The 1953 Flood


On the night of 31 January 1953, the sea at Herne Bay rose 7 feet above normal and wreaked havoc in the town. The pier structure was attacked, fishermen’s boats were smashed onto the promenade, and water poured into low-lying streets, filling basements and ruining ground-floor rooms. Even as the waters finally receded, they left behind foul-smelling mud and silt.

The Great East Coast Storm killed so many people across Europe that Herne Bay was lucky to escape fatalities, but there was significant damage at a time when people were still recovering from the privations of World War Two.

Visit the Museum to see:

  • The momentous East Coast storm in stunning photographs
Beach Street Herne Bay Copyright Derek A Darby

Beach Street Herne Bay © Derek A Darby

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Herne Bay Museum and Gallery
12 William Street, CT6 5EJ

Nine miles from Canterbury via A28 and A291. Nearest station: One mile from Herne Bay train station.

Phone: 01227 367368