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Filename: raf_540_1013_v_0003.jpg

Size: 5118 x 5293 (4.5MB)

Date: 10th December 2021

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: Historic England Archive

Owner URL: https://images.historicenglandservices.org.uk/

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Walcott Beach RAF_540_1013_v_0003

Walcott, Norfolk. On the night of 31 January 1953 a combination of a high spring tide and a severe European windstorm caused a storm tide. The area suffered greatly and much of the village was lost to the sea.
In the aftermath, the effects of coastal erosion are apparent all along the beach, where an unnamed vessel has been grounded

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Media ID 24147743

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1950s Beach Coastal Flooding Ship


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This photo print, titled "Walcott Beach RAF_540_1013_v_0003" captured a haunting moment in history. Taken in Walcott, Norfolk on the night of 31 January 1953, it depicts the devastating aftermath of a storm tide caused by a combination of a high spring tide and a severe European windstorm. The destructive power of nature is evident as you gaze upon this image. The once thriving village now lies submerged beneath the unforgiving sea. Coastal erosion has taken its toll along the beach, leaving behind visible scars that serve as reminders of the tragedy that unfolded here. In this desolate landscape, an unnamed vessel stands grounded on the shore. Its presence adds to the eerie atmosphere portrayed in this photograph. One can only imagine the stories hidden within its weathered hull - tales of survival or perhaps even loss. As we reflect upon this historical moment frozen in time, we are reminded of both our vulnerability and resilience in the face of nature's fury. This image serves as a poignant reminder that even amidst destruction and despair, there is beauty to be found – not only in capturing such moments but also in learning from them to protect our coastal communities for generations to come. Historic England Archive has preserved this powerful snapshot for us all to bear witness to history's lessons etched into Walcott Beach forevermore.

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