A great idea that clearly didn’t last too long
I read with great interest the item about the Fen Floods of 1947.
Our father took my brother and me to see the breach in the A10 just south of Southery and to see the frantic efforts being made to restore the road.
My uncle was landlord of the Ferryboat Inn on the riverbank just south of there and was stranded for ages.
My grandmother, aunt and uncle lived in Littleport, so were also cut off from us.
My father, whose company frequently did work for the Great Ouse River Board, told us that after the floods had subsided, the GORB convened a meeting of all the local authorities affected by the floods and it was decided to produce a map showing the ‘High Tide’ mark of the floods.
It was then decided that, only in exceptional circumstances, would building be permitted in those flood prone areas, to prevent any new buildings slowing the flow of water in the ‘washes’, introduced by Cornelius Vermuyden when he drained the Fens under instruction from the Duke of Bedford.
We all know how long that great idea has lasted!
DAVID TEMPLE- COLE Sydney Australia