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Ledgard Bridge
Mirfield Flood

Ledgard Bridge, 5.45pm Friday 20th September 1946.
Mirfields lower areas have always being prone to flooding, although in recent years since the construction of a flood alleviation scheme in Dewsbury, less seriously.
However the "Great Flood" of 1946 as it came to be known was by far the worst in living memory.
Those that remember it recount watching from the bridges as all manor of things were swept past in the water, farm animals alive & dead, drums & containers of all descriptions, rowing boats & wrecked barges and a hen hut complete with hens sitting on the roof.
This series of photographs were taken by local man Ben Popplewell over the hour or so that the flood was at its worst.

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