Tewkesbury In Flood
By Paul Homewood
One of the most iconic photos wheeled out, whenever there is flooding in England, is Tewkesbury, an old town in Gloucestershire, at the confluence of the Rivers Avon and Severn.
It looks like an island, surrounded by water. The Abbey, which dates back to the 12thC, and the surrounding old quarter of the town, are obviously built on the highest ground around.
Now, I wonder why that would be? Could it be that the Severn and Avon have flooded since time immemorial and that, knowing this, our forefathers made sure that their homes and churches were constructed on ground that would stay dry in even the most extreme circumstances?
Floods such as those in 1924?
Perhaps our planners could learn something from our medieval ancestors.