1) A sudden flow of water in a river; a flood.

The road between Addingham and Ilkley was part of a major highway that linked York and Lancaster and in parts alternative routes could be followed when there was serious flooding. Edward Bolling’s detailed petition in 1710 stated the case: the said rode very ruinous … frequently filled and drowned with water by the River Wharfe being soe violent. He then referred to lost horses and goods and the drowning of John Baley, adding if such High Water or a fresh come downe travellers were obliged to turne up into the upper rode.

places Addingham
dates 1710

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