Dockeney Stayed Dry (2021)

Living in the same cottage for the past 42 years, I’ve seen several floods ebbing and flowing around the houses in the small hamlet of Dockeney, between Geldeston and Ellingham.

Luckily, the waters have never invaded my home, and my heart went out to those few dwellings in Geldeston that were flooded this Christmas.  At the farther end of Station Road, towards “Ellingham Island”, a few gardens were under water and we remained on the alert for days because the rain was relentless.

The Locks Inn took a pounding. It’s always a cruel experience to be flooded: imagine how it feels when the deluge is compounded by total isolation, no heating or lighting and no dry ground to be seen for miles around. We felt very sorry for the family at the Locks who stoically endured this over Christmas and the New Year.

(The photo above by Jolyon Oxley shows the flooded marshes either side of a submerged Locks Lane in 2021. The aerial shot below, taken in January 2022, shows the extent of the flooding on both sides of the River Waveney.)

During the floods of the late 1960s, I recall, the area below Mildred Cottage at the top end of Station Road was badly affected.

Mr and Mrs Slack made headlines in a national newspaper standing outside their cottage. “Runny View” shouted the bold headline above the elderly pair, just under the cottage’s name at that time, “Sunny View”. (The same cottage next to the Run Dyke came off worst this year, as well.) The beautiful and cherished Geldeston village sign, by the way, was created by their son Bill.

Margaret Rose Langran
Station Road, Dockney

This year’s offering …

Marshes flooded on either side of the River Waveney, 7 January 2022 (photo, Mike Page)

Article first published in Tidings, February 2021