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ID5992
Year1763
Month08 (August)
Day19 (Friday)
CalendarNew
Quotation"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."
SourceAnnual Register Vol 6 1763 Chronicle page 95-96
Area040 - Kent Rivers Group
ContributorFrank Law
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Entry Date/Time08/10/1998 16:49:22

 

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