Sunday, 05 December 2021

Floods are not as bad as they were in 1894

FLOODING in Henley was worse 120 years ago than it has been this week.

Ed Atkinson, of Queen Street, sent me some photographs of the town in 1894 and others of what it is like now.

One old picture shows people on skiffs in floodwaters outside the Anchor pub at the river end of Friday Street whereas this week the water didn’t come anything like that far.

Another image shows the road outside the Red Lion Hotel submerged and the water a lot further inland than at present.

The latter was published in the Illustrated London News of November 24, 1894, under the headline “The Recent Disastrous Floods in England”.

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