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A Dejavu Experience At Sutton Bridge

Updated on August 29, 2011

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.


Sutton Bridge at night
Sutton Bridge at night

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.


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    Steve Mitchell 6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Thanks Seeker7 you are such a wise person I am glad you are there for me when I am in search of answers. Keep watching this space.

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    Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    I'm sure it will be part of your destiny. We don't often have such strong feelings of belonging to a place or person without good reason.

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    Steve Mitchell 6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Thanks Seeker7 you have added weight to the theory I had thought in my own mind. When I first saw the street named after the great man SPS before experiencing anything else I knew that his name would be significant and a possible link to my future.

    Only yesterday I had lunch near the lighthouse and could see the end of the river flowing out into the sea. It always gives me a feeling of peace and tranquility never experienced anywhere else.

    It will be part of my destiny I just know it.

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    Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    Hi, this is such a wonderful hub and the photographs ar awesome! No wonder you had such an emotional experience the scenery is beatiful.

    There is a theory that when your creative and/or spiritual channels open up that a force comes into play called 'synchronicity'. This takes the form of many coincidences and links that you had not previously thought about before. These can either have a direct influence on what you want to achieve or will bring you into contact with people that share your outlook and/or have knowledge that can help you to achieve your goal.

    That was very interesting about the connection between the writer and artist Sir Peter Scott. This could perhaps be part of the synchronicity that comes into play. It's a very interesting phenomena and in it's simplest terms means like attracts like.

    I loved this hub! Voted up + awesome!

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    Steve Mitchell 6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    It's weird the feeling you get of something which you have no control over guiding you in what seems a path you have been on before even though you know you haven't.Thanks for your lovely comments and encouragement. You know it means a lot.

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    Mamadrama 6 years ago from Upstate NY

    Steve, your descriptions make me feel as if I were there! Great job. I experince Dejavu sometimes. I am not sure how interested you are in the subject, but they say this is a place you have been in a past life. Amazing to me. Dejavu is so romantic to me.. the feeling you get when you are in a strange place, or meet someone you know you have never met before, but they feel like home. I welcome the feeling. Great hub! Voted up and beautiful

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    KL Adams 6 years ago

    Wow so many directions one could go. I think you are too anxious and too excited for others to weigh in their opinions...why if they feel something opposite of what you are feeling? Would it kill your excitement? Would it prevent you from following something you have been so excited about?

    I think you need to figure this one out by experiencing the place when you have a moment to spend there or around there without the interruption or crutch of someone's company. Take a pen, pad, and/or camera there and clear your head.

    Some times its not so much about a place we are drawn to in life, although it may seem as such. Maybe it's something on the way up there or from there or while you are there. Maybe it's an idea you get while being there. Or maybe it's a sign to stop wasting time doing something you so obviously don't want to be doing. You are hard at work; but your heart is somewhere else. And, the lighthouse is a symbol of a guide. Ships use it's lights to know how to gage the shore lines. Maybe this is your sign you are ignoring something that is meant to bring you great joy.

    I am a huge believer in following your passion. I'm not saying quit your day job, and go on a world peace mission. But, I do believe everyone has something that brings them great peace and joy. The people who don't let the negative opinions of the world keep them down, find themselves on top of the world. And, the ones who listen to the negative and never chase after their dreams, find themselves underneath the world. And, so I believe the feeling you felt was meant to call your attention to what ever it was you were thinking in the moment you felt the shift. Don't focus too much on it, answers always have a way of SCREAMING at us when we don't see them - but if there are too many other distractions we can't always get the message no matter how loud. (Sorry about writing a book, but I feel your questions are seeking a detailed response. And, I don't like to half heartedly give advice in the first place) :-)