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599720-11-1771"Extract of a letter from a Clergyman at Carlisle.I believe that there is nothing so surprising, and were it not well attested, so incredible, as what happened at Solway Moss, which lies on the borders of Scotland, about ten miles north of Carlisle. A great part of this moss (at least four hundred acres of it) began to swell by the inundation, and rose to such a height above the level, that at last it rolled forward like a torrent, and continued its course above a mile, sweeping along with it houses and trees, and every other thing in its way: it divided itself into islands of different extent from one to ten feet thickness, upon which were found hares, moor-game, &c.A letter from York, dated December 3 [Tuesday] gives the following particulars of this extraordinary phenomenon: - "we learn from Carlisle, that the breaking of the Solway Moss is looked on as the greatest incident that every happened in that country; the quantity of arable land covered by it belonging to Rev. Mr. Graham, of Netherby, it is said to be near 600 acres, and in different places lies from two to twenty feet deep of entire moss; so that a person, who had never known that country before, would have taken it for a moss since the creation. There were about 30 what they call villages, consisting of four or five houses together, destroyed; happily no person was lost but great numbers of cattle and sheep were suffocated. It began to move on Saturday night, and continued in motion till Wednesday [Nov 20]." 077 - Esk (Dumfriesshire)Frank Law
599831-12-1771"Solway Moss is still moving, and it is said has now covered above 900 acres of as fine holm land as there is in England. It has stopped the road for these eight days past, betwixt Annan and Long-town, and the post is obliged to boat over the river Esk. It has killed a great quantity of salmon, both in the Esk and Solway Frith."[River Esk] 077 - Esk (Dumfriesshire)Frank Law
599904-06-1767"It began yesterday to snow in Derbyshire, which continued the whole day, and part of this, so that the snow was above half a yard deep."[River Derwent]028 - TrentFrank Law
600004-06-1767"An uncommon inundation happened in the road between Newington and Clapham, occasioned by the heavy rains that had been falling for three days before; the waters collected in the road meeting with a high tide (wind N. by W. moon's first quarter) running up Vauxhall creek, swelled to such a degree, that they soon covered Kennington Common, and entering some low grounds, (on the south side) destroyed the brick-works, and did other damage to the amount of 200 l. The current making its way, S.E. and over Camberwell road by Wallworth common to the Thames, a poor woman happening to be on Kennington common before the height of the flood, got on the bank about the turnpike-house, and a working man in the gardens just by, going to assist her over the road, in stepping off the bank, her feet slipped, and she falling, pulled the poor man into the current with her; and both were carried thro' an arch under the turnpike-house, but two feet wide, and three deep. The woman was soon discovered by her coaths, but the man was carried forty yards down before seen. However, both being taken into a house, they soon recovered."[River Thames]039 - ThamesFrank Law
600319-01-1765"This day month, about eight in the morning, the bed of the river Ayre in Scotland was preceived to be quite dry for more than half a mile; and several persons out of curiosity walked in it, and caught the little fishes that had not made their escape; on the return of the tide, the waters rose to the usual height; and the river has ever since continued to flow without any remarkable alteration."[River Ayr]082 - Doon GroupFrank Law
600431-01-1764"In the course of this month there fell such heavy rains in these kingdoms in Germany, Holland, Flanders and the northern provinces of France that most of their low lands were overflown by the breaking of the banks and rising of rivers, &c. and vast numbers of cattle were drowned, or perished for want of fodder. Many people likewise lost their lives. In some places, even where no banks had been destroyed, the waters remained till the year was far advanced."040 - Kent Rivers GroupFrank Law
600511-03-1765"There fell such a quantity of snow in all parts of England, that many persons, who happened to be overtaken by it in wild and open places, unfortunately perished. Many places were overflown by the sudden thaw, that succeeded, particularly Maidstone, the inhabitants of which were driven into their upper rooms."[River Medway]040 - Kent Rivers GroupFrank Law
600614-07-1766"From Maidenhead, and other places in Berkshire, we are informed, that, by the late heavy rains, many of the fields along the Thames were two feet under water, and that considerable damage had been done thereby to the hay."[River Thames]039 - ThamesFrank Law
600714-07-1766"Great damage has been sustained in many places from the late wet and stormy weather . . . at Reading they were terrified with a great storm of thunder and lightning, and some sheep were killed, and also a woman at Hagbourn . . . in Northumberland, many sheep were drowned, and much hay was carried away by the floods, as also in Lincolnshire . . . In short, these calamities have been general in the two kingdoms. [England & Scotland]023 - Tyne (Northumberland)Frank Law
600830-07-1766"By the floods coming from the high country, Great Upwell and its neighbourhood are all under water, near two feet deep. The farmers have lost near 3000 sheep, which accident only has given an opportunity to some particular gentlemen to advance almost all necessaries for subsistence, which has made a general clamour amongst the poor."033 - Great OuseFrank Law
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