 11th April 2021 / 3757

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