The 1953 Flood
Gainsborough Avenue and the Daisy Field
These photos were taken during the flood of 1953 (obviously!) when I was nearly 3 years old. The first was taken (I think) from the St Chad’s Road end of Gainsborough Avenue (where we lived) and the second looks as though it was taken from an upstairs room in our house looking over the Daisy Field and the old pavilion. My only memories of the flood are 1) my father walking downstairs and being surprised to meet water part-way up, 2) living in our upstairs bedroom for some time in between staying with relatives in Grays and 3) a van arriving with carpets provided to locals by the people of Canada. Oddly enough, when my mother (Grace Johnson nee Webb) died in the early 1990s, this carpet was still being used in a box room!