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Cley Windmill marsh tide 1900 by cleywindmill

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One of two pictures of Cley Windmill from the early 1900s showing a “Marsh Tide”.
Cley has always been under threat when the combination of very high tides comes with a North-Westerly wind. The wind stops the high tide from going out of “The Pit”, (the lagoon on which Blakeney and Mortson harbours are situated). The next high tide will then cause severe flooding.

The first recorded flood is from 25/11/1665 when a tide destroyed wheat on the marshes and some of the barns and “tossed a ship out of the sea over the beach into Salthouse Channel, which was brought to Cley to be repaired”. The flood of 1742 tore through all the banks, destroyed some 40 acres of wheat on the marshes, flooding many houses to a depth of four feet and drowning a horse belonging to a man names Morgan “who lived under the hill”

The worst floods of all were in 1921 and 1953 when many houses were flooded to a depth of seven feet. We like to think that we are now protected from such a disaster with the building of the flood barrier to the North of the Windmill in 1993 – we shall see!

All income from this site goes directly to the up-keep of the fabric of this iconic building.

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