The pictures of the 1953 flood are mainly
those of the damage after the waters had receded. Pictures of what it was like
on the night itself - don't exist!
for an interesting article on the whole of the east coast in the 1953 flood, with many pictures including some of Holland, go to: snowwatchforum and scroll down a bit past the Boscastle flood.
the North Norfolk village with the Fascinating History
From the heath c.1820
1953 FLOOD An aerial view of the village green on the morning
after the great flood of 1953
The sea has receded.
It is hard to imagine
what the view from here would have been like during the night before,
but no plane could have remained in the sky!
looking from the post office towards the east.
All these houses had
sea water up to the top of their staircases. All their possessions
were ruined and all
their wash houses and out-buildings were demolished.
This was the flood that killed people all over East Anglia and destroyed many houses'
In Salthouse only one person was drowned but many were made homeless
The other end of the village, opposite beach road
Clem Holman stands in the ruin of his wash house. The children
with him are probably Coopers who lived at that time in the cottage
now the Crab Shop.
Behind Clem, in this picture,
is Cliff Woodhouse's house which was
battered but remained standing.
He escaped by breaking a hole in
the upper storey
(see the picture on the right) —>
Above: The same house from behind. Cliff Woodhouse
made the round hole you can see to the left of the chimney, and he and his wife escaped through it from the
Roy Holman and his mother sitting in the ruin of their
wash house opposite the duck pond on the coast road.