Flood in High Street Knebworth

Do you remember this?

By Pamela Dobbs

Knebworth High Street flooded
Pamela Dobbs

Before the motorway was built all traffic came through Knebworth – the Knebworth High Street was part of the Great North Road.

I worked in the old LH&D Co-op (on the left of the picture). We were flooded in the shop and store room to about 6 inches. Station Road was also flooded – the cellars were flooded and they took priority over us for the Fire Brigate. We still carried on working! Luckily it was all wooden floors so the flood water could drain through.

Can you remember what year this was? It could have been 1960. If you know please add a comment below.

This page was added on 15/03/2010.

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  • I came to Knebworth in 1961 in the Lowe familly and I remembered well the sweet shop and the shoe maker
    that used to say to me “ta love” wonderful memories

    By claudie Hezez (26/07/2021)
  • I think that would have been Mrs Hall’s sweet shop “Toys, Sweets, Cigs” (!!) It was there until the early/mid 70’s.
    I’ve still got a really nice china tiger that I bought there with my pocket money in about 1972!
    Polly’s Pantry was a very early memory.

    By John (24/05/2018)
  • I don’t remember the flood, but look! There’s Polly’s Pantry!

    By Brenda Hillier (Crawford) (18/05/2017)
  • That would have been Mrs Hall
    Her Husband Bert had a Mens Outfitters in Welwyn

    By Leslie Harland (18/09/2016)
  • Was the lady Mrs Hall? Or was She in later years?

    By Amanda Turner (10/11/2013)
  • OMG – I think it was 1963 the snow which blocked the roads in and out for days, and had stayed around for months, finally melted. Creasey’s garage was on the left along with Barclays bank and the Post Office around the corner in St Martain’s lane, Lloyds Bank is just out of view on the left. I have a table made out of the counter at the old Co-Op, out of view on the left, which my dad rescued after the flood…probably stole or gave a few shillings for. The best thing was that the sweet shop next to Pictons yard remained open! (Don’t remember it’s name but the lady’s who owned it were very nice to us and used to give us farthing sweets on the way home from Knebworth CP School)

    By John Hogarth (25/06/2013)