Henry Taunt's 1890 photo of flooding in Oxford
Henry Taunt's 1890 photo of flooding in Oxford © Historic England Archive
Henry Taunt's 1890 photo of flooding in Oxford © Historic England Archive

Flooding and Older Homes

Many older homes are in areas where there is a significant chance of river or coastal flooding. Even more are at risk from surface-water, groundwater or sewer flooding. Older buildings can be damaged after flooding by unsuitable drying out methods and  repair works, and sometimes historic materials and fittings are thrown away.

See our advice on understanding flood risks for your home, preparing for floods, dealing with flooding; and sorting out flood damage:

Webinar on flooding and the historic environment

We held a webinar in December 2018 to discuss flooding and the historic environment. Flooding has been identified as one of the principal risks for the UK associated with our changing climate. Past years have seen devastating flooding over large areas of the country and an estimated one in six properties in England are estimated to be in areas at risk of flooding. Flood water affects our historic environment and can cause harm to heritage assets, however if looked after our traditional buildings may be far more able to cope than you might think.

View the 2018 flooding webinar. For the best experience, please use the Google Chrome browser or download Adobe Connect

Ready for Rain Project

You can now follow a real-life property renovation to make a sandstone house ‘ready for rain’.

Cumbria Action for Sustainability are refurbishing a terraced house in Appleby to make it resilient to extreme weather, including flooding.

Find out more