Storm Event

This tide was considerably higher than the remarkable one some years ago on 1 January.

Severity ? 3


This event has been triggered by severe gale and flood tide.


At Seasalter sea walls were breached.

Receptor and Consequence

This event affected Kent, Whitstable, Deal, and Maldon. In Queenborough and Sheerness, all the marshes were flooded by the sea water. In London, most of the cellars at Whitehall were drowned as the tide in the Thames ‘rose to such an amazing height’. St. James’ Park, Palace Yard, Westminster Hall, and Temple Garden were also flooded as well as the cornlands next to the Thames amounting to £20,000 (Lamb, 1991). This event has been said to resemble the December 1736 event.

Summary Table

Loss of life *
Residential property *
Evacuation & Rescue *
Cost *
Ports *
Transport *
Energy *
Public services *
Water & wastewater *
Livestock *
Agricultural land The cornlands next to the Thames flooded amounting to £20,000.
Coastal erosion *
Natural environment *
Cultural heritage *
Coastal defences *

*No known sources of information available


  1. Lamb, H. H. (1991). Historic Storms of the North Sea, British Isles and Northwest Europe. Cambridge University Press.