Spalford shown within Nottinghamshire
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To the west of the parish is the River Trent, and to the south is the Local nature reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest known as Spalford Warren. The reserve habitat being made up of blown sand heathland, which is rare in Nottinghamshire.
In 1795 during the largest known flood on the Trent, the floodbank which is situated between Spalford and the river was breached. Floodwaters from the breach spread out across the low lying land, even reaching the River Witham and flooding Lincoln. Some 20,000 acres were flooded for a period of over three weeks. A description of the breach was given as follows:
“The bank is formed upon a plain of sandy nature, and when it was broken in 1795, the water forced an immense breach, the size of which may be judged from the fact that eighty loads of faggots and upwards of four hundred tons of earth were required to fill up the hole, an operation which took several weeks to complete.”
The flood bank was subsequently strengthened and repaired, following further Trent floods in 1824 and 1852.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Spalford, Nottinghamshire.|
- "Spalford". domesdaybook.co.uk. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
- Ordnance Survey (2009). Lincoln & Newark-on-Trent. OS Landranger Map Series. Ordnance Survey. ISBN 9780319227213.
- "Neighbourhood Statistics". neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
- "Spalford Warren SSSI Nature Reserve". nottinghamshirewildlife.org. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
- "Upper Witham IDB History". upperwitham-idb.gov.uk. Retrieved 11 May 2013.