High Wycombe - Storm

6th August 1842 High Wycombe,

Storm

On Wednesday afternoon this town was visited with a most violent and heavy storm, indeed such a one as even the oldest inhabitants cannot recollect before.

The thunder commenced about two o'clock, and about a quarter before three the hail and rain fell in torrents, and continued with unabating fury for near three quarters of an hour; many of the hailstones were as large as walnuts, and a great number of windows in every street were broken by them, and in the green and hot-houses, and on the skylights the destruction was very considerable. The streets in several places were quite deluged, and many of the houses were also flooded both above and below stairs - whose rooms being covered with water. The storm did not extend to the east or west much more than a mile beyond the town.