30th May 1825

Took a walk yesterday to Bassetts close at the bottom of the wormstalls to see the Ash trees that the lightning struck on Saturday it took off the large top & splintered the body to atoms driving large pieces of it in all directions round the tree to the distance of fifty yards.
The stump of the trunk left standing was pilled of the bark all round & split to the bottom.
I never saw such terrible power of lightning in my life before: people came to see it from all the neighbouring villages & took away the fragments as curiositys

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