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Norfolk Buildings Flood Level

What is it?

Thw central area of Bath suffered from recurrent flooding of the River Avon into the middle of the twentieth century. The heights of these floods have been recorded by marks  carved on the walls of buildings that were affected by the floods. The mark on the end of Norfolk Buildings is one example. Others are found in Grove Street and on the Widcombe footbridge butress.

Frank Greenhalgh was appointed Engineer to the River Avon (Bristol) Catchment Board in 1953 and he started to tackle the problem systematically. Another disastrous flood in 1960 increased the urgency and over the ten year period 1963-1972 the river was dredged, banks were raised and reinforced by sheet-piling. Pulteney Weir was redesigned and new sluice gates were installed.

Where are they in Bath?

The flood level is on basement-level end of Norfolk Buildings adjacent to the river towpath, just downstream of the bridge that used to give trains access to Green Park station, but is now a road bridge serving the Sainsbury supermarket car park.

Flood Mark: River path at end of Norfolk Buildings

Location of flood mark on wall of Norfolk Buildings
This flood level contains the letters 'F' and 'L' carved into the stone.
Flood mark on wall of Norfolk Buildings


Location map of Norfolk Buildings flood level:
Norfolk Buildings flood level location map



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