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Leicester Mercury – June 12th 1839

The Hurricane

This town and county and, from what we hear, it would seem the greater part of the country has been visited during the week by one of the most tremendous hurricanes which has been known for many years, whether we consider its violence or duration. It began on Sunday night, lulled somewhat in the course of the following day, again raged with violence on Monday night, and finally subsided early on Tuesday morning. To chronicle the disasters occasioned by the violence of the wind in this town and country would occupy several columns, there being scarcely a street in the town which was not strewed with broken slates , tiles and bricks, and hardly a farmer in the county who had not been injured to a greater or lesser extent; but as we cannot spare so much space, our readers must be content with the following particulars...


The chimney at Pegg’s Green Colliery, near Ibstock, (one of the finest in the country, being exactly 100 feet high) was blown down between five and six o’ clock on Monday morning, scarcely thirty feet being left standing; fortunately no person or building was injured by the falling of the mass of brickwork.

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Loughborough Monitor – March 8th 1860


As a youth in the employ of Mr. Kidger, of Pegg’s Green, was passing the end of Anchor Lane, to fetch up the cows, he was suddenly blown flat upon the ground, stiff and motionless, with his arms extended; had it not been for the timely assistance of Mr. Knight, farmer, death would have soon put an end to his sufferings; he was conveyed to his master’s house on a cart; medical aid was immediately procured, and in a few hours he was restored. The cause is attributed to a current of electricity passing with the wind in that direction. Also, at the same time, it took off the top of a very large plum tree in Mr. Knight’s garden.

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Leicester Chronicle – January 10th 1874


The Weather

The alternate frost and thaw of the past week have made it dangerous to use the powers of locomotion. One woman, a Mrs. Smith, whilst attempting on Wednesday evening to cross the yard in which she resided, came to grief, for, owing to the slipperyness of the place, she fell and broke her arm.

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