The Great Flood of 1968

 

Older residents will also remember that September 1968 was also the year of the great flood, when the Lammas Lands were completely submerged, isolating Farncombe from Godalming and completely devastating the Fairground and Amusements of Mr. Benson encamped on the Lammas Lands near the boathouse at Catteshall. Roundabouts and Dodgems were under several feet of water, as were his lorries and caravans; eventually they were towed out to dry on the slopes of such nearby roads as Kings Road and Hare Lane. The residents of Wyatt's Close were also evacuated.

Source: Godalming in 20C

 

Bridge Street

 
Photograph: Godalming Museum, ref B002.8.1

 

 

The Burys

 
Photograph: Godalming Museum, ref 2977C

 

 
 
Photograph: Godalming Museum, ref 2977B

 

 

Town Bridge

 
Photograph: Godalming Museum, ref 2976B

 

 

The Causeway

 
Photograph: Godalming Museum, ref B002.8.2

 

 

Water works in Borough Road, with the Atlantic Garage in Chalk Road in the bottom left

 
Photograph: Godalming Museum, ref 2975A

 

 

Borough Road

 
Photograph: Godalming Museum, ref 2975B

 

 

Catteshall Road.

 
Photograph: Godalming Museum, ref 2976C

 

Guildford too, suffered from the floods and a mark on the wall of St. Nicholas's Church by the town bridge, still testifies today to the depth of the floodwater.

 

 

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