Esoteric London

No. 234: Waterloo Bridge, SE1

Posted in Events by esotericlondon on January 20, 2011

Waterloo Bridge, London, SE1. Photo © Roger Dean 2010

Curiosities of London: exhibiting the most rare and remarkable objects of interest in the metropolis; with nearly Fifty Years’ Personal Recollections – John Timbs, 1855:

Earthquakes In London

From Mr. Milne’s elaborate Register of Earthquakes in Great Britain, the most complete record of its class, we select the majority of the following details of shocks felt in the metropolis:-

1750, February 8th, London and Westminster. Motion of ground from W. to E. Several chimneys thrown down and walls rent. A shepherd at Kensington heard the noise rush past him, and instantly he saw the ground, a dry and solid spot, wave under him like the face of the river; the tall trees of the avenue where he was nodded their tops very sensibly, and quivered.

1750, February 8th, between 12 and 1 p.m., all over Westminster. Stacks of heavy chimneys were dislodged, and the Thames became greatly agitated. The barristers were greatly alarmed, for they thought that Westminster Hall was falling down.

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