Barham Downs History Society

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Dear All


As usual thanks to those who came to the January meeting about the Great Storm of 1953. Some of us were around then but it has become one of those relatively forgotten events which were very serious at the time with a total death toll of on land in the UK estimated at 307. The total death toll at sea for the UK, including the MV Princess Victoria, is estimated at 224.


Total damages were estimated to be £50 million (£1.4 billion today). The combination of wind, high tide, and low pressure led to a water level of more than 5.6 metres (18.4 ft) above mean sea level in some locations and over 1,600 km (990 mi) of coastline was damaged, and sea walls were breached in 1,200 places, inundating 160,000 acres (65,000 ha; 250 sq mi). Flooding forced over 30,000 people from their homes, and 24,000 properties were seriously damaged.


As mentioned last month, following the success of our map night in November and requests to take it further, at the February meeting, on Monday 10th at Barham Village Hall at 7.30, we will be looking further at the maps from our collection and other sources including the Tithe Maps. This will let us see the changes over a longer period than we did in November. The evening will be led by Andy Linklater and Celia Heritage, who has a particular expertise in the Tithe Maps.


The next Archive Morning will be on Friday 28th. February from 10am/Noon in the Cavalier Room at Barham Village Hall.  If you have any photos or documents which you would be happy either to donate or allow us to take a copy to help us add to our archive please bring them along or contact our archivist (John Reynolds: 830384 / Any photos which show the area or local activities are of interest, including recent ones as, after all, today is tomorrows history. As well as using these for society events and work we have used them in other activities such as giving talks to the children at the local primary school and supporting exhibitions. As always, your help with this is gratefully appreciated.


The March meeting will be our annual talk from John Buss. This time it is “The Ship Swallower: The Story of the Goodwin Sands”. We always look forward to John’s talks which have always given us a fascinating and informative evening. This will be one of our public talks so there will be a small charge of £3 for members and £5 for visitors on the door. It will be at Barham Village Hall on Monday 9th March at 7.30pm.



David Wood



The February meeting of our neighbours at Elham will be on Fri 28th 7.00 for 7.30 at Elham Village Hall. Admission costs: EHS Members £3 Non Members £5. The talk will be by Derek Boughton on “ Elham Women - Part 1 (1217-1914)”.


The Bridge society meeting is on Thursday 20th and will give those of you who missed our showing by Tim Jones of the film about Count Louis Zborowski a couple of years ago a chance to catch up. It is at Bridge Village Hall at 7.30 and cost Non Members £5 including refreshments.