28th April 1998
Dear Mrs Williams,
You are asking for memories of the floods of 1939. My family moved to 95 Euston Road in 1934 and I was six and a half when our home was flooded to about 3 feet in early October 1939. I still have very vivid memories of it and in my mind's eye I can see my mother standing at the front door with a broom, trying to keep the water out whilst everyone else was rushing around picking up rugs etc to take upstairs. We were stranded upstairs for several hours. The dampness affected some of the walls quite badly for many years, and our wooden framed piano was never the same. In those days we had coal fires which could be lit to help dry out the house. I lived in that house until 1969 so, as an adult, I understood the damage the floods did and vowed that if ever I had a bungalow it would not be on low ground - no upstairs to escape to!
I believe that Robert Thomas stated that the school was closed for 3 months. It might be worth checking that out as I'm quite sure I would have remembered that fact, and I don't. What I do remember of the early war years was that we shared our school with one from North London (Wilsden, I think), and for some time we were at school on a part time basis, ie: long mornings one week and long afternoons the next, instead of the usual 9.00am to noon and 2.00pm to 4.00pm or 4.30pm. I started at Far Cotton Infant School immediately after my 5th birthday in 1938, went on to Junior School and was at Rothersthorpe Road from 1944 - 46 before ending my school days at Northampton Technical High School from 1946 - 48. (It became Trinity Grammar School)
My heart goes out to all who have been affected by the floods and trust you will be able to get back to normal as soon as possible.
Yours sincerely, Doreen Findull