On this day: Great Storm of 1703

Great_Storm_1703_Goodwin_Sands_engravingGreat Storm of 1703

The Great Storm of 1703 was windstorm that swept across Britain on the 26th of November (the 7th of December in today’s calendar). Ships were blown hundreds of miles off course, and just on the Goodwin Sands over 1000 seamen lost their lives.

Map showing the location of the Goodwin Sands

Map showing the location of the Goodwin Sands

Thousands of chimney stacks in London collapsed, sending even Queen Anne into hiding in a cellar. The bishop in Wells was killed by a falling chimney stack, while flooding caused hundreds of deaths in other parts of the country. The destruction continued into Wales.

It was claimed the storm was a punishment from God.

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