‘Bring out your canoes, the Lavants have flooded again!’ | Nostalgia

Yesterday I published photographs of Dean Lane End between Rowlands Castle and the hamlet of Finchdean.

Wednesday, 21st October 2020, 5:51 pm
'I can row a boat, canoe?'. The view from the other side of the Dean Lane End bridge, circa 1900. Picture: Ralph Cousins postcard collection.
'I can row a boat, canoe?'. The view from the other side of the Dean Lane End bridge, circa 1900. Picture: Ralph Cousins postcard collection.

Today we see the same railway bridge but from the other side.

The picture was taken at the beginning of the last century and the water is so deep from the flooding Lavants you could obviously paddle through it in a canoe.

Many pedestrians are standing on staging to save their feet from getting wet. A photographer on the scene in those far off days was an occasion not to be missed. He was Alf Harris.

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The railway bridge at Dean Lane End 2020. Picture: Bob Hind

When I was a kid I used to pick primroses from the railway embankment on the right. Impossible nowadays.

The embankments were always kept clear otherwise ash from passing steam engines would set fire to the growth. No need for that today of course.

My picture, taken a few days ago, shows a still-rural scene, I am glad to say.

The pedestrians have gone but the bridge and brick remain the same.

Handrails have been added along the top of the bridge for workers to hold on to when walking along the cess (the path beside the railway line). All to do with health and safety of course.

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