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The Wood That Built London: Kent

On the night of 26–27 November 1703, a powerful storm blew in off the Atlantic and smashed into southern England, bringing down thousands of chimneys, destroying buildings and wrecking ships in the Channel...

Kent and Surrey were severely affected. The church steeple at Brenchley was blown down, the market hall at St Mary Cray destroyed, and the walls surrounding Greenwich Park collapsed. Daniel Defoe – who advertised for eyewitness accounts in newspapers all over the country to rush out a book, The Storm – rode around Kent counting fallen trees but, ‘being tired with the Number, I left off Reckoning after I had gone on to 17,000; and tho’ I have great reason to believe I did not observe one half the Quantity.’

From The Wood That Built London by C.J. Schüler

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C.J. Schüler

C.J. Schüler