On 2nd May 1845 crowds had flocked to the Great Yarmouth suspension bridge across the River Bure to watch Nelson the clown. Nelson undertook his usual stunt for the visit of Cooke's circus by travelling on the river in a wash tub – pulled by a team of geese. As the crowd on the bridge saw him approach, they surged to one side and with a crack disaster struck, one of the support chains gave way and hundreds of men, women and children tumbled into the water many did not survive. The Fall of the Yarmouth Suspension Bridge tells the story of the days leading up to the disaster and life in Yarmouth at that time. Author Gareth Davies has delved deep into the newspapers and records to set events surrounding the disaster in the social, economic and political content of the day.
Publisher: Poppyland Publishing