More postcards showing the aftermath of the floods of August 26th 1912
The printing works of the Norwich Mercury on Bridge Street were destroyed as the Wensum became a raging torrent. The works stood on the riverside near to St. Miles Cosalny Bridge.
For those who remained in their homes, food and other supplies were delivered by boat or horse and cart. Here we see bread being delivered to an un-named street. Tony Williamson contacted me to say: “The photograph is a set up. Francis Willmott, (a photographer from Muspole St) took a shot just previous to this showing the cottagers, the boatman and Lord Wodehouse who was standing in a few inches of water. Not the only flood pc to be staged. It's Lothian Street with Cushions woodyard (still trading there) on the right.”
The caption on this postcard reads “Top window of a Public House used as bar”.
Trowse Bridge was one of the many bridges in the region which were destroyed or damaged in the 1912 floods. The bridge was rebuilt in the following year.
Another postcard showing the collapsed road bridge at Trowse which crossed the River Yare.
The road bridge which crossed the River Yare at Lakenham was also destroyed during the floods.
Another view of Lakenham Bridge from August 1912. The caption reads “One of the first trains into Norwich” - as previously mentioned, many of the rail lines were blocked by either floodwater, fallen trees or other debris which cut the city off from the outside world.
Cottages at Lakenham which were heavily damaged during the floods of August 26th 1912.