Undoubtably, the worst disaster to strike Horsey in living
A brief summary of events is below, and then we'll deal with the
Floods in greater depth, and include many memories of those who lived through the ordeal.
During 1938, Horsey was flooded several times. The breach in the
sand hills was 1/2 mile wide and covered an area of 7,500 acres for a period of three months. the dates
February 13th: A north-westerly gale, accompanied by abnormally
high tides and a full moon, resulted in the sea breaking through at Horsey and flooding an area of fifteen square
February 18th: The village of Horsey was partially evacuated owing
March 1st: New defences at Horsey broken by high tides.
April 3rd: New defences at Horsey again submerged by high
When the waters finally receded, only 27 acres were not affected
in some way by salt, which meant that the land could not be farmed for 5 years, causing widespread unemployment in
The piling, strengthened by sand and shingle, was used to block the gap. This was
reasonably successful, as during further flooding in 1938, Horsey escaped the worst of the damage, other areas
bearing the brunt. But it was apparent that the area must be further protected, and work commenced on a concrete
wall. Since that was done, no further damage has occurred.