The flood of 1607 is generally acknowledged to have been the greatest natural disaster to affect communities along the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary. The enduring images from the pamphlets of the day ensure that it is remembered more than 400 years later, and its cause is still being debated. Was it a tsunami? Was it a storm surge?
Rose Hewlett is currently undertaking a research degree at the University of Bristol studying the response and recovery aspects of the event in Gloucestershire.