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The Sea Breaks Through

Documentary on the 1938 storm on the North West Norfolk coast and how it led to the sea breaking through at Horsey.

Documentary 1938 10 mins Silent

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On February 12th 1938, extreme weather caused the North Sea to battle against the North and West Norfolk coast. The area around Horsey, south of Sea Palling, was extensively flooded after the storm breached the dune defences, and the sea crashed against the cliffs and destroyed homes. The cliffs have a long history of gradual coastal erosion with a number of homes being lost to the sea over the centuries. This film is a record of the aftermath of the storm and the work to restore.