to explain how 1607 tsunami hit Burnham-On-Sea area
flood disaster which killed many people across the Burnham-On-Sea
area will be the topic of a special history lecture this evening
Professor Simon Haslett, from the University of Wales, will speak
at North Sedgemoor Local History Group's meeting in Highbridge's
King Alfred School at 7pm.
His lecture will be based around the research he carried out
for his BBC2 Timewatch television series.
The 1607 Flood in the Bristol Channel is recorded as being the
worst-ever in the British Isles, with some researchers saying
it was caused by a tsunami following an earthquake.
The 570km long area affected by the flood stretched from North
Devon, through Somerset and Gloucestershire, and along the South
Wales coast from Monmouthshire to Carmarthenshire.
badly affected were the coastal lowlands of Somerset and Gwent,
including Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean.
Professor Haslett told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The coastal
population was devastated with at least 2,000 fatalities according
to one of the contemporary sources."
"In some parts of the coast, the population is thought never
to have recovered from the social and economic disaster."
Wednesday's lecture will be held in King Alfred School's Lecture
Theatre starting at 7pm and visitors are welcome for just £1
or by joining the group for an annual membership of £3.