The Horseshoe Brewery was situated on the site of today’s Dominion Theatre. In 1814 a very large vat collapsed due to corroded hoops, releasing a wave of beer. The wave, consisting of 7,600 barrels of beer (over 1.2 million litres), destroyed two houses and flooded the cellars of a number of others which were homes to poorer Londoners. A total of eight people drowned in the flood and one other person died the following day from alcohol poisoning.
I am sure many more had very sore heads the next day too….
Dawn Denton ©