Recently the High Country History Group heard about two catastrophic weather events of the late nineteenth century. In a double-bill of speakers, Anne Brooks told the story of the Essex Earthquake of April 1884 and Andrew Smith outlined the events of the hailstorm of midsummer day 1897 which devastated crops in the Blackmore, Ingatestone and surrounding area. The notes on the latter were published on the blog (see entry 1.12.07) and appeared in a book entitled ‘Black Thursday’.
Surfing the net I discovered that the entry has been lifted and used in a wider study of the history of rain and hail storms in this country. Follow this link to find out more, and about the 'Storm Enthusiasts Group'.