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  • Location: Atherstone on Stour: 160ft asl
  • Location: Atherstone on Stour: 160ft asl

http://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/the_..._of_1952_exmoor

Just spent the week down there, and was amazed to here about it, guess I'm a little too young to have heard of it. There's no escaping its significance locally though. Every bridge has been rebuilt & contains a plaque, also a very good visitors' centre in the middle of town.

A 1950's Boscastle you could say.

Hope you find it interesting.

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  • Location: North Norfolk
  • Location: North Norfolk

In second hand book shops it's always worth keeping an eye out for Eric Delderfield's book about the floods that was published not too long after the event. A very interesting read, and is interesting to compare with the reports about Boscastle.

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  • Location: Taunton, Somerset
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, thunder, strong winds
  • Location: Taunton, Somerset

Lynmouth is certainly a beautiful place. It has recovered so well after the terrible disaster, but there are still signs of it around- whether it be the survivor's tales or the information centre and plaques. The event will never be forgotten but Lynmouth has really done well to recover like it has from such an event, it's a lovely coastal village with a great atmosphere.

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  • Location: Wimborne, Dorset
  • Weather Preferences: Snow (of course) Storms, Sunshine, everything begging with 'S'
  • Location: Wimborne, Dorset

We spent a weekend holiday at Lynton and Lynmouth in February of this year. We stayed in a beautiful B and B by the riverside. The owner of the B and B was saying that a few of the older local people are convinced that the 1950's flood was caused by the MOD in Sailsbury peppering the clouds. He was saying that they could not prove anything of course and they would have to wait another 50 years to read the MOD file concerning the flood. This is because if it came to light that the MOD were actually responsible for the flooding they would not have to pay compensation after 100 years has passed.

Hmmmm ... makes you think ! :lol:

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