Say it Ain’t So: Winchester flooding (2014)

February 17, 2014 at 1:28 pm (news) (, , )

News out of Britain has been rife this past weekend; now comes reports of the River Itchen overflowing its banks.


I remember taking this riverside walk, often!

Downtown Winchester – with its towering Cathedral (resting place of Jane Austen) – is not super far from this spot. The Itchen snakes through so many places I remember well, from my two months in the area, working at the Hampshire Record Office, with the letters and diaries of Emma, Mamma, Fanny, Eliza Chute, et al.

Here in New England, we’ve nothing but snow (and rain is now predicted for us, later in the week…); in Olde England nothing but rain. There is nothing worse than drastic flooding. Must get letters out to my friends, and see how they are fairing.



  1. Ron Dunning said,

    During the height of the storms there was a worry that the Cobb at Lyme Regis was about to be severely damaged, but it appears to have survived.

    • Janeite Kelly said,

      We’ve been getting images, Ron, of some of the battered shoreline, but no specifics at all. Hadn’t thought at all about the Cobb, but, yeah, anything like that has such a potential for sustaining damage. Hard not to remember the roller coaster at Coney Island: sitting in the ocean, all broken.

      Do keep us in the U.S. posted!


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