Flood Gate

Padstow has always had one major problem – on the equinoctial spring tides, it floods.   In 1988 this problem was addressed and over the period of two years, the present day flood-defence scheme was built – sheet piling and extending the pier in the Inner Basin, building a tidal gate and raising the walls on Langford’s Quay. The result is that since the gate was put in the town has not flooded.   The by-product of this scheme is that the Inner Harbour is now kept wet, providing Marina conditions for visiting craft, whereas prior to this the harbour would dry on every ebb tide.



Market place flooded c1940s-50s




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