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1968 Flood photos

by Tom on 23 October 2012 · 3 comments

The flood of the river Beane in 1968

Photos from Cecil Beadle’s Walkern Collection

 

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Dave Albon November 15, 2012 at 8:50 pm

In the memories section of the web site Ivy Reeds recalls my grandad Bertie(popper) Parker riding his James Cadet motorbike (built 1954) along Totts Lane. My brother Brian who wrote the piece about the 1968 floods has done lots of work on this motorbike but he has now passed it onto me and I hope to have it back on the road in December 2012. The bike has been off the road since 1970ish so with a bit more work I hope to be riding it along Totts Lane again soon.

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BRIAN ALBON November 3, 2012 at 1:57 pm

I remember the floods of 1968.
My Grandparents Bert and Dorothy Parker lived at 20 Totts Lane.
We drove over to see them without any knowledge of the floods; the water having receeded by then.
When we came down Winters Lane and turned right into Totts Lane we noticed grass and weeds caught in the barbed wire of the adjacent field and on the road. We suspected that there had been a flood.
When we arrived at my grandparents’ house they mentioned an extra problem they had had to deal with during the flood.
Apparently they had just mopped up the floors of their house; the water level outside still being high.
While the front and back doors were open to help dry things out a farm tractor drove along Totts Lane causing a wave of water to enter the front door through the house and out of the back door.
My grandfather joked that although this was unfortunate the floor needed rinsing anyway!!

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Janet Woodall November 3, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Thanks for your comment Brian – it’s of especial interest to me as I live at 20 Totts Lane! I’d love to know more about Mr and Mrs Parker and the cottage as it used to be.
Best wishes
Janet Woodall

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