Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Winter, 1947

Houses in Market Street, Mottram where channels were dug to allow children to return home 1947

I was talking to my grandma on the phone last night about the bitter cold, and she told me when she was 16 it was a lot worse. She said they'd put bricks in the oven and then wrap them up and use them to warm up the beds!

Fishing Vessels, motor boats and barges held in fast by ice in Whitstable Harbour Kent 1947

During the winter of 1947 temperatures reached -21 C here in Britain, and in other parts of Europe it was even worse. Things got so bad that coal couldn't reach power stations and electricity was restricted to 9 hours a day. There was a severe food shortage and many vegetables were frozen into the ground. The British Minister for Fuel at the time miscalculated how much coal would be needed that winter, and ended up receiving death threats from members of the public because of his lack of foresight.

Because of this winter and the mass unemployment that followed, thousands of people emigrated to places such as Australia.

Here are a few photos I found of Britain of the snow at the time. I'd recommend asking your grandparents how they coped with the snow too! Images from here.

Struggling through the winter snow Mr Hawks of Bedhurst Village delivers milk, 30 January 1947

Mammoth snowdrifts block kentish roads like this one on the Rochester Bridgewood Road, 26th February 1947

Fen skating championships

Happy children in the snow. Winter 1947

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3 comments

  1. oh man this is such a cool post! Lovely photos as well.

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  2. wow, that really puts things in perspective when we all complain about 4 days of a little snow. We don't realise how lucky we are most of the time!

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  3. Gosh that snow is insane! Fascinating post indeed!!

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