Chimney Struck By Lightning
Prize Cattle Killed
A severe thunderstorm burst over Yeadon
on Thursday evening.
About a quarter past 5 o'clock the chimney belonging to
the Old Mill (Old Dog Mill) at Yeadon was struck by the lightning, which
descended the chimney with such force that the doors covering the boiler fires
were forced open and the boiler-house filled with a cloud of dust and soot.
fireman was unable to enter the boiler-house for fully five minutes on account
of this and the sulphur which pervaded the air.
The top of the chimney is very much damaged,
one stone eight inches thick being broken in two, while for a yard from the
summit the large stones forming the top of the chimney were disarranged and
several large stones forming the inside lining or packing were knocked down the
inside of the chimney.
It is rather a singular coincidence that
for four consecutive summers now some part or parts of this mill have been
damaged by lightning.
During the progress of the storm, at
Novey House Farm near Yeadon, three head of cattle belonging to Mr A W
Hainsworth of Farsley, to whom the farm belongs, were struck by lightning as
they were grazing in one of the fields and killed.
Two of them were prize
cattle which Mr Hainsworth had only recently bought from Mr Coupland of Yeadon.
Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling