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598624-02-1766"The north mail which should have arrived on Sunday evening at six, did not arrive till five on Monday evening; that which should have come in Tuesday at the same hour, did not arrive till Wednesday nine in the morning; and that which should have arrived on Thursday at six in the evening did not come in till past eleven on Friday; owing to the floods."[River Lee]038 - LeeFrank Law
598702-07-1760"So violent a storm of rain, attended with thunder and lightning, fell near Fordingbridge and Ringwood in Hampshire, that the water of the brooks running from the New Forest into the river Avon, were in less than hour's time raised to the height of ten or twelve feet perpendicular. At Redbrook, a waggon with five horses, passing that brook, were with great difficulty saved from being carried away by the rapidity of the water, which rose so high, that it ran through the house of a farmer there, at least a foot in depth, and in a house opposite was near halfway between the floor and the cieling [sic]. At Stuckton, a gentleman being stopt in his journey by the flood, was obliged to rest in his chariot all night. Great quantities of hay, and thread which was whitening in the meadows near Fordingbridge, were swept away by the inundation, as were also great numbers of hogs, together twith their sties. At Gorley eighteen hogs were carried off at once, but saved by the diligence of a neighbouring farmer. The river was swelled to such a height, that it is probable the mills thereon would have been born down by the violence of the stream, which would have carried all before it, had not the diligence of the people who attended all night, opening flood-gates and hatches, abated its force by dispersing its waters." [River Avon]043 - Avon and StourFrank Law
598813-02-1773". . . There fell a prodigious quantity of snow in Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Wiltshire, and Gloucestershire. On Broadway-hill, and the hills in Gloucestershire, it is said to have lain at least eight feet deep in the open road."039 - ThamesFrank Law
598901-03-1763"Happened the greatest storm of rain and hail at Harrow on the Hill, and places adjacent, ever remembered by the oldest person living there; for, notwithstanding the height of the situation, several fields were overflowed, and lay under water . . ."[River Crane]039 - ThamesFrank Law
599125-06-1759". . . a very uncommon sort of insects, which within thse few weeks have made their appearance, and done considerable damage to the grass and corn. They bear a near appearance to the caterpillar, are of a dark colour, with white stripes from the head to the tail, and are about two inches long. They seem to abound most on the head of the Tweed, where several farms have been in a manner totally destroyed by them. . . . Most people are of opinion, that they are caused by the late excessive drought, though several old men remember much greater, without any such appearance. It has been observed, that since the late rains, many of them have been found dead, swelled to a considerable bigness."[River Tweed]021 - TweedFrank Law
599219-08-1763"About twelve at noon the sky, for several miles round London, was overcast in such a manner, that the darkness exceeded that of the great eclipse in 1748 . . . This darkness was occasioned by a black sulphureous cloud, which arose in the north west, and, attended with hail, rain, wind, and lightening, drove furiously over London, and then discharged itself chiefly on the county of Kent, where in rapidity and fierceness the storm resembled a tornado, so as to kill fowl, and even sheep, and, in near twenty parishes, destroy all hopes of any kind of crop, to the amount of near 50,000 l.After the storm was over, the hail and rain water, with which the earth was covered, formed a kind of jelly, so slippery, that it was difficult to walk over them. The hail stones measured from two inches to ten inches in circumference, and some taken up on the 4th of September, still measured four inches and a half round.Of the stones, some were globular, others like flat pieces of ice frozen together; heaps and ridges of them lay by the hedges three and four feet deep.As several honest and industrious farmers were known by this storm to be entirely, in a manner, disabled from being any longer serviceable either to themselves or the community, lord Romney and several other noblemen and gentlemen, from a principle of humanity and public spirit, invited all such to bring in an account of . . . the account since published it appears, that the whole loss of these useful members of society amounted to 5185 l 5 s 1 d; and the benefactions for their relief to 2156 l, 4 s 2 d."040 - Kent Rivers GroupFrank Law
59931761"from Fort Augustus. "A very uncommon phaenomenon happened here the 31st of March. About two in the afternoon, Loch Ness rose on a sudden above two feet in perpendicular height, and continued alternately rising and falling, for the space of three quarters of an hour. . . In the middle of the Loch, the water swelled up like a mountain, and during the whole time appeared extremely muddy and dirty. What makes it still more extraordinary, it was a perfect calm for several hours before and after. The motion was attended with a very uncommon hollow sound." - The same happened during the last earthquake at Lisbon, but never before for 50 years."[River Ness]006 - NessFrank Law
599407-09-1772"A most astonishing rain fell at Inverary, in Scotland, by which the rivers rose to such a height, as to carry everything along with the current that stood in the way; even trees that had braved the floods for more than 100 years, were torn up by the roots, and carried down the stream. Numbers of bridges were swept away, and the military roads rendered impassable. All the Duke of Argyle's cascades, bridges, and bulwarks, are destroyed, at his fine palace in that neighbourhood."[River Aray]087 - Fyne GroupFrank Law
599530-10-1772"In Monmouthshire, one of the greatest floods ever known in that country, did incredible damage, by bearing down bridges, carrying away cattle, destroying mills, sweeping away houses with their inhabitants. A most providential escape is related which deserves to be remembered: a woman, the wife of a tins-man at Carleon, crossing Carleon bridge when it fell, happened to lay hold of a beam, upon which she floated through Newport bridge, and three miles below that town was taken up by a small boat. As soon as she was put on shore, she procured a horse and rode home, and was the first person who carried the news to her husband of the accident that had happened to her."[River Usk]056 - UskFrank Law
599621-08-1772"The water in the [tidal] Thames was so remarkably low in the afternoon, that people might have waded across from Pepperalley-stairs to the opposite shore . . ."039 - ThamesFrank Law
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