Memories of being flooded out of house and home

Flood water outside The Course in 1960 was three to four feet deep.
Flood water outside The Course in 1960 was three to four feet deep.

I feel history has at last touched me, as two of your features in the latest edition impact on me and my knowledge, personally.

Firstly, on your Memory Lane page, you have published two photographs of flooding in Lewes. Although you do not give the year, I believe them to be of the flooding which occurred in December 1960.

The left hand photo shows pumps which were borrowed from, I believe, Peterborough, which were used to convey flood water across the road at the bottom of Rotten Row to join up with the stream on the other side of the road, which ran at the back of The Course which had become blocked.

The right hand photo shows flooding further along Winterbourne stream in the grounds of the then County Grammar School for Girls before it continued through Grange Gardens, the old Cattle Market and the railway station towards the River Ouse.

My wife , myself and two year old daughter, Jane, at the time lived in 18 The Course – see my submitted picture of the flooded Course (No 18 is the house with the white door).

The water from the stream at the point was about 50 yards wide and 3 to 4 feet deep.

We were flooded out of our house for three weeks with the water three feet deep throughout the ground floor (no compensation in those days).

Secondly, my mother when I was about six-years-old in 1940, used to regale me of stories about the largest man in the world, one Daniel (Danny) Lambert, labelled David in your caption but correctly Daniel later on.

He came from the city of Leicester as did my mother, and he was famous for his size.

I have never checked, but my mother said her chair, which is shown in the painting, resides in Leicester Museum.

G R Colman