THE GREAT FLOOD
JAN 20 1606
|A small mark on the corner of the tower reputedly marks the height reached by the flood.|
On the XX day of Ianuary even as it came to pas it pleased God the flvd did flow to the edge of this same bras and in this parish theare was lost 5000 and od pounds besides XXII people was in this parrish drown.
|A tablet now hanging in the porch of the church reads: "January 20 1606 & 4th of Jas I. An inundation of the sea-water by overflowing & breaking down the sea banks; happened in this Parish of Kingstone-Seamore, and many others adjoining; by reason whereof many Persons were drown'd and much cattle & goods were lost; the water in the Church was five feet high & the greatest part lay on the ground about ten days."|
|Perhaps the worst to suffer was St Mary's church in Cardiff. It was already in decline when the flood caused the river Taff to cut into the churchyard. The church fell into disuse, and nothing now remains. A decoration on the wall of the Prince of Wales (once a cinema, now a pub) is believed to mark the approximate spot where the church once stood.|