Plaque Commemorating 1607 Flood
Original Author: Robin Drayton, photographer
Created: 1609
Medium: Brass plaque

Plaque Commemorating 1607 Flood

A 1609 brass plaque in the Saint Mary Magdelene church, Goldcliff, Wales, commemorates the massive flood that struck southwestern England in January 1607 (recorded here as 1606 according to the old Julian calendar). The plaque hangs near the altar and marks the height reached by the flood water—currently about three feet above the floor. The flood, possibly caused by a tsunami, killed twenty-two people in the parish, and as many as 3,000 people overall. The churchwardens who commissioned the plaque also noted the financial loss in the parish: 

Heare Was Lost 5000 And Od Pownds Besides XXII People Was In This Parrish Drownd