Rutland Water - Eviction Notices

Walk down Rectory Grove, Clapham, and you'll come across an an abandoned, boarded up a cul-de-sac called Rectory Gardens. This is the second time in it's relevantly short history it's features are rotting, metal and wood boards blocking it's windows and doors. The short term renters who were moved into to save the council properties in the 1970's were evicted in March this year. Monetary restraints usually lead to capricious actions of local councils searching desperately to make their books balance. Evicting the residents of the Garden's was the last of the grand scheme to replenish the empty coffers. Never mind the inhabitants had save the area from destruction. Modern times calls for modern morals.

I was reminded of this state whilst on a trip to Rutland Water in September during the last hurrah of the summer. We tend to assume that the act of drowning great swathes of land in the countryside to create the gigantic reservoirs was a pre-WWII practice. I was surprised to learn that Rutland Water was created in 1975. The village of Nether Hambleton and most of Middle Hambleton were lost as were several farms and cottages. To save St. Matthews Church, the ground level was raised to avoid subsidence in the water and a giant bank surrounding built.

Both are cases of eviction for the advancement of the local area. Although only one case is as impervious to criticism as the clay used to form the bottom of the reservoir.