Questions flood in about photographs

The flooded Bull Ring with The Angel Hotel in the background in 1919

Can you help identify the location and time of this photograph?

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Northwich Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A FORMER Northwich schoolboy is appealing for information about two photographs of a town centre disaster he found in his mum's belongings.

Terry Bate, who was born in Victoria Road but emigrated to Canada in 1956, was intrigued when he found the pictures and contacted the Guardian to see if readers could help shed light on them

He said: "The attached two photographs were among several hundred old photographs among my mother's possessions when she died several years ago.

"I was born and raised in Northwich but long after the watery events pictured.

"I would love to know how the flooding came about and when, although I doubt that any of your readers are old enough to remember the 'when'!

"Did the River Weaver rise to such a level that it flooded the town?

"Has it happened since?"

Northwich residents will remember the most recent floods of September and December 2012 when heavy rainfall caused the River Weaver and River Dane to burst their banks and flood premises in Dane Street and the Bull Ring.

This prompted a £2million Government grant to build flood defences in the town.

The Environment Agency has been working on plans for these defences and work has to start in autumn to secure the money.

At the time of the 2012 floods the Guardian's Remember When section printed a selection of photographs of historic floods provided by Weaver Hall Museum.

These included the dramatic events of 1919 and 1946 and featured the same picture with the car in the flood, which was taken at the Bull Ring in 1919.

The building in the background is the Angel Hotel, which suffered from Northwich's well-known subsidence and was demolished in the 1920s.

Anyone who can shed any light on the second picture or anyone who has flood memories to share, or more photographs, should email gbebbington@guardiangrp.co.uk or ring 01606 813624.

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