1814 Jan 4         Snow began and Continued until the 25th on the Ground and then began to thaw but it was not all melted till about the 12th or 13th of February- from first to last it was on the Ground nearly 7 weeks.


From July 2nd to August 3rd there was but 2 Days But what Rained more or less which was 4‑2 Days. The Hay was entirely spoiled thousands of Acres and the Low Meads covered with watter before and a£ter it was mowed. 

From the 3rd of August to the 12th of September we had a very wet season and but very little Wheat Cut. As for Apples, Nuts, plumbs and fruit of every kind it was very small and late and so continued throughout the Year in the Month of December the Winds and Rain was very uncommon. Rough so that it became a saying that the Oldest Man Living never knew anything like it. From January to December including few Days Frost I believe we had not Seven Days following without Rain And in the Lower Country they could sow but very little Wheat and the Beans out some places in Stiches and most Places in small mows till after Christmass in Stratton Beans was very Bad Crop as well as all other Crops and was not secured till December many very many of them. 


In the Year 1817

The Wheather from March till the beginning of June was pretty Seasonable, but from about the 10th of June till the first of September there was not three Days without Rain so that the Hay was made very Bad the Wheat Grown out before and after was cut the Wheat that was Cut and Top Stiched was worse than that in open stitch and None Carryed till 4th or 5th September. Many Farmers after the Mbws was made turned them and some put about in Stitch again But from the 1st of September till 13th we had no Rain worth Nodae when the a good Crop of Wheat was secured in good state. 


Such very ruff wind that continued only from about 5 o’clock untill about 9 in the evening – so that in the Morning it was such a Sight with the Maiden Trees that was never seen by the Oldest Man Living in our Neighbourhood in one Field at Lower Stratton there was 13 blown Down Maiden Trees. No doubt but there was very many Thousands of Trees Down within about 5 miles round Stratton, Chimneys blown down and tiling and thatch taken from Houses. 

 1818    From the beginning of May untill Crewkerne Fair we had but very few short showers of Rain in consequence of which the Potatoes Double shoot or sprung, & the Flax very short. The Beans not Quarter Crop and the Grass burned up so that Farmers partly kept their dairys and other stock by hay.


Two storms of rain which lasted about an Hour and half each and about 3/4 of an Hour between. It was as fast and so pouring I believe as tho a person was to keep a fine rains sieve full of water and so it streamed it not seen in Drops as usual, Altho it lasted not long in Stratton Common Fields there was many Drills of Potatoes wash entirely off and no Doubt but there was Hundred of putts of earth washed away in Stratton Tything. It was such uncommon rain that at Petherton by the Brook people was Obliged to have a Boat to Row over the Horse Road and there was many Thousands of Acres of Mowing Grass covered and nearly Spoiled. It was said by many Old People there was never known such rain before. 

 1819 Oct 21st     Extraordinary, snow on Petherton for many owers on Thursday 

1824 May RAIN

The 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th it Rained Day and Night without ceasation as far as we could know, such a Rain was never known by the Eldest person in Stratton in the Month of May nor even no other times of the Year it was a moderate steady Rain. A Respectable Gentleman of Kingsbury told me that the Water covered the land there for about 2 miles in length and 1 in Breadth. 

 1824 Nov 21st        WEATHER VERY ROUGH

 In the Evening it rained a little then about 9 O’Clock Wind Blew  and the Rain Increased so rapid that in the Morning the Water was very High and the Quantity of Trees down was such as I scarce ever saw (never witness so many down but once before) and for the Loss sustained at Bridport and other sea port towns is impossible to say besides the Lives of so very many, At Bridport only 105 was drowned in 1 Day. 


1826    In Stratton Field was planted 29 acres of potatoes and 12 acres of Pease & all the 12 acres had not perhaps 6 Bushels of pease they was cut for fodder & not thrashed.  This was a general thing throughout the Country – no crops was good except wheat & hemp, potatoes was Double shoot.  The last summer was very Dry but not anything like this there was no Rain scarce except few thunder storms & they was partial.  Little hay & much less grass.


