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Severe thunderstorm thought to be God’s judgment on the Royalists

In Norfolk on August 4 at 12:07 pm

4 Aug 1643 (Fri) || From Norwich they write, that about a fortnight since, they had a terrible storme of thunder and lightning upon a Wednesday night, the thunder sounding distinctly, as if great peeces of Ordnance had beene shot off, and such a vehement showre of taine, that boates might have floated in the streetes, so withall the lightning struck so thick and full upon the water, that it made some of the watchmen blinde for the time, and that this Tempest was so furious about a mile and a halfe from Norwich, at a place called Eaton-wood neere a famous farmers house, that aboundance of Rookes and Dawes sitting upon the trees, were stricken dead, insomuch that one hundred and eleven of their carcases were found the next morning by the farmers servants, which they gathered up and laid upon an heape, and have beene since viewed by credible persons; some of those fowle had their neckes broken, and others of them had their bones and bodies terribly rent and shattered, and not one drop of bloud was to be seene, either upon the ground, the trees, or their carkases, and that which hath made this Accident the more observable is, that not any profitable creature about the farmers house was so much as touched, or had any harme by this furious Tempest, but that it fell onely upon those ravenous and sharking creatures, that are detrimentall to man; and to his profitable labours upon the earth. What this may presage is yet unknown to many but from the inference we may conjecture, that it may menace Gods Judgment upon the plundring and pillaging Cavaliers, who like Rookes and Dawes live now ravenously by the sweate of honest mens browes.  || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

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Hastings and Gell play tag in Derbyshire; strange lights seen in the sky

In Derbyshire on March 10 at 12:04 pm

10 March 1642/3 (Fri) || Out of Darbyshire they write, that Mr. Hastings still continueth to rob the Carriers, for they tooke the Nottingham Waggon neer Loughborough in Leicestershire, and forced him to drive it to Ashby de la Zouch. Sir John Gell sent some forces both of horse and foot to Burton upon Trent to secure it, against whom came Mr Hastings with 4. or 500. horse, but durst not offer to enter it. The Townesmen of Derby have received from Hull, Armes for 300. Horse and foot, with some Match and Gunpowder, which they are glad of, because they can have none brought them safe from London.

At Chesterfield in that County, they have also received from Hull fifty Muskets, with proportionable Match and Gunpowder, from whence it is related by credible persons, that on the 21. day of Febr. last, about an houre before Sun-set, three Suns were plainly seen in the skie, which Omen cannot but presage some strange events to ensue in this Kingdome, according to the opinions of such as are learned in the liberall art of Astronomy. From thence they also write, that they are extreamly pestered with the Earle of Newcastles forces that lie in Boulsover, who in the night came out of that Towne, and took 30 horses from the adjacent people, whereupon the Inhabitants of Chesterfield, to secure their Towne, have taken Wingfield Mannor, and placed there 30. souldiers to guard it, and they have also put 40. Musketiers into Chatsworth, under the Command of Lieutenant Bagshaw to defend it. || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)