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The Great Storm of 1872

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Francis Kilvert, who died on September 23, 1879, was a parson and a diarist who passed much of his ministry close to Clyro in the Welsh border country, where he was deeply influenced by the restless beauty of the mountain streams and the solitude.

Kilvert was a keen recorder of the weather and was especially sensitive to the cold of winter. He frequently mentions what appear to be abnormal conditions. Taking a few consecutive months there are the following entries: “7th December, 1871. The Wye frozen across above Glasbury Bridge. 24th January, 1872. Visited John Morgan. The old soldier had another epileptic fit on Sunday. Came home in a wild storm of rain.

In December there came what was known as the Great Storm of 1872 when “ninety trees fell in Savemake Park and Forest” and an elm crashed at Cocklebury killing a cow sheltering there. Farther afield there were disasters at St Thomas’s church, Exeter, when pinnacles were blown down during evening service, and two people were killed in Bristol “by the falling of a house”.

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1 hour ago, knocker said:

. 24th January, 1872. Visited John Morgan. The old soldier had another epileptic fit on Sunday. Came home in a wild storm of rain.

 

Guernsey was hit by gusts of up to 85mph. Lowest pressure reading was 977mb

Lowest pressure readings
Alnwick: 965mb
Newcastle upon Tyne: 962mb
Darlington: 960mb
Evesham: 954mb
Camden Square: 959mb
Worthing: 963mb

Heavy rain and floods also accompanied the gale with a number of stations recording their wettest day for the month.

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