Aireborough Historical Society

1856 Thunderstorm Yeadon




Title
Thunderstorm
Date May 1956
Location Yeadon
Photo ID
V187
Comment

 "Thunderstorm - Narrow Escape

      On Monday afternoon about half past one o'clock, a severe storm of thunder and lightning passed over Yeadon and the neighbourhood, accompanied by heavy torrents of rain.

The lightning was very vivid and the flash and sound were simultaneous.

       The electric fluid struck a cottage situated in the centre of the village, occupied by Mr Benjamin Hudson, whose wife was at that moment sitting in front of a fireplace with a young child on her knee.

The lightning entered the chimney and after splitting the mantlepiece and filling the house with soot, made it's exit by the window breaking several squares of glass in it's progress out.

Mrs Hudson was slightly struck on one cheek and one foot but not much injured and the child escaped unhurt.

        The chimneys of the house of Mr Richard Whitehead, the Wool Pack Inn, about half a mile  from the cottage were also struck by lightning but no damage was done, with the exception of a few stones displaced and the furniture etc. completely covered with soot"

Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling

 

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