Britain: The Great Storm of 1703

Daniel Defoe put pen to paper, telling of the Great Storm of 1703, considered the worst to strike British shores.  “No pen could describe it, nor tongue express it, nor thought conceive it.

On Friday the 26th November, as the wind battered Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsula, the people believed the great “Day of Judgement” was coming.

Henry Winstanley built a 120-foot lighthouse at Eddystone, believing it to be indestructible, how wrong he was, as he was killed as a sixty-foot wave pounded the lighthouse.

London would suffer much damage, lead on the roof of Westminster Abbey was rolled up like parchment and blown clear of the building.

Queen Anne told her subjects, that the storm was their fault, for being sinful.  On the 19th January 1704, thousands crammed into the churches to thank God for their deliverance, and thanking him for his infinite mercy.

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