Accidents and Disasters

Umbrella Mishaps and Fatalities

Umbrellas were deemed a “crude and curious invention” when they first appeared in England in the 1600s. It took at least fifty years before women began to carry them, and at least another hundred years passed before men used them. One reason men did not immediately unfurl these rain protectors was umbrellas were considered effeminate.…

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Stories and Tales of the Great Sheffield Flood

Between 1801 and 1861 the population of the industrialized city of Sheffield underwent tremendous growth and nearly tripled in size. To fulfill the water needs of the steel industry and the growing population, the Dale Dyke (or Bradfield) Dam was built by the Sheffield Waterworks Company (SWWC). On the evening of 11 March 1864, the…

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