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The Great GMC Flood of October 1880

March 12, 2014

A letter from Charles Astry Octavius Baumgartner to his eldest brother John Percy Baumgartner

J Percy Baumgartner Esq.
Gorleston, Gt Yarmouth

Godmanchester
11th Oct./80

My dear Percy

Thanks for your note of 9th inst. I wish you could have come while I was here.
The flood has been something to remember, – covering the road from the Vicarage to Bester’s shop & Church Lane, and running down past E. Maule’s to the road between the Bull Inn & what used to be Capt, Molyneux’s house.

The sailing on Port Holme on Saturday was absolute perfection. I feel, now, that I have not lived in vain. Life is not a hollow mockery. The gale, N.E. , was just as strong as the ”Iona” could stagger under without upsetting. The only other boat out (a Bevan’s canoe) was capsized at the first attempt to go about. and I had to keep my own weather eye considerably open, to avoid sharing the same fate. I wanted you much to share the perils of a cruise in the ”Yarra” with one. I would have been too much for a single hand. I sailed clean over the highest part o ‘Goose Island’, – not, however without scrapping the ground with my keel; the water having then subsided 3 inches. The wind being almost exactly against the stream, I could go to any part of the Holm at pleasure, – which a canoe cannot do with the wind in any other quarter. – My river gauge marked just 7 feet. The September flood, high enough in all conscience, was only 6ft 9in.

Cambridge St, & West Street, and others, were flooded also: but I did not explore those regions beyond the ‘Causeway”. The water came up as far as the cedar on our lawn, and was in all E. Maule’s gardens & yard, &even in the house, at the back. Even the September flood, I went in my canoe over his embankment & tennis lawn to call on Mrs Maule; but this flood has been far worse. There is also far more water to be seen from the Eastern windows of these houses than I ever saw before, – all over ”The Parks” and Mr Brawn’s and the Vicarage land. Another indication of the height of the flood is, that it is over the sill of the Island Boat-house windows.
The Locks were almost indistinguishable, save for the upper wood & iron work of the gates, & the footbridge leading from water to water only! The flood-gates were open; but scarce any stream was perceptible, the lower level nearly the same as the upper. The flood is lower now, but it is still what in other years would be called unusually high one.

I am arranging to leave Godmanchester on Thursday. I am much obliged for your invite. I have a prior one for Burys Court but I cannot accept even that (if at all) until I have been to Invermark first. There will be some carpenters’ work of alterations, &some painting & c., and a lot of carpets & cornices & things ordered in July, to be looked after; and I must be on the spot at the first at all events. I hope you will come & see the new place some day when it is properly ‘’fixed’’. Please give my love to Elsie with thanks for her letters. I am very sorry she is ill again. This intended to be almost as much for her as for you. I cannot write more, 4 ½ a.m. Love to all at home.
Your affectionate brother,

CAOB

SCHEDULED TOURS FOR SMALL GROUPS 2014

January 7, 2014

These are scheduled tours for small groups (groups of under sixteen) or individuals, that you can join, with like minded people to view the house and gardens guided by a member of the family. Included in your admission is homemade tea and cake 17.50 pounds per head.

Island Hall Tours
Join award-winning interior designer, owner Christopher Vane Percy for an intimate afternoon tour. Listen to the intriguing stories of Island Hall’s history and tales of its residents past and present, then enjoy a delicious full homemade tea with fresh, finger sandwiches and a slice of fresh Victoria Sponge.

