On the 22nd of June, 1789, the rivers Severn and Avon overflowed their banks, and continued rising ‘till the 27th. Great quantities of hay were lost or spoiled, and the damage done to the farmers and others in and near this place, was very considerable. The roads leading from the town were all under water, and boats were employed on the long-bridge for the more ready conveyance of foot passengers.
Source: The History and Antiquities of Tewkesbury by W. Dyde. Second Edition; Tewkesbury 1798