The South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) is the regional film archive for the South West of England. Established in 1993, SWFTA's core collection comprises of the combined programme libraries of Westward Television and TSW (Television South West). The archive also cares for a significant number of donated film collections, both amateur and professional, dating back to the early 1900s.
This film is part of Free
Lynmouth Floods' Anniversary
The 25th Anniversary of the Lynton and Lynmouth Flood
From the collection of:
Lynmouth residents reminisce about the flooding that happened twenty-five years ago, on the 15 August 1952. Thirty-four residents lost their lives during the night when flood waters peaked. Lynmouth may not have been the biggest flood Britain has ever seen but it may be the most studied.
Landscape erosion, water courses and interest into how natural disasters such as flooding can shape our physical geography by changing the landscape around us have been the topics of study. East and West Lyn Rivers are known to swell and flood with records of this happening having been traced as far back as 1607. It is because the two rivers converge at Lynmouth that the area is most affected. Caused by heavy rainfall the flood dislodged many large boulders and trees causing damage to bridges, roads and buildings.