Terrific Gale Strikes Loughborough and Quorn, March 1947
Loughborough Echo, Friday, 21st March 1947
ROADS BLOCKED BY FALLEN TREES
Extensive Floods in District
Battered for several hours by a wind of hurricane force, the Loughborough district was the scene of considerable damage on Sunday night. Trees were felled, fences and walls smashed down, windows broken and roofs partly denuded of slates and tiles.
The wind, which was estimated at a velocity approaching 100 miles per hour, was accompanied by lashing rain. To be out of doors was an adventure in itself, for flying branches, twigs and tiles proved highly dangerous.
THE WHITE HORSE INN
The flood which came up in Quorn on Thursday last covered the middle of the village in the region of Quorn Cross until Saturday, when it subsided. By Monday morning it was up again and covering acres of country beyond the Gas Works. The only indications of the line of the river between Quorn and Barrow were the trees on either bank.
Three times during the past 18 months, Mr. A. W. Hincks, landlord of the White Horse Inn at Quorn, has seen flood water pour in the front and out of the back doors. Anticipating last week's flooding, he had concrete barricades built at the foot of each doorway; but these proved ineffective and the ground floor remained awash. The level in the cellars was kept down by pumps, which emptied the water out on to the street again.
QUORN HOUSEWIVES FERRIED
With the village cut in half, housewives wishing to do their shopping on the other side of the village, had to be ferried across in motor-cars. A swan, looking rather bedraggled, provided some amusement by taking up a very dignified attitude in the middle of the flooded roadway, as though competing with the R.A.C. and A.A. men for control of the road. Many efforts were made to move him and he went - in his own good time!
The floods evicted Mr. H. Halford and family from Brunton's Lodge, Barrow Road, Quorn, on Tuesday. This has not been known for some years, and Mr. Halford and his family are living for the time with relations in Freehold Street.
The Quorn National Schools have been partly cut off by water and several children have been given an enforced holiday.
Flooding at Barrow-on-Soar was subsiding by Saturday morning and for the first time since the previous Thursday night traffic was able to negotiate the Barrow-Quorn road. The footpath from Barrow to Quorn had been completely covered, as had the raised sidewalk along the road between the two villages. The Leicester-Barrow-on-Soar bus service was providing its passengers with a circular tour of the flooded areas by running through Loughborough and along Cotes Lane to the back of the village.
The photograph below was captioned:
In the centre of Quorn. Children take a front seat at The Cross, to view the floods.