Harwich – 1953 Flood Memorial


This rather lovely little garden is a memorial to those who died in the February 1953 floods and it was reopened just a few weeks ago following a restoration to mark the 70th anniversary of the disaster. There’s an extensive Wikipedia page about the flooding and there were nine Harwich residents who lost their lives. And here’s more about how the flood impacted on the town itself.


In the centre of the garden is a spherical sundial with seating placed around the exterior. It’s a fitting tribute and it’s located on Wellington Road, near to the Harwich lifeboat museum.


Information on how the disaster unfolded.


The names of the victims are listed along the pathway, this one commemorates the life of the youngest, who was just 16 months old. Peaceful and quiet, it’s a very respectful memorial and I like that they’ve made such an effort to add information about the flooding and its impact on Harwich.