The Ipswich Journal - Saturday 18 August 1787

Transcribed by G. Lamb, for the HRGS.


20. Extract of a letter from Maidstone, Aug. 14.

"On Thursday night and Friday morning, a most tremendous storm of thunder and lightning passed over this town, from the north-west to the north-east, and for the space of three hours the whole element was like one continued sheet of white lightning, there being hardly any interval between the flashes; the thunder was uncommonly long, but not very loud.  At Leeds, Harrietsham, and Lenham, the storm was very heavy; hailstones, or rather pieces of ice-fell, broke the windows, and cut the corn and hops very much.  About Sittingbourne, Milton, and the adjoining villages, great damage has been done to the gardens, c.  At Hawkhurst the lightning was very vivid, and the thunder long and awful. At Sandhurst a small cottage was set on fire and burnt down."