A Dejavu Experience At Sutton Bridge
Have you ever been somewhere and when you get there you believe you have been before, but know for a fact that you have not ? Well this happened to me just the other day. My daytime job for the last eight years has been as a parcel delivery driver for a national company and I regularly cover the surrounding areas of Spalding in Lincolnshire,which takes me out as far as the town of Sutton Bridge.
For some unknown reason it has been a burning desire of mine whist working in the location to be able to drive out as far as roads will allow to the mouth of the wash at the end of the flow of the river Nene. ( If you enjoy this article keep checking in with me for a future hub about the course of the Nene. I can promise it will be a good read ). I have been close to the sea on many occasions but have never been able to get a glimpse because of the high banks along the edge of the marshes. High banks and flood defences were put in when the draining of the Fens took place because the land is low, lying below sea level and was flooded most of the time hence the marshes.
On this particular day I had a delivery to make at the lighthouse on the West bank. It was a lovely warm summer day and I was completely shocked when the delivery destination came into view. Paradise was the only word I could think of. The beauty of the river was apparent. The setting was just idyllic. I knew I had arrived at a special place because of the emotional effect it was having on me. But why did I have this overwhelming feeling that I have been here before? It was almost as though I had arrived home and I have not been able to stop thinking about it ever since.
East bank lighthouse
West bank lighthouse
Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire.UK
What was causing me to be so enthralled with the place? Was it the fact I was so close to the open sea? What was it's lure? I have never felt like this ever before.
Have you ever had this type of experience ? Please feel free to let me know.
It may sound weird, I know, but after thinking about it and doing a little research it turns out that Sir Peter Scott the conservationist writer, painter lived in the West lighthouse for many years. Could this be the link? My new venture into writing. Am I being drawn into this by a higher authority or is it just a complete coincidence? Does anyone have an opinion on this? Let me know.
It is my belief that I am just following an opportunity which presented itself to me and I am taking advantage of it. Only time will tell as to what the significance the area is to me. It just seems strange that I should develop an attachment to a place I did not particularly have an opinion on for many months whilst working around the area. My first impressions during the winter of last year was that it was a remote, quite industrial looking town. Maybe that is the effect that winter can have as opposed to summer.
There are so many questions it seems to be answered. Only I can find them and act on them.
Questions questions ?
I would like to start a discussion about the questions raised in this short article.
If there is anybody who reads this could provide any authoritative explanation for the sudden affiliation to the town then I would be interested to know their thoughts.
Many thanks for reading and watch out for the next article about the course of the River Nene which outflows at Sutton Bridge into the Wash in East Anglia.