Storm Event

Some 500 people perished in this most fatal of all British floods

Severity ? 6


No know information.


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Receptor and Consequences

The coasts of Norfolk and other areas of East Anglia were overwhelmed by a ‘terrible inundation’ on 17th December 1287 (Lane, 1965). The event occurred in the night and around 500 people were drowned in Hickling, Yarmouth and surrounding towns; many attempted to flee by climbing on floating branches, few were successful (Lane, 1965; Britton, 1937). Cattle were drowned, and fields inundated. The force of the waves tore houses from the foundations and carried the wreckage into the sea (Britton, 1937).

Summary Table

Loss of life Men, women and children perished
Residential property Homes destroyed and carried away on the waves
Evacuation & Rescue *
Cost *
Ports *
Transport *
Energy *
Public services *
Water & wastewater *
Livestock Many cattle drowned
Agricultural land Fields inundated
Coastal erosion *
Natural environment *
Cultural heritage *
Coastal defences *

*No known sources of information available


  1. Lane, F. W. (1965). The Elements Rage. New York: Chilton Books.
  2. Britton C. E. (1937). ‘A Meteorological Chronology To A.D. 1450’. Geophysical Memoirs, 70. London: H. M. Stationary Office. 177pp.