1827 July 29th  Sabbath Evening about 9 O’Clock The Lightining began and continued till about half past 12 it was so very fierce and constant that it was almost like a continual Light. The Thunder was not very near but like a constant rumble for about one hour and the Rain was pouring. 

1829  From the 13th of June to the 20th of July it Rained every Day (Swithins Day included) being 5 weeks and 2 Days – The Hay was not half cut in the Country till after the Middle of July.

1829   From the Middle of July untill the 23rd of September it Rained nearly every Day. I do not think we had 2 Days following without rain except Crewkerne Fair week when we had 5 Days without Rain yet it was Dark and Cloudy. then all the Barley in the Country nearly was so much injured that perhaps one sample to fifty would do for Malt,Pease etc was much injured. 

1837  Apr 26th Extraordinary Weather Etc

Apr 26th     We have had but very little rain this year all March and this month up to this day have been so very cold that Great Coats was worn in Church, Chapel, Fairs and Markets as perhaps was never known before, Hail Storms and Snow we had frequently and the Frost and Cold Winds was such that up to the Middle of April it was no uncommon thing to see the Ponds covered with Ice.  Consequently Vitches Clover and grass was stagnated which made Hay worth 6/- to 8/- per hundredweight.  I sold several lots at 6/- and many thousands of sheep and lambs died from starvation or for want and keep was so scarce that Bullocks and Horses was kept by straw up to this time and I sold Reed and Straw thraish all one way for 2/3 per hundred therefore all sorts of stock was almost unsaleable especially sheep and young bullocks and what made it the worse Potatoes was so scarce and dear that stock did not eat them as usual.

But this 26th day of April 1837 should never be forgotten.  Yesterday the South when we had a days cold south rain which so changed the weather that I believe that every thing grew more within 48 hours than it had for the last 3 months!!!

1839  June 20th Tremendous Weather

This Evening about 7 o’clock the Thunder was one continued rumble and the lightning was so awfull that the element seems opening every half minute until about 9 o’clock when the Hail Storm came on with such violence that the panes of glass was broken by hundreds, the standing beans and potatoes stalks broken to atoms.  I cannot describe one thousandth part of the dreadful storm.  Judgement day appeared to be come on us all = May we never no never forget it.


The Weather yesterday was particularly rough, rain and wind continued so violent nearly all Day and again all this day have been worse that many large Trees were blown down and many heads of trees blown to pieces and the Apples (what few we had) was lying under the Trees but not large enough to grind – if so I should think in Stratton only there were at least 50 hogsd lying under the trees but the Beans, Wheat, Flax and especially the Hemp was beyond description so down and broken  we have 4 acres now that looks worth but little.

 1839 Oct 18th The Weather for several weeks past has been very Distressing having had but very few fine days following since July – and the Rain prevented the Hay, Wheat, Beans and Barley being secured as usual consequently wheat is selling at 10/6, beans 6/6, Barley 6/-, Potatoes 3/3 and Apples 5/6 per bag and cider 40/- per hogshead from the Press.  But this day we had some Rain that the oldest Man living in the Neighbourhood never remembered such an unusual Flood.

1839 and 1840 – The Weather Awful

The weather has been so unusually wet from September last to this 4th of February 1840 when the Quick Silver is under Much Rain.  Many Thousands of Acres of Hay was Made very bad and perhaps tens of thousands of acres of land prepared for Wheat sowing that was not sown being so wet and many hundreds of acres was sown but the seed was Rotten by the Wet.

I was obliged to sow all the higher part of South-Field a second time, and our Neighbourhood through out What Wheat there was sown was not more than 2 thirds thick enough and the Millers could scarce grind any new samples of wheat alone being so damp and the weather so very wet.

Talk to any old folks they would say they never knew such weather before – This Winter is when the Awfull and dreadfull Earthquake was near Lyme.  Perhaps the Poor have not suffered more for 20 years past through the high prices of provisions.

1840 Feb 4th      The Winds also frequently were high and rough and many apples and other Trees Blown Down, the Ground being so very wet.

