The Essex tornado of 1897

Margaret Mills joined me again this afternoon to relate  the story of of the Essex tornado which took place on the afternoon of Thursday, June 24, 1897 – a special day as people were getting ready to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

The storm, about 9 miles wide, appeared almost from nowhere.

Some places like Ilford and Romford stayed fine and clear but just to the north of Brentwood, there was a scene of total devastation and many farmers were bankrupted.

Twenty four hours after the storm, there were still hailstones a foot deep in Ingatestone with one hailstone measuring over four inches across.

Chelmsford looked like it had been through a war and the strawberry crop at Tiptree was totally destroyed, whilst the storm had completely blown itself out by the time it reached Colchester.

Listen here to Margaret’s description: –

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