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Picture No:102
Courtesy of:Doris Cutting
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Flooded Village

Buildings on left are Stoneworkers Cottages.
Picture Added on 25 March 2006.


This flood happened a couple of years before I was born. The Hatter family lived in the extreme righthand house of the Stoneworkers Cottages; next to them, to the left, lived the Brede family. Opposite is Gordon's Place - on the lefthand side lived the Doust(James) family; in the middle the Head family (it was Mrs Head who lost her husband and two sons in the 1927 lifeboat disaster), and on the right the Mills family.

The tiled cottages to the right of Gordon Place (I never knew the name of these houses, and still don't - Jack Tillman a relation of my Grand Mother, probably his brother, lived in the lefthand house, during the mid-40's, nextdoor lived the Millgate family. The end on white house next along, is the Inkerman Arms, and the row of cottages to the right are the Inkerman Cottages; Jack Doust, former Harbourmaster, and family live in the first house next to the Inkerman Arms. And, if my memory serves me correct, the Downey family lived in either the end cottage or in the next house. Ernie Goddard, a local Painter & Decorator lived in the righthand half of the extreme righthand house which was opposite the Church Hall and nextdoor to RH Garage.

Ernie built himself a 14ft hardchine sailing dinghy, which turned out to be very fast, and I had great trouble trying to beat him during the RHSC summer races for the Anstruther Cup; I eventually lifted the cup by half a point, in a dinghy which had been loaned to me by Harry Leney the son of Leney Breweries in Ashford, for the season.

Harry went up to Cambridge and gain his MA and went north to become a House Master at Gordonston School in North Scotland, nextdoor to the the Naval Air Station at Lossiemouth, where I would eventually end up as a flying instructor. Harry bought an old Cornish 45ft lugger and brought it back to RH and together with my father's help, he converted it into a ketch - she was named the "Ellen Louise." Together with several other university students he went on an ornithological expedition to the Faroes Islands, and from their results he wrote his final thesis paper. The ketch he sailed north to Scotland and she was berthed at Hopeman, Morayshire, litterally just down the road from the school, and was used by Gordonston School for sailing trips out into the Moray Firth and around Scotland during the school's breaks and holidays. Unfornately, Harry went down with TB and died a year or so later from a heart attack. He was a wonderful character, very tall, who had a resounding laugh which could be heard for miles. Before going to Cambridge he had served as a Navigating Officer aboard the Blue Funnel Lines throughout WWII.

Added by Michael Doust on 05 March 2007.
I remember seeing a picture of my great granny outside her house at Rye Harbour - one of the stoneworker's cottages I presume?
Added by M Thompson on 26 December 2014.
My great grandparents lived in Rose Cottage and in 1891 Watson's Row, my mother visited her grandmother when she was living in Gordon Place ( Mrs Mills)
Added by M Thompson on 21 October 2016.

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