22nd January 1942

Very cold. All pipes frozen in Castle, so I have to carry water from Holly Trees.

Mother is not feeling very well today, owing to the intense cold.


Barbara Critchley said...

My mother's letter to my father of 21.1.42 mentions temperatures of 16 degrees farenheit. She was writing in north London. which was then Middlesex. She also mentions family members who are poorly at this time.

E J Rudsdale said...

Many thanks for this insight, Barbara. No wonder people were becoming ill in these freezing temperatures, especially with the restrictions on fuel. I notice that Alwyne Garling also reported very low temperatures in Colchester in his diary for 22nd January 1942. CP