“Our house is hardly 200 yards from the sand hills
and yet we only had a few minutes warning... My husband
and I and my niece Rita threw on our coats and
made a dash for the sand hills, with Mr. Cator and
our three dogs. As we went I could see the sea pouring
over the marshes and racing us, but in the end we
got to the hills in time."
An account of escape from
the floods of 1938 in Horsey.
Norfolk has been no stranger to floods and
inundations by the sea down the centuries. Such constant
dangers have helped form both the character of
the land and its people. Yet the sea is a fickle as well
as a cruel mistress, for she provides families with a harvest
to feed generations and yet can turn angrily upon
them with storm and flood, claiming her toll in lives
along the coast.
And not only the sea. In low-lying
East Anglia heavy rainstorms quickly fill the rivers and
waterways, bringing their waters brimming to the
banks and eventually cascading across the flat
farmland and into the towns, villages, and the city of
Norwich, leaving death and destruction in their wake.
The three floods covered in this book occurred in
1912, 1938 and 1953, and are some of the most
severe to be suffered by the county, not just in the
twentieth century but for hundreds of years before.
In each instance the tragic loss of life was accompanied
by the destruction of houses, farms, roads and
bridges, many simply disappearing before the unstoppable
surge of water.
Here, illustrated with almost 250 dramatic
photographs, many of them never before published,
the author traces the story of each of these catastrophes,
linking a chronical of actual events with personal
stories told by those who were there when the flood
For the first time here is a full and illustrated
history of the greatest floods ever experienced in
Neil Storey is a born and bred Norfolk
man. A graduate of the University of East
Anglia and one of the foremost historians
of the county specialising in social and
military history themes, he has published
over 30 books and countless articles for
magazines and journals. Undoubtedly a
man blessed with a ready wit and ebullient
character he is a familiar voice on BBC
local radio; he has also acted as a consultant
and featured on a number of television
documentaries and dramas. Neil is in
constant demand by both academic and
social audiences for his lectures, talks
and legendary after dinner speeches.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 159 3, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published June 2012.