Location of the listening bench in Harwich
Listening bench installed on St Helen's Green
Welcome to the information page for the listening bench installed in Harwich, Essex.
Here you can find out more about the clips featured on the bench, which were recorded by the Harwich Society between 2009 and 2013. They highlight some of Harwich’s most significant moments in history, particularly memories of the 1953 flood that affected the town and its residents so severely.
Location of the bench in Harwich
The bench is situated on St Helen’s Green, located near the flower bed and looking towards the Treadwheel Crane.
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Audio clips on this bench
Enid Godfrey talks about her brother, who was killed while serving in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War (SA 49/1/2/8/1).
Bett Calver describes how she saw a ‘wall of water’ crashing in front of her as she was on her way home the night of the 1953 floods (SA 49/1/2/19/1).
Bernie Cummings recounts the rescue of his horses from a flooded stable during the 1953 floods (SA 49/1/2/21/1).
Joseph Thomas describes the different mines and minesweepers used in Harwich during the Second World War (SA 49/1/2/15/1).
Joseph Thomas recalls how he and his friends used to sneak into the Electric Palace cinema to watch silent movies for free (SA 49/1/2/15/1).
June Cummings shares her memories of the night of the 1953 floods (SA 49/1/2/20/1).