Floods in Rugby 1932

Van in floods on Newbold Road, near Rugby, May 1932
Victor W Long; Warwickshire County Record Office reference PH 352/152/320

The photo shows a van driving (or perhaps stranded!) on a flooded road on the outskirts of Rugby: the B 4112 at its junction with the A 426. The village of Newbold was completely cut off for a time (you can see from the map how vulnerable this stretch of road is, next to the river Avon). It is rather surprising that it was early summer – rather than winter – so the flood may have been the result of flash floods from thunderstorms.

Photographer Victor W. Long

The photographer – Victor W. Long – lived at 7 Sidney Road, Rugby from 1928 until his death in 1963, aged 67. He was listed in directories as a pianoforte teacher but was also a keen freelance photographer. He took many pictures of Rugby from the 1920s to the 1950s, and his photographs of local events were published in the Rugby Advertiser from 1928 onwards. His photographs are easy to identify because they include his initials ‘VWL’ as you can see from this example.

Do you have other interesting photos of floods in Warwickshire?  I remember seeing the Jephson Gardens inundated a few years ago, but sadly didn’t have my camera with me at the time.

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