Adventures in Deltiology

Do people still send postcards these days…?

Boscastle: The Harbour Light

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Boscastle, Cornwall | The Harbour Light, a 400 year old building which was completely destroyed in the flood of 16th August 2004, has been beautifully rebuilt and restored. The original bridge over the narrow River Valency has been replaced by a new bridge over the widened river.

Published by Celtic Scene / Photography by Claire Sellick / Printed by Four Way

Postmarked Plymouth and Cornwall 29th May 2015, from John, a colleague visiting the area

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As the caption tells, Boscastle, this small centuries-old fishing village on the north shore of Cornwall, made international news in the late summer of 2004 when a devastating flash flood swept through the valley and obliterated much in it’s path. I remember well seeing the footage of the swollen river Valency plundering the village, taking cars, trees, buildings and the bridge with it. It’s miraculous that no-one was killed or seriously injured. Boscastle has been a destination for tourists for decades and, as this postcard amply demonstrates, has bounced back from the destruction, raising the Harbour Light building back from the riverbed and building a new crossing for the 21st century. It’s a reminder that these islands have been shaped and formed by nature for millennia and will continue to be so changed and moulded.

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