October 17 1814: London Beer Flood


On October 17 1814, enormous vats of beer. located in the Horseshoe Brewery, explode. A torrent of beer escapes and floods the surrounding streets of Central London. Some 323,000 gallons or 1,470,000 liters of beer escape.  A wave of beer rises some fifteen feet high. It is a grand disaster that would be comical but for the fact that eight or nine people are killed, including a four year old girl, Hannah Banfield, who is having tea with her mother.

The writer  Martyn Cornell has the best description of what happened.  He writes:

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