4th December 1944
Quiet night, and a brilliant, cold morning. While thinking about Wisbech last night, realised that I had seen some very fine and very old photographs of the place in the National Buildings Record at
Oxford. Unless the whole town has been pulled down to
the ground then it must be a very attractive place. In the early hours of this morning, decided
to apply, and shall go over and see the place on Friday. As soon as I got up, wrote a letter to that
effect and posted it in Colchester.
An alarm tonight from 7.10pm to 8.15, but nothing happened.
Poulter told me today that Orchard [the Borough Engineer] had charged £143 for repairing the little “temple” on the Ramparts, which I and Sissons saved from destruction. This is sheer spite.
There is now a “dim out” in
Colchester, and windows give a faint glow for the first
time for more than 5 years. Nobody seems
to mind streams of light pouring out of doorways, either.