The Great Flood of 1968 – 33 Rare Vintage Photos Show England in the Disaster Day

Here are some rarely seen pictures of the Great Flood in England in 1968.

At Ashton Rd., Bristol

At Eastville, Bristol

Avonmouth, Bristol

Avonmouth, Bristol

Bath Hill East, Keynsham


Batheaston, Bath, Somerset

Bristol firemen wade through the flood water in Hendre Road

Cheddar Gorge became a river, a raging torrent of mud and rocks, Cheddar, Somerset

Cheddar, Somerset

Cleaning up after the flood, Lypiatt Road, St George, Bristol

Dapps Hill, Keynsham, Somerset, July 1968

East Street, Bedminster, Bristol

Eastville, Bristol

Householders start to dry out their homes after the flood, Bedminster, Bristol

Lower Bristol Road after the rainstorm, Bath, Somerset

Lower Bristol Road was badly flooded, Bath, Somerset

Lypiatt Road, St George, Bristol

Pensford Bridge, Pensford, Somerset

Pensford, Somerset

People were trapped in these cottages by the floodwater, Ashton Gate, Bristol

Rescue work in Dapps Hill, Keynsham

The 110 foot long Bailey Bridge at Keynsham after the flood, 1968

The centre of Frome in Somerset became a massive duckpond

The civil defence volunteers serve tea during the big clean-up, Dapps Hill, Keynsham

Three people died when their car was washed from this bridge, Keynsham, 1968

Will's tobacco factory under water in East Street, Bedminster, Bristol

Willsbridge Mill, South Gloucestershire

Willsbridge was hit by a tidal wave of water from the mill

Winterstoke Road looking towards Ashton Containers in the morning after the storm

Winterstoke Road, blocked by a mile of water and abandoned vehicles, Bristol

All that was left of the historic County Bridge at Keynsham

Ashton Gate, Bristol

Ashton Gate, Bristol

(Photos from Paul Townsend)

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