"Thunderstorm - Narrow Escape
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
The lightning was very vivid and the flash and sound were simultaneous.
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.
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