Doctor of Philosophy Student, Member Student
On 20 January 1606/7 an exceptional tidal flood caused devastating damage and loss of life around the low-lying coastal land of the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary. Between 500 and 2,000 people were said to have drowned, the loss of livestock was incalculable and property and commodities were ruined.
I am researching the response and recovery aspects of this event using under-exploited archival sources in addition to the more widely-known contemporary literature. I will also draw on my own experiences of working as a farm and estate secretary alongside the Severn Estuary. As an elected member of the Lower Severn Internal Drainage Board, I am particularly pleased to be able to study the earliest surviving records of their predecessors, the Gloucestershire Commissioners of Sewers, in order to enhance our understanding of one of the UK's most significant floods.