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Leeds Mercury August 26 1891
   

RICHMOND.

The heavy rains of late have wrought a deal of destruction throughout Swaledale and in the Vale of Mowbray. Yesterday a heavy flood swept down the valley past Richmond. In Upper Swaledale the river banks were overflowed, and all the low lying land was submerged. Large quantities of hay have been washed out of the fields and rendered worthless. Fears are entertained for the safety of the new bridge at Gunnerside, just taken over by North Riding County Council, and for the protection work above Downholme Bridge. Sheep, pigs, and many tons of timber were washed down the stream. One large tree came in contact with the centre of the old bridge at Richmond, and shook it so as to cause a general stampede of those who were watching the rising flood. Mr. Adam's wool-washing paraphernalia was washed away from below the bridge. Large numbers of the inhabitants witnessed the scene from the castle and the terrace as the water rushed over the force head. The islands below were submerged, as was a quantity of the low-lying land farther down the Vale of Mowbray, where the grain is all laid by the wind and rain. Brompton braves the flood well, and Mother Shipton's prophecy is not likely to be fulfilled yet awhile.

   

Leeds Mercury August 26 1891

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