Teas at Island Hall

(*THESE TOURS MUST BE BOOKED DIRECTLY THROUGH THE MERCURY THEATRE http://mercurytheatre.co.uk/event/island-hall/)

FOR LARGER GROUPS (OVER 16) PLEASE REFER TO OUR BOOKING PAGE OR CONTACT US DIRECTLY

April

Saturday 26th 2.30pm

June

Tuesday 17th 2.30pm

Wednesday 23rd 2.30pm

August

Tuesday 5th 2.30pm

Wednesday 20th 2.30pm

November

Thursday 13th 3.00pm *Special Candlelit Tour

Saturday 22nd 3.00pm *Special Candlelit Tour

December

Wednesday 10th 3.00pm *Special Festive Victorian Christmas Candlelit Tour

*Special Candlelit Tours are a magical opportunity to experience Island Hall’s lovingly restored Georgian rooms by glittering candlelight. Join award-winning interior designer, owner Christopher Vane Percy for an atmospheric afternoon tour. Listen to the intriguing stories of Island Hall’s history and tales of its residents past and present, then enjoy a delicious full homemade tea with fresh, finger sandwiches and a slice of rich, festive cake.

Countdown to our Red Cross Charity Craft Market 14th July!

May 31, 2013

14th July - Red Cross Charity Craft Market at Island Hall

Stall Holders confirmed so far:

Jo Chalkin Handcrafted Designs
Joules Etc Fair Trade & Handmade Gifts
Garden Classics
Sally Thake Jewellery
Karen Dixon: Little Tinkers
Lisa Bushnell: Phoenix Cards
DD Designs & DD Vintage
Emma Faircloth: Usborne Books
Gillian Johnson: Personalised Canvas
Jane & David Yardley: Ramsey Abbey Walled Kitchen Garden
Tracey Ling: Top Tots Boutique
Janet Buist: Plants
Sadie Marshall: Crafts
Claire Holmes: Thread and Inks
Rosie Carpenter: Sticks Studio
Danielle Machin: Danielle Machin Photography
Therisa Innes: Paddys paws plaques and gifts
Jane Grieves’ Needful Things
Sue Clark: Hand Quilled Cards

This is our first craft fair to compliment a well-supported annual Red Cross garden opening at our historic house. We are praying for good weather, but the market will be under cover, so the rain will not deter us!
There will be a courtyard plant market, but this year we are providing a platform for local crafts people.

The entrance to the craft market (from 12pm-5.30pm on 14th July) is free and will be held in the courtyard of the house, coinciding with our Red Cross garden opening (entrance to the garden £4 per adult, accompanied children free).

Stall Holders all make a direct contribution to our British Red Cross in Cambridgeshire fundraising!

SCHEDULED TOURS FOR SMALL GROUPS 2013

January 4, 2013

These are scheduled tours for small groups (groups of under sixteen) or individuals, that you can join, with like minded people to view the house and gardens guided by a member of the family. Included in your admission is homemade tea and cake 17.50 pounds per head.

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(*THESE TOURS MUST BE BOOKED DIRECTLY THROUGH INVITATION TO VIEW details on the booking page of our website)

FOR LARGER GROUPS PLEASE REFER TO OUR BOOKING PAGE OR CONTACT US DIRECTLY

February

Saturday 23th. 2.30pm

April

Saturday 27th 2.30pm

May

Tuesday 14rd 2.30pm

June

Tuesday 18th 2.30pm

Tuesday 25th 2.30pm

July

Wednesday 3th 2.30pm

Tuesday 23th 2.30pm

August

Thursday 8th 2.30pm

Thursday 22th 2.30pm

September

Thursday 5th 2.30pm

Thursday 12th 2.30pm

November

Thursday 14th 3.00pm *Special Candlelit Tour

Saturday 23nd 3.00pm *Special Candlelit Tour

December

Tuesday 10th 3.00pm *Special Festive Victorian Christmas Candlelit Tour

Thursday 12th 3.00pm *Special Festive Victorian Christmas Candlelit Tour

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: Desert Island Discs broadcast from the Island

January 9, 2012

On 29th January 2012, BBC Radio 4 celebrates the 70th anniversary of a broadcasting institution – Desert Island Discs. To mark the occasion, at midday on the 29th, all BBC Local Radio and the stations in Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland will simultaneously broadcast their own, very special, editions of Your Desert Island Discs – the programme where the listeners are the castaways. Tune in to catch BBC Radio Cambridge broadcasting from the Island at Island Hall


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