The 18th of February 1840 was the first Dry day we have for a long time -our Roads are so Bad that plows can scarce pass.

1840 April    In all the Month of April we had but one days steady Rain, in May we had but very, very little and until the 19th June we had scarce any when we had about 3 hours steady rain and the 25th and 26th of July was the first Ground Rain all the Summer.

1840  Aug 16th This day we had Rough wind and a days rain and again the 22nd we had 3 hours heavy rain but take the Spring and Summer together it was the Driest I ever experienced & Grass was perhaps never known to be less poor, stock very low worth but very little especially horses.  Many Farmers harvested 3 acres of hay to one load yet although the Wheat perhaps never was put in so wet in this Parish and most other places the Crop was unusually good and also Barley.



From July 1841 to the 15th of December we had most extraordinary wet weather so that I do not think we had 7 days dry weather following all the time.  Harvest was very late and bad.  Hay made very bad, beans out very late and all kinds of grain grown out very bad and not half the wheat sown till this month December 1841.


1844 June  6th     This day it Rained after a drought for about 10 weeks for we have had but a very little storm or so since the Middle of March – so that the land could not be worked for late Barley, Potatoes, etc., the only Potatoes that did not dry rot were the small seed cut once or not at all.  The grass was not worth mowing many places – and in the last day or two in May I and very many others began mowing because it died away rather than increased.

1844 June 26th    Look at the top of this Page when we had a very little Rain, but none till now when we were able to sow sweeds and turnips as we have 3 days Moderate Rain in storms so that now we expect that the after grass, turnips and sweeds will be a substitute for hay next winter.


On the 20th day of May and for several weeks before we had very wet weather even for months,but from the above date until this day it was warmer than I have ever known it for so long being about one month when nearly all the Hay was made which was an abundant crop of grass.

We cut South-Field Close (Clover) on Tuesday and Wednesday and ricked it the following Monday and Tuesday, only turn it twice.  Also we cut Netherway and Palpit Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and ricked it Thursday and Fryday being all made very dry and good.

1846 July 10th-About this time the disease in the potatoe crop made its appearance equally bad or worse than last year it being one Month earlier in the season consequently the effects will be worse see 59th page of last years a/c.

1859 July 23rd     This day at 2 O’Clock which lasted about one Hour (while we were at Dinner) the Thunder & lightning were so vivid & loud & crackling as I have not heard for about 20 years before but fortunately the Rain came on in torrents so the danger was not so great – Mother, I and the servant only, was at Home dear Wm was at Severalls.

            The a/c of the News Papers is very extraordinary for many miles around & trees splintered & stock killed.

1860 Remarks Continued

June 12  For the past fortnight we have had a great deal of Rain, But this day it came in torrents so that we have not known the Flood equal to it for many years past for even Mr Blake of Bridge Farm had about 70 acres of Grass under water and all the Land towards Bridgwater lying near the River was like a sea ___ No doubt many Farmers will be Ruined by it, the Crops being so destroyed

1860 Remarks Continued

Aug 25th We have had more Rain all this 1860 than I ever knew. We had only 2 or 3 weeks for the Hay Harvest so that Thousands of acres of mowing grass was sanded and more acres of Hay not worth making.

The turnips, swedes & wurtsels were hoed 4 or 5 times & all full of weeds after all, and scarce any wheat or barley cut to this date and both growing out as it stands.

Aug 26th     Being Sunday we had a fine day and now we hope in answer to the fervent Prayers of Good men who are holding special Prayer meetings throughout the Country that the God of Providence would fulfill his promise & grant us the appointed weeks of Harvest

Aug 27th     This morning fine & the Reapers busy.

Aug 28th     Tuesday Morning until 3 o’clock fine but now the rain came on in torrents for 8 or 10 Hours.  When the Thunder so altered the weather that it became clear & fine Harvest season until

10 Sept and now likely to continue, just before the weather altered Harry Osborne of Crewkerne sold 500 Bushels of Wheat at 8/9 pr Bushel being about 2/ more than month before